Ultimate Outback New South Wales
12 Day Adventure
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This tour can be joined in Broken Hill, reducing the departure to a 10 day tour (see prices in “Price + Inclusions” Tab).
Departing Sydney early this morning on our Ultimate Outback New South Wales adventure, we head North West towards the township of Bathurst, Australia’s oldest inland town. We have some time to stop for a coffee and wander up the main street before rejoining the vehicle as we continue to Orange. With a well-deserved reputation for producing sensational food and wine, stunning landscapes and a fascinating history, Orange is the perfect destination for our lunch stop. We arrive at the gorgeous Rowlee Wines, one of Orange’s premier Wine labels. Rowlee is a Single Vineyard Estate, utilising varieties suited to a cool climate and high altitude. We are met by our host on arrival for our memorable Vine to Paddock Experience. Explore the estate and learn about the journey from vineyard to glass. We will enjoy unique wine tastings followed by a relaxing luncheon, complimented by a glass of your choice of Rowlee Wines.
After lunch reboard the vehicle and continue towards Dubbo arriving late afternoon. Check into your accommodation with time to relax before meeting again for dinner at the nearby Castlereagh Hotel.
Accommodation: Dubbo – TBC
Day 2: Sunday – Dubbo to White Cliff (BLD)
An early breakfast this morning before you reboard the vehicle and continue west along the Mitchell Highway. The country starts to open up now as you enter the outback. We pass through Naromine before making a stop for coffee at the tiny town of Trangie. Admire the 19th century architecture of this once thriving farming community. We have some time to explore the main street and enjoy a coffee. We continue passing by Nyngan towards Cobar where we stop for lunch. Another great outback town, Cobar is full of characters. Lunch today is at the local RSL Club just off the main street. Enjoy lunch and meet some of great locals. Afterwards we pass through the town of Wilcannia, before continuing onto White Cliffs. White Cliffs is well known for the first place in Australia where opal was discovered, by accident in 1872. Since then, opal has been mined continuously. Many of the locals live underground using their mining equipment to build their homes. Tonight, you will be staying at the famous White Cliffs Underground Motel, built into the side of an escarpment and keeping a perfect all year round temperature of 21 degrees. You will have some time to relax before meeting for dinner at the hotel’s dining room.
Accommodation: White Cliffs Underground Motel
Day 3: Monday – White Cliffs to Broken Hill (BL)
Enjoy breakfast this morning before meeting your guide for a tour of White Cliffs. We visit the Red Earth Opal Mine and take a tour 25 meters underground to see firsthand how opals are mined. Learn all about their fascinating shapes and different colours. Continue our tour of White Cliffs afterwards admiring the unique outback landscape. Enjoy lunch at a local café before reboarding the vehicle and heading west towards Broken Hill. Enjoy the views of the vast outback as we travel along the Barrier Highway to the last frontier, Broken Hill, arriving late afternoon. Time to check in and relax before dinner at the resort this evening.
The unofficial capital of the NSW Outback, the city of Broken Hill has a rich history, vibrant artistic community and plenty of colourful characters. A true outback city in every sense it is a living, breathing time capsule where the great mining prosperity of yesteryear blends seamlessly with a rising modern art scene, all set amid a sprawling desert landscape. It is a place of huge skies, red rock earth and a fascinating and internationally significant history. It is, after all, Australia’s first heritage-listed city, and its secrets are just waiting to be discovered.
Accommodation: Outback Resort Broken Hill x 3 nights
Day 4: Tuesday – Broken Hill (BLD)
This morning after breakfast, meet your guide and head out for a fascinating day of exploration of Broken Hill and the surrounding areas. Our morning is spent exploring the town- visit to the miner’s museum located atop of the original mullock heap in the middle of the town where you can admire the views of Broken Hill and surrounding countryside as well as the beautiful memorial to the local miners. We also have an option to visit the legendary Pro Hart museum. As we travel through the town, admire the beautiful 19th Century Architecture, many of the buildings have been fully restored. From here we travel to the nearby town of Silverton. The town has been used in many movies and commercials but is most famous for Mad Max movie franchise. Visit the legendary Silverton Hotel and admire the eclectic collection of memorabilia on the walls and roof of the pub. We enjoy lunch here before exploring the town. Discover local galleries, museums and the tiny stores that make up one of Australia’s most iconic towns. Late afternoon has us enjoying 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 5: Wednesday – Broken Hill to Mutawintji National Park Day Tour (BLD)
This morning after breakfast, we meet our guide to head off for an unforgettable day exploring Mutawintji National Park. Visiting Mutawintji National Park in the NSW outback is a uniquely Australian experience. Here you will find a ruggedly beautiful desert region showing evidence of continuous use by Aboriginal people for thousands of years.
Dominated by the Bynguano Ranges, whose vibrant red colour dramatically captures changes in the light, this outback park is home to the famous hand stencil art of local Aboriginal communities as well as many other important cultural and historic sites. Highlights of today’s tour will include visiting some of the most significant indigenous rock art in Australia, at one of the country’s most sacred Aboriginal sites. You will also explore great outback landscapes and witness Australia’s magnificent native wildlife in their natural environment. Tour includes picnic lunch before our return to the resort late afternoon.
Day 6: Thursday Menindee and 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 wonder land 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, salt bush 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. Late afternoon we board our purpose built vessel the “River Lady”. Cruise at a leisurely pace exploring the upper reaches of Lake Wetherell taking in the constantly changing scenery from the amazing bird life and ancient River Red Gums. Cruise past the remains of the now famous Edwards Family Homestead where Menindee’s own Tarzan lived. Explore the wet home to a myriad of birdlife, at times numbering in the tens of thousands. With the amazing reflections and the ghost like figures of the River Red Gums Menindee Lakes has become famous for its sunsets and being on the water is the 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 x 1 Night
Day 7: Friday – Menindee – Mungo National Park (BLD)
Our destination today is one of the world’s very special places – Mungo National Park, where Aboriginal people have walked in the footsteps of their ancestors since the Dreamtime. Scientists have discovered artefacts of this ancient culture dating back over 50,000 years across the expanses of the last ice age, making Mungo one of the oldest places outside of Africa to have been occupied by modern humans since ancient times. Here we will explore the remarkable story of how a culture was able to stay strong and care for Country in the face of extreme climate change, change that dried up the lakes that were the lifeblood of the region.
After breakfast, we depart from Menindee and 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 will 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 and into the outback with plenty to see along the way including kangaroos, emu 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 8: Saturday – 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 walk with your AEA 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 build around a manmade 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 9: Sunday – 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 Night
Day 10: Monday – Narrandera to Wagga Wagga (BL)
Perched beside the Murrumbidgee River and its corridor of red gum, Narrandera blends elegance, the environment and history, bringing you an oasis of tree lined streets, shady parks and gardens. Today we will spend exploring the town and surrounds. Included this morning will be a Guided tour at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre, a world-class fisheries research and aquaculture facility located adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River. Opened in 1962, NFC can produce millions of fingerlings per year. These fish – including Murray cod, trout cod, golden perch and silver perch – are stocked into NSW waterways to maintain and enhance populations of key native freshwater fish for recreational and conservation outcomes.
We will look to arrive at the Glendale Citrus & Hazelnut Orchard, the Riverina’s first and only citrus and hazelnut orchard. We will be met by our hosts Graham and Barbara and enjoy a delightful picnic lunch on the riverbank before boarding their vintage tractor drawn “Orchard Express” to meander through the orchard. Mid-afternoon we will depart and commence the short 1 hour drive to our destination for the next 2 nights Wagga Wagga. On arrival check in with the remainder of the evening free at leisure. Dinner this evening will be own expense and your guide will be able to advise on suggested restaurants.
Accommodation: Townhouse Hotel, Wagga x 2 Nights
Day 11: Tuesday – 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 is 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 the 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 12: Wednesday – 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 will enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at a local Southern Highlands Winery and time to explore Berrima, one of the best-preserved Georgian village in Australia before departing for the drive back into Sydney for drop off approximately 5:00pm.
Price + Inclusions
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2021 Departure Dates:
Depart Sydney: Saturday 10 July 2021, Return Sydney: Wednesday 21 July 2021
Depart Sydney: Saturday 04 September 2021, Return Sydney: Wednesday 15 September 2021
Option to take this safari as a departure from Broken Hill (10 Days only)
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2021 Departure Dates:
Depart Broken Hill: Monday 12 July 2021, Return Sydney: Wednesday 21 July 2021
Depart Broken Hill: Monday 06 September 2021, Return Sydney: Wednesday 15 September 2021
- Travel in bespoke 13 passenger Seat Deluxe Mercedes Springer with luggage Trailer. Vehicle features reclining leather coach seats, air conditioning, large windows with good viewing aspects from all seats
- An expert driver who is also your Guide
- 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 & National Park fees and Tours as advised in Itinerary
- Sustainable Water bottles on board
- Beverages with Meals
- Optional Tours and Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
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.
Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.
These tours involve 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!
This tour has been costed to operate with a minimum number of 8 Guests. We endeavour to operate all trips if being booked as an FIT Scheduled departure, however we reserve the right to cancel if this minimum number requirement is not met. Private Tours, please contact us for revised pricing if you have less than 8 in your party.