Take advantage of discounted low season fares and make tracks for Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback, an historic rail journey like no other. Then delve deep into outback life visiting The Stockman's Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum, Camden Park Station and a trip to the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit in Winton. We then depart the Outback and make our way to the Town of 1770 where we spend 2 nights. Take in the highlights of Agnes Water by land and sea onboard a unique LARC amphibious vehicle.
2 March 2024
20 Meals Included 2 Eco Experiences 5 Cultural & Heritage Experiences
Deposit of $600pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
Tour price is subject to:
QPCV Queensland Aged Pensioner utilising 2 concession vouchers
SENIOR State issued Australian Government Seniors Card and/or Queensland Aged Pensioner with no concession vouchers left
ADULT Passengers 50+ with no valid concession cards
Rail prices are correct at time of printing but are subject to change. All rail journeys are subject to rail disruptions without notice. Bookings cannot be cancelled or transferred where the tour can still operate.
^^Saving per couple based on Queensland Rail’s adult fare 2FOR1fare compared to adult fare high season.
N.B. Tour subject to fuel levy price increases for all transport operators. See T&Cs for details.
PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
2 additional days (TOTAL 10 DAY TOUR)
• Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
• 2 additional nights room only (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Meriton Suites Brisbane
• Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Roma Street Station
Plus $899pp Twin Share
Plus $1110 Sole Use
**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**
Join us at Platform 10, Roma Street Station in Brisbane, where you’ll meet your tour host and check-in to your sleeper cabin. At 4.10pm, we embark on an unforgettable journey aboard the Spirit of the Outback, offering an authentic and immersive experience of Queensland’s captivating outback. Enjoy the comfort of the air-conditioned train, adorned with thematic touches, as we venture westward. Along the way, we pass through the charming heritage towns of the Central West. Indulge in a delightful dining experience onboard, in the themed restaurant car serving up hearty Aussie meals.
Relax today and let the outback come to life in front of your eyes as we wind our way through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain. This epic rail journey arrives into Barcaldine, the heart of the Queensland Outback, mid-afternoon. We then board our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach for transfers to our hotel. Travel responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset.
This morning we journey from Longreach to Winton. On arrival, we take a guided tour of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Exhibit, the world’s largest collection of unique Australian dinosaur fossils and the most productive fossil preparation laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere. A truly amazing experience perched on top of a spectacular rocky plateau where dinosaurs once roamed. Listen and learn from dinosaur enthusiasts, and capture the fossil fever that has gripped the area since the first bones of gigantic Sauropod ‘Elliott’ were discovered. Following lunch, we make our way into Winton. Our afternoon takes us on a town tour for a visit to the Waltzing Matilda Centre.
We start the day with a 2-hour guided tour of Qantas Founders Museum’s iconic aircraft including the Boeing 747 and new Super Constellation display. Learn about the history and significance of each aircraft and have access to parts of the aircraft you would normally not see as a passenger. Next, we visit the famous Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame where bush history slides up close to you with tales of bushrangers, shearers, stockmen and drovers. Late this afternoon we head out to Camden Park Station to learn about life on the land with the Walker family which dates back over 3 generations. See the 100-year old shearing shed and historical homestead visited by the Queen in 1970. Enjoy sunset nibbles before making our way back to the hotel for dinner.
Departing Longreach we travel a short distance breaking at the Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine for a cuppa and photo opportunity. We continue east, breaking at Alpha to see the 27 murals that tell the story of rural life in the region. On arrival at Rubyvale in the Gemfields, we enjoy lunch and tour of the Miners Heritage walk in Sapphire Mine. Our afternoon takes us to Emerald.
Departing Emerald we travel through crop and cattle country before arriving at Biloela where we enjoy lunch and tour at Queensland Heritage Park. On a guided tour take in a large array of heritage displays which celebrate our nation’s glorious past, our rich heritage and the pioneering spirit of Australia. This afternoon we make our way to the Town of 1770.
This morning we take the ideal getaway on the pink amphibious LARC. Take in the highlights of Agnes Water by land and sea onboard a unique LARC amphibious vehicle. Set out on a fullday adventure crossing tidal creeks, sandy beaches and 4WD drive trails, as you explore the Town of 1770 and Bustard Bay. Stop for lunch (included) on Middle Island, take in the views from the Bustard Head lighthouse, then get your adrenaline pumping as you try sandboarding (optional) down the dunes of Middle Island. Return to 1770 Lagoons Resort.
Homeward bound this morning, we break at historic Childers for a cuppa. We drive past the Backpackers Memorial before departing Childers and making our way home via a lunch break in Gympie.
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Heron Island is a National Marine Park situated in the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. This area is a significant nesting location for two threatened sea turtle species, the Green Turtle and the Loggerhead Turtle.
Our over 50’s tour to Heron Island is in the height of baby Green and Loggerhead Turtle hatching season. During hatching season, turtle hatchlings will erupt from their nests between 25 to 50 metres from shore and make their way to the reef, just beyond the water’s edge.
Heron Island is a true coral cay and is ribboned by white sands, crystal clear waters and acres of coral with beautifully coloured marine life. The emphasis is on enjoying natural beauty. Stress is replaced by adventure, and your days are filled with discovery.
Make tracks for Queensland's central west on the Spirit of the Outback, an historic rail journey like no other. Then delve deep into outback life staying in Longreach, Toogunna Plains Station and Roma. Visit the Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. Take a Station tour and Thomson River sunset cruise. Unearth dinosaurs in Winton, Waltz with Matilda, take a station tour with insights to the land overseeing all of Queensland’s iconic outback.
Join us as we head out west to experience the outback way of life, learning about how the graziers and producers of this region carry out their impressive operations all whilst enjoying the local sights and country hospitality. Spending nights out under the wide open sky away from the bright city lights you will be able to discover the cosmos in all its glory. Take the opportunity to see some of the endangered species of native Australian animals up close and personal as we visit them in their natural habitats. Discover and learn the history of Australia’s National Gemstone, the opal as we are shown how they are mined,processed, and turned into beautiful jewellery.
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