THE ULTIMATE OUTBACK EXPERIENCE
Hosted by Catherine Britt
8 Day, 7 Night Deluxe Tour
$6999* Per person twin share
SMALL GROUP TOURING - DEPARTING 2 NOVEMBER 2020
Maximum 16 Guests
Hosted by Golden Guitar winner Catherine Britt. She has lived a life in the world of entertainment most will never experience or dream of! The Aussie girl from the coal works of Newcastle Started performing and songwriting from a very young age, hitting the road for the first time at the tender age of 16 opening for Kasey Chambers & Chris Issac on their national Australian Tours. She then uprooted herself at 17 years old and moved for six years to Nashville TN (USA) where she was signed to RCA Records & gained a deep knowledge of country/roots/folk history as well as touring extensively and releasing top 40 Billboard hits. Catherine is the Youngest Australian to debut on the Grand Ol’Opry stage at the tender age of 17. Has performed on the Opry over 30 times. She has also lived in Silverton and can’t wait to share it with you.
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Day 1: 2 November - Broken Hill
Enjoy your first night stay at the new Broken Hill Outback Resort formally known as the Mt Gipps Hotel. The Mt Gipps Hotel closed in 1987, remaining silent for three decades. But as of 2018, this historic venue is once again the lively home of travellers and storytellers, with the brand-new refurbished Broken Hill Outback Resort bringing today’s amenities to the rugged Outback so beloved for generations untold. After years of neglect, this heritage building has been restored to its former glory, and is the centrepiece of the new resort with beautifully appointed facilities and décor. A 2 course Dinner and arrival drinks is included on the first nights arrival.
Day 2: 3 November - Broken Hill to Mungo
We begin our adventure travelling to travel south to the outback roads towards Pooncarrie along the Darling River to the historic port of Pooncarie for morning tea on the riverbank by the old wharf. Travelling along red dirt roads, our next stop is Mungo National Park where we spend the rest of the day exploring this amazing World Heritage Listed area. Step back in time to an era when giant marsupials roamed the earth. Mungo is an area rich in Aboriginal history, with evidence found here dating back well over 40,000 years to mans early occupation of this once much wetter area. After checking into our 4 star cabin accommodation at the luxurious Mungo Lodge we head to the “Walls of China” to watch the magic happen as the sun sets and the colors glow.
Day 3: 4 November - Mungo to Wilcannia
After a delicious breakfast we start to head north-east towards the massive Menindee Lake system and Kinchega National Park. The first Europeans to visit the area followed the Darling River in search of pasture for their sheep. Menindee was once a thriving river port and the area is rich in the history of our early explorers. Burke and Wills and Charles Sturt’s exploration parties both spent time camped at Kinchega. Learn about the fascinating pastoral and aboriginal history of the area. Kinchega NP was once part of the Kinchega-Kars pastoral lease held by the Hughes family since 1870. At its grandest, the property extended from Menindee to Broken Hill and covered an area of over 800,000 acres. Morning tea on the banks of Lake Parmarmaroo is a great introduction to the spectacular Menindee Lakes System, which is many times larger than Sydney Harbour. We then enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Wetherill in the ‘River Lady’ – enjoy the abundant birdlife that call the wetlands of the Menindee Lakes home and marvel at this spectacular outback waterway. Leaving Menindee behind we follow the meandering Darling River towards our next stop at Warrawong on the Darling.
Day 4: 5 November - Wilcannia to White Cliffs
After Breakfast we will take the time to explore the historic stone buildings which are vivid reminders of what used to be a bustling inland port of NSW. Whilst here, we’ll take the opportunity to learn more about the history of Wilcannia and delve more into the Indigenous culture of the area before heading to our next stop on our journey to the unique outback opal-mining town of ‘White Cliffs’ – the first opal field in Australia. This tiny community lives underground, whilst above ground there is an eerie lunar landscape, which has been created by years of mining for the elusive opal. Our tour of White Cliffs gives us the opportunity to meet some great outback characters! Places of interest include the Solar Power Station and a variety of mines and museums (depending on seasonal availability). Why not try your luck ‘noodling’ for opal, or perhaps buy a special piece from an underground shop. House Tour and Underground Mine tour in the afternoon before heading back to the Underground Motel for Nibbles, drinks at sunset at the astronomy deck above the underground motel. Accommodation tonight is at the famous Underground Motel – an experience you will never forget. (share facilities).
DAY 5: 6 NOVEMBER - MUTAWINTJI NP TO MUNDI MUNDI
We start the day heading into Mutawintji National Park. Enjoy a homemade morning tea along the way in a spectacular dry creekbed. Mutawintji National Park is within the rugged Byngnano Ranges, with its beautiful gorges and creeks lined with majestic River Red Gums. Mutawintji means ‘place of green grass and waterholes’. The presence of shelter and water means this idyllic place is home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Among the gorges and cliffs are the secrets of an ancient culture. The Park reveals examples of rock carvings, paintings and stencils that provide evidence of aboriginal occupation of the area that dates back more than 8000 years. In September 1998 Mootwingee NP was formally handed back to its traditional owners. Today the area is called by its traditional name, Mutawintji. Our time at Mutawintji will be spent in the restricted access Historic Site. This area is where ceremonies and initiations took place. Listen to the story of Kullawarra, and learn about the creation of Mutawintji in the dreamtime. We then embark on interpretive bush walks to the Engravings Site and the Stencils Site. The remnants of fireplaces and stone toolmaking give us an insight into traditional life in the area.
Enjoy a stop over to Packsaddle Roadhouse for lunch before heading towards the veldt where the new $20 note is dedicated to Vedt Station, a photo from the late 1940’s taken on the station, a big part of Broken Hill’s history. We continue on our journey towards Broken Hill were we will head towards Eldee Station for the night where you will experience a working sheep station located on the edge of the Mundi Mundi Plains and the Barrier Ranges. Spend the rest of the day exploring the property: meet & chat with the owners, learn about the station history, meet some of the station animals, walk along a dry creek bed lined with majestic river red gums, and marvel at an outback sunset. Settle into the fully refurbished shearer's quarters (with ensuites!!) for the night and enjoy a traditional Aussie outback dinner. You may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to have a heated outdoor spa on the deck, with great views of the Barrier Ranges and Mundi Mundi Plains or a refreshing dip in the plunge pool. After dinner take the time to explore the wonders of an outback night sky.
Day 6: 7 November - Silverton- Broken Hill
A full day tour designed to highlight the diversity of the Silverton area and Broken Hill. Through Broken Hill we will take you through some of our famous art galleries, the Big Picture and the Line of Lode, before viewing some of Broken Hill’s heritage listed architecture, and exploring the diversity of parks, gardens, mines and homes in this outback oasis. Lunch will be at the Iconic Palace Hotel. We will visit to the one of Australia’s most renowned sculpture collections and an experience not to be missed. We will visit the Broken Hill Camel Farm just out of Broken Hill, where you will experience your very own camel ride (20 min). Following the Camel Farm we will take you towards Silverton where you can marvel at the vast expanse of Mundi Mundi Plains the setting for movies such as Mad Max 2 and A Town Like Alice. Meet some of the artists at their quirky galleries and much more in the Silverton township. Enjoy, sunset nibbles, drinks before heading to the famous Silverton Hotel for Dinner and live music.
Tonight your accommodation is at Eldee Station for the in a fully refurbished shearer's quarter deluxe Cabins (with ensuites!!) for the night of rest or you may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to have a heated outdoor spa on the deck, with great views of the Barrier Ranges and Mundi Mundi Plains or a refreshing dip in the plunge pool. After dinner take the time to explore the wonders of an outback night sky.
Day 7: 8 November - Broken Hill
After Breakfast you will experience a working sheep station located on the edge of the Mundi Mundi Plains and the Barrier Ranges. Spend the rest of the morning exploring the property: meet & chat with the owners, learn about the station history, meet some of the station animals, walk along a dry creek bed lined with majestic river red gums before heading back to the Broken Hill Outback Resort where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your leisure. Live music is performed at the Mt Gipps Hotel located at the Resort from midday where you can immerse yourself in the live music and delicious food served up at the Resort. Later that evening, prepare yourself for a 2 Course Dinner before whisking away to the Outback Astronomy Sky Show Experience just outside Broken Hill. Starting from 7:45pm, be enchanted and amazed by the clarity of the outback sky at night. Arrival will include a drink and a grazing platter to share and a night cap before departure. Depending on the lunar cycle, enjoy a very dark sky that focuses on the Milky Way Galaxy or an outback moonlit sky that incorporates Moon viewing up close.
Sky shows celebrate views of the clear, vast outback sky in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. If the weather is cloudy, an alternative entertaining astronomy program is available indoors, or outdoors, incorporating opportunistic telescope viewing if possible. Camp fires in winter! Aboriginal astronomy highlights! You guide will collect you at conclusion and take you back to your accommodation at the Broken Hill Outback Resort.
Day 8: 9 November
This morning after breakfast We farewell our new friends and depart for home with lasting memories.
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