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14 Day - Essence of the Outback Tour

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Package Details


From $6,999* pp

Tour Provider: APT
Region: Australia/NZ/South Pacific
Duration: 14 Days


Day 1.Arrive Cairns

Be met on arrival in Cairns and transferred to your hotel. This evening, a relaxed welcome dinner provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers. Accommodation: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Meals: Dinner

Day 2. Woodleigh Station, Undara

Travel to the authentic cattle station of Woodleigh Station for lunch, which has been family-owned for five generations. Continue to Undara Volcanic National Park and set out on a guided discovery of the intriguing lava tubes. The mysterious lava tubes and caves are the result of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred 190,000 years ago. The Undara tubes are some of the longest in the world, and are home to a unique array of native Australian plants and animals. Accommodation: Undara Experience Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3. Undara, Karumba

Today, set off on the legendary Gulflander Train, originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the gold fields of Croydon. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area rich in pioneering history and heritage. From grasslands and wetlands to barren Savannah territory, the Gulflander travels through countryside rarely seen by the average traveller. Accommodation: Karumba, End Of the Road Motel or similar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4. Mt Isa

Set off for Mt Isa, commonly referred to as the ‘oasis of the outback’. En route, stop to see the Purple Pub, one of the most iconic hotels in the north of Australia. Accommodation: Two Nights, Mt Isa, Red Earth Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5. Mt Isa

Located on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mt Isa is a melting pot of culture and industry. A tour of Hard Times Mine reveals its history as you enter the Alimak Cage with your guide and descend into the mine. Feel the earth tremble and cover your ears as you have a go at using the air-leg drill. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6. Cloncurry, Winton

Embark on a drive to the outback town of Cloncurry. After some time here, visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre – the first museum in the world dedicated to a song, which also includes a nostalgic light and sound show in the Billabong Theatrette. Later, arrive in Winton in time for dinner. Accommodation: Winton, Boulder Opal Motor Inn Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7. Lark Quarry, Longreach

Travel to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs exhibition and enjoy a Signature Experience. Continue to Lark Quarry to visit the Dinosaur Track-ways exhibit, known as one of the most concentrated set of dinosaur footprints in the world. Accommodation: Two Nights, Longreach, Saltbush Retreat Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8. Longreach, Thomson River Cruise

Visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, an award-winning museum that tells the story of Qantas through interactive exhibits and original and replica aircraft. Then head to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, dedicated to the custodians of the bush and Australia's pioneering history. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9. Carnarvon National Park

Set off for Carnarvon National Park. Along the way, stop at the famed Tree of Knowledge, known as the founding site of the political movement that helped to create the Australian Labor Party. Arrive in Carnarvon Gorge, set beneath a canopy of gum trees. Accommodation: Two Nights, Carnarvon National Park, Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10. Carnarvon National Park

During a half day exploration, take in the landscapes of Carnarvon National Park, including a scenic helicopter flight over the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge. admire its soaring sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured gorges and diverse wildlife. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11. Minerva Hills National Park, Emerald

View Minerva Hills National Park, keeping an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Afterwards, continue on to Emerald. Established in 1879 as a base for building the western railway, the town is a gateway to the Sapphire Gemfields. Accommodation: Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12. Charters Towers

Travel to Charters Towers today. Established as a gold rush town in 1871, it quickly grew to become the second-largest town in Queensland. Admire its heritage buildings on your way to the Heritage Lodge Motel. Accommodation: Cattleman’s Rest Motor Inn Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13. Paronella Park, Cairns

On the way back to Cairns, stop at the stunning Paronella Park on the banks of the pristine Mena Creek. Home to 13 acres of lush Australian rainforest and heritage gardens, this unique and eco-friendly attraction also features a Spanish-inspired castle. After some time exploring these beautiful grounds, continue on to the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina for a Farewell Dinner. Accommodation: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14. Depart Cairns

Your holiday comes to an end after a final breakfast this morning. Bid farewell to your Tour Director, Driver-Guide and new-found friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight home. Meals: Breakfast


Join an epic 4WD adventure and journey deep into Queensland's Savannah country to discover fascinating geological wonders and historic mining towns. Wander through the Undara Lava Tubes, travel on the Gulflander Train and explore Carnarvon Gorge.

Your Guided Holiday Includes:

  • 13 nights in the regions best located accommodation
  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 38 meals
  • Expert APT tour director and driver
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees

Price is based on 19 June 2020 departure only

 Tour Highlights

Be A Palaeontologist For A Day

  • Exclusive! Handle 100-million-year old bones at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition in a specialised laboratory.

Sunset On The Thomson River

  • Sunset cruise along the majestic Thomson River.

Epic Carnarvon Gorge

  • Enjoy a full day to explore the arresting landscapes of the 30km long Carnarvon Gorge.

Terms & Conditions

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Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 17 March 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

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