Trips to Birdsville from Longreach 2018/2019 - Photo
Tours to Birdsville, Birdsville Holidays 2018/2019 - Photo
Tours to Birdsville from Longreach 2018/2019, Holiday packages to Birdsville from Brisbane 2018/2019 - Photo
Escorted Tours to Birdsville from Longreach - Photo


Day 1: Tuesday – Brisbane to Longreach (D)

Guests on BDE11 will depart Brisbane at 6.10pm on the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Longreach. Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (BDE11 guests only)

Day 2: Wednesday – Longreach (B,L,D)

Welcome to Longreach! You will be met on arrival at Longreach Railway Station and transferred to your accommodation for the next two nights. Late afternoon join your tour group for a short drive to Ilfracombe and the historic Wellshot Hotel for a welcome dinner. 2 nights Jumbuck Motel, Longreach

Day 3: Thursday – Longreach (B,L,D)

Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. Meet the Smith Family at historic Rosebank Station for great hospitality and a relaxed homestead morning tea, then enjoy some free time in downtown Longreach. 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 the talented musical artists perform on the River Stage.

Day 4: Friday – Windorah (B,L,D)

Follow the mighty Thomson River floodplain to Windorah, said to be the only place in the world where two rivers form a creek! See magnificently contrasting colours in Welford National Park; golden green spinifex, white-barked ghost gums and stunning red sand dunes. Take in the serenity with a picnic lunch in the National Park beside one of the many Coolibah-lined waterholes. Late afternoon in Windorah, we’ll take a short trip out of town to toast the sunset from beautiful wind-swept red sand hills. Have your camera’s ready! Overnight Cooper Cabins or Western Star Hotel, Windorah

Day 5: Saturday – Birdsville (B,L,D)

Heading west today, see the JC Hotel Ruins, once part of the township site of Canterbury, before reaching Betoota – population zero! Established in 1885 to collect cattle tolls and later a Cobb & Co change station, the last resident died in 2004, making Betoota a ghost town. Take in spectacular views from Deon’s Lookout and see the Dreamtime Serpent Indigenous artwork, an impressive hillside installation created with gravel and gibbers. At the end of the famous Birdsville Track we arrive in the frontier town of Birdsville. 2 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville

Day 6: Sunday – Birdsville (B,L,D)

Stroll down to the banks of the tranquil Birdsville Billabong and see the well known Birdsville Racetrack. Visit the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre to view local artists’ work in their extensive gallery and explore the Inland Hospital ruins. Tonight we toast the glorious outback sunset from atop Big Red, a 40 metre high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.

Day 7: Monday – Boulia (B,L,D)

Take a close-up look at the rare and ancient Waddi Trees. See the Carcory Ruins, a remnant of European settlement, and the nearby flowing Artesian Bore. Explore the remote town of Bedourie, located on a sand dune, overlooking the Eyre Creek floodplain. See the historic Royal Hotel, built in the 1880s with adobe bricks and still very much in its original condition. Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout before arriving in Boulia early afternoon. Overnight Australian Hotel or Desert Sands Motel, Boulia

Day 8: Tuesday – Winton (B,L,D)

Visit Boulia’s Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. Explore the Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland and home to an impressive Marine Reptile Fossil exhibit. Travel a scenic drive to Winton stopping at Cawnpore Lookout to take in the stark flat-topped beauty of the surrounding Lillyvale Hills. Call into the historic Middleton Hotel, originally a coach staging post, for entertaining yarns and a casual pub lunch. Enjoy some free time in Winton to relax or wander the Opal Walk. 2 nights Boulder Opal Motel, Winton

Day 9: Wednesday – Winton (B,L,D)

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!

Day 10: Thursday – Longreach to Brisbane (B,L,D)

Depart Winton for an early transfer back to Longreach Railway Station for the BDE11 guests travelling on the first class overnight rail journey on the Spirit of the Outback to Brisbane, or to the Longreach Airport. Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (BDE11 guests only)

Day 11: Friday – Brisbane (B)

Guests on BDE11 will arrive in Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback at 11.55am


dates & pricing

Departing Brisbane (Sat): 29 Sep, 13 Oct
Departing Longreach (Sun): 30 Sep, 14 Oct

Cost Per Person 2018 Twin Share Sole Use
9 Day (BDE9) Longreach – Longreach $3869 $4399
Cost Per Person 2018 Twin Share Sole Use
11 Day (BDE11) Brisbane – Brisbane $4347 (QPCV)#
$4587 (SENIOR)
$4927 (ADULT)
$4877 (QPCV)#
$5117 (SENIOR)
$5457 (ADULT)

Departing Brisbane: (Tue) 09 Apr; 7 May; 14 May; 11 Jun; 13 Aug; 20 Aug; 24 Sep; 1 Oct; 22 Oct
Departing Longreach: (Wed) 10 Apr; 8 May; 15 May; 12 Jun; 14 Aug; 21 Aug; 25 Sep; 2 Oct; 23 Oct

Cost Per Person 2019 Twin Share Sole Use
9 Day (BDE9) Longreach – Longreach $3629 $4279
Cost Per Person 2019 Twin Share Sole Use
11 Day (BDE11) Brisbane – Brisbane $4107 (QPCV)#
$4347 (SENIOR)
$4483 (ADULT)
$4757 (QPCV)#
$4997 (SENIOR)
$5133 (ADULT)
  • EARLY EMU DEAL – Valid on April & Oct 2019 departures only. Save $400 per couple for bookings made and deposited before 31 Dec 2018
  • #QPCV – Queensland Pension Concession Rail vouchers (4).
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Minimum tour numbers apply.
  • Rail price based on return fares travelling from Brisbane to Longreach & Longreach to Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback in First Class Sleepers

Highlights & inclusions

  • Historic Wellshot Hotel & Ilfracombe Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • Rosebank Station Morning Tea
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Drover’s Sunset Cruise & Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show
  • Welford National Park
  • Windorah and Cooper Creek Catchment
  • Betoota Ghost Town and JC Hotel Ruins
  • Deon’s Lookout and Dreamtime Serpent Aboriginal Outdoor Art Sculpture
  • Sunset Sandhill nibbles Windorah
  • Sunset nibbles atop Big Red (Sand Dune)
  • Wirrarri Centre and Inland Hospital Ruins
  • Channel Country touring
  • Famous Birdsville Hotel
  • Min Min Light Encounter and Stonehouse Museum
  • Historic Middleton Hotel & Cawnpore Lookout
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Tour & Sunset Barbeque
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • All motel en suite accommodation
  • Travel by quality touring coach
  • Savannah Guides Master Operator driver and host
  • All Meals
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Longreach accommodation arrival and departure transfers
  • Return First Class Overnight Rail between Brisbane & Longreach – BDE11 only

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