Welcome

Welcome

Follow Me Tours offer a Small Group Tagalong Tour for the owners of Caravans, Camper Trailers, Campers and Motorhomes.

Singles, Couples and Family groups are invited to experience the great Australian Outback with us. International tourists with rental vehicles are also welcome.

Our Tagalongs are different in that more people are able to participate by keeping the program simple. ie: You don’t need an expensive tow vehicle or off-road van to travel with us.

This Tour suits all levels of driving and towing competency, as we travel mainly on bitumen roads, with only a small section of normally good gravel road at the Birdsville end of the trip.

Our Tour departs from and returns to DUBBO NSW. We travel approximately 5600 klms over 31 days visiting 40+ Towns and Villages in Outback NSW and QLD. Average daily travel is around 250 klms and the longest day is 480 klms.

We travel to Birdsville QLD, one of the most remote towns on earth and return via a different route hence the name of our tour “To Birdsville and Back”.

You will enjoy the Company and Support of fellow members with the added Security of travelling within a group.

The Tour is Self-Catered and you will stay in the best available Caravan Park each night, guaranteeing you a hot shower and clean toilet facilities each stay.

The Tour has ten rest days included which allows for time to explore the local attractions.

This will be our seventh Birdsville trip so we have become familiar with what the various Towns and Parks have to offer.

A great time had, great friends made and great and long lasting memories assured.

Pets are welcome by arrangement.


The Route

All Tours depart from and return to DUBBO NSW.

We travel via:

Dubbo, Lightning Ridge*, St George, Roma*, Emerald, Charters Towers*, Hughenden, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mt Isa*, Boulia, Bedourie, BIRDSVILLE**, Boulia, Winton, Longreach*, Barcaldine, Blackall, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Bourke, Nyngan, Dubbo and all villages in between.

*denotes two night stays  –  **denotes five nights stay.

All bitumen apart from 70 klms of normally good gravel road between Boulia and Birdsville.


On the Road with Follow Me Tours

We tour in a relaxed mode. We try to leave our caravan park by 8.30am each morning which allows us to be in the next park by mid-afternoon. On the couple of longer travelling days we will try to get away by 7.30am.

We travel in the same order of vehicles each day (it’s easy that way to know if anyone is missing) at around 85-90 klm per hour.

It would be great if your vehicle is equipped with a UHF radio as it provides communication between the group whilst travelling and is useful to alert for hazards eg: ”there’s a truck coming towards you”, “there’s livestock on the road ahead” or “we’ll be stopping for morning tea in 10 klms”.

Your vehicle/s must be Roadworthy and you should know its fuel consumption eg: in my case I know that I need fuel every 400 klms, so I carry a 20 litre of diesel with me. There are only three days where this may be an issue.

We make time for rest and toilet breaks and to have a look around the little towns and villages we pass through each day.

We boil our thermos each morning and have a relaxed morning tea together after about two hours of travel. We either buy or make our own lunch. In the arvo we will gather for a happy hour (drinks and nibbles) before retiring to organize our own evening meals. Some parks may offer an evening meal whilst other may have evening entertainment, bush poets, music etc.

On the six rest days of the trip we will have a long-table dinner, prepared and shared by all the group members. These rest days also offer a chance to catch up on shopping, laundry etc.

Our lead vehicle is equipped with a Satellite Phone, UHF Radio, First-Aid Kit and a Comprehensive Tool Box.


2018 Tour Departure Dates

Dubbo NSW (Birdsville Races) 14th August 2018 (31 days)


Itinerary

Day 1 – Dubbo NSW (one night) – We leave on our trip in the morning. Last chance to check that you haven’t forgotten anything.
Day 2 – 115 klm to Gulargambone NSW (one night) – Enjoy a camp oven dinner with your donation going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Day 3 – 240 klm to Lightning Ridge NSW (two nights) – Plenty to see in this Opal mining town. Enjoy the artesian baths or trip out to the Grawin opal fields. Enjoy lunch at the famous Glengarry Hilton or Club in the Scrub.
Day 5 – 230 klm to St George QLD (one night) – We are now in Qld – a beautiful town on the banks of the Balonne River. Visit the Carved Emu Egg Museum.
Day 6 – 200 klm to Roma QLD (two nights) – Large prosperous town – known for gas and oil production and also as having the largest cattle sales in Australia.
Day 8 – 400 klm to Emerald QLD (one night) – a large irrigation town and the largest producer of coal in Qld.
Day 9 – 480 klm to Charters Towers QLD (two nights) – our longest stretch so an early start required – a former gold mining town big on history.

Day 11 – 250 klm to Hughenden QLD (one night) – on the Flinders river and home to some large fossil finds including Muttaburrasaurus which is on display in a building in the main street.
Day 12 – 265 klm to Julia Creek QLD (one night) – sheep and cattle grazing and mining and home of the tiny, rare and endangered Dunnart marsupial.
Day 13 – 260 klm to Mt Isa QLD (two nights) – the local mine is the biggest producer of copper, lead, silver and zinc in the world.
Day 15 – 305 klm to Boulia QLD (one night) – Home to the famous Min Min light.
Day 16 – 380 klm to Birdsville QLD (five nights) – one of the most remote towns on earth and one that is on many bucket lists – The BIRDSVILLE CUP RACING CARNIVAL, The famous Birdsville Hotel, The Birdsville Bakery and Big Red, a 30 metre high sand dune at the entrance to the Simpson desert.
Day 21 – 380 klm to Boulia QLD (one night) – we travel back to Boulia to avoid rough gravel roads heading East out of Birdsville.
Day 22 – 360 klm to Winton QLD (one night) – amazing scenery heading past the Middleton Hotel on our way to the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda and the land where dinosaurs once roamed.
Day 23 – 180 klm to Longreach QLD (two nights) – surrounded by some of Australia’s best pastoral land and home to The Stockmen Hall of Fame and the Qantas Museum.
Day 25 – 110 klm to Barcaldine QLD (one night) – well known for its famous Tree of Knowledge, a memorial to shearers who conducted their strike meetings there which lead to the formation of the Australian Labour Party.
Day 26 – 210 klm to Tambo QLD (one night) – we are now 1000 klm north-west of Brisbane in a lovely small town often heralded as Queenslands oldest.
Day 27 – 200 klm to Charleville QLD (one night) – known as the hub of south-west Qld and home to 3500 residents.
Day 28 – 200 klm to Cunnamulla QLD (one night) – a rich pastoral town and home to The Cunnamulla Fella whose bronze statue takes pride of place outside the Civic Centre. A legend set in song by Stan Coster and Slim Dusty.
Day 29 – 255 klm to Bourke NSW (one night) – we’re back in NSW on the banks of the Darling river. Bourke is fighting back after a experiencing a long period of drought
Day 30 – 205 klm to Nyngan NSW (one night) – on the Bogan river and 72 klm from the geographical centre of NSW.
Day 31 – 170 klm to Dubbo NSW (one night) – back where we began – home to your loved ones tomorrow with many stories to tell.

Our longest days travel is 480 klms and we average about 250 klms on our travel days.

Obviously, each town has more to offer than what I have listed here so I encourage those interested to do their own research and recommend www.outbacknow.com.au as a great place to start.


The BIRDSVILLE RACES TAGALONG TOUR

Tagalong to the World Famous Birdsville Cup Racing Carnival
The Races that stop the Outback – 31st August and 1st September 2018
Departing Dubbo NSW on
14th August 2018

Pricing $3290

Includes Caravan Park powered site fees for two people in one vehicle (including van/trailer) each night, 8 evening meals and a Fuel Voucher Draw on each travel day, plus entry to the races on both days.


TESTIMONIALS

“Appreciate all the thinking you have done to make this so smooth. It just doesn’t happen!! Cheers Gus and Julie”. September 2016

“Thanks for the effort, choices of town and parks and the Birdsville experience. Great group, enjoyed the laughs and stirs. Neil and Lyn”. September 2016

Some minor itinerary changes may occur, depending on group size.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Email: info@followmetours.com.au
Phone: 0438 747 758
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Images from the Tour