The Mildura Region is renowned for its big skies, rich earth and welcoming locals. Australia’s two greatest rivers, the Murray and the Darling meet at nearby Wentworth supporting local flora and fauna. This is where most of Australia's dried fruit, grapes, citrus, almonds, pistachios, olives, carrots, and asparagus are grown. Wine too is in abundance. The Mildura area produces most of Australia's Chardonnay, in addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and several other varieties. The river is the heart and soul of Mildura. During our stay we will see it, hear it and cruise on it. To the north of Mildura is Broken Hill. Its a fascinating outback town - an artificial oasis in the vast arid lands of far western NSW. “Beyond the Darling River, on the edge of the sundown” is where they used to say you would find Broken Hill! Dominating the town is the “Line of Lode” – the seven kilometre strip of what was the biggest deposit of silver, lead and zinc in the world. Art and the Outback must work well together. This is where Pro Hart and Jack Absolom did a lot of their best work!
DAY 1 (LD) NARACOORTE TO MILDURA: Saturday 2 May 2020
After we have loaded the coach and collected our fellow travellers we are ready to head off on our 6 day tour to Mildura & Broken Hill. Sit back and enjoy the view and the company as we make our way north with a stop at Ouyen for a pub lunch. We arrive in Mildura early afternoon where we will be met by our locally based guide for an afternoon of sightseeing - and to learn about the Canadian Chaﬀey Brothers (George and William Benjamin) who arrived in Mildura in 1886. Their goal was to establish the first irrigation scheme in Australia. The brothers had been approached by the Victorian Premier Alfred Deakin who was under pressure to open up more land for farming and settlement. Following the success of early irrigation development work William Chaffey began construction of Rio Vista in 1889 – our next stop. The Spanish name Rio Vista (River View) reflects the Californian influences found in the house. In 1889 the family moved into the completed Rio Vista. Although the Mildura scheme was a remarkable achievement, the Chaffey brothers encountered financial difficulties and never realised the dream of prosperity that Rio Vista symbolised. Now the home of the Mildura Arts Centre and Historical Museum the home features antique filled rooms of the 1890s, beautifully restored woodwork, exquisite hand painted stained glass windows and door panelling. At the end of an interesting day we check in to our hotel and settle in before dinner. (Meal Inclusions: Light lunch/Dinner in the motel). Quality Hotel Grand, Cnr 7th & Deakin Avenue, Mildura 1800034228 – (3 nights)
DAY 2 (BLD) EXPLORING MILDURA: Sunday 3 May 2020
We head out to Orange World - a working 50-acre citrus property situated just 8 minutes from Mildura over the Chaffey Bridge.We will enjoy a citrus tour around the picturesque property of avocado trees, numerous citrus varieties and tree grafting areas. There is also an opportunity to travel on the 70-seat tractor train with undercover seating for an informative commentary on a wealth of citrus information with a juicy sense of humour. Next stop is the Varapodio Olive Oil Farm. We’ll be met by the owners who will give us a talk on their farm as well as tastings of their award winning oils. We’ll also see their range of salad dressings, olive oil mayonnaise and olive oil cosmetics and soaps. Lunch will also be served. Dinner tonight is on the Murray River aboard the Paddle Vessel Rothbury which departs from the nearby Mildura Wharf. Built in 1891, the PS Rothbury is one of the last "working" Paddlesteamers on the Murray. We will enjoy some great sightseeing and dinner before returning to our hotel. (Meal Inclusions Breakfast in the motel/Light lunch/Dinner Cruise)
DAY 3 (BLD) MUNGO NATIONAL PARK: Monday 4 May 2020
Today we have arranged to meet a local guide who will show us the World Heritage listed Mungo National Park. The Willandra Lakes preserve the longest continuous record of aboriginal life in Australia from 40,000 years ago to the present. Our tour across the lake floor to the "Walls of China” provides an opportunity, via the layers of the sand dunes, to experience the history of this pre historic period. The tour slowly and gently weaves through unique geological formations of rare beauty passing by the ancient evidence of the people that once walked this land. Lunch at the Mungo Lodge Restaurant is included. After a great day we return to Mildura. (Meal Inclusions Breakfast & dinner in the hotel, lunch on tour in the Mungo National Park)
DAY 4 (BLD) MILDURA TO BROKEN HILL: Tuesday 5 May 2020
We make our way to nearby Wentworth this morning and stop at the lovely parkland area at the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers for a “birds eye” view of the waterway. Lock 10 here was constructed between 1925 and 1929 and, like all locks, it helps maintain constant river heights all year round. We also visit the Old Wentworth Gaol. Make sure to bring the camera as there are some fun photo opportunities – behind real prison bars or perhaps in the stock! A visit to the gaol shows the hard lives and extreme conditions prisoners endured amongst the beauty of the old pepper trees dating back to establishment of the gaol in 1879. After a pub lunch in Wentworth we have a three hour drive north to Broken Hill – our base for the next 2 nights. Before checking into our hotel we have arranged a tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Base at Broken Hill Airport. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast & dinner included/Pub lunch)
Desert Sands Motor Inn, 357 Cobalt Street, Broken Hill 08 80884122 (2 nights)
DAY 5 (BLD) BROKEN HILL & SILVERTON: Wednesday 06 May 2020
During today’s “Broken Hill Experience” (with the help of a locally based guide) we will hear about the history of Broken Hill and see some of the historic buildings – the Broken Hill Court House built in 1889 and the Broken Hill Trades Hall. Its facade was retained in 1974 after the main halls and offices were demolished. One of the best views of the town is from the top of the Line of Lode at the Miners Memorial (listing the names of more than 800 people who have died working at the mine). Unlike modern mining towns, where the accommodation is built well away from the mine, Broken Hill’s population, in the pick and shovel days, built their houses as close as they could to their work. Next stop is the Silver City Mint and Art Centre. Known as one of the best galleries in town, the centre houses jewellery made from local silver, a mineral display and an extensive range of original paintings by well-known artists. However it is the dramatic “Big Picture” painted by Peter Anderson that will be one of the highlights of our tour to Broken Hill. It’s the world’s largest acrylic painting on canvas that totally immerses visitors into the local landscape. For morning tea we call into Pro Harts Gallery and spend time looking the collection. Silverton is also on our program! It preceded Broken Hill and was, for a time, the largest town in the Barrier Ranges. Today it is a virtual ghost town but a number of the historic buildings remain. More recently Silverton has hosted film crews who have produced many well known movies such as Mad Max 2 and Priscilla Queen of the Desert We have lunch at the Silverton Pub before the drive back to Broken Hill. This afternoon we visit The Palace Hotel, which is famous for being used in scenes from Priscilla Queen of the Desert, then we call into the Albert Kersten Geo Centre. The centre displays minerals, gems and interesting props regarding mining in Broken Hill. Finally, just on sunset we transfer to the outskirts of town to see a fascinating attraction. The Living Desert and Sculpture Symposium was created from large pieces of Wilcannia Sandstone by twelve of the world’s finest sculptors. The arrangements of the stones is double colonnade which defines a special flow from the Pinnacles Hills to Fred Hollow’s resting place in Bourke and provides one of the most spectacular views in the area. It will be a delightful way to complete our day’s touring! (Breakfast & dinner included/Pub lunch at Silverton)
DAY 5 (B) HEADING HOME: Thursday 07 May 2020
We have had a great few days! This morning we travel back to Mildura and stop in the centre of town to stretch our legs and buy some lunch before heading back to Naracoorte to complete a sensational 6 day tour. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast in the motel)
per person twin share
$ 410.00 single supplement
Inclusions & Highlights
• 5 nights hotel accommodation
• Cooked breakfasts & 3 course dinners daily
• Guided tour of Mildura
• Visits & tours to Rio Vista & Orange World
• Dinner Cruise on Murray River
• Mungo National Park Day Tour
• Guided tour of Wentworth Gaol
• Guided tour of Royal Flying Doctor Service
• Guided tour of Broken Hill
• Entry to the Big Picture, Broken Hill
• Morning tea visit to Pro Harts Gallery
• Tour of the Palace Hotel
• Entry & tour of Albert Kerstens Geo Centre
• 4 Lunches
• Luxury Coach travel throughout
• Personally escorted by Alan & Lin Moss
Terms & Conditions
Deposit of $200.00 payable on booking to reserve your place.
Balance due 30 days prior to departure.
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Cancellation insurance is not included but strongly recommended.
Cancellation Policy: More than 30 days, loss of deposit, 29-14 days, 50% of payment, less than 14 days, 100% of payment.
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions. Whilst every effort is made to adhere to the itinerary as provided, Naracoorte Charters reserves the right to alter the touring and attractions as dictated by circumstances and conditions outside the company’s control. Every attempt will be made to ensure alterations do not adversely affect the operation of the tour. The Company will not be held responsible for weather based cancellations or those closures made at the venue’s discretion. Naracoorte Charters arrange tours on the condition that they are not liable for injury, damage or loss which may occur due to accident, delay, irregularity or defect of any vehicle or accommodation. Naracoorte Charters reserves the right to cancel tours due to lack of numbers.