Day 1: Tuesday – Brisbane to Longreach (D)
Guests on BDE11 will depart Brisbane at 6.10pm on the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Longreach. Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (BDE11 guests only)
Day 2: Wednesday – Longreach (B,L,D)
Arrive in Longreach for the start of your Outback Queensland adventure. You will be met at either Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. Transfer to your accommodation for a Welcome Supper and tour briefing. 2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach
Day 3: Thursday – Longreach (B,L,D)
Enjoy an orientation tour of Longreach then visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas. Discover the inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles platters, before taking your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.
Day 4: Friday – Windorah (B,L,D)
Follow the mighty Thomson River floodplain to Windorah, said to be the only place in the world where two rivers form a creek! See magnificently contrasting colours in Welford National Park; golden green spinifex, white-barked ghost gums and stunning red sand dunes. Late afternoon in Windorah, we’ll take a short trip out of town to toast the sunset from beautiful wind-swept red sandhills. Have your cameras ready! Overnight Cooper Cabins or Western Star Hotel, Windorah
Day 5: Saturday – Birdsville (B,L,D)
See the JC Hotel Ruins, once part of the township site of Canterbury. Visit Betoota, originally established to collect cattle tolls and later as a Cobb & Co change station. It’s now a ghost town. Take in spectacular views from Deon’s Lookout. See the Dreamtime Serpent Indigenous artwork; an impressive hillside installation created with gravel and gibbers. At the end of the famous Birdsville Track we arrive in Birdsville. 2 nights Birdsville Hotel or Birdsville Lodges, Birdsville
Day 6: Sunday – Birdsville (B,L,D)
Stroll down to the banks of tranquil Birdsville Billabong and see the famous Birdsville Racetrack. Visit the Wirrarri Centre to view local artists’ work and explore the Inland Hospital. Tonight we toast the glorious outback sunset from atop Big Red, a 40 metre high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.
Day 7: Monday – Boulia (B,L,D)
Take a close up look at the rare and ancient Waddi Trees and visit the Carcory Ruins. Explore the remote town of Bedourie, located on a sand dune; overlooking the Eyre Creek floodplain. See the historic Royal Hotel, built in the 1880s with adobe bricks; still very much in its original condition. Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout. In Boulia, visit the Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. Explore the Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland and see the impressive Marine Reptile Fossil exhibit. Overnight Australian Hotel or Desert Sands Motel, Boulia
Day 8: Tuesday – Winton (B,L,D)
We follow a spectacularly scenic drive to Winton via Cawnpore Lookout to view the stark flat-topped beauty of the surrounding Lillyvale Hills. Visit the historic Middleton Hotel, built during the Cobb & Co. era. It was originally a changing station where tired horses were replaced with fresh horses on the Winton to Boulia route. While at the pub hear entertaining yarns by the local publican over morning tea. Arrive in Winton for lunch at the historic North Gregory Hotel on the site where Waltzing Matilda was first played. Enjoy some free time downtown to wander the Opal Walk or visit the Winton Truck Museum. 2 nights Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton
Day 9: Wednesday – Winton (B,L,D)
If there is one song that lives in the heart of all Australians, it is Waltzing Matilda. Uncover the story behind the song at the newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre. Discover state of the art interpretive displays and learn Winton’s connection with Qantas’ first ever board meeting at the Qantilda Museum. Mid afternoon, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, for a fascinating tour of the laboratory, collection room and the incredible Dinosaur Canyon. Relax with cool drinks and great company at our exclusive sunset barbecue overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed!
Day 10: Thursday – Longreach to Brisbane (B,L,D)
Following breakfast you will be transferred to either Longreach Airport or Longreach Railway Station for your homeward bound connections. Guests on BDE11 will join the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Brisbane. Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (BDE11 guests only)
Day 11: Friday – Brisbane (B)
Guests on BDE11 will arrive in Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback at 11.55am
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch., D = Dinner
Tour itinerary shown is for 2021. 2020 may operate to a different schedule.
dates & pricing
|2021 DEPARTURE DATES:
|Ex Brisbane: 13 April; 20 April; 11 May; 08 June; 17 Aug; 28 Sept
|Ex Longreach:14 April; 21 April; 12 May; 09 June; 18 Aug; 29 Sept
|Cost Per Person 2021
|9 Day (BDE9) Longreach – Longreach
|11 Day (BDE11) Brisbane – Brisbane
- EARLY EMU SAVER: SAVE $250 PER PERSON FOR BOOKINGS MADE AND DEPOSITED BEFORE 30 SEP 2020 (2021 DATES).
- #QPCV – Queensland Pension Concession Rail vouchers (4).
- Itinerary subject to change.
- Minimum tour numbers apply.
- Rail price based on return fares travelling from Brisbane to Longreach & Longreach to Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback in First Class Sleepers