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Mount Isa Rodeo – Mackay, Mt Isa, Cairns

Itinerary

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.

– Dinner

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.

– Breakfast

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.

– Breakfast

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.

– Breakfast

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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

22 meals

Tour departure dates are

– TBC

– TBC

Experienced Driver Guide & Airport Transfers

Tour commences in Mackay

Tour concludes In Cairns

Tour inclusions

Return airport or train transfers

Tour exclusions

Snacks and beverages are not included.

Optional gratitude’s / tipping

Personal expenses

Travel Insurance

Itinerary changes

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.

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