A Huge Expanse, Big Skys and a Deafening Silence

11 Days Tour


AUD 7,490 p.p Twin Share

Single Supplement AUD $770

Price includes all meals, accommodation, guides, & entry fees to all activities. All land and river transport plus flights - Brisbane to Emerald and Charleville to Brisbane.   

Friday 19th to Monday 29th August 2022
Friday 18th to Monday 28th August 2023 

Shortly after arriving in Emerald on the early flight from Brisbane we explore an underground sapphire mine at Rubyvale. We drive the world's longest sculpture trail on our journey of enlightenment to Turraburra station and its traditional aboriginal sites accompanied by explanations of native foods and medicines from the aboriginal custodians whose traditional land management practices can be observed. Overnighting in the  pioneering towns of Winton and Longreach we visit the Stockmans Hall of Fame and Winton's Waltzing Matilda Musuem to give us an insight into the pioneering spirit and everyday live on the frontier. Viewing many quirky and lonely places of historic interest we will learn of their celebrated exploits and stories of bushlife,  and on this tour you will hear of political movements and the impact of white European settlement on the First Nations Peoples.

All the fun and excitement of the Stonehenge Rodeo and Bushmans' Carnival will be enjoyed at remote Stonehenge on the Thomson River, unleashing your inner Yippy-ki-yay!  The vast expanses of Western Outback Queensland reveal the remains of long extinct dinosaurs and megafauna for you to marvel over. The terrain attracted the hardiest of early settlers and explorers who while battling adversity and the tyranny of distance developed successful cattle and mining industries along with the iconic Qantas airline. Continuing  through the dramatic landscapes of the Mitchell Grass Plains and Diamantina River National Park with the ever present stunning mesa formations we arrive on the eastern fringes of the Simpson Desert in the historic towns of Boulia and Bedourie. Climb the Simpson Desert’s red sand dunes at  Birdsville, enjoying a meal at its iconic hotel before travelling the famous Birdsville Track to remote Innamincka in the top north-west corner of South Australia. After enjoying a sunset nature cruise on the Cooper Creek and learning of the fate of the Burke and Wills expedition at the Dig Tree we visit the historic shearing shed at Cordillo Station in the Sturt Stony Desert deep in the Channel Country.

We arrive in the deserted town of Betoota in time to witness one of the most remotely run horse race meetings in Australia in what is part of the annual desert racing calendar and a most memorable experience. 

We push onto Windorah, an important stop on the historic stock routes that still serve the livestock industry to this day. Our last leg of this Outback experience finds us visiting  the Welford National Park, enjoying magnificent views from Mt Slocombe at Yaraka before arriving in Charleville with all it's charm and secrets. We discover a little known activity of WW2, the night skys at the Cosmos centre and meet up close the the rare, endangered and very cute bilby. We explore the historic Corones Hotel for ghosts learning of an interesting past, and tour a date farm sampling its delicious produce. You will be transited to Charleville Airport for your departure to Brisbane. OR 

Take advantage of a bonus—free accommodation and transit option from Charleville if you choose to combine this tour with the Far North Queensland Expedition departing Cairns on 1st September 2022.

Details of offer on “contact & terms” page at www.flynnstours.com

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Day By Day Itinerary:

Day 1 @ Saltbush Retreat, LONGREACH
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Arrive on a flight to Emerald from Brisbane and depart by road for Rubyvale to enter Australia's largest walk-In underground sapphire mine tour. Venturing to Turraburra, also known as Gracevale Station we visit traditional aboriginal sites on a gallery walk interpreted by Aboriginal custodians who also explain native foods and medicines. We also travel the Sculpture Trail, the longest in the world, viewing the works of a local sculptor, Milynda Rogers. At Longreach board an historic riverboat for a sunset Thomson River cruise followed by a Stockman’s campfire dinner and stories of the pioneers. Sleep in luxurious outback themed accommodation.

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Day 2 @ Jundah Hotel, JUNDAH

In Longreach enjoy an early morning bird watching session around the town where all the streets are named after bird species. Visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum. Enroute to remote Stonehenge we follow the Thomson River observing various places of interest. Be thrilled with the rough and tumble of the annual Stonehenge Rodeo & Bushmans' Carnival, watching the action including barrell racing and bull riding. Enjoy a drink with locals at this community event and discover your inner Cowboy or gal -  Yippy-ki-yay !


Day 3 @ North Gregory Hotel, WINTON

Today we pass through dramatic landscapes, enjoying a picnic lunch and birdwatching on the Mayne River on the way to the site of the Dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry where more than 3,300 footprints of at least 150 dinosaurs were imbedded 95 million years ago. We continue to fascinating Winton and it's stunning sunset and a "Banjo Patterson" themed bush poet at the art deco North Gregory Hotel where we dine and sleep.


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Day 4 @ North Gregory Hotel, WINTON

On an early morning exploration of  Bladensburg National Park and it’s original 120 year old homestead complex we learn of the infamous Skull Hole and the disastrous impact that European settlement had on local First Nations peoples. In Winton we visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the eccentric Arno’s wall and Willie Mar Chinese Market Garden Heritage Site, the Corfield & Fitzmaurice Store, a number of opal dealers, a musical fence and a cemetery walk honouring Winton’s citizenrys’ contributions.  The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum is home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. The museum is split into three facilities, a fossil preparation laboratory, collection room and dinosaur canyon.  


Day 5 @ Desert Sands Motel, BOULIA

Departing Winton we head into the Mitchell Grass Plains and view stunning mesa formations including .  We travel through The Diamantina River ring feature, a geological structure possibly caused by an impact event that is believed to have happened about 300 million years ago. We follow the Diamantina River and its lake system deep into the Diamantina National Park viewing features including the Diamantina Gates from Janet’s Leap where we enjoy a picnic lunch. We travel onto Boulia “ Capital of the Channel Country” and famous for the Min Min light. Burke and Wills were the first European explorers to pass near here.


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Day 6 @ Simpson Desert Oasis, BEDOURIE
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An early morning viewing of a stand of rare 1000 year old Waddi Trees, thought to be a remnant of the ice age, could also result in observing a murmuration of Budgerigars! We visit the Stone House Museum, the preserved 1888 home of the pioneering Jones family, full of local history memorabilia, Aboriginal artefacts, space junk, and a fascinating collection of marine reptile fossils unearthed in the area. Then we travel south to Bedourie located on the eastern extremity of the Simpson Desert. Upon arrival we will have a refreshment at the historic Royal Hotel, one of the oldest original hotels in Outback Queensland. Relax in the warm waters of the artesian spa in which the water comes from the Bedourie Artesian Bore drilled in 1905.


Day 7 @ Birdsville Lodge, BIRDSVILLE

From Bedourie the road to Birdsville has many historical stop off points that illustrate the impactful harshness of the terrain that the early settlers and explorers faced. Kings Creek Crossing and Cuttaburra Crossing present birdwatching opportunities and we’ll keep an eye out for Moon rocks and native waterholes. A meal will be enjoyed in the iconic Birdsville Hotel. A wander around this interesting town and along the banks of the Diamantina River will end on the Simpson Desert’s “Big Red” sand dune as the sun sets over this remote part of Australia, with your preferred beverage at the ready.


Day 8 @ Innamincka Hotel, INNAMINCKA
Day 9 @ The Western Star Hotel, WINDORAH
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Departing Innamincka we visit Burke and Wills Dig Tree before traversing the Sturt Stony Desert to visit Australia’s largest and most historically significant shearing shed at Cordillo  Downs Station and the intact remains of Cadelga Station homestead. Today you will witness one of the most remotely run horse racing meetings in Australia at the deserted township of Betoota. It is only in the last year that the only building in town, the Betoota Hotel has re-opened after many years of closure. As part of the desert racing calendar, the long running Betoota Race meeting will provide you with a memorable and unique experience. We travel on to Windorah, an important stop along the historic stock routes that criss cross the Channel Country. We sleep at the Western Star Hotel, winner of the Best Outback Pub in Queensland award.


Day 10 @ The Hotel Corones, CHARLEVILLE

From Windorah we enjoy lunch at Quilpie and visit St Finbarrs church with its incredible opal altar. Arriving in Charleville our stay at the historic and charming Hotel Corones is enhanced with a guided tour. In its heyday it was the hub of Charleville society, where life was a swirl of cocktail parties, balls and toasts to the king. We explore the charms of the town and after dinner we stargaze at the Big Sky Observatory Experience in the Charleville Cosmos Centre. 

Day 11 @ Day of Departure
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Departing Birdsville we travel south east along the iconic Birdsville Track until we meet the Walkers Crossing Track at the Koonchera Dune, one of the largest on the Diamantina flood plain. It is believed a large number of Aborigines were massacred near Koonchers Waterhole. Following the nearby route of the Burke and Wills in 1860-61 we gain an understanding of the challenges faced by their ill fated expedition. We meander through Australia's most prolific oil and gas basin    before arriving in South Australia’s remote outback town of Innamincka and learn of its hardy pioneers before enjoying a sunset nature cruise on Cooper Creek.


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This morning we meet up close a Bilby, one of our cutest and most endangered marsupials and also tour the Charleville Date Farm. Uncover a WW11 top secret of the little known USAAF Base that housed 3500 US Servicemen and 160 aircraft. You will be transited to Charleville Airport for departure to Brisbane  OR Take advantage of a bonus—free accommodation and transit option if you choose to combine this tour with the Far North Queensland Expedition. Details of offer on “contact & terms” page at www.flynnstours.com

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The 1891 shearers' strike is one of Australia's earliest and most important industrial disputes.The strike started and quickly spread. From February until May, central Queensland was on the brink of civil war. Striking shearers formed armed camps outside of towns. Thousands of armed soldiers protected non-union labour and arrested strike leaders. The unionists retaliated by raiding shearing sheds, harassing non-union labour and committing acts of sabotage, although the incidents of actual violence or arson were few.

The Channel Country is in south-west Queensland, extending into South Australia and New South Wales. About 70% of the Channel Country's estimated 280,000 sq km is in Queensland. It is defined by having braided, flood and alluvial plains. In flood time the watercourses overflow into distributaries and channels, sometimes reaching 80 km across. It’s main watercourses are the Georgina, Diamantina, Bulloo Rivers and Cooper Creek. On the rare occasions of massive floodwaters, the watercourses discharge into Goyders Lagoon, Lake Eyre and Coongie Lakes across the state borders.

The dinosaur trackways at Dinosaur Stampede National Monument were formed 95 million years ago when Outback Queensland was a vastly different place. A herd of at least 150 small two-legged dinosaurs, including carnivorous coelurosaurs about the size of chickens and slightly larger plant-eating ornithopods, came to drink at the edge of a lake. Over 3,300 footprints of these long-extinct dinosaurs are scattered over the rock face, stark evidence of the terror they must have experienced as they fled the scene upon the arrival of a large theropod. This snapshot of a few terrifying moments has been frozen in time, immortalising the event and making Winton home to the only known dinosaur stampede in the world.


"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's best-known bush ballad, and has been described as the country's "unofficial national anthem". The original lyrics for Waltzing Matilda were written in 1895 near Winton, by Australian poet Banjo Paterson, and were first published as sheet music in 1903. 

One of Australia’s rarest plants, the Waddi Trees (Acacia puece) have spiky, needle-like leaves and thick bark. A copse of rare and ancient Waddi Trees on the fringe of the Simpson Desert is considered to be 500-1000 years old, and one of only three such groups of Waddi Trees left in Australia. The Waddi tree piqued early explorer William John Wills’ interest, with some samples of the seeds found buried in his diary after his death.