Departing: Saturday, 3rd July 2021
Travel desert highways and follow in the footsteps of Outback Adventurers. Meet colourful outback characters; see some of Australia’s best loved outback attractions, as well as experiencing some unique out of the way places. Down Under Coach Tours are ‘Specialists in Outback Travel’ with more than 25 years’ experience. Let us make your holiday dreams come true! We invite you to join us and experience all the Outback has to offer.
Fitness Level: M – Moderate
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – ST GEORGE D
Saturday, 3rd July: 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 – THARGOMINDAH BMLD
Sunday, 4th July: Travel westward across vast plains and open horizons for lunch in Cunnamulla with time to browse the Cunnamulla Fella Centre or have your photo taken with the Cunnamulla Fella. On arrival in Thargomindah settle into your accommodation before a delicious dinner. Stay Oasis Motel or Explorers Caravan Park.
DAY 3 THARGOMINDAH – TIBOOBURRA BMLD
Monday, 5th July: This morning a short stop at Thargomindah’s Hydro Power Plant then on to Nockatunga where we pause for morning tea & a photo at Noccundra Hotel. Continuing south to Olive Downs Campground for a picnic lunch then on to the Jump Up Lookout for a magnificent view. Make our way to Tibooburra. Two night stay Granites Motel.
DAY 4 TIBOOBURRA SIGHTSEEING BMLD
Tuesday, 6th July: Today is steeped in the history of the inland explorers who braved isolated and arid country to ‘open up’ these forbidding lands. At the ghost town of Milparinka discover a wealth of history dating back to the 1800’s when gold was first discovered. At Depot Glen see where Sturt was ‘holed up’ for six months under horrific condtions during his 1844 expedition to locate the supposed inland sea.
DAY 5 TIBOOBURRA – INNAMINCKA BMLD
Wednesday, 7th July: Today travel through the Sturt National Park and enjoy morning tea at Cameron Corner, where the borders of QLD, NSW and SA meet. Crossing red dunes to Merty Merty encounter the famous Strzelecki Track, first pioneered by cattle duffer Harry Redford. Two nights stay Innamincka Hotel.
DAY 6 INNAMINCKA SIGHTSEEING BMLD
Thursday, 8th July: Due to its reliable water source Innamincka once played a major role in the early explorations of Australia’s unknown interior. Today the town services the ever busy tourist industry and local pastoralists. Visit the “Dig Tree” where explorers Burke and Wills tragically perished after returning from their expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1860. Pause and reflect on the tragedy played out under the tree before returning to the hotel for lunch and a free afternoon.
DAY 7 INNAMINCKA – MARREE BLD
Friday, 9th July: Travel the Strzelecki Track to Montecollina Bore where we pause for an early lunch, then continue on to Lyndhurst for a visit to Talc Alf and his amazing sculptures. Continue on to Marree, located close to the southern end of Lake Eyre, which is the terminal point of a great continental drainage system and is considered one of Australia’s most famous natural landmarks. Two night stay Marree Hotel.
DAY 8 MARREE & LAKE EYRE SIGHTSEEING BLD
Saturday, 10th July: For a truly spectacular outback experience flights may be undertaken (own expense) for those passengers who wish to see Lake Eyre, the Marree Man and the Painted Hills from the air. This provides a wonderful view of the area from a new perspective. Later, tour Marree and travel the Oodnadatta Track to the salt encrusted shores of Lake Eyre South for dramatic views.
OPTIONAL LAKE EYRE SCENIC FLIGHTS:
Lake Eyre Bays & Peninsulas, including Marree Man
Lake Eyre flights are booked through our office. Please advise at time of booking if you would like to do a flight and we will send you the information on the flights available. Payment is made to the pilot the night before the flight. Eftpos is available.
DAY 9 MARREE – ARKAROOLA BMLD
Sunday, 11th July: Just south of Marree is the ghost town of Farina where abandoned buildings stand naked in the landscape. Wander around the ruins before arriving in Leigh Creek for lunch. After lunch travel the Gammon Range Road to Arkaroola in the Northern Flinders Ranges. Two night stay Arkaroola Wilderness Lodge.
DAY 10 4WD RIDGE TOP TOUR BMLD
Monday, 12th July: This morning experience Australia’s most breathtaking scenic drive in specially outfitted 4WD vehicles. The Ridge Top Road runs along razorback cliffs commanding views rarely available to the normal tourist. Our spectacular ascent up the serrated ridge tops culminates in triumph on isolated Sillers Lookout. This afternoon enjoy some free time.
DAY 11 ARKAROOLA – WILPENA POUND BMLD
Tuesday, 13th July: Farewelling Arkaroola, make our way to Blinman to experience a unique journey into the heart of an historic copper mine. After lunch at the ‘local’, continue our journey to Wilpena Pound. Two night stay Wilpena Pound Resort.
DAY 12 WILPENA POUND SIGHTSEEING BLD
Wednesday, 14th July: It’s all aboard this morning for our half day Time Tunnel & Gorgeous Gorge Experience. Explore more than 800 million years of geological history in the “Corridor Through Time’. Marvel at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. Search for Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies and enjoy sweeping views of Bunyeroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound. The afternoon is yours to undertake your own pursuits.
OPTIONAL WILPENA POUND FLIGHTS:
We have secured a number of 20 minute optional scenic flights which provide a fantastic view of Wilpena Pound from the air with the resort nestled in among the river Red Gums just near the Pound Gap. You will also see the Elder Range, Edeowie Gorge, Lake Torrens, the Heysen Range and St. Mary’s Peak. Flights are limited. If you wish to fly, flights must be booked and paid for with your deposit. Price: $186 per person
DAY 13 WILPENA POUND – BROKEN HILL BD
Thursday, 15th July: Leaving Wilpena Pound, make our way to Hawker to visit the Jeff Morgan Gallery. Internationally acclaimed artist Jeff Morgan takes you on a virtual reality trip that will blow your mind away! The gallery consists of six stunning panoramas and murals. Also included is the viewing of the huge mineral gemstone and fossil collection on display in over 100 glass display cabinets. Continue to Peterborough for free time to purchase your lunch before continuing on to the silver city of Broken Hill. Stay Ibis Styles Broken Hill.
DAY 14 BROKEN HILL – BOURKE BMLD
Friday, 16th July: Travel the Darling River Run today as we make our way to Trilby Station. After a delicious home-made lunch, enjoy a guided tour by our host Liz Murray and learn all about station life. After a delightful visit, we say farewell to Liz and continue on to Bourke. Stay Darling River Motel.
DAY 15 BOURKE – GOONDIWINDI BMLD
Saturday, 17th July: Continuing 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 Collarenebri for lunch before crossing the border into Queensland. Stay Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn.
DAY 16 GOONDIWINDI – HOME BM
Sunday, 18th July: All too soon our outback adventure has come to an end. Make our way to Warwick where we pause for morning tea. After lunch at Yamanto, continue on to Brisbane where we say farewell to our Brisbane travelling companions. Northbound passengers stay onboard for arrival in the Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $6088 pp
Pensioner: $6058 pp
Past Passenger: $6040 pp
Single Supplement: $1343 pp
Final Payment Due: 19th May 2021
Bookings Close on Saturday July 3rd, 2021