11th October – 20th October
Every year thousands of people head to Griffith to view and admire the more than 50 larger than life citrus sculptures, created using more than 100,000 oranges, 100,000 rubber bands! At the same time, the Griffith Festival of Gardens shows off horticulture on varying scales and will provide inspiration to all gardeners! Up to 12 private gardens are open to the public, ranging from small cottage gardens to stunning large acreage creations. The Gardens of Griffith reflect the joy and pleasure the community gains from creating stunning displays. Other features included in this tour are the Mendooran Murals, Stuart Town, Eugowra Bushranger Murals, Temora Rural Museum, Iandra Castle, Sunhill Dairy Goat Farm and the magnificent Waterfall Way.
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – MOREE D
Wednesday, 11th October: An early start for passengers joining between Hervey Bay and Caloundra, Brisbane passengers join at Roma Street Transit Centre. Travel west to Toowoomba and then through Warwick to the border town of Goondiwindi for an afternoon break before arriving in Moree. Stay Burke & Wills Motor Inn.
DAY 2 MOREE – ORANGE BLD
Thursday, 12th October: Resume our Newell Highway drive to Coonabarabran Visitors Centre for morning tea and to view the fascinating display of the remains of the largest known marsupial, commonly known as Diprotodon. Continue south for a photo stop at the Mendooran Murals then on to Dubbo for lunch. Passing through Wellington, we divert to the historic village of Stuart Town, originally known as ‘Ironbarks’, it was made famous by the Banjo Paterson poem The Man from Ironbark. On to Orange which lies at the heart of some of the richest and most beautiful agricultural land in the whole of NSW. Stay Ibis Styles Orange.
DAY 3 ORANGE – GRIFFITH BLD
Friday, 13th October: This morning, travel to Eugowra, a delightful little town full of history, old buildings, fresh country air and beautiful vistas and murals. Eugowra was the scene of Australia’s largest gold robbery in 1862 when Frank Gardiner and his gang of bushrangers including Ben Hall ambushed and robbed the gold escort coach on its way from Forbes to Bathurst. Today, we take some time to view the murals. The centrepiece is a 33 metre long mural depicting the robbery, however as well as the bushranger theme the murals depict the town’s sawmills, working draught horses, colonial life, pioneering women, school life, rural work and Aboriginal themes. Continue on for lunch and a visit to the McFeeters Motor Museum then on to Griffith. Three night stay Kidman Wayside Inn.
DAY 4 GRIFFITH FESTIVAL OF GARDENS BD
Saturday, 14th October: Start our morning with a guided town tour and a short video at the Visitors Centre then on to Riverina Grove for a tasting of local gourmet produce. Next, free time to wander through the magnificent Citrus Sculpture Display. The sculptures are made from over 100,000 oranges and grapefruit. After lunch (own expense) board our coach for a visit to a selection of lovely gardens ranging from pretty cottage gardens to lovely country estates.
DAY 5 GRIFFITH FESTIVAL OF GARDENS BLD
Sunday, 15th October: Sunday is market day so off we go to the Griffith Rotary Markets. The great thing about markets is you never know what you will find. There might be something special you didn’t even know existed or something tasty to eat. Next, we’re off to Pioneer Park Museum which is also home to the Italian Museum, the Wine and Irrigation Centre and the Knitted Garden. After lunch and a garden tour we visit Catania Fruit Salad Farm for a farm tour and talk followed by a wine tasting at Calabria Family Wines. Return to our motel for a well-earned rest.
DAY 6 GRIFFITH – COWRA BLD
Monday, 16th October: Departing Griffith, head south to Leeton Visitors Information Centre then on to Temora Rural Museum to view their amazing and well maintained collections that are familiar, nostalgic, quaint and curious. After lunch make our way to Greenethorpe for a guided tour of the magnificent Iandra Castle. Continue on to Cowra. Stay Sovereign Inn.
DAY 7 COWRA – GULGONG BLD
Tuesday, 17th October: Start our day with a sightseeing tour of Cowra including the Peace Bell and Memorial Drive before morning tea and some free time at Cowra Japanese Garden. On arrival in Bathurst we take a drive around Mt Panorama Circuit followed by a visit to the National Racing Museum. After lunch at the Bathurst Golf Club make our way to the historic village of Sofala then on to Gulgong. Stay Ten Dollar Town Motel.
DAY 8 GULGONG – TAMWORTH BLD
Wednesday, 18th October: Retrace our steps to Mudgee for a cheese and wine tasting at High Valley Wine & Cheese Company followed by morning tea and tasting at Honey Haven. Continue on to Scone for lunch then make our way via Werris Creek to Tamworth. Stay Best Western Tamworth Motor Inn.
DAY 9 TAMWORTH – COFFS HARBOUR BLD
Thursday, 19th October: Something a little different this morning with a visit to Sunhill Dairy Goats Farm at Uralla. Meet the goats, taste goat cheeses made on site and take a tour of the farm and milking operations. On to Armidale where we turn right onto the magnificent Waterfall Way. A wonderland of waterfalls, this fascinating and scenic drive is said to be Australia’s third most beautiful tourist drive. After lunch at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre don’t miss a perfect photo opportunity from the Skywalk Lookout which offers superb views over Dorrigo National Park and encompasses Bellingen Valley to the coast. Stay Comfort Inn Big Windmill.
DAY 10 COFFS HARBOUR – HOME BL
Friday, 20th October: Heading north we stop for lunch at Thursday Plantation then continue on to arrive in Brisbane mid-afternoon and Wide Bay early evening.
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Final Payment Due: 28th August 2017
Bookings Close on Sunday October 8th, 2017