Spirit of the Outback

Outback Queensland is a land of inspiring stories and by discovering the history and spirit of our nation's pioneers you can find a special connection with the outback and our country. This is the most comprehensive tour to Outback Queensland, taking in the outback region and experiences around 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. This journey through ever changing scenery and rugged terrain between Longreach and Brisbane provides an effortless scenic experience and the perfect opportunity to relax.

Tour Highlights

  • Cosmos Centre, Charleville
  • WWII Top Secret Airbase History Tour, Charleville
  • Bilby Experience, Charleville
  • Tree of Knowledge & Australian Workers Heritage Centre, Barcaldine
  • Machinery Mile & Hilton’s Corner, Ilfracombe
  • Outback Stockman’s Show with dinner
  • School of the Air tour
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Kinnon & Co Carriage ride and show
  • Drovers Sunset Cruise and dinner
  • Strathmore Station Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum including 747/707/ Catalina Tours
  • Waltzing Matilda Qantilda Museum, Winton
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Tour and BBQ Sunset dinner
  • Carisbrooke Station Tour
  • Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede Tour
  • Spirit of Outback – Winton-Longreach-Brisbane 

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Take a journey with Queensland Weekender aboard the Spirit of the Outback to the heart of Queensland's outback.

Departing
14/05/2018
Duration
9 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach, Spirit of the Outback Train (First Class Cabin)

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Day 1: Monday 14 May 2018 - Toowoomba to Charleville

Depart Toowoomba aboard the luxury Stonestreets 4x4 Tour Coach and head west through the Darling Downs to Chinchilla and then Roma for lunch. Afterward, continue to Mitchell and Morven before arriving in Charleville where for dinner at the hotel. Later head to the Cosmos Centre to experience a never to be forgotten night sky experience. There’s nothing quite like seeing the distant stars and planets with your own eyes through the magnificent telescopes. Meals: LD

Day 2: Tuesday 15 May 2018 - Charleville

Today take a unique Top Secret WWII USAAF History Tour of Charleville Airport. This place once became part of the United States of America, when in 1942 when the site was handed over to the US Military for use as a top secret site. During the war, the area was a village with over 3,500 United States Servicemen  (the population of Charleville today) serving in the area. Next, meet a delightful and interesting marsupial, the Bilby, one of Australia's most endangered species. The Charleville Bilby Experience carries out vital conservation work to ensure their survival including a captive breeding program. Depart Charleville and travel north through Augathella and Tambo to Barcaldine for the night. Meals: BLD 

Day 3: Wednesday 16 May 2018 - Barcaldine & Ilfracombe

In the morning, visit a special ghost gum "the tree of knowledge" which grew outside the Railway Station and earned its claim to fame as the founding site of the political movement we now know as the Australian Labor Party. Later, visit the Australian Workers Heritage Centre which is the only national attraction dedicated to celebrating the lives and proud heritage of ordinary working people and telling the stories of the railway workers, blacksmiths, farmers, nurses and teachers who shaped the nation. Enjoy lunch in town before setting sights to the west for  Ilfracombe. Visit Machinery Mile's wonderful display of machinery, before a visit to the Wellshot Hotel which is over 100 years old and considered one of the most unique and historic pubs in the Outback. Lastly, visit Hilton’s Corner, home to an interesting collections of collections. From here it’s only a short drive in to Longreach and the hotel for 3 nights. Tonight head to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame for dinner and the Outback Stockman’s Show to uncover the Australian character and hear from Head Stockman John Hawkes as he presents an informative insight and tribute to the skills of all stockmen past and present. Meals: BLD

Day 4: Thursday 17 May 2018 - Longreach 

Begin the day with a guided tour of the Longreach School of the Air, one of the largest classrooms in the world! Observe the school in action and learn how education is delivered using technology ‘in the bush’. Next, return to 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. This afternoon join Kinnon & Co for an authentic Stage Coach Ride and experience the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Tonight, board the Longreach Explorer cruise boat and relax on the top deck with 360 degree views of the majestic Thomson River. The Captain will captivate you with stories about the river, its wildlife and Indigenous links. Then, stop at Sunset Bend to toast the sunset and take in the stunning colours of the outback sky. Dock riverside for Smithy's Outback Dinner and Show before returning to the accommodation. Meals: BD

Day 5: Friday 18 May 2018 - Strathmore Station and Qantas Museum

Today, meet Maree on Strathmore Station who will share her passion for station life on a personalised tour. Tour the station and 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. Back at the homestead wander the tranquil gardens and enjoy the warm Outback hospitality. Return to Longreach and the Qantas Founders Museum, an award winning world-class museum and cultural display whick eloquently tells the story of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. Take a special Jet Tour which takes you behind the scenes aboard two jet aircraft, the Boeing 747 and 707. View the DC-3 and marvel at the changes in airliner design technology since the 1930s. Meals: BLD

Day 6:Saturday 19 May 2018 - Longreach to Winton

Head west this morning along the Landsborough Highway, and arrive in Winton in time for morning tea. Visit the new Waltzing Matilda Centre complex, the only Museum in the world dedicated to a song! Please note: most of The Waltzing Matilda Centre was destroyed by fire in June 2015 and is currently due to reopen in March 2018, however if the centre has not reopened for this visit, the Qantilda Museum will be visited instead.  Enjoy lunch at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, then take an exploratory tour of the town. Late afternoon visit The Australian Age of Dinosaur Museum for a special guided tour of the Museum’s working laboratory and collection room. In the evening, have a sunset Aussie Outback BBQ with the dinosaurs. Meals: BLD

Day 7:Sunday 20 May 2018 - Carisbrooke Station & 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. Your hosts Charles and Penelope Phillott and their family, invite guests to experience this fascinating and unique part of Australia with a scenic station tour. Drive to Cory’s Range featuring the Three Sisters and explore Lark Quarry where you’ll see the only know 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 turned and charged. The stampeding herd of smaller dinosaurs left a chaotic mass of footprints in the mud as they ran to escape. This tale is preserved in the clay footprints centuries later. After this enthralling visit return to Winton for dinner. Meals: BLD

Day 8: Monday 21 May 2018 - Spirit of the Outback

After an early start transferr to the Waltzing Matilda Centre and farewell the 4WD coach and driver. Board the connecting coach service from Winton to Longreach. On arrival at Longreach Railway Station board the Spirit of the Outback train, ready for the 1325km overnight journey to Brisbane. Settle in to a private First Class cabin then explore the train. During the rail journey, 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 with a menu including hearty outback inspired chef prepared meals, using some of Queensland’s best produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals: BLD

Day 9: Tuesday 22 May 2018 - Spirit of the Outback - Toowoomba

Continue this morning through Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. On arrival at Roma Street Station, a coach will be waiting to collect the group and travel to Redbank Plains Tavern for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Then, head back to Toowoomba. Meals: BL

Linked Tours: Looking for a longer Holiday? This tour is designed to link with our Tropical Townsville 5 day Escape departing on Wednesday 23 May. You may either skip the Spirit of the Outback train journey and travel with the coach from Winton to Townsville and spend an extra day in Tropical Townsville prior to the start of the next tour. Alternatively, you may choose to return to Brisbane, stay overnight, then fly to Townsville the following day to join the Tropical Townsville Tour.

Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Transport: Luxury 4x4 Coach, Spirit of the Outback Sleeper Carriage First Class

Accommodation: 7 nights Hotel/Motel Accommodation

Activities:

  • Cosmos Centre, Charleville
  • WWII Top Secret Airbase History Tour, Charleville
  • Bilby Experience, Charleville
  • Tree of Knowledge & Australian Workers Heritage Centre, Barcaldine
  • Machinery Mile & Hilton’s Corner, Ilfracombe
  • Outback Stockman’s Show with dinner
  • School of the Air tour
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Kinnon & Co Carriage ride and show
  • Drovers Sunset Cruise and dinner
  • Strathmore Station Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum including 747/707/Catalina Tours
  • Waltzing Matilda Qantilda Museum, Winton
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Tour and BBQ Sunset dinner
  • Carisbrooke Station Tour
  • Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede Tour
  • Spirit of Outback – Winton-Longreach-Brisbane 

 

Departing
14/05/2018
Duration
9 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach, Spirit of the Outback Train (First Class Cabin)
Price
AUD $4,295.00
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