Outback Exploration

From AUD $1,550.00
  • Duration: 9 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: 9DBPOE

This Outback Exploration tour has been designed for adventure travellers and backpackers wanting to get in touch with the real soul of the Australian outback. Over 9 glorious days you will get up close and personal with nature, wildlife, outback characters get off the beaten track to explore and experience real life in the outback with this hands on adventure of a lifetime.  Departures are available from both Brisbane and Sydney so you don’t have to backtrack and can experience more of the outback.


Itinerary
Wednesday (D) - Day 1 

07:00 - Check in at Brisbane Transit Centre Greyhound Coach Terminal.
07:30 Depart Brisbane on a Greyhound coach from the Greyhound terminal Brisbane Transit Centre bound for Toowoomba.

09:40 - Arrive at Toowoomba Bus Interchange

10:30 – Board Coach Qld service to Cunnamulla departing Toowoomba at 10:30 and arriving Cunnamulla 19:45.

On arrival in Cunnamulla you will be collected given dinner and settled into your accommodation. 

Overnight Cunnamulla camping in swag under the stars.

Thursday (B, L, D) - Day 2 

Travel to Yowah the only place in the world you can find a type of opal called a Yowah Nut. Tour Yowah with a local including the Bluff lovers leap. Fossick for your very own Yowah Nut a special type of opal encased in an ironstone. Depart for the heritage town of Eulo, browse local galleries, enjoy a couple of beers at the Eulo Queen Hotel and discover the iconic Isabella Robinson the “Eulo Queen”.

Overnight Cunnamulla camping in swag under the stars.

Friday (B, L, D) - Day 3 

Travel back 100 million years in time in the Artesian Time Tunnel and learn all about the Artesian Basin and how it opened up this area to settlers. Browse through the museum and don’t forget the regional gallery, which hosts stunning works of art.

The afternoon offers a couple of hour’s free time to do anything you like.

Tonight immerse yourself with larger-than-life characters and enjoy a beer and yarn with the locals and some traditional Aussie tucker at the Cunnamulla Bowling Club.

Overnight Cunnamulla camping in swag under the stars.

Saturday (B, L, D) - Day 4

After a big night with the locals you get to have a sleep in. Wake naturally to the singing Australian native birds and help yourself to a continental breakfast or wander to Out the Back Australia headquarters for a cooked breakfast. Once everyone is on the move we will head for the magnificent Warrego River to embark on a kayak journey along the windy banks lined with a canopy of ancient river gums, wildlife and birdlife. 

Lunch will be at a secluded spot along the way under a shady Coolabah tree that the late Banjo Patterson made famous in his poetry. 

The afternoon offers a couple of hour’s free time to do anything you like.

Bicycles are available if you fancy going for a ride. For those that rested you could now be at an advantage as we head for the adrenalin rush of sand boarding and sledding down the massive natural sand dunes.

Tonight’s dinner will be a grand feed of roasted lamb and veggies while you sit back with a cool drink and soak in the peaceful ambience. Sit around the campfire and take the unique opportunity to master the ancient Aboriginal art of playing the didgeridoo, watch the star filled skies or have a sing along.

Overnight Cunnamulla camping in swag under the stars.

Sunday (B, L, D) - Day 5  

The morning commences with an early breakfast as we depart for the adventures at Rocky Station. Another opportunity to stroll along the banks of the Warrego River on the “Wallaby Walk” so keep your eyes open and be quiet so you can spot one of these cute little fellas often seen at the water’s edge.

Act out your “Indiana Jones” fantasy and navigate your way across the 70m swinging footbridge, never before open to the public. Arriving at the homestead, have morning tea and relish in the friendly country hospitality offered by station owners Chris and Mike Webster.

After leaving Rocky Station we head for a farm where we will explore for a couple of days and camp under the star lit skies. There will be many photo opportunities as you look at the spectacular sunset, wildlife, farm animals and Australian native birds. Imagine laying back under a rich blue sky soaking up all the therapeutic goodness of the warm Artesian waters in natures very own spa bath, kangaroos, emu’s, sheep and cattle all wander freely and you are surrounded by nature for as far as you can see. It really doesn’t get much better than this!

Tonight you will be served great bush tucker in a magnificent outback setting. You will enjoy the evening sitting around the campfire sharing a yarn about your day’s experiences and enjoying some great bush entertainment as you immerse yourself in the outback culture.

Overnight Farm camping in swag under the stars.

Day 6 - Monday (B, L, D) 

Experience the outback sunrise an experience of a lifetime with breathtaking views you will never forget. See an abundance of Australian bird and wildlife including large numbers of kangaroos and emu’s
all in its natural environment. You will learn to make “Billy Tea” and “Damper” from a true blue Aussie. Enjoy the wide open spaces, clean green air and the great hospitality on a property in Queensland’s outback.

Overnight Farm camping in swag under the stars.

Day 7 - Tuesday (B, L, D) 

Depart farm for Cunnamulla, take a historical town tour and visit local industry including state of the art organic farming.

The afternoon offers a couple of hour’s free time to do anything you like.

Late afternoon sit back relax and enjoy a sunset river cruise on the Warrego River with our local tour guide. You will experience an explosion of nature as you cruise the tranquil waters soaking up the outback ambience.

Tonight’s dinner will be a grand feed while you sit back with a cool drink and enjoy the local entertainment.

Overnight Cunnamulla camping in swag under the stars.

Wednesday (B) - Day 8 

Today feel a part of history unfolding as you explore the historic cemetery and uncover tales of characters and Cunnamulla legends.

Have your final afternoon enjoying the characters as you complete an Aussie pub crawl at all the local’s watering holes.

Completing your adventure with a farewell dinner.

Overnight Cunnamulla camping in swag under the stars.

Thursday (B) - Day 9 

06:00 - Rise early for breakfast before bidding a fond farewell to your new outback mates.

06:45 – Depart Cunnamulla for your return travel arriving Toowoomba Bus Interchange at 16:00.

Connect to Greyhound Coach service departing Toowoomba 18:00 and arrive at Brisbane Transit Centre 19:40. 

“Many tours are classed as authentic, but this is the first where my experiences have felt real. We’ve been welcomed into people’s homes, lives and histories. Guided by locals with a true passion for their hometown we had no better insight into Aussie outback culture. Full-blown outback sights, sounds and smells!”

Inclusions & Options
Travel

Coach travel Brisbane to and from Cunnamulla on Greyhound and Coach Qld Coaches is included in the price. Ensure you arrive early at the coach station to avoid any stress leaving plenty of time to relax and commence your outback adventure.

Coach Departs Brisbane

GX951 - 07:30 - Wednesday departs Brisbane on a Greyhound Coach from the Greyhound terminal Brisbane Transit Centre arriving Toowoomba Bus Interchange Greyhound Coach terminal 09:40.

BQ113 - 10:30 - Wednesday depart Toowoomba on Coach Qld service to St George arriving 16:00.

BQ117 – 16:30 – Wednesday depart on Coach Qld service St George to Cunnamulla arriving 19:45.

Coach Departs Cunnamulla

06:00 - Rise early for breakfast before bidding a fond farewell to your new outback mates.

BQ118 - 06:45 – Thursday depart Cunnamulla for your return travel arriving St George 10:00.

BQ114 – 10:35 - Thursday depart St George for Toowoomba Bus Interchange arriving at 16:00.

GX155 -18:00  - Thursday depart on Greyhound Coach service Toowoomba Bus Interchange and arrive at Brisbane Transit Centre 19:35. 

Transfers/Entries

Daily collection to and from camp site is included as well as pick up and drop off on your arrival and departure. All entries are included as per itinerary and this is truly an all inclusive package.

Tour Guide

Our experienced local tour guides are at least fourth generation in the area and will not only provide a great insight into the area but will ensure you get authentic outback experience.  This is not a stage show it is real life in the outback!

Vehicle

Minibus: 21 seats front facing air-conditioned vehicle

Group Size

Minimum number is one person. Maximum number is twelve people as we believe small groups make big adventure! 

THIS TOUR OFFERS GUARANTEED DEPARTURES, WEEKLY YEAR ROUND!

What to Bring

  • Closed in shoes, 
  • Camera, 
  • Swimmers, 
  • Hat, 
  • Towel,
  • No more than 20kg of luggage 
  • A sense of fun and adventure

Accommodation

Accommodation on the tour is camping in swags (bed roll) under the stars with a good mix of natural bush
land settings and camping grounds. Swags and bedding provided.  8 Nights of camping is included in the tour.

Meals

All meals during the tour are included as outlined on the itinerary and are abbreviated as follows;

B = Breakfast

MT = Morning Tea or Smoko (as we call it in the outback)

L = Lunch

AT = Afternoon Tea or Smoko (as we like to call it in the outback)

D = Dinner

Any special dietary requirements can easily be accommodated for, however, must be requested at the time of booking your tour to ensure we have lots of healthy, hearty food for everyone.  Remember we are in a remote location and it takes time to get things in!

Optional Extra

Mud Bath at Eulo is an optional extra and is $65 per person. We highly recommend this unique experience.

Flight Upgrade Option

REX Regional Express Airlines operates a twice-weekly flight Brisbane to Cunnamulla and return. 
Flight upgrades are available for an extra charge of $200 per person each way and must be requested at the time of booking tour.

Brisbane to Cunnamulla | Flight ZL5627 | 2 stops | 2h 55m

Departs Brisbane: 07:45 Wed 

Arrives Cunnamulla: 10:40 Wed


Cunnamulla to Brisbane | Flight ZL5628 | 2 stops | 2h 50m

Departs Cunnamulla: 13:20 Wed 

Arrives Brisbane: 16:10 Wed


Rates

Prices are valid until March 31st 2016, terms and conditions apply.

Ex Brisbane $1550

Upgrade Flight One Way - BNE to CMA $1750

Upgrade Flight Return BNE-CMA CMA-BNE $1950