Mt Isa Magic & Lawn Hill National Park

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Mount Isa, is affectionately known as the ‘Oasis of the Outback’, Mount Isa is a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions. Nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mount Isa is a bustling melting pot of culture and industry. It’s grown from strength to strength over the years but the harsh picturesque landscape has barely changed. Relax and enjoy an outback sunset.

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.  This exceptional park features spectacular gorge country, including the lush Eden of Lawn Hill Gorge and sandstone ranges. One of Queensland’s most scenic national parks, it is home to abundant and diverse wildlife.

Tour starts and completes in Brisbane when travelling by rail, or Townsville under own arrangements

Itinerary

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 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 Townsville we are meet your tour host and  depart on the coach tour through to Mt Isa. Our First Stop is a local pub for lunch and then on to Hughenden. Hughenden is  part of Australia’s Dinosaur Trail and the Flinders Discovery Centre houses an amazing exhibition of fossils and gems from around the world, as well as an extensive and growing display of fossils from the local area. “Hughie” is the star attraction; a life size replica of the Muttaburrasaurus. We also visit other historical sites such as the Windmill Rotunda is one of 5 sculptures erected to celebrate Centenary of Federation. The on to the Historical Coolabah Tree which is linked to two relief expeditions searching for the Burke and Wills Expedition, the Coolabah Tree is of immense historical importance.  It is believed that both expeditions blazed the tree on the banks of what is now Station Creek. Dinner tonight at our Hotel.

Meals (B, D) Overnight Hughenden Royal Hotel

We make our way to Mt Isa today through the towns of  Julia Creek, Richmond and Cloncurry, arriving in the ISA early Afternoon. Following Check in, we depart for the Mt Isa Look out  for excellent 360-degree views of Mt Isa. We arrive at Sunset which is the best time, when the smelter stacks are silhouetted and the mine lights begin to twinkle.

Meals (B,  D) Overnight Mt Isa  Burke & Wills Inn

We spend the morning at Outback at Isa and take part in the Hard Times Mine Underground Tour, Outback Park, the Regional Art Gallery and Riversleigh Fossil Center.  We then visit the WW2 Underground Hospital and the Beth Anderson Museum (own entry cost) along with lots of the ISA highlights.

Meals (B, MT, D) Overnight Mt Isa  Burke & Wills Inn

Known as “The Curry” the town is recognized as the friendly heart of the great North West, Queensland’s and won the Friendliest Town in 2013.Few places can claim to be as influential in shaping Australia being the  birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and destination of the first Qantas flight. We visit the Unearthed Museum with the star exhibit being Robert Burke’s (Burke and Wills) water bottle, along with the history and photographs of their exploration.

Meals (B, D ) Overnight Cloncurry Gidgee Inn

Following breakfast we will travel up through to  Gregory arriving into  Adel’s Grove  mid afternoon. We then join our guide for the amazing sunset tour to Harry’s Hill scenic lookout. Returning for our dinner on the deck overlooking Lawn Hill Creek.

Meals (B, L, D)  Overnight Lawn Hill Adels Grove

After breakfast we will meet our Savannah Guide for the short drive to the National Park and start with a optional bush walk in paradise, with views you need to see to be believed. Morning tea, then we board our cruise through the spectacular Gorge and on to the picturesque Indarri Falls Lunch then time to make our way to the Riversleigh World Heritage Site. The Riversleigh fossil deposits are among the richest and most extensive in the world, with some fossils dating back 15 to 25 million years. The site provides exceptional examples of mammalian assemblages in a continent whose mammal evolutionary history has been the most isolated and most distinctive in the world.

Meals (B,MT, L ,D)  Overnight  Adel’s Grove

Today after Breakfast we make our way to the Bourke & Wills Road House and break for Lunch Then on to Julie Creek. Following our town tour we check in  and enjoying dinner at a local hotel.

Meals (B, D) Overnight Julia Creek Villas

 Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. When gold was first discovered in Charters Towers in 1871, it became a gold rush town and quickly grew to become the second largest town in Qld. Today, the magnificent heritage buildings are testament to the prosperity of years past. Our tour of Charters Towers 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 of photographs, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers’ golden and military past. This evening following sunset drinks from the Lookout, 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 (B, D) Overnight Park Motel Charters Towers

Arrive Townsville, Depart for Home Port

This morning following breakfast, we make our way to Townsville and explore the Capital of Nth Queensland including a visit to the iconic Castle Hill. As well as offering a center piece for the city and spectacular scenic views, Castle Hill has a significant history. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill’s military history.  We then make our way to the train station for your departure at 2.30pm this afternoon. (B)

Note: If making own return arrangements and not using the rail service, a transfer service will be provided to the airport and please book flights for 4.30pm onwards. Extra nights at the Madison Plaza in Townsville can also be arranged upon request.

 

Arrive Brisbane 

This morning you will wake to the breakfast service before arriving into Brisbane at 9am with wonderful memories of your Eden of the Outback tour.

Note: If returning interstate by air, please make your way to the Brisbane airport via Skytrain and book flights form 1pm onwards.

Inclusions

Tour starts and completes in Brisbane when travelling by rail, or Townsville under own arrangements

Return Rail Fares as per Tour Pricing

 

Coach Touring from Townsville with Commentary

Hosted by our Friendly Staff

Hughenden Dinosaur Display & Tour
Cloncurry Tour & Unearthed Museum
Mt Isa and Underground Mine tour
Underground Hospital, Mt Isa Lookout
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park Tours
Adel’s Grove & Savannah Guides
Cruise along Lawn Hill Gorge & Indarri Falls
Gregory, The Four Ways, Burke & Wills Road House
Julia Creek & Richmond
Historical Charters Towers & Ghosts of Gold Tour
Townsville City & Castle Hill Tours

All accommodation & Meals as per itinerary

Return Economy Flights to Brisbane for Interstate Guests using the Rail Service

Tour Length 11 Days

Tour Cost EX Townsville $2590.00

(Tour Only 9 Days)

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $2640.00

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

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $2970.00

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

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $2825.00

(Senior Card: Train travel in Premium Economy Seat Return)

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $3160.00

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

*Double/Twin, Single ADD $600

Tour Dates
06/05/2019
28/06/2019

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