APT: Essence of the Queensland Outback

14 Day Guided Holiday in 2021

From AU$7,315*
per person, twin share

Discover the Australian Outback on this Land Journey with luxury tour operator, APT. Explore Queensland’s stunning landscape, wander the Undara Lava Tubes & discover Carnarvon Gorge. Filled with unforgettable experiences and unique stays, this holiday will take you to some of the most scenic and remote corners of Outback Queensland.

Prices Per Person, Twin Share
Departure Date Was Now From
5 May 2021 AU$8,295 AU$7,315*
21 May 2021 AU$8,295 AU$7,599*
18 June 2021 AU$8,495 AU$7,499*
14 July 2021 AU$8,495 AU$7,785*
11 August 2021 AU$8,295 AU$7,599*
13 August 2021 AU$8,295 AU$7,315*
10 September 2021 AU$8,295 AU$7,315*
Bookings subject to availability. Valid for sale until 31 December 2020, Unless Sold Out Prior

Includes:

  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 38 meals
  • The services of an APT Tour Director and Driver
  • Embark on the Archway Explorer tour through the mysterious Undara Lava Tubes
  • Watch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria and tuck into fresh local prawns in Karumba
  • Experience working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory
  • Take in the landscapes of Carnarvon National Park, including the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River and savour a three-course drover dinner

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive Cairns
Be met on arrival in Cairns and transferred to your hotel. This evening, a relaxed welcome dinner provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Daily: Dinner

Day 2 Woodleigh Station, Undara
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Embark on the Archway Explorer tour through the mysterious Undara Lava Tubes.
Travel to the authentic cattle station of Woodleigh Station for lunch, which has been family-owned for five generations. Continue to Undara Volcanic National Park and set out on a guided discovery of the intriguing lava tubes. The mysterious lava tubes and caves are the result of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred 190,000 years ago. The Undara tubes are some of the longest in the world, and are home to a unique array of native Australian plants and animals.
Stay: Undara Experience
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3 Undara, Karumba
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Travel to Karumba and tuck into fresh local prawns as you watch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Today, set off on the legendary Gulflander Train, originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the gold fields of Croydon. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area rich in pioneering history and heritage. From grasslands and wetlands to barren Savannah territory, the Gulflander travels through countryside rarely seen by the average traveller.
Stay: Karumba, End of the Road Motel or similar
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4 Mt Isa
Set off for Mt Isa, commonly referred to as the ‘oasis of the outback’. En route, stop to see the Purple Pub, one of the most iconic hotels in the north of Australia.
Stay: Two Nights, Mt Isa, Red Earth Hotel
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5 Mt Isa
Located on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mt Isa is a melting pot of culture and industry. A tour of Hard Times Mine reveals its history as you enter the Alimak Cage with your guide and descend into the mine. Feel the earth tremble and cover your ears as you have a go at using the air-leg drill.
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6 Cloncurry, Winton
Embark on a drive to the outback town of Cloncurry. After some time here, visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre – the first museum in the world dedicated to a song, which also includes a nostalgic light and sound show in the Billabong Theatrette. Later, arrive in Winton in time for dinner.
Stay: Winton, Boulder Opal Motor Inn
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7 Lark Quarry, Longreach
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: As part of your exclusive experience with APT, enjoy working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory.
Travel to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs exhibition and enjoy a Signature Experience. Continue to Lark Quarry to visit the Dinosaur Track-ways exhibit, known as one of the most concentrated set of dinosaur footprints in the world.
Stay: Two Nights, Longreach, Saltbush Retreat
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8 Longreach, Thomson River Cruise
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River, before savouring a three-course drover dinner and an entertaining performance.
Visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, an award-winning museum that tells the story of Qantas through interactive exhibits and original and replica aircraft. Then head to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, dedicated to the custodians of the bush and Australia’s pioneering history.
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9 Carnarvon National Park
Set off for Carnarvon National Park. Along the way, stop at the famed Tree of Knowledge, known as the founding site of the political movement that helped to create the Australian Labor Party. Arrive in Carnarvon Gorge, set beneath a canopy of gum trees.
Stay: Two Nights, Carnarvon National Park, Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10 Carnarvon National Park
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: During a half-day exploration, take in the landscapes of Carnarvon National Park, including the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge. Admire its soaring sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured gorges and diverse wildlife.
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11 Minerva Hills National Park, Emerald
View Minerva Hills National Park, keeping an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Afterwards, continue on to Emerald. Established in 1879 as a base for building the western railway, the town is a gateway to the Sapphire Gemfields.
Stay: Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12 Charters Towers
Travel to Charters Towers today. Established as a gold rush town in 1871, it quickly grew to become the second-largest town in Queensland. Admire its heritage buildings on your way to the Heritage Lodge Motel.
Stay: Charters Towers, Heritage Lodge Motel
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13 Paronella Park, Cairns
On the way back to Cairns, stop at Paronella Park, nestled amid heritage gardens and 13 acres of lush Australian rainforest. Situated on the banks of the crystal-clear waters of Mena Creek, this unique attraction also features a Spanish-inspired castle. After time to explore the castle ruins and grounds, continue to the Shangri-La Hotel in Cairns. This evening, celebrate the end of your journey during a final farewell dinner.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Daily: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14 Depart Cairns
Your holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.
Daily: Breakfast

*Terms & Conditions:

  • Bookings subject to availability.
  • Prices are per person twin share, in Australian Dollars.
  • Pricing correct as of 15 October 2020 and may fluctuate due to changes in availability, surcharges, fees or taxes.
  • Standard Travel Club Terms and Conditions apply.
  • This tour is offered and managed by APT and their terms and conditions apply. Featured rates include a capacity-controlled sale fare that can be withdrawn by APT at any time without notice.
  • No airfares are included in the featured package, but assistance with booking can be provided.
  • A deposit of $1500 per person is required to secure the booking.
  • Cancellation and change fees apply. Bookings are non-transferable.
  • Travel insurance is not included in the package. Please ensure you have valid Travel Insurance, or request a quotation.