The Plenty and Corner Country

If you are want to experience the true Australian Outback this is the tour for you.  Travel in complete comfort on Stonestreets purpose built luxury 4WD coach and traverse some of the most remote country in Australia.  You’ll even travel through three of Australia’s most iconic deserts – The Simpson Desert, The Sturt Stony Desert and The Strzelecki Desert, as you travel along three of Australia’s infamous tracks – The Birdsville Track, The Oodnadatta Track and The Strzelecki Track.  Plus travel the Plenty and Donohue Highways from Alice Springs to Boulia, making this the complete outback adventure.  

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • School of the Air tour, Alice Springs
  • Visit Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Anzac Hill Lookout
  • Plenty Highway from Alice Springs to Queensland
  • Min Min Encounter, Boulia
  • Historic Mud Hut, Bedourie
  • Birdsville sightseeing including, town area, Big Red, Race Track and Diamantina River
  • Birdsville Track, Oodnadatta Track & Strzelecki Tracks
  • Lake Eyre South
  • Optional Lake Eyre Scenic Flight
  • Cooper Creek Cruise at Innamincka
  • Historic Burke & Wills Dig Tree
  • Traverse the many sand dunes from Innamincka to Cameron Corner 
  • Cameron Corner where Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet
  • Stuart National Park
  • Historic Depot Glen and Milparinka
  • Thargomindah guided tour including Thermal Power Plant
  • Eulo, Cunnamulla and St George
Departing
12/08/2018
Duration
14 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Day 1:Sunday 12 August 2018 - Toowoomba-Brisbane-Alice Springs

Transfer to Brisbane Airport for the flight to Alice Springs. On arrival, meet your coach crew and head into the town centre to Todd Mall where you can purchase your lunch. This afternoon, visit the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for an enjoyable and informative guided tour of the heritage museum and precinct. This is a great way to become immersed in the history of the region and discover more about the importance of this station in the early days of Alice Springs. Next, travel to the Alice Springs School of the Air which has been bridging education gaps to students in remote locations and providing schooling to children on cattle stations, roadhouses, Aboriginal communities and national parks since 1951. The school broadcast area covers 1.3 million square kilometres including most of the Northern Territory and provides daily lessons via satellite broadband to children aged 4 to 13 years. Join a guide for a tour of the facility, view the film and presentations on the history and the classroom studio operation. Hear an actual recorded lesson and enjoy the displays and shop. Depart for our last tour of the day at the Royal Flying Doctor Base. Visit the museum and explore a replica fuselage of the current Pilatus PC12 aircraft as well as see the wide variety of historic radios used to communicate before telephones were invented. Finish the day with beautiful views over Alice Springs and Central Australia from Anzac Hill before arriving at the accommodation. Meals: D

Day 2: Monday 13 August 2018 - Alice Springs – Tobermorey Station

Set off this morning for the trek along the Plenty Highway, lovingly named so for having plenty of bull dust, plenty of corrugations, plenty of ruts and plenty of dirt! After breakfast, depart ‘The Alice’ and join ‘The Plenty’ just north of town. Head to Gemtree Station for a welcome cuppa and a look through the gallery which is stocked with local gemstones. Continue via the Harts Ranges to Jervois Station, a real working cattle station and a perfect place to enjoy some lunch. Hit the road for the final part of the trek before arriving at Tobermorey Station whose cabins will be home for the night. Meals: BLD                               

Day 3: Tuesday 14 August 2018 - Tobermorey Station - Boulia      

We are only 4 kilometers from the Queensland border so the first stop won't be long after departing. Stop at the border to see the terrific termite mounds and the border sign and wave farewell to The Plenty as it changes its name to the Donohue Highway. Depending on road conditions lunch might be taken on the way or a little lateron arrival in Boulia. This afternoon, visit the Min Min Encounter and meet eccentric true blue Aussie ‘characters’ who will enthral you with their stories of the mysterious min min lights. These unexplained balls of glowing light have appeared to travellers for decades with the first recorded sighting at a lonely Cobb and Co staging site in the Boulia Shire. Meals: BLD

Day 4: Wednesday 15 August 2018 - Boulia – Birdsville

Head south to the administrative ‘Captial’ of the Diamantina Shire, the town of Bedourie. Explore the local sights including a Historic Mud Hut then stop for a refreshing dip in the Artesian Spa, one of Bedourie’s best attractions! After lunch, join the Diamantina Developmental Road leading to Birdsville. Before arriving in the town famous for it's outback racetrack, stop to see the extremely rare and slow growing Waddi trees that only grow here and in2 other regions in Australia. The timber of the Waddi tree is so hard that it's extremely difficult to cut and the trees are now totally protected. Meals: BLD

Day 5:Thursday 16 August 2018 - Birdsville sightseeing

Explore the “Must See” town of Birdsville where each September the population surges by as many as 8000 as racegoers kick up the dust at the Birdsville Races. Visit the famous Birdsville Racetrack and stage your own mini race, then see the Burke and Wills Tree on the way to Munga-Thirri National Park. Here, find giant red sand dunes  that tower as tall as the coach! For lunch, stop at the Birdsville Bakery where you can try some of the locally made pies, maybe the Ale & Tail pie or Kangaroo and Claret pie or perhaps a Curried Camel Pie, a bakery favourite! Explore Birdsville at your leisure this afternoon. Maybe, take a walk to the old Hospital built in 1950, explore the ruins of the old Royal Hotel, check out the geothermal power station or visit the towns artesian bore where water comes to the surface at 98° from a depth of over 1.2km’s Meals: BD  

Day 6: Friday 17 August 2018 - Birdsville-Marree vis Birdsville Track 

The Birdsville Track is annother iconic Australian Outback track. Travelling the 517 km route from Birdsville to Marree, it leads through remote and harsh outback country. Despite the extremely dry environment, the land along the track is actually considered good cattle country, and once the rare rain floods the region, there is an amazing transformation. The Birdsville Track is surrounded by the Tiari and Sturt's Stony Desert and the Strzelecki and Simpson Desert in the north. Today, cross into South Australia, visit Mungerannie Gap and roadhouse,cruise  Cooper Creek on the MV Tom Brennan, and explore homestead ruins before arriving in Marree late afternoon. Marree is the town made famous by the Afghan Cameleers, the Old Ghan Railway and Tom Kruse...
the Birdsville Mailman. Meals: BLD

Day 7: Saturday 18 August 2018 - William Creek via Oodnadatta Track

Tackle another famous track to tackle today, the Oodnadatta Track. Heading west from Marree follow the original Ghan Railway line and cross the wild dog fence, the longest fence ever constructed in the World. Stop at the Lake Eyre South lookout and visit the Ghan railway siding at Curdimurka. Travel through part of the largest cattle property in the world, Anna Creek Station. At roughly 6 million acres Anna Creek is nearly 2 million acres larger than its closest Australian rival and more than 7 times the size of the United States largest ranch in Texas. Stop at Mound Springs to experience the artesian springs which are formed by deep water within the Great Artesian Basin rising to the surface to form mounds of bubbling ponds. Meals: BLD
Optional scenic flights over Lake Eyre are available today. 

Day 8: Sunday 19 August 2018 - Marree to Innamincka via Strzelecki Track

Today, adventure south to Lyndhurst before turning north east and on to the Strzelecki Track. Despite being surrounded by the harsh Australian outback the roads in this region are usually of a very good standard, ue to the continuing exploration of the Cooper Basin which is subject to the relentless oil and gas exploration. Track has been constantly upgraded to handle the heavy vehicles travelling along the track to Moomba. Stop at the Oil and Gas viewing Platform near Moomba before arriving in the tiny town of Innamincka. If you spent an hour with every resident of Innamincka, you'd only fill half a day, but they would all tell you that this small township is an oasis in isolation.  Meals: BLD

Day 9: Monday 20 August 2018 - Innamincka

Enjoy breakfast in this town that is small in size but big on hospitality. Then later, enjoy an unforgettable cruise along the shady "creek". Be greeted by screeching corellas, pelicans and even seagulls (yes, they are this far inland) while gliding past the banks lined with beautiful river gums. Return to town for lunch before adventuring across the border into Queensland to visit The Dig Tree, a sad and forlorn reminder of the harshness of the region and the foolhardiness of the Burke and Wills expedition. Meals: BLD

Day 10: Tuesday 21 August 2018 -  Innamincka to Tibooburra

Follow the old Strzelecki Track along Cooper Creek, past the oil Derricks to Merty Merty Station in search of the track to Cameron Corner. The Journey to Cameron Corner is one you’ll remember, riding high over the tops of over 120 desert sand dunes! Make a stop at Cameron Corner for lunch at “The Corner Store” and then try to work out how to stand in 3 states at once! Cameron Corner is the point where South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales meet and will be a good photo opportunity. Continue through Sturt National Park to the outback town of TibooburraMeals: BLD

Day 11:Wednesday 22 August 2018 - Stuart National Park

Today, explore the Sturt National Park, travel the Gorge Loop Road stopping to admire several scenic locations along the way. Visit the Historic Mount Wood Homestead Complex - this open air museum is a good way to see how early European settlers used to work the land. The museum exhibits original and reconstructed artefacts that’ll illustrate the life of a pastoral worker. Later visit Depot Glen, Poole's Grave and a cairn built by the men of the Burke and Wills Expedition. Finish the day with a visit to Milparinka which was once the centre of a historic mining district. Today it’s a living heritage site in a dramatic desert setting with the town’s colonial buildings including the police barracks and cells which have been lovingly restoredMeals: BLD

Day 12: Thursday 23 August 2018 - Tibooburra to Thargomindah

Depart Tibooburra and once travel into the Sturt National Park to the “Jump Ups”. These striking flat-topped mesas are all that remain of an ancient mountain range. Cross the wild dog barrier fence at the Warri Gate, crossing back into the maroon state. Stop along the way at the Heritage Listed Noccundra Hotel, which is the town’s only occupied building housing BOTH of the town's permanent residents! Enjoy lunch here then join the Adventure way to Thargomindah where a guide will join the tour to explain how 'Thargo' was one of the first towns in Australia to produce hydroelectric power! Meals: BLD

Day 13: Friday 24 August 2018 - Thargomindah to St George

Depart Thargomindah and travel back east to Eulo for an exploratory tour of the local sights before continuing on to Cunnamulla. See the Cunnamulla Fella and Railway Station then have lunch and depart again for St George. Meals: BLD

Day 14:Saturday 25 August 2018 - St George to Toowoomba

On the last day of the tour, start with a sightseeing tour of St George, then head to Beardmore Dam for morning tea. Finally, head for home with a lunch stop along the way before arriving back in to Toowoomba late afternoon. Meals: BL

Linked Tour: Looking for longer holiday? Combine this tour with our 8 day Centralian tour departing Sunday 5 August. You’ll see more of Alice Springs plus all the spectacular gorges, waterholes and ranges throughout the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Visit historical Hermannsburg, beautiful Palm Valley and the amazing Kings Canyon before arriving at Yulara and the excitement of seeing Ayers Rock and the Olgas. Ask us for a price to package these tours.

Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners

Transport: 4x4 Coach

Flights:

  • Brisbane /  Alice Springs

Accommodation: 

  • 13 Nights in Motel Accommodation

Activities:

  • School of the Air Tour, Alice Springs
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Visit
  • Min Min Encounter, Boulia
  • Cooper Creek Cruise at Innamincka
  • Thargomindah Guided Tour including Thermal Power Plant

Optional Extras:

  • Optional Lake Eyre Scenic Flight


 

Departing
12/08/2018
Duration
14 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $5,975.00
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