Product: Swagman Tours toasts Australian pubs


It's hard to imagine a more quintessentially Australian experience than knocking back a cold beer in a century old hotel as the sun sets over a scorched outback town. Sure, this mightn't be the right experience to offer your latte-sipping inner city clients - they may find the dust and flies a bit off-putting. But for a mature aged client seeking some nostalgic Australiana, Swagman Tours' Bush Pubs and Characters itinerary will almost certainly hit the mark.

Beginning in Geelong, Victoria, the 15-day tour takes in four states and numerous outback towns. It also visits enough heritage pubs (11 in fact) to keep even the most dedicated barfly satisfied.
Guests begin their travels in an air-conditioned safari vehicle, heading north from Melbourne into country Victoria. The first venue visited is the Logan pub, an iron andweatherboard establishment dating from 1855. The original structure burnt down and the current incarnation was built in 1910.

Most of the other pubs on the trip date from the 19th century and have similarly interesting histories. Part of the charm of the tour is the time allocated to seeing the venues and meeting some of the locals who can relate a little bit of  lore.

Some well known outback towns are visited on the journey too. In northern New South Wales, guests stay for two nights at Lightning Ridge, known as the worldwide epicentre of black opal mining. Another two convivial evenings are spent at remote Birdsville, famous for its 500km track that runs all the way to Marree in South Australia.

The tour stays in a range of lodgings including units, cabins, motel rooms and campsites.
Looking after guests are a coach captain and a cook, while many meals, camping equipment andselected sightseeing options are also included. The tour is priced from $3250 and departs on September 8, 2012. Tour numbers are limited to 26.

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