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Queensland Spirit: Heart of the Outback

7 Day Guided Vacation | Brisbane Return

Things are bigger in the Queensland outback, from the colours to the working stations (some are the size of small countries) to the country characters. There are a few you’ll meet along rugged and ravishing roads that lead to swagger-filled country towns, revealing the cultural heritage and pioneering history of this part of the state.

Prices From CODE: OQLD


Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only unless otherwise indicated.
Above lowest price is based on 2023-09-13 departure


Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only unless otherwise indicated.
Above lowest price is based on 2023-09-13 departure
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Trip Details

trip-details-whats-includedWhat's included

  • • Specialist highly experienced Travel Director and Driver
  • • Local Specialists (Guides) at Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Camden Park Station
  • • Accommodation includes eco-friendly glamping tents


  • • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • • 2 Lunches
  • • 1 Dinner
  • • 4 Dinners with Wine

trip-details-flight-infoFlight Information

  • • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Brisbane Airport. (This guided holiday starts at 8am in Brisbane at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Pre accommodation is required.)
  • • Day 7: Flights to depart after 1:00pm from Brisbane Airport (Trip ends at the Roma St Station, Brisbane at midday)
  • • Airline schedules may change at short notice. Please consider possible flight disruption when booking your flights.​

trip-details-what-to-bringWhat to Bring

  • • Camera
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Comfortable walking shoes

trip-details-fitness-level-requirementsFitness Requirements

  • • Low level of fitness required


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It doesn’t take long for the towers of Brisbane to give way to bucolic countryside, fading from rainforest to the vivid hues of the outback. Small in population but big in personality, Chinchilla is the first chance to stretch your legs. The ‘Big Watermelon’ hints to the fact this is the melon capital of Australia. Grab a slice, or a heartier bite to eat, at the historic Club Hotel (fun fact: it’s the only hotel in town that hasn’t burnt down) before you journey on to ravishing Roma. The horizons here extend for days, only matched in expanse by the smiles of locals – expect plenty of country hospitality. Toast the end of the day over a glass of wine and regional fare at your Welcome Reception.  

  Hotel: Roma Explorers Inn

  Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

The further west you travel in Queensland, the slower the outback lifestyle. The Charleville locals will happily chat to you about the Outback QLD lifestyle, ideally over a cold beer and a pub meal at heritage-listed Hotel Corones. The stories that get told here… There aren’t too many buildings in Charleville that can boast a history as long and colourful as the Charleville Historic House Museum. The original bank, then boarding house it is now filled to the brim with treasures of yesteryear for you to uncover. A mesmerising sky filled with thousands of stars, combined with the beauty of deep celestial objects all come alive in front of your very eyes during your adventure to the Big Sky Observatory. See sights like the Rings of Saturn and so much more as you journey across the beautiful big sky over Charleville.

  Hotel: Hotel Corones, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

There’s something about being in the outback that whets your appetite. Wake, and look forward to breakfast before understanding what make this outback region tick.  Who would have imagined that a Date Farm would be here in Charleville. Meet local farmer and discover the delights with a homemade morning tea utilising locally grow dates. Make Travel Matter™  with your visit the Charleville Save The Bilby Experience nocturnal house and see some super cute bilbies during their normally night-time activities. After an engaging talk by their keepers you will understand more about the plight of this delightful eco-engineer and exactly why they are worth saving from extinction. Delve deep into the Charleville World War II involvement and the vast reaches of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

If you’re looking for the centre of Queensland, Longreach is pretty much it. After waving goodbye to station life, you’re bound for this patch of outback perfection, all red dirt and spinifex and blazing sunsets. There are detours aplenty in this country town, like visiting the Qantas Founders Museum, which pays homage to the fact this is the spiritual heart of Australia’s national airline. If the idea of glimpsing 100+ years of aviation history gets your pulse racing, then the vast swathes of nature that surround your glamping tent for the night will slow it down. Switch off, relax and enjoy your eco-friendly cocoon, replete with creature comforts including air-conditioning, ensuites and dreamy beds. There’s also a kitchenette, so you can enjoy a BBQ on your private deck. Or venture out for more country flavour at an optional experience outback dinner and show.

  Hotel: Mitchell Grass Retreat, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast

For a petite town, there’s an impressive number of things to do in Winton. The biggest attraction of all are the dinosaurs that once roamed here, leaving behind the country’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils. Follow in their (large) footsteps at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, part museum, part working laboratory, where you’ll go behind the scenes. Winton’s other claim to fame is the fact Banjo Patterson wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda’ here in 1903. He’s not the only creative drawn to town. Graeme Leak created a fence that can be played as an instrument (aka the Musical Fence), and Arno Grotjahn erected a quirky art wall studded with every household object imaginable. The unexpected stories continue at Camden Park Station, a 7,300-hectare sheep and cattle station where fifth-generation farmer ‘Outback Dan’ will tell you about life on the land… including the visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. They didn’t have a three-course dinner awaiting them in historic shearing shed; you do. 

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Australia has its fair share of epic outback train tours that let you witness the wild beauty of a region while travelling the historic routes taken by past generations. Among them is Spirit of the Outback, your chariot back to Brisbane on the last leg of your adventure. Exclusive access to the train’s Shearers Rest Lounge means you can enjoy a glass of bubbles while remote towns and vast stretches of bush zip by outside, the click-clack or the rails a meditative soundtrack. Dinnertime in Tuckerbox Restaurant celebrates Queensland’s culinary bounty. And then your plush cabin awaits. Sweet dreams.  

  Hotel: Spirit of the Outback, Private Cabin

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up to vistas of the Queensland outback and savour the scene over coffee and your final breakfast in the train’s dining carriage. As the Brisbane River and the city’s gleaming towers come into view, you know your adventure is about to end. But what joy it has sparked for future outback tours. 

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Queensland Spirit: Heart of the Outback

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7 Day Guided Vacation

Brisbane Return

Things are bigger in the Queensland outback, from the colours to the working stations (some are the size of small countries) to the country characters. There are a few you’ll meet along rugged and ravishing roads that lead to swagger-filled country towns, revealing the cultural heritage and pioneering history of this part of the state.


Insider Knowledge

You’ll feel positively sprightly going behind the scenes at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, discovering the region’s prehistoric giants.

Local Connection

Roma’s Explorer's Inn comes with plenty of country swagger. And standout cuisine hero-ing local produce. Dig in!

Cultural Immersion

Working stations in this part of the world are as big as they are remote. In short, the ideal places to learn about life in the Queensland outback. Oh the stories farmers will tell

Sustainable Footprints

Sleep soundly under the canvas of your glamping tent at Mitchell Grass Retreat, knowing you’re treading lightly on the land at this eco-resort.

Wildlife and Nature

The Queensland outback is mesmerising, its vast, empty stretches of road creating a hypnotic backdrop to your adventure through the state.


Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Roma Explorers Inn is your home away from home. Beautifully manicured gardens, pool and entertainment areas and boasts well-appointed rooms to meet your every need.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Hotel Corones is the most famous historic landmark in Charleville. It is one of the few masonry buildings built in the 1920's and represents the social and economic fabric of those prosperous and pioneering days. The hotel was the focal point for a bustling 1930's economy, welcoming many famous people, aviators and royal family, and represents a major part of the towns historic rise to prominence at that time.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Mitchell Grass Retreat is located in the heart of Outback Queensland, Longreach. Take in stunning views from the luxury ensuite tents.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Onboard the Spirit of the Outback, travelling through the historic authentic outback towns, ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain between Brisbane and Longreach.

Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Optional Experiences

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult: $95.00

Unwind with a night on the private deck of your eco friendly glamping tent. Fire up the BBQ  as you watch the sunset and cook dinner for two. Your self cook BBQ pack includes 2 scotch fillet steaks, 2 local snags and rissoles, salad and bread rolls. 

Adult: $89.00 (AUD)

Child: $59.00 (AUD)

Sit back and enjoy a true outback experience at Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show. You'll be treated to a 2 course camp oven themed dinner with full table service under the stars, followed by freshly baked damper and billy tea. Live on stage, you'll be entertained by an outback performer who will entertain you with stories and songs.

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