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Desert Escape


Our popular FULLY INCLUSIVE tour featuring Birdsville, where the Channel Country meets the desert, Winton & Longreach

Day 1: Saturday - Brisbane to Longreach

Guests on BDE11 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Longreach.  Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (BDE11 guests only)

Day 2: Sunday - Longreach

Welcome to Longreach!  You will be met on arrival at Longreach Railway Station and transferred to your  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 Jumbuck Motel, Longreach

Day 3: Monday - Longreach

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 your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show. Relax under the stars and savour a mouth-watering two-course camp oven themed dinner as the talented musical artists perform on the River Stage.

Day 4: Tuesday - Windorah

Follow the mighty Thomson River floodplain to Windorah, said to be the only place in the world where two rivers form a creek! See magnificently contrasting colours in Welford National Park; golden green spinifex, white-barked ghost gums and stunning red sand dunes.  Take in the serenity with a picnic lunch in the National Park beside one of the many Coolibah-lined waterholes.  Late afternoon in Windorah, we’ll take a short trip out of town to toast the sunset from beautiful wind-swept red sand hills.  Have your camera’s ready!   Overnight Cooper Cabins or Western Star Hotel, Windorah

Day 5: Wednesday - Birdsville

Heading west today, see the JC Hotel Ruins, once part of the township site of Canterbury, before reaching Betoota – population zero!  Established in 1885 to collect cattle tolls and later a Cobb & Co change station, the last resident died in 2004, making Betoota a ghost town.  Take in spectacular views from Deon’s Lookout and see the Dreamtime Serpent Indigenous artwork, an impressive hillside installation created with gravel and gibbers.  At the end of the famous Birdsville Track we arrive in the frontier town of Birdsville.  2 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville

Day 6: Thursday - Birdsville

Stroll down to the banks of the tranquil Birdsville Billabong and see the well known Birdsville Racetrack. Visit the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre to view local artists’ work in their extensive gallery and explore the Inland Hospital ruins. Join a spectacular half hour scenic flight with breathtaking views over the Simpson Desert and Big Red. Tonight we toast the glorious Outback sunset from atop Big Red, a 40 metre high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.

Day 7: Friday - Boulia

Take a close up look at the rare and ancient Waddi Trees.  See the Carcory Ruins, a remnant of early European settlement, and the flowing Artesian Bore. Explore the remote town of Bedourie, located on a sand dune overloooking the Eyre Creek floodplain.  See the historic Royal Hotel, built in the 1880s with adobe bricks and still very much in its original condition.  Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout before arriving in Boulia early afternoon.  Overnight Australian Hotel or Desert Sands Motel, Boulia

Day 8: Saturday - Winton

Visit Boulia’s Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed Min Min Light phenomenon.  Explore the Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland, and home to an impressive Marine Reptile Fossil exhibit.  Travel a scenic drive to Winton stopping at Cawnpore Lookout to take in the stark flat-topped beauty of the Lilleyvale Hills.  Call into the historic Middleton Hotel, originally a coach staging post, for entertaining yarns and a casual pub lunch.  Enjoy some free time in Winton to relax or wander the Opal Walk.   2 nights Boulder Opal Motel, Winton

Day 9: Sunday - Winton

Visit the newly re-opened Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum dedicated to a song. Hear wonderful stories surrounding Winton’s links to Australia’s unofficial national anthem and explore the interactive and fascinating displays. Free time after lunch to visit other Winton attractions including the Musical Fence, Arno’s Wall and the Winton Truck Museum. Late afternoon, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs for a guided interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room and NEW Dinosaur Canyon. Relax with new found friends at our exclusive sunset barbeque overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed!

Day 10: Monday - Longreach to Brisbane

Depart Winton for an early transfer back to Longreach Railway Station for the BDE11 guests travelling on the first class overnight rail journey on the Spirit of the Outback to Brisbane, or to the Longreach Airport.     Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (BDE11 guests only)

Day 11: Tuesday - Brisbane

Guests on BDE11 will arrive in Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback

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Prices (per person)

 Twin ShareSingleTriple Share
9 Day Longreach - Longreach (BDE9)$3,869$4,399$3,729
11 Day Brisbane - Brisbane (BDE11) with return First Class overnight rail$4,587*$5,117*$4,447*

Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

*Rail subject to availability. Rail price based on return Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fares in a First Class sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback between Brisbane and Longreach. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares.

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Customer Reviews

  • You must travel with OAT! We recently had a fantastic Birdsville Desert Escape adventure with OAT. We were cared for from the moment we set foot in Longreach until we departed Longreach 9 days later. Nothing was too much trouble day or night for our hosts. Have a look at the itinerary on the OAT website. Wow!!!!. What wonderful places and scenery we visited. History recalled and today's events. Our OAT guides knew so much about the places we frequented and could not do enough to help in anyway that we needed. Wonderful en-suited accommodation. The farewell dinner in the dining room at Smithy's historical Rosebank Station was very special with a brilliant sunset and superb food. As was the boat trip on the Thomson River and Smithy's show. Go on go with OAT. They are the best.

    Herbie2219, Brisbane
  • Our tour with Outback Aussie Tours would have to be one of the best holidays we have had,our 9 day trek took us to places like Stonehenge,Windorah,Boulia,Winton,and the jewel in the crown Birdsville. It was a real outback adventure with a lot of our travels taking us over corrugated roads and dirt tracks, our driver Robert and guide Cossie took us to and showed us places you would not see if travelling independently and they had a deep knowledge of not only places visited but points along the way. Included in the tour was a drive on the Birdsville track,dinosaurs at Winton,Qantas founders museum and Stockmans hall of fame in Longreach were just some. It was obvious both Cossie and Robert loved their work and it showed in the friendly and helpful way they interacted with the tour group. The tour also includes a drovers sunset cruise and dinner and show at Smithys camp,also included in tour is visits to homesteads,we were privileged to have the opportunity to visit the historic Rosebank Homestead at Longreach,meet Outback Aussies owner and his family and enjoy a lovely dinner prepared by his family,who not only were well presented but socially warm and friendly

    Chris S
  • Escape Tassie's Autumn to see the real Outback of Australia! We flew from Hobart to Brisbane and then from Brissie to Longreach in Central Queensland. There we joined Aussie Outback Tours and thoroughly enjoyed about 10 days of very comfortable 4 wheel drive coach travel to such places as Windorah, Birdsville, Bedourie, Boulia, Winton and many other lesser known points of interest in this large outback circle of about 2500kms. Our Driver Robert, and tour Guide, Rob's wife Cossie provided a very comprehensive commentary on the various features along the route and it was clear that they really enjoyed the work they were doing. The various overnight establishments were of very good quality with respect to our accommodation and generally the meals were excellent. The Tour group of about 26 people from many parts of Australia , New Zealand and the UK, all got on very well and a lot of fun was enjoyed by all throughout the trip. The weather was fine with (almost) 100% blue skies and temperatures in the mid 30's during the days. We cannot recommend this trip highly enough for those who wish to see our expansive outback in great comfort. We are in our upper 70's and did not experience any problems with mobility etc.

    Colin W, Tasmania
  • Another Great Trip to remember! To travel to Birdsville with Outback Aussie Tours was a very rewarding experience with seeing the varying terrain between Longreach and Birdsville and being able to take in the various sights along the way with a driver and host to tell you all about he area and what you see as you drive along in this remote area visiting towns such as Windorah, Birdsville, Boodourie, Boulia and Winton then returning to Longreach. The various places to visit in the towns and the meals were extremely well done with plenty of food to eat.

    Christopher C, Brisbane
  • I highly recommend this Longreach based tour group and cannot fault them. I learnt so much about how our country is so diverse, both in drought and in flood, it's beauty and it's harshness, it's culture and it's colour, it's smells, tastes, feel ... a richness in so many ways that words and pictures cannot capture fully. The journey from Longreach to Birdsville and back and all the townships small and large in between and the land most of all were mind blowing and soul enriching. Thank you once again Smithy for the wealth of information and for your undying passion for our Queensland country.

    Lynda H
  • Highly Recommended!! We have recently returned from a 6 day tour with Outback Aussie Tours on the Birdsville Desert Escape. It was a great tour with a great group. All the accommodation and meals were first class and the tour guides, Sarah & Rees, made the trip all the more special. This is our 4th long trip with this tour company and we have also been on a few day trips as well. We have thoroughly enjoyed every one of the tours and look forward to the next one!

    Billiejay, Sydney
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Past passengers enjoy Early Emu Offers on all tour departures if they book and pay deposit before 31 Jan 2018.

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