Spirit of the Outback

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Outback Queensland is a land of inspiring stories, and by discovering the history and spirit of our nation's pioneers you can create a special connection with the outback and our country. This is the most comprehensive tour to Outback Queensland, taking in the landscapes of the outback region and authentic experiences around famous locations like Charleville, Longreach and Winton. To make the journey truly special, you'll travel back to Brisbane aboard the fantastic Spirit of the Outback in First-Class Sleeper Cabins.

Spirit of Outback Train: The perfect way to end your Outback Experience is aboard the Spirit of the Outback – a journey through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain between Longreach and Brisbane. Relax in your first-class sleeper cabin, then share some memories of your outback holiday in the Shearers Rest carriage, later indulge in a delicious meal in the Tuckerbox Restaurant all included in your First-Class passage aboard Spirit of the Outback.

Tour Highlights

  • Cosmos Centre, Charleville
  • WWII Top Secret Airbase History Tour, Charleville
  • Stories and Scones – Corones Hotel
  • Bilby Experience, Charleville
  • Blackall Wool Scour tour
  • Tree of Knowledge & Australian Workers Heritage Centre, Barcaldine
  • Machinery Mile and Wellshot Hotel, Ilfracombe
  • Strathmore Station Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum including 747/707 jet tour
  • Drovers Sunset Cruise, dinner and show
  • Outback Pioneers – Cobb & Co Experience  
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Outback Stockman’s Show with dinner
  • Carisbrooke Station
  • Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede guided tour  
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Tour with BBQ Sunset dinner and drinks
  • Spirit of Outback – Longreach-Brisbane including meals  
Departing
13/05/2019
Duration
9 Days
Maximum Tour Size
30
Physical Rating
Moderate – Some walking on uneven ground and traveling up to 2 ½ hours at a time.
Transport
Luxury Coach

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Day 1: Monday 13 May 2019
Toowoomba/Brisbane- Charleville

Transfer to Brisbane Airport, and check in to your QantasLink flight to Charleville. On arrival, meet your coach captain and depart on a sightseeing tour of Charleville. See the Flying Doctor Base, Vortex Rain Making Gun, the Warrego River and town centre before checking in to your centrally located accommodation. Enjoy dinner at the Motor Inn, then head to the Cosmos Centre to experience an eye-opening journey into the night sky. Charleville's lack of light pollution makes it easy to see distant galaxies with your own eyes, a sight that is simply magnificent to behold through the Cosmos Centre's telescopes. Meals: D
Accommodation: Waltzing Matilda Motor Inn   

Day 2: Tuesday 15 May 2019
Charleville Sightseeing

Start your sightseeing today with a Top-Secret WWII USA AirForce History Tour. Charleville Airport briefly became part of the United States of America in 1942 when the site was handed over to the US Military as a top-secret site during the war. The area was a village in its own right with over 3,500 United States Servicemen serving in the area (the population of Charleville today). Later, visit the historic Hotel Corones for Stories and Scones. Hear the fascinating stories of Harry ‘Poppa’ Corones and learn how he came to Charleville and built his empire. This afternoon, meet the delightful and interesting marsupial, the Bilby, one of Australia's most endangered species. Vital work is carried out in Charleville to ensure their survival, including the important captive breeding program.  Before departing Depart Charleville, enjoy lunch at the RSL Club, then travel north through Augathella and Tambo to Blackall for an overnight stay. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Acacia Motor Inn

Day 3: Wednesday 16 May 2019
Blackall, Barcaldine & Ilfracombe

This morning, visit the historic Blackall Wool Scour, the last remaining steam operated wool washing plant in Australia. Witness history in action at this living museum with a direct link to Australia's pioneering era. Continue north to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre in Barcaldine, the only national attraction dedicated to celebrating the lives and proud heritage of ordinary working people. Discover the stories of the railway workers, blacksmiths, farmers, nurses and teachers who shaped the nation. Enjoy lunch here before visiting the newly developed site of a ghost gum which grew outside the Railway Station. This special tree earned the name "the Tree of Knowledge" and the claim to fame as the founding site of the political movement we now know as the Australian Labor Party. Set sights to the west and travel to Ilfracombe. Visit Machinery Mile, home to a wonderful display of rare and unique machinery, almost all collected within 100 miles of the town. Visit the Wellshot Hotel which is over 100 years old and considered one of the most unique and historic pubs in the Outback. From here it’s only a short drive to Longreach and the Longreach Motor Inn, home for the next 3 nights. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Longreach Motor Inn (3 nights)

Day 4: Thursday 17 May 2019
Strathmore Station, Qantas Museum and Drovers Sunset Cruise

Today, meet Maree at Strathmore Station who will share her passion for station life on a personalised tour. Tour the station, learn about Santa Gertrudis cattle and Merino wool production. Hear how these third-generation graziers made water run uphill with their award-winning water system. At the homestead you'll have time to wander the tranquil gardens and enjoy some warm Outback hospitality. Return to Longreach and visit the Qantas Founders Museum, an award-winning, world-class museum and cultural display, eloquently telling the story of Qantas with displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. Enjoy lunch at McGinness’ Restaurant, then, join your guide for a special Jet Tour which goes behind the scenes on two real jet aircraft, the Boeing 747 and 707. View another aircraft, the DC-3, and marvel at the changes in airliner design technology since the 1930s. Tonight, it’s all aboard the Longreach Explorer, a riverboat providing relaxed top deck cruising with 360-degree views of the majestic Thomson River. Your Captain will captivate you with stories about the river, its wildlife and Indigenous links. Stop at Sunset Bend to toast the sunset and take in the stunning colours of the outback sky. As the colours fade into starlight, dock for Smithy's Outback Dinner and Show before retiring to your accommodation. Meals: BLD

Day 5: Friday 18 May 2019
Cobb & Co Experience, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Dinner Show 

This morning, experience the sound of pounding hooves on outback dirt roads and the rattle and creak of the a horse-drawn coach. Hold on to your hat as you take the only stagecoach gallop in Australia! It’s exhilarating and entertaining and offers a taste of what travel would have been like in the pioneer past. After your stagecoach ride, slow down with a classic Australian movie in retro cinema seats, then finish the morning with the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show, a tribute to the old travelling shows. Later today, visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Australia’s premier outback heritage institution. 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 comprise 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. Tonight, head back to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame for dinner and the Outback Stockman’s Show which represents the quintessential Australian character. Join experienced Head Stockman John Hawkes for an informative insight and tribute to the skills of all stockmen past and present. Be entertained and captivated by this marvellous show which leaves visitors with a sense of pride for keeping the spirit of the outback alive. Meals: BLD

Day 6: Saturday 19 May 2019
Carisbrooke Station & Lark Quarry  

Today, head west along the Landsborough Highway to Winton and meet your guide from Red Dirt Tours for a full day tour to Carrisbrooke Station and Lark Quarry. Experience true outback hospitality today in the heart of Waltzing Matilda country. Carisbrooke is set amidst the red mesa splendour of Cory's Range and the Williams Valley, 85km south west of Winton in Queensland's outback, this working sheep and cattle station abounds with wildlife and natural vegetation. See the Three Sisters, Python Gorge, fossick for opal and simply enjoy the open expanse of the landscape. Later, explore Lark Quarry where you’ll witness the only known fossilised dinosaur stampede on the planet. 95 million years ago Lark Quarry was part of a great river plain. On the day the drama unfolded, herds of small two-legged dinosaurs came to drink at the lake. There were at least 150 dinosaurs of two different kinds - carnivorous coelurosaurs about the size of chickens, and slightly larger plant-eating ornithopods, some of them as large as emus. A huge meat-eating Theropod, approached the lake. It slowed, saw the other dinosaurs gathered at the water’s edge and began to stalk, then, it turned and charged. The stampeding herd of smaller dinosaurs left a chaotic mass of footprints in the mud as they ran to escape. Late afternoon check into North Gregory Hotel, home for two nights. Meals:BD
Accommodation: North Gregory Hotel (2 nights)

Day 7: Sunday 20 May 2019
Waltzing Matilda Centre and Australian Age of Dinosaurs  
A leisurely start this morning with a visit to Winton’s Transport and Machinery Museum before a gentle sightseeing tour around the town. Visit the Musical Fence and the site of the historic Chinese Market Gardens. Next, enjoy the newly opened Waltzing Matilda Centre complex - the only Museum in the world dedicated to a song. If there is one song that lives in the hearts of all Australians, it's "Waltzing Matilda". You can purchase lunch here or take a wander and look around in town. This afternoon, head to The Australian Age of Dinosaur Museum for a special guided tour of the Museum’s working laboratory and collection room, followed by a relaxed sunset Outback BBQ with the dinosaurs. Tomorrow your adventure continues on the Spirit of the Outback. Meals: BLD

Day 8: Monday 21 May 2019
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 comfortable seat during the day converting into a comfy bed at night. Your First-Class Sleeper also contains a power point to power your personal electronics. During your rail journey, you may like to head to the Shearers 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 all-inclusive dining in the Tuckerbox Restaurant where the menu includes hearty outback inspired chef prepared meals, using some of Queensland’s best produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Tuckerbox Restaurant is exclusive to First Class customers. Meals:BLD
Accommodation: Spirit of the Outback Train

Day 9: Tuesday 22 May 2019
Spirit of the Outback - Toowoomba

This morning, continue through Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. On arrival at Roma Street Station at midday, a Stonestreets coach will be waiting to collect you. Lunch today at Redbank Plains Tavern for the Feats all-you-can-eat buffet, then, head back to Toowoomba after a fantastic 9 days away experiencing the Spirit of the Outback. Meals: BL

Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Transport: Luxury Coach 

Accommodation: 

9 Nights Hotel Accommodation
1 Night Waltzing Matilda Motor Inn, Charleville
1 Night Acacia Motor Inn, Blackall
3 Nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach
2 Nights North Gregory Hotel, Winton
1 Night  First Class Sleeper Cabin aboard the Spirit of the Outback Train

Activities:

Entry to all attractions and National Parks as per itinerary:

  • Cosmos Centre, Charleville
  • WWII Top Secret Airbase History Tour, Charleville
  • Stories and Scones – Corones Hotel
  • Bilby Experience, Charleville
  • Blackall Wool Scour Tour
  • Tree of Knowledge & Australian Workers Heritage Centre, Barcaldine
  • Machinery Mile 7 Wellshot Hotel, Ilfracombe
  • Strathmore Station Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum including 747/707 Jet Tour
  • Drovers Sunset Cruise, Dinner and Show
  • Outback Pioneers – Cobb & Co Experience  
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Outback Stockman’s Show with Dinner
  • Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede Guided Tour  
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Tour with BBQ Sunset Dinner and Drinks
  • Spirit of Outback – Longreach - Brisbane 

What our Guests had to say about our last Spirit of the Outback tour:

Varied events to see, good range of interesting activities. I enjoyed the Dinosaurs and the visit to Strathmore Station. - 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

For seniors like us, there was lots to see, and time in between to have a little "spell" - Frances

Bus was very comfortable, relatively good vision out windows. Sufficient stops on long drive days. - Lesley and Eva

Our Guests Rated this tour: 10/10 (4 Reviews)

Departing
13/05/2019
Duration
9 Days
Maximum Tour Size
30
Physical Rating
Moderate – Some walking on uneven ground and traveling up to 2 ½ hours at a time.
Transport
Luxury Coach

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Price
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