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Visiting Journalist Program


Visiting Journalist Program Out the Back Australia runs a visiting journalist program that targets travel and lifestyle media nationally and internationally with our focus being on Australia, UK and Europe. The program is based on the principal that journalists produce motivating and detailed coverage on Out the Back Australia tours, attractions and destinations only after personally experiencing the product themselves. We say, “that the proof is in the pudding” and want journalists to write about our product only after they have experienced it themselves and can give an open and honest review of their experiences. Out the Back Australia and our partners host regular media famils throughout the year and encourage you to express interest in becoming involved in the program. This program is an important part of our national and international marketing strategy and aims to encourage travellers to come and experience the unique, hands on experiences of an Out the Back Australia tour whether it be for a few hours or nine days.

For all media enquiries, please contact

Peieta Mills

Ph: +61 7 4655 1679

Mob: 0418 607 169

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Local Characters

From drovers to poets, priests to Aboriginal artists and historians to town carriers, the outback locals have one thing in common and that is they are proudly Queensland and want to sit down and share their real life experience with travellers from around Australia or across the globe. Every place has local characters but in the outback we’re blessed to have the best. Get more information on our characters!



Doug McGreggor

Doug came to Cunnamulla in 1929 when he was only three weeks old. His father was building fences and that is what brought his family right here. Later his father owned the Town Delivery Service which Doug and his brother took over when he was 11 years old, because his father joined the Army in World War II. When Dougs father came back from war he took over the Town Delivery Service again. In 1942 Doug left school, at the age of 13 to drive a truck and help with the Service. Education obviously was not that important as a pair of strong hands.

At that time you could get your drivers license at age of 16. Doug was only 13 years old when he went to the drivers license department to get his license. The guy from the drivers license department saw the truck Doug came with and noticed that there were no breaks and no doors. So he figured Doug could get his license right away.

Doug took the Town Delivery Service over in 1951 and build it up to a bigger business in which he worked for about 25 years. In 1968 he sold the truck and the trailor and got a job in the railway department and worked there for 24 years before he retired on 30.09.1992.

One Christmas night during his time working for the railway department Doug met Hilda. They got married in September 1953.

Doug is the historian of his family because of his great memory and the way he tells his stories. People come from everywhere to see Doug to find out about their families and history.

Doug lived through all the progress Cunnamulla experienced through the years. Without him Cunnamulla would not be the same today. Doug McGreggor helped to build Cunnamulla.


John Roberts

John Roberts was born in Miles and spend his teenage years in Quilpie. He came to Cunnamulla in 1971 and worked in the district for a couple of years and got married. He did general station work, built cattle and sheep yards. John spent many years managing properties in the district and has been an active member of the SES (State Emergency Service) for more than 30 years.

These days John is the School officer at that the Cunnamulla State School and everybody knows him.

John is passionate about the Australian bush and the bush way of life and combines this passion with his other love which is bush poetry.

John has won awards for his written poetry which is inspired by real life experiences and he is currently writing and publishing his first book that will feature some of his favorite poems.

On a nightly basis John performs at Out the Back Australia Campfire Dinner where tourists experience firsthand not just his poetry, but real life stories, politics, and jokes and of course Cunnamulla.


Sandra Grimshaw

Sandra Grimshaw is a local and the granddaughter of “King Willie Widgell” of Badjiri Tribe the last known Aboriginal King in the area.

Sandra was raised on the South Camp Reserve Cunnamulla and has learnt some of the traditional ways and culture of her aboriginal heritage, kinship and family values, over the years.

Sandra learnt to make and smoke Jonny Cakes as they are a tradition when someone passes away and now Sandra uses that particular skill to make them for tourists around the campfire on Out the Back Australia Tours.

Jonny Cakes are a favourite among Aboriginal people and when making them they joke between each other asking if they are punching the dough.

Traditionally when Aboriginal people lived on the land they made Jonny Cakes from seeds of some native grasses that they ground to flour.

Today availability of flour and off the shelf foods makes the task of cooking the Jonny cakes much easier and less labour intensive.

A qualified teacher, mother of seven children and after a number of careers and jobs Sandra is focussed on her Christian faith and teaching interested children and members of the community about her beliefs and the value of getting a good education and respecting the people and things we have been blessed with and is thankful to be born in Cunnamulla.


Roderick Taylor

A great identity and popular local character Roderick Taylor is passionate about Cunnamulla’s past, present and future. Having lived in Cunnamulla for more than 60 years on “Adgingbong” his family property Roderick has seen his fair share of changes being the third generation of his family to manage the property over the past one hundred and eighteen years.

Rods Grandfather Walter Alexander Ivory came to the area in 1892 to manage Charlotte Plains, which was 340,000 acres and carried 100,000 sheep at that time. In 1927 after thirty five years managing the property Walter retired and was given 16,000 acres as a bonus for his years of service to the owners.

That property was named “Adgingbong” and became part of the Taylor legacy in the region. Roderick took over from his father in 1973 and today “Adgingbong” is 75,000 acres running 12,000 sheep and 1,000 head of cattle.

General operations of the property have changed significantly since Roderick’s grandfather ran the place where they did most of the work on horseback. Today the same work is completed in a fraction of the time with the use of a plane for mustering with motorbikes and radio’s on the ground. With three children Roderick hopes there will be a fourth generation of Taylor’s on the property at some time in the future. He can then look forward to his retirement which he plans to unfold on the banks of the magnificent Warrego River in Cunnamulla where he has a beautiful home on acreage waiting for him.

Our Staff

At Out the Back Australia we pride ourselves on the quality of our staff. Every member of our team is a true outback character with a lifetime of experience in the culture and nature surrounding the outback and most were born in Cunnamulla. Our tour guides make it their mission to ensure your tour in Australia exceeds your expectations. Nothing beats local knowledge and that’s how our tour guides guarantee travellers a wonderful insight into the nature and wildlife that will take you on an adventure giving you the tourist the ultimate travel experience. Get more information on our tour guides!



Peieta Mills - Managing Director

Born in Cunnamulla in 1968 Peieta Mills spent all of her early years there before moving to Brisbane to pursue employment opportunities for fifteen years.
In 2001 Peieta and sister Stephanie opened a photography gallery in Cunnamulla and later added a gift & homewares store & café restaurant.
In 2007 Peieta returned to Cunnamulla. Determined to make a difference to a once thriving and positive community Peieta moved back to Cunnamulla to develop a tourism business.
The opportunities for real life Australian Outback experience, encounters with nature, and access to unique attractions and people is endless and almost untouched in the area so with a group of like minded locals Peieta set up a range of tours for families, backpackers and FIT travelers not available in other areas and commenced marketing them across Australia and in the UK and Europe.

Cunnamulla people are passionate about their town, they love their lifestyle and everyone involved in our tours is committed to creating an industry that can turn around the town’s economic decline and population shift. To do that you have to offer people a “SPECIAL” experience “UNIQUE” opportunities to touch and feel things and to really experience the “PEOPLE” which is the true soul of the Australia Outback.

Peieta has a vision for Cunnamulla to become a hub for domestic and international tourism exposing Queensland’s Outback in particular Cunnamulla, Eulo & Yowah their unique attractions, nature and people to the world and says, “working with family, friends, a large group of like minded locals and transport providers to the area is just the icing on the cake”.

Everyone involved in the tours is local with many third or fourth generations from the area. They are personal for the guides and they are personal for the travelers which has created a recipe for success with passengers consistently giving feedback at the conclusion of the tours that they are amazed and excited with their trip way beyond their expectations which can been seen on the website under testimonials in writing or on video.



Carla Mills – Admin and Finance Manager

Hi, my name is Carla Mills. I have lived in Cunnamulla all my life. I completed my schooling in Cunnamulla starting at the Sacred Heart Parish School in my primary schooling then completed high school in 1995 at the Cunnamulla State School. Once leaving school I had various jobs all relating to hospitality and tourism or clerical. I commenced work for Stephanie Mills Gallery, which is now known as Out the Back Australia in 2004 until now.

I am married and have 3 children named Blake, Paige and Gemma. They certainly keep my hands full.

I love the relaxed lifestyle of living in Cunnamulla, Everything is just around the corner, or up the road so to speak. It doesn't take much to do anything and everything.

I like working at Out the Back Australia because of the opportunities that it creates both for myself, the tourism industry in Cunnamulla, the Paroo Shire and our communities on a whole. Many people are involved and participate in the operating of the tours that Out the Back Australia provides these people benefit also. It has been exciting to have been involved for a long time and to be part of the changes and development that have offered many opportunities.



John Mills – Keen Fisherman & Tour Guide

John Mills a born and bred local says it’s pretty easy to take people out and share a part of our area that we love and that we feel lucky to have in our backyard.

Most if not all locals love the river and have spent most of their childhood and much of their spare time as adults enjoying activities in or on the Warrego River at Cunnamulla. Swimming, water skiing, fishing for Yellow Belly or the ever elusive Murray Cod the river is a place to relax and enjoy on your own, with mates or with the whole family.

Like all fisherman there are plenty of stories to share from the one that got away or the leaky tinny in the middle of winter, but I would have to say there is nothing as exciting as catching a Murray Cod in the Warrego River.


Trevor Wighton – Tour Guide & Bus Driver

Trevor Wighton was born and raised in Brisbane. In 1961 he and his family moved to Cunnamulla for the schooling for the kids. Trevor’s first job in Cunnamulla was the Water Officer for the Paroo Shire Council. There he learnt how to fly and became the chief Pilot for Goss Air Taxi. When Bob, the owner of Goss Air Taxi died, all the employees were out of a job.

Trevor operated his own plumbing business trading as Wighton’s Western Plumbing Services for about 20 years before he retired.

Trevor is an active member of the community and regularly participates in sporting events which has gained him the title of “The Man from Krypton” from tourists who have been amazed at his fitness level.

Trevor is an all round good bloke and a valuable member of the team at Out the Back Australia that is always there to lend a hand when needed.

Trevor is a helping hand whenever and wherever we need him. His knowledge of the area and people through his experience being the Local Controller SES (State Emergency Service) over many decades offers traveller’s a unique insight into aspects of living in remote Outback Australia that very few people could impart.


Our Partners

Out the Back Australia is focused on providing you with hands-on, real life outback experiences and that is why our partners are so important. Our partners are locals who have lived in the outback towns of Cunnamulla, Eulo or Yowah for generations, successfully operating their businesses or tourist attraction.

There is no better way to understand real life in the outback than to actively take part in it. Our partners will give you a real life outback experience as you become part of their world. They let you explore, taste, touch and feel the outback as you take an adventure with them into life in Cunnamulla, Eulo and Yowah - an experience you will never forget. Get more information on the best tourist attractions for your Queensland holidays!



Mike & Chris Webster – Rocky Station

Hello and welcome to "Rocky", a sheep and cattle station in the outback Australia, situated 52 km south of Cunnamulla on the banks of the Warrego River.

"Rocky" is owned by Mike and Chris Webster, and has been a family property since 1938.

You will experience our life in the outback and take a stroll along the banks of this famous inland river. Walk the unique Indiana Jones style bridge, built by Mike and his dad Les, in 1967. The bridge is 7 metres above the river bed and 70 metres long. This 43 year old wood and steel structure bridge is our only access to the outside world in times of flood. Five generations of the Webster family have used the bridge.

Join us in our homestead for a country morning tea, and hear the stories of why we live where we live. We love our way of life and feel proud and very excited to be part of "Out the Back " tours, and to be able to share our part of the west with you all.


Nan & Ian Pike - Date Farm Eulo


Another attraction of the region is the date farm in Eulo, owned by Nan & Ian Pike for over 25 years right now. Besides a range of beautiful homemade date products for body and soul, which are available in their own little store, there is also the possibility to take a mud bath. Nibbling some dried dates and cheese while having a glass of their own date wine under the stars or a cup of tea under the outback morning sun, it is easy to relax.

Worth to have a look at is also their collection of 'old stuff', which is set up in the courtyard so you can have a stroll around old saddles, lamps and working equipment.


Julie & Ian McLaren


Whenever you go on a Sunset River Cruise with Out the Back Australia, you could get the chance to meet Julie & Ian McLaren, two locals with an immense knowledge about the area and its wildlife. As the McLaren family has been living in the area for over 110 years, there is a lot the couple could tell you about before or after going on the boat cruise.

Ian and Julie developed and operated an internationally renowned bird watching experience on their property “Bowra Station” before selling to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy in 2010. There is currently about eight scientists living on “Bowra Station” which offers the perfect proof to the abundance of endangered and extinct birds and wildlife that has been protected during the McLaren’s ownership and management of the property.

Sitting on the manicured banks of the Warrego River at the McLaren’s retirement home surrounded by magnificent gardens and nature you will be amazed as Ian or Julie walk over for a casual chat. Their knowledge about the wildlife around the region and former ecotourism property might be as good or better than that of a scientists that you will find ‘special and interesting’! Whenever you talk about bird watching or the wildlife in the area, it might be necessary to mention Julie & Ian McLaren.

Scott & Barb Shorten - Short & Sweet Yowah


Scott & Barb Shortens families have lived in the Yowah area for the last forty years. They have seen Yowah change from half a dozen shacks to what it is now of 147 houses. From dirt roads to get there to the bitumen sealed road they have now.

Scott & Barb offer the people on the tours a great time giving them information about the unique Yowah nut and the history of the area. They tell yarns of past and present occupants of the town provide a great morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Scott & Barb love teaching people about the Yowah life style and the great advantages that they feel they have.

Out The Back Australia

Encompassing the towns of Cunnamulla, Eulo, Yowah and surrounding districts, Out the Back Australia Tours have captured the very best of life in rural Australia and rolled it into a selection of fun, action packed, hands on adventures. The region is rich in history, Aussie larrikins, wildlife, natural beauty and wonder and is just about as “outback” as you can get.


Each tour invites you to take part in authentic outback experiences including sheep shearing and wool handling, farming demonstrations, homestead and property visits, opal tours, bird watching, fishing and kayaking on the Warrego River, sand boarding, mineral mud baths, a camp oven dinner and a good old fashioned “pub crawl”. No other tours allow you to get this “up close and personal” with the true soul of the Australian outback.


The tours have been designed specifically to allow tourists to sample real-life outback experiences and to get their hands dirty in the spirit of adventure and fun. Our tours capture the very best of life in rural Australia and will entice tourists young and old, from all around the country and the globe to sample everything that the region has to offer.


Regardless of your travel timetable, there’s a tour to fit most itineraries, from a few hours to one, three and eight day options. Tours are conducted year round. All tours include air-conditioned transport in a mini coach, meals, entrance fees and accommodation in hotels, cottages and cabins. So leave your glad rags at home and get ready to “get down and dusty” on the trip of a lifetime!

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Why travel with us?


Volker Rhein, Germany

Wer wirklich etwas von dem Leben im Outback Australien erfahren möchte, dem kann ich die 9 Tages Backpacker Tour von Outtheback Australia nur ans Herz legen. Ich habe in den 9 Tagen rund um Cunnumulla so viel vom realen Leben im Outback mitbekommen, wie auf keiner anderen Tour bisher. Meine Tour war insofern etwas Besonderes, als sie die Weihnachtstour 2011 war. Peieta und Trevor haben mir gezeigt, wie der Alltag auf Schafsfarmen aussieht und wie die Scherer arbeiten. Dabei bestand immer die Möglichkeit zum Gespräch mit den Farmern.  Überhaupt der Kontakt zu den Einheimischen und das Gespräch mit Ihnen wird auf der Tour groß geschrieben. Ein besonderes Erlebnis war es Weihnachten in Mitten einer australischen Familie zu feiern.


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