The perfect Outback Queensland experience begins with an overnight train journey on the Spirit of the Outback.  Take in the ever-changing scenery, pass historic authentic outback towns along the way and enjoy the views of the rugged terrain between Brisbane and Longreach, the geographical heart of Queensland. 

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, like the early post World War One pilots who formed the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial 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.

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

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    Rail holiday and tour
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    @ standard price from $3049 for your own room. See PRICES section for more details.
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This story appeared on Queensland Weekender on Channel 7 Queensland. It is part of a special exploring Outback Queensland on the Spirit of the Outback Rail Adventure.

You'll get to see the sleeper berth, first class lounge for your journey, the dining carriage and the meals. 


  • Overnight First Class twin share sleeper berth on board the Spirit of the Outback - Brisbane to Longreach
  • One way flight Longreach to Brisbane
  • 4 nights accommodation in Longreach with your own motel room (not shared)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 4 dinners including 1 highlight dinner
  • 4 lunches
  • All touring and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Visit the Stockmans Hall of Fame
  • Visit the Qantas Founders Museum and historic 1922 Qantas hangar
  • See Harry Redford’s Old Time Tent Show
  • Visit the School of Distance Education Centre
  • Transfer from hotel to station in Brisbane, day 1


  • Travel on the iconic Spirit of the Outback train journey from Brisbane to Longreach including first class sleeper train berth
  • Meet the characters in Longreach
  • See an Outback Stockmans Show
  • Hear some bush poetry during dinner a sunset dinner on the banks of the Thompson River
  • Experience a hilarious bush theatre show
  • Learn about the dinosaurs that once lived in Winton, Queensland

Consider arriving a day before the tour commences from journey - the cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option.

DAY 1 -  SATURDAY 14 JULY 2018
Brisbane – Spirit of the Outback

Fly from your nearest capital city to Brisbane.  Today, you will make your own way to our nominated group hotel, where you will meet fellow group members.  At approximately 1pm, you will be transferred to the Interstate Rail Terminal in the City (Roma Street) where we board the ‘Spirit of the Outback” Train. 

The train departs Brisbane 1.55pm.  Our Outback adventure starts here - with our journey on the Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach.  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. 

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. 

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 on board entertainment.  

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 -  SUNDAY 15 JULY 2018
Spirit of the Outback – Longreach 

Today the train leaves the coast, departing Rockhampton this morning and travels via Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine to Longreach, arriving in Longreach late today.  

The daylight journey from Rockhampton to Longreach will allow us to enjoy the magical colours and landscape of Outback Queensland.  Our stay in Longreach will enable us to experience some remarkable natural and man-made attractions and meet at least two unique Outback characters.  (Breakfast and lunch on Spirit of the Outback, dinner in the motel) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 3 -  MONDAY 16 JULY 2018

Longreach is in the centre of a vast area known as the Central West, in the geographical heart of Queensland.  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, like the early post World War One pilots who formed the Queensland and Northern Territory Arial Services, which in turn helped form the Flying Doctor Service.  What really makes the area are the characters who live here.  Richard Kinnon is one.  Graham Dean is another local character.  Not only does he run the famous open air theatre in the centre of Winton, he does a weekly “poetic review” of issues in Australia for the ABC! 

Today we are going to have a special experience as we get an insight into the area through the eyes of local graziers and pioneer families.  We will meet the owners of a local station called Strathmore and learn about their operations and the challenges of operating on the land.  We then head back into town to the Stockmans Hall of Fame where we enjoy the Outback Stockmans Show.  This show, which opened in April 2012, tells the story of real life stockmen and women who work on the land.  The Outback Stockman’s Show encompasses the modern day aspects of being a stockman, as well as telling the tales of what it used to be like in the past.  We have lunch here before some free time in town.  Tonight we enjoy a sunset dinner on the banks of the Thomson River - a timeless waterhole.  There will be an open fire and bush poetry.  It will be a fantastic night.  We then head back into town for a good nights’ sleep.  (Breakfast in the motel, light lunch at Stockmans Hall of Fame, theme dinner)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 4 -  TUESDAY 17 JULY 2018

This morning we will uncover some national treasures, such as the historic 1922 QANTAS hangar, at the QANTAS Founders Museum.  The historic photographs, memorabilia and multimedia displays bring alive the inspirational stories of one of the world’s pioneering airlines.  We then head back into town and really step back in time – at Kinnon & Co in the main street.  Their Station Store has an amazing range of traditionally made leatherwear and a treasure trove of historic nostalgia.  While we are here we stay to watch the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show.  Based on the traditional outback travelling shows, this sometimes politically incorrect, bush theatre tells a fictional story set in the time of Harry Redfords’ (AKA Captain Starlight) infamous adventures.  Be prepared to have a laugh!  There will be a little bit of free time this afternoon for shopping or private sightseeing, which could include a stagecoach ride through the bush.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Longreach to Winton 

Our day begins by travelling south of Winton to The Australian Age of Dinosaurs.  Winton itself is 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.  Unfortunately the Waltzing Matilda Museum was burnt down in 2015 but we have arranged a very interesting visit none the less.  We arrive at The Australian Age of Dinosaurs, located on top of a Jump-Up.  This is a rugged mesa plateau formation that stands 75 metres above the surrounding plains.  We will have a clear view to spot any dinosaurs in the vicinity.  The area surrounding Winton is full of archaeological digs and today we have the opportunity to take a tour and learn about this prehistoric phenomenon and see real dinosaur bones being prepared in the laboratory.  The facility has won many awards for its design and content.  We spend most of the day here and include a lovely lunch from a fantastic vantage point.  This afternoon we make our way back to our motel where we have time to relax on our last night in the area. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 6 -  THURSDAY 19 JULY 2018
Depart Longreach 

Our 9am visit is to School of Distance Education Centre.  “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." There are definite disadvantages but we do believe the advantages are there also to be schooled this way.  Which would you prefer?  We observe the children as they begin their day.  Our next appointment is at the Longreach Cemetery.  Cemeteries are fascinating places to discover the history of a town through the people and dates they lived in the area.  From aboriginal trackers to soldiers, lost graves, victims of crime and heroes, some legendary, some infamous and some forgotten – this burial place is home to them all.  Our guide will reveal many secrets of the Outback from our walk here.  Back into town now with a chance to purchase lunch from one of the cafes before we are transferred to the airport.  Our flight to Brisbane departs at 2.35pm and takes two hours. Say your final goodbyes before flying to your onward destination.

Meals: Breakfast


Itineraries are 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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Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Overnight Train

Spirit of the Outback



Albert Park Motor In


Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.


The perfect Outback Queensland experience begins onboard the Spirit of the Outback train, a journey through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain between Brisbane and Longreach.

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.​

From Brisbane your outback expedition begins, travelling through the vast regions with historic authentic outback towns along the way, this journey is another legend in the making.


The ALBERT PARK MOTOR INN and Oasis Restaurant is Longreach’s newest motel and restaurant. Set in an idyllic bush setting and in close proximity to Longreach’s iconic attractions. All our 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 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.


Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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Prices per person (in AUD)

Own Room in Longreach

STANDARD Package per person


Airfare to/from Brisbane

 Quote on Request

Not included: 

  • Airfares to/from Brisbane
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • 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 

The airfare to/from Brisbane is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.


Arrive to: Brisbane, QLD
Depart from: Brisbane, QLD  

Arrival into Brisbane:
Please book your flight into Brisbane to arrive no later than 11.30am as the group will be transferred at 1.15pm from the group hotel to Roma St train station to meet a 1:55pm train to Longreach.

Departure out of Brisbane:
On the final day of the trip Thursday 19 July, your flight from Longreach to Brisbane will depart at 2.35pm. You will arrive into Brisbane at 4.35pm, we recommend booking your onward flight from 5.30pm onwards.

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.  Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

By your own arrangement to/from the nominated group tour hotel, Brisbane

Brisbane Pick Up Point Day 1 - Saturday 14 July 2018
Sage Hotel
70 James Street,
Brisbane, Qld
Tel: 07 3222 3111

Please make your own way to the group meeting point at Sage Hotel Brisbane as this is the departure point on day 1 of the tour.  If staying at the hotel please note the check in and check out times

Check in: from 3pm
Check out: by 11pm

If you choose to stay a pre night prior to the walk, we can pre-book this on your behalf as part of your package.

Sage Hotel
70 James Street,
Brisbane, Qld
Tel: 07 3222 3111

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment. Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example. Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.


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

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.

You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 15 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
A leisurely to moderately paced tour. You will see a lot on this tour and cover a lot of ground.  Touring is always most enjoyed when you have a good level of fitness. A minimum average level of fitness is recommended for this tour.  If you are joining the 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 brisk walks for at least 40 minutes at a time.

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 is a private group tour with local guides only. Your local guides are there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

Spirit of the Outback Train, Private Coach

All items accepted must meet the following weight and size restrictions:

  • Up to a maximum of 20 kg (44 pounds) per piece,
  • And not exceeding 180 linear centimetres in size (to calculate this, add length, width and depth of the item together).

Customers will be required to remove items from luggage to reduce the weight to no more than 20 kg, before it can be accepted onboard.

It is recommended that customers check in larger luggage items (20 kg maximum) that they are unable to carry easily themselves. Onboard staff will only be able to provide assistance with carrying small hand held luggage (7kg maximum).

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