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  • 6-7 Days Queensland Outback Explorer

    Escape the city and head to Longreach in Central Queensland to a world where the cattle, sheep and kangaroos outnumber the humans! Many of the stories and legends of Australia's pioneering days were born here. Grab a group of friends and head to the outback. Two packages available.

    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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    Now two packages: Bronze Star and Silver Star from $1,929 after GCash credits.

    If you are from Probus, compare the price of the Silver Standard trip for $2,699 to Trade Travel or Viva Holidays. Get an extra day, with Spirit of the Outback train trip, PLUS save $700 or more per person off their prices.

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    • If you are from Probus, compare the price of this trip to Trade Travel or Viva Holidays. Get an extra day plus save nearly $700 per person off their price.

    Trip Highlights

     

    This is an incredibly popular trip and 2020 being Qantas' 100 year anniversary there's even more to enjoy. Our member price is the best available saving you at least 25% off normal retail. Early booking is required.

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $1,929 twin-share (+ $994 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

    Drover's sunset cruise dinner & show

    The colours of the outback come alive at sunset as you glide down the Thomson River aboard the Longreach Explorer. As the vibrant sunset colours fade into starlight, dock at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.

    Outback Stockman's Dinner & Show

    This live Outback Stockman’s show tells the story of real-life stockmen and women who work on the land. It encompasses the modern-day aspects of being a stockman, as well as telling the tales of what it used to be like in the past. Enjoy a delicious dinner as you watch the show.

    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.

    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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    Camden Park Station sunset tour

    Embark on a personalised tour of the famous Camden Park Station. Visit a circa 1920 shearing shed and gain an insight into the history of grazing in the Outback on this extensive station tour. Enjoy nibbles at sunset under the stunning outback sky – an unforgettable experience!

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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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    Visit a working station on Stathmore Smoko Tour

    Meet Maree at Strathmore Station who will share her passion for station life on a personalised tour; learn about Santa Gertrudis cattle and Merino wool production. Back at the homestead you’ll have time to wander the tranquil gardens and enjoy some warm Outback hospitality including the delicious home-baked morning tea.

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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.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    Self-guided for independent travellers
    From $1,929 twin-share (+ $994 GCash credits)
    • 3 towns/places of interest visited
    • 5 nights' Bronze standard accommodation
    • 4 lunches
    • 5 dinners
    • 7 excursions/activities
    • Return flights from Brisbane
    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    Self-guided for independent travellers
    From $2,699 twin-share (+ $948 GCash credits)
    • 1 day and night aboard Spirit of the Outback train
    • 5 nights' Silver standard accommodation
    • 6 full breakfasts
    • Extra lunch and dinner
    • Return flight to Brisbane
    • Local tour manager for groups
    • Transfers

    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.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Now two packages: Bronze Star and Silver Star from $1,929 after GCash credits.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

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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.

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $1,929 twin-share (+ $994 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 flights Brisbane to Longreach

    Return direct flights from Brisbane. (Spirit of the Outback train journey is optional. See Silver Star package below.)

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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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    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.

    local_activity
    Drover's sunset cruise dinner & show

    The colours of the outback come alive at sunset as you glide down the Thomson River aboard the Longreach Explorer. As the vibrant sunset colours fade into starlight, dock at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.

    local_activity
    Visit a working station on Strathmore Smoko Tour

    Meet Maree at Strathmore Station who will share her passion for station life on a personalised tour; learn about Santa Gertrudis cattle and Merino wool production. Back at the homestead you’ll have time to wander the tranquil gardens and enjoy some warm Outback hospitality including the delicious home-baked morning tea.

    local_activity
    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.

    local_activity
    Camden Park Station sunset tour

    Embark on a personalised tour of the famous Camden Park Station. Visit a circa 1920 shearing shed and gain an insight into the history of grazing in the Outback on this extensive station tour. Enjoy nibbles at sunset under the stunning outback sky – an unforgettable experience!

    local_activity
    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.

    local_activity
    Outback Stockman's Dinner & Show

    This live Outback Stockman’s show tells the story of real-life stockmen and women who work on the land. It encompasses the modern-day aspects of being a stockman, as well as telling the tales of what it used to be like in the past. Enjoy a delicious dinner as you watch the show.

    local_activity
    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.

    restaurant
    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.

    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 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 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 (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. 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.)

    "It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

    Logistics Start City/Location Brisbane: Your group meeting place. (Start time is flexible.)
    End City Brisbane: Your group meeting place.
    Meeting & Pick-up Arrangements* If there are multiple pickups, we will advise timing in advance.
    Duration 3 days
    Departure Time 2.00 pm
    Return Time 5.00 pm

    info * All charter group tour packages are flexible. Talk to us about meeting place and pickup arrangements that suit you and your group.

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $1,929 twin-share (+ $994 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

    DAY 1: BRISBANE - LONGREACH

    Join us this afternoon as we 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 sleeper cabin.

    (Meals: dinner)


    First-class train experience onboard Spirit of the Outback

    DAY 2: LONGREACH

    We will arrive in Longreach in the afternoon. After disembarking, you will have some time to settle into your central accommodation before joining your tour friends for a delicious stone-grilled dinner at Ringers restaurant.

    (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    DAY 3: LONGREACH

    Today you have the opportunity to live the real outback as you explore a historic working station. After breakfast, we'll head off on a guided tour of Nogo Station. In the historic shearing sheds, you’ll meet the merinos and marvel as the wool story unfolds. Then experience a station safari by open-top double-decker with a spectacular view of the vast plains where wedge-tailed eagles fly and local wildlife mingles. 


    Explore the working Nogo Station

    In the afternoon, we'll embark on a relaxing sunset cruise along Thomson River. As the vibrant sunset colours fade into starlight, we dock at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Relax under the stars with table-service dining featuring camp-oven themed modern cuisine. Live on stage, talented musical performers will entertain you with their songs and stories.

    (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    DAY 4: LONGREACH

    After breakfast, we will journey to Strathmore Station to meet our guide Maree who will share her passion for station life on a personalized tour. As we tour the station, learn about Santa Gertrudis cattle and Merino wool production. Hear how these third-generation graziers made water run uphill with their award-winning water system. Back at the homestead, you’ll have time to wander the tranquil gardens and enjoy some warm Outback hospitality including the delicious home-baked morning tea.


    Stockmans Hall of Fame galleries

    In the afternoon, we will spend some time exploring the famous Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Museum before enjoying a unique dining experience as we watch the Outback Stockman's live show.

    (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    DAY 5: WINTON - LONGREACH

    Follow in the footsteps of Banjo Paterson and ancient dinosaurs on today's full-day Winton tour. After breakfast, we 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.

    In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at Ringers Restaurant.

    (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    DAY 6: ILFRACOMBE - LONGREACH

    Experience a sense of freedom and adventure as you spend your morning exploring the charms of nearby Ilfracombe. We will visit the Machinery Mile and Heritage Museum before making our way to the famous 12 Mile where you can discover a magnificent example of 19th-century craftsmanship. Returning to Longreach in the early afternoon, you have some independent time available.


    Camden park station tour

    Reunite with the group in the late afternoon for a personalized tour of Camden Park Station. Visit a circa 1920 shearing shed and gain an insight into the history of grazing in the Outback on this extensive station tour. Enjoy dinner at sunset under the stunning outback sky.

    (Meals: breakfast, dinner)

    DAY 7: LONGREACH - HOME

    Today is the last day of your epic outback getaway. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at a local cafe before heading to the Qantas Founders Museum. Spend some time exploring the museum and learning about Queensland's aviation history before joining a guided tour of the airpark.


    Uncover aviation history at Qantas Founders Museum

    We will then head to the airport in the afternoon for our flight home, marking the end of an unforgettable experience.

    (Meals: breakfast)

    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.

    All tours are flexible. This tour package is designed for a group of 6 or more on an exclusive group basis with the trip organiser managing the tour. However it also suits couples or smaller groups that can be organised as a tour group in which case a local guide will manage the tour.

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

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    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.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for 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. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required.

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    On multi-day tours where accommodation is supplied you will often have a choice of accommodation types at the same hotel or resort. 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. 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 small groups of up to 4 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 similar to "Self-guided" with the difference is that it is aimed at groups of 5 or more people. You run the tour as would a tour director.

    Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater self-drive commuter bus up to a chartered tour bus and driver. 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 if required.

    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 the same as "Group-guided" except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater self-drive commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a chartered tour bus and 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 a departure date that suits you. 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 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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