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2024 Corner Country Explorer


Book now and SAVE $300* per person! Explore majestic desert landscapes and remote outback towns with legendary outback characters.

Day 1: Tuesday- Brisbane to Charleville

Board your REX Aircraft flight in Brisbane for a 1 hr 45 minute flight to Charleville. Get a birds-eye view of the lush Darling Downs agricultural region before heading west to big sky country. You will be welcomed on arrival in Charleville by your Savannah Guides Operator driver-guides. Explore Charleville on an insightful town tour before checking in to your accommodation. Early evening, visit the Cosmos Centre for the Big Sky Twilight Tour. See an amazing night sky brought into focus with the help of powerful Meade telescopes and listen to captivating stories from their experienced sky guide.

2 nights Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville.

Day 2: Wednesday - Charleville

This morning, we’ll be joined by a local guide for a tour of the United States Army Air Force top secret sites. Visit intriguing historical sites, understand the reasoning behind choosing Charleville as a WWII base and learn about the highly classified computerised bomb aimer. Then, at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, you’ll get a better understanding of one of the outback’s most iconic services. Step inside the famous Hotel Corones, built during Charleville’s wool industry boom. Join a guided tour with exclusive access to normally restricted areas of the hotel. Hear the rags to riches story of local character Harry Corones, followed by lunch in the hotel dining room. Visit the Bilby Experience for a tour of the nocturnal house. Learn about the incredible volunteer programme underway to protect this environmental engineering marvel.

Day 3: Thursday- Quilpie

Today we will drive west to Eromanga, the furthest town from the sea and home to Australia’s largest dinosaur. Get up close to a 95-million-year-old dinosaur bone on the Australian Dinosaur Giant’s Tour at the Eromanga Natural History Museum. Wander the Interpretive Corridor and see the Multi-Media Theatre Experience before enjoying lunch at the Museum. In the afternoon, we will tour The Lake. Located a short drive from downtown Quilpie, Lake Houdraman is a beautiful expanse of water set amongst shady gum trees. Learn more about the property with a guided station tour. Enjoy a relaxed drink while watching the sunset before dinner is served.

Overnight at Quilpie Motor Inn, Quilpie.

Day 4: Friday - Thargomindah

In the morning, we will look around the township of Quilpie on a guided tour including visiting St Finbarr’s Church and admire the stunning Opal Altar, Lectern and Font. Travelling south, we make our way to lunch at the Toompine Pub, a pub known as the pub without a town. In the afternoon we arrive at Thargomindah and tour the historic Old Thargomindah Hospital to learn some fascinating tales from the 1800’s. Discover the story behind Thargomindah’s electrical street lighting story.

Day 5: Saturday - Tibooburra

Travel south west across the Dingo Barrier Fence to historic Noccundra Hotel, then cross the border at Warri Gate into outback New South Wales. View the eastern sections of the Sturt National Park. Traverse gibber plains and spectacular ‘jump up’ country to Tibooburra. The striking granite boulders around Tibooburra are said to be remnants of a mass underground granite dome dating back around 410 million years. Explore the National Park Interpretive Centre and Court House Museum.

Tibooburra Hotel or Family Hotel, Tibooburra.

Day 6: Sunday- Innamincka

Travel through Sturt National Park to Cameron Corner where the boundary lines of the states of Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales meet. See the Strzelecki Desert, characterised by extensive red dune fields; home of the endangered Dusky Hopping Mouse. Pass by large cattle stations then travel through the heart of the oil and gas fields to Innamincka, on the banks of Cooper Creek. Learn the important role played by the Australian Inland Mission in providing essential medical services to remote towns.

2 nights Innamincka Hotel, Innamincka.

Day 7: Monday- Innamincka

Retrace the last days of Burke & Wills and learn the story of Innamincka, dubbed ‘the town with two lives’. Visit the heritage-listed Burke & Wills Dig Tree, an enduring reminder of our pioneering spirit. Located on the northern bank of the Cooper Creek, it is believed to be between 200-250 years old. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided cruise of the Cooper Creek. Tonight we toast the glorious outback Innamincka sunset as we watch a blanket of stars rise up above the famous Outpost on Cooper Creek.

Day 8: Tuesday – Birdsville

Follow the Strzelecki Desert through flood plains, sand dunes and gibber country. Travel through large stations including Arrabury which is over 700km2 in size. En-route to Birdsville, we call into Deon’s Lookout, the famous Betoota Hotel and the Dreamtime Serpent Indigenous artwork. Tonight have a yarn with the locals and enjoy a dinner at the famous Birdsville Hotel.

2 nights Birdsville Hotel, Birdsville.

Day 9: Wednesday– Birdsville

This morning visit the Wirrarri Centre to view work by local Indigenous artists. Next take a stroll to the Birdsville Billabong where birdlife, fish and yabbies abound. Stand on the well known Birdsville Race Track and explore the Inland Hospital and Royal Hotel ruins; poignant reminders of a pre-federation metropolis. Tonight we’ll toast the glorious outback sunset from Big Red, a 40-metre-high sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert.

Day 10: Thursday- Boulia

Leaving Birdsville this morning, we’ll visit the Carcory Ruins, a heritage-listed homestead built in 1877 and abandoned after years of drought. Explore the remote town of Bedourie located on a sand dune, overlooking the Eyre Creek floodplain. See the Royal Hotel in Bedourie, built in the 1880s with adobe bricks and still very much in its original condition. Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout. In Boulia we’ll visit the Min Min Encounter, a tribute to the famed mysterious Min Min Light phenomenon. Explore the Stonehouse Museum, one of the first homes built in Western Queensland and see the impressive Marine Reptile Fossil exhibit.

Overnight Australian Hotel or Desert Sands Motel, Boulia.

Day 11: Friday – Winton

Follow the spectacularly scenic drive between Boulia and Winton. Call in at Cawnpore Lookout to view the stark flat-topped beauty of the surrounding Lillyvale Hills. Visit the historic Middleton Hotel, built during the Cobb & Co era. It was originally a changing station where tired horses were replaced with fresh horses on the Winton to Boulia route. Uncover the story behind the song that lives in the heart of all Australians at Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre. This afternoon, we visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, perched high on a spectacular mesa. Join a guided interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room, and Dinosaur Canyon. Take in the moment at our very special sunset barbecue overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed!

Overnight Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton.

Day 12: Saturday – Longreach

Departing Winton, we follow the Matilda Way east to Longreach where we can spend a relaxed morning downtown. After lunch at The Branch Café, a local favourite, we will explore the fascinating themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. This evening we visit the Qantas Founders Museum for the entertaining and informative Luminescent Longreach Sound & Light Show, which brings the 100-year-story of Qantas to life followed by an exclusive dinner surrounded by aviation history. Wander through the interactive displays to discover the real Qantas story.

2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach.

Day 13: Sunday – Longreach

This morning we board our heritage 2000 class Rail Motor en-route to the one pub town of Ilfracombe, with stories of nostalgia to tell your mates about for years to come. Feel the freedom of the vast open plains before disembarking in Ilfracombe to explore the unique attractions in “the Hub of the West” like the Wellshot centre, the Machinery Mile, and grab some lunch at the famous Wellshot Hotel. Late afternoon join the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the beautiful Thomson River. Unwind with on-board nibbles as you gaze out to a magnificent outback sunset. Enjoy live entertainment and a two-course camp oven themed dinner under the stars at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show.

Day 14: Monday - Brisbane

Your Outback Queensland adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport.

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Prices (per person)

2024 Tour PricingTwin ShareSingle
15 DAY FLY/RAIL PACKAGE. Including one way REX flight from Brisbane to Charleville. One way first class sleeper rail from Longreach to Brisbane. (CCE15)From $9,358*

*SAVE $300pp on the advertised price with Early Emu Sale departure dates until 31 January 2024 or while seats last.
From $10,658*

*SAVE $300pp on the advertised price with Early Emu Sale departure dates until 31 January 2024 or while seats last.
14 DAY TOUR ONLY PACKAGE. Including one way REX flight from Brisbane to Charleville. (CCE14)

*SAVE $300pp on the advertised price with Early Emu Sale departure dates until 31 January 2024 or while seats last.

*SAVE $300pp on the advertised price with Early Emu Sale departure dates until 31 January 2024 or while seats last.

Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

*Rail price based on return Aust. Govt. Senior Card holder fares in a First Class Sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback between Longreach and Brisbane. Included Economy flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions. Rail & Flight subject to availability.

Prices do not include:  travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

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  • Great Adventure Exceeds Expectations Just back from the Corner Country tour, which I did solo with some apprehension. However, the 22 people on Big Red (our bus) were great and we all got on well with lots of laughs on the way. Our tour leader was full of interesting information on the geography, geology, flora and fauna we saw and his offsider was helpful and couldn’t do enough to ensure the trip fulfilled our expectations. Accommodation and meals were fabulous and although we covered 4,200 km in 13 days, I never felt we were rushed. We stopped every couple of hours for a break and there was always something interesting to see. I’d recommend this tour to anyone with moderate fitness levels and am hoping to do another one with them next year.

    Felicity J
  • Fantastic Experience We just completed the Corner Country Explorer tour and could not fault it. Everything was great from the booking experience to the post tour experience. The places visited and the talks by locals were excellent. The coach driver Darren and his wife and tour director Rachel were great and so much fun. All the meals and morning teas were included and a very good standard. Unfortunately we both contracted covid on the 2nd last day so could not experience the excursions on the last day however EVERYONE at Aussie Outback Tours did not hesitate to assist us from finding extended accommodation to picking up and delivering meals everyday and grocery items to our motel room. Also a very timely refund of our booked rail journey back to Brisbane. We cannot recommend this company enough. Worth every dollar it cost. Thanks Aussie Outback Tours

    John A
  • The tour could not have been better – it was excellent. The driver/host Andrew and hostess Paula were absolutely marvellous in their handling any/all matters that may have arisen during the trip not that there were many. The itinerary was followed, areas of interest explained, birds identified etc. Accommodation was superior in most towns as were the meals (in most cases, too much).   Communication was limited past Charleville but we always had tele and email at night time locations. The things we saw including Cameron Corner, Burke & Wills digging tree and burial sites were all heart-warming. Outback people were so very friendly and the fellow pax on the tour all gelled extremely well. We lost 3 tour members at Tibooburra due to illness but otherwise health was not of a concern. Opera in the outback at Winton was an enormous success for the locals and us I guess and the Governor and her minders were there also. Then the last area of Longreach was also most enjoyable even though we have been there a few times before.   My wife was able to enjoy all of the tour and off vehicle events notwithstanding that her second knee replacement was only done in Feb 23. If she needed any assistance, the team were already there to assist. Their expertise was beyond question.

  • Dear Mr and Mrs Smith. I really have to address this to you as i feel the questionnaire that we completed at the end of our trip to the Corner Country on the 3rd July 2023 is not enough to express my gratitude to Andrew and Paula, (we called mum and dad). What an asset to your company these two wonderful people. We learnt so much from their commentary along the way through the outback plus  the trust i had in their company. I did not feel concerned in any way during the 13 days in the outback. I really can not express enough, my appreciation  to Andrew and Paula. Also to the team behind our organised holiday to the Corner. My first trip and hopefully not my last. Many Thanks and Best Wishes Heather M, NSW

    Heather M
  • Corner Country Explorer If you want to help the people of the outback, plus see some of the towns in the middle of nowhere but you don't want to drive, I can really recommend travelling with Outback Aussie Tours. We couldn't fault anything, the guides were helpful with lots of local knowledge and they didn't exhaust you by talking too much. The accommodation was terrific, clean and quiet. The food was excellent and the people in the remote country towns were so grateful for our visit. They said we helped sustain seven people by staying at their motels. It was one of the best holidays I've ever been on and I had no idea how much I didn't know about our country. It was also very sad to see and speak to the property owners because of the hardships they face, especially the drought affected properties. The guided tours of towns were very informative, thank you so much to Outback Aussie Tours.

    Sue M
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