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Explore majestic desert landscapes and remote outback towns with legendary outback characters.
Day 1: Tuesday - Brisbane
Arrive in Brisbane and check-in to your accommodation early afternoon. At the Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers. Hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Operator Driver-Guide and host. Overnight Royal on the Park, Brisbane
Day 2: Wednesday - Roma
We will travel north-west from Brisbane to the Garden City of Toowoomba for a nostalgic morning tea at the Historic Railway Station. Continue along the Adventure Way to Chinchilla, home of the Chinchilla Melon Festival and Miles a vibrant rural township. Arrive in Roma, the heart of beef country late afternoon with time to check in to your accommodation and refresh. Tonight, join a tour of the Big Rig; see the entertaining sound and light show telling the story of Australia’s boom and bust oil and gas years. Overnight Roma Explorers Inn, Roma
Day 3: Thursday – Charleville
Visit Roma Saleyards, the largest cattle selling facility in Australia. On your guided tour you’ll learn the day-to-day processes of the saleyards and have the opportunity to watch the cattle sales in action. Travel to Charleville for a tour and lunch at the historic Corones Hotel. This afternoon we meet the rare and endangered Bilby at the Bilby Experience. Learn more about this native marsupial and the long-running captive breeding and conservation program. Discover the wonders of the magical outback night sky at the mesmerising Cosmos Centre Twilight Telescope Observation Session. 1 night Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville
Day 4: Friday - Thargomindah
Follow the Warrego River to Cunnamulla, which came into being as a Cobb & Co coach stop. Visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre, home to the art gallery and Artesian Time Tunnel. Discover the quaint township of Eulo, hear 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 Explorers Caravan Park Cabins, Thargomindah
Day 5: Saturday - Tibooburra
Travel southwest across the Dingo Barrier Fence to historic Noccundra Hotel; then 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 6: Sunday - Innamincka
Travel through 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; home of the endangered Dusky Hopping Mouse. Pass by large cattle stations then travel through the heart of the oil and gas fields to Innamincka, on the banks of Cooper Creek. Learn the important role played by the Australian Inland Mission in providing essential medical services to remote towns. 2 nights Innamincka Hotel, Innamincka
Day 7: Monday - Innamincka
Retrace the last days of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition with a visit to the historic Dig Tree, the site where they set up depot Camp LXV. Spot gliding pelicans as you cruise beneath gnarled river gums on the peaceful Cooper Creek. Relax with drinks and canapes while your guide explains some of the more fascinating aspects of the Cooper Creek and Innamincka Regional Reserve.
Day 8: Tuesday - Birdsville
Follow the Strzelecki Desert through flood plains, sand dunes and gibber country. See the historic woolshed on Cordillo Downs Station; once one of the largest pastoral properties in the country. Further north we’ll pass the crumbling ruins of Cadelga Outstation as we travel to Birdsville through some of Australia’s richest cattle country. Tonight have a yarn with the locals and enjoy a dinner at the famous Birdsville Hotel. 2 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville
Day 9: Wednesday – Birdsville
This morning visit the Wirrarri Centre to view work by local Indigenous artists. Take a stroll to the Birdsville Billabong where birdlife, fish and yabbies abound. Stand on the well known Birdsville Racetrack and explore the Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel ruins; poignant reminders of a pre-federation metropolis. Tonight we’ll toast the glorious outback sunset from Big Red, a 40-metre high sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert.
Day 10: Thursday – Windorah
Travel on to the ghost town of Betoota, once a Cobb & Co change station. Stand atop 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. Explore Windorah in the heart of the Channel Country with its majestic red sand dune landscapes. Late afternoon, we’ll drive out to Windorah’s red sandhills for a spectacular sunset. Overnight Cooper Cabins or Western Star Hotel, Windorah
Day 11: Friday - Longreach
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. We’ll stop at the picturesque Swanvale Lookout en route to the tiny town of 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 12: Saturday – Longreach
Free time this morning to explore the town of Longreach. (CCE12 guests transferred to Longreach Airport for their homeward bound connections.) Wander the interactive displays of the Qantas Founders Museum to discover the real Qantas story. Hear the inspiring human stories of our national airline’s early years. Step inside the 747 and 707 Jets on an interpretive tour followed by an exclusive Qantas Founders Museum lunch. Relax with some free time then join the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the beautiful Thomson River. Unwind with on-board nibbles and drinks, whilst watching a magnificent outback sunset. Enjoy live entertainment and a two-course camp oven themed dinner under the stars at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.
Day 13: Sunday – Longreach
Enjoy some free time and lunch in downtown Longreach or relax at your accommodation. Explore the five themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Then, take your seat at the Outback Stockman’s Dinner and Show. This exciting show of horsemanship showcases the traditional Australian Stockman skills that are still used today. Enjoy an outback BBQ buffet dinner while you watch the action.
Day 14: Monday – Homeward bound
Your Outback Queensland adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections. The journey may have ended, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Prices (per person)
|14 Day Brisbane - Longreach (CCE14 includes 3 nights in Longreach)||$6,999||$8,289|
|15 Day Brisbane - Brisbane ONE WAY RAIL (CCE15 includes 3 nights in Longreach)|
One way First Class overnight rail sleeper
|12 Day Brisbane - Longreach (CCE12 includes only 1 night in Longreach & excludes Longreach attractions)||$6,520||$7,660|
Minimum tour numbers apply. Itinerary subject to change.
*Rail subject to availability. Rail price based on one way Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fare 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. Fly Packages also available.
Prices do not include: air or rail fares not specified in itinerary or price; travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.
If you want to help the people of the outback, plus see some of the towns in the middle of nowhere but you don't want to drive, I can really recommend travelling with Outback Aussie Tours. We couldn't fault anything, the guides were helpful with lots of local knowledge and they didn't exhaust you by talking too much. The accommodation was terrific, clean and quiet. The food was excellent and the people in the remote country towns were so grateful for our visit. They said we helped sustain seven people by staying at their motels. It was one of the best holidays I've ever been on and I had no idea how much I didn't know about our country. The guided tours of towns were very informative, thank you so much to Outback Aussie Tours.Sue M
Just wanted to pass on how much we enjoyed the Corner Country trip. The opportunity to visit those historical places that most Australians know about but seldom see, added another tick to our "Bucket List". You can be assured that Outback AussieTours will be recommended to our friends.Graeme and Ann, Victoria.
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