Day 1. Saturday – Board Spirit of the Outback (L,D)
Arrive at Platform 10, Roma Street Railway Station, Brisbane at 1pm to meet your tour host and check-in to your first class cabin in readiness for our Spirit of the Outback train journey through the Central West. Tonight, we gather in the Shearers Rest lounge car for a quiet drink, taking time to get to know our fellow travel companions, before dining in the Tuckerbox Restaurant. 1 Night Stay: First class cabin aboard the Spirit of the Outback
Day 2. Sunday – Longreach (B,MT,L,D)
Relax today and let the outback glide by as we wind our way through ever changing scenery and rugged terrain. This epic rail journey arrives into Longreach mid-afternoon where we are met by our coach captain and transferred to our hotel. 2 Night Stay: Longreach Motor Inn
Day 3. Monday – Longreach (B,L,D)
At the Qantas Founders Museum we discover the 1922 Qantas Hangar and view marvellous interpretive and interactive exhibits before joining a guided Airpark Tour where our guide tells the story of the founding of Qantas. For lunch we head to head to the famous Wellshot Hotel, a unique outback pub over one hundred years old. We then discover Ilfracombe’s Machinery Mile displaying the evolution of pastoral development throughout Queensland’s outback. Late afternoon we round off our day and unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River. Relax on the top deck with tasty on board nibbles platters followed by a two-course table service dinner under the stars at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.
Day 4. Tuesday – Winton (B,L,D)
Be inspired by the Australian Outback and the stories of the people who shaped our nation with a tribute at the famous Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Bush history slides up close to you with tales of bush-rangers, shearers, stockmen and drovers. We then see a live Outback Stockman’s Show, with working dogs, horses, sheep, a bull and resident larrikin stockman telling tales of a bygone era. After lunch we bid Longreach farewell and travel north-west to Winton. 2 Night Stay: Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton
Day 5. Wednesday – Winton (B,L,D)
Today we delve into Winton life, starting with a tour highlighting local icons, heritage sites, and the characters that shaped this pioneering town. Next we head to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, the world’s largest collection of unique Australian dinosaur fossils and the most productive fossil preparation lab in the southern hemisphere. The museum, perched on top of a spectacular rocky plateau, captures the fossil fever that has gripped the area since the first bones of gigantic Sauropod ‘Elliot’ were discovered. After lunch at the Waltzing Matilda Centre we enjoy time discovering the museum, then finish our day visiting the peculiar Arno’s Wall, and playing a tune on what is believed to be the world’s only musical fence.
Day 6. Thursday – Boulia (B,L,D)
Today brings one of the most spectacular scenic drives in Queensland as we wind our way through Jump Up and Channel Country, and Mitchell Grass Downs towards Boulia. In Middleton we break for lunch at the pub, one of the most isolated pubs in the state, built during the Cobb ‘n Co era, and one of only two buildings that remain in the town. At Cawnpore Lookout we take in the panoramic views of the surrounding Lilleyvale Hills before arriving in Boulia to visit the mysterious, and quirky, Min Min Encounter where we meet eccentric true blue Aussie ‘characters’ and hear their stories of the unexplained Min Min lights. 1 Night Stay: The Australian Hotel Motel OR Desert Sands Motel, Boulia
Day 7. Friday – Birdsville (B,MT,L,D)
During our morning journey we break for a cuppa and to enjoy the rugged scenery from atop Peak Hill at the Vaughan Johnson Lookout. We then continue on to Bedourie overlooking the Eyre Creek floodplain where the Simpson Desert meets the Channel Country. After lunch in the local hotel we visit the historic Mud Hut before continuing south to the heritage-listed Carcory Homestead ruins. Travelling towards Birdsville, we spot the largest patch of rare Waddi Trees in the world (and one of only three in the world), standing boldly on a gibber flat. We then enter this famous frontier town to rest our heads at its iconic hotel. 2 Night Stay: Birdsville Hotel
Day 8. Saturday – Birdsville (B,L,D)
We begin our day of discovery in Birdsville with a visit to the Wirrarri Information Centre, taking in an informative documentary about the Diamantina Shire, and viewing the work of local artists in the centre’s extensive gallery. Later we visit the iconic Birdsville Racetrack and see the Geothermal Power Station before exploring the Frontier Australia Inland Mission Hospital ruins, stepping back to the early 1900s when explorers travelled through town and new settlers made Birdsville their home. Later we venture on top of Big Red, taking an exhilarating 4WD tour before cracking a cold beer or enjoying a wine while taking in an outback sunset.
Day 9. Sunday – Quilpie (B,MT,L,D)
Our travel day today takes us east to Deon’s Lookout to witness stunning views of the Diamantina Shire before continuing on through cattle country to Windorah in the heart of Channel Country. Our afternoon takes us literally to the ‘end of the line’, to Quilpie. 1 Night Stay: Quilpie Motor Inn, Quilpie
Day 10. Monday – Charleville (B,MT,L,D)
Collecting our local guide we set off to discover Quilpie, starting at the Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Art Gallery. Next up we take in the Quilpie Shire Rail Museum before visiting St Finbarr’s Church which showcases the exquisite boulder opal, featured in the stunning opal altar, lectern and font. Our afternoon takes us to Charleville for lunch and a tour of the historic Corones Hotel. Then later we have a special encounter with Australia’s endangered Bilby. 1 Night Stay: The Rocks Motel, Charleville
Day 11. Tuesday – Roma (B,MT,L,D)
We hit the road and venture on to Mitchell, famous for its Great Artesian Spa. Bring your bathers and a take a dip in this outback billabong, where the naturally heated waters are therapeutic and relaxing for your body. We continue on to Roma to wrap our arms around Queensland’s biggest bottle tree. Enjoy a country pub lunch before visiting the Big Rig Oil & Gas Museum for a guided tour. A fabulous memorial paying tribute to the pioneers of the oil and gas industry, from Australia’s first discovery of petroleum, through the boom and bust years of oil and gas exploration. 1 Night Stay: Roma Explorer’s Inn, Roma
Day 12. Wednesday – Return to Brisbane (B,MT,L)
On the final leg of this outback journey we make our way back to Brisbane breaking for a cuppa at Chinchilla before continuing on to Picnic Point Toowoomba for lunch with a view. We arrive back into Brisbane at approximately 4:30pm.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- $200 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – expires 31/10/2020 (save per person)
- Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.
- This package is subject to QR rail disruptions without notice. Bookings cannot be cancelled or transferred if this occurs.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
• Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
• Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage your own luggage