There's no better way to experience the outback and its resilient pioneers (past and present) than this comprehensive itinerary across Longreach and Winton, ending with a rail journey from Longreach to Brisbane 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 as you board the Spirit of the Outback. Departing Longreach, the heart and soul of Queensland’s outback, you’ll journey through the heritage towns of Barcaldine, Emerald and Blackwater and the small townships of Ilfracombe, Jericho and Alpha as you make your way towards Brisbane.
From the comfort of your first class sleeper, marvel at the landscape changing right outside your window. Learn the true meaning of heritage, delight in delicious and hearty chef-prepared meals and trade stories with your fellow travellers before arriving in Brisbane where your Outback Adventure ends.
Your holiday includes:
Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your flights to connect with this tour.
kick off your boots in heritage-themed accommodation that is inspired by the era of stagecoach travel.
At The Staging Post in the heritage heart of Longreach, you’ll be living and dreaming the outback story. This unique accommodation would have impressed the ladies and gentleman arriving on the Cobb & Co coach but also has everything for today’s travellers. 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.
SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK - FIRST CLASS SLEEPER:
Your First Class Sleeper 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.
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.
** 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
Seniors (QLD & Interstate Government Seniors):
Want to avoid the single supplement? Ask about sharing options and we can happily pair you with another solo guest of the same gender (subject to other passengers willing to share).
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 Longreach and concludes in Brisbane.
Wednesday: Arrive Longreach
Make your own way to Longreach (Travel at 60 are happy to assist with flights) and on arrival your Outback Pioneers Hosts will welcome you and transfer you to your accommodation at The Staging Post. Your Outback Queensland experience starts here!
Thursday: Stagecoach and Starlight 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.
Friday: Nogo Station and Qantas Founders Museum
6.45am Tuck into a generous country buffet breakfast at the Welcome Home, ready for a busy day of experiences.
7.30am Be ready outside The Welcome Home for your coach pick-up to take you on the Nogo Station Experience. See Longreach town highlights before travelling to the Kinnon’s historic Nogo Station, which was once part of the famous Bowen Downs Station. Nogo is now the home of Abigail (née Kinnon) and her family. 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, spotting the animals that call the outback home. Visit Captain Starlight’s stockyards and see a recreation of his camp at the billabong. Then have a few yarns with your host under the gum trees with a saddle-bag lunch. You’ll transfer straight from Nogo to the Qantas Founders Museum, where your entry and tour is included.
1.00pm Join your museum guide for your tour of the 747 and the Super Constellation. There’s also plenty of time to discover all the exhibits and learn about the pioneers of flight.
4.00pm Hop back on the coach to transfer back to your accommodation. There’s time to relax and refresh before dinner.
6.00pm Make your way to The Welcome Home ready for your Stonegrill Dining Experience. BYO alcoholic drinks.
Saturday: Winton Discovery Day Tour
Today enjoy the breakfast basket provided in your room.
6.45am Board the coach outside The Welcome Home for your full-day Winton Discovery Experience. Visit the award-winning Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum including the exciting new Dinosaur Canyon, Collection Room and March of the Titanosaurs exhibition.
Visit Winton Opal Gems before enjoying lunch at the historic North Gregory Hotel.
Your guide will meet you at the North Gregory after lunch and take you to explore the landmark Waltzing Matilda Centre. Then board the coach back to Longreach at 2.00pm.
6.00pm Make your way to The Welcome Home for the Country Classics dinner. BYO alcoholic drinks.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday: Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
There’s a breakfast basket in your room and time to have a leisurely start today.
8.45am Wait outside The Welcome Home for your transfer to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Explore the five galleries of the museum and learn about the achievements of the early settlers.
Enjoy lunch at the museum café (at your own cost).
3.00pm Catch the transfer bus back to your accommodation for the evening. This is your free evening to make the most of Longreach with your travel companions. You’ll find plenty of suggestions in the compendium in your room and the locals will welcome you.
Monday: Depart Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback
7.30am Farewell breakfast at The Welcome Home. It’s the end of your stay in Longreach and time to brush off the outback dust and reflect on an incredible few days. Your host will be there to see you off and you’ll be leaving with new friends and great memories.
9.00am we’ll take you to the station to join the Spirit of the Outback for your journey to Brisbane on the train.
Included Meals: Breakfast (Longreach), Lunch & Dinner (Spirit of the Outback)
Tuesday: Arrive in 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.
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.
A minimum number of 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.