Queensland Outback & Gulf Country Explorer

 16 to 27 August 2018

Tour Highlights

  • Venus Gold Battery
  • Hughenden
  • Kronosaurus Korner
  • Flinders Discovery Centre
  • Porcupine Gorge
  • John Flynn Place RFS
  • Mt Isa
  • Riversleigh Fossil Centre
  • Isa Experience Centre
  • Outback at Isa Centre
  • Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Karumba
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre
  • Crab & Croc Cruise 
  • Croydon Mining History
  • Iconic Gulflander
  • Forsayth By Night walk
  • Cobbold Gorge
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Full day on the Savannahlander

Thursday 16 August 2018

Sydney to Charters Towers


This morning we meet at Sydney at 8.30am for our non-stop flight to Townsville. (Passengers joining at Townsville need to be at Townsville Airport prior to 1pm.) When we arrive, we’ll be met by our friendly coach captain and we’re ready to go! We’ll stop to purchase some lunch before our afternoon drive to Charters Towers. Here we visit the Venus Gold Battery, Queensland’s oldest gold stamp battery for a guided tour. We’ll enjoy an insight into the city’s incredible real-life gold rush of the late 19th century then check into our motel.

Friday 17 August 2018

Charters Towers – Hughenden


Following a hearty breakfast, we begin our journey to Hughenden. We are entering an area which was once a prehistoric inland sea. We are officially in “dinosaur country” when we hit Hughenden. On our arrival, we’ll take a brief look around – see “Mutt”, a full-bodied Muttaburrasaurus replica along the way. Early afternoon, we visit the Flinders Discovery Centre; here we see “Hughie”, the seven-metre tall Muttaburrasaurus, and an impressive fossil collection. Mid-afternoon, we drive out to the spectacular Porcupine Gorge National Park, often referred to as Australia’s Little Grand Canyon. The first lookout gives us an indication of the depth and magnitude of the gorge and is a must-see in the Queensland Outback.

Saturday 18 August 2018

Queensland Outback – Hughenden – Mt Isa


This morning as we head to Richmond which is known as the “Fossil Capital of Australia”. Here we visit Kronosaurus Korner Complex which includes Fossil Display (containing over 500 specimens) and scale replicas of Kronosaurus queenslandicus!! The centre was designed to display local fossils from the Cretaceous Inland Sea that covered a large section of Queensland 120 million years ago which Richmond is the geographical centre of. We watch an 8 minute movie in the theatrette which will have us stepping back in time to our prehistoric past. Meet Kronosuarus Korner’s founder Rob Levers as he and his brother Ian take us through their amazing story of the discovery of the Richmond Pliosaur. Travelling further west to Julia Creek for lunch then continuing to our afternoon stop, is Cloncurry which has a name for being Australia’s hottest spot and it is also the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We visit John Flynn Place – a modern facility for people of the Inland and an important preservation of the beginnings of the RFDS. The last leg of today’s journey through the Queensland Outback sees us arrive in Mt Isa.

Sunday 19 August 2018

Exploring Mt Isa


We spend the day exploring Mt Isa. The town’s existence and its main financial base is the huge Mount Isa Mine, the world’s largest single producer of copper, silver, lead and zinc. We can’t visit the actual mine but we do the next best thing at the Outback at Isa complex. Above ground is a ‘one-stop shop’ offering exciting and diverse activities – from the fascinating Laboratory Tours at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre to the inspiring gallery exhibits and films at Mount Isa Mine Theatrette inside the Isa Experience. We can also discover the Isa’s own version of Queensland Outback in this gallery through audio-visual presentation of the region’s Indigenous, early-settlement and mining history. Our final visit of the day is to the Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum. Looking around the museum we’ll realise the significance of this underground hospital.

Monday 20 August 2018

Mt Isa to Kurumba


We’re up early again today as we retrace our steps to Cloncurry. Here we join the Burke Developmental Road heading north towards the Gulf of Carpentaria and Normanton. We briefly enjoy some of the sights of Normanton including a photo opportunity with Krys, the largest crocodile ever shot! a true Outback Queensland marvel, read the story about its capture and wonder your reaction if you had come face to face with Krys. We now make our way to Karumba for the next two nights.

Kurumba Croc Bright

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Relaxing in Kurumba


Karumba, originally a telegraph station established in 1870, during the 1930s the Royal Mail Service Operated Empire Flying boats from here to Asia and Europe. The town is located on the mouth of the Norman River and is now the centre of the prawn industry in the Gulf of Carpentaria. We have a free morning we begin our touring. Our first stop is the Barramundi Discovery Centre. Learn about the unique strain of Barramundi in the Gulf. Late afternoon we board the Crab & Croc Cruise to watch the sky and sea turn into fire with this peaceful and relaxing cruise. We’ll sip on a glass of wine, taste some freshly cooked Gulf Prawns and a tropical fruit platter as the sun sets.

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Kurumba to Forsayth


This morning we have a true Queensland Outback experience at the Normanton Railway Station when we board the Iconic Gulflander which still runs from Normanton to Croydon but our trip today takes us only as far as Critters Camp where our coach will meet us. After morning tea, we head east to Croydon. This old gold mining town was once the biggest in the Gulf and today it still has some interesting buildings. It was reckoned that there were once 50,000 gold mines in the area and reminders of these are scattered all around the countryside. Just after Georgetown, we leave the main road for Forsayth.

Thursday 23 August 2018

Cobbold Gorge


Today we head “down the road” to Robin Hood Cattle Station & Cobbold Gorge, were we take a guided tour of Cobbold Gorge. This Gorge is unique, hidden away within the rugged sandstone formations of Outback Queensland. Our tour includes a flat bottom boat cruise of the Gorge, a short walk onto the escarpment for freshwater crocodile viewing and a visit to John Corbett’s grave. Our afternoon is free as, after dinner, we take a guided walking tour “Forsayth By Night”. This interactive tour provides entertaining insights to the history and characters from a by-gone era through the best of bush story telling traditions.

Queensland Outback

Friday 23 August 2018

Forsayth to Undara


Today we head to Mount Surprise which is the gateway to the Undara National Park. Our destination is the Lava Lodge, set in thousands of square kms of pristine tropical Savannah woodlands. This afternoon, we have a tour of the Undara Lava Tubes. These amazing underground tunnels formed thousands of years ago when the volcano Undara erupted and the tunnels were gouged out by the lava flow. Our accommodation tonight is in specially restored antique railway carriages nestled in the bush.

Saturday 24 August 2018

The Savannahlander


After enjoying our breakfast, we are now ready for our next Queensland Outback adventure as we board The Savannahlander – one of the great rail journeys in Australia – in a 1960’s classic “silver-bullet” railmotor. This unique outback rail experience travels through the Savannah country  making a couple of stops before reaching the Tablelands where it winds its way through the wet tropics area of the Kuranda range down to Cairns. Our journey finishes at Cairns Railway Station at approximately 6.30pm and we will transfer to the Pullman International for our final two night’s accommodation.

Sunday 25 August 2018

Cairns Free Day


Today is totally at your leisure – a free day to anything you like! Take a cruise to the reef, tour the Daintree, or Kuranda shop – or just relax

Monday 26 August 2018

Depart Cairns 


Late morning we transfer to Cairns Airport, for our direct flight, arriving back in Sydney mid afternoon after a wonderful outback Qld Experience

Bookings Close Wednesday 11 July 2018

Join tour at Townsville Airport  1pm 16 August & Leave tour in Cairns on 27 August (No Flights) $3,600 per person Twin Share or $4,300 single

Pre-tour accommodation including Breakfast & Airport Transfer available  $140pp

Group Airfares have been released just add best available airfare to above price.

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Telephone: 02 6331 1128 or 0418 337 263
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