See the unusual visitors book at Stonehenge – where visitors sign their town names in stone! Accommodation Longreach – Longreach Motor Inn DAY 15: SUNDAY – LONGREACH (B, L, D) Today we visit the Qantas Founders Museum where you'll discover the real Qantas story of pioneer aviation and hear great human stories of our national airline's early years.
View the eastern sections of the Sturt National Park then traverse gibber plains and spectacular ‘jump up’ country to Tibooburra.
The striking granite boulders around Tibooburra are said to be remnants of a mass underground granite dating back 410 million years.
Accommodation Birdsville - Birdsville Hotel DAY 12: THURSDAY – BIRDSVILLE (B, L, D) Visit the Birdsville Burke and Wills Tree on the Diamantina River, said to mark one of their final campsites.
We call in at the famous Birdsville Racetrack, view the Birdsville Billabong then explore the Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel ruins, reminders of Birdsville as a pre-federation metropolis.
Tonight we’ll join an evening tour of the Big Rig for an entertaining sound and light show telling the story of Australia’s boom and bust years of oil and gas exploration.
Accommodation Roma - Explorers Inn DAY 5: THURSDAY – CHARLEVILLE (B, L, D) We call in at Mitchell, home of the Great Artesian Spa, before continuing a short distance to Bonus Downs Station, a privately owned property run by Lyle and Madonna Connolly, for a tour of the homestead, followed by lunch.Tonight we'll toast the glorious Outback sunset atop the famous Big Red, one of the stunning red dunes on the edge of the Simpson Desert National Park.Accommodation Birdsville - Birdsville Hotel DAY 13: FRIDAY – WINDORAH (B, L, D) Travel on to Deon’s Lookout with its amazing view of the Diamantina Shire and the ghost town of Betoota, once a Cobb and Co. We arrive in Windorah on the Cooper Creek where the two main tributaries of the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers merge.We have a late afternoon check-in to our cosy cedar cabins at Happy Valley Retreat, home also to the Granite Belt Brewery.Tonight we'll sample their famous 4-course Brewers Platter - a seasonal produce menu matched with craft beer. DAY 3: TUESDAY – STANTHORPE (B, L, D) Visit the Bramble Patch to sample gourmet jams, sauces and chutneys.Located in the heart of the Channel Country with its majestic red sand dune landscapes, we take a late afternoon drive out to the red sand hills for a spectacular sunset.