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13 Day Outback Queensland Stars, Stockmen and Swagmen Tour

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

Saturday 15 August - Thursday 27 August 2020

Day 1

Brisbane - St George

Sat 15 Aug 20 (LD)

Welcome to our Outback Queensland adventure. We make our way to Dalby where we discover the authentic colonial buildings and heritage items of yesteryear at the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum. We enjoy lunch at the local club before travelling to St George for our first night together (lunch included / dinner in hotel).

Merino Motor Inn, St George

Day 2

St George - Cunnamulla

Sun 16 Aug 20 (BLD)

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 to 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 & dinner at hotel / lunch included).

Country Way Motor Inn / Billabong Hotel Motel, Cunnamulla

Day 3

Cunnamulla - Quilpie

Mon 17 Aug 20 (BLD)

Today, our touring will take us to local towns Eulo and Yowah. In Eulo, we discover the town of local produce, products, opal 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 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 & dinner at hotel / packed lunch included).

Quilpie Motor Inn

Day 4

Eromanga Touring

Tue 18 Aug 20 (BD)

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 & dinner in hotel / lunch at own expense).

Quilpie Motor Inn

Day 5

Quilpie - Birdsville

Wed 19 Aug 20 (BLD)

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 & dinner at hotel / packed lunch included).

Birdsville Hotel

Day 6

Birdsville

Thu 20 Aug 20 (BD)

A local expert joins the coach this morning as we learn 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 & dinner in hotel / lunch at own expense).

Birdsville Hotel 

Day 7

Birdsville - Boulia

Fri 21 Aug 20 (BLD)

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 & dinner in hotel / lunch included).

Australian Hotel, Boulia / Boulia Desert Sands Motel

Day 8

Boulia - Winton

Sat 22 Aug 20 (BLD)

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 hotel / packed lunch included).

North Gregory Hotel, Winton

Day 9

Winton - Longreach

Sun 23 Aug 20 (BLD)

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 & dinner in hotel / lunch included).

Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach

Day 10

Longreach

Mon 24 Aug 20 (BD)

At the iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, we experience the Outback Stockman’s Show. It encompasses the modern-day aspects of being a stockman, as well as telling the tales of what it used to be like in the past. This afternoon 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. This evening we enjoy a special sunset cruise down the majestic Thomson River and enjoy a delicious dinner on the banks. As the sunset fades into starlight, we dock at the Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show for a night of great food and live entertainment under the stars (breakfast in hotel / lunch at own expense / dinner included).

Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach

Day 11

LOngreach - Charleville

Tue 25 Aug 20 (BLD)

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 & dinner in hotel / packed lunch included).

Waltzing Matilda Motel, Charleville

Day 12

Charleville - Roma

Wed 26 Aug 20 (BLD)

This morning we enjoy the Bilby Experience. Here our guide will reveal Australia’s native animal extinction crisis and the Bilby breeding program and hopefully we will see the unique little creatures. 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 discover the gas and oil industries of Australia. We make our way to accommodation for our final night on tour together (breakfast & dinner in hotel / lunch included).

Roma Explorers Inn

Day 13

Roma - Brisbane

Thu 27 Aug 20 (BL)

Our tour has come to an end and we head for home today. We enjoy lunch in Chinchilla before arriving in Brisbane late afternoon where we say goodbye to our new friends but take away fantastic recollections from our outback adventure (breakfast in hotel / lunch included).

Tour Cost (GST inclusive):
$4650 per person twin share
$729 single supplement

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