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Qld Outback Safari

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5 days of unique Australian outback and reef experiences. Departing South East Queensland’s Archerfield airport, embark on your 5 day ultimate Queensland Experience. We have put together some of the most iconic tours from the outback to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Visiting Famous outback towns Charleville, Birdsville and Longreach, you will experience unforgettable desert sunsets on Big Red, enjoy the legendary aussie pub meals at the iconic Birdsville Hotel and have a unique perspective as you soar over the Diamantina River, Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Eyre and Big Red. 

Later explore the Qantas Founders Museum, stroll through the iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, watch the sunset from the majestic Thomson River and enjoy the Qantas Founders Museum light show. 

Saving the best until last, spend 2 nights at Bargara on the oceanfront where you will depart for the incredible Lady Musgrave Island Experience. If you still haven’t quenched your thirst for adventure, spend the following half-day on a culinary tour of Bundaberg’s farms and wineries.

Based on 2 Adults (Couple or twin share) Two groups must travel for flight to go ahead.

  • 1 night at the Iconic Birdsville Hotel, Tour of Charleville’s RFDS service. 
  • 1 night Longreach Saltbush’s Retreat homestead stable. Gourmet Breakfast Basket for stay duration; Entry to Stockman’s Hall of Fame; Qantas Founders Museum and  Airpark Tour; NEW Luminescent Longreach Light & Sound Show; Drover’s Sunset Cruise with Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show
  • 2 nights stay at Kacy’s Bargara, transfers, Lady Musgrave full day tour, Bundaberg Rum tour and Half day culinary tour.
  • Scenic Flights with Platinum Tours
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks during tour
  • All tours & transfers
  • International Flights
  • Transfers to Archerfield, this will be calculated per person on enquiry if required
  • Some Meals & Beverages
  • Some Activities
  • Telephone calls
  • All items of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance

Prices start from AUD $5700.00 per person, based on 2 passengers travelling and transfer costs from your location to Archerfield will be calculated on top.

The above cost is dependent on availability at the time of booking request and depending on actual dates of travel, may have high/low season considerations, blackout dates may also apply and is subject to change.

Should some accommodation not be available we can look at finding a suitable alternative.

Please consult us to check on full terms and conditions, availability and to make an enquiry.

This tour is designed for – Solo travellers/couples/small groups and families. Our tour is not suited to young children or infants due to the time spent in the aircraft. 

This Itinerary can be taken all year round

While we endeavour to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities and guide only rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, conditions, government restrictions and other reasons beyond our control.

  • A 10% deposit is required to secure your spot
  • Full payment is required 7 days prior to travel
  • Booking/Tour cancelled within 7 days of departure refund less what the hotels or tour agencies do not refund. 
  • COVID Refunds: if the passenger is unable to attend the tour due to a COVID lockdown or border closure, a full refund will be provided up to the time of scheduled departure.
Introductory Double Lagoon Dives (includes equipment)

Suitable for beginners and novices to experience the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef. Full instruction and assistance is provided by qualified and highly experienced dive instructors. If you can swim you can dive. You will participate in two 30 minute dive introductions You must be over 12 years of age & pass the required medical questionnaire:

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Please note: You need medical clearance to dive from a doctor if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.

Itinerary

Departing Archerfield and heading west you will see Brisbane city slowly disappear as the sun begins to rise in the east. Heading for Charleville, you will see the landscape change from mountainous greenery to the iconic red outback. Arriving at our first stop around 10am, visit the outback Royal Flying Doctor tourist center and learn about this invaluable life saving service.

After a short stay, we continue west for Birdsville tracking over Cooper Creek and its remarkable channel country. Arriving just before 2pm, your first outback pub lunch will be moments away, perhaps enjoy a few cold ones while you wait. Check in and make yourself comfortable but be sure not to doze off, we will be heading to the Simpson Desert on our Big Red sand dune sunset experience from 4:30pm.

This will provide an incredible photography opportunity while you enjoy a few drinks. After sunset, return to the Birdsville hotel for dinner and drinks in their heritage listed front bar.

Your Accommodation:

Birdsville Hotel

Wake up and enjoy a Birdsville breakfast from 7am. Afterwards heading southwest, soar over the vast Lake Eyre, Diamantina River, Goyder Lagoon and fly along the Warburton River over Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tirari Desert before climbing higher to have an appreciation of the sheer size of Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest lake with many beautiful changing colours. Once you have taken in the sheer size of the lake, we descend low level over the Warburton river mouth as we head back over the Simpson Desert before overflying the Kallakoopah, Eyre Creek and Big Red.

If the sights here haven’t filled your appetite, don’t worry, lunch will be waiting for our arrival back at Birdsville Pub (11am). 

After Lunch, We will depart for Longreach, Following the Diamantina and Thomson Rivers, we will be assured of not getting lost, and some amazing scenery. Arriving at just before 3pm, enjoy the afternoon in your accommodation where Saltbush Retreat provides relaxing terrace baths. Don’t relax too much yet however as the evening Thomson River Strarlight Cruise kicks off from 430pm.

Heading down the river on a unique paddle boat, capture the many photo opportunities before going ashore for a traditional stockman’s campfire dinner.

Accommodation:

Slab huts at Saltbush Retreat.

Wake up to an in room continental breakfast before heading to the Qantas Founders Museum at 9am. Discover Australia’s rich aviation history and the incredible beginnings of our national airline. This tour includes access to the airpark where you can get up close and personal with a Boeing 707, Boeing 747, Super Constellation and the famous DC3, after the tour lunch is available at the museum.

Following lunch the Stockman’s Hall of Fame is but a short walk away. Learn about the pioneering history of Australia before heading back to your accommodation, enjoy one last relaxing salt bath before gathering your things and heading back to the aircraft to depart for Bundaberg.

After a short flight, arriving at Bundaberg, your trip will morph from an outback theme to a coastal town theme right before your eyes.

Beginning with a sunset atop Hummock Lookout, you will see fields of sugarcane and farmlands making their way to the coastline. After the sunsets, we head to your accommodation for the next two nights, Kacy’s Bargara. Placed in the most prime position on the esplanade with their newly revamped restaurant and beautiful breakfast views, you may just find it hard to leave on you day trips. 

Your Accommodation, Kacy’s Bargara:

No sleeping in today, be sure to have a big breakfast as today is the tours flagship experience, the Lady Musgrave Experience.

Boarding the magnificent 35 metre Reef Empress catamaran and head out to Lady Musgrave Island & Lagoon on the Great Barrier Reef.
 
Once at Lady Musgrave Island, you will have a host of activities to choose from!
Arriving at the lagoon the first thing you’ll be blown away by is the colour, the magnificent blues & the Great Barrier Reef.
 
This is where the fun really starts. 
  • Snorkelling the Lagoon & Great Barrier Reef – be ready to be amazed by pristine reef, colours and abundant marine life
  • Scuba-diving the Outer Reef, the lagoon or many of our surrounding remote world class dive sites
  • Swimming with Turtles which is a life-changing moment or happily search for any of the Great Barrier Reef Great 8 during the tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours which are perfect for those concerned by water, but want to see the Reef close-up
  • Be a Marine Biologist for a Day – be ready to learn everything reef with our specialised team – kids love the program as well
  • Join our Reef Keeper or Junior Reef Keeper programs where our experienced team shows you how we look after the Great Barrier Reef and the changes you can make too
  • Guided Island Walks are very popular and informative – our scientists show you everything about this fascinating ecosystem
  • Whale Watching, you may well be lucky seeing whales on the way to Lady Musgrave Island or on the outer reef or of course you join our partner the Australia Whale Experience for 100% guaranteed Whale watching bonanza
  • Bird Watching in their natural habitat gives enthusiasts a real delight on the Lady Musgrave Island

After your big day on, in and around the reef, head back to Kacy’s restaurant and relax, with plenty to choose from on their menu and from their cellar. If you have the energy to stay up past 7pm, enjoy your evening in their new gaming lounge before bed. 

Now at the end of a big week that has taken you from the city to the outback, into the ocean and out to the country, theres still just enough time to explore the farmlands of Bundaberg. Finish your breakfast overlooking the ocean views and set off for the last of the tours.

There are so many different farms and wineries to visit, though we have selected a few of the best that we know you will love. Hopefully you have made some room for prawn tasting come 9am at Crunskies by the river. See what is on offer at the seafood market, don’t worry, we finish back here!

Heading over to Windham farms for sweet potato’s and then onto Barking dog cafe for morning tea and fig tasting. After morning tea is Martin Farm where they grow watermelons before heading on to Prickle Patch dragon fruit farm where you get to take home your own dragon fruits. Heading back to Grunske’s for lunch.

What trip to Bundaberg would be complete without a visit to their iconic Bundaberg Rum factory and Bundaberg Barrel brewery. These are tours of the two most well known companies in Bundaberg. 

After exploring the museum, join one of the expert distillery guides on a journey deep into the heart of the working Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Start by visiting the molasses well, which holds up to 5 million litres of molasses, fresh from our neighbours at the sugar mill across the road.

Then on to fermentation where you’ll get a sneak-peak into one of their fermentation tanks, before learning all about our double distillation process. Finally head on to the grand Barrel House where you’ll learn about how they age and mature the rum for a minimum of two years before our liquid makes it’s way into a bottle.

Once you’ve experienced the sights and smells of the distillery, you’ll return to the Bundaberg Rum Tasting Bar, where you can sample any of the top shelf rums from their range. Lastly Just around the corner is the iconic Bundaberg brewing co.

Sample every one of the brews through their fun and informative guided Tastings then select 6 of your favourites for a mix-it-yourself take home pack.

Take a self-guided walk through the Gallery to learn about how they craft and bottle brews including the iconic Bundaberg Ginger Beer.  You’ll play ‘guess the flavour’ with our smellography wall, learn more about the real ingredients used in the brews, unlock the secret to their great taste and see the brewery in action via our 360 degree cameras.

Browse their great range of merchandise to take home as a memento of your visit or the perfect gift.  Full range of Brews are also available for purchase.

By now you will no doubt be quite exhausted from a big week. Head back to Kacy’s to pack and take some time to relax. When everyone is ready it is just a short 1 hour flight back to Archerfield. 

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