Cowboys, Caves & Castles



This unique tour visits lots of amazing places and attractions. Cowboys at Texas Longhorn Ranch, Historical Charters Towers, Caves at the incredible Undara Lava Tubes and Castle Ruins of Paronella Park south of Cairns.

Note: Some Images courtesy of TTNQ


DAY 1  – Depart Brisbane for Townsville

Depart Brisbane at 3pm on the Spirit of Queensland Train in your Premium Economy Seats or upgrade to Deluxe Rail Beds with all meals included. (All meals  on the train for Railbeds)  Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare Applies (see fares below)

Note: If you are making your own arrival arrangements and not using the train service, we would recommend you arrive today in Townsville for 1 nights pre-tour accommodation as the train will arrive next morning in to Townsville at 9am when the tour will commence.  Accommodation & pick up from Madison Plaza Hotel can be arranged.

Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare to be Added Brisbane to Cairns Return Spirit of Queensland (See Rail Fares Below)

QPCV : Premium Economy Seat Return –  $50  /  First Class Rail Bed Return – $400
SENIOR : Premium Economy Seat Return – $370  /  First Class Rail Bed Return $670
ADULT : Premium Economy Seat Return – $443  /  First Class Rail Bed Return $778.50

DAY 2– Historical Charters Towers & Texas Longhorn Ranch

This morning after arriving in to Townsville Railway Station at 9am,  we are meet your tour host and  depart by coach arriving at the Texas Longhorn Ranch. Here we enjoy an informative Safari around the property and herd including JR – 2013 Guinness World Record Holder of the longest horns (more than 3m) See Water Buffalo, American Bison, Scottish Highland Cattle and African Watusi. Then enjoying a relaxing morning tea under the shade trees at the homestead. Following our wonderful morning, we make our way into Charters Towers. Our tour includes a visit to the Miners Cottage which houses a collection of goldfields memorabilia. We will also visit the Zara Clarke National Trust Museum which houses a large collection that reflects Charters Towers’ golden and military past. This evening we embark on the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Movie, where the ghosts of the gold rush era tell their tales as the evening settles in.   (MT, D) Park Motel, Charters Towers

DAY 3 –  Greenvale, Three Rivers Hotel,  Undara Lava Tubes, Mt Surprise

Following breakfast we will depart for our journey to the “Outback Oasis” Greenvale stopping at the Three Rivers Hotel, that Slim Dusty made famous by the song of same name.  We will then travel on to Mt Surprise for lunch and then visit the  Undara Experience for our guided tour of the amazing Lava Tubes formed by millions of years of volcanic eruptions. Dinner this evening at our accommodation. (B, L, D ) Overnight Bedrock Village,  Mt Surprise

DAY 4 – Mareeba & Jacques Coffee Plantation

After our breakfast  we will depart and make our way to Mareeba and the famous Jacques Coffee Plantation. On arrival we enjoy and informative tour and lunch. We then continue onto Cairns  and check in with time to freshen up before our dinner this evening. (B, L, D) Overnight Cairns Queenslander Cairns

DAY 5 – Paronella Park & Innisfail

Departing to Paronella Park today and we enjoy a tour through the castle ruins in the rainforest. Then enjoy some lunch before travelling to Innisfail and exploring the town.  Return to Cairns via scenic Cassowary Coast for a 2 course dinner this evening.(B, L, D) Overnight Cairns Queenslander

DAY 6 – Explore Cairns and visit the Botanic Gardens

After breakfast we make our way to the Cairns Botanic Gardens for a tour. The gardens are the best example in Australia of the Tropical Flora. We then have a free afternoon to discover Cairns City at your leisure. You can make your way to the Cairns Regional Gallery, or visit the Esplanade and Lagoon Pool, Cairns Central Shopping Mall to pick up the odd souvenir, or visit the Cairns Reef Casino for a flutter. You might have friends or family in Cairns, so this is the perfect time to catch up. Meeting back at our hotel for our farewell dinner this evening. ( B, D )  Overnight Cairns Queenslander

DAY 7 –  Depart Cairns

This morning following breakfast we will depart on the Spirit of Queensland Train travelling to our home destination enjoying the company of your new found friends. (B) Overnight Spirit of Qld Train

Note: If not using the rail service back to Brisbane, please check out by 10am on enjoy your future plans under your won arrangements.

Note: Extra nights Cairns Queenslander can be arranged upon request.

DAY 8 –  Arrival in to Brisbane

Today the Spirit of Queensland will finish the journey arriving into Brisbane at 9am with cherished memories of Outback Queensland.


Starts in Brisbane travelling by Train or Townsville if not using the rail service

Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare to be Added Brisbane to Cairns Return Spirit of Queensland (See Rail Fares Below)

QPCV : Premium Economy Seat Return –  $50  /  First Class Rail Bed Return – $400
SENIOR : Premium Economy Seat Return – $370  /  First Class Rail Bed Return $670
ADULT : Premium Economy Seat Return – $443  /  First Class Rail Bed Return $778.50

All Accommodation & Meals as per itinerary

Coach Touring with Commentary

Fully Hosted by our Friendly Staff

  • Texas Longhorn Ranch Safari
  • Historical Charters Towers Tour
  • Ghosts of Gold Movie Presentation
  • Greenvale & Three Rivers Hotel
  • Undara Lava Tubes Tour
  • Mareeba & Jacques Coffee Plantation
  • Paronella Park Enrty & Tour of the Ruins
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens

Tour Length 8 Days

Tour Cost $1390.00

Additional Details

*Double/Twin, Single ADD $320 *Plus Applicable Discount Rail Fare Applies

Tour Dates

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