Cruise to Karumba’s magical sunset viewing destination, a sand island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Witness a spectacular gulf sunset as you dine on delicious fresh seafood and enjoy the tranquillity that surrounds.
Serving as an oasis in the north-west highlands of Queensland, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is spectacular gorge country with emerald waters, lush vegetation and sandstone ranges. It’s is also an important corridor for migrating birds.
The Riversleigh Fossil Site has provided more knowledge on mammal evolution in Australia than any other. Because of its unrivalled richness, the expanse of time covered by its record, and the quality of the fossils it yields, Riversleigh was World Heritage listed in 1994.
Discover a wealth of cultural and natural heritage within Carnarvon Gorge, an enormous formation of towering white sandstone cliffs and chasms filled with rainforest, caves, rock art and wildlife.
Upon your arrival in Brisbane today you are met and greeted by our friendly and professional crew. (There will be one pickup from Brisbane Airport at 12.30pm. Hotel pickups in Brisbane are available prior to this). We then depart Brisbane airport early this afternoon en route to Toowoomba, situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range. Enjoy a tour of this strong regional city before checking in to the Burke and Wills Hotel. Meals: D
This morning we enjoy a wander through Queens Park and visit the Cobb & Co Museum for an informative tour. Leaving Toowoomba, we cross the rich and fertile plains of the Darling Downs before visiting Dalby, home to the largest grain receival depot in Queensland. We pass through Chinchilla and Miles before arriving into Roma where we enjoy a tour at the Big Rig Oil Patch.
Tonight we stay at the Roma Explorers Inn. Meals: B.L.D
Note: Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge has closed for the 2020 season.
We continue north into the Carnarvon National Park. An oasis in the heart of Queensland, Carnarvon National Park is characterised by towering white sandstone cliffs and pockets of rainforest. Well known for its incredible abundance of wildlife, the park is home to over 180 species of birds, 90 reptiles, 22 frog species and six species of gliders. It's also a refuge for Australia’s two monotremes, the Platypus and Echidna.
There are numerous guided walks available in the park, depending on your level of fitness. Your guides will help you choose the walk that's right for you. Spot an elusive Platypus on a gentle nature trail or, for the more seasoned walkers, head up the gorge to Moss Garden where water seeping out of the limestone supports a lush carpet of mosses and ferns.
This afternoon we depart Carnarvon Gorge and travel to Emerald. Emerald is a coal mining town, responsible for the export of over 14 million tonnes of coking and thermal coal each year and home to a number of prosperous gemfields with the industry producing world class sapphires.
We overnight at the Maraboon Motor Inn. Meals B.L.D
This morning we visit Fairbairn Dam and Lake Mooraboon, the holding dam for the local irrigation area and a popular fishing spot. We then head further west on the Capricorn Highway to the small townships of Alpha and Jericho before visiting the Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine. Passing through the historic little town of Ilfracombe, we arrive into Longreach late this afternoon.
We spend the next two nights at Saltbush Retreat, a boutique outback lodge. Meals: B.L.D
Longreach is one of Queensland’s most prosperous regions. Today we visit the Qantas Founders Museum which houses a Boeing 747 and the airline’s first 707. Enjoy a tour inside both aircraft and wander through the exceptional museum before visiting the famous Stockman’s Hall of Fame. We’ll also visit the School of Distance Education. This afternoon we enjoy a cruise on the Thomson River, followed by dinner on the riverbank.
Enjoy a delicious 2 course meal around the campfire followed by an evening immersed in the spirit of Harry Redford in ‘Starlight’s Spectacular’ sound and light show. Meals: B.L.D
This morning we depart Longreach and head for Winton, stopping along the way to visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. Enjoy a guided tour before arriving into Winton, a town with a rich history and links to the Great Shearer’s Strike, Qantas and Waltzing Matilda. This afternoon we visit Lark Quarry Conservation Reserve, containing the world’s only record of a dinosaur stampede. We overnight at the Boulder Opal Motor Inn in Winton. Meals: B.L.D
Enjoy a visit to the Waltzing Matilda Centre before continuing north west to Cloncurry, passing by the Walkabout Creek Hotel at McKinlay which featured in the legendary film ‘Crocodile Dundee’. In 1928 John Flynn established the Aerial Medical Service in Cloncurry which took his caring service to remote homesteads and communities. We enjoy a visit to the John Flynn Museum before continuing to Mt. Isa, arriving late afternoon. We spend the next two nights at the Red Earth Hotel, a luxurious boutique style hotel in the centre of town. Meals: B.L.D
Mt. Isa began as a mining town following the discovery of substantial deposits of lead in 1923. It is now one of the world’s top 10 producers of copper, silver, lead and zinc. Enjoy a town tour before visiting the ‘Outback at Isa’ centre where we take an underground tour of the Hard Times Mine. Afterwards we visit the unique Riversleigh Centre which interprets the World Heritage listed fossil sites at Riversleigh. This afternoon enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or stroll through the CBD of Mt. Isa. Meals: B.L.D
Departing Mt. Isa early this morning we make our way towards Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. En route we visit Riversleigh, which was inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 1994 for being one of the most significant fossil deposits in the world. We take a site walk with an experienced guide before continuing to Adel’s Grove, a stunning little spot located on Lawn Hill Creek. We spend the next 2 nights here in motel style cabins with private bathroom facilities. Meals: B.L.D
The name ‘Adel’ comes from the initials of Albert de Lestang. In 1920 he took up some land which was once a miner’s lease and transformed it into an experimental Botanic Garden. By 1939 Albert had planted over 1,000 species of exotic and native plants, shrubs and trees and supplied the Botanic Gardens of the world with seeds produced by his nursery. Today the Brisbane Botanic Gardens still hold 536 different samples of seeds sent to them by Albert de Lestang.
This morning, enjoy a visit to magnificent Lawn Hill Gorge. Activities include a guided walk and tranquil cruise. There are also canoes available for those looking to get out and explore the gorge’s beautiful waterways under their own steam. Afterwards, return to Adel’s Grove for lunch followed by an afternoon at your leisure. Meals: B.L.D
This morning we head north and meet up with the Savannah Way. Enjoy a brief stop at Camp 119, the most northerly camp of the Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860/61. We then continue on to Karumba, which came to importance in the 1930’s as a stop-over point for flying boats on the run from London to Australia.
This afternoon enjoy a special Sand island sunset dinner cruise in the Gulf. Enjoy local seafood while watching a sensational gulf sunset. (Includes wine and beer. Alternative meals are available). We overnight at the End of the Road Motel. Meals: B.L.D
This morning we catch one of the world’s last great characters of rail travel – The Gulflander*. This historic little train takes us on a journey to Critters Camp before we re-board our coach and continue on to Georgetown. From here we head south to Cobbold Gorge, a geological wonderland set on Robin Hood Station. We overnight at Cobbold Village in modern cabins with ensuite bathroom facilities. Meals: B.L.D
*subject to avilability
After breakfast we take part in a 2-hour river cruise on Cobbold Gorge. The gorge stretches for approximately 6km and consists of a series of waterholes bound by spectacular rocky cliffs. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Undara Volcanic National Park, which protects the longest lava tube cave system in the world.
Today a local Savannah guide will take us on a tour through the lava tube cave system. Created when the Undara Volcano erupted over 190,000 years ago, the lava that poured out was enough to fill Sydney Harbour three times over. The lava flows lasted a long time, which allowed the outer edge to cool while the interior kept flowing, creating the tubes seen today. This afternoon we arrive at Undara Experience and check in to our unique accommodation, consisting of restored railway carriages*. All rooms feature private ensuite bathrooms. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the outdoor style restaurant as the outback sunset fades into a clear starlit night. Meals: B.L.D
*Train carriage accommodation cannot be guaranteed. Other accommodation types used include modern and spacious pioneer cabins.
Departing Undara we begin the final leg of our journey to Cairns. On the way we pass through the scenic Atherton Tablelands and visit the stunning Millaa Millaa Falls. We arrive into Cairns mid-afternoon and check in to the Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, located on the esplanade. Here we enjoy our final dinner together in the hotel restaurant and celebrate our adventures through Outback Queensland. Meals: B.L.D
After breakfast enjoy a free morning before being transferred to the airport or your accommodation if staying on in Cairns. Meals: B
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