Western Queensland AUST

When you think of Queensland and tourism and beautiful places you don’t tend to think of the dry and arid landscape of Western Queensland. This isn’t to say there aren’t beautiful places there. Yes, there are lots of cattle farms and lots of nothingness, but amongst it all can be found wonderful sun-bleached landscapes such as these. Venture off the main roads and down the dirt tracks and you’ll find National Parks and Conservation Areas with big old eucalyptus trees, waterholes, and countless kangaroos spending the day amongst the tall grass.

Pink and blue sunset over a pale desert landscape with a small termite hill and spiky spinifex, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

Pink and blue sunset over a pale desert landscape of Bladensburg National Park, with a small termite hill and spiky spinifex.

A golden rising sun peeking around a tree and starting to cast the first light of the day over the pale desert landscape, Bladensburg National Park, QueenslandTyre marks on a winding dirt track across the flat desert landscape with a pink and blue sunset sky, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

A golden rising sun peeking around a tree and starting to cast the first light of the day over the pale desert landscape of Bladensburg National Park; Tyre marks on a winding dirt track across the flat desert landscape of Bladensburg National Park with a pink and blue sunset sky.

Spiky spinifex and soft yellow flowers as the golden morning sunlight hits the tall eucalyptus trees with a pink and grey early morning sky, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

Spiky spinifex and soft yellow flowers as the golden morning sunlight hits the tall eucalyptus trees at Bladensburg National Park, with a pink and grey early morning sky.

A grey bush with small yellow flowers amongst the spinifex and grasses with the first touches of the golden sunrise light, Bladensburg National Park, QueenslandThe rough red bark of a eucalyptus tree and the grass around it glow a warm yellow colour in the light of sunrise, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

A grey bush with small yellow flowers amongst the spinifex and grasses with the first touches of the golden sunrise light at Bladensburg National Park; The rough red bark of a eucalyptus tree and the grass around it glow a warm yellow colour in the light of sunrise at Bladensburg National Park.

Eucalyptus leaves catch the early morning light and glow and bright pale green, Bladensburg Nation Park, Queensland

Eucalyptus leaves catch the early morning light and glow and bright pale green at Bladensburg Nation Park.

A grey bush with small yellow flowers amongst the spinifex in the cool of morning as the golden sunrise light hits the eucalyptus trees and starts to illuminate the landscape, Bladensburg National Park, QueenslandDry, cracked and curled flakes of mud in a dry waterhole bathed in warm early morning light, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

A grey bush with small yellow flowers amongst the spinifex in the cool of morning as the golden sunrise light hits the eucalyptus trees at Bladensburg National Park and starts to illuminate the landscape; Dry, cracked and curled flakes of mud in a dry waterhole at Bladensburg National Park bathed in warm early morning light.

Golden light of sunrise across a landscape of spinifex, scrub, and eucalyptus trees with a cloudy grey early morning sky, Bladensburg National Park, QueenslandTwisted grey falled logs lie amongst spinifex and grasses in the shade of early morning, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

Golden light of sunrise across a landscape of spinifex, scrub, and eucalyptus trees with a cloudy grey early morning sky at Bladensburg National Park; Twisted grey falled logs lie amongst spinifex and grasses at Bladensburg National Park in the shade of early morning.

Early morning sun hits the spiky spinifex and grasses with fallen logs and sparse bush behind it at Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

Early morning sun hits the spiky spinifex and grasses with fallen logs and sparse bush behind it at Bladensburg National Park.

A eucalyptus tree reflected in a muddle puddle at the bottom of a nearly empty waterhole in the golden light of early morning, Bladensburg National Park, QueenslandCracked and curled flakes of mud in a dry waterhole in the warm light of early morning, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

A eucalyptus tree reflected in a muddle puddle at the bottom of a nearly empty waterhole at Bladensburg National Park in the golden light of early morning; Cracked and curled flakes of mud in a dry waterhole in the warm light of early morning at Bladensburg National Park.

With its back to us, a kangaroo looks out across the landscape of tall dry bleached grass and sparse bushland, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

With its back to us, a kangaroo looks out across the landscape of tall dry bleached grass and sparse bushland of Bladensburg National Park.

Early morning sun peeks through the leaves of a eucalyptus tree in a scrubby grassy landscape, Bladensburg National Park, QueenslandSomething catches the attention of a mother kangaroo and her joey across the tall dry grass, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

Early morning sun peeks through the leaves of a eucalyptus tree in the scrubby grassy landscape of Bladensburg National Park; Something catches the attention of a mother kangaroo and her joey across the tall dry grass at Bladensburg National Park.

Alert large red kangaroo with thick, strong tail planted firmly on the ground in a section on open dirt in a landscape of tall dry grass, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

Alert large red kangaroo with thick, strong tail planted firmly on the ground in a section on open dirt in a landscape of tall dry grass at Bladensburg National Park.

A group of alert red kangaroos in the long, dry, pale grass lead by a large male, Bladensburg National Park, QueenslandDeep kangaroo prints in the dried and cracked mud, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

A group of alert red kangaroos in the long, dry, pale grass at Bladensburg National Park, lead by a large male; Deep kangaroo prints in the dried and cracked mud at Bladensburg National Park.

A kangaroo bounces away at speed through the pale long grass and trees, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

A kangaroo bounces away at speed through the pale long grass and trees at Bladensburg National Park.

A hawk with its feathers puffed out sits high in a leafy tree and surveys the landscape, Camooweal Caves National Park, QueenslandTwo small kangaroos with their backs to each other in the scrubby dry grassland, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland

A hawk with its feathers puffed out sits high in a leafy tree and surveys the landscape at Camooweal Caves National Park; Two small kangaroos with their backs to each other in the scrubby dry grassland at Bladensburg National Park.

With a small pool of water at the bottom and surrounded by coolibah trees, this is one of the many waterholes within the Combo Waterhole Conservation Area, believed to be the original setting and inspiration for Banjo Patterson's 'Waltzing Matilda', Queensland

With a small pool of water at the bottom and surrounded by coolibah trees, this is one of the many waterholes within the Combo Waterhole Conservation Area, believed to be the original setting and inspiration for Banjo Patterson’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

Looking past pale dry eucalyptus leaves to a very dry, grassy and sun bleached landscape, Combo Waterhole Conservation Area, Queensland

Looking past pale dry eucalyptus leaves to a very dry, grassy and sun bleached landscape at Combo Waterhole Conservation Area.

An orange butterfly lands on the dry dirt path through the dry grass, Combo Waterhole Conservation Area, Queensland

An orange butterfly lands on the dry dirt path through the dry grass at Combo Waterhole Conservation Area.

A small kangaroo with large ears and a wet belly in the long, pale, dry grass, Combo Waterhole Conservation Area, Queensland

A small kangaroo with large ears and a wet belly in the long, pale, dry grass at Combo Waterhole Conservation Area.

A dried mud path through the grass with a line of deep kangaroo prints, Combo Waterhole Conservation Area, QueenslandLeaves of a tree overhanging the brown water of a crucial waterhole, Combo Waterhole Recreation Area, Queensland

A dried mud path through the grass with a line of deep kangaroo prints at Combo Waterhole Conservation Area; Leaves of a tree overhanging the brown water of a crucial waterhole in the Combo Waterhole Recreation Area.

Under the shade of a coolibah tree, looking up the the tree hanging out over the brown water of the waterhole at Combo Waterhole Conservation Area, considered the original setting for Banjo Patterson's 'Waltzing Matilda', Queensland

Under the shade of a coolibah tree, looking up the the tree hanging out over the brown water of the waterhole at Combo Waterhole Conservation Area, considered the original setting for Banjo Patterson’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

The thick pale trunk of a large eucalyptus tree on the muddy bank of a waterhole, Camooweal Caves National Park, QueenslandA little corella bird sits in the branches of a leafy eucalyptus tree in the pale early morning light, Camooweal Caves National Park, Queensland

The thick pale trunk of a large eucalyptus tree on the muddy bank of a waterhole in Camooweal Caves National Park; A little corella bird sits in the branches of a leafy eucalyptus tree in the pale early morning light at Camooweal Caves National Park.

The trunks of a cluster of trees with bits of grass along the top of a waterhole, Camooweal Caves National Park, Queensland

The trunks of a cluster of trees with bits of grass along the top of a waterhole in Camooweal Caves National Park.

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