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With a magnificent coast and epic interior, Queensland is justly considered one of the great world destinations. This carefully designed tour takes in paradise beaches, coral reefs, idyllic sandy islands, ancient rainforest and amazing sealife. But also the vast, pristine outback with red earth expanses, kangaroos, huge termite mounds, pioneer towns and natural treasures only discovered relatively recently. This is a breathtaking trip through one of the most incredible corners of the world.

Duration: 36 days

Holiday Type:
Independent & Tailor-made

Price from:
£3,999 per person

Departure dates:

  • Year round
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Highlights

  • Brisbane
  • Winton – The Dinosaur Capital of Australia
  • Mount Isa and the School of the Air
  • Longreach – Home of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum
  • Undara and The Lava Tubes
  • Cobbold Gorge
  • Cairns - Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Airlie Beach
  • Fraser Island
  • Noosa

Route Map

What's Included

  • Flights from London to Australia
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Transfers to and from motorhome depot
  • 3 nights in 4-star hotel, with breakfast, in central Brisbane
  • 29 nights pre-booked campsites, with electricity
  • Brisbane City Tour
  • Frankland Island Reef Cruise
  • Kuranda Train and Skyrail
  • Fraser Island tour
  • 30 days Maui Ultima Plus 3 berth motorhome including:
    • Unlimited mileage
    • GST and admin fees
    • Additional drivers
    • Kitchen equipment, linen and bedding (plus linen exchange during the tour)
    • GPS and wifi including 1GB data
    • Liability Reduction Option (Reduced to Nil) plus single vehicle rollover cover
    • Picnic table and chairs
    • Portable fan heater (on request)

Itinerary

Days 1 - 5: UK to Brisbane

On arrival at Brisbane airport you’ll be greeted and transferred to the Novotel Brisbane for three nights. Time to relax and acclimatise!

There’s plenty to see. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, known as the Sunshine State, and consequently you can enjoy excellent arts and culture and first-rate shopping. Highlights for many are the Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, the Queensland Museum and Art Gallery and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can hold koalas and feed the kangaroos.

The river is a key part of daily life in Brisbane and a river cruise, perhaps on a paddle steamer, is a good way to get your bearings while you sit in comfort. Guided walking tours, perhaps with a historic or arts or foodie theme are popular, and activity enthusiasts enjoy a fishing charter or a spot of sailing in Moreton Bay. Take a 70 minute ferry to Moreton Island, a national park and the third largest sand island in the world, complete with the famous Tangalooma Wrecks, popular with divers and snorkellers.

We have included a city tour on Day 4 to make sure you see the best of Brisbane – the historical must-sees, the 19th

century sandstone buildings, the arts precinct and the man-made Streets Beach at Southbank Parklands. Enjoy the city’s relaxed café culture, its bustling shopping streets and above all its sunny, welcoming subtropical atmosphere.

Day 6: Dalby

Distance: 211km (131miles)

Today you’ll be transferred to the Maui motorhome depot for a familiarisation before setting off for Dalby and your first overnight stop.

Dalby is a picturesque rural town with plenty of history to explore. The Heritage Trail takes you back in time, starting at the 1921 catholic church of St James and including the 1860s police station, the Arts Centre and Mary’s Commercial Hotel which has been an iconic hostelry since 1885.

The Pioneer Park Museum offers more fascinating history with working agricultural machines from the late 19th century, as well as household ephemera that were once commonplace but now give an insight into early life in Queensland. The Myall Creek Parklands Walkway has fabulous birdlife and informative plaques telling the visitor about historically interesting features.

Head out to the Bunya mountains, a spectacular wilderness forming part of the remote Great Dividing Range. Here you’ll find rare birdlife, attracting ornithologists from across the globe. King parrots and satin bowerbirds are common sights, not to mention wallabies that live here.

An alternative excursion is to Lake Broadwater Conservation Park on the Darling Downs, once frequented by Aboriginal people. It’s a nationally important wetland with spectacular birdlife and opportunities for swimming, boating and hiking the trails through idyllic natural surroundings.

Day 7: Roma

Distance: 268km (167miles)

Further on in Roma, deep in cattle country, you can take a tour of the largest cattle sales yard in the southern hemisphere. Marvel at the 9.5 metre girth of the huge bottle tree (always a good selfie!) and learn about the origins of the oil and gas industry at the Big Rig Oil Patch Museum.

This is a region of vast, untamed landscapes. Visit the Carnarvon Gorge National Park (one of seven national parks in the Queensland Outback) and discover rock pools, rainforest, caves and indigenous rock art dating back 3,500 years.

Roma has plenty of cafés and a good range of eateries for all tastes. Be sure to order a speciality grass-fed steak while you’re here.

Day 8: Blackall

Distance: 488km (303miles)

Once Blackall was a thriving wool town in the outback, very much part of the pioneering frontier. Stopping here now, you can visit the Blackall Woolscour, the last remaining steam driven wool washing plant in Australia. It’s part of a restored cultural tourism attraction, well run with knowledgeable guides and is recognised as one of Australia’s best industrial heritage sites. The machinery is working daily so pay a visit and learn about life based on wool over a century ago.

Today Blackall has developed artistic credentials, even claiming the title ‘Arts Capital of the West’. Tour the outdoor gallery of public artworks, with pieces created from scrap metal, wool and bronze.

If that gets you in a lather, then head to the Blackall Aquatic Centre and relax in the spa. The warm artesian waters are naturally 58 degrees and there’s a 50 metre Olympic sized pool. Call in for a dip after a day on the road.

Days 9 - 10: Longreach

Distance: 213km (132miles)

Opened in 1988 by the Queen, the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is based in Longreach. It celebrates rural life in Australia, the culture and history of outback living, and at the same time is a tribute to the unsung heroes of the outback. It has welcomed more than a million visitors in the course of some 30 years and provided countless hours of thrilling spectacles, demonstrations and events.

Quantas, the Australian national carrier airline, also has roots here in Longreach. It’s the third oldest airline in the world and one of the original hangars is till in use today. Visit the Quantas Founders Outback Museum and discover a world class museum with four of the world’s most iconic aircraft: the Catalina Flying Boat, Douglas DC-3, Boeing 707 and the Boeing 747. There are also replicas of the de Havilland DH-61 Giant Moth and other vintage planes.

Days 11 - 12: Winton

Distance: 180km (112miles)

Aside from being the original setting of the unofficial Australian anthem ‘Waltzing Matilda’ (based on the suicide of a local shearer in 1894), Winton is all about dinosaurs.

Just south-east of Winton you’ll find the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, home of the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. Explore Dinosaur Canyon, with five different galleries and full-scale bronze replicas of the residents of 100 million years ago.

Nearby at Lark Quarry Conservation Park there is the world’s only record of a dinosaur stampede. This very special National Monument is not to be missed and is nearly 100 million years old, with over 3,000 footprints preserved in the stone.

Winton was also renowned for its opals, mined in huge quantities and quality from the 1890s. One of Queensland’s largest opal fields lies 120 km away at Opalton.

Day 13: Mount Isa

Distance: 468km (291miles)

Surrounded by arid bush, Mount Isa is a welcome sight for travellers. It’s a bustling town with plenty going on, set on the banks of the Leichhardt River and with one of the state’s largest Flying Doctor bases.

The town was built on incredibly productive mines, producing vast quantities of copper, silver, zinc and lead, much excavated at the vast Mount Isa Mine. The town is still today a world leader in the mining of minerals and the Outback at Isa attraction is a popular one. Here the Hard Times Mine gives a flavour of the mining life and industry in the form of an accurate replica manned by real miners for authenticity.

You can also experience the award winning Riversleigh Fossil Mammal Site, recognised as a World Heritage site since 1994 for its remarkable fossils and educational skills.

Alternative attractions include the rodeo, the third largest in the world, where, over a few days a year, you can see the best cowboys and cowgirls, steer wrestling and bull riding. Then there are the cool waters of Lake Moondarra, perfect for watersports, boat trips and shoreline walks. And finally the Underground Hospital and Museum is fascinating – a result of wartime bombing and an influx of American troops into Queensland.

Days 14 - 15: Karumba

Distance: 565km (351miles)

Moving on, you’ll come to Karumba beside the Norman River. This once unprepossessing outback town has developed into something of a hotspot for anglers from across the country, as well as a destination for winter sun seekers. The old town has little for tourists but the pleasant Karumba Point offers friendly cafés, the Mud Crab and Crocodile Tour and the Sunset Tavern where you can enjoy a sundowner as the sun slips into the Gulf of Carpentaria in an orange glow.

Days 16 - 17: Cobbold Gorge

Distance: 458km (285miles)

Next stop is Cobbold Gorge, a stunning chasm carved into the rock by water and time over the millennia. It’s an oasis hidden away in the outback, some say this is Australia’s most gorgeous gorge and, being so remote, was almost unknown until the 1990s.

Take a guided tour boat trip down the gorge to get the most out of your visit and learn about the amazing flora and fauna, the incredible scenery and the significance of this remarkable place. Admire the timeless beauty, the absolute silence, the crystal clear waters and curling stone buttresses that wrap around you and rise 30 metres into the azure blue sky.

Days 18 - 19: Mount Surprise/Undara

Distance: 229km (142miles)

Here in Undara Volcanic National Park lie some of the longest lava flows on the planet to emanate from a single volcano. It’s a fertile, mineral-rich area and it plays host to a variety of rainforest fauna and wildlife, creating over time a pristine volcanic paradise.

Take one of the daily escorted guided tours and visit the Undara lava tubes to see this natural paradise up close, or take an evening guided walk to spot local wildlife by torchlight. One of the evening tours takes you to the mouth of one of the lava tubes where you can witness innumerable Micro-bats flitting out to feed. Undara also makes a dramatic, and truly unique, setting for the celebrated Opera in the Outback and the Outback Rock and Blues event.

Days 20 - 22: Cairns

Distance: 261km (162miles)

Here in Undara Volcanic National Park lie some of the longest lava flows on the planet to emanate from a single volcano. It’s a fertile, mineral-rich area and it plays host to a variety of rainforest fauna and wildlife, creating over time a pristine volcanic paradise.

Take one of the daily escorted guided tours and visit the Undara lava tubes to see this natural paradise up close, or take an evening guided walk to spot local wildlife by torchlight. One of the evening tours takes you to the mouth of one of the lava tubes where you can witness innumerable Micro-bats flitting out to feed. Undara also makes a dramatic, and truly unique, setting for the celebrated Opera in the Outback and the Outback Rock and Blues event.

Day 21

This should be a very special day! We have included in the tour a fantastic cruise out to the Frankland Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, a cluster of small, unspoilt islands with National Park status. The day starts with a river cruise along the Mulgrave River, home to a rich variety of migratory birdlife, before heading out to the Frankland Islands, not far from the river mouth.

Explore above and below water, swimming along the reef and spotting turtles, octopus and clownfish. There’s a glass bottomed boat for amazing views of the reef below and guided snorkelling, with equipment provided, is included, as well as buffet lunch. There’s even a marine biologist who can provide expert guidance to the underwater marvels, including a fantastic abundance of corals and colourful fish, sea turtles, giant clams and sea anemones.

Day 22

Another special day, with an all inclusive Kuranda tour included in your itinerary. You’ll be taken to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and greeted by an indigenous guide for an escorted tour of the park, experiencing the ancient culture and heritage and enjoying a buffet lunch.

Afterwards hop on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide above the rainforest canopy to Kuranda, stopping on the way at Red Peak station and marvelling at the amazing scenery - dense rainforest dominated by craggy mountains with cascading waterfalls and deep gorges like the sensational Barron Falls Barron Falls station.

Enjoy free time to explore the Village in the Rainforest, and attractions like the Heritage Markets, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (own expense).

Finally, clamber on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Cairns, and enjoy breathtaking vistas as you trundle through manually excavated tunnels and past incredible waterfalls. The rainforest here, recognised by UNESCO and awarded World Heritage status, is among the oldest in the world. And remarkably, the trains have been chugging along this 34 km track since the pioneer days of 1891. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Freshwater station.

Days 23 - 24: Townsville

Distance: 347km (216miles)

Townsville is the second largest city in Queensland. Castle Hill offers a panoramic view of Townsville. Great Barrier Reef Wonderland is a perennially popular choice, with an amazing walk-through underwater tunnel giving a great wraparound view of the world beneath the waves.

Options here include a cruise out to Magnetic Island in Cleveland Bay, 8 km offshore. Despite being effectively an offshoot suburb of Townsville, the island is a natural habitat for wildlife and over 50% of its area is designated National Park, mostly the inland area and the craggy north west.

Magnetic Island is known for its population of bush stone-curlews whose shrieking cry can cause alarm in the middle of the night. Koalas are to be found on the island and can be readily spotted on the popular Forts Walk.

The island earned its name due to the ‘magnetic’ effect it had on Captain Cook’s compass as he sailed past in 1770. Work has been done since to determine whether the island is indeed magnetic, but to no avail.

Days 25 - 27: Airlie Beach

Distance: 276km (171miles)

Moving on you’ll come to Airlie Beach and a chance to relax on the sands and enjoy a taste of the beach life. Alternatively take a boat out to the Great Barrier Reef or stay on dry land and visit the Cedar Creek Falls at the Conway National Park – perfect for a cooling dip and a great photo.

Seen as the gateway to the Whitsunday Passage which is sprinkled with hundreds of islands that form part of the Barrier Reef, there’s a real tropical feel. Dozens of picturesque islands are within reach, just off the coast, and you can take a cruise out to some, such as Hamilton, Daydream and South Molle.

Days 28 - 29: Yeppoon

Distance: 503km (313miles)

Down on the Capricorn coast, Yeppoon is a seaside town with a relaxed, tropical ambience. You’ll find a beach-chic vibe with little boutiques, surf stores and a great gastronomy scene.

At the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary you can cuddle a koala and stroke a croc (don’t muddle those up!), hand feed the kangaroos and play with the monkeys. Or head underground into the Capricorn Caves to see the amazing stalactites and stalagmites.

Visit Emu Park near Rockhampton where the Singing Ship monument looks out to sea, and maybe stop at the Koorana Crocodile Farm. Take a day cruise out to the glorious Great Keppel Island, home to 17 paradise beaches and dolphins, humpback whales, possums, colourful lorikeets and jewel-like butterflies, or simply relax in the idyllic grounds of Emu Park.

Days 30 - 31: Hervey Bay

Distance: 426km (265miles)

Hervey Bay is renowned for its whale watching with plenty of cruise operators offering trips, especially between July and November. In fact the surrounding ocean waters are also home to dolphins, turtles, dugongs and magnificent rays, so keep your eyes peeled.

Top of the must-see list is Fraser Island, a World Heritage recognised location – the largest sand island in the world, with dense rain forest, cool freshwater springs and a varied wildlife.

For Day 31 we have included a tour to Fraser Island, allowing you to learn about this magical place and its Aboriginal heritage. You can also swim in Lake McKenzie’s crystal waters, hike along Wanggoolba Creek through the rainforest and enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterwards you’ll be taken along Seventy-Five Mile Beach, pausing for a dip at Eli Creek, a visit to the beached shipwreck of the Maheno and stopping at the Pinnacles where the coloured sand cliffs are mesmeric.

Days 32 - 34: Noosa

Distance: 180km (112miles)

Heading down the coast you’ll pass through Maryborough and Gympie, then Cooroy and on to Noosa Heads.

Maryborough is known for being one of Queensland’s oldest cities, dating back to 1843 when Europeans first arrived. Some of the old houses still stand, enhancing the town’s reputation as an attractive, historical centre. Follow the Heritage Walk which takes in nearly 30 buildings of historical interest.

Gympie is known mainly for Cooloola Beach, the Great Sandy National Park and, of course, the fantastic Fraser Island. Stop at the Deep Creek Gold Fossicking Park and have a go at panning for gold. You never know your luck!

At Noosa Heads you can relax on the sand, or grab a surf board and hit the internationally famed Main Beach. Sunshine Beach is usually less busy, backing on to Noosa National Park, and offers relaxed beach cafés. Pleasant trails snake through the National Park, passing Boiling Pot, Hell’s Gates, Paradise Cave and other scenic spots.

Noosa Heads is a pleasant place with an easy going, outward looking charm and surrounded by stunning scenery. Get to know the enticing restaurants, bustling shopping streets and the lively markets.

Days 35 - 36: Brisbane to UK

Distance: 135km (84miles)

Leaving Noosa behind, you’ll head next for Brisbane where you’ll hand over the keys to your motorhome and transfer to the airport. Depending on your timings, take the route along the coast via Sunshine Beach, Coolum Beach and Caloundra, for a last glimpse of the Queensland coast.

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Price per person is based on two people sharing, prices for solo travellers are available on request.

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Duration: 36 days

Holiday Type:
Independent & Tailor-made

Price from: £3,999 pp

Departure dates:

  • Year round
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