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Queensland Out Back Rail Tour
Queensland Outback Rail Tour

Price

From $4875pp

Duration

13 Days

Departure

31 October 2017
Queensland’s outback is timeless and full of surprising discoveries

Queensland Outback RailTour
ESCORTED BY KEVIN PEARCE

Rail is easily the best way to take in the vast dramatic landscapes of inland Queensland. West Coast Cruise & Travel Centre welcomes you aboard this amazing escorted, outback rail experience. Nothing quite stirs the imagination like setting off to explore the Australian outback aboard the legendary Spirit of the Outback. The 1,325-kilometer journey chugs along the Queensland coast from Brisbane before heading inland to the wide, open plains of Longreach. The 24-hour rail trek is a photographer’s dream of vast horizons, while the towns are quintessentially Australian. The train hauls 15 carriages with comfortable sleeping berths. There’s plenty of space to move about -- but if you get restless, there’s an on-board Stockman’s Bar to pass the time and natter with other passengers over a cold beer or bubbles . . . or two!

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Discover the true pioneering spirit of Queensland’s famous outback as you board the
Southern Downs Steam Railway to the historic town of Clifton. Return to Brisbane following the path of famed explorers aboard The Westlander. Enjoy the perfect outback experience aboard the Spirit of the Outback, a journey through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain between Brisbane and Longreach. Pass through the heritage towns of Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine, before arriving in the heart of the Queensland Outback, Longreach. Get to know your fellow travellers over refreshments in the Tuckerbox Restaurant and enjoy hearty Australian meals as your adventure into the history and culture of early Australia unfolds. As the outback comes to life in front of your eyes, enjoy our included special excursions from Longreach before you return to Brisbane where there is ample leisure time for you to explore.

 31 OCTOBER 2017 INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS 

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    • Four great rail journeys
    • Classic steam train ride
    • Explore Longreach at leisure
    • Stockmans Hall of Fame
    • Qantas Museum guided tour
    • Scenic Longreach river cruise
    • Camden Park Station excursion
    • Gold Coast Q1 Tower lunch with a view
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Day 1 - Tue 31 October
Perth - Brisbane

Your tour escorts will be on hand this morning at Perth Airport to assist with check-in formalities as you prepare to board your Virgin Australia flight. On arrival in to Brisbane we are met and transferred to our central hotel for check-in. Dinner and welcome drinksare provided in the hotel restaurant. MERCURE HOTEL (D)

Day 2 - Wed 01 November
Toowoomba - Steam Train
Excursion After breakfast we check out from our hotel and board our coach for transfer to Warwick located in Queensland’s Southern Downs region and home to the Southern Downs Steam Railway. Here we board our special chartered train to Clifton and then continue by road to Toowoomba for tonight’s dinner and accommodation. APPLEGUM INN (BD)

Day 3 -Thur 02 November
“The Westlander” 
An early breakfast this morning before we transfer to the Toowoomba station to board The Westlander for our journey back to Brisbane. Enjoy magnificent views as the train travels across the towering mountains of the Great Dividing Range. On arrival at Brisbane’s Roma Street station we are met and transferred to our hotel for check-in.MERCURE HOTEL (B)

Day 4 - Fri 03 November
Gold Coast Sights
The Gold Coast, defined by its hinterland ranges, forests, waterways, towering high rise and spectacular beaches,is undoubtedly Australia’s most famous seaside holiday resort.Our tour today will include a ride on the new Gold Coast light rail system known as the G:Link. Lunch is provided on the 77th level of the Q1 Tower, the highest enclosed vantage point on the Gold Coast, where you will enjoy unsurpassed 360 degree views of the coast and hinterland. MERCURE HOTEL (BL)

Day 5 - Sat 04 November
Spirit of the Outback
Today we transfer to the Roma Street station to board The Spirit of the Outback for the 1,325 km journey to the pioneering town of Longreach.Enjoy the start of our outback adventure with a drink in the train’s Shearers Bar Lounge followed by a hearty dinner in the Tuckerbox dining car. This is Queensland, and Australia’s, last remaining intrastate traditional sleeper train with lounge and dining cars.Enjoy this great railway experience as we head west into the heartland of Queensland’s outback. SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK (BD)

Day 6 -Sun 05 November
Arrive Longreach
On arrival in to Longreach we are met and transferred to our motel for check-in and dinner.ALBERT PARK MOTOR INN (BLD)

Day 7 - Mon 06 November
Qantas Founders Museum and River Cruise
After breakfast we commence our sightseeing with a visit to the Longreach School of Distance Education where we will discover totally different method of schooling. We then transfer to the Qantas Founders Museum where you will uncover the real Qantas story of pioneer aviation and hear great stories of our national airlines fledgling years. We will also step inside the 747 and 707 jets for a guided tour. This afternoon we transfer to the Thomson River to board the M V  Longreach Explorer for a sunset cruise with informative commentary whilst you enjoy complimentary nibbles, with drinks available for purchase. After our cruise we return to our motel for dinner. ALBERT PARK MOTOR INN (BD)

Day 8 - Tue 07 November
Station tour and Stockman’s
Hall of Fame 
Today we meet the Walker family when we visit the Camden Park Station.Here you will gain an insight into the history of grazing in the outback as you enjoy an extensive station tour. We later visit Longreach’s iconic Stockman’s Hall of Fame where you will discover the inspiring stories of the men, women and children living in and pioneering Outback Queensland.We return to our motel with time to rest before dinner. ALBERT PARK MOTOR INN (BD)

Day 9 - Wed 08 November
Longreach at Leisure
Today is a free day to explore Longreach on your own. You can take a stroll to the nearby Botanical Walkway Gardens, call in to see the stunning photographs at Outback Pics, or maybe pick up a souvenir at the Station Store. An optional tour to Winton is another suggestion and your tour escorts will be happy to assist. ALBERT PARK MOTOR INN (BD)

Day 10 - Thu 09 November
Depart Longreach
After breakfast we check out from our motel and transfer to the station to board The Spirit of the Outback once more for our return journey to Brisbane. Lunch and dinner are served in the Tuckerbox dining car. SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK (BLD)

Day 11 - Fri 10 November
Arrive Brisbane
On arrival at Brisbane’s Roma Street station we are met and transferred to our hotel.MERCURE HOTEL (B)

Day 12 - Sat 11 November
Brisbane at Leisure
Today is a free day to relax or explore the city centre. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant. MERCURE HOTEL (BD)

Day 13 - Sun 12 November
Brisbane to Perth
After breakfast we check out from our hotel and transfer to the Brisbane Airport for our flight back to Perth

TERMS AND CONDITIONS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Deposits & Payments:


A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is required together with a signed booking form at the time of reservation. Final payment of the balance is required on or before 01 August 2017.

Cancellation Charges

:In the event of cancellation by the passenger, the following fees will apply: 89 days or more prior to departure loss of deposit 90 days or less prior to departure 100% of total tour cost Travel insurance for cancellation protection is strongly recommended.

Refunds

No refunds can be given to any passenger who joins the tour after its commencement, or for early departure from the tour. Refunds are not available for any meals,
accommodation or excursions not partaken during the tour.

Tour Escort:

A tour escort will be provided from Perth subject to a minimum of 20 passengers travelling.

Travel Insurance:

It is most unwise to travel without comprehensive travel insurance against loss
of luggage, sickness, accident and cancellation charges. Your travel consultant will be happy to discuss this with you. Passengers who do not wish to take out travel insurance, or have arranged travel insurance elsewhere are required to sign a form to this effect.

Tour Changes:

At its discretion, the company reserves the right to change at any time the itinerary, hotels, mode of transport and sightseeing arrangements if it is deemed necessary due to local conditions or for operational reasons.

Brochure:

Every care has been taken to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct and accurate at the time of printing, however some details may have changed since the brochure was published (10/16).
Please check this with your consultant prior to departure
TRAIN INFORMATION: The Spirit of the Outback train has single or twin berth cabins, all with lower beds so there is no necessity to climb ladders to upper berths. Toilets and showers  are located at the end of the carriage.
IN THE TOUR COST
• Economy class flights with Virgin Australia - Perth to Brisbane and return.
• Four star hotels and inns throughout the tour.
• Cooked breakfasts daily and other meals as specified in the itinerary.
• Comfortable seating aboard our included train sectors.Overnight sleeper cabin aboard the Spirit of the Outback.
• Porterage of one suitcase per person.
• All entrance fees to museums etc as listed in the itinerary.
• Two tour escorts will accompany this tour.
• Exclusive West Coast Cruise & Travel - ticket wallet & baggage labels.

Seniors $4875
Pensioners $5050
Adults $ 5125
per person share twin
$865 Single Supp


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