12 Day Corner Country, Lake Eyre & Birdsville

Departing:   Wednesday, 15th June 2022

Join us for a remarkable fully accommodated tour into country which has remained unchanged since the adventures of Sturt, Burke & Wills and McKinlay. Highlights include Milparinka, Depot Glen and the isolated regions of Tibooburra and Marree.  At Cameron Corner stand where three states meet.  Visit the infamous Afghan town of Marree (optional Lake Eyre flights).  Up the awesome Birdsville Track to the ’frontier’ town of Birdsville.  Delight your senses and refresh your mind with glorious sunsets and colourful characters.  Experience the Outback – see the distance, feel the space! It’s ready and waiting for anyone with a spirit of adventure!

 

Fitness Level:  E – Easy

Meals:  B = Breakfast,  M = Morning Tea,  L = Lunch,  A = Afternoon Tea,  D = Dinner

 

DAY 1  MARYBOROUGH – MOREE     D

Wednesday, 15th June:  An early start for travelling companions joining between Hervey Bay and Caloundra.  Interstate, Brisbane & Gold Coast passengers join at Brisbane Coach Terminal.  Travel west to Toowoomba, then follow the Newell Highway to Moree.  Stay Burke & Wills Motor Inn.

 

DAY 2  MOREE – BOURKE     BMLD

Thursday, 16th June:  Travel south for morning tea in Walgett.  On arrival in Bourke, enjoy a picnic lunch followed by a visit to the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre.  After a sightseeing tour of Bourke, recapture the romance of the old river-steamers with a one-hour sunset cruise along the quiet waters of the Darling River aboard the PV Jandra Paddleboat.  Stay Darling River Motel

 

DAY 3  BOURKE – TIBOOBURRA     BMLD

Friday, 17th June:  Departing Bourke, cross vast station properties to Reola Station which is owned by Graham and Deirdre Brown and features the country’s largest multi-level shearing facility.  Enjoy a tour of the shearing shed and learn about its amazing history, its features, and its shearing capacity.  After lunch, continue our trek to Tibooburra, the town where they say water became more valuable than gold.  Two night stay Granites Motel

 

DAY 4  CAMERON CORNER     BMLD

Saturday, 18th June:  Travel through the Sturt National Park and enjoy morning tea at Cameron Corner, where the borders of QLD, NSW and SA meet.  Our return journey to Tibooburra takes us through the Toona Gate to Olive Downs Campground where we pause for a picnic lunch.  Then, on to the Jump Up Loop Road Lookout for a magnificent panoramic view of the vast gibber plains of the Sturt National Park.  Late afternoon, reboard your coach for a drive to Sunset Hill to experience the glorious outback sunset.

 

DAY 5  TIBOOBURRA – BROKEN HILL     BMLD

Sunday, 19th June:  Today is steeped in the history of the inland explorers who braved isolated and arid country to ‘open up’ these forbidding lands.  At the ghost town of Milparinka discover a wealth of history dating back to the 1880s when gold was first discovered.  At Depot Glen see where Sturt was ‘holed up’ for six months under horrific conditions during his 1844 expedition to locate the supposed ‘inland sea’.  Travel south along the Silver City Highway to Broken Hill where we visit the Silver City Mint & Art Centre to view the ‘Big Picture’, followed by a drive to the Line of Lode Miners Memorial.  Stay Country Comfort Crystal Inn.

 

DAY 6  BROKEN HILL – PETERBOROUGH     BMD

Monday, 20th June:  Continue our journey along the Barrier Highway to the railway town of Peterborough.  Enjoy some free time to explore the town and purchase lunch before a visit to Steamtown Heritage Railway Centre for a guided tour of the historic passenger carriages dating back to 1889, in the heritage-listed roundhouse.  After dinner, return to Steamtown for a fabulous light & sound show.  Stay Roundhouse Motel

 

DAY 7  PETERBOROUGH – MARREE     BMLD

Tuesday, 21st June:  Our journey today takes us through the township of Orroroo where we stop to view the Giant Gumtree.  With its circumference of 10.4m it is estimated to be around 500 years old.  Next, a visit that will ‘blow your mind away’ at the Jeff Morgan Gallery.  View Jeff’s amazing works of art including the Wilpena Pound panorama.  This amazing circular painting is 30m in circumference and took over 4000 hours to complete.  A second circular painting even larger at 46m features the Arkaroola landscape.  Also on display is a huge mineral gemstone and fossil collection.  After lunch at the Prairie Hotel take a wander through the ghost town of Farina before arriving in Marree.  Two night stay Marree Hotel

 

DAY 8  LAKE EYRE SIGHTSEEING     BLD

Wednesday, 22nd June:  For a truly spectacular outback experience, optional flights may be undertaken for those passengers who wish to see Lake Eyre and the Marree Man from the air, followed by free time to explore Marree.  After a delicious BBQ lunch, travel the Oodnadatta Track to the salt-encrusted shores of Lake Eyre South.

 

DAY 9  MARREE – BIRDSVILLE     BMLD

Thursday, 23rd June:  Today we travel the legendary Birdsville Track.  The modern graded road has shattered the reputation of the Birdsville Track as one of the roughest and most remote in the world but is still a challenge as it is unsealed.  Cross the Natterannie Sandhills, once a formidable object to the legendary Birdsville mailmen.  After our morning tea stop at Mungerannie Roadhouse we press on through the Sturt Stony Desert to arrive mid-afternoon at Birdsville. Stay historic Birdsville Hotel.

 

DAY 10  BIRDSVILLE – QUILPIE     BMLD

Friday, 24th June:  Departing Birdsville, travel the Birdsville Development Road to the recently re-opened Betoota Hotel for morning tea, then join the Diamantina Development Road to arrive in Windorah for lunch.  Cross over the legendary Cooper Creek to arrive at our overnight accommodation in the opal town of Quilpie.  Stay Quilpie Motor Inn   

 

DAY 11  QUILPIE – ROMA     BMLD

Saturday, 25th June:  Venture into the heartland of Mulga Country as we make our way to Roma.  In Charleville, enjoy a visit to the RFDS Visitors Centre followed by lunch at the historic Corones Hotel.  Continue our journey to Roma.  Stay Roma Explorers Inn

 

DAY 12  ROMA – HOME    BM

Sunday, 26th June:  Sadly, our fabulous outback adventure almost at an end and it’s time to farewell our newfound friends.  Leaving Roma, travel the Warrego Highway to Toowoomba for lunch and arriving in Brisbane mid-afternoon and Wide Bay early evening.

Adult:  $4722 pp
Pensioner:  $4698 pp
Past Passenger:  $4686 pp
Single Supplement:  $817 pp

Final Payment Due:  Sunday, 1st May 2022

Bookings Close on Tuesday June 14th, 2022