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Murray & Darling River Rendezvous

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

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Tour summary

Travel with the best tour and transport operator.
Awarded GOLD at the 2022 Australian Tourism Awards

Embark on a journey of discovery whilst following Australia's two grandest rivers through diverse regions and contrasting scenery. See outback New South Wales travelling beyond Bourke to Broken Hill, then discover old world charm aboard the PS Pevensey paddle steamer in Echuca. The New England Tablelands bring even more history and scenic allure on the return to Brisbane.

Departure location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
13
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

16 July 2024 13 August 2024

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Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
Tour experiences:

37 Meals Included 4 Eco Experiences 12 Cultural & Heritage experiences

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Murray & Darling River Rendezvous

Tour pricing

Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
5770
pp
Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
6900
pp
Deposit:
$1000pp
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD.

Additional information

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

2 additional days (TOTAL 15 DAY TOUR)

• Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane

• 2 additional nights room only (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Meriton Suites Brisbane

• Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Roma Street Station

Plus $999pp Twin Share

Plus $1230 Sole Use

**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

Deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Tour subject to fuel levy price increases for all transport operators. See T&Cs for details.

Tour inclusions

  • Travel Carbon Neutral on our 100% offset luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach
  • Fully escorted by experienced Fun Over 50 Holidays tour host and coach captain
  • Bestbrook Mountain Farmstay devonshire morning tea
  • 1 night Goondiwindi; GoondiwindiCotton tour
  • Walgett; 2 nights Lightning Ridge
  • Black Opal Tours with local guide
  • Thermal Baths
  • Back O’ Bourke Information Centre
  • PV Jandra Darling River cruise
  • Wilcannia
  • 1 night Cobar
  • 2 nights Broken Hill
  • Big Picture; Line of Lode
  • Silverton; Pro Hart Gallery
  • Living Desert Flora & Fauna Sanctuary
  • Old Wentworth Gaol
  • 1 night Mildura; Swan Hill PioneerSettlement
  • 2 nights Echuca and guided town tour
  • PS Pevensey at Echuca
  • The Great Aussie Beer Shed & HeritageFarm Museum
  • ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’ light and soundshow, Glenrowan
  • 1 night Albury; Dog on the Tuckerbox
  • Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre
  • 2 nights Bathurst
  • Abercrombie House candlelit dinner
  • Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth
  • 1 night Armidale
  • Standing Stones at ‘Celtic’ Glen Innes
  • Ballandean Estate Winery
  • 37 meals

Additional information

Deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Tour subject to fuel levy price increases for all transport operators. See T&Cs for details.

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels
Boat
Boat
Eco experience
Eco experience
Entertainment
Entertainment
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
Walking component
Walking component

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

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1

Brisbane - Goondiwindi

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide

We board our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from the Brisbane Coach Terminal, and travel responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset. We travel through the rich fertile area of the Lockyer Valley, arriving at Bestbrook Mountain Farmstay for Devonshire morning tea. Our afternoon takes us to Goondiwindi where we join a local guide for a cotton tour. Discover the heart of the town’s cotton industry, showcasing the process of cotton farming from planting to harvesting. Visit a local cotton farm, see the crop (if in season) up close and learn about the irrigation systems and other farming practices used to cultivate the cotton.

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Goondiwindi - Lightning Ridge

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Departing Goondiwindi, we travel through some picturesque landscapes and interesting towns breaking for cuppa at Moree. We continue on our journey via Walgettto Lightning Ridge, a unique outback town in New South Wales known for its opal mines and quirky attractions.

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Lightning Ridge

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This morning a local guide will join our coach and travel out to the opal fields to discover the many hidden gems of this fascinating town. We visit Fred Bodel’s Hut, Three Mile Flat, Lunatic Hill Open Cut Mine, Simms Hill and Amigo’s Castle, before breaking for lunch. After lunch we visit Chambers of the Black Hand, a national treasure in the making, in a 100-year-old mine shaft, before taking a therapeutic soak in the naturally heated thermal baths. We return to the hotel late this afternoon.

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Lightning Ridge - Cobar

Local guide
Local guide
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Heritage

This morning we make our way to Brewarrina for a short stop. In Bourke, we visit the Back O’ Bourke Information Centre which unveils legends of the back country and this region’s importance in Australian history. In Bourke, we travel to the outskirts of town to board the PV Jandra paddle boat for a leisurely cruise along the mighty Darling River. This afternoon we join a local guide for an in-depth insight on the town’s history, its isolation, the people who live here and the region’s current status before continuing on to Cobar.

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Broken Hill

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Heritage
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We bid Cobar farewell and travel west along the Barrier Highway to Wilcannia, where we again meet the Darling River. After lunch we travel to the isolated mining town of Broken Hill. After check-in, there’s time to relax before we make a visit to the Living Desert Sculptures for sunset drinks and beautiful outback views.

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Broken Hill

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
Eco
Eco

Enjoy a gossip tour of Broken Hill, viewing heritage-listed architecture and discovering the famous art galleries, the Big Picture and the Line of Lode. Next we head to Silverton, almost a ghost town, and the setting for many famous movies. We return to Broken Hill via the vast Mundi Mundi Plains to visit the Pro Hart Gallery, then enjoy some free time downtown.

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Broken Hill - Mildura

Heritage
Heritage

Departing Broken Hill, we travel south along the Silver City Highway, making our way to the New South Wales/Victorian border city of Wentworth, the junction of the Darling and the Murray. Our afternoon takes us to Old Wentworth Gaol where we enjoy a self-guided tour before travelling across the Murray River and on to the Victorian town of Mildura.

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Echuca

Heritage
Heritage

We follow the Murray River up stream through the town of Robinvale and take a break on the banks of the river at Tooleybuc. Back on the road, we travel to Swan Hill, visiting the Pioneer Settlement for a self-guided tour and lunch. We then continue through Lake Boga and Kerang, arriving in the twin cities of Echuca and Moama, the paddle steamer capital of Australia.

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Echuca - Albury

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Heritage
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Local guide
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After breakfast we join a local guide for a tour that takes us around the district of Echuca, showing us the history of the Murray River and its paddle steamers .We board the iconic PS Pevensey, a lovingly maintained paddle steamer that will take us meandering between the red gum lined banks of the mighty Murray, we enjoy lunch after we disembark. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the town further.

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Albury

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Heritage
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Local guide

We start our day with an intriguing tour of the Great Aussie Beer Shed & Heritage Farm Museum. We then continue our way along the Murray River to Yarrawonga situated on Lake Mulwala, where we stop for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to Glenrowan for a visit to the Ned Kelly Museum where we witness ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’, a light and sound show that is a re-enactment of the events that led up to the capture and hanging of Ned Kelly. We finish at the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga.

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Bathurst

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Heritage
Heritage
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Local guide
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Eco

This morning we travel to Gundagai, making a stop at the iconic ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’. Our next leg takes us to Cowra’s Japanese Gardens for lunch and time to wander through the tranquil and inspiring displays. We finish our day at Bathurst. Tonight we don our glad rags for a night of elegance of the Georgian era, dining at historic Abercrombie House.

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Bathurst - Armidale

Heritage
Heritage

We hit the road today travelling through Gulgong to Gunnedah for lunch. We then continue on to Tamworth for a break at the Big Golden Guitar before ascending the Moonbi Range to pass through Uralla and arrive in Armidale

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Bound for home today, we break at the Standing Stones in ‘Celtic ’Glen Innes, then stop for lunch at the Ballandean Estate Winery before our return to the Brisbane Coach Terminal.

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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

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How do I book this tour?

To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.

How much luggage can I take?

Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

What do the fitness ratings mean?

Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you.  Our fitness ratings are:

  • 1 Easy
  • 2 Moderate
  • 3 Active/moderate
  • 4 Highly active
What is the average size of tour groups?

Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.

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