Crossing the Nullarbor

Crossing the Nullarbor

A journey across the spectacular south of Australia reveals magnificent scenery unique to this area.

Journey across the spectacular south of Australia, revealing magnificent scenery unique to this area. From Kalgoorlie, the heart of Western Australia’s goldfields and the scenic Esperance Coastline, travel the Eyre Highway, one of Australia’s great touring experiences. See giant ocean swells pounding the towering limestone cliffs that make up the Great Australian Bight and watch the Southern Right Wales frolic in the ocean.

 

Fly/Coach/Fly

11 days

 

Ultimate Experiences

• Enjoy a guided tour of Australia’s largest producing gold mine, the Kalgoorlie Super Pit

• Spot a vast array of marine wildlife cruising from Esperance through the Recherche Archipelago

• Cross the expansive Nullarbor from Eucla to Ceduna

• Visit the award winning Wadlata Outback Centre

• Travel along the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight

 

INCLUSIONS

• Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

• Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane area*

• Pickup and return locations throughout the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney

• Flights

• 29 quality meals

• Traveller’s Refund Guarantee

• Entries and attractions as shown

• Modern luxury tour coach

• Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Hostess

 

*As per conditions

 

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Day 1 Fri Sep 23

Today is the start of a very exciting tour and you will find that all has been organised for your check-in at Brisbane Airport. On arrival in Perth you will be met by our Coach Captain and Hostess before travelling to Midland, north east of Perth and the regional centre for the Swan Valley area, for lunch. This afternoon join the Great Eastern Highway and travel on to Northam situated on the Avon River in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley. Enjoy a local guide's perspective of this historic town before settling into the Northam Motel (Ph 08 9622 1755) for our overnight stay.

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Day 2 Sat Sep 24

After a hearty breakfast we continue along the Great Eastern Highway through Meckering, a town made famous by its earthquake of October 1968. Whilst not the largest earthquake in Western Australia's history, it caused a damage bill that exceeded $5,000,000 in 1968, with only a population of 240 people. Travel through the wheat belt with its vistas of small towns, farm lands, granite rock outcrops and scenic hills; and keep an eye out for wildflowers along the roadside. Passing through Boorabeen National Park you will marvel at the large and diverse eucalypt woodlands that defy the arid climate in which they thrive. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way before arriving into Coolgardie which is the original site of Western Australia's goldrush of the 1890's. Continue on to Kalgoorlie and settle in to Ibis Styles Kalgoorlie (Ph 08 9080 5900) for the next 2 nights.

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Day 3 Sun Sep 25

As you explore Kalgoorlie today you will realise the foresight C.Y. O'Connor had when he instigated the 563 kilometre long water pipeline, back in 1903. Notice the beautifully restored civic buildings, unusual pubs and a bronze statue of Paddy Hannan. This morning take a guided tour of the Kalgoorlie Super Pit, Australia's largest gold producing mine. Don't forget to bring your camera and you will need to wear long sleeve shirt, long pants and closed in shoes for safety reasons, but it will be worth it! Enjoy some free time to browse the shops and purchase your own lunch. See Hammond Park with animals and birds surrounding the miniature Bavarian Castle built from local gemstones, before returning to your motel for dinner.

(Please be aware that when visiting the Kalgoorlie Super Pit, long sleeve shirts, long pants and closed in shoes are required and you must also be able to pass an alcohol breath test of 0.00%.)

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Day 4 Mon Sep 26

Today we leave behind the area which is reputedly the richest square mile in the world and travel through the centre of Kambalda, thriving once again from the reopening of the nickel mine. Enjoy lunch today in Norseman, a town boasting Australia's longest continuously running gold mine operation. Travel south to Esperance and visit Mermaid Leather, Australia's only fish and shark leather tanning company. Here you will learn the process of manufacturing fish leather while having the opportunity to purchase leather products. The township of Esperance, located on the Great Australian Bight, is a commercial and service centre for the local farming district. Travelling the "Great Ocean Drive" will provide you with an understanding of why Esperance is known as having some of the best coastal scenery. Stay 2 nights at the Bayview Motel, Esperance (Ph 08 9071 1533).

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Day 5 Tue Sep 27

A truly beautiful morning is in store with a cruise from Esperance through the Recherche Archipelago. The region is known as the Bay of Islands with a collection of 110 islands within the area. It is renowned as a haven for marine life and, if you are lucky, you might see fur seals, sea lions, dolphins and, perhaps even a Southern Right Whale as you cruise. Please note that wheelie walkers are not suitable as stairs, ramps and inclines need to be negotiated both on the boat and during our stop at Woody Island. Time has been allowed when we disembark, for you to purchase your own lunch. We then visit the Esperance Stonehenge, a full sized replica of the original Stonehenge in UK, as it would have looked in around 1950BC. Aligned to the summer and winter solstice and made of local granite, you will be able to walk amongst the stones taking photos and experiencing the grandeur of the structure.

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Day 6 Wed Sep 28

This morning is a relaxed start, offering time for a walk on the beach if you choose. After farewelling this beautiful part of Australia, travel north back to Norseman where we will stop for lunch. According to legend, the town was named after a horse - "Hardy Norseman". Visit the bronze statue that stands proudly in recognition of the part the horse played in establishing the town. Following lunch, continue on to Balladonia where you can visit the local cultural heritage museum before checking in for our overnight stay at the Balladonia Hotel/Motel (Ph 08 9039 3453).

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Day 7 Thu Sep 29

Continue along the Eyre Highway to Caiguna which features one of the longest known straight stretches of highway. The Nullarbor Plain (meaning "no trees") is the world's largest single exposure of limestone bedrock and occupies an area of about 200,000 square kilometres. At its widest point, it stretches about 1,100 kilometres from east to west. Continue on through Cocklebiddy, Madura and Mundrabilla enroute to Eucla where the Telegraph Station is located; partly buried in sand. Photos of the old township are in the museum at Eucla Motor Hotel
(Ph 08 9039 3468) where we will stay overnight.

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Day 8 Fri Sep 30

As we leave Eucla Pass, white sand plains stretch far ahead. East of the border, see the spectacular views of the Southern Ocean from the lookouts as we travel along the Great Australian Bight. Following lunch at the Nullabor Roadhouse, visit Head of the Bight Visitors Centre with opportunity to watch from the boardwalks for Southern Right Whales in the sea below. Drive through Nundroo and Penong to coastal Ceduna, staying overnight at the East West Motor Inn (Ph 08 8625 2101).

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Day 9 Sat Oct 1

Cross the Eyre Peninsula seeing vast grain fields near Kimba before continuing on to the head of Spencer Gulf - Port Augusta. Visit the excellent Wadlata Outback Centre, an award-winning complex, epitomising the early days in the remote areas of Australia where transport differed greatly from present day. Stay overnight in Port Augusta at the Acacia Ridge Motor Inn (Ph 08 8642 3377).

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Day 10 Sun Oct 2

Follow the eastern side of Spencer Gulf through Port Germein to Port Pirie, where you will see a number of fine late 19th and early 20th century heritage buildings which tell the stories of Port Pirie's people and it's industries including smelting, railway and shipping. Continue southward through Crystal Brook, Kadina and Port Wakefield before arriving into Adelaide. Stay overnight in historic Glenelg where you'll be introduced to this seaside centre before checking in at the Glenelg Motel (Ph 08 8295 7141).

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Day 11 Mon Oct 3

After breakfast this morning, enjoy some of the sights of Adelaide and free time in Glenelg prior to an early lunch. Transfer to Adelaide Airport for your flight back to Brisbane. Upon arrival, our Cross Country Tours staff will have your transfers arranged; a perfect conclusion to a most memorable holiday! Thank you for joining us on this journey across 'The Nullarbor'; we look forward to seeing you out on tour again soon.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE: $5,297 per person

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER: $5,191 per person

Single Supplement available @ $1,166 extra

 

 

Booking Conditions

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Name Address Contact Details
Belmont Shops S Bus Stop on Pacific Hwy (Southbound) near
Marshall Property, Belmont
Charlestown Smart St Bus Zone in Smart St outside Presbyterian Church
(opposite library car park), Charlestown
Doyalson Wentworth Ave S Bus stop past RSL Club (Southbound)
Cnr Pacific Hwy & Wentworth Ave, Doyalson
Home pickups Taxi home pickups and returns are provided.
Contact us to see if your address is included.
Hornsby Railway Station Hornsby Railway Station. Pickup at the bottom of
the bus rank, near roundabout opp hotel
Kariong Information Ctr At Kariong Information Centre car park,
The Avenue, Kariong
New Lambton Wests S Bus Stop on Hobart Rd near Harker Oval
across from Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton
Swansea Blackswan S Bus stop approaching Blackswan Waterfront Motel
on Pacific Hwy (Southbound), Swansea
Sydney Domestic Airport Sydney Domestic Airport - Meet at Qantas Groups
Check-in located on ground floor at Terminal 3.
Thornton AAJ Depot All Australian Journeys - Thornton Depot
3 Woodford Place, Thornton
Tuggerah Westfield Bus stop near cinemas at the back of
Westfield Shopping Centre, Tuggerah
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