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17 Day Great Dividing Range Tour Package
Optional 9 Day Melbourne to Brisbane or 9 Day Brisbane to Cairns
- Return Flights
- ANZAC Day in Canberra
- Scenic World in the Blue Mountains
- Scenic Railway and Skyway
- Ghosts of Gold Tour, Charters Towers
- Carnarvon Gorge
- National War Memorial
- Cairns Skyrail
- Lake Barrine Cruise
- Chairlift from Thredbo Village
- Historic Beechworth Gaol
- Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden
- Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre
- Bradman Museum at Bowral
- Australian Country Music Hall of Fame
- Japanese Gardens
- Emerald Underground Mine
- Motel Accommodation
- 16 Evening Meals, 16 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria
16 Nights Motel
21 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) Arriving in Melbourne we head straight up to the high country through Healesville to Marysville. This area was destroyed by fire in February 2009 and now ten years on the towns are mostly rebuilt. We visit Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden, a great example of the rebuild process.
Note: Sculpture Garden Entry included.
(CB, RD, Motel) Travelling along the west side of the Range through the snow skiing service towns and resorts. From June to October these slopes are a buzz with all number of snow sports, in summer its trail hiking and mountain bike riding.
These ranges were the sanctuary of the Kelly Gang though the late 1870s while on the run, in many places the bush is still just as thick and it’s easy to image Ned hiding out. Overnight in Beechworth with its restored public buildings, we tour the Beechworth Gaol, operating from 1859 to 2004 where most of the Kelly Gang and thousands of others were held including Ned’s Mum.
Note: Gaol Entry Included.
(CB, RD, Motel) Past Lake Hume on the Murray River to climb high into the Range, we cross the top reaches of the Murray River and enter NSW. Winding along the Alpine Way around Mt Kosciuszko; the tallest point on the Great Dividing Range and Australia, to Thredbo Village for lunch and an optional chair lift onto the slopes.
Reaching Jindabyne we hit the Snowy River and visit the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre in Cooma to really understand the size and value of the scheme as well as the history and sacrifice involved in its development. Into the National Capital, Canberra for two nights.
Note: Chairlift and Discovery Centre Entry included.
(CB, RD, Motel) A full day in Canberra visiting Parliament House; the unique blend of impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape makes Parliament House one of our nation’s most important buildings.
The National Gallery; with more than 160,000 works of art across four main areas that belong to the people of Australia and are preserved and presented for their enjoyment. The National War Memorial; combining a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war and remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war. Finishing the day off with a tour around the Embassy District.
(CB, RD, Motel) ANZAC Day in Canberra. Optional Dawn Service on ANZAC Parade between the National War Memorial and Lake Burley Griffin. Enjoying the remainder of the day with the Veterans March and RAAF flypast.
(CB, MD, Motel) Back to the Range we cross to the east side on the Hume Highway, visiting the home of Sir Don Bradman and the Bradman Museum at Bowral. Bypassing Sydney to some of the most well know attractions of the Great Dividing Range; Scenic World in the Blue Mountains.
Take the Skyway, glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor or enjoy the 545m Cableway gently descending into the Jamison Valley. Return via the Scenic Railway, a unique vantage point for appreciating the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls.
Note: Bradman Museum and Scenic World included.
(CB, MD, Motel) The coast between Sydney and Newcastle is one of the most populated area of Australia, as we drive through the range just 70km west of the ocean it is a different story, heavily forested and lightly populated, between the Yengo and Wollemi National Parks through
Exiting the forest in the Hunter Valley we come to the enormous Mount Thorley Coal Mine which is exported out of Newcastle. Past a couple more mines to Muswellbrook for lunch then up the New England Highway to Australia’s home of country music; Tamworth.
Afternoon visit to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Note: Hall of Fame included.
(CB, MD, Motel) Finishing of the NSW section of the Great Dividing Range we visit Armidale, Glen Innes and Tenterfield, birth place of entertainer Peter Allen, his song Tenterfield Saddler was written about his grandfather here. Into Queensland we reach Toowoomba, few cities sit on such a shear edge of the Great Dividing Range.
(CB, RD, Motel) Passengers flying home today head into Brisbane for you departing flights. For passengers joining the tour today are picked up at the Brisbane Airport.
*Passengers taking the full 17 day tour have a free day in Toowoomba.
(CB, RD, Motel) After visiting the Picnic Point Lookout we spend the rest of the day in Toowoomba visiting the immaculate Japanese Gardens of the University of Southern Queensland before Queens Park in the City Centre.
An optional visit to the Cobb + Co Museum home of the National Carriage Collection and heritage trade workshops. Enjoy dinner at one of the local clubs in town.
Note: Musuem not included.
(CB, MD, Motel) From here the Range takes a large swing to the west, we follow it through Dalby and Miles to Roma. We have moved into large fertile Cattle Station country; Roma has the largest saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as oil and gas country providing most of the power to South-East Queensland.
(CB, PL, MD, Motel) An early start on the Carnarvon Highway into one of the more remote sections of the Range; Carnarvon National Park, this reserve was gazetted in 1932 to protect Carnarvon Gorge for its outstanding scenic values, its indigenous and non-indigenous cultural heritage, and its geological significance.
After looking for platypus during lunch in this peaceful heavily forested park we continue north to Emerald.
Note: National Park Entry included.
(CB, PD, Motel) Two of Emeralds main attractions are Gems and Cotton, we head out into the Gemfields to visit the Underground Mine dug in 1906 for a first-hand experience of the process.
Later we tour around the irrigated cotton fields supplied from Lake Maraboon on the Nogoa River. We have a BBQ dinner overlooking the lake.
Note: Mine Tour included.
(CB, MD, Motel) Travelling about 250km to the west of the coast we visit Clermont and reach Charters Towers. The town was founded in the 1870’s when gold was discovered by chance at Towers Hill on Christmas Eve 1871 by 12 year old Aboriginal boy, Jupiter Mosman.
Jupiter was with a small group of prospectors, their horses bolted after a flash of lightning. While he was searching Jupiter found both the horses and a nugget of gold in a creek at the base of Towers Hill. By the next year and for the following 25 years Charters Towers had its own stock exchange.
After dinner we take a walking Ghosts of Gold Tour of the old Charters Towers buildings and learn of some of the historic characters of the town.
Note: Ghost Tour included.
(CB, RD, Motel) Still 300m above sea level we descend down the range and hit the coast for the first time on the tour at Townsville. With the Paluma Range squeezing the Bruce Highway close to the coast we make our way past the vast north QLD sugar cane industry around Tully and Innisfail to Cairns where the range sits right behind the town.
(CB, RD, Motel) Not many towns enjoy the ranges like Cairns. Its up the Gillies Highway to Lake Barrine for a cruise on the volcanically formed lake in the rainforest. Through the Atherton Tablelands growing Coffee, Mangoes, Avocados, Bananas and other large plantations, to Mareeba where the Range continues north to the very point of Cape York.
Though we head to Kuranda to take the Skyrail down the escarpment for the last time, a great view of the range and the rainforest with the Barron River falling swiftly alongside.
Note: Cruise and Skyrail included.
(CB) Free time in Cairns before flying home having criss crossed the Great Dividing Range experiencing the landscapes, industry and people.
Optional 9 Day Melbourne-Brisbane or 9 Day Brisbane-Cairns* Tour starts or finishes on Day 9.
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The Great Dividing Range, is Australia’s most substantial mountain range and the third longest land-based range in the world. It stretches more than 3,500 kilometres from the Grampians in western Victoria to Dauan Island off the north-eastern tip of Queensland.
The central core of the Great Dividing Range is dotted with hundreds of peaks and is surrounded by many smaller mountain ranges or spurs, canyons, valleys and plains of regional significance. In some areas the highlands form a significant barrier, in other areas the slopes are gentle and in places the range is barely perceptible.
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