Outback Queensland Adventure

14 Days
Brisbane to Cairns
From (AUD)
$ 7,345
Dates & Pricing

2022 Brisbane > Cairns

A land of fossils and folklore

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.
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. Of course, no Queensland experience is complete without a visit to Australia’s crowning glory, the natural wonder of Great Barrier Reef, and you will have many opportunities to explore its kaleidoscopic corals with an expert.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
AOBC
Duration:
14 days
Departure City:
Brisbane
Return City:
Cairns

Selected Itinerary

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Brisbane

    Welcome to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for your overnight special stay. Feel free to explore the city at your leisure. You’ll find yourself perfectly located, just a short stroll from the Brisbane River and close to the heritage-listed Anzac Square. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers tonight for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Brisbane > Roma

    Heading north west, our first stop is Toowoomba, Queensland’s largest inland city. It is home to many parks and gardens as well as a growing urban coffee culture. Cross the Great Dividing Range to the Darling Downs and Dalby, the wheat capital of Queensland. We will travel through Chinchilla and Miles before arriving in Roma for our two-night stay. Join the Big Rig Night show to discover the unique history of Australia’s oil and gas industry in Roma.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Roma

    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.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Roma > Charleville

    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. Learn about army life for the United States armed forces that were located here during WWII before visiting the Charleville Cosmos Centre. Enjoy an overnight stay in Charleville.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Charleville > Longreach

    Today’s first stop is 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. See the Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine, the reputed birthplace of the labour movement in Australia. Upon arriving in Longreach, head to your special glamping stay for two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Longreach

    Start the day with the Qantas Founders Outback Museum to inspect the original 1922 hangar used by the departing flights, the Boeing 747-200, 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

  7. Day 7 - Longreach > 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. This afternoon 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. Your overnight accommodation is at Winton.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Winton > Cloncurry

    Cloncurry is affectionately known as “the Curry” by locals. It is the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor service. During your visit to John Flynn Place Museum, you will discover the Australian visionary who began his flying doctor experiment in 1928. Stay for two nights in Cloncurry.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Mt Isa

    Spend the day in 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

  10. Day 10 - Cloncurry > Charters Towers

    Following the Overlanders Way, travelling through the towns of Richmond and Hughenden, 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. Our stay for the next two nights is 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - Charters Towers > Cairns

    Farewell the Queensland outback as we head east to the coastal town of Townsville. With more than 320 days of sunshine each year, Townsville is home to World Heritage-listed national parks and lush tropical gardens. Following the coast, our final stop for two nights is in Cairns.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Cairns

    Freechoice

    Soar over the Atherton Tablelands in a hot air balloon flight at sunrise or journey through magnificent rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway before returning by Skyrail. Alternatively, take a day trip to Cape Tribulation and experience the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, or enjoy a Great Barrier Reef day trip to the Outer Barrier Reef. Snorkel amidst the labyrinth of coral with an instructor and enjoy underwater observatory on a semi-submersible boat.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Cairns

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

    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. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Explore the original home of Australian icons such as QANTAS and the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Enjoy a day on the farm with the Lyons family at Wambiana Station in Charters Towers
  • Learn about Australia’s dinosaur history and the story that inspired Waltzing Matilda at Winton
  • Be awe inspired at the Cosmos Centre in Charleville
  • Experience glamping during your stay at Mitchell Grass Retreat in Longreach
  • Discover the diverse marine life of the Great Barrier Reef

Handcrafted inclusions
  • Fully escorted small group land journey
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 4 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 28 Meals- 13 breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability