Details

Start date:06 May 2019
End date:16 May 2019
  • Duration:11 Days
  • Departs:Sydney
  • Ends:Sydney

Price

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

  • 10 nights motel accommodation (3-3½ star)
  • 10 full cooked breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches, 9 two course dinners, numerous morning & afternoon teas
  • Travel in comfortable air-conditioned midi coach max 24 passengers
  • Ferry fare on SeaSA, all National Park entrance fees, cruise on Boston Bay, admission to Whalers Way drive
  • 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

This exciting and diverse tour begins with a First Class carriage rail journey on the Xplorer service from Sydney to Broken Hill.

Itinerary

DAY 1: TO BROKEN HILL

Dinner included

Meet at Central Railway Sydney and depart at 6:18am on the once weekly Xplorer train service to Broken Hill travelling in first class. Enjoy the changing scenery whilst crossing the Blue Mountains then through the farming country of the Central West before heading out onto the vast arid Western Plains. On arrival in Broken Hill at 7:10pm you will be transferred to your motel for the next 2 nights with dinner in the motel dining room.

DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF BROKEN HILL AND SILVERTON

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

After a late start to our busy day we drive to the Miners Memorial Lookout for great views over the city and mine sites. Next we spend time at the Pro Hart Gallery where, in addition to the displays, we see the two Rolls Royce cars hand painted by Pro Hart. After a picnic lunch we drive out to Silverton and have time for a refreshing drink at the Pub (can you pass the test?) Finally, we enjoy drinks and nibblies at the spectacular look-out over the vast Mundi Mundi Plains before returning to Broken Hill for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: BROKEN HILL - PORT AUGUSTA

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Shortly after leaving Broken Hill we cross the border into South Australia and enjoy a morning tea stop in Yunta, then on to Peterborough for lunch. Time to browse the town where in past times 3 railway gauges met. Later we drive via Orroroo and Wilmington through cereal growing country and over Horrocks Pass to the head of the Spencer Gulf and Port Augusta for our overnight stop.

DAY 4: PORT AUGUSTA - STREAKY BAY

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

We follow the Eyre Highway across 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. 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 waterfront in front of our accommodation.

DAY 5: STREAKY BAY - PORT LINCOLN

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Today drive is highlighted by many views of the spectacular cliff-lined coastline overlooking the Southern Ocean. At Point Labatt we look down onto Australia 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 in to our waterfront motel accommodation for the next 3 nights.

DAY 6: PORT LINCOLN

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

First highlight is a guided town tour of Port Lincoln with a local guide on board before then driving 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. After lunch we 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.

DAY 7: PORT LINCOLN (free day)

Breakfast & Dinner

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

DAY 8: PORT LINCOLN - NURIOOTPA

Breakfast & Dinner

Today we drive via Tumby Bay to Cowell where we board the Seasa Ferry for a crossing of the Spencer Gulf to Wallaroo with lunch on board (at own expense). Tonight we stay in the Barossa Valley at Nuriootpa.

DAY 9: NURIOOTPA - BROKEN HILL

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

We stop in Kapunda to see the historic home of Sir Sidney Kidman (The Cattle King) and then into the former copper mining town of Burra with time to browse the historic town centre. Later we pass by the isolated railway town of Terowie where Gen Douglas MacArthur first made his famous I will return speech. Overnight in Broken Hill.

DAY 10: BROKEN HILL - DUBBO

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

We stop regularly along the way with short town tours in Wilcannia and Cobar. Our last night on tour is highlighted by a special dinner in the motel dining room.

DAY 11: DUBBO - STRATHFIELD - NOWRA

Breakfast & lunch included

Travel via Wellington, Orange, Bathurst and Katoomba arriving at Strathfield at approximately 5:00pm, Sutherland 6:15pm, Wollongong 7:30 and Nowra 9:00pm.

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Highlights

  • First Class Rail journey from Sydney to Broken Hill
  • SeaSA Ferry crossing of the Spencer Gulf
  • Fishing town of Port Lincoln
  • Eyre Peninsula spectacular scenery
  • Cruise on Boston Bay
  • Sea lions rookery
  • Streaky Bay