Rangelands Outback Camp Steve Irwin Tribute
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$2549pp twin share
STEVE IRWIN TRIBUTE PACKAGE
Valid for travel 02 SEP 2022 - 05 SEP 2022
3 or 4 nights Winton, QLD
In 1990 John Stainton filmed a television commercial at the Qld Reptile & Fauna Park in Beerwah Qld. He engaged the owner of the Zoo’s son Steve Irwin to assist by wrangling a crocodile for the filming. John & Steve became best friends and went on to make some 350 hours of television and movie productions together over the next 15 years. Their first television documentary “The Crocodile Hunter” for the TEN NETWORK in 1992 was instantly a huge success and they were commissioned to follow up immediately with another program.
John decided to make the next episode in the outback on Aussie animals to broaden the appeal of the documentaries outside crocodiles. He chose Winton for the base camp of the shoot and they filmed there a number of times over the years. The series went on to capture the attention of the whole world and Steve became a household name in most countries and the top program on the US Discovery Network, ANIMAL PLANET.
In 2002 John & Steve made their first movie for MGM “COLLISION COURSE” and were in the process of planning a 3D IMAX movie for Warner Bros. when Steve tragically died in 2006.
2022 is the 30th anniversary of Steve & John filming their second episode of The Crocodile Hunter in the Winton area in 1992. 2022 is the 20th anniversary of the release of COLLISION COURSE their 1st Hollywood Movie. 2022: 4th September 2006 is the day Steve died on Batts Reef off Port Douglas.
So, with 3 significant milestones – the start of The Crocodile Hunter in 1992, the Movie release in 2002 and Steve’s tragic death ion the 4th of September 2006 we couldn’t think of a better town than Winton to host a tribute weekend to Steve Irwin: 2nd to 5th Sept 2022.
We will be taking over the ROYAL THEATRE in Winton on Saturday & Sunday nights (3rd & 4th Sept. to screen some historic “behind the scenes” clips from Steve’s life & his most memorable television moments as well as the MGM Movie “COLLISION COURSE”
3 or 4 nights Accommodation in spacious tents with outback view shower
All breakfasts and dinners including a selection of fine wines, beer and spirits
Welcome signature sunset drinks & canapes on the deck on arrival
Tours and transfers as per itinerary
Hosted by John Stainton, Producer of the Crocodile Hunter and owner of Rangelands Outback Camp
View more details of Rangelands at: rangelandscamp.com
DAY 1: FRI 02/09/22 ARRIVE LONGREACH – VISION SPLENDID OPENING NIGHT
You will be met on arrival at Longreach Airport by our Rangelands host with our own personal luxury Van for the 2-hour drive to Rangelands Outback Camp arriving 4.45pm.
Dinner will be served in the Mahal Tent at 7pm and after dinner everyone may like to adjourn to our fire pit for some special spirits/liqueurs or your drink of choice around the fire before nestling into your cosy bed in your tented cocoon.
DAY 2: SAT 03/09/22: WINTON TOUR, AUST AGE OF DINOSAURS, “COLLISION COURSE”
After a delicious hot breakfast at 7.30 am you will board our coach departing Rangelands at 9am for downtown to join your Horse & Vintage Carriage ride through the history of Winton town at 945am. The Carriage ride will finish around 10.15am and you will have some free time to explore the charm of this outback town visiting the famous “Searles” one-stop shop, the Opal stores, the famous North Gregory Hotel & a tour of the historic heritage listed Royal Theatre (only one of two “hundred-year-old” open air cinemas left in Australia) and where the Steve Irwin movie “COLLISION COURSE” will be screened tonight.
The morning will conclude at the Tattersalls Hotel at 12noon where you will experience a true Outback Pub lunch on the footpath of Winton. After lunch at 1pm you will transfer to the Australian Age of Dinosaur’s where you will see the $100million working Dinosaur Museum only 30mins from town. The Australian Age of Dinosaurs is a “not for profit” organization and has the greatest collection of Aussie Dinosaur bones in the world – all found around the Winton area & you will see them being processed as you watch volunteers sort, clean & catalogue some of the massive backlog of bones. This tour will be an inspiring half day experience visiting the Laboratory, the Collection Room, The Dinosaur Canyon & the newly built Gondwana Stars Observatory. At 4pm you will transfer by coach for the short 30-minute drive back to Rangelands Outback Camp to prepare for our big movie night. After our traditional sundown cocktails at 5,30pm we will have an early dinner at 6pm by our acclaimed Chef Peter so we can join our coach at 7.15pm to be at the Royal Theatre by 7.30pm to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the making of Steve Irwin’s COLLISION COURSE in 2002 The Movie will be introduced by the movie’s creator & director John Stainton who will give us some unheard insights into the making of this MGM film. When the movie concludes around 9.30pm you may like a late nightcap to relax under the amazing starlit sky back at Rangelands Outback Camp. Winton has the 8th darkest skies in the world – perfect for star gazing.
DAY 3: SUN 04/09/22: LARK QUARRY DINOSAUR STAMPEDE & CARISBROOKE STATION
After a stunning gourmet breakfast at 7am on the Sunset Deck, we leave bright and early to board our coach at 8am for a day tour to the famous Lark Quarry which houses the largest discovered collection of Dinosaur footprints in the world (some 3,300 footprints) that was part of a Dinosaur Stampede 95 million years ago. You will find this guided tour experience awe-inspiring and a feeling of being very privileged to witness. After a picnic lunch at Lark Quarry we then head to Carisbrooke Station, a working cattle station which has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the outback – The Three Sisters, Meteor Lookout & expansive landscape. On this tour you will have morning tea and lunch. We should have you back at Rangelands Outback Camp around 3.30pm for a special Rangelands RIFT TOUR before a tent refresh then cocktails on the Sunset Deck at 5.30pm followed by a relaxed dinner at 6.15pm with fine wines before a 7.45pm departure for the ROYAL THEATRE & a special memorial tribute on the big screen by Manager John Stainton for Steve Irwin who died on this day in 2006. At 9pm our coach will bring you home to Rangelands for some final nightcaps on our Sunset deck under the stars before your bedtime.
DAY 4: MON 05/09/22: WALTZING MATILDA MUSEUM FAREWELL.
Enjoy the early morning view over our vast outback landscape as you enjoy your gourmet breakfast at 7.30am before checking out and heading off on your final amazing adventure. At 9.15am we have all your loaded luggage on board our coach and head to Winton for a 9.30am tour of the Waltzing Matilda Museum until 11am when we will depart Winton for Longreach to connect with your Qantas flight QF 2533 departing Longreach at 2.35pm arriving in Brisbane 4.30pm. NB: Guests taking the option of adding an extra night on the package will have lunch at the Tatts Hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure on the Jump Up at Rangelands Outback Camp. Sunset Drinks at 5.30pm with dinner at 7.30pm. Stargazing around the campfire & yarns.
DAY 5: TUES 06/09/22: OPTIONAL RANGELANDS FAREWELL
For our guests choosing to stay 4 nights with us and depart directly from Winton on REX, a leisurely breakfast will be served at 7.30am followed by a morning Camp walk & transfer to Winton Airport at 12noon for your REX flight ZL5203 for 1.10pm departure for Longreach to connect with QF 2533 dep. 2.35 arrive in Brisbane 4.30pm