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Traversing the state of Queensland through Roma, Carnarvon Gorge, Longreach and Cloncurry to the Gulf of Carpenteria we take in iconic outback landmarks like Walkabout Creek Hotel, John Flynn Place and Burke & Wills Roadhouse. Explore the Gulf Country on the legendary Gulflander and Savannahlander rail journeys, Cobbold Gorge and Mount Surprise before arriving in Cairns.

Duration Duration:

15 days

Price From From

$5,998pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

22nd July 2018 5th August 2018 19th August 2018

Location Departure Location:
Brisbane

Location Return Location:
Cairns

Pricing

Twin Share
$5998pp
Sole Use
$7200pp
$800pp non-refundable

Save $20pp Twin Share or $40 Sole Use

Itinerary (Brisbane - Cairns)

Day 1    Sunday (MT,L,D) Roma

Departing on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, we travel through the Lockyer Valley, arriving at Picnic Point Toowoomba. We continue on through Dalby, breaking for lunch at Chinchilla, then make our way to Roma.

1 Night Stay: Explorers Inn, Roma 

Day 2    Monday (B,MT,L,D) Carnarvon Gorge

4wd eco indigenous scenichelicopter walking

Departing Roma we arrive at Carnarvon Gorge National Park, a spectacular oasis hidden in the rugged ranges of Queensland’s Central Highlands featuring towering sandstone cliffs, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art. The safari cabins at Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge have their own outback charm, blending into the natural bushland. This afternoon we take a 20-minute scenic helicopter flight, which gives a birds-eye view of the sandstone cliffs and picturesque gorges.

2 Night Stay: Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge 

Day 3    Tuesday (B,L,D) Carnarvon Gorge

4wd eco indigenous walking

Join our nature guide for a range of wilderness walking tours. Discover many shades of green on the moss garden walk, offering a rich mosaic of mosses, ferns and lichens. Here, the microclimate sustains a lush rainforest environment. The Baloon Cave Aboriginal cultural trail is a short walk among the fan palms and cycads and leads to a small sandstone overhang featuring stenciled Aboriginal rock art.

Day 4    Wednesday (B,L,D) Longreach

Starting early we leave Carnarvon Gorge and make our way ‘Outback’ to Longreach. We travel via the coal mining town of Emerald, breaking at The Gemfields for lunch. We arrive into Longreach late in the afternoon.

3 Night Stay: Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach 

Day 5    Thursday (B,L,D) Longreach

cruise entertainment heritage ggp

This morning be inspired by the Australian outback and the stories of the people who shaped our nation. Many are given tribute when 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. The highlight of our visit here is the Outback Stockman’s Show which tells the story of real life stockmen and women who work on the land and is a highly professional show featuring trick horses and dogs. Tonight we dine out on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise, followed by a camp oven themed dinner and show.

Day 6    Friday (B,L,D) Longreach

heritage ggp

Discover the Qantas Founders Museum and uncover national treasures such as the historic 1922 Qantas hangar, photographs, memorabilia and multimedia displays that bring alive the inspirational stories of one of the world’s pioneering airlines. We then take a guided tour of the 747 and 707 jets. Time to freshen up at the hotel before heading out to Camden Park Station to learn about life on the land. Watch an outback sunset by the artesian bore, dine in the historical homestead visited by the Queen in 1970, then finish at the campfire under the stars for dessert.

Day 7    Saturday (B,L,D) Cloncurry

4wd heritage

We head to Winton and into the majestic mesa country to 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. After lunch we travel through Kynuna and on to the Walkabout Creek Hotel – famous for being recognised as the pub in the Paul Hogan movie “Crocodile Dundee”. We finish our day upon our arrival into Cloncurry.

2 Night Stay: Gidgee Inn Motel, Cloncurry  

Day 8    Sunday (B,L,D) Cloncurry

heritage walking

Travelling west to Mount Isa we get adventurous at the Hard Times Mine, taking a tour with an experienced miner guide. Kitted-out in overalls and cap lamps we descend into the mine to explore the history of mining. On returning to Cloncurry we learn about the RFDS with a visit to John Flynn Place.

Day 9    Monday (B,L,D) Karumba

foodwine

We travel north to Burke & Wills Roadhouse for a break before continuing on to Karumba. We check-in to the only absolute beach front motel in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Tonight enjoy pre-dinner drinks/nibbles overlooking the Gulf Sunset.

2 Night Stay: End of the Road Motel, Karumba 

Day 10    Tuesday (B,L,D) Karumba

cruise foodwine heritage

Visit the Barramundi Discovery Centre and learn about the live breeding program. This afternoon we take the ultimate Karumba experience aboard the Sand Island sunset dinner cruise. Soak up another sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria feasting on gulf prawns, tropical fruit platter, nibble platter, beer, wine and bubbly.

Day 11    Wednesday (B,L,D) Cobbold Gorge

4wd eco heritage train

Board the Gulflander and take a scenic journey through the Gulf Savannah Bushland, stopping at Critters Camp to rejoin the coach. We then travel to Croydon, taking time to explore the old gold-mining heritage. Back on the track, we make our way to Georgetown to visit the Ted Elliott Mineral Collection. Depart Georgetown for Cobbold Gorge on Robin Hood Station.

2 Night Stay: Cobbold Gorge Village 

Day 12    Thursday (B,L,D) Cobbold Gorge

cruise eco

This morning relax and be mesmerised on a cruise of Cobbold Gorge. Enjoy an optional short walk into the escarpment.

Day 13    Friday (B,L,D) Mount Surprise

eco heritage train

Departing Cobbold Gorge we arrive at Forsayth to join the Savannahlander rail journey to Einasleigh to explore the Copperfield Gorge and enjoy lunch at the old pub. We re-board the train and travel to Mount Surprise, then transfer by coach to Undara Lava Tubes, checking into beautifully restored turn of the century railway carriages. The carriages are set along the original Cobb & Co coach road under the shade of tall trees and Australian Native wildlife.

1 Night Stay: Undara Lava Tubes, Mount Surprise 

Day 14    Saturday (B,L,D) Cairns

eco heritage

Join a local Savannah guide for a tour of the Undara Lava Tubes. Formed over 190,000 years ago from violent seismic action and frozen in time, these lava tubes are part of the longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater in modern geological time. Our afternoon takes us travelling via the scenic Atherton Tablelands, arriving in Cairns.

1 Night Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns 

Day 15    Sunday (B) Cairns

After breakfast enjoy a free morning before being transferred to the airport for return flights home. **Flights are not included and are at own expense.

Tour Inclusions

  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach ex Brisbane
  • 1 night Roma
  • 2 nights Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Guided naturalist walks of the Gorge
  • 20-minute helicopter flight over the escarpment
  • 3 nights Longreach; The Gemfields
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Outback Stockman’s Show
  • Drover’s Sunset Cruise
  • Qantas Founders Museum and jet tour
  • Camden Park Station
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs
  • Walkabout Creek Hotel
  • 2 nights Cloncurry
  • John Flynn Place; Mount Isa mine tour
  • 2 nights Karumba
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre
  • Sand Island sunset dinner cruise
  • Gulflander rail journey
  • Ted Elliott Mineral Collection
  • 2 nights Cobbold Gorge
  • Cobbold Gorge cruise with Savannah guide
  • Savannahlander rail journey; Copperfield Gorge
  • 1 night Undara Lava Tubes and guided tour
  • 1 night Cairns; transfers to Cairns Airport
  • 42 meals

Additional Information

DEPOSIT
Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and rail components.

PRE TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
1 additional day (TOTAL 16 DAY TOUR)
• One way economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
• 1 additional night bed & breakfast in a deluxe room pre-tour at Hotel Jen on Roma Street, Brisbane
Plus $625pp Twin Share
Plus $718 Sole Use
**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

GREEN GUEST POLICY
Select the GGP option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE $20pp Twin Share or $40 Sole Use.

INCLUDED MEALS
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

Rail Travel
Cruise/Boat
Off-Road
Heritage
Scenic Helicopter
Eco Experience
Walking Component
Food & Wine Experience
Indigenous Experience
Entertainment
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
Green Guest Policy

Active

Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 20 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 45 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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