Mon 09 – Fri 20 Sep 2019 (12 days)
$4,700 pp (Seniors $4,550) Single Supp $820
Travel through some of Queensland’s most famous towns including the opal town of Lightning Ridge, home to the rare black Australian opal. We visit Carnarvon Gorge National Park, an oasis in the semi-arid heart of central Queensland, with its spectacular sandstone gorge vistas and ancient rainforests. We also spend time in Bourke – a beautiful historic town set on the banks of the Darling River, and Broken Hill (the “Silver City”), before arriving in the National trust copper town of Burra.
Fly to Cairns where you are met by the Aussie Redback Tours team and transferred to your motel. Settle in for a good nights’ sleep before our outback adventure begins. (D)
Today we continue through the Atherton Tablelands on our way to Charters Towers. We Take a step back in time and discover the streets of Charters Towers – it’s like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. We later check into our accommodation. (B,D)
We reach Emerald, a town in the Central Highlands Region. We spend time here exploring the town and area, before arriving at our accommodation. (B,D)
On to Roma today, where we visit Roma Cattle Saleyards, the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere, selling over 400,000 cattle a year. This evening we learn about the discovery of oil and gas in Australia at The Big Rig Show in Roma. (B,D) Show included in fare.
This morning we travel through the town of Surat, Dirranbandi to the little outback town of Hebel. In this town it feels like time has stood still, leaving behind tales of the Ned Kelly gang, Cobb & Co and dance halls. Later we head north to the Black Opal capital of the world – Lightning Ridge for a two-night stopover. (B,D)
With our local guide we travel out to the opal fields and discover the many hidden gems of this fascinating town. We visit an opal mine for a tour and to learn more about this fascinating rock, and yes, there will be a chance to buy your own opal. The afternoon is yours to explore the town. We also visit the artisan pool for dip in the afternoon. (B) Tour included in fare.
This morning we travel through the town of Walgett, the regional hub for wool, wheat and cotton, before arriving at Brewarrina on the banks of the Barwon River, arriving in Bourke in the afternoon. (B,D)
This morning we visit the Back O’Bourke Centre, which offers an in-depth insight into the history of Bourke, its isolation, the people who live here and the region’s current status. After lunch, we travel to the outskirts of town to board the PV Jandra paddleboat for a leisurely cruise along the Darling River, learning more about the region’s rich riverboat history. (B,D) Boat cruise/entry included in fare.
Leaving Bourke we travel through some of NSW’s cotton fields on our way to Cobar and Wilcannia, and in the afternoon we arrive at Broken Hill for a two-night stopover. (B,D)
Today we spend the day in Broken Hill learning about the silver mining industry, with a visit to Whites Gallery and a visit to the nearby town of Silverton where films such as “Mad Max’ were filmed. We enjoy an evening meal at the Historic Silverton Pub. (B,D)
Departing Broken Hill, we make our way to Peterborough and then Burra, which is our home for the night. Burra began as a single company mining township that, by 1851, was a set of townships (company, private and government-owned) collectively known as “The Burra” The Burra mines supplied 89% of South Australia’s and 5% of the world’s copper for 15 years. (B,D)
On to Adelaide today, where we spend some time in Glenelg, before being transport to the airport for your flights home after a wonderful tour of the Outback. (B)
Fights Perth – Cairns / Adelaide – Perth
Great Dividing Range
Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Back ‘o Burke Exhibition Centre
PV Jandra Cruise on the Darling River
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