42 Day Great Western Adventure

Departing:  Thursday, 15th August

Fitness Level:  M – Moderate

 

Head across the heartland of Queensland to join the Outback Way at Winton.  Travel west into the Northern Territory to experience the wonders of the Red Centre.  Join the Great Centre Road and journey to Laverton and Kalgoorlie.  In Perth, there’s time for sightseeing the capital city of the west before discovering the delights of the south-west region of the state.  Visit Rottnest Island, Augusta, the giant Karri Forests, Albany and much more.  Travel north to the Pinnacles, Kalbarri and Monkey Mia.  Spend a day searching for wildflowers. Visit Esperance, the magnificent Cape Le Grande NP and cross the vast expanse of the Nullarbor Plain.  Forget your cares and join us for an epic adventure that combines Australia’s iconic Red Centre, the Western Australian wildflowers, the spectacular South West Coastline, the pristine Shark Bay Marine Park and the awe-inspiring Great Australian Bight Marine Park.  This is a journey that will leave you with everlasting memories of some of Australia’s most impressive scenery.

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, it’s 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 FREE DAY      D

Thursday, 29th August:  Enjoy free time in Perth today.  Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with travelling companions joining the tour today.  Two night stay Comfort Hotel Perth City

DAY 16  ROTTNEST ISLAND      BD

Friday, 30th August:  Explore the beauty and tranquility of Rottnest from the comfort and relaxation of an air-conditioned coach.  Our tour stops at key vantage points around the island, where passengers can hop off the coach and stretch their legs as they soak up some of Rottnest’s world-famous views. Chances are, while you’re there, you’re going to meet a quokka or two.

DAY 17  PERTH – MARGARET RIVER      BD

Saturday, 31st August:  Departing Perth arrive at Busselton Jetty, the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.  Enjoy a train ride to the end of the jetty for a guided tour of the Underwater Observatory.  Leaving Busselton, make our way to Canal Rocks for spectacular seascape views across the Indian Ocean, then on to Margaret River Chocolate Company to tantalise the taste buds.  Stay at ‘Stay Margaret River’     

DAY 18  MARGARET RIVER – PEMBERTON      BD

Sunday, 1st September:  Travel to Hamlin Bay this morning for a photo stop and a chance to interact with the stingrays if they are about.  On to Jewel Cave for morning tea and a guided tour of this magnificent cave.  Next, enjoy a guided tour of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.  Cape Leeuwin is one of only two places in the world where two great oceans meet.  After lunch in Augusta (own expense) make our way to the Gloucester NP to view the Gloucester Tree, a magnificent Karri housing the world’s highest fire lookout.  Stay Best Western Pemberton Hotel     

DAY 19  PEMBERTON – ALBANY      BLD

Monday, 2nd September:  Leaving Pemberton, travel to the Valley of the Giants.  Walk along the Treetop Walk taking you through spectacular Tingle trees, 40 metres above the forest floor.  After lunch at the Denmark Tavern continue on to Albany where we visit the Torndirrup NP to capture breathtaking coastal formations including the ‘Blowholes’, ‘Natural Bridge’ and ‘The Gap’, a huge granite bridge-like suspension. Stay Ace Accommodation     

DAY 20  ALBANY – WAVE ROCK      BMLD

Tuesday, 3rd September:  The rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges NP awaits us as we journey northward through the botanic reserve abounding with wildflowers.  On arrival enjoy a guided tour of the unusual Wave Rock.  Also, see Hippo’s Yawn, a giant yawning mouth cast in solid rock.  Stay Wave Rock Motel     

DAY 21  WAVE ROCK – CERVANTES      BMD

Wednesday, 4th September:  Farewelling our hosts, get the cameras ready as we travel the Tin Horse Highway which offers an array of seriously unique equine sights and experiences along the way. After lunch in York (own expense) continue on to Cervantes.  Stay Pinnacles Edge Resort     

DAY 22  CERVANTES – KALBARRI      BMLD

Thursday, 5th September:  This morning our journey takes us to Nambung NP, home of the fascinating Pinnacles.  Made from limestone, these pillars provide an almost eerie landscape.  Continue north through beautiful Jurien Bay to Port Denison for lunch then on to Kalbarri.  Stay Kalbarri Edge Resort      

DAY 23  KALBARRI – MONKEY MIA      BLD

Friday, 6th September:  Begin our day with some sightseeing at the Kalbarri NP.  Stop at Hawk’s Head Lookout for a spectacular view of the Murchison River Gorge.  Continue on to World Heritage-listed Shark Bay where we pause for lunch at the Hamelin Pool Tearooms followed by a visit to the Stromatolites, the world’s oldest living organisms.  Next, visit Shell Beach, one of only two such places in the world, formed from billions of shells up to ten metres deep. Travel through Denham to arrive at our destination.  Stay Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort     

DAY 24  MONKEY MIA – GERALDTON      BD

Saturday, 7th September:  This morning get a close-up view as wild Bottlenosed Dolphins venture close to shore (as dolphins are wild, their appearance can’t be guaranteed).  Stop at the Overlander Roadhouse for lunch (own expense).   Continue on to Geraldton Information Centre before arriving at our motel.  Two night stay Ocean Centre Hotel     

DAY 25  WILDFLOWER & ART DRIVE      BMLD

Sunday, 8th September:  A leisurely sightseeing day today as we follow the Art Drive in search of wildflowers, especially the wreath flower.  On our way to Mullewa, visit some of the 22 various art installations en route, each depicting farm life, wildflowers and Aboriginal culture.  Leaving Mullewa, make our way to Coalseam Conservation Park before rejoining the Art Drive.

 DAY 26  GERALDTON – PERTH      BMLD

Monday, 9th September:  Begin our day with a visit to the HMAS Sydney II Memorial which commemorates the greatest single tragedy in Australian Naval History, and dedicated to the lost crew and their families.  Next, a photo stop at the Leaning Trees of Greenough, then on to Perth.  Three night stay Comfort Hotel Perth City     

DAY 27  PERTH FREE DAY      BD

Tuesday, 10th September:  Enjoy a free day in Perth today.  Tonight, farewell passengers leaving the tour tomorrow.

DAY 28  PERTH  FREE DAY      D

Wednesday, 11th September:  Enjoy a free day in Perth today.  Tonight, share a welcome dinner with passengers joining the tour today.

DAY 29  PERTH – NARROGIN      BLD

Thursday, 12th September:  An enchanting journey of colour is ahead of us this morning at the Springtime at Araluen Festival.  There are 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 30  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 31  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 32  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 33 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 34  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 35  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 36  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 37  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 an 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 38  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 39  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 40  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 41  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 42  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:  $15348
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Final Payment Due:  1st July 2019

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