Travel desert highways and follow in the footsteps of Outback Adventurers. Meet colourful outback characters; see some of Australia’s best-loved outback attractions, as well as experiencing some unique out of the way places. Down Under Coach Tours are ‘Specialists in Outback Travel’ with more than 25 years’ experience. Let us make your holiday dreams come true! We invite you to join us and experience all the Outback has to offer.
Departing: Thursday, 18th June
Fitness Level: M – Moderate
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – BRISBANE – GOONDIWINDI D
Thursday, 18th June: Welcome aboard for an exciting outback holiday. Interstate, Gold Coast & Brisbane passengers join in Brisbane City (location to be advised). Travel west to Toowoomba to the border town of Goondiwindi. Stay Jolly Swagman Motor Inn
DAY 2 GOONDIWINDI – BOURKE BMLD
Friday, 19th June: Travel south for a picnic lunch in Walgett. On arrival in 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 (subject to water levels). Stay Darling River Motel
DAY 3 BOURKE – WHITE CLIFFS BMLD
Saturday, 20th June: This morning explore Louth, known for its unusual ‘Shining Headstone’, a remarkable Celtic Cross on the grave of Mary Mathews which glows at sunset. At historic Trilby Station, a working sheep and cattle station, enjoy a guided tour with our host Liz Murray followed by a delicious homemade lunch. Farewelling Trilby, we continue our journey to White Cliffs. Stay White Cliffs Underground Motel
DAY 4 WHITE CLIFFS – BROKEN HILL BMD
Sunday, 21st June: Start our day with an interesting White Cliffs guided tour, then it’s off to Little Topar for lunch then on to Broken Hill for a visit to the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. No visit to Broken Hill is complete without a visit to the Silver City Mint & Art Centre to view the ‘Big Picture’, an amazing 100m-by-12m diorama of the incredible Broken Hill outback. Stay Ibis Styles Broken Hill Hotel
DAY 5 BROKEN HILL – TIBOOBURRA BMLD
Monday, 22nd June: Head north along the Silver City Highway to Packsaddle Roadhouse for morning tea. Onward to the ghost town of Milparinka with its wealth of history dating back to the 1880’s 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’. Continue our trek to Tibooburra, the town where they say water became more valuable than gold. Stay Granites Motel
Please note: Accommodation in Tibooburra is varied and may involve sharing a house or cottage.
DAY 6 TIBOOBURRA – INNAMINCKA BMLD
Tuesday, 23rd June: Travel through the Sturt National Park for morning tea at Cameron Corner, where the borders of QLD, NSW and SA meet. Crossing red dunes to Merty Merty encounter the famous Strzelecki Track, first pioneered by cattle duffer Harry Redford. Take a photo at the Moomba Gas Plant Lookout before arriving in Innamincka, made famous by the explorers Burke and Wills on their ill-fated exploration across central Australia. Two night stay Innamincka Hotel
DAY 7 BURKE & WILLS DIG TREE BMLD
Wednesday, 24th June: Due to the unreliable water source Innamincka once played a major role in the early explorations of Australia’s unknown interior. Today the town services the ever-busy tourist industry and local pastoralists. Visit the ‘Dig Tree’, the location of the base camp for explorers Burke and Wills on their expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1860. Pause and reflect on the tragedy played out under the tree before returning to the hotel for lunch. Free time available this afternoon.
DAY 8 INNAMINCKA – MARREE BMLD
Thursday, 25th June: Travel the Strzelecki Track to Lyndhurst for a late lunch. Wander through the ghost town of Farina, then on to Marree. Marree is located close to the southern end of Lake Eyre, which is the terminal point of a great continental drainage system and is considered one of Australia’s most famous natural landmarks. Two night stay Marree Hotel
Please note: Marree Hotel has cabin accommodation surrounded by gravel. You will be required to walk approx. 50m to the hotel for meals.
DAY 9 MARREE & LAKE EYRE SOUTH BLD
Friday, 26th June: For a truly spectacular outback experience flights may be undertaken (own expense) for those passengers who wish to see Lake Eyre from the air. This provides a wonderful view of the area from a new perspective. Later tour Marree and travel the Oodnadatta Track to the salt encrusted shores of Lake Eyre South for dramatic views.
Optional Flights: Lake Eyre flights are booked through our office. Please advise at time of booking if you would like to do a flight and we will send information on the various flights available. Payment is made to the pilot the night before the flight. Eftpos is available.
DAY 10 MARREE – BIRDSVILLE BMLD
Saturday, 27th June: Today we travel the legendary Birdsville Track. 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 at Birdsville mid-afternoon. Stay historic Birdsville Hotel
DAY 11 BIRDSVILLE – BOULIA BMLD
Sunday, 28th June: Departing Birdsville travel through Cuttaburra Crossing, an amazing wetland area to arrive at Bedourie for lunch. Moving north of Eyre Creek where the channel country meets the desert, we arrive into Boulia mid-afternoon. Stay Desert Sands Motel and Australian Hotel
DAY 12 BOULIA – LONGREACH BMD
Monday, 29th June: This morning travel east via the timeless landscape of the majestic mesas set amongst the open pebbly plains to Cawnpore Lookout, a landscape only found in two places on Earth. Enjoy morning tea at the Middleton Hotel, arriving in Winton with time to purchase your lunch before visiting the Waltzing Matilda Centre. Continue to Longreach. Two night stay Jumbuck Motel
DAY 13 LONGREACH SIGHTSEEING BLD
Tuesday, 30th June: Our first visit this morning is to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. At 11am it’s time for the Outback Stockman’s Show. Meet a real stockman and his animals in a one of a kind show. After lunch, make our way to the Qantas Founders Museum for a guided tour. Late afternoon board the ‘Thomson River Belle’ for a sunset cruise followed by a drover’s stew and dessert at the ‘Sheraton on the Thomson’. Enjoy music, bush poetry around a blazing campfire followed by the ‘Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show’ – a unique big-screen presentation of the amazing adventures of the notorious cattle thief known as ‘Captain Starlight’.
DAY 14 LONGREACH – ROMA BMLD
Wednesday, 1st July: Travel to Roma passing through Blackall – famous for the Wool Scour. Stop for lunch at Tambo, the town of the Teddies and on to Roma to enjoy a farewell dinner. Stay Roma Explorer Inn
DAY 15 ROMA – HOME BM
Thursday, 2nd July: Homeward bound after our colourful outback travels. Arrive in Brisbane mid-afternoon and in the Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $5795 pp
Pensioner: $5765 pp
Past Passenger: $5750 pp
Single Supplement: $1129 pp
Final Payment Due: Monday, 4th May 2020
Bookings Close on Wednesday June 17th, 2020