There's a lot more of Aus­tralia out the back:

Read about tourism in our re­mote re­gions on Page 10

NewsMail - Wide Bay Rural Weekly - - Front Page - . AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

OUT­BACK Queens­land is a “sleep­ing gi­ant” of tourism po­ten­tial.

That’s the opin­ion of Out­back Pioneers owner Richard Kin­non.

The Lon­greach his­tory buff, and gra­zier, be­lieves the rich and in­ter­est­ing sto­ries of the out­back’s past will con­tinue to draw tourists in droves to his part of the world. “Our re­mote­ness is what has shaped the

ad­ven­tur­ous, re­silient spirit over the years and what makes it such a great des­ti­na­tion to walk in the foot­steps of pioneers and ex­pe­ri­ence what life is re­ally like un­der our huge out­back skies,” he said.

“Aus­tralia was de­vel­oped from the in­side out. The out­back is where our his­tory started.

“Our city cousins are hun­gry for this type of his­tory.

“This is the third face of Queens­land – rain­forests, beach and our out­back pi­o­neer her­itage.”

Out­back Pioneers, which was for­merly called Kin­non and Co un­til be­ing re-branded last week, was started by the fam­ily 10 years ago dur­ing the drought.

The fam­ily still runs their sheep prop­er­ties, but all play a role in the tourism ven­ture as well.

At the week­end, their hard work paid off, as they won a ma­jor gong at the Queens­land Tourism Awards in Bris­bane.

They were awarded Gold in the Cul­tural Tourism cat­e­gory.

“We started the busi­ness to sub­sidise the out­back way of life we love but then we got en­thu­si­as­tic about shar­ing our life with vis­i­tors and cre­at­ing some­thing spe­cial for them here,” he said.

“We want to in­spire our fel­low Aus­tralians and our over­seas vis­i­tors with the her­itage of out­back Queens­land – and ed­u­cate them on how im­por­tant this land is to our coun­try – and of course send them away with a smile on their faces,” he said.

The busi­ness has be­come a famous fea­ture of the Lon­greach re­gion, wel­com­ing about 25,000 vis­i­tors a year to a range of ex­pe­ri­ences and her­itage-in­spired ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The Out­back Pioneers ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude the Cobb & Co Stage­coach Ex­pe­ri­ence – the only place you can gal­lop in a stage­coach on an old mail route, the Starlight’s Cruise Ex­pe­ri­ence on the Thom­son River, the Nogo Sta­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence and the Win­ton Dis­cov­ery Ex­pe­ri­ence.

Each of the ex­pe­ri­ences is packed with es­sen­tial out­back sights and in­sights – from stock­man’s stew and bush po­etry by the camp­fire to sheep shear­ing at a his­toric sta­tion, to the story of lo­cal he­roes Cap­tain Starlight and Banjo Pater­son.

“It gives peo­ple mem­o­ries they will have for the rest of their lives,” he said. “They can smell the bull dust and the kerosene lanterns.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOURISM BUSI­NESS: Richard Kin­non is the owner of Out­back Pioneers.

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