DAY 1: WEDNESDAY – BRISBANE (D)
Arrive in Brisbane and check into our accommodation early afternoon. This evening, join fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and tour orientation ready for the start of our Corner Country Explorer adventure. Overnight Hotel Jen, Brisbane
DAY 2: THURSDAY – STANTHORPE (B,L,D)
We travel to the beautiful Southern Queensland Country region and visit Abbey of the Roses for a tour of the heritage-listed sandstone country house manor built in 1891. Enjoy lunch and sample ciders at Suttons Apple Farm before taking a tour of Ballandean Winery. We have a late afternoon check-in to our cosy cedar cabins at Granite Belt Brewery Retreat, where tonight we will sample their famous 4-course Brewers Platter – a seasonal produce menu matched with craft beer. Overnight Granite Belt Brewery Retreat, Stanthorpe
DAY 3: FRIDAY – ROMA (B,L,D)
This morning we set off for St George on the beautiful Balonne River in time for lunch at Queensland’s most western winery, Riversands Wines, before arriving late afternoon into Roma. Tonight we will join an evening tour of the Big Rig for an entertaining sound and light show telling the story of Australia’s boom and bust years of oil and gas exploration. Overnight Roma Explorers Inn, Roma
DAY 4: SATURDAY – CHARLEVILLE (B,L,D)
We start the day with a tour of Roma Saleyards, the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere, before continuing a short distance to Bonus Downs Station for a tour of the homestead, followed by lunch. We arrive in Charleville mid afternoon with time to relax at our accommodation before enjoying the wonders of the incredible Outback night sky at the mesmerising Cosmos Centre Twilight Show. 2 nights Mulga Country Inn, Charleville
DAY 5: SUNDAY – CHARLEVILLE (B,L,D)
Enjoy a welcome tour of Charleville and visit the Charleville Airport precinct with the Royal Flying Doctor hangar and remnant reminders of our World World II involvement. We visit the Historic House Museum, one of the few Queenslanders left in Charleville. This afternoon we meet the rare and endangered Bilby at the Bilby Experience where the dedicated volunteers will share their knowledge and passion for the preservation of this delightful marsupial.
DAY 6: MONDAY – THARGOMINDAH (B,L,D)
We follow the Warrego River to Cunnamulla, which came into being as a Cobb and Co coach stop, and visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre to learn why the Artesian Basin is so important to the Outback. Discover the quaint township of Eulo, hear the tales of Isabel ‘The Eulo Queen’ and learn the story of the Eulo Artesian Mud Baths. Travel to Thargomindah and discover its historic electrical street lighting story. Overnight Oasis Motel or Explorer Caravan Park Cabins, Thargomindah
DAY 7: TUESDAY – TIBOOBURRA (B,L,D)
Travel southwest across the Dingo Barrier Fence to the historic Noccundra Hotel and the Warri Gate border into Outback New South Wales. View the eastern sections of the Sturt National Park then 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 dating back 410 million years. Explore the National Parks Interpretive Centre and Court House Museum. Overnight Granites Motel, Tibooburra
DAY 8: WEDNESDAY – INNAMINCKA (B,L,D)
Travel through the 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 and home of the endangered Dusky Hopping Mouse. Pass by large cattle stations and travel through the heart of the oil and gas fields to Innamincka on the banks of Cooper Creek. 2 nights Innamincka Hotel, Innamincka
DAY 9: THURSDAY – INNAMINCKA (B,L,D)
Retrace the last days of Burke and Wills and hear about the town with two lives. Explore the restored Australian Inland Mission building then enjoy a peaceful late afternoon cruise on the Cooper Creek witnessing gnarled river gums, gliding pelicans and this shady creek’s magic.
DAY 10: FRIDAY – BIRDSVILLE (B,L,D)
Today experience the sheer enormity of the contrasting colours. Sand dune, gibber & wetlands of salt & fresh water lake systems, that will captivate you wet or dry, holding an unrivalled beauty that can only be seen from the air. Departing Innamincka in the heart of the Strzelecki Desert, we follow the north arm of the Cooper Creek to Coongie Lakes, tracking over Lake Eyre North to William Creek for lunch. We continue over Goyder Lagoon and Big Red on the edge of the Simpson Desert, along part of the mighty Diamantina River to Birdsville – where the Channel Country meets the Simpson and Strzelecki Deserts. Tonight enjoy a dinner at the famous Birdsville Hotel. 2 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville
DAY 11: SATURDAY – BIRDSVILLE (B,L,D)
This morning we see an interesting Cultural Presentation at the Wirrarri Centre before visiting the Birdsville Burke and Wills Tree on the Diamantina River, said to mark one of their final campsites. We call in at the famous Birdsville Racetrack, view the Birdsville Billabong, enjoy lunch at the Birdsville Bakery, and explore the Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel ruins, reminders of Birdsville as a pre-federation metropolis. Tonight we’ll toast the glorious Outback sunset atop the famous Big Red, one of the stunning red dunes on the edge of the Simpson Desert National Park.
DAY 12: SUNDAY – WINDORAH (B,L,D)
Travel on to Deon’s Lookout with its amazing view of the Diamantina Shire and the ghost town of Betoota, once a Cobb and Co. Station. We arrive in Windorah on the Cooper Creek where the two main tributaries of the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers merge. Located in the heart of the Channel Country with its majestic red sand dune landscapes, we take a late afternoon drive out to the red sand hills for a spectacular sunset. Overnight Cooper Creek Cabins or Western Star Hotel Motel, Windorah
DAY 13: MONDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)
We follow the Thomson River floodplain via Welford National Park to Jundah on the banks of the Thomson River. Just outside of town we call into the Native Well, once a valuable source of water for Indigenous people. Stunning views are to be had from Swanvale Lookout en route to Stonehenge. See the unusual visitors book at Stonehenge – where visitors sign their town names in stone! We arrive into Longreach late afternoon. 3 nights Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach
DAY 14: TUESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)
Explore Longreach this morning at your own leisure before visiting historic Rosebank Station for a tour and relaxing lunch as guests of the Smith family. This afternoon we explore the five themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame followed by dinner and the entertaining Outback Stockman’s Show for an insight and tribute to the skills of all stockmen past and present.
DAY 15: WEDNESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)
Today we visit the Qantas Founders Museum where we will discover the real Qantas story of pioneer aviation and hear great human stories of our national airline’s early years. Step inside the 747 and 707 jets on a guided interpretive tour and enjoy an exclusive Qantas Founders Museum lunch. Free time to relax before a late afternoon transfer to join the M.V. Explorer for the Drover’s Sunset Cruise along the Thomson River. Unwind with onboard nibbles and drinks, whilst watching a magnificent Outback sunset. Enjoy a 2-course table service dinner as we watch the entertaining Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show.
DAY 16: THURSDAY – HOMEWARD BOUND (B,L,D)
Guests on CCE16 will conclude the Corner Country Explorer tour after breakfast with a transfer to your homeward bound connections. Guests on CCE17 will transfer to Longreach Railway Station to join the Spirit of the Outback for a first-class overnight rail journey back to Brisbane. Overnight Spirit of the Outback (CCE17). Lunch and dinner included for rail passengers only.
DAY 17: ARRIVE BRISBANE (B)
Arrive into Brisbane this morning at 11.55am.
dates & pricing
|Cost Per Person 2018
|Brisbane to Longreach CCE16
|Cost Per Person
|Brisbane to Brisbane CCE17
|2018 DEPARTURE DATES:
|Tour code CCE16 & CCE17 Ex Brisbane: 9 May, 6 June, 8 Aug
- EARLY EMU DEAL **: Valid on 09 May and 26 September departures only. Save $600 per person for bookings made and deposited before 31 December 2017
- #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