The 9-day Barcoo Way Tour starts in Tambo, the oldest town in Western Queensland, and follows the winding Barcoo River about 650kms through to Windorah.
We will begin by exploring what this great town has to offer, from the Heritage Precinct to Tambo Teddies, not forgetting Ben’s Chicken Racing at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel.
From Tambo, we head for Blackall. Here we will visit the Blackall Woolscour, the only fully intact steam-powered wool washing plant left in Australia. After setting up camp, there’s a great opportunity to relax in the thermal artesian spa at the aquatic centre.
Our next town is Isisford. Along the way there, we will stop at Avington waterhole, home to 14 species of native fish. Anglers take note! A slight diversion to Longreach will see us visiting the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, for both the museum and the Outback Show. While in Longreach we will also have a day at the Qantas Founders Museum, taking in the well-known Jet Tour. On our return to Isisford, we will spend some time exploring the Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre, home to a 98 million-year-old crocodile.
From Isisford, we head for Yaraka. Oma waterhole is an absolutely beautiful spot for morning tea. We will watch the sunset on top of Mt. Slowcombe with wine and cheese, followed by dinner at the Yaraka Hotel.
Last stop will be Windorah, and on the way there we’ll check out Magee’s Shanty. Legend has it that Banjo Patterson wrote his iconic poem “A Bush Christening” about an event that occurred here.
Approximately 20kms out of Windorah, we cross the Cooper Creek. This is the only place in the world that two rivers, the Thomson and the Barcoo, join to form a creek.
Once we hit Windorah, another spectacular sunset awaits us on top of the Windorah Sandhills, before we gather for our farewell dinner. If staying on for an extra day or two, it is definitely worth having a look at the Windorah Solar Farm and the Whitula Gate Museum.