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Longreach, Birdsville & Far West Queensland - Travel at 60 Community Tour (Sep 2021)

An all-inclusive adventure with like-minded over-60s!

This FULLY INCLUSIVE tour features Birdsville, where the Channel Country meets the desert, Winton, Windorah, Boulia and Longreach. This tour will take you to places you have dreamed of visiting - and all with a great group of new friends!

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DURATION
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10 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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  • free_breakfastDaily breakfast
  • restaurantAll meals
  • local_activitySelected entry fees
  • local_barSelected drinks
  • airport_shuttleSelected transfers

About this holiday

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Follow a spectacularly scenic drive to Winton via Cawnpore Lookout to view the stark flat-topped beauty of the surrounding Lillyvale Hills

Have you ever dreamed of heading west? Here's your chance to join like-minded travellers to explore Queensland's far west country, which is full of Queensland's pioneering history.

Make your way to Longreach to commence the tour (Travel at 60 are happy to assist with booking your flight) and tonight you will meet your fellow travellers.

Enjoy a few nights in Longreach and visit the iconic attractions and sights of the region before starting your outback exploration. Windorah is located in the centre of Channel Country and in the heart of cattle country, with red sandhill country surrounding the town. Toast the sunset from the beautiful wind-swept red sandhills and watch as the colours change.

Birdsville is a bucket-list destination and you'll spend two nights at the iconic Birdsville Hotel. Head to the end of the Birdsville Track and see the legendary Birdsville Race Track, where the popular Birdsville Races are held each year. You'll also toast the glorious outback sunset from atop Big Red, a 40 metre high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.

Explore the remote town of Bedourie, located on a sand dune; overlooking the Eyre Creek floodplain. In Boulia, visit the Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed Min Min Light phenomenon.

In Winton, you'll enjoy lunch at the historic North Gregory Hotel, where Waltzing Matilda was first played. Visit the newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre and the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, for a fascinating tour of the laboratory, collection room and the incredible Dinosaur Canyon.

On arrival in Longreach, you'll be transferred to the railway station for yourjourney to Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback.

Inclusions

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TOUR:

  • Arrival/departure transfers in Longreach
  • 8 nights ensuite accommodation
  • All meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners)
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Travel by comfortable touring coach
  • Touring with experienced Savannah Guides Operator driver and host

SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK:

  • First class sleeper (Longreach-Brisbane)
  • All-inclusive chef-prepared dining in the Tuckerbox Restaurant
  • Exclusive access to the Shearer's Rest Lounge
  • Bed linen
  • Latest movies on entertainment tables
  • Amenities pack
  • Power adaptor

** Solo Travellers - please note that due to limited availability on the Spirit of the Outback, solo travellers will share a twin cabin on the overnight Spirit of the Outback journey and enjoy a single room whilst on tour

Accommodation

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Enjoy your stay at the Albert Park Motor Inn in Longreach

TOUR ACCOMMODATION:

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach
  • Cooper Cabins or Western Star Hotel, Windorah
  • Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville
  • Australian Hotel or Desert Sands Motel, Boulia
  • Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton

SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK - FIRST CLASS SLEEPER:

Your First Class Sleeper (twin share) is a private cabin which provides a comfortable seat during the day which converts into a bed at night. Enjoy all-inclusive chef prepared meals in the Tuckerbox Restaurant and the latest movies on entertainment tablets in the Shearers Rest Lounge, which is exclusive to First Class customers. Your First Class cabin also contains a 240v plug to power your personal electronics.

Travel dates

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Wed 28 Sep - Fri 08 Oct 2021 - ONE DEPARTURE ONLY!

Please note: When booking, you will need to provide us with your concession card details to be eligible for the relevant rail fare. Any clients who are unable to provide concession card details will be charged the adult fare.

** Solo Travellers - please note that due to limited availability on the Spirit of the Outback, solo travellers will share a twin cabin on the overnight Spirit of the Outback journey and enjoy a single room whilst on tour

QLD Pensioner:

  • Twin share - from $4510.00 per person
  • Solo Traveller - from $5250.00**

Seniors (QLD & Interstate Government Seniors):

  • Twin share - from $4630.00 per person
  • .Solo Traveller - from $5370.00**

Adult:

  • Twin share - from $4800.00 per person
  • Solo Traveller - from $5540.00**

Want to avoid the single supplement? If you'd rather not pay the single supplement, we can happily pair you with another solo guest of the same gender. Subject to availability of another guest of the same gender willing to share.

Call our Brisbane based travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your place on this Travel at 60 community group holiday.

Itinerary

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Please note that this tour commences in Longreach and concludes in Brisbane.

Wed 28 Sep 2021: Arrive Longreach

Make your own way to Longreach (Travel at 60 are happy to assist with flights) for the start of your Outback Queensland adventure. You will be met at either the Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. Transfer to your accommodation for a Welcome Supper and tour briefing.

  • Stay: Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach (2 nights)
  • Included Meals: Dinner

Thu 29 Sep 2021: Longreach

Enjoy an orientation tour of Longreach then visit the world-class QANTAS Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of QANTAS. Discover the inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles platters, before taking your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fri 30 Sep 2021: Windorah

Follow the mighty Thomson River floodplain to Windorah, said to be the only place in the world where two rivers form a creek! See magnificently contrasting colours in Welford National Park; golden green spinifex, white-barked ghost gums and stunning red sand dunes. Late afternoon in Windorah, we’ll take a short trip out of town to toast the sunset from beautiful wind-swept red sandhills. Have your cameras ready!

  • Stay: Cooper Cabins or Western Star Hotel, Windorah
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sat 01 Oct 2021: Birdsville

See the JC Hotel Ruins, once part of the township site of Canterbury. Visit Betoota, originally established to collect cattle tolls and later as a Cobb & Co change station - it's now a ghost town. Take in spectacular views and enjoy a picnic lunch at Deon’s Lookout. See the Dreamtime Serpent Indigenous artwork; an impressive hillside installation created with gravel and gibbers. At the end of the legendary Birdsville Track we arrive in Birdsville.

  • Stay: Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville (2 nights)
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sun 02 Oct 2021:Birdsville

Stroll down to the banks of tranquil Birdsville Billabong and see the famous Birdsville Racetrack. Visit the Wirrarri Centre to view local artists’ work and explore the Inland Hospital. Tonight,, toast the glorious outback sunset from atop Big Red, a 40 metre high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mon 03 Oct 2021: Boulia

Take a close up look at the rare and ancient Waddi Trees and visit the Carcory Ruins. Explore the remote town of Bedourie, located on a sand dune; overlooking the Eyre Creek floodplain. See the historic Royal Hotel, built in the 1880s with adobe bricks; still very much in its original condition. Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout. In Boulia, visit the Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. Explore the Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland and see the impressive Marine Reptile Fossil exhibit.

  • Stay: Australian Hotel or Desert Sands Motel, Boulia
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tue 04 Oct 2021: Winton

We follow a spectacularly scenic drive to Winton via Cawnpore Lookout to view the stark flat-topped beauty of the surrounding Lillyvale Hills. Visit the historic Middleton Hotel, built during the Cobb & Co. era. It was originally a changing station, where tired horses were replaced with fresh horses on the Winton to Boulia route. Spend time at the pub listening to entertaining yarns by the local publican over morning tea. Arrive in Winton for lunch at the historic North Gregory Hotel on the site where Waltzing Matilda was first played. Enjoy some free time downtown to wander the Opal Walk or visit the Winton Truck Museum.

  • Stay: Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton (2 nights)
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wed 05 Oct 2021: Winton

If there is one song that lives in the heart of all Australians, it is Waltzing Matilda. Uncover the story behind the song at the newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre. Discover state of the art interpretive displays and learn about Winton’s connection with QANTAS’ first ever board meeting at the Qantilda Museum. Mid-afternoon, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, for a fascinating tour of the laboratory, collection room and the incredible Dinosaur Canyon. Relax with cool drinks and great company at our exclusive sunset barbecue overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed!

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thu 06 Oct 2021: Depart Longreach

Following breakfast, you will be return to Longreach and be transferred to Longreach Railway Station for your journey on the iconic Spirit of the Outback. You’ll be leaving with lots of amazing memories and newfound friends!

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fri 07 Oct 2021: Arrive Brisbane

Say farewell to your fellow travellers during the morning as your amazing Outback Adventure ends on arrival in Brisbane's Roma Street Station around midday.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note this itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Questions

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Solo Travellers:

Please note that due to limited availability on the Spirit of the Outback, solo travellers will share a twin cabin on the overnight Spirit of the Outback journey and enjoy a single room whilst on tour

Rail fare for QLD Pension Card Holders & Australian Government Seniors (QLD + interstate):*

When booking, you will need to provide us with your concession card details. Any clients who are unable to provide concession card details will be charged the adult fare.

Fitness Level:

Please note a medium level of fitness is required for this tour - guests have no mobility concerns and they have declared any pre-existing injuries which may affect their participation. Please note tours include leisurely walks that can be in excess of 1.5km. Not suitable for guests needing wheelie walkers or wheelchairs.

Baggage Allowance:

One small to medium sized suitcase per person (approx H 60cm x W 40cm x D 30cm) maximum weight 20kg. One piece of hand luggage/day pack may be carried onboard the coach.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

A minimum of 20 passengers is required for this tour to proceed. The day to day itinerary is subject to change without notice. Same gender solo pair up is subject to availability. If we are unable to match you with another traveller the sole use price will be charged. No changes are permitted once final payment has been made.

Concession Cards: All concession card numbers must be advised at the time of booking and a copy of both sides of your card is to be sent to Travel at 60 once your booking is confirmed. Any customers who do not provide a concession number will be charged the adult fare.

QLD Pension Entitlements: Queensland resident pension card holders are entitled to four (4) rail travel entitlements each calendar year. Additional fare applies for any Queensland Pensioners who have used their rail travel entitlements. A copy of both sides of your card is to be sent to Travel at 60 once your booking is confirmed. Any customers who do not provide a concession number will be charged the adult fare.

Deposit / Final Payment:

A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required within 7 days of booking. The balance is due no later than Wed 28 July 2021.