Station Stays

A new tour for 2019 – 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:

  • Big Rig - Roma
  • 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 Trilby Station by station owners
  • Locally guided tour of White Cliffs
  • Broken Hill sightseeing tour
  • Big Picture, Broken Hill
  • Line of Load Memorial, Broken Hill
  • Visit Silverton
  • Explore 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
Departing
12/04/2019
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
16
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Friday 12 April 2019
Toowoomba-Roma-Mitchell

Depart Toowoomba and travel West to Chinchilla for a morning stop. Further west you'll find yourself in Roma for a visit to Roma’s Big Rig and lunch in the café. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the Oil Patch Museum at the Big Rig, then a local guide will join you for a town tour. Finish the day with a visit to St Paul’s Anglican Church, known as ‘The Cathedral of the West’ where you’ll see the inspiring display of over 50 stunning Leadlight and Stained-Glass Windows. From Roma it’s just an hour to Mitchell where you'll stay for the night.  Meals: LD
Accommodation: Berkley Lodge Motel, Mitchell

Day 2: Saturday 13 April 2019
Bonus Downs – Charlotte Plains  
Not too far for Mitchell we visit our first station – Bonus Downs.  Here Lyle and Madonna offer us a genuine outback experience allowing us to be part of their living history.  Today we’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. The tour includes morning tea, plus we’ll also enjoy a delicious traditional Billy Tea and Damper lunch.  From Bonus Downs we travel south to Bollon, then west along the Balonne Highway to Charlotte Plains Station where Robyn, our host and station owner, will welcome us for the night.   Please note: accommodation for tonight will be in the stations shearer’s quarters.  Each room has either twin or queen bed, linen and towels, with shared bathroom facilities close by.  Meals: BLD

Accommodation: Charlotte Plains, via Cunnamulla                 

Day 3: Sunday 14 April 2019
Charleville – Quilpie – Thargomindah – Kilcowera Station

Start the day with a guided History Tour of Charlotte Plains Station. Robyn will join us this morning for a very comprehensive tour 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 - to discover how he lived and the tools he used in his everyday life.  Leaving Charlotte Plains, we head in to Cunnamulla for some lunch before departing for Thargomindah and Kilcowera Station, where our hosts Greg and Toni will welcome us for the next 2 nights.  Please note: accommodation for the next 2 nights will be in the stations shearer’s quarters.  Each room has either twin or queen bed, linen and towels, with shared bathroom facilities close by.   Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Kilcowera Station, via Thargomindah (2 nights)

Day 4: Monday 15 April 2019
Kilcowera Station Tour

Visiting an Outback cattle station wouldn’t be complete unless you do a tour or two of the property. Sit back and relax while Greg or Toni join us for a guided tour exploring Kilcowera where you’ll see its diverse range of wildlife, land types and vegetation communities.  Kilcoweras' eastern boundary is shared with Currawinya National Park and guests have exclusive access to the western side of the 3000-hectare, saline, Lake Wyara.  A sixty-kilometre scenic drive takes you to 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 16 April 2019
Kilcowera Station – Hungerford – Trilby Station

All too soon it’s time to farewell our hosts, depart Kilcowera Station and head south to Historic Hungerford, a town made famous by Henry Lawson's short story, now little more than a pub and a fence.  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 which can still be found along the river banks.  After lunch head south east to Louth, a tiny settlement on the Darling River that came into existence due to the paddle steamers that passed through on the way to Bourke.  Late afternoon we arrive at Trilby Station and meet our hosts for the next two nights.  Please note: accommodation for the next 2 nights will be in the stations shearer’s quarters or cottages.  Each room has either twin or queen bed, linen and towels, with shared bathroom facilities close by.  Meals: BLD 
Accommodation: Trilby Station, via Louth (2 nights)

Day 6: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Trilby Station Tour

We have a fascinating day ahead of us. Just up the road, towards Louth, is 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. We’ll 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 18 April 2019
Trilby Station – White Cliffs

Today we travel on 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 - his father was a school teacher in White Cliffs. On arrival we enjoy our lunch break before learning of the hardy souls and the tough early days of our Opal Miners. Our local guide will join us and take us on a tour of this unique place to learn about opal mining and how the miners find their 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. Our accommodation tonight is unique. We stay in a “Dug Out” - a disused opal mine that has been converted into an “Oasis” with huge spacious rooms. 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, why not take a stroll and enjoy an intriguing look into the outback sky. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: White Cliffs Underground Motel

Day 8: Friday 19 April 2019
White Cliffs – Broken Hill

This morning we join the Barrier Highway to Broken Hill.  Lunch will be at one the local’s favourite clubs, The Broken Hill Musicians Club, then this 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. Its facade was 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 our 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 20 April 2019
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 in to the Silverton Hotel where a display of still photographs from movies that have been shot locally is on display.  Mid-morning, we make our way across the South Australian border and on to Yunta for lunch.  The afternoon takes us into the historic copper mining town of Burra which dates back to the 1840’s.  We’ll make a stop in town before the final leg of our journey into Adelaide, where we’ll arrive late afternoon at our accommodation. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Atura Adelaide Airport Hotel        

Day 10: Sunday 21 April 2018
Adelaide – Brisbane – Toowoomba

After a fascinating and unique tour visiting four outback stations and historic towns our tour draws to an end.  Enjoy an early breakfast before check - in for your flight back to Brisbane.  Upon arrival, a Stonestreets Travel representative will be waiting to transfer you back to Toowoomba and home.  Meals: B

Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Transport: 4x4 Luxury Coach (22 Seater)

Flights:

Economy Flight:

  • Adelaide to Brisbane

Accommodation: 

9 Nights Accommodation
1 Night at Charlotte Plains Station
2 Nights on Kilcowera Station
2 Nights on Trilby Station
1 Night Underground Motel, White Cliffs
1 Night Berkley Lodge Motel, Mitchell
1 Night Ibis Styles, Broken Hill
1 Night Atura Adelaide Airport Motel

Activities:

  • Roma Big Rig Visit
  • 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 Kilcowra Station by station owners
  • Guided tour of Trilby Station by station owners
  • Locally guided tour of White Cliffs
  • Broken Hill sightseeing tour
  • Big Picture, Broken Hill
  • Line of Load Memorial, Broken Hill

Other Inclusions:

Airport Transfer, Brisbane to Toowoomba
Home Pickup and return in Toowoomba City Area (with prior arrangement)
 

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
12/04/2019
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
16
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $3,995
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