During our 3 nights stay in Birdsville we will be staying in the excellent Kangaroo Bus Lines Tent City. There will be a few portable toilets available in the KBL Tent City, for the sole use of those staying in the KBL Tent City. Also, everybody staying in the KBL Tent City will be given a KBL wrist band. This wrist band will give those staying in the KBL Tent City full access to the excellent toilet & shower facilities at the Birdsville Caravan park, right next to the Tent City. All tour group members need to bring their own sleeping bag & pillow, for the 3 nights in Birdsville. If you don’t have a sleeping bag Travelrite will hire one for you. (Please tick the relevant tick box on the tour booking form
Day 1 Sunday August 29, 2021 Depart Melbourne. Wentworth
Depart Melbourne and travel by coach to Wentworth, NSW, where the Murray and Darling rivers meet. On arrival, panoramic tour of the town, including the river junction, Possum’s Statue (Possum was a famous hermit who lived along the banks of the Murray), and the Fergie Tractor monument (the grey Fergie tractor saved the town in the 1956 flood). Also, see historic Old Wentworth Gaol (built between 1879 & 1881). Overnight: Wentworth Grande Resort. ( - )
Day 2 Monday August 30, 2021 Tibooburra
Today we travel along the Silver City Highway, to Tibooburra. Morning: Travel to Broken Hill. On arrival, sightseeing tour of this fascinating outback mining town, with local guide. See iconic buildings, including the ornate Trades Hall building, the photogenic Post Office, with clock tower (constructed 1890 – 1892), and the Palace Hotel (1889), which featured in the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. During lunch break, in Broken Hill, you may like to visit The Big Picture (excellent art gallery/retail establishment) (optional). Afternoon: Continue our journey. Afternoon tea at the historic Albert Hotel (1882), in Milparinka. This former gold mining town (established 1880) is virtually a ghost town these days. Then proceed to Tibooburra, a true outback town in the ‘corner country’ of far western NSW. You will have time to explore the town, including the two pubs. The interior walls of the Family Hotel boast a mural of artwork by famous Australian artists, including Clifton Pugh and Russell Drysdale. Evening: Enjoy an excellent dinner at T.J.’s Roadhouse. Overnight: ‘The Granites’ Motel. (B,AfternoonTea,D
Day 3 Tuesday August 31, 2021 Innamincka
Travel northwest to Innamincka. Visit Fort Grey, where Sturt established his last base camp in 1845 before pushing on to the Cooper. Then proceed to Cameron Corner, where the borders of NSW, QLD and SA meet. See Australia’s famous Dingo Fence. Have lunch at the beautifully named Corner Store (a pub). Proceed to Innamincka, which is situated on Cooper Creek close to where the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition of 1860-61 came to its tragic end. Evening: After dinner spend a relaxing evening around the Innamincka Hotel. Overnight: The Innamincka Hotel & Innamincka Trading Post cabins. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Wednesday September 1, 2021 Innamincka
Morning: Visit Burke’s Grave and the beautiful Cullyamurra Waterhole, both a few kilometres east of our hotel. The scenery along Cooper Creek, in the vicinity of Innamincka, is stunning. Beautiful water holes, fabulous gum trees, and lots of colourful Australian birds. Then visit the famous Dig Tree, where on April 22nd 1861 Burke, Wills and King probably realised they were doomed. Afternoon: Free time. Make sure you visit the former Australian Inland Mission Hospital building, now a National Parks office and museum, located right next to our hotel. Late afternoon: Further exploration of Cooper Creek. Travel to the west of our hotel, including a visit to King’s Marker (marks the spot where King was found alive by a search party following the Burke & Wills expedition). Evening: Enjoy another relaxing evening at the Innamincka Hotel. (B)
Day 5 Thursday September 2, 2021 Birdsville
Depart Innamincka and head northwest to Birdsville, in Queensland. Picnic lunch along the way. On arrival in Birdsville we will settle into our Tent City accommodation. Our accommodation includes tents, with stretchers in them, and breakfast, lunch & dinner each day. Evening: After dinner spend some time getting to know the locals, and other visitors, at the Birdsville Pub. Overnight: Kangaroo Bus Lines Tent City. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Friday September 3, 2021 Birdsville
Morning: Panoramic coach tour of Birdsville and surrounds. Travel west of Birdsville to see (and climb) Big Red, a huge sand dune at the edge of the Simpson Desert. Travel 12 kms north of Birdsville, to see a small stand of one of Australia’s rarest trees – the waddi tree. The wood of these slow growing trees, believed to be 500 – 1000 years old, is so hard it can damage an axe. A member of the local aboriginal community (Jimmy Crombie) will accompany us on some of this morning’s tour (if available) and talk to us about Birdsville. Afternoon: Attend the first of our 2 days at the Birdsville Races. Evening: After dinner attend the Birdsville Races live entertainment of your choice (optional), or join in the general revelry as large crowds gather in the vicinity of the Birdsville Pub. Entertainment may include live music, Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe, and possibly a Sportsman’s Night. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Saturday September 4, 2021 Birdsville
Morning: Free time. Afternoon: Attend the second of our 2 days at the Birdsville Races. Today we will see the running of the legendary Birdsville Cup. Other entertainment at the Birdsville Races carnival will possibly include Fashions on the Field, whip cracking, sideshows, and a giant auction. Evening: Attend Birdsville Races live entertainment of your choice (optional) or relax with the large crowd of revellers in & around the Birdsville Pub. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Sunday September 5, 2021 Marree
Depart Birdsville and head south along the famous Birdsville Track, to the remote town of Marree. Marree is located at the southern end of the Birdsville Track, at the junction of the Oodnadatta & Birdsville Tracks. Lunch at Mungerannie Roadhouse. On arrival in Marree enjoy a short panoramic tour of the town. See many reminders of Marree’s past. For many years the town was an important railhead. Goods would arrive in Marree by rail, then the Afghan cameleers would transport the goods further on into the outback. Our accommodation, the two-storey, solid stone Marree Hotel is one of Australia’s classic outback hotels (built in 1883). Evening: Enjoy dinner in our hotel. You will also want to spend some time relaxing & chatting in the hotel’s bar. Overnight: Marree Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Monday September 6, 2021 Peterborough
Travel south to Peterborough, via the southern Flinders Ranges. Shortly after leaving Maree, visit the colourful ruins of Farina township. Morning Tea at the Copley Bush Bakery & Quandong Café. Visit Leigh Creek township, then pass through scenic Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges. Lunch in the historic copper mining town of Blinman. Near Wilpena Pound, see the Cazneaux Tree, subject of a famous photograph entitled The Spirit of Endurance, taken by Dick Smith’s grandfather, Harold Cazneaux, in 1937. Continuing south, we will pass Wilpena Pound… an extraordinary natural basin measuring approximately 14 by 7 kilometres. It’s like a huge natural fortress, with only one entry point. Afternoon tea in the town of Hawker. We will visit a well-known service station/ shop – Hawker Motors. It has a museum with a display of gemstones, fossils, pioneer memorabilia and aboriginal artefacts, plus an outstanding selection of books (for sale) on the Australian outback. Then proceed to the historic railway town of Peterborough. On arrival enjoy a short panoramic coach tour. See the statue of Bob the Railway Dog, and an impressive 1880s Y Class steam locomotive (one of the first steam trains to operate between Silverton, Peterborough and Port Pirie). Overnight: Roundhouse Motel Peterborough. (B)
Day 10 Tuesday September 7, 2021 Mildura
Morning: Visit Peterborough’s excellent Motorbike Museum & Antique Centre, before commencing our journey to Mildura. Along the way we visit historic Burra, once a booming copper mining town. After a tour of the town you may like to sample one of the delicious local Cornish pasties, for lunch. Afternoon: Continue on to Mildura, via the towns of Morgan, Berri and Renmark. On arrival in Mildura, visit Lock 11, on the Murray River, before checking into our accommodation. Evening: For our final night of the tour enjoy a special End-of- Tour Dinner. Overnight: Quality Hotel Mildura Grand. (B,D)
Day 11 Wednesday September 8, 2021 Melbourne
Return to Melbourne. On the way, visit Bendigo. See magnificent public buildings & monuments…. reminders of Bendigo’s gold rush boom times; e.g., the Shamrock Hotel, the Bendigo Historic Post Office building, and the impressive Alexandra Fountain. Arrive Melbourne approximately 6pm and the tour concludes. (B)
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Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
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