'Such is Life: In Search of Tom Collins'
South-West NSW, 11 days from 25 March 2012
Join us on the trail of Tom Collins as we travel through outback NSW looking at the works of Joseph Furphy. We will see the ‘Bend in the Lachlan’, stay at stations like ‘Runnymede’, and explore the Willandra Billabong.
Departing from Canberra, we will follow the Murrumbidgee to Narrandera and Hay before heading north to the Lachlan River, attempting to trace some of the routes Tom Collins would have taken driving his bullock wagon to Runnymede and beyond. We will then spend some time at Willandra Homestead, close to Furphy’s fictitious ‘Runnymede’. The Homestead will be our base for the ‘conference’ portion of the tour.
From Willandra we will return to the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald and visit some local stations before heading north-west to the lake systems of Willandra Creek and the World Heritage listed site of Lake Mungo. We will then move on to Broken Hill via Wentworth and then Menindee, where Burke and Wills rested on their ill-fated expedition. We will also visit Silverton and Mutawintji National Park while in the area. For the full brochure contact Susan Lever: firstname.lastname@example.org.