This tour showcases some of real outback experience. We head inland to some of the remote townships Queensland has to offer.
A unique bus tour with a splash of a river cruise and the rattle of a train journey
We explore the history, from Dinosaurs, Gems to Cowboys and all that is inbetween.
We discover amazing larva formations, sunsets, historic villages and ancient rainforests.
We unwind in the tranquillity North Queensland has to offer
Enjoy the comforts of a 28 seat coach and small passengers numbers which makes for an enjoyable personalised tour..
- Eungella Rainforest Walk
- Best place to view a north Queensland Platypus
- Spotlighting nocturnal animals in the rainforest
- Sleep in Australia’s largest rainforest
- Desert Dreaming Centre and Aboriginal Corroboree
- Commentary on the culture of the Australian Aboriginal
- Tree of knowledge
- Fossicking for Sapphires, Opals and Gold
- Australian Stockman’s Hall of fame
- Cobb & Co stage coach ride
- Harry Redford Comedy Show and Billy Can lunch
- Whip cracking and Sheep mustering
- Qantas museum
- Paddle wheeler Sunset and dinner cruise
- Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum
- Gallo DairyLand
- Waltzing Matilda Centre
- Blue Heeler Hotel
- The Purple Pub
- 8.6m Krys the croc
- Barramundi Discovery Centre and Hatchery
- Ferryman River Cruise – Crocodiles and Sunset
- The savannah way on the Gulfander
- Cobbold Gorge river cruise
- Undara Larva Caves
- Herberton historic village
- Port Douglas highlights including 4 mile beach
- Mossman Gorge / Daintree Rainforest
We will pickup at Mackay airport or train station. We head up the Pioneer Valley to Eungella passing the small sugar cane towns, stopping at the Pinnacle Pub for a refreshment break. Leaving there we head up the Great Dividing Range to Eungella Chalet, for spectacular scenery and take a short 1.6km walk through the rainforest. That afternoon we go to Broken River Mountain Resort nestled in Australia largest rain forest. There are rainforest walks beside the resort, which has the best viewing of Platypus in the world. After dinner we go spot lighting nocturnal animals in the rainforest with an experienced guide with wonderful knowledge of living in the bush and all that goes with it
Overnight in Eungella
On our way to Barcaldine we will stop over at Hoods Lagoon in Clermont, where we will see the flood markers from the 1916 historic floods form a cyclone in the Whitsundays.
As we continue on we travel through the largest coal deposit region in Australia and view the massive drag lines as we pass a multitude of mines and coal trains as long as the eye can see.
We then arrive in the heart of the Gemfields, Rubyvale and try our hand at fossicking for sapphires.
We then venture through to the country town of Barcaldine home to the Tree of Knowledge, the reputed birth place of the labour movement in Australia and the location of the first Australian Shearer strike.
Here we join Desert Dreaming Centre for an aboriginal experience with dinner, Corroboree and a tour of the Tree of Knowledge. This tree grew outside the Railway Station for about 180 years until 2006 when sadly, it was poisoned by an unknown culprit. The famous tree has been preserved and placed under an award winning structure that gives the illusion of a canopy over the Tree. The best view of the Tree and the memorial is at night when it is beautifully lit by special lighting. A visit at night will be a highlight of your trip.
Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight in Barcaldine
Today we make our way to Longreach passing through Ilfracombe with streets lined with old machinery, a outback site to see.
We arrive in longreach and experience some of the iconic treasures Longreach has to offer.
- Cobb & Co stage coach ride – Live the past with all your senses as you ride the old Longreach-Windorah mail route. Hear the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Hear the rattle and creak of the coach. Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia!
- Harry Redford comedy show with a bill can lunch. A comedy with real outback humour.
- Thompson River Sunset cruise with a campfire dinner on the paddle wheeler – Board the only paddlewheeler west of the Great Divide and enjoy an adventure to the heart of outback tradition and legend. Ashore we enjoy a traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner. This is the real outback experience with inspiring and humorous traditional entertainment featuring the barefoot bush poet.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Qantas Museum – This is where Qantas was born. The museum tells the story of Australia’s national airline, from its early days in Outback Queensland to present day. Characters of the early Qantas days, their pioneering spirit and the impact the airline had for all Australians, is brought to life through life size exhibits, historical artefacts and interactive displays including the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar.
- The Australians Stockman’s hall of fame live show – Wonder through the themed galleries, each one depicting an important aspect of our pioneering history. Then bring the experience to life with a Stockman’s life live show. Highlighting sheep mustering, whip cracking and outback humour with a musical touch of outback song to bring the atmosphere alive.
- Drinks and nibbles on the river bank as the sunsets before a beautiful dinner at the best restaurant in town
On the odd occasion some experiences above may swap days. This is the outback after all and we will work in with her schedule.
Breakfast and dinner
Overnights in Longreach
Explore the regions highlights
- Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Outback Queensland tells the story of Waltzing Matilda, a song that lives in the hearts of all Australians as our unofficial anthem and the first museum in the world dedicated to a song.
- The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum is home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. Experience a world class tour with passionate museum tour guides. The tour includes preparation laboratories where a team of staff and volunteers bring these fossils back to life. We then go to the collection room where you are shown the best exhibits which are brought to life. A tour of dinosaur canyon which is a world class attraction set amongst white gums and cycads. Finish the day with drinks and nibbles over looking the surrounding area as the sun sets followed by a BBQ dinner
Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight in Winton
Today is a day on the road which spectacular views as we make our way through desert outback
Depart from Winton to Cloncurry, on the way we will stop over at one of the best outback pubs in Queensland with plenty of character. The Blue Heeler Hotel in Kynuna for a short break.
Cloncurry, Burke and Wills passed through the area on their expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf in 1861. It seems the pioneering pair were so besotted with the area that they even forgot their water bottle. Here we will stop over for lunch and a stretch the legs break
As we make our way to Normanton we will stop over at the Burke and Wills roadhouse for an afternoon break.
Normanton, take what remains of the day to explore, have a beer at the Purple pub and a photo with ‘Kyrs’ a spectacular 8.63m crocodile.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight in Normanton
We are nearly there, the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Karumba, Exotic tropical fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Karumba is a fishing destination and industrial port on the banks of the Norman River where, each winter, anglers from all over Australia arrive to try their luck in the fish-rich waters of the Gulf. Once it was nothing more than a small, sleepy outback town
Barramundi Discovery Centre & Hatchery Karumba
This interactive and state of the art Interpretive Centre provides the history, stories, lifecycle and habits of these sought-after fish. Discover the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the incredible birdlife and stunning southern Gulf flora.
The Ferryman River Cruises
Karumba’s number one in River and Gulf Cruises Explore the mangrove lined waterway of the Norman river with the Ferryman. Our wildlife adventures include Bird watching, Croc spotting And unforgettable Sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria We operate all year round with highly trained professional staff so give us a try you wont be disappointed. You haven’t really done Karumba until you’ve been on the Ferryman
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight in Karumba
Today we take a short break from the tour bus and venture by rail. We travel an hour SE to Normanton to meet up with the Gulflander.
The Normanton to Critters camp railway line is a heritage-listed railway line in the Gulf Country of northern Queensland, Australia. Hear the history of the 16-mile turning angle built in 1891, and the true tales of how this little Gulf Savannah landscape got its unusual name. This is the only train to operate on the line operated by a Gardner diesel propelled rail motor and carriages TP1809 and TP1811.
After our historic rail journey we will join the comforts of the airconditioned bus once again and head South East towards Cobbold Gorge, an oasis like no other.
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight Cobbold Gorge/Forsayth
An early start with a boat cruise up the Cobbold Gorge
Cobbold Gorge is a hidden oasis tucked away within the rugged sandstone formations. An ancient landscape which invites you to breathe in the bush and breathe out your worries. Located in North Queensland’s Gulf Savannah, this ancient geological landform is unique in its narrow sandstone formations and spectacular 30-foot cliffs. Cobbold is the youngest of Queensland’s gorges to visit, with a mere 10,000 years against its name, giving some indication of the deep history that Queensland’s Outback holds.
Tour the gorge on a custom-made, electric powered boat – quietly motored as not to disturb the gentle serenity of the natural ecosystems it passes. It glides across the surface mirroring the eerie silence of the Cobbold Gorge itself. where you glide How can this be any more perfect!!!!!
You may even spot one of the large population of resident freshwater crocodiles.
From here we head east towards the Undara Lava Caves through the rolling savannah plains
Meals – Breakfast
Overnight at Undara or Mount Surprise
Today we let our minds wonder back 190,000 years ago to the volcanic days of the east coast of Australia at the Undara Lava Caves.
The Undara experience delivers the essence of the Australia Outback from natural landscapes of rolling savannah plains and ancient lava tubes where we will take the Archway Explorer Lava Tube Tour. An excellent concentrated visit to the lava tubes, plus other interesting environmental, geological and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Guide throughout the trip to and from the tubes. Visits up to 3-sections of lava tubes. Easy fitness level with boardwalks and steps.
Considered some of the largest and longest lava tubes on the planet, the Undara lava tubes, located in Undara Volcanic National Park in North Queensland, have led to the formation of some spectacular underground caves.
Thought to be formed by immense volcanic activity, during this fiery episode, twenty-three billion cubic litres of lava was estimated to have spewed forth from the Undara Volcano onto the surrounding Atherton Tableland.
Then off we go, forward to another amazing place
Herberton is an unusual town which is set on a ridge of the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands. Historically it was a tin town with both a mine and a smelter nearby.
The town came into existence in 1880 when a party of prospectors led by Willie Jack and John Newell discovered tin in the area. They named the settlement Herberton because it was at the headwaters of the Herbert River.
Here we will visit the Herberton Historic Village. A remarkable collection of over 60 buildings which is reputedly the largest collection of Australiana in Queensland. Its buildings include an old school, a coach and livery stable, a miner’s hut, a slab hut dating from 1870, a bank, a presbytery, a telephone exchange, a pub (which is a composite of a number of buildings) and many more.
Late afternoon take a stroll along the creek in Yungaburra and you might be lucky to spot a platypus before a nice BBQ dinner at lake Tinaroo
Meals – Breakfast and dinner
Overnight in Yungaburra
Today we leave the country for the coast and make our way down to Port Douglas, just north of Cairns, along Australia’s most scenic coastal road.
Port Douglas is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
Spend the afternoon exploring and take a stroll along the 4 mile beach.
Meals – Breakfast and dinner
Overnight Port Douglas
Today we visit the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.
We will take a river cruise on the Daintree river admiring the amazing birdlife, schools of fish, and hopefully sneaky snakes and salt water crocodiles plus a variety of the mangrove species lining the riverbank.
We will tour through Mossman Gorge, which is the gateway to the worlds oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest. Take an easy 10 minute stroll along the elevated boardwalk that meanders through the lower rainforest canopy and return along the riverside track, enjoying views from several small lookouts along the way. Be amazed by bright butterflies and look closely for well-camouflaged Boyd’s Forest Dragons clinging to tree trunks.
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight in Cairns
All great adventures must come to an end but the memories will last forever.
After breakfast take time to explore some more before making your way to the airport or train station. Remember, don’t loose yourself in this tropical paradise and forget the time. leave yourself plenty of time for check-in.
Meals – Breakfast
Prices and Bookings
Book with Confidence, Guests requesting a cancelation due to Covid will be issued a full refund for any tours booked with Reef N Beyond.
13 Day / 12 Night Tour
$5,650 per person twin share, $850 single supplement
Most meals included
Tour departure dates are
– 9th May 2022
– 13th June 2022
– 19th August 2022
Experienced Driver Guide & Airport Transfers
Tour commences in Mackay
Tour concludes in Cairns
Not all meals are included. The tour guide/driver will recommend the best places to dine
Optional gratitude’s / tipping
On some occasions it may be necessary to change the itinerary due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Alternate destinations or swapping of days may occur if all other options have been exhausted
On some occasions it may be necessary to change the accommodation place due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Alternate accommodation will be booked.