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.