Getting to the Festival of Outback Opera


To get to Winton by car, you can drive from Brisbane on the A2 for approximately 1,350 km, a journey that takes around 15 hours. For Longreach, the drive is about 1,180 km and takes roughly 13 hours, following the Landsborough Highway. Remember to plan for rest stops and check local conditions before heading out.

Outback Queensland provides information on self drive itineraries for the region and is a great starting point for researching a trip to and around the Festival of Outback Opera.

By Air

For air travel, visitors can fly into Longreach Airport, which is serviced by QantasLink with flights from Brisbane. QantasLink flights also depart from Qantas domestic terminals in Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. To reach Winton from Longreach, it’s a 2-hour drive north-west on the Landsborough Highway. There are no direct commercial flights to Winton, so Longreach is your gateway by air.

By Bus

Greyhound Australia operates services to both Longreach and Winton from various locations, including Brisbane. The journey by bus can be quite lengthy, but it’s an excellent option for those seeking a scenic route without the drive.

Greyhound coach services operate from Brisbane to Mt Isa and Mt Isa to Brisbane, stopping in Winton for their meal break. Greyhound also operate services between Longreach and Rockhampton. Reclining seats, in-seat USB chargers and a generous baggage allowance are included.

By Train

The Spirit of the Outback train offers a unique travel experience from Brisbane to Longreach twice a week, taking approximately 24 hours. Although there’s no train service to Winton, from Longreach you can connect with a bus or car hire to cover the last 180 km to Winton.