Departs Friday, 7th September 2018
FITNESS LEVEL: M – Moderate
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, the Silver City of Broken Hill, Menindee and of course the Murray Riverlands with a 3 day cruise on the Proud Mary. You will meet inimitable ‘down to earth’ characters at the ‘Ridge’ and at White Cliffs ‘earth movers’ seek opals while digging out hillsides for underground dwellings to escape the searing heat. The outback town of Broken Hill will amaze you as will the nearby ghost town of Silverton. Yet there’s more…the Murray Riverlands with a relaxing three day cruise on the superbly appointed riverboat, the Proud Mary. Observe the abundant wildlife and magnificent scenery throughout your entire stay aboard. Take in the towering cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches as the Proud Mary idly cruises by. At night, the Proud Mary’s powerful floodlights provide a rare glimpse of nocturnal wildlife, especially birds such as night herons, owls and coots. A unique holiday with exceptional attractions and inclusions..one you can’t afford to miss!
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – ST GEORGE D
Friday, 7th September: An early start for travelling companions joining between Hervey Bay and Caloundra. Brisbane passengers join at Roma Street Transit Centre mid morning. Travel west to Toowoomba, and then join the Moonie Highway passing the Moonie Oilfields to St George. Stay Merino Motor Inn.
DAY 2 ST GEORGE – LIGHTNING RIDGE BLD
Saturday, 8th September: Trek south to Lightning Ridge passing through Dirrandbandi and past the historic Hebel Pub. 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 BLD
Sunday, 9th September: 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 cruise along the quiet waters of the Darling River aboard the PV JANDRA PADDLEBOAT. Two night stay Darling River Motel.
DAY 4 LOUTH & TRILBY STATION BLD
Monday, 10th September: This morning enjoy morning tea at historic TRILBY STATION, a working sheep and cattle station. A little further down the track we stop at the TILPA PUB for a true outback experience. Turning north we head back to Bourke on the opposite side of the Darling River.
DAY 5 BOURKE – WHITE CLIFFS BLD
Tuesday, 11th September: Head west along the Bourke-Milparinka Road to Wanaaring where we pause for morning tea. Continue our journey to White Cliffs, an authentic outback town where history abounds. This afternoon look forward to a guided tour, visiting the opal fields and showrooms and a little divining for opals. Stay White Cliffs Underground Motel.
DAY 6 WHITE CLIFFS – BROKEN HILL BD
Wednesday, 12th September: This morning, make our way to Broken Hill. After some free time for lunch, reboard your coach for a visit to the historic town of SILVERTON, then on to the SILVER CITY MINT & ART CENTRE to see ‘THE BIG PICTURE’, the World’s largest acrylic painting on canvas by a single artist. Late afternoon, watch the sunset at the LIVING DESERT SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM. Stay Comfort Inn Crystal.
DAY 7 BROKEN HILL – WENTWORTH BLD
Thursday, 13th September: Take in the view of Broken Hill this morning as we make our way to the LINE OF LODE MINERS MEMORIAL, then it’s off to the RFDS – BRUCE LANGFORD CENTRE. Travel to Menindee for lunch at the MAIDENS HOTEL. Burke and Wills camped at the Hotel in 1860, prior to their ill-fated trip to Coopers Creek and the Gulf of Carpentaria. After lunch, make our way through Pooncarie to Wentworth. Stay Wentworth Grand Resort.
DAY 8 WENTWORTH – MURRAY BRIDGE BD
Friday, 14th September: Enjoy 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, make our way to BANROCK STATION for morning tea, a tour of the wetlands and a wine tasting. Next, a visit to the MANNUM DOCK MUSEUM before arriving in Murray Bridge. Late afternoon enjoy a light meal of hot finger food before boarding the PROUD MARY at 7.30pm. Settle into your cabin, before a delicious late buffet supper. Later, the Proud Mary moors amid the peace and tranquility of Sunnyside. Two night stay Proud Mary.
DAY 9 PROUD MARY CRUISING BLD
Saturday, 15th September: Breakfast heartily whilst cruising upstream through some of the most spectacular scenery on the entire Murray River system. Late morning, stop in the historic town of Mannum. After a delicious lunch on board arrive at Teal Flat. A highlight of the journey is a guided cruise led by an ecologist aboard a small boat through the lagoons and inlets of this sanctuary. This evening enjoy a traditional Australian BBQ on shore followed by live Aussie Bush entertainment around a blazing campfire.
DAY 10 PROUD MARY CRUISING BLD
Sunday, 16th September: Heading downstream arrive mid morning in picturesque Mannum. Here, board the waiting coach for a tour of the Reedy Creek Environmental Park. Lunch is a superb buffet with fresh local produce as the Proud Mary cruises downstream. This afternoon there will be more spectacular scenery before disembarking in Murray Bridge. Stay Adelaide Road Motor Lodge.
DAY 11 MURRAY BRIDGE – MILDURA BD
Monday, 17th September: Spend the morning at the amazing MONARTO ZOO, the largest open-range zoo in the world. After lunch, continue on to Mildura. Stay Boulevard Motor Inn.
DAY 12 MILDURA – GRIFFITH BLD Tuesday, 18th September: Travel the Sturt Highway to the BALRANALD DISCOVERY CENTRE then on to Hay for lunch and free time at SHEAR OUTBACK. Stay Kidman Wayside Inn.
DAY 12 MILDURA – GRIFFITH BLD
Tuesday, 18th September: Travel the Sturt Highway to the BALRANALD DISCOVERY CENTRE then on to Hay for lunch and free time at SHEAR OUTBACK. Stay Kidman Wayside Inn.
DAY 13 GRIFFITH – DUBBO BLD
Wednesday, 19th September: Travel east and join the Newell Highway for morning tea at West Wyalong, then on to Forbes for lunch and a tour of McFEETERS MOTOR MUSEUM with their collection of veteran, vintage, classic, street rod and custom cars. Just a short drive to Dubbo to our home for the night. Stay Golden West Motor Inn.
DAY 14 DUBBO – GOONDIWINDI BLD
Thursday, 20th September: This morning enjoy a delicious morning tea and pottery making demonstration at PILLAGA POTTERY before heading to Narrabri for lunch at the RSL. After lunch, continue north to Goondiwindi where we take a break at the Gunsynd Statue and River Park. Stay Jolly Swagman Motor Inn.
DAY 15 GOONDIWINDI – HOME B
Friday, 21st September: All too soon we head home with a lunch stop in Toowoomba before arrival in Brisbane mid afternoon and Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $5398 pp
Pensioner: $5368 pp
Past Passenger: $5353 pp
Single Supplement: $1417 pp
Accommodation aboard the Proud Mary is limited and single supplement may not be available.
Final Payment Due: 24th July 2018
Bookings Close on Friday September 7th, 2018