7th August – 13th August
Discover the delights of the Central NSW Coast in this special holiday package. Take a relaxing cruise aboard the MV Lady Kendal II. Spend a day in the Hunter Valley taste testing the various culinary delights on offer; enjoy lunch at Harrigan’s Irish Pub and some free time in the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens. Visit the Australian Reptile Park and learn about their commitment to saving lives through their Venom-Milking Program. Explore the historic town of Morpeth with its beautiful sandstone streets. Wander down the gorgeous sandstone streets to find colonial buildings occupied by modern and inviting cafés, pubs, galleries, boutiques, antique shops and local businesses. In Newcastle visit the Fort Scratchley Historic Site – it’s worth a visit just for the view alone. This delightful tour is sure to tick all the boxes for a relaxing tour of discovery and scenic splendour.
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – GRAFTON D
Monday, 7th August: Welcome aboard! An early start for travelling companions joining between Hervey Bay and Caloundra. Brisbane and Toowoomba passengers join at Roma Street Transit Centre and Gold Coast passengers join enroute. Travel south to Brunswick Heads for lunch then enjoy the scenic beauty of the Norther Rivers as we continue to Grafton. Stay Jacaranda Motor Lodge.
DAY 2 GRAFTON – GOSFORD BLD
Tuesday, 8th August: Continue our journey southward to Kempsey for morning tea at the Slim Dusty Centre where the legend of Slim Dusty lives on. Pause at Bulahdelah, a charming country town on the banks of the Myall River for lunch at the Plough Inn Hotel before continuing on to our accommodation. Four night stay Quality Inn The Willows.
DAY 3 STARSHIP CRUISING BLD
Wednesday, 9th August: Begin our day with a sightseeing tour of Gosford and its surrounds then, “All Aboard” the Starship, Lady Kendall II, the last of the mini liners. Be welcomed aboard for the start of the discovery of a lifetime. An expert commentary given by the Master will enlighten us on the history of the area; the majestic Brisbane Waters is the only place in the world where you will view five separate waterways in one outing plus enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. On completion of our cruise spend some time in the Edogawa Commemorative Garden and Regional Art Gallery before making our way to the Australian Reptile Park which is regarded as one of the country’s premier attractions and is committed to saving lives with a Venom-Milking Program in place.
DAY 4 HUNTER VALLEY EXPLORING BLD
Thursday, 10th August: A delightful day of exploring is in store for us today as we make our way to the heart of the Hunter Valley vineyards. Stop at the Twenty-3-Twenty Chocolate and Fudge Factory to sample the chocolate delights, then on to McGuigan Wines for a wine tasting before visiting Hunter Valley Cheese Factory to sample their boutique cheeses. Complete our morning’s gastronomic delights with lunch at Harrigan’s Irish Pub. After lunch, visit the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens. All aboard the train for a tour of the gardens, then stroll on the walking paths and explore the manicured gardens. There are ten themed gardens, including a children’s storybook garden. After a full day of activities return to our motel for a well earned rest.
DAY 5 HISTORY MORPETH & NEWCASTLE BD
Friday, 11th August: This morning explore historic Maitland. Admire the magnificent examples of colonial architecture including the Maitland Gaol which only ceased operating in 1998. Stop at the gaol for a guided tour. Be regaled by the grisly and grim details of finding this gaol as your home by our guide who was once incarcerated within these sandstone confines. Next, we visit the riverfront town of Morpeth where you can purchase lunch. Visit historic Campbell’s Store and perhaps enjoy the fudge or ginger beer tasting and make your own private explorations in town. After lunch, head east to Newcastle to visit King Edward Park. The park has spectacular ocean views, Norfolk Island pines and a sunken garden usually ablaze with colour. Next, a guided tour of Fort Scratchley. This fort was constructed during the Crimean War to protect the city from invasion. In 1942 it returned fire at a Japanese submarine shelling BHP, a little known historical fact.
DAY 6 GOSFORD – ARMIDALE BD
Saturday, 12th August: Farewelling the Central Coast make our way to Muswellbrook for morning tea then on to Werris Creek where the street signs are shaped like railway signals. Stop to admire the huge and elegant railway station, the third largest in NSW and visit the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum. After lunch, continue north to Tamworth for a welcome break at the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre before making our way to Armidale. Stay All Seasons Motel Armidale.
DAY 7 ARMIDALE – HOME B
Sunday, 13th August: This morning take another look at this ‘City for All Seasons’ from Armidale’s Memorial Lookout before continuing along the New England Highway through Glen Innes and Tenterfield. Cross over the border into Queensland with farewells after a holiday filled with outstanding sightseeing and new friendships. Travel through Stanthorpe and Warwick to Brisbane. Northbound passengers stay on board the coach. Arrive in Maryborough and Hervey Bay early evening.
Adult: $2396 pp
Pensioner: $2382 pp
Past Passenger: $2375 pp
Single Supplement: $538 pp
Final Payment Due: 23rd June 2017
Bookings Close on Friday August 4th, 2017