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24-day Outback & Coastal Queensland  
Departs:  Tuesday, 1 August 2017    
Duration:  24  Days Tour Number: 2542    
Price: 
$7300 p.p. twin share Travel Club $6935 p.p.
Early Bird Special Save $150p.p pay deposit by 28/2/17
Single Supplement $1730
Deposit $650 p.p. Balance Due 15th June, 2017
 
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WITH NEW EXCITING TOUR INCLUSIONS
 
Tour Cost Includes:
Cooked breakfasts on all mornings except day 1
All evening Meals except day 8, 12, 13, 20 & 23
Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
 
Does not include the cost of options on day 13.
 
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Tour Includes:
 
24 Day Outback & Far North Queensland Tour
August 1-24,  2017
 
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY TOUR AVAILABLE FROM ADELAIDE,
3 CRUISES, 2 TRAIN JOURNEYS & MUCH MORE
 
Highlights
Outback Queensland, Qantas Museum & Stockmans Hall of Fame,
Drovers Outback Dinner, Winton – The Waltzing Matilda Centre, Mt Isa, Karumba and the Gulf of Carpentaria, The Gulflander, Undara Lava Tubes, Cairns, Kuranda Train and Sky Cable,
Fraser Island
 
DAY 1  (D):  ADELAIDE  ~  BROKEN HILL
Welcome to our 23 day tour through Outback Queensland and down the beautiful coast of North Queensland.  Today is mainly a travel day, so sit back and relax as we make our way to Broken Hill for our first night’s  accommodation.
Silver Haven Motel Broken Hill:  Ph 08 8087 2218
 
DAY 2  (BLD):  BROKEN HILL  ~  COBAR
Beyond the Darling River, on the edge of the sundown is where they used to say you would find Broken Hill! Dominating this town is the “Line of Lode” – the seven kilometre strip of what was the biggest  deposit of  silver, lead and zinc in the world.  Unlike modern mining towns, where the accommodation is built well away from the mine activities, Broken Hill’s population, in the pick and shovel days, built their houses as close as they could to their work.  Today, one of the best views of the town is from the top of the Line of Lode, where the Miners Memorial (listing the names of more than 800 people who have died working at the mine) now sits.  We will visit here this morning before departing Broken Hill and making our way to Wilcannia on the Darling River.  Legends were made along the Darling.  Literary myths were created by Henry Lawson, Will Ogilvie and Breaker Morant.  Kidman, Tyson and McCaughey created pastoral kingdoms of unparalleled proportions.   Wilcannia was once known as Queen City of the West, and the site of the original Resches Brewery.  Unfortunately the town has seen better days!  We stop for our late lunch at the Wilcannia Golf Club before continuing east to Cobar.  The Shire of Cobar covers an area the size of Tasmania, with a population of just 7000 people, most of whom are involved with the mining or pastoral industries. Cobar Motor Inn:  Ph 02 6836 2304
 
DAY 3  (BD):  COBAR  ~  CHARLEVILLE
After breakfast we continue north to Bourke on the banks of the Darling River.  Here we enjoy the local sights before travelling across the border into Queensland.  We travel to Cunnamulla, located on the banks of the Warrego River, and the starting point for the Matilda Highway.  From Cunnamulla we continue through    Wyandra to Charleville.  This evening there is an opportunity to visit Charleville’s newest attraction, the   Cosmos Centre.  The Centre is an audio-visual extravaganza, featuring hi-tech interactive displays that take you on an astronomical journey through the ages, unravelling many mysteries of our night sky.  Tonight we can enjoy the open-air observatory and view the outback night sky.
Mulga Country Motor Inn:  07 4654 3255
 
DAY 4  (BD):  CHARLEVILLE  ~  LONGREACH
An early breakfast today as we head to Blackall, home to the legendary gun shearer Jackie Howe, and where he set the almost unbelievable record of shearing 321 sheep with blade shears in a day.  A bronze statue now stands as a monument to the man and the achievement.  Blackall also claims to be the home of the black stump, which has always loomed large in rural Australian mythology as a place beyond which was no man's land.  It was considered at the time that the country to the west of Blackall was 'beyond the black stump'.  This piece of petrified wood replaces the original stump which was burnt out.  From Blackall we head to  Barcaldine, another town steeped in the history of the early pioneers, their struggles and the evolution of Australia as a nation.  From here we continue on to Ilfracombe where we have time this afternoon to “wet the whistle” if you wish at the famous Wellshot Hotel.  From here it’s on to Longreach, a town which has played a significant role in the early development of central Queensland and outback Australia.  On arrival we settle into our motel for the next two nights.
Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach:  Ph 07 4658 2411
 
DAY 5  (BD):  LONGREACH
This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Longreach before our visit to the Stockmans Hall of Fame.  Here we will see outback antiques, videos that make use of modern technology to tell old stories, an 1866 settlers hut, and all the stockman’s paraphernalia is on show.  This afternoon we visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, adjacent to the historic 1922 Qantas hangar, which has been restored as part of the project.  The complex houses the museum, theatrette and exhibition hall, visitor information centre and restaurant.  Historic photographs, memorabilia and multi-media interactive displays eloquently tell the inspirational stories of overcoming the problems of long distance travel in Outback Australia.  A Boeing 747-200, donated by Qantas Airways Ltd, is the latest addition to the exhibit, and forms a spectacular part of the museum's outdoor display. Our guided tour provides us with an appreciation of the vision and achievements of the Qantas Founders, which was "that Qantas would one day become one of the world’s greatest airlines".  This evening soak up the sunset with the Drover’s Extravaganza Dinner.  Be charmed by our outback entertainers and savour the traditional outback-themed cuisine .  This will be a memorable evening.
 
DAY 6  (BD):  LONGREACH  ~  MT ISA
An early start today as we continue north along the Matilda Highway to Winton.  This central region of Queensland abounds with early Australian folklore and history.  It was in this area that Banjo Paterson wrote his famous poem about the swagman and the jolly jumbuck, and “Waltzing Matilda” was first heard in a pub in Winton.  The Waltzing Matilda Centre is the only centre in the world dedicated to a song!  The complex, costing more than $3 million, was opened in 1998 and was architecturally inspired by the homesteads of outback Queensland.  We will arrive here mid morning and can spend a fascinating few hours in the centre.  There is a café within the complex where we can purchase lunch.  This afternoon we go express to Cloncurry, passing a couple of famous outback pubs in this region, one being the Blue Heeler at Kynuna.  We then travel past Dagworth Station, where Banjo Paterson stayed when visiting the region, and where the famous ballad was supposedly penned. The other famous pub is the Walkabout Creek Hotel at McKinlay, where the opening scenes of Crocodile Dundee were filmed.  Continuing through Cloncurry we make our way to Mt Isa where we will stay for the next 2 nights.  Burke And Wills Motel :  Ph 07 4743 8000
 
DAY 7  (B):  MT ISA
After a hearty breakfast we set out to discover “The Isa”.  Visit the underground hospital for a new perspective on health care.  During World War II, the Mount Isa community feared they would be a target, and precautions were taken to protect their hospital in the event of an air raid.  The miners gave their time, and the underground hospital was established in 15 weeks, and see the Beth Anderson Museum, which is the entrance building to the underground hospital we have time for lunch in the centre of mount Isa before visiting The award winning “Outback at Isa” Centre provides the experience of a lifetime, with the Isa Experience Gallery capturing the very essence of Mount Isa and its colourful history before returning to the motel. Diner tonight is at your own Cost.
 
DAY 8  (BD):  Mt ISA  ~  NORMANTON
We depart Mt Isa and travel through Cloncurry which has a name for being Australia’s hottest spot (one of the reasons we are travelling during the spring months!)  Continuing our journey, we head north along the Burke Developmental Road to Karumba via Normanton to our accommodation.  After checking in to our motel we take a Gulf Sunset Cruise of approximately two hours.  We cruise up the river, past the wharves, the whole time receiving a comprehensive history of the boats and area, stopping for photos and to feed the eagles, brahminy kites, ospreys and any other birds we may find.  Then it’s out into the Gulf to view the spectacular sunset, with a glass of wine and some nibbles.  We return to the Normanton to the motel. Gulflander Motel:  Ph 07 4745 1290
 
DAY 9  (BD):  NORMANTON  ~  MOUNT SUPRISE
This morning we join the Gulflander Train for a special charter ride from Normanton to Critters Camp and back.  This will be a true rail adventure on the old “Tin Hare” Railmotor – one of the last great characters of rail travel anywhere in the world!  After lunch, we travel east through the old gold mining town of Croydon to Georgetown.  Croydon was a large pastoral holding covering an area of approximately 5,000km², when first settled in the 1880s.  Gold was discovered in 1885 and by 1887, the town's population had reached 7,000.   Gold was to be the main economic production of the area for four decades.  The Mining Warden left in 1926 as there were too few miners left on the field.  During its heyday, Croydon was the fourth largest town in the colony of Queensland.  Georgetown is a town on the Etheridge River.  The Gulf Developmental Road passes through the town, linking Cairns to the east, and Normanton to the west.  The Etheridge River was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s; and the town of Georgetown was established on the site of the diggings.  Originally known by the name Etheridge, the town's name was changed in 1871 to honour an early gold commissioner, Howard St George.  By 1900 grazing had replaced gold mining as the region's primary source of income, and we continue to Mt Surprise for the night.      Bedrock Holiday Village:  07 4062 3193
 
DAY 10  (BD):  MOUNT SUPRISE  ~  ATHERTON
This morning we drive east.  Just past Mount Surprise, we enter the Undara National Park. We have arranged a morning tour of the Undara Lava Tubes - amazing underground tunnels formed thousands of years ago when the volcano Undara erupted, and the tunnels were formed by the lava flow.  After lunch we make our way to Mareeba.  Jackaroo Motel Ph 07 4092 2677
 
DAY 11 (BD):  ATHERTON TABLELANDS ~CAIRNS
What makes Atherton so special is the combination of its geographic location in the Tropics (between 400 and 1100 metres), its pleasant climate and the volcanic activities that have shaped large parts of its landscape.  One of the most dramatic examples of this is Lake Barrine –a beautiful volcanic Crater Lake.  We enjoy morning tea, then a cruise on Lake Barrine.  The 40-minute, 6km cruise provides a close-up view of one of the most complex and amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world.  We make our way to Atherton for lunch, first stopping to visit the Curtain Fig Tree.  This is the most amazing tree you are ever likely to see.  It is a picture of a century of natural history, a unique example of nature's unpredictability and power.  After lunch we visit a  Jaques Coffee Plantation, viewing the plantation, processing and roasting factory while coffee production is explained.  Moving along, we travel to our accommodation in Cairns.
Ibis Styles Cairns 07 4051 5733
 
DAY 12  (B):  KURANDA
One of the “must do” tours in Cairns is a trip on the historic Kuranda Train for the spectacular ride up the range to the famous tropical plant-clad Kuranda Station.  Our train journey takes us through the magnificent Barron Falls National Park.  See the stunning Barron Falls, picturesque valleys, rain forest,as well as railway bridges and tunnels built over a century ago.  Perched above Cairns on the top of the range and surrounded by World Heritage Listed Rain Forest is the village of Kuranda.  The town is full of art and craft shops. After lunch, we board the fabulous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which takes us across the rooftop of World Heritage Listed rainforest area and back to the coastal plain.  Stretching 7.5 kilometres across the rainforest canopy, Skyrail is the world’s longest gondola cableway.  The views are spectacular.  We stop off during our descent to visit a rainforest interpretive centre, and take a short walk along the boardwalk through the rainforest. There are restaurants within easy walking distance of the Motel, Dinner at own cost
 
DAY 13  (B):  CAIRNS
Today is a completely free day to recharge the batteries and soak up the sun, or you may wish to take an optional tour of the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree (own expense).  The Ibis Styls has more details of tours you may wish to take. There are restaurants within easy walking distance of the Motel
 
DAY 14  ( BD):  CAIRNS  ~  TOWNSVILLE
Today we say farewell to Cairns and travel south along the coast.  Our destination today is Townsville, so sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery of this section of the coast. First stop this morning is historic Paronella Park.  What an amazing place!  Created in the 1930’s by Spanish immigrant Jose’ Paronella, this once thriving social and entertainment centre is today still enjoyed by visitors from near and far.  Protected by the National Trust, Paronella Park is what remains of a magnificent castle surrounded by acres of gardens, modelled on the best botanic gardens of Europe.  We enjoy an early lunch before continuing south through Tully, the wettest place in Australia (but only during the wet season!).  On our journey south we visit the Frosty Mango – a roadside café selling local produce, including a tasty range of tropical fruit ice cream!  Mid afternoon we arrive in Townsville; the third largest city in Queensland.  Townsville is the port for the agricultural and mining production of the vast inland region of Northern Queensland. This afternoon we take a scenic drive along The Strand and head up to Castle Hill Lookout for some fantastic views across to Magnetic Island before checking into our accommodation.    Holiday Inn Townsville:  07 5597 9984
 
DAY 15  (BD):  TOWNSVILLE  ~  MACKAY
We continue south through Ayr and Bowen  this morning before arriving in Airlie Beach. The Whitsunday Coast is located on the same latitude as Rio de Janeiro and Tahiti. The average winter temperature is in the mid 20s. The coastal hub of the Whitsundays is Airlie Beach – a town with a laid back village atmosphere, nestled amongst the rainforest and overlooking the blue waters of the Whitsunday Passage. Within this archipelago lie the enchanted islands of the Whitsundays – some 74 within the immediate region. Captain James Cook was the first European to make records of the Islands in 1770 however it was thought seafarers of other nations passed through the Whitsundays long before. Despite its growth over the past 15 years Airlie Beach has retained its village atmosphere. There are lots of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a huge swimming lagoon on the foreshore, surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens. We enjoy some free time in town before continuing south to Mackay for our overnight accommodation.
Miners Lodge Motor Inn:  Ph 07 4951 1944
 
DAY 16  (BD):  MACKAY—ROCKHAMPTON
We continue south through Sarina to Rockhampton, located on the banks of the Fitzroy River.   Rockhampton is known as Australia’s “beef capital”, and sits astride the Tropic of Capricorn.  After a relatively small goldrush, cattle soon became the big industry.  We make our way to Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens and Zoo, which are regarded as among the best in regional Australia.  Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds.  Some specimens are over 100 years old.  The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise and provides a perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll.  We settle into our accommodation before dinner. David Motel:  07 4927 4333
 
DAY 17  (BD):  ROCKHAMPTON –FRASER ISLAND
Departing Rockhampton we continue on the Bruce Highway through Gin Gin and Childers to Harvey Bay, where we Catch the Ferry from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay Resort. Once checked in we meet for Sunset drinks at The Jetty Hut before dinner. After dinner we join our guide, put on your sneakers, bring a torch and join the search for our unusual nightlife. See insectivorous bats socialising and feeding around the resort lakes; do some stargazing or see the rare acid frogs of Fraser Island. Kingfisher Bay Resort: Ph 07 4194 9300
 
DAY 18   (BD):  FRASER ISLAND
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, 123 km long by 15 km wide. It was World Heritage Listed in 1992 after a bitter struggle between conservationists, sand mining and logging interests. It is composed almost entirely of vegetation covered sand, with over 40 freshwater lakes and dense rainforest. Today we hop on the air-conditioned comfort of our custom-designed, four-wheel-drive coaches. The tours take you into the best areas of this environmentally sensitive region and discover its precious eco-systems, abundant wildlife and natural beauty Sites to visit: Lake McKenzie, Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek. Pile Valley, The Maheno shipwreck, Seventy-Five Mile Beach, Eli Creek and Stonetool Sandblow . Returning to the resort with time to freshen up before dinner.
 
DAY 19  (BD):  FRASER ISLAND  ~  BRISBANE
We depart Hervey Bay this morning and continue our journey south. Travelling through Maryborough and Gympie we stop in the Sunshine Coast for a visit to the Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina. Australia’s only and the world’s largest Ginger Factory.  We see the audio visual display tracing the life of ginger from planting to final use, see ginger growing in the patch and then view the factory from the observation deck to see production.  We also enjoy a tour on the Ginger train.  Afterwards, we can visit the Gingertown shops or stroll through the Ginger Factory’s landscaped gardens. Following our visit we make our way into Brisbane. Brisbane  is situated on the site of an early Aboriginal Settlement and has grown into a fresh, modern city built on the banks of the Brisbane River. Our city centre accommodation will provide an ideal base to explore the city, South Bank and the River itself. Royal on the Park, Brisbane:  07 3221 3411
 
 
DAY 20  (B)     BRISBANE
We board the coach this morning and travel around Brisbane and take some of the city sights, including Mount Coo-tha Lookout, Gabba, XXXX Brewery, South Banks where we will have time for lunch This Afternoon we have a cruise on the Brisbane River. Returning to the Motel with time to freshen. Tonight's dinner will be at you're own cost with many Restaurants close by.
 
Day 21   (BD): BRISBANE  ~  TAMWORTH
Following breakfast this morning we depart Brisbane and travel through Warwick into New South Wales.  We continue through Tenterfield to Glen Innes, known fondly as “the land of the Beardies”.  Settled by Scotts, it regards itself as the Celtic capital of New England.  Also renowned for its gemstones and minerals, it is the centre of a large sapphire industry.  We see the Australian Standing Stones at Martins Lookout and enjoy the Celtic story of the “Stones” before continuing today’s journey to Tamworth for the night.
Country Comfort Tamworth Towers:  Ph 02 6765 8361
 
 
DAY 22  (BD):  TAMWORTH  ~  DUBBO
Today we visit The Country Music Hall of Fame. A visit to Australia’s country music Capital must include a photo beside the Big Golden Guitar.  Standing 12 metres tall, the Big Golden Guitar is a replica of the famous golden guitar used for the Country Music Awards.  The unique Wax Museum showcases the stars of country music as life like figures dressed in original clothing and displayed in individual settings which reflect some special aspect of their life and music.  At the Wax Museum you will find stars such as Tex Morton, John Williamson and Slim Dusty.  The return leg of our journey continues as we make our way through Coonabarabran and Gilgandra to Dubbo. Matilda Motor Inn 02  6882 3944
 
 
DAY 23  (BD):  DUBBO  ~  BALRANALD
We have a travel day today as we make our way through Parkes and Hay to Balranald for our final nights accommodation.  Balranald Motor Inn:  Ph 03 5020 1104
 
Day 24, (B):   BALRANALD  ~  ADELAIDE
We have an early start to the day before the final leg of our journey home to Adelaide.  We arrive back in Adelaide at Approx 5.30pm after a fabulous holiday!
 
 
 
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