WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain - 17 days

5th October – 21st October, 2019

Let go of your stress and feel the wide-open space of Australia’s Outback on one of the world’s greatest adventure drives, across the Nullarbor Plain.

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $6,295
Repeat clientele twin share  $6,195
Single supplement room  $925
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Virgin Flights: Melbourne to Perth.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • Most meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, most lunches and morning teas. (6 lunches at own expense as per itinerary)

Perth City Sights, Fremantle, Busselton Jetty, Margaret River, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory, Pemberton Tram, Gloucester Tree, Karri Forests, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, National Anzac Centre, Discovery Bay - Albany, Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory, Stirling Range National Park, Wave Rock Tour, Esperance Stonehenge, Cape Le Grand National Park, Beacon Hill Lookout - Norseman, The Goldfields, Golden Mile Superpit, Western Australian Museum, Eucla Telegraph Station, Bunda Cliffs, Port Pirie and Port Augusta, Burra & Morgan - Historic Towns and Mildura - Murray River. 

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS
2 Nights in Busselton, Albany, Esperance and Kalgoorlie.

 

CRUISE
WOW Wilderness Eco Cruise - Walpole.

Itinerary

ARRIVE PERTH

 

Welcome to our 17 day Western Australia Wildflowers and Nullarbor Plain Tour for 2019. With pickup from home we transfer to Tullamarine Airport for our flight to Perth. On arrival, we are met by our O’Shannessy’s crew and embark on a brief introductory tour of the West Australian capital to discover the unique charm of Perth City. We will enjoy a visit to Kings Park to see the spectacular views over the city. This afternoon we check into our lovely accommodation and have time to freshen up for dinner.

 

Lunch at own expense / arrangement. Refreshments in Flight

OVERNIGHT: Pan Pacific, PERTH

FREMANTLE - BUSSELTON

 

We depart Perth this morning and make our way south to Fremantle where we take in the sights. Fremantle, of course, was the port from where the first team outside the USA to win the America’s Cup was based. The cup being held in “Freo” meant that a lot of love and attention was given to the well-preserved architectural heritage, including convict-built colonial-era buildings, an old jetty, a port and prisons; presenting a variety and unity of historic buildings and streetscapes. These were often built in limestone with ornate facades in a succession of architectural styles. After a good look around Fremantle, we head through Mandurah to Bunbury. Bunbury is the largest town in Western Australia outside Perth and a major port and commercial centre for the south-west. We have time to purchase lunch here before we drive to Busselton. We take in the sights of Busselton including a visit to the Jetty Visitor Centre. The Busselton Jetty, at approximately 2kms long, is one of the longest in the world. We then settle into our next two nights accommodation. If anyone would like to stretch their legs, the beach is right outside the back gate!

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON

MARGARET RIVER - CAPE LEEUWIN

 

The Margaret River area is a rich dairy, cattle and timber region with a reputation for fine wines and surfing. This morning we tour through the region and stop at the river mouth, some 10kms from the town of Margaret River. From here we travel further south through some of the State’s prettiest Karri forest. At Augusta, we drive “down the coast” to reach the rocky headland of Cape Leeuwin which Matthew Flinders described as 'the southern and most projecting part of Leeuwin's Land'. We see the interesting old Waterwheel which was built in 1895 to tap a spring and provide water for workers building the lighthouse. It continued to operate until 1928. Today it stands idle and encrusted with salt. The walk up to the lighthouse, through an area which is often ablaze with wildflowers and the point where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet, is one of the great experiences on the Western Australian coast. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was officially opened by Sir John Forrest on 10 December 1896. Set on foundations which reach 6.71m below the surface to the bedrock, the lighthouse is built of local stone. The light itself, which is 56m above sea level, can be seen 25 nautical miles out to sea. We enjoy lunch here before heading up to the actual township of Margaret River where we have some free time for a wander. Of course no visit to this area would be complete without a wine tasting, so we stop at a local cellar door this afternoon. Our final stop today is a visit to the Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory. The Scherini's started making soap in 1993 when their three children were diagnosed with eczema and dermatitis and were advised by doctors not to use soap or shampoo. The soap business began in 1996 using a bucket and wooden spoon to make the soap in the family kitchen. The Factory is nestled amongst vine covered slopes and National Parks and products can be tried and tested. After a fantastic day we return to our motel!

 

OVERNIGHT: Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON

BUSSELTON - PEMBERTON

 

We have a leisurely start to the morning then begin making our way to Pemberton, a town established in 1913 as a State saw mill. We visit the famous giant (61 metre) Gloucester Tree - reputed to be the tallest tree-mounted fire lookout in the world! This afternoon we take a scenic ride on the Pemberton Tram which will take us through towering Karri, Marri and Jarrah forest, over wooden trestle bridges, across rivers and streams and will stop for photographs at the Cascades.

 

OVERNIGHT: Best Western Pemberton Hotel, PEMBERTON

PEMBERTON - ALBANY

 

Our destination today is Albany. We make our way through virgin Karri forests to Walpole to join WOW Wilderness Eco-Cruises. This fascinating interpretative tour is a family run operation through the wilderness areas and waterways of Walpole’s National Parks. Just east of Walpole is an area known as the Valley of the Giants and the Walpole National Park. We divert off the highway for a Tree Top Walk. This world-class tree-top walk soars gently upwards amidst the tingle foliage and opens up a world of birds and flowers that most people never see. The Ancient Empire boardwalk (on the forest floor) meanders around and sometimes through a grove of veteran tingle trees. It’s a peaceful experience with quiet spots to sit and reflect on the special nature of the forest. From here, we continue on through Denmark and onto Albany, our home for the next two nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Ace Motor Inn, ALBANY

ALBANY

 

Albany was Western Australia’s first settlement. In fact it was Christmas Day in 1826 when the brig “Amity” arrived from Sydney with a crew, including 23 convicts, to establish a military outpost here. King George Sound and its inner harbours provided the only natural haven for shipping in thousands of kilometres of coast between Shark Bay on the Denham Peninsula and Melbourne. Albany became the entry port for Western Australia during the second half of the 19th Century, with up to 30,000 people a year arriving during the gold rushes to the delight of the storekeepers and publicans along Stirling Terrace! On 1 November 1914, the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand troops departed for the First World War from King George Sound. For many, Albany was their last sight of Australian soil. Today Albany is known as the birthplace of the Anzac story and the home of the National Anzac Centre. We visit the centre this morning - it is a state-of-the-art interpretive museum. Walk with the ANZACS and experience the Great War through their personal stories. Follow them from Albany to the Middle East, to Gallipoli and across the Western Front and for too few, home to Australia and New Zealand. We then head to the main shopping precinct where we can purchase lunch. This afternoon, we travel to nearby Frenchman Bay - the location of the old whaling station. Discovery Bay, which now records the history of whaling in Albany, is our next stop. On the way back to Albany this afternoon we make a couple of stops to view the southern coastline of the Torndirrup National Park. There are numerous natural attractions here including The Gap with its overhanging platform and Natural Arch - each providing great views of the coast.

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT:  Ace Motor Inn, ALBANY

ALBANY - HYDEN

 

This morning we depart Albany and head a little way north to the Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory. Here we are given a talk and shown the benefits of the Sandalwood plant as well as discover its fascinating history and traditional use as a medicine before antibiotics evolved. We will view the world-class technology used to process Australian Sandalwood oil, destined for some of the world’s leading perfume houses. After our visit, we drive through the stunning Stirling Ranges National Park, to Hyden. This afternoon, our guide joins us to see one of Western Australia’s most famous landmarks – Wave Rock. First we visit “Hippos Yawn” which is 1 kilometre from Hyden and then onto Wave Rock to learn about the geological and historical importance of this well known attraction. Located just 4 kilometres east of Hyden, geologists believe the original formation was vertical but has been sculptured and coloured by chemicals over 2,700 million years to take on its wave like character. After our tour we check into our local accommodation at Hyden and have plenty of time to settle in before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Wave Rock Hotel Motel, HYDEN

HYDEN - ESPERANCE

 

We have a leisurely start this morning before departing Hyden and travelling south to the gold-mining town of Ravensthorpe. This afternoon, we make our way to Esperance. Esperance is located on a beautiful heart shaped bay called “Bay of Isles”. There are many natural attractions on display, particularly the spectacular coastline with pure white sandy beaches, massive granite outcrops and sheltered beaches. Off shore, approximately 100 islands form the Archipelago of Recherche. We see the Pink Lake and Lookout Point before checking into our accommodation. The Aboriginal name for Esperance is “Gabba-Kyle” meaning “the place where the water lies down like a boomerang”.

 

OVERNIGHT: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, ESPERANCE

ESPERANCE - CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK

 

Our first stop today is Stonehenge! This is a full size replica of the original ‘Stonehenge’ in the UK, as it would have looked around 1950BC. While there are thought to be 66 large, permanent replicas of Stonehenge throughout the world, the Esperance project is believed to be the only life size stone one. We spend the rest of the morning exploring Cape Le Grand National Park – just to the east of Esperance. It is one of the most accessible of the many National Parks of the area and one of the most spectacular with coastal headlands, abundant wildlife and some of the best beaches in the world.  We have an afternoon at leisure.

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, ESPERANCE

ESPERANCE - KALGOORLIE

 

We move away from the coast this morning as we head north to Norseman for our early lunch break. Here, a statue of the horse Norseman is located in the main street. The horse allegedly pawed at the ground and unearthed a nugget of gold that started the Norseman gold rush. We also see the Beacon Hill Lookout. We then travel through Kambalda to Kalgoorlie. The towns of the Goldfields share a common colourful past and the most famous and enduring of them all is Kalgoorlie-Boulder, now classified as a city and the home of two-up. Kalgoorlie’s days of glory began in 1893 when Paddy Hannan and his fellow Irish prospectors Thomas Flanagan and Dan Shea found gold near Mt Charlotte. Before checking into our next two nights accommodation, a local guide joins the coach and takes us on a tour of the city. The echoes of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s boisterous past are still to be witnessed everywhere. Hannan Street in Kalgoorlie and Burt Street in Boulder offer an insight into the way things were in the 1890’s. Saying farewell to our guide, we make our way to our motel.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Railway Motel, KALGOORLIE

 

KALGOORLIE

 

At Australia’s largest gold producing mine, the Super Pit, we will be “visitor Inducted” and view  the mining operations from the safety of the Mine-Spec Tour Coach. The onsite CAT 793 Haul Trucks are massive. The view of the Super Pit from Harvey Hut is breathtaking. It will be quite a morning. After a tour here we have a bit of free time to explore the city and purchase lunch. This afternoon, we visit the Western Australian Museum where we discover the unique role Kalgoorlie has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain. Explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900’s.

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Railway Motel, KALGOORLIE

KALGOORLIE - BALLADONIA

 

This morning we retrace our steps to Norseman to join the Eyre Highway for the start of our journey across the Nullarbor. There really is an eclectic mix of geography that we are encountering today. What a unique country we live in! We arrive at our accommodation in time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Balladonia Hotel Motel, BALLADONIA

NULLARBOR PLAIN

 

Today we experience Australia’s longest piece of arrow-straight sealed highway (180 kms Balladonia-Caiguna). We travel through Madura Pass and Mundrabilla, between the Hampton Tablelands and Roe Plains to Eucla. We visit the old Telegraph Station (ruins) in the white shifting sands of the Great Australian Bight and call at the Bunda Cliffs for an incredible view of the vertical cliffs where the Continent meets the Southern Ocean. We may be fortunate enough to view some whales resting with their calves in the calm turquoise waters below us. This is an amazing sight and so is the view along the cliff line.

 

OVERNIGHT: Nullarbor Hotel Motel, NULLARBOR

NULLARBOR - STREAKY BAY

 

After a sleep-in and a hearty breakfast, we travel across Yalata Aboriginal Land and into the wheat fields of South Australia. We pass through the little town of Penong where dozens of windmills are scattered around the town. These windmills pump water from the Anjutabie Basin to supplement the use of rain water. We continue on through Ceduna and divert off the highway to Streaky Bay for our overnight stop.

 

OVERNIGHT: Streaky Bay Hotel Motel, STREAKY BAY 

STREAKY BAY - PORT PIRIE

 

Today we travel through the small farming townships of Minnipa, Kyancutta and Kimba. Look out for the silo art depicting a young child in a wheat field at sunset, by Melbourne artist Cam Scale. We pass by the small mining town of Iron Knob, then arrive in Port Augusta for an afternoon break before continuing on to Port Pirie for our overnight stay.

 

OVERNIGHT: John Pirie Motor Inn, PORT PIRIE

PORT PIRIE - MILDURA

 

This morning we head to Burra for a tour of the historic township. The town became Australia’s earliest mining town with the discovery of copper in 1845 by shepherd William Spear and later teamster Thomas Pickett. At one time Burra had a larger population than Melbourne! The contrasting architecture reflecting Irish, English, Cornish and European influences is unique. From Burra we travel to Morgan on the Murray River and part of the South Australian Riverland. The history of the Murray has filled several books and films, including the epic All Rivers Run. The Riverland itself is certainly worth a visit. Water from the Murray irrigates hundreds of thousands of acres of land on its way to the sea, nurturing great orange groves and orchards, producing millions of pears, apples, oranges, all manner of stone fruit and keeping alive an entire industry with fruit and juice. This afternoon we continue on through Renmark and Mildura for our final night on tour.

 

OVERNIGHT: Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn, MILDURA

MILDURA - MELBOURNE 

 

This morning we travel through the Mallee region to Sea Lake and head across the Wimmera to Donald for lunch. We have a pleasant drive this afternoon through the Pyrenees Ranges and arrive back in Melbourne late afternoon. As always our chauffeurs will be there to greet us and transfer us to our homes, with memories of a fascinating and rewarding holiday! 

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain 2019

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • It is a requirement of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours that each passenger is able to negotiate coach steps without the aid of the coach crew or other passengers.
  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
  • Passengers who are smokers, have a CPAP machine or snore, unless travelling with a companion, will be required to pay the single supplement premium for the sole use of a room.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 Balance due on invoice approx 45 days prior to departure.

 

 Deposit is fully refundable until 46 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 45 to 30 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 29 to 15 days before tour departure date
25% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 1 days before tour departure date No Refund.

 

 Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

Mungo National Park & Silo Art Trail – Tour 2

Mungo National Park & Silo Art Trail -Tour 2- 6 Days

24th October - 29th October, 2019

Throughout country Victoria artists have painted amazing murals on Silos. Come along and marvel at these works of art before we head off to the remarkable natural location of Lake Mungo which sits within The Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. The Willandra Lakes preserve the longest continuous record of aboriginal life in Australia from 40,000 years ago to the present. We gently weave through unique geological formations of rare beauty passing by the ancient evidence of the people that once walked this land. We then follow the trail of the Silos of the Wimmera-Mallee region which has become Australia’s largest outdoor gallery with the creation of a silo art trail stretching 200kms and linking some of Victoria’s smallest towns.

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,395
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,345
Single supplement room  $250
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • All meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, lunches and morning teas.

Benalla Street Art, Goorambat Silo, Devenish Silo, Tungamah Silo, Echuca, Pioneer Settlement Museum, Mildura, Orange World, Varapodio Estate - Olive Farm, Mungo National Park, Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Patchewollock Silo, Hopetoun, Brim Silo, Sheep Hills Silo, Rupanyup Silo, Stawell, Halls Gap, Grampians National Park, Halls Gap Zoo and Ararat.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

6 Nights in Mildura.

 

CRUISE

PV Rothbury.

 

Itinerary

HOME TO ECHUCA

 

Welcome to our great tour which will encompass a three-night stay in Mildura and lots of silo art along the way! With personal pickup from home, we travel to Benalla for our lunch stop. Street art and silos are drawing crowds to small country towns in Victoria and after lunch, we drive around Benalla taking in some of the Street Art. Artists from around the world were brought together to paint murals on bare walls, some over three stories high. Not far from here is our first silo - the Goorambat Silo – featuring the endangered Barking Owl. In Devenish, we’ll be amazed at Cam Scale’s artwork of a First World War nurse and a modern-day combat medic. Our last stop today is in Tungamah to see brolgas and a kookaburra. Each silo has a different artist and a different story! Our accommodation this evening is in Echuca.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Mercure Port of Echuca, ECHUCA

ECHUCA TO MILDURA

 

After a hearty breakfast we will depart for Mildura. We stop enroute at Swan Hill where we explore the River Murray history at the Pioneer Settlement Museum. A wander through the streets of the settlement will give us an insight into river life of the past. This is also our lunch venue. After some time here we continue our travels to Mildura. We have time to settle in and unpack as we’re here for three nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Mildura Inlander Resort, MILDURA

EXPLORING MILDURA

 

After breakfast, we will be introduced to town by our locally based expert for a morning of sightseeing. We’ll hear about the Canadian Chaffey Brothers (George and William Benjamin) who arrived in Mildura in 1886 to establish the first irrigation scheme in Australia and hear about life on the river past and present. Our lunch break will be cruising along the river aboard the PV Rothbury. A unique feature of this cruise is travelling downstream through Lock 11, built to bypass the weir across the river. We’ll experience the workings of a lock as the Melbourne is lowered to the downstream level and raised again on the return journey. Back on dry land, we head to Orange World- a working 50-acre citrus property situated just 8 minutes from Mildura over the Chaffey Bridge. We will enjoy a citrus tour around the picturesque property of avocado trees, numerous citrus varieties and tree grafting areas. There is also an opportunity to travel on the 70-seat tractor train with undercover seating for an informative commentary on a wealth of citrus information with a juicy sense of humour. Our final visit for the day is a lovely olive oil farm, Varapodio Estate,where we enjoy a tour and tastings of their award winning oils. We then have the to chance to stock up on salad dressings, olive oils, mayonnaise or olive oil cosmetics and soaps. 

 

OVERNIGHT:  Mildura Inlander Resort, MILDURA

MUNGO NATIONAL PARK

 

Today we take a giant leap back in time and enjoy a day exploring the remarkable natural location of Lake Mungo which sits within The Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. A local expert will join us so we can experience all the highlights. The Willandra Lakes preserve the longest continuous record of aboriginal life in Australia from 40,000 years ago to the present. The tour slowly and gently weaves through unique geological formations of rare beauty passing by the ancient evidence of the people that once walked this land. After a great day of sightseeing we return to Mildura.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Mildura Inlander Resort, MILDURA

MILDURA TO HORSHAM on the SILO TRAIL

 

The Wimmera-Mallee region has become Australia’s largest outdoor gallery with the creation of a silo art trail stretching 200kms and linking some of Victoria’s smallest towns. We follow this trail, first to Patchewollock, where it is hard to miss the 35m high “silo man”, local sheep and grain farmer Nick Hulland. We enjoy lunch at the Hopetoun Community Hotel Motel and take a look at the large and colourful wall mural in the centre of town depicting aspects of local history and the memorial fountain erected in 1929. Continuing south we arrive in Brim to view the magnificent work of Guido van Helten, depicting an anonymous multi-generational quartet of farmers. At Sheep Hills,we see a depiction of Wergaia and Wotjobaluk Elders alongside two young children. Our final silo visit is in Rupanyup featuring two local residents, both members of the local Rupanyup Football and Netball Club. After a very special day we arrive at our motel with time to freshen up before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Magdala Motor Lodge, STAWELL

HOMEWARD BOUND

 

On our final tour day, we make our way to Halls Gap, situated in the Grampians National Park. Apart from the stunning scenery the park is a natural oasis where plants and animals, which have become extinct in other areas, flourish. It is likened to a giant botanical garden, filled with one third of Victoria’s fauna. Here we visit the Halls Gap Zoo. The zoo is actively involved in breeding & conservation programs for wildlife such as Brush-Tailed Bettongs, Tasmanian Devils and Bilbys. We make a stop in Ararat for lunch before driving back to Melbourne to complete a fabulous tour looking around Victoria!

Mungo National Park & Silo Art Trail Tour 2 2019

Mungo National Park & Silo Art Trail Tour 2 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • It is a requirement of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours that each passenger is able to negotiate coach steps without the aid of the coach crew or other passengers.
  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
  • Passengers who are smokers, have a CPAP machine or snore, unless travelling with a companion, will be required to pay the single supplement premium for the sole use of a room.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 Balance due on invoice approx 30 days prior to departure.

 

 Deposit is fully refundable until 31 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 30 to 15 days before tour departure date
75% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 7 to 1 days before tour departure date
10% Refund of Tour Cost.

 

 Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

Flinders Ranges Outback Experience Tour 2

Flinders Ranges Outback Experience - Tour 2 - 11 Days

9th October – 19th October, 2019

Explore the real outback. Stunning, rugged landscapes, nature at its best. We enjoy the famous Arkaroola 4WD Ridge Top Tour – absolutely breathtaking. Ride the Historic Pichi Richi Rail along some of the old original Ghan track. This year we are staying at Rawnsley Park a working sheep station, so this should be a real treat to see behind the scenes of how a working farm operates in the Aussie outback. We also have a look around Mildura and enjoy a cruise on the Murray River. A wonderful outback experience!

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $4,495
Repeat clientele twin share  $4,445
Single supplement room  $610
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • All meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, lunches and morning teas.

Donald, Mildura - local guide tour, Varapodio Estate, Orange World, Mungo National Park, Renmark, Paringa, Port Augusta, Pichi Richi Rail Journey – Quorn, Kanyaka Homestead, Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges, Pugilist Lookout, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Gammon Ranges National Park, 4WD “Ridge Top Tour”, Leigh Creek, Clare, Birdwood, National Motor Museum, Horsham, Old Dadswell Town and Ballarat.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

3 nights in Mildura, 2 nights in Rawnsley Park and Arkaroola.

 

CRUISE

PS Melbourne - Murray River.

 

Itinerary

HOME TO MILDURA

 

We have been touring this region for many years and are looking forward to sharing this unique outback experience with you! With personal pick-up from home we board the coach and travel over the Westgate Bridge to Ballarat for morning tea, then via the Sunraysia Highway through the Pyrenees Ranges to Donald for lunch. This afternoon we make our way through the Wimmera-Mallee with an afternoon stop at Sea Lake. We arrive in Mildura with time to freshen up before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn, MILDURA

EXPLORING MILDURA

 

After breakfast, we will be introduced to town by our locally based expert for a morning of sightseeing. We’ll hear about the Canadian Chaffey Brothers (George and William Benjamin) who arrived in Mildura in 1886 to establish the first irrigation scheme in Australia and hear about life on the river past and present. Our lunch break will be cruising along the river aboard the PS Melbourne. A unique feature of this cruise is travelling downstream through Lock 11, built to bypass the weir across the river. Back on dry land, we head to a lovely olive oil farm, Varapodio Estate, where we enjoy a tour and tastings of their award winning oils. Our final visit for the day is Orange World - a working 50-acre citrus property situated just 8 minutes from Mildura over the Chaffey Bridge. We will enjoy a citrus tour around the picturesque property of avocado trees, numerous citrus varieties and tree grafting areas. There is also an opportunity to travel on the 70-seat tractor train with undercover seating for an informative commentary on a wealth of citrus information with a juicy sense of humour.    

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn, MILDURA

MUNGO NATIONAL PARK

 

Today we take a giant leap back in time and enjoy a day exploring the remarkable natural location of Lake Mungo which sits within The Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. A local expert will join us so we can experience all the highlights. The Willandra Lakes preserve the longest continuous record of aboriginal life in Australia from 40,000 years ago to the present. The tour slowly and gently weaves through unique geological formations of rare beauty passing by the ancient evidence of the people that once walked this land. Lunch is included today. After a great day we return to Mildura.  

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn, MILDURA

MILDURA TO PORT AUGUSTA

 

It’s 140kms from Mildura to Renmark - just inside the border - and just a little closer is the tiny village of Paringa (Paringa is from an Aboriginal word meaning "big bend in the river"). It’s here we have our morning tea stop at Lock 5. Navigating the Murray River wouldn’t be possible without the series of locks and weirs that were built back in the 1920s and 1930s. We will enjoy  morning tea from the coach with some fantastic views of the river. We then cross the Paringa Suspension Bridge which was opened in 1927 and drive into Renmark. From here we travel to the riverport of Morgan and stop for lunch at Mallyons on the Murray before our afternoon drive through to Port Augusta.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Standpipe Gulf Motor Inn, PORT AUGUSTA

PORT AUGUSTA TO THE FLINDERS RANGES

 

Port Augusta is located at the top of the Spencer Gulf. Major transcontinental rail services pass through Port Augusta as do the major east/west and north/south highways. The town was once an important base for arid land explorations to the north and later a busy shipping port. We take a brief look around, then embark on an historical train journey aboard the Pichi Richi Rail. This section of rail line is the original Port Augusta to Alice Springs line which travels through the famous Pichi Richi Pass to the historic township of Quorn. The railway heritage is reflected in the names of some of the old hotels - The Grand Junction and the Trans Continental. After lunch, we continue north stopping at the Kanyaka Homestead just off the main road, 15 kilometres south of Hawker. Our next two night’s accommodation is in the Flinders Ranges at Rawnsley Park Station set below the magnificent Rawnsley Bluff. Dinner tonight will be in the Woolshed Restaurant, an authentic Australian woolshed. The ever-changing menu makes the best of local produce, including Rawnsley’s own lamb (as we’ll find out tomorrow night). 

 

OVERNIGHT:  Rawnsley Park Station, RAWNSLEY PARK

THE FLINDERS RANGES

 

This morning a local expert joins us for an insider’s tour of this stunning National Park. The Flinders Ranges are well known for their wild flowers but it’s the dramatic gorges and spectacular peaks that are the real highlights. We enjoy a packed lunch along the way then return to Rawnsley mid-afternoon. Wrap up warmly as late afternoon we’ll drive to Pugilist Lookout for nibbles and drinks as we enjoy the view. But our day’s not over yet… Back at Rawnsley Park, we can enjoy a lamb roast as there’ll be a Lamb on the Spit for dinner (for those who don’t eat red meat, chicken will be available, along with a Vegetarian option).

 

OVERNIGHT:  Rawnsley Park Station, RAWNSLEY PARK

RAWNSLEY PARK TO ARKAROOLA

 

We tour further into the Flinders today on our way to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Lunch today is at Blinman – historic, picturesque and the highest town in South Australia. During the copper mining boom of the 1850s more than 1500 people lived in Blinman. Today it’s just over 20! This afternoon we arrive at Arkaroola in the Gammon Ranges National Park, one of Australia’s true tourism gems. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is blessed with a unique landscape created over 2 billion years ago and is home to the most rugged chain of mountains in the Australian Outback. We have time to settle in and perhaps take ourselves on a self-guided walk before dinner. At night there is a chance to visit Australia’s largest privately owned Astronomical Observatory. Tours of the Universe from this facility and the “star chairs” provide a unique experience for the traveller that is normally only available to scientists and astronomers (entry is at own cost and dependant on local weather conditions).

 

OVERNIGHT:  Arkaroola Tourist Village, ARKAROOLA

ARKAROOLA RIDGE TOP TOUR

 

This morning we take the incredible 4WD ‘Ridge Top Tour’ driving along mine tracks winding through some of Australia’s most rugged mountains. Visit ‘Crystal Candy Mountain’, Mt Painter, Yundnamutana Gorge and Sillers Lookout with awe inspiring views extending more than 80 kms over Lake Frome. We return to Arkaroola for lunch and then the afternoon is free to enjoy the area.  Take a self-guided walk, or the Echo Camp Back Track Tour or a 35 minute scenic flight over the Gammon Ranges, or perhaps just kick back and relax (all touring this afternoon is optional and at own expense).

 

OVERNIGHT:  Arkaroola Tourist Village, ARKAROOLA

ARKAROOLA TO CLARE

 

We have an early breakfast this morning before our travel day ahead. Driving west, we make our way to Copley and Leigh Creek where we stop for a lunch break. Leigh Creek is a modern company town on the edge of the desert built to house the workers and their families who provide the labour force for the huge Leigh Creek open cut coal mine which exists 22km north of the town. Afterwards we re-join the highway and head south via Quorn and then into the picturesque Southern Flinders and Mount Remarkable National Park. The town of Melrose is the oldest in the area and the North Start Hotel, the most prominent building in town, has a licence that dates from 1854. We arrive into our overnight destination of Clare to check in at the delightful Clare Country Club.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Clare Country Club, CLARE

CLARE TO HORSHAM

 

Our drive today skirts the Barossa Valley and takes us to the tiny town of Birdwood. Here we will find the National Motor Museum where we can experience Australia’s motoring history from 1885 to today. With up to 400 vehicles on display as well as a selection of motoring related items, there is something for everyone. We have lunch in town then travel via Tailem Bend and Bordertown and across the border into Horsham for our final overnight stay.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Sundowner Horsham Westlander, HORSHAM

HOMEWARD BOUND

 

This morning we stop at the very Australian Old Dadswell Town, which is full of nostalgia, history, memorabilia and good old Aussie humour. Located at Dadswell Bridge it’s an old style Australian town that has been recreated on the edge of the Grampians. It will be a bit of fun as we take a look at Madam X’s Bordello, Mad Max’s Garage and Robbie’s. We have a couple of hours travelling ahead of us so we board the coach and make our way to Ballarat where we stop for lunch. We arrive back late afternoon where our chauffeurs will be waiting to drive us home, with memories of the stunning natural scenery of the Flinders Ranges.

Flinders Ranges Outback Tour 2 2019

Flinders Ranges Outback Tour 2 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
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  • It is a requirement of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours that each passenger is able to negotiate coach steps without the aid of the coach crew or other passengers.
  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
  • Passengers who are smokers, have a CPAP machine or snore, unless travelling with a companion, will be required to pay the single supplement premium for the sole use of a room.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 Balance due on invoice approx 30 days prior to departure.

 

 Deposit is fully refundable until 31 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 30 to 15 days before tour departure date
75% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 7 to 1 days before tour departure date
10% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation on or after tour departure date, No Refund.

 

 Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

Canberra Floriade Festival

Canberra Floriade Festival - 6 Days

25th September- 30th September, 2019

Welcome to our wonderful tour featuring the 32nd Annual Floriade Festival.

In Spring our nations capital bursts into colour with Floriade, the largest Spring Festival in the Southern Hemisphere. We will see an incredibly creative display of up to one million bulbs and annuals timed to bloom on cue in Commonwealth Park near Lake Burley Griffin. Be inspired and get ideas from experts in the field.

While in Canberra we enjoy three nights at The Canberra Rex Hotel, a 4 star property.

We have an interesting itinerary for our round trip to Canberra with many highlights. Your tour is relaxed yet very comprehensive and affords plenty of time at the Floriade Festival.

    

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,195
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,145
Single supplement room  $460
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Reserved quality ensuite motels / resorts.
  • All meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners and most lunches as per itinerary. (2 lunches own expense)
  • All tours, interest venues as per itinerary.

Traralgon Vineyard, Latrobe Valley, Bairnsdale, St Mary’s Church, Lakes Entrance, Snowy Mountains, Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin, Floriade, National War Memorial, Duntroon, Ainslie Lookout, Canberra Embassies, Old Parliament House, Parliament House, High Court, Telstra Tower, Australian National Botanical Gardens, Cockington Green, Albury, Beechworth and Benalla. 

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

3 nights in Canberra.

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Itinerary

LATROBE VALLEY - LAKES ENTRANCE

 

We have a wonderful day planned for our trip to Lakes Entrance. We begin with personal pickup from home and transfer to O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Today we enjoy a tour of the Traralgon Vineyard followed by lunch. This afternoon we continue our journey through the Latrobe Valley and across Gippsland. We have an afternoon stop at Bairnsdale and an opportunity to visit the magnificent St. Marys Cathedral with its intricately painted murals which span the ceiling. We arrive in beautiful Lakes Entrance with plenty of time for a walk to inspect the nearby bollards. Our excellent accommodation is adjacent to the Cunninghame Arm Inlet.

 

Overnight: Bellevue on the Lakes, LAKES ENTRANCE

CANN RIVER - BOMBALA - SNOWY MOUNTAINS - CANBERRA

 

This morning we travel through Eastern Gippsland. We cross the Snowy River and take a drive through the little town of Orbost before our morning tea stop at Cann River. A scenic drive takes us north into NSWand up to Bombala,situated high on the Monaro Plain in the Snowy Mountains region. We enjoy an afternoon break in Cooma, the administrative centre for the Snowy Mountains Scheme and arrive at our accommodation in Canberra with time to relax before dinner.

 

Overnight:  The Canberra Rex Hotel, CANBERRA

CANBERRA SIGHTSEEING

 

This morning we enjoy a tour of Canberra. Incorporated into the tour is a drive through the grounds of Duntroon the Royal Military College established in 1911. Of particular interest to many is the Changi Chapel. We also take in spectacular views over Canberra from Mt Ainslie Lookout. We will learn of the International Embassies and High Commissions as we pass by in the coach. Another highlight today includes a visit to the Old Parliament House and then lunch and a tour of New Parliament House. Mid afternoon we have a guided tour of the impressive High Court of Australia. Later this afternoon we return to our accommodation with time to freshen up before dinner.

 

Overnight: The Canberra Rex Hotel, CANBERRA

CANBERRA FLORIADE - WAR MEMORIAL

 

Canberra has so many highlights, which make it a wonderful city to explore. With a leisurely start we spend this morning at the Floriade. Adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin, this outdoor venue has acres of stunning displays. Be inspired and get ideas from experts in the field. We will have the opportunity to purchase lunch from the food stalls at the Floriade. This afternoon we have time to visit the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery before visiting the National War Memorial.  

 

Lunch at own expense today.

Overnight: The Canberra Rex Hotel, CANBERRA

CANBERRA - ALBURY

 

Today we visit Telstra Tower, which rises 195 metres above the summit of Black Mountain providing 360 degree views of Canberra and the surrounding countryside. Also this morning we enjoy a wander through the Australian National Botanical Gardens before we travel out to the famous world in miniature “Cockington Green”. Cockington Green is one of Canberra’s landmark attractions and offers visitors a unique experience. We will see a delightful display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. We can purchase lunch here or at the shops adjacent. This afternoon we board the coach and travel down to Albury for our last night together.

 

Lunch at own expense today.

Overnight: Best Western  Plus Hovell Tree Inn, ALBURY

ALBURY - BEECHWORTH - BENALLA - HOME

An easy day today, the highlight being our locally guided tour of historic Beechworth.  After our tour we cross the Oxley Plains to Benalla for lunch. We return to Melbourne to complete a wonderful tour.  As always our chauffeurs will await our arrival to return us safely home.

Canberra Floriade Festival 2019

Canberra Floriade Festival 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • It is a requirement of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours that each passenger is able to negotiate coach steps without the aid of the coach crew or other passengers.
  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
  • Passengers who are smokers, have a CPAP machine or snore, unless travelling with a companion, will be required to pay the single supplement premium for the sole use of a room.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 Balance due on invoice approx 30 days prior to departure.

 

 Deposit is fully refundable until 31 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 30 to 15 days before tour departure date
75% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation on or after tour departure date, No Refund.

 

 Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.