Monday 6 March
Wednesday 1 March
Welcome to our 9 day LADIES ONLY Outback Queensland tour.
Wednesday 1 March - Thursday 9 March 2017
Deposit on booking $500.00
$3350.00 T/S ($710.00 s/s)
This “circle tour of Central Outback Queensland features many natural and historic attractions. The area around Winton “reeks” of days gone by when swagman would roam the dusty roads looking for work. At Longreach we get the chance to learn about the early history of Queensland’s vast cattle industry at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. This is a tour of contrasts, characters and amazing scenery. Join us for an unforgettable 9 day tour.
PS – remember Outback nights can get pretty cold – have some warm clothes & closed in shoes.
GYMPIE TO DALBY dinner
Welcome to our 9 day ladies tour to Central Outback Queensland.
Morning pickups, time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Stopping for BYO morning tea at Goomeri. We now head to Maidenwell where the walkers in the group can walk down the 150 or so steps to the waterfall. We now proceed to the Bunya Mountain Café for BYO lunch, then on to Dalby and our first night’s accommodation. Dalby and the surrounding Western Downs Shire are at the centre of rich coal and natural gas reserves which underpin the power generation industry for SE QLD. The region is also renowned for its rich agricultural land. Overnight - The Country Pathfinder Motor Inn
Thursday 2 March
Ladies Only Outback Queensland Tour - 9 days
DALBY TO CHARLEVILLE breakfast, lunch, dinner
After breakfast we follow the Warrego Highway west to Charleville stopping at The Big Rig, Roma for a light lunch. We enjoy a short tour of the Oil Patch, which features a giant 1920 Emsco Rig, the last steam driven rig in Australia, as well as the first diesel powered rig and several large trucks and other equipment. A series of 12 interactive and informative panels, audio presentations and landscape diorama showing the Roma landscape some 300 million years ago, provides the interpretation. This afternoon we continue through to Charleville. This evening there is an opportunity to visit Charleville’s Cosmos Centre. The centre is an audio visual extravaganza featuring hi-tech interactive displays that take us on an astronomical journey through the ages, unravelling many mysteries of our night sky. Tonight we can enjoy the open-air observatory and view the outback night sky.
Dinner and overnight - Charleville Motel
CHARLEVILLE TO LONGREACH breakfast, dinner
After a hearty breakfast we continue north to Blackall, home to the legendary gun shearer Jackie Howe and where he set the almost unbelievable record of shearing 321 sheep with blade shears in a day. A bronze statue now stands as a monument to the man and the achievement. From Blackall we head west to Isisford, a charming little settlement which has not changed significantly since the turn of the century. Banjo Paterson wrote Clancy of The Overflow here and today we will purchase our own lunch at Clancy’s Overflow Hotel. We continue onto Ilfracombe where we have an opportunity to “wet the whistle” at the famous Wellshot Hotel or take a short wander along the Folk Transport Museum on the side of the road. From here it’s onto Longreach, a town which has played a significant role in the early development of central Queensland and outback Australia. Dinner & Overnight Albert Park Motor Inn,
Friday 3 March
LONGREACH breakfast, dinner
This morning we will commence a sightseeing tour of the town, where we can really step back in time – at Kinnon & Co in the main street. Their Station Store has an amazing range of traditionally made leatherwear and a treasure trove of historic nostalgia. We then cross over to the Stockman's Hall of Fame and see the Outback Stockman's Show. This new show, which opened in April 2012, tells the story of real life stockmen and women who work on the land. The Outback Stockman’s Show 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. We can purchase our own lunch in the café here before spending some time in the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. After lunch we will uncover some national treasures, such as the historic 1922 QANTAS hanger, at the QANTAS Founders Museum where you can purchase your afternoon tea. The historic photographs, memorabilia and multi-media displays bring alive the inspirational stories of one of the world’s pioneering airlines. Tonight we enjoy a sunset cruise “nibblies and drinks” on the Thomson River - a timeless waterhole. It will be a fantastic night. Overnight Albert Park Motor Inn,
Saturday 4 March
LONGREACH TO CLONCURRY breakfast, dinner
Leaving Longreach we travel to Winton (Waltzing Matilda Centre) then on to Kynuna and McKinlay where you can purchase your lunch at the ‘Walkabout Creek Hotel’. (Scene of the ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Film). After lunch we head to Cloncurry and stop at John Flynns Place for afternoon tea. We travel through vast open plains and Coolibah lined creeks. From the highway we can see the “jump up” – a rugged mesa plateau formation that stands 75 meters above the surrounding plains. It’s in this area that there have been some ground breaking dinosaur discoveries.
Dinner and Overnight: The Gidgee Inn, Cloncurry.
Sunday 5 March
CLONCURRY TO CHARTERS TOWERS
breakfast & dinner
We have an early start today as we head east along the Flinders Highway through Julia Creek and onto Richmond. We’ll stop to visit Kronosaurus Korner for a guided tour of Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. The museum displays local fossils from the inland sea that covered a large section of Queensland 120 million years ago. We also have time to purchase lunch before continuing through to Hughenden, said to be located on the edge of Australia’s ancient inland sea, and the site of a replica Muttaburrasaurus. Hughenden is on the Flinder's River, the longest in Qld. and is the centre of a large sheep and cattle grazing area. Later we arrive into Charters Towers in time to check into our motel and freshen up for dinner.
Overnight - Cattlemens Rest Motor Inn, Charters Towers.
CHARTERS TOWERS TO EMERALD
breakfast, lunch and dinner
This morning we take a brief tour of Charters Towers, founded in the 1870s when gold was discovered by chance at Towers Hill in 1871. The town hosted its own stock exchange and a school of mines which produced the nation’s mining experts for many years. The remains of those days have mostly disappeared but there are many major Australian companies that owe their existence to the early boom years of Charters Towers. We can see the former Stock Exchange and many of the small offices and banks from when this was one of Australia’s busiest inland towns. We now head down the Gregory Developmental Road, stopping en-route for our picnic lunches. Once in Emerald we take a look at the National Trust listed Railway Station, built in 1900. The station, restored in 1986, is a truly beautiful building with its wrought iron lacework and pillared portico. We can also view an ancient fossilised tree aged 250 million years outside the Emerald Town Hall.
Overnight – Midlander Comfort Inn, Emerald.
Tuesday 7 March
EMERALD TO BILOELA
breakfast & dinner
After breakfast we board the coach and journey toward Gracemere. Along the way we will stop at Dauringa for morning tea break. This quaint little town boasts some historic buildings of interest. Gracemere is the home to the largest cattle Sales Facility in the Southern Hemisphere. Less than 10km from Rockhampton this is not surprising. We head onward to Mount Morgan for lunch and a Town and Mine Tour. Continuing down the Burnett Highway, the inland track to home, we head to Biloela for the night. Biloela is a diverse township with the Callide Open Cut Coal Mine nearby and boasting the third biggest abbatoir in Queensland.
Overnight – Silo Motor Inn, Biloela.
Wednesday 8 March
BILOELA TO HOME
Leaving the Outback behind us we head for home stopping at Monto for Morning tea and Gayndah for lunch, and arriving home after a wonderful short tour of the Outback.
Thursday 9 March