OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Visit Longreach 

There are some fascinating things to see and do in this part of the world – 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 your first night at a luxury glamping site, experiencing the wonders of sleeping in style under our Milky Way. Explore the varied and incredible highlights of Longreach. This region will impress and surprise you with just how much there is to explore. 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, most meals and all the arrangements taken care of for you, you’ll experience major highlights of this incredible outback land.

A Discovery of the Queensland Outback

The perfect Outback Queensland experience finale is the overnight first class sleeper train journey on the Spirit of the Outback. Take in the ever-changing scenery, pass historic authentic outback towns along the way and travel the coast as you make your way by rail to arrive to Brisbane.

Come on this enriching journey, a small group experience just for solo travellers.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings closed
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Overnight train,Hotel,Glamping
  • Prices from:
    AUD4279 with own room
  • Transport:
    Train, 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

  • 1 night luxury outback glamping at Mitchell Grass Retreat with ensuite, Longreach
  • 4 nights motel accommodation with ensuite
  • 1 overnight train journey; first class sleeper berth on board the Spirit of the Outback ex Longreach to Brisbane
  • Onboard train meals at the Tuckerbox Restaurant
  • Daily breakfast lunch
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

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

 

TRAVEL

  • First class rail travel Longreach to Brisbane on board The Spirit of the Outback
  • Air conditioned touring vehicles
  • Boat cruise
  • Group arrival transfer, Longreach with nominated tour flight
  • Group departure transfer to Longreach train station

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Small group, not more than 20 travellers

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

Not included: 

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Brisbane train station onward transfers
  • 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

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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. There will be time in town for lunch before heading to your camping spot under the Milky Way. Tonight, experience the highlight of sleeping under the stars with a 5 star overnight glamping stay. 

Mitchell Grass Retreat

Inside your luxury tent, Mitchell Grass Retreat

Enjoy the afternoon relaxing by the pool and appreciate the impressive sunset from your glamping tent deck.   Tonight, the group enjoys a relaxed BBQ dinner followed by stories and toasting marshmallows around the fire pit.  

Meals: Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Arrival group airport transfer
  • Lunch in town
  • 5 star glamping
  • BBQ dinner under the stars
     

DAY 2

Longreach & Ilfracombe Touring

Enjoy a gourmet breakfast delivered to your tent, before embarking on a Longreach town tour. 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.  Travel the short distance to Ilfracombe for a town visit and lunch at the historic Wellshot Hotel.  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.

Later in the afternoon experience the warm hospitality of local graziers, with a visit to Camden Park Station followed by sunset drinks then a relaxed station dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

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

 

DAY 3

Longreach – Winton - Longreach

Today we head west to the land of the dinosaurs to visit Winton, the central area of Queensland and 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 starts with The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Musuem of Natural History, home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, including some of the most famous such as Australovenator (Banjo) and Diamantinasaurus (Matilda). Not surprisingly, it is also the site of Australia’s largest fossil preparation laboratory.  Join a guided interpretive tour of the laboratory, 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. Enjoy lunch and afterwards discover the quirky Arno’s Wall and play a tune on what is believed to be the world’s only musical fence. 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 Musuem of Natural History visit and guided tour
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Arnos Wall
  • Lunch in Winton
  • Dinner back in Longreach

 

DAY 4   

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."

Following this we venture 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. We 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. 

Inside the QANTAS Founder's Museum Longreach

This afternoon there is some free time in downtown Longreach before a group dinner in town. After dinner we 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

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


DAY 6

Longreach: Board Spirit of the Outback Overnight Sleeper Rail Journey

Your outback adventure finale - journey on the Spirit of the Outback from Longreach to Brisbane .  This fascinating 26 hour, 1300 km trip offers a unique insight into the history and culture of early Australia, combined with interesting commentary, a social atmosphere and an authentic dining experience.  This morning there is a group transfer from our Longreach accommodation to Longreach train station with the train departing 10am. The daylight journey Longreach allows you to see the magical colours and landscape of Outback Queensland. 

COMFORT OF A FIRST CLASS SLEEPER BERTH
Your journey includes an overnight sleeper berth in First Class. Passengers will wonder at the ever-changing landscape as the train moves from the coast through the heart of the Outback with its rugged mountains, wide-open plains and historic towns.  Onboard dining is an experience in itself with the restaurant car serving hearty Aussie meals, while the club and lounge cars are ideal for a relaxed drink and chinwag with fellow passengers. 

Spirit of the Outback Longreach
First class single berth, Spirit of the Outback train

ABOUT THE TRAIN
The Spirit of the Outback is a unique train that offers us a memorable journey into the Outback.  On board, the themed carriages reflect the images of the outback.  “The Spirit” is the only train of its kind that speaks the language of the Outback and interprets the rich folklore that has developed over time on the dry inland plains of Australia.  There is a well-appointed dining car, First Class sleeping berths, bar and onboard entertainment. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer to the train station
  • First class sleeper berth onboard, Spirit of the Outback
  • Onboard train dining

 

DAY 7 

Spirit of the Outback – Brisbane

This morning as you wake, the train will be travelling along the coast. Breakfast on board and travel to Brisbane, arriving to Roma Street Station midday.
 

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.

SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK – LONGREACH

Spirit of the Outback Train, an overnight journey with a sleeper cabin

Travel through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain between Longreach and Brisbane. With blue summer skies and rich golden soil to be seen into the horizon, the Spirit of the Outback provides the perfect opportunity to explore in comfort as the outback comes to life in front of your eyes.​ 

ALBERT PARK MOTOR IN, LONGREACH
A Longreach motel. All units are ground level for your convenience and comfort. Reverse-cycle Air-conditioning in each room. 3 guest laundries on site. Fully licensed restaurant and bar (closed during COVID-19) on premises. Large resort style pool and cold spa attached. Located close to Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Outback Museum and Longreach Airport.

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.


If we have confirmation of hotel Wi-Fi inclusion we state it above. However if Wi-Fi is not stated it does not mean that a hotel is without Wi-Fi. Most hotels have Wi-Free;  free or otherwise for a service fee. Our inclusion of free Wi-Fi above is not a guarantee as this can change without notice due to telco service interruptions or changes to hotel policy.

Single Gold Class Cabin, Outback Spirit

SIngle Gold Class Sleeper Cabin, Outback Spirit

Ensuite, luxury tent Mitchell Grass
Queen room, Albert Park Motor Inn Longreach

Queen room, Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach

Mitchell Grass Tent Outback Explorer Encounter Travel

Luxury glamping tent with ensuite, Mitchell Grass


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GETTING THERE

Starts In:  Longreach, Queensland
We meet QF2532 Brisbane (via Barcaldine) arriving to Longreach 12:05PM

Ends In:  Brisbane, Queensland
Train arrives 11:55AM to Roma Street Station, Brisbane, Queensland

Tour commences in Longreach and arrival to Longreach is by own arrangement.  There is the option to book arrival by rail but additional nights of stay required as train does not arrive the day of tour commencement.

Tour concludes at the final destination Brisbane, when the overnight train (part of your tour package) Longreach to Brisbane pulls into Roma Street Station, Brisbane.

If making onward flight arrangements your flight from Brisbane should be at least two hours after the train arrival (longer is better in case of unexpected delays transferring to the airport).  If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 28 days priors to travel, even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us. 

ARRIVAL TRANSFERS
One group transfer is included for arrival by air to Longreach. On the final day of the tour transfers from the group accommodation to the Longreach train station are provided.  When the train arrives to Roma Street Station, Brisbane the tour package inclusions come to an end and onward transfers are by your own arrangement.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

Additional Nights of Stay, Longreach
If you decide to arrive before the tour starts we include an airport or train transfer to your accommodation, when your arrangements for additional nights of stay are booked with us as part of your package.

If making onward flight arrangements your flight from Brisbane should be at least two hours after the train arrival (longer is better in case of unexpected delays transferring to the airport).  If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 28 days priors to travel, even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us.


ABOUT AIRFARES
On request we can provide an airfare quote (small service fee applies).  If joining the tour from outside Australia it is usually most economical if you make your own flight arrangements or use the service of a travel agent located within your country of residence.

VISA TO AUSTRALIA
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.

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. You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

It is 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.

MEALS

This tour has all meals included from lunch on day 1 until breakfast on the final day. There will be a couple of BBQ style dinners, the boat cruise is an alternate drop menu of fish and lamb hotpot.  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.

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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