Day 5. Thurs 8 Sept: Cunnamulla - Eulo - Thargomindah Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Say goodbye to Cunnamulla today and travel west to Eulo - “The Montville of the Outback” - enjoy the quaint little town and see the opals and jewellery at Telegraph House Gallery, pick up hand-crafted leather goods at Paroo Patch then meet Col at the Eulo Queen Hotel for morning tea hearing all about the saga of the Eulo Queen. Just out of town visit the Artesian Mud Springs; built up over centuries these mud springs were the original release valves for the Great Artesian Basin. Continue to Thargomindah to our motel for check in and lunch with time to wander down to the Bulloo River before our short trip to the Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre to meet our local guide for a town tour. Explore the first town in Australia, and the third in the world to produce hydro-electric power for street lighting. The tour also includes the Old Jail and Old Thargomindah Hospital courtesy of life-size holographics and interactive
experiences. We also take in a tour and demonstration of the original Artesian Hydro Power Plant, before stepping out on the viewing deck for a spectacular outback sunset. Later we return to the motel where a lovely dinner awaits.
Overnight Thargomindah: Oasis Motel
Day 6. Fri 9 Sept: Thargomindah - Nockatunga - Eromanga - Quilpie Breakfast & Dinner
We head off nice and early today and drive along the Cooper Developmental Road with a slight deviation for morning tea at the historic Noccundra Hotel in Nockatunga. The beautiful sandstone walls of the 1882 construction were quarried in New South Wales and transported by camel train to its present location. From here continue to Eromanga - home of the state of the art Eromanga Natural History Museum where lunch can be purchased before enjoying a one hour tour of the laboratory and collection centre, meet Cooper and George the Titanosaur Sauropods, the largest dinosaurs to have ever been found in Australia. Our guide will demonstrate how to prepare fossilised bone and we will see the incredible Eulo megafauna’ fossils. If lucky we may bump into the owners, Robyn and Stewart Mackenzie - it is a truly amazing story and equally amazing is the commitment they have made to create such a fantastic museum for everyone to enjoy. The next township in the channel country is Quilpie - home of the Boulder Opal. Settle into our motel before enjoying dinner at The Heritage Inn known as ‘The Brick’.
Overnight Quilpie: Quilpie Motor Inn
Day 7. Sat 10 Sept: Quilpie Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning we meet at the Quilpie Information Centre and Gallery where our guide boards our coach for a town tour. Discover the unique history and landscapes of Quilpie town including Baldy Top Lookout, St Finbarrs Opal Altar and Quilpie Airport’s mini museum where we learn about Amy Johnson, the first women to fly solo from London to Australia. Return to town and enjoy a visit to celebrated artist, Lyn Barnes at her boutique art gallery for morning tea. Enjoy a painting demonstration, view her latest work and discover her unique connection to the outback. Afterwards visit The Heritage Inn again and enjoy a tour and lunch. Our host explains the history of the beautiful old building and how they have restored it to what it is today. We head back to the motel with time to relax or wander through the town before our next experience. This evening, Dan and Louise will meet us at “The Lake”, a working cattle and sheep station, to watch another magnificent sunset while enjoying a drink and camp oven dinner under the stars.
Overnight Quilpie: Quilpie Motor Inn
Day 8. Sun 11 Sept: Quilpie - Charleville Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today we head east on the loop and arrive in downtown Charleville mid-morning in time to enjoy the Stories and Lunch tour of the famous heritage listed Hotel Corones. Learn about the history which dates back to 1929 during Charleville’s wool industry boom and the story of local character Harry Corones, hear about his rags to riches story and how he shaped the local area. Lunch is served in the heritage listed dining room. Afterwards browse through the local shops before a visit to Charleville Water Tower Art by Guido van Helten featuring the youth of Charleville intertwined through sport with their rivals Cunnamulla. Next stop is our motel to check in and enjoy some time to relax and unwind. This afternoon we travel a short distance to the Cosmos Centre for a tour of the USAAF Top Secret sites. Find out why Charleville was selected for this top secret site in WWII as we visit intriguing historical sights and learn about their lives and also see the highly classified....... well we will have to wait and see! We return to the Cosmos Centre and Observatory, take the opportunity to go through the new Interpretive Centre before joining 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. Dinner tonight is back at the motel before a good night’s rest.
Overnight Charleville: Mulga Country Inn