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The Longreach and Winton Summer Sale

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Make tracks for Queensland’s central west on the Spirit of the Outback, a historic rail journey like no other. Then delve deep into outback life with 4 nights in Longreach visiting the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum, Camden Park Station and enjoying a sunset cruise on the Thomson River. Take in a trip to the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit in Winton before reboarding the train bound for Brisbane.

Duration Duration:

7 days

Price From From

$1,640pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

2nd March 2019

Location Departure Location:
Brisbane

Location Return Location:
Brisbane

Pricing

QPCV Twin Share
$1640pp
SENIOR Twin Share
$1700pp
ADULT Twin Share
$1735pp
$600pp non-refundable

Plus $220

Itinerary (Brisbane - Brisbane)

Day 1    Saturday (D) Spirit of the Outback

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Arrive at Platform 10, Roma Street Station, Brisbane at 1pm to meet your tour hostess and check-in to your first class cabin. At 1:55pm we depart on the Spirit of the Outback for a realistic, upfront view of Queensland’s captivating outback, enjoyed in the comfort of air-conditioned, authentically-themed surrounds. On our journey west we venture through the heritage towns of the Central West. Dining on board the Spirit of the Outback is an experience in itself with the themed restaurant car serving hearty Aussie meals. While the Shearers Rest first class lounge car is ideal for a quiet drink, taking time to get to know your fellow travel companions.

1 Night Stay: First class cabin aboard the Spirit of the Outback

Day 2    Sunday (B,L,D) Longreach

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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 the heart of the Queensland Outback, Longreach mid-afternoon. We then board our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach for transfers to our hotel.

4 Night Stay: Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach

Day 3    Monday (B,L,D) Longreach

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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. Enjoy some free time this afternoon and mix with the locals as tonight we are all aboard the MV Explorer for the Drover’s Summer Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River. Unwind with drinks and nibbles on board, watching a magnificent outback sunset all whilst the Captain will captivate you with stories about the river, its wildlife and Indigenous links.
**Please note: Stockman’s Hall of Fame will be closing for extensions in February 2019 and this attraction will be replaced with the School of the Air visit until its re-opening.

Day 4    Tuesday (B,L,D) Longreach

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This morning discover the Qantas Founders Museum and uncover national treasures such as the historic 1922 Qantas hangar, historic Qantas Founders Museum photographs, memorabilia and multi-media displays that bring alive the inspirational stories of one of the world’s pioneering airlines. We then take a 1.5 hour tour of the 747 and 707 jets. We depart Longreach and make our way to Ilfracombe to visit the historic Wellshot Hotel, one of the most unique outback pubs, over one hundred years old and well worth looking through, with its woolpress bar, remarkable collection of hats and wealth of local memorabilia. Enjoy country hospitality at its best over lunch and a few ales, then join the publican and staff for some unique visitor rituals. Time to freshen up at the hotel before heading out to Camden Park Station to learn about life on the land of the Walker’s 4th generation family business. Watch an outback sunset with nibbles by the artesian bore, dine in the historical homestead visited by the Queen in 1970, then back outside to the campfire under the stars for dessert.

Day 5    Wednesday (B,L,D) Longreach

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We take a 2 hour road trip this morning taking in the changing outback scenery as 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 by dinosaur enthusiasts and capture the fossil fever that has gripped the area since the first bones of gigantic Sauropod ‘Elliott’ were discovered. From here we make our way into Winton and mix with the locals over a country pub counter lunch. Our afternoon takes us on a town tour visiting the newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre.

Day 6    Thursday (B,L,D) Spirit of the Outback

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Enjoy breakfast before departing on the Spirit of the Outback. Share stories and memories with your fellow travellers as you journey home from Longreach back to Brisbane.

1 Night Stay: First class cabin aboard the Spirit of the Outback

Day 7    Friday (B) Brisbane

Wake and admire the view during breakfast as we travel back to Brisbane passing the sugar cane fields and Glass House Mountains. The Spirit of the Outback is scheduled to arrive back into Brisbane at 12pm.

Tour Inclusions

  • 2 overnight rail journeys in first class cabin aboard the Spirit of the Outback
  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travel
  • Unpack once with 4 nights quality accommodation in Longreach
  • Legends of Longreach town tour
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Qantas Founders Museum and jet tour
  • Ilfracombe; Historic Wellshot Hotel
  • Drover’s Summer Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River
  • Camden Park Station tour with sunset, nibbles and dinner
  • Full day tour to Winton offering town tour and visit to Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs guided tour of the laboratory and collection exhibit
  • 17 meals

Additional Information

DEPOSIT
Non-refundable deposit of $600pp 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. Rail prices are correct at time of printing but are subject to change. Rail journeys are subject to disruption without notice during the summer series.
This price is subject to:
QPCV Queensland Aged Pensioner utilising 4 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

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
2 additional days (TOTAL 9 DAY TOUR)
• Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
• 2 additional nights bed & breakfast in a deluxe room (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Hotel Jen on Roma Street, Brisbane
Plus $820pp Twin Share
Plus $995 Sole Use
**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

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

Unpack Once
Rail Travel
Cruise/Boat
Heritage
Indigenous Experience
Food & Wine Experience
Entertainment

Moderate

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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