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


Arriving into Brisbane City today and depart for Townsville at 3.45pm on the Spirit of Queensland Train in your Premium Economy Seats or Deluxe Rail Beds with all meals included plus pamper pack with the evening bed turn down. (All meals provided on the train for Rail Beds)

Note: Interstate / Overseas Guests with flights, will arrive in Brisbane today and transfer via Skytrain to meet the Spirit of Queensland  for your journey to Townsville

Note: If you are making your own arrival arrangements and not using the train service, we would recommend you arrive in Townsville today 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.


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.

Meals (MT, D) Park Motel, Charters Towers

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.

Meals (B, L, D ) Overnight Bedrock Village,  Mt Surprise

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.

Meals (B, L, D) Overnight Cairns Queenslander Cairns

Departing to Paronella Park today and we enjoy a tour through the castle ruins in the rainforest. Opened to the public in 1935, Paronella Park has received multiple Queensland tourism awards, is State and National Heritage listed and is a National Trust listed property. It is privately owned and operated and Eco accredited. Paronella Park is the site of Queensland’s 1st privately owned hydro electric plant. Then enjoy lunch before travelling to Innisfail and exploring the town.  Return to Cairns via scenic Cassowary Coast for a 2 course dinner this evening.

Meals (B, L, D) Overnight Cairns Queenslander

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.

Meals ( 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.

Meals (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.

Today the Spirit of Queensland will finish the journey arriving into Brisbane at 9.30am with cherished memories of both the Australian Outback and the vast Gulf Region of Australia.

Note: Interstate / Overseas Guests with flights, will transfer back via Skytrain to Brisbane Airport for your return flight home.


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

Return Rail Fares as per Tour Pricing


All Accommodation & Meals as per itinerary

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

Return Economy Flights for Interstate Guests

Tour Length 8 Days

Tour Cost EX Townsville $1490.00

(Tour Only 6 Days)

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $1540.00

(QLD Pension : Train travel in Premium Economy Seat Return )

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $1890.00

(QLD Pension : Train travel in Deluxe Rail Bed Return)

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $2120.00

(Seniors Card : Train travel in Deluxe Rail Bed Return )
Additional Details

Tour Cost is PP in a Double or Twin Room, If Sole Use Room, ADD $320

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