This is the real Australian Outback, where you will meet the intriguing characters that call this land home! Be amazed at the stunning contrast of colours, the endless blue horizons, piercing red sand dunes, rugged rocky escarpments and at times, carpets of colourful wildflowers. This is the NSW Corner Country!! The secrets of this spectacular area are being uncovered rapidly, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Sydney to Broken Hill
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. Your overnight motel is only a short distance from the Railway Station.
After breakfast your corner country adventure will begin when collected by your guide from Tri State Safaris and travel towards the opal mining town of White Cliffs. 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. Visit the working opal fields and the many underground dwellings. Take the opportunity to purchase an opal from their showrooms. Accommodation tonight is at the famous Underground Motel (share facilities).
Depot Glen & Tibooburra
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Head towards the remote ‘Corner Country’ for your first experience of the real outback. Visit the historic townships of Milparinka and historic Depot Glen where Capt. Charles Sturt and his party were forced to stay for six months in 1845 due to extreme water shortage.
Continue to Tibooburra, the most remote town in NSW. Tibooburra is the essence of an outback town. Established at the height of the gold rush, many of the early buildings remain. The culture of the community reflects Tibooburra’s heritage, and it has adapted to meet the needs of modern day visitors. Named after the ancient granite tors that surround the village, the goldfields of the Tibooburra region was originally known as “The Granites” and formed part of the Albert Goldfields. Gold in Tibooburra was buried beneath deep alluvial mounds, and required special techniques to mine. As elsewhere on the Albert Goldfields, life was tough at “The Granites”.
Today will be a highlight on your corner country experience as you visit the spectacular red sandhill country of Sturt National Park, Kangaroos, emus and birdlife by the hundreds. Shoot as much as you like ……. with your camera! Cameron Corner the point in the outback of eastern Australia where the boundary lines of the states of Queensland, South Australia, and New South Wales meet. Located about 1,400 kilometres west-southwest of Brisbane, this corner is named for the surveyor, John Brewer Cameron, from the New South Wales Lands Department. Mr. Cameron erected a post there in September 1880 to mark its intersection with the border of South Australia. The famous Dingo Fence passes through Cameron Corner along the New South Wales border. Today is a truly memorable experience in the Corner Country. Tonight’s stay is again in Tibooburra.
Travel south through the changing landscapes to the Packsaddle Roadhouse to enjoy real outback hospitality. After lunch return to Broken Hill to relax after your corner country adventure before discovering Broken Hill tomorrow.
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 miner’s 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 rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the “Silver City”.
Free Day and Sunset Sculptures Symposium
Today is at your leisure to explore Broken Hill at your own pace, visit some of the local art galleries and museums.
Late afternoon you will be collect from your motel for the Sunset Sculptures Symposium. This tour is designed to take advantage of the stunning sunset in this vast land of ours as well as view one of the world’s major sculpture symposia. The site has 360 degree panoramic views enhanced by the colour of the sunset (weather permitting). Put this with the amazing work that 12 of the finest sculptors from all over the world have created and you have a tour that every visitor to Broken Hill must see.
There are many picture postcard opportunities on this tour as you enjoy a relaxing day exploring the massive Menindee Lake system and Kinchega National Park. Morning tea on the banks of Lake Parmarmaroo is a great introduction to the spectacular Menindee Lakes System, which is many times larger than Sydney Harbour. Next stop is a relaxing cruise on Lake Wetherill in the ‘River Lady’ – enjoy the abundant birdlife that call the wetlands of the Menindee Lakes home and marvel at this spectacular outback waterway.
Then travel through Kinchega NP, to see kangaroo, emu and abundant birdlife. Visit the historic Woolshed, then follow the Darling River as it winds through massive stands of Red Gums to Menindee township. The first Europeans to visit the area followed the Darling River in search of pasture for their sheep. Menindee was once a thriving river port and the area is rich in the history of our early explorers. Burke and Wills and Charles Sturt’s exploration parties both spent time camped at Kinchega. Learn about the fascinating pastoral and aboriginal history of the area. Kinchega NP was once part of the Kinchega-Kars pastoral lease held by the Hughes family since 1870. At its grandest, the property extended from Menindee to Broken Hill and covered an area of over 800,000 acres. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Darling River, and marvel at the long shadows and spectacular colours of the late afternoon light, as we head back to the Silver City at the end of another wonderful day in Outback New South Wales.
After an early breakfast, you are transferred to Broken Hill Railway Station to depart Broken Hill at 7.45am (CST) on the Outback Explorer in First class seats. Sit back and relax watching Outback NSW speed to Sydney, reminiscing on a wonderful Corner Country & Outback NSW Experience.
|Price Person twin share
Valid to 31 March 2018
|First Rail From||Economy Rail From|
|Senior & Pensioner||$2,920||$2,867|
|NSW Pensioner Travel Voucher||$2,785||$2,727|