Birdsville Desert Escape

Longreach Town Tour
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Entry
Qantas Founders Museum Entry
Rosebank Station Lunch
Luminescent Longreach Show & Exclusive Qantas Founders Museum Dinner
Waltzing Matilda Centre Entry
Historic Middleton Hotel & Cawnpore Lookout
Min Min Encounter and Boulia Heritage Complex
Channel Country Touring
Famous Birdsville Hotel
Sunset nibbles atop Big Red (Sand Dune)
Inland Hospital Ruins
Deon’s Lookout and Dreamtime Serpent Art Sculpture
Betoota Ghost Town and JC Hotel Ruins
Sunset Sandhill nibbles, Windorah
Drover’s Sunset Cruise including Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show

Tour Inclusions
8 nights en suite accommodation
Travel by comfortable touring coach
Touring with our Savannah Guides Operator driver and host
All Meals (8 buffet breakfasts; 7 lunches; 8 dinners)
All entries/activities as per itinerary
Longreach accommodation arrival/departure transfers
Return First Class Overnight Rail between Brisbane & Longreach

Day 1: Sunday – Longreach

Arrive in Longreach for the start of your Outback Queensland adventure. You will be met at either Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. Transfer to your accommodation for a Welcome Supper and tour briefing. 2 nights Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach

Day 2: Monday – Longreach

Take a short drive to historic Rosebank Station, originally settled as a sheep and cattle station some 100 years ago. Enjoy morning tea and a chat with the local Outback Aussie Tours owners. 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. Enjoy an orientation tour of Longreach mid afternoon.  Return to the Qantas Founders Museum for an exclusive dinner surrounded by aviation history, and the entertaining and informative Luminescent Longreach Sound & Light Show, which brings the 100-year story of Qantas to life.

Day 3: Tuesday – Boulia

This morning we drive to Winton and uncover the story behind the song that lives in the heart of all Australians, Waltzing Matilda. Follow a spectacularly scenic drive from Winton via historic Middleton Hotel, built during the Cobb & Co. era. It was originally a changing station where tired horses were replaced with fresh horses on the Winton to Boulia route. While at the pub hear entertaining yarns by the local publican over morning tea. We stop at Cawnpore Lookout to view the stark flat-topped beauty of the surrounding Lillyvale Hills, before arriving into Boulia, the capital of the Channel Country. Overnight Australian Hotel or Desert Sands Motel, Boulia

Day 4: Wednesday – Birdsville

This morning visit the Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed mysterious Min Min Light phenomenon. Explore the Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland and see the impressive Marine Reptile Fossil exhibit.  Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout. 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.  Visit the Carcory Ruins a heritage-listed homestead built in 1877 and abandoned after years of drought.   Arrive in Birdsville late afternoon.  3 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville

Day 5: Thursday – Birdsville

Wake up to a glorious outback day in this remote town on the edge of the Simpson Desert. Join your guide for a town tour of Birdsville. Stand on the famous Birdsville Race Track which hosts the annual ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback’. See the Burke and Will Tree, said to mark on of Burke & Wills’ final campsites. Take a stroll to Pelican Point Billabong with its abundant birdlife and tuck into a locally made pie at the Birdsville Bakery. 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: Friday – Birdsville

Discover the stories behind this iconic town today. Cross over the border to South Australia along a section of the famous Birdsville Track. Keep a look out for a rare stand of Waddi Trees which occur in only a few places in the world. Visit the Australian Inland Mission Hospital Museum and view local indigenous artists’ work at the Wirrarri Centre. Tonight enjoy the company and stories from Birdsville locals as we share a traditional Stockman’s dinner around the campfire. Tuck into a mouthwatering homemade stew, made with the finest produced OBE organic Beef. Certified 100% organic and natural it’s produced locally in the spectacular Channel Country. Complete the meal with a side of damper, cup of tea and rustic dessert.

Day 7: Saturday – Windorah

After a wonderful stay in Birdsville we set off to see the Dreamtime Serpent Indigenous artwork; an impressive hillside installation created with gravel and gibbers. 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 JC Hotel Ruins, once part of the township site of Canterbury. Arrive into Windorah, said to be the only place in the world where two rivers form a creek! Late afternoon, we’ll take a short trip out of town to toast the sunset from beautiful wind-swept red sandhills. Have your cameras ready! Overnight Western Star Hotel, Windorah

Day 8: Sunday – Longreach

Stop in for a yarn over lunch at the Stonehenge Hotel. Follow the mighty Thomson River floodplain back to Longreach. Late afternoon 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. Overnight Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach

Day 9: Monday

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

2022
9 DAY TOUR ONLY
EX – Longreach:
17 April; 08 May; 12 June; 24 July; 14 August; 04 September 2022

9 DAY TOUR ONLY Longreach – Longreach  $4,449
*Early Emu Deal $4,249 Share Twin Per person  $5,249 Single
*Early Emu Deal *4,989 Share Twin Per Person

10 DAY FLY/RAIL PACKAGE Brisbane – Longreach – Brisbane  
Includes One Way First Class overnight Rail Sleeper & One Way Economy Flight $5,158* Share Twin per person  $5,958* Single
11 DAY RETURN RAIL PACKAGE Brisbane – Longreach – Brisbane
Includes Return First Class overnight Rail Sleeper $5,167* Share Twin per person  $5,967* Single

Minimum tour numbers apply. Itinerary subject to change.

*Early Emu Deals valid for bookings made before 31 July 2021. Strictly limited and subject to availability. Rail price based on return Aust. Govt. Senior Card holder fares in a First Class Sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback between Brisbane and Longreach.

Minimum tour numbers apply. Itinerary subject to change.

*Early Emu Deals valid for bookings made before 31 July 2021. Strictly limited and subject to availability. Rail price based on return Aust. Govt. Senior Card holder fares in a First Class Sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback between Brisbane and Longreach. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares. Included Economy flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions. Rail & Flights subject to availability.

Prices do not include: travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

 Included Economy flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions. Rail & Flights subject to availability.

Prices do not include: travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

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 Corner Country Explorer

All en suite accommodation
Travel by luxury 4WD coach Brisbane to Longreach
Savannah Guides Operator driver & host
All meals
All entries/activities as per itinerary
Longreach accommodation departure transfer to Longreach Airport or Railway Station
One way First Class Rail Sleeper from Longreach to Brisbane aboard the Spirit of the Outback

14 DAY TOUR ONLY
Brisbane – Longreach
$7,449 pp twin
*Early Emu Deal $7,249
$8,599 Single
*Early Emu Deal $8,449
14 DAY FLIGHT PACKAGE
Brisbane – Longreach – Brisbane

Includes Economy Flight Longreach to Brisbane
$7,799* pp twin $8,949* Single
15 DAY RAIL PACKAGE
Brisbane – Longreach – Brisbane

Includes Overnight First Class Rail Sleeper Longreach to Brisbane
$7,808* pp twin $8,958* Single

Minimum tour numbers apply. Itinerary subject to change.

*Early Emu Deals valid for bookings made before 31 July 2021. Strictly limited and subject to availability. Rail price based on return Aust. Govt. Senior Card holder fares in a First Class Sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback between Brisbane and Longreach. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares. Included Economy flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions. Rail & Flight subject to availability.

Prices do not include: travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

Day 1: Tuesday – Brisbane

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 Guides Operator driver and host. Overnight Royal on the Park, Brisbane

Day 2: Wednesday – Roma

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 and visit the Big Rig. Late afternoon, join a tour of Mount Hope, a working cattle station. This property is home to Droughtmaster cattle, coal seam gas and three generations of the Price family. Enjoy sunset nibbles and drinks followed by a delicious two-course camp oven dinner under the stars. Overnight Roma Explorers Inn, Roma

Day 3: Thursday – Charleville

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 Big Sky Twilight Session. Overnight Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville

Day 4: Friday – Thargomindah

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 tour the historic Old Thargomindah Hospital to learn some fascinating tales from the 1800’s. Discover the story behind Thargomindah’s electrical street lighting story. Enjoy exclusive sunset drinks at the historic bore followed by a delicious hot pot and damper dinner under the stars. Overnight Oasis Motel or Explorers Caravan Park Cabins, Thargomindah

Day 5: Saturday – Tibooburra

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. 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

Day 6: Sunday – Innamincka

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

Retrace the last days of Burke & Wills and hear about the town with two lives. Visit the historic Burke & Wills Dig Tree then take your seat aboard the Eco-certified sunset cruise on the Cooper Creek. Take in the stunning bird life and spot the occasional inquisitive animal on the banks.

Day 8: Tuesday – Birdsville

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

This morning visit the Wirrarri Centre to view work by local Indigenous artists. Next 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

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 Western Star Hotel, Windorah

Day 11: Friday – Longreach

Follow the Cooper Creek floodplain to Jundah on the banks of the Thomson River. At the picturesque Swanvale Lookout we’ll be joined by a local station owner for a personal tour through his property followed by lunch at the Stonehenge Hotel. See the unusual Address Book at Stonehenge where visitors sign their town names in stone! Late afternoon, we receive a warm welcome to Longreach at historic Rosebank Station, originally settled as a sheep and cattle station some 100 years ago. Enjoy nibbles and a chat with the local Outback Aussie Tours owners. 3 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach

Day 12: Saturday – Longreach

Enjoy an introductory town tour of Longreach and some free time downtown. 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 of the impressive Airpark. Late afternoon we return to Qantas Founders Museum for the entertaining and informative Luminescent Longreach Sound & Light Show, which brings the 100-year story of Qantas to life, and an exclusive dinner surrounded by aviation history.

Day 13: Sunday – Longreach

This morning, explore the fascinating themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. Take your seat at the exciting Stockman’s Live Show to see amazing horsemanship, experience the action of a live muster, and witness the traditional Australian Stockman skills that are still used today. Take a short drive to Ilfracombe, founded in 1891 as a transport hub for Wellshot Station, which at the time held the largest number of sheep on any station in the world. We’ll cap off the tour with an authentic pub lunch at the historic Wellshot Hotel. Late afternoon join the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the beautiful Thomson River. Unwind with on-board nibbles as you gaze out to 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 14: Monday – Homeward bound

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.

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