DAY 1. Brisbane to Roma (MT,L,D)
Departing on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from Brisbane Coach Terminal on Roma Street, we travel through the Lockyer Valley and continue through Dalby and Chinchilla to Roma. 1 Night Stay: Roma Explorer’s Inn, Roma
DAY 2. Barcaldine (B,MT,L,D)
Departing Roma we travel via outback country towns enjoying a cuppa enroute to Tambo. Enjoy lunch and time at Tambo Teddies before we continue on to Barcaldine where we bed down for the night. Tonight enjoy a Desert Dreaming Dinner, a night filled with indigenous food, dance and song. 1 Night Stay: Barcaldine Country Motor Inn, Barcaldine
DAY 3. Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, Longreach (B,L,D)
Following breakfast at the Desert Dreaming Centre, part-take in authentic cultural journey as ancient and contemporary shared histories come alive through the passion of Cheryl Thompson, descendent of the Yiningai people. The Connecting to Country experience offers an insight into traditional tribal body art and its meanings, dot painting and tribal stories. We then make our way to Ilfracombe for lunch at the historic Wellshot Hotel before finishing our day in Longreach. 3 Night Stay: Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach
DAY 4. Longreach (B,L,D)
We spend the morning at The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Explore 5 themed galleries and discover outback heritage from indigenous tribes to explorers and stockmen. A highlight of the visit is the Stockman’s live show where we see the action of a live muster and witness the bond between man and animal working together. Tonight at sunset, cruise down the mighty Thompson River before dining under an outback sky enjoying a camp oven themed dinner and show. GGP
DAY 5. Longreach (B,L,D)
Discover aviation history at Qantas Founders Outback Museum and hear stories of one of the world’s pioneering airlines. We visit the historic 1922 Qantas hangar, then take a guided tour of the 747 and 707 jets. The indoor museum’s interactive exhibits illuminate the history and heritage of Qantas airlines. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before re-gathering this afternoon and making our way out to Camden Park Station to learn about life on the land with the Walker family. See the 100-year-old shearing shed and historical homestead visited by the Queen in 1970. Witness a magical outback sunset with drinks and nibbles followed by dinner. GGP
DAY 6. Winton, Cloncurry (B,L,D)
We head to Winton and into the majestic mesa country 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. Next we travel through Kynuna and on to the Walkabout Creek Hotel – famous for being recognised as the pub in the Paul Hogan movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’. We finish our day upon our arrival in Cloncurry. 2 Night Stay: Gidgee Inn Motel, Cloncurry
DAY 7. Mount Isa (B,L,D)
Travelling west to Mount Isa we get adventurous at the Hard Times Mine, taking a tour with an experienced miner guide. Kitted-out in overalls and cap lamps we descend into the mine to explore the history of mining. On returning to Cloncurry we learn about the RFDS with a visit to John Flynn Place.
DAY 8. Karumba (B,L,D)
We travel north to Burke & Wills Roadhouse for a break before continuing onto Normanton for lunch. This afternoon we board the Gulflander to take a scenic journey through the Gulf Savannah Bushland. At Critters Camp we disembark and rejoin the coach and travel through to Karumba. We check in to the only absolute beachfront motel in the Gulf of Carpentaria and enjoy pre-dinner drinks and nibbles overlooking the Gulf Sunset. 2 Night Stay: End of the Road Hotel, Karumba
DAY 9. Karumba (B,L,D)
Visit the Barramundi Discovery Centre and learn about the live breeding program. This afternoon we take the ultimate Karumba experience aboard the Sand Island sunset dinner cruise. Soak up another sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria feasting on gulf prawns, nibbles, beer, wine and bubbly.
DAY 10. Gulflander, Cobbold Gorge (B,L,D)
This morning we travel to Croydon, taking time to explore the old goldmining heritage. Back on the track, we make our way to Georgetown to visit the Ted Elliott Mineral Collection, then depart Georgetown for Cobbold Gorge on Robin Hood Station. 2 Night Stay: Cobbold Gorge Village
DAY 11. Cobbold Gorge (B,L,D)
Join a guided walk with a Savannah guide who will provide an informative insight to the geology of the rugged sandstone formations. Cross the new glass bridge and take an electric powered boat cruise and glide through the gorge in almost eerie silence. This afternoon we take a thrilling helicopter flight, soaring over the vastness and beauty of the Gulf Savannah region revealing the true scale of the gorge.
DAY 12. Undara (B,L,D)
Enjoy a guided Station Tour and experience a working cattle station. Departing Cobbold Gorge we make our way to Mount Surprise, then transfer by coach to Undara Lava Tubes, checking-in to beautifully restored turn of the century railway carriages. 1 Night Stay: Undara Lava Tubes, Mount Surprise.
DAY 13. Undara Lava Tubes, Cairns (B,L,D)
Join a local Savannah guide for a tour of the Undara Lava Tubes. Formed over 190,000 years ago from violent seismic action and frozen in time, these lava tubes are part of the longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater in modern geologica time. Our afternoon takes us through the scenic Atherton Tablelands to Cairns. 2 Night Stay: Shangri-La The Marina Cairns
DAY 14. Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (B,L,D)
Travelling Heritage Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway we wind our way from Cairns to Kuranda passing spectacular waterfalls into Barron Gorge. At Kuranda we take a cruise down the Barron River on the Kuranda Riverboat. The river is home to a host of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, snakes, water dragons and fish, together with many species of tropical birds. Our afternoon takes us on a serene ride back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and a late afternoon visit to the Cairns Aquarium.
DAY 15. End of tour (B)
After breakfast enjoy a free morning before being transferred to the airport for return flights home.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- EARLY BIRD DEAL! – Save $600 PER COUPLE / $300 SINGLE – MAY 2022 – BOOK BY 31 DEC 2021
- Select the GGP (Green Guest Policy) option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE: $20PP TWIN SHARE OR $40 SOLE USE
- Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and rail components.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Walk 20 min without stopping
• Ascend stairs without stopping
• Stand for 45 min without sitting
• Walk over uneven ground
• Embark/debark transport unaided
• Manage their own luggage