- Luxurious return coach travel & 7 nights quality accommodation at the Grffith Motor Inn, Wentworth Grande Resort, Ibis Styles Broken Hill and the Matilda Dubbo.
- Hearty breakfasts & delicious evening meals in the Hotel’s Restaurant & lunches every day on the tour.
- Fascinating day tours and entry to all attractions as per itinerary below
Friday, 10th May, 2024
Monday, 26th August, 2024
TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY
Day 1- Journey to Griffith
This morning you will board your Coach at the organised departure point for the journey south with morning tea along the way followed by Lunch normally provided at Murrumburrah on the Burley Griffin Way. Accommodation, dinner & breakfast will be provided at the Griffith Motor Inn tonight 02 69621800.
Day 2- The Riverina via the Hay Plains & Balranald to Wentworth
This morning as you head west the countryside begins to change from the lush, irrigated farming areas to the drier regions surrounding Hay, where you break for morning tea. Cross the famous Hay plains with their large cattle and sheep properties as well as expanses of rice to Balranald where lunch will be provided. This afternoon you will be warmly welcomed at the Wentworth Grande Resort & your contact number will be 03 50272225.
Day 3- Wentworth & Mildura
Start the day with a brief coach tour of historic Wentworth, located at the junction of two of Australia’s’ mighty rivers, the Darling and Murray. Today, the town has many gracious buildings to remind us of its grand past including the Anglican Church, the Post Office, the original Customs Officer’s house, and the Old Wentworth Gaol, built in 1881. It is a short journey to Mildura for a relaxing cruise on the Paddle Steamer Melbourne, Mildura’s only steam driven paddle steamer. Relive the sights and sounds of the pioneering days on this informative cruise which takes you through the workings of the river locks. A light lunch will be provided on board. After the cruise, board your coach for a visit to Woodsies Famous Gem Shop. Once a family hobby, Woodsies has flourished into a unique tourism attraction. See the exquisite jewellery and unique gemstone collection containing lots of the world’s lesser-known gemstones and minerals! Call into the state-of-the-art Mildura Information Centre. The Centre has an excellent audio-visual presentation providing a brilliant insight into the history of Mildura, the Chaffey Brothers, and the European settlement of the area. Before returning to Wentworth this afternoon there will be some free time to explore the shopping area of Mildura. Maybe include a visit to the café & gourmet food store of famous Chef Stefano De Pieri at 27 Deakin Av. or for the beer drinkers you can sample the handcrafted beers at the Mildura Brewery, 20 Langtree Ave just around the corner from the Grand Hotel.
Day 4- Mungo National Park
There is no place more magical & mysterious than the World Heritage listed Mungo National Park. Until 15,000 years ago the region was often a vast lake and a Mecca for a dazzling diversity of wildlife. The abundance of the lake made Mungo an ideal location for Aboriginal settlement and so Mungo is the site of one of the earth’s longest continuous human habitations. After the lake dried up & over the century’s winds swept storms of sand up from the lake floor creating the famous Mungo lunette and the spectacular “Great Wall of China”. Continued erosion has yielded stores of remains. It is like a vast sandy museum peeling away layers of the past. However, there is much more to Mungo than the landscape. Its red, sandy country is home to a diverse array of animals, birds, and plant life – look for the graceful Wedge-tailed Eagle and the big Red Kangaroo. Experience this magic with your own local guide today as you journey back in time to Mungo. Lunch will be provided at Mungo today. Although very unlikely, during excessive wet weather access to Mungo is not permitted & an alternative day will be provided in place of the Mungo Day if this occurs.
Day 5- Broken Hill
This morning depart on the interesting 296-kilometre journey up the Silver City Highway to Broken Hill. A comfort stop will be provided a little over halfway to Broken Hill at the only amenities on this morning’s journey as the previous Coombah Roadhouse closed during Covid-19 & has no plans to re-open.. Broken Hill is a living, breathing time-capsule, an artefact that survives in the desert and waits to be rediscovered. First stop will be the Flying Doctor Service for a tour of the base, see the Aircraft visit the Museum & theatre for a brief DVD. Lunch provided in Broken Hill at the famous Palace Hotel featured in the Movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert. A local Guide will join you in Broken Hill today & provide an informative & entertaining insight into this fascinating outback city as you explore the town & some of the key attractions. Broken Hill truly is a living museum and since its beginning as a promising mining village in the 1880s, it has come to be recognised as the boldest of the Australian outback towns, its reputation developed through decades of hardship in the desert. The city’s different styles of architecture, from miners’ basic huts to classic stone & art deco shopfronts provide a picture of how Broken Hill evolved. They depict the booms & busts & individual fortunes made & lost. Broken Hill has been and still is a town dominated by the mining industry. The Broken Hill Proprietary Company became Australia’s largest mining company, and later became part of the world’s largest mining company, Billiton. Unlike the rest of New South Wales, Broken Hill observes Australian Central Standard Time, the same time zone used in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Over 1,100 km west of Sydney & over 500km from Adelaide it experiences a hot desert climate with an average annual rainfall of just 235 mm (9 inches). After the tour check into the Ibis Hotel 08 80884044.
Day 6– Broken Hill & Silverton
This morning visit the nearby “ghost town” of Silverton with our local guide. Known as the Hollywood of the outback, with its blood red earth, picture perfect sunsets, solitary stone buildings this town’s photogenic qualities have become the set for an impressive list of films such as Mission Impossible 2, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mad Max 2, Razorback & A town Like Alice & countless commercials. Lunch will be provided at the famous Silverton Hotel. Sitting in the centre of the town the iconic pub has maintained its laid-back country lifestyle even as it has flourished into one of the most filmed and photographed Hotel’s in the country. Just 5 Ks from Silverton is the Mundi Mundi plains lookout. Described as like being on the edge of the world! From the top of the hill, the flat lands of the Mundi Mundi plains stretch out for an eternity. On return to Broken Hill visit the Silver City Mint & Art Centre, home of the Big Picture, the largest acrylic painting in the world (12mx 100m). Just 9 kilometers from Broken Hill is the “Living Desert Reserve” with the 12 sandstone sculptures highlighting the skyline & providing a memorable view as sunset approaches. On return to Broken Hill this afternoon visit the stunning Sculptures in the Desert as sunset approaches.
Day 7- Broken Hill to Dubbo overnight
Today your scenic adventure continues after an early start as you lose 30 minutes this morning with the time change. Your journey takes you through the extraordinary outback, heading east along the Barrier Highway through Wilcannia, with a late lunch provided at Cobar. A morning tea stop will be provided at your own expense at one of the few service centres along the way. This afternoon a comfort stop will be provided as you travel through Nyngan to meet the Mitchell Highway with overnight accommodation, dinner & breakfast provided in Dubbo at the Matilda Motor Inn
Day 8- Dubbo to Sydney
Today your Coach continues south-east through some marvellous farming countryside & a huge contrast to the day before with a morning tea stop followed by lunch provided in Lithgow. This afternoon your journey home continues through the Blue Mountains, hopefully filled with wonderful new memories of your journey through the magnificent Outback. Thank you for choosing to travel with us. We look forward to offering you our other coach tours in the future.