Outback Inland Explorer


Take an inland loop through the outback of Queensland and NSW discovering quirky characters and hidden treasures along the way. See a live auction at Roma’s Cattle sale yard, gaze at the vast night sky at Charleville’s Observatory, take a paddleboat cruise on the Darling River, try your luck for opals in Lightning Ridge, and travel the scenic Waterfall Way to return home.

Duration Duration:

10 days

Price From From

$3,490pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

17th June 2019

Location Departure Location:

Location Return Location:


Twin Share
Sole Use
$800pp non-refundable

Itinerary (Brisbane - Brisbane)

Day 1    Monday (MT,L,D) Roma

Departing on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, we enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery as we travel through the fertile Lockyer Valley to Picnic Point in Toowoomba. From here our journey takes us through Dalby to Chinchilla for lunch, finishing our day at Roma to bed down for an overnight stay.

1 Night Stay: Explorers Inn, Roma 

Day 2    Tuesday (B,L,D) Charleville

This morning we visit Roma Cattle Saleyards, the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere, selling over 400,000 cattle a year. Join a local cattle farmer on the raised walkway around the yards, providing us with an excellent vantage point over the proceedings. Leaving Roma, we continue to Mitchell, famous for its Great Artesian Spa. Bring your bathers and take a dip in this outback billabong where the naturally heated waters are therapeutic for the soul and relaxing for your body. We arrive in Charleville mid-afternoon with free time to settle in  until dinner. Tonight, we visit the Cosmos Centre & Observatory to unlock the secrets of the stars.

2 Night Stay: Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville 

Day 3    Wednesday (B,L,D) Charleville

heritage walking

Today we explore Charleville, stopping off at the Vortex Rainmaking Guns before continuing to Charleville Airport where our guide will explain the fascinating history of the top-secret USA Airbase. Enjoy a guided tour and lunch at the historic Corones Hotel before a special encounter with Australia’s endangered Bilby – learn about the captive breeding program that is carried out in Charleville to ensure the survival of this intriguing species.

Day 4    Thursday (B,MT,L,D) Bourke


An early start as we farewell Charleville making our way to Cunnamulla taking time to visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre, Art Gallery and Museum. Our afternoon takes us to the township of Bourke where we visit the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre showcasing interactive stories of the inland sea, the wool story, riverboats and much more. Discover more about the life of Henry Lawson ‘Outback’ and marvel at the stories of our women of the west. After an educated afternoon, we make our way to our accommodation in Bourke.

**Please note: Accommodation in this country region is very limited and basic. Rooms are en-suited. Star ratings of room types vary. Rooms are allocated at discretion of the motel staff.

2 Night Stay: Riverside Motel, Bourke  

Day 5    Friday (B,MT,L,D) Bourke

cruise walking

This morning we enjoy a town tour with a local guide offering an in-depth insight into the history of Bourke, its isolation, the people who live here and the region’s current status. After lunch, we travel to the outskirts of town to board the PV Jandra paddleboat for a leisurely cruise along the Darling River, learning more about the region’s rich riverboat history. Once we disembark, we travel back to our accommodation.

Day 6    Saturday (B,L,D) Lightning Ridge

entertainment heritage

This morning we travel through the town of Brewarrina on the banks of the Barwon River before arriving at Walgett, the regional hub for wool, wheat and cotton. After lunch here, we head north to the Black Opal capital of the world – Lightning Ridge. Enjoy a free afternoon before our evening out. Tonight, join us beneath a vast night sky for SPARK, a cinematic celebration of Lightning Ridge SPARK stars the people, land, opal and life of Lightning Ridge.

**Please note: Accommodation in this country region is very limited and basic. Rooms are en-suited. Star ratings of room types vary. Rooms are allocated at discretion of the motel staff.

2 Night Stay: Wallangulla Motel, Lightning Ridge  

Day 7    Sunday(B,MT,L,D) Lightening Ridge

eco heritage walking

With our local guide we travel out to the opal fields and discover the many hidden gems of this fascinating town. We visit Fred Bodel’s hut, the oldest miner’s camp in the area and the historic Three Mile Flat, the site of the early mining settlement. From here we visit Lunatic Hill Open Cut being the largest open cut opal mine in NSW. Next, we see Simms Hill opal field and view the hand-built stone castle – Amigo’s Castle and Bevan’s cactus gardens. After lunch we visit Chambers of the Black Hand, a national treasure in the making in a 100-year-old mine shaft. You will see images carved and painted in the sandstone walls and pillars.

Day 8    Monday (B,MT,L,D) Armidale


Leaving Lightning Ridge and its colourful characters behind us, we travel through Burren Junction and on to Wee Waa, the oldest established town in the district and the birthplace of the commercial cotton industry in Australia. Our afternoon takes us through Narrabri and on to Gunnedah, a town claiming to be the ‘koala capital of the world’. Here we break for lunch then continue east to Tamworth, stopping at the Big Golden Guitar before heading up the Moonbi Range and bedding down for the night at Armidale.

1 Night Stay: Cotswold Gardens, Armidale

Day 9    Tuesday(B,L,D) Ballina


Leaving the tablelands, we head east along Waterfall Way through Dorrigo and on to Bellingen. Here we have time to wonder the historic town with its compliment of heritage listed buildings reflecting the early logging days. After lunch at the ‘Old Butter Factory’ we continue north through Coffs Harbour and on to New Italy for an afternoon break before finishing our day at Ballina.

1 Night Stay: Quality Hotel, Ballina

Day 10    Wednesday (B,MT,L) Brisbane

cruise eco

After a leisurely start to our last day, we board the coach and travel to Brunswick Heads. Here we cruise the Brunswick River and experience the natural beauty and biodiversity of World Heritage listed rainforests and national parks along with the abundance of birdlife. After our experience with the natural beauty of the region, we make our way to lunch. After lunch we board the coach and head north through the Tweed Valley into Queensland on our way to Brisbane Transit Centre.

Tour Inclusions

  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach ex Brisbane
  • Morning tea at Picnic Point, Toowoomba
  • 1 night Roma with a visit to live Roma sale yard auction
  • Great Artesian Spa swim & lunch at Mitchell
  • 2 nights Charleville
  • Cosmos Centre & Observatory stargazing tour
  • Locally guided Charleville day tour
  • Historic Corones Hotel guided tour and lunch
  • Bilby experience
  • Cunnamulla Fella Centre, art gallery and museum
  • 2 nights Bourke, Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre
  • Locally guided town tour of Bourke
  • PV Jandra paddleboat cruise
  • 2 nights Lightning Ridge SPARK light and sound show
  • Locally guided tour visiting Fred Bodel’s hut, Lunatic Hill, Amigo’s Castle, Chambers of the Black Hand
  • Gunnedah, Big Golden Guitar at Tamworth
  • 1 night Armidale
  • Scenic Waterfall Way, Dorrigo, Bellingen
  • Old Butter Factor
  • 1 night Ballina
  • Brunswick River eco cruise
  • 28 meals

Additional Information

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 air components.


2 additional days (TOTAL 12 DAY TOUR)

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

Plus $850pp Twin Share, Plus $1019 Sole Use

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

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

Eco Experience
Walking Component
Food & Wine Experience
Advanced Ecotourism Certified


Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 10 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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