Drover's Sunset Cruise


All aboard the Longreach Explorer!  Relax on the top deck with 360 degree views of the majestic Thomson River.  Your Captain will captivate you with stories about the river, its wildlife and Indigenous links.  Purchase a drink from our licensed bar and enjoy complimentary nibbles.

We stop at Sunset Bend to toast the sunset and take in the stunning colours of the outback sky.  As the colours fade into starlight, we dock at Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show.  

Winter Program only - Relax under the stars with table-service dining featuring camp-oven themed modern cuisine.  Live on stage, our quality guest artists will entertain you with their songs and stories.  Book early to experience this multi-award winning Longreach tour.

2017-18 Summer Program

  • 2017:   01 Nov - 15 Dec 2017
  • 2018:   08 Jan - 31 Mar 2018

Departures: Departs Longreach MON/TUES/WED/FRI subject to availability


  • Sunset cruise on the Thomson River
  • Onboard Captain's commentary
  • Nibbles served at Sunset Bend stop
  • Two-course table service dinner at Smithy's featuring camp oven themed modern cuisine**
  • Quality guest artists performing live on stage at Smithy's
  • Return coach transfers from Longreach accommodation

**Wine, beer, soft drinks & water may be purchased onboard and from our licensed cash bar

Start Time/End Time:  4.15pm to 8.30pm (approximately)

Cost: Adult $99 | Concession $95 | Child $69 (4 -14yrs) | Family $299 (2A2C)


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Read what our visitors thought of the Drover's Sunset Cruise on Trip Advisor!
  • Must Do Activity in Longreach - "During our stay in Longreach we undertook the sunset dinner cruise on the Thomsen River with Outback Aussie Tours. Simply spectacular! Picked up in a coach at our accommodation and delivered to embarkation on the boat. We enjoyed some of the most extraordinary scenery accompanied by knowledgeable explanations by Captain Russell and his able first mate, Joyce. This completely relaxing sojourn was followed by an enjoyable dinner under the stars with live entertainment. We believe that this was the absolute highlight of our 4,211 km road trip and urge anyone who visits Longreach to do this."     Visited October 2017
  • Drovers Sunset Cruise - "What an AWESOME afternoon and evening. Slow ride up the Thomson River, nibblies and drinks. Then back to the shore for a beautiful meal and fantastic entertainment. The highlight of our trip so far. Reasonably priced when packaged with other attractions. Thanks Smithy and Dougy for an amazing outback experience."     Visited September 2017
  • Don't miss Smithy's Drovers Sunset Cruise & campfire dinner - "There is heaps of things to do in Longreach so you really have to make it a destination for a few days.We did the Hall of Fame and the Qantas founders museum, great and highly recommended but the stand out by far was Smitty's Drovers sunset cruise & campfire dinner.  The cruise on the river was amazing with skipper Russel pointing out nests of Eagles and Kites with Kangaroos and Wallabys to keep us company from the riverbank. Jessee the deckhand did a great job with drinks & quality nibbles.  Sunset over the river - stunning.  It just got better on hitting the riverbank at Smitty's campsite.  Campfire, great bush tucker and all the drinks you want. The entertainment of country singing with a good guitarist/songwriter was amazing and for us the bush poetry was a highlight.  Dont miss this one, great day and outback experience and all this for not too much money. Great value."     Visited September 2017




2018 Winter Program - 01 Apr 18 - 31 Oct 18

Departures: Departs Longreach SUN/MON/WED/THU/FRI/SAT subject to availability


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