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Perth to Cairns – Australia’s Longest Shortcut Tour Package

Inclusions

  • Airfares to Cairns
  • Half Day Cruise to Green Island
  • Age of Dinosaurs Centre, Winton
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Kings Canyon
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta
  • Gwalia Museum
  • Motel Accommodation
  • 14 evening meals, 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches

 State

Northern Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia
Golden Outback and Western Australia

Accommodation

14 nights motel

Departure Dates

28 April - Waitlist

9 August - Cairns to Perth

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Departure from Perth

Senior

$4,990

Adult

$5,050

Land Only

$4,690

Departure from Melbourne

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

Land Only

$0

Departure from Sydney

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

Land Only

$0

Departure from Adelaide

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

Land Only

$0

Departure from Brisbane

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

Land Only

$0

Departure from Hobart

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

Land Only

$0

Single Accomodation

$1,120

Single Tent Only

$80

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Itinerary Details

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Day 1

(MD, Motel) Heading off on Australia’s Longest Shortcut we climb up the Darling Scarp through the Wheatbelt to the WA Goldfields.

Day 2

(CB, MD, Motel) Touring Kalgoorlie including the lookout over the Superpit, Australia’s Largest Open Cut Gold Mine. North to Menzies after a visit 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

Day 3

(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.

Day 4

(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.

Day 5

(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 $200

Day 6

(CAB, PL, CAD, Motel) An early start along the Lasseter Highway with the impressive plateau of Mount Conner on our right, before entering Watarrka National Park and a 2.5km walk up Kings Creek inside Kings Canyon. After lunch we make for Alice Springs with a stop along the way for dinner.

Day 7

(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.

Day 8

(CAB, PL, RD, Motel) A 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.

Day 9

(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.

Day 10

(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 and a wander of this romantic, classic outback QLD town. Note: Dinosaur Centre entry included.

Day 11

(CB, MD, Motel) To Hughenden before a visit to the Porcupine Gorge National Park and the last of the outback dirt roads to reach Mount Surprize on the Gulf Development Road.

Day 12

(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 visit Einasleigh. Note: Lava Tubes Tour included.

Day 13

(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.

Day 14

(CB, RD, Motel) Take a cruise out into the Great Barrier Reef to Green Island. Enjoy a snorkel in the beautiful waters or view them from a glass bottom boat. Return to Cairns for lunch and wander the recently re-developed foreshore, with many cafés and restaurants, galleries, markets and stalls in this lovely coastal Queensland city. Note: Green Island cruise included.

Day 15

(CB) Late check out with time to relax around Cairns before a flight home having crossed the Country South West to North East through a great range of landscapes and vegetation, an unforgettable experience.

 

Notes

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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