Brisbane Pre Tour (including Outback Spectacular).
Price for those going to the Australian Outback Spectacular, per person twin-share: $295. Single supplement: $60. (Includes 1 night’s accommodation, at the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central [including breakfast], Outback Spectacular dinner & show [including drinks], & transport from our hotel to the show, return.) Price for those not going to the Australian Outback Spectacular, per person twin-share: $65. Single supplement: $60. (Includes 1 night’s accommodation, at the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central [including breakfast].)
Pre-Tour Day. Australian Outback Spectacular (optional).
We have found a suitable Pre-Tour Day hotel... the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central. The tour will depart from this hotel. Those wishing to attend the Australian Outback Spectacular, on the Gold Coast, on Saturday evening June 19th, please tick the relevant box on the booking form.
Ride on Cobb & Co coach, in Longreach (optional).
This experience is highly recommended! Those wishing to go on the 45 minute Stagecoach ride, in Longreach, on Thursday morning June 24th, please tick the relevant box on the booking form. Cost of the ride: If we have 20 people or more: $90 per person. If we have less than 20 people: $100 p/p.
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Musem, in Winton.
If you would prefer to visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, instead of the Waltzing Matilda Centre, in Winton, on Friday morning June 25th, please indicate this by ticking the relevant box on the tour booking form. Cost of entrance to both attractions is almost the same, and ‘included’ in the tour; i.e., this is not an ‘optional’ activity; you don’t have to pay.
Pontoon Boat Cruise on Lawn Hill Creek & Lawn Hill Gorge (optional).
Those wishing to go on the 1 hour pontoon boat cruise on Lawn Hill Creek & Lawn Hill Gorge, on Tuesday June 29th, please tick the box on the booking form. Cost of the cruise: Adults: $55 per person. Seniors concession: $50 p/p.
Lava Tube Tour, Undara.
On Friday afternoon, July 2, we have included in the tour a 2 hour guided Lava Tube Tour. The tour is ‘easy fitness’ level, with boardwalks and some fairly lengthy steps (stairs) [see picture, 2nd inside page of brochure]. This tour may not be suitable for people with mobility concerns. Approximate cost of the tour is $60 p/p. If you think you would have difficulty, and would prefer not to do the 2 hour Lava Tube Tour, tick the relevant box on the booking form, and we will deduct the $60 from your tour price.
Cost of Canoe hire, at Lawn Hill Gorge.
Canoe hire is priced by the hour. $27 for a double canoe (I guess that takes 2 people); $35 for a triple canoe (3 people). Let’s organise the canoe hire closer to our visit.
Craig Giles is one of Australia’s most popular entertainers. His rich singing voice, dynamic stage presence, and friendly personality have earned him a place as one of the top artists in Australian country music, rock ‘n’ roll, and rockabilly. He has many successful albums, hit singles, and music industry awards to his credit. Craig is looking forward to sharing his passion for music with you, on the 2021 Outback Queensland Music Tour.
The tour manager will be John Howie John was a secondary school music teacher for 23 years (taught Kylie Minogue). He and his twin brother, Graeme, perform as The Howie Brothers. John has been leading successful music tours & music cruises for 25 years.>
The assistant tour manager will be Gill Delaney Gill (accordion/ukulele/mouth organ player from Wangaratta) has played in dance bands most of her life, and knows a million tunes! She will be coming on the tour as a musician and assistant tour manager, as long as we get sufficient bookings. She will be involved in lots of fun-filled informal music sessions with the tour group.VIEW ITINERARY
Pre-Tour Day Saturday June 19, 2021 Brisbane / Gold Coast
Because the tour departs Brisbane early on Sunday June 20th, it will be necessary for all tour group members, except those who live in Brisbane or very close to Brisbane, to travel to Brisbane on Saturday June 19th. Evening: We will organise for those interested to attend the Australian Outback Spectacular (optional), on the Gold Coast. (See additional information on back cover of brochure.)
Day 1 Sunday June 20, 2021 Depart Brisbane, Roma
Morning: Depart Brisbane. In Toowoomba visit the outstanding Cobb & Co Museum. See Australia’s finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Also in Toowoomba, we pay tribute to Steele Rudd, the locally born author who created Dad & Dave. Enjoy an entertaining ‘reading’ from one or two of his literary works. Continue on to Roma, where we see some of the town’s famous bottle trees. Also see the impressive heritage-listed Roma Courthouse (situated on site of courthouse where Harry Redford [Captain Starlight] was tried, for cattle-stealing, in 1872). Evening: Dinner at Roma Bowls Club. Craig Giles will sing a few songs. Overnight: Mandalay Motel, Roma. (D)
Day 2 Monday June 21, 2021 Charleville
Morning: Travel to Charleville. On arrival, sightseeing tour with local guide. See the School of Arts Hotel, mentioned in the song Charleville, recorded by Slim Dusty. Visit the Charleville Historic House and Museum, a beautiful historic building (1881). During our visit we will be entertained by the president of the Charleville Historical Society, George Balsillie, who plays the autoharp. Afternoon: Attend the Charleville Bilby Experience (presented by Save the Bilby Fund). See the rare and endangered bilby, a cute local marsupial. Evening: Carvery dinner at Charleville RSL Club. After dinner enjoy a fun-filled singalong session with John Howie & Gill Delaney. Overnight: Charleville Motel (B,AfternoonTea,D)
Day 3 Tuesday June 22, 2021 Barcaldine
Morning: Travel north. Morning tea in the town of Tambo. Meet the cuddly sheepskin bears at Tambo Teddies Store. Proceed to the town of Blackall, home of Jackie Howe, famous ‘gun’ shearer. Visit the Jack Howe Display. Afternoon: Visit Blackall Woolscour, the last remaining steam operated wool washing plant in Australia. On arrival in Barcaldine learn about the historic Tree of Knowledge (Tree under which shearers met during Great Shearers Strike of 1891). Evening: Dinner at our motel. A local bush poet will entertain us with Aussie yarns & bush poetry. Overnight: Lansborough Lodge Motel, Barcaldine. (B,AfternoonTea,D)
Day 4 Wednesday June 23, 2021 Longreach
Morning: Travel from Barcaldine to Longreach. Spend some time in the historic town of Ilfracombe. Visit Langenbaker House. This former teamster’s cottage remained in the one family for a century, and is a fascinating ‘time capsule’. Afternoon: Visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which tells the story of QANTAS and the impact the airline has had on outback life. Evening: Enjoy a performance by our host, Craig Giles. Overnight: Albert Park Motor Inn. (B,MorningTea)
Day 5 Thursday June 24, 2021 Longreach
Morning: Enjoy a 45 minute ride in a Cobb & Co coach (optional). See back of brochure for further details. We then visit the outstanding Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, which pays tribute to Australia’s outback heroes. Afternoon: Free time, in the centre of town. Make sure you visit The Station Store. This outstanding store is based on the traditional outback stores that sold everything. Evening: Enjoy Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show…..a 2 course table service dinner & show under the stars, on the banks of the Thomson River. (B,D)
Day 6 Friday June 25, 2021 Winton
Morning: Travel to Winton. On arrival, visit the outstanding Waltzing Matilda Centre, which tells the intriguing story of Waltzing Matilda, written by ‘Banjo’ Paterson in the Winton area in 1895. Note: If some tour group members would prefer to visit Winton’s Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, instead of the Waltzing Matilda Centre, we can organise this. (See details, on back of brochure.). Afternoon: Visit (1) Winton’s Musical Fence; (2) the Willie Mar Heritage Site (Willie was a much-loved Chinese market gardener, in Winton; he and his son ran the business for 90 years); (3) Arno’s Wall (long stone wall embedded with all kinds of junk – lawnmower parts, typewriters, motorbikes, etc.). Evening: Visit Matilda Country Tourist Park, for regular ‘campfire’ type 3 course roast dinner, plus live country music / bush poetry entertainment. We’re hoping Craig Giles can be part of the musical entertainment this evening. Overnight: Matilda Motel, Winton. (B,AfternoonTea)
Day 7 Saturday June 26, 2021 Mount Isa
Travel to Mount Isa, via Combo Waterhole, a famous billabong that has important links with the Waltzing Matilda story. ‘Banjo’ Paterson visited Combo Waterhole for a picnic prior to writing the song. Did his visit provide some of the inspiration for the song? We will have a picnic morning tea at Combo Waterhole and sing the great song! We will then drop into the Blue Heeler Hotel, in the town of Kynuna. This pub is full of character and also has links to the Waltzing Matilda story. Continue on to the town of McKinlay. We will make a stop at the Walkabout Creek Hotel, location for the pub scenes in the movie Crocodile Dundee. We will also stop in the town of Cloncurry. Then continue on to Mount Isa, travelling through the beautiful ochre-red Selwyn Ranges. Mount Isa is outback Queensland’s largest town, built around a vast silver, copper, zinc and lead mine. Evening: A free night, for you to explore Mount Isa’s clubs, restaurants, and music venues at your leisure. There is a local folk music club/venue called The Shack, which you might like to check out (optional). Overnight: Burke & Wills Motel. (B,MorningTea)
Day 8 Sunday June 27, 2021 Mount Isa
Morning: Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of Mount Isa, with local guide. Afternoon: Free time. Mount Isa’s main tourist attraction is Outback at Isa. This complex includes the Visitor Information Centre and Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery (both no cost). It also includes 3 attractions with an entrance fee: (1) Hard Times Mine Underground Tour; (2) The Isa Experience (local museum & outback park); (3) Riversleigh Fossil Centre. John Howie will take those interested to visit Mount Isa’s fascinating World War 2 Underground Hospital (optional, $8 p/p). Evening: Visit the Mount Isa Irish Club, for dinner and live local music. We are hoping Craig Giles can be part of the entertainment this evening. (B)
Day 9 Monday June 28, 2021 Lawn Hill
Morning: Depart Mount Isa and travel to the ‘little border town’ of Camooweal, where we have morning tea. Craig will lead us in singing the song Camooweal (recorded by Slim Dusty). After morning tea we will travel to the Northern Territory border (about 14 kms from Camooweal). We will also visit the excellent Camooweal Drovers Camp (droving heritage centre). Then proceed to World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, where we have lunch and spend some time exploring the area. Then proceed to our accommodation, Adel’s Grove, near beautiful Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Evening: Enjoy an informal performance by Craig Giles, in the covered deck area at Adel’s Grove. Overnight: Adel’s Grove, Lawn Hill. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Tuesday June 29, 2021 Lawn Hill
Visit Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. One of the features of this national park is Lawn Hill Gorge. The waters in the gorge are crystal clear and teaming with fish, including large catfish. The red ‘cliffs’ on either side of the gorge are spectacular. You can go swimming & canoeing (optional). You can also go on a 2 hour cruise on a solar powered pontoon boat (optional). (See details of these optional activities on back of brochure.) John Howie will take those interested on a ‘bush walk’. Evening: After a hearty camp dinner join John Howie & Gill Delaney for an informal singalong, in the deck area at Adel’s Grove. (B,MorningTea,L,D)
Day 11 Wednesday June 30, 2021 Karumba (Gulf of Carpentaria)
Travel to Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria. On the way visit the town of Normanton, just south of the Gulf, on the Norman River. Nearby visit the Burke & Wills Cairn, which marks the location of Camp 119, their most northerly camp. On arrival in Karumba enjoy a Sunset Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Drinks & snacks (including prawns) are included. Evening: For dinner you may wish to sample the excellent Gulf seafood at Ash’s @ the Point Café, or the bistro meals at the Sunset Tavern. Overnight: End of the Road Motel, Karumba. (B,AfternoonTea, Drinks&SnacksOnSunsetCruise)
Day 12 Thursday July 1, 2021 Cobbold Gorge
Morning: Travel in an easterly direction, heading for Cobbold Gorge. Stop, along the way, in the towns of Croydon and Georgetown. Afternoon: Continue on to spectacular Cobbold Gorge, located on Robin Hood Station. Cobbold Gorge is quite narrow, with steep, rugged walls. Cruise the crystal clear waters of the gorge in flat bottomed boats. See lots of fish and maybe some fresh water crocodiles. At the conclusion of our cruise travel to the town of Forsayth. Overnight: Goldfields Hotel and Finnigan’s Rest, Forsayth. (B,AfternoonTea,D)
Day 13 Friday July 2, 2021 Undara
Morning: Travel from Forsayth to Undara Volcanic National Park, famous for its gigantic lava tubes which were created during volcanic eruptions 190,000 years ago. Afternoon: Arrive Undara Lava Lodge, which features accommodation in beautifully refitted old train carriages. Enjoy unforgettable two hour Lava Tubes Tour. Evening: Excellent buffet dinner followed by campfire entertainment, organised by our hosts. Overnight: Undara Lava Lodge. (B,AfternoonTea,D)
Day 14 Saturday July 3, 2021 Cairns
Travel to Cairns via picturesque Atherton Tablelands. Afternoon: Prior to our arrival in Cairns visit colourful Kuranda Market. You then have the opportunity to go on the Kuranda Scenic Rail trip or on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (both optional). Proceed to our hotel in Cairns. Evening: Celebrate the conclusion of a wonderful tour with special End-of-Tour Dinner, including an informal performance by Craig Giles. Overnight: Cairns Plaza Hotel. (B,D)
Day 15 Sunday July 4, 2021 Depart Cairns
A free day in Cairns. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Cairns airport for your flights back home. (B)
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