Friday 11th to 25th September 2020
Day 1. Fri 11 Sept: 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 Spring tour across to the Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges. We make our way across to the township of Hay, before stopping for several comfort stops. There is an opportunity to purchase lunch, before arriving late afternoon to check-in followed by dinner in the motel restaurant.
Overnight Hay: Bishop’s Lodge Motor Inn
Day 2. Sat 12 Sept: Hay - Mildura - Barossa Valley Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today we are off to an early start as we continue our drive across to the Eyre Peninsula. We stop in Mildura for lunch at riverside cafe, Bobby + Co, enjoying a light lunch under the trees overlooking the Murray River. We’re back on the road and crossing the border into South Australia with a quick stop in Renmark before arriving into Tanunda late afternoon. We check-in to our accommodation before dinner in the motel restaurant.
Overnight Tanunda: Barossa Weintal Resort
Day 3. Sun 13 Sept: Tanunda - Whyalla Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We travel to Whyalla via Burra and Port Augusta with our first stop in the historic mining township of Burra at the restored Burra Railway Station 1883. We enjoy morning tea and 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. We 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. We’ll 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: Sundowner Motel Hotel
Day 4. Mon 14 Sept: 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. Leaving Cowell we continue down to Port Lincoln, passing the small coastal townships of Port Neill and Tumby Bay before arriving at our destination mid-afternoon. On arrival we check-in to our accommodation with time to relax before dinner in the restaurant.