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Outback New South Wales Adventure

Outback New South Wales Adventure

10 Day Escorted Small Group
14-21 June 2021

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Overview

Discover a history of mining, spectacular desert landscapes, a vibrant arts scene and Australia’s first heritage-listed city with lots of history, galleries and museums. Discover Mutawintji National Park which has some of the most significant indigenous rock art in Australia. Explore the Menindee region, a tiny outback settlement famous for two things: Burke and Wills Expedition and the Menindee Lakes. Visit the World Heritage listing of Mungo National Park and enjoy an amazing Mungo Walls of China Sunset Tour. Stop in Hay for the Australian Shearers Hall of Fame. Then on to Wagga Wagga, on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and discover the delicious food and wine scene, wonderful galleries, tranquil riverbank walks, gorgeous gardens, parks and fascinating heritage.

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Itinerary

Day 1: 14 June 2021 – Arrive Broken Hill
On arrival into Broken Hill, you are met by your vehicle and guide and transferred to your accommodation where the remainder of the day is free at leisure. Dinner tonight is own expense.

Accommodation: Outback Resort Broken Hill x 3 nights

Day 2: 15 June 2021 – Broken Hill (BLD)
Today is spent exploring Broken Hill. Discover a history of mining, spectacular desert landscapes used as movie sets, a vibrant arts scene and Australia’s first heritage-listed city. Lots of history, galleries and museums. We will also visit Silverton and enjoy a sunset experience at the Sculpture Symposium and Living Desert Area, a collection of beautiful sandstone sculptures found 9km north of Broken Hill. Created by international artists in 1993, the sculptures capture the essence of the breathtaking landscape and glow brilliantly as the setting sun lights up the desert sky.

Day 3: 16 June 2021 – Broken Hill – Mutawintji National Park Day Tour (BLD)
Today enjoy a private charter touring experience to discover Mutawintji National Park. You will visit some of the most significant indigenous rock art in Australia, at one of the country’s most sacred Aboriginal sites.

  • Interpretive walks to the Mutawintji Aboriginal rock engravings and hand stencil sites
  • An audio-visual presentation telling the traditional dreamtime and creation story of Mutawintji
  • Great outback landscapes
  • Witness Australia’s magnificent native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Tour includes picnic lunch

Day 4: 17 June 2021 – Menindee & Kinchega National Park (BL)
An early start today as we head out to explore the Menindee region. Menindee is a tiny outback settlement which is famous for two things: it was the last place where the Burke and Wills expedition stayed before heading north into the unchartered outback and the Menindee Lakes, an inland wonderland and a vital source of water for the surrounding citrus orchards and vegetable farms. The lakes are full of dead trees and surrounded by sand, saltbush and red soils. Today is spent exploring the region and the birdlife can be spectacular at this time of year.

Within Kinchega National Park we visit the historic woolshed and travel some of the internal tracks on the Darling flood plain and around the Menindee Lakes system to experience the differing environments. We also visit some of the wetlands of the Menindee Lakes system, which are rich in birdlife. This evening we enjoy a sunset cruise. With the amazing reflections and the ghost like figures of the River Red Gums Menindee Lakes has become famous for its sunsets. This cruise presents all that you will experience on the Morning Cruise then stays out on the water in an ideal setting to catch the last golden rays of the outback sun. As the sun sets behind the River Red Gums, enjoy this magic time of day. Dinner this evening at the local pub at own expense.

Accommodation: Burke & Wills Hotel Menindee

Day 5: 18 June 2021 – Menindee – Mungo National Park (BLD)
Departing from Menindee we follow the west side of the Darling meandering through the River Red Gum forests eventually crossing the river near the old port town of Pooncarie. We then access Mungo National Park via Garnpung Lake and homestead. The World Heritage listing of Mungo National Park indicates its importance and interest. Red dirt roads continue into the outback with plenty to see along the way including kangaroos, emus and abundant birdlife. We arrive at Mungo Lodge in time for a delicious lunch on arrival and check in to our accommodation. This afternoon we tour around the Lodge to meet the hand reared emu’s and other animals and learn of the surrounding eco systems. From here head off on an amazing Mungo Walls of China Sunset Tour with your Mungo Lodge guide – duration approximately 2 hours. Returning to the lodge enjoy a sundowner drink on the deck (local wine) and meet your hosts, followed by a 3 course dinner at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Lake Mungo Deluxe Cabins x 2 nights

Day 6: 19 June 2021 – Mungo National Park (BLD)
This morning we have breakfast at the Lodge. There is then time for an optional Scenic flight at an additional cost. We will then enjoy a morning sightseeing tour into the World Heritage Mungo National Park including Zanci homestead, Mungo Woolshed and Mungo Visitors Centre – learn about the fascinating indigenous and pastoral history of this area. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Red Top Lookout (close to where Mungo Man & Mungo Lady were found) and this afternoon enjoy a Self Guided Tour with your Guide of “The Loop” a 50 odd kilometre circuit around the outside of the Walls of China stopping at Mallee Walk for a wander through Mallee forests, Round Tank, an ingenious goat trap built around a man made water hole and visit Vigar’s Well, a natural water hole where Cobb & Co would stop to rest and water the horses travelling between Queensland and South Australia. Dinner this evening at the lodge.

Day 7: 20 June 2021 – Mungo NP – Balranald – Narrandera (BL)
This morning after breakfast at the Lodge we depart and travel to the charming heritage town of Balranald which is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and surrounded by spectacular riverscapes and national park. This morning is spent exploring around the Yanga National Park. We visit the Yanga Woolshed, once the largest, most modern woolshed in the district. Here we wander through on a self-guided tour, exploring its runs and pens, getting a feel for an authentic nineteenth century woolshed and a taste of Australian history. We will have a picnic lunch before spending the afternoon visiting Hay for the Australian Shearers Hall of Fame and into our overnight destination of Narrandera.

Accommodation: Bishops Lodge Narrandera x 1 Nights

Day 8: 21 June 2021 – Narrandera – Wagga Wagga (BL)
Perched beside the Murrumbidgee River and its corridor of red gum, Narrandera blends elegance, environment and history, bringing you an oasis of tree lined streets, shady parks and gardens. Today we will spend exploring the town and surrounds, including a visit to the Glendale Citrus & Hazelnut Orchard, the Riverina’s first and only citrus and hazelnut orchard. We arrive into our destination for the next 2 nights Wagga Wagga late afternoon.

Accommodation: Townhouse Hotel Wagga x 2 nights

Day 9: 22 June 2021 – Wagga Wagga (BLD)
Wagga Wagga is a vibrant regional centre on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in the heart of the Riverina. With four distinct seasons, there’s always something new to explore. Discover the delicious food and wine scene, wonderful galleries, tranquil riverbank walks, gorgeous gardens and parks, and fascinating heritage. Highlights of today include visit to Coolamon Cheese Factory which produces the only Australian Brie to win a medal at the recent World Cheese Awards. Wine Tasting at a Boutique Winery and a visit the picturesque country town of Junee. Noted for it’s heritage streetscapes time to explore at leisure before uncovering the delights of the Junee Liquorice and Chocolate Factory. A pleasure for all the senses, we will learn about the production of these organic treats in the rustic surrounds of the old flour mill. Farewell dinner this evening is included.

Day 10: 23 June 2021 – Wagga Wagga to Sydney (BL)
After breakfast our morning drive takes us through picturesque country as we make our way to the Southern Highlands, stopping enroute for morning tea refreshments. We arrive in Berrima, one of the best-preserved Georgian village in Australia, built in amongst the lush, green surroundings of NSW’s Southern Highlands. Berrima’s colonial sandstone buildings and classic country charm make this an historic village well worth a visit and we will enjoy lunch and time to explore. A final stop at a local winery for wine tasting before our final drive into Sydney for drop off approximately 4.30-5.00pm.

Price + Inclusions

Outback New South Wales Adventure Price per person
Twin Share $5,595
Single Supplement $1,375

2021 Departure:
Departs Broken Hill on Saturday, 14 June 2021

Inclusions:

  • Travel in bespoke 14 or 17 passenger Seat tour Vehicle with reclining leather coach seats and air conditioning
  • Expert Driver Guide Escort
  • Twin-share accommodation, all rooms with ensuite. Property selections based 3- 4 Star or best available in applicable region.
  • Meals as advised (B=Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner)
  • Admissions and National Park fees and Tours as advised in Itinerary
  • Sustainable Water bottles on board

Exclusions:

  • Beverages with Meals
  • Optional Tours and Meals
  • Travel Insurance

Note: Travel to Broken Hill – own arrangements.

Recommend highlight: The Broken Hill Outback Explorer train operates weekly to and from Sydney and Broken Hill (price on application).

SINGLE TRAVELLERS REQUESTING TWIN SHARE:
Our policy is that all solo travellers must pay the single supplement. If at the time of departure there is another single that has requested to share, we will then refund the single supplement to both guests. We must wait until the tour has departed as circumstances can change with new bookings, cancellations etc.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: The Outback New South Wales Adventure tour involves travel in remote areas and the operator reserves the right to alter itineraries or accommodation as necessitated by weather, road and other operational conditions prevailing at the time each tour takes place.

WHAT TO BRING:
Casual clothes, a jacket, comfortable flat walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are advisable. Please use a small suitcase or bag, and a day bag can accompany you in the vehicle – don’t forget your camera!

Level of Fitness Required – Medium
Whilst this Outback New South Wales Adventure tour is not physically demanding it does include nature walks in National Parks and Reserves. There will be times where you will be required to navigate uneven tracks, inclines/descents on walks and all participants are required to be able to walk unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

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