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Iconic Pubs of the Corner Country

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Come and join us on this exciting 13 day tour to some Australia’s most iconic Outback Pubs. We visit  Bourke, Hungerford, Thargomindah, Noccundra, Toompine, Innamincka, Cameron’s Corner, Tibooburra,  the Palace hotel at Broken Hill and of course the most famous Outback Pub of them all the legendary  Birdsville Hotel. Although we visit lots of iconic pubs it’s not just about the pubs… it’s the outback with  amazing sunsets and wonderful scenery.

This is a Small Group Tour

Tour starts and completes in Canberra

Note: Some images supplied by the Birdsville Hotel & Palace Hotel

Itinerary

Depart from your home port this morning on your flight to Canberra (at own expense) with the latest arrival being 10:30am for your pre-arranged pick up at Canberra Airport We then travel the Lachlan Valley Way via Yass and Boorowa before arriving into Cowra in time for dinner (own expense).

Overnight: Cowra

Meals: Dinner at own expense

This morning we leave Cowra and travel via Peak Hill to Nyngan. Visit the army helicopter memorial – a stark  reminder of the massive floods that devastated the town in 1990. From here continue travelling north through to  Bourke. On arrival head to the Port of Bourke, formally the largest inland port in the world for exporting wool on  the Darling River, for some free time to explore the area. Continue to the Back O Bourke Exhibition Centre to learn  about the history of the town, it’s people and their tales of isolation and conflict. See stories from Henry Lawson,  John Flynn, Fred Hollows and Charles Sturt along with the courageous women of the outback. This is our first night  in a true Outback town Bourke.

Overnight: Bourke

Meals: B, D

Today head north, travelling over the border into Queensland. Stop at the historic Royal Mail Hotel in Hungerford  which originally was a staging post for Cobb & Co where weary horses and riders could rest from the heat,  infrequent floods and roads. The hotel was constructed from corrugated iron transported over 200km from New  South Wales on bush tracks. Continue to our overnight stop at the Eulo Queen Hotel, named after Isabel Robinson  who in the late 1800’s amassed a fortune by trading with opal mines and virtually owned the town. Enjoy a drink  in the bar before dinner this evening.

Overnight: Eulo

Meals: B, L, D

This morning travel further inland to probably the highlight pub of the trip “The Pub” without a town – Toompine (circa 1893)

The South Western Hotel, locally known as the Toompine Pub is all that remains of this once bustling opal mining town that was serviced by the Cobb & Co regular coaches back in the day. This iconic outback pub is over 120 years old but don’t let its age fool you – it is full of all the character and charm you’d expect in an outback town.

Afterwards heading south to Thargomindah on the banks of the Bulloo River with the traditional source of industry being sheep and wool but in
more recent times petroleum/oil and gas contribute largely to the economy. See the old mud brick hospital and  the artesian hydro power plant, thought to be the oldest working unit in Australia.

Overnight: Thargomindah

Meals: B, L, D

Enroute today visit the historic Noccundra Hotel, built from locally sourced sandstone which obtained its first  licence in 1886. Continue to the outback settlement of Windorah, located in the heart of the channel country  surrounded by large red sandhills, and is home to many old drovers on the stock routes. Tonight stay at the iconic Western Star Hotel, filled with all the character and friendly locals that any true outback pubs acquire.

Overnight: Windorah

Meals: B, L, D

Today’s travels take us to the now abandoned hamlet of Betoota to stop and see the only building in the place  which was only reopened recently The Betoota Hotel – built in the 1880’s and has since been restored.

We end the  day in the outback town of Birdsville on the Diamantina River for our two night stay at the historic Birdsville Hotel  with time for a drink at the bar before dinner to soak up the memorabilia in the hotel.

Overnight: Birdsville

Meals: B, D

Travel out to renowned ‘Big Red’ – a large sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert, roughly 40 metres high,  and have the opportunity to climb. See the famous racetrack which hosts the famous Birdsville Cup annually and  for the adventurous perhaps try a camel pie from the bakery for lunch! Travel north 14km out of town toward  Bedourie and see the rare desert waddi trees, some said to be 1000 years old.

Overnight: As Above

Meals: B

Today head east out of Birdsville passing through Sturts Stony Desert and see the historic woolshed on Cordillo Downs Station. Take the side track this afternoon through the picturesque breakaway country and end the day in  Innamincka on the edge of Cooper Creek and on the old Strezlecki Track.

Overnight: Innamincka

Meals: B, L, D

Travel along the Cooper this morning to the Dig Tree site of the Burke & Wills expedition. Walk around this historic  site before proceeding down the Strezlecki Track, part of the epic droving journey of Captain Starlight, then once  again marvel at the beauty of the large and vast red sand dunes passing through Cameron’s Corner – the junction  of South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales and see the Dog Fence also at this spot. Continue to  Tibooburra and time to visit the local hotel to see the murals on the walls of the “Brushmen of the Bush”.

Overnight: Tibooburra

Meals: B, L, D

This morning head south and stop off at the historic settlement of Milparinka and see the old building of this mining  town. On the Silver City Highway stop off at the Wayside Inn in Packsaddle and relive part of its history. Our journey  today ends in the town of Broken Hill, home of BHP and marvel at the beauty of the grand olde world architecture of the pubs in the town. Enjoy lunch (own expense) at Mario’s at The Palace Hotel and see the unique murals  painted on the walls and learn the colourful history. Afterwards take a short drive out to Silverton and see the
memorabilia of the movies made locally in the hotel.

Overnight: Broken Hill

Meals: B

Travel out to the Menindee Lakes, the water haven on the Darling River for Broken Hill residents. See the historic  Maidens Hotel known for its role in the Burke & Wills expedition. Follow the Darling River south stopping off at the  Pooncarie Pub – a watering hole for river fisherman. Later pass through the irrigated Sunraysia region on the  Murray River and travel through Mildura to your overnight stop on the Murrumbidgee River in Balranald.

Overnight: Balranald

Meals: B, L, D

Todays travels take you through the food bowl of the Riverina area where rice, grain crops and sheep abound.  Passing through the rural towns of Hay and Narrandera our path follows the Murrumbidgee River to our last evening  together in the city of Wagga Wagga. Reminisce tonight over dinner of the events and happenings of the past  twelve days.

Overnight: Wagga Wagga

Meals: B, D

Sadly pack up for the last time as today the outback pub journey ends after experiencing true outback hospitality and we make our way into Canberra.

Interstate passengers fly to Home Port (at own expense) from Canberra. Please book flights from 1.30pm

Inclusions

* Air conditioned, restroom equipped Touring Coach with experienced driver/guide & hostess.

*Back O Bourke Exhibition Centre
* Royal Mail Hotel, Hungerford
* Eulo Queen Hotel
* Toompine Pub & Windorah
* Birdsville Hotel & Big Red sand dune
* Cordillo Downs Woolshed
* Burke & Wills Dig Tree & Cameron’s Corner
* Tibooburra & Silverton Hotels
* Menindee Lakes & Maidens Hotel

*All entry fees to sightseeing activities as listed in the itinerary.

3 – 4* Accommodation with ensuite facilities.
Meals as per the itinerary. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch & D=Dinner.

: Please note that due to the remoteness of some areas traveled, accommodation standards may vary as to what is available, hence some nights may be budget style.

Iconic Pubs of the Corner Country

Operated by Platinum Journeys

Tour Length 13 Days

Tour Cost $4645.00 p/person

Additional Details

Double/Twin, Single ADD $950

Tour Dates
04/05/2019

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