Tag Along on this 8-day journey through some of New South Wales most scenic regions. From the magical whale coasts through Alpine Heights, abd goldfields there is something for everyone to enjoy. Drive in convoy or go as you please.

 

 

DAY 1 – Thursday 7 January 2021 - Narrabri
GEOLOGY

Arriving into Narrabri and check into your hotel. Take a trip into nature, for a walk around Sawn Rocks. This wonderful natural rock formation was created by volcanic activity in the area 21 million years ago, but looks carved by hand. Definitely worth the drive.  

 

DAY 2 –  Friday 8 January 2021 - Coonabarabran
PLANETS, TELESCOPES, ABORIGINAL HERITAGE 

After breakfast this morning, head south to the astronomical capital of Australia – Coonabarabran. En route you will have access to the ‘Virtual Solar System Tour with Fred Watson’, that will guide you through the solar system towards the sun. Virtually, anyway. The Australia Telescope. Is located 23 km from Narrabri and links the telescopes at Coonabarabran, Parkes and Tidbinbilla, to create the most powerful in the Southern Hemisphere. It receives radio waves from deep space through six gigantic dishes placed on a rail track. Halfway to Coonabarabran stop for a leg stretch at the Sandstone Caves. This 1.5 km trail walks in the footsteps of the Gamilaroi people and is sacred land. For lunch Pilliga Pottery. offers great food and coffee. (B)

 

DAY 3 – Saturday 9 January 2021 - Coonabarabran

ASTRONOMY, BUSHWALKING, STARGAZING

Head to Siding Spring Observatory approximately 30km from town. Spend the morning visiting Australia’s Biggest Telescope and grab lunch in the café before heading further into the Warrumbungle National Park. Stop at White Gum Lookout for a stunning overview of the volcanic formations of the park. Head into the National Park and enjoy one of the many walks in Australia's first designated dark sky place the Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park. Dinner is booked for you at the Chinese Restaurant, the Golden Sea Dragon before stargazing at Milroy Observatory with Donna the Astronomer. Look through telescopes and be guided through the night sky. (B,D)

 

DAY 4 – Sunday 10 January 2021 – Dubbo
ROYAL FLYING DOCTORS, DUBBO ZOO

Leaving Coonabarabran this morning, we suggest heading back through the National Park, towards our first stop of the day at the Royal Flying Doctors. Touch down into the world of heroic doctors, nurses, pilots and outback communities with the Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Experience - as if you’re right there. 

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is the perfect family destination. Your entry to the animal park is included, so make the most of this amazing outback setting that will take you through the homes of 4,000 animals from Africa, to South America and back to Australia again. After a long visit with the animals, rest and cool down in your accommodation tonight featuring a state-of-the-art water park, and a children's playground. (B)

 

>> UPGRADE: Can’t get enough of the zoo? Why not sleep in it? Uncover the secret, after-hours life of the Zoo with an Australian barbecue dinner, continental breakfast and two-day entry to the Zoo with a zoo host to show you around.  (additional cost, subject to availability. Children 5 years and above)

 

DAY 5 – Monday 11 January 2021 -  Parkes

ASTRONOMY, GOLD, DINOSAURS

Today we’re heading for the home of ‘The Dish’ – the large radio dish in Parkes.  Famous around the world for the movie of the same name this icon of Australian science has been in operation since 1961. It is renowned for assisting with Apollo 11 communications but remains today at the forefront of astronomical discovery with the Breakthrough Listen project.   But first, take a visit back in time to the Old Dubbo Gaol  Explore the eerie cells of this 19th century Australian prison history. 
Then you’ll hit Gold and Dinosaurs! Eureka! Peak Hill is a small town created as a result of a very substantial discovery of gold. The Open Cut Experience involves five open-cut mines, five self-guided walking trails and some historic mine workings.  The nearby Big Fish Fossil Hut displays the largest fossil fish on display anywhere in Australia.  The Xiphactinus, as its known, lived during the time of the dinosaurs and is a whopping 4.5 metres long. That’s one big fish. Your accommodation tonight is at the Station Motel and includes a 2-course dinner. (B,D)

 

DAY 6 – Tuesday 12 January 2021 – Canberra

BUSHRANGERS, WAR HISTORY, GARDENS

Cooked breakfast for a big day of travel ahead. Eugowra Historical Museum & Bushranger Centre
is a small local museum focusing on the history of gold and associated robberies by bushrangers in the area.  Travelling forward in time to Cowra, visiting the beautiful Japanese Gardens. The Garden is located on the site of the World War Two Japanese prisoner of war camp and the site of the infamous Cowra break out in 1944 – a story of great courage, spirit and futility. Head further south to Murrumbatemen for a late lunch.  A district 30 minutes outside of the Australian Capital Territory surrounded by rolling vineyards, Murrumbateman is the capital of the Canberra District wine region. A former gold mining village it is now home to 20 boutique wineries. Check into our centrally-located hotel, a short walk to several great restaurants in the CBD. (B)

 

DAY 7 – Wednesday 13 January 2021 – Canberra

ASTRONOMY, NASA

Tidbinbilla is famous for the part it played in the moon landing 50 years ago. The NASA run Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, allows you to discover Australia's role in space exploration. If you have time, head further south in the Tidbinbilla Reserve to see the site of the Honeysuckle Telescope.
Finish the tour with a visit to Mount Stromlo damaged by bushfires in 2003. The burnt-out shell of the Yale Telescope stands as a memorial to the home of astronomy. Return to town for a visit to Questacon, with more than 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology (B,D)

 

DAY 8 – Thursday 14 January 2021 – Canberra

Thanks for travelling along this dark sky trail. Your tour ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Dark Sky Trail

$1,525.00Price
Rooms
  • Hotels

    Canberra – Crowne Plaza Canberra

    Parkes – Station Motel

    Dubbo - Aberdeen Motel

    Coonabarabran - Acacia Motor Lodge

    Narrabri - Adelong Motel

     

     INCLUSIONS

    ·    Accommodation as stated based on Family Rooms with Queen and 2 single beds (or similar)

    ·    Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D) as stated

    ·    Entry to observatories and all activities

    ·    Siding Spring Observatory, Parkes 'Dish', tour

    ·    Entry to Taronga Western Plains Zoo

    ·    Detailed electronic trip notes

    Hotels

    Canberra – Crowne Plaza Canberra

    Parkes – Station Motel

    Dubbo - Western Plains Zoo

    Coonabarabran - Acacia Motel

    Narrabri - Adelong Motel

     

     INCLUSIONS

    ·    Accommodation as stated based on Family Rooms with Queen and 2 single beds (or similar)

    ·    Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D) as stated

    ·    Entry to observatories and all activities

    ·    Siding Spring Observatory, Parkes 'Dish', tour

    ·    Entry to Taronga Western Plains Zoo

    ·    Detailed Trip notes

     

    PRICE PER PERSON

    $1295 AUD *twin / ^double share 

    $445 AUD per child - 3 - 14 years

    UPGRADE TO ZOO STAY $375 (5 year old and up)

    Family is 2 adults and 2 children 3 - 14 years

     

    Not included

    ·        Drinks with meals

    ·        Room service, or items of a personal nature

    ·        Tips

    ·        Travel insurance (Mandatory)

     

    Tagalong Touring

    This is a COVID-Safe tourism idea. Drive yourself, take your time between venues – you just need to get there in time for the activity. We’ll book the meals, venues, hotels and provide maps and commentary to get you there safely. Travel in convoy, travel by yourself and go where you’d like. This is the ideal way of having everything looked after, people to share the travel experience with, but jump in and out of the tour program as you’d like. The tour will be guided with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 people travelling.

     

    Need a lift?

    The tour is designed for people to drive their own car. By request, we can coordinate car-pooling or organise a people mover and you’ll share the cost. (not guaranteed)

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