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Queensland Spirit: Heart of the Outback (Reverse)

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7 Day Queensland Spirit: Heart of the Outback (Reverse) Itinerary (AAT Kings)
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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 7 Day Queensland Spirit: Heart of the Outback (Reverse). Piercing red soils, dusty greens, endless blue horizons… this is the spirit of the outback, and your chance to experience Queensland’s biggest attractions: a behind the scenes tour of Australia’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils and the birthplace of Qantas among them. This outback tour offers rare glimpses into life on the land. Sleep in restored shearers’ quarters on an historic working station – does it get any more Australiana? – and eco-friendly glamping tents, because we’re...read more committed to leaving a light footprint. Top off this tour with an epic rail journey that reminds you just how hypnotic the Australian countryside can be.


It doesn't take long for the towers of Brisbane to give way to bucolic countryside, fading from rainforest to the vivid hues of the outback. Australia has its fair share of epic outback train tours that let you witness the wild beauty of a region while travelling the historic routes taken by past generations.

Among them is Spirit of the Outback, your chariot to Longreach on the first leg of your adventure. Exclusive access to the train's Shearers Rest Lounge means you can enjoy a glass of bubbles while remote towns and vast stretches of bush zip by outside, the click-clack or the rails a meditative soundtrack. Dinnertime in Tuckerbox Restaurant celebrates Queensland's culinary bounty. And then your plush cabin awaits. Sweet dreams. (D) Stay: Spirit of the Outback, Private Cabin

Wake up to vistas of the Queensland outback and savour the scene over coffee and your breakfast in the train's dining carriage. If you're looking for the centre of Queensland, Longreach is pretty much it. After waving goodbye to train life, you're bound for this patch of outback perfection, all red dirt and spinifex and blazing sunsets.

The vast swathes of nature that surround your glamping tent for the next 2 nights will slow you down. Switch off, relax and enjoy your eco-friendly cocoon, replete with creature comforts including air-conditioning, ensuites and dreamy beds. There are unexpected stories at Camden Park Station, a 7,300-hectare sheep and cattle station where fifth-generation farmer ‘Outback Dan' will tell you about life on the land including the visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. They didn't have a three-course dinner awaiting them in historic shearing shed; you do. (B/L/D) Stay: Mitchell Grass Retreat (2 nights)

For a petite town, there's an impressive number of things to do in Winton. The biggest attraction of all are the dinosaurs that once roamed here, leaving behind the country's largest collection of dinosaur fossils. Follow in their (large) footsteps at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, part museum, part working laboratory, where you'll go behind the scenes.

Winton's other claim to fame is the fact Banjo Patterson wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda' here in 1903. He's not the only creative drawn here. Graeme Leak created a fence that can be played as an instrument (aka the Musical Fence), and Arno Grotjahn erected a quirky art wall studded with every household object imaginable. Back at your glamping tent, there's a kitchenette, so you can enjoy a BBQ on your private deck. Or venture out for more country flavour at an optional outback dinner and show. (B)

There's plenty of things to do in Longreach, like visiting the Qantas Founders Museum, which pays homage to the fact this is the spiritual heart of Australia's national airline. The countryside from here to Quilpie is mesmerising - long stretches of road and vast expanses of nothing can be humbling.

And welcoming, as you'll discover when Mark and Sandra throw open the doors of Ray Station. The family has owned this estate since 1874, and designed the rooms you'll bed down in - set in restored shearers' quarters. But before then, there's a campfire dinner and tunes on the tin piano to be enjoyed. (B/D) Stay: Ray Station (2 nights)

There's something about being in the country that whets your appetite. Wake, and look forward to a delicious breakfast prepared by your hosts. You won't go hungry here - they're also thinking about what to cook you for lunch and dinner. It's this kind of generosity that flows naturally into eye-opening, and entertaining, stories about the property, including previous caretakers, and how they tended the land.

You can even discover more about their fascinating history: at the family cemetery. Head out on a tour, fossick for boulder opal, and revel in the vastness of Quilpie - certainly one of the best places to visit in Queensland's vast outback. (B/L/D)

The further you travel in Queensland, the slower the outback lifestyle. As evidenced in Charleville, which is a slice of natural paradise for the endangered bilbies and wetland birds. The locals will happily reveal the best places to spot wildlife, ideally over a cold beer and a pub meal at heritage-listed Hotel Corones. The stories that get told here. The horizons here extend for days, only matched in expanse by the smiles of locals - expect plenty of country hospitality, not at the least from Charles and Amanda who own your accommodation for the night.

Toast the end of the day with them over a glass of wine and regional fare at your farewell dinner. (B/D) Stay: Roma Explorers Inn

Small in population but big in personality is the town of Chinchilla, Chinchilla is the first chance to stretch your legs The ‘Big Watermelon' hints to the fact this is the melon capital of Australia. Grab a slice, or a more hearty bite to eat, at the historic Club Hotel (fun fact: it's the only hotel in town that hasn't burnt down) before you journey on. As the Brisbane River and the city's gleaming towers come into view, you know your adventure is about to end. But what joy it has sparked for future outback tours. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Get to know 5th generation farmers and their connection to the land at Camden Park Station. Feast on local produce at the Overlander Homestead at a Welcome Reception.
  • Immerse yourself in outback farming lifestyle at the working Station.
  • Follow in the footsteps of prehistoric creatures on a guide tour at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
  • Reconnect to nature on the private deck of your Eco friendly canvas glamping tent at Mitchell Grass Retreat.
  • The Queensland outback is mesmerising, its vast, empty stretches of road creating a hypnotic backdrop to your adventure through the state.

  • Specialist highly experienced Travel Director and Driver
  • Local Specialists (Guides) at Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Camden Park Station
  • Mixture of unique accommodation including glamping tents and ‘shearers' restored quarters'

  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner
  • 4 Dinners with wine

  • Hat, Sunscreen, Enclosed Walking Shoes, Camera

  • Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Brisbane Airport
  • Day 7 – flights to depart after 20:00 from Brisbane Airport

  • Low level of fitness required

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
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