This thoroughly recommended, distinctive tour will make you feel like a present-day explorer. New South Wales is a big state and instead of hugging the east coast we head inland to the remote regions of Lightning Ridge, Bourke, White Cliffs and the Silver City of Broken Hill. You will meet inimitable ‘down to earth’ characters at the ‘Ridge’ and at White Cliffs ‘earthmovers’ seek opals while digging out hillsides for underground dwellings to escape the searing heat. The outback town of Broken Hill will amaze you and not to be missed is the river town of Wentworth where the lazy Darling meets the faster flowing ‘Mighty Murray’. Enjoy two nights in the charming city of Adelaide with a full day of touring the Barossa Valley wine region.
Depart Friday, 7th August
Fitness Level: E – Easy
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – BRISBANE – ST GEORGE D
Friday, 7th August: An early start for travelling companions joining between Hervey Bay and Caloundra. Interstate, Brisbane & Gold Coast passengers join in Brisbane City (location to be advised). Travel west to Toowoomba, and then join the Moonie Highway to St George. Stay Merino Motor Inn
DAY 2 ST GEORGE – LIGHTNING RIDGE BLD
Saturday, 8th August: Arrive in Lightning Ridge in time for lunch followed by a visit to the Chambers Of The Black Hand – a collection of hand carvings and an informative and entertaining tour of an old opal mine. Next, some free time to explore the shops and finally finish the day with a little sightseeing. Stay Wallangulla Motel
DAY 3 LIGHTNING RIDGE – BOURKE BMLD
Sunday, 9th August: Continue our journey pausing for morning tea and a guided tour of the Brewarrina Fish Traps which are estimated to be over 40,000 years old and one of the oldest man-made structures on earth. Travel on to Bourke for lunch. After lunch, visit the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre before a sunset cruise along the quiet waters of the Darling River aboard the PV Jandra Paddleboat (subject to water levels). Two night stay Darling River Motel.
DAY 4 TRILBY & DUNLOP STATIONS BMLD
Monday, 10th August: Start our morning exploring the tiny settlement of Louth on the banks of the Darling River. On to Trilby Station for a delicious homemade morning tea followed by an interesting guided tour with our host Liz Murray. Next, make our way to historic Dunlop Station. Once a million acres and host to the first shearing shed to use mechanical shears. Tonight enjoy dinner at Kidman’s Camp whilst experiencing some exceptional Australian poetry, local stories & music.
DAY 5 BOURKE – WHITE CLIFFS BMLD
Tuesday, 11th August: Head west along the Bourke-Milparinka Road to Wanaaring where we pause for morning tea, then on to White Cliffs. This afternoon look forward to a guided tour, visiting the opal fields and showrooms. Stay White Cliffs Underground Motel
DAY 6 WHITE CLIFFS – WENTWORTH BMD
Wednesday, 12th August: This morning, make our way to Broken Hill. After some free time for lunch (own expense), reboard your coach for a visit to the Silver City Mint & Art Centre to see ‘The Big Picture’, the World’s largest acrylic painting on canvas by a single artist. Travel to the river town of Wentworth, where the ’little grey’ Ferguson tractor wrote itself into the annals of local history through the integral part it played in saving Wentworth from the 1956 floods. Stay Wentworth Grande Resort
DAY 7 WENTWORTH – ADELAIDE BMD
Thursday, 13th August: A fabulous day of sightseeing today beginning with the Perry Sandhills. The striking red sandhills date back to an ice age 40,000 years ago. Crossing the border into South Australia, it’s on to Banrock Station for morning tea and a wine tasting. Enjoy some free time at Waikerie to purchase lunch before continuing to Adelaide. Two night stay Adelaide Inn
DAY 8 BAROSSA VALLEY SIGHTSEEING BMLD
Friday, 14th August: This morning visit the Taste of the Region Interpretive Centre at Kapunda where you can navigate through the colourful history of the region. Also, enjoy a walk around the Copper Mining Trail and a visit to the Kapunda Museum. On to Seppeltsfield Winery, the most historic winery and greatest showpiece of the Barossa Valley. At the cellar door sample a diverse selection of wines. A delicious lunch and tasting at the Jacob’s Creek Visitors Centre is followed by a guided tour. Return to our accommodation.
DAY 9 ADELAIDE – HOME B
Saturday, 15th August: Bid farewell to our fellow passengers returning home today. Transport to the airport has been arranged and enjoy the same door to door service as outlined in your personal itinerary on arrival in Brisbane.
Adult: $3760 pp
Pensioner: $3742 pp
Past Passenger: $3733 pp
Single Supplement: $518 pp Please note: Single supplement may not be available on the Proud Mary.
Final Payment Due: Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
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Passengers are welcome to delay their flight home or fly in early but may incur an additional fee due to flight price fluctuations. Extra accommodation expenses will apply. For earlier flights or if delaying flight home, passengers will need to arrange their own transport to/from the airport.
Bookings Close on Thursday August 6th, 2020