Grab a flight to Mount Isa in August if you want to be part of the thrill of the biggest and richest rodeo in the southern hemisphere. Come in October for Queensland's great freshwater fishing classic.

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts will delight in the terrain out here but there's most focus on what's below ground: lead, silver, copper and zinc. The Hard Times Mine tour is a must-do for visitors. Explore underground with current and former miners, hear the legends and get your hands dirty.