2018 Outback Overlander

**SMALL GROUP TOUR**

Highlights

  • Lake Barrine Cruise
  • Woodleigh Station Lunch & Undara Lava Tubes Tour
  • Porcupine Gorge National Park
  • Flinders Discovery Centre
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Dariveen Station Homestead
  • Outback Stockman's Dinner & Show
  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame
  • Rosebank Station Morning Tea
  • Drover's Sunset Cruise including Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show
  • Lake Maraboon Picnic Lunch
  • Carnarvon Gorge National Park & Guided Walks to Moss Garden and Baloon Cave
  • Toowoomba's Queens Park and Ju Raku En Japanese Garden

Inclusions

  • All motel en suite accommodation
  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach
  • Savannah Guides Master Operator driver & host
  • All meals (8 buffet breakfasts; 8 lunches; 8 dinners)
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Overnight Rail Bed Brisbane to Cairns on the Spirit of Queensland - OUT10 only









Itinerary:

DAY 1:  FRIDAY - (D)

Guests on OUT10 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland for an overnight rail journey to Cairns. 

DAY 2: SATURDAY - CAIRNS (B,L,D)

Welcome to the start of your overland adventure, taking the roads less travelled from Cairns to Brisbane via the magnificent Outback.  On arrival, transfer to your tour hotel for an afternoon check-in.  At the Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by our Savannah Guides Master Operator driver and host.  Overnight Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns

DAY 3: SUNDAY - UNDARA (B,L,D)

Travel past fertile green pastures of the Atherton Tablelands to the beautiful Lake Barrine, an enchanting natural lake tucked away in World Heritage Rainforest. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world as you cruise this beautiful lake.  Marvel at the giant 100 year-old bougainvillea as you enjoy a relaxing lunch at Woodleigh Station.  Walk in tha path of a volcano as you explore the Undara Lava Tubes, claimed to be the largest and longest on the planet.  End the day with a golden sunset in the shadows of this natural geological wonder. Overnight Undara Experience – Restored Railway Carriages, Undara

DAY 4: MONDAY - WINTON (B,L,D)

Get ready for a day of contrasting landscapes as we travel to Porcupine Gorge National Park.  See towering sandstone cliffs and lush vine-forest fringing at this impressive canyon.  A highlight of this Park is a multi-coloured sandstone monolith called 'The Pyramid'.  Meet ‘Hughie’ the Muttaburrasaurus at the Flinders Discovery Centre before following the dinosaur trail to Winton.   Overnight Boulder Opal Motel, WInton

DAY 5: TUESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)

Learn the intriguing story behind Australia's unofficial anthem at the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the first museum dedicated to a song!  Soak up the warm country hospitality and enjoy a homestead lunch at Dariveen Station with its sprawling homestead gardens.  Late afternoon arrive in Longreach, the heartland of Outback Queensland, and check in to our accommodation for the next two nights.  Tonight, sit back and hear the entertaining stockman's story at the Outback Stockman's Dinner and Show.  2 nights Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach

DAY 6: WEDNESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)

Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts.  Meet the Smith Family at historic Rosebank Station for great hospitality and a relaxed homestead morning tea, then enjoy some free time in downtown Longreach.  Discover the inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame as you wander the five themed galleries.  Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover's Sunset Cruise with tasty on-board nibbles platters, before taking a seat at Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show.  Relax under the stars and savour a mouth-watering two-course camp oven themed dinner, as you watch the entertainment live on the River Stage.

DAY 7-8: THURSDAY-FRIDAY – CARNARVON GORGE (B,L,D)

Heading east, we cross the Great Dividing Range, reaching 444 metres above sea level, en route to Lake Maraboon for a picnic lunch.  Three times the size of Sydney Harbour, the lake is home to a healthy population of red claw crayfish.  Follow the sandstone belt via Springsure to the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge National Park, an oasis in the semi arid heart of Central Queensland.  Check in to your accommodation for the next two nights.  Explore the beautiful Moss Garden walk with its splendid waterfall backdrop, ferns and mosses.  Follow the short walk to Baloon Cave to see stencilled Aboriginal rock art.  Wake up to a symphony of birdsong and witness colourful sunrises as the light meets the gorge's sandstone cliffs.  By day, see kangaroos and wallabies around the picnic area; at night spot echidnas and listen to the call of yellow-bellied gliders, owls and the bush stone curlew.  2 nights Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, Carnarvon Gorge

DAY 9: SATURDAY – TOOWOOMBA (B,L,D)

Follow the south-eastern Carnarvon Range to Injune, a thriving township with some 450 residents. Travel through Roma, home of Australia's oil and gas story, to Miles Historical Village, its historic streetscape providing a glimpse into a bygone era.  See cotton fields and melon paddocks as we travel through Chinchilla, Australia's melon capital, before arriving in Toowoomba late afternoon.  Enjoy sunset views from Picnic Point Lookout with panoramic views over Main Range and Lockyer Valley before our farewell dinner.  Overnight Potters Boutique Hotel, Toowoomba

DAY 10: SUNDAY – (B,L)

Take a morning stroll through Ju Raku En Japanese Garden, one of Australia's largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll gardens, then wander the floral displays of Toowoomba's famous Queens Park. Travel through Toowoomba's high country hamlets of Highfields and Hampton to Esk in the 'Valley of the Lakes' for a relaxing final lunch before arriving in Brisbane early afternoon.

2018 Departure Dates

Departing Cairns (OUT9):

  • 07 July
  • 28 July
  • 15 September
  • 13 October

 
Departing Brisbane (
OUT10):

  • 06 July
  • 27 July
  • 14 September
  • 12 October

EARLY EMU DEAL for 2018 Departures**:  Valid all departures. Save $400 per couple for bookings made and deposited before 31 December 2017

Pricing:

Cost per person Twin Share Sole Use
9 Day (OUT9) Cairns - Brisbane $4,259 $5,139
10 Day (OUT10) Brisbane - Brisbane $4,596* $5,476*

*Rail subject to availability. Rail price based on one way Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fares in a Rail Bed on the Spirit of Queensland from Brisbane to Cairns. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares. Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

** Early Emu Deal is subject to availability and change without notice.

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