OUTBACK NSW LIGHTNING RIDGE
Premium Tour

MAY 25th – JUNE 2nd 2020

7-8 Nights, All Entries, Full Breakfasts, Lunches and 2 Course Dinners (see inclusions), Luxury coach travel, Pick ups available enroute.

Pricing Details

$2599 per person twin share ex Port Lincoln 9 days $387 single supplement ex Port Lincoln

$2499 per person twin share ex Adelaide 8 days $339 single supplement ex Adelaide

Pricing

$2599 per person twin share ex Port Lincoln 9 days $387 single supplement ex Port Lincoln

$2499 per person twin share ex Adelaide 8 days $339 single supplement ex Adelaide

  • Kim and Dave gave us a wonderful time touring and seeing the whales and windmills, and we had a great time in COORABIE with wine and a nice fire. I would tour with them again, very relaxing, enjoyable with safe driving. Thank you Kim and David for dropping us off at our homes in Lincoln.

    Erica Sampson
  • Awesome thanks!! Friendly reliable and good fun. Bus was comfortable and plenty of room for all of us. Look forward to travelling again with EP Bus Charters. 17 hour journey went really fast with DVD'S and regular stops.

    Danielle Green

fully hosted and wonderful tour

ITINERARY

HOME TO BROKEN HILLDAY 1

Monday 25 May 2020

Welcome to our 9 day tour to Lightning Ridge in the north west of New South Wales – just 70 kilometres south of the Queensland border. We have a travel day today so make sure you bring a good book onboard. Sitback relax and meet your fellow travellers as we head into the outback to Broken Hill, with several stops along the way. Arriving late this afternoon we check into our motel and freshen up for dinner.

Desert Sand Motor Inn, Broken Hill – 1 night

Dinner in motel.

BROKEN HILL TO BOURKE Day 2 

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Broken Hill is the artificial oasis that was created to serve miners in the incredibly rich silver-leadzinc mines of the Barrier Range. Dominating the town is the Line of Lode, the seven kilometre strip of what was the biggest deposit of silver, lead and zinc in the world. Unlike modern mining towns, where the accommodation is built well away from the mine activities, Broken Hill’s population, in the pick and shovel days, built their houses as close as they could to their work. Today, this is one of the best views of town and where the Miners Memorial (listing the names of more than 800 people who have died working at the mine). This morning we continue along the Barrier Highway to Wilcannia, once known as Queen City of the West and the site of the original Resches Brewery. From here we follow the Darling which meanders through Outback New South Wales – from its origins in Queensland’s Darling Downs until it meets the mighty Murray at Wentworth. Much of the pioneering history of Western New South Wales has centred on the river. In the 1830s and 1840s European explorers, in search of the fabled inland sea, tracked one thousand river miles from Brewarrina to Wentworth. Sturt, Mitchell, Dowling, Burke and Wills performed epic exploring feats. By mid-century cattlemen began to carve out vast stations and to forge stock routes to Adelaide and Melbourne. The successful navigation of the Darling, from the Murray through Bourke to Brewarrina by riverboat in 1859, signalled that the river had become a highway. River front wool empires grew at phenomenal speeds – some were 2-3 million acres shearing millions of sheep so that by the 1890s, the river ports of Bourke, Wilcannia and Wentworth were shipping world record amounts of wool away to Europe. So it will be a fascinating day as we drive along the eastern side of the Darling River through Tilpa and Louth to Bourke for our overnight stop.

Darling River Motel, Bourke – 1 night

Breakfast and dinner in motel | picnic lunch included.

BOURKE TO LIGHTNING RIDGEDAY 3 

Wednesday 27 May 2020

We take a look at Bourke. There are wonderful historic buildings here such as The Old London Bank (1888) Post office (1880) and Post Office Hotel (1888). At the corner of Mitchell and Wilson Streets is the Carriers Arms Inn, frequented by Henry Lawson in the early 1890s and mentioned in some of his stories. We visit the Back of Bourke Exhibition as well as the Bourke Cemetery to see the grave of Fred Hollows. We then continue to Brewarrina for our lunch stop. There is an interesting piece of aboriginal history here. The Brewarrina Fish Traps are estimated to be over 40,000 years old and are one of the oldest man-made structures on earth. This elaborate network of rock weirs and pools stretches for around half a kilometre along the riverbed and was built by ancient tribes, to catch fish as they swam upstream. We take a look and continue to Lightning Ridge. Lightning Ridge is the only place in Australia where the precious and highly prized Black Opal is found. The black opal has carbon and iron oxide trace elements in it producing a very dark stone with hints of blue, green and red.

Wallangulla Motel, Lightning Ridge – 3 nights

Breakfast in motel | picnic lunch included | dinner at Bowling Club.

LIGHTNING RIDGE – DAY 4

Thursday 28 May 2020

After breakfast we have a very special experience in store at Chambers of the Black Hand. At 11.2m underground, local artist Ron Canlin has created the most amazing paintings and sculptures. There is The Last Supper, Archangel Gabriel and the Chinese Terracotta Warriors. The second level is a mine that has been worked for over 100 years, and all the old shafts and drives that were dug by the old timers are still there. On this level a geology tour will give us the different strata’s opal formation – an experience not be missed. Overall, it is a very unique visit. We then head back into town and meet our local opal expert at the Opal Cave. He will introduce us to the local industry and show us how the opal is cut and polished. We have free time to purchase lunch before our visit to the Walk-In-Mine to experience the atmosphere of an underground mine. We also have a tour including a video presentation and explanation about opal mining. We then visit the showroom to view the opals that came from the mines in this area.

Breakfast in motel | dinner at Bowling Club

GRAWIN AND GLENGARRY – DAY 5

Friday 29 May 2020

No trip to Lightning Ridge would be complete without a trip to The Grawin. We’ll see interesting places like The Pub in the Scrub, The Glengarry Hilton and Sheepyard Flats. Located about 70 kilometres west of Lightning Ridge, The Grawin was established in 1908 with the discovery of the opal at “Hammond Hill”. Further discoveries in 1920 at “Richards Hill” put the unofficial village on the map. It was at Grawin that the largest opal ‘Light of the World’ was found in 1928. Since the first discovery of opal in the region, people have come and gone in tides with each new strike, seeking their fortune in search of the rainbow in the rock. It is believed that a field at Grawin was discovered in 1905, but it wasn’t until the 1970s became a major field in its own right. The Mulga Rush, which began in 2000, is the biggest opal rush since the Coocoran was discovered in the early 1900s. The Sheepyard area was named after a fin of opal near the fence of the old Sheepyards. A local guide joins us on a day’s touring including lunch at the Glengarry Hilton. After a great day we head back to Lightning Ridge with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Breakfast in motel | lunch at the Glengarry Hilton | dinner at Bowling Club

LIGHTNING RIDGE TO DUBBO – DAY 6

Saturday 30 May 2020

We bid Lightning Ridge a fond farewell and make our way to Gilgandra, home of the Coo-ees and the Town of Windmills. On arrival we enjoy lunch at the Gilgandra Sporties. We stop at the Coo-ee Heritage & Visitors Centre to see the interesting display on the history of the famous Coo-ee recruiting march of World War I. This depicts the journey of the 35 men who left Gilgandra in 1915 hoping to attract volunteers to join them to enlist for service in WWI. They held recruitment drives at many towns along their march route to Sydney. On arrival their number totalled 263 men. Outside of the centre is the beginning of the Windmill Walk, if anyone wishes to take a stroll. town. We now head for Dubbo.

Golden West Motor Inn, Dubbo – 1 night

Breakfast and dinner in motel | lunch at Gilgandra Sporties

DUBBO TO HAY – DAY 7

Sunday 31 May 2020

After breakfast we make our way to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo where we spend the morning. The Zoo is home to more than 1100 animals from around the world, many of them endangered species. The Zoo is in the unique position to allow many of the animals to roam freely and to be viewed without the visual barriers of fences, bars or glass, instead using a system of dry and waterfilled moats. A zoo keeper will escort our coach and explain the open range layout and some of the behind the scenes operations of the Zoo. We enjoy a slightly earlier lunch here today before expressing through to Hay.

Bishops Lodge Motor Inn, Hay – 1 night

Breakfast and dinner in motel | lunch at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

HAY TO ADELAIDE – DAY 8

Monday 1 June 2020

Following breakfast, we continue our journey westward, stopping in Balranald for our morning break. From Balranald, we head south through Tooleybuc, cross the Mighty Murray River and drive through Ouyen to the South Australian border. This afternoon’s journey takes us through the Mallee as we travel through Pinaroo to Tailem Bend, then into Adelaide. On arrival we can settle into our hotel as this will be our final night on tour.

Adelaide Royal Coach – 1 night

Breakfast and dinner in motel

ADELAIDE TO HOME – DAY 9

Tuesday 2 June 2020

What a wonderful holiday we have had travelling with friends and making new ones along the way. Today we head for home arriving late afternoon with many wonderful memories of our holiday in the Australian outback.

Breakfast in motel

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WHAT TO BRING

Inclusions

  • Complete charter
  • 8 nights accommodation/ 7 nights accommodation ex Adelaide
  • 8 cooked breakfasts/7 cooked breakfasts ex Adelaide
  • 8 dinners/7 dinners ex Adelaide
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 Morning teas dispensed from coach
  • Picnic Lunch from Desert Sand Motor Inn
  • Visit Miners Memorial—Line of Lode, Broken Hill
  • Picnic Lunch from Darling River Motel
  • Locally guided tour of Bourke Entry to Exhibition Centre – Back
  • O’Bourke Exhibition Centre
  • Guided tour of the Fish Traps at Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish traps
  • Entry to Chambers of the Black Hand, Lightning Ridge
  • Entry to Opal Cave, Lightning Ridge
  • Guided underground tour and fossicking, Opal Mine Adventure
  • Full day guided tour – The Grawin. Including The Pub in the scrub and Sheepyard Flats
  • Lunch at Glengarry Hilton Lunch at Gilgandra Sporties
  • Entry to Gilgandra Coo-ee Heritage & Visitor Information Centre
  • Entry, guided tour and lunch at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Terms & Conditions

  • Price is based on twin share, single supplements apply
  • $199 deposit required upon booking (when receiving paperwork)
  • Deposit non refundable
  • Balance due 5 weeks before tour departure
  • Dietary requirements upon booking
  • 5 weeks to 14 days 50% loss
  • 14-8 days 70% cancellation fee
  • 7 days 100% cancellation fee
  • Itinerary subject to change due to weather or events out of our control

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