Outback Queensland Tour

Day 1: (L D) Sunday 21st June

Departing this morning traveling West we will stop for morning tea and lunch and an afternoon stop will be on route to our first night’s accommodation in Narrabri. Tonight’s dinner will be across the road at the Narrabri RSL.

Accommodation: Southern Cross Motel – NARRABRI

Day 2: (B L D) Monday 22nd June

This morning we will travel north passing through the black soil farms to Mungindi on the NSW/QLD border for some morning tea. Lunch will be in St George on the Balonne River which irrigates the town’s cotton farms. This afternoon we will travel to Roma to have a look at a clay mural which tells the story of the surrounding area and town. Before we head to the hotel for our night’s accommodation, we will have a look at the largest bottle tree which has a girth of an incredible 8.9 meters, possibly having originated in the 19th century.

Accommodation: Explorers Inn – ROMA

Day 3: (B L D) Tuesday 23rd June

Morven in the heart of Central Queensland will be our morning tea stop, followed by lunch with the Tambo Teddies. Back in 1922 there was a slump in wool prices and the ladies of the town decided they needed to bring money into the town so created these beautiful teddies made of wool pelts and stuffed them with wool; a beautiful gift for any little boy or girl.

This afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour of a wool scour at Blackall; the only steam-driven scour incorporating a shearing shed left in Australia. The wool scour will allow your imagination to be captured by the secrets of the steam machinery and give you an insight to the pioneering achievement of engineering and endurance.

Accommodation: Acacia Motor Inn – BLACKALL

Day 4: (B L D) Wednesday 24th June

After breakfast this morning we will head to Barcaldine to visit to the Tree of Knowledge; the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party following the Great Shear’ Strike, which also saw the birth of the National Party.  The Australian Workers Heritage Centre is next on our journey with highlights ordinary people made to the opening up of Queensland and Australia, such as school teachers, nurses, firemen and police. Later this afternoon we will travel towards Longreach with a stop at the Illfracombe Hotel; time to have a cool drink or check out the museum that is the length of the main street and has many old types of machinery and vehicles from a day gone by.

Tonight’s dinner will be held at the QANTAS museum after a laser and light show to celebrate 100 years of QANTAS.

Accommodation: Albert Park Motor Inn – LONGREACH

Day 5: (B D) Thursday 25th June

This morning it is back to school where we visit the Longreach School of Distant Education for a guided tour to see how one of the largest classrooms in the world operates. Observe school in action and learn how education is delivered using technology ‘in the bush’. The Longreach School of Distance Education (formerly known as Longreach School of the Air) is a unique experience and is one of sixteen distance education schools in the country; and one of seven in QLD.

Following this you will have some free time to visit the QANTAS museum, telling the story of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft, an impressive collection of genuine artifacts and the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar. Lunch will be at own expense. Some free time this afternoon to rest or do a little shopping.

Accommodation: Albert Park Motor Inn – LONGREACH

Day 6: (B L D) Friday 26th June

It’s an early start this morning as we head out to Winton for the day to visit the only museum in the world dedicated to a song. Not just any song, but a song that resonates in our hearts as Australians. The Waltzing Matilda Centre, a state-of-the-art museum facility, tells the story of the song Waltzing Matilda. We will then go out to The Australian Age of Dinosaurs and take in a guided tour through the laboratory and collection room to view dinosaur fossil collections on display.

Albert Park Motor Inn – LONGREACH

Day 7: (B L D) Saturday 27th June

Stockman’s Hall of Fame is a must-see in Longreach and inside, the Centre’s five themed galleries proudly display the history behind some of Australia’s greatest and bravest explorers, stock workers, pastoralists and Aborigines. The exhibits comprising an eclectic mix of objects, images, touch screens, audiovisual presentations and open displays, allowing visitors to interpret the outback story in their own unique way. While here we will enjoy the Australian Stockman show; an entertaining and educational tribute from  days of old with amazing working animals. This fascinating show takes you on an adventure that depicts the rugged, harsh and sometimes humorous antics from life in the bush. This evening we will board a sunset cruise on the Thomson River and enjoy an adventure to the heart of outback tradition, with dinner around the campfire and Starlight’s spectacular Sound and Light Show.

Accommodation: Albert Park Motor Inn – LONGREACH

Day 8: (B L D) Sunday 28th June

Today we say farewell to Longreach and head towards Emerald, heart of a mining and agriculture area, traveling through the little towns of Alpha and Jericho and spending some time in the gem fields for lunch and some fossicking. You will be shown how to find some sapphires or rubies of your own to keep. The largest gem quality sapphire in the world was found in this region. Blue, yellow and parti colored sapphires are also found in this area. This afternoon we will have dinner in the hotel.

Accommodation: Explorers Inn – EMERALD

Day 9: (B L D) Monday 29th June

Joining the open road again today we will be having lunch at Injune in June and then we will have a comfort stop at Roma before heading to Chinchilla, the little town producing 25 per cent of the country’s watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons.. Chinchilla is the undisputed melon capital! We have dinner in the restaurant at tonight’s accommodation.

Accommodation: The Palms Motel – CHINCHILLA

Day 10: (B L D) Tuesday 30th June

Traveling down towards the coast we have a stop at the Jondaryn Woolshed where we will enjoy some morning tea of damper and watch how to make damper. Later we will have a guided tour of the Heritage Museum, see some sheep shearing and whip cracking all before enjoying a lovely lunch. In the afternoon we will head down to the Gold Coast to stay.

Top off the tour to Outback Queensland with a remarkable dinner and show at the Australian Outback Spectacular. This show takes you on a journey to the heartland of Australia through truly Australian characters, a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. This dinner and show is more than a night out – it’s an experience steeped in courage, tradition and daring Australian spirit.

Accommodation: Ramada Hope Harbour – GOLD COAST

Day 11: (B L D) Wednesday 1st July

Once we’ve had breakfast, we will head south with a visit to view a video and display about the harvesting, distillation and processing of the world’s first Tea Tree Oil Plantation. Lunch will be at the Thursday Plantation in Ballina, with some time to purchase some Tea Tree products. Our last nights accommodation is in Grafton, where we will have dinner in the restaurant and chat about the amazing tour we have just had.

Accommodation: Quality Inn – GRAFTON

Day 12: (B L ) Thursday 2nd July

After a wonderful holiday traveling in the Queensland Outback we head home with a stop for lunch at the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey, before arriving back in the afternoon with so many great memories and having made some new friends.

Important Information

The Tour Includes:

  • Luxury Coach Travel
  • Experienced Coach Captain and Professional Tour Director
  • 11 nights quality accommodation
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 11 Lunches
  • 11 Dinners

Tour Highlights:

  • 4 night stays at Longreach
  • Guided tour of a wool scour
  • Sunset cruise on the Thomson River
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre and Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum at Winton
  • Visit to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre
  • An afternoon fossicking for sapphires
  • Visit to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Visit to Jondaryn Woolshed
  • QANTAS Museum

Please note: all itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures and inclement weather.

Luggage:

Is limited to one bag not more than 20kg or 2 bags with a total not exceeding 20kg.

Tour Payment:

A non-refundable deposit of $300.00 per person at time of booking. Balance due 2 months prior to departure.

Cancellation Charges:

  • 60 days or more $100.00 per person
  • 30-59 days 20% of fare
  • 14-29 days 50% of fare
  • 6-13 days 75% of fare
  • Note: less than 6 days there is no refund

Travel Insurance is highly recommended by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade. We advise passengers to consider taking out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances which may arise.

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Tour Dates: 21st June - 2nd July 2020
Tour Duration
12 Days and 11 Nights
Tour Price
$3,180p/person