22nd April – 5th May
The tour everyone has been waiting for….experience the beautiful changing colours of autumn when the leaves on the trees create a magnificent spectacle. This amazing tour is packed full of inclusions with some ‘off the beaten track’ exploring, quaint little villages, undulating hills, beautiful trees and stunning mountain views. Enjoy a heritage train ride on the Cockatoo Run from Wollongong to Robertson ascending the Illawarra Escarpment. Climbing 600 metres through rainforests, past waterfalls and the spectacular viaduct, and at Summit Tank enjoy a magnificent view over Lake Illawarra out to the Tasman Sea. Visit Kiama, Kangaroo Valley and the beautiful coastal town of Eden, the Snowy Mountains and Canberra. 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! The journey is packed with highlights which will unfold as you read the full itinerary.
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – GLEN INNES D
Saturday, 22nd April: An early start for passengers joining between Hervey Bay and Caloundra. Brisbane, Gold Coast and interstate passengers join at Brisbane Roma Street Transit Centre. After lunch (own expense) in Warwick, continue down the New England Highway crossing into New South Wales. On arrival in Glen Innes we visit the Australian Standing Stones, a national monument to honour all Celtic people who helped pioneer Australia. Stay Rest Point Motor Inn.
DAY 2 GLEN INNES – MUSWELLBROOK BLD
Sunday, 23rd April: Cameras at the ready today as we discover the delights of the New England area. Our first stop is the historic Goswyck Chapel built in 1921. The site is a favourite for photographers, with its magnificent tree lined avenue of 200 Elms which turn gold in the autumn months providing a perfect backdrop to the brilliant red of the Virginia Creeper covering the chapel. Then, we head through Dungowan, passing the Chaffey Dam, to the quaint and pretty village of Nundle surrounded by undulating hills, beautiful trees and parks. At the Nundle Woollen Mill enjoy lunch and a tour of one of the last spinning mills still operating in Australia before we continue on to Muswellbrook. Stay Comfort Inn Noah’s in the Valley.
DAY 3 MUSWELLBROOK – GOSFORD BD
Monday, 24th April: Off the beaten track today with a visit to picturesque Lake St Clair nestled in the foothills of Mt Royal National Park. Dragging ourselves away from this beautiful setting, make our way to Broke for morning tea, then on to the Hunter Valley Gardens in the heart of the Hunter vineyards for lunch and time to explore the magnificent gardens. Afterwards enjoy an afternoon of sampling the delights of the Hunter Valley region with a visit to McGuigan Wines, Hunter Olive Centre at the Pokolbin Estate Vineyard and of course the Twenty-3-Twenty Chocolate & Fudge Factory. Stay Quality Inn the Willows.
DAY 4 GOSFORD – WOLLONGONG BLD
Tuesday, 25th April: This morning we board the iconic Riverboat Postman, Australia’s last operating mail boat. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the lower Hawkesbury River while delivering the mail to the river-access-only settlements upriver from Brooklyn. Be entertained by stories of the river whilst cruising in comfort enjoying morning tea and lunch along the way. Farewelling the river we make our way along the Grand Pacific Drive over the Sea Cliff Bridge to our accommodation. Two night stay Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.
DAY 5 THE COCKATOO RUN & ILLAWARRA FLY
TREETOP WALK BLD
Wednesday, 26th April: The Cockatoo Run is a delightful heritage train day tour to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Boarding at Wollongong Station the train begins its steep climb up the Illawarra Escarpment where there is a chance for spectacular views below while travelling through the tranquillity of the magnificent surrounding rainforest. Alighting in Robertson for lunch at the Robertson Hotel, then reboard our coach for a visit to the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk.
DAY 6 WOLLONGONG – GOULBURN BD
Thursday, 27th April: Another day of scenic splendour today as we make our way to Kiama’s Blowhole Point with its magnificent view of the coastline. Located on the point is the Kiama Blowhole which is the largest in the world and the spectacular plumes of water can spout 20 metres or more into the air. Near the blowhole is the Kiama Lighthouse established in 1887. Next, we visit the Berry Treat Factory at the Old Central Creamery; with hundreds of varieties of handcrafted chocolates, confectionaries and preserves. After a busy morning, do you fancy a nice cup of tea? Well now’s your chance with our morning tea stop at the Berry Tea Shop, then on to beautiful Kangaroo Valley with free time to purchase lunch and explore before making our way to Fitzroy Falls then on to Goulburn. Stay Comfort Inn Posthouse.
DAY 7 GOULBURN – EDEN BLD
Friday, 28th April: Leaving Goulburn make our way south to the National Trust town of Braidwood then on to Batemans Bay for morning tea. Elegant Foxglove Gardens in Tilba Tilba is our lunch stop for today. Set on 3½ acres, the essence of the gardens is one of romance and quaint English style elegance. This absolutely charming property has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens and Burke’s Backyard. Continuing on via Bermagui, and Tathra for a visit to the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Stay Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn.
DAY 8 EDEN – COOMA BD
Saturday, 29th April: Only time will limit the many enjoyable places we will find along the way today as we make our way south to Cann River, then turn northward along Monaro Highway through deep forests, fertile plains, mountains, historical villages and towns. Our morning tea stop is at the picturesque town of Bombala, then we continue on through Nimmitabel with its many National Trust buildings to Cooma for lunch. After lunch, an informative visit to the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, a state-of-the-art visitor facility showcasing the amazing story of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Stay Sovereign Inn.
DAY 9 COOMA – JINDABYNE BLD
Sunday, 30th April: Leaving Cooma, we look forward to another day of scenic delights today as we explore the Snowy Mountain Region. Our first stop is at Old Adaminaby and Lake Eucumbene, the first and largest of the dams comprising the Snowy Scheme. It was a critical component of the Scheme that was one of Australia’s greatest engineering achievements. Next, make our way through the Mt Kosciuszko National Park to Kiandra, an abandoned gold mining town and the birthplace of Australian skiing to Cabramurra, the highest town in Australia. Continue along Snowridge Road past the Tumut Pond Reservoir and Jagumba to our lunch stop at Khancoban Country Golf Club. After lunch stop at Thredbo Village before making our way to Jindabyne to our accommodation on the shore of the beautiful Lake Jindabyne. Stay Rydges Horizons.
DAY 10 JINDABYNE – CANBERRA BLD
Monday, 1st May: A special treat this morning with a visit to Macenmist Black Truffles & Wine for morning tea, a presentation about truffles and to watch the truffle dogs demonstrate their ability. Next, take a leap into outer space at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. The complex is part of the Deep Space Network run by NASA. Complete our day with a visit to Telstra Tower for a 360° view of Canberra. Two night stay Quality Hotel Dickson.
DAY 11 CANBERRA SIGHTSEEING BD
Tuesday, 2nd May: This morning drive to Mt Ainslie Lookout then on to Parliament House for a guided tour and some free time. Next, enjoy a cruise of Lake Burley Griffin with Southern Cross Cruises. This delightful tour includes a guided walk through the gardens at Government House. No visit to Canberra would be complete without a visit to the Australian War Memorial which commemorates the sacrifice of Australians who have died in war. Be farewelled with the moving Last Post Ceremony before departing.
DAY 12 CANBERRA – BATHURST BLD
Wednesday, 3rd May: Leaving Canberra, it’s off to Cowra to visit the Cowra Japanese Gardens with its beautiful autumn colours then continue on to Bathurst for lunch and a guided tour of Abercrombie House, a National Trust listed 50 room mansion built in 1878. Next, a drive around the Mt Panorama circuit then finish with a visit to the National Motor Museum at Mt Panorama. Stay Quality Hotel Bathurst.
DAY 13 BATHURST – COFFS HARBOUR BLD
Thursday, 4th May: Today we make our way along the Bylong Valley Way, said to be one of the top ten Aussie drives. This enjoyable drive with its breathtaking views, perfect in autumn, takes us through the Upper Hunter Valley to Karuah where we stop for lunch. After lunch continue north along the Pacific Highway to our accommodation. Stay Comfort Inn Big Windmill.
DAY 14 COFFS HARBOUR – HOME B
Friday, 5th May: After an amazing autumn holiday it’s time to head home. Continue north along the Pacific Highway to Brisbane, dropping off Gold Coast passengers enroute. Brisbane passengers depart at Roma Street and northbound passengers stay onboard for arrival into Maryborough and Hervey Bay early evening.
Adult: $4585 pp
Pensioner: $4557 pp
Past Passenger: $4543 pp
Single Supplement: $1090 pp
Final Payment Due: 8th March 2017
Bookings Close on Tuesday April 19th, 2016