- Pricing From $6,495 pp
- Single Supplement $440
- From Sydney
- Duration 5 Days
- Max Group Size 9
- Activity Level Moderate
- Departs 13 Jun 2018
- Returns 17 Jun 2018
Join Bill Peach Journeys for a new adventure into the rugged west of New South Wales. Boarding our private aircraft, we fly to Bourke, once a major 19th century river port and trading post. Visit the impressive Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre to learn about outback Australia and enjoy a cruise from yesteryear aboard the Paddle Vessel Jandra.
We explore the historic goldmining town Tibooburra, the gateway to Corner Country conjuring memories of its pioneering past. We fly next to Broken Hill, a place of huge skies, red rocky earth and a fascinating history as Australia’s first heritage-listed city. Here we explore the wonderful work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and enjoy a heritage tour of the city’s main sights.
We discover “Silver City’s” mining past at the fascinating White Cliffs and enjoy spectacular scenery at Menindee Lakes and Kinchega National Park. Travel throughout on our private aircraft and enjoy fascinating outback experiences including the underground motel in White Cliffs and a night of poetry and music under a Coolabah Tree. A true Australiana journey celebrating the best of the outback.
- Enjoy incredible ‘flightseeing’ of the rugged landscapes across western New South Wales
- Explore the impressive Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre to discover all things ‘Australiana’
- Cruise the mighty Darling River learning its fascinating history on the Paddle Vessel Jandra
- Visit Tibooburra, one of the most remote places in New South Wales
- Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service celebrating its 90th year of invaluable service to the outback
- Discover White Cliffs, Australia’s oldest commercial opal fields and sleep like the locals in an underground motel
- Marvel at Menindee Lakes & be inspired by the centuries-old River Red Gums in Kinchega National Park on the ‘River Lady’ wetlands cruise
- All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director
Boarding our private aircraft, we fly to Bourke, once a major 19th century river port and trading post. A classic outback town with beautiful heritage we start our visit here at the ‘Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre’ which is set among river red gums on the banks of the Darling River. An impressive “Outback” exhibition, it explores the history and culture of the Darling River and its surroundings. You will be captivated by interactive tales of the paddleboat trade, the Aboriginal people of the region, bush poets and Afghan cameleers. Travel back in time next on the Paddle Vessel Jandra, as you cruise the mighty Darling River and learn about Bourke’s rich river boat history.
Tonight we enjoy a memorable evening beneath a Coolabah Tree under the starlit sky, with a campfire of Gidgee coals, whilst sharing a scrumptious meal and experiencing some exceptional Australian poetry, local stories and music at Kidman’s Camp.
Overnight: Kidman’s Camp
We fly on to the historic goldmining town of Tibooburra on the doorstep of the spectacular Sturt National Park. The town is also the gateway to Corner Country, which is known for its magnificent gorges and rippling red sandhills all of which you will see as we fly over the region. After a town tour we fly on to Broken Hill, a true outback city in every sense. Broken Hill 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. With its roots in the silver, lead and zinc mining industries, Broken Hill experienced great prosperity during the 19th century and the architecture of that period lives on to tell the tale.
Upon arrival, visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how these dedicated people have provided medical service to outback areas for 90 years. Today, we also enjoy a city tour and learn about the impact the enormous wealth of the ‘Silver City’ had on the development of Australia.
A highlight is a visit to the Line of Lode Miner’s Memorial and seeing wonderful heritage buildings, churches and hotels. Dinner at leisure this evening.
Overnight: Red Earth Hotel
Today we explore White Cliffs, Australia’s oldest commercial opal fields. We learn of the hardships that the courageous pioneer miners faced in this harsh, arid land. Today, this land sees a number of people living underground in dugouts, where the temperature stays at a constant temperature of 22 degrees celsius. This evening, we will experience life as a local as we stay at the Underground Motel.
Overnight: Underground Motel, White Cliffs
This morning we tour the Menindee Lakes Scheme and enjoy morning tea on the shores of Copi Hollow. Travel from Menindee on to magnificent Kinchega National Park located along the banks of the Darling River. Here we will enjoy a relaxing cruise through the wetlands among centuries-old River Red Gums aboard the ‘River Lady’ and marvel at this almost otherworldy spectacle. Return to Broken Hill for our farewell dinner tonight.
Overnight: Red Earth Hotel
After breakfast we transfer to Broken Hill airport for our flight to Cobar where we tour Cobar Pit and Cobar Heritage Centre. After lunch we reboard our aircraft and fly to Sydney. Here we farewell our new friends taking with us memories of a fascinating outback adventure.