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Explore majestic desert landscapes and remote outback towns with legendary outback characters.
Day 1: Wednesday - Brisbane
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
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
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
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 Motor Inn, Charleville
Day 5: Sunday - Charleville
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: Thursday - Longreach to Brisbane
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 First Class Rail Sleeper (CCE17 only)
Day 17: Friday - Brisbane
Guests on CCE17 will arrive in Brisbane.
Prices (per person)
|2018||Twin Share||Single||Triple Share|
|16 Day Brisbane - Longreach (CCE16)||$8,999||$10,189||$8,749|
|17 Day Brisbane - Brisbane (CCE17) with one way First Class overnight rail||$9,358*||$10,548*||$9,108*|
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.
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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