Darling River Run

21 to 29 May 2018

Tour Highlights

  • Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre 
  • Cobar Heritage Centre
  • Trilby Station Tour    
  • Crossley Engine
  • Tilpa Pub
  • Lake Mungo
  • Free Day in Broken Hill  
  • Menindee
  • Jandra Paddle Steamer
  •  White Cliffs
  • White Cliffs Underground Motel 
  • Menindee Lakes Cruise
  • Mungo National Park Tour
  • Junction of Darling & Murray Rivers

Monday 21 May 2018



Starting our Darling River tour, we join the Central West XPT to Dubbo where we change onto the NSW TrainLink Coach to Cobar. Arriving late afternoon in time to check in to our overnight accommodation before dinner.

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Cobar – Bourke


This morning we explore Cobar visiting the Cobar Heritage Centre to explore all aspects of Cobar’s unique mining, industrial, pastoral, Aboriginal and social history. We visit the New Cobar Open Cut Gold Mine and the Peak Gold Mine and the excellent Mining Heritage Park all before some free time for lunch. Next it is off to Bourke a charming town on the banks of the Darling River, originally established as a paddle steamer destination. On arrival, we enjoy a guided tour to discover the sights & history of Bourke a couple of the highlights will be visits to Fred Hollows Grave and a working Cotton Gin.

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Bourke – Trilby Station


Today starts with a modern-day replica of a paddle steamer; the ‘Jandra’ gives us a chance during an hour cruise to experience the Darling River of old. Following the cruise, we visit the Back o’ Bourke Exhibition Centre then watch the Crossley Engine start up. This large oil fuelled stationary engine has an impressive history and sounds great when fired up. The Crossley is located at the old wharf in town where we will have some free time for lunch. Before we make our way through Gundamooka to Louth then continue to Trilby Station. Here we experience a taste of life on a working sheep and cattle station in Australia’s vast interior.

Thursday 24 May 2018

Trilby Station – White Cliffs


This morning we take a tour of Trilby Station before heading to White Cliffs. Enroute we’ll stop off at the Tilpa Pub on the Darling River – a must see. This 100-year old attraction, made from corrugated iron and timber, is the place to come to meet the local characters and hear true stories and tall tales from this part of the world. The inner walls of this authentic bush pub are covered with the autographs, dry wit, and messages from the hundreds of people who stop there each year. We continue towards White Cliffs, Australia’s oldest commercial opal field where you can meet some real outback characters, visit underground dwellings and opal showrooms. Your accommodation tonight is at the famous Underground Motel.

Friday 25 May 2018

White Cliffs – Menindee


Today we continue through Wilcannia on the Darling River. Wilcannia, once the ‘queen city of the west’, still has many impressive sandstone buildings.  It was proclaimed a town in 1864 and was a key inland port in the days of paddle steamers.  Declining in the early 1920s with the advent of the car, today it is the service centre for a far-flung rural population.  On reaching Menindee Lakes we join the Wetlands Cruise on the Lakes before setting down at your accommodation in Menindee.


Saturday 26 May 2018

Menindee – Mungo National Park


Today we follow the Darling River making our way to Mungo National Park. Lake Mungo is one of 17 dry lakes which constitute the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, declared in 1981. The stark, silent, desolate and sometimes eerie landscape of sand, sparse but resurgent vegetation, and spiny, hard, pitted, crinkled and fluted dunes and ridges can look more like a moonscape. 25 000 to 45 000 years ago the lake covered 135 square kilometres and was about 10m deep. It was once of a series of freshwater lakes along Willandra Creek, which was then a major branch of the Lachlan River. The lakes dried up about 14 000 years ago. Today the vegetated dry lake basins are filled with dunes called lunettes formed by quartz sands and pelletised clay, blown from the lake by the westerly winds.

The most famous example of a lunette in the park is the ‘Walls of China’ which rises to 30 m above the plain and runs for some 30 km around the old lake’s eastern shore. After arriving and settling in to Mungo Lodge, we’ll spend some time exploring this wonderful area whilst watching the sunset.

Sunday 27 May 2018

Wentworth – Broken Hill


Today we make our way into Wentworth, situated at the junction of the Murray River and Darling River. Europeans first began to settle here in the 1840’s. For over 70 years Wentworth was the nucleus of river trade between New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Today, Wentworth still exudes an ‘old town’ atmosphere. After lunch, we continue to Broken Hill.

Monday 28 May 2018

Broken Hill


Today you are free to explore Broken Hill on your own. There a plenty of art galleries and interesting attractions in this Heritage Listed City.  A walk down Argent St, Broken Hill’s main street, is a must to see the remarkable heritage listed buildings or visit the Silver City Mint and Art Centre to see the Big Picture and be astounded by this master piece.

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Heading Home


Depart Broken Hill on the Outback Explorer train sitting back reminiscing the highlights of your past week, chatting with new friends or simply gazing at the passing scenery.

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Adult      $ 2,920       $ 2,970
Senior and Pensioner      $ 2,870       $ 2,900
NSW Pensioner Travel         Voucher      $ 2,775       $ 2,790

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