OVERVIEW

Solos Only

A Solo Travel Small Group Discovery of Longreach 

This region will impress and surprise you with just how much there is to explore. Longreach is a stand alone destination, where a few days is simply not enough to discover all she has to often.

Steeped in history – Longreach and the surrounds is a region that attracted bush poets like Banjo Patterson and pioneers, and the early post World War One pilots who formed the Queensland and Northern Territory Arial Services, and so the home of QANTAS. What really makes the area are the characters who live here, and they will be your hosts for your visit to an iconic part of Australia.

Arriving to Longreach, settle into the outback with a two night stay at a superb glamping site, experiencing the wonders of sleeping in style under our Milky Way.

Explore Outback Queensland

Part of your visit includes a full day out to Winton, the home of the dinosaurs, QANTAS Founders Musuem, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Smithy’s Outback Show & Dinner, Longreach Sound & Lightshow and more. With local hosts, this is carefree getaway with all the touring, meals and arrangements taken care of for you in this incredible outback land.

This is an enriching journey, a small group experience just for solo travellers.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    6 Days
  • Status:
    Early preview
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Cabins,Glamping
  • Prices from:
    TBA
  • Transport:
    Boat, Private vehicle
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    20
REVIEWS

"The trip to Longreach was amazing .There were so many interesting things to see that I never knew about.The visits to the outback stations were so lovely .I would really urge anyone to visit this part of the world."

Cathy, 69 yrs, Sydney, NSW

'I have just done my first holiday with Encounter Travel - Outback Longreach Explorer. What an awesome holiday. We saw so many and varied things and had a true Australian Outback Experience with the people, their stories and the landscape. The places we visited were varied and all had something interesting. The holiday was jam packed with things to do but we also had a nice amount of downtime to explore on our own or rest if we wished. This tour was absolutely fabulous and for a city girl was really interesting to see what the Outback of Australia is really like. I highly recommend this tour.'

Leilani, 57 yrs, Brisbane, QLD
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 2 night superb outback glamping at Mitchell Grass Retreat with ensuite, Longreach
  • 3 nights cabin accommodation with ensuite
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 morning tea
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Savannah Driver-guide service
  • All touring and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Visit the Qantas Founders Museum and historic 1922 Qantas hangar
  • Visit the Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Visit Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Visit the School of Distance Education Centre
  • English-speaking locally based guides 

TRAVEL

  • Air conditioned touring vehicles
  • Boat cruise
  • Return group airport transfer, Longreach with nominated tour flight

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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11 - 16 MAY 22
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$TBA

Pre Tour Stay, Longreach @ Glamping accommodation with breakfast

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Trip Code: long22-5

Itinerary

  • Overnight 5 star glamping stay with ensuite facilities
  • Mitchell Grass Retreat BBQ Dinner
  • Longreach Cemetery visit
  • Historic Wellshot Hotel
  • Ilfracombe Tour
  • Camden Park Sunset Tour and Dinner
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Tour including Dinosaur Canyon
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Arno’s Wall
  • Longreach School of Distance
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Stockman’s experience
  • Rosebank Station Morning Tea
  • Qantas Founders Museum including the guided Airpark tour
  • Drover's Sunset Cruise including Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show
  • Luminescent Longreach Light & Sound Show
  • Overnight rail journey; first class sleeper berth Spirit of the Outback Train Longreach to Brisbane

 

 

DAY 1

Arrive Longreach. 5 Star Luxury Glamping.

Your exciting outback discovery begins! Arriving to Longreach, there is a group transfer from Longreach airport where you will be met by our local representative.

We take lunch in town and an orientation tour of Longreach before heading to our superb glamping site for the next two nights of stay under the Milky Way.  It’s a relaxed afternoon to unwind and appreciate the impressive sunset from your glamping tent deck.   Tonight, the group enjoys a relaxed BBQ dinner and some time around the fire pit.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Arrival group airport transfer
  • Town orientation tour
  • 5 star glamping
  • BBQ dinner under the stars

Mitchell Grass Retreat

Inside your luxury tent, Mitchell Grass Retreat
 

DAY 2

Longreach & Ilfracombe Touring

Enjoy a gourmet breakfast delivered to your tent. This morning, travel the short distance to Ilfracombe for lunch at the historic Wellshot Hotel and time to explore. Founded in 1891, Ilfracombe was a transport hub for Wellshot Station, which at the time held the largest number of sheep on any station in the world. After lunch, there's the option for a self-guided tour of the Longreach Cemetery in the afternoon or take time out to relax at leisure in town our back at the glamping site for a few hours. Later in the afternoon experience the warm hospitality of local graziers, with a visit to Camden Park Station followed by sunset drinks and a dinner hosted by the local station owners at their property.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Ilfracombe town visit and lunch at historic Wellshot Hotel
  • Camden Park Station visit including sunset drinks and dinner

DAY 3

Longreach – Winton - Longreach

Head west to the land of the dinosaurs to visit Winton for a full day out to the central area of Queensland that abounds with early Australian folklore and history.  It was in this area that Banjo Paterson wrote his famous poem about the swagman and the jolly jumbuck and “Waltzing Matilda” was first heard in a pub in Winton. 

Exploring Winton features a visit to The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Musuem including the more recently opened Dinosaur Canyon. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, and not surprisingly, it is also the site of Australia’s largest fossil preparation laboratory.  Join a guided tour of the laboratory and collection room, and Dinosaur Canyon.

Winton is also home to the Waltzing Matilda Centre, and we make a visit to learn the story behind Australia’s unofficial national anthem; the only museum dedicated to a song. We then make our way back to Longreach and tonight, the group is escorted to dine out in town at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History visit and guided tour
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre

 

DAY 4   

Four Highlights. Longreach Touring.

Witness a totally different way of schooling at Longreach School of Distance Education. Tour one of the largest classrooms in the world!  “Imagine a classroom more than twice the size of Victoria, where the playground is as vast as the outback and the partnership between home and school is legendary."

Next, a highlight visit to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame; explore the newly renovated 5 themed Galleries. A journey for all your senses featuring the birth of a nation through the eyes of the Australian stockman. A fully immersive cinematic experience showcasing virtual and real footage across a 16m screen, get in touch with the essence of the Australian Stockman. Bring your stockman’s experience to life at the Stockman’s Life LIVE Show. See the stories and skills that define what it means to be a stockman.

Late afternoon we unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty on-board nibbles followed by a two-course table service dinner under the stars at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Longreach School of Distance Education
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Drover’s Sunset Cruise
  • Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show

 

DAY 5  MONDAY

Longreach Touring including QANTAS Founders Museum

After breakfast we travel to the Historic Rosebank Station for a picturesque morning tea and stories of yesteryear. Originally settled as a sheep and cattle station some 100 years ago, Rosebank was famously visited in 1959 by Princess Alexandra and Princess Alice. The Princesses stayed in a specially built wing, fittingly named the ‘Princess Wing.’

Today enjoy the world-class QANTAS Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas. View marvellous interpretive and interactive exhibits then join a guided Airpark Tour.  Take your time to uncover some national treasures, such as the historic 1922 QANTAS hangar.  The historic photographs, memorabilia and multimedia displays bring alive the inspirational stories of one of the world’s pioneering airlines. 

This afternoon there is some free time in downtown Longreach before dinner in town. Tonight we also visit QANTAS Founders newest attraction, the incredible Luminescent Longreach Sound & Light Show. At the end of a marvellous day of discoveries, settle in for the evening at your accommodation before you farewell Longreach tomorrow.

Inside the QANTAS Founder's Museum Longreach

 

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Historic Rosebank Station
  • QANTAS Founders Museum
  • Luminescent Longreach Sound & Light Show


DAY 6

Longreach. Home Time.

Your outback adventure comes to a close with many memorable stories and insights to this small town with a very big story. 

Meals: Breakfast 

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

 

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ACCOMMODATION

MICTHELL GRASS RETREAT, LONGREACH

Luxury outback glamping, Longreach

Mitchell Grass Retreat is located in the heart of Outback Queensland, Longreach. Take in stunning views from your canvas tent complete with power, air conditioning, beautiful ensuite and outdoor deck. Enjoy a walk through surrounding bushland, kayak the Thomson River and take time out for yourself.

The tent features a spacious open plan bedroom with kitchenette and European appliances. All are fully insect screened with private deck, air conditioning, outdoor furnishing, and barbeque. The five-star king-sized bed is dressed in luxury linen and the comfortable seating is perfect for quiet relaxation with your complimentary port and chocolates. Indulge with deliciously luxurious toiletries in your ensuite bathroom featuring a gorgeous deep tub… with views across the plain.

CABINS AT SALTBUSH RETREAT, LONGREACH

Outback cabins; comfortable air-conditioned cabins feature a deck with views over our outback gardens. Cabins includes a well-equipped kitchen, a refrigerator, microwave,  stovetop and an electric kettle. There is also a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a seating area and ironing facilities. The private bathroom has a shower and a hairdryer.

1 bedroom cabins feature either; one queen bed, day bed and bunk bed
or, one queen bed and 3 bunk beds to sleeps 5

 

Ensuite bathroom of glamping tent, Mitchell Grass

Ensuite bathroom, glamping tent.

Outdoor, Saltbush Retreat

Outdoor space, Saltbush Retreat

Mitchell Grass Encounter Travel stay

Luxury glamping tent with ensuite, Mitchell Grass

Saltbush 1 bed cabin Encounter Travel stay

1 bedroom cabin, Saltbush Retreat, Longreach


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts In: Longreach, Queensland
Ends In: Longreach, Queensland

Arrival Day
Arrival day commences with a ‘meet and greet’ at Longreach airport and transfer to your accommodation.  Tour commences in Longreach and arrival by own arrangement. 

Final Day Information
An airport transfer is included to meet your departure flight. Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey. Departure day ends after accommodation check out and a transfer to the airport for your onward journey home on the nominated group flight.    

FLIGHT INFORMATION

FLIGHT SCHEDULES
There is a daily flight between Brisbane and Longreach, Queensland. Some days the flight is direct and others days the flights is via Barcaldine. There is the option to book an overnight (sleeper) train journey between Brisbane and Longreach but additional nights of stay may be required as the train is not daily.

FLIGHT ASSISTANCE
We are able to provide flight advice and booking services. A small service fee applies, due in advance.   

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION 

VISA/ENTRY INFORMATION
See 'VISA/ENTRY' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.
At the time of travel check any government requirements for pre travel registration relating to COVID-19.

If joining from outside Australian, most passport holders from other countries must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below. 

PASSPORTS
If travelling/joining from outside your home country, most countries require visitors to hold a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

Always check your destination country for their Customs policies for prohibited or restricted items. Products or legal medications in your country may not always be permitted in other countries.

 

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE [2 OUT OF 5]
You will see a lot on this tour but all but one day is touring in Longreach and surrounds hence there are no long durations of road travel for these days. The one longer day is out to Winton with road travel time a few hours in each direction.  The itinerary is mostly a full schedule but there are some ‘downtimes’ included. The physical pace of the day to day touring is easy paced and suits average levels of fitness.

Touring is always most enjoyed when you have a good level of fitness. A minimum average level of fitness is recommended for this tour.  We recommend that on the months leading up to the tour, that you exercise regularly, at least a few times a week, such as taking walks for at least 40 minutes at a time.

Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

More Information > Visit Travel Fitness

MEALS
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

This tour has all meals included from lunch on day 1 until breakfast on the final day. There may be a few outdoor style dinners, the dinner after the boat cruise is an alternate drop menu.  The dinners at a local restaurant in Longreach are a set menu with choices for each course. We can cater for vegetarian, and gluten free meal requirements. Please check with us for any special diet requests and advise in advance of travel prior to 30 days before.

GROUP DRIVER-GUIDE
This is a private group tour with one Savannah driver-guide, leading the group. The trip suits an independent style traveller, content with travelling without the additional services of a tour escort.

TRANSPORT
Dependent on the group size a mid size or full size coach is used.

 

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

"The trip to Longreach was amazing .There were so many interesting things to see that I never knew about.The visits to the outback stations were so lovely .I would really urge anyone to visit this part of the world."

Cathy, 69 yrs, Sydney, NSW

'I have just done my first holiday with Encounter Travel - Outback Longreach Explorer. What an awesome holiday. We saw so many and varied things and had a true Australian Outback Experience with the people, their stories and the landscape. The places we visited were varied and all had something interesting. The holiday was jam packed with things to do but we also had a nice amount of downtime to explore on our own or rest if we wished. This tour was absolutely fabulous and for a city girl was really interesting to see what the Outback of Australia is really like. I highly recommend this tour.'

Leilani, 57 yrs, Brisbane, QLD

'Come to the Outback Longreach Tour in Queensland it’s a trip of a lifetime you’ll never forget.'

Kieran, 57 yrs, Brisbane, QLD
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