14 Day Birdsville & Lawn Hill Gorge NP

  • Lawn Hill Gorge

This is a truly exceptional tour combining two of Australia’s iconic destinations.  If you love the outback and have a sense of adventure, the rewards of this fully accommodated tour will be extremely gratifying as we discover some of Australia’s very unique and remote landscapes.  Deep in the far west and heart of the wild and isolated country, the amazing frontier town of Birdsville sits at the end of the famous Birdsville Track.  Situated on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, Birdsville is surrounded by the vast gibber plains of Sturt’s Stony Desert to the south and rich Channel Country to the north. Heading north visit the mining town of Mt Isa; ‘strike out’ across vast isolated Spinifex plains to the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields and our base camp at Adels Grove.  Spend time at the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge National Park.  The park is a pristine area of magnificent scenery, precipitous cliffs, crystal clear waters and lush vegetation.  Now’s the time to tick these two iconic destinations off your bucket list…you won’t be disappointed!

Departing:  Wednesday, 8th July

Fitness Level:  M – Moderate

Meals:  B = Breakfast,  M = Morning Tea,  L = Lunch,  A = Afternoon Tea,  D = Dinner

DAY 1  HERVEY BAY – BRISBANE – MILES  D

Wednesday, 8th July:  Departing Hervey Bay pick up passengers en route to Brisbane.  Interstate, Brisbane and Gold Coast passengers join at Roma Street Transit Centre.  Travel west along the Warrego Highway to Toowoomba then to Miles where we visit the Miles Historic Village & Museum.  Stay Swagsman Motor Inn    

DAY 2  MILES – CHARLEVILLE  BMLD

Thursday, 9th July:  Travel to Roma for morning tea and time to explore the Big Rig.  After a delicious picnic lunch at Morven, make our way to Charleville where we visit the Charleville Visitors Centre before checking in to our motel.  After dinner, it’s off to the Cosmos Centre to do a little stargazing.  Stay Mulga Country Motor Inn     

DAY 3  CHARLEVILLE – QUILPIE BLMD

Friday, 10th July:  Start our day with a visit to the Charleville Bilby Experience for an ‘Up Close & Personal Tour’ with these adorable little creatures.  Enjoy the rare and unique experience of meeting a Bilby face to face and have the opportunity to pat a Bilby in the keeper’s arms while learning what is happening to save this Aussie Outback Battlers from extinction.  Then, off to Quilpie for lunch and some exploring.  Visit the opal shops and St Finbarr’s Altar.  The altar, lectern and font are beautifully made of opal.  Stay Quilpie Motor Inn    

DAY 4  QUILPIE – BIRDSVILLE  BMLD

Saturday, 11th July:   Travel the Diamantina Development road to Windorah for morning tea then along the Birdsville Development Road arriving in Betoota for a late lunch.  Continue to Birdsville.  Stay Birdsville Hotel     

DAY 5  BIRDSVILLE – BOULIA   BMLD

Sunday, 12th July:  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 into Boulia mid-afternoon.  Stay Desert Sands Motel     and Australian Hotel

DAY 6  BOULIA – MT ISA  BMD

Monday, 13th July:  Moving north arrive in Dajarra, the largest trucking depot in the world, for morning tea then on to Mt Isa in time to purchase lunch before a visit to the Outback @ Isa Centre.  Stay Burke & Wills Motel     

DAY 7  MT ISA – ADELS GROVE   BMLD

Tuesday, 14th July:  Strike out across vast isolated Spinifex plains to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields where we have the opportunity to explore. On to our base camp at Adels Grove where we settle in for the next two nights.  Stay Adels Grove (cabin accommodation – please note:  some cabins may have shared facilities)

DAY 8  LAWN HILL GORGE   BMLD

Wednesday, 15th July:  A day to relax in the clear waterways of Lawn Hill Gorge with plenty of opportunities for canoeing or taking a boat ride (own expense) and bushwalking to view the gorge’s sandstone formation.   To fully enjoy your stay in this pristine national park we recommend stout walking shoes, sunscreen, swimmers, water bottle and backpack. The park is a pristine area of magnificent scenery, precipitous cliffs, crystal clear waters and lush vegetation. After an exhilarating visit return early to camp

DAY 9  ADELS GROVE – CLONCURRY  BMLD

Thursday, 16th July:  Leaving Adels Grove follow the Wills Development Road through the small township of Gregory to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse for morning tea, then onward to Cloncurry for lunch.  Following lunch visit the John Flynn Museum which honours an Australian visionary and those who joined his campaign for better living conditions in remote Australia.  Incorporated within the Museum is the Fred McKay Art Gallery, which houses an impressive art collection.  Stay Gidgee Inn    

DAY 10 CLONCURRY – LONGREACH   BMD

Friday, 17th July:  Follow the Landsborough Highway to Kynuna for morning tea at the Blue Heeler Hotel.  It was here that Banjo Paterson brokered a truce with the shearers who had burnt the Dagworth Woolshed and 143 jumbucks.  The battle of Dagworth was to be the last armed conflict between Australians.  The song Waltzing Matilda was first sung here in 1896 after the fire. At Winton enjoy some free time to purchase your lunch and explore the town centre before visiting the Waltzing Matilda Centre. Two night stay Longreach Motor Inn     

DAY 11 LONGREACH SIGHTSEEING  BLD

Saturday, 18th July:  Our first visit this morning is to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia.  At 11 am it’s time for the Outback Stockman’s Show.  Meet a real stockman and his animals in a one of a kind show.  After lunch, make our way to the Qantas Founders Museum for a guided tour.  Late afternoon board the ‘Thomson River Belle’ for a sunset cruise followed by a Drover’s stew and dessert at the ‘Sheraton on the Thomson’.  Enjoy music and bush poetry around a blazing campfire followed by the ‘Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show’ – a unique big-screen presentation of the amazing adventures of the notorious cattle thief known as ‘Captain Starlight’.

DAY 12 LONGREACH – EMERALD  BMLD

Sunday, 19th July:  Off to Barcaldine for morning tea and a photo opportunity at the Tree of Knowledge, then on to the Australian Worker’s Heritage Centre.  Journey through exhibition space which celebrates the extraordinary legacy of working Australians, telling a vitally important part of our nation’s history through its working life via interactive displays, film, photographs, artefacts and recreated historical work settings.  After lunch at the Ironbark Inn continue to Emerald.  Stay Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn     

DAY 13 EMERALD – ROMA   BMLD

Monday, 20th July:  Leaving Emerald 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 to Roma to prepare for our final night together.  Stay Roma Explorers Inn    

DAY 14 ROMA – HOME   BM

Tuesday, 21st July:  All too soon we are heading home.  Pause at Chinchilla for morning tea then on to Brisbane, arriving mid-afternoon and in the Wide Bay early evening.

Adult:  $5768 pp
Pensioner:  $5740 pp
Past Passenger:  $5726 pp
Single Supplement:  $1380 pp

Final Payment Due:  Monday, 25th May 2020

14 Day Birdsville & Lawn Hill Gorge NP
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