29th March – 5th April
The 40th annual Highland Gathering Festival is where Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day. Brigadoon” begins with the sound of Bagpipes drifting across the village from first light in preparation for a day of celebration. See the Grand Parade of Pipe Bands, Scottish dancing, and Highland Games, Caber tossing and marching clans. After our Scottish interlude enjoy the autumn splendour of the Southern Highlands! Explore the charming village of Berrima and explore the historic courthouse. Visit the beautiful Forster and Great Lakes region and the delightful coastal town of South West Rocks. Also included in this wonderful tour package is a guided tour of the impressive Wollondilly Cave at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve and a visit to the private historic village of Taralga.
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – ARMIDALE D
Wednesday, 29th March: Welcome aboard! Passengers from the Wide Bay to Brisbane join enroute. Brisbane and Gold Coast passengers join us at Roma Street Transit Centre. Travel through the Granite Belt to Warwick for lunch (own expense) then cross the border into the New England Plateau town of Tenterfield for an afternoon break. Continue via Glen Innes and Guyra before arriving in Armidale. Stay All Season Motel Armidale.
DAY 2 ARMIDALE – BATHURST BLD
Thursday, 30th March: Travel through the Liverpool Plains this morning to the small town of Werris Creek where we pause for morning tea. Continue south for a picnic lunch at Coolah, one of the many homes of the legendary Black Stump, then on to the 19th century gold rush town of Gulgong for a visit to the award winning Gulgong Pioneers Museum. The afternoon’s journey continues south through the picturesque historic gold mining village of Sofala. A short run to the historic town of Bathurst, one of the oldest inland settlements in Australia. Stay Quality Inn Bathurst.
DAY 3 BATHURST – GOULBURN BLD
Friday, 31st March: Away early to explore the Wollondilly Cave at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Wollondilly is the longest and most varied of the show caves at Wombeyan. The cave has several levels with five main chambers linked by passages created by free-flowing streams. The variety and quality of the cave formations is truly stunning. Lunch is at the historic Taralga Hotel established in 1876 and afterwards enjoy some free time to explore this largely unchanged village with its amazing stone architecture. Taralga was originally planned as a private village for the Macarthur family and their employees, where they helped pioneer the Australian wool industry. Two night stay Comfort Inn Posthouse.
DAY 4 BRIGADOON FESTIVAL BD
Saturday, 1st April: Today, don the tartans and join in the spectacular 40th Annual Highland Gathering in Bundanoon. ‘Brigadoon’ begins with the sound of Bagpipes drifting across the village from first light in preparation for a day of celebration. The activities start with a Grand Parade featuring pipe bands, floats and marching clans. There is a large variety of stalls plus Scottish dancing, Highland games, Caber tossing and the stirring nature of individual and massed Pipe Bands. After a magical day return to Goulburn.
DAY 5 GOULBURN – GOSFORD BD
Sunday, 2nd April: Today enjoy the autumn splendour of the Southern Highlands; historic Berrima, beautiful Bowral and marvellous Mittagong. In the charming village of Berrima enjoy a guided tour of the Berrima Courthouse and stroll the quaint streets famous for craft shops, antiques, galleries, eateries and so much more. Onto Bowral, originally a popular summer retreat for wealthy Sydney residents, who left a legacy of stately mansions and beautiful gardens. Of special interest is the International Cricket Hall of Fame where we pause for lunch. Next, make our way through Mittagong, surrounded by lush hillsides and waterfalls to rejoin the highway to continue our journey to Gosford. Stay Quality Inn The Willows.
DAY 6 GOSFORD – FORSTER BLD
Monday, 3rd April: Make our way northward to the northern tip of the Great Lakes to the twin towns of Forster Tuncurry where Wallis Lake meets the ocean. Board the ‘Free Spirit’ for a stunning eco lunch cruise around the lake before meeting our guide for a tour of the Great Lakes area. Stay Island Palms Motor Inn.
DAY 7 FORSTER – SOUTH WEST ROCKS – COFFS HARBOUR BLD
Tuesday, 4th April: Continue along the Pacific Highway to the sleepy coastal retreat of South West Rocks. Our first stop is Trial Bay Gaol; set on cliffs high above the sea, Trial Bay Gaol was built in the 1880’s to house prisoners who were there to build a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour and then during World War I, the gaol became an internment camp for people of German descent who were feared to be enemy sympathisers. After lunch at the Country Club continue on to Butterfly House, an indoor tropical habitat for around 300 live butterflies. Stay Comfort Inn Big Windmill.
DAY 8 COFFS HARBOUR – HOME B
Wednesday, 5th April: Farewelling our hosts travel to Ballina for a lunch stop (own expense) at Macadamia Castle, then back into Queensland and on to Brisbane where our Brisbane friends leave us. Travel northbound with arrival early evening on the Fraser Coast after a wonderful eight day scenic holiday.
Adult: $2682 pp
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Past Passenger: $2658 pp
Single Supplement: $535 pp
Final Payment Due: 13th February 2017
Bookings Close on Saturday March 26th, 2016