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Birdsville – Longreach – Winton

14 DAY TOUR

August 2019
Personally escorted by Linda Owen

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YOUR TOUR ESCORT

Linda Owen is an experienced travel agent with more than 10 years in the industry.

For all of our Gippsland Travel personally escorted tours, our tour escorts pride themselves on attention to detail and personal care. Linda will ensure that everyone travelling in her group will have a wonderful adventure.


Highlights:

  • Overnight Train – Outback Spirit
  • 2 nights in Brisbane
  • Outback Stockman's Dinner and Show
  • Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame
  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • Rosebank Station Morning Tea
  • Drover's Sunset Cruise
  • Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show
  • Welford National Park
  • Windorah and Cooper Creek Catchment
  • Betoota Ghost Town & JC Hotel Ruins
  • Sunset Sandhill nibbles Windorah
  • Sunset nibbles atop Big Red (Sand Dune)
  • Wirrarri Centre and Inland Hospital Ruins
  • Channel Country & the Birdsville Hotel
  • Min Min Light Encounter & Stonehouse Museum
  • Historic Middleton Hotel & Cawnpore Lookout
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Tour & Sunset Barbeque
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
 

Birdsville – Longreach – Winton

Linda toured the area in 2015 and found it a truly fascinating region.

Take in the spectacular landscapes, iconic landmarks and fascinating historical sites on this 14 day Birdsville Longreach, Winton round trip. Stay at the famous Birdsville Hotel, toast the Outback sunset atop Big Red, see where the Country meets the desert and visit the top dinosaur attractions in Winton.


SAMPLE ITINERARY

Brisbane – Longreach    

Depart Brisbane on a Qantas flight to Longreach.

 

Longreach     

Welcome to Longreach!   Sit back and hear the entertaining stockman's story at the Outback Stockman's Dinner and Show.

 

Longreach   

Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, telling the story of the founding of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts.  Meet the Smith Family at historic Rosebank Station for great hospitality and a relaxed homestead morning tea, then enjoy some free time in downtown Longreach.  Discover the inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame as you wander the five themed galleries.  Unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise, before the Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show.  Relax under the stars 
Windorah
Follow the mighty Thomson River floodplain to Windorah, said to be the only place in the world where two rivers form a creek! See magnificently contrasting colours in Welford National Park; golden green spinifex, white-barked ghost gums and stunning red sand dunes.  Take in the serenity with a picnic lunch in the National Park beside one of the many Coolibah-lined waterholes and then visit to Windorah.
  

 

Birdsville     

Heading west, see the JC Hotel Ruins, once part of the township site of Canterbury, before reaching Betoota – population zero!  Established in 1885 to collect cattle tolls and later a Cobb & Co change station, the last resident died in 2004, making Betoota a ghost town.  Take in spectacular views from Deon's Lookout and see the Dreamtime Serpent Indigenous artwork, an impressive hillside installation created with gravel and gibbers

 

Birdsville   

Stroll down to the banks of the tranquil Birdsville Billabong and see the well known Birdsville Racetrack.  Visit the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre to view local artists' work in their extensive gallery and explore the Inland Hospital ruins.

 

Boulia     

Take a close up look at the rare and ancient Waddi Trees.  See the Carcory Ruins, a remnant of early European settlement, and the flowing Artesian Bore. Explore the remote town of Bedourie, located on a sand dune overloooking the Eyre Creek floodplain.  See the historic Royal Hotel, built in the 1880s with adobe bricks and still very much in its original condition.  Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout.

 

Winton     

Visit Boulia's Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed Min Min Light phenomenon.  Explore the Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland, and home to an impressive Marine Reptile Fossil exhibit.  Travel a scenic drive to Winton stopping at Cawnpore Lookout to take in the stark flat-topped beauty of the Lillyvale Hills.  Call into the historic Middleton Hotel, originally a coach staging post, for entertaining yarns and a casual pub lunch.

 

Winton     

Visit the newly re-opened Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum dedicated to a song. Hear wonderful stories surrounding Winton's links to Australia's unofficial national anthem and explore the interactive and fascinating displays.  Visit other Winton attractions including the Musical Fence, Arno's Wall and the Winton Truck Museum.  A must see is the Australian Age of Dinosaurs for a guided interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room and NEW Dinosaur Canyon. Relax at a sunset barbeque overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed!

 
 

Longreach     

Depart Winton for an early transfer back to Longreach Railway Station travelling on the overnight rail journey on the Spirit of the Outback to Brisbane, or to the Longreach Airport.   

Longreach to Brisbane for two nights