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Sydney Macquarie Marshes Menindee Lakes Broken Hill Tours

Sydney Macquarie Marshes, Menindee Lakes & Broken Hill Tours

– with Corner Country & Lake Eyre option tours

Sydney Macquarie Marshes, Menindee Lakes & Broken Hill – with Lake Eyre option tour

7 days Darling River Run 

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Sydney Macquarie Marshes, Menindee Lakes & Broken Hill – with Lake Eyre option tour

7 days Darling River Run 

Connect with the wonder of 35,000 birds breeding in the revitalized Macquarie Marshes. Tour from Sydney (or reverse from Broken Hill or Adelaide), via Macquarie Marshes NP, Back O’ Bourke, Gundabooka National Park, and the banks of Australia’s longest, the Darling River, plus Kinchega National Park and  Menindee Lakes. Sydney to Broken Hill. Return by train or plane, or continue to Adelaide for Lake Eyre.  3 day tour from Adelaide Lake Eyre tour options

From Sydney – Macquarie Marshes, Menindee Lakes & Broken Hill – 3 days to  Explore Outback NSW Rivers and Wetlands after rejuvenation floods. Explore Macquarie Marshes NP, before Kinchega National Park and Menindee Lakes and 1 or 2 nights in Broken Hill. Return by train or plane, or Cameron’s Corner Country tour optionally continue with us to Lake Eyre. Connection options to Sydney, Broken Hill or Melbourne. ++ April 2-5 –  NSW / QLD Cameron Corner Country Tour from Broken Hill, via Tibooburra, Milparinka, Cameron Corner, Moomba, Innamincka + Coongie Lakes

 

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Macquarie Marshes – Outback NSW

MACQUARIE MARSHES

The Macquarie Marshes are an extensive wetland system covering an area of 220,000 hectares in north-west New South Wales, representing one of the largest semi-permanent wetlands in south-eastern Australia. Macquarie Marshes are a well known habitat of many water birds with over 60 species sighted here with a reported 42 of the species using the ideal conditions for a breeding place.

The Macquarie Marshes are an extensive wetland system covering an area of 220,000 hectares in north-west New South Wales, representing one of the largest semi-permanent wetlands in south-eastern Australia. Macquarie Marshes are a well known habitat of many water birds with over 60 species sighted here with a reported 42 of the species using the ideal conditions for a breeding place.

 
Sydney Macquarie Marshes, Menindee Lakes & Broken Hill – with Lake Eyre option tour

 

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 Westbound tour – Sydney to Broken Hill

 

Day 1 –  Depart Sydney 8am via Blue Mountains and Katoomba with a brief stop at Echo Point and  the Three Sisters.  We visit  Secret Creek Sanctuary at Lithgow for morning tea, and check out the amazingly rare Australian wildlife being saved by the operators, the Australian Ecosystems Foundation. See animals such as the Spotted-tailed Quoll, Dingo, Regent Honeyeater, Purple Copper Butterfly as well as many less threatened native species. Within its own land, AEFI has established both captive and wild breeding programs for species such as Eastern and Spotted-tailed Quoll, Rufous Bettong, Long-nosed Potoroo, and Red-necked Pademelon.  Other species here include Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, the Cream-striped Red-necked Pademelon, Swamp Wallaby, Emu and Brush Turkey. Travelling via the Great Western Highway we pass through Bathurst, where the NSW gold rush started, and was base for the worlds largest transport network at the time, the Cobb & Co coach company operating 30,000 horses. We stop for lunch by the Macquarie River at Wellington, after passing the Wellington caves where Bush Ranger Ben Hall used to hide out.  Passing through Dubbo, we are following the Macquarie River and head for the marshlands. The soil & climate are getting dryer as we pass through Narromine (cotton growing), Trangie and Warren were we follow the river valley to our overnight near Macquarie Marshes and enjoy the rich birdlife calls as the sunsets BLD

Rufous Betong Eastern Quoll

 Day 2 – Explore this lush lively area. Ibis, Egrets, Cormorants, Spoonbills and Herons are but a few of the breeding species found at the Macquarie Marshes. The Marshes include native plant species of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulenis). We head back on the highway, through historic Cobar (copper & gold country) over the flooding Darling River through Wilcannia, a once thriving town and important river port. We travel past new flooding lakes before arrival in Broken Hill for overnight. BLD

 Day 3Broken Hill was one of NSW wealthiest cities in its heyday when silver, lead and zinc were discovered, and where Australia’s biggest company BHP, built its wealth. The mine closed, but the town has revitalized, partly thanks to the creative spirit of artists like Pro Hart. Today we will travel to Menindee Lakes and Kinchega National Park (or if you prefer enjoy the time in Broken Hill). An optional flight over the lake is available to witness the curent massive floods. On return, explore some of the hidden highlights of Broken Hill before another comfy night in our Broken Hill accommodation.  BLD Option – From Broken Hill travel through South Australian rural country to Adelaide, and after a day in Adelaide (with the pandas, wine tasting or art) – continue with us to Lake Eyre  – See details 

Best mates – Outback Budgies Sydney Macquarie Marshes, Menindee Lakes & Broken Hill – with Cameron Corner & Lake Eyre optional add on tours

March 23-29  7 days Darling River Run

Connect with the wonder of 35,000 birds breeding in the  revitalized Macquarie Marshes. Tour from Sydney (or reverse from Broken Hill or Adelaide), viaMacquarie Marshes NP, Back O’ Bourke, Gundabooka National Park, and the banks of Australia’s longest, the Darling River, plus Kinchega National Park and   Menindee Lakes. Sydney to Broken Hill. Return by train or plane, or continue to Adelaide for Lake Eyre 3 day tour From Adelaide Lake Eyre tour options

March 26-28 –From Sydney – Macquarie Marshes, Menindee Lakes & Broken Hill – 3 days to Explore Outback NSW Rivers and Wetland highlights now teaming with life after rejuvenation floods. Includes 1 night to explore Macquarie Marshes NP, before Kinchega National Park and Menindee Lakes and 1 or 2 nights in Broken Hill. Return by train or plane, or Cameron’s Corner optionally continue with us to Lake Eyre. Connection options to Sydney, Broken Hill or Melbourne. 3 nights accommodated 4WD tour – $1,850

March 23-30 – 8 days/7 nights – Sydney to Broken Hill includes 2 nights & tour in Broken Hill – $2,995  or 7 days/6 nights – includes 1 night in Broken Hill –  $2,850

March 23-29 –   7 days/6 nights – from Broken Hill to Sydney includes 1 night in Broken Hill –  $2,850. From Adelaide (Lake Eyre tour  option) add $120

++Follows above tour – April 2-5  – NSW / QLD Cameron Corner Country Tour from Broken Hill, via Tibooburra, Milparinka, Cameron Corner, Moomba, Innamincka – See Details

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Extend from Broken Hill to NSW / QLD Corner Country 4WD Tour via Broken Hill, Tibooburra,  Milparinka, Cameron Corner, Moomba, Innamincka


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Cameron Corner Country 4WD Tour from Broken Hill

Explore in the footsteps of Burke & Wills (visit the famous Dig Tree & historic reserve) this remote and fascinating area around the junction of the NSW, QLD & SA borders. Travel through giant sheep stations from 100 years ago, witness the Moomba oil fields & mighty Cooper Creek at Innamincka. Stand at the famous Cameron corner, and stay overnight at the “corner store”. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and hear the tales of the great Cattle drives as we travel the Strzelecki Track – pioneered by  Captain Starlight as he stole 1000 cattle from Queensland QLD in 1870. Later, Sidney Kidman & Co and many others made their fortunes on the track pioneered by Starlight.

 

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Burke & Wills dig tree carving Pelicans Cooper Creek Innamincka 
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Carving at Dig Tree
Pelicans Cooper
Creek Innamincka

 

Day 1 – Depart Broken Hill through the Barrier range on the Silver City Highway via Packsaddle for Milparinka and the Albert Hotel. Appreciate this once thriving gold mining town at the restored Milparinka Heritage Precinct. We check out the Tibooburra pub and considerable town before heading into the Sturt Desert & crossing the Grey Range with a stop at Fort Grey. The park protects an enormous arid landscape of space and solitude. The rolling red-sand dunes of the Strzelecki desert ripple through the western section, graduating past surprising wetlands surrounded by white sands. After some great opportunities for photos, and to explore, we arrive at Cameron Corner on the 3 states corner (NSW, SA & QLD) for a tasty meal and overnight at the “Corner Store” and hotel.

Day 2 – Travel via Bollards Lagoon, the Yellow Bus and Merty Merty station, crossing the sand hills of the Strzelecki Desert, and Creek as we head for the Strzelecki Track and the uncanny Moomba oil & gas fields. We pass the geothermal power plant / hot rocks project of Geodynamics where Australia has the hottest rocks on Earth, outside of volcanic areas.

Geologists think that 10 million years ago, the granites in the Cooper Basin, South Australia, were exposed at the surface. Since that time they have been covered by a sedimentary layer, four kilometres thick, that acts as an overlying blanket; trapping the heat and preventing it from escaping to the atmosphere.

The heat is created by naturally occurring radiogenic decay that heats the granite to more than 250 degrees Celsius. The granite temperatures in Europe are only 180 degrees Celsius. The granite belt in the Cooper Basin is fractured in horizontal layers and these fractures naturally contain water at very high pressures – up to 5, 000 pounds per square inch. Check out the birdlife at sunset on the flooding Cooper Creek before a delicious meal at the Innamincka Hotel, adjacent the famous old Mission station, restored as National Parks offices.

Day 3 – A chance for an early walks and look at creek side birdlife – and quirky Innamincka – before we head for the S/ QLD border and Nappa Merrie Station (still owned by S Kidman & Co) to the Burke & Wills Dig Tree. Here Burke & Wills their support team waited 3 months and provisions were buried for the northern explorers. The support left 1 day before Burke & Wills return, and the supplies were not found leading to their demise. Lots of history, and birdlife here on the infamous Cooper Creek. Heading south we travel through picturesque desert then sand hill country via Orientos, Santos and sullivans Tank before crossing the border into NSW at the Warri Gate on the Dingo fence, and once again into the Sturt Desert. Taking in vast stony plains, the towering red-sand hills of the great Strzelecki Desert and the unusual flat-topped mesas around the Olive Downs, this park covers 340,000 hectares of classic outback terrain. Thanks to the protection of the dingo-proof fence, there are large populations of western grey and red kangaroos. e arrive Tibooburra for dinner & overnight at the local hotel in this most remote NSW desert town.

Day 4 – Time to explore Tibooburra, and the Outdoor Pastoral Museum.   Flat-topped mesas and fantastic views characterise the central Jump-Up country. Remnant gidgee woodland, the catchment system of the ephemeral Twelve-Mile Creek and gibber and grass-covered plains dominate the east, while 450 million year old granite tors surrounding Tibooburra form part of the southern boundary of the park. We leave town and  head for Pooles Grave & Depot Glen  where in 1845 Charles Sturts men were stranded and lay camp. Travelling south via salt lakes and vast plains we arrive  Broken Hill late afternoon wth manay a tale to share.

 

Join us on this 4 day 3 night adventure from Broken Hill

Fully inclusive luxury 4WD tour includes luxury small group 4WD travel , 4 days with 3 nights accommodation, all meals, professional guide – $2550 per person

Options – Combine this 4 day tour with 3 day tour departs May 8 from Sydney via Macquarie Marshes, Menindee Lakes & Broken Hill & extend  with 3 day Lake Eyre Tours & Flights from Broken Hill tour

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Floodwaters rejuvenate Macquarie Marshes wetlands

Posted Mon Dec 6, 2010 6:50am AEDT  From recent ABC blog …

 The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water says around 50,000 hectares of land in the marshes are currently flooded and if the wet weather continues the floodwaters could surpass the record of 150,000 hectares set 11 years ago.

The Conservation Officer, Debbie Love, says more than 35,000 waterbirds including ibis, egrets and cormorants are breeding and are expected to remain in the wetlands until next April.

But she says the current flooding is not enough to repair years of damage from the drought.

“There’s been a lot of changes over the last 20 to 30 years and loss of wetland vegetation,” she said. “We’re starting to see some re-establishment in areas that have been degraded, the marsh is capable of recovery, it’s just whether the seasons and our capacity to deliver water will be sufficient to really return the marshes to a more resilient state.”

She says the rain needs to continue in the long term.

“The amount of water that we have been able to deliver to the marsh either through environmental flows or through the rainfall that brought tributary flows into the system has meant that the wettest areas of the marsh are looking quite healthy and it’s those areas on the margins, the next zone out, that we’re really starting to see some changes in now with the bigger (flood) events that are lasting longer.”

 

 

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