21st – 27th December.
Nestled inside the beautiful Wingham Golf Course in the historic township of Wingham is the 4 star Golf Club Motor Inn, our home for four nights of our Christmas break. The peace and quiet of the natural bush land setting ensures the perfect getaway. Soak up the glorious views over the pond and the golf course, relax and enjoy genuine country hospitality, while we explore the spectacular Manning Valley and beyond.
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – COFFS HARBOUR D
Wednesday, 21st December: Welcome aboard! An early start for travelling companions joining between Hervey Bay and Caloundra. Brisbane and Toowoomba passengers join at Roma Street Transit Centre. Gold Coast passengers join enroute. Travel south to Ballina for lunch then enjoy the scenic beauty of the Northern Rivers as we continue to Coffs Harbour. Stay Zebra Motel.
DAY 2 COFFS HARBOUR – WINGHAM BLD
Thursday, 22nd December: Continue south along the Pacific Highway to the historic town of Wingham. Enjoy a gentle walk along the boardwalk at the WINGHAM BRUSH NATURE RESERVE, a rare pocket of subtropical lowland rainforest and home and breeding sanctuary of the Grey-headed flying fox. After a delicious lunch in Wingham River Park, on to the MANNING VALLEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM then walk the streets of Wingham, the original township of the Manning Valley once home to a thriving timber industry before settling in to our four star accommodation. Four night stay Golf Club Motor Inn.
DAY 3 MANNING RIVER SIGHTSEEING BLD
Friday, 23rd December: A meandering drive this morning through rolling hills to the LORNE VALLEY MACADAMIA FARM, situated in the beautiful Camden Haven hinterland. Enjoy morning tea before continuing on to TIMBER TOWN HERITAGE PARK voted as one of Australia’s finest heritage parks. You can ride the steam train, experience the bullocky display, observe the timer craftsmen at work and smell the coals of the blacksmith. An old fashioned “cook-up” lunch will be served. Leaving Wauchope, make our way to Port Macquarie and along the coastline to LAKE CATHIE and BONNY HILLS before turning inland to LAURIETON. Ascend to NORTH BROTHER LOOKOUT where you will be spellbound by the magnificent views overlooking the waterways leading out to sea. Rejoin the Pacific Highway at Kew to return to our motel.
DAY 4 MANNING VALLEY RIVER CRUISE BLD
Saturday, 24th December: Start our day with a MANNING VALLEY RIVER CRUISE aboard the “Island Explorer” departing at 10.30am. Be treated to an informative commentary along the way. The magnificent Manning River is one of only three true deltas in the world, it is over 260 kms in length with over 150 km of navigatable water. Following the cruise we will stop at THE OTHER SIDE ART CAFE and enjoy Devonshire tea by the banks of the Manning River. Enjoy browsing the art gallery where resident artist Wendie Patch displays her works and that of her students. You may not leave empty handed! Before heading for home we will see where the Manning River winds its way through Wingham and where the old logging boats used to load the timber for transport back in the 1820s.
DAY 5 CHRISTMAS LUNCH & SIGHTSEEING BLD
Sunday, 25th December: Merry Christmas! Some free time this morning (perhaps a game of golf is in order), before travelling north to the beautiful sleepy seaside township of Harrington for our delicious Christmas lunch at the STEVE’S RIVER REFLECTIONS RESTAURANT. After lunch two places of interest we will visit are the PILOT HILL LOOKOUT at Harrington, here you can see where the north arm of the mighty Manning River meets the ocean and CROWDY HEAD LIGHTHOUSE. Both locations offer us stunningly spectacular views and will no doubt excite the photographer within. Rejoin our coach for return to our accommodation.
DAY 6 WINGHAM – GLOUCESTER – ARMIDALE BLD
Monday, 26th December: After a hearty breakfast travel to Nabiac to visit HONEYCOMB VALLEY FARM for a tour and morning tea. You will view the “new” Native Australian Bee Sanctuary for stingless bees, Ethnobotanical Gardens with hundreds of fascinating useful plant species and the largest Solar Oven in Australia. There are gorgeous farm animals and a farm gate shop. On to GLOUCESTER, set in the beautiful Avon Valley with the backdrop of a range of unusual hills called “THE BUCKETTS”. The world heritage listed Barrington Tops are in close proximity. After a visit to the GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM, we continue our journey along Thunderbolts Way to our overnight accommodation. Stay Deer Park Motor Inn.
DAY 7 ARMIDALE – HOME B
Tuesday, 27th December: Departing Armidale continue north on the New England Highway to Tenterfield where we pause for morning tea. Cross the border back into Queensland time arriving in Toowoomba for lunch (own expense). Arrival in Brisbane mid-afternoon and the Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $2446 pp
Pensioner: $2432 pp
Past Passenger: $2425 pp
Single Supplement: $508 pp
Final Payment Due: 7th November 2015
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Bookings Close on Monday December 19th, 2016