Outback towns have long carved a reputation for colourful characters and intense community spirit and this tour is sure to highlight this. Discover the stories of strength and persistence shown by the pioneers as we journey through towns such as Roma, Quilpie, Birdsville, Boulia, Winton and Barcaldine. In Birdsville, stay in the iconic Birdsville Hotel and see the famous race track and, weather permitting, Big Red. This tour is for those who have a love of the outback and enjoy an adventure and requires you to have a moderate level of fitness. Why not take the journey and experience what the real west is all about?
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Day 1 L, D
Brisbane - Roma
Sit back and relax as we set out on this adventure and let outback Queensland come alive. Travel via Toowoomba before arriving at the Historical Village in Miles where lunch will be waiting for you. Memories of yesteryear are sure to flood back as you stroll around the grounds of this very well kept complex. Resume your journey on to Roma where we will stay overnight.
Day 2 B, L, D
Roma - Quilpie
Visit Roma’s clay Bicentennial Mural depicting the famous Harry Redford Cattle Duffing. Pass through Mitchell, the gateway to the outback and sing along to Slim Dusty’s song ‘Charleville’ along the way. Keep your eye out for the precious gems that tell you that you’re in boulder opal country, Quilpie.
Day 3 B, L, D
Quilpie - Birdsville
Birdsville is a small outback town on the banks of the Diamantina River between the sands of the Simpson Desert and the gibbers of Sturt’s Stony Desert. The Birdsville Hotel is an Australian icon, built in 1884 and rich in history. Enjoy a drink in this famous pub, a true destination in itself before checking into our air conditioned ensuite rooms.
Day 4 B, L, D
Birdsville - Big Red
This morning we will spend some time exploring Birdsville with a town tour. Check out the iconic Birdsville Race Track as well as seeing the Power Station, Birdsville Cemetery and where the town got its name from. Enjoy lunch at the Birdsville Hotel and some free time before heading off (conditions permitting) in search of ‘Big Red’. Return to Birdsville for dinner.
Day 5 B, L, D
Birdsville - Boulia
Travel today to Bedourie in the heart of Diamantina area. Continuing north on the Eyre Developmental Road, you will reach Boulia for our overnight stay.
Day 6 B, L, D
Boulia - Winton
Visiting the Min Min Encounter Centre and the Stone Cottage brings Boulia to life. With an approximate population of 300 in town, visitors to the area are very important. Enjoy lunch before travelling the Kennedy Development Road to Winton and settle into the Matilda Motel for the next 2 nights before dinner at a local hotel.
Day 7 B, L, D
Winton - The Jump Up & Lark Quarry
Travel out to The Jump Up—home of The Australian Age of Dinosaurs. Take a guided tour through the museum and laboratory to view dinosaur fossil collections on display. After morning tea, set out (weather and road conditions permitting) for a visit to Lark Quarry for an informative guided tour and a picnic lunch. This site is home to The Dinosaur Stampede National Monument and is considered to be the site of the world's only known record of a dinosaur stampede.
Day 8 B, L, D
Winton - Barcaldine
Before farewelling Winton, visit the only museum in the world dedicated to a song. Not just any song but a song that resonates in our hearts as Australians. The Waltzing Matilda Centre, a state of the art museum facility, tells the story of the song Waltzing Matilda, Winton and the Outback region. Our journey continues as we visit Barcaldine known for the Tree Of Knowledge and the town where all the streets are named after trees. It is the birth place of the Labor Party and location for the first Australian shearer’s strike.Visit the Australian Workers Heritage Centre the National Monument to our working men and women.
Day 9 B, L, D
Barcaldine - Emerald
Pause for Morning Tea in Alpha, the “Town of Murals”, where the colourful murals were painted after the devastating flood in the 1990’s. Continue onto Emerald a thriving Rural Service Centre of Queensland’s Central Tablelands. Visit the Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre and find out about this unique building. In the parklands nearby see world’s biggest Van Gogh ‘Sunflower’ painting and wander The Emerald Botanic Gardens, a tropical paradise. Situated on the banks of the Nogoa River and covering an area of 42 hectares, the gardens provide visitors with an opportunity to gain further insight into the region's natural environments. The gardens were established in 1987 and home to 12 different themed plant communities, most representing plant species that are native to the region.
Day 10 B, L, D
Emerald - Munduberra
This morning we will continue our travels along the Capricorn Highway before joining the Leichardt Highway. Our route today will travel through some highly productive Coal Mining Areas of Queensland Central Highlands. Enjoy a catered lunch in Biloela, before a visit to the RM Williams Bush Learning Centre In Eidsvold. Continue on to Mundubbera for our overnight stay.
Day 11 B, L
Mundubbera - Brisbane
Farewell Mundubbera as we travel the Burnett Highway to Wondai. Visit the South Burnett Region Timbers Industry Museum which showcases the history of the South Burnett’s timber industry, which underpinned the early settlement of the region and has continued to play an important part in its development. Stop off in Kingaroy for a visit to the Kingaroy Peanut Van, which has been a part of Kingaroy's landscape for over 50 years. Enjoy a catered lunch before travelling the Brisbane Valley Highway back to Brisbane where your transfers have been arranged.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $4,569.00 per person
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