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Birdsville Desert Escape

  • 'Big Red' sand dune

    'Big Red' sand dune

  • Cuttaburra flood plains

    Cuttaburra flood plains

  • Birdsville Hotel

    Birdsville Hotel

  • 'Big Red' Sand Dune

    'Big Red' Sand Dune

  • Birdsville Hotel

    Birdsville Hotel

Tour codes: QBL

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Day 1: Welcome to Longreach

Welcome to Longreach! On arrival in Longreach you will receive a warm outback greeting by our Outback Aussie Tours representative and be introduced to your fellow travellers. Transfer to your overnight accommodation and ‘hold onto your Akubras’ for the start of your Outback Queensland adventure.

Hotel: Jumbuck Motel, Longreach (Standard)

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Longreach - Birdsville

Explore the Cooper Creek catchment and follow the mighty Thomson River floodplain via Stonehenge and Jundah to Windorah with its majestic red sand dune landscapes. Continuing on to the ghost town of Betoota, see the JC Hotel Ruins, remains of the small town of Canterbury established in 1884. Pass by oil and gas fields to Deon’s Lookout with its amazing views of the Diamantina Shire before a late afternoon arrival in the frontier town of Birdsville – located at the end of the famous Birdsville Track.

Hotel: Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville (Standard), 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Birdsville

Today visit the Burke and Wills Tree on the Diamantina River and the famous Birdsville Racetrack. Visit the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre and view local artists’ work in their extensive gallery. Take in the tranquility of the Birdsville Billabong with its prolific birdlife and explore the Inland Hospital ruins. Tonight will be a night to remember as we toast the glorious outback sunset from atop Big Red, a 40-metre-high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Birdsville - Boulia

Passing the famous Waddi Trees, witness where the Channel Country meets the desert as we travel north via Eyre Creek to Bedourie. See the Cacoory Ruins, a remnant of European settlement in 1870 then cross the vast Cuttaburra flood plains to the heart of Lake Eyre Basin. Witness spectacular 360- degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout before continuing on to Boulia. Visit the Min Min Encounter for a unique theatrical experience and tribute to the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. Call into the well-preserved Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland.

Hotel: Desert Sands Motel, Boulia (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Boulia - Longreach

Travel a scenic drive east across open plains and majestic mesas to Winton, stopping at Cawnpore Lookout to take in the stark flat-topped beauty of the Lilleyvale Hills. Along the way, see the original Min Min Hotel site where one of the first recorded sightings of the Min Min Light was said to have taken place. Call into the historic Middleton Hotel, originally a coach staging post, for morning tea and entertaining yarns. Meet the characters at Winton’s famous Tattersall Hotel and enjoy a pub lunch before returning to Longreach. Transfer to Smithy’s on the banks of the Thomson River for sunset nibbles and to watch a magnificent outback sunset. Enjoy a 2 course table-service dinner, as you watch the entertaining Smithy’s Outback Dinner Show.

Hotel: Jumbuck Motel, Longreach (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Farewell from Longreach

Your Outback Queensland adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to your homeward bound connections.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Ask us about the 9 Day Tour option which includes a Longreach and Winton extension.


Operated by our partners at Outback Aussie Tours.

6 Day Guided Holiday


Selected departures between April - October. Departures subject to avaialability and may be waitlisted until minimum numbers have been met.


Start End
Apr 13 Apr 18
May 25 May 30
Jun 06 Jun 11
Aug 10 Aug 15
Sep 28 Oct 03
Oct 05 Oct 10


Flights to arrive anytime in to Longreach on Day 1


Flights to depart anytime from Longreach on Day 6

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Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by custom built vehicle
  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (5)

What to bring

Please note luggage cannot exceed 15kg per person. Additional carry-on bag must not exceed 4kg.

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness requirement

Temperatures in the Outback can be high so guests must be in good physical condition. Moderate level of fitness required as walks to locations may be on uneven ground.

Accommodation Standards & Prices

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Birdsville Desert Escape (QBL)

Front of Birdsville Hotel
Where you'll be staying
  • Jumbuck Motel, Longreach  
  • Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville  
  • Desert Sands Motel, Boulia  
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Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

  • Standard (R)

  • Jumbuck Motel, Longreach
    45 Ilfracombe Road, Longreach 4730 QLD
    • Double Room at Jumbuck Motel Longreach
    • Swimming pool at Jumbuck Motel Longreach
    • Seating area outside the rooms at Jumbuck Motel
    • Jumbuck Motel Restaurant & Pool sign at dusk

    We love to look after our guests with a friendly Queensland welcome and great outback hospitality.  We invite you to enjoy our accommodation at its best, just off the main highway, on well-maintained grounds and ever updating accommodation. Enjoy your stay while conveniently located only minutes to Longreach’s main attractions. Enjoy a hearty meal in the restaurant or spoil yourself and order room service! Relax in the gazebo near the gardens or have a dip in the salt water pool. Plus use our FREE recently upgraded Wi-Fi from anywhere on site.

    • Features
    • BBQ facilities
    • Garden
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Pool
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Hair Dryer
  • Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville
    Adelaide St, Birdsville QLD 4482
    • Hotel Exterior

    Hearty meals, cold beer and refreshing accommodation after a long day on the road. If you are hungry or thirsty, there’s something for everyone on the menu. 

    We offer History. We offer Tradition. We invite you to become part of the Legend. There’s just ‘something’ about the Birdsville Hotel that sets it apart from its competitors — an atmosphere that evokes the spirit of a particular type of Australian and a particular approach to life.

    • Features
    • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Towels and Bedlinen
    • Air Conditioning
  • Desert Sands Motel, Boulia
    50 Herbert St, Boulia QLD 4829
    • Exterior of Desert Sands Motel in Boulia

    The Desert Sands Motel provides beautiful accommodation in Boulia, outback Queensland and is located on Boulia’s main street. It offers 12 modern motel units in a quiet garden setting within walking distance to all of Boulia’s local attractions, eateries and services. Boulia is the home of marine dinosaur fossils, mysterious min min lights, camel races and spectacular outback landscapes and wildlife

    • Features
    • Internet Access
    • Air-conditioning
    • Private bathroom
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wi-Fi
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