Sydney to Broken Hill
Welcome to your Outback 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 Outback 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.
White’s Mineral & Mining Museum and Taste of the Artback
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
Today your Outback Wanderer tour takes you out of Broken Hill again as you travel in comfort in an 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.
This morning you can have a sleep in or have a lazy day around town before mid-afternoon you head to the Sculpture 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.
Today is a free day on your Outback Wanderer tour so can explore Broken Hill at your own pace. Time to revisit that special attraction that caught your eye or one of the many other galleries or attractions around the city
After an early breakfast, your Outback Wanderer tour is coming to an end, as 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 Outback Experience.
Departs Most Mondays
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, 8 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 2 lunches. All tours and transfers as listed. Valid 01/04/17 to 31/03/18. All package tours are subject to availability of accommodation.
Price Person twin share
|First Rail From||Economy Rail From|
|Senior & Pensioner||$1,739||$1,685|
|NSW Pensioner Travel Voucher||$1,603||$1,545|
|Single Supplement||$ 454|
** Low Season Rail Fares Quoted
Upgrade to the centrally located 4 star Ibis Styles Broken Hill
an additional $205pp
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.