The outback beckons as you commence a tour full of adventure. After arriving in Adelaide, begin your tour exploring the outback of three states – South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Major towns visited include Murray Bridge, Mildura, Hay, Bourke, Lightning Ridge and St George. Imagine the diversity you will experience from the mighty Murray River through to the desert landscapes that surround the opal fields of Lightning Ridge and the highlights in between.
The outback beckons as you commence a tour full of adventure. After arriving in Adelaide, begin your tour exploring the outback of three states South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Major towns visited include Murray Bridge, Mildura, Hay, Bourke, Lightning Ridge and St George. Imagine the diversity you will experience from the mighty Murray River through to the desert landscapes that surround the opal fields of Lightning Ridge and the highlights in between.
Cruise through the Murray Rivers Loch 11
Visit the town of Wentworth
See the biggest tractor ever made Big Lizzie
Traverse a land of vivid contrast
View Australias national gemstone and the Lightning Ridge black and red stones
Ensuite accommodation twin share basis
Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane area*
27 quality meals
Travellers Refund Guarantee
Entries and attractions as shown
Modern luxury tour coach
Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Hostess
*As per conditions
Brisbane – Adelaide – Murray Bridge
After arriving in Adelaide, you will enjoy lunch before travelling on to South Australia’s largest river town – Murray Bridge. The first bridge to span the Murray was built here in 1879 and Murray Bridge is rich in river history. The majestic Murray has an impressive fleet of vessels which pass up and down each day, especially the grand old paddle steamers.
Murray Bridge – Mildura
Depart Murray Bridge and travel via Tailem Bend to join the Mallee Highway and on to Lameroo. Visit Dolly’s Golden Rain Tree Crafts and Heritage. Browse through the beautifully kept shop which is stocked with an ever changing range of locally made quality craft, country cooking, sewing, knitting, art and woodcraft, before enjoying morning tea and taking a stroll around the museum. Continue on to Pinnaroo and the Mallee Tourist and Information Centre which has a variety of displays providing an educational and historical picture of life in a rural community. Enjoy a picnic lunch before crossing the border into the real Mallee country on the edge of Victoria’s ‘Big Desert’. As you head north along the Calder Highway, Mildura is a welcome sight situated on the banks of the Murray River.
Discover the importance of the town of Wentworth, once considered to be the nation’s capital. Lying at the junction of the Murray/Darling River system, Wentworth was also one of the busiest inland ports in New South Wales. It is a unique experience to stand on the observation tower and witness where Australia’s two greatest rivers meet. A drive to Perry Sandhills allows you to see 10 hectares of striking red sandhills which date back to the ice age 40,000 years ago. Today you will be zig zagging across the Victorian/New South Wales border. Back in Mildura, enjoy a Murray River cruise and experience the
thrill of negotiating Loch 11.
This morning head south towards the town of Red Cliffs, a soldier settlement established after WWI, located within a major citrus & grape growing district. See the biggest tractor ever made - the 45 tonne steam tractor, “Big Lizzie”, which was built in 1915 and contributed to clearing the dense Mallee bushland. Take a stroll along the riverfront and see the majestic red cliffs; the landmark which gave the township of Red Cliffs its name. This afternoon visit Orange World, one of Sunraysia’s most popular and longest operational tourist attractions where you will be inspired by the working 50-acre citrus
property. Learn the secrets to successfully growing citrus trees at home and enjoy an informative tour of the property aboard the undercover tractor train. The tour concludes with a mini processing display and a demonstration of a very unique orange peeler. This evening, enjoy the ultimate dining experience aboard the magnificent paddleboat - the “Rothbury”.
Mildura – Griffith
Farewell the hive of activity along the Murray for a very relaxed drive along the Sturt Highway over some of the flattest terrain on earth. Large herds of sheep and cattle can be seen together with huge wheat belts as we head for Hay via Euston and Balranald. Hay is the centre of what is generally regarded as the best medium wool region in Australia and situated very close to the Murrumbidgee River irrigation system. Marvel at the multi-million dollar Australian Shearers Hall of Fame complex which brings home how tough it was to get things done in days gone by and invites you to enjoy the ‘real bush’ and
Griffith – Cobar
We live in a land of vivid contrasts and as we make our way along the Kidman Way, traffic jams are a distant memory! Continue travelling through western New South Wales, to Cobar, situated at the crossroads of the Barrier Highway and Kidman Way. Mining has long been the lifeblood of Cobar and the wealth that followed its discovery influenced the many fine buildings still in existence today.
Cobar – Lightning Ridge
Today our journey takes us via Nyngan, which lies on the banks of the Bogan River near the geographical centre of New South Wales, and on to Coonamble for lunch. This afternoon, stop in Walgett before continuing on to Lightning Ridge, home to the Black Opal. Hear how many of the residents came for a holiday and never left as they found they enjoyed living the old fashioned, carefree lifestyle.
Today is for exploring Lightning Ridge. Enjoy an informative and entertaining tour of a 100 year old opal mine and see the beautiful wall hand carvings, opal cutting demonstrations and underground showrooms with fine jewellery. For the gardeners on board, a visit to a most unusual Cactus Farm, Bevans Black Opal & Cactus Nursery is sure to be a pleasant surprise. Bevans hosts the largest cactus
nursery in the southern hemisphere with over 2500 young and aged cactus varieties. To totally relax, you may choose to experience the town’s popular hot mineral water spa baths, open 24 hours.
Lightning Ridge – Goondiwindi
After breakfast, we cross the Queensland border, travelling through some harsh country before reaching the irrigation area of the beautiful Balonne. Sheep, wheat, cotton, rockmelons and grapes all benefit from the impressive Beardmore Dam which at full supply, covers 3350 hectares. Visit the Riversands Winery in St George, located on the banks of the Balonne River. The winery produces top quality grapes thanks to the well drained soil and the plentiful supply of sunshine and water.
Goondiwindi - Brisbane
Travelling home along the Gore Highway it’s time to reflect on the wonderful adventure you have had, travelling across three states. Marvel at the agricultural area of the Darling Downs, then travel through Toowoomba before stopping for a country style lunch at a popular social hub and meeting place for locals and travellers alike, just as it has been since 1908. Your Cross Country Tours Hostess will ensure that all your transfer arrangements are made for your return to home. Thank you for travelling and we hope to see you again on your next Cross Country Tours Holiday.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
TOUR FARE DEPARTING BRISBANE: $3,436 per person
Single Supplement available @ $646 extra
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.
|Home pickups|| Taxi home pickups and returns are provided. |
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