4 DAY SUGGESTED ITINERARY
Longreach plus day trip to Winton
Welcome to Mitchell Grass Retreat, your luxury Glamping accommodation in the heart of Outback Queensland. Step inside your spacious tent, kick off your shoes and relax. Our retreat is just a 3 minute drive from downtown Longreach – close enough to enjoy all of the local attractions but far enough away to enjoy peaceful nights under inky-black starlit skies. No need to leave your little piece of paradise for dinner. Our gourmet barbeque packs come complete with crispy delish salad – just toss the steak on the bbq and crack open your favourite beverage. After dinner, gather around your private fire pit, feel the stress literally drift away and gaze up at the stars. It doesn’t get much better than this!
Your first morning at Mitchell Grass Retreat arrives with a beautiful sunrise cresting the uninterrupted outback horizon. Warm up the coffee pot, step out onto your private deck and breathe deep. It’s the start of a new day here in the heart of Outback Queensland and we have plenty for you to see and do. If you fancy a good walk, then pick up some directions from Reception for an easy 40-45 minute stroll to the Thomson River, a perennial river that forms part of the mighty Lake Eyre Basin. The Thomson is a favourite for local water sports (skiing, kayaking and swimming). There are also a number of river cruises that operate throughout the tourist season. Today we’d recommend you visit Qantas Founders Museum, just a quick drive up the road. More than a museum, with wing walks and Airpark tours, this award-winning attraction celebrates the founding of our national airline…. which grew up in Longreach. Consider purchasing lunch from the extensive menu at Qantas Founders Museum. Be sure to allow time to simply enjoy a cuppa or a coldie on your verandah or a swim in the sparkling saltwater pool back at Mitchell Grass Retreat. It’s time to slow down and appreciate the outback environment. Late afternoon, join a tour to nearby Camden Park Station*, and meet the Walker family on their working sheep and cattle station. Enjoy nibbles at sunset, under the stunning outback sky – an unforgettable experience! (*Check with Reception for the Camden Park Tour schedule)
This morning straight after breakfast, you may like to take a short drive out to Lily Lagoon, a temporary waterhole fed by the Thomson River system, usually after good floods. The lilies are from the Hymphea genus of water lilies and are unique to the Thomson River system, being found only around Longreach. It’s an important habitat for many birds and wildlife. A great spot for morning tea! Make your way back to town and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame for the 11am Outback Stockman’s Show* (April to October only) featuring a real Stockman and his animals in a one of a kind live show. It is a holiday after all, so be sure to spend some time back at your glamping tent for some well earned rest and relaxation. Late afternoon, join the award-winning Drover’s Sunset Cruise with Outback Aussie Tours. Enjoy top-deck 360 degree views as you cruise the Thomson River at sunset. The boat is licensed so you can purchase a cold beer or wine with the complimentary shared nibbles platters. Take in the stunning outback sunset as the colours change from warm pinks and blues to deep golden hues. You’ll dock at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show to watch the entertaining musical performers live on stage as you savour a two course camp oven themed dinner, under the stars.(*The Outback Stockman’s Show operates Tuesday to Sunday at 11am. The Drover’s Sunset Cruise operates most days, with a reduced schedule over Summer)
Did someone say Waltzing Matilda? If you can extend your stay to four nights, then we suggest a day trip to Winton. If you have a car, then it’s an easy 1.45 hr drive along the Matilda Highway to the outback town where Waltzing Matilda was first penned by Banjo Paterson back in the 1800s. Alternatively, you can join a guided tour from Longreach with Outback Aussie Tours or Outback Pioneers. You’ll notice the landscape changing to rugged mesa country as you get closer to Winton and the turn-off for the Australian Age of Dinosaurs. Feel the anticipation as you follow the fully sealed road across the plain and up to the top of the mesa (or jump up) to join a tour of the laboratory, the collection room and the incredible Dinosaur Canyon. Travel the short distance into Winton and visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the world’s only museum dedicated to a song. If you’re in town for lunch, then we’d recommend a meal at the Tatt’s, Winton’s oldest standing hotel. Winton Boulder Opals are discovered within a 100km radius of town and there are a number of opal jewellers on the main street, ideal for that ‘special’ purchase. Return to Longreach around 4.00pm in time for your last sunset drinks back at Mitchell Grass Retreat. For a little more adventure, consider a scenic sunset flight with Queensland Helicopters. Witness the magic of a mesmerising outback sunset from the air. Celebrate the day’s end as you toast the warm golden glows with a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink.
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