2022 – “Way Out West” – Central & South West Queensland - 17 Days

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Early morning departure from Brisbane as our adventure begins making our way to Biloela via Eidsvold and Monto where we’ll view the Water Tank Art depicting Monto in the 1920’s. Overnight in Biloela a small town of approximately 6,000 people.

Lunch, Dinner

Our drive to Emerald takes us on the Burnett Highway and we travel through small towns such as Dululu, Gogango, Boolburra, Duaringa, Dingo, Bluff, Blackwater, Comet and finally to Emerald. We’ll have plenty of stops along the way and will pass through Blackwater which was a town created specifically for the miners and their families. See Leichhardt’s “Dig Tree” at Comet. Highlights in Emerald include the largest Van Gogh Sunflower Painting, Mosaic Pathway 100 years of Emerald History, Railway Station built 1900 and the Botanic Gardens. Overnight Emerald.

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Morning departure from Emerald to travel to the ‘Gemfields’. This area is one of the largest Sapphire fields in the world covering 900km2. We’ll stop at Barcaldine, home of the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ and birthplace of the Labour Party where we’ll visit the recently opened museum. Our final destination today is one of the highlights of the tour, Mitchell Grass Retreat with its luxury ‘glamping’ which will be our outback haven for the night.  Rest, reconnect, restore and explore this natural outback environment, swim in the pool, catch up around the firepit and enjoy your luxury ensuite, air-conditioned tent.

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Longreach, situated near the geographical centre of Queensland on the Tropic of Capricorn offers plenty to see and do for such a small town and we’ll experience much of it.  Today we explore some of the many attractions that Longreach has to offer including the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum. The Hall of Fame has 5 themed galleries each one depicting an important aspect of our pioneering history. Late this afternoon we will drive a short way East to Ilfracombe where we’ll visit Machinery Mile and stop in for a coldy and dinner at the historic 100 year old Wellshot Hotel. Overnight Longreach.

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An early start this morning to visit a working station. We will enjoy a safari to spot outback animals, smoko and view the woolshed. After lunch the rest of the day is free to explore downtown Longreach or rest, the choice is yours. In the afternoon we enjoy a cruise on the Thomson River and later Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show. Overnight Longreach.

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After breakfast we travel past the Mitchell grass plains of Longreach towards the dramatic country of Winton. We’ll visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre which is dedicated to the tune by Banjo Patterson and is the only attraction in the world dedicated to a song. Winton is known as the ‘Dinosaur Capital of Australia’. Overnight Winton.

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For those of you who wish, join Judy and Sue at the dawn service to commemorate ANZAC Day.  Our first stop today is a visit to Arno’s Wall made up of all manner of unused items including sewing machines, microwaves and much more. The Musical Fence will test your musical prowess. In the afternoon we will visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs attraction. Overnight Winton.

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A highlight today as we travel to Lark Quarry where 95 million years ago a Dinosaur Stampede took place. Some 4,000 footprints mark one of the only still visible examples of a dinosaur stampede or river crossing. After our visit we will return to Winton and overnight.

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Today as we leave Winton we’ll pass through the towns of Stonehenge, Jundah and Windorah with it’s red hills and on to Eromanga for the night.  Here we’ll stay at Cooper’s Country Lodge located onsite at Eromanga Natural History Museum.

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After breakfast we have a tour of the Natural History Museum where we see some of the world’s largest megafauna and microfauna.  Departing Eromanga, we travel on to the town of Quilpie, a remote and tranquil town which is rich in opals, flora and fauna.  There are also several fascinating museums, charming art galleries, shops and restaurants.  Quilpie is home to ‘The Jewel of the Outback’, the beautiful boulder opal and Quilpie displays it in the most unique of ways. See the opal in all its glory at St. Finbarr’s Church with the spectacular Opal Altar, Font & Lectern.  Next it’s on to Cunnamulla via Eulo where the famous Eulo Queen established the Eulo Queen Hotel.  Time permitting we’ll have a short break at Thargomindah which was one of the first towns to have Hydro Electric Power in 1898.  The township of Cunnamulla was created by Cobb & Co. on the third of September 1879, when the first coach drove through from Bourke. It is the only surviving south-west town along the original route and is our stop for 2 nights.

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After breakfast, we’ll visit the mural which celebrates the importance of Cobb and Co to the town, Robbers Tree, Artesian Time Tunnel and The Cunnamulla Fella.  The afternoon is free to wander and explore further or chat with some of the locals.

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A free morning before we travel to Charlotte Plains and our “Shearers Quarters” experience.  Over the next 2 days we will have a tour of this family-owned sheep station and then enjoy drinks and nibbles and a hot bath at the Artesian Bore as we watch the sun go down.  We’ll top off this incredible day with a campfire under a canopy of a million stars.

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A leisurely day today as you wander and explore further around the station and make the most of the hot and healing waters of the Artesian Bore before enjoying another campfire experience.

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After a hearty breakfast we’ll farewell Charlotte Plains and head towards the COSMOS Centre in Charleville on the Warrego River where we see the wonders of the planets and skies.

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Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before meeting at the hotel for lunch. After lunch we will visit the Hotel Corones and hear tales of Charleville Society and the history of how the hotel came into existence.

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En-route to our final destination for today, Roma, we’ll travel through Morven, Mungallala, Mitchell and Muckadilla stopping to visit these small towns and have a lunch break along the way before arriving in Roma and visiting Big Rig to discover the unique history of Australia’s oil and gas industry. Tonight we will gather for our farewell dinner and share stories and laughs.

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Before we leave Roma we’ll visit the Saleyards and the Avenue of Heroes where 140 bottle trees are planted in remembrance of each local soldier who lost their life in WW1. From here we will travel via ‘The Garden City’, Toowoomba back to Brisbane stopping for lunch along the way.


Way Out West - Central and South West Qld

Join our outback adventure from Brisbane to Brisbane with stays in Biloela, Emerald, Longreach, Winton, Mitchell Grass Retreat, Eromanga, Cunnamulla, Charlotte Plains Station, Charleville and Roma.

We’ll also pass through many historic and important towns along the way including Blackwater, Eidsvold, Monto, Comet, Barcaldine, Quilpie, Stonehenge, Windorah, Thargomindah, Eulo and so many more.

We will travel by private 38 seater coach and stay in motel accommodation, shearers quarters on a working sheep station and luxury glamping at the much sought after Mitchell Grass Retreat.

Departing Brisbane Ibis Airport Hotel on Tuesday 19th April and returning Thursday 5th May, 2022, this will be another wonderful Girls On Tour Oz Experience!!!  The cost shown below includes 13 nights accommodation in twin share room plus 1 night luxury ‘glamping’ at Mitchell Grass Retreat and 2 nights ‘Shearers Quarters’ experience at Charlotte Plains Station.

Some of the many included highlights are:

  • Largest Van Gogh painting, Emerald
  • Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede, Winton
  • Age of Dinosaurs, Winton
  • The Natural History Museum, Eromanga – Home of Australotitan cooperensis or “Cooper”, Australia’s biggest dinosaur
  • The Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach
  • Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
  • Leichhardt’s “Dig Tree”, Comet
  • Arno’s Wall, Winton
  • Gemfields – Sapphire and Rubyvale
  • Charlotte Plains Homestead
  • Opal Altar, St. Finbarr’s Church, Quilpie
  • Thomson River sunset cruise
  • Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show, Longreach
  • Dinner at the 100 year old ‘Wellshot Hotel’, Longreach
  • COSMOS Centre, Charleville
  • The Cunnamulla Fella, Artesian Time Tunnel and Robbers Tree in Cunnamulla and so much more…..

Price $8,347pp twin share* land only

Single supplement for single use room throughout with the exception of Charlotte Plains Station and Cooper’s Country Lodge where only twin share is available – $1,330.
Please note: This is not payable if you twin share with a friend or another member of the group.

*based on group of 16 travellers

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  • 13 nights twin share hotel accommodation.
  • 1 night Mitchell Grass Retreat
  • 2 nights Charlotte Plains Station
  • All Entry Fees and activities as shown on itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including some specialty dinners. (excluding breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 17).
  • Private hostess/guide on board & GOT Escort.
  • Private air-conditioned coach and professional driver.


  • Personal items, travel insurance.
I'm travelling alone, do I have to pay the single supplement?

No. This is not payable if you’re willing to twin share with a friend or another member of the group.

What size bus will we be travelling in?

We are travelling in a 38 seater coach with a toilet on board. There are only 16 in our group so each traveller will have a spare seat beside them for comfort.

There is also a toilet onboard for your comfort.

How fit do I need to be?

A reasonable level of fitness is required for all GOT trips. You must be able to easily get on and off the coach and move your own suitcase where necessary. Whereas there won’t be any long treks you will still be required to walk some distance and good walking shoes are recommended.

How many ladies will be in our group.

Our total group size is limited to 16 including your GOT escort, Judy. We will also have a hostess/guide onboard and our professional driver.

What about COVID?

Both Girls On Tour and Sue McPherson Tours and Travel will abide by and be governed by the rules and regulations set down by Qld Health and Qld Government.

Are entry fees included?

Yes, entry fees are included for the activities as shown on the itinerary. Anything not outlined on the itinerary will be at your own cost.

What about comfort stops?

We will make regular comfort stops along the way. Some of these will be council facilities but they are usually clean and usable. There is also a toilet on board the bus for emergency use.

GOT Way Out West

Trip Facts

  • 17 days
  • $1,000
  • 19/02/2022
  • Judy Polkinghorne

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