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10 days | Departs Apr to Oct –
Experience the spectacular Australian Outback on a guided tour to Longreach, including a return journey aboard the Spirit of the Outback train.
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Your journey begins with a flight to Brisbane, Queensland. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.
❱ Hotel stay: Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane or similar (1 night)
This morning, you have time to explore Brisbane before making your way to Roma Street Station to begin our 1325km journey into the outback over the next 26 hours aboard the fabulous Spirit of the Outback train. Enjoy the luxury of on board dining with all main meals included.
The large panoramic windows will make your journey both comfortable and enjoyable. You will be captivated by the ever-changing landscapes on this fascinating journey. Enjoy a good night’s rest in your comfortable sleeper cabin.
❱ Rail journey: Spirit of the Outback Train – Sleeper Cabin (1 night)
This morning, wake to the changing outback landscapes from your window. This evening we arrive into Longreach and transfer to your accommodation. Stay the next five nights at the Kinnon and Co Lodges, Longreach.
❱ Hotel stay: Kinnon & Co Lodges, Longreach (5 nights)
After breakfast, be picked up from your accommodation for a town tour of Longreach then travel on to the Kinnon’s historic Nogo Station to experience a working cattle and sheep station. Hear about the pioneering lifestyle, see a champion sheep shearer at work and then be welcomed to the homestead for a wonderful smoko’ with an impressive spread of country baking.
Later, transfer to the Qantas Founders Museum and explore the museum with a guided tour of the 747 and 707 planes. Stroll back to your accommodation across the road.
Enjoy an exciting stagecoach ride at the only place in Australia where you can experience what it’s like to gallop in a Cobb and Co stagecoach. You’ll know you’re in the outback as you head off across the old Longreach to Windorah mail route.
Enjoy home baked scones and tea before taking in a vintage Aussie movie and the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show – a totally unique mixture of heritage, legend, animal capers, improvisation and mayhem! Lunch is served in the courtyard before transferring back to your accommodation.
This afternoon, you’ll be picked up and taken to the banks of the Thomson River to board a historic paddle wheeler for a sunset cruise. The cruise is followed by a hearty stockman’s dinner around the campfire with bush poetry then the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound and Light Show featuring a special movie commissioned by the Kinnon’s to celebrate the legendary local hero Harry Redford.
Rise early for a full day in Winton. Visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum’s Collection Room and Laboratory. Take a heritage tour featuring the historic Corfield and Fitzmaurice Building, the Willie Mae Chinese Gardens and Arnos Wall.
Enjoy lunch at the historic North Gre gory Hotel, just a few paces from the spot where Waltzing Matilda was read in public for the first time. Then stroll down the Main Street and visit the Sunset Opal Factory to hear the story of Australian Opal before seeing the Musical Fence & Diamantina Heritage Truck Museum.
The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is only a short walk from your accommodation and you’ll start the morning with a one hour Scotty’s Stories of the Past tour. Watch the Outback Stockman’s Show and be amazed by horsemanship and animal acts. Then there’s plenty of time to explore the five galleries of the museum marvelling at the achievements of the early settlers.
Enjoy lunch at the museum cafe (own expense). Wander back to your accommodation to refresh before transferring to Kinnon & Co’s beautifully renovated Welcome Home venue for an Outback Settlers’ Dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the railway station for the return journey on board the Spirit of the Outback.
This morning, breakfast is served on board before arriving into Brisbane at midday. Make your way to your hotel in Brisbane’s city centre for your overnight stay.
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Brisbane Airport in time for your flight home.
Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
10 Jun 2019, 01 Jul 2019, 22 Jul 2019, 12 Aug 2019, 02 Sep 2019, 23 Sep 2019, 07 Oct 2019, 20 Apr 2020, 11 May 2020, 15 Jun 2020, 13 Jul 2020, 17 Aug 2020, 21 Sep 2020
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