Take a journey along the Darling River and discover the pioneer history of the region’s historic towns such as Louth, Tilpa, Wilcannia and Menindee. Retrace the steps of the explorers Sturt, Mitchell, Burke and Wills and experience the inspiration for literary legends Lawson, Olgilvie and Breaker Morant.
Take a cruise along the quiet waters of the Darling River on the Paddleboat JANDRA recapturing the romance of the old river-steamers. Tour Historic Dunlop Station which played a major part In Australia’s history before experiencing a taste of life on historic Trilby Station a 130,000-acre working sheep and cattle station, with a tour of the station. Our guides at these stations will be with one of the owners a truly unique and memorable outback experience.
Travel to the classic outback pub the Tilpa Hotel and the White Cliffs Opals fields’ places to meet some real outback characters. Stay in the famous Underground Motel before continuing on to Wilcannia once the ‘queen city of the west’. On reaching Menindee Lakes take a relaxing late afternoon Wetlands Cruise on the Lakes.
Mungo National Park is the focal point of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area. The lunette known as the ‘Walls of China’ is one of the main highlights of Mungo National Park. It is a 30-kilometre long dune formation, which protects many thousands of years of human history. Take a guided tour and experience the ‘Walls of China’ at sunset the changes are truly remarkable.
Follow the Darling River to tour Wentworth, the former nucleus of the river trade, at the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers to complete your Darling River experience. Travel to Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway before spending a relaxing day returning on the Outback Explorer, watching the ever-changing scenery pass by.
The tour is a small group accommodated tour and is fully escorted by Rail Holidays Australia. Including most meals and return First class Rail.
Book now to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited to just 16 passengers.
Monday 6 May 2019
Today we join the Central West XPT to Dubbo where we change onto the NSW TrainLink Coach to Nyngan. Where we meet our touring coach and continue to Bourke arriving in time for dinner before checking in to our accommodation for 2 nights.
Tuesday 7 May 2019
This morning, 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. We will visit the Back o’ Bourke Exhibition Centre and 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. After lunch we take a Darling River Cruise on a modern-day replica of a paddle steamer; the ‘Jandra’ gives us a chance during an hour cruise to experience the Darling of old.
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Dunlop Station – Trilby Station
We make our way through Gundamooka to Louth to visit the cemetery to hear the story of one man’s devotion to his wife. Continuing on to Historic Dunlop Station for morning tea before a tour of the Historic Shearing Shed which played a major part in Australia’s history, visit the former Station Store then continue to Trilby Station. Here we experience a taste of life on a working sheep and cattle station in Australia’s vast interior. Our tour will include the new shearing Shed with latest innovations.
Thursday 9 May 2019
Trilby Station – White Cliffs
This morning we’ll stop off at the Tilpa Pub – 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 10 May 2019
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 11 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 12 May 2019
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 13 May 2019
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 14 May 2019
|Price Person twin share|
|Adult||$ 2,970||$ 3,020|
|Senior and Pensioner||$ 2,910||$ 2,940|
|NSW Pensioner Travel Voucher||$ 2,790||$ 2,800|
Price includes all entry fees and most meals as listed.
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