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17-day Queensland Outback  
Departs:  Monday, 27 July 2020    
Duration:  17  Days Tour Number: 3238    
Price: 
Tour Cost
$6490 p.p. twin share Travel Club $6065 p.p.
Single Supplement $1750,
Include flight
 
Deposit $565 p.p. Balance Due 25th June, 2015
 
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WITH NEW EXCITING TOUR INCLUSIONS
 
Tour Cost Includes:
Breakfasts on all mornings except day 1
All evening Meals except day 8 & 16,  6 Lunches
Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
Does not include the cost of options on day 16.
 HOME PICK UP AND RETURN
 
THIS TOUR WILL BE IN A 24 SEAT SPECIAL PURPOSE COACH
Note Limited Luggage Space
Luggage Size & Weight Restrictions  Suit Case/Soft Bag Max Size
Must not exceed 140 cm Height 80cm x Width 40cm x Depth 30cm
Weight No more Than 15 KG
Walking Frames on Application, And May Not Be Taken
 
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Tour Includes:
 
17 day Queensland/NSW Outback
 July 27-August 21,  2020
 
Highlights
Wirrarri Centre, Qantas Museum & Stockman's Hall of Fame, Cobb and Co Stage Coach Ride, Drovers Outback Dinner, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Australian Age of Dinosaurs , Mount Isa, Cobbold Gorge
Cairns
 
DAY 1  (D):  DAY 1 (D): ~
Your chauffeured car will pick you up from home and drop you at Our Aust-wide tours Depot 101 Muller Rd Hampstead Gardens for our 7am departure. We travel through Port Wakefield, Snowtown and Crystal Brook for our morning cuppa then continuing on to Port Augusta we travel through the Pichi Richi Pass to Quorn, onto Hawker, Parachilna, Leigh Creek and Lyndhurst and finally Maree with time to freshen up before dinner. Marree Hotel 08 8675 8344
 
DAY 2 (BLD): ~ BIRDSVILLE
For those early risers you may want to do an early morning Flight before we depart Marree. (own Cost). The Birdsville Track is a notable outback road in Australia. The 517 kilometres (321) track runs between Birdsville in south-western Queensland and Marree, a small town in the north-eastern part of South Australia. It traverses three deserts along the route, the Strzelecki Desert, Sturt Stony Desert and Tirari Desert. We pack the coach and travel along the famous Birdsville Track to Birdsville, with some Comfort Stops along the Way Birdsville Hotel 07 4656 3244
 
DAY 3 (BD):
Today We discover Birdsville, we drive out to Big Red, a 40 metre high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.. Discover the Burke and Wills Tree on the Diamantina River and see the Birdsville Racetrack. the Wirrarri Centre to view local artists' work in their extensive gallery and explore the Inland Hospital ruins. And have some time to wander at your own leisure.
 
DAY 4  (BLD):  BIRDSVILLE ~  LONGREACH
WE make our way  through Betoota, Windorah and Jundah 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 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 museumtheatrette 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 afternoon Outback pioneers for a Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience you’ll travel in a restored stagecoach, first at a leisurely pace through town and then full-tilt along a stretch of the original Longreach-Windorah mail route. the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Hear the rattle and creak of the coach. Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia. We then break for smoko before we see Australian Classic Bush Movie and an old time tent show. 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  ~  WINTON
This morning we visit 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.  We depart Longreach and make our way to Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. The Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History is home to the world's largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, including some of our most famous such as Australovenator (Banjo) and Diamantinasaurus (Matilda). Located on top of a huge mesa plateau near Winton called "The Jump Up", a wonderful attraction in itself with huge rocky outcrops, cliffs, canyons. While we are there we have a special Sunset Dinner before making our way to Winton and our motel for a well earned rest  
Winton Out Back Motel (07) 4657 1422
 
DAY 7  (BD):  WINTON  ~ MT ISA
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 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 8   (B) MOUNT 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.
 
DAY 9  (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 Normanton to our accommodation.  After checking in to our motel we take a Gulf Sunset Cruise at Karumba 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 10  (BD):  NORMANTON  ~  MOUNT SUPRISE
This morning we join the Gulflander Train for a special charter ride from Normanton to Blackbutt.  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 next 2  nights.
Bedrock Holiday Village:  07 4062 3193
 
DAY 11  (BD):  MOUNT SUPRISE  
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. Returning to Mount Surprise, we board the Savannahlander in Mount Surprise, thenback and relax for your two-hour rail journey,your way through the heart of cattle country to the quaint outback town of Einasleigh. We have stop at the outback hotel for a refreshment before visiting the fascinating Copperfield Gorge. Here you'll learn abouthistory and geology of the region. On your return bus journey, we'll stop among riverbank trees and boil the billy for afternoon tea.
 
DAY 12  (BLD) MOUNT SUPRISE ~  COBBOLD GORGE
Today we make our way to  Cobbold Gorge. Cobbold Gorge is a breathtaking natural wonder, tucked away within the rugged standstone formations of North Queensland. Located on a private property, access is by guided tour only. Starting with an informative insight to the geology of the rugged sandstone formations, followed by a guided bushwalk to the top of the escarpment and a magnificent view of the gorge below (not compulsory). We then board custom-made, electric powered boats and glide in almost eerie silence ensuring minimal disturbance to the wildlife.  We have time to put up our feet before dinner. Cobbold 07 4062 5470
 
DAY 13  (BLD) COBBOLD GORGE ~ MAREEBA
Departing Cobbold we back track to Georgetown and Mount Surprise. We make our way to Mount Garnet for our lunch break (included).  After lunch we make our way to Malanda and visit Nerada Tea Plantation for a talk and a look around. We discover how tea is grown and processed, see the factory, buy factory-fresh tea or a special gift.  Time to wander to Mareeba for our overnights accommodation  Jackaroo Motel 07 4092 2677
 
DAY 14 (BD):  MAREEBA ~ 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 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 15  (BD):  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.  Then returning to the Motel
 
DAY 16  (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 17  (B) CAIRNS ~ ADELAIDE
Arise today and ready yourself for your flight home. On arrival in Adelaide your car will be waiting to take you home.