South Australia Tour

Tour Length

15 Days / 14 Nights

Dates

22nd March – 5th April 2020

Transport

Luxury Coach

Price

From $3775*

About the South Australia Tour

Experience the rugged red outback and the spectacular cliffside coastline of the Great Australian Bight, Spencer Gulf and Eyre Peninsula. Be amazed at the dramatic landscapes of the Flinders Ranges on the Pichi Richi Railway. Bursting with history, culture, wildlife and sheer natural beauty, this is a trip not to be missed!

Tour Inclusions
  • Luxury Coach Travel
  • 14 Night Quality Accommodation
  • 13 Breakfasts (B)
  • 15 Morning Teas (MT)
  • 13 Lunches (L)
  • 14 Dinners (D)
Tour Highlights
  • The Great Australian Bight, Spencer Gulf and the Eyre Peninsula
  • Pichi Richi Railway ride through the Flinders Ranges
  • Wadlata Outback Centre
  • Arid Lands Botanic Gardens
  • Visit the historic Gladstone Gaol
  • Shear Outback Centre
  • Whyalla Maritime Museum
  • Coffin Bay Oysters
  • Port Lincoln Scenic Cruise
  • Silo Art at Wirrabarra and Tumby Bay
  • Boston Bay Winery
  • Whalers Way Scenic Tour
  • Venus Bay Needle Eye Lookout
  • Murphy’s Haystacks at Calca
  • Pildappa Rock
  • Steamtrain Heritage Centre

Day 1: Sunday 22 March 2020 (MT, L, D)
After boarding your luxury coach we will make a short stop for morning tea before we arrive for lunch in Australia’s first inland city – Goulburn. Your overnight stop will be at the Mercure Wagga Wagga
Accommodation – Mercure Wagga Wagga

Day 2: Monday 23 March 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
This morning we travel to Hay to visit the Shear Outback Centre, an innovative and exciting multi-million dollar interpretative centre devoted to the colourful characters of the bush past, present, and future. After wandering through the museum featuring many interesting exhibitions we continue to the pretty town of Mildura, a little oasis on the Murray River surrounded by citrus groves and vineyards.
Accommodation – Commodore Motel, Mildura

Day 3: Tuesday 24 March 2020 (B, MT, D)
This morning we cross over the South Australian border to arrive at the historic town of Burra. We explore this unique township with a guided town tour followed by free time to enjoy lunch (AOE). This afternoon we arrive in Port Pirie nestled in the sheltered waters of the Spencer Gulf and the magnificent Southern Flinders Ranges.
Accommodation – John Port Pirie Motor Inn

Day 4: Wednesday 25 March 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
This morning we head out to the historic Gladstone Gaol for a guided tour before continuing to the charming rural town of Laura for some free time to look around its boutique range of shops. In nearby Wirrabara we stop at the rustic Stone Hut Bakery for lunch followed by a drive to the town’s impressive silo murals. On our return journey to Port Pirie we visit the 1.5km heritage listed Port Germein Jetty once being the longest pier in the Southern Hemisphere.
Accommodation – John Pirie Motor Inn

Day 5: Thursday 26 March 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
Today starts with a town tour of Port Pirie followed by a visit to the town’s visitor information center to view the range of displays and its life size ‘Shakka the Shark’. Next we take a journey through the history of the outback at Wadlata Outback Centre where you can walk through their ‘Tunnel of Time’. After lunch we visit the town of Whyalla, western shores of the upper Spencer Gulf renowned as a steel and shipbuilding hub. We enjoy a town tour here before residing at our nearby motel.
Accommodation – Whyalla Foreshore Motor Inn

Day 6: Friday 27 March 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
This morning you will take a guided tour where you will hear the stories and see behind the scenes of more than 100 years of significant Australian iron and steelmaking history. We break for morning tea and visit the Whyalla Maritime Museum housing a treasured collection of artefacts and memorabilia to the area along with its prime exhibit, the 1941 HMAS Whyalla; the first ship built by BHP Ltd., the first ship launched in Whyalla and the first warship constructed in South Australia. After lunch in Cowell we continue on to the coastal shores of Tumby Bay to view the township and see the Silo Art which depicts various parts of life and history within the town.
Accommodation – Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln

Day 7: Saturday 28 March 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
After breakfast this morning we visit Coffin Bay Oyster Farm. Hear about the history of Coffin Bay, the oyster farming practices and have the chance to wade out into the water to taste the fresh Pacific and the native Angasi oysters straight out of the sea. For lunch you will enjoy an ‘ocean to plate experience’ at Port Lincoln’s award winning ‘Fresh Fish Place’ followed by a behind the scenes guided tour of their multi fish species processing factory. This afternoon we walk through maritime history at the waterfront Axel Stenross Maritime Museum, honouring the life of Finnish boat builders Axel Stenos and Frank Laakso. The museum showcases the work of the men after they arrived in Port Lincoln in 1927 aboard the S.V. Olivebank and has an impressive collection of historic vessels, photographic collection and a well-stocked blacksmith shop. If you would like to sample fine Eyre Peninsula wines surrounded by vineyards and the breathtaking vista of blue seas you have the choice of visiting the beautiful Boston Bay Winery or alternatively having an early afternoon in.
Accommodation – Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln

Day 8: Sunday 29 March 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
This morning we take a coastal drive to Whalers Way – this privately owned stretch of land on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula offers some of the most spectacular and dramatic coastal views in the state. You will see caves, blow holes, rockpools and breathtaking lookouts. Lunch will be enjoyed at the waterfront Port Lincoln Marina Hotel before stepping on board your vessel for a cruise through the canals of the Lincoln Cove Marina, Porter Bay, Boston Bay, Port Lincoln National Park and Boston Island. The afternoon is at your leisure, you might like to check out the Railway Museum or perhaps some downtime around the Hotel pool.
Accommodation – Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln

Day 9: Monday 30 March 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
We farewell Port Lincoln this morning and make our way to the small coastal town of Elliston for morning tea. Situated on the shores of spectacular Waterloo Bay. We continue our scenic drive to Venus Bay to visit the Needle Eye Lookout which offers spectacular vistas of natural rock formations, rugged cliffs and breathtaking views of the coastline. We stop for lunch at a local hotel in Port Kenny before arriving for a tour of Murphy’s Haystacks at Calca. Set in the middle of a wheatfield these ancient, wind-worn pillars and boulders of pink granite are estimated to be over 1,500 million years old.
Accommodation – Streaky Bay Hotel, Streaky Bay

Day 10: Tuesday 31 March 2020 (B, MT, D)
This morning we set off to see the spectacular Pildappa Rock. Hosting the highest and longest wave formations on the Eyre Peninsula, rivalling those of Western Australia’s famous Wave Rock. Offering beautiful views of the surrounding farming land and the Gawler Ranges it is the perfect backdrop to enjoy morning tea. We continue on to Wudinna to see the ‘Australian Farmer’ sculpture which celebrates the spirit of Australian farming communities from pioneering days to the challenges of rural living today. After lunch in town (AOE) we drive to the small farming town of Kimba to view the incredible 30m high Silo Artwork painted on the side of six grain silos. Not to be missed in town is the Big Galah, this 8-metre tall landmark is located exactly at the geographically halfway point across Australia between Sydney and Perth. After a photo opportunity we continue to Port Augusta.
Accommodation – The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta

Day 11: Wednesday 1 April 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
Today we experience the timeless Flinders Ranges in style aboard the Pichi Richi Railway. Watch gum-lined creeks, bluebush-studded hills and ancient rocky outcrops roll past at the relaxed pace of years gone by arriving at Woolshed Flat for a warming Devonshire Tea before continuing our ride to the historic village of Quorn. After lunch in town we hop back on board our coach to visit the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens and discover the beauty of Australia’s arid heart exploring the many beautiful gardens. After your guided tour you will have time to browse through the centre’s gift store or enjoy one of the many delicious bush flavoured ice creams. On our return route we stop for the sensational views from Mathew Flinders Red Cliff lookout before retiring back at our motel.
Accommodation – The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta

Day 12: Thursday 2 April 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
This morning we travel through to Peterborough to visit the Steamtrain Heritage Centre for a guided tour. Once being a major rail-transport hub in South Australia with over 100 trains passing through each day and employing over 1000 people. After viewing the historic locomotives, trains, carriages and numerous freight vehicles we make our way to Broken Hill stopping for lunch en route. On arrival we view the breathtaking Broken Hill Sculptures otherwise known as the ‘Living Sculptures Symposium’ – the work of 12 international artists who carved the huge sandstone blocks on-site. After enjoying some tranquillity and beauty of the bush and a glass of bubbly we make our way into town to check in at our motel.
Accommodation – Silverhaven Motor Inn, Broken Hill

Day 13: Friday 3 April 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
This morning we enjoy a guided ‘City Sights Tour’ of Broken Hill, showcasing the very best of Australia’s first heritage listed city. For lunch we journey to the heart of the Darling Riverine Plains to the town of Wilcannia where we will enjoy a delicious oriental fair before continuing to the rural mining town of Cobar for our overnight stay.
Accommodation – Cobar Town & Country Motor Inn, Cobar

Day 14: Saturday 4 April 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
A bright and early start sees us travelling through to Dubbo with morning tea en route. On arrival we visit Western Plain Zoo for lunch and a guided bus tour. The zoo provides breeding facilities particularly suited to the large plains dwelling animals. Formerly an army camp during World War II, this site was transformed into a 300 hectare zoo of woodland and irrigated grasslands. The zoo is an open range design, with 4000 animals and 350 species many of which are threatened.
Accommodation – Cascades Motor Inn, Dubbo

Day 15: Sunday 5 April 2020 (B, MT, L)
This morning we say our farewells to a holiday full of amazing memories and no doubt a million photos! En route stopping for morning tea and a club lunch in Merriwa.

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions
Moderate Levels of Fitness
Terms & Conditions

Deposits: A non-refundable $200 deposit is required at time of booking to confirm your booking. No bookings can be confirmed without a deposit. Balance: The final balance is due 60 days prior to the tour departure. We will send you a reminder letter two weeks in advance to remind you. We accept cash, cheque, EFTPOS, direct credit or credit cards (MasterCard or Visa). Cancellation Policy: Cancellation fees will be applied if you have to cancel your booking.

Notice Fee:
60 + days Non-refundable deposit.
30-59 days 50% of tour price + $10 per person cancellation fee
Within 30 days 100% of tour price
In the event we are able to transfer your booking to another passenger, the cancellation fee will be $200 tour deposit.

Fares Include: Air Conditioned Luxury 5 Star Coach travel, motel accommodation, entrance fees and meals as stated in the itinerary. Alteration of Itinerary: We reserve the right to alter itineraries without notice due to availability, weather, road conditions or any other reasons we perceive to be in the best interests of our passengers. Seating and Seat Rotation: Seating is rotated in a random order at the direction of the Coach Driver/Tour Guide to ensure all passengers enjoy a variety of seating. Single Supplement: Limited single supplement is available. Single supplement gives the passenger exclusive use of a motel room and is indicated by the single supplement price on the itinerary. It does not guarantee sole seating on the coach. Smoking: Government regulations prohibit smoking on all modes of transport. Travel Insurance: We recommend you take out travel insurance to protect your investment in your holiday. Baggage: All baggage is entirely at owner’s risk.

This tour is organised by Port Stephens Buses Travel Pty Ltd and conducted by Port Stephens Coaches (Nelson Bay) Pty Ltd, a Transport for NSW accredited bus operator, Accreditation number 20052

Moderate Levels of Fitness

Passengers must be able to:
• Walk 10 minutes without having to stop or sit down and rest
• Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground with no paving
• Get in and out of transportation unassisted
• Manage your own luggage

Tour Cost

Twin/Double

$3775 p/p

Single (Limited)

$4712 p/p

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