Arriving in Charleville today we visit the Charleville Cosmos Centre. Late this afternoon, we visit Charleville’s best known attraction, the Cosmos Centre. The centre is an audio-visual extravaganza featuring hi-tech interactive displays that will take us on an astronomical journey through the ages, unravelling many mysteries of our night sky. We will enjoy some nibbles and drinks before the open-air observatory viewing of the outback night sky.
DAY 2: CHARLEVILLE TO LONGREACH
Travelling north we pass Blackall and stop in Barcaldine for lunch. Our first stop in Longreach is to Outback Pioneers in the main street for afternoon tea in the cafe. Their station store has an amazing range of traditionally made leatherwear and a treasure trove of historic nostalgia. This is a great introduction to an interesting town.
DAY 3: LONGREACH
The day consists of two wonderful visits, the first being the Qantas Founders Outback Museum. Our guided tour provides us with an appreciation of the vision and achievements of the Qantas Founders, which is "that Qantas would one day become one of the world’s greatest airlines". Tonight we soak up the spectacular changing colours of the outback as we cruise from sunset to starlight on the Thomson River. A traditional Stockman’s dinner by the campfire follows including bush entertainment.
DAY 4: LONGREACH
We have a fantastic day planned starting with a visit to Nogo Station, a working sheep and cattle station. We’ll see a live shearing demonstration and go on ‘safari’ to spot the local wildlife. We’ll be ready to enjoy the delicious morning tea that rounds out our visit. Our afternoon visit is to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Here we will see outback antiques, videos that make use of modern technology to tell old stories, an 1866 settlers hut with all the stockman paraphernalia on show.
DAY 5: LONGREACH TO WINTON
Our destination of Winton is where Banjo Paterson wrote his famous poem about the swagman and the jolly jumbuck and “Waltzing Matilda” was first heard at the North Gregory Hotel. Firstly, we visit The Australian Age of Dinosaurs located on top of a Jump-Up (a rugged mesa plateau formation standing 75 metres above the surrounding plains). This area is full of archaeological digs and today we take a tour and learn about this prehistoric phenomenon and see real dinosaur bones being prepared in the laboratory.