Rockhampton to Emerald
Today you will be starting your holiday with an adventurous wild caving tour of the Capricorn Caves. 390 million years ago the sedimentary limestone rock of Capricorn Caves originated under the sea as corals growing in shallow waters around volcanic islands. These waters dissolved the calcite in limestone to form caves. Journey through these caves, tunnels and shafts on a wild and adrenalin pumping experience. Adventure awaits you at every corner including squeezing through Fat Mans Misery, a 30 cm diameter hole or the Commando crawl. Eventually emerge on the surface ridge for panoramic views over the valley and hills.
Drive to Emerald and stay overnight.
Day 2 and 3
Emerald to Longreach
From Emerald, head to Longreach for the “Million Star” overnight experience. Enjoy a memorable night out in the bush on the banks of the Thomson River. Firstly transfer by boat to the Clancy’s campsite and enjoy a spot of fishing. Then enjoy a sunset cruise on the river, followed by dinner and entertainment. Cruise back to the campsite and gather by the fire with the other guests, before heading off to bed sleeping in deluxe swags. Prepare for the day with a cooked breakfast in the morning, before heading back to the wharf where your tour concludes.
Spend the rest of the day making your way to Winton where you will stay for 2 nights.
Winton is best known as the town where the Waltzing Matilda song was written by AB Paterson. This diverse region is surrounded by the vast plains of Mitchell Grass and the colourful gorges and ridges. There is also a wide variety of animal and bird life which are best seen at dusk and dawn. While in Winton, visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre to see the Billabong Theatrette and the Home of Legends Exhibition (own expense).
Head back along the Matilda Highway to Barcaldine to visit the Australian Workers Heritage Centre which pays tribute all Australian working men and women and is set in over five acres of landscaped gardens. Later enjoy a classic bit of cinema in the canvas seats at the Radio Theatre and nibble on damper and sip tea at Mad Mick’s Funny Farm (own expense).
Carnarvon National Park
Make your way to Carnarvon National Park which is home to Queensland's highest plateau. The park boasts rugged ranges, sandstone cliffs, woodlands and sandy valleys. From your accommodation there are a range of walking tours to help guide you through the park. View Aboriginal art from the boardwalk at The Tombs, picnic at the Top Shelter Shed or go birdwatching for honeyeaters, parrots and raptors by day, or feathertail gliders and sugar gliders at night.
Mount Morgan to Rockhampton
Today you will make the journey back to the east coast. Make a detour to Mount Morgan, a charming mining town with one of the largest artificial holes in the world. Your adventure ends in the beef capital of Rockhampton, situated between the outback and the coast of Queensland.
Note: This self drive tour can be completed in reverse order, the tour cost remains the same. To view tour prices or to make an enquiry, please click on the Enquire Now tab at the top of this itinerary.
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