As COVID-19 travel restrictions ease, grey nomads and families hit the road to experience Outback Queensland.
The presence of caravans is increasing across the North West, with 12-20 travellers camped up at Mary Kathleen township on Wednesday July 8.
John and Jenny Goyen spent the last week travelling from Toowoomba to Cloncurry, where they will stay at Mary Kathleen for a few weeks.
"We got here today, and only had a short day travel from east of Julia Creek," Mr Goyen said.
"We try to get away everytime this year, to escape the cold weather in Toowoomba. We usually travel further afield then just Queensland but it is a bit scary at the moment, so Mary Kathleen is as far as we will go and enjoy being here for a few weeks."
Travelling parts of Queensland each year, Mr Goyen said North West Queensland was the place the frequently visit.
"We try not to go to the same place but in saying that we have been here a few times now," he said.
"This is a very lovely area, and it has a special vibe about it. We love the country, the people, the wide open spaces and the beautiful sunsets.
"While we are here we will visit the mine face and East Leichhardt Dam and head into Mount Isa to fuel up and get some food."
Cloncurry Shire Council mayor Greg Campbell said during a normal year there would usually be an influx of travellers in the area.
"There is significantly less travellers on the roads and stopping in town, however there are a few caravans getting around," Cr Campbell said.
"Hopefully people will have the confidence to start travelling again soon, so they can enjoy Outback Queensland and all it has to offer."
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