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Day 1: Tuesday- Brisbane to Charleville (D)

Board your REX Aircraft flight in Brisbane for a 1 hr 45 minute flight to Charleville. Get a birds-eye view of the lush Darling Downs agricultural region before heading west to big sky country. You will be welcomed on arrival in Charleville by our Outback Aussie Tours driver guide and host. Explore Charleville on an insightful town tour before checking in to your accommodation. Early evening, visit the Cosmos Centre for the Big Sky Twilight Tour. See an amazing night sky brought into focus with the help of powerful Meade telescopes and listen to captivating stories from their experienced sky guide. 2 nights Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville.

Day 2: Wednesday – Charleville (B,L,D)

This morning, we’ll be joined by a local guide for a tour of the United States Army Air Force top secret sites. Visit intriguing historical sites, understand the reasoning behind choosing Charleville as a WWII base and learn about the highly classified computerised bomb aimer. Then, at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, you’ll get a better understanding of one of the outback’s most iconic services. Step inside the famous Hotel Corones, built during Charleville’s wool industry boom. Join a guided tour with exclusive access to normally restricted areas of the hotel. Hear the rags to riches story of local character Harry Corones, followed by lunch in the hotel dining room. Visit the Bilby Experience for a tour of the nocturnal house. Learn about the incredible volunteer programme underway to protect this environmental engineering marvel.

Day 3: Thursday- Quilpie (B,L,D)

Today we will drive west to Eromanga, the furthest town from the sea and home to Australia’s largest dinosaur. Get up close to a 95-million-year-old dinosaur bone on the Australian Dinosaur Giant’s Tour at the Eromanga Natural History Museum. Wander the Interpretive Corridor and see the Multi-Media Theatre Experience before enjoying lunch at the Museum. In the afternoon, we will tour The Lake. Located a short drive from downtown Quilpie, Lake Houdraman is a beautiful expanse of water set amongst shady gum trees. Learn more about the property with a guided station tour. Enjoy a relaxed drink while watching the sunset before dinner is served. Overnight at Quilpie Motor Inn, Quilpie.

Day 4: Friday – Thargomindah (B,L,D)

In the morning, we will look around the township of Quilpie on a guided tour including visiting St Finbarr’s Church and admire the stunning Opal Altar, Lectern and Font. Travelling south, we make our way to lunch at the Toompine Pub , a pub known as the pub without a town. In the afternoon we arrive at Thargomindah and tour the historic Old Thargomindah Hospital to learn some fascinating tales from the 1800’s. Discover the story behind Thargomindah’s electrical street lighting story. Overnight at Oasis Motel or Explorers Caravan Park Cabins, Thargomindah

Day 5: Saturday – Tibooburra (B,L,D)

Travel south west across the Dingo Barrier Fence to historic Noccundra Hotel, then cross the border at Warri Gate into Outback New South Wales. View the eastern sections of the Sturt National Park. 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 dome dating back around 410 million years. Explore the National Park Interpretive Centre and Court House Museum. Tibooburra Hotel or Family Hotel, Tibooburra.

Day 6: Sunday- Innamincka (B,L,D)

Travel through 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; home of the endangered Dusky Hopping Mouse. Pass by large cattle stations then travel through the heart of the oil and gas fields to Innamincka, on the banks of Cooper Creek. Learn the important role played by the Australian Inland Mission in providing essential medical services to remote towns. 2 nights Innamincka Hotel, Innamincka.

Day 7: Monday- Innamincka (B,L,D)

Retrace the last days of Burke & Wills and learn the story of Innamincka, dubbed ‘the town with two lives’. Visit the heritage-listed Burke & Wills Dig Tree, an enduring reminder of our pioneering spirit. Located on the northern bank of the Cooper Creek, it is believed to be between 200-250 years old. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided cruise of the Cooper Creek. Tonight we toast the glorious outback sunset from the Airport as we watch a blanket of stars rise up above the Innamincka township.

Day 8: Tuesday – Birdsville (B,L,D)

Follow the Strzelecki Desert through flood plains, sand dunes and gibber country. See the historic woolshed on Cordillo Downs Station; once one of the largest pastoral properties in the country. Further north we’ll pass the crumbling ruins of Cadelga Outstation as we travel to Birdsville through some of Australia’s richest cattle country. Tonight have a yarn with the locals and enjoy a dinner at the famous Birdsville Hotel. 2 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville.

Day 9: Wednesday– Birdsville (B,L,D)

This morning visit the Wirrarri Centre to view work by local Indigenous artists. Next take a stroll to the Birdsville Billabong where birdlife, fish and yabbies abound. Stand on the well known Birdsville Race Track and explore the Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel ruins; poignant reminders of a pre-federation metropolis. Tonight we’ll toast the glorious outback sunset from Big Red, a 40-metre-high sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert.

Day 10: Thursday- Boulia (B,L,D)

Leaving Birdsville this morning, we’ll visit the Carcory Ruins, a heritage-listed homestead built in 1877 and abandoned after years of drought. Explore the remote town of Bedourie located on a sand dune, overlooking the Eyre Creek floodplain. See the Royal Hotel in Bedourie, built in the 1880s with adobe bricks and still very much in its original condition. Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout. In Boulia we’ll visit the Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed mysterious 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 11: Friday – Winton (B,L,D)

Follow the spectacularly scenic drive between Boulia and Winton. Call in at 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. Uncover the story behind the song that lives in the heart of all Australians at Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre. This afternoon, we visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, perched high on a spectacular mesa. Join a guided interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room and Dinosaur Canyon. Take in the moment at our very special sunset barbecue overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed! Overnight Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton.

Day 12: Saturday – Longreach (B,L,D)

Departing Winton, we follow the Matilda Way east to Longreach where we can spend a relaxed morning downtown. After lunch at The Branch Café, a local favourite, we will explore the fascinating themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. This evening we visit the Qantas Founders Museum for the entertaining and informative Luminescent Longreach Sound & Light Show, which brings the 100-year-story of Qantas to life followed by an exclusive dinner surrounded by aviation history. Wander the interactive displays to discover the real Qantas story. 2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach.

Day 13: Sunday – Longreach (B,L,D)

This morning we board our heritage Rail Motor en-route to the one pub town of Ilfracombe, with stories of nostalgia to tell your mates about for years to come. Feel the freedom of the vast open plains to Ilfracombe before disembarking in Ilfracombe to explore the unique attractions in “the Hub of the West” like the Wellshot centre, the Machinery Mile and grab some lunch at the Famous Wellshot Hotel. Late afternoon join the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the beautiful Thomson River. Unwind with on-board nibbles as you gaze out to a magnificent outback sunset. Enjoy live entertainment and a two-course camp oven themed dinner under the stars at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.

Day 14: Monday – Brisbane (B)

Your Outback Queensland adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport.

Day 15: Tues – Arrive Brisbane (B)

The Spirit of the Outback arrive into Brisbane this morning at 9.55am (CC15 only)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

dates & pricing

Tour code Ex Brisbane: *30 April, 14 May (SOLD OUT), 18 June, 23 July, 30 July, *3 September
Cost Per Person 2024 Twin Share Sole Use
Brisbane to Brisbane CCE15 (with rail) $9358 $10658
Including one way economy flight Brisbane to Charleville & overnight first class rail Longreach to Brisbane
Brisbane to Longreach CCE14 (without rail) $8999 $10299
Including one way economy flight Brisbane to Charleville
  • *Save $300pp with 2024 Early Emu Sale! Valid until 31 January 2024 or while seats last
  • Rail price based on one way Aust. Govt. Senior Card holder fares in a First Class Sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback between Longreach and Brisbane. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares.
  • Included Economy flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions.
  • Rail & Flight subject to availability.
  • Prices do not include: travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

Highlights & inclusions

  • Cosmos Centre Big Sky Twilight Session
  • WWII Secrets Tour
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum
  • Historic Corones Hotel Tour
  • Meet the Bilby Experience
  • Eromanga Natural History Museum Guided Dinosaur Tour
  • Quilpie Town Tour
  • Exclusive Thargomindah Sunset Drinks
  • Historic Noccundra Hotel
  • Cameron Corner & Strzelecki Desert
  • Burke & Wills Dig Tree
  • Birdsville Hotel and Big Red Sunset
  • Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel Ruins
  • Birdsville Racetrack and Birdsville Billabong
  • Min Min Encounter & Boulia Heritage Complex
  • Channel Country Touring
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs
  • Longreach Town Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum & Airpark Tour
  • Exclusive Qantas Founders Museum Dinner & Luminescent Longreach Show
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Entry & Stockman’s Live Show
  • Historic Ilfracombe Excursion Tour (Outback Rail Adventure) includes visit to Historic Wellshot Hotel
  • Drover’s Sunset Cruise including Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show
  • All en suite accommodation
  • Economy flight from Brisbane to Charleville with REX Airlines
  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach Charleville to Longreach
  • Touring with our Savannah Guides Operator driver and host
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Longreach accommodation departure transfer to Longreach Airport or Railway Station
  • One-way First Class Rail Sleeper from Longreach to Brisbane aboard the Spirit of the Outback (CCE15 only)
  • One-way economy flight from Longreach to Brisbane (CCE14 only)

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