Characters of the Australian Outback

Embark on an unforgettable expedition to discover the raw beauty of vast stretches and empty spaces. Discover the colourful characters who call this place home and delight in the wonders of the outback’s starry night sky.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guided tour of Adelaide
  • Guided tour and lunch at Bungaree Station
  • Guided tour of the Flinders Ranges including lunch
  • Sundowners at Rawnsley Park Station including pre-dinner drinks and canapes
  • Historic Blinman
  • Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Lunch at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Strzelecki Track
  • Cameron Corner
  • Sturt National Park and the Jump up
  • Historic Ray Station stay with guided tours by the station owners
  • Guided tour at Eromanga Natural History Museum
  • Moble Homestead with tour by station owners
  • Cave Hill sunset drinks and nibbles
  • Guided tour of Charleville and World War II Top Secret tour
  • Twilight observatory session at the Charleville Cosmos Centre with nibbles and drinks
Departing
14/05/2020
Duration
12 Days
Physical Rating
Low Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground
Transport
Luxury 4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Thursday 14 May 2020
HOME TO ADELAIDE

Welcome to our incredible tour from South Australia to Queensland featuring Outback Stations. We’ll transfer to Brisbane Airport for our flight to Adelaide, when on arrival we meet our coach captain, load the coach and head into the city. At Montefiore Hill, we can see the spot from where Colonel Light planned a great city of the future in the sweeping valley below. Nearby is one of Adelaide’s most prominent landmarks – St Peters Cathedral, which overlooks the city from North Adelaide and below us is the recently redeveloped Adelaide Oval. Tonight, we enjoy our welcome dinner at our hotel. Meals:D
Stay: Adelaide Rockford

Day 2: Friday 15 May 2020
ADELAIDE TO RAWNSLEY PARK

Leaving Adelaide, we have an opportunity to learn about station life at Bungaree Station. This merino sheep station was established in 1841 and is still run by descendants of the original founder. A member of the family will give us a wonderful insight into 19th century station life with a guided tour and lunch. We arrive in Rawnsley Park Station, set below the magnificent Rawnsley Bluff. Dinner tonight will be in the Woolshed Restaurant, an authentic Australian woolshed. Tomorrow we have a chance to discover the extraordinary landscape that is over 800 million years. Meals: BLD
Stay: Rawnsley Park Station

Day 3: Saturday 16 May 2020 
RAWNSLEY PARK

Uncover the dramatic gorges and spectacular peaks of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges. We meet our local guide who will take us on an insider’s tour of this stunning National Park. We enjoy a packed lunch along the way then return to Rawnsley mid-afternoon. We complete our outback experience with sundowners to observe the ever-changing colours of the sunset at Pugilist Lookout with refreshing pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Marvel at this vast ancient landscape from a spectacular viewing location before dinner at the resort. Meals: BLD
Stay: Rawnsley Park Station

Day 4: Sunday 17 May 2020
RAWNSLEY PARK TO ARKAROOLA

We tour further into the Flinders today on our way to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Lunch today is at Blinman – historic, picturesque and the highest town in South Australia. During the copper mining boom of the 1850s more than 1500 people lived in Blinman. Todays its just over 20! This afternoon we arrive at Arkaroola in the Gammon Ranges National Park, one of Australia’s true tourism gems. Meals: BLD
Stay: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Day 5: Monday 18 May 2020
ARKAROOLA RIDGE TOP

This morning we take the incredible 4WD ‘Ridge Top Tour’ driving along mine tracks winding through some of Australia’s most rugged mountains. Visit ‘Crystal Candy Mountains’, Mt Painter Yundnamutana Gorge and Sillers Lookout with awe inspiring views extending more than 80 kms over Lake Frome. We return to Arkaroola for lunch before an afternoon at leisure. Talk a self-guided walk, the Echo Camp Back Track Tour, a 35-minute scenic flight over Gammon Ranges, or perhaps just kick back and relax. Meals: BLD
Stay: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Day 6: Tuesday 19 May 2020
ARKAROOLA TO TIBOOBURRA

Departing Arkaroola this morning we head north past Mount Hopeless and on to the remote Strzelecki Track.  Continue north to Merty Metry Station and then east to Cameron Corner and through the Sturt National Park to Tibooburra. Check into Family Hotel, an outback pub famous for the murals on the walls of the “Brushmen of the Bush”. Meals: BLD
Stay: Family Hotel, Tibooburra

Day 7: Wednesday 20 May 2020
TIBOOBURRA TO RAY STATION

Today we’ll travel through the Sturt National Park making a stop at the Jump ups for morning tea before continuing through the outback and into Queensland to Ray Station, our base for the next two nights.  The Station was settled in 1874 by Patsy and Sarah Tully and remains one of a select few properties in Australia that has never changed hands. It has been handed down from father to son and so remains the unique history of the original family.  Meals: BLD
Stay: Ray Station

Note: accommodation at Ray Station will be in the restored shearers quarters or homestead cottages.  Rooms have reverse cycle air-conditioners, with twin/double beds and all linen.  Bathroom facilities are shared and close by.

Day 8: Thursday 21 May 2020
RAY STATION

Our day begins with a tour of Ray Station, learning the unique story from 1874 to present day. After lunch we will be shown the pioneer cemetery, the opal fields, amazing historical photographs, fascinating displays and the aboriginal rock holes on the property. Our day finishes with an interesting film of the bygone days at the stationMeals: BLD
Stay: Ray Station

Day 9: Friday 22 May 2020
RAY STATION TO MOBLE HOMESTEAD

We farewell our hosts at Ray Station and make our way to Moble Homestead. The Rutledge Brothers on their return from The Great War secured Moble and it has remained in the family for five generations. From serene waterholes to the rugged beauty of the Grey Range, the sheep and cattle property is known for the incredible landscapes that have inspired artists and bird watches alike. Brian and Kylie will showcase their charming property with great food and fantastic country hospitality. Meals:BLD
Stay: Moble Homestead

Note: accommodation at Moble Homestead will be in the shearers quarters or homestead cottages.   Rooms have reverse cycle air-conditioners, with twin beds and all linen.  Bathroom facilities are shared and close by.

Day 10: Saturday 23 May 2020
MOBLE HOMESTEAD

Today we visit Eromanga, the ‘furthest town from the sea’ in Australia and is also significant in the discovery of dinosaurs. We enjoy a guided tour of Eromanga Natural History Museum, home to Australia’s largest dinosaur, a 95-98-million-year-old Titanosaur called ‘Cooper’. We visit the Knot-A-Saurus Park to view the amazing aluminium dinosaur sculptures before making our way to back to Moble Homestead.  This afternoon, we’ll learn about life on the property. And have time to wander the beautiful gardens before enjoying drinks and nibbles from Cave Hill watching the setting sun. Meals: BLD
Stay: Moble Homestead

Day 11: Sunday 24 May 2020
MOBLE HOMESTEAD TO CHARLEVILLE

After our morning goodbyes to our new friends at Moble Homestead, we travel to Charleville. We have free time in town before a local guide joins us on the coach. 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. This evening we visit 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: BLD
Stay: Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville

Day 12: Monday 25 May 2020
CHARLEVILLE TO TOOWOOMBA

The final day of the tour and we travel east through Mitchell to Roma for lunch then home via the Darling Downs and on to Toowoomba.  Arrive home with new friends and incredible memories from our Outback Stations tour.
Meals: BL

Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners

Transport: Luxury 4x4 Coach 

Flights: 
Tour and Flights package includes one-way economy flight Brisbane to Adelaide

Accommodation: 
6 Nights on Outback Stations
5 Nights in Hotel/Motel/Lodge accommodation

Activities:

  • Guided tour of Adelaide
  • Guided tour and lunch at Bungaree Station
  • Guided tour of the Flinders Ranges including lunch
  • Sundowners at Rawnsley Park Station including pre-dinner drinks and canapes
  • Historic Blinman
  • Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Lunch at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Strzelecki Track
  • Cameron Corner
  • Sturt National Park and the Jump up
  • Historic Ray Station stay with guided tours by the station owners
  • Guided tour at Eromanga Natural History Museum
  • Moble Homestead with tour by station owners
  • Cave Hill sunset drinks and nibbles
  • Guided tour of Charleville and World War II Top Secret tour
  • Twilight observatory session at the Charleville Cosmos Centre with nibbles and drinks

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

RAWNSLEY PARK STATION

Overlooking the southern side of the incredible geological wonder of Wilpena Pound is Rawnsley Park Station, the perfect base for travellers exploring South Australia's beautiful Flinders Ranges. Settled as part of Arkaba Station in 1851, the name Rawnsley comes from Rawnsley Bluff, the southern tip of Wilpena Pound, named after HC Rawnsley who arrived from England on false pretences claiming to be a surveyor. The first cabin was erected and sheep shearing demonstrations began in 1968 as a sideline to grazing. Today tourism is now the major enterprise of Rawnsley Park.

RAY STATION

Ray Station was settled in 1874 by Patsy and Sarah Tully. Sarah’s brother being the famous Patsy Durack from the book ‘Kings in Grass Castles’. He later urged them to follow him on his trek to the Kimberley – they declined, remaining in southwest Queensland and surviving the great drought of 1900. Ray Station remains one of a select few properties in Australia that’s never changed hands. It has been handed down from father to son and so remains with its unique history and within the original family.

MOBLE HOMESTEAD

Moble Homestead was founded in the Quilpie district in 1914 by the Rutledge family. Now after five generations Brian and Kylie Rutledge share the beauty and history of their outback home with visitors. Once a soldier settlement block, the property is crossed by Moble Creek and features serene waterholes, inspiring landscapes, rich birdlife and rugged features. The Rutledge family are proud wool producers and keen environmentalists who are passionate about their country and its sustainability.

Departing
14/05/2020
Duration
12 Days
Physical Rating
Low Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground
Transport
Luxury 4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $5,295
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