New South Wales: City & Outback

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2023 Sydney > Sydney

Outback people and places

This incredible 16-Day Scenic handcrafted Outback Journey will take you from Australia’s beautiful harbour city of Sydney, through the heart of regional and remote NSW and on to explore the nation’s capital.
Start in Sydney and head north across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Hawkesbury River. Taste wine in the country’s oldest wine-producing region, the Hunter Valley and then head to Tamworth, the birthplace of Australian country music. Marvel at the spectacular silo art in Tamworth, Dunedoo and Gunnedah and visit the copper city, Cobar. Head into outback NSW at the eclectic Broken Hill, where you’ll find a 1950s milk bar and outdoor art installations in the old mining town. Visit World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park and Griffith, the Italian-influenced ‘food bowl of Australia’. In the ACT, enjoy immersive visits at the national galleries and museums of Canberra and enjoy a behind-the-scenes, exclusive Scenic Enrich experience that is usually reserved for visiting dignitaries.
Tour details
Tour Provider Scenic
Price From
Number of Days
Start Location
Sydney, Australia
End Location
Sydney, Australia
Age Range
Avg. 59+
Group Size
20 to 228
Tour Style
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - Sydney

Welcome to Sydney, the capital of New South Wales. Australia’s largest city is on the edge of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay with a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 - Hunter Valley

Cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning and head north to one of the hidden gems of NSW, the Hawkesbury River. Visit the Broken Bay pearl farm situated on the Lower Hawkesbury River, the only operating pearl farm in the state. Enjoy a cruise on the Hawkesbury and learn how pearls are farmed in this region. Tonight’s two-night Special Stay is in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region.

Day 3 - Hunter Valley

Discover the beauty of the Hunter Valley Gardens this morning with a guided tour. Wander through the 10 individually themed gardens and view some of the 600,000 shrubs. Begin your afternoon of tasting local delicacies: wine, cheese, and chocolate.

Day 4 - Hunter Valley > Tamworth

Travelling through the Upper Hunter districts of NSW, we will stop this morning in Scone, known as the horse capital of Australia. It is home to dozens of horse studs and world-class thoroughbred breeders. This afternoon, visit the Nundle Woollen Mills for an understanding of the process taken to transform the raw material of sheep and other animal shearing into a ball of wool yarn. Enjoy a two-night stay in Tamworth.

Day 5 - Tamworth

See the Golden Guitar, an acknowledgement of Tamworth’s place as the home of country music in Australia.  Discover some of the local towns of the Tamworth region as we explore the silo art that adorns the enormous agricultural silos dotted throughout the district. This movement began in 2015 in Western Australia and has spread throughout other regions of Australia. The Water Diviner is the name of the Barraba Silo mural by artist Fintan Magee.

Day 6 - Tamworth > Dubbo

See the iconic Dorothea Mackeller pm ‘My Country’ bought to life on the silos in Gunnedah. The town of Gunnedah is known for its abundance of native wildlife. Travelling through Dunedoo there are more painted silos that are dedicated to a famous horse and its jockey – Winx and Hugh Bowman. Your overnight stay is Dubbo.

Enter the Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo after it has closed for a private tour.

Day 7 - Dubbo > Cobar

Head west to the copper city of Cobar. A town rich in mining history, visit Fort Bourke Hill for views of the open cut mine and Cobar itself. Enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 8 - Cobar > Broken Hill

Heading west through the town of Wilcania on the Barrier Highway, arrive in the outback town of Broken Hill. This fascinating town is the site of the world’s richest deposits of silver, lead, and zinc, which led to the establishment of the BHP mining organisation. Enjoy sunset at the spectacular Living Desert Sculptures Outdoor Museum. Stay two nights in Broken Hill.

Day 9 - Broken Hill

See and learn about the incredible artwork of Pro Hart during a visit to the Ant Hill Gallery. Visit the outback ghost town of Silverton, scene of more than 140 films and commercials. Spend time strolling around the restored gaol, art galleries and the Silverton Hotel before heading to the Daydream Mine to experience life back in the early mining days. Visit the Mad Max museum, where many pieces of the original set have been found buried underground. Take a tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, before a chance to enjoy a milkshake from the famous Bells Milk Bar. Enjoy dinner tonight at The Palace Hotel made famous by the movie ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’.

Day 10 - Broken Hill > Mungo National Park

Visit the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park and meet our park ranger for a guided tour. The famous Mungo Lunette was formed by sand swept up from the dried lake floor and dumped on the shoreline. It is now the site of the spectacular ‘Walls of China’, carved from layers of the lunette and simply spectacular to view. Stay overnight at your conveniently located lodge.

Day 11 - Mungo National Park > Griffith

Follow the Murrumbidgee River today as we travel through the town of Balranald, gateway to Yanga National Park. Visit The Australian Shearers Hall of Fame during our stop in Hay, where you can step into the world of the shearer. Meet the colourful characters and watch a live sheep shearing demonstration. The next three nights are in Griffith.

Day 12 - Griffith

Griffith is known as the ‘food bowl of Australia’; it is also NSW’s own little Italy. Sixty per cent of Griffith’s residents have Italian heritage. The town was designed by Walter Burley Griffin in the early 20th Century as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme. European migrants settled in the region after World War I and II and have helped build a distinctive food and wine culture. Spend the day tasting wine and sampling local food.

Day 13 - Griffith

Discover the agricultural region of Griffith and surrounds. Explore people and places that make Griffith special and distinct.

Day 14 - Griffith > Canberra

Visit the Art Deco town of Leeton, also designed by Walter Burley Griffin. Stop to pat the Dog on the Tuckerbox at Gundagai. Cross the border from New South Wales to the Australian Capital Territory, arriving at our nation’s capital Canberra, for our two-night Special Stay.

Day 15 - Canberra

Freechoice: Choose between a visit to either the National Gallery of Australia, home to almost 160,000 works of art and the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art; or the National Museum of Australia to explore Australian life, history and culture.

Visit Australian Parliament house for a below-decks experience including an afternoon tea that is normally reserved for visiting dignitaries. Hear about the vision of architect Romaldo Giurgola’s and how it completed Walter Burley Griffin’s plan. Visit spaces that are normally off limits.

Day 16 - Canberra > Sydney

Visit the National Arboretum to see a mosaic of living forests and gardens.  Return to Sydney where your Scenic journey will conclude.

Please book your flight to depart out of Sydney after 06:00 PM.

The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

  • Savour a variety of wines from the Hunter Valley at McGuigan’s Wines.
  • See the impressive Silo painting “The Water Diviner”.
  • Visit Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo after-hours for an animal encounter.
  • Look in awe at the colours and sculptures at the outdoor sculpture gallery in Broken Hill.
  • Explore the other-worldly Mungo National Park.
  • Discover the hidden secrets of Parliament House.
  • Fully escorted small group land journey.
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences.
  • Your choice of 2 Scenic Freechoice activities.
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays.
  • 31 Meals- 15 breakfasts (B) 2 lunch (L) and 14 dinners (D).
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides.
  • Return airport transfers.
  • All tipping and gratuities.
  • Sofitel Darling Harbour.
  • Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.
  • Hyatt Hotel Canberra.