• Murray Meander
  • 3-17 March 2018
  • 15 days / 14 nights

Take a leisurely cruise down the Murray River, visiting Goolwa, and Monarto Zoo – the largest open-range zoo in the world on the way. On to Mannum to board the PS Murray Princess, an authentic paddlewheeler and cruise  through spectacular riverlands. Get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat. Visit Murray Bridge and learn about the food and wine of this famous region. After your cruise, head for Mildura and visit Sunraysia Cellar Door – Mildura’s newest attraction – and enjoy the opportunity to sample wines from the region’s wine producers. Swan Hill and Echuca – Australia’s largest inland port during the 1860’s – then visit the National Holden Museum! Lunch on the PS Emmylou, then continue on to visit Barmah, Cobram, Yarrawonga and Rutherglen. On to Wagga for lunch and a visit to the botanic gardens. Head home via Sawn Rocks, Bingara (the ‘Gem of the Gwydir’) and then to Glen Innes for lunch before the final leg home.

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Day 1 Saturday 3 March 2018

Lismore-Coonabarabran

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Today we meet our coach driver and tour leader and depart early for Coonabarabran stopping for morning tea and a picnic lunch along the way.

Day 2 Sunday 4 March 2018

Coonabarabran – Cobar

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After a hearty breakfast, we travel via Gilgandra, Warren and Nyngan to Cobar where our first stop is Forth Bourke Hill Lookout for a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside as well as the huge Cobar Open Cut Gold Mine. The Great Cobar Heritage Centre, our next stop, captures the essence of Cobar, housing an outstanding collection of exhibits which date from 1869 to the present day. Inside the centre an amazing collection of artefacts reveal the extraordinary, diverse local heritage of Cobar.

Day 3 Monday 5 March 2018

Cobar-Broken Hill

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First this morning, we take a tour of the Cobar Meteorological Station including the observation of a weather balloon release. We then depart for Broken Hill, arriving mid-afternoon.

Day 4 Tuesday 6 March 2018

Broken Hill Sight-Seeing

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Early today we visit School of the Air where you will be able to talk with a teacher, watch an information DVD and sit in on a live lesson with the students. Next we visit The Bruce Langford Visitor Centre at the Broken Hill Base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) which is an interactive museum that traces the history of the RFDS, including its doctors, pilots and nurses. The Silver City Mint and Art Gallery is our next attraction. Here you can view and purchase exquisite silver jewellery crafted in Broken Hill, a wide range of artworks, and chocolates or fudge to entice your taste buds. Also here is the Big Picture where you can experience the sensation of ‘walking into a painting’ while having the impression of being in the actual Outback. After lunch we visit Pro Hart’s Gallery. Pro Hart’s art captures the lush colours, the sense of space and the spiritual quality of the outback in ways very few artists are able to emulate. Buy direct here and choose from a huge range of items. The Line of Lode Lookout and Miner’s Memorial is a dramatic, iconic structure on the edge of the mullock heap that dissects Broken Hill. The memorial to the 800+ miners who lost their lives working on the Broken Hill mines. The views over Broken Hill are spectacular! After an early dinner, we visit the Living Desert Reserve which comprises 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.

Day 5 Wednesday 7 March 2018

Broken Hill-Adelaide

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This morning we leave Broken Hill and travel into South Australia where we stop for a picnic lunch and wine/beer tasting in the Clare Valley. We reach our Adelaide accommodation late in the afternoon.

Day 6 Thursday 8 March 2018

Adelaide Sightseeing

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Today we have a free day in Adelaide. Our driver is available this morning to take you to various places of interest in the city. Perhaps you would like to shop in Rundle Mall; or the popular seaside suburb of Glenelg with its pristine ocean environment, white sandy beaches and 200 specialty shops; or the galleries and museums on North Terrace.

Day 7 Friday 9 March 2018

Adelaide – Murray Mouth – Monarto Zoo – PS Murray Princess

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We make an early start this morning so we can travel to Goolwa to the Murray Mouth Lookout to view the point at which the Murray River meets the Southern Ocean after its 2 520km journey from the Australian Alps. After morning tea in Goolwa we’ll travel to Monarto Zoo, the largest open-range zoo in the world and home to more than 500 animals and 50 exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles. From here it’s just a stone’s throw to Mannum where we board the PS Murray Princess, an authentic working stern paddlewheeler vessel, built to recreate the golden age of Australian paddle steamers. Discover the beautiful lower riverlands, between Walker Flat and Murray Bridge; cruise through spectacular riverlands and enjoy the great variety of flora and fauna; take a nature walk; get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat; visit the township of Murray Bridge; and learn about the food and wine of this famous region.

Days 8 & 9 Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 March 2018

Onboard PS Murray Princess

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Day 10 Monday 12 March 2018

Mannum – Mildura

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This morning we sadly disembark the PS Murray Princess but we still have much to see as we continue our Murray Meander. We follow the Murray for much of today stopping for morning tea and picnic lunch along the riverbanks. We cross the border after lunch and arrive in Mildura mid-afternoon. A visit to Sunraysia Cellar Door, Mildura’s newest attraction where you can sample over 250 wines from 22 Murray Darling wine producers and also purchase local products, such as olive oils, dried fruit and a great range of winery gift ideas.

Day 11 Tuesday 13 March 2018

Mildura – Echuca

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Today we again follow the Murray crossing in to NSW then back into Victoria for morning tea at Swan Hill. We arrive in Echuca in time for lunch then visit the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre where you will be transported back to the hustle and bustle of the 1860’s when Echuca was Australia’s largest inland port.

Day 12 Wednesday 14 March 2018

Echuca Sight Seeing

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First today we visit the National Holden Museum. The Holden cars have a unique place in the hearts of all Australians. Can there be an adult Australian who has never driven a Holden? Or at least ridden in one. The Holden Museum is dedicated to preserving the models and their memories. Later we enjoy a lunch cruise on the PS Emmylou which starred in the TV series “All the Rivers Run”. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore Echuca’s High Street which is the tourist hub lined with historic buildings housing giftware, souvenirs, local produce and outdoor equipment. Or simply take a stroll along the beautiful Murray River.

Day 13 Thursday 15 March 2018

Echuca – Albury – Wagga

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We continue our journey following the Murray through the towns of Barmah, Cobram and Yarrawonga to our cuppa stop at Rutherglen, the centre of one of Victoria’s premier wine regions. We’ll arrive in Wagga in time for a picnic lunch in the Botanic Gardens. Have time to explore the Gardens including the mini zoo and bird aviary.

Day 14 Friday 16 March 2018

Wagga – Narrabri

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After departing Wagga, we travel north to join the Newell Hwy to West Wyalong then on to Dubbo for lunch, arriving in Narrabri late afternoon.

Day 15 Saturday 17 March 2018

Narrabri – Northern Rivers

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Sadly, we load the coach for the final time today. We travel to Sawn Rocks for an easy 750m walk beside a shady creek bed leading to a spectacular rock formation – the unique, organ-pipe cliff face of Sawn Rocks and scenic views. We’ll stop for morning tea at Bingara, known as “the Gem on the Gwydir”. Our farewell lunch will be in Glen Innes before the final leg home when we can think of all the fabulous sights we have seen over the past two weeks.

Murray Meander 

Dates

  • 3 – 17 March 2018

Duration

  • 15 days / 14 nights

Important:

Due to Terms & Conditions of Captain Cook Cruises, bookings must be made 90 days (3 months) prior to sailing. Therefore bookings for this tour must be made by 8th December 2017.

Fitness Requirements

  • board & disembark transportation unaided (Coach Captains and staff are only permitted to provide basic assistance to all passengers, specifically a steadying arm or helping hand.)
  • manage own luggage
  • walk up to 300m unaided & with stopping
  • because of the nature of some areas visited on this tour, some surfaces may not be suitable for walking aids

Inclusions

  • 10 nights in motel style accommodation (minimum 3 star)
  • 3 nights in an outside cabin on PS Murray Princess
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • Tour escort
  • All breakfasts and dinners; 13 lunches
  • Attractions highlighted in blue on the itinerary

Cost

  • $4,570:00 per person twin share

Payments, Cancellations and Refunds

  • A deposit of $900.00 is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your seat.
  • All balance payments must be received by Simes Bros Coaches 19 January 2018.

If booking as a single, single supplement will be charged. Please read Terms and Conditions. Click the Book Now tab to book.

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