12 Day / 11 Night Tour

From $5,480 per person twin share, $700 single supplement

$4,790 per child 3 – 13

16 meals

Tour departure dates are

– 14th April 2021

– 10th May 2021

– 9th June 2021

– 12th July 2021

– 18th August 2021

– 15th September 2021

Experienced Driver Guide & Airport Transfers

Tour commences in Mackay

Tour concludes in the Whitsundays

Day 1 – Let the journey begin with Australia’s largest Rainforest
We will pickup at Mackay airport or train station. We head up the Pioneer Valley to Eungella passing the small sugar cane towns, stopping at the Pinnacle Pub for a refreshment break. Leaving there we head up the Great Dividing Range to Eungella Chalet, for spectacular scenery. That afternoon we go to Broken River Mountain Resort nestled in Australia largest rain forest. There are rainforest walks beside the resort, which has the best viewing of Platypus in the World. After Dinner we go spot lighting nocturnal animals in the rainforest.

Welcome Dinner

Day 2 – Lets try a little fossicking
On our way to Barcaldine we will try our hand at fossicking for sapphires in the heart of the Gemfields, Rubyvale.

We then venture through to the country town of Barcaldine home to the Tree of Knowledge, the reputed birth place of the labour movement in Australia and the location of the first Australian Shearer strike.

The Tree of Knowledge grew outside the Railway Station for about 180 years until 2006 when sadly, it was poisoned by an unknown culprit. The famous tree has been preserved and placed under an award winning structure that gives the illusion of a canopy over the Tree. The best view of the Tree and the memorial is at night when it is beautifully lit by special lighting. A visit at night will be a highlight of your trip.

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3

Cobb & Co stage coach ride – Live the past with all your senses as you ride the old Longreach-Windorah mail route. Hear 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!
Thompson River Sunset cruise with a campfire dinner on the paddle wheeler – Board the only paddlewheeler west of the Great Divide and enjoy an adventure to the heart of outback tradition and legend. Ashore we enjoy a traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner. This is the real outback experience with inspiring and humorous traditional entertainment featuring the barefoot bush poet.

Day 4

Qantas Museum – This is where Qantas was born. The museum tells the story of Australia’s national airline, from its early days in Outback Queensland to present day. Characters of the early Qantas days, their pioneering spirit and the impact the airline had for all Australians, is brought to life through life size exhibits, historical artefacts and interactive displays including the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar.
The Australians Stockman’s hall of fame live show – Wonder through the themed galleries, each one depicting an important aspect of our pioneering history. Then bring the experience to life with a Stockman’s life live show.
Camden Park working cattle and sheep station – Meet Outback Dan who will show you the old swaggies grave, tour the solar farm, shearing shed, muster the livestock whilst checking on the artesian water and Chinamen’s well. Retreat at 2 tree hill for some nomadic nibbles and drinks before heading to the cooks cottage, where you will meet another Walker family member for some wagyu steak, potatoes, beans and salad followed by the outback’s best sticky date pudding.
On the odd occasion some experiences above may swap days. This is the outback after all and we will work in with her schedule.

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 – Winton – the dinosaur capital of Australia
Explore the regions highlights

Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Outback Queensland tells the story of Waltzing Matilda, a song that lives in the hearts of all Australians as our unofficial anthem and the first museum in the world dedicated to a song.
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum is home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. Enjoy a guided tour experience and a BBQ Dinner
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 – Hughenden and Charters Towers
Enjoy lunch in Hughenden, a relaxed small town with a smile and a friendly wave on every corner.

We take a historical walking tour in Charters Towners and visit the miners cottage and learn how to pan for gold.

Enjoy Drinks and nibbles at sunset on Tower hill over looking the beautiful Charters Towers

Breakfast

Day 7 – Now lets try a little gold mining
Waking up to the smell of gold ….. that is todays adventure.

First on todays agenda, our visit to the Venus gold Battery which offers an insight into the incredible Australian Gold Rush of the late 1870’s

Take a tour of Ravenswood, a heritage listed ghost town, a national trust treasure, it was once a thriving gold mining town. Today it is a beautifully preserved, virtual ghost town with a couple of pubs, a general store and some small businesses. In the boom era the town had over 50 pubs and a population of over 5,000. Ravenswood is worth exploring. The mullock heaps, the old shafts, the chimneys, the rusting machinery and the historic buildings.

We will enjoy lunch at the Railway Hotel, built in 1901, and hopefully be graced by the presence of some unseen locals then off we go to the coastal town of Townsville

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 – From Dusty Boots to Sandy Feet
Time to dust off those boots and throw on the thongs as we head over to Magnetic Island on the ferry.

A tropical island paradise. Magnetic Island boasts a unique natural environment of palm-fringed beaches, large granite boulders, hoop pines, sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs.

Breakfast

Day 9 – Explore Magnetic Island
A guided tour with a local tour guide taking in its many attractions, its bays, beaches and Koalas in the wild. Having some free time to explore for yourself.

Breakfast

Day 10 – Depart Magnetic Island to the Whitsundays
We will catch a ferry back to the mainland where we will venture down the coast stopping over in Bowen where we will have lunch on one of her beautiful beaches, then explore the town and its 360° lookout.

Tonight we relax in Airlie Beach. A very pretty town with the Conway National Park as its backdrop and the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday Islands out the front for spectacular views. That afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 – Wonderful ways to explore the Whitsunday Islands
Your choice to todays activities

Option 1:

A fast boat to Whitehaven Beach, number 1 beach in the world which boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world. A bush walk to a viewing platform that overlooks Hill Inlet, the 3rd most photographed place in Australia. Snorkel the fringe reefs of the Whitsunday Islands, you may be lucky and snorkel with a turtle or see the majestic humpback whale during the migration season.

Option 2:

A boat trip through the Whitsunday islands to Hamilton Island, jump on a hop on hop off bus to explore the island, after lunch, you are taken across to the famous Whitehaven Beach #1 beach in the world.

Breakfast

Day 12 – All great adventures must have an end
Time to say farewell to tropical Queensland as we make our way to the airport for your departure home. This is the perfect time to start planning your next adventure

Breakfast

Highlights
Eungella Rainforest Walk
Best place to view a north Queensland Platypus
Spotlighting nocturnal animals in the rainforest
Sleep in Australia’s largest rainforest
Fossicking for Sapphires, Opals and Gold
Australian Stockman’s Hall of fame
Cobb & Co stage coach ride
Qantas museum
Camden Park working cattle and sheep station
Paddle wheeler Sunset and dinner cruise
Australian Age of Dinosours Museum
Waltzing Matilda Centre
Heritage listed ghost town
2 Night Stop on a Tropical Island
Explore Magnetic Island with a local tour guide, the best place to see Koalas in the wild
Highlights of Townsville
Showcasing beautiful Airlie Beach
Whitehaven beach, worlds #1 beach
Bowen stunning beaches & 360 Degree Lookout
Commentary on the history of the Australian aboriginal
Options to snorkel the Fringing Reefs of the Whitsunday Islands or explore Hamilton island

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