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Outback Experience

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10th June'18
13 Days

Day 1 Sunday 10th June 18 GOULBURN TO DURACK HISTORY (D)

All aboard for a real outback adventure tour.  Today we make our way along the Murray Valley Highway to Albury for morning tea, then along the Hume Highway to Gundagai and the Dog on the Tuckerbox for our lunch break. After lunch we continue through the beautiful rolling country side of the Yass Plains.We visit the Goulburn cemetery where 5 Duracks are buried.Explorer Hovell is also buried in the cemetery. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Best Western Centretown, Goulburn.


Day 2 Monday 11th GOULBURN TO NYNGAN (B,D)

This morning after a hearty breakfast we explore the early Durack history. The Duracks settled in the Goulburn area where Patrick Durack established a smallholding and steadily increased his assets.  He married in 1862 and the following year along with his brother set out with horses and cattle to establish a property in south-west Queensland.  We make our way through to Crockwell, Grabben Gullen and Wheeo then on through Cowra to Nyngan where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Country Manor Motor Inn.    

         

Day 3 Tuesday 12th NYNGAN, CUNAMULLA (B,D)

After breakfast we continue our journey along the Mitchell Highway to Bourke, situated on the Darling River. The Darling flows from Stanthorpe in Queensland through until it reaches the Mighty Murray at Wentworth.  In Bourke we visit Fred Hollows Grave. Continue to Cunamulla where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Country Way Motel / Warrego Motel, Cunamulla.  

  

Day 4 Wednesday 13th CUNAMULLA TO RAY STATION (B,D)


This morning we travel to Eulo, see the mud baths and visit the Date Farm and Winery, before we make our way to Quilpie.  Quilpie was established as a centre for the large sheep and cattle properties of the area, but is now better known for its boulder opals. Travel to Historic Ray Station, originally settled by Sarah Tully, Sarah being the sister of the famous Patsy Durack.  The station has been owned by the Tullys for more than 150 years. We enjoy the hospitality of the Tullys as we stay for the Next Two Nights at Ray Station.(Enjoy unique Station Accommodation Facilities may be less elaborate Single room can not be guaranteed)

 

Day 5 Thursday 14th EXPLORE RAY STATION (B,L,D)

An interesting day is spent on the property, as we see the two museum buildings, both of which date back to the turn of the century, listen to the colourful stories, which bring to life the photographic displays.  We visit the family cemetery, where two generations are buried, the sites of the blacksmiths shop and the first homestead.  This afternoon we enjoy an in depth look at life on an Outback Station.  This evening we enjoy dinner and the chance to share experiences around an open fire.   

 

Day 6 Friday 15th RAY STATION TO LONGREACH (B,L,D)

We farewell the Tullys thanking them for the history and hospitality. We make our way along the Diamantina Development Road through Windorah, for morning tea.  Then have lunch (supplied) on the way to Longreach. We settle in for the Next Two Nights at Albert Park Motel.


Day 7 Saturday 16th Qantas Museum to Stockmans Hall (B,D)

An exciting day awaits us as we discover the life and times of the outback with a visit to the QANTAS Founders Outback Museum, where we experience the newly opened $10 million Dollar Museum and tour the Boeing 747. This afternoon we visit the Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre a tribute to the pioneers who struggled to develop our great outback. This evening we enjoy a wonderful Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Thompson River.

 

Day 8 Sunday 17th LONGREACH TO CHARLEVILLE (B,D)

This morning we head to the town of Barcaldine and see the Tree Of Knowledge. We then visit the Australian Workers Heritage Centre. After lunch we continue onto Tambo before arriving at Charleville the heart of the Mulga Country staying at the Charleville Motel for the next two nights.

 

Day 9 Monday 18th DISCOVER CHARLEVILLE (B,D)

This morning we do a guided tour of the town then visit the School of Distant Education (School of Air) a Queensland State School offering quality educational services to home based learners from Prep to Year 10 in rural and remote Queensland and beyond by radio. After linch we visit a wonderful historic house then onto the National parks Office to see the Save the Bilbys exhibition.

 

Day 10 Tuesday 19th CHARLEVILLE TO ST GEORGE (B,D)

After a hearty breakfast we depart and make our way to Roma where we visit the The Big Rig Oil patch display and then have lunch in town (own expense). This afternoon we travel to Surat and visit the Cobb and Co Changing station before heading to St George for our overnight stay at the Merino Motor Inn

 

Day 11 Wednesday 20th ST GEORGE TO LIGHTNING RIDGE (B,D)

This morning we do a short tour of St George before making our way to Dirranbandi for morning tea. After that we meet a local guide who takes us out to the Cubbie Station for a 2 Hour informative Tour. After that we head to Hebel for our lunch break. We then head to Lightning Ridge for our overnight stay at the Wallangulla Motel.

 

Day 12 Thursday 21ST  LIGHTNING RIDGE TO DUBBO (B,D)

After breakfast we enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of Lightning Ridge and then have lunch in town. We then travel to Walgett and see the well preserved coolabah and box Scar Trees on the floodplains, 5km west of Walgett. Scar trees have had their bark removed by indigenous Australians for the creation of canoes, shelters, shields etc.We then travel to Dubbo for our overnight stay at the Comfort Inn Blue Lagoon Motel.

                               

Day 13 Friday 22ND DUBBO TO HOME (B)

Today we continue on to West Wyalong for lunch then head to Narranderra and Finley then home after an adventurous 13 day Outback Experience

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