Lightning Ridge, Broken Hill & the Flinders Ranges 2023

Credit: Michael Waterhouse Photography 

Embark on an unforgettable road trip, visiting the quirky opal town of Lightning Ridge and historic Broken Hill. We finish with something special – the Flinders Ranges. Known for some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in the country, this outback adventure is not to be missed!

12 Day Tour

Monday 7 August - Friday 18 August 2023

Tour Cost (GST inclusive):
$5,350 per person twin share
$1,045 single supplement


  • Luxury Coach Travel in our Business Class Coach
  • Entry to Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre
  • Guided tour of Lightning Ridge, including Opal Cave
  • Morning Tea and comic tour at A Hidden Gem Bush Theatre
  • Entry to Chambers of the Black Hand
  • Guided tour of Brewarrina Aboriginal Fishtraps
  • Guided tour of Broken Hill
  • Entry to Living Desert & Sculptures
  • Entry to Pro Hart Gallery
  • Guided tour of Silver City Mint & Art Centre and the Big Picture
  • Guided tour of Silverton
  • Flinders Ranges tour
  • Sundowners with Wilpena Pound
  • Stargazing with Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Ridgetop Tour with Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
  • Entry to Jeff Morgan Art Gallery
  • Economy flight from Adelaide to Brisbane and coach transfer from airport to pick up point
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 11 cooked breakfasts, 11 two course dinners, 10 lunches

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: (D)

Brisbane to Moree

Mon 7 Aug 23

Welcome to our Outback tour featuring spectacular Australian landscapes and history. Our epic outback road trip will take us across three states as we travel to Lightning Ridge, Broken Hill and to the Flinders Ranges. We have a travel day ahead as we make our way to Warwick. Here we see the Condamine River which is part of the Balonne catchment that forms part of the Murray Darling Basin. We continue through Goondiwindi before arriving in Moree. The district is well known for its artesian bore baths that are used by people far and wide and are renowned for relieving rheumatic and other muscular complaints. Relax in the pools before our welcome dinner at our hotel.

Day 2: (BLD)

Moree to Lightning Ridge

Tue 8 Aug 23

After breakfast, we travel to Lightning Ridge. With its stark and scarred landscape this town has a peculiar fascination for visitors. Famous for magnificent opals, the town is home to the unique black opal, a rare and luminous gem mined from the surrounding plains. It is the only place in Australia (and one of the few places in the world) where the highly prized opal is found. We enjoy lunch on arrival before we are joined by a local guide for a town tour to see the Bore Baths and Coopers Cottage, an authentic miner’s camp. We finish our day at the Opal Cave, to discover how the opal is cut and polished with a local expert.

Day 3: (BLD)

Lightning Ridge

Wed 9 Aug 23

This morning we visit an off-grid art camp originally built by acclaimed local artist John Murray. At A Hidden Gem, we are hosted by award winning entertainers, Mel and Susie, known as Australian Champion Bush Poets and Yarnspinners. We enjoy a delightful morning tea and comic tour of this amazing property. After lunch in town, we’ll be captivated by Chambers of the Black Hand where local artist Ron Canlin has created the most amazing paintings and sculptures 11.2 metres underground. There is the Last Supper, Archangel Gabriel and the Chinese Terracotta Warriors. The second level is a mine that has been worked for over 100 years, and all the old shafts and drives that were dug by the old timers are still there.

Day 4: (BLD)

Lightning Ridge to Cobar

Thu 10 Aug 23

We make our way to Brewarrina to visit the Brewarrina fish traps that are estimated to be over 40,000 years old and one of the oldest man-made structures on earth. The elaborate network of rock weirs and pools stretching for around half a kilometre along the riverbed was built by ancient tribes to catch fish as they swam upstream. We experience a Dreamtime story told by Aboriginal elders, watch how the local Aboriginal children still catch their fish the traditional way and engage with the history with our local guide. This afternoon we head to Bourke for lunch before continuing to Cobar, a modern and highly productive mining town. For incredible views of the town and an open cut mine we head to the viewing platform of Fort Bourke Hill Lookout, the historic site of the New Cobar Gold Mine.

Day 5: (BLD)

Cobar to Broken Hill

Fri 11 Aug 23

From Cobar we travel west across the vast outback plains of NSW to Wilcannia where we stop for lunch. Continuing our journey, we make our way to Broken Hill. The town is like a living, breathing time capsule where the great mining prosperity of yesteryear blends seamlessly with a rising modern art scene. A local guide joins us on the coach this afternoon and points out some historical buildings including the Court House, Trade Hall and Town Hall. Dominating the town is the “Line of Lode” which sits side by side with the Miners Memorial. Our visual senses will be delighted at the Living Desert. Nestled amongst the Barrier Ranges, twelve sandstone artworks highlight the skyline, all with a story to tell. Located on a majestic hilltop, this unusual attraction was created by the finest sculptors from around the world.

Day 6: (BLD)

Broken Hill

Sat 12 Aug 23

We begin our day at Pro Hart Gallery, to be amazed by the lush colours, sense of space and spiritual quality of the outback captured in ways only few artists can emulate. We then visit the Silver City Mint and Art Gallery for a guided tour of the impressive Big Picture. This large acrylic painting will draw you into its huge skies and red rock earth of ancient riverbeds dotted with gums, leading to the distant Flinders Ranges. We continue to Silverton, which was the largest town in the Barrier Ranges for some time. Today it’s virtually a ghost town but a number of historic buildings still remain. More recently, Silverton has hosted film crews such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mad Max 2. We have some time in town before lunch at the Silverton Pub. After an interesting day we return to Broken Hill. Dinner tonight will be at the iconic Palace Hotel.

Day 7: (BLD)

Broken Hill to Wilpena Pound

Sun 13 Aug 23

We have a travel day ahead as we make our way to Wilpena Pound Resort in the incredible Flinders Ranges. On arrival we have time to check in and enjoy the Welcome to Country ceremony offered by the Adnyamathanha or Yura staff with traditional songs and stories about the landscape.

Day 8: (BLD)

Flinders Ranges

Mon 14 Aug 23

Today we uncover the dramatic gorges and spectacular peaks of the Flinders Ranges. We meet our local guide who will take us on an insider’s tour of this stunning national park. Returning to Wilpena for lunch we have some time at leisure. Wrap at warmly as late afternoon we’ll drive to Stokes Hill for Sundowners – nibbles and drinks as we watch the sun set with a spectacular backdrop.

Day 9: (BLD)

Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola

Tue 15 Aug 23

We tour further into the Flinders today on our way to 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 in Arkaroola in the Gammon Ranges National Park, one of Australia’s true tourist gems. Not surprisingly the sanctuary is colloquially known as “The Ark” which is quite fitting as the steep mountains and deep gorges provide shelter and diversity of habitats which support a number of rare species. We arrive with time to check in before watching the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby come into feed in its natural environment close to where we sit to observe. Following dinner, we are in for another special experience. There is nothing like an evening under a stunning tapestry of stars, taking in the amazing sight of the night sky in the dark Flinders Ranges. View the moon, stars, Milky Way and other celestial bodies up close through astronomy binoculars. The arid environment and elevation at Arkaroola, with the backdrop of the Flinders, provides the perfect environment for stargazing. There is little to no cloud cover, and the nearest town is over 100km away – meaning virtually no light pollution. A truly memorable experience.

Day 10: (BLD)


Wed 16 Aug 23

This morning we take the incredible 4WD ‘Ridge Top Tour’ driving along mine tracks winding through rugged mountains. Visit ‘Crystal Candy Mountain’, Mt Painter, Yudnamutana Gorge and Sillers Lookout with awe-inspiring viewing extending more than 801km over Lake Frome. We return to Arkaroola for lunch and then the afternoon is free to enjoy the area.

Day 11: (BLD)

Arkaroola to Clare

Thu 17 Aug 23

After breakfast we farewell this special place. Stopping in Hawker, we enjoy lunch before spending some time at the Jeff Morgan Art Gallery. Jeff has a superb reputation in the art world and when we visit his gallery, standing in front of his Wilpena Panorama, we will be in awe. Continuing to Clare, we have time to freshen up before our farewell dinner in the motel restaurant.

Day 12: (B)

Clare to Adelaide to Brisbane

Fri 18 Aug 23

This morning we are transferred to Adelaide Airport for our flight back to Brisbane. We return home from a sensational tour discovering iconic outback towns.