BRISBANE TO LONGREACH - HEART OF THE OUTBACK TOUR

8 days Brisbane to Longreach (or Longreach to Brisbane) - $3,545 per person twin share

DEPARTURES: March, April, May, June, August

Please contact us for dates and availability.

FEATURES

  • Choice of an extended or sectional journey.
  • 8 day journey covers four or more National Parks revealing a diverse range of experiences.
  • Enjoy the scenic and emotional wonders of Australia’s outback
  • Share daily encounters with Australia’s unique wildlife far from invasive crowds.
  • Immerse yourself in the life and times of legendary bush people and the Australian spirit.
  • Visit a landscape of volcanic plugs and learn of their role in Aboriginal dreamtime legend.
  • Savour the invigorating mountain air, magnificent forests and abundant wildlife of the Bunya Mountains sacred Aboriginal feasting grounds.
  • Enter a world of stinging trees, strangler figs, bald areas and curious grass trees that are neither grass or tree.
  • Awake with the dawn chorus of our colorful and charismatic King Parrots, Rosellas, Galahs and laughing Kookaburras.
  • Share the dusk or dawn with trusting Kangaroos and Wallabies.
  • Travel through rich grain, cotton, cattle and natural gas fields.
  • Explore the 200m deep 30 kms long Carnarvon Gorge with its towering white sandstone walls and picturesque “rock-hopping” creek.
  • Share magic moments spot lighting for our nocturnal animals.
  • Travel the “wilderness way” and remote pioneering trails to the heart of the Queensland outback.
  • Tap into Australia’s great underground water source, The Great Artesian Basin.
  • Immerse yourself in remote outback station life and the resilient character of its people.
  • Celebrate the legendary feats of bush heroes at The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Center

TRANSPORT

Journey in a luxury air-conditioned 4WD Landcruiser or purpose built 18 seater coach with forward facing recliner seats, seat belts and panoramic windows. Vehicles are equipped with remote area travel safety and communications facilities.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Tour staff includes a professional tour guide and driver/assistant guide.
Typical guide to guest ratio is 1:7

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation selected from facilities close to National Parks and trail heads, invariably in character settings. Includes mountain cottages, motor-inns, environmental or wilderness lodges. Twin or triple share with private facilities.

DINING

  • Full dining inclusions with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
  • Morning and afternoon teas.
  • Wine with dinner on most nights, if you wish
  • End of tour celebration dinner
  • We vary dining settings to take in local delicacies and spontaneous interaction with local people.

SPECIAL INCLUSIONS

  • Tour transport and guides
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Pre-tour briefing and meet ‘n greet
  • Local guides and guests, as available.
  • Roma Big Red entry
  • Carnarvon  nocturnal wildlife guide.
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame and other entries
  • Informative travel reference kit

PLUS

  • Access to our on-tour field library.
  • Provision of field binoculars
  • “Wish you were here” digital images capturing your adventures down under, emailed to friends and family selectively during the journey.
  • Spontaneous travel treats and a tour memento.
  • Pre-tour planning advice to maximize your enjoyment of the experience
  • Advice and assistance with any pre and post tour travel requirements.
  • Satisfaction knowing we operate under a responsible travel ethic.
  • Enjoyment of a small group environment – typically, 10 to 15 participating guests.

WHAT TO COVER

You will only need to cover your free time and personal costs, pre and post travel arrangements relating to the start / conclusion of the tour, all connecting flights and your personal travel insurance.

GUIDED WALKS

Participation in all walks is optional, enticing and rewarding, requiring a moderate degree of fitness. Make this a “wellness” holiday, relaxed or as active as you wish.

TOUR DATES

Please contact us for dates and availability.

ITINERARY

8 DAYS - BRISBANE TO LONGREACH

 

Pre departure administration, tour briefing, Meet ‘n Greet
Convened in Brisbane 6.30pm the evening before tour departure

Day 1

We commence our journey in Brisbane traveling through picturesque, rolling rural country to the shield volcano ranges of  the Bunya Mountains NP enjoying  walks in the Glasshouse Mountains NP and Bunya Mountains NP plus a leisurely lunch at a boutique winery in the peanut growing region of Kingaroy
Accommodation: Mountain cottages, 2 nights

Day 2

Day walk in Bunya Mountains NP featuring  the world’s finest stand of Bunya Pines, Hoop Pines, Strangler Figs and Grass Trees and a compelling insight into the Aboriginal history, feasting on the Bunya Nuts

Day 3

We travel from the Bunya Mountains to Roma or Injune through rich grain and cotton growing areas enjoying feature heritage displays, abundant bird life, the unique Bottle Trees.
Accommodation : Regional Town Motor Inn

Day 4

We travel from Roma / Injune to Carnarvon  NP watching in anticipation as the great white escarpment emerges
On arrival we embark on a half day walk / climb to the rim top of Carnarvon Gorge followed by an evening nocturnal wildlife spotting.
Accommodation:  Wilderness Lodge, 2 nights

Day 5

A full day walk in Carnarvon Gorge with its many scenic creek crossings, feature side gorges and expansive Aboriginal Rock Art galleries, primitive ferns, inspiring amphitheater, bird and wildlife.

Day 6

Today we travel from Carnarvon Gorge to Tambo along the historic Wilderness Way through the great central highlands, steeped in pastoral pioneering, explorer and bullock team pathways, early massacres resulting from the conflict between indigenous peoples and new settlers.
Time permitting, we will include a walk in the remote Salvator Rosa NP with its imposing Spy Glass mountain peak
Accommodation: Tambo Village motel

Day 7

We leave Tambo for the outback Station of Avington, a typical remote working property which has seen both good times and challenges, through droughts and flooding rains. We’ll share some the realities of remote endeavor in the outback, historic rivers and waterholes important to inland wildlife and the subject of  legends.
Accommodation: Avington homestead or traveling on to a Longreach Motor Inn.

Day 8

Early morning we travel the back roads from Avington Station to Longreach in time for a fascinating visit to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Center, one of the finest national exhibits in Australia and paying tribute to the explorers, pioneers, stockmen and ringers, Aboriginal peoples and the women of the outback who helped to open up our vast country, The tyranny of distance challenges all but not so the isolated children and educators at the School of Long Distance Education where we hope to tune into the largest classroom in the world,  live with a lesson in progress. A memorable experience.
Accommodation: Longreach Motor Inn
Schedule departure flights from Longreach the next day.

Travel days offer a broad variety of special features reflecting the location at the time.

Please contact us for dates and availability.

 

 
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