Pure Outback - Small Group Tour
Saturday 6th August - Tuesday 16th August, 2022
Departing Brisbane, your flight arrives in Barcaldine: “The Garden City of the West”: central to “the shearers’ war” of the 1890s and the location of the iconic “Tree of Knowledge”.
In the 4-wheel drive bus, we drive along the world’s longest sculpture trail 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 also be observed.
Overnighting in the pioneering town of Longreach we visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum.
At Winton the Waltzing Matilda Museum gives us an insight into the pioneering spirit and everyday life on the frontier.
Viewing many quirky and lonely places of historic interest we will learn of celebrated exploits and stories of bush life, and on this tour you will hear of political movements and the impact of white European settlement on the First Nations Peoples.
The vast expanses of Western Outback Queensland reveal the remains of long-extinct dinosaurs.
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, we learn of the fate of the Burke and Wills expedition at the Dig Tree in the Sturt Stony Desert deep in the Channel Country.
We meander through Australia’s most prolific oil and gas basin, before visiting the historic Noccundra Hotel and discovering the Megafauna marvels of the Eromanga Natural Sciences Museum, along with Cooper – Australia’s largest dinosaur.
Our last leg of this Outback experience finds us in Charleville, with all its charm and secrets. We discover a little-known activity of WW2, explore the night skies at the Cosmos centre and meet up close 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 depart on a flight from Charleville Airport, for your return to Brisbane.
Pure Outback Tour
6th August – 16th August, 2022
Johnny Gannan will be your main tour leader on this Pure Outback journey. Johnny believes Queensland to be the most desirable State or Territory in Australia. Its enormity provides for the most diverse range of landscapes and Queensland is home to the most exotic of birds, animals, reptiles and marine creatures: all accessible and some quite friendly.
Johnny has conducted small group tours for many years. His familiarity with Outback Queensland for over 40 years, plus his relationships with its service providers, makes him well placed to ensure that you will have the Adventure of a lifetime!
“My desire is to design and conduct safe and informative tours of adventure and excitement which cater for a range of interests – respecting local communities, promoting the value of nature, culture and history and making possible special memories.”