Departing: Wednesday, 11th September
Fitness Level: M – Moderate
Join us on this wonderful journey through the Western Australian Wheatbelt region. Experience the unforgettable journey through Barna Mia Nocturnal Wildlife Experience, home to some of Western Australia’s native animals facing extinction. Spend two nights in the beautiful coastal town of Esperance. Visit the magnificent Cape Le Grande NP where kangaroos are often seen sunning themselves on the beach. Travel across the Nullarbor Plain, famously known as the longest stretch of straight road in the world to the Great Australian Bight, an unparalleled wilderness and natural beauty on the coastline of South and Western Australia. The Great Australian Bight is one of the most pristine ocean environments left on earth. Visit the Head of Bight Interpretive Centre. From the main viewing platform, Southern Right Whales can be observed at close quarters displaying a variety of behaviours. Visit Port Lincoln where we explore the idyllic Eyre Peninsula regions. Travel to the isolated mining town of Broken Hill and the small opal town of White Cliffs prior to a visit to the Darling River pioneer port of Bourke. The scenery will certainly come alive on this tour as it is without a doubt some of the best Australia has to offer.
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 BRISBANE – PERTH D
Wednesday, 11th September: Passengers fly to Perth today. On arrival in Perth be transferred to your accommodation. Stay Comfort Hotel Perth City
DAY 2 PERTH – NARROGIN BLD
Thursday, 12th September: An enchanting journey of colour is ahead of us this morning at the Springtime at Araluen Festival. There’s over 120,000 tulips planted through the gardens along with thousands of other flowers. After lunch at Williams Woolshed make our way to Narrogin. A special treat tonight at the Barna Mia Wildlife Experience at Dryandra. Barna Mia is a predator-proof animal sanctuary where you will discover threatened native marsupials in a natural setting. Stay Narrogin Motel.
DAY 3 NARROGIN – ESPERANCE BMLD
Friday, 13th September: Travel to Lake Grace for morning tea at the award-winning Walkers Hill Vineyard. Follow part of the Silo Art Trail as we make our way to lunch at Lake King Tavern then on to Mermaid Leather, the only commercial fish leather specialist business in Australia. Two night stay Hospitality Inn Esperance
DAY 4 CAPE LE GRANDE NP BMLD
Saturday, 14th September: Get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery today as we travel to Cape Le Grande NP. The ocean here is practically transparent; the local eastern grey ‘roos are regularly seen sunbaking on the beach and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest. Next, it’s Thistle Cove to hear the Whistling Rock. Finish off at Hellfire Bay before retracing our steps to Esperance Stonehenge and if time allows some sightseeing around Esperance.
DAY 5 ESPERANCE – NORSEMAN BMLD
Sunday, 15th September: This morning take a sightseeing drive along Great Ocean Drive from West Beach to the magnificent Twilight Cove and the Pink Lake Lookout. Our morning tea stop is at the Section Glass Gallery & Cafe, see the kiln-fired glasswork, stunning designer glass jewellery, bespoke & conceptual glass objects and sculptures. Next a visit to the Esperance Museum for a glimpse of local history, a space station, maritime exhibits, vintage machinery & old railway cars. After lunch at the Pier Hotel make our way to Norseman for a sightseeing tour before settling in to our home for the night. Stay Norseman Eyre Motel
DAY 6 NORSEMAN – BORDER VILLAGE BMLD
Monday, 16th September: Venture across the Nullarbor Plain. Our journey eastward to Border Village takes us through Balledonia, made famous when NASA’s Skylab debris showered the town in 1979 and Cocklebiddy. Near Eucla visit the Old Telegraph Ruins now almost completely buried by shifting white sands and see the tiny outpost settlement of Eucla. Stay Border Village Hotel Motel.
DAY 7 BORDER VILLAGE – CEDUNA BLD
Tuesday, 17th September: At the Head of Bight Whale Watch Interpretive Centre follow a cliff-top boardwalk to a whale viewing platform from where migrating whales may be seen. The majesty of the escarpments and the pounding of the Great Australian Bight by the Great Southern Ocean will have you mesmerised. Various stops will be made to allow photographs of the beautiful coastal scenery. Stay Best Western Ceduna Foreshore
DAY 8 CEDUNA – PORT LINCOLN BMLD
Wednesday, 18th September: Today head south through Streaky Bay to Murphy’s Haystacks then on to Elliston for lunch. Continue south along the West Coast with spectacular views of the rugged coastline to Port Lincoln. Two night Stay Port Lincoln Hotel
DAY 9 PORT LINCOLN SIGHTSEEING BMLD
Thursday, 19th September: Port Lincoln is Australia’s tuna fishing capital. Learn about the industry this morning with a Boston Bay cruise. On our return, enjoy a delicious lunch at the Marina Hotel before a guided tour of Whalers Way with its sensational views of coastal scenery, flora, fauna and blowholes.
DAY 10 PORT LINCOLN – PETERBOROUGH BMLD
Friday, 20th September: Departing Port Lincoln travel to Whyalla where we pause for a photo at the Loaded Dog Glass Statue, a tribute to Henry Lawson’s story of Tommie, the dog. After lunch, a visit to the Whyalla Maritime Museum for a HMAS Whyalla tour. Continue our journey to Peterborough and settle into our accommodation. After dinner enjoy the Steamtown Light and Sound Show. Stay Roundhouse Motel
DAY 11 PETERBOROUGH – BROKEN HILL BMLD
Saturday, 21st September: Travel the Barrier Highway through the outskirts of Broken Hill to the Silverton Hotel for lunch, followed by free time to explore. Next, 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
DAY 12 BROKEN HILL – WHITE CLIFFS BMLD
Sunday, 22nd September: From the ‘Silver City’ to ‘Opal Country’ today as we head for White Cliffs. Enjoy an informative guided tour of White Cliffs and time for a little opal shopping. Stay White Cliffs Underground Motel
DAY 13 WHITE CLIFFS – BOURKE BMLD
Monday, 23rd September: Leave the sealed roads behind as we travel to Wanaaring for morning tea. Continue on to Bourke for lunch followed by a visit to the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre. Next, watch the sunset on the Darling River from the deck of the PV Jandra paddleboat. Stay Darling River Motel
DAY 14 BOURKE – GOONDIWINDI BMLD
Tuesday, 24th September: Travel to Moree for lunch then cross the border into Qld. A photo stop at the Gunsynd Statue is a must, followed by a visit to the excellent Goondiwindi Information Centre. Stay Jolly Swagman Motor Inn
DAY 15 GOONDIWINDI – HOME BM
Wednesday, 25th September: All too soon it’s time to say goodbye. Toowoomba is our lunch stop with arrival in Brisbane mid-afternoon and in the Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $5869 pp
Pensioner: $5839 pp
Past Passenger: $5824 pp
Single Supplement: $1292 pp
Final Payment Due: 1st July 2019
Bookings Close on Thursday August 8th, 2019