A Must see for Every Traveller!
DAY 1 Tuesday 1st October 19 SWAN HILL, WENTWORTH (D)
All aboard for a real outback adventure tour. Today travel along the Murray Valley Highway to Echuca for our first morning tea break, then we continue on to Swan Hill for lunch. After lunch we travel through Robinvale and Euston crossing the Murray River making our way to Wentworth, where we settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Wentworth Grand Resort.
DAY 2 Wednesday 2nd WENTWORTH, BROKEN HILL (B,D)
Today we travel the Silver City Highway to the isolated town of Broken Hill, created to serve the miners in the incredibly rich silver, lead and zinc mines of the Barrier Range. We enjoy an interesting guided tour of Broken Hill. After lunch visit the Silver City Art Centre, where we see the Big Picture. Visit Whites Mineral Art & Mining Museum. This afternoon see the Sculpture Symposium, 13 sandstone sculptures situated on one of the highest points in the area. We enjoy our Overnight Stay at Hilltop Motel, Broken Hill.
DAY 3 Thursday 3rd FROME DOWNS, ARKAROOLA (B,D)
This morning we head west along the Barrier Highway crossing over the border and into South Australia (No Fruit to be taken across) to Yunta where we stop for lunch. Then our journey takes us right on the very fringe of the Australian outback as we head north through Frome Downs Station, some abandoned settlements and sparse paddocks to Arkaroola and the spectacular Gammon Ranges National Park. We settle in for the next Two Nights in the Greenwood Lodges Arkaroola. (Facilities are less elaborate in this remote area).
DAY 4 Friday 4th RIDGE TOP TOUR, SCENIC FLIGHT, OBSERVATORY (B,L,D)
An exciting day as we discover the heart of ARKAROOLA, see this rugged outback country, incredible quartzite ridges, deep gorges and rich mineral deposits. We enjoy the spectacular Ridge Top Tour as we travel aboard open 4 wheel drive vehicles across this rugged mountain country. We see towering granite peaks and razor backed quartzite ridges, visit Mt. Painter, Yudnamutana Gorge and the breathtaking Sillers Lookout, enjoy awe inspiring 360 degree views extending more than 80 kilometres over the famous Salt Lake Frome. An absolutely unique tour do not forget your cameras. We return to Arkaroola this afternoon and we enjoy a Spectacular Scenic Flight with breathtaking views of Northern Flinders and Lakes.Tonight we experience a view of the skies from the Observatory.
DAY 5 Saturday 5th ARKAROOLA, NEW LEIGH CREEK, WILPENA (B,D)
This morning we farewell Arkaroola as we travel through the Gammon Ranges and the spectacular Italowie Gorge with many ancient and majestic Red gums, we pass through the Historic Balcaroon Station to the small town of Copley. Continue on to the New Leigh Creek where we discover what happened to old Leigh Creek. Today we see the Huge Open Cut Coal Mine producing 2,3 Million tonnes of Coal annually, we explore Aroona Dam an Oasis of green shrubs and trees surrounding the Tranquil Waters that provide New Leigh Creek with a good permanent water supply. Then we head south to Parachilna, we travel through the scenic Parachilna Gorge to Blinman which features a real Bush Pub. Continue through the Central Flinders Ranges past the Great Wall of China. We enjoy the Next Two Nights at the Wilpena Pound Resort.
DAY 6 Sunday 6th SOUTHERN FLINDERS RANGES (B,D)
Today is a day never to be forgotten, as we explore the Southern Flinders Ranges. A relaxing morning with time to walk into Wilpena Pound, and then we enjoy a scenic flight over this amazing elevated basin covering about 50 square kilometres. We travel out to the picturesque Aroona Valley and the beautiful Brachina Gorge, see some of the delicate Wildflowers and maybe a Rock Wallaby or two, before making our way back to Wilpena.
Day 7 Monday 7th WILPENA, PORT AUGUSTA (B,D)
After a hearty breakfast this morning we make our way to Hawker and enjoy a visit at Jeff Morgans Gallery to see the Wilpena Panorama before continuing onto Kanyaka Ruins, once a gracious homestead dating back to the 1850s. We travel to Historic Quorn where we have some time to discover the town, before we continue through the famous Pichi Richi Pass the original route of the Great Northern Railway built by the Chinese coolies and British Stonemasons, then on to Port Augusta. We visit the Wadlata Outback Centre an experience in itself and a great insight into our outback Explorers. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta.
DAY 8 Tuesday 8th BURRA, MILDURA (B,D)
A day of contrasting country side as we travel through Peterborough as we make our way to the Historic Mining town of Burra. We see the Dug Out Houses made in the creek banks, along with the Paxton Square Cottages and the Redruth Goal Location for the film Breaker Morant. Continue along the River land country of Morgan past the tranquil Lake Bonney to Renmark and along the Sturt Highway to Mildura for our Overnight Stay at the Quality Resort Rockford, Mildura.
DAY 9 Wednesday 9th MILDURA, HOME (B)The last day of our holiday is a relaxing one as we make our way to the Inland Botanical Gardens, where we enjoy an interesting tour around these magnificent gardens. We enjoy morning tea before making our way through Manangatang to Swan Hill. Continue along the Murray Valley Highway then homeward bound after a great experience exploring the Flinders Ranges and Outback South Australia.