General

Exclusive Newport Travel group departure 21 to 29 October 2019

Newport Travel has partnered with award-winning NSW outback tour operator, Tri State Safaris for this unique 9-day locally-escorted 4WD tour. 

For over 20 years, Tri State Safaris have been considered the experts in bringing the joy of outback travel to keen adventurers.

The itinerary includes – Broken Hill – Silverton – White Cliffs – Panarimitee – Menindee lakes – Lake Mungo National Park – Mildura – Broken Hill

Costs:

  • Adult twin share: $5,235 per person
  • Seniors twin share: $4,945 per person
  • Adult solo traveller: $5,910
  • Senior solo traveller: $5,619

Getting to Broken Hill

**FREE ECONOMY RAIL TRAVEL FOR PENSIONERS USING VOUCHERS** return rail from Central to Broken Hill to join the tour. Please enquire for other rates or upgrade to 1st class for pensioners. Also, option to fly in either or both directions, from Sydney to Broken Hill.

Dates don’t suit? Then, grab a group of friends and we can make this into your own private tour at a date that does suit!! (Departures must be on a Monday and subject to availability)

To enquire or book call 02 9997 1277 or

email info@newporttravel.com.au 

Itinerary

Mon 21st October 2019 - Broken Hill

7:10pm A TriState Safaris tour guide  and driver with 4WD Coach will meet the group at Broken Hill Train Station and transfer you to the Broken Hill Outback Resort for check-in.

Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Barrier ranges, Broken Hill Outback Resort is designed for anyone seeking accommodation in the heart of the Australian Outback.

The resort king spa cabins are self-catering and provide guests with unique views of the outback from their private cabin terrace.

Being 13kms from the centre of Broken Hill clients can choose to have dinner at the resort’s bar and restaurant, which serves dinner till 8:30pm. (Dinner is optional and not included tonight)

Accom: Broken Hill Outback Resort (2nts)

Tues 22nd October 2019 - Broken Hill

9.00am start to view some of Broken Hill’s heritage-listed architecture, and exploring the diversity of parks, gardens, mines and homes in this outback oasis.

Visit some of Broken Hill’s famous art galleries, the Big Picture and the Line of Lode, before heading to Silverton, almost a ghost town, and the setting for movies such as ‘Mad Max 2’ and ‘A Town Like Alice’.

Enjoy a cold drink at the famous Silverton Hotel, marvel at the vast expanse of Mundi Mundi plains, meet some of the artists at their quirky galleries and much more.

The last stop for the day is at the spectacular Sculpture Symposium on the edge of Broken Hill, before heading back to the resort for dinner.

Accom: Broken Hill Outback Resort (B,L,D)

Wed 23rd October 2019 - White Cliffs

After an early breakfast at the resort we begin our adventure travelling north east of Broken Hill towards the unique outback opal-mining town of ‘White Cliffs’. This tiny community lives underground, whilst above ground there is an eerie lunar landscape, which has been created by years of mining for the elusive opal. Our tour of White Cliffs gives us the opportunity to meet some great outback characters!

Places of interest include the Solar Power Station and a variety of mines and museums (depending on seasonal availability). Why not try your luck ‘noodling’ for opal, or perhaps buy a special piece from an underground shop.

Accommodation tonight is at the famous Underground Motel – an experience you will never forget.

Accom: Underground Motel (share bathroom facilities). (1nt, B,L,D)

Thu 24th October 2019 - Panaramitee

After a light breakfast we leave our underground oasis, and head west on remote red dirt outback roads towards Packsaddle Roadhouse.

Enjoy homemade morning tea along the way on the banks of an outback salt lake. Today’s highlight is a visit to a privately owned area, with exceptional examples of Aboriginal rock engravings. Tri State Safaris has exclusive access to this ancient area. By joining this tour you will become one of the privileged few who will ever experience visiting this unique rock art site.

Panaramitee style rock art at this site is characterized by motifs pecked into the rock surface with a specially prepared stone tool. Animal tracks predominate, including kangaroo tracks, bird tracks and human footprints, as well as many other motifs. Some extinct forms are also recorded, such as thylacine, giant kangaroo and diprotodon.

This site incorporates one of the largest concentrations of engraved rock art in Australia, with appx 18,000 individual engravings recorded. Engravings here are dated beyond 10,000 years old, suggesting a long history of human creativity in this place. As always, our minimal impact practices mean we only take small groups into this very special area. Both our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal guides have a special affinity with indigenous culture, and are eager to share their knowledge with you.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before commencing our return journey through the Barrier Ranges and back into Broken Hill, through more amazing outback scenery.

Accom: Broken Hill Outback Resort (B,L,D) - (2nts)

Fri 25th October 2019 - Broken Hill at leisure

On your 5th day in the outback you will have a full day to explore the Silver City at your own pace.

Our driver will pick you up at the resort after breakfast and take you into town where you can spend your day shopping in Argent street or explore the various attractions signposted by the Heritage Trail. Discover outstanding buildings such as the Trades Hall and Post Office as well as the many streets which are named after minerals making you feel like you are in a “chemistry laboratory”, Beryl, Sulphide, Oxide and Cobalt are a few examples.
For dinner you can choose any of the restaurants and eateries along Argent street including the famous Palace Hotel, erected in 1889 and spiritual home of the Australian iconic movie, ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’.

Transfers will be arranged in the evening at a suitable time and our driver will return the group back to the resort.
**Optional Light Dinner Alternate Menu at the resort followed by an Evening Under the Stars at the Outback Astronomy. $95.00 (sky show starts at 7:30pm).

Accom: Broken Hill Outback Resort (B)

Sat 26th October 2019 - Menindee Lakes and Mungo NP

Departing Broken Hill at 8.30am we travel south to the community of Menindee where we will explore the picturesque Menindee Lake System.

After enjoying morning tea in this stunning location, we board the River Lady on a one hour cruise between the renowned drowned river gums of Lake Wetherall. There is an abundance of wildlife and birdlife to be spotted enjoying the waters found in this area, and many photo opportunities to be had.

Lunch is at Menindee’s popular Maiden Hotel, before we take to the road again on our journey to towards the renowned Mungo Lodge - our home for the next two nights.

Accom: Mungo Lodge (B,L,D) (2nts)

Sunday 27th October 2019
After breakfast, we prepare to spend an exciting day exploring the amazing World Heritage Listed Mungo National Park. Step back in time to an era when giant marsupials roamed the earth. Mungo is an area rich in Aboriginal history, with evidence found here dating back well over 40,000 years to mans early occupation of this once much wetter area. Australia’s oldest human remains, the Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, were discovered here in 1974. Learn how this ancient skeleton has changed our understanding of indigenous culture.
We end the day in spectacular fashion with a journey to the “Walls of China” to watch the magic happen as the sun sets and the colors glow.

Accom: Mungo Lodge (LB,L,D)

Monday 28th October 2019 - Mildura - Broken Hill

We spend more time this morning soaking up the Mungo NP experience, before heading to the award winning Gol Gol Hotel for lunch on the banks the Murray River.

After lunch we have a quick look around the vibrant town of Mildura, a mecca for riverboats and paddle steamers, before following the Silver City Highway back to Broken Hill for trips end and dinner at the Broken Hill Outback resort. (LB,L, D)

Accom: Broken Hill Outback Resort 1nt (LB,L, D)

Tue 29th October 2019 - End of Tour

After an early Breakfast, transport will be arranged to take you from the resort to the train station ready for the 7:45am departure on the Outback Explorer. (B)

To enquire or book call 02 9997 1277 or

email info@newporttravel.com.au 

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