Nullarbor and Maralinga

Both the largest piece of limestone on earth and one of the strangest landscapes in the world, the great Nullarbor Plain is crossed by another record-setter, the world's longest straight stretch of road; "90 mile straight". Crossing the Nullarbor is one of the quintessential Australian road trip experiences and a bucket list item for many Australian travellers. This tour explores the host of interesting sights and experiences on the stretch between Kalgoorlie and Adelaide including one of Australia's newest and most unique tour experiences, Maralinga. From 1955 to 1963 the British Government built a township at Maralinga (north of the vast Nullarbor Plain) to support the testing facility which was used to test atomic weapons. Now, for the first time, you can experience this amazing location, the township, and the test site! Learn the unbelievable history of this top-secret period in Australia’s past.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hannans North Tourist Mine
  • Locally guided tour of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • Kalgoorlie Super Pit lookout
  • Norseman sightseeing
  • Fraser Range Station stay and Sunset Station Tour
  • 90 Mile Straight – longest straight stretch of road in the world
  • Old Telegraph, Euchla
  • Bunda (Nullarbor) Cliffs
  • Nullarbor Plain
  • Head of Bight visitor Centre and whale viewing area
  • Penong Windmill Museum – Australia’s Largest Windmill
  • Ceduna, Pinky Point Lookout and De Cres Bay sightseeing
  • Full day Maralinga tour including scenic return flights and comprehensive ground tour  
  • Pildappa Rock
  • Kimba – half-way across Australia
  • Wadlata Outback Centre 
Departing
13/09/2019
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate level of fitness requires – walking on uneven ground, longer journeys of up to 2 ½ hours in coach
Transport
4x4 Coach, Flightseeing Plane

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Day 1: Friday 13 September 2019
Home – Perth
Arrive Perth early afternoon and transfer to the city and your accommodation for the night at Miss Maud Hotel located in the centre of Perth.  The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy some local sights in the city or perhaps stroll through the city malls and arcades.  Tonight, enjoy Perth’s most loved buffet at Miss Maud Restaurant, with over 65 individual dishes from local WA suppliers.  Meals: D
Accommodation: Miss Maud Swedish Hotel

Day 2: Saturday 14 September 2019
Perth – Kalgoorlie
Early transfer to East Perth Terminal to board the Prospector Train, a high speed, state-of-the-art train, that can complete the 653km journey to Kalgoorlie in less than 7 hours.  Travel out of Perth via historic Midland and the Perth Hills to the WA’s Wheatbelt, then through Meckering, Merredin and Southern Cross to Kalgoorlie.  Arrive into Kalgoorlie mid-afternoon and check in to your accommodation across the road from the train station.  The reminder of the afternoon is at your leisure and dinner will be in the motel’s restaurant.  Meals D
Accommodation: Quality Inn Railway Motel. (2 nights)

Day 3: Sunday 15 September 2019
Kalgoorlie Sights
In June 1893, Paddy Hannan and friends found close to 100 ounces of alluvial gold just a short distance from what is now the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  This find sparked the Western Australian gold rush and unearthed one of the richest goldfields in the world, the famous Golden Mile.  Today, explore Kalgoorlie starting with a visit to Hannans North Tourist Mine where on a self-guided tour you’ll discover the secrets of gold rush history and modern-day mining in the Goldfields.  Next visit the Goldfields Museum which showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the city’s mining heritage.  Following lunch at Paddy’s Exchange Hotel board the 4WD coach for a locally guided tour of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.   Explore the magnificent architecture of the 1890’s and marvel at the beautifully restored buildings and the fascinating history that only Kalgoorlie-Boulder can offer.  Visit the site of the old bush two up school and Super Pit Lookout, see the opening of the old mine shafts in the pit wall and learn from your personal tour guide the less publicised and untold tales of gold stealing and dodgy doings that are the dark side of Kalgoorlie’s golden history.  Meals: BD

Day 4: Monday 16 September 2019
Kalgoorlie – Fraser Range Station  
This morning we pass the gold mining area between Kalgoorlie and Kambalda East, then head south past the vast salt lakes to Norseman.  Take in the sights of Norseman including Phoenix Park, Norseman Horse Statue, the Corrugated Iron Camels and the views from Beacon Hill Lookout.  Return to town for lunch before starting our journey east along the Eyre Highway.  Arrive Fraser Range Station mid-afternoon, check-in to your room then reboard the 4WD coach for an afternoon Station Tour finishing with Sunset drinks and Nibblies.   Fraser Range Station has no neighbours except for Southern Hills Station on the southern boundary.   Southern Hills Station was originally a part of Fraser Range Station.  The largest hardwood forest in the world surrounds Fraser Range all of which is crown land.  Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Fraser Range Station  

Day 5: Tuesday 17 September 2019
Fraser Range Station – Eucla
This morning we join 90 mile straight – the longest straight stretch of road in the world, completely free of any curves or bends.  By the time our coach reaches Caiguna your coach driver will be happy to turn off in to the roadhouse for a lunch break.  Pass by Cocklebiddy an area famous for it’s vast underground lakes and caves, then continue east and descend the Madura Pass to Mundrabilla which was settled around 1872 after a failed attempt to trek 1500 sheep east from Esperance to Eucla.  Tonight, we stay at Eucla, the last “town” in Western Australia which is located just a short distance for the Great Southern Ocean.  Meals: BLD 
Accommodation: Eucla Motor Motel  

Day 6: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Eucla – Nullarbor
Visit the remains of the Old Overland Telegraph Station which is now almost covered by the shifting sand dunes, then stop at the WA/SA border for photo’s, before entering the Nullarbor National Park.  Travel along the top of the Great Australian Bight where the Bunda Cliffs extend for 200kms, between the border with Western Australia and the Head of the Bight.  The cliffs are the southern edge of the limestone slab which forms the Nullarbor Plain and extends far inland.  The views from the top looking out over the Great Australian Bight are nothing short of breathtaking and the coach will make several stops today to take in the views.  At this time of year, although sightings are not guaranteed, you’ll be unlucky not to spot some Southern Right Whales which pass close the to the coastline.  This afternoon we enter the true Nullarbor Plain, a unique and fascinating experience and one of the strangest landscapes in the world.  This treeless plain is by no means desolate and is home to many plants and animals, mostly hardy scrubs such as saltbush with wild camels, wombats and kangaroos.  Just a short drive from our Nullarbor accommodation is the head of the Bight and our final stop today.  This is definitely the best place in Australia to go whale watching whilst staying on land.  Each year between May and November the Head of the Bight is transformed into a marine nursery as the waters come alive with the activity of the visiting whales and their calves. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Nullarbor Roadhouse Motel

Day 7: Thursday 19 September 2019
Nullarbor – Ceduna
Leaving the Nullarbor and coast behind we head a little further inland and head to Penong where we’ll stop for lunch and a visit to the Penong Windmill Museum.  A tribute to the farmers whirling workhorse that has nowadays been mostly replaced by solar panels - the outdoor museum features a unique collection of around 20 donated and restored windmills Including "Bruce" the biggest Windmill in Australia.  Stop off at the quarantine checkpoint prior to arriving into Ceduna where we enjoy some of the local sights including the views from Pinky Point Lookout prior to checking in to our beachfront accommodation.  Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel (2 nights)

Day 8: Friday 20 September 2019
Maralinga day tour
An exciting day ahead as we join Chinta Air for a full day flightseeing Tour to Maralinga.  From 1955 to 1963 the British Government built a township at Maralinga (approximately 300kms NW of Ceduna) and tested nuclear weapons nearby.   All branches of British, Australian and New Zealand armed services were represented.  Now, for the first time, we can enjoy a full day tour to see this amazing location, the township, and the test site.  Learn the unbelievable history of this secret period in Australia’s past.  From Ceduna, fly direct to Maralinga for a 4WD tour with a knowledgeable, local guide to learn more about one of the darkest times in Australia’s history.  After lunch, depart Maralinga and fly over Watson (located on the railway line) before returning to Ceduna.  Meals: BLD

 

Day 9: Saturday 21 September 2019
Ceduna – Port Augusta
Few Australians know of Pildappa Rock - an impressive granite outcrop and well worth a visit where you will see wave formations that rival the famous 'Wave Rock' in Western Australia.  You can also climb the rock for superb views of the Gawler Ranges and the Blue Sturts.  Later enjoy a delicious lunch at the Minnipa Hotel, then continue east until we’ve reached the halfway point across Australia – Kimba.  Stop for some photos at the ‘Big Galah’, then visit the ‘Half way across Australia’ gem shop before heading off on the final leg of our journey today to port Augusta located at the top of Spencer Gulf.  Meals: BLD

Day 10: Sunday 22 September 2019
Port Augusta – Adelaide - Home
Depart Port Augusta and travel south alongside the Southern Flinders Ranges to Port Wakefield.  Enjoy a break here then continue south and into Adelaide.  Arrive Adelaide Airport in time for check in and purchase some lunch before your afternoon flights back home.  For passengers with a pre-booked flight package, your flight to Brisbane departs early afternoon.  On arrival in Brisbane a representative of Stonestreets Travel will meet you for your transfer back to Toowoomba and home.   Meals: B

Indian Pacific Option: Departs Wednesday 11 September 2019
Fly from Wellcamp Airport to Sydney, then board the Indian Pacific Train for an all-inclusive 4-day / 3-night journey of a lifetime across Australia from Sydney to Perth.  Includes all meals onboard and off train excursions and one-way flight from Perth to Kalgoorlie to join Nullarbor and Maralinga tour.  Contact our Travel Office for details.

Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Transport: Luxury 4x4 Coach, The Prospector Train (Perth to Kalgoorlie), Flightseeing Plane

Flights: 

  • Maralinga Scenic Flight

Accommodation: 

  • 9 Nights Accommodation

Activities:

  • Entry to all attractions and National Parks as per itinerary
    o Hannans North Tourist Mine
    Locally guided tour of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
    Fraser Range Station stay and Sunset Station Tour
    o Head of Bight visitor Centre and whale viewing area
    Penong Windmill Museum – Australia’s Largest Windmill
    Ceduna, Pinky Point Lookout and De Cres Bay sightseeing

    Full day Maralinga tour including scenic return flights and comprehensive ground tour  ​
    Wadlata Outback Centre 

Fraser Range Station

Halfway between Norseman and Balladonia, Fraser Range Station is situated on the Western Nullabor Plain. The landscape of this particular region is very distinct to the rest of the Nullabor, covered in dense hardwood eucalyptus forest including blackbutts, salmon gums and gimlets, some towering 20-30 meters. Mt Pleasent and the surrounding granite hills present a spectacular backdrop to the station, originally founded by John and Alexander Forrest in 1870. The station has a history of sheep grazing and more recently offering station tours to visitors of this outback oasis.

Maralinga

In the 1950s and 1960s, the British military tested nuclear bombs of varying sizes on the Nullarbor Plain at a place called Maralinga. To support the testing, the township of Maralinga was built in the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia, 800km North-West of Adelaide. A total of seven nuclear tests were performed at the testing site under Operation Buffalo and Operation Antler. The site was also used for over 700 minor trials intended to investigate the effects of fire or non-nuclear explosions on atomic weapons.

In 1967 the first cleanup, Operation Brumby, was conducted and a following operation took place in 2000 at a cost of $108 million. 

Explore the township and learn the secrets of this fascinating piece of Australian history. Enjoy a guided tour to the actual bomb site then experience a scenic flight between Ceduna and Maralinga!

 

 

Departing
13/09/2019
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate level of fitness requires – walking on uneven ground, longer journeys of up to 2 ½ hours in coach
Transport
4x4 Coach, Flightseeing Plane
Price
AUD $4,595
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