You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

The Qld outback ... from desert to oasis

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Stuart Layt

Although still in the grip of drought, the welcome rain that has fallen across parts of the Queensland outback has temporarily transformed the desert into an oasis.

Australian landscape photographer Sean Scott travelled the "Warrego Way", from Birdsville to Brisbane, capturing the usually sandy plains of the Channel Country teeming with green plants and wildlife.

"I definitely wasn't expecting it as I crossed the border from the Northern Territory into Queensland - big wide open plains and greens everywhere," Mr Scott told AAP.

"There was still red dirt underneath it all but when you're looking at it when you're driving through it looks pretty spectacular."

Record-breaking rainfall in outback Queensland's in the winter continued on with more big falls through spring to turn red dirt and yellow sand into green fields and foliage.

The Cairns-born photographer said like many who live on the east coast, he'd never properly visited the interior of the Sunshine State.

"In some spots I was a bit disappointed because I wanted to see nothing, you know, this barren land, and I was surprised to see all these wild flowers and all this green grass," he said.

"The birdlife was unbelievable, they must have called it 'Birdsville' for a reason, there was just birds everywhere.

"It was quite incredible how many there were."

Despite the swift spring transformation, authorities warn much more rain is needed to break the drought in the rural regions, with more than 80 per cent of the state still drought declared, including most of the areas Mr Scott travelled through.

He admitted there was still plenty of country which fulfilled the "dusty outback" stereotype, and made his final stop of the trip at the Gold Coast for a swim all the sweeter.

"It took me about three days to get the red dirt off me," he said.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon