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16 Day Australian Icon Experience: Adventure in Far North Queensland

Cairns - Longreach

12 days of fully guided touring in Queensland’s stunning outback

Visit Longreach, Winton, Burketown, Karumba, Cairns + more

Enjoy a range of iconic Aussie experiences

Premium ensuite accommodation

All meals while on tour

From $7,599 Typically $8,599 pp Twin Share

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Description


A truly unique travel experience bringing together some of Queensland’s iconic outback destinations combined with the best of Far North Queensland. Starting in historic Longreach, let our guided tour take you on a journey that encompasses far flung outback historic towns, mesmerising landscapes, unique regional attractions along with infamous Gulflander and Savannahlander train experiences. Visit iconic Aussie spots such as the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Qantas Founder Museum, home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Walkabout Creek Hotel, the Burke & Wills Roadhouse, the Undara Lava Tubes and much more!

Heading towards the Far North Queensland coast we set you free to explore this amazing region. After settling in to your Cairns accommodation including water views, collect your hire car and hit the road to experience the region’s top attactions including The Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas, Mission Beach, Kuranda Railway and plenty more!

 

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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16

Day 1

Longreach

Arrive in Longreach, the heartland of Queensland’s Outback. You will be met by your Tour Guides and driver and host at either Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport and transferred to your central accommodation for the next two nights. Meet fellow travellers at the Tour Welcome Supper and hear about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour briefing by your driver and host.  

Accommodation: Longreach Motor Inn

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2

Longreach

Explore Longreach on an introductory town tour of  then wander the fascinating themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. Enjoy some free time in downtown Longreach for a spot of outback retail therapy followed by lunch. Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas. View interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft, and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles, then take your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Relax under the stars savouring a table service two-course camp oven themed dinner, as our talented outback entertainer performs live on the river stage.

Accommodation: Longreach Motor Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3

Cloncurry

We follow the Matilda Way via Winton to Kynuna and the Blue Heeler Hotel for a slice of Australian folklore.  It was here that Banjo Paterson brokered a truce with the shearers who had burnt down the Dagworth woolshed and 143 jumbucks.  Rather than shoot each other, they sang Waltzing Matilda and both ‘swagman’ and ‘squatters’ sank their last drinks at the bar.  Next stop will be the Walkabout Creek Hotel made famous in the movie blockbuster Crocodile Dundee.  Late afternoon in Cloncurry we discover the great Australian story of our Royal Flying Doctor Service at John Flynn Place; one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world.  

Accommodation: Gidgee Inn, Cloncurry.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4

Adels Grove

Journey around 180km north of Cloncurry on a sealed road to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to the beautiful Gregory River for a relaxed picnic lunch. The river is spring fed and the water is crystal clear.  We’ll then travel a largely unsealed section of road around 90km to Adels Grove, an oasis in the outback and just 10km from the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park. The park features breathtaking gorge country, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. On arrival at Adels Grove, your accommodation for the next two nights, enjoy some free time to explore your surrounds before dinner. 

Accommodation: Adels Grove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5

Adels Grove

After breakfast, you’ll board a solar powered pontoon boat for an hour long guided cruise along tranquil Lawn Hill Creek and the breathtaking Lawn Hill Gorge.  Have your camera ready to capture the gorge’s vivid orange sandstone cliffs towering above emerald green waters. Join a guided interpretive tour on one of the many walks the Park has to offer featuring natural and cultural sites. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure in this stunning location. Tonight we’ll watch the beautiful sunset from Harry’s Hill.

Accommodation: Adels Grove

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6

Karumba

Leaving Adels Grove today we’ll head east on the Gregory-Lawn Hill Road then travel north to Burketown along State Route 84. Enjoy a short break in Burketown for morning tea and local stories then relax with a picnic lunch at Leichhardt Falls.  In Normanton, take a selfie with Krys the life-size statue of the largest saltwater crocodile ever caught. See the Purple Pub and Queensland’s earliest surviving and heritage-listed Burns Philp store. Arrive in Karumba in time to capture your first memorable Gulf sunset.  

Accommodation: End of the Road Motel, Karumba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7

Karumba

Discover the amazing secrets of the mighty barramundi at The Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf strain of this iconic fish.  Your tour of this state of the art Interpretive Centre includes the opportunity to feed a Barramundi.  Enjoy free time after lunch to explore the town or to simply relax and take in this beautiful location.  Late afternoon, we’ll cruise the Gulf of Carpentaria to toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the skies.

Accommodation: End of the Road Motel, Karumba

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8

Cobbold Gorge

Travel to Normanton for a nostalgic rail journey on the famous Gulflander, affectionately called the ‘Tin Hare’. Visit the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown. See the impressive mineral collection display at the TerrEstrial Centre. Arrive at the hidden outback oasis Cobbold Gorge in time for sunset drinks overlooking the stunning infinity pool!  

Accommodation: Cobbold Gorge Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9

Cobbold Gorge

Enjoy a tour of the magnificent sandstone gorge on this privately owned cattle station. The gorge is stocked with a variety of native fish and freshwater crocodiles. On a guided cruise, you’ll glide silently between towering cliffs in a specially designed, battery powered punt. Join an optional walk to the top of the escarpment for awesome views of the gorge below from the glass bridge!

Accommodation: Cobbold Gorge Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10

Mount Surprise

Enjoy a light lunch at the Einasleigh pub with its quirky miniature furniture collection and see the impressive rock formations of Copperfield Gorge. We take a scenic drive to Mount Surprise before heading on to the Undara Experience. This afternoon we join a guided tour of the incredible Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flows from a single volcanic crater. Enjoy learning about the geological and historical features pointed out and explained by your Tour Guide. 

Accommodation: Undara Experience, Mount Surprise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11

Cairns

Travel through contrasting landscapes and Forty Mile Scrub National Park to Woodleigh Station. Take a tour through the original homestead built in 1876 and learn how hard life was for Queensland’s early settlers. See the cattle yards and hear the story of the cattle’s journey from paddock to plate. Relax with morning tea in view of their giant 100-year-old bougainvillea and take a stroll around their expansive gardens.  See the cool, fresh water tumbling over old basalt lava flows at Malanda Falls as we continue on to Atherton Tablelands and an enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest, Lake Barrine. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest ecosystems in the world as you cruise this beautiful lake.  Next we board the Savannahlander in Mareeba for a unique outback rail experience on this classic 1960s ‘silver-bullet’ railmotor.  Enjoy Happy Hour and the incredible views on the descent into Cairns.  

Accommodation: Rydges Esplanade, Cairns

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12

Cairns

Transfer to your post tour accommodation at the Cairns Esplanade. Settle in to your Suite Room with water views of Trinity Bay. Enjoy the warm weather of the city of Cairns and its many attractions. Pick-up your hire car in preparation of exploring the main tourist destinations that Far North Queensland is famous for.

Accommodation: Cairns Esplanade

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13

Cairns

Explore the stunning regions and iconic tourist attractions of Far North Queensland all with the freedom of your SUV hire car. 

Our suggestion: head north and experience the magnificent and ancient Daintree Rainforest

Accommodation: Cairns Esplanade

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14

Cairns

Explore the stunning regions and iconic tourist attractions of Far North Queensland all with the freedom of your SUV hire car. 

Our suggestion: spend the day relaxing on the beautiful Mission Beach

Accommodation: Cairns Esplanade

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15

Cairns

Explore the stunning regions and iconic tourist attractions of Far North Queensland all with the freedom of your SUV hire car. 

Our suggestion: spend the day exploring the beautiful town of Port Douglas

Accommodation: Cairns Esplanade

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16

Cairns - onwards

Check out of your hotel and head onwards to your next destination, or get ready to go home refreshed!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • 12 Day fully guided tour of Queensland’s historic and stunning outback
  • Experience the iconic Savannah and Gulf railways
  • All en-suite accommodation whilst on tour
  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Longreach to Cairns
  • Touring with our Savannah Guides Operator driver and host
  • All tour meals
  • Arrival transfer from Longreach Airport or Railway Station
  • 4 nights’ post tour accommodation on the Esplanade at the Cairns Plaza Hotel in a Suite
  • 3 Day Compact SUV Car Rental with unlimited km's + 24hr roadside assistance 

 

Tours and Activities

  • Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach
  • A night out in Longreach at the legendary Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show 
  • See the Walkabout Creek Hotel (featured in the classic movie Crocodile Dundee)
  • Discover the story of our Royal Flying Doctor Service at John Flynn Place
  • Visit spectacular Boodjamulla National Park
  • Cruise along tranquil Lawn Hill Creek and the breathtaking Lawn Hill Gorge
  • Guided tour of the incredible Undara Lava Tubes
  • Tour of the magnificent sandstone Cobbold Gorge
  • A picnic lunch at Leichhardt Falls
  • Travel to Normanton for a journey on the famous 'Gulflander' 
  • Board the Savannahlander in Mareeba for a unique outback rail experience + more!

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Vaccinations and medications recommended by the tour doctor
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, drinks and
  • Meals away from the group
  • Mini bar and other hotel costs not specified 

 

Important information:

Accommodation: 

  • On tour: a range of motels and motor inns, all featuring en-suites
  • Cairns (post-tour): the Cairns Esplanade in a self-contained suite

Fitness Levels: To undertake most Off Train Experiences a moderate level of fitness is required, including the ability to walk and balance on uneven ground. Sensible walking shoes are required. Tours include short and long distance walks with varying degree of difficulty from moderate to challenging, and often over uneven ground or including steps. Passengers need to be aware of the high temperatures which may be experienced in the outback.

Changes & cancellations: If, due to government imposed border restrictions a cancellation or change is necessary then a credit will be issued for the same trip in future. If you simply change your mind about your trip, contact us for your best options. 

Child policy: Children under 18 are permitted on this tour with an adult. Children rates are available for ages 4-14. Some guided tours are not suitable for children.

Baggage Allowance: One small to medium sized suitcase pp, at a maximum weight 20kg. One piece of hand luggage/day pack may be carried onboard the coach.

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