Longreach, Winton & Outback Queensland
Coach, 10 days fully inclusive

2025
$3,340 per person twin share
$3,998 solo traveller

Inclusions:
Luxurious return coach travel & 9 nights quality accommodation including 4 nights in Longreach

  • Hearty breakfasts & delicious evening meals in the Hotels’ restaurants & lunches every day on the tour.
  • Fascinating day tours and entry to all attractions as per itinerary below

TOUR DATES

Tuesday, 17th June, 2025

TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY

Day 1- Sydney to Moree
After departing Sydney we will make stops throughout the day including lunch at the Muswellbrook RSL before arriving at Moree for our first night on tour. Although the town is quite remote, it is in the Gwydir Valley which has some of the richest and most productive agricultural country in Australia. The major industries are cotton, beef cattle, pecan-nuts, olives, wheat, sheep wool, cereal crops. Moree is also famous for its Hot Mineral Baths which originated in 1895. The baths were discovered accidentally when searching for irrigation water. These mercurial waters are from bores sunk into the Great Artesian Basin. Many people believe in the healing powers of the artesian mineral waters. We are staying at the Artesian Spa Motel tonight so you will have ample opportunity to bathe in their very own spa. Tonight’s contact number is 02 6752 2466 (L,D)

Day 2- Moree to Charleville
This morning, we head off early right after breakfast to express to Charleville stopping in St George for lunch at the Australian Hotel. Late this afternoon, we visit Charleville’s best-known attraction, the Cosmos Centre. The centre is an audio-visual extravaganza featuring hi-tech interactive displays that take you on an astronomical journey through the ages, unravelling many mysteries of our night sky. We return to the motel for dinner. Tonight’s stay is at the Mulga Country Motor Inn. 07 4654 3255 (B,L,D)

Day 3- Charleville to Longreach
Step into a world of whimsy and heartwarming tales when we visit Tambo Teddies. Stitched with love, we uncover the story of these beloved teddy bears, originally crafted by 3 local women determined to overcome the challenges of low wool prices and the unforgiving grasp of drought. Embark on a tour through the workshop and the world of fluffy wonder whilst enjoying lunch. At Ilfracombe we have time this afternoon to “wet the whistle” at the famous Wellshot Hotel. From here it’s onto Longreach, a town which has played a significant role in the early development of Central Queensland and Outback Australia. Arrive at the Longreach Motor Inn where you will be able to unpack for the next 4 nights. 07 4658 2322 (B,L,D)

Day 4- Longreach Local Day
Following breakfast, we head out for a local town tour to give you an overview of Longreach – home to some of the best attractions in Central Queensland. You’ll enjoy some free time today after our long drives so you can rest or take a walk into town to really get the flavour of this town with a population of just over 3,000. This afternoon we will rejoin the coach and depart for an in-depth experience on Outback Pioneers’ sunset cruise which was the original Thomson River Cruise and is still the favourite with its historic ‘Thomson Belle’ paddlewheeler or ‘Thomson Princess’ riverboat and its traditional riverbank entertainment, including a stockmen’s dinner around the campfire. As the sun goes down, the river is a peaceful environment of reflections and colour – perfect for photos. Then step ashore at our riverbank site and gather around the crackling fire for tales and bush poetry. Watch Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show featuring our exclusive movie about the adventures of Captain Starlight (aka Harry Redford). Enjoy an outback dining experience, entertainment and stories. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Winton
Today we see some dramatic and ever-changing scenery as we make our way to Winton. The area was once home to dinosaurs and is full of groundbreaking scientific discoveries and archaeological digs. Today we’ll have the opportunity to learn about this prehistoric phenomenon at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs. The centre hosts the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils and the largest fossil perpetration laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere. We enjoy morning tea here before heading into the township. It was here in Winton that Banjo Paterson wrote his famous poem about the swagman and jolly jumbuck and ‘Waltzing Matilda’ was heard for the first time in the North Gregory Hotel. We visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum in the world dedicated to a song and enjoy lunch here before travelling back to Longreach. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Longreach Legendary Attractions
Today’s adventure starts at the iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to experience the Outback Stockman’s Show. The show encompasses modern day aspects of being a stockman, as well as telling the tales of the past. Heading back to town we really step back in time – Kinnon & Co in the main street. Their Station Store has an amazing range of traditionally made leatherwear and a treasure trove of historic nostalgia. We take in the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show. Laugh at the antics of Australia’s most famous cattle duffer, Harry Redford or “Captain Starlight” – a mix of poetic story and Australian humour to create live theatre, outback style! It will be a lot of fun and we enjoy our Billy Can lunch as we watch. From here we uncover some national treasures at the QANTAS Founders Outback Museum. The historic photographs, memorabilia and multimedia displays bring the inspirational stories of a pioneering airline to life. (B,L,D)

Day 7- Longreach to Emerald
Departing Longreach this morning we retrace our steps to Barcaldine, a town steeped in the history of the early pioneers’ struggles – and the evolution of Australia as a nation. It was here that the famous shearers’ strike of 1890 took place. The “Tree of Knowledge” monument next to the Barcaldine Railway Station marks the spot where the Australian Labour Party was formed. From Barcaldine, it’s onto Alpha for our lunch. Alpha, known as “The Gateway to the West”, is an interesting mix of historic and modern buildings, changed by fire, flood and progress over the years. It was established in 1884 to serve railway construction workers and is still an important station on the line to the Central West. We have our afternoon stop at the Miners Heritage in Rubyvale where we take an interesting underground tour. For those of us who don’t want to go underground for a mine tour, there is a chance to fossick to find a treasure of our own or just sit and relax and enjoy a cuppa from the coach. The final leg of our journey today is to Emerald, the commercial hub of Central Queensland. Tonight we stay at the Mayfair Motel 07 4982 2284 (B,L,D)

Day 8- Emerald to Roma
We uncover Emerald this morning including the National Trust listed Railway Station, which is well worth a visit. Distinguished by the semi-circular roof to the pillared portico, it is arguably one of the finest public buildings in the Central Highlands. Outside the Town Hall we’ll see a 250 million years old fossilised tree unearthed from the banks of the Mackenzie River. From Emerald we head south to Roma, taking a look at Heroes Avenue where 93 bottle trees were planted memorialising the local men lost in the First World War. Each tree originally bore a brass plaque stating the name of the fallen soldier, however only one of these plaques survives and is on a cairn outside the post office. After dinner this evening we head out for tonight’s entertainment – Roma’s Big Rig Night Show. The Night Show is an outdoor cinema with an interactive display depicting a traditional oil rig site. The show itself is thoroughly entertaining, giving an overview of the discovery of Oil and Gas in Roma and the progression of the industry in Australia. Tonight is at Roma’s Explorers Inn 07 4620 1400 (B,L,D)

Day 9- Roma to Moree
After our night out last night, we have a leisurely start to the day before heading south, through St George and across the border retracing our steps to Moree, dinner is in the motel this evening for our final night on tour together. Tonight we return to the Artesian Spa Motel to wash off the red dust (B,L,D)

Day 10- Moree to Sydney
All good things must come to an end so, as we retrace our steps back to home, stopping for morning tea, lunch at Scone and a break before the Sydney traffic, we hope you have been filled with wonderful new memories of your journey through the magnificent Queensland Outback. Thank you for choosing to travel with us. (B,L)

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