Dawson Highway

Via the Leichhardt and Dawson Highway, 500KM, Rockhampton, Emerald
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Dawson Highway

Take a scenic drive from Rockhampton to Emerald through the magnificent Sandstone Wonders.

Australia’s Beef Capital, Rockhampton, lies on the banks of the Fitzroy River. Look out for the bull statues situated throughout the city celebrating the breeds grown in the area. Fish for barramundi more than a metre long in the river right outside the CBD. The city was built on wealth from colonial pastures and gold mines. That wealth is reflected in the colonial buildings along Quay Street – one of Queensland’s finest heritage precincts, crowned by the sandstone and copper dome of the Customs House. Rockhampton also boasts many famous hotels such as the Heritage and Great Western – famous for its rodeo ring. The Leichhardt Way winds its way from Rockhampton to Mount Morgan set in the pretty Dee Ranges. Once the largest and richest single gold mine in the world, Mount Morgan, is one of Queensland’s historical gems and is only 38 km from Rockhampton. The hum of machinery and rattling thump of explosives at the mine are long gone and in their place are a legacy of history and a spirited community. To discover Mount Morgan’s treasures, visit the Mount Morgan Visitor Information Centre where locals will share their knowledge of their town and where to stay in a number of accommodation options.

Dawson Highway Itineraries

Australia’s Country Way


From Sydney to Rockhampton

Australia's Country Way guides you to the delights and treasures that pepper the countryside of the Great Dividing Range. From Sydney to Rockhampton.

The Great Bunya Drive


From Toowoomba to Gympie

The Great Bunya Drive is a scenic self-drive route meandering through 390 kilometres of beautiful country landscapes.

Historical Trail


From Taroom to Biloela

The Banana Shire is littered with Historical features and experiences for you to enjoy. From Museums and Homestead’s to Historical Villages, you don’

Bird Watchers Route


From Ban Ban Springs to Coalstoun Lakes

For wildlife adventures travel our Southern wildlife adventure loop.

Southern Drive


From Eidsvold to Eidsvold

View fantastic farming country and fertile river flats on a road trip you won't forget. 

Mundubbera to Gayndah


From Mundubbera to Gayndah

Take this drive through Mundubbera to Gayndah and discover beautiful countryside, friendly locals and historical gems.

National Parks and Adventure Drive


From Monto to Cania Gorge – Kroombit Tops

For the 4WD enthusiast, this drive offers a voyage of discovery and adventure.

Gayndah-Biggenden Loop


From Gayndah to Biggenden

Experience ancient history and culture through this exciting and unique loop.

Eidsvold Drive


From Muldilgie to Eidsvold

Take the alternative route to Eidsvold and discover unique and exciting sites along the way.

Riverleigh Drive


From Riverleigh to Mundubbera

Travel around lush orchards, vineyards and vast grazing country.

Scenic Way


From Biloela to Biloela

Much like the Dawson Valley, Banana Shire’s Callide Valley provides rich coal resources and vital power supplies to Queensland.

Become a Local Drive


From Blackbutt to Murgon

The Local’s Drive gives you a taste of life in the South Burnett, and a quick guide on to how to plan a longer trip in the region.

Past and Present Drive


From Kilkivan to Boondooma

Explore Australia's history through from Kilkivan to Boondooma. Divulge in the best scenery and food the South Burnett has to offer.



From Nanango to Maidenwell

Delight your senses with the Grapes and Gourmet Drive. Breathtaking views, delicious local food and wonderful wineries.

Fishing the Fitzroy


From Fitzroy River to Port Alma

Spend time Fishing the Fitzroy River and discover why Rockhampton is now the must do fishing destination in Queensland.

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