9 Day Outback Pubs Queensland Tour
All aboard for this Aussie Outback Pub Crawl with your Blue Bus Coach Captain as your designated driver! Travel to unique Aussie pubs, meet local characters and immerse yourself in the true outback experience.
Wednesday 18 August - Thursday 26 August 2021
Brisbane to Roma
Wed 18 Aug 21 (D)
Welcome to our Outback Queensland adventure. Our amazing journey features some iconic Australian pubs including Hotel Corones, Toompine Pub and Eulo Queen Hotel. We have a travel day ahead so chat to your fellow travellers or watch the scenery roll by your window as we arrive in Roma for our welcome dinner (lunch at own expense / dinner included).
Roma to Charleville
Thu 19 Aug 21 (BD)
Today we travel to Charleville a town known for its bilbies and amazing night sky viewings. Our interesting afternoon begins with a local guided tour of the town. We then uncover the mysteries of Charleville with a Top-Secret World War II Tour. With the help of our guide, we unlock the stories of the United States military base and how they lived when 3,500 personnel arrived in town. This evening we visit the Cosmos Centre. Here, our 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. We enjoy nibbles and drinks before the open-air observatory viewing of the outback night sky (breakfast & dinner included / lunch at own expense).
Fri 20 Aug 21 (BD)
If you love a great story, then here’s one for you. Arriving in Australia penniless, pioneer Harry (Poppa) Corones, went on to build an empire and make Australian history several times throughout his life. We hear his amazing story while enjoying homemade scones at the iconic Hotel Corones. Next is the Bilby Experience. Here, our guide will reveal Australia’s native animal extinction crisis, discover the breeding program and hopefully see the unique little creatures. We have free time this afternoon before a delicious dinner at On the Rocks Restaurant (breakfast included / lunch at own expense / dinner at On the Rocks Restaurant).
Charleville to Eromanga
Sat 21 Aug 21 (BD)
Today we travel to Eromanga, the ‘furthest town from the sea’ in Australia and 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 also visit The Knot-A-Saurus Park to view the amazing aluminium dinosaur sculptures. We return to the museum for dinner tonight (breakfast included / lunch at own expense / dinner at Eromanga Natural History Museum).
Eromanga to Innamincka
Sun 22 Aug 21 (BLD)
We have a travel day ahead as we make our way across the South Australian border to Innamincka. Located along the old Strezlecki Track on the edge of Cooper Creek, Innamincka is where travellers and explorers can discover the real beauty of Australia’s outback. We enjoy dinner at the Innamincka Hotel which is a surprising oasis where visitors and locals alike come together to eat, drink and tell a few yarns (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included).
Innamincka - Noccundra - Thargomindah
Mon 23 Aug 21 (BLD)
We make our way to the Dig Tree, the site of national icons, Burke & Wills’ expedition and an enduring reminder of the pioneering spirit and extreme harshness of the outback. From here we call in at the historic Noccundra Hotel, the only original surviving building in town. The hotel was built from locally quarried sandstone and transported to Noccundra by camel train. This afternoon we push through to Thargomindah (breakfast, pub lunch and dinner included).
Toompine and Yowah
Tue 24 Aug 21 (BLD)
Located on the banks of the Bulloo River, Thargomindah’s traditional source of industry is sheep and wool. In recent times, petroleum/oil and gas make up a large part of the region’s economy. As we drive around town with a local guide, look out for the old mud brick hospital and the artesian hydro power plant, thought to be the oldest working unit in Australia. Thargomindah is also the perfect location to discover nearby outback towns. We travel to Toompine for lunch known as the “pub without a town”. We then travel to Yowah, a living gallery with the story of opals everywhere you turn. Opals discovered here are world renowned for their beautiful colours and magnificent patterns. We have time in town where you might like to try your hand at fossicking or visit one of the many galleries. We return to Thargomindah for some time at leisure before dinner (breakfast, pub lunch and dinner included).
Thargomindah - Eulo - St George
Wed 25 Aug 21 (BLD)
This morning we travel to Eulo where 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. We have lunch here before continuing through Cunnamulla to St George for our final dinner on tour together (breakfast, pub lunch and dinner included).
St George to Brisbane
Thu 26 Aug 21 (BL)
With our bags packed full of memories, our day is spend travelling back to Brisbane. We enjoy a farewell lunch at Moonie Crossroads before arriving home from a magnificent tour discovering Outback Queensland (breakfast and pub lunch included).