When thinking of the vast Queensland Outback, there are a few Iconic places that come to mind. Longreach is ofcourse the first with the Stockman’s Hall of Fame highlighting the life of the Drovers and the birth place for QANTAS and its Museum . Winton renowned for its Dinosaurs and National Monument listed “Lark Quarry” Dinosaur Stampede. How about “Walkabout Creek Hotel” made Famous by “Mick” Paul Hogans Crocodile Dundee. Then iconic Mt Isa famous for its Mining. Last but not least, the Dinosaur Trail with the towns of Richmond and Hughenden. Combine all of this and you have an amazing experience ahead !!!!
Today, you will depart on the Spirit of the Outback for your journey to Longreach in your Premium Economy Seat, or upgrade to Fist Class Sleeper Cabin. Relax and enjoy the views of the rugged mountain ranges and farming areas of the coast before making our way inland
Overnight Spirit of the Outback Train (All meals included for 1st Class Passengers)
Note: If not using the train service, please arrive in Longreach on Day 2 and we will meet at the motel.
Upon waking this morning, we pass through historical towns of the outback on our way into Longreach. Arriving in Longreach, we then transfer to our motel before making our way to the amazing new Luminescent Longreach which is a 20 minute spectacular night time light and sound experience. We then enjoy dinner this evening.
Meals (D) Longreach Motor Inn
Following breakfast this morning, we make our way to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. We explore the Long Paddock and join our virtual stockman “Hugh” on a journey retracing the footsteps of the men and women who built our nation.
Then we enjoy A Stockman’s Life –Live Show: Undercover grandstand seating in the Outback Stockman Arena, up close and personal experience with the stars of the show –human and four legged, live sheep muster, working dogs, horsemanship and stockman activities.
Following our morning at SHOF, we make our way into Town and enjoy some time to wonder the historical streets and grab a bite to eat if you wish. Then we will depart for a Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River, followed by an Outback Campfire Dinner.
Meals (B, D) Longreach Motor Inn
This morning we the Qantas Museum for a tour of the 747 and Original Hanger enjoying the many the QANTAS stories. This afternoon, we visit Historical Camden Park Station and walk in the footsteps of Royalty on The ‘Queen’s Path’ where Queen Elizabeth II herself walked whilst on a visit. We also see the Swagman’s Grave, Longreach’s Highest Lookout and the Oldest Private Ballroom in the Outback. We then enjoy dinner in the 100yr old Wool Shed which is the quintessential Outback Experience.
Meals (B, D) Longreach Motor Inn
Winton today and visit the new Waltzing Matilda Center. This unique town has lots of interesting things to see. We then make our way to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. We will have a guided tour of the Museum which houses the largest collection of unique Australian dinosaur fossils. We then have the most unique dinning experience at the museum, BBQ on the JUMP UP: Relax and enjoy a Aussie Outback BBQ with the dinosaurs. It’s time to unwind and watch the amazing sunset over the vast Savannah plains.
Meals (B, D) Boulder Opal Motel Winton
What a day of discovery today. Following breakfast we will depart and make our way to The 3 Sisters of the Outback. Formed over Millions of Years, these rock formations rise up out of the surrounding plains to make a lasting statement of the ancient outback. We then depart for Lark Quarry. Just when you think things could not be any older , we will view the amazing fossilized rock formations of the 95 Million year old Dinosaur Stampede. Over 3,300 dinosaur footprints scattered over the rock face.
Meals (B,L,D) Boulder Opal Motel Winton
Departing Winton we make our way to McKinlay and the Walkabout Creek Hotel. If it sounds familiar, then it should. This quirky hotel was made famous in the blockbuster movie Crocodile Dundee. Inside the pub you’ll find plenty of memorabilia from the days when Paul Hogan swaggered up to the bar as Mick Dundee. These days you are assured of a hearty pub meal and great outback hospitality. Following our stop here, we continue on to Cloncurry and then into Mt Isa for a 2 night stay.
Meals (B) Ibis Styles
Outback at the Isa today and take part in the Hard Times Underground Mine Tour and Outback Park. We then visit the WW2 Underground Hospital and the Beth Anderson Museum, followed by the famed Mt Isa Lookout and Lake
Meals (B) Ibis Styles
Departing to Cloncurry and on to Richmond which is part of Australia’s Dinosaur Trail and Kronosaurus Korner is Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. It showcases nearly 1,150 unique fossil specimens found around the region. Fossils from the area include the 100-115 million year old remains of extinct marine reptiles.
Hughenden and on arrival, we visit the Flinders Discovery Centre where ‘Hughie’ is the star attraction; a life size replica of the Muttaburrasaurus Dinosaur. We also visit other sites such as the Historical Coolabah Tree which is linked to the Burke & Wills Expedition.
Meals (B, D) Royal Hotel Hughenden
This morning we make our way into Townsville and visit to the iconic Castle Hill for an amazing view of the surrounding area and Magnetic Island
We them make our way to the train station for your departure this afternoon.
Note: If not using the train service, you tour completes in Townsville at 2pm.
Meals (B) Overnight Spirit of Queensland
Today the Spirit of Queensland will finish the journey arriving at your home station with cherished memories of the QLD Outback
Spirit of the Outback Train to Longreach – when departing from Brisbane
Spirit of Queensland Train – Townsville to Brisbane at completion of tour
Accommodation & Meals as per Itinerary
PP T/S Sole Use Room Add $580