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Menindee Lakes And Cameron Corner

 

Travel to Cameron Corner where three states meet—Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. Follow the lead of great explorers as you travel this outback area. See the Dog Fence, Sturt’s campsite outside Tibooburra, and visit Thargomindah, Cunnamulla and St George.

 

 

 

9 days

 

ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES

  • Ride on the vintage Bendigo Talking Tram

  • Walk amongst Piccoli’s Spanner Man’s lifesize sculptures

  • See the vast Menindee Lakes on the Darling River

  • Explore the Mad Max Museum and Horizon

  • Gallery in Silverton

  • Take a photo at Cameron Corner, where three states meet

INCLUSIONS

  • Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

  • Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane, Hunter and Central Coast areas*

  • Pickup and return locations throughout the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney

  • Flights

  • 25 Quality meals

  • Traveller’s Refund Guarantee*

  • Entries and attractions as shown

  • Modern luxury tour coach

  • Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Hostess

  • Robert’s Famous Homemade Morning Tea

 

 

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Menindee Lakes And Cameron Corner

Day 1 L, D

Home – Melbourne – Bendigo
After flying into Melbourne, enjoy lunch before travelling to Bendigo. A magnificent gold rush put Bendigo on the map more than 150 years ago - tents came first and then with the wealth from the gold came elaborately designed homes, public buildings and monuments that are still used today. Enjoy a ride on Bendigo’s lovingly restored vintage Talking Tram, hear the history of Bendigo and be charmed by the grand architecture as the tram takes you on a journey through the past.
Quality Hotel Lakeside

Day 2 B, L, D

Bendigo – Mildura
With our picnic lunch packed, travel through the beautiful countryside north-west of Bendigo for a unique visit to the small country town of Boort, to a man with an amazing story. The Spanner Man is a gifted sculptor with amazing creations all made from old Spanners welded together. These life size rusty sculptures are truly amazing and set amongst his beautiful garden. Following our picnic lunch we continue along the Calder Highway to Red Cliffs, with its colourful history from its beginnings as a soldier settlement to the vibrantly diverse community it is today. Named for the spectacular red cliffs on the Murray River, the land was famously cleared by a massive oneof a kind tractor called Big Lizzie. Continue on to our overnight accommodation in Mildura.
Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn

Day 3 B, L, D

Mildura – Broken Hill
Following breakfast we head out along the Pooncarie Road, following the course of the Darling River. The Darling River has always been the lifeblood for those who live on its banks or surrounding plains whether Indigenous or European. We cross the Darling River into the township of Menindee, proudly proclaiming that it is the first town on the Darling. It is here that the Darling River flows into the Menindee lakes, forming three huge bodies of water, two of which are part of Kinchega National Park and which also forms the main drinking water supply for Broken Hill. When the lakes are full, birdlife is prolific. Enjoy lunch in Menindee before heading to the ‘Silver City’- Broken Hill.
2 Nights Hilltop Motel

Day 4 B, L, D

Broken Hill – Silverton
This morning we travel to Silverton, the once thriving town where miners came to seek their fortune. The landscape now inspires a new generation of artists and film makers and many will recognise it, as Silverton has starred in countless films, television shows and commercials. Visit the Silverton Horizon Gallery, amongst the oldest and most respected galleries in inland Australia, and the Mad Max Museum. It is not just a place for the most serious fans but a place where you can discover what an impact Mad Max 2 had on this region and on the Australian film industry. Following lunch, step back in time with a tour of the Silverton School Museum. Readers, maps and original school work are on display, along with many articles that were used in educating the children. Return to Broken Hill where a local guide will board the coach for an informative tour of Broken Hill.

Day 5 B, L, D

Broken Hill – Tibooburra
Leaving Broken Hill we head along the Silver City Highway toward Tibooburra - known as the Gateway to the Corner Country. Travelling northwards through open country and crossing the occasional creek bed, we reach Packsaddle for morning tea, named after the gum-lined creek which crosses the highway a short distance north of the Roadhouse. Some say the creek was named when Burke and Wills crossed the area to the east and lost a packsaddle from a camel or horse. Back on board we continue north where we pass between some salt lakes. As we near Tibooburra the terrain becomes a stony desert, known in Australia as Gibber Desert. Tibooburra is a fascinating town that conjures up its pioneering past, and following lunch we’ll visit The Keeping Place Museum which bears witness to Aboriginal history with a fascinating collection of artefacts and selected photographic material and Pioneer Park, site of a remarkable sculpture, ‘Myth and Mirage’, an upside-down whaleboat suspended high in the air. The boat is a reference to the whaleboat Captain Sturt dragged from Adelaide, believing that it would be used to cross the inland sea, the expedition’s goal.
2 Nights Family Lodge Motel or The Granites Motel – Tibooburra
Please note that due to accommodation restrictions, our group is booked across two venues.

Day 6 B, L, D

Tibooburra – Cameron Corner – Tibooburra
Today we explore more of the Corner Country as we drive from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner, taking you through a diverse landscape including the Waka Claypan, past Fort Grey which was a provisions stockade built by explorer Charles Sturt for his inland expeditions, and on to the Corner. Along the way is the Dog Fence which, at more than 5,000km, is the world’s longest fence. Cameron Corner is at the extreme far north west of New South Wales, bound by the Queensland border to the north and South Australian border to the west; it is an area of diverse and beautiful landscapes. Stand in three states at once and take the photo of a lifetime. Following lunch at the Cameron Corner Store, sit back and relax as we make our way back to Tibooburra.

Day 7 B, L, D

Tibooburra – Thargomindah
Today’s journey takes you from New South Wales into the Queensland Channel Country and the remote outback Bulloo Shire where natural resources abound and oil and gas fields are well established. Enjoy a picnic lunch enroute to Thargomindah. Gazetted as a town in 1874, Thargomindah was the first town in Australia and the third in the world to have street lighting powered by hydro-electricity generated from artesian bore water. This afternoon a guided town tour takes you to the Hydro Power Plant and Leahy House. Made from locally made mud brick, the house was built when the Deed of Grant was made to the Thargomindah Newspaper Company in 1885, which was owned by John and Patrick Leahy. The house was continuously lived in until 1995, when the Bulloo Shire Council purchased the building for restoration purposes.
Oasis Motel or Bulloo River Hotel Motel opp Oasis Motel – Thargomindah
Please note that due to accommodation restrictions, our group is booked across two venues.

Day 8 B, L, D

Thargomindah – St George
Following breakfast, pass Lake Bindegolly National Park before stopping in Cunnamulla for a short break. Found at the crossroads of the Matilda Highway and Adventure Way, its name means ‘long stretch of water’ and refers to the nearby Warrego River. In pride of place in the town centre is a bronze statue of the ‘Cunnamulla Fella’, sitting on his swag enjoying the moment—brought to life by Stan Coster and immortalized by the late Slim Dusty. This afternoon continue on to St George, situated on the banks of Balonne River. The town was named by Major Thomas Mitchell who crossed the Balonne River on St George’s Day, 23 April 1846. In 1972, the construction of E J Beardmore Dam was completed, facilitating the development of the cotton and horticultural industries. Cotton growing has overtaken cattle grazing and wool production in this region.

Day 9 B, L

St George – Home
Today we begin the journey home from our outback adventure, travelling through Moonie and stopping in the Garden City, Toowoomba, for lunch. This afternoon, arrive into Brisbane where our New South Wales friends will fly home and transfers will be arranged for our Brisbane travellers.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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