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 birthplace of the labour movement in Australia and the location of the first Australian Shearer strike.
Here we join the 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.
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!
– Billy can lunch at harry Redfords Comedy show
Thompson River Sunset cruise.
A campfire dinner on the paddle wheeler, board the only paddle wheeler 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
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.
We go down to the Thompson River for drinks, nibbles and Sunset.
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.
Overnight at Cloncurry
– Breakfast and dinner
The Riversleigh Fossil Discovery Centre in Mount Isa showcases the fossils from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area. Riversleigh is part of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites and home to one of the most significant fossil deposits worldwide that tells a unique story of the evolution of Australia’s wildlife.
In the newly renovated and upgraded centre some of Riversleigh’s most unique fossil finds are exhibited with innovative interactive displays. Let the palaeontological experts tell you their stories of Riversleigh in the movie theatre or wander through an impressive diorama to see what this ancient world looked like 25 million years ago.
We join a guided tour to find out how specimens are sorted, cleaned and the fossils extracted from hard limestone in our Riversleigh fossil laboratory – an experience that is educational and engaging for the entire family. You might even find yourself virtually digging for fossils!
We will have a tour of the town, after that you will have some free time in the afternoon and at night we will go to a race meeting.
The Hard Times Mine Tour is more than a tour – it’s an experience!
From the very beginning of the tour, you know that this is something special. From the moment you meet your tour guide who has worked as a miner for most of his life, to the kitting-out in overalls and cap lamps, already you’re having fun and can’t wait for what comes next.
Descending into the mine in the Alimak Cage, you begin to explore the history of mining as the guides enthral you with their stories of the good times and the hard times that they had working deep under the earth. You will see how the tunnels are formed and shaped by the majestic boom drills and mucking units. Get up close with the machinery and try your hand at the air-leg drill and feel the earth rumble with the firing of the blast face. These magnificent experiences will stay with you forever. We will be going to the rodeo after the tour, you can come home whatever time you like as there is a free bus.
We will travel to Normanton have a beer at the Purple pub and a photo with ‘Kyrs’ a spectacular 8.63m crocodile.
Overnight at Normanton.
– Breakfast and dinner
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.
The wildlife adventures include Bird watching, Croc spotting and unforgettable Sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Enjoy an evening of sunset drinks and nibbles as the sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Overnight again in Kurumba.
– Breakfast and dinner
Today we will have a train ride on the Gulf Savannah from Normanton to Critters Camp, this 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.
From there we head to Cobbold gorge were we do a boat cruise.
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 populations of resident freshwater crocodiles.
An award-winning outback experience. How can this be any more perfect!!
– Breakfast, Dinner
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.
Undara region offers guests a unique outback adventure. Staying here is not like checking into any other hotel, motel or resort. The accommodation puts you in the heart of the Australian Outback, providing an authentic escape into the bush with accommodation ranging from Cabins, Railway carriages and homesteads. There are a few things you can be assured of, friendly hospitality and an array of native Australian plants and animals right on your doorstep, including but not limited to kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras.
– Breakfast and dinner
We head to Cairns but have a look at Atherton Tablelands on the way through. When in Cairns we will stay at the Ramada Resort which has got the Cairns aquarium right beside it those that want to go there or go to the restaurant totally up to you.
We will have a tour of the town and drop you to the airport.
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.
12 Day / 11 Night Tour
$5395 NETT per person twin share, $1100 NETT single supplement
Tour departure dates are
Experienced Driver Guide & Airport Transfers
Tour commences in Mackay
Tour concludes In Cairns
Return airport or train transfers
Snacks and beverages are not included.
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.