26th August – 20th September
Head across the heartlands of New South Wales to join the Eyre Highway to Port Augusta. From here cross the vast expanse of the Nullarbor Plain, where the views of the Southern Ocean and the Great Australian Bight are awesome. In Western Australia discover the delights of the south west region of the state; Esperance, Albany, Augusta, the giant Karri Forests and much more. In Perth there is time for sightseeing the capital city of the west before our journey east to Wave Rock, Kalgoorlie and Laverton where we join the Great Central Road and travel into the Northern Territory to experience the wonders of the Red Centre. Forget your cares and join us for an epic adventure that combines the Western Australian wildflowers, the spectacular South West Coastline, the awe-inspiring Great Australian Bight Marine Park and Australia’s iconic Red Centre. This is a journey that will leave you with everlasting memories of some of Australia’s most impressive scenery.
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – MOREE D
Saturday, 26th August: With Wide Bay passengers on board make our way to Brisbane with passengers joining enroute. Brisbane passengers join us at Roma Street Transit Centre. Travel west to Toowoomba and across the border at Goondiwindi to Moree. Stay Burke & Wills Motor Inn.
DAY 2 MOREE – COBAR BLD
Sunday, 27th August: Continue along the Newell Highway through the heart of NSW. At Coonabarabran view the rugged peaks of the Warrumbungle National Park. Stop for lunch at Gilgandra then travel west to Cobar. Stay Town and Country Motor Inn.
DAY 3 COBAR – BROKEN HILL BD
Monday, 28th August: Head further west along the Barrier Highway. Travel to Wilcannia to tour the town and see the impressive sandstone buildings of a bygone era when Wilcannia was a key inland port for paddle steamers. Further across the barren wastelands of NSW to the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hil. Stay Ibis Styes Broken Hill.
DAY 4 BROKEN HILL – PORT AUGUSTA BD
Tuesday, 29th August: Travel to Peterborough and enjoy some free time to explore the town and purchase your lunch. Next, experience a little of the rugged beauty of the lower Flinders Ranges travelling through Horrocks Pass on our way to Port Augusta. Visit the Wadlata Outback Interpretive Centre where hands on displays feature the history of outback South Australia followed by a guided tour of the unique Arid Lands Botanic Garden. Stay Acacia Ridge Motor Inn.
DAY 5 PORT AUGUSTA – CEDUNA BLD
Wednesday, 30th August: Join the Eyre Highway, to Kimba where we pause for morning tea and a photo stop at the 8mt Big Galah and browse the locally mined and crafted jade at the Halfway Across Australia Gem Shop. Arrive at Ceduna, known for its great telecommunications dishes that are Australia’s eyes and ears, absorbing a constant flow of the World’s images and chatter. Stay Ceduna Foreshore Motel.
DAY 6 CEDUNA – BORDER VILLAGE BLD
Thursday, 31st August: At the Head of Bight National Park and 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 Border Village Hotel Motel.
DAY 7 BORDER VILLAGE – NORSEMAN BLD
Friday, 1st September: A big day today as we pass through two time zones to Western Australian time. Near Eucla visit the old telegraph ruins almost completely buried by shifting white sands and see the tiny outpost settlement of Eucla. Our westward journey continues through Cocklebiddy and Balledonia, made famous when Skylab debri showered the town in 1979. Our Nullarbor crossing ends at Norseman, situated on the banks of Lake Cowan. Stay Norseman Great Western Motel.
DAY 8 NORSEMAN – ESPERANCE BD
Saturday, 2nd September: After a sightseeing tour of Norseman, make our way to the picturesque seaside town of Esperance for a visit to Esperance Stonehenge, a full size replica of the original Stonehenge in the UK, as it would have looked around 1950BC. Stay Best Western Hospitality Inn.
DAY 9 ESPERANCE – ALBANY BLD
Sunday, 3rd September: Travel west to the village of Borden on the edge of the Stirling Range NP for lunch. Leaving Borden, travel through the wildflower rich Stirling Range NP to Albany where we visit Torndirrup NP to capture the breathtaking sights of the spectacular coastal formations including the ‘Blowholes’, ‘Natural Bridge’ and ‘The Gap’, a huge granite bridge-like suspension. Stay Ace Motor Inn.
DAY 10 ALBANY – AUGUSTA BLD
Monday, 4th September: Travel via Denmark to the Valley of the Giants. Walk along the Treetop Walk taking you through spectacular giant Tingle trees 40 metres above the forest floor. For land lovers, try the Ancient Empire Gloucester Tree, a magnificent Karri housing the world’s highest tree fire lookout. At Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse your local guide will explain the history of the old limestone lighthouse, guiding vessels at one of the only two places in the world where two great oceans meet. Stay Augusta Hotel Motel.
DAY 11 AUGUSTA – PERTH BLD
Tuesday, 5th September: Just north of Augusta enter the underground world of Jewel Cave. These limestone caves are considered some of the best in the world with unusual formations and coloured limestone. On to Margaret River for lunch and a tasting at Brookwood Estate, then on to Busselton Jetty, the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The jetty is home to a state-of-the-art Interpretive Centre, Cultural Heritage Museum and stunning Underwater Observatory. Three night stay Comfort Hotel Perth City.
DAY 12 PERTH FREE DAY BD
Wednesday, 6th September: Enjoy free time in Perth today. The day is yours to take an optional tour of Rottnest Island, relax, shop or visit your friends in the western capital.
DAY 13 PERTH FREE DAY BD
Thursday, 7th September: A free day for passengers continuing on tour. Farewell to passengers leaving the tour today. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with your travelling companions. Stay Comfort Hotel Perth City.
DAY 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 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 26 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: $9798 pp
Pensioner: $9746 pp
Past Passenger: $9720 pp
Single Supplement: $2636 pp
Final Payment Due: 12th July 2017
Bookings Close on Sunday September 11th, 2016