Station Stays

Book your place on our Station Hopper, featuring three unique station stays where you’ll be hosted by the station owners at Charlotte Plains Station, Kilcowera Station and Trilby Station.  Add a morning with your hosts at Bonus Downs plus a spend a night underground at White Cliffs, this unique tour will be popular so call now to reserve your place as seats are strictly limited. Discover what it's like living on the land and how these farming families manage their land through flood times and drought.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Roma Big Rig
  • Locally guided tour of Roma
  • Guided tour of Bonus Downs Homestead and property by station owners 
  • Guided tour of Charlotte Plains Station by station owner
  • Guided tour of Kilcowera Station by station owners
  • Historic Hungerford
  • Guided tour of Dunlop Station by station owners
  • Guided tour of Trilby Station by station owners
  • Tour of White Cliffs
  • Broken Hill sightseeing tour
  • Big Picture, Broken Hill
  • Line of Load Memorial, Broken Hill
  • Silverton
  • Historic Burra
  • 1 night at Charlotte Plains Station, via Cunnamulla
  • 2 nights on Kilcowera Station, Thargomindah
  • 2 nights on Trilby Station, Louth (Darling River)
  • Stay a night at the Underground Motel, White Cliffs

Outback Station Accommodation:
This tour focuses on offering the true Australian outback station experience. Travellers will stay on a selection of stations in a mix of renovated and restored shearers quarters and similar. Some locations will have shared bathroom facilities and varying room types. All rooms are clean and comfortable with linen and towels provided.

Solo Travellers:
Please note: Due to strictly limited places available on outback stations, single occupancy is not available. Travellers wishing to travel solo will be required to share accommodation at locations with limited spaces. Single bookings cannot be guaranteed without a second single traveller booking. Please contact our friendly travel team to express your interest.

Departing
24/04/2020
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
16
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground. Includes some walking tours.
Transport
Luxury 4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Friday 24 April 2020
Toowoomba-Roma-Mitchell

Depart Toowoomba and travel west to Chinchilla for a morning stop, then further along the Warrego Highway visit Roma’s Big Rig display and enjoy lunch in the café. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Oil Patch Museum at the Big Rig before a local guide joins you for a guided Roma town tour. Finish with a visit to St Paul’s Anglican Church known as ‘The Cathedral of the West’. Here you’ll see the inspiring display of over 50 stunning Leadlight and Stained-Glass Windows. From Roma it’s an hour to Mitchell, your home for night one. Meals: LD
Accommodation: Berkley Lodge Motel, Mitchell

Day 2: Saturday 25 April 2020
Bonus Downs – Charlotte Plains  
Not far for Mitchell you'll visit your first station; Bonus Downs. Here Owners, Lyle and Madonna, will provide a genuine outback experience, allowing you to be part of their living history. Today you’ll take a step back in time to explore the historical Bonus Downs Homestead, painstakingly restored to its former glory. The homestead is filled with memorabilia of a bygone era and the tour will include interesting commentary followed by morning tea. Enjoy a delicious traditional Billy Tea and Damper lunch before departing Bonus Downs and travelling south to Bollon. You'll strike west along the Balonne Highway to Charlotte Plains Station where Robyn, your host and station owner will welcome the group for the night. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Charlotte Plains, via Cunnamulla                 
Please note: accommodation for tonight will be in the station's shearer’s quarters. Each room has either twin or queen bed, linen and towels, with shared bathroom facilities close by.  

Day 3: Sunday 26 April 2020
Charlotte Plains – Kilcowera Station

Begin the day with a guided History Tour of Charlotte Plains Station. Robyn will spend the morning giving a comprehensive outline of the station which includes their own registered cemetery. Visit the House of Memorabilia where you can delve back in time to the way things used to be on Charlotte Plains. You’ll also visit Jack’s Hut; Jack was the resident Bullocky and Bore Drain Delver. Discover how Jack lived and the tools he used in his everyday life. After this fascinating tour, leave Charlotte Plains and head into Cunnamulla for some lunch before departing for Thargomindah and Kilcowera Station. At Kilcowera you'll meet your hosts Greg and Toni who will be your hosts for the next 2 nights. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Kilcowera Station, via Thargomindah (2 nights)
Please note: accommodation for the next 2 nights will be in the station's shearer’s quarters.  Each room has either twin or queen bed, linen and towels, with shared bathroom facilities close by.

Day 4: Monday 27 April 2020
Kilcowera Station Tour

Today, sit back and relax while Greg or Toni join you for a guided tour exploring Kilcowera. Discover the station's diverse wildlife, landscapes and vegetation. On Kilcoweras' eastern boundary is Currawinya National Park and guests have exclusive access to the western side of the 3000-hectare, saline, Lake Wyara. Your sixty-kilometre scenic drive today will uncover such attractions as: Murderer's Bore, the scene of a grisly 1940's murder, Rustlers Roost, Red Hole, Lake Wyara and Cardenyabba Lagoon. Do a little bird watching and wildlife spotting while having lunch or smoko by a peaceful waterhole. Meals: BLD  

Day 5: Tuesday 28 April 2020
Kilcowera Station – Hungerford – Trilby Station

All too soon it’s time to farewell our hosts and depart Kilcowera Station to head south to Historic Hungerford, a town made famous by Henry Lawson's short story. Now little more than a pub and a fence, you'll still be able to meet the locals before crossing the state border and continuing south to Wanaaring for lunch. This little town situated on the banks of the Paroo River dates back the 1880’s and once operated a wool scour. Evidence of this facility's operation can still be found along the river banks. After lunch, head south to Louth, a tiny settlement on the Darling River that came into existence to service the paddle steamers that passed through on the way to Bourke. Late afternoon, arrive at Trilby Station and meet your hosts for the next two nights. Meals: BLD 
Accommodation: Trilby Station, via Louth (2 nights)
Please note: accommodation for the next 2 nights will be in the station's shearer’s quarters or cottages. Each room has either twin or queen bed, linen and towels, with shared bathroom facilities close by.

Day 6: Wednesday 29 April 2020
Dunlop & Trilby Station Tour

You have a fascinating day ahead. Begin with a visit to Dunlop Station, the first shed in the world to complete a mechanical shearing, back in 1888 (shearing 188,000 sheep!). Trilby was once a part of the million-acre Dunlop Station and the history there is amazing. Have morning tea and a tour of the homestead and shearing shed before returning to Trilby for lunch. Next, enjoy an easy walking/talking tour down to the river, past the homestead and up to the hangar with Liz Murray (owner). As Liz says, ‘it is more about story-telling than walking, giving visitors a woman’s perspective about life in the outback”. Meals: BLD

Day 7: Thursday 30 April 2020
Trilby Station – White Cliffs 
Today, travel to the historic Opal mining township of White Cliffs. The famous Australian cricketer Bill O'Reilly (1905-1992) (who Don Bradman referred to as the greatest bowler he ever faced), is White Cliffs favourite son. On arrival, enjoy a lunch break before learning of the hardy souls and the tough early days of our Opal Miners. Next, take a tour of this unique place to learn about opal mining and how the miners find opal. See the Solar Power Station and visit an Opal Showroom where, if you wish, you can make that special purchase of this beautiful stone. Your accommodation tonight is unique. Stay in a “Dug Out” - a disused opal mine that has been converted into a spacious underground “Oasis”. It is a truly enjoyable experience and will give you a lot to talk about tomorrow. You will be fascinated by how spacious the dugout is with its own restaurant and bar and great facilities. Tonight, you may wish to take a stroll and enjoy the remarkable outback sky. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: White Cliffs Underground Motel

Day 8: Friday 01 May 2020
White Cliffs – Broken Hill

This morning you will join the Barrier Highway to Broken Hill. Lunch will be served at one the local’s favourite clubs, The Broken Hill Musicians Club. In the afternoon enjoy the ‘Broken Hill Experience’. Hear about the history of Broken Hill and see some of the historic buildings – the Broken Hill Court House built in 1889 and the Broken Hill Trades Hall. The facade has been retained in 1974 after the main halls and offices were demolished. One of the best views of the town is from the top of the Line of Lode at the Miners Memorial (listing the names of more than 800 people who have died working at the mine). Unlike modern mining towns, where the accommodation is built well away from the mine, Broken Hill’s population, in the pick and shovel days, built their houses as close as they could to their work. Next stop is the Silver City Mint and Art Centre. Known as one of the best galleries in town, the centre houses jewellery made from local silver, a mineral display and an extensive range of original paintings by well-known artists. However, it is the dramatic “Big Picture” painted by Peter Anderson that will be one of the highlights of your tour to Broken Hill. It’s the world’s largest acrylic painting on canvas that totally immerses visitors into the local landscape. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Ibis Styles, Broken Hill

Day 9: Saturday 02 May 2020
Broken Hill – Adelaide

Take a drive to nearby Silverton, the site of some famous Australian films, including Mad Max. Enjoy a stroll around town where you might like to explore the former Silverton Gaol or perhaps the Mad Max Museum. Don’t forget to call into the Silverton Hotel where a display of still photographs from movies that have been shot locally is on display. Mid-morning, make your way across the South Australian border to Yunta for lunch. The afternoon takes you into the historic copper mining town of Burra which dates back to the 1840’s. Make a stop in town before the final leg of our journey into Adelaide, arriving late afternoon at your accommodation. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide

Day 10: Sunday 03 May 2020
Adelaide – Brisbane – Toowoomba

After a fascinating and unique tour visiting four outback stations and historic towns your tour draws to an end.  After breakfast enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of Adelaide before your flight back to Brisbane. On arrival into Brisbane, Toowoomba bound travellers will meet a Stonestreets Travel representative to transfer you back to Toowoomba and home. Meals: B

Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Transport: Luxury 4x4 Coach 

Flights: 

One Way Economy Flight: Adelaide - Brisbane

Accommodation: 

  • 9 Nights in Accommodation
    1 Night - Berkley Lodge Motel, Mitchell
    1 Night - Charlotte Plains Station
    2 Nights - Kilcowera Station
    2 Nights - Trilby Station
    1 Night - White Cliffs Underground Motel
    1 Night - Ibis Styles, Broken Hill
    1 Night - Stanford Plaza, Adelaide

Activities:

  • Roma Big Rig
  • Locally guided tour of Roma
  • Guided tour of Bonus Downs Homestead and property by station owners 
  • Guided tour of Charlotte Plains Station by station owner
  • Guided tour of Kilcowera Station by station owners
  • Historic Hungerford
  • Guided tour of Dunlop Station by station owners
  • Guided tour of Trilby Station by station owners
  • Tour of White Cliffs
  • Broken Hill sightseeing tour
  • Big Picture, Broken Hill
  • Line of Load Memorial, Broken Hill
  • Silverton
  • Historic Burra

Other Inclusions:

  • Home pickup and drop off available for Toowoomba residents with prior arrangement

  • On-site vehicle parking (uncovered) available for travellers departing from Toowoomba

  • Stonestreets Travel Tour Leader

  • Airport Transfers

 

What our Guests had to say about our last Station Stays tour:

A well thought out itinerary especially the two-night stopovers. All the Station stays with their wonderful hosts. This tour exceeded our expectations - Alexa

Trilby Station as it was so well run and attractive - Peter

This tour was great and enjoyed every moment - Kevin

Our Guests Rated this tour: 9/10 (5 Reviews)

Bonus Downs

The Bonus Downs homestead, 630km west of Brisbane, was built in 1911 by one of this country’s most famous landholders who contributed hugely to Australia’s rural progress at a time when a young and developing country needed such foresight. People describe him as ‘Australia’s greatest pastoralist because he was so innovative, so keen to improve on what nature had provided.’ His name was Sir Samuel McCaughey.
Bonus Downs is a truly unbelievable piece of living history. The Bonus Downs homestead has been lovingly restored by its owners Madonna and Lyle Connolly, who are incredibly passionate about this beautiful property. Their stories about how they restored the main home and Jackaroo quarters are truly inspirational.

Charlotte Plains


Photos Courtesy of Jules Ingall and Charlotte Plains

There are endless things to absorb or to do at Charlotte Plains if you like the outdoors. Of course depending on the seasons and the time of year you need to chose wisely. Wildlife, Painting, Photography, Station Work, History Tours, Bathing are but to name a few. You can experience the good seasons and the bad, with drought – that’s life. You can relax in the peace and quiet and wide open spaces or have your own party! Either way Charlotte Plains will have you wanting to come back.

Kilcowera Station

Greg and Toni Sherwin have lived, owned and cared for Kilcowera for 34 years. Since the year 2000 they have been welcoming visitors to the property and they enjoy sharing their part of the outback with them. The 80,000 ha of Mulga Rangelands are determined by irregular rainfall and other episodic weather events that rarely follow predictable annual cycles. This region includes some of the driest parts of inland Australia with an average rainfall of just nine inches. But the Sherwin's manage a healthy native vegetation which is critical to providing valuable fodder for fattening cattle and sheep. 

Trilby Station

Once a part of the legendary million acre Dunlop, first in the world to complete a sheep shearing by mechanical means in 1888, Trilby Station is 320,000 acres these days, running Merino sheep and an extensive goat enterprise. The Murray family trace their settlement on the Darling River near Louth back six generations to 1860 when Andrew Murray, from County Galway, Ireland, purchased 60 acres of land for 60 pounds sterling, building the Shamrock Inn. Following above-average rainfall and flooding of the Darling River in both 2011 and 2012 (where Trilby was isolated by road for three months each time!! Mail, stores and of course the Murray's had to be air-lifted in/out during that period), Trilby Station is now in the midst of another dry spell, as so often happens in these semi arid regions of Outback NSW. Hand-feeding around 17,000 merino sheep is incredibly time-consuming, not to mention costly ... and we're constantly looking to the skies for rain to ease the pressure and grow pastures. Now is as good a time as any to explore Outback NSW, our property and the Darling River Run. Trilby Station is situated near the village of Louth, 125km south-west of Bourke, NSW Australia, on the Darling River Run. They are well signposted on the western/northern side of the river.

 

Departing
24/04/2020
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
16
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground. Includes some walking tours.
Transport
Luxury 4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $4,195
In stock
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