7th September – 20th September
Join us for this adventure of a lifetime through the very heart of Australia’s Outback. The Outback Way which links Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland; at 2800 km is also known as ‘Australia’s longest shortcut’. Along this trail you will pass through many different types of landscapes and scenery, allowing you to see some of Australia’s most pristine areas. After arriving in Perth visit Wave Rock, the gold mining towns of Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. At Laverton begin our journey along the Outback Way visiting Giles Weather Station and Lassiter’s Cave. Delight in the colours of the Australian bush – the desert purples, reds and golds; watch the vista of Kata Tjuta (Olgas) appear in the distance as we draw closer; be awe-struck by the magnificence of Uluru with its spectacular red rocks and domes rising out of the Central Australian Desert. This exceptional adventure through Australia’s Wild Heart is waiting for you, don’t miss out, read the full itinerary and book soon.
DAY 1 BRISBANE – PERTH D
Thursday, 7th September: Passengers fly from Brisbane to Perth today to join the Red Centre & Outback Way tour. On arrival in Perth be transferred to your accommodation. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with your travelling companions. Stay Comfort Hotel Perth City.
DAY 2 PERTH – HYDEN BLD
Friday, 8th September: This morning we farewell the beautiful city of Perth and head to Hyden for lunch at the Wave Rock Café before our guided tour of Wave Rock. One of Australia’s most famous landforms, resembling a giant surf wave of multi-coloured granite about to crash onto the bush below. Stand under it and feel rock power from over 2,700 million years ago, before dinosaurs roamed the earth! See also Hippos Yawn, a giant yawning mouth cast in solid rock. Stay Hyden Wave Rock Motel.
DAY 3 HYDEN – KALGOORLIE BLD
Saturday, 9th September: Journey the Great Eastern Highway to the gold mining town of Coolgardie, which retains many of its magnificent buildings associated with its rich and colourful past. On arrival in Kalgoorlie enjoy some free time in town. Stay Quality Inn Railway Hotel.
DAY 4 KALGOORLIE – LAVERTON BLD
Sunday, 10th September: Our first stop this morning is to the KCGM Super Pit, Australia’s largest open pit gold mine. The view across the Super Pit from the lookout is one of the most spectacular in Australia. Leaving Kalgoorlie make our way to Leonora for lunch and a tour at the Gwalia Ghost Town and Museum. Once one of the largest gold mines in Australia, its first mine manager was a young American mining engineer named Herbert Hoover, who later became the 31st President of the United States. Continue on to Laverton which lies on the western edge of the Great Victoria Desert and is also the starting point for the Anne Beadell Highway. Stay Desert Inn Hotel.
DAY 5 LAVERTON – WARBURTON BLD
Monday, 11th September: Today, we begin our journey along the Outback Way which links Kalgoorlie with Alice Springs and Winton in Queensland. Travel along the Great Central Road which is a part of the network of desert highways built under the leadership of the famous surveyor, the late Len Beadell, to service Woomera and the Giles Meteorological Station. Pass the salt Lake Throssel and Yeo Lake Nature Reserve for arrival at Warburton, a remote roadhouse servicing outback travellers. Stay Warburton Roadhouse.
DAY 6 WARBURTON – YULARA BLD
Tuesday, 12th September: Pass Lake Farnham and Lake Christopher with the Rawlinson Ranges completing this picturesque backdrop. At Giles, visit Giles Weather Station for an informative talk and tour. Also view Len Beadell’s graders used during the construction of the Gunbarrel Highway. The road now treks through the Petermann Ranges; delight in the brilliant colours of the Australian bush – the desert purples, reds and golds will form lasting memories. At Lasseter’s Cave, see the campsite of Harry Lasseter, who survived for a month after being stranded by his camels in his search for his mythical gold. The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) approach on the final leg of our central crossing. After an adventurous journey, Yulara makes for a well-earned rest. Two night stay Desert Gardens Hotel.
DAY 7 ULURU & KATA TJUTA SIGHTSEEING BD
Wednesday, 13th September: Retrace our steps to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) where you will have time to explore before returning to the Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for lunch (own expense). This afternoon tour the base caves of Uluru, see ancient Aboriginal rock painting and picturesque waterholes. Late afternoon stop at the sunset viewing area at Uluru to enjoy refreshments while we watch the fascinating colour changes of Uluru at sunset.
DAY 8 YULARA – KINGS CANYON BLD
Thursday, 14th September: Travel Lasseter Highway to Curtin Springs Roadhouse for smoko. Divert from the highway onto the Luritja Road. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the unique Kings Canyon, where a sheer cliff wall drops 300 metres. Walk to the rim of the canyon to see the views over the valley, the lush Garden of Eden and weathered rock structures known as the Lost City. Alternatively, stroll along the canyon floor beside Kings Creek to capture breathtaking views. Stay Kings Canyon Resort.
DAY 9 KINGS CANYON – ALICE SPRINGS BLD
Friday, 15th September: Travel through the distinctive landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Here you will view a kaleidoscope of earth reds, yellows, oranges and purples, enhanced by the central Australian sun as it moves across the sky. Visit Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, and pause at John Flynn’s grave. Two night stay Aurora Resort.
DAY 10 ALICE SPRINGS SIGHTSEEING BD
Saturday, 16th September: A delightful day of sightseeing today beginning with a drive to Anzac Hill for an overview of ‘The Alice’, then on to the Old Telegraph Station for morning tea and a guided tour. Next a visit to the fabulous Alice Springs Desert Park for some free time to explore. Tonight experience the magnificence of internationally renowned didgeridoo player Andrew Langford at the Sound of Starlight Theatre.
DAY 11 ALICE SPRINGS – BOULIA BLD
Sunday, 17th September: Trek homeward across the seldom travelled Plenty Highway. Experience a diversity of scenery from the protruding peaks of the Harts Range to the large station properties which dominate the highway. The scenery is dramatic and provides a perfect backdrop for any photograph, giving just another glimpse at the splendour of Australia’s wild heart. Cross back into Queensland at Tobermorey and continue east to the far flung settlement of Boulia. Stay Desert Sands Motel & Australian Hotel.
DAY 12 BOULIA – LONGREACH BD
Monday, 18th September: Travel the lonely Kennedy Highway through the heart of the Channel Country and head east towards Winton. At Middleton enjoy morning tea and the outback hospitality of the Middleton Hotel. At Winton enjoy some free time to purchase lunch and explore the town centre. After lunch play a tune on the Musical Fence before making our way to Longreach for a visit to the amazing Kinnon & Co Store before settling in to our motel. Stay Longreach Motor Inn.
DAY 13 LONGREACH – ROMA BLD
Tuesday, 19th September: On our travel to Roma today we pass through Isisford, Blackall – famous for the wool scourers, Tambo, the town of the Teddies and onto Roma to enjoy a farewell dinner. Stay Quality Inn Overlander Homestead.
DAY 14 ROMA – HOME B
Wednesday, 20th September: Homeward bound after our wonderful great western adventure. Farewell your new friends who have shared this wonderful holiday with you. All too soon we are back in familiar territory with arrival in Brisbane mid afternoon and Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $6398 pp
Pensioner: $6370 pp
Past Passenger: $6356 pp
Single Supplement: $1724 pp
Final Payment Due: 24th July 2017
Bookings Close on Monday September 4th, 2017