Your adventure starts early today as you board the luxurious Langley’s coach and travel to Nyngan where in 1990, the Bogan river experienced a once in a century flood resulting in $50 million damage and causing the evacuation of 2 thousand people. Join the Barrier Highway as it crosses central New South Wales passing through Cobar and Wilcannia before reaching our home for the night at White Cliffs. (There are a limited number of above ground units, so please contact your friendly Langley’s staff if you wish to stay above ground tonight). Enjoy an opal mine tour for a unique look into the early history of the opal field before entering into a working and producing opal mine. Situated within the Historic Diggings of the 1890’s, walk down a ramp from the surface carved through the multiple levels of diggings, to reach a depth of 45 feet. It is at this level you will see the demonstration of the mining equipment and even have a chance to dig on the mine face yourself. Accommodation: White Cliffs Underground Motel
Day 2: Tuesday 3rd July 2018 BLD
White Cliffs ~ Tibooburra
This morning, view the expansive horizons and quartz gibber plains that unfold on either side of the coach as you travel to the township of Tibooburra where in 1880, gold was found and started a gold rush that lasted twenty years and your accommodation for the next two nights. Accommodation: Family Hotel
Day 3: Wednesday 4th July 2018 BLD
Tibooburra ~ Cameron Corner ~ Tibooburra
After breakfast, travel through a diverse landscape including the Waka Claypan, past Fort Grey which was a provisions stockade built by explorer Charles Sturt for his inland expeditions, and on to Cameron Corner which was named after the New South Wales surveyor, John Brewer Cameron. Enjoy lunch at the ‘Corner’ before returning to Tibooburra for a chance to freshen up before dinner at your hotel. Accommodation: Family Hotel
Day 4: Thursday 5th July 2018 BD
Tibooburra ~ Broken Hill ~ City Sights Tour ~ Big Picture ~ Living Desert
This morning, board your air-conditioned coach and continue through Packsaddle to Broken Hill for lunch (own expense). This afternoon, visit Ando’s Big Picture where on a canvas measuring almost 100 metres long and 12 metres at its highest point, the Big Picture, the world’s largest acrylic painting on canvas by a single artist, contains 100,000 saltbushes, 20,000 trees, 20,000 small stones, 1000 large stones, 3000 clouds, 1500 hills and the 12 sculptures. Return to your accommodation to freshen up before travelling to the Living Desert to view the sculptures comprising of 12 sandstone artworks which highlight the skyline, all with a story to tell. Located on a majestic hilltop within the centre of the reserve, the sculptures were completed in 1993 by artists from around the world (weather permitting). Dinner this evening is at your motel. Accommodation: Ibis Styles Broken Hill
Day 5: Friday 6th July 2018 BD
Broken Hill ~ Silverton ~ Broken Hill
This morning experience an authentic outback town in Silverton, just a short 25km drive northwest from Broken Hill. Behind the sleepy streets and heritage stone buildings is a swag-full of art galleries, artist studios, museums and a famous pub. Nestled in the Western Barrier Ranges, Silverton is spectacular in a classic outback sense. No wonder the town is more famous as a film location than most places in Australia. The historic Silverton Hotel has featured in more than 100 films and commercials.
Today, the hotel welcomes visitors to view its film memorabilia. ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ and ‘Mad Max’ were shot on the famous Mundi Mundi Plains, 5km west of Silverton. A trip to Broken Hill is almost incomplete without a visit to the Pro Hart Gallery. On display is not only a wide selection of Pro’s own paintings, but also hundreds of works by an impressive range of other artists. Visit Howard William Steer who has lived his whole life in Broken Hill and has been painting and winning art prizes for the past 30 years. Most of Howard’s paintings depict the people of the outback and their fight against the harshness of the Australian environment. Howard’s “gossamer winged” flying doctor, features in many works.
Travel to Whites mineral art and living mining museum. Go underground (without going under) to see crushed mineral collage artworks depicting mining equipment past and present, legend of Sturts Desert Pea, local historical buildings and landscapes. Bushy White was born in Broken Hill in 1943 and spent 26 years working on the local mines. Experiencing mining, comradeship with mates and being surrounded by the magnificent minerals that are only found, under the “Hill”.
Return to your accommodation for a chance to freshen up before dinner. Accommodation: Ibis Styles Broken Hill
Day 6: Saturday 7th July 2018 BD
Broken Hill ~ Minindee ~ Warrawong on the Darling
After breakfast, board the coach and travel to the tiny outback settlement of Menindee, which is famous for two things: it was the last place where the Burke and Wills expedition stayed before heading north into the unchartered outback and the Menindee Lakes are an inland wonderland and a vital source of water for the surrounding citrus orchards and vegetable farms. Menindee is also surrounded by some 20 lakes which exist in an inhospitable desert environment. The lakes are full of dead trees and surrounded by sand, saltbush and red soils. Nearby, on the shore of Menindee Lake, is the holiday resort destination of Sunset Strip – an inland watery retreat for people from Broken Hill.
Continue to Warrawong on the Darling, located 3km east of Wilcannia and set on 1700 acres of working farmland. This evening, enjoy a camp oven dinner before retiring to your cabin for the night. Please note that breakfast tomorrow is continental to your cabin. Accommodation: Warrawong on the Darling
Day 7: Sunday 8th July 2018 B
Warrawong on the Darling ~ Cobar ~ Nyngan ~ Home
Today is sadly the last day of your outback experience. After breakfast travel back to the Barrier Highway at Wilcannia before turning east and pass through Cobar and Nyngan on your way home. Accommodation: Home