Travel arrangements commence on the day before the tour departs.
Your adventure begins with a flight to the beautiful city of Adelaide. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Ask us about a range of optional activities available or simply take a stroll along the newly redeveloped Riverbank precinct or go shopping at nearby Rundle Mall.
❱ 1 night: Grosvenor Hotel or similar
Adelaide travellers will be met at home and transferred to the Central Bus Station to join the tour. Interstate travellers will be picked up from the Grosvenor Hotel.
A delicious boxed breakfast will be provided to you as you travel aboard our luxurious air-conditioned motor coach from Adelaide. This morning, we begin travelling along Main North Road through the Northern suburbs on our way to Burra in the mid North. Here, we enjoy a welcome morning tea stop before continuing along the Barrier Highway to Peterborough and Yunta. After a stop for lunch, we travel through the Barrier Ranges to Broken Hill arriving mid-afternoon. After a little time to relax, we enjoy a delicious 2-course dinner this evening.
❱ 1 night: Desert Sand Motor Inn
Wake up to a stunning Outback sunrise before departing on our journey along the country roads. We tour through Wilcannia which was once a busy paddle steamer river port. We then continue to Cobar for our lunch stop, before heading on to Bourke, a beautiful historic town that is set on the banks of the Darling River. The town is renowned for its history, nature & country hospitality and was once a major 19th century river port & trading post.
❱ 1 night: Bourke Riverside Motel
We begin our day with a short tour of Bourke, a surprisingly pretty township situated in the middle of the Outback.
Later, we travel to Cunnamulla where we stop for lunch. This town was where the bullock teams once passed through and shearers spilled from bar windows. Today, the town is known for its natural beauty & Outback hospitality. Continue to Charleville, the town where the first Qantas Airmail flight departed from in 1922. The many classic heritage buildings built here include the historic Corones Hotel & Queensland National Bank Building which reflect the wealth & importance of the town in the early 20th Century.
❱ 1 night: Charleville Waltzing Matilda Motor Inn
After breakfast, we travel north to Blackall, a town recognised as the site of the mythical ‘Black Stump’. See the Jack Howe memorial in town – a tribute to the man who set a world record by shearing 321 sheep in 8 hours with hand shears! Continue to Barcaldine, a town that gained its place in Australian history as the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party. Labor had its beginnings here after the big shearers strike in 1891. The party was created under the “Tree of Knowledge” which still stands in the town. Later today, we continue on our journey along the Landsborough Highway to Longreach.
❱ 4 nights: Jumbuck Motel
This morning we begin a tour of this iconic outback township, which in the 1920’s was the original base for Qantas. Visit the Qantas Founders Museum to hear about the history of Australia’s national airline. Qantas is one of the world’s oldest airlines – founded in Winton on 16 November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited. The newly renovated museum tells the story from the early days in Outback Queensland to the present day. Characters of the early Qantas days, their pioneering spirit and the impact the airline had for all Australians, is brought to life through life size exhibits, historical artefacts and interactive displays including the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar. As part of your visit, you can visit the main exhibition hall, Catalina Flying Boat, the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar containing replica DH-50 & DH-60 aircraft as well as the Boeing 707 & 747 aircraft. In 2020, the museum opened its new Airpark Roof which features a 9m high viewing platform that overlooks the entire museum. Later today, we visit one of Australia’s most famous & most visited attractions – the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame provides an amazing insight into Australia’s history. There’s plenty of time to explore the five galleries of the museum marvelling at the achievements of the early settlers. Enjoy lunch at the museum cafe (own expense) before wandering back to your hotel.
Enjoy an exciting stagecoach ride at the only place in Australia where you can experience what it’s like to gallop in a Cobb & Co stagecoach. You’ll know you’re in the Outback as you head off across the old Longreach to Windorah mail route. This afternoon, you’ll be picked up and taken to the banks of the Thomson River. Board a historic paddle wheeler for a sunset cruise, followed by a hearty Stockman’s Dinner around the campfire. Enjoy bush poetry followed by the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Show featuring a special movie commissioned by the Kinnon’s to celebrate the local legend Harry Redford.
This morning after breakfast we tour through Matilda Country! The area is famous for its artesian bores which receive their water from the Great Artesian Basin. Banjo Paterson is reputed as having written our iconic Waltzing Matilda here in 1895. Visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum’s Collection Room & Laboratory. Here, you can view an amazing collection of fossilized dinosaur bones from the prehistoric age. Later, we visit an amazing Waltzing Matilda Centre, rebuilt to honour the story of the origins of Waltzing Matilda and the history of Winton and the story of the great shearers strike which resulted in the formation of the Australian Labor Party. We return to our accommodation at Longreach.
This morning after breakfast, we begin our journey from Longreach to possibly Australia’s most iconic and well-known township and hotel, Birdsville. We drive through the tiny township of Stonehenge to Windorah. After a stop for lunch at the Windorah Hotel we travel along the developmental road to Betoota and arrive at the Birdsville Hotel.
❱ 1 night: Birdsville Hotel
After breakfast, we begin our journey along the rugged Birdsville Track. We travel through the great Stony Desert and later into the Tirari Desert before stopping for lunch at Mungerannie. We continue along the Birdsville Track which travels on the outskirts of Lake Eyre before arriving in outback Marree for our overnight stay.
❱ 1 night: Marree Hotel
This morning after breakfast we travel South to Lyndhurst and into the Northern Flinders Ranges to Brachina Gorge and later Bunyeroo to Hawker before continuing to Quorn for our overnight stay. After dinner we travel to a location in Quorn to enjoy a spectacular night attraction as well as watching the Quorn Silo begin to glow at sunset and spring to life under a million stars! You will learn and enjoy a celebration of the Flinders Ranges, the Pichi Richi railways and the local stories of the area’s ancient heritage. We return to our accommodation for our overnight stay in Quorn.
❱ Great Northern Lodge or similar
Today we begin our leisurely tour back to Adelaide. We drive South to the small town of Wilmington and then Melrose to Laura, and through the Mid-North to the Clare Valley. Later in the afternoon we travel to the Merino sheep breeding areas of South Australia’s Mid-North before arriving into Adelaide later in the afternoon. Adelaide travellers will be met on arrival at the Adelaide Central Bus Station and transferred home by chauffeured vehicle.
Stay the night on return to Adelaide and fly home the following day.
On our tour’s return to Adelaide, you will be taken to your hotel in the city centre. The next day, enjoy some time at leisure to explore Adelaide. Ask us about optional tours that are available today. Later, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.
❱ 1 night: Grosvenor Hotel or similar