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15 Day Iconic Outback Towns – Adelaide to Cairns

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Iconic Outback Towns Adelaide to Cairns Tour Package

Inclusions

  • Airfares to Adelaide and from Cairns
  • Thomson River Cruise
  • Darling River Paddle Boat River Cruise
  • Undara Lava Tubes Tour
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Back of Bourke Centre
  • Stockmans Hall of Fame
  • Workers Heritage Centre Barcaldine
  • Underground Hospital Mt Isa
  • Whites Gallery Broken Hill
  • Motel Accommodation
  • 13 evening meals, 14 breakfasts

State

New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia

Accommodation

14 nights motel

Departure Dates

2 April 2019

Price List

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Departure from Perth

Senior

$4,850

Adult

$4,990

Land Only

$4,350

Departure from Melbourne

Senior

$4,750

Adult

$4,890

Land Only

$4,350

Departure from Sydney

Senior

$4,750

Adult

$4,890

Land Only

$4,350

Departure from Adelaide

Senior

$4,650

Adult

$4,790

Land Only

$4,350

Departure from Brisbane

Senior

$4,750

Adult

$4,890

Land Only

$4,350

Departure from Hobart

Senior

$4,850

Adult

$4,890

Land Only

$4,350

Single Accomodation

$1,120

Single Tent Only

$0

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Itinerary Details

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Day 1

(MD, Motel) Fly to Adelaide, where we are met by our coach. Then a tour of Adelaide City and surrounds, with free time to explore this delightful city including the Torrens River. Later settle into the accommodation in North Adelaide.

Day 2

(CB, MD, Motel) Along the Barrier Highway we stop in Burra for morning tea and town tour. Passing by the Burra Wind Farm north of town it’s on to Broken Hill where Charles Rasp in 1883 found silver and started Australia’s leading company BHP.

Day 3

(FB, PD, Motel) BHP now no longer has a commercial interest in Broken Hill. A whole day in Broken Hill seeing the mining industry via Whites Gallery and a visit to the nearby town of Silverton where films such as “Mad Max’ were shot. Later we enjoy an afternoon bush BBQ in this stunning country. Note: Whites Gallery included.

Day 4

(FB, RD, Motel) Along the Barrier Highway to the historic Darling River Port of Wilcannia, now only a shell of its former busy self. On to Cobar where copper has been mined since 1870. Then north to Bourke which began in 1862 it was the last outpost of civilization before the “Never Never” thus the saying “Back of Bourke’. Bourke is a great experience with its grand sandstone buildings and history.

Day 5

(CAB, RD, Motel) Bourke was a port on the Darling River for the paddle steamers and when the rail arrived the town became the largest wool rail head in the world. The new industry here is cotton production on fields irrigated from the Darling River. We visit the “Back of Bourke” Centre, an interesting interpretive centre delivering an in-depth history of the region. In the afternoon we take a paddle steamer cruise down the Darling River on the PV Jandra. Note: Back of Bourke Centre and PV Jandra cruise included.

Day 6

(CAB, MD, Motel) On to Queensland and Cunnamulla then north to Charleville, home of the Flying Doctor Base and original
home of Cobb & Co for the building of its coaches. Charleville is an iconic Queensland location with large productive cattle stations.

Day 7

(CB, MD, Motel) Criss crossing the Warrego River we move to Blackall on the Barcoo River and Barcaldine, the headquarters of the Great Shearers’ Strike of 1891 which resulted in the formation of the Australia Labour Party. We stop in at The Australian Workers Heritage Centre, dedicated to celebrating the lives and proud heritage of ordinary working people, telling the stories of the railway workers and blacksmiths, the farmers, nurses and teachers who shaped the nation. Then to Longreach. Note: Aust. Workers Heritage Centre included.

Day 8

(CB, RD, Motel) Longreach has great significance in Australia’s history. It is the home of QANTAS (first office opened) and boasts the very impressive Stockman’s Hall of Fame which we visit. In the afternoon we cruise the iconic Thomson River under the stars of Western Queensland. Note: Entry to the Hall of Fame and River Cruise included.

Day 9

(CB, MD, Motel) The Australian history continues today. We travel to Winton, the birth place of “Waltzing Matilda” written near here in 1885. McKinlay where much of the film Crocodile Dundee was shot and Cloncurry, birthplace of the Flying Doctor Service. More recently it is the home of the Cannington mine, the worlds largest silver and lead mine. Cannington was the official supplier of silver to the Sydney Olympics and Beijing Olympics. We spend two nights at Mount Isa.

Day 10

(CB, PD, Motel) A very interesting day touring Mount Isa, the largest outback town in Queensland and the world’s largest single producer of copper, silver, lead and zinc. We have a visit to the WWII underground hospital, an interesting building on the Queensland Heritage Register. In the afternoon visit Lake Moondarra on the Leichhardt River for an outback BBQ dinner. Note: Underground Hospital included.

Day 11

(CB, PD, Motel) Heading to the Gulf of Carpentaria we arrive in the remote cattle town of Normanton. In the late afternoon we travel to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria to enjoy fish and chips as the sun sets over the Gulf. We return after dinner to Normanton.

Day 12

(CB, MD, Motel) Off to the east, along the Gulf Developmental Road to Croydon, we lunch at Georgetown before spending the night at Mount Surprise.

Day 13

(CB, RD, Motel) On to one of the great wonders of Australia, the Undara Lava Tubes, the world’s largest lava tube system. East through the Great Dividing Range to Cairns. Note: Tour of Lava Tubes included.

Day 14

(CB, Motel) Travel along a spectacular coastline to the lush Daintree River, enjoy a boat cruise then time for lunch at the resort town of Port Douglas. We return to Cairns for a free afternoon on the esplanade, with many cafés and restaurants, galleries, markets and stalls. It is a lovely coastal Queensland city. Note: Daintree cruise included.

Day 15

(CB) We have a late check-out and relax in Cairns. Opportunity to visit the Cairns Wildlife Dome, a spectacular allweather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of Cairns’ iconic Pullman Reef Hotel Casino before a flight home. Note: Wildlife Dome not included.

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