Price
$5785 per person
Duration
11 Days
Destination
Queensland

AN OUTBACK, RAIL, HERITAGE AND PALAEONTOLOGY ADVENTURE Dinosaur Country

• TOWNSVILLE • CHARTERS TOWERS • RICHMOND • WINTON • LONGREACH • BRISBANE •

It’s hard to imagine Outback Queensland as an inland sea surrounded by lush steamy forests of Cycads, Ferns and oversized Lichens. It’s equally hard to imagine giant lumbering dinosaurs herding across the landscape with vicious carnivorous Theropods hot on their heels and seas teaming with strange primitive sharks and monstrous Kronosaurs, 10-meter-long killers, unique to the region. The ancient history of Queensland is even more surreal as you wander the chiselled dry, dusty, weather worn landscape that greets you today. The world is a dynamic place and a tour that explores more than just the recent history of this land is bound to stimulate your imagination.
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This special themed adventure from Brisbane to the Dinosaur country in the heart of the state and back to the Coral Coast at Townsville offers a variety of experiences, combining highlights from our other Queensland tours with new destinations and a swag of interesting experiences. From the striking new museums such as the wonderful ‘Age of Dinosaurs’ at Winton and the Lark Quarry, the largest dinosaur run in the world, to the story of the Great Barrier Reef and Magnetic Island and the rural and mining heritage of places like Longreach, Winton and Charters Towers. While you’ll be entranced by the unique palaeontology, you will also delight in the variety to be had on this special adventure by classic overnight sleeper train, to Australia’s inland sea and crystal coast.

Some Details

Departure Location
Townsville, Queensland
Return Location
Townsville, Queensland
Tour Leader(s)
Chris Harding
Tour Date
26 Jul 2022 - 5 Aug 2022
Extras
Price: $5785 Single Supplement: $695
Price includes
  • 10 nights in comfortable, centrally located accommodation
  • All excursions and entrance fees to attractions, as listed in the itinerary
  • Comfortable chartered coach for transfers and excursions
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with your hosts and local guides
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Drinks included with welcome and farewell dinners
  • Tipping and gratuities
  • Unique heritage train journeys
Price does not include
  • All other personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, laundry services, camera fees where applicable
  • Excursions/entrances listed as optional in the itinerary
  • Flights
  • Meals and services not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tour Plan
Tour Plan

Day 1 • Tuesday:

ARRIVE – TOWNSVILLE

We begin our adventure with a briefing and celebratory welcome dinner and drinks at the Hotel with the group and your tour leader setting the stage for the journey ahead.

Overnight: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Townsville (D)

Day 2 • Wednesday:

TOWNSVILLE – CHARTERS TOWERS

After checking out, take a tour of the Army Museum of Queensland located in the beautiful Jezzine Barracks.

The museum collects objects and stories relating to the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland. Head to the station to board the Inlander for our train journey to Charters Towers.

This evening we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Cattleman’s Rest Motor Inn, Charters Towers (B, D)

Day 3 • Thursday:

CHARTERS TOWERS

Our day in ‘The Towers’ starts with a guided walk of the heritage buildings in the heart of town to the Arcade, where one of Australia’s most volatile Stock Exchanges operated in the boom times of the 1890’s.

Later in the morning we head a short way out of town to the Venus Gold Battery for a guided tour of the largest surviving Battery in Queensland. Built in 1872, this mill provided gold extraction facilities to miners for over a century. The huge “stampers” pounded away through the day and night extracting the precious gold from quartz up until 1973. In the afternoon, take a tour via the Burdekin River to the National Trust Gold Rush town of Ravenswood.

Here you can enjoy a guided walking tour of the compact historic townscape.

Back in Charters Towers the evening is free at leisure.

Overnight: Cattleman’s Rest Motor Inn, Charters Towers (B, L)

Day 4 • Friday:

CHARTERS TOWERS – HUGHENDEN – RICHMOND

Departing first thing we hit the highway, the Flinders’ Way, heading west along the Dinosaur trail to the town of Hughenden. Enjoy Lunch at the Windmill Café and freshen up before we take time to explore the Flinders Discovery Centre, which is well stocked with fascinating specimens and houses heaps more than just Dinosaurs. Late afternoon, continue onto Richmond an hour or so further west along the Flinders Highway. Tonight’s dinner is hosted at the hotel.

Overnight: Ammonite Hotel, Richmond (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Saturday:

RICHMOND – WINTON

This morning we head to Kronosaurus Korner, Richmond’s main attraction and Australia’s premier marine fossil museum.

We have time to explore before we continue our exploration along Australia’s Dinosaur Trail in Queensland’s Outback a few hours south to the town of Winton. Along the way we talk about the Outback Landscape and it’s defining feature which is home to so many of the fossil records and Dinosaur story – the great Inland Sea.

On arrival into Winton check in to our hotel. This evening you will enjoy dinner in the hotel’s authentic retro dining room.Overnight:

North Gregory Hotel (or similar), Winton (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Sunday:

WINTON

This morning after breakfast at the hotel we begin the exploration of Australia’s rich Dinosaur legacy.

Vicki from Red Dirt Tours is on hand once again to take us on a guided tour of the wild country to the west of Winton, leading us across the outback to the exceptional Lark Quarry National Monument. It was here that the world’s best preserved fossil proof of a Dinosaur stampede was discovered by the local station manager in the 1960’s.

Your time here includes a guided tour, a film, and some time for lunch. Back at Winton, a somewhat more recent history is on show with a visit to the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the first museum in the world dedicated to a song.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours at leisure.

Overnight: North Gregory Hotel (or similar), Winton (B)

Day 7• Monday:

WINTON

This morning, enjoy free time to explore the classic outback town of Winton. You may wish to visit the heritage truck and machinery museum, check out the famous boulder opals and wander the streets that feature many interesting heritage buildings and interesting shops. After lunch on your own, Vicki will pick you up for the drive out to visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. Here, you will have plenty of time to wander the displays and our guide will show us around and host the walk-through Dino Canyon.To cap off the day we enjoy an early dinner at Age of Dinosaurs and visit the newly opened Observatory and is a great addition to the Outback story. The rest of the evening back in town is at leisure.

Overnight: North Gregory Hotel (or similar), Winton (B, D)

Day 8 • Tuesday:

WINTON – LONGREACH

This morning after breakfast, we board our private coach from Red Dirt Tours to take us the 180 kilometres to Longreach. Named after the “long reach” of the Thomson River, the town had only been gazetted for five years when the railway arrived in 1892. Longreach is situated right on the Tropic of Capricorn and has a population of just over 3,000, boosted by travellers who come to see the great museums, notably the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum.On arrival we head to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Australia’s premier outback heritage institution where you can explore the museum showcasing an eclectic mix of objects – touchscreens, open displays, photographs, artworks and audio-visual presentations. Enjoy lunch in the Halls Cafe followed by a fun filled live show.Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Albert Park Motel or Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Wednesday:

LONGREACH

After breakfast we head to the Qantas Founders Museum which tells the story of the four key figures who founded Qantas and highlights what life was like in Queensland in the 1920s. The history of our iconic airline unfolds as you experience a 1½-hour Jet Tour, a behind-the-scenes look at both a 747, 707 and more followed by lunch at the museum.

Overnight: Albert Park Motel or Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach (B, L, D)

Day 10 • Thursday:

LONGREACH – BRISBANE

This morning after breakfast we head to the station to board the Spirit of the Outback for our overnight journey to Brisbane. As we head out of the heart of Outback Queensland, the ever-changing landscape passes the sleepy Central Queensland towns like, Barcaldine, Alpha, and Jericho. A chef-prepared dinner is served in the train’s “Tuckerbox” dining car while the Central Ranges towns of Emerald, Blackwater and Bluff roll by. Afterwards you can unwind in the “Shearers Rest” lounge car as evening descends on our southbound train. From the comfort of your air-conditioned, first-class sleeping berth you will enjoy a fascinating journey from Longreach to Brisbane.

Overnight: On board the Spirit of the Outback (B, L, D)

Day 11 • Friday:

BRISBANE (B)

Wake up to a vista of the lush sub-tropical coastal plain with features like the Glass House Mountains to capture. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the train this morning with an expected arrival into Roma Street Station just before midday, signalling the end of our adventure. From here you can take transfers to the airport for the flight home, or onward connections to continue your adventure.

This special themed adventure from Brisbane to the Dinosaur country in the heart of the state and back to the Coral Coast at Townsville offers a variety of experiences, combining highlights from our other Queensland tours with new destinations and a swag of interesting experiences. From the striking new museums such as the wonderful ‘Age of Dinosaurs’ at Winton and the Lark Quarry, the largest dinosaur run in the world, to the story of the Great Barrier Reef and Magnetic Island and the rural and mining heritage of places like Longreach, Winton and Charters Towers. While you’ll be entranced by the unique palaeontology, you will also delight in the variety to be had on this special adventure by classic overnight sleeper train, to Australia’s inland sea and crystal coast.

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      Dinosaur Country

      Price
      $5785 per person
      Duration
      11 Days
      Destination
      Queensland

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