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Heroes of Longreach, Winton and South West

Queensland

Coach
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Eco
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Rail
Rail

Tour summary

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, Barcaldine 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 Desert Dreaming tour on this insight into Queensland’s iconic outback.

Departure location:
Platform 10, Roma Street Station, Brisbane
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
8
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

29 May 2021 - Diamond Class(coach only) 19 June 2021 - Gold Class 3 July 2021 - Gold Class 14 August 2021 - Gold Class

Coach classes:
Gold
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Tour accreditations:
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Heroes of Longreach, Winton and South West

Tour pricing

QPCV Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
3375
pp
Senior Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
3495
pp
Adult Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
3560
pp
Deposit:
$800 per person
Sole Use:
Additional $585 on Twin Share
Green Guest Policy:
Save $20 Per Person Twin Share or $40 Sole Use
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

This price is subject to:

  • QPCV Qld Pensioner using 2 entitlements
  • SENIOR Australian Government State Senior Card holder
  • ADULT Passengers 50+ with no valid concession card

2 additional days (TOTAL 10 DAY TOUR)

  • Return economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 2 additional night bed & breakfast (1night pre & 1post-tour) at Sofitel Brisbane Central
  • Return Airtrain ticket ex -Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station

Plus $860pp Twin Share Plus $1025 Sole Use

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

FLY OPTIONS

7 Day Tour Ex Brisbane

• Includes one-way economy class flight Brisbane to Longreach arriving Sunday

$3495pp Twin Share $4080 Sole Use

8 Day Tour Ex Sydney/Melbourne

  • Economy class flight ex Sydney/Melbourne to Longreach arriving Sunday
  • 1 night bed & breakfast post tour at Sofitel Brisbane
  • Economy class flight ex Brisbane to Sydney/Melbourne

$3750pp Twin Share $4425 Sole Use

*Flight prices are subject to fluctuations and can be confirmed at time of booking. Flights to be paid at same time as deposit and once ticketed are non-refundable

DEPOSIT

$800pp 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. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

N.B. 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 if this occurs. ^^Saving per couple based on Queensland adult fare low season compared to adult fare high season.

Tour inclusions

  • Overnight rail journey in first class cabins aboard the Spirit of the Outback
  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travel
  • 3 nights Longreach; Qantas Founders Museum
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Stockman’s Show
  • Drover’s Thomson River Sunset Cruise followed by outback dinner and live show
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs tour at Winton
  • Winton town tour; Arnos Wall; Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Camden Park Station tour with champagne breakfast at the homestead
  • Trackers Queensland Desert Dreaming tour with ochre dot painting & cultural dancing
  • Aramac to Lake Dunn Sculpture Art Trail
  • 1 night Barcaldine Country Motor Inn
  • 2 nights Roma; Big Rig Oil & Gas Museum
  • Miles Historical Village Museum
  • Maranoa Beef station tour with creek bed nature walk; paddock tour grand finale & sundowners on Little Hill watching the outback sunset with drinks and canapés
  • 21 meals

Additional information

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. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • 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
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • 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
Learn more about our fitness levels
Eco experience
Eco experience
Entertainment
Entertainment
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Heritage
Heritage
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Local guide
Local guide
Rail journey
Rail journey
Walking component
Walking component
Boat
Boat

Itinerary

Departs
Platform 10, Roma Street Station, Brisbane
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Brisbane

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

Arrive at Platform 10, Roma Street railway station, Brisbane at 1pm to meet your tour hostess and check-in to your first class cabin. Depart on the Spirit of the Outback for a realistic, up-front view of Queensland’s captivating outback, enjoyed in the comfort of authentically themed surrounds. Our journey west takes us through the heritage towns of the Central West. Dining on board is an experience in itself in the themed restaurant car serving Aussie meals. Tonight, we will gather in the Shearers Rest lounge car for a quiet drink prior to dinner, taking time to get to know your fellow travel companions.

FLY OPTIONS

7 Day Tour includes one-way economy class flight Brisbane to Longreach joining the tour on Sunday

8 Day Tour includes return economy flight ex Sydney/Melbourne to Longreach joining the tour on Sunday

Please see Pricing and Additional Information above for more details

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First class cabin aboard the Spirit of the Outback
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Longreach

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Heritage
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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 Longreach mid-afternoon where we are met by our Coach Captain and transferred to our hotel. Tonight we experience a truly spectacular show, Luminescent Longreach, at the Qantas Founders Museum. This 20-minute show uses the historic aircraft and new roof complex as a canvas telling the incredible history of the airline. The show is followed by a delicious dinner at the venue.

*Please note: No seating is available during the show.

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Longreach Motor Inn
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Longreach

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Food & Wine experience
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Heritage
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GGP

We start today with a Museum and Airpark tour of the Qantas FoundersMuseum discovering national treasures and displays that bring to life the inspirational stories of one of the world’s pioneering airlines. Next we make our way to the famous Australian Stockman’sHall of Fame where bush history slides up close to you with tales of bush-rangers, shearers, stockmen and drovers. Enjoy a live Outback Stockman’s Show, all be it with working dogs, horses, sheep, bull and resident larakin stockman. Take time for lunch before wandering at leisure around the exhibit. Tonight, we take a sunset cruise on the ThomsonRiver, relaxing on the top deck toasting the sunset and stunning colours of the outback sky. We disembark and enjoy an outback dinner and show beside a campfire and under a canopy of outback stars.

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Winton

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
GGP
GGP

Today we travel to Winton and visit the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibit, the world’s largest collection of unique Australian dinosaur fossils and the most productive fossil preparation lab in the southern hemisphere. The museum, perched on top of a spectacular rocky plateau, captures the fossil fever that has gripped the area since the first bones of gigantic Sauropod ‘Elliot’ were discovered. We then make our way back into Winton for lunch at the Waltzing Matilda Centre and enjoy some time at the museum. We finish our day visiting the peculiar Arnos Wall and playing a tune on what is believed to be the world’s only musical fence.

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5

Longreach - Barcaldine

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

We farewell Longreach in style with a Champagne breakfast at Camden Park Station, a fifth generation sheep and cattle property run by the Walker family. Enjoy breakfast on the station’s homestead veranda before joining ‘Outback Dan’ for a guided station tour. From here we make our way to Barcaldine where we experience an authentic cultural journey as ancient and contemporary shared histories come alive through the passion of Cheryl Thompson, descendent of the Yiningai people. From Connecting to Country, through traditional Tribal Body Art and its meanings, Dot Painting workshop, Tribal Story, Song and Dance presentations. Our afternoon travel take us on the Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail - the largest outdoor sculpture museum in the world. The collection of life-sized scrap metal sculptures somehow blends in the ruggedness and unpredictability of the Queensland outback. We return to Barcaldine.

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Barcaldine - Roma

Heritage
Heritage

Today is a travel day, departing Barcaldine we make our way to Tambo, breaking here for a cuppa. Back on the road again, we continue on to Augathella, where we break for lunch before our afternoon travels take us to Roma.

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Roma Explorers Inn, Roma
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Roma

Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
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Heritage
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Local guide
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Walking component

We discover the oil and gas industry this morning, taking a guided tour of the Big Rig Oil & Gas Museum. Our guided tour will tell the story of Australia’s first discovery of petroleum, through the boom and bust years of oil and gas exploration and on to today’s multibillion dollar industry. We continue on to Miles to visit the Historical Village Museum that features over 34 original and replica buildings set in a streetscape reminiscent of a town from the late 1800s. Each building houses their own special collection. The facility also contains a War Museum displaying photographs, stories and militaria from the Light Horse in WW1 through to the Vietnam War. This afternoon’s tour is a wow factor. Exclusively designed for Fun Over Fifty, our visit to Maranoa Beef offers us hands on interaction with the cattle, a guided relaxing creek walk stopping at a couple of gorgeous, natural formations along the way, finishing with Sundowners on Little Hill. Mother Nature provides the wow factor here as we relax and enjoy the changing colours of a big sky sunset while enjoying drinks and canapés.

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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 onto Picnic Point Toowoomba for lunch with a view. We arrive back into Brisbane at approximately 4:30pm.

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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.

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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:

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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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