Experience the Real Outback!!
Welcome aboard. This morning we travel along the Murray Valley Highway to Echuca for morning tea, then we continue on to Swan Hill where we enjoy our lunch break. After lunch we travel through the Mallee Region as we pass through the Hattah Kulkyne National Park, winter rains brings beauty to this ever changing environment. We travel to Red Cliffs where we visit Big Lizzy, a large steam powered tractor that was used to clear land for irrigation use. This afternoon we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Wentworth Grande Resort Wentworth
This morning we make our way north along the Silver City Highway, to Broken Hill. The town was created to serve miners in the incredibly rich silver, lead and zinc mines of the Barrier Ranges. We enjoy an interesting tour of Broken Hill and visit Whites Mineral Art and Mining Museum.
We visit the Silver City Mint and Gallery where we see the spectacular Panorama. We enjoy our Overnight Stay at the Silver Haven Motor Inn, Broken Hill.
Departing Broken Hill, we travel out to the old ghost town of Silverton, made famous by the film industry, we visit the Old Silverton Goal. Continue our journey along the Silver City Highway to New South Wales most isolated town, Tibooburra. The Outback is a vast ageless expanse, but so full of life. Its home to numerous species of birdlife, native animals, wildflowers in season and bygone explorers. Once you have experienced the Outback it takes hold of your heart. We make our way to Tibooburra the aboriginal name for the town is heap of rocks, the town is surrounded by granite outcrops, hence the name. This afternoon we learn how this tiny community survives in this remote area. We enjoy our Overnight Stay at The Granites Motel, Tibooburra. (Rooms and Cabins may be less elaborate)
This morning we make our way to Camerons Corner, where New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland meet. We continue along the Strezlecki Track to Innaminka. This tiny settlement is built around a hotel and trading post on the Strzelecki Track. Innamincka played a part in explorer history, with the Burke and Wills expedition of 1860-61 being played out under the dig tree. We visit the place where Robert OHara Burke died on the Cooper Creek before we settle in for the Next Two Nights at the New Innamincka Motel.
A relaxing start to the day as we take time to discover Innamincka. This tiny settlement is built around a hotel and trading post on the Strzelecki Track. We visit the Dig Tree an enduring reminder of the ill fated Burke and Wills expedition and also the memorial to John King, the only surviving member of the Burke and Wills group. This afternoon we enjoy a discovery cruise on the Cooper Creek, this is sure to be a highlight of the tour, the area abounds in birdlife so dont forget your cameras.
We depart Innaminka and make our way to Birdsville. In the Channel Country it seldoms rains, but the northern monsoons cause rivers and creeks to flood in an effort to reach Lake Eyre in South Australia. We travel north, crossing the border into Queensland and make our way to Birdsville. Birdsville is famous for the starting point of the Birdsville Track and for the annual horse race. We settle in for the Next Two Nights at the famous Birdsville Hotel.
This Morning an exciting day awaits and one that will certainly be a highlight of the tour as your Once in a Lifetime Experience begins, we enjoy the spectacular scenic flight over the north end of Lake Eyre in all its glory. We then explore Birdsville, which was first settled in the 1870s that grew as a centre for moving cattle south and as a custom post. Tucked between the sands of the Simpson Desert and the gibbers of the Sturt Stony Desert it is set down on what Burke described as that magnificent creek, the Diamantina. The explorers, Sturt, Liechhardt, Gregory, Burke and Wills were all here before this little town existed. Of special interest is the Hotel and Racetrack, corner stones of Birdsvilles high profile. This afternoon we enjoy a tour out to Big Red, which will take us through the Diamantina flood plains, Stuart Stony Desert gibber country and visit the mighty Big Red where the Stuart Stony Desert and Simpson Desert meet.
After a hearty breakfast we make our way along the Diamantina Development Road through Windorah as we travel to Historic Ray Station, originally settled by Sarah Tully, Sarah being the sister of the famous Patsy Durack. This station has been owned by the Tullys for more than 150 years. We enjoy the hospitality of the Tullys as we settle in for the Next Two Nights.
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.
We farewell the Tullys thanking them for the history and hospitality. We make our way to Quilpie, for morning tea. Quilpie was established as a centre for the large sheep and cattle properties of the area, but is better known for its bolder opals. From Quilpie we make our way along the Development Road past the Mud Springs to Cunnamulla for lunch. We then head south through Barringun to Bourke. In the early 1860s Bourke was established as a mercantile centre and port to serve sheep runs along the upper darling. Bourke is a town on the edge of the wilderness, firmly etched in Australian folklore, with great historical, cultural and geographic significance. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Bourke Riverside Motel.
Bourke is where the river changes its name from the Barwon River to the Darling. This morning we visit the Back O Bourke Exhibition before enjoying a relaxing cruise on the paddle boat PV Jandra. We see Fred Hollows grave at the Bourke Cemetery. After having lunch in Bourke
we then travel onto Cobar for our overnight Stay at the Town & Country Motor Inn Cobar.
After a relaxing morning we depart Cobar heading down the Kidman Way arriving at Griffith for lunch. We then travel onto Tocumwal via Finley crossing the Victorian border ending our memorable Land of Infinity Tour.