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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
 
 Early Bird Special Save $100p.p pay deposit by 28/2/18
 
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY TOUR AVAILABLE FROM ADELAIDE
WITH NEW EXCITING TOUR INCLUSIONS
 
Tour Cost Includes:
Meals Listed: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
 
 
HOME PICK UP AND RETURN
 
THIS TOUR WILL BE IN A 27 SEAT SPECIAL PURPOSE COACH
 
Note Limited Luggage Space, Luggage Size And Weight Restrictions
Suit Case/Soft Bag, Size: Height 60cmx Width 40cmx Depth 30cm
Weight No more Than 15 KG
Walking Frames on Application, And May Not Be Taken
Note there is NO TOILET on the Coach
 
From Adelaide to Longreach, Travel in the above mentioned Coach, From Longreach to home will be Aust-wide tours 48 Seater Coach
   
 
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14 Day Outback Queensland & New South Wales
August 2-15,  2018
 
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY TOUR AVAILABLE FROM ADELAIDE,
 
Highlights
Wirrarri Centre, Boulia Min Min Show, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Qantas Museum & Stockman's Hall of Fame, Cobb and Co Stage Coach Ride, Drovers Outback Dinner, Guide Tour Lightning Ridge, Chambers Of The Black Hand
 
DAY 1  (D):  ADELAIDE  ~  MARREE
Your chauffeured car will pick you up from home and drop you at Our Aust-wide tours Depot 101 Muller Rd Hampstead Gardens for our 7am departure. We travel through Port Wakefield, Snowtown and Crystal Brook for our morning cuppa then continuing on to Port Augusta we travel through the Pichi Richi Pass to Quorn, onto Hawker, Parachilna, Leigh Creek and Lyndhurst and finally Maree with time to freshen up before dinner. Marree Hotel 08 8675 8344
 
DAY 2  (BLD):  MARREE ~ BIRDSVILLE
For those early risers you may want to do an early morning Flight before we depart Marree. (own Cost). The Birdsville Track is a notable outback road in Australia. The 517 kilometres (321) 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. We pack the coach and travel along the famous Birdsville Track to Birdsville, with some Comfort Stops along the Way  Birdsville Hotel 07 4656 3244
 
DAY 3  (BD):  BIRDSVILLE
Today We discover Birdsville, Discover the Burke and Wills Tree on the Diamantina River and see the Birdsville Racetrack. the Wirrarri Centre to view local artists' work in their extensive gallery and explore the Inland Hospital ruins. 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 4  (BLD):  BIRDSVILLE ~ BOULIA
Pass famous Waddi Trees and see the Carcory Ruins, a remnant of European settlement in 1870. spectacular 360-degree views from the Vaughan Johnson Lookout and visit Boulia's Min Min Light phenomenon. Explore the Stonehouse Museum one of the first homes built in Western Queensland. Desert Sands Motel 07 4746 3000
 
DAY 5  (BLD):  BOULIA ~ LONGREACH
Travel a scenic drive to Winton stopping at Cawnpore Lookout to take in the stark flat-topped beauty of the Lilleyvale Hills. Call into the historic Middleton Hotel, originally a coach staging post, for entertaining yarns.Travelling onto Longreach for our motel which will be home for the next 4 nights Jumbuck Motel, Longreach:  Ph 07 (07) 4658 1799
 
DAY 6  (BLD):  LONGREACH  ~  WINTON ~ LONGREACH
We depart Longreach and make our way to Australian Age of 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. We then make our way to Winton. We visit The Waltzing Matilda Centre, It 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. Burnt down in 2015, rebuilt and reopened in 2016,  It was in this area that Banjo Paterson wrote his famous poem about the swagman and the jolly jumbuck, and “Waltzing Matilda” was first heard in a pub in Winton. We will have plenty of time to wander through the centre and Qantilda. Time is upon us to return to Longreach.
 
DAY 7  (B):  LONGREACH
This morning we join Outback pioneers for a Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience you’ll travel in a restored stagecoach, first at a leisurely pace through town and then full-tilt along a stretch of the original Longreach-Windorah mail route.  Hear the pounding hooves of the magnificent horses on the outback dirt road. Hear the rattle and creak of the coach. Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia. We then break for smoko before we see Australian Classic Bush Movie and an old time tent show  We move onto 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
 
DAY 8  (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 Stockmans 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.
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DAY 9  (BD):  LONGREACH ~ CHARLEVILLE
Departing Longreach we make our way to Barcaldine a town steeped in the history of the early pioneers, their struggles and the evolution of Australia as a nation and home of the tree of knowledge. We stop for a gander and a comfort stop. Continuing along the Matilda Highway to Blackall. 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. This afternoon we make our way to Charleville via Tambo and Augathella. This evening there is an opportunity to visit one of Charleville’s best attraction, the Cosmos Centre. The Centre is an audio-visual 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 10  (BD):  CHARLIVILLE ~ LIGHTNING RIDGE
We pack the coach and make our way to Mitchell for a cuppa  before making our way to St George for  a lunch break. Joining the Castlereagh highway through Diranbandi and Hebel to Lightning Ridge for our next 2 nights accommodation. Wallangulla Motel Ph 02 6829 0542
 
DAY 11 (BD):  LIGHTNING RIDGE
This morning we have a local guide in tow we discover the many hidden gems of this fascinating town. 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. 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 12  (BD):  LIGHTNING RIDGE ~ COBAR
Departing Black opal country we make our way to Bourke via Walgett and Brewarrina. On Arrival in Bourke we visit the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre, Enjoy the interactive stories of the Inland Sea, CEW Bean, the Wool story, Riverboats, conflict and much more, After lunch we have a drive around Bourke and visit the Cemetery to have a Gander at Fred Hollows Grave and Memorial. Our next place to visit is Cobar, we arrive in time to freshen up before dinner at the motel
Cobar Motor Inn:  Ph 02 6836 2304
 
DAY 13  (BD):  COBAR ~ BROKEN HILL  
Our port of call is 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.  We join the Barrier Highway for our drive to 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  After lunch we continue to 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. Silver Haven Motel 08 8087 2218
 
DAY 14  (B):    BROKEN HILL~  ADELAIDE
This morning we pack the coach and make our way home from Broken Hill stopping for a cuppa at Yunta then lunch at Burra (own expense) Arriving back in Adelaide at approx. 5.00pm where your car will be waiting to Take you home