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Lightning Ridge/Longreach/Winton/Boulia/Birdsville  
Departs:  Friday, 3 August 2018    
Duration:  14  Days Tour Number: 2733    
Price: 
Tour Cost $5250 p.p. twin share Travel Club $4980 p.p.
Single Supplement $1180
Deposit $550 p.p.
Balance Due 21st June, 2018
 
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Tour Cost Includes:
Meals Listed: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
 
HOME PICK UP AND RETURN
 
The coach will be a full size touring coach from Adelaide to Longreach
In Longreach we will be swapping to the below mentioned Coach
 
27 SEAT SPECIAL PURPOSE COACH
 
Note Limited Luggage Space, Luggage Size
 And Weight Restrictions, Weight No more Than 15 KG
Walking Frames on Application, and may Not Be Taken
Note there is NO TOILET on the Coach
   
 
 

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 Lightning Ridge/Longreach
Winton/Boulia/Birdsville
 August 3-16,  2018
 
Highlights
Lightning Ridge Guide, Chambers Of The Black Hand,
Cosmos Centre, Qantas Museum & Stockman's Hall of Fame, Drovers Outback Dinner, Winton, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Waltzing Matilda Centre, Boulia Min Min Show, Wirrarri Centre,
 
DAY 1    (B,D)                                     ADELAIDE - BROKEN HILL
Welcome to our 14 day tour through Outback New South Wales and Queensland We travel to Broken Hill, Beyond the Darling River, on the edge of the sundown is where they used to say you would find Broken Hill! Dominating this town is the "Line of Lode" — the seven kilometre strip of what was the biggest deposit of silver, lead and zinc in the world. Unlike modern mining towns, where the accommodation is built well away from the mine activities, Broken Hill's population, in the pick and shovel days, built their houses as close as they could to their work. Today, one of the best views of the town is from the top of the Line of Lode, where the Miners Memorial (listing the names of more than 800 people who have died working at the mine) now sits. Time to arrive at our motel Silver Haven Motel Broken Hill: Ph 08 8087 2218
 
DAY 2 (BLD):                    BROKEN HILL - COBAR
Departing Broken Hill and making our way to Wilcannia on the Darling River. Legends were made along the Darling. Literary myths were created by Henry Lawson, Will Ogilvie and Breaker Morant. Kidman, Tyson and McCaughey created pastoral kingdoms of unparalleled proportions. Wilcannia was once known as Queen City of the West, and the site of the original Resches Brewery. Unfortunately the town has seen better days! We stop for our late lunch at the Wilcannia Golf Club before continuing east to Cobar. The Shire of Cobar covers an area the size of Tasmania, with a population of just 7000 people, most of whom are involved with the mining or pastoral industries. Cobar Motor Inn: Ph 02 6836 230
 
DAY 3 (BD):                                         COBAR - LIGHTNING RIDGE
This morning we have time to view the Fort Bourke Hill Lookout & New Cobar Open Cut Gold Mine before making our way to the Cobar Heritage Centre. Built in 1910 as the Administration Building for the Great Cobar Copper Mine, this imposing structure now houses the town's Heritage Museum which focuses on mining, agricultural and Aboriginal history, we have time to look through the Centre and across the road is the Heritage Park where we can view some of the objects at the park there is a two metre bronze sculpture of a miner, a restored stamper battery from the Mount Boppy Mine, a fifteen metre high poppet-head from the New Cobar Mine. We then make our way to Bourke following the Kidman Way. We take in the Back O' Bourke Exhibition Centre, Enjoy the interactive stories of the Inland Sea, CEW Bean, the Wool story, Riverboats, conflict and much more. Leaving Bourke we make our way to Lightning Ridge via Brewarrina and Walget, arriving in time to check into the motel.
Wallangulla Motel 02 6829 0542
 
DAY 4 (BD)                                          LIGHTNING RIDGE
This morning we have a local guide in tow we discover the many hidden gems of this fascinatintown. We visit Fred Bodel's hut, the oldest miner's camp in the area and the Historic Three Mile Flat, the site of the early miners' settlement. We learn about the historic opal mining techniques at Lunatic Hill Open Cut, then travel back to town for an opal cutting demonstration. We visit the hand built Amigo's Castle and Bevan's cactus gardens, the largest variety of cacti in Australia Chambers of the Black Hand. It has taken the miner 18 years to complete the carvings so far and the evolving process will see even more sculptures and chambers added to the tour, visit the John Murray Art Gallery. Later take a therapeutic soak in the naturally heated thermal baths, allow the water to soothe your aches after a day of sightseeing while you enjoy the serenity. After the busy day we have time for a rest before dinner.
 
DAY 5 (BD):                                LIGHTNING RIDGE - CHARLEVILLE
Departing Lightning Ridge we make our way through Hebel, Diranbandi and St George for an early lunch break. After lunch we travel through Mitchell and onto Charleville. This evening there is an  opportunity to visit one of Charleville's best attractions. The Cosmos Centre. The Centre is an audiovisual extravaganza, featuring hi-tech interactive displays that take you on an astronomical journey through the ages, unravelling many mysteries of our night sky. Tonight we can enjoy the open-air observatory and view the outback night sky. Mulga Country Motor Inn: 07 4654 3255
 
DAY 6 (BD):                                     CHARLEVILLE - LONGREACH
An early breakfast today as we head to Blackall, home to the legendary gun shearer Jackie Howe, W and where he set the almost unbelievable record of shearing 321 sheep with blade shears in a day. A bronze statue now stands as a monument to the man and the achievement. Blackall also claims to be the home of the black stump, which has always loomed large in rural Australian mythology as a place beyond which was no man's land. It was considered at the time that the country to the west of Blackall was 'beyond the black stump'. This piece of petrified wood replaces the original stump which was burnt out. From Blackall we head to Barcaldine, another town steeped in the history of the early pioneers, their struggles and the evolution of Australia as a nation. From here we continue on to llfracombe where we have time this afternoon to "wet the whistle" if you wish at the famous Wellshot Hotel. From here it's on to Longreach, a town which has played a significant role in the early development of central Queensland and outback Australia. On arrival in Longreach we settle into our motel for the next two nights. Jumbuck Motel, Longreach: (07) 4658 1799
 
DAY 7 (BD)                                        LONGREACH
We start the day with a visit to the Longreach School of Distance Education (School of the Air ) Imagine a school where the playground is as vast as the outback and the partnership between home and school is legendary. Here we observe our school in action and learn how education is delivered using technology 'in the bush'. Moving onto The Stockman's Hall of Fame. Here we will see outback antiques, videos that make use of modern technology to tell old stories, an 1866 settlers hut, and all the stockman's paraphernalia is on show. While we are there we also see The Outback Stockman's Show. Join the experienced Head Stockman John Hawkes for an informative insight and tribute to the skills of all stockmen past and present., Horse Kenny and Olly the Steer are but a small part of this exciting new show of horsemanship and the showcasing of traditional Australian Stockman skills that are still used today. Time to wander back to the Motel before we soak up the sunset with the Drover's Extravaganza Dinner. Be charmed by our outback entertainers and savour the traditional outback-themed cuisine . This will be a memorable evening.
 
Tomorrow you will be continuing the tour in Aust-wide Tours Special Purpose Vehicle
 
DAY 8 (BD):                                  LONGREACH -WINTON
This Morning we visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, adjacent to the historic 1922 Qantas hangar, which has been restored as part of the project. The complex houses the museum, theatrette and exhibition hall, visitor information centre and restaurant. Historic photographs, memorabilia and multi-media interactive displays eloquently tell the inspirational stories of overcoming the problems of long distance travel in Outback Australia. A Boeing 747-200, donated by Qantas Airways Ltd, is the latest addition to the exhibit, and forms a spectacular part of the museum's outdoor display. Our guided tour provides us with an appreciation of the vision and achievements of the Qantas Founders, which was "that Qantas would one day become one of the world's greatest airlines". We depart Longreach and make our way to Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. The Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History is home to the world's largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, including some of our most famous such as Australovenator (Banjo) and Diamantinasaurus (Matilda). Located on top of a huge mesa plateau near Winton called "The Jump Up", a wonderful attraction in itself with huge rocky outcrops, cliffs, canyons. While we are there we have a special Sunset Dinner before making our way to Winton and our motel for a well earned rest
Winton Out Back Motel (07) 4657 1422
 
DAY 9 (BD)                                              WINTON
Travel into the heart of Waltzing Matilda country to the beautiful Carisbrooke Station. Follow the s scenic Cory's Range drive, visit an opal mine and enjoy a homestead smoko. We continue on to Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park to join a guided tour of 3300 fossilised footprints, the world's only recorded dinosaur stampede. Enjoy some free time in downtown Winton
 
DAY 10 (BD):                                        WINTON - BOULIA
Before we leave Winton we visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre. The Centre is created for Banjo s Paterson's Song Waltzing Matilda. Banjo Patterson wrote his famous poem about the swagman and the jolly jumbuck, and "Waltzing Matilda" was first heard in a pub in Winton. The Waltzing Matilda Centre is the only centre in the world dedicated to a song! The complex, costing more than $3 million, was opened in 1998 and was architecturally inspired by the homesteads of outback Queensland. Fire destroyed the complex in 2015, rebuilt and reopened in 2016. We spend a fascinating few hours in the centre. We travel the scenic drive to Boulia stopping at the historic Middleton Hotel, originally a coach staging post, for entertaining yarns, then travel to Cawnpore Lookout to take in the stark flat-topped beauty of the Lilleyvale Hills. Arriving in Boulia for our nights accommodation. Desert Sands Motel 07 4746 3000
 
DAY 11 (BLD): BOULIA- BIRDSVILLE
We start the day with a visit to the Stonehouse Museum one of the first homes built in Western Queensland. Next stop is The Information Centre where we watch A show about Boulia's Min Min Light phenomenon he Min Min Encounter show is a unique theatrical experience incorporating animatronics, fibre optics and loads of other high tech wizardry. The encounter is a tribute to the long honoured art of the bush yarn. Departing Boulia for Birdsville We call in at the Witness spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout , see the Carcory Ruins, a remnant of European settlement in 1870 and Pass famous Waddi Trees. Arriving in Birdsville with time to settle into the Hotel Before dinner. Birdsville Hotel 07 4656 3244
 
DAY 12 (BD): BIRDSVILLE
Today We discover Birdsville, Discover the Burke and Wills Tree on the Diamantina River and see the Birdsville Racetrack. Visit the Wirrarri Centre to view local artists' work in their extensive gallery and explore the Inland Hospital ruins. This afternoon we see the glorious Outback sunset from Big Red, a 40 metre high sand dune marking the symbolic eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.
 
DAY 13 (BLD): BIRDSVILLE - MARREE  
The Birdsville Track is a notable outback road in Australia. The 517 kilometres (321 mi) track runs  between Birdsville in south-western Queensland and Marree, a small town in the north-eastern part of South Australia. It traverses three deserts along the route, the Strzelecki Desert, Sturt Stony Desert and Tirari Desert. Our second last day before we get home . We pack the coach and travel along the famous Birdsville Track to Marree With some Comfort Stops along the Way. Marree Hotel 08 8675 8344
 
DAY 14  (B)                                       MARREE - ADELAIDE
Departing Maree we make our way back to Adelaide via Lyndhurst, Hawker, Port Augusta and Port Wakefield. On arrival back in Adelaide approx. 6.00pm, your cars will be waiting to take you home