Sydney to Hay
Depart Sydney early this morning crossing the Blue Mountains and heading North West towards the township of Bathurst, Australia’s oldest inland town. We will stop along the way for some morning tea. Continue west now to the town of Cowra. We make a stop to admire the stunning Japanese Peace Gardens and find out the history behind them. You will have time to stroll through the seasonal displays and enjoy the surroundings. Afterwards we have lunch at the Cafe overlooking the gardens before re-boarding the vehicle.
We continue along the Mid Western highway towards the township of Hay, passing through Grenfell, West Wyalong and Rankin Springs. Welcome to Hay, a prosperous country town located in the Northern Riverina, the town is well known for its agricultural activities as well as its friendliness. We check into the Saltbush Motel for your overnight stay. After some time to settle in, meet with your guide who will accompany you to dinner.
Note: Day 1 is designed to maximise our distance so that we can spend the most amount of time exploring the outback. We make regular stops and you are travelling in a comfortable vehicle.
Hay to Lake Mungo National Park
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Your guide will meet you after breakfast this morning for a tour of Hay. One of the highlights will be a tour of the historic Hay Gaol as well as Shear, The Australian Shearers Hall of Fame. This amazing display takes visitors through the incredible history of shearing in Australia and the significance of the wool industry, and how it shaped Australia’s future economy. We take some time also to learn about the rich history of Hay and admire the classic 19th Century Architecture.
Re boarding the vehicle we now head along the Sturt Highway toward the small town of Balranald, located in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Valley. We stop for some lunch at a local café and enjoy exploring the town. From hear we now head North West towards the famed Lake Mungo National Park. Lake Mungo is one of the oldest places outside of Africa to have been occupied by modern humans since ancient times. Scientists have discovered artifacts of this ancient culture dating back over 50000 years across the expanse of the Ice Age.
Over the next couple of days you will have the opportunity to explore this area with the assistance of a local guide.
Your accommodation tonight is at the well known Mungo Lodge in a King Deluxe Cabin. After settling in, meet at the restaurant onsite for dinner.
Today will be spent exploring the world renowned Mungo National Park. Start the day with a spectacular 30 minute scenic flight over the National Park, experiencing the amazing landscape from the air. Take off from the local air strip and discover what one of the most ancient landscapes looks like. View the famed Walls of China as the outback slowly comes to life in the morning light.
Back on the ground you will meet your guide and continue discovering the park. Wander through the ancient sands of the dry lake bed. Access the restricted area of the incredible Walls of China, see the footsteps of the Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, each dating back 42000 years as well as ancient fire places.
Discover the Mungo Woolshed built in 1869 and learn about the amazing history and engineering of this building. Climb to the lookout and stroll the Mallee Walk. It is an amazing experience.
Lunch will be at the lodge today and you will have some free time in the afternoon to explore by yourself or simply relax at the bar. Later just before sunset, meet with your group again and head out to get some iconic photos of the Great Wall of China just as the sun is setting over them. A uniquely Australian Outback Experience.
Afterwards return to the lodge for dinner.
Lake Mungo to Bindara Station, Menindee
After breakfast this morning we our way to the tiny village of Pooncarie which has a population of 166. Enjoy a light lunch at the Old Wharf Cafe situated on the Darling River before making our way to the historic Bindara Station. Bindara Station was many things in the past; an operational farm with sheep, beef cattle, horses and irrigated hay. More recently the farm has been opened up to share a little of their “oasis” on the Darling with visitors.
An important part of the station experience is to observe the day to day running of the property and gain a taste of the real outback. Enjoy a two course dinner prepared from local & homestead produce and cooked at the central campfire adjacent to our indoor/outdoor dining room. Enjoy a great evening around the fire pit with new found friends while gazing at the millions of outback stars.
Menindee to Callubri Station
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we depart Bindara Station and continue north to the town of Wilcannia, once a thriving river port on the edge of the Outback, transporting wheat and wool along the Darling by paddle-steamer in the 19th century. Today, its dusty streets are still lined with a remarkable collection of heritage buildings and there’s an emerging movement of local artists. We stop for lunch at a local café and have an opportunity to explore the town.
Re boarding the vehicle we now head east towards Nyngan. Stop for Afternoon tea at Cobar before continuing on through to Callubri Station where we will spend our last night. Callubri Station is one of the most unique farm stay venues in the country, fusing history and modern sophistication to create an unparalleled travel experience.
Nestled between the remote country towns of Nyngan and Tottenham in Central West NSW, the 28,000 acre property is steeped in more than 140 years of family history. Purchased in 1878, the property has a long association with Merino Wool and Lamb production. On arrival, enjoy a sunset welcome drink before checking into your accommodation for the evening.
Callubri to Sydney
After breakfast, we make our way to Sydney. We pass through unique outback towns before arriving in Orange. Characterised by beautiful tree-lined streets, charming houses dating to the early twentieth century, and outstanding public parks it is a substantial and sophisticated rural service centre which lies at the heart of some of New South Wales’ richest and most bountiful agricultural land. The city is known for its excellent local produce, its impressive vineyards and its fine dining restaurants. We enjoy lunch here at a local café before making our way back to Sydney arriving around 6pm.