2024 Outback Queensland Explorer – “Open for bookings”

20 Days

Explore the Outback with Girls On Tour

02/06/2024 - 21/06/2024 Guaranteed $11,070.00
11 Available

Join us on this “Ultimate 20 day road trip” encompassing Roma, Carnarvon Gorge, Blackwater, Comet, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Muttaburra, Hughenden, Richmond, Mount Isa, Winton, Eromanga, Cunnamulla, St George, Glenelg Station and more.

Maximum 18 travellers on our small group tour departing 2nd June, 2024 for 20 days.  Full size 50 seater, air conditioned coach with onboard toilet facility.

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Girls On Tour Ultimate Outback Queensland Road Trip


Early morning pick up from Brisbane Ibis Airport Hotel and travel through the Lockyer Valley which is one of the most fertile farming areas in the world, through Toowoomba and Darling Downs region to Roma, our destination for tonight.

Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we visit the Roma Saleyards which is the largest cattle selling centre in Australia.  From here we will travel to the amazing Carnarvon Gorge where we will stay and enjoy nature and the surrounds for today and tomorrow.  You will have time to explore one of the shorter walks today before dinner at our accommodation, the Wilderness Lodge Resort.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Carnarvon Gorge National Park has some of the best day walks in Queensland – from 600 metres to 10kms.  You can visit places such as the Amphitheatre, Moss Garden and Art Gallery as you wander through towering white sandstone cliffs which form a spectacular steep-sided gorge with narrow, vibrantly-coloured and lush side-gorges.  You will take your picnic lunch in your backpack and enjoy it at your leisure.  You can choose to do as little or as much as you like today before gathering for dinner tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we farewell the gorge and travel towards Emerald, a rural town in the Central Highlands of Queensland. Travelling via Blackwater, a significant coal mining area and Comet where the early explorer Ludwig Leichhardt marked a tree with ‘Dig’ during his exploration of the region in 1844. Emerald is the gateway to the gemfields and home to the Van Gogh Sunflowers Big Easel. The botanic gardens covers 42 hectares.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Before departing Emerald today we will visit some iconic sites and then travel towards Barcaldine where we will visit ‘The Tree of Knowledge’.  Barcaldine played a major role in the Australian Labour Movement.  A chance to visit the Heritage Centre before making our way to Longreach stopping at the famous Wellshot Hotel in Illfracome along the way.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A highlight today as we head off on an exciting Cobb and Co experience when we clamber aboard the old stagecoach, just as a pioneer would have done.  Prepare to get dusty as our team of horses wait patiently and then it’s off with creaks and rattles to the old Longreach-Windorah mail route. There we’ll travel along the bush track, before a short gallop to ‘outrun the storm’. This is the only place in Australia you can gallop in a stagecoach.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A visit today to the world renown Stockmans Hall of Fame before crossing over to the Qantas Founders Museum where we’ll also enjoy lunch.  Dinner tonight is another highlight as we enjoy sunset and dinner as part of Smithy’s Dinner Cruise with great live entertainment and a night full of fun and laughter.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we head towards the first of our dinosaur discoveries.  Muttaburra is famous as the site of the discovery of the Muttaburrasaurus, one of Australia’s largest dinosaurs and also the heart of one of Australia’s most daring cattle rustling events by the legendary Harry Redford.  From here we travel to Hughenden and follow the outback artist haven with it’s sculptures installed around the town.  Our final destination today is the town of Richmond, situated on Queensland’s longest river, ‘The Flinders’.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our first visit today is Koronosaurus Korner, a museum primarily dedicated to displaying marine reptiles.  We will see Minmi, considered to be our best preserved dinosaur skeleton.  We head west to Mount Isa, a town known for its rich deposits of copper, silver, lead and zinc and classed as one of the world’s great mines passing through Julia Creek and Cloncurry along the way.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another highlight today as we visit the Hard Times Mining Tour donning our

work gear and exploring Mt Isa’s mining history.  You will also visit the Riversleigh Fossil Centre with it’s many exhibits, dioramas and videos relating to prehistoric animals and plants.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

More history today as we visit The Isa’s historic Underground Hospital and Museum.  After the bombing of Darwin

In 1942, there was a real fear that Mount Isa with its rich mineral resources

would be next. Given that Darwin Hospital was also bombed, there was also genuine concern for Mount Isa Hospital so the underground hospital was carved into the hills near the existing base hospital.  Our next stop is Lake Moondarra, an artificial lake and water source for the town.  A city tour will complete our stay in this outback mining town.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave Mt Isa early this morning and make our way to Mary Kathleen, once a thriving township which belonged to the nearby uranium mine.  Travelling on towards Winton we will stop in Cloncurry to visit the John Flynn Place Museum before continuing on our way south.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Winton is home to some of the most amazing dinosaur finds.  Today we visit Age of Dinosaurs outside the town and the iconic Matilda Centre in town.  Age of Dinosaur museum houses some spectacular fossils and you will learn about the finds in this area.  The Matilda Centre tells about Banjo Patterson of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ fame and the history of the area, its opal mining, grazing and sheep farming.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the township this morning and make our way to Lark Quarry, the only known dinosaur stampede site. Marvel at the fossilised footprints of smaller and larger dinosaurs where they ran millions of years ago. There are estimated to be over 150 two-legged dinosaur footprints in the quarry. We will make our way back to Winton and explore the Musical Fence, Arno’s Wall and Willi Mar Heritage Market Garden Site.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An early start to make our way to Eromanga.  We will have plenty of stops along the way at Jundah and Windorah before arriving at Eromanga.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eromanga is known as being the furthest town from the sea in Australia, as well as being famous for its significant palaeontologist discoveries of Australia’s largest dinosaurs. We’ll enjoy a wonderful museum tour, meet Cooper and learn about dinosaur digs and the preparation of dinosaur and megafauna fossils. We will continue on through the Channel Country to Eulo, famous for opals to our final destination for today, Cunnamulla.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we enjoy Cunnamulla where there is much to see and do.  We’ll visit the ‘Cunnamulla Fella’ and learn about the Great Artesian Basin with a visit to ‘The Time Tunnel’.  More highlights today with a soak in the newly opened Cunnamulla Hot Springs and later in the evening the ‘All Aboard Show’ showcasing the history of this proud township.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A leisurely breakfast and then back on the road towards St George.  Enjoy a cruise on the Balonne River and take in the local flora and fauna.  This small town has many heritage listed buildings and is surrounded by cotton farms and wineries.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ll enjoy a morning tour of a cotton farm today followed by lunch at a local winery.  In the afternoon we’ll make our way to Glenelg Station via Goondiwindi where we’ll stop to visit the Cotton Shop.  Our accommodation tonight is in the Shearers Quarters at Glenelg Station which has a working Woolshed.  Sunset drinks and nibbles at Sunset Hill followed by stories of the past around the campfire from our station hosts.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Glenelg we make our way to Warwick where we’ll enjoy lunch at the wonderful garden centre where you will have time to explore and enjoy some retail therapy for clothing, plants and other nic naks.  After lunch we will return to Brisbane where we will say goodbye to our travelling companions after an amazing road trip of our vast and beautiful state.

Breakfast, Lunch

Join us in the outback

Come with us on this ultimate outback Queensland road trip starting and finishing in Brisbane and encompassing Roma, Carnarvon Gorge, Blackwater, Comet, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Muttaburra, Hughenden, Richmond, Mount Isa, Mary Kathleen, Winton, Eromanga, Eulo, Cunnamulla, St George, Glenelg Station and Warwick.

Walk through the ancient gorges at Carnarvon National Park during our 2 night stay.  Hidden in the rugged ranges of Queensland’s central highlands, Carnarvon Gorge features towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art.

Visit Blackwater in Central Queensland’s coalfields and visit the Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine.   In Longreach take a ride on a stagecoach, just like a pioneer would have done in the days of Cobb & Co.  While in Longreach you’ll visit the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum as well as a sunset cruise on the Thomson River followed by great live entertainment as part of Smithy’s Dinner Cruise.
As we continue on to Richmond we’ll stop at Muttaburra, famous as the site of the discovery of the Muttaburrasaurus and also the heart of one of Australia’s most daring cattle rustling events by legendary Harry Redford.

We’ll travel on to the mining town of Mount Isa, a town known for it rich mineral deposits where we’ll explore the town and it’s points of interest including the Hard Times Mining Tour, Riversleigh Fossil Centre and the historic Underground Hospital and Museum.

In Winton we’ll explore Age of Dinosaurs and Lark Quarry as well as The Matilda Centre and in Eromanga you’ll meet ‘Cooper’ or ‘Australotitan cooperensis’, the largest dinosaur found in Australia at a staggering 30metres in length at the Eromanga Natural History Museum.

We’ll travel on to Eulo, famous for its opals and then on to Cunnamulla where you’ll learn all about the Great Artesian Basin and ‘The Cunnamulla Fella’.  Much to do in this little country town before heading off to St George to admire their heritage buildings and then for a cruise on the Balonne River before continuing on to Glenelg Station for our shearers quarters station stay.

So many highlights in the ultimate Outback Queensland Road Trip!

Some of the highlights include

  • Carnarvon Gorge
  • Cobb & Co Coach Ride and lunch
  • Stockman's Hall of Fame
  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • John Flynn Museum - Cloncurry
  • Smithy's Dinner Cruise
  • Koronosaurus Corner
  • Hard Times Mining Tour - Mount Isa
  • Underground Hospital & Museum - Mount Isa
  • Riversleigh Fossil Display - Mount Isa
  • Age of Dinosaurs - Winton
  • Lark Quarry - Winton
  • Matilda Centre - Winton
  • Eromanga Natural History Museum
  • Hot Springs - Cunnamulla
  • All Aboard Show - Cunnamulla
  • Balonne River Cruise
  • Cotton Farm Tour, lunch and winery - St George


  • 19 nights accommodation in twin share including 1 night in Shearers Quarters at Glenelg Station and 2 nights in cabins at Carnarvon Gorge.
  • All entry fees and activities as shown
  • 19 Breakfasts, 20 lunches, 19 dinners.
  • Full size airconditioned 50 seater coach with onboard restroom.
  • Professional coach driver
  • Tour guide/Hostess Sue McPherson
  • Girls On Tour Escort, Judy


  • Flights and transfers pre and post
  • Personal items, travel insurance
  • Other items not shown on itinerary


I'm a solo traveller, do I have to pay the single supplement?

No.  This is only payable should you require your own room throughout the trip.  If you’re willing to twin share then the single supplement is not payable.

How fit do I need to be?

As with all Girls On Tour trips, a reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip.  There will be long travelling days and we will be on and off the bus regularly.  You are also required to move your own luggage at some places.

What meals are included?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day with the exception of breakfast on day 1 and dinner on the last day. All other meals are included.

What about my dietary requirements?

Providing we have prior knowledge of your dietary requirements we are able to cater to these for included meals. You would need to bring along your own snacks if specialty snacks are required.

How many ladies will be in our group?

A maximum of 18 ladies including myself will be in our group plus our hostess from Sue McPherson Tours and Travel and our driver.  We are travelling on a 50 seater coach so lots of room to spread out.

Are entry fees included?

Yes, entry fees and activities as shown on the itinerary are included.

  • 20 Days
  • $1,000
  • 15th March 2024
  • Judy Polkinghorne

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