Birdsville Desert Escape

Our popular FULLY INCLUSIVE tour featuring Birdsville, where the Channel Country meets the desert, Winton & Longreach

Day 1: Wednesday – Longreach D

On arrival in Longreach you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for the next two nights. Meet fellow travellers at our Welcome Dinner with your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. Tonight you’ll get a preview of the exciting adventures to come.   2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach

Day 2: Thursday – Longreach BLD

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 3: Friday – Windorah BLD

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, Windorah

Day 4: Saturday – Birdsville  BLD

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 and 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, Birdsville

Day 5: Sunday– Birdsville  BLD

Stroll down to the banks of tranquil Birdsville Billabong and see the well known 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 6: Monday – Boulia  BLD

Take a close up look at the rare and ancient Waddi Trees. Visit the Carcory Ruins, a remnant of European settlement, and see the nearby flowing Artesian Bore. 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. Visit Boulia’s 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. Discover the impressive Marine Reptile Fossil exhibit. Overnight Australian Hotel or Desert Sands Motel, Boulia

Day 7: Tuesday – Winton  BLD

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 for morning tea, originally a coach staging post. Arrive in Winton in time for lunch at the famous North Gregory Hotel. Enjoy some free time after lunch to relax or wander the Opal Walk.  2 nights Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton

Day 8: Wednesday – Winton BLD

Discover the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum dedicated to a song. Mid afternoon, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, for an interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room and Dinosaur Canyon. Relax with newfound friends at our exclusive sunset barbeque overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed!

Day 9: Thursday – Longreach  B

Following breakfast you will be transferred to either Longreach Airport or Longreach Railway Station for your homeward bound connections.

2020  Departing Longreach – 9 Days

Cost  $3,999.00 P/P Twin-Dbl      Single  $4,799.00 P/P

22 April; 06 May; 03 June; 29 July; 12 August; 16 September; 07 October 2020

Departing Brisbane – 11 Days with return First Class overnight rail:

Cost $4,717.00 P/P Twin – Dbl   Single $ 5,517.00 P/P

21 April; 05 May; 02 June; 28 July; 11 August; 15 September; 06 October 2020