Great News! We have extended this tour for the 2018 season to 11 days
You will enjoy visiting the smaller towns along the way. They are rich in culture, history and their stories are a wonderful talking point. Our smaller groups and high demand for the exciting boutique travel + welcoming accommodation means you must be quick – book now!
Tour 1: Saturday 17th to Tuesday 27th of March, 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)
Tour 2: Saturday 12th to Tuesday 22nd of May, 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)
Tour 3: Saturday 16th to Tuesday 26th of June, 2018
Tour 4: August 2018 (dates to be confirmed, expressions of interest)
Tour 5: September 2018 (last tour of 2018, dates to be confirmed, expressions of interest)
11 Day Toowoomba to Longreach (and heaps in between):
NEW: All passengers travelling over 120 km receive 1 night accommodation in Toowoomba before your tour departure (FREE, added BONUS)*
*Ask us how this applies to you
Saturday Day 1
We depart Toowoomba at 7.30am. Roma is our first destination via Dalby. Morning smoko is at the “Tara turn off”, as the locals know it. Here you can enjoy the trees and the birds while stretching your legs. Next is Meandarra. We’ll take you to the Meandarra RSL museum; a collection of war machinery and a bomber airplane all under the same roof. Midday lunch is at the Meandarra Hotel.
Next stop is Glenmorgan at Monty’s Garage. This is an old wooden floor garage as garages were in the 1940’s along with a look at his vintage vehicles. It’s a trip down memory lane for some and a new experience for the under 40’s. Glenmorgan also has the end of that railway line.
Back on the coach and on to Surat. This is where we visit the Surat Museum. Here is the last Cobb & Co stage coach that ran in Australia in 1924.
At last Roma, still with a bit to do. On arrival we drop our bags at Motel Carnarvon, a low set easy access motel. From here we have a local tour guide hop onto the coach for our town tour including a visit to the Anglican Church to see and hear the story of the Stain Glass Windows.
Our evening meal is at “The Big Rig” followed by the sound and light show.
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Sunday Day 2
We depart Roma at 7.45am for Mitchell. Here we have a local guide who will describe their history and the story of the local bushrangers.
We will then stop in Morven and spend time exploring their museum, including the old Kerosene Tin Huts. These were common place during the great depression, now the last one we know of is here.
Augathella for mid-day lunch and a town tour including “The Big Ant” the wrought iron animals and Smileys Wall.
Next stop is Tambo. Yes we visit the world famous Tambo Teddies and we have a burger at Fanny Macs Café.
Blackall is our destination to-day. Here we stay at the Coolabah Motel where we enjoy a cold drink and a buffet evening meal.
Monday Day 3
Starts at the Coolabah Motel with an old timer tour guide for the next 3 hours, visiting the town’s 1st bore, wire Tumble Weed, the Eagle, the Black Stump and the town museum. Morning tea is at the museum.
By late morning we head to the Woolscour (wool wash); the only steam Woolscour plant operating in Australia. This plant operated from 1908 until 1978. It has been fully restored as it was in 1908 – a must see! The grounds at the Woolscour are the perfect setting for a relaxing lunch under the shady trees.
After lunch we are off to Barcaldine where we visit the Tree of Knowledge and the workers museum. We’ll then travel to Longreach where for the next 6 nights we’ll be staying at the Jumbuck Motel. The Jumbuck Motel is a modern lowset motel surrounded by picturesque lawns + gardens. Kangaroos and Brolgas are common visitors.
Before we call it a night we see the spectacular Hall of Fame night show followed by a buffet evening meal.
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Tuesday Day 4
Sleep in! After breakfast we move on to the school of the air at 8.45 am + departing at 10.30 am. A truly remarkable way of education. Watch, listen + learn how the children of the outback are educated. It’s a real appreciation of the difficulties they overcome and what we take for granted.
Next stop is the Hall Of Fame to be entertained by their live day show. Midday lunch at the Hall of Fame, then the rest of the day to explore The Hall of Fame. This is a self-paced tour + afternoon smoko will be here too. We depart here approximately at 4.00 pm from our motel.
Our evening meal is at The Woolshed Restaurant. A beautiful setting, easy walking distance from our motel or a short 2 minute drive. There is a bar here and at the end of the night you can either walk back to the motel or hop on the coach. We say “cheers”!
Wednesday Day 5
Departing Longreach at 7am after an early breakfast we travel to Winton. Morning tea and a tour through The Age of the Dinosaur, a visit the Musical Fence, Ome Wall and the Chinese Gardens will keep us busy before lunch at the Tatts Hotel.
We’ll walk off lunch down the main streets of Winton and we’ll give you the opportunity for some retail therapy. Then off to the Waltzing Matilda museum for the next 3 hrs (you’ll need that long) and then we’ll return to Longreach for a pool side BBQ evening meal at our motel.
Thursday Day 6
BONUS EXTRAS: In the morning we visit the NOGO Station. This is a NEW experience. See where the great cattle duffer Redfern departed from with his 1000 plus cattle and the famous white bull. A short bus ride to the shearing shed, watch a sheep being shorn and inspect shearing equipment that has been used over the years. Visit the old 2 story homestead renovated to perfection, enjoy a show at the house before afternoon tea served – with silver knives and forks! This house is the setting for the film Banjo Patterson.
Lunch is at the Longreach RSL followed by a town tour with “SCOTTY”
After the town tour, back to the motel + recharge before the Thomson River Sunset Cruise + evening meal. This 4 hour tour includes a Sunset nibbles Cruise (get your cameras ready), Bush poetry, 2 course dinner, Starlight’s Spectacular Sound and Light Show. It is so much more than just a river cruise! TIP: Warm clothes are ESSENTIAL (not optional)
Friday Day 7
Departing the hotel at approximately 9.00am, the Longreach Powerhouse Museum is the only intact example of a power generation station from the early 20th Century that is open to the public. The museum features the massive diesel and gas generators (still in original working order), when the power house was providing electricity to the homes and businesses of Longreach + regions.
BONUS EXTRAS: The Powerhouse Museum also features a social history museum. It exhibits many artefacts of life in Longreach and the rural properties of the region from the time of first white settlement. There is also a small section exhibiting aboriginal artefacts within the social history area of the museum.
Lunch is at Kinnon & Co Courtyard + a remarkable day with Kinnon & Co (local tour operators) sharing some of yester-year with us. This section of the tour is missed by many, but not us! You’ll see the multi-award winning Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show experience – essential for our Longreach tour.
Hold onto your hats as we gallop through the scrub in a horse-drawn Cobb + Co carriage. This 4 hour experience includes a “traditional smoko” (scones + cream), 45 minute stagecoach ride with commentary, Australian classic movie.
Evening meal is a BBQ pool side at the Jumbuck Motel. We will reflect on the adventures so far + if you like, have drink or two.
Saturday Day 8
Longreach shopping is fantastic! You are spoilt for choice with the country boutique shopping and old fashioned service we all enjoy. Morning Tea is at your convenience + choice the famous Longreach Bake House (vouchers supplied).
The midday meal will be at the Qantas Foundation Museum. While visiting the Big Jumbo and 747 (including a complementary photo standing in the Jumbo Engine). Your afternoon tea will be at the Qantas Museum and the rest of the day will be a self paced. After a full day we head back to the motel to before heading off to The Longreach Motel for our evening meal.
Sunday Day 9
After breakfast we head for morning tea at the memorial park at Blackall, opposite the Jacky Howe statue. Next stop will be at Augathella for our midday meal, then onto Charleville. Charleville where we will stay the night at the Mulga Motel. It is located on the banks of the Warrego River + home to the Cosmos Centre and Observatory. Before we call it a night, we will visit the Bilby Centre and have our evening meal at the Cosmos Centre. Be mesmerised by the Twilight Show and take a journey of the night sky!
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Monday Day 10
After breakfast we have a guided town tour of Charleville followed by a mystery tour of WWII locations + history with our knowledgeable local guide. Departing Charleville heading for Miles. The Morven Hotel Motel recently burned down, so you wont be having lunch there… After lunch we will head for the Mitchell Hot Springs. Bring your bathers! After your relaxing time here, we will then move onto Roma for the night.
Tuesday Day 11
After breakfast we depart Roma setting our sights on the park in Miles before we visit their Village Museum for the rest of the morning. Midday lunch will be at the Village Rose Café. After lunch we head for Toowoomba arriving back approximately 5:00pm.
We have created a Tour Holding Bank Account to allow people to LAYBY their tour. For more information, click on: Layby Now.
NB: Interstate travellers can now fly direct to Toowoomba’s new airport, please contact us for details.
Single Supplement means someone travelling on their own or who wants their own room.
Per Person (Twin Share) = $3865
Per Person (Single Supplement) = $4540
Early Bird pricing = book now!
THIS TOUR IS ALL INCLUSIVE:
Includes: Luxury coach travel, accommodation, breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, midday lunches, evening meal + entries into all advertised venues. This is great value for the distance you travel, attractions we stop and see, and the knowledge gained by the commentary along the way.
The only reason you will need money is for personal items (for example souvenirs and only if you want to).
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All morning + afternoon tea
All meals with NO ALTERNATE DROP (we order off the menu)
Complementary drink with evening meals
Entry into advertised venues
You will only need pocket money for personal purchases