This is one epic road trip. Twelve months in the planning and now everything is organized. Soon we’ll be Go! Go! Go! exploring and immersing ourselves as the locals do in the Attractions, History, Arts, Culture, Outback Pubs, Local Food Scene and just the sheer vastness of this great country, Australia.
The Itenary – Must Do’s:
We’ll be leaving in mid August 2019 travelling for 3 weeks over 4,500kms across three States: Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, as ROAD TRIP’N is on an extended road trip of fun and discovery as we journey together travelling the high roads and back roads of this magnificent country.
Broken Hill to Brisbane
Brisbane is now a distant memory as we travel through inland New South Wales (NSW). There’ll be a stop here to soak up the rich gold rush heritage that is Bathurst and do a lap or two of one of the great motor racing circuits of the world, Mt Panorama.
A visit to a Radio Telescope which starred in the movie “The Dish” which stands impressively in the middle of a sheep paddock and this is only a short drive out of Parkes.
One of our wild Colonial Boys and famous bush rangers roamed these parts. In Jerildree which is steeped in history and natural wonders we’ll explore the Ned Kelly trail which has more surviving authentic Kelly sites than anywhere else along the Ned Kelly Touring Route. There’ll be time to stay awhile and have a quiet beer at the pub with some of the locals and learn all about the exploits and listen to the tall stories of the iconic Kelly gang.
Onto northern Victoria where the historic inland Port of Echuca awaits our discovery. We’ll be exploring the history and heritage of the port and the steam driven paddle-streamers still plying their trade on the mighty Murray River.
We hug the Murray River as we are on our way to Mildura. A place often referred to where the Mediterranean meets the outback and is alive with Arts and History and tours to the World Heritage Listed Willandra Lakes system and Mungo National Park (the home of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man). We’ll be visiting the Mildura Arts Centre with a stop off at one of Mildura’s founders, the Chaffey Brothers historic Rio Vista House as we tour along the heritage trail. Our visit will also include a number of craft breweries visits to of course sample some of the local brews and famed local produce.
Offering heritage, character and charm in the far west of outback NSW, a place with a mining history, of ancient Aboriginal sites, spectacular desert landscapes used as movie sets – Mad Max springs to mind, a vibrant arts scene and Australia’s first heritage-listed city, we’ll be there and all this is in Broken Hill. The outback sunsets are legendary.
After leaving Broken Hill, we’re heading east and joining Australia’s fabled highway, The Kidman Way. The true essence of our early pioneers is on display as our trek along The Kidman Way will take us through Cobar where the rich history of everyday life of the Cobar pioneers will be unveiled at the The Great Cobar Heritage Centre.
We’re out the back of Bourke where the Back O’ Bourke exhibition will bring to life the interactive stories of the inland sea, the Wool Story, Riverboats and the ongoing conflicts with the local constabulary. There will also be the opportunity to learn more of the life of Henry Lawson and marvel at the stories of our pioneering men and women. The outback spirit is truly alive in Bourke.
Back into Queensland and Cunnamulla beckons on the horizon where we’ll be greeted in the main street by Slim Dusty’s bronze statue the personification of Australian folklore – the Cunnamulla Fella. We’ll look in the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre where interpretive displays will bring to life the local history, opal mining and the importance of the Great Artesian Basin and its precious water. As we take a walk along the Cunnamulla Heritage Trail, we’ll get a glimpse of the regions past and the development of the local pastoral industry that is still an important part of the town today.
This is one very amazing Road Trip as we head back to our home port of Brisbane. The final days of our journey are closing in but not before a stop in the rural town of Goondiwindi. The town spreads itself along the banks of the Macintyre River where we’ll take the Goondiwindi River Walk and discover the local history and diversity of the region as we visit Customs House and Gunsynd – The Goondiwindi Grey.
- I will have regular updates on my ROAD TRIP’N Face Book page and will post a Completed Trip Blog with all the trip information, tours and places that I stayed on my return.
- On this trip, the mode of transport is by a 4 cylinder four door sedan with the accommodation options of staying in motels and caravan park cabins.
This is the itenary for my road trip and the excitement is mounting. It will be a trip of discovery, meeting new people and above all the opportunity to just explore and appreciate what a wonderful country, this land that is called Australia. ♥♥♥