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14 days of Outback Queensland’s very best.

Experience the Outback on a 4WD adventure that takes you deep into the Queensland Savannah country. Visit the iconic towns of Charter Towers, Cloncurry, Mt Isa and Karumba as well as the Riversleigh Fossil site and ride the Gulflander Train. View complete itinerary

Trip code: GOCQ14
Duration: 14 days
Accommodation: To enhance your Outback experience
Journey: Cairns Return
Meals included: 38

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cairns

Upon arrival in Cairns, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Cairns, Paronella Park, Townsville

After a short tour of Cairns, visit Paronella Park and discover an incredible combination of 7,500 plants, trees and ferns. Admire the stunning view of the Hinchinbrook Channel and Seymour River on your way to Townsville.
Stay: Townsville, Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Townsville, Barcaldine

On your way to Barcaldine, stop by Charters Towers, then continue on the Overland Way through White Mountains National park and arrive at Torrens Creek. Pass through Moorrinya National Park before stopping at Aramac on the way to Barcaldine.
Stay: Barcaldine, Country Motor Inn
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton

This morning in Barcaldine, visit the Tree of Knowledge Memorial, the site of the 150-year-old tree used as a meeting place for shearers during their unsuccessful strike of 1891. During that strike, a connection was forged between unions to become what is now known as the Australian Labor Party. Continue to Longreach and visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, where you will enjoy lunch. Delve into Australia’s bush history at Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Later, travel to Winton, where bush poet Banjo Paterson wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda‘.
Stay: Two Nights: Winton, Boulder Opal Motel or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Winton, Lark Quarry

Head to Lark Quarry to visit the Dinosaur Trackways exhibit. Continue to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs exhibition for a guided tour of this 1,800-hectare site, home to the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the country. As part of your exclusive experience with APT, you’ll enjoy working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory. See 100-million-year-old bones and learn how professional tools are used. Afterwards, browse the displays at the Waltzing Matilda Centre and discover the history behind this iconic Australian song. Dine at your hotel this evening, before a visit to the iconic Royal Theatre.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Winton, Cloncurry

Travel on the Matilda Highway through Kynuna and learn about the iconic Blue Heeler Hotel and Walkabout Creek Pub on the way. Arrive in Cloncurry and tour the iconic John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery, created to honour Australian visionary John Flynn, who campaigned for better living conditions in remote Australia. It was in Cloncurry that John Flynn began his flying doctor experiment, with the first flight taking off from Cloncurry airport in 1928. Enjoy dinner later this evening.
Stay: Cloncurry, Gidgee Inn Motel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Mt Isa, Hard Times Mine

Enjoy a full day to explore Mt Isa. Explore the Underground Hospital and Museum, built in 1942 following the bombing of the Darwin Hospital. Afterwards, visit the Hard Times Mine. Descend in the Alimak Cage into the mine, as you learn about the hardship of working deep underneath the earth. Perhaps try your hand at the air-leg drill, and feel the earth shake.
Stay: Ibis Styles Mt Isa Verona
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Mt Isa, Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park

Head off-road into Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park and discover the fossil deposits dating back more than 25 million years of Riversleigh. Later, arrive at Adels Grove.
Stay: Two Nights: Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park, Adels Grove
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park

Marvel at the magnitude of Adels Grove Escarpment. Here, enjoy lunch before having the rest of the day at your leisure to make your own discoveries in the national park.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Savannah Way, Karumba

Travel through Gregory Downs and stop at Leichhardt Falls. Travelling on the iconic Savannah Way, arrive at Camp 119, the most northerly camp of the Burke and Wills expedition. Journey to Normanton, then see the famous Purple Pub and Victorian era railway station. Later, arrive in Karumba and board a sunset cruise for a memorable end to your day on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Stay: Karumba, End of the Road Motel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Karumba, Gulflander Train, Croydon, Cobbold Gorge

Ride the legendary Gulflander Train from ‘nowhere to nowhere’. Arrive in Croydon and visit the True Blue Interactive Information Centre. Afterwards, venture into the Gulf Savannah region to the oasis of Cobbold Gorge, a rugged sandstone formation.
Stay: Two Nights: Cobbold Gorge Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Cobbold Gorge

Enjoy a relaxing cruise of Cobbold Gorge, set amid 30-metre high cliffs that narrow to just two metres wide. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the station. This afternoon, experience Outback Queensland’s very first swim-up bar.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Cobbold Gorge, Cairns

Travel through Mt Surprise to Woodleigh Station near Ravenshoe for lunch, followed by a presentation of the station. Return to Cairns and enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Depart Cairns

Be transferred to the airport.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Work with real dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition in a specialised laboratory, handling 100-million-year-old bones
  • Embark on a journey along the famous Savannah Way
  • Enjoy a spectacular cruise as the sun goes down on the Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Take a cruise along Cobbold Gorge

Map

Included Experiences

  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 17 locations
  • Two person crew - Driver-Guide and Tour Director
  • Small group - a maximum of 20 travellers
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • All meals, park fees and airport transfers
  • Finest dining - a total of 38 meals    

Additional Information

Activity Level

  • A good level of fitness and health is required to participate in APT’s holiday packages.  Some sightseeing excursions will involve the climbing of stairs and walking over uneven surfaces and in some cases walking over rocks and through shallow streams. This tour contains mainly easy walks with some more moderate walks.  Sturdy walking shoes are an absolute must on all adventures.  Please enquire about our Health and Fitness Mobility checklist at the time of booking

Frequently Asked Questions

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary
  • APT highly recommends travel insurance
  • Price is for land only. Flights not included

14 days of Outback Queensland’s very best.

Experience the Outback on a 4WD adventure that takes you deep into the Queensland Savannah country. Visit the iconic towns of Charter Towers, Cloncurry, Mt Isa and Karumba as well as the Riversleigh Fossil site and ride the Gulflander Train. View complete itinerary

Trip code: GOCQ14
Duration: 14 days
Accommodation: To enhance your Outback experience
Journey: Cairns Return
Meals included: 38

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cairns

“At APT we are continually striving to improve our itineraries. The 2018 itineraries may differ slightly to the 2017 tours. We will advise full itinerary upon release of our Outback Wilderness Adventures 2018 brochure”.

Upon arrival in Cairns, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Cairns, Paronella Park, Townsville

After a short tour of Cairns, visit Paronella Park and discover an incredible combination of 7,500 plants, trees and ferns. Admire the stunning view of the Hinchinbrook Channel and Seymour River on your way to Townsville.
Stay: Townsville, Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Townsville, Barcaldine

On your way to Barcaldine, stop by Charters Towers, then continue on the Overland Way through White Mountains National park and arrive at Torrens Creek. Pass through Moorrinya National Park before stopping at Aramac on the way to Barcaldine.
Stay: Barcaldine, Country Motor Inn
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton

This morning in Barcaldine, visit the Tree of Knowledge Memorial, the site of the 150-year-old tree used as a meeting place for shearers during their unsuccessful strike of 1891. During that strike, a connection was forged between unions to become what is now known as the Australian Labor Party. Continue to Longreach and visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, where you will enjoy lunch. Delve into Australia’s bush history at Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Later, travel to Winton, where bush poet Banjo Paterson wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda‘.
Stay: Two Nights: Winton, Boulder Opal Motel or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Winton, Lark Quarry

Head to Lark Quarry to visit the Dinosaur Trackways exhibit. Continue to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs exhibition for a guided tour of this 1,800-hectare site, home to the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the country. As part of your exclusive experience with APT, you’ll enjoy working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory. See 100-million-year-old bones and learn how professional tools are used. Afterwards, browse the displays at the Waltzing Matilda Centre and discover the history behind this iconic Australian song. Dine at your hotel this evening, before a visit to the iconic Royal Theatre.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Winton, Cloncurry

Travel on the Matilda Highway through Kynuna and learn about the iconic Blue Heeler Hotel and Walkabout Creek Pub on the way. Arrive in Cloncurry and tour the iconic John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery, created to honour Australian visionary John Flynn, who campaigned for better living conditions in remote Australia. It was in Cloncurry that John Flynn began his flying doctor experiment, with the first flight taking off from Cloncurry airport in 1928. Enjoy dinner later this evening.
Stay: Cloncurry, Gidgee Inn Motel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Mt Isa, Hard Times Mine

Enjoy a full day to explore Mt Isa. Explore the Underground Hospital and Museum, built in 1942 following the bombing of the Darwin Hospital. Afterwards, visit the Hard Times Mine. Descend in the Alimak Cage into the mine, as you learn about the hardship of working deep underneath the earth. Perhaps try your hand at the air-leg drill, and feel the earth shake.
Stay: Ibis Styles Mt Isa Verona
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Mt Isa, Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park

Head off-road into Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park and discover the fossil deposits dating back more than 25 million years of Riversleigh. Later, arrive at Adels Grove.
Stay: Two Nights: Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park, Adels Grove
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park

Marvel at the magnitude of Adels Grove Escarpment. Here, enjoy lunch before having the rest of the day at your leisure to make your own discoveries in the national park.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Savannah Way, Karumba

Travel through Gregory Downs and stop at Leichhardt Falls. Travelling on the iconic Savannah Way, arrive at Camp 119, the most northerly camp of the Burke and Wills expedition. Journey to Normanton, then see the famous Purple Pub and Victorian era railway station. Later, arrive in Karumba and board a sunset cruise for a memorable end to your day on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Stay: Karumba, End of the Road Motel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Karumba, Gulflander Train, Croydon, Cobbold Gorge

Ride the legendary Gulflander Train from ‘nowhere to nowhere’. Arrive in Croydon and visit the True Blue Interactive Information Centre. Afterwards, venture into the Gulf Savannah region to the oasis of Cobbold Gorge, a rugged sandstone formation.
Stay: Two Nights: Cobbold Gorge Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Cobbold Gorge

Enjoy a relaxing cruise of Cobbold Gorge, set amid 30-metre high cliffs that narrow to just two metres wide. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the station. This afternoon, experience Outback Queensland’s very first swim-up bar.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Cobbold Gorge, Cairns

Travel through Mt Surprise to Woodleigh Station near Ravenshoe for lunch, followed by a presentation of the station. Return to Cairns and enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Depart Cairns

Be transferred to the airport.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Work with real dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition in a specialised laboratory, handling 100-million-year-old bones
  • Embark on a journey along the famous Savannah Way
  • Enjoy a spectacular cruise as the sun goes down on the Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Take a cruise along Cobbold Gorge

Map

Included Experiences

  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 17 locations
  • Two person crew - Driver-Guide and Tour Director
  • Small group - a maximum of 20 travellers
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • All meals, park fees and airport transfers
  • Finest dining - a total of 38 meals    

Additional Information

Activity Level

  • A good level of fitness and health is required to participate in APT’s holiday packages.  Some sightseeing excursions will involve the climbing of stairs and walking over uneven surfaces and in some cases walking over rocks and through shallow streams. This tour contains mainly easy walks with some more moderate walks.  Sturdy walking shoes are an absolute must on all adventures.  Please enquire about our Health and Fitness Mobility checklist at the time of booking

Frequently Asked Questions

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary
  • APT highly recommends travel insurance
  • Price is for land only. Flights not included

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