Tours to Cobbold Gorge and Undara Lava Tubes 2020 - Photo
Group tours from Brisbane to Undara Lava Tubes - Photo
Outback Tours to include Mt Isa, Cobbold Gorge, Undara Lava Tubes - Photo
Seniors tours to Outback Queensland 2020 - Photo

itinerary

DAY 1. DEPART BRISBANE

Depart for your overnight journey on the Spirit of Queensland train in either RailBeds with all meals included plus pamper pack with the evening bed turn down, or Premium Economy seats. The train is scheduled to depart at 3.45pm. (All meals on the train for RailBed passengers)

DAY 2. CAIRNS WELCOME

Arriving into Cairns mid afternoon you will be met by your friendly tour host and transferred to the Cairns Queenslander. You will have time to freshen up before a 6pm welcome dinner. Overnight Cairns Queenslander (D)

Day 3. Herberton Historical Village

Departing Cairns by our touring coach this morning, we visit the Herberton Historical Village. The Village has over 50 restored original buildings. Walking through the village, visitors are given a sense of being in a historical township complete with chemist, school, bank, grocer’s store, a jail, mechanic and more, making this museum the most significant in Queensland. We then depart for Mt Surprise and our overnight stop. Overnight Bedrock Village, Mt Surprise (B,D)

Day 4. Undara Lava Tubes

This morning we discover a natural gem in the Gulf Savannah of Tropical North Queensland and visit Undara National Park for our guided tour of the amazing Lava Tubes formed by millions of years of volcanic eruptions. On the list of “must do” experiences, the tubes are one of the true wonders of Australia and reputedly the longest lava tubes in the world. We then make our way to Forsayth and Cobbold Gorge Village for dinner this evening. Overnight Cobbold Gorge Village (B,L,D)

Day 5. Cobbold Gorge

Today we visit Cobbold Gorge starting with an informative insight to the geology of the rugged sandstone formations, followed by a guided bushwalk to the top of the escarpment and a magnificent view of the gorge below (not compulsory). We then board custom-made, electric powered boats and glide in almost eerie silence ensuring minimal disturbance to the wildlife. Following lunch, we depart for our nights stop in Georgetown and call into the Terrestrial Centre which is home to one of the largest mineral collections in the world. Overnight Latara Motel Georgetown (B,L,D)

Day 6. Croydon to Karumba

We depart this morning travelling through Croydon for our tour of this very interesting outback town and on to Normanton for our lunch break at a local pub before arriving in Karumba. This evening we will enjoy a cool drink at the aptly named “Sunset Tavern” while watching the amazing sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria. This is one of the most unique sunsets in Australia. We then enjoy and Alfresco Reef N Beef dinner. Overnight Ash’s Apartments (B,D)

Day 7. Karumba Barra Centre / Sunset Dinner Cruise

This morning we visit the amazing new Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre which offers an interpretive experience and is the only hatchery in the world that breeds the southern gulf barramundi. Some free time to enjoy Karumba before we board our Sunset Cruise. We cruise up to the Katoora wreck, spotting for crocs and wildlife then out to watch the sunset over the Gulf Waters enjoying prawns and nibbles along the way. Overnight Ash’s Apartments (B,D)

Day 8. Karumba to Cloncurry

Departing along the Burke Development Road, we make our way south calling in to the Burke & Wills Road House for a break. Continuing on we arrive into Cloncurry and visit the Unearthed Museum with the star exhibit being Robert Burke’s (Burke and Wills) water bottle, along with the history and photos of their ill fated exploration. Overnight Leichhardt Hotel Motel. Cloncurry (B,D)

Day 9. Day in Mt ISA

We visit Outback at the Isa today and take part in the Hard Times Underground Mine Tour and Outback Park. Next we visit the WW2 Underground Hospital and the Beth Anderson Museum, followed by a tour of Mt Isa, including the famed Lookout. Overnight Leichhardt Hotel Motel (B,MT,D)

Day 10. Richmond

Today we head to Richmond which part of Australia’s Dinosaur Trail. We visit Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, Kronosaurus Korner which showcases nearly 1,150 unique fossil specimens found around the region. Fossils from the area include the 100-115 million year old remains of extinct marine reptiles, fishes, ammonites and squids. Overnight Ammonite Inn, Richmond (B,D)

Day 11. Charters Towers

Gold rush era Charters Towers is our destination today where we take a step back in time to discover this enchanting outback town. Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. When gold was first discovered in Charters Towers in 1871, Charters Towers became a gold rush town and quickly grew to become the second largest town in Queensland. Today, the magnificent heritage buildings are testament to the prosperity of years past. Our day includes the Miners Cottage which houses a collection of goldfields memorabilia. We will also visit the Zara Clarke National Trust Museum. This evening we enjoy the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Movie, where the ghosts of the gold rush era tell their tales as evening settles in. Overnight Park Motel, Charters Towers (B,D)

Day 12. Townsville / Depart For Home Port

This morning we make our way into Townsville and visit to the iconic Castle Hill. A World War II observation bunker still sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill’s military history. We then make our way to the train station for your departure this afternoon. Note: If not returning via rail your tour completes in Townsville at 2pm. Overnight Spirit of Queensland (All meals for Rail Beds) (B)

Day 13 : Arrive Brisbane

The Spirit of Queensland train arrives into Brisbane at 9.20am. (B)

B = Breakfast, MT = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

dates & pricing

2020 Departure Dates:
16 May, 13 June
Twin Share Sole Use Rail Fares RailBed Premium Economy Seat
$2890pp + rail $3490 + rail QLD Pensioner $377pp $50pp
Aust. State Senior $620pp $342pp
Adult BQuick $720pp $410pp

Highlights & inclusions

  • Herberton Historical Village
  • Undara Lave Tube Tour
  • Cobbold Gorge & Tours
  • Karumba Barra Centre & Cruise
  • Cloncurry Unearthed Museum
  • Mt Isa Underground Mine Tour
  • Richmond & Charters Towers
  • All accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Coach Touring and Commentary
  • Hosted from Cairns

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