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    Escape the city and head to Longreach in Central Queensland to a world where the cattle, sheep and kangaroos outnumber the humans!

    There's lots to love about the Queensland outback. Journey from Brisbane to Longreach on Spirit of the Outback and spend seven full days discovering all this spectacular region has to offer. Many of the stories and legends of Australia’s pioneering days were born here.

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    Trip Highlights

     

    This is an incredibly popular trip becaus ethe Lonreach people go out of their way to make your holiday truly memorable. There's a lot to enjoy about the Queensland Outback. The train trip sells out quickly. We have a limited number of railbed seats available.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $2,499pp twin-share [+ $1,287 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • Wildlife

    Spirit of the Outback first-class train journey

    The perfect Outback Queensland experience begins onboard the Spirit of the Outback, a journey through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain between Brisbane and Longreach.

    Starlights Cruise Experience

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of the outback as the sun sets over the horizon on this evening riverboat adventure. Cruise down the mighty Thomson River on a unique paddlewheeler or the Thomson Princess Riverboat. Enoy intimate performances and a two-course stockman’s dinner around the campfire.

    Cobb and Co Stagecoach Experience

    Hear the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Hear the rattle and creak of the coach. Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia! It’s exhilarating. It’s entertaining and there's a lot more included.

    More trip highlights:

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    Discover the historic town of Winton

    You can’t pack much more experience into an outback day! This memorable tour deeper into the Queensland outback gives you a local’s insight into the rich heritage of the Winton region, including the award-winning Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum.

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    Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

    The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. The centre’s five themed galleries proudly display the history behind some of Australia’s greatest and bravest explorers, stock workers, pastoralist, and Aborigines.

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    Explore the Qantas Founders Museum

    Visit the Qantas Founders Museum and uncover the story of Qantas from the early days in Outback Queensland to the present day. Explore the museum and enjoy a guided walk through the airpark.

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    Nogo Station experience

    It’s at Nogo Station that the Kinnon family really share their world. From the merino story in the historic shearing sheds to the cattle and camels on the amazing station safari, you’ll see it all through the eyes of your Kinnon family host.

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    Stonegrill dining experience at Ringers Restaurant

    Have your food stone-grilled right at your table, topped off with sides, salads, sauces and all-you-can-eat homestead dessert bar.


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    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $2,499pp twin-share [+ $1,287 GCash credits]
    • Return Railbed train service from Brisbane to Longreach
    • 7 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 2 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 5 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 6 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 restaurant dinner

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    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

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    Inclusions

     

    Our aim with this trip is to give you and your group a taste of outback Queensland's highlights and provide exceptional value while keeping the dollars as low as possible.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $2,499pp twin-share [+ $1,287 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    "Central West Queensland is known for its wide-open skies and breathtaking landscapes, steeped in rich history."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

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    Return train trip Brisbane to Longreach

    Spirit of the Outback train journey with Railbed class sets.

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    5 nights accommodation Longreach

    Comfortable rooms to relax in

    Your central accommodation provides easy access to the town and is a great place to base yourself from to explore it's landmarks.

    Motel suite rated Bronze standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.1+.
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    Explore Qantas Founders Museum

    Uncover aviation history at Qantas Founders Museum

    Visit the Qantas Founders Museum and uncover the story of Qantas from the early days in Outback Queensland to the present day. Explore the museum and enjoy a guided walk through the airpark.

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    Starlights Cruise Experience

    Starlights cruise experience

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of the outback as the sun sets over the horizon on this evening riverboat adventure. Cruise down the mighty Thomson River on a unique paddlewheeler or the Thomson Princess Riverboat. Disembark at a campground in the heart of the local bush and continue your outback experience with intimate performances and a two-course stockman’s dinner around the campfire.

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    Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

    Stockmans Hall of Fame galleries

    The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. The centre’s five themed galleries proudly display the history behind some of Australia’s greatest and bravest explorers, stock workers, pastoralist, and Aborigines.

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    Discover the historic town of Winton

    Visit Winton's famous dinosaur museum

    You can’t pack much more experience into an outback day! This memorable tour deeper into the Queensland outback gives you a local’s insight into the rich heritage of the Winton region, including the award-winning Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum.

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    Cobb and Co Stagecoach Experience

    Cobb and Co experience

    Hear the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Hear the rattle and creak of the coach. Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia! It’s exhilarating. It’s entertaining and there's much more.

    local_activity
    Nogo Station Experience

    Explore the working Nogo Station

    It’s at Nogo Station that the Kinnon family really share their world. From the merino story in the historic shearing sheds to the cattle and camels on the amazing station safari, you’ll see it all through the eyes of your Kinnon family host.

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    Stonegrill dining experience at Ringers Restaurant

    Have your food stone-grilled right at your table, topped off with sides, salads, sauces and all-you-can-eat homestead dessert bar.

    1 restaurant dinner

    Exclusions and options:

    • Other meals can be arranged at an affordable price
    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • A tour manager is included for groups

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This self-guided tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week. Travel on the Spirit of the Outback is subject to availability on preferred travel date.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash travel credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard price and full retail value comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what we estimate would be payable by a non-member for the same or similar package and may include a value we define for specialty travel agency services. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Longreach is an iconic, pioneering outback town, at once a long way from anywhere and filled with quintessentially outback attractions. Qantas was founded here in 1920 and these days it’s equally famous for the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre. Visit these and more on this fantastic 7 day Queensland Outback Explorer tour/travel package. (This itinerary includes features of the Silver Star package.)

    "If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It's Lethal." - Paul Coelho

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $2,499pp twin-share [+ $1,287 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

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    DAY 1
    BRISBANE - LONGREACH (1 NIGHT)

    Longreach is the heart of Outback Queensland and is home to attractions including the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum.

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    Spirit of the Outback

    Begin your exciting journey through QLD's outback

    Begin your exciting Central QLD holiday and board the spectacular Spirit of the Outback for the first-class train journey from Brisbane to Longreach. You will be travelling overnight so kick back, relax, and enjoy the the scenery and your "Rail Bed".

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    Relax with the property's large outdoor pool
    Comfortable rooms to relax in
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    5 nights accommodation Longreach

    Your central accommodation provides easy access to the town and is a great place to base yourself from to explore it's landmarks.

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    DAY 2
    LONGREACH (5 NIGHTS)

    About today:

    Spend 7 days exploring Central Queensland's outback

    Disembark in Longreach

    You will arrive in Longreach in the afternoon or evening. After disembarking, you will have some time to settle into your central accommodation before heading out for dinner at one of several great local restaurants. For up-to-date advice, ask your accommodation host for their recommendations.

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    Activities:

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    Stonegrill dining experience at Ringers Restaurant

    Have your food stone-grilled right at your table, topped off with sides, salads, sauces and all-you-can-eat homestead dessert bar.

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    DAY 3
    LONGREACH

    About today:

    Cobb and Co experience

    Cobb and Co Stagecoach experience from 10.00am

    On our Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience you’ll travel in a restored stagecoach on our award-winning tour – first at a leisurely pace through town and then full-tilt along a stretch of the original Longreach-Windorah mail route.

    Hear the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Hear the rattle and creak of the coach. Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia! It’s exhilarating. It’s entertaining. And it’s the closest you can get to feeling what it would have been like in the pioneer past.

    After the ride, depending on your itinerary, slow down with a traditional smoko (scones, jam, cream with tea). You'll also enjoy a classic Australian bush movie in retro cinema seats, followed by our Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show – a live performance featuring the very entertaining Kinnon boys. This is good old-fashioned fun for all the family and is a tribute to the old travelling shows.

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    Activities:

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    Starlights Cruise Experience

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of the outback as the sun sets over the horizon on this evening riverboat adventure. Cruise down the mighty Thomson River on a unique paddlewheeler or the Thomson Princess Riverboat. Disembark at a campground in the heart of the local bush and continue your outback experience with intimate performances and a two-course stockman’s dinner around the campfire.

    (Included)
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    Nogo Station Experience

    It’s at Nogo Station that the Kinnon family really share their world. From the merino story in the historic shearing sheds to the cattle and camels on the amazing station safari, you’ll see it all through the eyes of your Kinnon family host.

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    DAY 4
    LONGREACH

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    Explore the working Nogo Station

    Nogo station experience from 7.45am + more

    First up today you have the opportunity to live the real outback as you explore a historic working station. After an early breakfast, you'll head off on a guided tour of Nogo Station.

    Go on an open-top double-decker safari through the Australian outback on the Kinnon-family hosted Nogo Station Experience. Starting with a heritage tour of Longreach, you’ll then head out to Nogo Station’s historic shearing sheds, where you’ll learn about the prized Merino wool. From there, you’ll head out on safari across the vast outback plains, before wrapping up with a traditional pioneer ‘smoko’ under the gum trees at Captain Starlight’s Camp.

    Explore Qantas founders museum from 1.00pm:

    Visit the Qantas Founders Museum and uncover the story of Qantas from the early days in Outback Queensland to the present day. Explore the museum and enjoy a guided walk through the airpark.

    Stone grill dining experience at Ringers restaurant from 7.00pm:

    Treat yourself after a long day of driving and sightseeing in Queensland with a stone grill dining experience at The Welcome Home in Longreach. Get the most meal for your buck, and customize it how you want, with your own choice of meat and sides and an all-you-can-eat dessert bar. Cook your meat on a sizzling stone grill, a modern reinvention of traditional campfire cooking methods practiced by Australia’s 19th-century bushmen.

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    Activities:

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    Explore Qantas Founders Museum

    Visit the Qantas Founders Museum and uncover the story of Qantas from the early days in Outback Queensland to the present day. Explore the museum and enjoy a guided walk through the airpark.

    (Included)
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    Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

    The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. The centre’s five themed galleries proudly display the history behind some of Australia’s greatest and bravest explorers, stock workers, pastoralist, and Aborigines.

    (Included)
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    Cobb and Co Stagecoach Experience

    Hear the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Hear the rattle and creak of the coach. Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia! It’s exhilarating. It’s entertaining and there's much more.

    (Included)
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    DAY 5
    WINTON

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    Visit Winton's famous dinosaur museum

    Journey into Banjo Paterson country + more

    Discover the historic town of Winton from 6.45am:

    Follow in the footsteps of Banjo Paterson and ancient dinosaurs on today's full-day Winton tour. After breakfast, you will be transported 180 kilometers from Longreach to Winton, a town that holds a special place in local history and pre-history. Winton is known for its dinosaur fossils and the award-winning Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum is one of the highlights of the tour – an opportunity to learn more about the amazing creatures that once walked this part of the world.

    This is Banjo Paterson country too and the town’s landmarks pay tribute to this Australian hero. You’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch at the legendary North Gregory Hotel, before visiting the brand new Waltzing Matilda Centre.

    Starlights cruise experience from 4.45pm:

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of the outback as the sun sets over the horizon on this evening riverboat adventure. Cruise down the mighty Thomson River on a unique paddlewheeler or the Thomson Princess Riverboat, both designed for small tour groups – no massive ferry crowds. Disembark at a campground in the heart of the local bush and continue your outback experience with intimate performances and a two-course stockman’s dinner around the campfire.

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    Activities:

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    Discover the historic town of Winton

    You can’t pack much more experience into an outback day! This memorable tour deeper into the Queensland outback gives you a local’s insight into the rich heritage of the Winton region, including the award-winning Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum.

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    DAY 6
    LONGREACH

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    Stockmans Hall of Fame galleries

    Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame from 11.30am

    Bring your stockman's experience to life at the Stockman's Life LIVE show, along with a fully immersive cinematic experience showcasing virtual and real footage across a 16m screen, the smells of daily life and get in touch with the essence of the Australian Stockman.

    Includes - "Through the Gates" - Museum Galleries, Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery, "A Stockman's Life" - Live Show, Fully immersive cinematic experience.

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    DAY 7
    LONGREACH - RETURN HOME (1 NIGHT)

    About today:

    Spirit of the Outback

    Enjoy the rail journey back to Brisbane

    Today is the last day of your epic outback getaway. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at a local cafe before heading to the station fdor your trip back to Brisbane. What a great central Queensland holiday experience!

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $2,499pp twin-share [+ $1,287 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    Accommodation standards applied:

    Longreach

    Relax with the property's large outdoor pool

    Comfortable rooms to relax in

    Your central accommodation provides easy access to the town and is a great place to base yourself from to explore it's landmarks.

    Example Property Type:
    Motel
    Minimum Standard:
    Bronze standard

    About this

    Bronze standard: Self/externally rated as 3 to 4 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 50 to 70% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very good quality, clean and comfortable standard of accommodation including quality double or queen sized bedding, comfortable room decor, good range of facilities. Might or might not offer views from some rooms. The hotel is in a safe, central location or is in a good area within a short driving (bus or train) distance of the centre, and offers quality design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Motel suite

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    A flight is included for your trip back to Brisbane. Onward flights can be arranged from Brisbane to suit your requirements along with airport transfers and additional accommodation in Brisbane if required. If you have accumulated Australian Escapes Free Flights vouchers, these can be used to reduce the overall price (limits will apply).

    You can add days at the beginning and end of this trip. Let us know your thoughts and ideas and we'll tailor a travel plan for you that will provide great value. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people on a fully-self-guided basis.

    Accommodation is supplied in Longreach for 5 nights. It will be motel style rated Bronze standard rating or above. This means good quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and high quality.

    Yes, all activities are included and there is no more to pay.

    Yes, this tour includes six activities where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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