The Outback

Discover the magnificence and uniqueness that is the Australian Outback, with this selection of sightseeing and special interest tours. You can click through each for more details and pricing. 

These tours can be customised to suit whatever needs you may have, including different types of accommodation to suit your budget, extensions of time, or the inclusion of other interests. This is just a select few, please contact us for a full range of choice and further details.   Further tour options will be added shortly.

Outback NSW

7 Days
from $6969 per person

Hit the outback of New South Wales to experience true isolation – an area often overlooked, yet so significant to shaping the way our nation has been defined. From our trailblazing explorer history entwined with deep Indigenous cultural roots, this region is one of the best places to show off Australia’s raw beauty.

Day 1 – Arrival Broken Hill

Welcome to the outback town of Broken Hill! Broken Hill will welcome you with its heritage, character and charm. Discover a history of mining, spectacular desert landscapes used as movie sets, a vibrant arts scene and Australia’s first heritage-listed city. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy your first night stay at the new Broken Hill Outback Resort, formally known as the Mt Gipps Hotel. The Mt Gipps Hotel closed in 1987, remaining silent for three decades. But as of 2018, after years of neglect, this heritage building has been restored to its former glory, resulting in this historic venue is once again the lively home of travellers and storytellers, with the brand-new refurbished Broken Hill Outback Resort bringing today’s amenities to the rugged Outback so beloved for generations untold. The building is now the centrepiece of the new resort with beautifully appointed facilities and décor. (D)

Overnight Broken Hill Outback Resort or similar

Day 2 – Broken Hill to Mungo National Park

Following breakfast, begin your adventure travelling south along the Darling River by road to the historic port of Pooncarie for morning tea on the riverbank by the old wharf. Travelling along red dirt roads, your next stop is Mungo National Park, where you spend the day exploring this amazing World Heritage Listed area. Step back in time to an era when giant marsupials roamed the earth. Mungo is an area rich in Aboriginal history, with evidence found here dating back well over 40,000 years to man’s early occupation of this once much wetter area. You will explore on foot with your Indigenous guide, areas which are restricted to the public, as you have exclusive access to the historical sites and learn of Australia’s oldest human remains, the Mungo Man and Mungo Lady. Both were discovered here in 1974. Learn how this ancient skeleton has changed our understanding of Indigenous culture. After checking into your accommodation at Mungo Lodge, head to the “Walls of China” to watch the magic happen, as the sun sets and the colours glow. Sundowners drinks and nibbles will be set up, as you watch the world light up around you. (B,L,D)

Overnight Mungo Lodge or similar

Day 3 – Mungo to Wilcannia

After a delicious breakfast, head north-east towards the massive Menindee Lake system and Kinchega National Park. The first Europeans to visit the area, followed the Darling River in search of pasture for their sheep. Menindee was once a thriving river port and the area is rich in the history of our early explorers. Burke and Wills and Charles Sturt’s exploration parties both spent time camped at Kinchega. Learn about the fascinating pastoral and aboriginal history of the area. Kinchega NP was once part of the Kinchega-Kars pastoral lease held by the Hughes family since 1870. At its grandest, the property extended from Menindee to Broken Hill and covered an area of over 800,000 acres. Pause for a relaxing morning tea on the banks of Lake Parmarmaroo – this location is a great introduction to the spectacular Menindee Lakes System, which is many times larger than Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Wetherill in the ‘River Lady’ – enjoy the abundant birdlife that call the wetlands of the Menindee Lakes home and marvel at this spectacular outback waterway. Leaving Menindee behind, follow the meandering Darling River. Jump back into your vehicle and drive towards your next stop at Warrawong on the Darling, your outback accommodation for the night. (B,L,D)

Overnight Warrawong on the Darling or similar

Day 4 – Wilcannia to White Cliffs

After breakfast, take the time to explore the historical stone buildings which are vivid reminders of what used to be a bustling inland port of NSW. Whilst here, take the opportunity to learn more about the history of Wilcannia and delve more into the Indigenous culture of the area, before heading to your next stop – the unique outback opal mining town of White Cliffs – the first opal field in Australia. This tiny community lives underground, whilst above ground there is an eerie lunar landscape, which has been created by years of mining for the elusive opal. You will have the opportunity to meet some great outback characters here! Why not try your luck ‘noodling’ for opal, or perhaps buy a special piece from an underground shop? Experience life underground, as you explore local White Cliffs mines, museums and the iconic Solar Power Station. You will also spend time visiting an underground home and of course, venture into an underground mine before returning to the Underground Motel for drinks and nibbles. Your accommodation tonight is at the famous Underground Motel – an experience you will never forget. **Please note this hotel only offers shared facilities. (B,L,D)

Overnight Underground Motel or similar

Day 5 – Mutawintji NP to Mundi Mundi

Set off after breakfast into Mutawintji National Park. Enjoy a homemade morning tea along the way in a spectacular dry creek bed. Mutawintji National Park, is within the rugged Byngnano Ranges, with its beautiful gorges and creeks lined with majestic River Red Gums. Mutawintji means ‘place of green grass and waterholes’. The presence of shelter and water means this idyllic place is home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Among the gorges and cliffs are the secrets of an ancient culture. The park reveals examples of rock carvings, paintings and stencils that provide evidence of aboriginal occupation of the area that dates back more than 8000 years. In September 1998, Mootwingee NP was formally handed back to its traditional owners. Today, the area is called by its traditional name, Mutawintji. Your time at Mutawintji will be spent in the restricted access Historic Site with an accredited Indigenous guide.

This area is where ceremonies and initiations took place. Listen to the story of Kullawarra and learn about the creation of Mutawintji in the dreamtime. Embark on an interpretive bush walk to the Engravings Site and the Stencils Site, which provide evidence of aboriginal occupation of the area. The remnants of fireplaces and stone toolmaking give you an insight into traditional life in the area. Forage and experience some bush foods whilst in this fascinating area.

Enjoy a stopover at Packsaddle Roadhouse for lunch, one of the most remote pubs in Australia, before heading towards the veldt, where the new $20 note is dedicated to Veldt Station. Continue on your journey towards Eldee Station for the night, where you will experience a working sheep station located on the edge of the Mundi Mundi Plains and the Barrier Ranges.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the property: meet and chat with the owners, learn about the station history, meet some of the station animals, walk along a dry creek bed lined with majestic river red gums, and marvel at an outback sunset, of course with nibbles and sundowners.

Settle into the fully refurbished shearer’s quarters for the night and enjoy a traditional Aussie outback dinner. You may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to have a heated outdoor spa on the deck, with great views of the Barrier Ranges and Mundi Mundi Plains, or a refreshing dip in the plunge pool. After dinner, take the time to explore the wonders of an outback night sky. (B,L,D)

Overnight Eldee Station or similar

Day 6 – Silverton – Broken Hill

Today is a full day tour designed to highlight the diversity of the Silverton area and Broken Hill. Marvel at the vast expanse of Mundi Mundi Plains before heading towards Silverton, almost a ghost town, and the setting for movies such as Mad Max 2 and A Town Like Alice. Enjoy a cold drink and lunch at the famous Silverton Hotel. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists at their quirky galleries. Visit the Broken Hill Camel Farm just out of Broken Hill, where you will experience your very own camel ride (45min) before a stopover at the spectacular Sculpture Symposium on the edge of Broken Hill for a final chance to take in the breathtaking landscape. In Broken Hill, explore some of famous art galleries, the Big Picture and the Line of Lode, before viewing some of Broken Hill’s heritage listed architecture, and exploring the diversity of parks, gardens, mines and homes in this outback oasis, including a visit to the one of Australia’s most renowned sculpture collections – an experience not to be missed. Your last stop over will be at the Broken Hill Outback Resort, where you will enjoy a 2-course dinner before your Sky Show at Outback Astronomy. You will be enchanted, informed, entertained and amazed. The clear views of the night sky are spectacular, perfect for stargazing.

Starting at 7:45pm, be enchanted and amazed by the clarity of the outback sky at night. On arrival, enjoy a drink and a grazing platter to share. Depending on the lunar cycle, enjoy a very dark sky that focuses on the Milky Way Galaxy or an outback moonlit sky that incorporates moon viewing up close. Your sky show celebrates views of the clear, vast outback sky in Broken Hill. If the weather is cloudy, an alternative astronomy will be offered. Enjoy a night cap before returning to your hotel. (B,L,D)

Overnight Broken Hill Outback Resort or similar

Day 7 – Departure

This morning is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport or train station for your departure. (B)

Included in Price
  • Return airport/train station transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • National park fees
  • Entry fees and land permits
  • Private transportation
  • Services of an expert English speaking guide
  • Local certified Indigenous guides
  • Local taxes and levies

Silo Art in Grampians & The Mallee

4 Days
from $1375 per person

Exploring the Wimmera and Mallee Plains follow the Silo Art route returning to The Grampians National Park.

Included in Price
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 6 activities
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Ground transportation
  • – Entrance fees
  • – Licensed English speaking guides

Indigenous & Wild QLD

10 Days
from $7,986 per person

Escape to two of Australia’s most remote and untouched wilderness areas in style, rich with age-old wisdom and sheer raw beauty as your expert field guides connect you to the land, the sky and to a rich history. Incredible intimate experiences, gourmet surprises and luxe wilderness accommodation form just part of your journey.

This is a voyage which combines 4WD exploration and trekking, etched with Indigenous culture, rare wildlife encounters and is accented with rustic luxe touches – Epicurean meals, sundowner drinks and sustainable, private glamping accommodation.

Day 1 – Arrival Cairns to Port Douglas
Welcome to Queensland! You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Port Douglas where the remainder of the day is yours at leisure. Port Douglas was the traditional home to the Yirrganydji people before it was converted into a fishing village after European settlement. Enjoy exploring the marina and strolling along stunning beaches or simply relax at your hotel.

Your accommodation this evening is one of National Geographic’s ‘Unique Lodges of the World’, located on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas. Complimentary experiences are provided for guests including nature/wildlife walks, star gazing nights and specialist talks from local experts. Why not dine in the treetops this evening, at the hotels popular Ospreys Restaurant?

Overnight Thala Beach Nature Reserve Resort or similar


Day 2 – Rock Art and Indigenous Culture
An early start this morning as you set off into the Queensland outback with your expert Indigenous guide. Learn all about the region you are traversing and its history. Stop at a quirky café for morning tea at Mt Molloy as you start to set the scene for your outback adventure.

Continuing on, you will reach the old Jowalbinna Station where you can see Red Bluff in the distance, aka Jowalbinna, which is a mountain of cultural significance to the local Indigenous people. Nearby is the historic Cobb and Co staging post and the Patrick Mail Hotel site with the remains of the sandstone floor and kitchen. Cobb and Co were a true pioneer for Australian travel in the gold rush years taking travellers between colonies and mining towns as well as further into the outback. Cobb & Co were also instrumental in setting up the mail delivery system in Australia.

Along the way, following the 4WD only Laura – Maytown Coach road adventure track, you will see the pickaxe marks in the sandstone from the ‘old timers’ who forged the road. Natural formations in the sandstone like Jockey Cap will also be seen. Hop out of your vehicle, stretch your legs and head into the bush to learn about native bush tucker, traditional bush medicine, as well as many other interesting facts about the Australian bush with your passionate guide.

Arrive at your bush camp around lunch time. Enjoy lunch and be shown to your comfortable camping tents. After lunch, venture on a short walk to your interpretive guided rock art tour. Be educated about the Indigenous history of your guides people through the rock art – the stories are there in red, yellow and white. These incredible rock artworks form a 20,000 year old gallery called ‘Magnificent’ and they are certainly magnificent. A true library of your guides people’s ways. There are 450 paintings that will captivate and mesmerise.

Following your guided tour, you will have some free time to wonder and explore the wilderness or simply enjoy the jaw dropping scenery from the lookout. Wash off the day’s red dirt in our hot water bush shower overlooking the deep gorge and rocky cliff-faces. In the evening, curl up around the fire as the sounds of the Yigi Yigi (didjeridoo) echo through the valley while your roast dinner cooks on the coals. Then it’s billy tea and yarns around a campfire.

Slip into nightfall and become part of the incredible landscape – roll out a swag or cosy up in your tent with beds that will make you forget you are camping. Five star? How about a billion stars? (B,L,D)

Overnight Private Bush Camp


Day 3 – Outback & Return to Cairns
Wake up and watch the beautiful sunrise coming up over red sandstone, escarpment country. A hot bush breakfast over the campfire will be served followed by some free time to wander and explore this rugged outback and soak up the views. When you are ready, journey back to Cairns. Enroute, time permitting, stop along the way for a crystal clear creek swim with lunch. There is nothing quite like an Australian bush swim. Return to Cairns in the early evening. (B,L)

Overnight Shangri La Cairns or similar


Day 4 – Fly to Mt Isa
This morning, you will be transferred to Cairns airport for your flight to Mt Isa. Fly over the rugged outback terrain as you venture inland. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Mt Isa is one of Queensland’s longest-running mining towns. At night, the surrounding cliffs glow and zing with industry; the view of the twinkling mine lights and silhouetted smokestacks from City Lookout is strangely pretty. The surrounding country has a stark red beauty about it.

Proud locals embrace life in the dusty heat and the geographical isolation. There is a similarly proud Indigenous history here; these are the traditional lands of the Kalkadoon, and Aboriginal people comprise nearly a quarter of the town’s population. Why not head to the local pub for dinner this evening? (B)

Overnight Red Earth Hotel or similar


Day 5 – Stockcamp
This morning at 9.30am, you will be picked up from your hotel and drive 190km to Camooweal where you will pause for a short break. Camooweal proudly declares itself as the ‘Gateway to the Northern Territory/Queensland’. The road from Mount Isa to the town, known to locals as ‘Tojo’s Highway’, was built during World War Two with American funds and was originally designed as a link between the southern states and the theoretical ‘front line’ in the Northern Territory.

The explorer William Landsborough, was the first European to pass through the Camooweal area. At the time (1862), he was looking for Burke and Wills. His reports led to the area being settled by pastoralists, but it was not until 1884 that the town of Camooweal was gazetted. It grew as a service centre for the surrounding properties, but the growth of Mount Isa meant sustained growth was not possible. The Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Camooweal is considered the longest main street in the world at 188 kilometres long! Continue northward towards the Stockcamp, stopping for some sightseeing and a picnic lunch along the way. The scenery is golden and sparse. This is the true Aussie outback.

On arrival, settle into your luxurious eco tents which are set up in a spectacular location, designed to expose you to the surrounding country. Enjoy some free time for a relaxing dip in the nearby waterhole, a lush and welcoming paradise amongst the harshness of the land, or simply relax around your camp site. As the sky starts to change colours, head to the Old Station for sundowner drinks as the sun continues to dip. Each evening for the next 4 nights, you will be wined and dined with a meal carefully prepared using only the finest local produce under the canopy of the night sky – another truly Australian luxurious experience. (B,L,D)

Overnight in Glamping Bell Tents


Day 6 – Pinnacle Trail
Enjoy an early hand-cooked breakfast with a tea station that could rival the Hilton, served at 7am before you set off for the day. Today you will hike the 9km Pinnacle Trail. Hiking isn’t always about getting from point A to point B, it’s about exploring and learning. Your path today has only been travelled by a select few. There is an incredible amount of history along the way and our expert guide will educate you as you walk. You will be lead through this incredible environment as you look out for a range of endemic flora and fauna. Explore deserted camps and discover what it was like living so remotely 50 years ago. You will traverse the sparse spinifex hills, be amazed by the sheer expanse and never-ending views. Be sure to have your camera handy! Jump in your vehicle and drive to The Big Gorge for a gourmet picnic lunch with an incredible view. The Big Gorge is just one of the breath-taking sights you will encounter. The sheer magnitude of the colourful landscape will capture your heart and soul. This afternoon, you have free time to swim in the waterhole or relax on the rocks with a cold drink and enjoy the birdlife and peacefulness. This region is well known for vibrant green and gold wild budgerigars which quite often flock to the waterholes for a drink. Enjoy wine and cheese as the sun starts to dip. Tonight, we are doing things a little differently. You will overnight at the gorge, on a remote escarpment where you will enjoy a traditional Australian stockcamp dinner – think camp oven, billy tea and damper. A rare and private experience that will immerse you in the story of the land. Watch the rockface and gully change colour with the setting of the sun. Relax around the crackling campfire and enjoy the uninterrupted night sky – we call this evening the ‘star-bed’ experience and it is often the highlight for many. Tents and sleeping mats supplied. (B,L,D)

Overnight in Tents


Day 7 – River View Walk
Awaken this morning to the changing colours of the rising sun as you are greeted with spectacular views. Absorb the breath-taking natural treasure that is before you. After breakfast, transfer to the River View track with stunning views of the region. Today’s luxurious hike is approx. 15km. Enjoy morning tea along the trail. Along the way, be sure to stop and take in the immense natural beauty of your surroundings. Remember that you are a member of a very small club who will ever get to experience this part of the country. Your expert guide will continue to open the secrets of their country and reconnect you with the bush. Their passion and knowledge of the environment will simply inspire you. The craggy sandstone bluffs watch over you, the incredible topography and the rivers lined with gums, continue to deliver that quintessential outback landscape. You will return to camp for a long lunch. Be spoilt by our team whilst you relax and enjoy great conversation, cold drinks and delicious, sustainably sourced food. Drive to the Border Waterhole and explore the untouched beauty of the landscape and enjoy an afternoon of exploring and relaxing. As the escarpment begins to glow in that red-gold rich light of the sunset, return to the Stockcamp where dinner is served after the most satisfying hot shower under the dimming sky in Australia’s remote outback. Sit down to a safari styled dinner table adorned with white linen, crockery and a beautiful bottle of wine. Be spoilt by yet another night of delicious dining and relaxing. It is these luxurious touches of hot water showers and sundowners, paired with evenings around a campfire, a selection of beverages and expertly crafted menus, that deliver key comforts for an immersive bush experience. Retire to your deluxe bell tent, your legs and body slightly aching from the days trek throughout some of the most remote landscape that most people will never get to experience as the Australian bush sounds coo you to sleep. (B,L,D)

Overnight in Glamping Bell Tents


Day 8 – Lost City
Today you will transfer to the Lost City, a 2km walk from where you leave the vehicle and will explore the one-of-a-kind rock formations in this ancient area. The Lost City is something you need to see with your own eyes in order to comprehend just how magnificent these natural rock creations are. These layered looking towers will spire over you. Time will fly as you look in wonder at the 530 million year old Cambrian marine limestone stacks. Enjoy a picnic lunch at The Look Out before you transfer back to camp for some free time to relax and the opportunity to take in the magical views whilst stand up paddle boarding! The river is wide and flat. Shade leans over you from the river gums and red cliffs tower overhead. This is tranquillity at its best in some of Australia’s most remote waterholes. For those still feeling active, there is the option for a 4km hike to Stockcamp Gorge. This evening, enjoy your final dinner together, celebrating a fantastic week spent with friends as together, you created lasting discoveries and connections with the natural world exploring this beautiful landscape. (B,L,D)

Overnight in Glamping Bell Tents


Day 9 – Mt Isa
Savour your last outback breakfast before making your way back towards Mt Isa. Enjoy a short break at the Herbertvale Station homestead for morning tea and an insight into life on a working cattle station before one last gourmet lunch. Enjoy a tour of the cattle yard and if mustering is taking place, witness the spectacle of the round up process of moving livestock from one location to another. You may see mustering done by helicopter, stockmen on horses and of course hear the thunder of the running cattle. Return to Mt Isa for an estimated 4pm time of arrival. (B,L)

Overnight Red Earth Hotel or similar


Day 10 – Departure
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning, as you transfer to Mt Isa airport for your onwards flight. The stories you have learned and created will echo as you relive and share your journey with those back home. (B)

Included in Price
Private transportation
1 nights accommodation in Port Douglas
Private professional, local and experienced outback guide
Overnight camp including morning tea, lunch, camp oven roast dinner, all beverages (non-alcoholic), hot breakfast and lunch (day 2/3)
1 night Tent, bedding and towels provided for days 2 & 3
1 night accommodation in Cairns
All daily activities, permit and entry fees
One way domestic flight Cairns/Mt Isa– Economy Class
2 nights accommodation Mt Isa
4 nights glamping at Stockcamp (sleeping bag, pillow and swimming towel not included)
Return transfers to/from Mt Isa
Gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner – days 5-9)

Victorian Goldfields - Inclusive Tour

3 Days
from $3550 per person

This small group personalised signature tour takes you into the golden heart of Victoria.
Victoria’s frenetic goldrush of the 1850’s has left a lasting and vivid legacy. You can see the evidence in almost every Goldfields town and city. In the splendid streetscapes of Ballarat, Bendigo, Maldon and Dunolly. In grand buildings such as the Maryborough Railway Station and the Market Building in Castlemaine. You can re-live the goldrush at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat and at the Central Deborah Goldmine in Bendigo.

Day 1 Melbourne – Ballarat
In the morning you will be met at *Southern Cross Railway Station, Melbourne, by your Golden Nugget Discovery Tours Eco Guide. The Adventure begins as we travel on our fast train to Ballarat,
Today we discover the city of Ballarat, the first of the large gold fields during the 1850’s Victorian goldrush.
First we drive to Black Hill lookout to get great panoramic views of Ballarat and then we stop at several important historical locations, including the Red Hill mine site where they found the Welcome Nugget, a gold nugget which weighed 69 kilograms.
We get to walk the inner city along Lydiard Street to view the best examples of gold rush historic buildings in Australia, then stop at the famous Craigs Royal Hotel for morning tea, before driving to the Eureka Centre. The Eureka Centre is the site of the 1854 Rebellion where the miners had an armed conflict with British Army soldiers.
We visit Lake Wendouree just out from the centre of Ballarat which has many recreational uses by the locals and has lots of bird life, namely the black swan. On it shores are the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, we will have a short walk, looking at at the floral garden beds, statues and imposing trees.
Driving to the outskirts of Ballarat, we come to the town of Buninyong and to Mt Buninyong, an extinct volcano with breathtaking views and wildlife, and to Woowookarung Regional Park with its wildflowers and wildlife.
The afternoon and evening is spent at Sovereign Hill, which is an outdoor living museum depicting Ballarat in the 1860’s goldrush era. You can go down a goldmine, pan for gold, ride a stage coach, or watch a $150,000 pure gold ingot being poured. During the evening we watch the sound and light show named AURA.

Day 2 Ballarat – Clunes – Maryborough – Golden Triangle region – Bendigo
Today will see us travelling through the centre of the Goldfields region on our way to Maryborough, stopping at the many old goldfields towns.
First we visit Creswick with its Woollen Mill, the last mill of its type in Australia. Leaving Creswick we drive through the Rivers of Gold mines on our way to Smeaton to see the historic flour mill.
The next old gold town is Clunes where the Victorian goldrush began, we have a walk down Fraser Street, see the Port Phillip Mine remnants and a view over the town.
Talbot is the next town, a quietly fascinating gold rush town with picturesque winding streets of brick and bluestone, and cottage gardens.
On the outskirts of Maryborough are the Box-Ironbark forests where we have our first wild nature encounter to see wildflowers and chance to see wallabies, echidna and native birds, as well as, Aboriginal culture of the Jajawurrong people and relics of the gold mining era.
In Maryborough we do a town tour visiting the town’s splendid cluster of heritage buildings, and views of the town from Bristol Hill lookout. No visit to Maryborough is complete without seeing the historic Maryborough Railway Station.
On leaving Maryborough we head into the northern central goldfields, stopping at Timor which was once a thriving gold town. We see remnants of the Grand Duke Mine, which produced $281 million dollars worth of gold
We are now deep in the Golden Triangle region of Victoria as we drive to Dunolly which once boasted 5 kilometres of buildings, shops and canvas dwellings in the main street.
In the surrounding district more large gold nuggets were discovered than anywhere else in Australia, and we drive to Moliagul to discover where the 72kg Welcome Stranger was found, still today the largest nugget in the world.
We now head to the top of Mt Moliagul to view the surrounding country side, before heading to Bendigo for our overnight stay.

Day 3 Bendigo – Castlemaine – Melbourne
After breakfast we visit the Diamond Hill historic area, part of the Bendigo Regional Park. In the 1880’s Diamond Hill was a bustling town of 10,000 people, today in the eucalyptus forests many relics remain, mullock heaps, water-races, deep sluiced gullies, building foundations and remnant gardens.
At Central Deborah Goldmine we have a unique opportunity to explore a real gold mine, experience what it was like to be a gold miner in the 1940’s, 61 metres below the ground.
We ride on one of the Bendigo Trams, where the guide will tell you of Bendigo’s goldrush history as you move along Pall Mall to the original Chinese Joss House (temple) at Emu Point, built during the gold rush. In the afternoon you learn about the Chinese miners that arrived to prospect for gold at the Golden Dragon Museum.
You visit Bendigo Pottery, which is Australia oldest working pottery and has the most significant collection of ceramic wood fired kilns left in the world in the Interpretive Museum.
On leaving Bendigo we travel to Castlemaine for a city highlights tour before boarding the train for your fast journey to Melbourne, arriving at Southern Cross Railway Station where we say our good bye’s.

Included in Price

Accommodation: 3 – 4 Star Hotel.
Meals: Morning tea, Dinner.
Included Entrance Fees:
Sovereign Hill, AURA show,
Eureka Centre,
Woowookurang Regional Park,
Rail Ticket Melbourne to Ballarat*
Paddy’s Ranges State Park
Central Deborah Goldmine,
Bendigo Trams,
Bendigo Pottery,
Bendigo Joss House,
Golden Dragon Museum,
Bendigo Regional Park,
Rail Ticket Castlemaine to Melbourne *

*if starting Melbourne

The High Country on Horse Back

5 Days
from $1970 per person

Explore the stunning Alpine National Park region in the most traditional way – on horseback! Book-ended by comfortable accommodation, you’ll be swagging it under the stars in the fresh mountain air. An unforgettable experience suitable for the whole family.

Day 1
Arrive at Spring Spur homestead afternoon/evening. Situated at the head of the truly beautiful Kiewa Valley, Spring Spur is close to the trailheads of the adjacent Alpine National park, Falls Creek Ski Resort and the food, wine and adventure offerings of the Alpine Valleys of Victoria’s North East.
Evening Supper – Spring Spur Accommodation

Day 2
Pre-ride information, horsemanship basics in the yards at BHA and packing check. Ride up the Big Hill Cattle Track to camp at Bogong Jack’s hideout, on the North Fainter Spur.
packhorse expeditions offer a traditional and practical means of exploring this vast landscape. The horses are a feature of this expedition, each of them our own bred and trained mountain horse, expertly matched to the rider. Most days the camp is packed up, loaded onto the packhorses and the journey continues. Riding is between 15 to 25km per day with opportunities for loping canters across open plains. Camps are selected for their beautiful settings, some in traditional stock camps featuring huts, but often secluded bush camps maintained
(B,L,D) – Camping

Day 3
We leave camp set up, and climb up to the summit of Mount Fainter with spectacular views across the deep cut of the West Kiewa River to Mount Fainter. Lunch at Tawonga Huts and an afternoon visit to Pretty Valley and brumby country before returning to Jack’s.
(B,L,D) – Camping

Day 4
Return to Spring Spur via the Big Hill Cattle Track, an historical route taken by cattlemen to the high plains. Accommodation on your return is included and the pantry is stocked by the extensive kitchen gardens that nourish our family and guests, Spring Spur Alpine Valley wines and the bounties of local and regional produce.
(B,L,D) – Spring Spur Accommodation

Day 5
Mid-morning checkout. Ask about options to extend yur stay or look to explore the nearby historic and beautiful townships of Bright and Beechworth.

Included in Price
Experienced, knowledgeable guides
Spring Spur accommodation before and after the expedition
All group camping equipment
Quality locally bred and trained horses
Quality Australian saddlery
All meals as per the itinerary
Beer and table wine with evening meal
Helmets and oilskin coats
National Park fees
First aid and emergency communications
Packing lists and travel information

Book With Flexibility

Flexible Payment – Only pay a deposit upfront and the balance 60 days before the trip.

Extra Mile

Our travel concierge will work with you to accommodate unforeseen changes, where possible.

Are you interested in creating your own tour?

We can liaise with local suppliers and create your own special package based on your special interest.  So if you have a small group or club with specific interests please get in contact with us to work through putting together a proposal for you.