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Wilderness Adventures

Essence of the Outback

Cairns Return
14 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GOCQ14
  • Remote Journey
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Be a Palaeontologist for a day

Exclusive! Handle 100-milloion-year old bones at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition in a specialised laboratory

Sunset on the Thomson River

Sunset cruise along the majestic Thomson River

Epic Carnarvon Gorge

Enjoy a full day to explore the arresting landscapes of the 30km long Carnarvon Gorge

Inclusions

  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 19 locations
  • Expert two person crew – Driver-Guide and Tour Director
  • Small group travel with a maximum of 20 guests
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • All meals, sightseeing, national park fees and airport transfers

Map & Itinerary

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Australia Map GOCQ14 2019

Cairns Return

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

Arrive in Cairns, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers during a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Daily :
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In Undara, embark on The Archway Explorer tour of the astounding lava tubes.


Travel to the authentic cattle station of Woodleigh Station for morning tea and continue to Undara for lunch. This evening, spend the night in a restored train carriage, in the heart of the bush.

Stay: Undara Experience

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Relax while enjoying fresh local prawns and capturing the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.


Today, set off on the legendary Gulflander Train, which takes passengers through countryside many people will never see. Then, travel to Karumba.

Stay: Karumba, End Of the Road Motel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Further discover Mt Isa today. Located on the banks of the Leichhardt River, the city is a melting pot of culture and industry. Your included activity is a tour of Hard Times Mine. Enter the Alimak Cage and descend as your guide shares the history of the mine. Feel the earth tremble and cover your ears as you try using the incredible air-leg drill.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Embark on a drive to the Outback town of Cloncurry today. After some time here, visit the newly built 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.

Stay: Winton, Boulder Opal Motor Inn

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

As part of your exclusive experience with APT at the Australian Age Of Dinosaurs exhibition, enjoy working with recently unearthed dinosaur fossils in a specialised laboratory.


After breakfast, travel to the Australian Age Of Dinosaurs exhibition. Continue to Lark Quarry to visit the Dinosaur Track-ways exhibit, known as one of the best and most concentrated set of dinosaur footprints in the world. Continue to Longreach and Kinnon and Co. Outback Accommodation.

Stay: Two Nights, Longreach, Kinnon and Co. Outback Accommodation

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise along the Thomson River, before savouring a delicious three-course drover dinner and an entertaining theatre show.


Today, visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, a world-class and 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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, 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.

Stay: Two Nights, Carnarvon National Park, Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a half-day tour, take in the arresting landscapes of Carnarvon National Park, including the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge. Admire its soaring sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured gorges and diverse wildlife.


Your day is dedicated to exploring Carnarvon National Park.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, visit the striking 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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

On the way back to Cairns, stop at the stunning Paronella Park on the banks of the pristine Mena Creek. Home to 13 acres of lush Australian rainforest and heritage gardens, this unique and eco-friendly attraction also features a Spanish-inspired castle. After some time exploring these beautiful grounds, continue on to the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina for a Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your holiday comes to an end after a final breakfast this morning. Bid farewell to your Tour Director, Driver-Guide and new-found friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Dedicated Two-Person Crew

Throughout your Outback Wilderness Adventure, enjoy the expertise of a Tour Director and Driver-Guide

Custom-designed 4WD vehicles

Our specially engineered vehicles have an impeccable reliability record, traversing some of the roughest terrain

Best accommodation around

At the end of each day's exploration, stay in each region's best accommodation

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary