duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Taste award-winning 5 star wines in Queensland's Granite Belt
Discover the still waters of Bald Rock Creek, stunning native plants, colourful bird species and wildlife.
Follow the sunflowers via pretty backroads from Warwick to Toowoomba
Discover Toowoomba's trendy laneway cafes and restaurants.
Make sure you allow time to see the The Big Rig Night Show in Roma. Be prepared for a light and sound show that will impress. There's also a great souvenir shop, museum and cafe.
Explore the night skies at Charleville's Cosmos Centre
Spot the unique bottle tree landscapes as you travel through Tambo.
Discover the stories our our Outback heros at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame.
Visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs just outside of Winton. Discover the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. Spend time in the laboratory, collection room and the new Dinosaur Canyon.
Step back 90 million years to discover over 3000 dinosaur footprints. This is believed to be the only recorded dinosaur stampede on the planet.
Make a stop at the Walkabout Creek Hotel in McKinley. Most people recognise this pub from the Crocodile Dundee Movie. Call in for a cool ale and a snack.
Watch the sunset from City Lookout. You'll have 360-degree views of Mount Isa so don't forget your camera. The mine smelter stacks take on an eerie beauty when they are silhouetted against the mine lights.
Travel the Cunningham Highway via the quaint township of Aratula to Warwick known for its roses and rodeo. Call into the Warwick Visitor Information Centre for a copy of the Heritage Buildings Trail for a self-guided tour of this historic town. Continue your drive to Stanthorpe in the heart of Queensland’s premier food and wine region then travel the short distance to Ballandean and Girraween National Park.Accommodation & Activities in the Granite Belt
Choose from 17km of walking tracks within Girraween, ranging from 1.4km to 10.4km to explore this spectacular park with its massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders and clear tumbling cascades. Discover the still waters of Bald Rock Creek, stunning native plants, colourful bird species and wildlife. If you feel like a sweet treat after your walk, take a short drive to the nearby Wisteria Chocolate Shop or head to the Bramble Patch Berry Farm for a delicious ice-cream.
Travel back through Warwick and the quintessential country town of Clifton which has been used in a number of Australian movies including ‘The Thornbirds’. Just a short drive north of Clifton is the village of Nobby and the well known Rudd’s Pub, dedicated to author Steele Rudd. See the Sister Kenny memorial who lived in the area and was known for her revolutionary treatment for the victims of polio. Continue your drive to the garden city of Toowoomba.Accommodation & Activities in Toowoomba
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at one of Toowoomba’s trendy coffee shops, before taking a wander through beautiful Queens Park. Visit the Cobb+Co Museum, home of the National Carriage Collection then join a Whistle Stop tour of the Empire Theatre for a behind the scenes tour of this magnificent heritage listed building. There are a number of outstanding restaurants and great pubs within walking distance of your accommodation, perfect for sampling meals made with the best of local produce.
Continue your drive west to the heritage listed Woolshed at Jondaryan, the oldest and largest operating Woolshed in the world. Download the self-guided tour app for an interactive walk through restored colonial buildings and the original Woolshed building. Follow the black soil plains of Dalby to Miles before arriving in Roma. Tonight enjoy an amazing theatrical presentation, recreating the story of Australia’s Oil and Gas Industry at the Big Rig.Accommodation & Activities in Roma
Travel the Warrego Highway to Mitchell for a therapeutic soak in the ancient waters of the Great Artesian Spa. Continue your drive to Charleville, heart of the ‘mulga’ country and immortalized in Slim Dusty’s song by the same name. Get up close and personal with the Bilby, one of Australia’s most endangered species at the Bilby Experience. Join experienced night sky guides at the Cosmos Centre to view distant stars, planets and star clusters through powerful telescopesAccommodation & Activities in Charleville
Your drive passes through Augathella, with its fascinating history of bushrangers, bullockies and bullock teams. Call in to the pretty outback town of Tambo, a living museum of cultural history. Visit the Tambo Teddies Workshop and see the sheep skin teddy bears being created and sold. Learn the legend of blade shearer Jackie Howe in Blackall and take a tour of the historic Blackall Woolscour. Arrive in Longreach, Queensland’s heartland late afternoon.Accommodation & Activities in Longreach
Discover the inspiring stories of the men, women and children living in and pioneering Outback Queensland at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Stockman’s Show. Wander the Qantas Founders Museum and step inside the 747 and 707 jets on a guided tour. Late afternoon, join the M.V. Explorer on the majestic Thomson River for the Drover’s Sunset Cruise followed by Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show
Board your Cobb and Co Stagecoach for an exhilarating gallop through the bush and a leisurely trot through Longreach town. Afterwards, spend some time in the Kinnon & Co Station Store, an amazing outback emporium. Enjoy lunch at the Station Store Café before continuing your drive to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, high up on a mesa around 30km east of Winton. Allow at least 2 hours to enjoy the laboratory, collection room tour and the newly opened Dinosaur Canyon.Accommodation & Activities in Winton
Join a tour with local operator Red Dirt Tours on a journey to see the dinosaur footprints at Lark Quarry. Learn the story of some 95 million years ago, when herds of small two-legged dinosaurs were stalked by a huge meat-eating theropod. Your tour returns to Winton mid afternoon with time to wander the local opal shops and other attractions. Tonight have a real outback pub meal at the famous Tatts Hotel.
As you travel northwest, around 16 km east of Kyuna, you may visit the true swagman’s billabong where the story of Waltzing Matilda is said to have taken place. In Kyuna, have in drink in the Blue Heeler Hotel, said to be where both the swagman and squatter had their last drinks. Further on in the town of McKinlay drop in to the Walkabout Creek Hotel made famous in the Paul Hogan movie “Crocodile Dundee.” In Cloncurry, visit John Flynn Place honouring the Royal Flying Doctor service then continue your drive to Mount Isa.Accommodation & Activities in Mount Isa
Spend a day discovering the hidden stories of this rugged Outback town. Begin with a visit to the Outback at Isa Centre. Explore the history of mining at the Hard Times Mine. Your miner guide will enthral you with their stories of working underground. The historic Underground Hospital was built in WWII when it was believed that Mount Isa was under potential threat of bombing given the strategic resource appeal of the Mount Isa Copper Mine. Thankfully, bombing didn’t eventuate, but a walk through this fully restored underground hospital is fascinating.There is a surreal beauty to Mount Isa, seen from the City Lookout, when the smelter stacks are silhouetted against a fiery outback sunset and twinkling mine lights. Bring along your wine and cheese and you’ve got the perfect pre-dinner event!