2018 Corner Country Explorer

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Our scenic exploration to Cameron’s Corner, where three States meet, featuring sand dunes,Gibber Country & legendary Outback characters 

**NEW in 2018 - Spectacular Scenic Flight Innamincka to Birdsville**

Highlights:

  • Stanthorpe Food & Wine Experiences
  • Roma Big Rig Night Show
  • Bonus Downs Station Tour & Homestead Lunch
  • Cosmos Centre Night Telescope Observatory Session
  • Meet the Bilby Experience
  • Cunnamulla Fella Centre
  • Historic Noccundra Hotel
  • Cameron Corner & Strzelecki Desert
  • Cooper Creek River Cruise
  • Scenic flight Innamincka to Birdsville via William Creek***
  • Burke & Wills Dig Tree 
  • Birdsville Hotel and Big Red Sunset
  • Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel Ruins
  • Birdsville Racetrack and Birdsville Billabong
  • Betoota Ghost Town & Deon's Lookout
  • Welford National Park
  • Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame & Outback Stockman's Dinner & Show
  • Qantas Founders Museum & Jets Tour
  • Drover's Sunset Cruise including Smithy's Outback Dinner and Show

Inclusions:

  • All motel ensuite accommodation
  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Brisbane to Innamincka and Birdsville to Longreach
  • Scenic flight Innamincka to Birdsville via William Creek
  • Savannah Guides Master Operator driver & host
  • All Meals (15 buffet breakfasts; 14 lunches; 15 dinners)
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Longreach accommodation departure transfer to Longreach Airport or Railway Station
  • One way First Class Rail Sleeper from Longreach to Brisbane aboard the Spirit of the Outback - CCE17 only

 









Itinerary 

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY - BRISBANE (D)

Arrive in Brisbane and check into your accommodation early afternoon. 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 Hotel Jen, Brisbane

DAY 2: THURSDAY – STANTHORPE (B,L,D)

Travel to the beautiful Southern Queensland Country region and visit Abbey of the Roses for a tour of the heritage-listed sandstone country house manor built in 1891.  Enjoy lunch and sample ciders at Suttons Apple Farm before taking a tour of Ballandean Winery. We have a late afternoon check-in to our cosy cedar cabins at Granite Belt Brewery Retreat, where tonight we will sample their famous  Brewers Platter - a seasonal produce menu matched with craft beer.   Overnight Granite Belt Brewery Retreat, Stanthorpe

DAY 3: FRIDAY – ROMA (B,L,D)

This morning we set off for St George on the beautiful Balonne River in time for lunch at Queensland's most western winery, Riversands Wines, before arriving late afternoon into Roma.  Tonight we will join an evening tour of the Big Rig.  See the entertaining sound and light show telling the story of Australia's boom and bust years of oil and gas exploration.   Overnight Roma Explorers Inn, Roma

DAY 4: SATURDAY – CHARLEVILLE (B,L,D)

Visit Roma Saleyards, the largest cattle selling facility in Australia, before travelling to Bonus Downs Station for a tour, homestead lunch and a traditional billy tea. Arrive in Charleville late afternoon with time to relax at our accommodation before enjoying the wonders of the magical Outback night sky at the mesmerising Cosmos Centre Twilight Telescope Observation Session.   2 nights Mulga Country Inn, Charleville

DAY 5: SUNDAY – CHARLEVILLE (B,L,D)

Gain an insight into the workings of an iconic outback service at the Royal Flying Doctor Interpretive Centre.  At the airport precinct, see remnant reminders of our World War II involvement. Visit the Historic House Museum, one of the few Queenslanders left in Charleville. This afternoon we meet the rare and endangered Bilby at the Bilby Experience to learn more about this native marsupial and the long-running captive breeding and conservation program.

DAY 6: MONDAY – THARGOMINDAH (B,L,D)

Follow the Warrego River to Cunnamulla, which came into being as a Cobb and Co coach stop.  Visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre, home to the art gallery and Artesian Time Tunnel. Discover the quaint township of Eulo, hear the tales of Isabel ‘The Eulo Queen’ and learn the story of the Eulo Artesian Mud Baths. Travel to Thargomindah and discover its historic electrical street lighting story.  Overnight Oasis Motel or Explorer Caravan Park Cabins, Thargomindah

DAY 7: TUESDAY – TIBOOBURRA (B,L,D)

Travel southwest across the Dingo Barrier Fence to the historic Noccundra Hotel and cross the border at Warri Gate into Outback New South Wales. View the eastern sections of the Sturt National Park then traverse gibber plains and spectacular ‘jump up’ country to Tibooburra. The striking granite boulders around Tibooburra are said to be remnants of a mass underground granite dome dating back around 410 million years.  Explore the National Park Interpretive Centre and Court House Museum.   Overnight Granites Motel, Tibooburra

DAY 8: WEDNESDAY - INNAMINCKA (B,L,D)

Travel through the Sturt National Park to Cameron Corner where the boundary lines of the States of Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales meet. See the Strzelecki Desert, characterised by extensive red dune fields and home of the endangered Dusky Hopping Mouse.  Pass by large cattle stations and travel through the heart of the oil and gas fields to Innamincka on the banks of Cooper Creek.   2 nights Innamincka Hotel, Innamincka

DAY 9: THURSDAY – INNAMINCKA (B,L,D)

Learn the important role played by the Australian Inland Mission in providing essential medical services to remote towns. Retrace the last days of Burke & Wills and hear about the town with two lives.  Visit the historic Burke & Wills Dig Tree and spot gliding pelicans as you cruise beneath gnarled river gums on the peaceful Cooper Creek.

DAY 10: FRIDAY – BIRDSVILLE (B,L,D)

Be prepared for breathtaking aerial views of sand dune, gibber plains, salt wetlands and fresh water lake systems on our scenic flight to Birdsville.  From Innamincka in the heart of the Strzelecki Desert, we will fly over Cooper Creek, Coongie Lakes and Lake Eyre North to William Creek.  After lunch, we continue our flight over Goyder Lagoon and Big Red, in the Simpson Desert, to Birdsville. Tonight have a yarn with the locals and enjoy a dinner at the famous Birdsville Hotel.   2 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville

DAY 11: SATURDAY – BIRDSVILLE (B,L,D)

This morning we'll visit the Wirrarri Centre to view work by local Indigenous artists, before taking a stroll to the Birdsville Billabong where birdlife, fish and yabbies abound.  Stand on the well known Birdsville Racetrack, view the Birdsville Billabong, enjoy lunch at the Birdsville Bakery, and explore the Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel ruins, reminders of Birdsville as a pre-federation metropolis.  Tonight we'll toast the glorious outback sunset atop the famous Big Red, one of the stunning red dunes on the edge of the Simpson Desert National Park.

DAY 12: SUNDAY – WINDORAH (B,L,D)

Travel on to the ghost town of Betoota, once a Cobb and Co. Station, and then to Deon’s Lookout, with its amazing view of the Diamantina Shire.  We arrive in Windorah on the Cooper Creek where the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers merge.  Located in the heart of the Channel Country with its majestic red sand dune landscapes, we take a late afternoon drive out to Windorah's red sand hills for a spectacular sunset.   Overnight Cooper Creek Cabins or Western Star Hotel Motel, Windorah

DAY 13: MONDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)

We follow the Cooper Creek floodplain via Welford National Park to Jundah on the banks of the Thomson River. Just outside of town we visit a Native Well, once a valuable source of water for Indigenous people. Stunning views are to be had from Swanvale Lookout en route to Stonehenge. See the unusual Address Book at Stonehenge where visitors sign their town names in stone! We arrive into Longreach late afternoon.   3 nights Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach

DAY 14: TUESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)

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.  Explore the five themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame then take a seat at the Outback Stockman's Dinner and Show, a tribute to the skills of stockmen past and present.

DAY 15: WEDNESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)

Today we wander the interactive displays of the Qantas Founders Museum where we will discover the real Qantas story and hear great human stories of our national airline's early years.  Step inside the 747 and 707 jets on a guided interpretive tour and enjoy an exclusive Qantas Founders Museum lunch. Free time to relax before a late afternoon transfer to join the M.V. Explorer for the Drover’s Sunset Cruise along the Thomson River.  Unwind with onboard nibbles and drinks, whilst watching a magnificent Outback sunset.  Enjoy a 2-course table service dinner as we watch the entertaining Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show. 

DAY 16-17: THURSDAY–FRIDAY - HOMEWARD BOUND  (B,L,D)

Guests on CCE16 will conclude the Corner Country Explorer tour after breakfast with a transfer to your homeward bound connections. Guests on CCE17 will transfer to Longreach Railway Station to join the Spirit of the Outback for a first-class overnight rail journey back to Brisbane.   Overnight Spirit of the Outback (CCE17 only)

2018 Departure dates

Departing Brisbane (CCE16 & CCE17):

  • 09 May
  • 06 June
  • 18 July
  • 08 August
  • 26 September

EARLY EMU DEAL for 2018 Departures**:  Valid on 09 May and 26 September departures only. Save $600 per person for bookings made and deposited before 31 December 2017

Pricing 

Cost per person Twin Share Sole Use

16 Day (CCE16) Brisbane - Longreach

$8,999 $10,189
17 Day (CCE17) Brisbane - Brisbane $9,358* $10,548*

*Rail subject to availability. Rail price based on one way Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fares in a First Class sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback from Longreach to Brisbane. 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.

*** A seat in coach option is offered for guests not wanting to take the scenic flight transfer - please enquire.

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