Mon 9th September to Frid 20th September 2019
Mon 9th September 2019 th Into the Sunset (D)
Again we travel south along the Hume Highway pausing at Mundoonan Gap (near Yass) for a cuppa and the chance to ‘stretch” our legs. Suitably refreshed we keep “travelling on”, over the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai where a change of direction takes us along the Sturt Highway into the city of Wagga Wagga, for a longer break. Here we go in search of a venue to purchase lunch. Back to our coach and continuing into the sun, through Narrandera and into the Riverina town of Hay where we have a two night stop over.
Accomm, Bishops Lodge Motor Inn, Hay
Tues 10th Exploring Hay (B.L.D)
The town of Hay has so much to offer those who travel through the outback of our vast country. We start our touring with a visit to the old Hay railway station, now a museum to the time when Hay was an Internment camp during WW2 for foreign nationals who were considered “not to be on our side” during the period 1939-1945. Some free time to explore the town centre, with camera in hand as there are many photographable scenes in the town. Our next stop is at “Shear Outback” an historical display of a time when Australia “rode on the sheep's back”. Shear Outback will also be our lunch stop today. Later in the afternoon we visit another historical location, Bishops Lodge which was, built in 1888 for the Bishop of the Riverina.
Wed 11th Across the River (B.L.D)
Still heading westward, along the Sturt Highway we travel over the vast “Hay Plains” with its seemingly endless flat countryside, past many of the large properties made famous in song by some of our earliest poets. A short stop in Balranald for a cuppa before reaching some of the irrigated lands around Mildura. Lunch today will be at Trentham Cliffs winery, wine tasting optional, who am I kidding I think the word “mandatory” will apply. After lunch we visit the Mildura Holden Museum. Finally we cross the Murray River into Mildura where we stay for the next three nights. Tonight we will be dinning at Stefano’s famous restaurant in Mildura’s beautiful Grand Hotel.
Accomm, Commodore Motel, Mildura (3 nights)
Thurs 12th Exploring Mildura (B.D)
A busy day as we explore the surrounds of this important city. The irrigation scheme founded by the Chaffey Bros in the late 1880’s was to bring life back into this dry arid country. Amongst the sites to be viewed today are Chaffey Homestead, Lock 11 and Big Lizzie, a massive steam traction engine which was used to clear the Mallee scrub prior to the development of the irrigation scheme. After a break for lunch in the city centre we visit Chateau Mildura to sample some of the local products. This evening we will relax on a paddle wheeler on our dinner cruise as the county slowly drifts past.
Fri 13th Historic Wentworth (B.D)
Leaving our motel we head back into New South Wales. The township of Wentworth is another of those river towns which were crucial to the “opening up” of the western country. This morning we visit a very unusual natural site when we view Perry Sandhill's. From here we head back into Wentworth to view the junction of the two rivers that are so important to the country. Our next stop will be a visit to the historic
Wentworth Goal. Across the road is the district museum which contains an
impressive collection of information about our “Old River Days” when the
paddleboats were the lifeline of the outback.
Back in town to find lunch then
short stop at the Visitors Centre to see the restoration work been done to the
PS Ruby. On the way back to Mildura we pause at Orange World before finally
arriving back at our motel in Mildura.