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Queensland Spirit: Heart of the Outback

7 Day Guided Vacation | Brisbane Return

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Piercing red soils, dusty greens, endless blue horizons… this is the spirit of the outback, and your chance to experience Queensland’s biggest attractions: a behind-the-scenes tour of Australia’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils and the birthplace of Qantas among them. You’ll stay in eco-friendly glamping tents, because we’re committed to leaving a light footprint. Top off this tour with an epic rail journey that reminds you just how hypnotic the Australian countryside can be.

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Queensland Spirit: Heart of the Outback

First Choice

7 Day Guided Vacation

Brisbane Return

Piercing red soils, dusty greens, endless blue horizons… this is the spirit of the outback, and your chance to experience Queensland’s biggest attractions: a behind-the-scenes tour of Australia’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils and the birthplace of Qantas among them. You’ll stay in eco-friendly glamping tents, because we’re committed to leaving a light footprint. Top off this tour with an epic rail journey that reminds you just how hypnotic the Australian countryside can be.


Local Connection

‘Outback Dan’ is a fifth-generation farmer at Camden Park Station. His family will woo you with outback yarns, dinner and country hospitality.

Insider Knowledge

Go behind the scenes at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs to meet working palaeontologists in Winton’s fossil lab.

Cultural Immersion

Life on the land in remote Queensland can be thrilling – but also harsh. Learn what it’s like on a working station.

Sustainable Footprints

Nature releases all the good endorphins. You’ll feel even better when you check into eco-friendly glamping tents under the stars.


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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 more hearty 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, not at the least from Charles and Amanda who own your accommodation for the night. Toast the end of the day with them over a glass of wine and regional fare at your welcome dinner.

  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: The Rocks Motel, 2 nights

  Included Meals: Dinner, Breakfast

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 grown dates. Make Travel Matter™  with your visit to 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: Dinner, Breakfast

If you’re looking for the centre of Queensland, Longreach is pretty much it. After waving goodbye to Charleville, you’re bound for this patch of outback perfection, all red dirt and spinifex and blazing sunsets. There’s plenty of things to do in Longreach, 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 heart 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 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 here. 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: Dinner with Wine, Breakfast

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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast

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.


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 Rocks Motel offers a new era of accommodation to Charleville. City style accommodation meets country hospitality with modern and stylish rooms. Centrally located in the township of Charleville, making it just a quick stroll to the main centre of town, shops, post office, newsagency, service stations and grocery stores.

 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.

Outback Dinner Add-On: Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show

That free evening on day four? How better spent than enjoying a camp-oven dinner beside the river in Longreach. Enjoy drinks at sundown before sitting down to a two course meal. As tasty as the food is, this experience is all about the entertainment, with Smithy’s crew entertaining with songs and stories that speak to the soul of the Queensland outback. If the billy tea and damper don’t win you over, then the bedazzlement of stars overhead surely will.

Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

Trip Details

What'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

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • • Low level of fitness required


  • • 6 Breakfasts
  • • 1 Lunch
  • • 3 Dinners
  • • 2 Dinners with wine

Flight Information

  • • Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Brisbane Airport
  • • Day 7 – flights to depart after 15:00 from Brisbane Airport


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