Every student should know the outback story
Give your school students an authentic outback pioneer experience as they live this truly iconic part of Australia’s story in Longreach.
The outback Queensland story is the story of early pioneers and their endless resilience and ingenuity. It’s also the story of wool production, stockmen and remote station living. Most of all, it’s about the iconic Australian way of life that still inspires us.
A school excursion with Outback Pioneers is fun, memorable and entertaining but also has the power to change perspectives.
Students will have an educational and social experience that is back to the past, back to nature and, for most, will be something very different from their everyday lives.
A day in the life of a young pioneer!
Our special one-day itinerary packs plenty into every hour to keep students entertained and engaged. It runs from 7.15am to 8pm and includes:
COBB AND CO STAGECOACH RIDE
Students will experience exactly what it was like to ride this early form of horse-drawn transport. There’s an exciting gallop through the bush on part of the old mail route from Longreach to Windorah.
The Station Store is based on the old outback stores that sold everything. It’s an emporium full of treasures and interesting memorabilia and the perfect place to buy gifts and souvenirs to take home.
AUSTRALIAN STOCKMAN’S HALL OF FAME
Explore five galleries full of fascinating exhibits to learn more about the pioneers and their way of life.
HARRY REDFORD OLD TIME TENT SHOW (includes lunch)
Based on the old travelling tent shows, this is a hilarious hour of old-fashioned mischief and mayhem. Students enjoy a billy-can lunch while they watch.
QANTAS FOUNDER’S MUSEUM
Learn about the pioneers of flight with interactive exhibits and iconic planes.
STARLIGHT’S CRUISE EXPERIENCE (groups up to 20)
Cruise the Thomson River and learn about our vital waterway, then step ashore for dinner around the campfire. The Starlight’s Sound & Light Picture Show tells the story of cattle duffer Captain Starlight (Harry Redford) who made an audacious journey from here with his stolen cattle.
NOGO STATION WITH BUSH BY NIGHT (groups of 21 – 104)
Get up close to station life with the merino wool story, a station safari to see outback animals and a recreation of Harry Redford’s bush camp. Then gather round the campfire for dinner, storytelling, campfire yarns and stargazing.
Created to delight students and teachers alike:
ENTERTAINING, EDUCATIONAL ITINERARY
GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES FOR QUEENSLAND STUDENT
What you need to know
$195 PER PERSON
OUTBACK PIONEERS HOST INCLUDED
ITINERARY VARIES ACCORDING TO GROUP SIZE
A safe and inspiring experience
Outback Pioneers schools itinerary is designed to be an entertaining and enjoyable way to experience the outback and pioneering life. It is suitable for Years 5-12 and we can adjust commentaries to take into account the age group and any special interests the school has. If the itinerary does not suit the time allocated for your excursion, it may be possible to offer alternative elements – please ask our groups specialist for more details.
Outback Pioneers has full risk management and safety procedures for school groups. Please discuss any special needs – dietary, allergies or disabled access.
Outback Pioneers has close relationships with coach companies in many regions of Queensland and we may be able to recommend a charter coach operator near you if your school does not already have arrangements.
Our 2022 season is from 4 April – 31 October.