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  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:  6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Visit the Tobruk Sheep Station and delve into life in the Australian outback on a day trip from Sydney. Learn how to make traditional bush fare like damper and billy tea, watch stockmen on horseback round up sheep, take photos of a sheep-shearing demonstration, and try your hand at cracking a whip and throwing a boomerang. Wrap up your outback experience with an authentic Aussie barbecue lunch.

Highlights

  • Half-day Australian outback experience, from Sydney
  • Snack on freshly made damper and billy tea
  • Be amazed at the coordination between the stockman and sheepdog working together to herd sheep
  • Watch a sheep-shearing lesson and learn the history of this craft
  • Enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue for lunch
  • Learn to throw a boomerang and crack a whip

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What You Can Expect

Tobruk Australian Outback Experience including Aussie BBQ Lunch

Aussie BBQ Lunch at Tobruk Sheep Station

Depart from Sydney by air-conditioned coach, driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Great Northern Road en route to Tobruk Sheep Station, just 70 minutes from downtown Sydney.

Upon arrival at Tobruk, Australian stockmen on horseback welcome you to the scenic ranch. Head to Drover’s Camp where you learn how to make traditional stockman’s tucker: billy tea and damper, both prepared directly on the campfire. Damper is bread cooked on the fire; to make billy tea, the pot is swung around at arm’s length so the tea leaves settle on the bottom prior to drinking. Hear about the history of Tobruk and the life of a stockman as you sip your morning tea and snack on damper served with butter and syrup.

After your tea, see the Stockman’s Roundup, which highlights the horse riding skills of the stockman and the partnership between stockman and sheepdog. Marvel as they herd a flock of 50 sheep from open field to a small fenced area. Keep your camera ready to snap photos, especially if the dog jumps on the back of a wayward sheep!

Next, watch a demonstration of sheep-shearing, a practice that requires great skill and agility. During the demonstration, listen to the shearer’s stories about the craft and how the sheep’s fleece is transformed into yarn and cloth. Under the guidance of a veteran, you may even try shearing a sheep yourself.

After all the action, enjoy a tasty lunch of Aussie barbecue with a range of dishes such as succulent steaks, fresh damper rolls, green salad, and a traditional Lamington cake for dessert — delicious!

When you've finished eating, learn from the experts how to throw a boomerang and crack a whip, then give it a try yourself.

In the early afternoon, return to Sydney to end your tour, catching views of the Hawkesbury River Valley and Blue Mountains on your drive.

Itinerary

Lunch
Steak
Oven-roasted potatoes and pumpkin
Garden salad
Fresh bread rolls
Lamington cake

Beverages:
Spring water
Apple juice
Tea and coffee
Soft drinks, wine and beer are also available for purchase from the licensed bar

Hotel Pickups:
7.45am Aspire Hotel
7.20am Bayview Boulevard Hotel
7.15am Cambridge Inn
7.15am Crescent on Bayswater
6.35am Crowne Plaza Coogee (No Drop-off)
7.10am De'Vere Hotel
7.40am Four Points Sheraton
7.25am Four Seasons
7.10am Grace Hotel
7.35am Hilton Hotel (Pitt St entrance)
6.40am Holiday Inn Airport Hotel (At bus stop)
7.45am Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
7.00am Ibis King Street Wharf
7.15am Intercontinental ( Macquarie St entrance)
7.00am Langham Hotel
7.05am Menzies Hotel
7.35am Mecure Sydney (Hotel driveway entrance)
7.20am Metro Sydney Central (Pitt st)
7.50am Novotel Darling Harbour
7.40am Novotel Sydney Central
7.35am Old Sydney Holiday Inn
7.45am Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7.40am Park Hyatt
7.30am Park Regis
7.25am Pullman Hyde Park
7.20am Raddisson Blu
7.40am Rendezvous Studio Hotel (Quay St entrance)
7.25am Rydges World Square (Pitt st entrance)
7.20am Rydges Surry Hills
7.30am Shangri-la Hotel
7.35am Sheraton on the Park (Castlereagh st)
7.10am Sofitel Wentworth
7.50am Star City Coach Terminal
6.50am Pacific Bondi
7.40am Swissotel (meet at porters deck)
7.25am Sydney Harbour YHA
7.15am Vibe Hotel Sydney
7.10am Westin Sydney (Pitt st entrance)
7.25am YHA Sydney Central

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

very friendly people - particularly Neil the lead rancher. Great demo of shearing a sheep, fun throwing the boomerang and enjoyed the fire pit stories with home made bread and tea. Great for families

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Had a wonderful time. They kept us busy experiencing different aspects of Aussie life. Even if few Australians currently live/experience these things on a day to day basis, it was a birds eye view of Australia current and past

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