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Gulf Savannah

Gorges / Dinosaurs & Gold

21 Days  Departing Friday 29th June 2018

Tour Price: $5120.00

 

 

Day 1.  Home Port - Narrabri          (D)

Central Coast & Newcastle passengers receive home pick-up.  Travelling north this morning, our journey begins along the New England Highway into Narrabri.  Nandewar Motor Inn.

 

Day 2.  Narrabri - Bourke            (BLD)

Travel through Wee Waa and Burren Junction crossing the Castlereagh and Barwon Rivers into Walgett. Travel across the black soil plains for a stop at Brewarrina before arriving in Bourke. Dinner at the local club.   Darling River Motel

 

Day 3.  Bourke - Charleville         (BLD)

Bourke is steeped in history and culture. This morning we are joined by a local guide to learn about the area. Join the Mitchell Highway. Crossing the border into Queensland at Barringun before visiting the township of Cunnamulla.    Charleville is our destination today.    Charleville Motel.

 

Day 4.  Charleville - Longreach      (BD) 

Visit the township of Augathella before travelling the Matilda Hwy through Tambo to Blackall. We are now in some of the most productive sheep and cattle     country in Central Qld. In 1892 the legendary Jackie Howe set the record of shearing 321 sheep with blade shears.  Barcaldine is our next stop before arriving in Longreach. Albert Park Motor Inn

 

Day 5.  Longreach      Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame                         (BD)

Spend the day at the Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame. The Centre has five themed galleries which proudly display the history behind some of Australia’s greatest and bravest explorers, stock workers, pastoralist, and Aborigines. The exhibits comprise an eclectic mix of objects, images, touch screens, audio visual presentations and open displays, allowing you to interpret the outback story in your own unique way.

 

Day 6.  Longreach—Cloncurry          (BD)

Banjo Paterson wrote Australia’s most famous song, “Waltzing Matilda” just out of Winton in 1895.  Travel to the township of Winton. Visit the heritage listed       Corfield and Fitzmaurice building located across the road. It houses a life-size      diorama of the Dinosaur Stampede, wool industry and opal displays. From Winton we continue north into the Gulf Savannah township of Cloncurry.  Gidgee Inn

 

Day 7. Cloncurry - Adels Grove       (BLD)

This morning we visit the John Flynn  Centre and Royal Flying Doctor Museum. Travelling the Burke Development Road we visit the Burke & Wills Roadhouse.  This afternoon we travel the short distance to Adels Grove, our base to visit Lawn Hill National Park.  2 nights Adels Grove

 

Day 8.  Lawn Hill National Park          (BLD)

Discover with complete surprise - Lawn Hill National Park with its incredible    tropical beauty and abundant water.  As we enter the gorge we feel we are stepping back into another world with Leichhardt pines, figs and cabbage palms. Canoes are available for those wishing to take a paddle through the gorge with its towering red cliffs. Canoe hire at your own expense.

 

Day 9.  Adel’s Grove –   Burketown—Karumba                 (BLD)

Travel through Gregory Downs, joining the Burketown Road to Leichhardt Falls.  Continue north to Burketown. Situated on the edge of the Gulf of Carpenteria. Visit the towns 100-year-old artesian bore. The minerals in the water have built up, that it now looks more like a piece of   modern sculpture than a tap to an          underground supply of hot water. Travel from Burketown on the Savannah Way into Normanton, the central town of the Gulf Savannah. This afternoon we make our way to Karumba at the mouth of the Norman River, which runs into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Two (2) nights. End of the Road Motel

 

Day 10.  Norman River       Gulf of  Carpentaria                    (BLD)

Karumba, the outback by the sea and the centre of the Gulf’s prawning industry. The Gulf is a fisherman’s mecca. Today we discover the home port of Australia’s largest fishing fleet. Enjoy a luncheon cruise on the Norman River into the mouth of the Gulf of Carpentaria. This afternoon we take time to visit the Barramundi    Centre  before pre-dinner drinks and watch the magnificent sunset.

 

Day 11.  Karumba – Georgetown   (BD)

All aboard the famous “Gulflander Train” as we make our way out of Normanton      travelling to Critters Camp on this historic railway.   Re-board our coach and make our way to Croydon.  The township of Croydon has been restored to its former splendour and is a reminder of bygone gold days. Continue this afternoon, to Georgetown for overnight.  Latara Motel

 

Day 12.  Georgetown  - Forsayth    (BD)

This morning we will visit the Terrestrial Centre. The centre incorporates the Ted Elliot Mineral Collection. Georgetown is the administrative headquarters of the Shire of Etheridge. The Etheridge River was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s. The town of Georgetown was established on the site of the diggings. This afternoon we make our way to Forsayth. Originally known as Finnigan's Camp after the     prospector who discovered gold nearby in 1871. Two (2) nights at Finnigan’s Rest.

After dinner we enjoy “Forsayth by Night”. Take a guided walk of the historic buildings of Forsayth. The tour provides entertaining insights to the history and characters from a by-gone era, through the best of bush story telling traditions and tour technology.

 

Day 13.  Cobbold Gorge Cruise  (BLD)

Travel to Cobbold Gorge. Cobbold Gorge is situated on a working cattle property that works in conjunction with National Parks.  Today we join a guided tour of the area and enjoy one of the most unique cruises through Cobbold Gorge. Experience the incredible silence of Cobbold Gorge and enjoy lunch beside the Gilbert River. 

 

Day 14.  Forsayth - Undara          (BLD)

Farewell to Forsayth and make our way to Einasleigh. Einasleigh sits on the Eastern edge of the Newcastle Range, on the banks of the Copperfield                      River.  Einasleigh is on the old Chillagoe to Forsayth railway.  The Einasleigh    Hotel situated only walking distance from the brilliant Copperfield George, is home to a truly magnificent miniature furniture collection, truly of museum quality and should not be missed. Continue to Mt Surprise before arriving in Undara for our overnight accommodation.   Undara Experience Undara Volcanic National Park

 

Day 15.  Undara Lava Tubes —  Hughenden                       (BD)

This morning we walk the boardwalk inside the tunnel formed by lava and learn the history of this unique environment. An amazing introductory tour to the Undara Lava Tubes and other interesting environmental, geological and historical features of the region. Easy fitness level- includes boardwalks and steps. We board our coach and travel to the Lynd Junction to join the Kennedy Development Road to Hughenden and our accommodation for two (2) nights at the Royal Hotel.

 

Day 16.  Hughenden  -   Porcupine Gorge        (BLD)

Visit "Hughie", the seven metre-tall Muttaburrasaurus, and an impressive    fossil collection at the Flinders Discovery Centre. We then follow the windmill blades through the streets of Hughenden, exploring the history and art features of the town.  Meet "Mutt", a full-bodied Muttaburrasaurus replica along the way. We then travel further afield to spectacular Porcupine Gorge National Park, often referred to as Australia's Little Grand Canyon.

 

Day 17.   Hughenden  -  Charter Towers               (BD)

Passing through small settlements such as Pentland and Mungunburra to Charters Towers. A booming town during the gold rush of the 1880s, with a wealth of      Australian history. ‘The World' as it's affectionately known, is a scenic gold mining city that's big on history and  character. Embark on the Ghosts of Gold tour with our local guide on board. 

 

Day 18.   Charters Towers  -  Emerald                           (BD)

Today we will be travelling the Gregory Development Road making our way to Emerald. Travelling through cattle country and through Victoria Downs  before stopping in Belyando Crossing, a tiny settlement at the crossroads of the Bowen Development Road. Continue to Clermont, one of the most historic towns in northern Australia and has a colourful past filled with drama and laced with  tragedy. In fact, Clermont was the first inland settlement in the tropics, making it a frontier town in the truest sense of the word. Time for lunch and a good look around this historic town. This afternoon we travel into Emerald for overnight.

 

Day 19.  Emerald   - St George             (BLD)

Passing through  Springsure, a small country town with a population of around 1000. Visit the beef cattle town of Injune before arriving in Roma. This afternoon we make our way to St. George for overnight.  Riverland Motor Inn

 

Day 20.     St.George –  Moree            (BD)

From St George we travel via Nindigully and Thallon, before crossing back into NSW at the small township of Mungindi.  Travelling through cotton fields, making our way to Moree with time this afternoon to relax in the artesian spa.

 

Day 21. Moree – Central Coast         (B)

Newcastle and Central Coast Passengers will be returned to your home.

 

 

 

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