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Our 2020 Outback Pubs Birdsville Races Tour was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions which affected many major events across the country.
Experience a 13 day personalised tour across the Queensland Outback to the Birdsville Races where we meet REAL: people, REAL places and have REAL experiences. We travel 4,000 km and also visit numerous iconic Outback Pubs with KARRABEE TOURS during a jam packed 13 day experience. Enjoy the exclusive company of a private travel group in air-conditioned comfort as you visit Australia’s real Outback and it’s people. Highlights of the tour can be found below with a full itinerary.
It has been a wonderful experience. Karrabee managers Julie and her staff have certainly put together a wonderful trip where excitement along the way had been added to make it full of life. Every day was different so full of adventure. Will certainly have many happy memories and photos of our trip, Recommendation will certainly be given to people to have a trip of a lifetime. – Dawn
A very big thank you to Julie and Vicki for your thoughtfulness and kindness in looking after each on e of us as individuals and to Frank, our most capable, experienced drive, he made us feel safe and relaxed at all times. – Debbie
Will remember this trip for a long time. So glad we had the opportunity to join this tour. Would travel with Karrabee again without a doubt. D
Great tour – would highly recommend – great value, great hosts good company and great meals. – Denise
A once in a lifetime experience with the trip and organised Tourist Attractions. Will certainly recommend to friends.
Amamoor, Queensland 4570
The tour departs Amamoor at 7am with morning tea at Wondai and a visit to Jimbour House for a tour of the beautiful gardens. Lunch is at the Russell Hotel Dalby. Accommodation & Dining at the famous Victoria Hotel in Goondiwindi.
This day starts by travelling to the iconic Nindigully Pub beside the Moonie River where it is traditional to have a cold beer. Travelling through Thallon we view the Silo Art and then travel to Bollon for lunch. Accommodation Warrego Hotel & Dining at The Club Hotel Cunnamulla.
Travelling west we stop to view the Mud Baths at Eulo. No trip west is complete without a stop at the memorable Toompine Pub ‘The pub with no town’ population of two. Lunch is at Quilpie Heritage Inn. As we enter Windorah we view the Solar Power Station that saves the town 100,000 litres of diesel fuel per year. Entertainment on this night is Windorah’ s iconic International Yabby Races at Western Star Hotel. This quaint town swells from 115 to a couple of thousand as everyone is now on the road to Birdsville.
The excitement and anticipation continues to build as we head to Betoota Pub closed in 1996 for a game of cricket and lunch. The tour arrives in Birdsville in time for a cold beer and a yarn with a local at the famous Birdsville Pub. Accommodation for the next three nights is in Tent City where we wine and dine under the stars.
While touring the town of Birdsville view the Historic Outback homes, the Birdsville School, the Cemetery, & the Old Royal Hotel. Options include various flights over Lake Eyre or Birdsville and experiencing a ‘Sunset Tour’ with champagne and nibbles overlooking the stunning Simpson Desert at sundown. Visit the famous Birdsville Hotel tonight for some fun or take a peek at Fred Brohpy’s Boxing Troupe for great entertainment.
Put on your hats, dress to impress & place your bets….. IT’S RACE DAY!
This evening we have drinks and nibbles down on the Birdsville Billabong to celebrate the day.
After a memorable weekend at the Birdsville Races we head north stopping at the Shoe Tree and then continue to Bedourie Hotel followed by a picnic lunch and you can wash the dust off at the Bedourie Heated Pool. The accommodation and dinner tonight is at Australian Hotel in Boulia
We have an early start at 6am today with breakfast at the Ruins of the Hamilton Hotel. Morning tea is at the memorable Middleton Hotel where you are given a photo opportunity with the larrikin publican before travelling to Winton. The visit to Winton includes the new Waltzing Matilda Centre, which was partly burnt down in 2015, and a tour of Age of the Dinosaurs. We are treated to a private movie screening at the Royal Open Air Theatre. Accommodation is at the Art Deco North Gregory Hotel and the evening meal is at the Tattersalls Hotel.
We travel to Longreach today with several options for our 2-day stop over. You can opt to experience Nogo Station to view a working cattle and sheep station and shearing demonstration. Everyone has options to visit the Stockman’s Hall Of Fame and the Qantas Outback Founders Museum. Complete Tuesday with a relaxing evening Sunset Cruise on the Long-Reach of the Thompson River. This is followed by Starlights’ Cruise Experience. We visit the Station Store, a fantastic emporium of outback products, gifts & souvenirs. Also on offer is the amazing Cobb & Co Stage Coach Ride on the 30,000 acre Common after watching the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show. An option not to be missed is visiting Camden Park Station, a spectacular Australian outback homestead for afternoon tea. Accommodation for 2 nights is at Saltbush Retreat in the boutique award winning Slab Huts ’
Breakfast is at the Wellshot Hotel at Illfracombe, then we travel to Barcaldine to see the Tree of Knowledge before lunch at The Lodge on Hawthorne in Blackall. The tour visits the quaint little town of Tambo which is world-renowned for the Tambo Teddies. We then visit Augathella’s Ellangowan Hotel before travelling to Charleville for the night with accommodation and dinner are at the incredible Corones Hotel.
Departing after a leisurely start to the day, we make our way to Mitchell where we relax in the waters of the Great Artesian Spa. It is just a short trip to Bonus Downs Farmstay where the food and company is amazing. We stay the night in a historic Jackaroo Cottage and take a tour of the Historical Bonus Downs Homestead.
On the last day we have breakfast & say goodbye to our hosts at Bonus Downs Farmstay. We travel through the townships of Mitchell & Roma with Lunch at the Club Hotel in Chinchilla. We then travel through the South Burnett on our homeward journey.