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Take a unique 9-10 day adventure deep into the heart of the spectacular outback.
Day 1: Friday - Brisbane to Cairns
Guests on OUT10 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland for an overnight rail journey to Cairns. Overnight Spirit of Queensland Rail Bed (OUT10 guests only)
Day 2: Saturday - Cairns
Welcome to the start of your overland adventure, taking the roads less travelled from Cairns to Brisbane via the magnificent Outback. On arrival, transfer to your tour hotel for an afternoon check-in. 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 Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
Day 3: Sunday - Undara
Travel past fertile green pastures of the Atherton Tablelands to the beautiful Lake Barrine, an enchanting natural lake tucked away in World Heritage Rainforest. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world as you cruise this beautiful lake. Marvel at the giant 100 year-old bougainvillea as you enjoy a relaxing lunch at Woodleigh Station. Walk in the path of a volcano as you explore the Undara Lava Tubes, claimed to be the largest and longest on the planet. End the day with a golden sunset in the shadows of this natural geological wonder. Overnight Undara Experience – Restored Railway Carriages, Undara
Day 4: Monday - Winton
Get ready for a day of contrasting landscapes as we travel to Porcupine Gorge National Park. See towering sandstone cliffs and lush vine-forest fringing at this impressive canyon. A highlight of this Park is a multi-coloured sandstone monolith called ‘The Pyramid’. Meet ‘Hughie’ the Muttaburrasaurus at the Flinders Discovery Centre before following the dinosaur trail to Winton. Overnight Boulder Opal Motel, Winton
Day 5: Tuesday - Longreach
Learn the intriguing story behind Australia’s unofficial anthem at the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the first museum dedicated to a song! Soak up the warm country hospitality and enjoy a homestead lunch at Dariveen Station with its sprawling homestead gardens. Late afternoon arrive in Longreach, the heartland of Outback Queensland, and check in 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 Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach
Day 6: Wednesday - 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 a seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Relax under the stars and savour a mouth-watering two-course camp oven themed dinner, as you watch the entertainment live on the River Stage.
Day 7-8: Thursday-Friday - Carnarvon Gorge
Heading east, we cross the Great Dividing Range, reaching 444 metres above sea level, en route to Lake Maraboon for a picnic lunch. Three times the size of Sydney Harbour, the lake is home to a healthy population of red claw crayfish. Follow the sandstone belt via Springsure to the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge National Park, an oasis in the semi arid heart of Central Queensland. Check in to your accommodation for the next two nights. Explore the beautiful Moss Garden walk with its splendid waterfall backdrop, ferns and mosses. Follow the short walk to Baloon Cave to see stencilled Aboriginal rock art. Wake up to a symphony of birdsong and witness colourful sunrises as the light meets the gorge’s sandstone cliffs. By day, see kangaroos and wallabies around the picnic area; at night spot echidnas and listen to the call of yellow-bellied gliders, owls and the bush stone curlew. 2 nights Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, Carnarvon Gorge
Day 9: Saturday - Toowoomba
Follow the south-eastern Carnarvon Range to Injune, a thriving township with some 450 residents. Travel through Roma, home of Australia’s oil and gas story, to Miles Historical Village, its historic streetscape providing a glimpse into a bygone era. See cotton fields and melon paddocks as we travel through Chinchilla, Australia’s melon capital, before arriving in Toowoomba late afternoon. Enjoy sunset views from Picnic Point Lookout with panoramic views over Main Range and Lockyer Valley before our farewell dinner. Overnight Potters Boutique Hotel, Toowoomba
Day 10: Sunday - Brisbane
Take a morning stroll through Ju Raku En Japanese Garden, one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll gardens, then wander the floral displays of Toowoomba’s famous Queens Park. Travel through Toowoomba’s high country hamlets of Highfields and Hampton to Esk in the ‘Valley of the Lakes’ for a relaxing final lunch before arriving in Brisbane early afternoon.
Prices (per person)
|Twin Share||Single||Triple Share|
|9 Day Cairns - Brisbane (OUT9)||$4,259||$5,139||$4,069|
|10 Day Brisbane - Brisbane|
(OUT10) with one way First Class overnight rail
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 Rail Bed on the Spirit of Queensland between Brisbane and Cairns. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares.
Outback Overlander 8 days Cairns to Longreach - What a fabulous way to see the out of the way places of Australia! This was our first tour with OAT & wont be the last. The care & attention to all the details throughout the trip was excellent. Reece & Sarah our driver guide & hostess were a superb team. The luxury 4WD coach was 1st class. The hotels/motels including food were very comfortable & appropriate, and every attraction along the route was tops. Can absolutely recommend OAT for outback tours, stories & adventure.Harry P, Brisbane
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