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Longreach, Winton & Birdsville Bonanza

Queensland

Coach
Coach
Eco
Eco
Indigenous experience
Cultural

Tour summary

Walk in the footsteps of outback legends as we take the road less travelled to the far reaches of Queensland. Discover Stockmen in Longreach, dinosaurs in Winton, the Min Min lights in Boulia, the epic sights of the Channel Country and Birdsville’s astounding Big Red. Top it all off with an up-close encounter with our endangered bilby in Charleville and a dip in the Great Artesian Spa at Mitchell.

Departure location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
12
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

30 July 2022

Coach classes:
Diamond
Diamond
Tour accreditations:
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Longreach, Winton & Birdsville Bonanza

Tour pricing

QPCV Twin Share
Diamond
Diamond
$
5125
pp
Senior Twin Share
Diamond
Diamond
$
5250
pp
Adult Twin Share
Diamond
Diamond
$
5310
pp
Deposit:
$1000 per person
Sole Use:
Additional $1100 on Twin Share Price
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

2 additional days (TOTAL 14 DAY TOUR)

  • Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 2 additional nights room only (1 night pre and 1 night post tour) at Meriton Suites Brisbane
  • Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Roma Street Station

Plus $880pp Twin Share

Plus $1090 Sole Use

**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

DEPOSIT

$1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.

Tour inclusions

  • Overnight rail journey in first class sleeper aboard the Spirit of the Outback
  • Opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach travel
  • 1 night Roma; Springsure
  • 1 night Emerald with town tour
  • Guided mine tour at The Gemfields
  • Barcaldine ‘Tree of Knowledge’
  • 2 nights Longreach; Qantas Founders Museum and Airpark Tour
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Historic Wellshot Hotel; Thomson River Sunset Cruise
  • 2 nights Winton with town tour
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs tour
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre; Arnos Wall
  • Lunch at the historic Middleton Hotel
  • 1 night Boulia; Min Min Encounter
  • Bedourie town tour and Mud Hut visit
  • Carcory Homestead ruins
  • 2 nights Birdsville
  • Birdsville Racetrack; Wirrarri Centre, Inland Hospital ruins; Big Red sunset tour
  • 1 night Quilpie; St Finbarr’s Church
  • Historic Hotel Corones tour
  • Bilby encounter; 1 night Charleville
  • Great Artesian Spa Mitchell
  • Big Rig Oil & Gas Museum
  • 34 meals
  • ‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited)

Additional information

Our Diamond Class tours have a seat rotation policy for all guests. Read more for details.

‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited).

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels
Cruise
Cruise
Off-road
Off-road
Heritage
Heritage
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Local guide
Local guide
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Entertainment
Entertainment

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Brisbane - Longreach

Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Rail
Rail

Arrive at Platform 10, Roma Street Railway Station, Brisbane at 1pm to meet your tour host and check-in to your first class cabin in readiness for our Spirit of the Outback train journey through the Central West. Tonight, we gather in the Shearers Rest lounge car for a quiet drink, taking time to get to know our fellow travel companions, before dining in the Tuckerbox Restaurant.

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First class cabin aboard the Spirit of the Outback
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Longreach

Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Rail journey
Rail journey

Relax today and let the outback glide by as we wind our way through ever changing scenery and rugged terrain. This epic rail journey arrives into Longreach mid-afternoon where we are met by our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach and transferred to our hotel.

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Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach
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3

Longreach

Local guide
Local guide
Heritage
Heritage
Cruise
Cruise
Entertainment
Entertainment
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

At the Qantas Founders Museum we discover the 1922 Qantas Hangar and view marvellous interpretive and interactive exhibits before joining a guided Airpark Tour where our guide tells the story of the founding of Qantas. For lunch we head to head to the famous Wellshot Hotel, a unique outback pub over one hundred years old. We then discover Ilfracombe’s Machinery Mile displaying the evolution of pastoral development throughout Queensland’s outback. Late afternoon we round off our day and unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River. Relax on the top deck with tasty on board nibbles platters followed by a two-course table service dinner under the stars at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.

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Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach
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4

Longreach - Winton

Local guide
Local guide
Heritage
Heritage
Entertainment
Entertainment
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Be inspired by the Australian Outback and the stories of the people who shaped our nation with a tribute at the famous Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Bush history slides up close to you with tales of bush-rangers, shearers, stockmen and drovers. We then see a live Outback Stockman’s Show, with working dogs, horses, sheep, a bull and resident larrikin stockman telling tales of a bygone era. After lunch we bid Longreach farewell and travel north-west to Winton.

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Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton
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Winton

Local guide
Local guide
Heritage
Heritage
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Today we delve into Winton life, starting with a tour highlighting local icons, heritage sites, and the characters that shaped this pioneering town. Next we head to the Waltzing Matilda Centre to enjoy time discovering the museum, followed by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, the world’s largest collection of unique Australian dinosaur fossils and the most productive fossil preparation lab 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. After lunch at the North Gregory Hotel, we then finish our day visiting the peculiar Arno’s Wall, and playing a tune on what is believed to be the world’s only musical fence.

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Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton
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Winton - Boulia

Heritage
Heritage
Entertainment
Entertainment
Eco
Eco
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Today brings one of the most spectacular scenic drives in Queensland as we wind our way through Jump Up and Channel Country, and Mitchell Grass Downs towards Boulia. In Middleton we break for lunch at the pub, one of the most isolated pubs in the state, built during the Cobb ‘n Co era, and one of only two buildings that remain in the town. At Cawnpore Lookout we take in the panoramic views of the surrounding Lilleyvale Hills before arriving in Boulia to visit the mysterious, and quirky, Min Min Encounter where we meet eccentric true blue Aussie ‘characters’ and hear their stories of the unexplained Min Min lights.


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The Australian Hotel Motel OR Desert Sands Motel, Boulia
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Boulia

Heritage
Heritage
Eco
Eco
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

During our morning journey we break for a cuppa and to enjoy the rugged scenery from atop Peak Hill at the Vaughan Johnson Lookout. We then continue on to Bedourie overlooking the Eyre Creek floodplain where the Simpson Desert meets the Channel Country. After lunch in the local hotel we visit the historic Mud Hut before continuing south to the heritage-listed Carcory Homestead ruins. Travelling towards Birdsville, we spot the largest patch of rare Waddi Trees in the world (and one of only three in the world), standing boldly on a gibber flat. We then enter this famous frontier town to rest our heads at its iconic hotel.

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Birdsville Hotel
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Birdsville

Local guide
Local guide
Heritage
Heritage
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Walking component
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Off-road
Off-road

We begin our day of discovery in Birdsville with a visit to the Wirrarri Information Centre, taking in an informative documentary about the Diamantina Shire, and viewing the work of local artists in the centre’s extensive gallery. Later we visit the iconic Birdsville Racetrack and see the Geothermal Power Station before exploring the Frontier Australia Inland Mission Hospital ruins, stepping back to the early 1900s when explorers travelled through town and new settlers made Birdsville their home. Later we venture on top of Big Red, taking an exhilarating 4WD tour before cracking a cold beer or enjoying a wine while taking in an outback sunset.

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Birdsville - Quilpie

Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Our travel day today takes us east to Deon’s Lookout to witness stunning views of the Diamantina Shire before continuing on through cattle country to Windorah in the heart of Channel Country. Our afternoon takes us literally to the ‘end of the line’, to Quilpie.

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Quilpie Motor Inn, Quilpie
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Qulipie

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Local guide
Heritage
Heritage
Eco
Eco
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Collecting our locla guide we set off to discover Quilpie, starting at the Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Art Gallery. Next up we take in the Quilpie Shire Rail Museum before visiting St Finbarr’s Church which showcases the exquisite boulder opal, featured in the stunning opal altar, lectern and font. Our afternoon takes us to Charleville for lunch and a tour of the historic Corones Hotel. Then later we have a special encounter with Australia’s endangered Bilby.

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Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville
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Roma

Heritage
Heritage
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Local guide
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

We hit the road and venture on to Mitchell, famous for its Great Artesian Spa. Bring your bathers and share the secret the locals have known for years: a soak in the mineralized waters is relaxing for the body and therapeutic for the soul. We continue on to Roma to wrap our arms around Queensland’s biggest bottle tree. Enjoy a country pub lunch before visiting the Big Rig Oil & Gas Museum for a guided tour. A fabulous memorial paying tribute to the pioneers of the oil and gas industry, from Australia’s first discovery of petroleum, through the boom and bust years of oil and gas exploration.

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Roma Explorer’s Inn, Roma
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Afternoon Tea
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Roma - Brisbane

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On the final leg of this outback journey we make our way back to Brisbane breaking for a cuppa at Chinchilla before continuing on to Picnic Point Toowoomba for lunch with a view. We arrive back into Brisbane at approximately 4:30pm.

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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

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How do I book this tour?

To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.

How much luggage can I take?

Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

What do the fitness ratings mean?

Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you.  Our fitness ratings are:

  • 1 Easy
  • 2 Moderate
  • 3 Active/moderate
  • 4 Highly active
What is the average size of tour groups?

Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.

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