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Discover Queensland's Outback in Emerald, Longreach & Winton

New places available for 2022!

Experience the outback and its resilient pioneers, past and present. This comprehensive itinerary includes a huge list of Outback Queensland "must see" and "must do" experiences, including a rail journey on the charming Spirit of the Outback from Emerald to Longreach. 2022 places are already filling fast — call 1300 414 198 now to secure your spot!

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About this holiday

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Qantas Founders Museum

Commence your Outback discovery journey in Emerald the gateway to the gem fields, journey through the ever-changing landscape between Emerald and Longreach on the charming Spirit of the Outback.

Discover the pioneering spirit, the people and places of the Longreach region. Outback Queensland has always been a place for the adventurous, independent and inventive people who could create a life far from the city. It’s not hard to see how the lifestyle shaped the famous outback character and why the outback life is so iconic in Australian folklore.

Longreach is the focal point for a whole world of activities that take you back in time, as well as sharing insights into what it means to be an outback pioneer today.

After exploring the region, you'll say farewell to the outback, where the towering blue sky meets the sunburnt red earth on the horizon



Your holiday includes:

  • All transfers including pick-up at Emerald Airport and drop-off at Longreach Airport.
  • Economy seat on the Spirit of the Outback from Emerald to Longreach
  • 1 night accommodation in Emerald
  • 5 nights accommodation in Longreach
  • 6 gourmet breakfasts, 2 smokos, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Cobb and Co Stage Coach Experience
  • Nogo Station Experience hosted by a Kinnon family member and station safari
  • Starlight’s Cruise Experience with campfire dinner and Starlight’s Spectacular Sound and Light Picture Show
  • Winton Discovery Day Tour
  • Entry to Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Entry to QANTAS Founders Museum and 90-minute jet tour
  • All entries and activities as per itinerary

Not included:

  • Flight from your home city to Emerald
  • Flight from Longreach to your home city
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your flights to connect with this tour.


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The Stables Bedroom, Longreach


The Emerald Explorers Inn, Emerald offers 4 star accommodation with high quality facilities. The Emerald Inn motel is the perfect accommodation for tourists and families only minutes away for the towns many attractions.  With high-end services we make your stay as comfortable and easy as possible whilst away from home.    


At The Staging Post in the heritage heart of Longreach, you’ll be living and dreaming the outback story. This boutique accommodation would have impressed the ladies and gentleman arriving on the Cobb & Co coach but also has everything for today’s travellers rolling into town in dusty cars or stepping off a plane. All rooms have ensuites, very comfortable beds, air-conditioning, TV and free Wi-Fi – plus clever pioneer-inspired features and lovingly-crafted quirks that create an unforgettable sense of place.

It’s all a few steps from The Welcome Home where big breakfasts and outback dining provide fuel for your days of outback exploration

Travel dates


Please note: 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.

3 Departures for 2022 - secure your spot today!

    • Tuesday 21 June - Monday 27 June 2022
    • Tuesday 02 August - Monday 08 August 2022
    • Tuesday 23 August - Monday 29 August 2022

    QLD Pensioners:

  • Twin share - from $3044 per person
  • Single Traveller - from $3944

Seniors (QLD & Interstate Government Seniors):

  • Twin share - from $3072 per person
  • Single Traveller - from $3972


  • Twin share - from $3082 per person
  • Single Traveller - from $3982

Call our Brisbane-based travel team on 1300 414 198 (for the cost of a local call anywhere in Australia) to secure your place on this Travel at 60 community group holiday.



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

Tuesday: Arrive Emerald

Make your own way to Emerald (Travel at 60 are happy to assist with flights) and on arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Included meals: Dinner

Wednesday: Spirit of the Outback - Emerald to Longreach

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before embarking on the Spirit of the Outback train journey to Longreach.

8:45am depart Emerald - take in the spectacular scenery from your window in the comfort of an economy seat. Relax in the lounge and enjoy quality takeaway meals and beverages from the Galley.

7:30pm arrive Longreach.On arrival into Longreach you will be met by a representative from Outback Pioneers and transferred to your accommodation.This evening is at leisure

Included meals: Breakfast

Thursday: Cobb and Co Stagecoach Experience, Starlight’s Cruise Experience

6.45am The day starts with a big buffet breakfast at The Welcome Home (a couple of minutes walk from your room).

From 8.30am Wait outside The Welcome Home for the amazing Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience (see your ticket for the start time). You’ll board a real stagecoach for a ride on the old Longreach to Windorah mail route through the bush. You’ll step back in time as the stagecoach rumbles across the dusty track. Enjoy home-baked scones and tea in our tearoom, followed by a classic Aussie bush movie in the old theatrette.

At 12pm watch the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show with a billy-can lunch.

1.00pm This afternoon there’s time to explore Eagle Street (the main street of Longreach), especially the The Station Store, a fantastic outback emporium that transports you back to the heyday of the general stores that sold everything. Walk back to your accommodation.

From 4.30pm Be ready outside The Welcome Home again for your transfer to the Thomson River and the start of our Starlight’s Cruise Experience. Board our historic paddle wheeler or riverboat for a sunset cruise. The cruise is followed by a hearty stockman’s dinner around the campfire with bush entertainment, then the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound-and-Light Picture Show featuring a special movie commissioned by the Kinnon family to celebrate our legendary local hero Harry Redford. BYO alcoholic drinks and a jacket for cold outback evenings. Arrive back at your accommodation by approximately 9pm.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch & Dinner

Friday: Nogo Station Experience, Qantas Founders Museum, Stone grill® Dining Experience

The first day takes you from your accommodation to the real heart of outback life at the Kinnon’s historic Nogo Station. Be inspired and entertained by stories of pioneering life and working station reality with your Kinnon host. Marvel at the merino story in the historic shearing sheds. Experience the incredible station safari in an open-top, double-decker bus. Visit Captain Starlight’s stockyards and have traditional ‘smoko’ under the gum trees.

Transfer to the QANTAS Founders Museum (entry included). Take your time to enjoy the museum and 90-minute Jet Tour. Time to freshen up before your Stonegrill® dining experience at The Welcome Home.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Dinner

Saturday: Winton Discovery Day Tour

It’s a 6.45am start for a full-day tour to Winton. Visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and Dinosaur Canyon plus the Waltzing Matilda Centre. Enjoy lunch at the historic North Gregory Hotel and take a stroll down the Main Street before returning to Longreach. Dine at Longreach’s local Chinese restaurant in the evening.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday: Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame

Visit the iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the five galleries before lunch at the museum café (at your own cost). Return to your accommodation and decide on dinner. Try a local restaurant or order takeaway...

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Monday: Depart Longreach

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before being transferred to the Airport. You will be leaving with lots of amazing memories.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast



Please note that Queensland Rail periodically conduct planned and unplanned maintenance to tracks throughout the Queensland Rail network. Disruptions caused by this is out of our control. We will endeavour to advise you as soon as possible of the situation and alternative travel options.

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Fine print


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 due within 7 days of booking. Final payment due 6 weeks prior to departure 20201