Departing: Thursday, 15th August
Fitness Level: M – Moderate
Join us for this adventure of a lifetime through the very heart of Australia’s Outback. The Outback Way 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. Be awe-struck by the magnificence of Uluru with its spectacular red rocks and domes rising out of the Central Australian Desert; watch the vista of Kata Tjuta (Olgas) disappear in the distance as we draw away. Delight in the colours of the Australian bush – the desert purples, reds and golds. Continue along the Outback Way stopping at Lassiter’s Cave and Giles Weather Station on our way to Laverton. Absorb the breathtakingly surreal landscape of Lake Ballard where 51 metal statuettes inhabit the shimmering salt lake. Visit the gold mining towns of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie on our way to Perth. This exceptional adventure through Australia’s Wild Heart is waiting for you, don’t miss out, read the full itinerary and book soon.
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – ROMA D
Thursday, 15th August: In the first section of our Great Western Adventure, travel to Brisbane picking up passengers en-route. Stop for lunch in Toowoomba then continue along the Warrego Highway to Roma. Stay Roma Explorers Inn
DAY 2 ROMA – LONGREACH BMLD
Friday, 16th August: On our travel to Longreach today we pass through the town of Morven to Tambo, the town of the Teddies, where we pause for lunch. After a photo stop at the Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge, continue on to Longreach. Stay Longreach Motor Inn
DAY 3 LONGREACH – BOULIA BLD
Saturday, 17th August: Our first visit this morning is to the new Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton then enjoy the outback hospitality at the Middleton Hotel where we stop for lunch. Continue on the Kennedy Highway through the heart of Channel Country to the far-flung settlement of Boulia. Stay Desert Sands Motel and Australian Hotel.
DAY 4 BOULIA – ALICE SPRINGS BMLAD
Sunday, 18th August: Travel the Plenty Highway through a diversity of scenery from the Harts Range to large station properties. The scenery is dramatic and gives a perfect glimpse of Australia’s ‘wild heart’. Arrive in Alice Springs early evening. Two night stay Aurora Alice Springs
DAY 5 ALICE SPRINGS SIGHTSEEING BMD
Monday, 19th August: A delightful day of sightseeing today beginning with a drive up Anzac Hill for an overview of ‘The Alice’, then on to the Old Telegraph Station for morning tea and a guided tour. Next, visit the Alice Springs Desert Park for some free time to explore. Tonight experience the ‘Spirit of the Outback’ dinner & show at the Earth Sanctuary. Return to our motel.
DAY 6 ALICE SPRINGS – KINGS CANYON BMLD
Tuesday, 20th August: Travel through the distinctive landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Visit Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and Hermannsburg Historic Precinct before arriving at our accommodation. Stay Kings Canyon Resort
DAY 7 KINGS CANYON – YULARA BMLD
Wednesday, 21st August: At Kings Canyon walk the Rim Walk to see the stunning views over the valley or alternatively, stroll along the canyon floor beside Kings Creek to capture breathtaking views. Then on to Curtin Springs Roadhouse for lunch and a paper mill tour before settling into our accommodation. Two night stay Desert Gardens Hotel
DAY 8 ULURU & KATA TJUTA NP BMD
Thursday, 22nd August: A fabulous day of sightseeing today as we make our way to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) where you will have time to explore before returning to the 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 9 YULARA – WARBURTON BMLD
Friday, 23rd August: A final view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta as we continue along the Outback Way which links Winton in Queensland with Alice Springs and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. Travel along the Great Central Road which is part of a network of roads built under the leadership of the famous surveyor, the late Len Beadell, to service Woomera and the Giles Weather Station. Stop at Lassiter’s Cave for morning tea followed by lunch at Warakurna. After lunch, visit Giles Weather Station then continue on to Warburton. Stay Warburton Roadhouse.
Please note: Single Supplement is not available at Warburton. All rooms are on a shared basis.
DAY 10 WARBURTON – LAVERTON BMLD
Saturday, 24th August: Our journey continues along the Great Central Road, crossing our final time zone today. Stop for morning tea at the Tjukayirla Roadhouse (pronounced ‘Chook-a-year-la). Enjoy a picnic lunch ‘a la outback’ before arriving at Laverton, a town with a 100 year fascinating gold rush history. Laverton sits on the western edge of the Great Victoria Desert which was once known as the ‘wildest town in the west’. Stay Laverton Caravan Park & Desert Inn Hotel.
DAY 11 LAVERTON – KALGOORLIE BMLD
Sunday, 25th August: Gwalia Ghost Town and Museum is our morning tea stop this morning. 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 Menzies where we pause for lunch, then on to Lake Ballard, a salt lake with its surreal landscape where the metal statuettes of 51 residents of an outback town inhabit ten square kilometres of a shimmering salt lake, enticing both the eye and the feet. Armed with hat, sunscreen and water, its off adventuring we go, to view as many statuettes as we can in the time allotted to us. Finally, re-board the coach for a well- earned rest as we continue on our way to Kalgoorlie. Two night stay Ibis Styles Kalgoorlie
DAY 12 KALGOORLIE SIGHTSEEING BD
Monday, 26th August: Throw on a high visibility vest and safety glasses this morning as we experience a tour of Australia’s largest gold producing mine, the Super Pit. View the mining and milling operations through the Fimiston Milling Plant from the safety of the Mine-Spec Bus (air-conditioned). Be amazed by the size of the 793 dump trucks as we travel along the haul roads on site with the trucks. The view of the Super Pit from Harvey Hut will take your breath away as you see the old miner’s workings with old shafts and view the modern mining machinery working in the pit. Following our tour enjoy some free time in town to purchase your lunch then back onboard for our Gold Discovery Town Tour where our guide will uncover the hidden secrets of Kalgoorlie-Boulder past and present.
DAY 13 KALGOORLIE – PERTH BMD
Tuesday, 27th August: Farewelling Kalgoorlie, make our way to Coolgardie which retains many of the magnificent buildings associated with its rich and colourful past. Journey the Great Eastern Highway pausing for lunch at Merridin before continuing on to Perth. Two night stay Comfort Hotel Perth City
DAY 14 PERTH FREE DAY BD
Wednesday, 28th August: Enjoy free time in Perth today. Your motel is close to many interesting attractions including the Perth Mint and Hay Street Mall or perhaps choose an optional tour of your choice.
DAY 15 PERTH – HOME B
Thursday, 29th August: Farewell to passengers leaving the tour to fly home today. Arrangements have been made for transfer to Perth Airport for your return flight to Brisbane. Passengers continuing on tour enjoy a free day.
Adult: $6611 pp
Pensioner: $6581 pp
Past Passenger: $6566 pp
Single Supplement: $1864 pp
Final Payment Due: 1st July 2019
Bookings Close on Thursday August 8th, 2019