Itinerary – 10 Day Outback Queensland Tour 2021

Key:

B Breakfast Provided
L Lunch Provided
D Dinner Provided

We welcome you to join us as we travel country Queensland. This tour has been especially designed to highlight the vastness and special atmosphere our Queensland outback towns have to offer without forgetting how to do it all in luxury in the comfort of our touring coach.   This tour covers it all; Tropical cities to dinosaur fossils to the Gulf of Carpentaria and breathtaking forests to the open country plains.

Day 1 Wednesday 26th May 2021 D
Home – Cairns

Today starts our adventure to Outback Queensland. After our morning home pickups (or other preplanned arrangements) , we travel to the airport where we board our flight for our arrival into Sunny Cairns, often considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef but also popular for it’s proximity to lush rainforests and the Daintree NP.  After checking into our accommodation, settle in before enjoying our first dinner as a group together at our motel.

Accom Ibis Styles Ph. 07 4051 5733 (2 nights)

 

 

Day 2 Thursday 27th May 2021 B
Free Day 

Today is yours to explore Cairns at your leisure. Whether it be an excursion out on the Great Barrier Reef, a scenic helicopter flight, a journey on the sky rail gondola or just a stroll along the beach, the choice is yours. Tonight is also a night for you to have dinner out on the town or simply order at our motel.

 

Day 3 Friday 28th May 2021 BLD
Cairns – Georgetown
Today as we bid farewell to Cairns we head throughout the scenic rainforest area, making our way to the renowned Undara Lava Tubes at Mt. Surprise. Join a guided tour of these geological phenomena where you will gain a new appreciation of Mother Nature’s power. Afternoon travel sees us to our overnight stopover at Georgetown.
Accommodation: Latara Lodge, Georgetown Ph. 07 4062 1190

Day 4 Saturday 29th May 2021   BD
Georgetown – Kurumba
This morning we head West along The Savannah Way, through the historic mining village of Croydon. Today’s agenda includes a “rattling” journey on the historic Gulflander train from Critters Camp to Normanton. Making our way to Karumba, enjoy a sunset cruise aboard “The Ferryman” on the Norman River and into “The Gulf”. Tonight enjoy a beachfront dinner overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Carpentaria.
Accommodation: End of the Road Motel Ph. 07 4745 9599

Day 5 Sunday 30th May 2021    D
Kurumba – Mt Isa
Following the Burke & Wills Development Road South via Normanton, we head to our destination today – Mt Isa. Mt Isa is a city in the Gulf Country region, that came into existence because of the vast mineral deposits found in the area and the Mount Isa Mine is one of the most productive single mines in world history, based on combined production of lead, silver, copper and zinc.
Accommodation: Burke and Willis Motel – Mt Isa Ph. 07 4743 8000

Day 6 Monday 31st May 2021 BD
Mt Isa – Winton

This morning we will enjoy a look around the Isa tour before we continue on our way for a pit stop at the Walkabout Creek Hotel, the home of Aussie icon, Crocodile Dundee! This afternoon sees us traveling into the historical township of Winton for the night. A common sight today will be the mighty roads trains powering along, playing their vital part in such rural communities.

Accom: Boulder Opal Motor Inn (Ph: 07 4657 1211)

Day 7 Tuesday 1st June 2021  BD
Winton – Longreach

Before Waltzing out of Winton, today will be like a step back in time as we take a walk through the new Waltzing Matilda Centre, which has been rebuilt after a fire destroyed the center in 2015. After this we head to the ‘Age of Dinosaurs’ for a tour through the animals that came before us. This interesting exhibit has some of the best preserved dinosaur fossils found in Australia. This afternoon enjoy a visit to The Stockman’s Hall of Fame- a brilliant center exhibiting the life and the legends of the Australian Outback.

Accom: Albert Park Motor Inn Longreach (Ph: 07 4658 2411)

Day 8 Wednesday 2nd June 2021    BD
Longreach – Charleville
Before leaving Longreach we experience the adventure of the early days of flight in Australia with a visit to the Qantas Founders Museum. Take a peep inside the retired planes and learn of their fascinating history. Next on our agenda we arrive in Barcaldine for morning tea, the Garden City of the West. It was here 400 shearers gathered under what is known know as the tree of knowledge in 1891 for a series of meetings out of which The Australian Labour Party was formed. Afternoon travel takes us to our overnight stop of Charleville.
Accommodation: Mulga Country Inn Charleville Ph. 07 4654 1566

 

Day 9 Thursday 3rd June 2021 BD
Charleville – Goondiwindi

Bidding farewell to Charleville, our course is set for Roma, where the Bottletree lined streets serve as a memorial to those who made the ultimate wartime sacrifice. Onwards to our lunch destination at St. George, on the banks of the Balonne River. This afternoon we will be checking into our motel, just inside the Queensland border, at Goondiwindi. (aboriginal for “the resting place of the birds”).   Accom: Goondiwindi Motel (Ph:07 4671 1544)

Day 10 Friday 4th June 2021 B
Goondiwindi – Home

Goodbye Goondiwindi as our course is set over the border into New South Wales. Along the way we will travel through Moree and Narrabri and see the vast crop growing area of the fertile Namoi River Valley. Afternoon travel sees us all back home (or to other specified drop-off location).