Details

Start date:16 April 2020
End date:26 April 2020
  • Duration:11 Days
  • Departs:Nowra
  • Ends:Adelaide

Price

  • $2590 per person, twin share
  • Single supplement $500
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Inclusions

  • En-suite accommodation (3-3½ star)
  • Meals as indicated plus numerous morning & afternoon teas
  • Travel in comfortable air-conditioned midi coach – max 24 passengers
  • National Park entrance fees; cruise on Boston Bay; Whalers Way guide & drive; Railway Sound and Light Show; Shear Outback; Parkes Observatory
  • Tour led by Bruce and Lindy Bishop, well researched commentary

What our guests say

Thanks for a great holiday – we enjoyed every experience particularly the walks, accommodation, food and company. We will have life long memories of our walking tour of Northern Italy.

– Graham & Jill

Thank you Bruno & Christine for a wonderful tour. In a few word “Buonissimo” our Northern Italian walking tour was a smorgasbord of breathtaking scenery, compelling history, cultural insights, fine Italian cuisine and wines and many captivating Italian characters all superbly packaged and led by you both.

– Ellis & Bronwyn

Many thanks for a wonderful tour of Northern Italy. We certainly met the locals and felt that we were a part of this beautiful region. The tour was set at a very comfortable pace which made the distance travelled by both walking and train easy and rewarding. Once again thank you for showing us this colourful Region of Northern Italy and your great pre-tour info reading.

– Bob & Barbara

Thanks to Bruno & Christine for the wonderful experience we shared with you and 14 other intrepid adventurers which ended far too quickly. The food, the views and camaraderie of the tour group were complemented by the care and attention given to us. This adventure will remain high on our list of memorable experiences.

– Mario & Cheryl

Thanks again for an interesting and informative trip, we really appreciated how much preparation you put into the program. It’s not only all that but also the way you looked after us so well too, we will remember this for a very long time. Let us know any future trips planned and we will be there!!

– Fred & Susan

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - TO PARKES

Lunch & dinner included

Depart Nowra at 06:00, Wollongong 07:00, Sutherland 08:30 and Strathfield at 09:30 then to Blaxland in the Blue Mountains for morning tea. Our route to Parkes takes us via Bathurst (picnic lunch) Orange and Manildra. Overnight and 2 course dinner in centrally located motel.

DAY 2 - PARKES - "THE DISH" - HAY

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

First highlight is a visit to the Parkes Radio Telescope (“The Dish”) and the visitors centre. A presentation is shown on the role played by the telescope and in particular, the historic event of the first manned landing on the moon in 1969. The drive to Hay is through the western wheat growing areas of West Wyalong, Rankins Springs and Goolgowi. Dinner and overnight in Hay.

DAY 3 - HAY - RENMARK

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Before departing from Hay we spend a couple of hours at the Shear Outback facility that houses the Australian Shearers Hall of Fame – a brilliant presentation on the Australian Wool Industry. We then drive the wide open spaces of the Hay plains with stops in Balranald and Mildura on the route to Renmark on the banks of the Murray River.

DAY 4 - RENMARK - PETERBOROUGH

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Shortly after departing from Renmark we stop for a break in the once thriving river port town of Morgan on the Murray River. On then to historic Burra where we do a brief tour of the town to see the open cut mine site, historic buildings and the miners “dug-outs”. Then we drive on to Peterborough past Terowie where Gen. Douglas MacArthur first made his famous “I will return” speech. Peterborough is very much known for its railway history. Here three different railway gauges met and nowadays the Indian Pacific still stops. This evening we experience a sound and light show at the Railway Museum.

DAY 5 - PETERBOROUGH - STREAKY BAY

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

We drive via Orroroo and Wilmington through cereal growing country and over Horrocks Pass to the head of the Spencer Gulf and Port Augusta. Then, following the Eyre Highway, we cross the top of the Eyre Peninsula with first stop at Iron Knob where iron ore was mined for many years to supply the steel works at Whyalla. In the wheat growing town of Kimba we see the giant Galah and take a break. We pass many granite outcrops that were used by the pioneer settlers to harvest drinking water in this dry climate. Tonight we stay at Streaky Bay and will arrive in time to take a stroll along the foreshore in front of our accommodation.

DAY 6 - STREAKY BAY - PORT LINCOLN

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Today’s drive is highlighted by many views of the spectacular cliff-lined coastline overlooking the Southern Ocean. At Point Labatt we look down onto Australia’s only mainland colony of Sea Lions and nearby we stop for a walk around “Murphy’s Haystacks” – large weathered granite features resembling haystacks. Later we take a gravel road that runs along the coastal clifftops where large sculptures are placed in a spectacular setting. On arrival in Port Lincoln we settle into our waterfront motel accommodation for the next three nights.

DAY 7 - PORT LINCOLN

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

First up today we have a town tour of Port Lincoln with a local guide on board. Following this board a cruise boat for a tour into Boston Bay to learn about the lucrative tuna farming and fishing industry and see the fish pens etc. After a picnic lunch we drive along a privately owned gravel track to the most southerly tip of the Eyre Peninsula. Enjoy the coastal views of one of the wildest sections of Australia’s coastline with cliffs, crevasses, blowholes, off-shore reefs etc.

DAY 8 - PORT LINCOLN (free day)

Breakfast & dinner

A free day to spend at your leisure. Port Lincoln has numerous interesting tours and attractions for visitors.

DAY 9 - PORT LINCOLN - CLARE

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Today we drive via Tumby Bay and around the Gulf to the wine region of the Clare Valley. Enjoy a glass of Riesling, the signature wine in the Valley, over dinner at our motel in Clare.

DAY 10 - CLARE - ADELAIDE (Glenelg)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

We drive through the Clare Valley to Kapunda where we see the homestead originally built by Sir Sidney Kidman, the “Cattle King”, and subsequently gifted by him to the local school. The road into Adelaide follows the route of the horse drawn transport from the old copper mines in Burra. There is much to see along this historic route. Our last night on tour is in the seaside suburb of Glenelg and tonight we enjoy a special farewell dinner.

DAY 11 - DEPART TOUR

Breakfast included

Depart tour after Breakfast.

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Highlights

  • Vast expanses of Western NSW
  • Parkes Radio Telescope (‘The Dish’)
  • Shear Outback at Hay (Australian Shearers Hall of Fame)
  • Sound and Light Show at Peterborough Rail Museum
  • Villages & spectacular scenery along the rugged coastline of the Eyre Peninsula
  • Sea lion rookery on Southern Ocean
  • Fishing town of Port Lincoln
  • Cruise on Boston Bay
  • Heritage Listed town of Burra