An outback rail adventure like no other

​​​​Historic bullet rail motor

An outback rail adventure like no other​



Reconnect with the romance of rail as you explore the unforgettable Queensland Outback aboard a historic “silver bullet” rail motor.

Based in Queensland’s central outback town, Longreach, Outback Aussie Tours is a multi-award-winning Savannah Guide Operator that has been running tours for over 35 years. Passionate born and bred Western Queenslanders, owners Alan and Sue Smith and their team delight in showcasing, interpreting, and sharing with visitors the natural and cultural features of the outback area they call home.

One late afternoon, Outback Aussie Tours owner Alan Smith and friends went out to enjoy a steak, a few laughs and simply relax with great company. Little did they know, this casual gathering would lead to the creation of an outback rail adventure like no other. After endless conversations sharing their love, passion and admiration for outback Queensland, they realised the missing piece in their beloved hometown – a rail journey linking Longreach and Winton, Longreach and Barcaldine, and Emerald through to Winton.​​

Customers aboard the Outback Rail Adventure tour

Customers aboard the Outback Rail Adventure tour

​With a strong desire to bring back the romance of rail travel and share stories of the people who built the line during the pioneer days of Western Queensland, a brilliant idea emerged. Why not provide passengers with an immersive experience where they could admire the stunning landscape through the windows of a heritage rail motor? They would relax while riding

through ever-changing scenery, learning about the various trees, timbers, flowers, and wildlife that make the region so special. It was indeed the lightbulb moment of a lifetime, so enthusiastic in fact, they excitedly proclaimed, "holy dooly, that's what we're going to do!" From questions, came discovery. And so, it began…

After immense work and dedication, in November 2022 Outback Aussie Tours relocated two iconic Queensland Rail heritage 2000 class silver bullet rail motors from Queensland Rail’s Ipswich workshop to their new home in Longreach to form their latest experience, the Outback Rail Adventure.

From travelling over the Thomson River and flood plains, journeying to the one pub town of Ilfracombe, to exploring the incredible landscapes from the Dreamtime of our First Nations peoples or even soaking up a sunset with wine and canapes – there’s an experience for all. If you’re after that bit more, Outback Aussie Tours also offers dinner and show packages for an even more memorable outback holiday.

Bookings for the Outback Rail Adventure are now open, with tours running between ​June and October 2023. “Whether you like trains or like the outback, or both, this is a new and entertaining experience in Longreach,” said Alan Smith. With six experiences showcasing the beauty, stories and culture that keep the outback alive, you’ll find there’s no shortage of unforgettable memories to be made, awaiting you on a journey to the heart of Queensland.

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