Outback Queensland Tour

Immerse yourself in the true outback experience. Discover meaningful connections with people and places and uncover the events that helped shape Australia’s cultural heritage. See the night sky, ancient landscapes and unique flora and fauna like never before.

13 Day Tour

Wednesday 17 August - Monday 29 August 2022

Tour Cost (GST inclusive):
$5,455 per person twin share
$880 single supplement

Inclusions*

  • Entry to the Cunnamulla Fella Centre and Artesian Time Tunnel
  • Guided tour at Eromanga Natural History Museum
  • Guided town tour of Birdsville
  • Entry and Show at Min Min Encounter & Information Centre
  • Entry to Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Guided Tour and lunch at Australian Age of Dinosaurs
  • Dinner at The Birdcage Hotel
  • Guided tour and smoko at Camden Station
  • Guided Tour at Qantas Founders Outback Museum
  • Drovers Sunset Cruise and Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show with Outback Aussie Tours
  • Observatory session at Charleville Cosmos Centre (including nibbles and drinks)
  • Entry to Charleville Bilby Experience
  • Lunch and Entry to Oil Patch at Roma Big Rig

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: (D)

Brisbane to St George

Wed 17 Aug 22

Welcome to our Outback Queensland adventure. Our amazing journey features some iconic Australian experiences. We have a travel day ahead as we make our way to St George for our first night together.

Lunch at own expense | Dinner at accommodation

Day 2 : (BLD)

St George to Cunnamulla

Thu 18 Aug 22

This morning we arrive in Cunnamulla, a town created by Cobb & Co in 1879 when the first coach drove through from Bourke. Today it is the only surviving south-west town along the original route. After lunch, we take a look at the Cunnamulla Fella, an iconic Australian Bush character from a song written by Stan Coster and sung by Slim Dusty. The town erected the statue as a tribute to Stan and Slim and to the ‘ringers’ of the bush. Here we’ll also visit the Cunnamulla Fella Museum and Art Gallery. The gallery changes the exhibits often and showcases the works of local artists and talent across Australia. Here, we are standing on the Eromanga Basin, the world’s largest underground river that flows beneath one fifth of Australia. We experience this amazing phenomenon in the Artesian Time Tunnel. The tunnel incorporates an old mine lift which takes us back in time 100 million years and down deep into the middle of ancient sandstone rocks that form part of the basin. We’ll learn about the ancient animals that once roamed this region, the “Yowah Nut” and the early days in the opal fields.

 Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation | Lunch at Club Boutique Hotel  

Day 3: (BLD)

Cunnamulla to Quilpie

Fri 19 Aug 22

Today, our touring will take us to local towns, Eulo and Yowah. In Eulo, we discover local produce, products, opals and craft before a drink at the only remaining pub in town. The pub is named after colourful character, Isobel Gray, notoriously known as the “Eulo Queen”, due to her business ventures in town and her fine taste in jewellery. In the afternoon we travel to Yowah, a living gallery with the story of opal everywhere you turn. Opals of Yowah are world renowned for their beautiful colours and magnificent patterns. We have free time in the town where you might like to try your hand at fossicking, visit one of the many galleries or enjoy a bath in the Artesian Waters. Before departing, we visit the Bluff and marvel at the views of the surrounding country and the magnificent rock formations. After our fascinating day, we travel to Quilpie.

 Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation | Packed Lunch included

Day 4: (BD)

Eromanga Touring

Sat 20 Aug 22

Eromanga is the ‘furthest town from the sea’ in Australia and is also significant in the discovery of dinosaurs. We enjoy a guided tour of Eromanga Natural History Museum, home to Australia’s largest dinosaur, a 95-98 million year old titanosaur called ‘Cooper’. We visit The Knot-A-Saurus Park to view the amazing aluminium dinosaur sculptures before travelling back to Quilpie. We have free time to enjoy the beauty of the Bulloo River or enjoy the native bottlebrush trees and beautiful gardens surrounding the town.

Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation | Lunch at own expense

Day 5: (BLD)

Quilpie to Birdsville

Sun 21 Aug 22

We have an early start as we have a long travel day ahead of us. Entertainment will be inside the coach as we chat with our new friends, sing songs and maybe take a nap throughout the day. There will be a chance to stretch our legs, but this is our longest day on the road. Our destination for the next two nights is the iconic Birdsville Hotel.

Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation | Packed Lunch included           

Day 6: (BD)

Birdsville

Mon 22 Aug 22

A local expert joins the coach this morning as we learn about the history and unique characters of Birdsville on a town tour. We head to Big Red, the tallest sand dune (40 metres high) in the Simpson Desert. Our afternoon is at leisure. You may like to visit the beautiful Birdsville Billabong, enjoy lunch at the Birdsville Bakery or view the local artwork in a gallery.

Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation | Lunch at own expense            

Day 7: (BLD)

Birdsville to Boulia

Tue 23 Aug 22

Today we express to Boulia with convenience stops along the way including a delicious lunch in Bedourie. The vast desert combined with the unique flora and fauna makes this interesting town known as the ‘Oasis in the Desert’. We have time to freshen up before dinner.

Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation | Lunch at Simpson Desert Oasis        

Day 8: (BLD)

Boulia to Winton

Wed 24 Aug 22

Before we depart Boulia, we visit the Min Min Encounter and Visitor Information Centre to watch the theatrical 45-minute show dedicated to the story of the Min Min Light phenomenon. This light has many theories surrounding it, but nothing has ever been proven. To this day, the spectacle still remains a mystery. We enjoy our packed lunch en-route before arriving in Winton for our overnight stay.

Breakfast & dinner at accommodation |Packed lunch included     

Day 9: (BLD)

Winton to Longreach

Thu 25 Aug 22

This central region of Queensland abounds with early Australian folklore and history. It was here, that Banjo Paterson wrote his famous poem about the swagman and jolly jumbuck and “Waltzing Matilda” was heard for the first time in the North Gregory Hotel. We visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, a world class museum and art gallery with displays focusing on the Australian landscape, channel country, the women of the homesteads, livestock/wool industries of the outback and of course, the classic poem. Next, we visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, which is located on top of the “jump up” – a rugged mesa plateau formation that stands 75 meters above the surrounding plains. The centre hosts the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils and the largest fossil preparation laboratory in the southern hemisphere. This afternoon we drive to Longreach, our home for the next two nights. 

Breakfast at accommodation | Lunch at Australian Age of Dinosaurs | Dinner at The Birdcage Hotel

Day 10: (BD)

Longreach

Fri 26 Aug 22

This morning is a special experience as we get an insight into the area through the eyes of local graziers and pioneer families. We meet the owners of a local property called Camden Park Station and learn about their operation and the challenges of working on the land. Late morning, we uncover some national treasures, as we’ll be visiting the QANTAS Founders Museum. Through historic photographs, memorabilia and multimedia displays, the inspirational stories of the world’s pioneering airline is brought to life. After a fantastic day, we take a sunset cruise down the majestic Thompson River. As the sunset fades into starlight, we dock at Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show for a night of great food and live entertainment under the stars.

Breakfast at The Woolshed| Lunch at own expense | Dinner at Outback Aussie Tours  

Day 11: (BLD)

Longreach to Charleville

Sat 27 Aug 22

We have a travel day ahead, so read your book or watch the scenery roll by out the window. We travel through Isisford, a charming little settlement which has not changed significantly since the turn of the century. We break in Blackall, where the legendary gun shearer Jackie Howe set the almost unbelievable record of shearing 321 sheep with blade shears in a day. A bronze statue now stands as a monument to the man and the achievement. Late this afternoon, we arrive in Charleville. We enjoy dinner at our motel before a visit to the Cosmos Centre. There is nothing quite like travelling thousands of light years into space. The guides will build our knowledge on the formation of the stars and galaxies, reveal the beauty and meaning of coloured stars and the fascination of the planets and our moon.

Breakfast at The Woolshed| Packed Lunch included | Dinner at accommodation   

Day 12: (BLD)

Charleville to Roma

Sun 28 Aug 22

This morning we make a special visit to the Charleville Bilby Experience, a centre dedicated to bilbies. We’ll hear firsthand what the Save the Bilby Fund are doing to save these unique little creatures from extinction. We head east to Roma, an early Queensland settlement and now the centre for a huge sheep and cattle raising district. We visit the Roma Big Rig where we can learn more about the gas and oil industries of Australia. We make our way to our accommodation for our final night on tour together.

Breakfast and Dinner at accommodation | Lunch at Roma Big Rig

Day 13: (BL)

Roma to Brisbane

Mon 29 Aug 22

Our tour has come to an end, and we head for home today. We enjoy lunch in Dalby before arriving in Brisbane late afternoon where we say goodbye to our new friends but take away fantastic memories from our outback adventure.

Breakfast at accommodation | Lunch at Criterion Hotel

* Due to the extreme outback conditions on this tour, we are unable to use our Blue Tour Coach. Instead we will use one of our other luxury tour coaches that is more suited to outback conditions.