Because the tour commences at approx. 8am on Monday May 16th, all tour group members who do not live in Adelaide (or close to Adelaide) will need to be in Adelaide by Sunday evening May 15th. Cost of pre-tour accommodation & meals not included in the tour price. The tour is likely to depart from the Comfort Inn Regal Park, North Adelaide. Therefore, we suggest that would be an ideal hotel for tour group members to stay on Sunday evening May 15th.
If we charter a coach out of Melbourne for the main tour (as we did for the 2017 Central Australia Music Tour), it may be possible for tour group members to travel (on the coach) from Melbourne to Adelaide (at the start of the tour, on Sunday May 15th), and it may be possible (for those tour group members not doing the optional Extension Tour) to travel (on the coach) from Alice Springs to Adelaide and Melbourne at the end of the main tour. Tour group members would be asked to pay a reasonable additional fare for this service, and they would need to pay for accommodation & meals. At the end of the tour there would be an overnight stay in Coober Pedy (Thursday 26th May), and an overnight stay in Adelaide (Friday 27th May). The coach would arrive back in Melbourne about 6.45pm on Saturday May 28th. For further information, please discuss with Travelrite.
Craig Giles is one of Australia’s most popular entertainers. His rich singing voice, dynamic stage presence, and friendly personality have earned him a place as one of the top artists in Australian country music, rock ‘n’ roll, and rockabilly. He has many successful albums, hit singles, and music industry awards to his credit. Craig is looking forward to sharing his passion for music with you, on the 2022 Central Australia Music Tour. www.craigiles.com
The tour manager will be John Howie John was a secondary school music teacher for 23 years (taught Kylie Minogue). He and his twin brother, Graeme, perform as The Howie Brothers. John has been leading successful music tours & music cruises for 25 years.>
The assistant tour manager will be Gill Delaney Gill (accordion/ukulele/mouth organ player from Wangaratta) has played in dance bands most of her life, and knows a million tunes! She will be coming on the tour as a musician and assistant tour manager, as long as we get sufficient bookings. She will be involved in lots of fun-filled informal music sessions with the tour group.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Monday 16 May 2022 Depart Adelaide/Barossa Valley/Burra
Depart Adelaide and travel to the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s best wine provinces. Enjoy coach tour of the region. Visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. Afternoon: Continue on to the Clare Valley. Enjoy a guided tour of the grand 19th century Martindale Hall mansion, in Mintaro. Sample the Clare Valley’s excellent wines at a local winery where local singer, Dave Prior, will sing a few songs for us. Then proceed to Burra. Evening: Enjoy dinner in our motel’s restaurant. Craig Giles will sing a few songs, & Gill Delaney will play the restaurant’s lovely upright piano for a singalong. Overnight: Burra Motor Inn. (Afternoon Drinks/D)
DAY 2 Tuesday 17 May 2022 Port Augusta
Morning: Sightseeing coach tour of Burra, once a booming copper mining town. Visit the Burra Mine Lookout and see the fascinating Miners’ Dugouts, Redruth Gaol, & historic miners’ cottages. 3km from Burra, see the ‘Midnight Oil House’. An iconic photograph of this abandoned stone farmhouse appeared on Midnight Oil’s 1987 album, Diesel and Dust. Remainder of morning: Free time in Burra. For lunch you may wish to sample one of Burra’s delicious Cornish pasties. Afternoon: Depart Burra. Visit the historic railway town of Peterborough. See the statue of Bob, The Railway Dog, and visit the Peterborough Motorcycle & Antique Museum. Near Port Augusta, visit the excellent Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. Evening: Dinner at our hotel. We will be entertained by popular South Australian singer/songwriter, Graeme Hugo. Overnight: Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta. (B,D)
DAY 3 Wednesday 18 May 2022 Coober Pedy
Travel to Coober Pedy. Stop for morning tea in the town of Woomera. For 30 years, mainly the 1950s & 1960s, the Woomera Prohibited Area was a rocket & missile testing site, and was one of the most secret allied bases during the Cold War. Visit the Woomera Heritage Centre (contains historical displays relating to the Woomera Range). Also visit the Woomera Missile Park (see aircraft, rockets, bombs and missiles). Afternoon: Continue along the Stuart Highway to Coober Pedy. On arrival in Coober Pedy, check into our motel. Evening: You are free to dine at your leisure this evening. Most of us will probably dine at John’s Pizza Bar & Restaurant. Overnight: Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience. (B)
DAY 4 Thursday 19 May 2022 Coober Pedy
Morning: Sightseeing tour of Coober Pedy with local guide. We will visit an underground house, an underground church, and one of the world’s most unusual golf courses. Also visit the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, which includes an excellent 20 minute audio-visual, an historic opal mine, and an opal shop. Lunchtime: Enjoy an extended lunch break, where you will be free to explore Coober Pedy at your leisure. Mid-Afternoon: Travel by coach to The Breakaways. The colours and shapes of the hills in this area create some of the most distinctive outback scenery in Australia. Parts of the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome were filmed in this area. Evening: For dinner, you are free to explore Coober Pedy’s eating establishments. You may like to have dinner at the Italian Club. After dinner enjoy a performance by our host, Craig Giles. (B,Wine&Cheese@Breakaways)
DAY 5 Friday 20 May 2022 Uluru/Ayers Rock
Travel along the Stuart Highway to Uluru/Ayers Rock in the southern part of the Northern Territory. We are staying at the highly regarded Ayers Rock Resort, situated at the gateway to the World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, only 20 km from Uluru, with great views of the Rock and its changing moods. Evening: Dinner at Ayers Rock Resort. Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort. (B,D)
DAY 6 Saturday 21 May 2022 Uluru/Ayers Rock
Morning: Tour of Ayers Rock and surrounding area, with local guide. Learn about Uluru and why it has great spiritual significance to Australia’s indigenous people. Visit a couple of aboriginal rock art sites. Return to Ayers Rock Resort for lunch and time to explore the resort’s art galleries, museum & shops. Afternoon: Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), with local guide. These huge sandstone domes are just as impressive as Uluru. Late afternoon: Travel to a special viewing spot, near Uluru. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you take in Uluru’s changing colours. Evening: Enjoy a fun-filled Aussie Singalong with Craig Giles, John Howie, & Gill Delaney. (B,SunsetDrinks)
DAY 7 Sunday 22 May 2022 Kings Canyon
Morning: Travel from Uluru to Kings Canyon. Afternoon: Visit Kings Canyon, one of Central Australia’s highlights, with ancient walls soaring 100 metres above Kings Creek. Enjoy a walk into Kings Canyon. You can go on a short walk or a more challenging walk (including the lush Garden of Eden, with its beautiful permanent waterhole). Evening: Dinner at our accommodation. After dinner John Howie will host a session of Aussie Bush Poetry. Please join in and recite your favourite poems. Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort. (B,D)
DAY 8 Monday 23 May 2022 Alice Springs
Today we travel from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs. Along the way visit the Henbury Meteorite Craters. On arrival in Alice Springs (mid to late afternoon) we will do an orientation tour, in our coach. Alice Springs nestles in a valley in the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges, on the banks of the often dry Todd River. The vibrant town, which acts as the business centre for a vast area of Central Australia, has modern facilities and has a particularly good selection of cafes & restaurants. Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. (B,L)
DAY 9 Tuesday 24 May 2022 Alice Springs
Today we explore the spectacular region to the west of Alice Springs, including West MacDonnell National Park. Visit Simpsons Gap (a prominent gap, & waterhole), John Flynn’s Memorial (resting place of the ashes of the Reverend John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Australian Inland Mission), Standley Chasm, and Hermannsburg (historic former German Lutheran Mission settlement). Afternoon tea (apple strudel with cream!) at Hermannsburg tea rooms. Visit Albert Namatjira’s house. Evening: Back in Alice Springs, enjoy a performance by Craig Giles. (B,L,AfternoonTea)
DAY 10 Wednesday 25 May 2022 Alice Springs
Morning: Visit Anzac Hill (war memorial featuring panoramic views of Alice Springs and MacDonnell Ranges) and the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station. We then visit the Alice Springs Reptile Centre (see amazing frill-necked lizards, thorny devils, goannas & snakes). Afternoon: Free time in the centre of town, for lunch. You then have a choice of visiting the Women’s Museum of Australia & Old Gaol (optional), or the National Road Transport Hall of Fame & Ghan Museum (optional). Evening: End-of Tour Dinner, including performance by legendary Australian singer/songwriter Ted Egan. (B,D)
DAY 11 Thursday 26 May 2022 Departure
After breakfast tour members have the following optional choices: (1) transfer to Alice Springs Airport, for flights home; (2) do our extension tour to Darwin, on The Ghan; (3) travel back to Adelaide & Melbourne on our coach. See details regarding these 3 options, on back page of brochure. (B)
|TWIN FARE PER PERSON||SINGLE FARE|
Price per person twin-share $ 2,795
Single supplement $ 260
Tour deposit fully refundable up to 90 days prior to departure
The organisers reserve the right to change any details of the tour that they believe will enhance the safety, quality, success and smooth running of the tour. For instance, if any entertainment mentioned in the itinerary is unavailable, we need to replace that entertainment with similar alternative acts.
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.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd. A.C.N. 005 817 0781 (Travelrite International) is the tour operator.
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The tour is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
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Baggage: All passengers qualify for 1 piece free baggage allowance
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Day 1 Thursday 26 May 2022 The Ghan
A free day in Alice Springs. You may like to visit the Museum of Central Australia (optional) & the Araluen Arts Centre (optional). The Museum includes (1) a collection of photos that depict life in Central Australia more than 100 years ago and (2) displays dealing with the natural history of Central Australia (geology; flora; fauna). The Arts Centre includes works by Albert Namatjira. Late afternoon: Board The Ghan and embark on one of the great train journeys of the world…..Alice Springs to Darwin. (B,D).
Day 2 Friday 27 May 2022 Darwin
The landscape mellows with subtropical flora staking its claim over the passing scenery. We will stop in the northern town of Katherine, where you will have some free time to explore the town and experience the wonders of Nitmiluk N.P. (Katherine Gorge) on an included off train excursion. The rail journey concludes in tropical Darwin, arriving at approx. 7.50pm. You will be transferred to our hotel for a 3 night stay. Evening: Free time for you to dine at your leisure and enjoy the evening in cosmopolitan Darwin. Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Darwin. (B,L)
Day 3 Saturday 28 May 2022 Darwin
Morning: Sightseeing coach tour of Darwin. Darwin is a modern, surprisingly cosmopolitan city with a distinctly Asian feel. Visit the excellent Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Cyclone Tracey, that devastated Darwin in 1974, is chillingly re-enacted inside the museum’s ‘Black Room’. The museum also houses an outstanding historic collection of boats that have plied the waters of Northern Australia. Afternoon: Free time. Evening: Dinner and live country music at one of Darwin’s best music venues: e.g., the Darwin Railway Club. We are hoping Craig Giles can do a ‘spot’ with the band. (B,D)
Day 4 Sunday 29 May 2022 Darwin
Morning: Visit the Darwin Aviation Museum. This fascinating museum includes a B52 Bomber and the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter shot down in the 1942 raids on Darwin. We will also visit the 1934 Qantas Hangar, in the suburb of Parap. These days it’s the home of the Darwin Motor Vehicle Enthusiasts Club. They have an outstanding display of vehicles and engines. We will also visit Darwin’s fascinating WW2 Oil Storage Tunnels. Afternoon: Free time. Evening: Enjoy Darwin’s most popular tourist attraction, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Up to 10,000 people enjoy the food of more than 30 nations and wander between stalls that offer everything imaginable. Lots of live entertainment too, including local bands & buskers. (B)
Day 5 Monday 30 May 2022 Departure
After breakfast tour members will be transferred to Darwin International Airport to join flights to their home cities. (B)
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