A new, five-day ‘Great Outback Lap’ tour that showcases the raw beauty and colourful characters of the NSW far west has been introduced by Tri State Safaris, with a 20 per cent discount available for bookings made by November 30, 2016.
The new, off-the-beaten-track adventure, encompassing the underground town of White Cliffs, World-Heritage-listed Mungo National Park and the colourful towns of the red gum-lined Darling River, adds to the 17 tours award-winning Tri State Safaris offers in NSW, South Australia and Queensland as well as Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
The four-night NSW Outback Lap tour starts and ends in Broken Hill, taking adventurers in custom-designed, air-conditioned 4WD vehicles on a circuit of the wild and rugged far west of NSW, tracing lonely desert trails and authentic outback experiences. The four nights are spent in lodges, motels and cabins at Mungo, in the copper mining town of Cobar, the remote river town of Wilcannia and the opal town of White Cliffs, with all meals included.
From Broken Hill, the 1500km tour heads to Menindee Lakes, newly filled by recent rains, and Kinchega National Park before reaching Mungo National Park where dry, ancient lakebeds harbour relics of an Aboriginal culture that thrived here 36,000 years ago. Guests can watch the sun set over the park’s famous, wind-shaped lunettes – the 33km-long Walls of China – before spending the night at Mungo Lodge.
The tour then heads to the heritage township of Ivanhoe for lunch at the pub to meet the locals before arriving in the mining town of Cobar for a stay in the Copper City Motel. The twisting Darling River is then traced to the former inland port of Tilpa for lunch at the local pub before heading to Wilcannia for a camp dinner around the fire and a stay in the new cabins at the Warrawong on the Darling station.
The frontier opal mining town of White Cliffs is next on the itinerary, with guests spending a night in the famous Underground Motel. Aboriginal rock art in Mutawintji National Park is explored along with a bush picnic before the tour ends back in Broken Hill at the end of day five.
The four-night NSW Outback Lap will depart on April 25 and June 6, 2017. Bookings made before November 30 will receive a 20 per cent discount off the normal tour price. Including 13 meals and accommodation, the tour is available from $1924 per person, twin-share – a discount of $481 per person, or $962 per couple. For solo travellers, the tour is priced from $2140 – a saving of $535 if booked by November 30, 2016. An extra five per cent discount is available for senior concessions.
Established in 1992, Tri State Safaris has won acclaim as one of Australia’s leading outback tourism operators, winning 11 national tourism awards, 22 NSW tourism awards and 22 local and regional tourism awards over the past decade alone.