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Bound for Birdsville

12 Days

$5935 Per Person

Single Supplement $958

4th June 2024

Explore the scenic landscapes and historic towns of Outback South Australia, culminating in the unique desert oasis of Lake Eyre. This journey from Mildura to Cairns, through iconic outback towns and natural wonders, offers an in-depth look at Australia’s heartland.

This Bound for Birdsville tour is an intimate look at the rugged beauty, pioneering history, and enduring spirit of Australia’s vast outback, offering travelers a unique blend of adventure, education, and discovery.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Tuesday 4th June 2024 - Mildura

Welcome aboard. This morning we travel along the Murray Valley Highway 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 by 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 Mildura Inlander Resort.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2 – Wednesday 5th - Mildura – Broken Hill

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 the Silver City Mint and Gallery where we see the spectacular Panorama. We enjoy our Overnight Stay at the Desert Sand Motor Inn, Broken Hill.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Thursday 6th - Broken Hill – Tibooburra

Departing Broken Hill, we travel out to the old ghost town of Silverton, made famous by the film industry, we visit the Old Silverton Gaol. 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. It’s home to numerous species of birdlife, native animals, wildflowers in season and bygone explorers. "Once you’ve 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)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Friday 7th - Tibooburra - – Innamincka

This morning we make our way to Cameron Corner, where New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland meet. We continue through the sand dunes of the Strzelecki Desert to the Strzelecki track, then north to view the Moomba Gas Fields as we enjoy afternoon tea. Then on to Innamincka. 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 settle in for the Next Two Nights at the Innamincka Motel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Saturday 8th - Discover Innamincka

A relaxing start to the day as we take time to discover Innamincka. We visit 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 don’t forget your cameras.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Sunday 9th - Innamincka – Birdsville

We depart Innamincka and visit the "Dig Tree” an enduring reminder of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition before making 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Monday 10th - Discover Birdsville – Big Red

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 Goyder Lagoon Channel Country. This flight includes spectacular views of Birdsville, Racecourse, Big Red, Channel Country of the Diamantina River and Eyre Creek, Goyder Lagoon, Simpson Dessert & Sturt Stony Dessert. We then explore Birdsville, which was first settled in the 1870’s 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, Leichhardt, Gregory, Burke and Wills were all here before this little town existed. Of special interest is the Hotel and Racetrack, corner stones of Birdsville’s 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 – Tuesday 11th Birdsville – Windorah – Quilpie

After a hearty breakfast we make our way along the Diamantina Developmental Road to Betoota, Australia’s Smallest Town. Then on to Windorah for our Lunch break. This afternoon we continue our journey, crossing the Cooper Creek, into Boulder Opal Country, Quilpie. Here we see the opal altar at St Finbarr’s Church then to Toogunna Plains for an outback Farm Stay. Located in the channel country, the Sheep and Cattle property houses beautiful ensuites rooms. (overnight)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Wednesday 12th - Eromanga – Thargomindah

Today you will taken back in time to when dinosaurs roamed this vast country. We visit and enjoy a tour of Eromanga Natural History Museum. This modern, multi-million dollar facility is dedicated to researching and sharing the knowledge of all creatures great and small, which survived out here up to 98 million years ago. We then venture further south along the Cooper Developmental Road, enjoying a lovely picnic lunch enroute, before arriving at Thargomindah – Here we inspect what might be the World’s Oldest Artesian Hydro Power Plant and the Old Hospital. We settle into our accommodation Oasis Motel, Thargomindah for our overnight stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Thursday 13th - Thargomindah – Bourke

We farewell Thargomindah heading East along the Bulloo Developmental Road past the mud springs at Eulo and stopping to inspect the statue of a Diprotodon. One example of the Mega Faunda that roamed this area back pre 50,000 years. After morning tea here it’s a short run into Cunnamulla for an early lunch. We then head south through Barringun to Bourke. In the early 1860’s 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 Sunshine Gardens Motel, Bourke.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11- Friday 14th - Bourke – Cobar

Bourke is where the river changes it’s name from the Barwon River to the Darling River. After breakfast we enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Paddleboat PV Jandra (river levels permitting) then we visit the Back O Bourke Exhibition, a wonderful facility that displays how our Pioneers tamed the Outback. Then it’s into Bourke for our lunch break before heading south to Cobar. Here we view the Fort Bourke mine, a combination of open cut and underground functioning gold mine. Then it’s off to the great Cobar Museum to learn more about the history and mining of this area. All that, before retiring to our accommodation for the evening: Town and Country Motor Inn. Enjoy dinner and our final night away on what we trust has been a wonderful exhilarating, educational tour of this vast Outback Australia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 – Saturday 15th - Cobar – Home

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Tour Terms and Conditions:

A deposit of $200.00 per person is required on booking to confirm your reservation.

Balance is due by 17th April 2024. Full payment is required if booking after the above date.

Name Badges:-  Will have your Preferred First Name displayed.

Please Advise:- Your Telephone Number  /  Address  &  any Special Meal or Room Requirements.

 

Accommodation Preferred: –   Twin / Double / Single / Triple / Will Share – Passengers who are willing to share with other passengers. *Please Note: For all ‘Will Share’ Passengers we will endeavour to find another single traveller of the same gender with whom you can share a room (if we are unable to do so then SINGLE SUPPLEMENT WILL APPLY). If we are unable to find someone for you to share with then single supplement will apply. In the event that shared passenger finds they are not compatible they will each have to pay for a single room option, if available.

FREE PASSENGER PICKUP & RETURN SERVICE: For the convenience of all our passengers CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL provide Free Passenger Pickup & Return Service from all major Towns in North, North-East, Central Victoria & Southern NSW.  (For Example:  Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Seymour, Bendigo, Finley, Kerang, Echuca, Deniliquin, Yarrawonga, Corowa, and towns within these areas). For Passenger’s who live outside these areas Cardwell’s provide Overnight accommodation in Numurkah and ‘Free lock up car storage’ at our Numurkah depot.

CANCELLATION POLICY: To cover the costs involved the following cancellation fees apply.  Notice given before Balance due date or more $25 per person Administration Fee and monies that have been paid on your behalf will not be refunded. After the Balance Due Date or once tour has departed No Refund will be given.

FARES & ITINERARIES: CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL costs published & outlined in the brochure are frozen, errors or printing mistakes are subject to correction. However, policy changes by rail/air/sea operators or changes in Government duties or taxes are outside the control of CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL. Air fares and other discount travel arrangements may be subject to availability of seats/berths, as determined by transport companies.  No increases apply once full fare is paid. The Tour duration includes the day of departure and the day of return. Fares shown make no allowance for extra accommodation or transfers necessitated by en-route stop-overs caused by rail/air/boat schedules, strikes or other reasons. Your Travel Agent will forward deposits and other payments to us on your behalf.  Receipt of deposits and also subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipts of those monies by us.  There is no liability on our part in respect of any monies paid to your Travel Agent unless and until we notify you (by way of Booking Confirmation Advice or Payment Receipt Advice) that monies have been received by us.  CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL and has the right to accept wait listed passengers in place of those failing to finalise within the prescribed time.

ELIGIBILITY: No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on the tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of CARDWELLS’ COACH TRAVEL, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or they become objectionable to other passengers.  However, any person/s who cannot travel independently or needs special assistance must be accompanied by a companion.

ITINERARY CHANGES: Itineraries, accommodation, tours and cruises are subject to alteration with or without notice and intended as a guide only.  Alterations may come about due to road or weather conditions, strikes, non-performance by a supplier or any other reasons CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL act in your best interest in any such changes.

FUEL SURCHARGE: Due to the instability of world oil prices, in the event that fuel reaches $2.00/litre a Fuel Surcharge of $5/person per day will apply to the final payment. Subject to change.

SEAT CHANGES: A seat rotation system everyday ensures that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy similar seating arrangements.

LUGGAGE: One medium suitcase per person, not exceeding 20kg (42lbs) and one carry bag for inside the coach.  Over limit luggage cannot be carried.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We can arrange for passengers to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances which may arise (including cancellation fees, medical & curtailment expenses, loss of luggage, early departure from tour due to death or illness etc.)  Ask your travel agent for details at time of booking.

FORCE MAJEURE: If by any means of any event of Force Majeure (which shall include terrorism, pandemic or any cause or event outside our control) we shall be delayed in or prevented from performing our obligations, then such delay or non-performance shall not be deemed a breach or entitled a damages claim. Our obligations shall be suspended whilst such event of force majeure. New Terms & Conditions will apply.

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