Explore majestic desert landscapes and remote outback towns with legendary outback characters.
Day 1: Tuesday – Brisbane D
Arrive in Brisbane and check-in to your accommodation early afternoon. At the Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers. Hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Operator Driver-Guide and host. Overnight Royal on the Park, Brisbane
Day 2: Wednesday – Roma B,L,D
We will travel north-west from Brisbane to the Garden City of Toowoomba for a nostalgic morning tea at the Historic Railway Station. Continue along the Adventure Way to Chinchilla, home of the Chinchilla Melon Festival and Miles a vibrant rural township. Arrive in Roma, the heart of beef country late afternoon with time to check in to your accommodation and refresh. Tonight, join a tour of the Big Rig; see the entertaining sound and light show telling the story of Australia’s boom and bust oil and gas years. Overnight Roma Explorers Inn, Roma
Day 3: Thursday – Charleville B,L,D
Visit Roma Saleyards, the largest cattle selling facility in Australia. On your guided tour you’ll learn the day-to-day processes of the saleyards and have the opportunity to watch the cattle sales in action. Travel to Charleville for a tour and lunch at the historic Corones Hotel. This afternoon we meet the rare and endangered Bilby at the Bilby Experience. Learn more about this native marsupial and the long-running captive breeding and conservation program. Discover the wonders of the magical outback night sky at the mesmerising Cosmos Centre Twilight Telescope Observation Session. 1 night Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville
Day 4: Friday – Thargomindah B,L,D
Follow the Warrego River to Cunnamulla, which came into being as a Cobb & Co coach stop. Visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre, home to the art gallery and Artesian Time Tunnel. Discover the quaint township of Eulo, hear tales of Isabel ‘The Eulo Queen’ and learn the story of the Eulo Artesian Mud Baths. Travel to Thargomindah and discover its historic electrical street lighting story. Overnight Oasis Motel or Explorers Caravan Park Cabins, Thargomindah
Day 5: Saturday – Tibooburra B,L,D
Travel southwest 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; then 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. Overnight Granites Motel, Tibooburra
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 the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition with a visit to the historic Dig Tree, the site where they set up depot Camp LXV. Spot gliding pelicans as you cruise beneath gnarled river gums on the peaceful Cooper Creek. Relax with drinks and canapes while your guide explains some of the more fascinating aspects of the Cooper Creek and Innamincka Regional Reserve.
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. Take a stroll to the Birdsville Billabong where birdlife, fish and yabbies abound. Stand on the well known Birdsville Racetrack 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 – Windorah B,L,D
Travel on to the ghost town of Betoota, once a Cobb & Co change station. Stand atop Deon’s Lookout with its amazing view of the Diamantina Shire. We arrive in Windorah on the Cooper Creek where the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers merge. Explore Windorah in the heart of the Channel Country with its majestic red sand dune landscapes. Late afternoon, we’ll drive out to Windorah’s red sandhills for a spectacular sunset. Overnight Cooper Cabins, Windorah
Day 11: Friday – Longreach B,L,D
Follow the Cooper Creek floodplain via Welford National Park to Jundah on the banks of the Thomson River. Just outside of town we visit a Native Well, once a valuable source of water for Indigenous people. We’ll stop at the picturesque Swanvale Lookout en route to the tiny town of Stonehenge. See the unusual Address Book at Stonehenge where visitors sign their town names in stone! We arrive into Longreach late afternoon. 3 nights Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach
Day 12: Saturday – Longreach B,L,D
Wander the interactive displays of the Qantas Founders Museum to discover the real Qantas story. Hear the inspiring human stories of our national airline’s early years. Step inside the 747 and 707 Jets on an interpretive tour followed by an exclusive Qantas Founders Museum lunch. Relax with some free time then join the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the beautiful Thomson River. Unwind with on-board nibbles and drinks, whilst watching 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 13: Sunday – Longreach B,L,D
Enjoy some free time and lunch in downtown Longreach or relax at your accommodation. Explore the five themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Then, take your seat at the Outback Stockman’s Dinner and Show. This exciting show of horsemanship showcases the traditional Australian Stockman skills that are still used today. Enjoy an outback BBQ buffet dinner while you watch the action.
Day 14: Monday – Homeward bound B
Your Outback Queensland adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections. The journey may have ended, but the memories will last a lifetime.
19 May; 16 June; 28 July; 01 September 2020
Cost $7,358.00 P/P Dbl/Twin – Single $8,648.00 P/P