Adelaide & the Forgotten Corner (the Eyre Peninsula)

 17 to 27 March 2018

Tour Highlights

  • Adelaide City Tour
  • Guided tour of the Adelaide Oval
  • Jurlique Farm, Adelaide Hills
  • Guided tour of Hahndorf
  • Bungaree Station
  • National Motor Museum Birdwood
  • Tour &, tasting at Turners Oysters & Seafood
  • Wadlata Outback Centre, Port Augusta
  • Guided tour of Port Lincoln
  • Behind the Scenes tour at the Fresh Fish Place
  • Steelworks Tour Whyalla
  • Whalers Way
  • Boston Bay Cruise
  • Axel Stenross Maritime Museum
  • Pichi Richi Rail
  • Guided tour of Elliston
  • Sound & Light show at Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre.
  • Silver City Mint & Art Centre

Saturday 17 March 2018

Adelaide

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We make our way to the Sydney Airport by direct coach for our early afternoon flight to Adelaide. Sydney passengers will join the tour at the airport at approx midday. On our arrival in Adelaide, we transfer to our lovely hotel based in the bayside suburb of Glenelg.  We have three nights here, so settle in!  Take a wander along the jetty, the foreshore or Jetty Road.

Sunday 18 March 2018

Exploring Adelaide

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We make our way into the city where we take in the sights with the help of a local guide.  Adelaide really is a beautiful city and today we’ll be introduced to the history and the city’s famous gardens.  The Parklands or the Green Belt as it’s known, surrounds the entire city. The beautiful, formal Botanic Gardens have 16 hectares of Australian and imported plants and man-made lakes.

Later this morning, we have arranged a tour to the Adelaide Oval. The redeveloped oval offers a unique blend of new and old – from the latest in stadium design to the famous features such as the heritage listed scoreboard, the century-old Moreton Bay Fig trees and the grassed northern mound. Our tour will take us behind the scenes to the inner workings of this iconic ground. We now have some free time in Rundle Mall to purchase lunch.  “All Aboard” this afternoon as we catch the tram back to our hotel in Glenelg.

Adelaide Oval

Monday 19 March 2018

Handorf with a Difference

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Our first stop this morning we’ll see a unique enterprise with a behind the scenes tour of the biodynamic Jurlique Farm. We will see and learn about the nature and science behind their skin care products including the history of Jurlique, the display garden, seed propagation area, herb drying shed and the farm retail shop.  Back in Hahndorf, our local guide joins us for a tour which will include a little walking along the main street of this historic town.  We now have time to explore the many shops and galleries during our lunch break.

Our afternoon includes an interesting visit too – the National Motor Museum in Birdwood is always worth a look!  The collection has up to 400 vehicles on display and related items, even a 1920s petrol station! There is something of interest for everyone here. After an interesting day we head back to Glenelg to pack ready for our next destination the Eyre Peninsula.

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Clare Valley & Port Augusta

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Travelling north into the Clare Valley to Bungaree Station. Established in 1841, it became the headquarters of an extensive sheep station with 100,000 merino sheep by the 1880s. Bungaree Station is not a museum, but rather a living record of rural Australia since 1841. We enjoy a guided tour with a member of the family giving us a wonderful insight to station life.  From here we make our way to Port Augusta. To visit the Wadlata Outback Centre. It’s here, through ‘hands on’ displays and audio-visual presentations that the outback culture, its history and the incredible achievements of both the Aboriginal and European people are graphically displayed, before we continue to Whyalla, on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula.

Bungaree Station

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Steelworks & Oysters

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To most people, Whyalla is known as an industrial town. The Onesteel Whyalla Steelworks are an important part of this community and this morning we meet our locally based guide for a tour. Spread over a 1000 hectare site we will see the Blast Furnace, Coke Ovens Steel Making Plant, and the one kilometre long Rolling Mills and how the iron ore is converted to steel. Onto Cowell, where we visit Turners Oysters and Seafood. We have time here for a demonstration and afternoon tea, including an oyster tasting of course! We then make our way to Port Lincoln and check in for the next three nights.

Thursday 22 March 2018

Exploring Port Lincoln

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A local tour guide joins us for a guided tour of the area. Port Lincoln is located on one of the world’s largest protected natural harbours. Boston Bay stretches from the tip of the Port Lincoln National Park to Point Boston and covers an area more than 3½ times the size of Sydney Harbour. There is some truly wonderful scenery to be enjoyed around Port Lincoln and some quite amazing attractions of worldwide significance. We see the massive grain silos and hear all about the multimillion dollar fishing industry that Port Lincoln is home to.

Our next visit is the Fresh Fish Place where we take the Seafood Lovers tour of the multi fish species processing factory. They process seafood caught by the local fishermen spread around Eyre Peninsula’s vast coastline. After lunch, we make our way to Whalers Way which offers sensational coastal views from the very tip of the Eyre Peninsula. .

Friday 23 March 2018

Exploring Port Lincoln

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This morning, we head to the marina where we will learn about the history of the fishing industry in Port Lincoln. We then visit the Adventure Bay office where we have the chance of seafood tastings and we cruise the canals of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln National Park and Boston Island. Within Boston Bay there are aquaculture sites for king fish, tuna and mussels.  After lunch we visit the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum which features older style tools used in building wooden boats, clinker and carvel wooden dinghies, a large collection of maritime artefacts and newspaper cuttings of local fishing and boating history.  The rest of the afternoon is free to relax.

Fish Farms

Saturday 24 March 2018

Eyre Peninsula – West Coast

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Some of the most rugged and dramatic coastline on the Eyre Peninsula is along the west coast and, that’s where we are headed today. First stop is a look at the pretty town of Coffin Bay, located on the shores of one of the most beautiful estuaries in Australia. We enjoy a brief stop to stretch our legs before continuing north to Elliston. This really is a stunning area, particularly the appropriately named Great Ocean View – a section of cliff stop roadway with some remarkable views of the Great Australian Bight and Waterloo Bay.  Once in Elliston, a local will join us to show us the beautiful coastline and tell us some of the history about the area. After lunch, we drive through the centre of the Eyre Peninsula back to Port Augusta for the night.

Sunday 25 March 2018

Railway History

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Departing the Eyre Peninsula, we embark on an historical train journey aboard the specially chartered ‘Pichi Richi’ Rail. This section of rail line is the original The Ghan line which travels through the famous Pichi Richi Pass to the historic township of Quorn. A real treasure! After lunch, we drive down to Peterborough for our overnight stop. Dinner is prepared for us at our motel after which we head to Steamtown for their sound and light show. We find our seats in a comfortably restored 1916 historic rail carriage placed on a 3 gauge turntable. We spend an hour moving through the tunnels of time to learn about Peterborough, railways in South Australia and the many fascinating personal stories associated with it. The experience propels us into being part of the last two centuries and will top off our day perfectly.

Monday 26 March 2018

Broken Hill

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Today, we start our journey to Broken Hill, passing through small historic towns such as Yunta and Manna Hill.  We’ll arrive at Broken Hill early afternoon with some free time to purchase lunch.  We’ll have a look around this afternoon – our touring will include a visit to the Silver City Mint and Art Centre. Known as one of the best galleries in town, the centre houses jewellery made from local silver, a mineral display and an extensive range of original paintings by well-known artists. However it is the dramatic “Big Picture” painted by Peter Anderson that will be one of the highlights of our tour to Broken Hill. It’s the world’s largest acrylic painting on canvas that totally immerses visitors into the local landscape.  We have our final dinner at the “Demo” which is the Barrier Democratic Club.

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Heading Home

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Depart Broken Hill on the Outback Explorer train sitting back and relax watching the ever-changing scenery until arriving Bathurst late afternoon and Sydney late evening.

Price Person twin share

from

  Departing

  Bathurst

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  Sydney

Adult       $ 3,570        $3,540
Senior and Pensioner       $ 3,540        $3,500
NSW Pensioner Travel         Voucher       $ 3,480        $3,440

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