Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge

Experience the rugged mountain ranges of the Warrumbungle National Park, the unique opal mining town of Lightning Ridge, home to the elusive Black Opal and the wildlife of Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This six day tour touches on the amazing highlights and beauty of outback New South Wales.

Experience the rugged mountain ranges of the Warrumbungle National Park, the unique opal mining town of Lightning Ridge, home to the elusive Black Opal and the wildlife of Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This six day tour touches on the amazing highlights and beauty of outback New South Wales.

 

All Coach

6 days

 

Ultimate Experiences

• Fossick for Opals and view the underground opal mine at Lightning Ridge

• Relax in Therapeutic Hot Artesian Spa Baths

• Search the stars at Siding Springs Observatory

• See the rugged ranges of the Warrumbungle National Park

• Meet the wildlife at Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

 

INCLUSIONS

• Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

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

• 15 quality meals

• Traveller’s Refund Guarantee

• Entries and attractions as shown

• Modern luxury tour coach

• Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Director

• Robert’s Famous Homemade Morning Tea

 

*As per conditions

 

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Day 1

Sydney – Dubbo
Depart from the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney, then cross over the Blue Mountains to Lithgow for lunch. Travel via the Mitchell Highway through the autumn colours of Orange. Stop to view the Wellington Gateway Sculpture, an interpretation of the identity and spirit of Wellington and its people before arriving in Dubbo early evening.

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Day 2

Taronga Western Plains Zoo – Lightning Ridge
Take a guided tour of the world famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, hearing the stories of this 300 hectare open range sanctuary. Participating in international programs for rare and endangered species, this zoo is one of the few where fences are kept to a minimum, using natural barriers such as moats and mounds. Drive through Gilgandra, home of the coo-ees, and the grain growing areas of Coonamble and Walgett. Arrive in the fascinating town of Lightning Ridge. Have a relaxing swim in the hot artesian baths, reputedly good for arthritis and sore limbs.

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Day 3

Glengarry and Sheepyard Opal Fields – Art Gallery
A local guide joins us on board this morning to help us find our way into the real opal fields this area is famous. Listen as they regale us with some of the yarns and stories that have made the ridge so unique. Stop for morning tea at the Australian Opal Centre before visiting more opal fields and stopping at Glengarry for lunch. Return to the township for a visit to the John Murray Art Gallery to peruse more opal displays. There will be time this afternoon to revive your limbs in the hot bore baths once again.

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Day 4

Lightning Ridge – Cactus Nursery – Coonabarabran
Our guide re-joins us this morning for more touring of the townships and curious or quirky parts of the Ridge. A visit to the Walk in Mine shows you the Lightning Ridge you haven’t seen, or try your hand at fossicking for an elusive opal. At Bevan’s Cactus Nursery, the cactus collection includes a large variety of rare specimens, some over 100 years old. Enjoy some free time in town for last minute opal purchases and time to buy lunch before travelling to Coonamble and later on to Coonabarabran, the astronomy capital of Australia for the next two nights.

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Day 5

Siding Springs – Warrumbungles
Visit Siding Springs Observatory to gain an insight into the telescopes and the wider universe. You’ll get the chance to explore one of Australia’s premier astronomy observatories with brilliant views of Warrumbungle National Park. This is a fascinating destination. Marvel at the size of the largest telescope in Australia and learn about why it’s a world class instrument. Spend some time in the Warrumbungle National Park at the Visitor Centre and take a short walk before lunch in the picnic grounds. Enjoy a meal tonight at the award winning, lavishly decorated Golden Sea Dragon Chinese Restaurant opposite your motel.

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Day 6

Coonabrabran – Sydney
Return home through Coolah, the land of the Black Stump. Join the Golden Highway on the way east travelling through Merriwa, the shire famous for its rich wheat, beef and sheep farming. Enjoy lunch at Thornton before returning home though Newcastle, the Central Coast, and Hornsby to Strathfield.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

TOUR FARE DEPARTING THE HUNTER: $2,260 per person

Single Supplement available @ $306 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
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
Strathfield Rail Station Strathfield Railway Station - 43 Everton Rd
(Country Buses near bottom roundabout),Strathfield
Swansea Blackswan S Bus stop approaching Blackswan Waterfront Motel
on Pacific Hwy (Southbound), Swansea
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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