Departs Thursday, 26th April 2018
FITNESS LEVEL: M – Moderate
The tour everyone’s been waiting for…experience the beautiful changing colours of Autumn when the leaves on the trees in Bright and surrounds create a magnificent spectacle. It is an area that produces countryside not experienced anywhere else in Australia. The area abounds in history dating back to the mid 1800’s. From our base in Albury venture every day in a new direction, discovering the remarkable, unforgettable world of Autumn scenery and panoramic views. Experience historical Beechworth and the breathtaking Corryong region, ‘The Man from Snowy River’ country, the scenic Alpine Way and the glorious alpine views from Thredbo. Of course all of this happens against a kaleidoscope of Autumn colours: nature’s palette of golds, reds, russets and siennas. This is one tour you won’t want to miss? What better season to experience the splendour of Bright and the High Country than Autumn.
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – ARMIDALE D
Thursday, 26th April: Get ready for a fabulous holiday filled with colour and delight. Passengers from Brisbane and the Gold Coast join us at Roma Street Transit Centre. Continue on to Warwick for lunch. Continue on the New England Highway to Armidale. Stay All Seasons Motel Armidale.
DAY 2 ARMIDALE – KATOOMBA BLD
Friday, 27th April: This morning we travel along the spectacular THUNDERBOLTS WAY with its beautiful mountains and glorious autumn tones. Pause at Gloucester for morning tea, then enjoy the views as we continue on to Katoomba in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. Stay Skyrider Motor Inn.
DAY 3 KATOOMBA – CANBERRA BLD
Saturday, 28th April: Leaving Katoomba this morning we take a scenic drive to GOVETTS LEAP for a photo stop. Enjoy the delightful scenery as we make our way to Goulburn via Oberon. This afternoon visit the village of Bungendore to browse through the amazing BUNGENDORE WOOD WORKS GALLERY and some free time to explore. Two night stay Quality Hotel Dickson.
DAY 4 CANBERRA SIGHTSEEING BD
Sunday, 29th April: This morning enjoy a guided tour of PARLIAMENT HOUSE, then on to the miniature village of COCKINGTON GREEN. Finish our day with a visit to the AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL including the very moving closing ceremony.
DAY 5 CANBERRA – JINDABYNE BLD
Monday, 30th April: Our first stop this morning is the DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION COMPLEX which offers an informative and enjoyable way to learn about the planets and the story of space travel; and how we here on Earth communicate with, and benefit from spacecraft, exploring our Solar System and beyond. Then on to Cooma for lunch and a visit to the SNOWY HYDRO DISCOVERY CENTRE. Next, visit the JINDABYNE VISITORS CENTRE before making our way to our accommodation. Stay Rydges Horizons.
DAY 6 ALPINE WAY TOURING BD
Tuesday, 1st May: Making our way along the Alpine Way we stop at THREDBO VILLAGE for morning tea and some time to explore. Free time in the pretty town of Corryong for you to purchase your lunch before a self-guided tour of THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER MUSEUM. Leaving Corryong make our way to Albury to settle in to our accommodation. Five night stay Quality Resort Siesta.
DAY 7 BEECHWORTH & MILAWA BD
Wednesday, 2nd May: Enjoy a morning of discovery as we explore the BEECHWORTH HISTORIC PRECINCT. After lunch make our way to MILAWA CHEESE COMPANY for a tutored tasting on the process of cheese production, then on to BROWN BROTHERS WINERY for a wine tasting.
DAY 8 YARRAWONGA & GLENROWAN BLD
Thursday, 3rd May: This morning soak up the sunshine and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of beautiful LAKE MULWALA, while relaxing onboard M.V. PARADISE QUEEN. Then on to Glenrowan for lunch and a visit to NED KELLY MEMORIAL MUSEUM and the GLENROWAN TOURIST CENTRE before returning to our accommodation.
DAY 9 ALPINE VALLEY TOURING BLD
Friday, 4th May: Our first stop this morning is the AUSTRALIAN PUMPKIN SEED COMPANY & ARTISAN OIL MILL – the only one in Australia. Enjoy a guided tasting tour and follow the journey from paddock to process to plate. Next, a visit to BARWIDGEE LAVENDER FARM and discover their unique range of organic lavender, olive oil and farm produce. Moving on we visit BRIGHT BERRY FARMS where we taste test their scrumptious berries and jams before a delicous lunch and talk at the RED STAG DEER FARM. Wander the grounds to enjoy the beautiful landscape and take photos of the animals. To finish the day, stop at MYRTLEFORD BUTTER FACTORY before returning to our motel.
DAY 10 BRIGHT AUTUMN FESTIVAL BD
Saturday, 5th May: Travel to MT BEAUTY which lives up to its name from its prime location at the foot of Victoria’s highest mountain. Enjoy some free time to purchase morning tea then on to Bright. The town will be adorned with golden autumn leaves and buzzing with excitement. Free time this afternoon to enjoy the festival and the GRAND PARADE which starts around 1.45pm.
DAY 11 ALBURY – DUBBO BLD
Sunday, 6th May: Leaving Beechworth travel to the excellent TEMORA RURAL MUSEUM for morning tea, and a chance to wander through this excellent museum. Then, on to the TEMORA AVIATION MUSEUM with its display of ex-military aircraft, which have an historical significance to Australia, all of which are maintained in airworthy condition. Continue on to Dubbo for our overnight stay. Stay Golden West Motor Inn.
DAY 12 DUBBO – GOONDIWINDI BLD
Monday, 7th May: Driving north along the Newell Highway stop for morning tea at Coonabarabran, the astronomy capital of Australia. After a picnic lunch at Narrabri continue to Goondiwindi. Stay Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn.
DAY 13 GOONDIWINDI – HOME B
Tuesday, 8th May: Homeward bound today. Arrive in Brisbane in time for lunch with arrival in the Wide Bay around 5pm.
Adult: $4098 pp
Pensioner: $4072 pp
Past Passenger: $4059 pp
Single Supplement: $1104 pp
Final Payment Due: 12th March 2018
Bookings Close on Thursday April 26th, 2018