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Essence of the Outback


Inland, seasonal wildflowers, mining towns and cattle stations await discovery.

Members from: $7,545 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $7,695 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Australia

  • Supplier

    APT

  • Booking Code

    GOCQ14

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.


Includes


  • Experiences in 16 destinations

  • The services of an APT Tour Director and Driver

  • Watch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria and tuck into fresh local prawns in Karumba

  • Take in the landscapes of Carnarvon National Park, including the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge

  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 38 meals

  • Embark on the Archway Explorer tour through the mysterious Undara Lava Tubes

  • Experience working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory

  • Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River and savour a three-course drover dinner


Itinerary


Day 1 Arrive Cairns

Be met on arrival in Cairns and transferred to your hotel. This evening, a relaxed welcome dinner provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers.

Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Daily :
Dinner

Day 2 Woodleigh Station, Undara

Embark on the Archway Explorer tour through the mysterious Undara Lava Tubes.

Travel to the authentic cattle station of Woodleigh Station for lunch, which has been family-owned for five generations. Continue to Undara Volcanic National Park and set out on a guided discovery of the intriguing lava tubes. The mysterious lava tubes and caves are the result of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred 190,000 years ago. The Undara tubes are some of the longest in the world, and are home to a unique array of native Australian plants and animals.

Stay: Undara Experience

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3 Undara, Karumba

Travel to Karumba and tuck into fresh local prawns as you watch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Today, set off on the legendary Gulflander Train, originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the gold fields of Croydon. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area rich in pioneering history and heritage. From grasslands and wetlands to barren Savannah territory, the Gulflander travels through countryside rarely seen by the average traveller.

Stay: Karumba, End of the Road Motel or similar

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4 Mt Isa

Set off for Mt Isa, commonly referred to as the ‘oasis of the outback’. En route, stop to see the Purple Pub, one of the most iconic hotels in the north of Australia.

Stay: Two Nights, Mt Isa, Red Earth Hotel

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5 Mt Isa

Located on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mt Isa is a melting pot of culture and industry. A tour of Hard Times Mine reveals its history as you enter the Alimak Cage with your guide and descend into the mine. Feel the earth tremble and cover your ears as you have a go at using the air-leg drill.

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6 Cloncurry, Winton

Embark on a drive to the outback town of Cloncurry. After some time here, visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre – the first museum in the world dedicated to a song, which also includes a nostalgic light and sound show in the Billabong Theatrette. Later, arrive in Winton in time for dinner.

Stay: Winton, Boulder Opal Motor Inn

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7 Lark Quarry, Longreach

As part of your exclusive experience with APT, enjoy working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory.

Travel to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs exhibition and enjoy a Signature Experience. Continue to Lark Quarry to visit the Dinosaur Track-ways exhibit, known as one of the most concentrated set of dinosaur footprints in the world.

Stay: Two Nights, Longreach, Saltbush Retreat

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8 Longreach, Thomson River Cruise

This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River, before savouring a three-course drover dinner and an entertaining performance.

Visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, an award-winning museum that tells the story of Qantas through interactive exhibits and original and replica aircraft. Then head to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, dedicated to the custodians of the bush and Australia's pioneering history.

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9 Carnarvon National Park

Set off for Carnarvon National Park. Along the way, stop at the famed Tree of Knowledge, known as the founding site of the political movement that helped to create the Australian Labor Party. Arrive in Carnarvon Gorge, set beneath a canopy of gum trees.

Stay: Two Nights, Carnarvon National Park, Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10 Carnarvon National Park

During a half-day exploration, take in the landscapes of Carnarvon National Park, including the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge. Admire its soaring sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured gorges and diverse wildlife.

Discover incredible Carnarvon National Park today.

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11 Minerva Hills National Park, Emerald

View Minerva Hills National Park, keeping an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Afterwards, continue on to Emerald. Established in 1879 as a base for building the western railway, the town is a gateway to the Sapphire Gemfields.

Stay: Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12 Charters Towers

Travel to Charters Towers today. Established as a gold rush town in 1871, it quickly grew to become the second-largest town in Queensland. Admire its heritage buildings on your way to the Heritage Lodge Motel.

Stay: Charters Towers, Heritage Lodge Motel

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13 Paronella Park, Cairns

On the way back to Cairns, stop at Paronella Park, nestled amid heritage gardens and 13 acres of lush Australian rainforest. Situated on the banks of the crystal-clear waters of Mena Creek, this unique attraction also features a Spanish-inspired castle. After time to explore the castle ruins and grounds, continue to the Shangri-La Hotel in Cairns. This evening, celebrate the end of your journey during a final farewell dinner.

Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Daily :
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14 Depart Cairns

Your holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

Daily :
Breakfast


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