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Burke and Wills – Following the legend Tour Package

Inclusions

  • Airfares to Melbourne & from Cairns
  • Murray River Paddle Steamer Cruise
  • Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement
  • Whites Gallery, Broken Hill
  • Flying Doctor Centre, Mt Isa
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Daintree River Cruise
  • Motel Accommodation
  • 14 evening meals, 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches

State

New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria

Accommodation

15 nights motel

Departure Dates

2 September 2018

Price List

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Departure from Perth

Senior

$5,190

Adult

$5,250

Land Only

$4,640

Departure from Melbourne

Senior

$4,890

Adult

$4,950

Land Only

$4,640

Departure from Sydney

Senior

$5,090

Adult

$5,150

Land Only

$4,640

Departure from Adelaide

Senior

$5,090

Adult

$5,150

Land Only

$4,640

Departure from Brisbane

Senior

$5,090

Adult

$5,150

Land Only

$4,640

Departure from Hobart

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

Land Only

$0

Single Accomodation

$1,125

Single Tent Only

$0

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Itinerary Details

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Day 1

(RD, Motel) Fly to Melbourne from where Burke and Wills set off on the 20th August 1860. We meet up with our party and settle into our
motel.

Day 2

(CB, RD, Motel) We head into Melbourne to visit the Monument of Burke and Wills in the CBD, the Royal Society of Victoria Building and Royal Park where the party set off from. In the afternoon we visit central Melbourne.

Day 3

(CB, RD, Motel) Heading north through Lancefield to Bendigo. Here we view this Historic Goldmining Town which helped make Victoria the richest of the colonies. Continuing after lunch to Kerang and Swan Hill.

Day 4

(CB, PD, Motel) A morning in Swan Hill, we visit the Pioneer Settlement, wander at leisure in a bygone world experiencing real Australian history. Into New South Wales and Balranald, here on the 15th September the expedition left behind their sugar, lime juice and some of their guns and ammunition. In the afternoon a paddle steamer cruise from Mildura with fish and chips dinner on board. Note: Pioneer Settlement and Paddle Boat Cruise included.

Day 5

(CB, PL, MD, Motel) Over to Wentworth where the Murray and Darling Rivers meet. We follow the east side of the Darling to Pooncarie then take the dirt road to Menindee and spend two nights in Broken Hill.

Day 6

(FB, PD, Motel) An interesting town tour of Broken Hill followed by a museum mine tour at Whites Galley. There is free time to wander town or visit the historic railway museum. In the afternoon we visit Silverton for a bush BBQ. Note: Whites Galley Included.

Day 7

(FB, PL, MD, Motel) Up the Silver City Highway to Depot Glen, a base camp used by Charles Sturt on his attempt to find the inland sea. Continuing to Tibooburra before heading out to Cameron’s Corner, the junction of three states SA, NSW & QLD then and returning to Tibooburra.

Day 8

(CAB, PL, MD, Motel) Through the Warri Warri Gate into Queensland to the Burke & Wills Dig Tree on the Cooper Creek, camp 65 for the expedition. It was in this area on the return journey that both Burke and Wills died leaving King alone, the sole survivor of the party. We visit Burke’s Grave on the Cooper Creek and Innamincka.

Day 9

(CAB, PL, MD, Motel) On to extraordinary Birdsville on the Diamantina River in south west Queensland, we visit the race track, and town. A memorable night at the famous Birdsville Hotel, a classic outback pub full of history.

Day 10

(CB, PL, MD, Motel) To Bedourie and Boulia, home of the mysterious Min Min Light phenomenon. We continue up the Channel Country to Mount Isa.

Day 11

(CB, PD, Motel) A full day in Mt Isa, we visit the Flying Doctor Information Centre and have an optional underground mine or war hospital tour. After lunch we visit Lake Moondarra just out of town. Note: Flying Doctor Centre entry included. Mine and Hospital entry not included.

Day 12

(CB, PL, MD, Tent in Bush) Only 400km to the Gulf of Carpentaria. This section was extremely taxing on Burke and Wills. We visit the memorial on the Barkly Highway before reaching Cloncurry. Up the road to the Burke and Wills Roadhouse which sits on another of their campsites. Visit the Cairn on the Bynoe River, Camp 119, where King and Gray waited while Burke and Wills completed the south to north crossing.

Day 13

(CB, MD, Motel) Off to Karumba to get a view of the Gulf of Carpentaria, we then return to Normanton. In the afternoon we travel through Croydon and Georgetown to Mt Surprise.

Day 14

(CB, RD, Motel) The Undara Lava Tubes are amazing ancient lava flow tunnels through the earth. We tour the tunnel system before heading over the Great Dividing Range to Cairns. Note: Lava Tubes entry included.

Day 15

(CB, Motel) Travel along a spectacular coastline to the lush Daintree River, where we have 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 of Cairns, with many cafes and restaurants, galleries, markets and stalls it is a lovely coastal Queensland city. Note: Daintree cruise included.

Day 16

(CB) Free time in Cairns in the morning before a flight home after a memorable, historic tour following two of the most celebrated explorers of inland Australia.

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