Friday 30th April to Friday 14th May 2021
Day 1. Fri 30 April: Home - Hay Dinner
This morning we meet at our pre-arranged pick up point, meet our coach captain and board our luxury coach ready to depart on our Autumn Tour across to the Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges. Our journey across to Hay takes us down along the Hume Highway then across through the Riverina as we enjoy several comfort breaks including a stop to purchase lunch. Our first day has us arriving in Hay late afternoon for check in and dinner at the Bishop’s Lodge Motel.
Overnight Hay: Bishop’s Lodge Motor Inn
Day 2. Sat 1 May : Hay - Mildura - Berri Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today we continue our drive across to the Eyre Peninsula travelling via Mildura and the Riverland. Balranald provides an interesting stop as we take a stroll through the Balranald Discovery Centre, a state-of-the-art tourist complex and a rare gem and surprise to find in an outback town. Lunch will be in Mildura, riverside at Bobby & Me, under the shady river red gums overlooking the Murray River. Back on the road and crossing into South Australia with a comfort stop in Renmark at Olivewood Estate Homestead, the original historic home of Canadian Charles Chaffey, who with his brothers George and William established the Renmark and Mildura Irrigation Colonies. It then time to check-in to our accommodation at the Berri Hotel Motel before dinner in the restaurant.
Overnight Berri: Berri Hotel Motel
Day 3. Sun 2 May: Berri - Burra - Port Augusta - Whyalla Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today has us making our way to Whyalla via Waikerie, Burra and Port Augusta. We stop by the Silo Art at Waikerie created by Jimmy DVate from Melbourne and Garry Duncan from Kanmantoo. Jimmy’s silo is of local native flora and fauna, including a giant Yabby and the endangered Regent Parrot. Jimmy has also included other endangered species like the Murray Hardyhead and the Spiny Daisy. On Garry’s silo he has painted a giant, semi-abstract river landscape and has included many quirky, local, native river creatures, like assorted birds, frogs, fish and turtles. Garry has also featured the Rainmoth, which is where the town of Waikerie gets its name. In Burra we visit the restored Burra Railway Station 1883 located in the centre of the historic mining township. Enjoy morning tea on arrival and then a tour, learning about its history and restoration. The present station was erected in 1883 which replaced an 1870 wooden structure. When the railway reached Burra in 1870, the Adelaide - Burra line was more than half the total railway line laid in South Australia. In 1874 it took five hours for the 160km journey to Adelaide. Rail services to Burra discontinued in 1985 and the line closed in 1988. We depart Burra and continue to Port Augusta where we call into the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Gardens for lunch. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through a range of natural and themed gardens and soak in the sounds and scents of Australia’s arid heart. See one of Australia’s most significant collections of the ‘desert-loving’ Eremophila. Then stroll through the innovative and award-winning Arid Smart Garden. Discover how easy it is to create a stunning water-wise garden at home using Australia’s beautiful arid zone flora. Leaving Port Augusta we begin our drive down the Eyre Peninsula and The Spencer Gulf to Whyalla and the Mount Laura Homestead. A complex of buildings including a 1922 sheep station homestead telling the story of the early days of Whyalla, an original BHP workman’s cottage of 1914, an engine shed and the Telecommunications Museum with a range of historic items from the overland telegraph era to modern satellite communications. This afternoon we check-in to our accommodation with time to relax before dinner in the restaurant.
Overnight Whyalla: Westland Hotel Motel
Day 4. Mon 03 May: Whyalla - Port Lincoln Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast we take in a fascinating Steel Works Tour around the 1000-hectare site and hear the story behind more than 100 years of significant Australian iron and steel-making history. The One Steel Whyalla Steelworks is a fully-integrated operation, starting with the mining of raw materials and ending with the distribution of finished steel products. Approximately 1.2 million tonnes of raw steel is produced in the steelworks each year, with about 65% of that product then transferred by rail to One Steel’s Market Mills in billet form for further processing. After our tour we enjoy morning tea at the Whyalla Tourist Centre before taking in the views from Hummock Hill Lookout and the Flinders and Freycinet Lookout. We depart Whyalla and drive further down the coast to the township of Cowell, situated on the almost land-locked Franklin Harbour. The world’s oldest and perhaps largest jade deposit was discovered nearby in the Minbrie Range in 1965. The deposit is believed to have been formed around 1700 million years ago by the shifting of the earth’s surface. The Cowell Jade and Gemstone showroom has a range of the finest locally manufactured and sourced jade jewellery and carvings on display which are available for purchase. We enjoy some free time in Cowell to purchase lunch and visit Franklin Harbour Historical Museum. A comprehensive display tells the history and development of the Franklin Harbour Area. It’s easy to imagine these times of yesteryear with the rooms delicately arranged in the period of the late 1800s. Then stop by the Cowell Silo Art before continuing down to Port Lincoln via the Tumby Bay Silo Art and amazing colourful street art before arriving at our destination late afternoon. On arrival we check-in to our accommodation with time to relax before dinner in the restaurant.
Overnight Port Lincoln: Port Lincoln Hotel