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16-day Cairns to Adelaide  
Departs:  Wednesday, 31 July 2024    
Duration:  16  Days Tour Number: 3986    
$6550 p.p. twin share Travel Club $6222 p.p.
Single Supplement $1475
  Plus flights (Approx: $480) Due with final Payment
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Deposit $650 p.p. Balance Due 31st May, 2024
Tour Cost Includes
Meals Where Stated
(D) Dinner, (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch
Motel Accommodation with private facilities
All entrance fees and sightseeing per itinerary
All Touring in 5-star Luxury Coach ~ Video/Toilet/Air-cond.
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16 Day Outback & Far North Queensland
 NSW Tour
July 31-August 15, 2024
Your chauffeured car will pick you up from your home in the metropolitan area and deliver you to Adelaide Airport where you will fly to Cairns  Mercure Cairns 07 4051 5733
One of the “must do” tours in Cairns is a trip on the historic Kuranda Train for the spectacular ride up the range to the famous tropical plant-clad Kuranda Station.  Our train journey takes us through the magnificent Barron Falls National Park.  See the stunning Barron Falls, picturesque valleys, rain forest, as well as railway bridges and tunnels built over a century ago. Perched above Cairns on the top of the range and surrounded by World Heritage Listed Rain Forest is the village of Kuranda.  The town is full of art and craft shops. After lunch, we board the fabulous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which takes us across the rooftop of World Heritage Listed rainforest area and back to the coastal plain.  Stretching 7.5 kilometres across the rainforest canopy, Skyrail is the world’s longest gondola cableway. The views are spectacular. We stop off during our descent to visit a rainforest interpretive centre, and take a short walk along the boardwalk through the rainforest. Then returning to the Motel.
Today is a completely free day to recharge the batteries and soak up the sun, or you may wish to take an optional tour of the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree (own expense).  The Mercure has more details of tours you may wish to take. There are restaurants within easy walking distance of the Motel
Today we say farewell to Cairns and travel south along the coast. Our destination today is Townsville, so sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery of this section of the coast. First stop this morning is historic Paronella Park. What an amazing place!  Created in the 1930’s by Spanish immigrant Jose’ Paronella, this once thriving social and entertainment centre is today still enjoyed by visitors from near and far. Protected by the National Trust, Paronella Park is what remains of a magnificent castle surrounded by acres of gardens, modelled on the best botanic gardens of Europe.  We enjoy an early lunch before continuing south through Tully, the wettest place in Australia (but only during the wet season!). On our journey south we visit the Frosty Mango – a roadside café selling local produce, including a tasty range of tropical fruit ice cream!  Mid afternoon we arrive in Townsville; the third largest city in Queensland. Townsville is the port for the agricultural and mining production of the vast inland region of Northern Queensland. This afternoon we take a scenic drive along The Strand and head up to Castle Hill Lookout for some fantastic views across to Magnetic Island before checking into our accommodation.
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville: 07 4729 2000
We board the coach and make our way to Charters Towers On arrival we call into the  Zara Clark Museum It Boasts most impressive memorabilia and artefacts, with displays on everything from the military presence during WWII, to medical history and agricultural equipment. We have time to wander in the town centre for lunch before we visit Located on the outskirts of Charters Towers, the Venus Gold Battery. It offers an insight into an amazing real life gold rush of the late nineteenth century. The Battery is of national cultural significance as the largest surviving Battery relic in Australia and the oldest surviving Battery in Queensland and our last stop for the day will be the towers hill lookout before making our way to the motel.
Cattleman's Rest Motor Inn 07 4787 3555
 We farewell Charters Towers, heading south make our way to Belyando Crossing for morning tea then continue on through mining country to Clermont . We will lunch break before we view the Clermont Railway Station and Murals. Back on the coach we make our way the motel  Emerald Explorers Inn 07 4982 2822
We travel to Rubyvale for Saphire Mine tour at the Miners Heritage walk in mine. We have a guided underground tour. Here the guides are underground miners so their knowledge is first hand. Also underground is the 'Heritage Room' which is full of stories about famous sapphires and the characters of the Gemfields, then time to browse the gallery. Time to make our way back to Sapphire for photo opportunities at the Big Ring, The Big Spanner and the Big Pick and Shovel then travelling back to Emerald for a lunch break. After lunch we visit the Visitor Information Centre which is surrounded by interesting and unusual sculptures and artefacts. There is an excellent Aboriginal canoe tree, a Historic Precinct with several historic buildings, the Centenary of Federation Mosaic Pathway and the huge Van Gogh Sunflowers painting. The last stop for the day will be Fairburn dam which holds more than 3 times the water that Sydney Harbour..
Traveling eastwards from Emerald we make our way to the Blackwater.  Blackwater is known as the coal capital of Australian coal mining; we take time out to visit the museum and see how the coal deposits were formed over millions of years, also learn the method of mining. We also have time to go out the back and visit the Japanese Gardens. Departing Blackwater, we travel passed some of the mines south of the town to Rolleston and stop at the Rolleston Hotel for Lunch. After lunch heading   to Carnarvon George and Book into the Wilderness Lodge. The Lodge offers large safari style cabins accommodation units. Each with ensuite bathrooms, tea preparation, fridge, air conditioning/heating and spacious balconies 2 nights.
Carnarvon George Wilderness Lodge 07 4984 4503
Today we have plenty of time to wander or just sit back and relax, Carnarvon Gorge is a spectacular gorge system with towering white cliffs and lush side gorges. Well known for its incredible abundance of wildlife, the park is home to over 180 species of birds, 90 reptiles, 22 frog species and six species of gliders, located in Carnarvon National Park. The Park is the Central Highlands’ most popular attraction. Make sure you pack walking shoes for this adventure. Those who are more energetic will make it through to the "Moss Gardens" and the "Cathedral", whereas others may just like to stroll along the pathway at their own leisure.
Departing Carnarvon National Park we travel to Injune, for our morning break before arriving in Roma around lunchtime, where we have a wander around. We make our way to Up the Creek Garage, to view some of the  restored cars. All of the cars and other relics in the museum are family owned. They have a passion for vehicles. Time to check into the motel. We hen head out to the Watch, The Big Rig Night Show before dinner at the motel. Roma Explorers Inn 07 4620 1400
DAY 11 (BD): ROMA  
We start the day with a trip to Roma sale Yards Interpretive Centre, The Roma Saleyards is Australia’s largest cattle selling centre, with over 400,000 cattle passing through a year, The centre tells the story of the cattle industry. Returning to Roma we visit the Big Rig. Discover the unique
history of how and where the Australian oil and gas industry originated, and a  tour through The Oil Patch outdoor Museum. We also view Three Dimensional Mural, which gives a concise and interesting overview of the history, industry and culture of Roma and its district. Next we call into the Roma Court House. It is a impressive building which was opened in 1901. This heritage listed building replaced the original structure which was opened in 1873 for the trial of the infamous cattle duffer, Harry Redford alias Captain Starlight who had stolen 1,000 cattle and driven them to South Australia. With our last stop for the day we  view Roma’s largest bottle tree before making our way to the motel.
We pack the coach and make our way to St George for a Boat Cruisethe Balone River, we sit back and enjoy the tree lined riverbank on returning to the boat ramp we have time for lunch we hop on the coach and Join the Castlereagh highway through Diranbandi and Hebel to Lightning Ridge for our next 2 nights accommodation. Wallangulla Motel Ph 02 6829 0542
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. Which 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. We 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.
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
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. join the Barrier Highway for our drive to Wilcannia, which was once known as Queen City of the West, and the site of the original Resches Brewery. the town has seen better days! 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 of , lead and zinc in the world. 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. , one of the best views of the town is from the top of the Line of Lode.
Desert Sands Motor Inn 08 8088 4172
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