Once a major 19th century river port and trading post, Bourke is an inviting outback town. Discover a beautiful historic town set on the banks of the Darling River. Combine this with a wonderful Tour Host, there is much to see and do in and around the Bourke region and we will experience it first hand.
Welcome to our 7-day tour to Bourke in the north west of New South Wales – Departing Brisbane this morning, we make our way to Moree, the centre of a rich pastoral region and a district. It is also well known for its artesian bore baths, which are used by people from far and wide and renowned for relieving rheumatic and other muscular complaints. Upon our arrival we check into our motel relax before we can all enjoy our welcome dinner.
(D) Burke & Wills Motor Inn
We start our day by welcoming a local tour guide onboard the coach for an interesting insight into the local history and farming methods used in the area. Our lunch stop is in Walgett and this afternoon we drive to Brewarrina. Brewarrina’s significant feature is its Aboriginal fish traps. Known in the local Aboriginal language as Ngunnhu, the traps are believed to be at least 40,000 years old, possibly the oldest surviving human-made structure in the world. The traps were included in the National Heritage List on 3 June 2005 – the only such site in NSW outside of Sydney. We have arranged a guided tour here then complete the last leg of today’s journey as we make our way to Bourke.
(B, L, D ) Darling River Motel, Bourke – 3 Nights.
Today we take a look at Bourke. There are some wonderful historic buildings here such as The Old London Bank (1888) Courthouse (1900) 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 join the Paddleboat Jandra and recapture the romance of the old river-steamers, as we cruise along the quiet waters of the Darling River.
This morning we travel to Louth and visit Trilby Station. Once a part of the legendary million acre Dunlop Station and the first station in the world to complete a sheep shearing by mechanical means in 1888, Trilby Station is 320,000 acres these days, running approximately 24,000 Merino sheep and an extensive goat enterprise. We stay for morning tea, as well as lunch and take a tour of the shearing shed and hear all about the station’s history. We return to Bourke and have a relaxing afternoon, as tonight we have a wonderful dining experience, making our way to Kidman Camp. A highlight of our visit to Bourke, we’ll be entertained around the campfire by a great line-up of original Australian bush music, poetry and storytelling.
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Leaving Bourke, we re-trace our steps to Walgett then arrive in Wee Waa for a visit to the Namoi Echo Museum. Opened in 2006, the Museum is run by the Wee Waa Historical Society and is home to many fascinating items and machinery pertaining to the history and culture of the district. The CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array is a world leading instrument for radio astronomy and deep views into the universe. Here we enjoy panoramic views of the antennas and wander through indoor and outdoor astronomy exhibits. Following our visit, we arrive in Narrabri and check into our motel for the night.
(B, D) Nandewar Motor Inn, Narrabri
Our destination this morning is Inverell and on arrival we head to the local Visitors Centre to take a look at the mining displays and the beautiful sapphire specimens from around the world. Here we are joined on the coach by our local guide for a tour of the area. Following our tour, we visit the Inverell Pioneer Village for lunch and a look through the collection. This is a unique village as all the buildings featured have been collected from Inverell and the surrounding districts. It also has a mining display showing the district’s proud mining history. This afternoon we head out to Billabong Blue Sapphire Mine, located north of Inverell. We will be given a talk on sapphire mining and how it is processed. We even have the opportunity to do our own fossicking! After a cuppa and time to enjoy the environment, we have a short drive into Glen Innes and arrive for the final night of our the tour and enjoy a farewell dinner.
(B, L, D) Rest Point Motor Inn, Glen Innes
Packing our bags, we board the coach and commence our journey home, but not before stoping in to see the famous Standing Stones. Arriving in Stanthorpe we can explore The Truffle Discovery Centre, home to the rare and highly valuable French Black Perigord truffle. Unearth all that is truffle with a tour and gourmet food tastings before meeting some loyal friends at Law Dogs Australia. Not just for the dog lovers, experience their law enforcing training by witnessing demonstrations of protection, detection and agility in the live “Dog Show With Bite!” We have lunch here and then start making our way home this afternoon arriving into Brisbane around 4pm (approx)
All Meals & Accommodation included as per itinerary
*Double/Twin, Single ADD $320