Outback Queensland Adventure

Australia is a unique land in many ways. Celebrate its quirks and hidden jewels during this 14-day itinerary. From a museum dedicated to a famous bush ballad, to a veritable ‘dinosaur country’ – a treasure trove of ancient fossils, you will see a side of Queensland you never knew existed.


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14 Days From $6,795* per person, twin share

Cairns > Brisbane

Discover the fascinating beginnings of the Australian oil and gas industry, learn about the role a small town in the heart of Queensland played in World War II, find out what is so special about the shire of “Curry”, and take home the prized Tambo Teddy. Travel to Winton, the birthplace of the famous ‘Waltzing Matilda’, and perhaps you can still hear the poet’s ghost humming the ballad as you pass through.

Trip Inclusions: 

  • Fully escorted touring with up to 32 guests
  • 2 exclusive scenic enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 4 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 memorable special stay
  • 29 Meals - 14 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 12 Dinners
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Highlights:

  • Visit the original home of QANTAS
  • Enjoy a day on the farm at Wambiana Station in Charters Towers
  • Learn about Australia’s dinosaurs
  • Be awe inspired at the Cosmos Centre in Charleville
  • Experience glamping during your stay in Longreach
  • Discover the secrets of Brisbane on a city tour

Departures: 22 September 2021

Tour code: AOBC




Itinerary

Day 1 - Cairns

Welcome to Cairns, gateway to the Tropical North of Queensland. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay. Feel free to explore the city at your leisure. You’ll find yourself perfectly located, just a short stroll from the Esplanade Boardwalk.  Meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers tonight for a welcome dinner.

Meals Included: Dinner


Day 2 - Cairns > Charters Towers

Heading south along the coast road to Townsville. With more than 320 days of sunshine each year, Townsville is home to World Heritage-listed national parks and lush tropical gardens. Head west to the Queensland outback. Our stay for the next two nights is at Charters Towers. A booming town during the gold rush of 1880s, it was home to the first regional stock exchange in Australia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3 - Charters Towers

Enrich: Spend today with Lyons family on their home and workplace – Wambiana Station. The deep roots the family has formed with the land has helped them build a wealth of knowledge about life on a cattle station, living in the bush and sustainable grazing practices, that they will be happy to share with you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 - Charters Towers > Cloncurry

Following the Overlanders Way, travelling through the towns of Hughenden and Richmond and you will come across an area known as dinosaur country because of the many discoveries of bones from marine reptiles found in this region that had once been an inland sea. Cloncurry is affectionately known as “the Curry” by locals. It is the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor service. Enjoy a two night stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 - Mt Isa

Visit to John Flynn Place Museum, you will discover the Australian visionary who began his flying doctor experiment in 1928.Then travel to Mt Isa, a town that came into existence because of the vast mineral deposits found in the area. Mount Isa Mines is one of the most productive single mines in world history, based on the combined production of lead, silver, copper and zinc. Take an underground mine tour and visit the Outback at the Isa complex.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 6 - Cloncurry > Winton

Travelling to Winton, we visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, dedicated to a song and the place where Banjo Patterson wrote the famous bush ballad. Overnight stay in Winton.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7 - Winton > Longreach

This morning visit the Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. The museum houses the largest collection of unique dinosaur fossils in Australia. A farmer whilst mustering in 1999 found the first dinosaur bone fossil in the region. Upon arriving in Longreach, head to your special glamping stay for two nights.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Longreach

Start the day with the Qantas Founders Outback Museum to inspect the original 1922 hangar used by the departing flights, the Boeing747-200, and the first ever Qantas Jet passenger aircraft registered in Australia. At the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, learn about the brave and intrepid explorers, the stockman, and aborigines of pioneering Australia.

This evening enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Thomson River.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9 - Longreach > Charleville

See the Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine, the reputed birthplace of the labour movement in Australia.

Enjoy a stop at the country town of Tambo. When wool prices crashed in 1992, a group of locals started making unique teddy bears from wool pelts and stuffed them with wool and thus the Tambo Teddy was born. Located on the Warrego River, Charleville was named after its Irish pioneers’ hometown in Ireland. It was the location of the Cobb & Co factory in the late 1890s. Your overnight accommodation is at Charleville.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 10 - Charleville > Roma

Learn about army life for the United States armed forces that were located in Charleville during WWII before visiting the Charleville Cosmos Centre. Roma is the centre of a rich pastoral and wheat-growing district. Full of country charm, it is home to Australia’s largest cattle-selling centre. Tonight, join the Big Rig Night show to discover the unique history of Australia’s oil and gas industry in Roma. Enjoy a two night stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 11 - Roma

Enrich: With our local guide, discover all the hidden secrets of Roma. Begin your day with a Welcome to Country from a member of the local Mandandanyi tribe. Hear the stories of Roma’s history including a visit to the Rosedale Orchards.


Day 12 - Roma > Brisbane

We will travel through Chinchilla and Miles. Cross the Great Dividing Range to the Darling Downs and Dalby, the wheat capital of Queensland. Before stopping in Toowoomba, Queensland’s largest inland city. It is home to many parks and gardens as well as a growing urban coffee culture. Our special stay is located a short stroll from the Brisbane River and close to the heritage listed Anzac Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 13 - Brisbane

Freechoice: Discover Brisbane on a city tour or take the croc express to Australia Zoo. Alternatively visit Lamington National Park and experience a thrilling tree Top canopy walk at O’Reillys Rainforest retreat.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 14 - Brisbane

It is time to say goodbye to your newfound friends and head home, taking wonderful memories with you.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above.


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