Longreach and Winton Explorer

Journey to the Queensland Outback and be mesmerised by the seemingly endless landscapes that trace along the horizon. Discover the region of strong pioneering history, fossil rich lands and amazing community.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Secret Airbase of WW2 Tour - Charleville
  • Cosmos Centre - Charleville
  • Bilby Experience - Charleville
  • Stories and Scones tour of Corones Hotel - Charleville
  • Tambo Teddies - Tambo
  • Jackie Howe and Black Stump - Blackall
  • Australian Workers Heritage Centre Museum - Barcaldine
  • Tree of Knowledge - Barcaldine
  • Machinery Mile - Ilfracombe
  • Wellshot Hotel - Ilfracombe
  • Strathmore Station Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum - Longreach
  • Outback Stockman's Show - Longreach
  • Carisbrook Station
  • Lark Quarry and Dinosaur Stampede
  • Winton Chinese market Garden and Musical fence
  • Transport and Machinery Museum - Winton
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre - Winton
  • Age of Dinosaurs - Winton
  • Dinosaur Canyon - Winton


Looking for a shorter escape? Speak to us about flying home from Longreach instead of catching the train making this an 8-day journey.

Departing
28/05/2020
Duration
9 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Luxury 4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Thursday 28 May 2020                                         HOME - CHARLEVILLE
Welcome to our Western Queensland Explorer. We board our flight to Charleville and are
greeted with a smile from our friendly Stonestreet’s team. Our interesting day begins with
a local guided tour of the town. We then uncover the Charleville mystery with a Top-Secret
World War II Tour. With the help of our guide, we unlock the stories of the United States
military base and how they lived when 3,500 personnel arrived in town. We enjoy dinner at
our motel before a visit to the Cosmos Centre. There is nothing quite like travelling thousands
of light-years into space. The guides will build our knowledge on the formation of the stars
and galaxies, reveal the beauty and meaning of coloured stars and the fascination of the
planets and our moon. We will enjoy nibbles and drinks before the open-air observatory
viewing of the outback night sky. Meals: D  Stay: Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville

Day 2: Friday 29 May 2020                                                     CHARLEVILLE - BLACKALL
If you love a great story, then here’s is one for you. Arriving in Australia penniless, pioneer Harry
(Poppa) Corones, went on to build an empire and make Australian history several times
throughout his life. We hear his amazing story while enjoying homemade scones at the iconic
Hotel Corones. Next is the Bilby Experience.  Here, your guide will reveal Australia’s native
animal extinction crisis, discover the breeding program and hopefully see the unique little
creatures. Enjoy lunch before a visit to 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. Tour through the workshop as well as discover the oldest town in the central
west. This afternoon we arrive in Blackall, where you’ll rest your heads overnight. Meals: BLD  Stay: Blackall Coolibah Motel

Day 3: Saturday 30 May 2020                                                         BLACKALL - LONGREACH
Blackall local and legendary gun shearer Jackie Howe set the almost unbelievable record of
shearing 321 sheep with blade shears in a day. A bronze statue now stands as a monument to
the man and the achievement. At the Blackall Woolscour, we embrace the authentic living
museum, which contains the last remaining steam operated wool washing plant in Australia
and has a direct link to the pioneering era and lives of many Blackall families. Stopping
in Barcaldine we discover the hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens at the
Australian Workers Heritage Centre. Spending time wandering the numerous displays we’ll
understand the history of the early pioneers’ struggles and the evolution of Australia as
a nation. We visit 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 Australia Labor
Party. We continue onto Ilfracombe where we have time to “wet the whistle” at the Wellshot
Hotel. While we are here, you make like to wander along the Folk Transport Museum. The
last leg of today’s journey is to Longreach, a town which has played a significant role in the
early development of Central Queensland and Outback Australia. Meals: BLD Stay: Longreach Motor Inn

Day 4: Sunday 31 May 2020                                                                       LONGREACH
Get an insight into the area through the eyes of a local grazier and local pioneering families.
Meet the owners of a local station called Strathmore and learn about their operations
and challenges of operating on the land as well as enjoy a homemade morning tea.
Next, we uncover some national treasures at the QANTAS Founders Museum. Through
historic photographs, memorabilia and multimedia displays, the inspiring stories of
the world’s pioneering airlines are brought to life. This evening we visit the iconic Australian
Stockman’s Hall of Fame to experience the Outback Stockman’s Show. We’ll be entertained
and captivated by the skill and informative insight into stockmen past and present before a
gourmet outback BBQ dinner. We’ll leave having a sense of pride in being a part of keeping the
spirit of the outback alive. Meals: BLD Stay: Longreach Motor Inn

Day 5: Monday 1 June 2020                                                                 LONGREACH
Hear the pounding hooves of the horses on the outback road and the rattle and creak of
the coach. Feel like a pioneer from the past and be entertained by the only stagecoach gallop
in Australia. Enjoy a stagecoach ride, photos, traditional smoko and classic Australia movie
in retro cinema seats before we experience the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show with
our Billy Can lunch. Based on the traditional outback travelling shows, its hard not to be
charmed by the simple delights of bush theatre. The show tells a fictional story set in the time
of Harry Redford (Captain Starlight) and refers to his infamous adventures. We return to the
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to lookthrough the museum at our own pace. Tonight, enjoy a sunset cruise and dinner on the banks
of the Thomson River. Relax on the top deck of the Longreach Explorer and take in 360-degree
views of the tranquil river. Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary detailing river and
cultural stories. Unwind with complimentary nibble platters and purchase drinks from the
licensed onboard cash bar. As the sunset fades into starlight, dock at Smithy’s Outback Dinner
and Show for a night of great food and live entertainment under the stars. Meals: BLD
Stay: Longreach Motor Inn

Day 6: Tuesday 2 June 2020                                            LONGREACH - WINTON
See some dramatic and ever-changing scenery on the way to Winton. This area was once home
to dinosaurs and is full of groundbreaking scientific discoveries and archaeological digs. A local
specialist will join you and detail some interesting sights. First, travel to Carisbrooke Station to
marvel at the natural wonders and history. Next visit the Dinosaur Stampede at Lake Quarry
Conservation Park which has preserved 3300 dinosaur footprints from 95 million years ago.
Check into your hotel and have time to freshen up before dinner. Meals: BLD Stay: Boulder Opal Motor Inn

Day 7:  Wednesday 3 June 2020                                                         WINTON
This morning, take in the interesting sights of Winton including the Musical Fence, a
wire fence that can be played as a musical instrument and the first permanent
installation of its kind in the world and the Chinese Market Garden which aims to
preserve the rich Chinese pioneering history in the area. We take a nostalgic trip down
transport memory lane with a visit to the Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum.
View the fully-restored heritage trucks, tractor, machinery and a unique collection of
workhorses from yesteryear. It was in Winton that Banjo Paterson wrote his famous poem
about the swagman and the jolly jumbuck and “Waltzing Matilda” was first heard in the
North Gregory Hotel. We visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, a world-class museum and
art gallery with displays focusing on the Australian landscape, channel country, the
women of the homesteads, livestock/wool industries of the outback and of course, the
classic poem. Next, we visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, which is located on top of the
“jump up” – a rugged mesa plateau formation that stands 75 meters above the surrounding
plains. The centre hosts the largest collectionof Australian dinosaur fossils and the largest
fossil preparation laboratory in the southern hemisphere. Tonight, unwind with a drink and
nibbles and watch the sun go down over the flat country. Settle in for a hearty BBQ feast
under the stars while soaking up the amazing outback surrounds. Meals: BD  Stay: Boulder Opal Motor Inn

Day 8: Thursday 4 June 2020                                                SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK
Today, transfer back from Winton to Longreach where on arrival at the Railway
Station you’ll board the Spirit of the Outback ahead of the 1,325km overnight journey to
Brisbane. Settle into your private cabin with a comfortable seat during the day converting
into a comfy bed at night. Your First-Class Sleeper also contains a powerpoint to power
your personal electronics. During your rail journey, you may like to head to the ShearersRest which provides First Class customers with an exclusive lounge area to sit back and relax with a cool beverage, read a newspaper
or just watch the scenery go by. Enjoy allinclusive dining in the Tuckerbox Restaurant
where the menu includes hearty outback inspired chef-prepared meals, using some of
QLD’s best produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Tuckerbox Restaurant is exclusive
to First Class customers. Rest which provides First Class customers with an exclusive lounge area to sit back and
relax with a cool beverage, read a newspaper or just watch the scenery go by. Enjoy allinclusive
dining in the Tuckerbox Restaurant where the menu includes hearty outback
inspired chef-prepared meals, using some of QLD’s best produce for breakfast, lunch and
dinner. The Tuckerbox Restaurant is exclusive to First Class customers. Meals: BLD  Stay: Spirit of the Outback Train

Day 9: Friday 5 June 2020                                                  SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK - HOME
Continue through Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. Arrive
at Roma St Station at midday, a Stonestreets coach will collect you. Have lunch at Redbank
Plains Tavern for the Feats all-you-can-eat buffet, then, head back to Toowoomba.  Meals: BL

Day 9: Friday 5 June 2020                                               SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK - HOME
Continue through Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. Arrive
at Roma St Station at midday, a Stonestreets coach will collect you. Have lunch at Redbank
Plains Tavern for the Feats all-you-can-eat buffet, then, head back to Toowoomba. Meals: BL

Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Transport: Luxury 4x4 Coach 

Flights: One Way Economy Flight - Qantas - Brisbane to Charleville

Accommodation: 

7 Nights in Hotel/Motel/Lodge accommodation

1 Night - Spirit of the Outback Train - Longreach to Brisbane

Activities:

  • Secret Airbase of WW2 Tour - Charleville
  • Cosmos Centre - Charleville
  • Bilby Experience - Charleville
  • Stories and Scones tour of Corones Hotel - Charleville
  • Tambo Teddies - Tambo
  • Jackie Howe and Black Stump - Blackall
  • Australian Workers Heritage Centre Museum - Barcaldine
  • Tree of Knowledge - Barcaldine
  • Machinery Mile - Ilfracombe
  • Wellshot Hotel - Ilfracombe
  • Strathmore Station Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum - Longreach
  • Outback Stockman's Show - Longreach
  • Carisbrook Station
  • Lark Quarry and Dinosaur Stampede
  • Winton Chinese market Garden and Musical fence
  • Transport and Machinery Museum - Winton
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre - Winton
  • Age of Dinosaurs - Winton
  • Dinosaur Canyon - Winton

Other Inclusions:

  • Home pickup and drop off available for Toowoomba residents with prior arrangement
  • On-site vehicle parking (uncovered) available for travellers departing from Toowoomba
  • Stonestreets Travel Tour Leader
  • Airport Transfers

What our Guests had to say about our last outback Queensland tour:

Varied events to see, good range of interesting activities. Very happy with everything. - Rita

The visit to Strathmore Station was exceptional. They really imparted to us what life was like and how they farmed their land and their cattle. We admire them greatly. - Ted and Ann

Really enjoyed the Cobb and Co experience and thought it was an excellent activity. - Robyn

Our Guests Rated this tour: 9.7/10 (8 Reviews)

Departing
28/05/2020
Duration
9 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Luxury 4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $4,395
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