DAY 1: FRIDAY – DEPART BRISBANE (D)
Guests on OUT10 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland for an overnight rail journey to Cairns.
DAY 2: SATURDAY – CAIRNS (B,L,D)
Guests on OUT9 will join the tour after lunch. You will be met by our Outback Aussie Tours representative and transferred to our overnight accommodation. Overnight Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
DAY 3: SUNDAY – UNDARA (B,L,D)
Travel just one hour from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands and an enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest – Lake Barrine. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world as you cruise this beautiful lake. Enjoy lunch at Woodleigh Station before exploring the Undara Lava Tubes claimed to be the largest and longest on the planet. Overnight Undara Experience – Restored Railway Carriages, Undara
DAY 4: MONDAY – HUGHENDEN (B,L,D)
A day of contrasting landscapes. We visit Porcupine Gorge National Park, with its towering cliffs of coloured sandstone and deep waterholes, for our picnic lunch stop. We then continue on to Hughenden and Mt Walker, an ideal vantage point for keen photographers. Overnight Royal Hotel Motel, Hughenden
DAY 5: TUESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)
Visit ‘Hughie,’ a life-size replica of the Muttaburrasaurus and star attraction of the Flinders Discovery Centre. Enjoy a morning tea at the Exchange Hotel Muttaburra en route to Longreach. Soak up the warm country hospitality and enjoy a homestead lunch at Darriveen Station with its sprawling homestead gardens. Learn the stockman’s story at the entertaining Outback Stockman’s Dinner and Show. 2 nights Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach
DAY 6: WEDNESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)
Visit the Qantas Founders Museum where you will discover the real Qantas story of pioneer aviation and hear great human stories of our National Airline’s early years. Explore the five themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Meet the Smith Family at historic Rosebank Station for great hospitality and a relaxed homestead lunch. Cruise the beautiful Thomson River on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise and take your seat for the entertaining Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show under the stars.
DAY 7-8: THURSDAY/FRIDAY – CARNARVON GORGE (B,L,D)
Heading east, we cross the Great Dividing Range, reaching 444 metres above sea level, en route to Lake Maraboon for a picnic lunch. The lake is three times the size of Sydney Harbour and is home to a healthy population of red claw crayfish. Follow the sandstone belt via Springsure to the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge National Park, an oasis in the semi arid heart of Central Queensland. Explore the beautiful Moss Garden walk with its splended waterfall backdrop, ferns and mosses. Follow the short walk to Baloon Cave to see stencilled Aboriginal rock art. Wake up to a symphony of birdsong and witness colourful sunrises as the light meets the gorge’s sandstone cliffs. By day, see kangaroos and wallabies around the picnic area and at night spot night echidnas and listen to the call of yellow-bellied gliders, owls and the bush stone curlew. 2 nights Carnvarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, Carnarvon Gorge
DAY 9: SATURDAY – ROMA, TOOWOOMBA (B,L,D)
Follow the southeastern Carnarvon Range to Injune, a thriving township with some 450 residents. Travel through Roma, home of Australia’s oil and gas story, to Miles Historical Village, its historic streetscape providing a glimpse into a bygone era. See cotton fields and melon paddocks as we travel through Chinchilla, Australia’s melon capital, before arriving in Toowoomba late afternoon. Enjoy sunset views from Picnic Point Lookout with panoramic views over Main Range and Lockyer Valley before our farewell dinner. Overnight Potters Boutique Hotel, Toowoomba
DAY 10: SUNDAY – BRISBANE (B,L)
Take a morning stroll through Ju Raku En Japanese Garden, one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll gardens, then wander the floral displays of Toowoomba’s famous Queens Park. Travel through Toowoomba’s high country hamlets of Highfields and Hampton to Esk in the valley of the lakes for a relaxing final lunch before returning to Brisbane.
dates & pricing
|Cost Per Person 2018
|Cairns to Longreach OUT9
|Cost Per Person
|Brisbane to Brisbane OUT10
2018 DEPARTURE DATES:
Tour Code OUT10 Ex Brisbane: 27 July
Tour Code OUT9 Ex Cairns: 28 July
- #QPCV – Queensland Pension Concession Rail vouchers (2).
- Conditions apply.
- Minimum tour numbers apply.
- This is a MEDIUM level fitness tour.
- Rail price based on one way fares travelling from Brisbane to Cairns on the Spirit of the Queensland in a RailBed.