• 25 November 2018

13 DAY | QUEENSLAND OUTBACK TO COAST

10 Day Outback and Coast Tour

29th July > 10th August 2019

Pricing:

  • Twin / Double:  $3510
  • Single Sup: $613

Explore the geographical heart of Queensland and discover the region that attracted bush poets like Banjo Patterson. Witness the awesome bulk of the Texas Longhorns and enjoy traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner. Uncover the laid-back village atmosphere of Airlie Beach and indulge in crystal clear waters as you cruise the Whitsundays. This holiday has it all, so come along and experience Queensland from outback to coast!

Tour Inclusions

  • 11 night’s motel accommodation and 1 night railbed on the Spirit of Queensland
  • 11 cooked motel breakfasts
  • 10 motel dinners
  • 1 included breakfast, 2 included dinner and 6 included lunches– see below
  • Roma | Roma Big Rig self-guided tour and morning tea
  • Charleville | Twilight observatory session
  • Charleville | Town tour and World War II top secret tour
  • Charleville| Bilby Experience
  • Charleville | Sun viewing and Astronomy by Day
  • Tambo | Tambo Teddies morning tea and tour of workshop
  • Longreach | Strathmore Station tour and morning tea (using Strathmore’s coach pick service)
  • Longreach | Kinnon & Co - Outback Pioneer Cobb & Co stagecoach experience and billy can lunch
  • Longreach | Kinnon & Co - Outback Pioneer starlight’s cruise experience and dinner
  • Longreach | School of Distance Education entry
  • Longreach | Qantas Founders Outback Museum entry to museum and 747 tour
  • Longreach | Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame entry
  • Winton | Australian Age of Dinosaurs tour & morning tea
  • Winton | Waltzing Matilda Centre self-guided tour and light lunch incl. tea and coffee
  • Winton | North Gregory Hotel packed lunch
  • Charters Towers | Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours & Safaris wagon tour, chuck wagon smoko, saddle shop and cattle yard tour
  • Charters Towers | Park Motel packed lunch
  • Whitsundays | Cruise Whitsundays Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach cruise including lunch
  • Whitsundays| Whitsunday Crocodile Safari group return transfers, touring and BBQ lunch
  • Spirit of Queensland | Proserpine to Brisbane railbed incl. breakfast and dinner

 

DAY 1: (D) SUNSHINE COAST TO ROMA Monday 29 July 2019


Welcome to our 13 day tour to the Central West and Coastal Queensland. Sit back and relax as we begin our journey through to the state’s outback. We have a travel day today as we cover the distance through to Roma. It is vast out here, away from the coast – big sky country as they call it. Outback towns; night skies; Bilbies; Stations and Longhorns – there is certainly plenty to see! We continue through Chinchilla to Roma for our first overnight stay. We have time to freshen up before dinner at the motel.
Roma Explorers Inn
Dinner at the motel


DAY 2: (BD) ROMA TO CHARLEVILLE Tuesday 30 July 2019


Today is Sale Day in Roma! At the Roma Saleyard we are greeted by local, retired farmers and graziers who will offer their time as volunteers to show us through the yards and give us an overview. After the Sale we head to the Big Rig for a self-guided tour of the Big Rig Oil Patch. This outdoor museum tells the story of the gas in coal reserves, its first discovery in Roma and the progression of the industry. Following time to buy some lunch we travel through to Charleville, the centre of a rich pastoral district. Did you know that Ross and Keith Smith landed here with engine trouble on their first flight from London to Sydney in 1919? After settling in to our motel we head out to visit Charleville’s Cosmos Centre. The centre is an audio-visual extravaganza featuring hi-tech interactive displays that will take us on an astronomical journey through the ages, unravelling the many mysteries of our night sky.
Mulga Country Motor Inn
Breakfast and dinner at the motel |morning tea at Roma Big Rig


13 DAY | QUEENSLAND OUTBACK TO COAST 29 JULY 2019


Unearth the Queensland Outback and rediscover the Whitsundays!


DAY 3: (BD) CHARLEVILLE Wednesday 31 July 2019


Our interesting day begins with a local guided tour of the town, who will unravel the mystery surrounding the Charleville airport and how it came to be a top-secret site during World War II. Next is the Bilby Experience. Listening to our guide reveal the bilby and Australia’s native animal extinction crisis, we discover their breeding program with a chance to possibly see these unique little critters. This afternoon we embark on a sun viewing and Astronomy By Day tour where we discover the truth about falling stars and how the solar system formed. Our guide will enlighten us to the life story of our Sun and how small it is compared to the big stars above. We then return to our motel for dinner.
Mulga Country Motor Inn
Breakfast and dinner at the motel


DAY 4: (BD) CHARLEVILLE TO LONGREACH Thursday 1 August 2019


This morning we stop at Tambo to visit Tambo Teddies. Stitched with love, we uncover that these teddy bears were originally created by 3 local women wanting to overcome low wool prices and drought. Embark on a tour through the workshop as well as discovering the oldest town in the central west. Continuing on, we head to Barcaldine, a town steeped in the history of early pioneer struggles and the evolution of Australia as a nation. We’ll stop to see the Tree of Knowledge, an iconic ghost gum which earned its claim to fame as the founding site of the political movement we now know as the Australian Labor Party. Arriving into Longreach, we settle in for the next 3 nights.
Albert Park Motor Inn
Breakfast and dinner at the motel |morning tea at Tambo Teddies


DAY 5: (BLD) OUTBACK STATIONS AND PIONEERING PAST Friday 2 August 2019


What an exceptional day planned! Firstly, we get an insight to the area through the eyes of local graziers and pioneer families. Greeting the owners of Strathmore Station, we discover what it takes to meet the challenges of the land. Then we must hold on to our hats as we travel in back in time within a beautifully restored stagecoach! Hearing the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback road, there is no mistaking that we are now part of the pioneering past. Enjoy this exhilarating and entertaining experience along with a Billy-Can lunch. This afternoon we take a gentle sunset cruise down the majestic Thomson River before going ashore for a traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner. A real outback experience with inspiring and humorous traditional entertainment. Next, the bush is illuminated by the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show, a unique big-screen presentation featuring the amazing adventures of the notorious cattle thief known as ‘Captain Starlight’. Finally, in the atmospheric surroundings of the bush at night, we enjoy the timeless favourite, billy tea and damper, before heading back to our motel.
Albert Park Motor Inn
Breakfast at motel |morning tea at Strathmore Station| lunch at Cobb & Co Stage Coach | dinner on tour


DAY 6: (BD) LONGREACH Saturday 3 August 2019


Our first visit for the day is to the School of Distance Education. Imagine a classroom more than twice the size of Victoria, where the playground is as vast as the outback and the partnership between home and school is legendary. At the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, pour over the historic memorabilia and multi-media displays that tell the inspirational stories of overcoming the long-distances of the outback. Witness the impressive Boeing 747-200 while our guide gives us with an appreciation for the achievements of the Qantas Founders. Visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Spending time here to wander the centre’s five themed galleries proudly displaying the history behind some of Australia’s greatest and bravest explorers, stock workers, pastoralists and Aborigines. Our day complete we return to our motel.
Albert Park Motor Inn
Breakfast and dinner at the motel


DAY 7: (BLD) LONGREACH TO WINTON Sunday 4 August 2019


Leaving Longreach, we head off to experience the freedom of the vast open plains and Coolibah-lined creeks. We will see some dramatic and ever-changing scenery around Winton including the “jump up,” a rugged mesa plateau formation that towers above the surrounding plains. We then discover that this area was once home to dinosaurs at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs. Be guided through the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils and uncover the largest fossil preparation laboratory in the southern hemisphere. Visit the newly re-built Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum in the world dedicated to a song! We’ll undertake lunch on arrival followed by a self-guided tour. Then explore the main street, making sure you take a look at the Opal Walk and the historic Royal Open-Air Theatre and Museum. Head to the North Gregory Hotel where you will enjoy your overnight stay. This building stands to have an impressive history, from the first public performance of Waltzing Matilda to the clandestine meetings that saw the launch of a little airline named QANTAS.
North Gregory Hotel
Breakfast and dinner at the hotel | lunch at the Waltzing Matilda Centre


DAY 8: (BLD) WINTON TO CHARTERS TOWERS Monday 5 August 2019


This morning we watch the horizon stream by as we head to the cattle and sheep grazing lands of Hughenden. We have our picnic lunches before continuing on to Charters Towers, an old gold mining city that is big on history and character. We’ll settle into our hotel and freshen up for dinner.
Park Motel
Breakfast and dinner at the motel | picnic lunch supplied


DAY 9: (BLD) CHARTERS TOWERS TO AIRLIE BEACH Tuesday 6 August 2019


Have your cowboy hats ready and boots on as you take a horse drawn wagon back in time to the old west era of the legendary Texas Longhorns! Enjoy a camp oven cooked damper and billie tea served from the genuine cowboy chuck wagon before touring the custom saddle shop. Uncover the history of this iconic and magnificent breed of cattle whilst spinning yarns with your hosts and friends. After a special morning of discovery, it is now time to hang up our boots and travel back to the modern day, as we express through to Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays.
Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Breakfast and dinner at the motel | picnic lunch supplied


DAY 10: (BLD) WHITSUNDAYS Wednesday 7 August 2019


An earlier start to the day has us prepared to board our full day cruise through the beautiful Whitsundays. Our cruise will take us first to Hamilton Island with plenty of time to have a look around. You might like to jump on the shuttle bus and discover the islands tropical beauty. Wander the waterfront of Hamilton Island's famous Front Street and Marina Village taking in the sights, visiting the galleries, doing some shopping before enjoying lunch at the Marina Tavern. Cruise to beautiful Whitehaven Beach on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island. Discovering the glistening pure silica sand of this most unspoilt and spectacular Island, you may also like to take a swim in the crystal-clear blue waters? Back on board we enjoy afternoon tea on our return voyage to Airlie Beach.
Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Breakfast and dinner at the motel | lunch on cruise


DAY 11: (BLD) LOCAL TOURING Thursday 8 August 2019


We have another great day in store, with Proserpine River Eco Tours. Heading to their unique venture on a private section of the Proserpine River, our day will be divided into two parts. Firstly, experience the crocodile safari, where you take a remote and fascinating cruise along the calm waters at low tide to spot some of the local saltwater crocodile basking on the river banks. After the cruise enjoy a BBQ lunch before a wetlands tour on an open-air wagon train to view the abundant wildlife across the Googanga Plains. It’s a nationally listed wetland habitat and you’ll experience some unique scenery and wildlife as you travel through flood plains, pastures, saltpans and melaleuca forests. After a fascinating day we return to the motel.
Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Breakfast and dinner at the motel | lunch on tour


DAY 12: (BD) HOMEWARDBOUND BY RAIL Friday 9 August 2019


After such an amazing time exploring the Queensland from the outback to the coast, however it is now time to farewell this beautiful part of the world and board the Spirit of Queensland at Proserpine Station. Enjoy your dinner on board before settling into your railbed for the evening.
Spirit of Queensland Railbed
Breakfast at the motel | dinner on board


DAY 13: (B) BRISBANE Saturday 10 August 2019


This morning has you arriving into Brisbane station after a fantastic holiday, experiencing outback stations, dazzling night skys, stockman camp dinners and pristine tropical islands.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Roma Saleyard
  • Big Rig Oil Patch
  • Charleville’s Cosmos Centre
  • Bilby Experience
  • Astronomy By Day tour
  • Tambo Teddies
  • Tree of Knowledge
  • School of Distance Education
  • Qantas Founders Outback Museum
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Strathmore Station
  • Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience
  • Thomson River Cruise
  • Traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner
  • Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs
  • Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours & Safaris
  • Whitsunday Island Cruise
  • Proserpine River Eco Tours


All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc.


Breakfast on board