Sunrise to Sunset: across the Centre of Australia

Byron Bay, NSW to Steep Point, WA

22nd June to 7th July 2020


Join us for a 17 day east to west trip, starting from Byron Bay, the most easterly mainland point in Australia, to Steep Point, the most westerly. A mixture of motels and camping.

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Tour Inclusions for the Sunrise to Sunset

Sectional Map

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Trace the route as you travel along. One per passenger or one per car, if doing the trip as a tagalong.

Water Bottle and Fly Veil

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You'll be grateful for both of these!

End of Tour Photobook

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A collection of all of our favourite photos, in a convenient book format.

Cost

Please note that this is a remote area trip and conditions and accommodation will reflect this

Itinerary

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Day 1

Perth to Byron Bay


Fly in to Coolangatta, Queensland’s most southerly town, and transfer to Byron Bay, the most Easterly Point in Australia. 

We get to know our fellow passengers at a Welcome Dinner and hear all about the trip ahead.

O/N Byron Bay; motel accommodation.

Meals: Dinner.

Inclusions: Airport transfers if previously arranged.

Day 2

Byron Bay


Champagne Sunrise breakfast at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, watching the sun ascend from the Pacific Ocean.

Free time in town to buy lunch and spend the afternoon in Byron Bay.

O/N Byron Bay; motel accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

   

Day 3

Byron Bay to Moree


Travelling from the coastal region to the inland plains of New England, appreciating the stunning scenery, we pass through the town of Tenterfield, made famous by the Peter Allen song ‘Tenterfieldd Saddler’. Upon arrival at Moree (Australia's Artesian Spa Capital) there is the opportunity to soak in the healthful, mineral-rich rejuvenating waters of the natural Artesian Basin.

O/N Moree; camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Inclusions: Artesian Spa Entry, Moree.

   

Day 4

Moree to Bourke


We travel over the Kamilaroi Highway, via historic Brewarinna. Time to explore the ‘Back of Bourke’ Exhibition Centre and enjoy the interactive stories of the Inland Sea, the Wool History, the Riverboats and much more.

O/N Bourke; motel accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Inclusions: Back of Bourke Exhibition Centre

Day 5

Bourke to Cameron’s Corner


 The states of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia all meet at Cameron's Corner: a great photo opportunity. We travel the outback roads and pause a while to take in the remote community of Tibooburra, an area visited both by Charles Sturt on his 1844 attempt to traverse the continent and Bourke and Wills in 1866, on their ill-fated expedition.

O/N Cameron’s Corner; camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6

Fort Grey to Farina


Visit one of the most original outback towns of Australia , now being lovingly restored by the local community, dwelling by dwelling, complete with the history of the area.

O/N Farina/Lyndhurst; camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

   

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Day 7

Farina to William Creek


We travel along the famous Oodndatta track to the historic town of William Creek, first visited by John McDouall Stuart, and once an important point on the Ghan Railway Line. 

More contemporary importance was placed upon it as a staging point for the Woomera Atomic Testing Area. 

It is an aerially accessible point for a flight over Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest inland lake (when it sometimes fills), and the lowest natural point in Australia.

O/N William Creek, accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Inclusions: Lake Eyre Flight

Day 8

William Creek to Marla Bore.


Continue travelling the outback cattle roads to Marla Bore, a rest stop on the Stuart Highway. Experience the unique outback artesian mound springs and traverse the land of Anna Plains, one of the biggest outback cattle stations in Australia.

O/N Marla Bore, camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9

Marla Bore to Yulara


Sneak up on Uluru via the back road of Mulga Park and see why so many people mistake Mt Connor for the famous rock! A great photo stop for appreciating ‘Fool-u-ru’ and hearing about the legend of the Ice Giant and his impact on the ancient landscape.

Champagne dinner at Uluru.

O/N Yulara, camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10

Uluru/Kata Tjuta


We spend the day interacting with Uluru, through interpretative cultural walks around the area and by experiencing Yulara Village, set up and run by the Anangu people, the traditional owners of the land. Kata Tjuta, a still relevant significant site, is part of our walking tours.

O/N Yulara, camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 11

Yulara to somewhere near Warburton


We cross from the Northern Territory to Western Australia, through the ancient Petermann Ranges. 

Along the way we note the legendary area of Lassiter’s Gold Reef and visit the cave that was his final resting place. 

There is a short traverse of Len Beadell’s famous Gunbarrel Highway and a close look at one of the trees he orginally blazed. 

Tonight is a bush camp, underneath a million stars, as remote as possible from the nearest light source.

O/N camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner    

Day 12

Warburton to Laverton


From the middle of nowhere, along the Great Central Desert Road, exploring sites of European and Aboriginal history, we finally hit a townsite again. 

We have a traditional camp oven cooked feast over the coals and yet camp with all the comforts of showers and toilets.

O/N Laverton, camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

   

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Day 13

Laverton to Mt Magnet.


We travel through the old gold mining areas of Leonora, Kookynie and Niagara Dam and pause to take in the old historic town of Gwalia and the Sons of Gwalia minesite.

O/N Mt Magnet, camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Inclusions: Audio tour, Sons of Gwalia minesite

Day 14

Mt Magnet to Hamelin Station.


Explore the old Wool Wagon Trails and think back to a time 130 years ago when these routes were the backbone of Outback Western Australia. Experience the modern day conditions of an environment harsh and stark enough to drive away most people and learn why generations choose to stay on the land, no matter how tough the cost.

O/N Accommodation basic quarters, Hamelin Station.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  

Day 15

Hamelin Station to Steep Point 


Finally we arrive at the most westerly mainland point in Australia - the aptly named Steep Point.

We enjoy a Champagne Sunset Dinner before returning to Hamlin Station for the night.

O/N Hamlin Station, basic accommodation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16

A run back along the beautiful Coastal route to Perth.

We have our farewell dinner in our hotel accommodation in Perth and share our photos and stories of the the tremendous trip we've just accomplished.

O/N Perth

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17

A relaxed breakfast and a late checkout gives time to explore Perth before we all go our separate ways.

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions: Airport Transfers