Day 1: Tuesday – Brisbane to Longreach
Guests on GULF15 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Longreach. Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (GULF15 guests only) (D)
Day 2: Wednesday – Longreach
Welcome to Longreach! Guests on GULF13 will join the tour today after lunch. On arrival, transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights. At the Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by our Savannah Guides Master Operator driver and host. 2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach (B,L,D)
Day 3: Thursday – Longreach
Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft, and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. Meet the Smith family at historic Rosebank Station for great hospitality and a relaxed homestead morning tea. Discover the inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame as you wander the five themed galleries. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty on-board nibbles platters, before taking your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Relax under the stars and savour a mouth-watering two-course camp oven themed dinner, as you watch the talented musical performers on the River Stage. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Friday – Winton
We follow the Matilda Way to Winton to visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum dedicated to a song. Hear wonderful stories surrounding Winton’s links to Australia’s unofficial national anthem and explore the interactive and fascinating displays. Free time after lunch to visit other Winton attractions including the Musical Fence, Arno’s Wall and the Winton Truck Museum. Late afternoon, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs laboratory, for a guided interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room and NEW Dinosaur Canyon. Relax with new found friends at our exclusive sunset barbeque overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed! Overnight Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton (B,L,D)
Day 5: Saturday – Cloncurry
We travel north and discover outback characters as we visit favourite Aussie pubs including the Walkabout Creek Hotel, made famous in the Crocodile Dundee Movie. In Cloncurry, we will visit John Flynn Place where we will hear the great Australian story of how John Flynn pioneered the Royal Flying Doctor Service, one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. 2 nights Gidgee Inn, Cloncurry (B,L,D)
Day 6: Sunday – Mount Isa
We take a day trip to Mount Isa, affectionately known as the ‘Oasis of the Outback’, where we will visit Outback at Isa. You will wander through the Isa Experience, which provides a fascinating insight into the mining industry development, the town’s early days and the cultural diversity of Mount Isa. Step back some 30 million years at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, with its captivating interpretations into early mammal mega fauna development. After lunch enjoy an interesting Mount Isa town tour. You will also have the option of taking a scenic flight over the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge. We return to Cloncurry for a casual dinner at our accommodation. (B,L,D)
Day 7-8: Monday-Tuesday – Karumba
We drive north through diverse landscapes to Karumba where the ‘Outback meets the sea’. Join a nature cruise on the Norman River and Six Mile Creek and enjoy the history of the Karumba Port. Take a tour of the Barramundi Discovery Centre to learn about the live breeding program. Cruise the Port of Karumba estuary to a special sand island in the Gulf of Carpentaria then enjoy a delicious fresh seafood dinner at the End of the Road Motel. Feast on fresh seafood as the sun sets over the Gulf of Carpentaria, renowned for it’s spectacular sunsets. 2 nights End of the Road Motel, Karumba (B,L,D)
Day 9-10: Wednesday-Thursday – Cobbold Gorge
Travel to Normanton for a nostalgic ride on the famous Gulflander rail journey. See the Big Croc, Purple Pub and learn Normanton’s story. Visit the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown, including a magnificent mineral collection display at the TerrEstrial Centre. Arrive at the hidden outback oasis, Cobbold Gorge, our home for the next two nights. Enjoy a three-hour tour of this natural wonder on private land, featuring an optional guided bushwalk to the top of the escarpment. Glide on custom-made, electric powered boats in almost spiritual silence through the dramatic sandstone walled gorge. 2 nights Cobbold Gorge Resort (B,L,D)
Day 11-12: Friday-Saturday – Mount Surprise
This morning, we travel to Forsayth to join the iconic Savannahlander rail journey to Einasleigh with time to explore the beautiful Copperfield Gorge, shaped by the Copperfield River as it sliced through rock formed from a prehistoric lava flow. Tuck into a country lunch at the Einasleigh Hotel and travel via interesting backtracks to Mount Surprise. Explore the Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flows from a single volcanic crater. See the beautifully restored and turn of the century railway carriages at the Undara Resort. Enjoy the relaxing dining atmosphere of Bedrock Village’s outdoor dining area and the campfire camaraderie of your fellow travellers. 2 nights Bedrock Village, Mount Surprise (B,L,D)
Day 13: Sunday – Cairns
Travel through contrasting landscapes and Forty Mile Scrub National Park to Woodleigh Station. Relax with lunch in view of their giant 100 year-old bougainvillea and take a stroll around their expansive gardens. We continue our drive back through the Atherton Tablelands to Cairns. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at our accommodation. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns (B,L,D)
Day 14: Monday – Cairns to Brisbane
Guests on GULF13 will conclude their tour after breakfast with a transfer to their homeward bound connections. Guests on GULF15 will transfer to Cairns Railway Station to join the Spirit of Queensland for a first-class overnight rail journey back to Brisbane. Overnight Spirit of Queensland Rail Bed (GULF15 guests only) (B,L,D)
Day 15: Tuesday – Brisbane
Guests on GULF15 will arrive in Brisbane. (B)
dates & pricing
|Cost Per Person
|Longreach to Cairns GULF13
|Cost Per Person
|Brisbane to Brisbane GULF15
| $8253 (QPCV)#
2019 DEPARTURE DATES:
GULF15 Ex Brisbane: 09 April; 28 May; 18 June; 25 June; 16 July; 15 October
GULF13 Ex Longreach: 10 April; 29 May; 19 June; 26 June; 17 July; 16 October
- EARLY EMU SAVER – Save $400 per person on April & October departures.
- #QPCV – Queensland Pension Concession Rail vouchers (4).
- Conditions apply.
- Minimum tour numbers apply.
- This is a MEDIUM level fitness tour.
- Rail price based on one way fares travelling from Brisbane to Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback in First Class Sleepers and from Cairns to Brisbane in a RailBed.