Departs: Saturday, 11th May
Fitness Level: M – Moderate
This holiday package is a distinctly Queensland Holiday…taking you right out of the city into the horizons of Central and Western Queensland’s outback with its unforgettable colours and landscapes. There are so many scenic attractions on this tour to captivate your interest; follow the Warrego Way through Charleville, Quilpie and Windorah. Stay at historic Birdsville Pub and discover this frontier town’s interesting attractions; discover one of Queensland’s scenic jewels, Carnarvon Gorge. Experience the breathtaking grandeur of sheer cliffs, aboriginal rock art, lush moss gardens and sparkling streams that will delight as will the unique Wilderness Lodge accommodation. So, come and enjoy the diversity of landscapes from stark open plains, ‘opal country’, and grazing lands to the contrast of the lush ancient sheer cliffs of Carnarvon Gorge. It’s all there waiting for you to explore with your Down Under crew!
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – MILES LD
Saturday, 11th May: Departing Hervey Bay pick up passengers en-route to Roma Street Transit Centre. Travel west to Toowoomba for lunch, then continue along the Warrego Highway to Miles where we visit the Miles Historical Village and Museum. Stay Swagsman Motor Inn
DAY 2 MILES – CHARLEVILLE BMLD
Sunday, 12th May: Continue our travels through Roma where we pause for morning tea. After a delicious picnic lunch in Morven we make our way to Charleville for a visit to The Bilby Experience before settling into our motel. After dinner, it’s off to the Cosmos Centre to do a little stargazing. Stay Mulga Country Motor Inn
DAY 3 CHARLEVILLE – WINDORAH BMLD
Monday, 13th May: Follow the Diamantina Development Road to Quilpie where we stop to do some exploring. Visit the opal shops and St Finbarr’s Altar. The altar, lectern and font are beautifully made of opal. After lunch continue on our way to Windorah. Stay Western Star Hotel Motel & Cooper’s Cabins.
Please Note: Some rooms have shared amenities.
DAY 4 WINDORAH – BIRDSVILLE BMLD
Tuesday, 14th May: Follow the Birdsville Development Road to Betoota where we pause for morning tea, then continue on our way to Birdsville for lunch and a visit to the Wirrarri Visitors Information Centre. After lunch, it’s off to climb Big Red Sand Dune which stands 40m in height and is the symbolic edge to the Simpson Desert. Stay Birdsville Hotel
DAY 5 BIRDSVILLE – BOULIA BMLD
Wednesday, 15th May: Departing Birdsville travel through Cuttaburra Crossing, an amazing wetland area, to arrive at Bedourie for lunch. Moving north of Eyre Creek where the channel country meets the desert, we arrive in Boulia to visit the Min Min Encounter before settling into our accommodation. Stay Desert Sands Motel and Australian Hotel.
DAY 6 BOULIA – LONGREACH BMD
Thursday, 16th May: This morning travel east via the timeless landscape of the majestic mesas set amongst the open pebble plains to Cawnpore Lookout, a landscape only found in two places on Earth. Enjoy tea and damper at Middleton Hotel, arriving in Winton to visit the newly re-opened Waltzing Matilda Centre. Continue on to Longreach. Two night stay Longreach Motor Inn
DAY 7 LONGREACH SIGHTSEEING BMLD
Friday, 17th May: Start our morning with a homemade morning tea and guided tour at Longway Station, then on to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame for the delightful Outback Stockman’s Show followed by lunch and some free time to explore. Mid-afternoon return to our motel to prepare for our Thomson River cruise aboard the Thomson River Belle. After viewing the sunset disembark for a delicious camp dinner and entertainment followed by the spectacular Captain Starlight Light and Sound Show.
DAY 8 LONGREACH – EMERALD BLD
Saturday, 18th May: Our first stop this morning is the Qantas Founders Museum for a guided Jet Tour followed by some free time to purchase your morning tea and peruse the museum. Then, it’s off to Barcaldine for a photo stop at the Tree of Knowledge and lunch at the Shakespeare Hotel. After lunch, continue on our way through Alpha to Emerald. Stay Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn
DAY 9 EMERALD – CARNARVON GORGE BMLD
Sunday, 19th May: Departing our motel view the Big Easel which is a tribute to Van Gogh`s Sunflowers as a symbol of life and hope. Continue on our way via Fairbairn Dam to Springsure for morning tea, then on to Carnarvon Gorge for lunch at the lodge. After settling into your luxurious en-suited tent accommodation, reboard your coach for some afternoon exploring. Two night stay Carnarvon Wilderness Lodge
DAY 10 CARNARVON GORGE FREE DAY BLD
Monday, 20th May: Without leaving your cosy bed, enjoy the birdcalls or sit and watch the pretty-faced wallabies graze. The sheer wonder of Carnarvon Gorge radiates from the National Park where, for the ambitious, a day-long trek begins with a track map and packed lunch. The Gorge has many Aboriginal rock art sites. In Angiopteris Ravine, rare King Ferns grow luxuriantly and there’s an opportunity to see Aljon Falls and the Moss Garden. Re-board the coach to return to our accommodation for dinner.
DAY 11 CARNARVON GORGE – ROMA BMLD
Tuesday, 21st May: Farewelling Carnarvon Gorge, we make our way to Arcadia Valley Escape. Be guided through the ins and outs of the Cattle industry including a live demonstration in the cattle yards and watch the working dogs doing their thing! Farewelling our hosts, continue on to Injune for lunch, then on to the Big Rig in Roma. Stay Roma Explorers Inn
DAY 12 ROMA – HOME BM
Wednesday, 22nd May: All too soon we are back in familiar territory with arrival in Brisbane mid-afternoon. Northbound passengers stay on board for arrival in the Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $4880 pp
Pensioner: $4856 pp
Past Passenger: $4844 pp
Single Supplement: $1057
Final Payment Due: 27th March 2019
Bookings Close on Saturday May 4th, 2019