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Have you ever dreamed of escaping in your own 4wd out into the desert, or maybe on to a tropical island?
Don’t have the confidence, or the know-how to plan for such a trip?
Let Big Sky Tagalong Tours take the hassle out of planning your next adventure. Relax on one of our tag-along tours where all the planning is done for you.
Our 22-day Burke and Wills tour takes us from the heart of Melbourne, through the vast interior of Australia, to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. The original expedition left Melbourne on the 20th August, 1860 and took almost six months to reach the Gulf. So, if you have ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of one of Australia’s greatest exploration expeditions, then this tour is for you. We will basically follow the path that Burke and Wills travelled back in 1860 to 1861. Along the route, there are many monuments dedicated to the expedition party. Although we shall stop and see the majority, it would be nearly impossible to visit them all.
Our tour begins in Melbourne with a bus day trip to Royal Park, the starting point for the 1860 expedition. Then it’s on to the cemetery where Burke and Wills are buried and to Moonee Ponds, where the expedition party camped for their first night.
Leaving the city of Melbourne behind in our own vehicles, we travel through Bendigo and Swan Hill and on into western New South Wales, looking at interesting monuments along the way.
After stopping at Pooncarie and camping overnight on the banks of the mighty Darling
River, we move onto Menindee for a relaxing evening at Copi Hollow, part of the Menindee Lakes System. We then divert a little with a 2-night stay in Broken Hill for a day off, during which we will be visiting the Living Desert Sculptures exhibition.
Back on the road again, we continue north to Tibooburra, where we’ll be spending two nights. A side trip will take us to Cameron Corner, the tri-state junction of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. Then it is onto Dig Tree, Camp 65 on the Burke and Wills expedition. The following evening will be spent at Innamincka, on the Cooper Creek. Here we visit the sites where Burke and Wills eventually perished. Our next 2 nights will be spent in Birdsville, gateway to the Simpson Desert. If you have ever wanted to drive up Big Red, the largest sand dune in the Simpson, now’s your chance.
Whether you climb the dune or not, you will be treated to dinner at the infamous Birdsville Pub. Fully refreshed, we continue north on to Bedourie, Boulia then Mt Isa. At Mt Isa we will visit the Underground Hospital and Museum.
Once we reach Normanton, where we stay for 2 nights, we will have a day trip on the Gulflander Train.
Our tour will finish at Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is here we will get to do something that Burke and Wills couldn’t; enjoy a glass of champagne and a cheese platter on the beach as we watch the sun go down over the water. In the evening a seafood banquet will be our farewell dinner.
From camp grounds to tourist attractions, cooking facilities to history lessons. Big Sky Tagalong Tours offer a range of tours for the whole family to enjoy.
At Big Sky Tagalong Tours, we offer a range of self-drive, tag-along tours that will take you to some of Australia’s most unique destinations. All of our tours are off-road caravan-friendly, so you can still have your comforts
All our tours are basically self-catered, although we do provide all of your breakfasts, and we do throw in a welcome and farewell dinner.
We have 5 tours available this year ranging from 7 days through to 29 days. For more information visit our website www.bigskytagalong.com or phone us on 1300 824 256
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