9-10 Day Stations And Dinosaurs

Total Distance: 2767 kilometres

About This Drive

Duration: 9 days
Route: Brisbane - Toowoomba - Eromanga - Longreach - Charleville - Toowoomba - Brisbane (loop)

Travel from Brisbane to Toowoomba and check out Cobb + Co home to a collection of nearly 50 horse-drawn vehicles. Next travel through Chincilla, known for its famous melons and arrive in Mitchell. Spend a day relaxing in the Artesian Spa and grab a lunch by the pool. Head onto Eromanga with stops in Charleville and Quilpie, making sure to check out Australia's Bouler Opal. Once in Eromanga, head to the Natural History Museum and see the real bones of Australia's largest dinosaur and join a tour to a working dinosaur site. Now its off to Longreach where you can tour the Qantas Founders Museum, watch the Stockman's Show and cuise the Thompson River on Drover's sunset cruise. Head east to through Barcaldine and visit the Tree of Knowledge Memorial and the Blackall Woolscour and see a teddy being made at the Tambo Teddies Workshop. Once in Charleville, visit the Bilby Experience and view the stars at the Cosmos Centre's Night Telescope Observatory Session. On your way back to Toowoomba and Brisbane, take a break in Roma home of the Big Rig.

Day 1: Brisbane to Toowoomba (127km)

Highlight: Cobb + Co Museum

Travel along the Warrego Highway to the Garden City of Toowoomba, follow an avenue of trees to Picnic Point Lookout for panoramic views over Main Range and Lockyer Valley. Head to the Cobb +
Co Museum, home to Australia’s finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles – a collection of nearly 50 vehicles! Make time to discover Toowoomba’s arty laneways, superb coffee and vibrant cultural scene.

Overnight at Quest Apartments or Potters Boutique Hotel, Toowoomba.

Day 2: Toowoomba to Mitchell (439km)

Highlight: Mitchell Artesian Spa

Heading west, see cotton fields lining the highway as you arrive in Chinchilla famous for its melons, fossicking, fishing and bushwalking. Mitchell is situated on the banks on the Maranoa River. The town is named after Sir Thomas Mitchell, explorer and Surveyor General of New South Wales, who explored the area in 1846.

See the original courthouse where local bushrangers, the Kenniff Brothers were committed to stand trial then head to Arrest Creek, where they were captured. Cool off with a refreshing swim in the natural artesian water at Mitchell’s Artesian Spa. Grab a casual lunch by the pools and explore the town before settling in for the night.

Stay 1 night in Mitchell

Day 3-4: Mitchell to Eromanga (495km)

Highlight: Eromanga Natural History Museum

Make a morning tea stop in Charleville then continue driving to Quilpie. Enjoy a picnic lunch under a shady tree beside the Bulloo River and make time to see St Finbarr’s Opal Altar for a truly beautiful display of Australia’s Boulder Opal. Drive another 107km along a fully sealed road to
Eromanga, Australia’s furthest town from the ocean and home to the Eromanga Natural History Museum. See real bones of ‘Cooper’ Australia’s largest dinosaur and the world’s largest marsupials –
massive 80,000-year-old Diprotodons, that carried 70kg joeys in their pouches! Join a guided tag-a-long tour to one of the few working dinosaur dig sites.

Stay 2 nights at the onsite Coopers Country Lodge, Eromanga.

Day 5-6: Eromanga to Longreach (483km)

Highlight: Longreach sunset river cruise

Wake up to a beautiful outback sunrise and drive along the Diamantina Development Road northeast to Windorah in the heart of the Channel Country. Pass through everchanging
landscapes to Jundah and keep your eyes peeled for the Native Well just out of town. Late afternoon in Longreach, join the Drover’s Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River. Board a Cobb & Co stage coach for an exhilarating gallop through the bush, watch the entertaining Stockman’s Show at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and join the Jets Tour at Qantas Founders Museum. Meet the Walker family on the Camden Park Sunset Dinner Tour, a working sheep and cattle station. Choose to stay another day in Longreach and take a day trip to Winton’s Australian Age of Dinosaurs to test out the new Dinosaur Canyon attraction.

Stay 2 nights at Longreach Motor Inn or Saltbush Retreat, Longreach.

Day 7: Longreach to Charleville (516km)

Highlight: Charleville Cosmos Observatory

Head east to Barcaldine and visit the Tree of Knowledge Memorial where once stood the ghost gum significant to the Shearer’s Strike in 1891. Visit the Blackall Woolscour, the only fully intact steam
powered wool-washing plant in Australia and see a teddy being made at the Tambo Teddies workshop. In Charleville, get up close and personal with one of Australia’s most endangered species at the Bilby Experience and view the stars like never before at the Cosmos Centre’s Night Telescope Observatory Session.

Overnight at The Rocks, Charleville.

Day 8-9: Charleville to Toowoomba or Brisbane (617km)

Highlight: Roma Big Rig

Travel east along the Warrego Highway and take a break in Roma, home of the Big Rig. Continue on to Miles Historical Village, its ‘streetscape’ of 30 buildings breathing life into a bygone era. See the
heritage-listed Woolshed at Jondaryan, the largest and oldest operating woolshed in the world, before arriving back in Toowoomba. Choose to end your drive in Toowoomba or stay another night before returning to Brisbane (another 156km).

Overnight at Quest Apartments or Potters Boutique Hotel, Toowoomba

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