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Inland Explorer

Queensland

Coach
Coach
Eco
Eco

Tour summary

EARLY BIRD DEAL - Save $200 per couple or $100 Sole for March 2021 tours. Booked by 28 Feb 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

Take the inland route from Brisbane to Melbourne and discover quirky characters and hidden treasures along the way. Try your luck for opals in Lightning Ridge, enjoy a wildlife zoofari at Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo, and visit Miners Heritage Park in Cobar. See the 'Living Desert Sculptures' in Broken Hill and the Old Wentworth Gaol before enjoying a paddleboat cruise on the Murray and a finale night in Melbourne.

Departure location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
11
days
Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
Departure dates:

12th March 2021 - Gold

Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
Request a booking
Inland Explorer

Tour pricing

Adult Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
3970
pp
Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
4920
pp
Deposit:
$800 per person
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

1 additional day (TOTAL 12 DAY TOUR)

• One-way economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane

• 1 additional night bed & breakfast, post-tour at Sofitel Brisbane Central

• One-way Airtrain ticket ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station

Plus $475pp Twin Share Plus $544 Sole Use

**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

DEPOSIT

$800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Tour inclusions

  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach ex Brisbane
  • 1 night Roma
  • 2 nights Lightning Ridge; Australian Opal Centre; Fred Bodel’s hut
  • Locally guided tour of Lightning Ridge
  • Amigo’s Castle; Cactus Gardens
  • ‘Chambers of the Black Hand’; thermal baths
  • Guided wildlife zoofari tour at Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • 1 night Dubbo; 1 night Cobar
  • Great Cobar Heritage Centre
  • 2 nights Broken Hill
  • Line of Lode; Silverton
  • Pro Hart Gallery
  • ‘Living Desert Sculptures’
  • Old Wentworth Gaol
  • 1 night Mildura
  • Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement
  • 1 night Echuca; Paddle steamer cruise
  • 1 night Melbourne CBD
  • One way economy class flight ex Melbourne to Brisbane, Sydney or Adelaide
  • 30 meals

Additional information

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels
Boat
Boat
Eco experience
Eco experience
Flight included
Flight included
Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
Swimming
Swimming
Walking component
Walking component

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Brisbane - Roma

Coach
Coach

Departing on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from Roma Street Transit Centre, Brisbane, we travel through the rich fertile area of the Lockyer Valley, breaking at Picnic Point in Toowoomba for a cuppa. Next we continue on through Dalby to the melon town of Chinchilla for lunch. We finish our day in Roma.

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2

Roma - Lightning Ridge

Local guide
Local guide

After a leisurely start to the day we re-board the coach and make our way to St George, breaking here for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to the world class Australian Opal Centre, to admire these precious gemstones and rare fossils.

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Lightning Ridge

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
Swimming
Swimming

With our local guide in tow we discover the many hidden gems of this fascinating town. We visit Fred Bodel’s hut, the oldest miner’s camp in the area and the Historic Three Mile Flat, the site of the early miners’ settlement. We travel back to town for morning tea and an opal cutting demonstration. Later we learn about the historic opal mining techniques at Lunatic Hill OpenCut. Next we see the Astronomers’ Monument , the hand built Amigo’s Castle and Bevan’s cactus gardens. After lunch we visit ‘Chambers of the Black Hand’ a national treasure in the making in a 100 year old mine shaft. You will see images carved and painted in the sandstone walls and pillars. After a day of sightseeing we take a therapeutic soak in the naturally heated thermal baths.

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4

Lightning Ridge - Dubbo

Eco experience
Eco experience
Local guide
Local guide

Leaving Lightning Ridge and its colourful characters behind us, our travels today take us through Walgett a regional hub for the wool, wheat and cotton industries. We break at Coonamble before making our way to Dubbo, visiting the Taronga Western Plains Zoo for lunch followed by a guided wildlife zoofari.

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Dubbo RSL Motel
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Dubbo - Cobar

Heritage
Heritage

Leaving Dubbo we head to the prosperous cattle and sheep farming region of Nyngan on the Bogan River. We then traverse the Barrier Highway to the copper mining town of Cobar, arriving in time for lunch. We pay a visit to the Great Cobar Heritage Centre, built to commemorate those who lost their lives in the town’s mines.

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6

Cobar - Broken Hill

Heritage
Heritage

On the highway for the first part of our day today, we break at Wilcannia for an early lunch before continuing on to Broken Hill. We arrive into Broken Hill early afternoon, giving you time to mix with the locals and enjoy some souvenir shopping before transferring to our accommodation.

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Broken Hill Outback Resort
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7

Broken Hill

Eco experience
Eco experience
Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
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Walking component

Enjoy a gossip tour of Broken Hill, viewing heritage-listed architecture and discovering the famous art galleries, the Big Picture and the Line of Lode. Next we head to Silverton, almost a ghost town, and the setting for many famous movies. We head back to Broken Hill via the vast Mundi Mundi plains to visit the Pro Hart Gallery before visiting the Living Desert Flora & Fauna Sanctuary, taking a 2.2km walking trail. We then wait for sunset to witness the ‘Living Desert Sculptures’ nestled amongst the Barrier Ranges. This outlook takes in the magnificent colours of the desert at sunset, along with views of the distant horizon.

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Broken Hill - Mildura

Heritage
Heritage

We depart Broken Hill and travel south along the Silver City Highway, making our way to the New South Wales/ Victorian border city of Wentworth, the junction of the two mightyrivers; the Darling and the Murray. Our afternoon takes in historic Old Wentworth Gaol before travelling across the Murray River and on to the Victorian town of Mildura.

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Quality Hotel Mildura Grand
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9

Mildura - Echuca

Heritage
Heritage
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Local guide

We follow the Murray River upstream through the town of Robinvale and on to our morning tea break on the banks of the Murray River at Tooleybuc. Back on the road, we travel to Swan Hill, visiting the Pioneer Settlement for a guided tour and lunch. We then continue through Lake Boga and Kerang, arriving in Echuca, the paddle steamer capital of Australia.

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Echuca - Melbourne

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Heritage

Board the Pride of the Murray, a lovingly maintained paddleboat that will take us meandering between the Redgum lined banks of the mighty Murray. Then we make our way to Melbourne for our last night together.

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Melbourne

Flight included
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A leisurely morning checking-out of our hotel at 10am. We are then transferred to Melbourne, Tullamarine Airport for our respective flights home.

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To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.

How much luggage can I take?

Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

What do the fitness ratings mean?

Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you.  Our fitness ratings are:

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  • 4 Highly active
What is the average size of tour groups?

Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.

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