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Perth to Cairns – Australia’s Longest Shortcut Tour Package
- Airfares from Cairns
- Age of Dinosaurs Centre, Winton
- Undara Lava Tubes
- Sunset over Uluru
- Waltzing Matilda Centre
- Uluru & Kata Tjuta
- Kings Canyon
- Gwalia Musuem and Ghost Town
- Motel Accommodation
- 14 Evening Meals, 14 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches
Northern Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia Golden Outback and Western Australia
14 Nights Motel
26 April 2020
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Departure from Perth
Departure from Melbourne
Departure from Sydney
Departure from Adelaide
Departure from Brisbane
Departure from Hobart
Single Tent Only
(MD, Motel) Heading off on Australia’s Longest Shortcut we climb up the Darling Scarp through the Wheatbelt to the WA Goldfields.
(CB, MD, Motel) Touring Kalgoorlie including the lookout over the Superpit, Australia’s Largest Open Cut Gold Mine. North to Menzies after a visit to the historic Two-Up Ring we travel through mining towns of all sizes and minerals, Ghost Towns to Cities from Nickel to Gold. Visit the Gwalia Museum on the edge of the large open pit Sons of Gwalia Mine. Note: Museum entry included.
(CAB, PL, CAD, Basic Motel) Onto the first of many dirt roads on this tour just north of Laverton; The Great Central Road, winding through the ranges, sandhills and salt lakes of the Desert has a beauty that is iconically Australian. We arrive at Warburton for the night.
(CAB, PL, PD, Basic Motel) Passing the Schwerin Mural Ranges to cross into Northern Territory through the Gibson Desert. Deep into the South West corner of the NT we visit Lasseters Cave and learn a little of the mystery of Lewis Lasseter and his elusive reef of gold. Enjoy a sausage sizzle dinner watching the sunset on Uluru. Before settling into Curtin Springs Station.
(CAB, CAD, Basic Motel) The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after a day in the park we can see why. We spend the morning at Uluru and the information centre. Return to Yulara Village for lunch and an optional flight over the spectacular sandstone formations. Later visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) to walk through the valleys between the mighty domes. Note: Optional Flight over Uluru approx $300.
(CAB, RD, Motel) Along the Lasseter Highway with the impressive plateau of Mount Conner on our right, before hitting the Stuart Highway at Erldunda. After lunch we make for Alice Springs with a stop along the way for dinner.
(CAB, RD, Motel) Take an optional early morning Hot Air Balloon through the rugged outback or have a restful morning followed by a tour of “The Alice” nestled on the north side of the MacDonnell Ranges. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park. Note: Optional Hot Air Balloon approx $380.
(CAB, PL, RD, Motel) An early start for a big drive into Queensland. A short drive up the Stuart Highway then back on the dirt of the Plenty Highway. Through the Harts, Jervois, Tarlton and Toko Ranges in the northern reaches of the Simpson Desert to Tobermorey Station just inside the Northern Territory border.
Crossing the border on the Donohue Highway shadowing the Georgina River with its many tributaries to Boulia. This highway is the home of the Min Min Lights, an unusual shimmering light phenomenon that can appear at night.
(CB, PL, MD, Motel) A late start with free time in Boulia before continuing across the Queensland Channel Country and over the Diamantina which flows south past Birdsville to Lake Eyre, in the afternoon we reach the sheep cattle town of Winton on the sprawling Western River.
(CB, MD, Motel) Morning visit to the Age of Dinosaurs Centre, the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils. Followed by free time in Winton, a visit to the Waltzing Matilda Centre and a wander of this romantic, classic outback QLD town. Note: Dinosaur Centre and Waltzing Matilda Centre entries included.
(CB, MD, Motel) To Hughenden on the longest river in Queensland, the Flinders River rises on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range and mouths in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Onto the last of the outback dirt roads to reach Mount Surprize on the Gulf Development Road.
(CB, PL, MD, Motel) We take a guided tour through the Undara Lava Tubes, the world’s largest lava tube system. In the afternoon we relax at the last of our outback QLD towns. Note: Lava Tubes Tour included.
(CAB, RD, Motel) Past Mount Garnet and Ravenshoe before descending the Great Dividing Range through the winding rainforest highway enjoying the lush rainforest and tropical plantations on the way into Cairns.
(CB, RD, Motel) We visit the redeveloped Cairns foreshore and have free time for lunch in the city. In the afternoon we travel up the coast to cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon, feeding crocodiles and exploring the bio-diversity of Northern Queensland. In the evening we go out for dinner to celebrate touring Australia’s Longest Shortcut and the new friends made along the way. Note: Hartley’s Lagoon included.
(CB) Late check out with time to relax around Cairns before a flight home having crossed the Country.
This tour is accommodated in cabin and motels but due to the remote regions through which we travel the coach will carry all camping gear onboard. In the case of any disruptions (weather, mechanical or other) we may be required to camp.
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