Heart of the Outback Tour

14 day journey Brisbane to Cairns (or Cairns to Brisbane) - $5,791 per person, twin share.

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

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Brisbane to Cairns (Outback to the Reef) or tour in reverse - Cairns to Brisbane (Reef to the Outback)

FEATURES

  • Choice of an extended or sectional journey.
  • 14 day journey covers ten or more National Parks revealing a diverse range of experiences.
  • Enjoy the scenic and emotional wonders of Australia’s outback and tropical North Queensland, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 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.

Brisbane – Longreach Section

  • 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 tree

Longreach – Cairns Section

  • Wonder at the abundance of vast open space, once a pre-historic inland sea, home to terrestrial dinosaurs and marine reptiles.
  • Roam the fluted channels and sculptured watercourse of colorful and remote Porcupine Gorge.
  • Step into a volcanic lava tube and later watch the sun set over a vast savannah land.
  • Walk in the tranquility of a world heritage, wet-tropics rainforest with plant species of ancient lineage,135 million years old.
  • Enter the world of estuarine crocodiles, the giant flightless bird (Cassowary), the sights and sounds of nocturnal wildlife

Journey across the lush tropical Atherton Tablelands

  • Enter the bird hide of Hasties Swamp to spot elusive migratory species.
  • Stand on the edge of a precipitous crater where an explosive volcanic eruption of gases once blasted a vent through the solid granite.
  • Care for a refreshing dip at the Millstream falls, the widest in Australia? 
  • Visit one of Australia’s premier community conservation programs, discovering the flora and fauna of the 5000 acre Mareeba Wetlands and Savannah lands.

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 INCLUSIONSpalm tree

  • 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 entry
  • Blackall Wool Scour entry
  • Lava Tubes interpretive guide
  • Hughenden dinosaur display entry
  • Drover’s Camp breakfast.
  • Outback Station fees
  • Daintree interpretive guide
  • 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 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:

NATURE-BOUND AUSTRALIA – OUTBACK TO THE REEF TOUR
14 DAYS -  BRISBANE TO CAIRNS

 

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 travelling 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 travelling 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

 

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Day 9

We travel the rough bush roads from Longreach to Hughenden via Muttaburra and imagine the dinosaurs which once roamed the country, the hardships endured by character settlers
Accommodation : Hughenden motel, 2 nights

Day 10

Day walk exploring remote Porcupine Gorge NP. Laid down over hundreds of millions of years this gorge is as raw, harsh and remote as you can imagine, the dry converting to an oasis of beautiful pools and wildlife in the event of rain. 

Day 11

We continue our remote outback travels from Hughenden to the Undarra Volcanic Lava Tubes in time for a half day tubes and wilderness walk and sunset viewing over wild savannah lands The lava tubes are regarded as the finest example of their kind in the world, once stretching for 160 kms across the Queensland outback. There will be evening entertainment or an informative presentation by resident guides relating to natural history of the region
Accommodation in restored rail carriages or established tour camp

Day 12

We rise for a short walk and a hearty bush breakfast at the ringers camp before travelling on to the contrasting and lush Atherton Tablelands for various walks in a selection of smaller National Parks, including the Millstream Falls, the Mt Hypipamee Crater, crater lakes and falls.
Accommodation: Atherton motel

Day 13

Additional walks and features of the Atherton Tablelands will complement a
special wildlife wetlands tour of the Mareeba Wetlands, a proud community driven conservation project based around the flora and fauna of wetland and savannah habitats
Accommodation: Mareeba motel

Day 14

We travel to the world heritage wet tropics and the Daintree wilderness for a partner operated, guided tour and a day in the world’s oldest rainforests.
Late afternoon we travel the scenic tropical coast and tourist havens to our journeys end in Cairns arriving early evening

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

NATURE-BOUND AUSTRALIA – OUTBACK TOUR
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 travelling 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 travelling 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.

NATURE-BOUND AUSTRALIA – OUTBACK TOUR
8 DAYS - LONGREACH TO BRISBANE

PRE

Schedule your connecting arrival flights into Longreach for the previous day

Day 1

A full briefing over breakfast at our Longreach Motel to kick-start the tour.
We commence our activities with a day in Longreach in the heart of the outback. Time for a fascinating visit to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centrex, 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 and opening insight into the spirit of the outback people.
Accommodation: Longreach Motor Inn

Day 2

We leave Longreach 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 before travelling through station properties to the quaint little town of Tambo.
.Accommodation: Tambo Village motel

Day 3

Today we travel from Tambo to Carnarvon Gorge 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:  Carnarvon Wilderness Lodge, 2 nights

Day 4

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 5

This morning we embark on a half day walk / climb to the rim top of Carnarvon Gorge or indulge in some relaxation at the lodge. After lunch we head south for the central service town of Roma famous for its cattle industry sales, discovery of oil and natural gases and its town avenues of the unique Bottle Trees.
Accommodation : Regional Town Motor Inn

Day 6

We travel from Roma to the Bunya Mountains through rich grain and cotton growing areas enjoying feature heritage displays, abundant bird life, and a short afternoon walk to the highest point in the Bunyas. There is abundant wildlife to be enjoyed around our mountain retreats.
Accommodation: Mountain cottages, 2 nights

Day 7

Today a 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 8

We conclude our journey in Brisbane travelling through picturesque, rolling rural country from Bunya Mountains NP enjoying  walks in the Glasshouse Mountains NP plus a leisurely lunch at a boutique winery in the peanut growing region of Kingaroy
Our journey will end in Brisbane late afternoon / early evening.

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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