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Weekender Out West Holiday

Adult (twin share)

$2399

Solo traveller

$3039

Child 5-14

$1959

Enjoy a 4-day outback weekend that’s light years from routine.

This 4-day weekender is as far from routine as you can get! With great accommodation and unique experiences in Longreach and Winton you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to another world where history lingers and landscapes have timeless tales to tell. Arrive on a Friday afternoon and immerse yourself in the real Australian outback. Over the four days you’ll find yourself galloping in a stagecoach through the bush, falling in love with the sky on a sunset cruise on the Thomson River, savouring a stockman’s dinner under the stars and walking in the footsteps of dinosaurs.

Starts every Friday, April to October.

Weekender Out West Holiday - 4 days, 3 nights including Winton

Rewind. Reset. Refresh.

Outback Pioneers award-winning experiences are the highlights of this short break. From the Cobb & Co stagecoach ride through the bush to the Starlight’s Cruise Experience, the outback dust will make a change from the household variety! You’ll be inspired by pioneer stories and the resilience and inventiveness that still live in the bush. Your spirit will be revitalised and your perspectives shifted as you chat around the campfire and adjust your pace to the heartbeat of the landscape.

Saturday reimagined

No traffic queues. No parking problems. Just hop aboard an air conditioned coach for a journey through outback vistas to the historic outback town beloved of filmmakers and adventurers. In Winton, delve deep into pre-history at the award-winning Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum with its dramatic Dinosaur Canyon, have lunch at the North Gregory Hotel where Banjo Paterson first performed Waltzing Matilda and be intrigued by the architecture of the distinctive Waltzing Matilda Centre.

Unique accommodation

The Staging Post boutique accommodation is artfully quirky – the creation of the Kinnon family (founders of Outback Pioneers) who have captured the pioneer spirit of reusing and recycling while wrapping you in rustic-luxe comfort. It’s situated in the heritage heart of town, set back from the wide street and is whisper-quiet at night. You’re close enough to grab a snack from the supermarket or a drink at a Longreach hotel. Don’t forget to visit the heritage The Station Store across the street too.

Thomson Belle cruise
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Meals for outback appetites

Your accommodation is just a couple of minutes walk from the historic The Welcome Home where a Stonegrill® Dining Experience welcomes you on Friday in the beautifully restored building with its outback memorabilia. Your Saturday lunch is in Winton and your Saturday dinner is a stockman’s campfire dinner but the river. Your weekend breakfasts are delivered to your room and there’s a country-size buffet breakfast to fuel you for Monday’s activities. A traditional billy-can lunch makes sure you’re not hungry on your return flight Monday.

Getting here is simple

Hop on a flight (from Brisbane or Townsville) or make the weekend part of a longer holiday travelling by car through fascinating outback towns (no 4WD necessary). Just remember to arrange your journey to arrive on Friday afternoon.

Meet your storytellers

From sunrise in the heritage heart of town to sunset and campfire dinner by the river, you’ll live and breathe the real outback with genuine outback people who share the highlights and humour of their world. Few embody the typical outback friendliness, resilience and quirky humour as memorably as the Kinnon family (graziers and founders of Outback Pioneers) and their crew. They’ll show you the real outback through a local’s eyes.

Richard Kinnon smiling and chatting with elderly man
Richard Kinnon smiling and chatting with elderly man
Richard Kinnon
Man standing pointing his finger
Man standing pointing his finger
Meet outback characters
The Town Crier delivering the daily news
Patrick the town crier
Patrick, our Town Crier
A stockman standing with his horse at sunset
Closeup of Lane Kinnon standing next to his horse at sunset
Lane Kinnon
The shearer outside the shearing shed with border collie dog and baby goat
The shearer outside the shearing shed with border collie dog and baby goat
Jeremy Kinnon

Itinerary

Friday

Arrive at the airport on the early afternoon flight and we’ll pick you up or, if you drive in, come to The Welcome Home after 3pm to check in at The Staging Post accommodation. A VIP gift will be waiting for you in your room.

There’s time to take a stroll around town and refresh before your Stonegrill Dining Experience at 6pm at the historic The Welcome Home, just a few steps away from your accommodation. [D]

Saturday

It’s an early start with a 5.30am buffet breakfast before boarding the coach to Winton at 6.15am. Enjoy the outback scenery and your driver’s commentary before arriving at the awarding-winning Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum with its spectacular Dinosaur Canyon display. [B,MT,L,D]

Smoko is followed by an hour to explore the quintessential outback town of Winton. Lunch is at the North Gregory Hotel made famous by Banjo Paterson and then visit the architecturally-acclaimed Waltzing Matilda Centre to learn more about our national song.

Arrive back in Longreach around 4.15pm ready for the Starlight’s Cruise Experience at sunset on the Thomson river. Your evening includes a stockman’s campfire dinner under the stars, bush entertainment and the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show.

Transfer back to your accommodation at 8.30pm.

Sunday

After an action-packed Saturday, you’ll be glad of the slightly gentler pace on Sunday. Have a breakfast basket in your room followed by transfer to the Qantas Founders Museum at 10am. There’s plenty of time to absorb the stories and see the iconic planes before lunch in the cafe there at 1pm.

At 2.30pm, you’ll transfer to the famous Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and then back to your accommodation at 4pm. Dinner is at a local restaurant at 6pm. [B,L,D]

Monday

You can’t leave Longreach without doing the Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience, so after buffet breakfast and an 8am checkout, be ready for your ride back into the pioneer past at 8.30am. The experience includes smoko, a classic movie and the Old Time Tent Show with a billy-can lunch.

You will just have time to pop into The Station Store for last minute gifts before transferring back to the airport at 1.15pm. [B,MT,L]

Note: [B] Breakfast, [MT] Morning tea, [L] Lunch, [D] Dinner.
Vintage car parked in the driveway at The Stables rooms
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Adult (twin share)

$2399

Solo traveller

$3039

Child 5-14

$1959

What's included?

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Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame logo

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“We were looked after from the moment we arrived until we were dropped off at the airport. Our accommodation was amazing. All the experiences were entertaining and informative. Loved it all!”

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FAQs

Dietary options

If you let us know when you book, we can make sure your special dietary needs are catered for throughout the holiday.

Can I change Weekender Out West Holiday booking?

You can change your date up to 30 days before arrival, subject to availability of your preferred date.

I can’t arrive on a Friday, can I do the holiday on another day?

The holiday is timed for three nights when we have most accommodation available. If you can only arrive on a different day, why not buy a Live-it Saver Pass for the three experiences and combine with our accommodation (if available) or other accommodation in town?

Is the holiday suitable for children?

Yes, most children over the age of five enjoy the experiences. We advise parents that the Winton Discovery Day Tour is a 2-hour coach ride each way – you are the best judge of whether their child will handle this happily. Younger children are welcome with their parent(s) but we do not have specific entertainment for the little ones.

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