Sydney to Broken Hill
Welcome to your Broken Hill Wanderer rail experience. Departing Sydney on the Outback Explorer in first class seats. Sit back, relaxing and enjoying the scenery as you are whisked away over the Blue Mountains through the Central West of NSW. As you continue your journey marvel at the ever changing scenery of Western NSW until you arrive into Broken Hill at 7.10pm. On arrival you will be meet by tour local touring company who will transfer you to your accommodation The Silver Haven Motor Inn for the next 8 nights
Broken Hill tour – City Sights & Heritage
This tour covers 50kms of our unique city. Listen as you tour guide tells you of the impact the enormous wealth of the “Silver City” had on the development of our great country. You will visit the Line of Lode Miners Memorial and Visitors Centre, this magnificent new attraction is located at the highest point of the Line of Lode overlooking the city. Hear of the origins of BHP and their eventual departure from the Silver City. See the vast differences from the early miners cottages to the modern homes of today. Your guide will show you the wonderful heritage buildings, churches and hotels. Take note of our green parklands and the magnificent fully grassed Broken Hill Golf Course, something that was just a dream to the early pioneers in this semi-arid climate. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the “Silver City” at your own pace.
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Today your Broken Hill Wanderer tour heads out of town to enjoy a leisurely tour around the Menindee Lakes Scheme. Sit back and relax with morning tea on the shores of Copi Hollow. Travel to Menindee and to Kinchega National Park. This magnificent park is located along the banks of the Darling River and the shoreline of Menindee Lakes scheme, which can hold 3.5 times more water than Sydney Harbour. Here you will see Kinchega shearing shed, which dates back to the 1860’s and had 62 shearing stands. The shed was last used for shearing in 1967. A highlight of your Broken Hill tour will be a cruise on Lake Wetherell on the River Lady spotting the birdlife and other interesting sights.
Royal Flying Doctor Service & Silverton Ghost Town
After breakfast you tour the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and learn how these dedicated people provide medical services to outback areas. Includes a visit to the museum and viewing of a short film on the work of the RFDS. After a short break in the City Centre to purchase lunch.
You are off to Australia’s liveliest ghost town, Silverton, Umberumberka Reservoir and the Mundi Mundi Plains have many natural and historical facts that are the best described to you at the point of contact by your experienced guide. The Mundi Mundi Plains lookout has a breathtaking view that has many unanswered questions that the visitor may wish to have answered then and there. On our tour this is possible. On our tour you will see some of the characters that called Silverton home for a short time: Mel Gibson, Bryan Brown, Helen Morse just to name a few, this is all possible at the infamous Silverton Hotel. An opportunity to see craft centres, art galleries and museums, on a journey back in time.
Whites Mineral Art and Mining Museum, Taste of the Artback & Sunset Sculptures Symposium
Today you are in for a treat when you walk underground without actually going under! View a video on the history of mining in Broken Hill. Walk through the exhibition of crushed mineral collage artworks, handmade dolls and bears. A show for the whole family.
After a short break in the City Centre to purchase lunch. Broken Hill is renowned for its vibrant art community with artists depicting the great outback with vivid sunsets, landscapes and vast open spaces. Home of the legendary Brushmen of the Bush the Silver City hosts many galleries where you can view the regions spectacular scenery through the eye of the talented artists. Tour visits galleries including Pro Hart, Jack Absalom, Silver City Mint and Art Centre. An added highlight is a visit to Howard Steer who has lived all his life in Broken Hill. In his paintings, his subjects are the people and animals of the outback, include the subject of early miners’ struggle to get reasonable working conditions, and Howard’s humorous (and sometimes satiric) views of our Australian icons, and the result is a host of powerful stories-in-art.
For your final visit of the day you head to the Sculpture Symposium on sunset. Designed by twelve of the world’s leading sculptors, the symposium is one of Australia’s major sculpture collections. View at sunset when the colours of the landscape come to life.
Saturday, Sunday & Monday
The organised touring on your Broken Hill Wanderer has finished for a few days. It is now time to create your own Broken Hill Wanderer experience and explore this great part of Australia at your own pace. Hire a car and take a trip to White Cliffs Opal Fields, Visit Mutawintji National Park or go underground at the Day Dream Mine. Have a round of golf or join the locals in a game of bowls. There are many more attractions and galleries you can spend time visiting that are in walking distance. Including the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum, Regional Art Gallery, Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum.
Optional Extra Day tours
Saturday – White Cliffs Opal Fields Special Price with Rail Package $150 pp
Travel in the comfort of in air conditioned coach to Australia’s oldest commercial opal fields. Your guide will tell you of the hardships these courageous pioneer miners faced in this harsh arid land. Many people still live in underground ‘dugouts’ where the temperature stays at a constant 22 degrees Celsius. Australia’s first solar power station was built here because of the regions large exposure to sunlight. After lunch your guide will take you on a tour to observe the historic buildings and opal showrooms where you will have the opportunity to purchase opals direct from the source.
Monday – Mutawintji National Park 4WD Tour $230 pp (minimum number apply)
Start the day tour with pick up from your accommodation. The 130km drive from Broken Hill takes in ever changing landscapes that include the Barrier Ranges, saltbush and bluebush plains as far as the eye can see, mulga and red sand country.
Morning tea along the way is enjoyed in the shade of a dry creek bed lined with majestic red gums. A little further on we enter Mutawintji NP and proceed to the Historic Site. This area is where ceremonies and initiations took place. Listen to the story of Kullawarra, about the creation of Mutawintji in the dreamtime. Then we embark on interpretive bush walks to the Engravings Site and to the Stencils Site.
The remnants of fireplaces and stone toolmaking give us an insight into traditional life in the area. After this walk concludes we return to Broken Hill.
The bush walks are easy to moderate. The morning tea and lunch stops indicated may vary.
Your tour guide will be an indigenous guide whenever available. Otherwise, a non-indigenous guides who have been trained & accredited by the Local Aboriginal Land Council will conduct the tour.
Your Broken Hill Wanderer tour is coming to an end, as you are transferred to Broken Hill Railway Station to depart Broken Hill at 7.45 am (CST) on the Outback Explorer in First class seats. Sit back and relax watching Outback NSW speed to Sydney, reminiscing on a wonderful Outback Experience.
Broken Hill Wanderer Current available 2018 dates
2 & 16 April | 7 & 28 May | 18 June | 23 July
13 August | 3 & 17 September | 1 & 15 October | 5 November
Other Dates for groups available on request.
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Fully packaged holidays designed to connect with rail transport from Sydney includes rail fare** (seasonal fares quotes for non-concession holders. Adult fare quoted may vary slightly due to season). Inclusions: Rail fare from Sydney, 8 nights’ accommodation, 5 Light breakfasts, 4 dinners, 1 lunch. All tours and transfers as listed. Valid 01/04/18 to 31/03/19. All package tours are subject to availability of accommodation.
|Broken Hill Wanderer|
Price Person twin share
|First Rail From||Economy Rail From|
|Senior & Pensioner||$1,493||$1,439|
|NSW Pensioner Travel Voucher||$1,357||$1,299|
|Single Supplement||$ 611|
** Low Season Rail Fares Quoted
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Cancellation and Indemnity
Conditions *Road conditions and weather may necessitate variations to itinerary *No smoking no alcohol on bus/coach *All tours are subject to alteration or cancellation without notice *All tours are subject to minimum numbers *Cancellation Fees may apply.