Day 1: Tuesday – Brisbane (B)
Arrive in Brisbane and check-in to your accommodation early afternoon. At the Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers. Hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. Overnight Royal on the Park, Brisbane
Day 2: Wednesday – Roma (B,L,D)
We will travel north-west from Brisbane to the Garden City of Toowoomba for a nostalgic morning tea at the Historic Railway Station. Continue along the Adventure Way to Chinchilla, home of the Chinchilla Melon Festival and Miles, a vibrant rural township. Arrive in Roma, the heart of beef country and visit the Big Rig. Late afternoon, join a tour of Mount Hope a working cattle station. This property is home to Droughtmaster cattle, coal seam gas and three generations of the Price family. Enjoy sunset nibbles and drinks followed by a delicious two-course camp oven dinner under the stars. Overnight Roma Explorers Inn, Roma
Day 3: Thursday – Charleville (B,L,D)
Visit Roma Saleyards, the largest cattle selling facility in Australia. On your guided tour you’ll learn the day-to-day processes of the saleyards and have the opportunity to watch the cattle sales in action. Travel to Charleville for a tour and lunch at the historic Corones Hotel. This afternoon we meet the rare and endangered Bilby at the Bilby Experience. Learn more about this native marsupial and the long-running captive breeding and conservation program. Discover the wonders of the magical outback night sky at the mesmerising Cosmos Centre Twilight Telescope Observation Session. Overnight Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville
Day 4: Friday – Thargomindah (B,L,D)
Follow the Warrego River to Cunnamulla, which came into being as a Cobb & Co coach stop. Visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre, home to the art gallery and Artesian Time Tunnel. Discover the quaint township of Eulo, hear tales of Isabel ‘The Eulo Queen’ and learn the story of the Eulo Artesian Mud Baths. Travel to Thargomindah and tour the historic Old Thargomindah Hospital to learn some fascinating tales from the 1800’s. Discover the story behind Thargomindah’s electrical street lighting story. Enjoy exclusive Sunset drinks at the historic bore followed by a delicious hot pot and damper dinner under the stars. Overnight Oasis Motel or Explorers Caravan Park Cabins, Thargomindah
Day 5: Saturday – Tibooburra (B,L,D)
Travel southwest across the Dingo Barrier Fence to historic Noccundra Hotel; then cross the border at Warri Gate into Outback New South Wales. View the eastern sections of the Sturt National Park. Traverse gibber plains and spectacular ‘jump up’ country to Tibooburra. The striking granite boulders around Tibooburra are said to be remnants of a mass underground granite dome dating back around 410 million years. Explore the National Park Interpretive Centre and Court House Museum. Overnight Granites Motel, Tibooburra
Day 6: Sunday – Innamincka (B,L,D)
Travel through Sturt National Park to Cameron Corner where the boundary lines of the states of Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales meet. See the Strzelecki Desert, characterised by extensive red dune fields; home of the endangered Dusky Hopping Mouse. Pass by large cattle stations then travel through the heart of the oil and gas fields to Innamincka, on the banks of Cooper Creek. Learn the important role played by the Australian Inland Mission in providing essential medical services to remote towns. 2 nights Innamincka Hotel, Innamincka
Day 7: Monday – Innamincka (B,L,D)
Retrace the last days of Burke & Wills and hear about the town with two lives. Visit the historic Burke & Wills Dig Tree then take your seat aboard the Eco-certified sunset cruise on the Cooper Creek. Take in the stunning bird life and spot the occasional inquisitive animal on the banks.
Day 8: Tuesday – Birdsville (B,L,D)
Follow the Strzelecki Desert through flood plains, sand dunes and gibber country. See the historic woolshed on Cordillo Downs Station; once one of the largest pastoral properties in the country. Further north we’ll pass the crumbling ruins of Cadelga Outstation as we travel to Birdsville through some of Australia’s richest cattle country. Tonight have a yarn with the locals and enjoy a dinner at the famous Birdsville Hotel. 2 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville
Day 9: Wednesday – Birdsville (B,L,D)
This morning visit the Wirrarri Centre to view work by local Indigenous artists. Next take a stroll to the Birdsville Billabong where birdlife, fish and yabbies abound. Stand on the well known Birdsville Racetrack and explore the Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel ruins; poignant reminders of a pre-federation metropolis. Tonight we’ll toast the glorious outback sunset from Big Red, a 40-metre high sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert.
Day 10: Thursday – Windorah (B,L,D)
Travel on to the ghost town of Betoota, once a Cobb & Co change station. Stand atop Deon’s Lookout with its amazing view of the Diamantina Shire. We arrive in Windorah on the Cooper Creek where the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers merge. Explore Windorah in the heart of the Channel Country with its majestic red sand dune landscapes. Late afternoon, we’ll drive out to Windorah’s red sandhills for a spectacular sunset. Overnight Cooper Cabins or Western Star Hotel, Windorah
Day 11: Friday – Longreach (B,L,D)
Follow the Cooper Creek floodplain to Jundah on the banks of the Thomson River. At the picturesque Swanvale Lookout we’ll be joined by a local property owner for a personal tour of his property followed by lunch at the Stonehenge Hotel. See the unusual Address Book at Stonehenge where visitors sign their town names in stone! We arrive in Longreach late afternoon. 3 nights Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach
Day 12: Saturday – Longreach (B,L,D)
Enjoy a town tour of Longreach and some free time downtown. Wander the interactive displays of the Qantas Founders Museum to discover the real Qantas story. Hear the inspiring human stories of our national airline’s early years. Step inside the 747 and 707 Jets on an interpretive tour in the newly opened Airpark. Late afternoon join the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the beautiful Thomson River. Unwind with on-board nibbles and drinks whilst watching a magnificent outback sunset. Enjoy live entertainment and a two-course camp oven themed dinner under the stars at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.
Day 13: Sunday – Longreach (B,L,D)
This morning, explore the five themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame followed by their signature Pie-Floater Lunch. Time to relax back at your accommodation before taking your seat at the Outback Stockman’s Dinner and Show. This exciting show of horsemanship showcases the traditional Australian Stockman skills that are still used today. Enjoy a gourmet outback barbecue buffet dinner while you watch the action.
Day 14: Monday – Homeward bound (B,L,D)
Your Outback Queensland adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections. The journey may have ended, but the memories will last a lifetime. Guests travelling on the Spirit of the Outback will board this morning.
Day 15: Tues – Arrive Brisabane (B)
Guests on CCE15 will arrive in Brisbane at 11.55am.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
*Tour itinerary is valid for 2021 departures. 2020 tour operates to a different itinerary.
dates & pricing
|2020 DEPARTURE DATES:
|Tour code CCE14 & CCE15 Ex Brisbane: 1 September
|Cost Per Person 2020
|Brisbane to Longreach CCE14
|Brisbane to Brisbane CCE15
|2021 DEPARTURE DATES:
|Tour code CCE14 & CCE15 Ex Brisbane: 20 April; 25 May; 22 June; 27 July; 31 August
|Cost Per Person 2020
|Brisbane to Longreach CCE14
|Brisbane to Brisbane CCE15
|$ 8688 (QPCV)#
- EARLY EMU SAVER 2021 – SAVE $250 PER PERSON FOR BOOKINGS MADE AND DEPOSITED BEFORE 30 SEP 2020.
- #QPCV – Queensland Pension Concession Rail vouchers (2).
- Minimum tour numbers apply.
- This is a MEDIUM level fitness tour.
- Rail price based on one way fares travelling from Longreach to Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback in First Class Sleepers