Departs Monday, 1st October 2018
FITNESS LEVEL: E – Easy
Come away with us on this exceptional holiday and be enticed by Canberra’s fabulous Floriade where impressive gardens add to other many ACT highlights. With three days of exploring Canberra and beautiful Batemans Bay, your exceptional sightseeing includes, Parliament House, Black Mountain Tower Lookout, The Australian War Memorial, Lake Burley Griffin cruise, Cockington Green, Tulip Top Gardens, plus a grand sightseeing tour of the Embassies and High Commissions, Mogo Zoo, Old Mogo Town and a cruise on the scenic Clyde River. Experience a spectacular and thrilling ride up Mt Coolangatta with Bigfoot 4WD Adventure Tours, followed by a delicious morning tea and wine tasting. Scenic coastal sightseeing through Gosford and Coffs Harbour brings us home. We invite you to place yourself in the “picture” and join us for this fragrant, magical spring holiday.
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – MOREE D
Monday, 1st October: An early start for passengers joining between Hervey Bay and Caloundra, Brisbane passengers join at Roma Street Transit Centre. Travel west to Toowoomba then on to the border town of Goondiwindi for an afternoon break before arriving in Moree. Stay Burke & Wills Motor Inn.
DAY 2 MOREE – PARKES BD
Tuesday, 2nd October: Continue south down the Newell Highway to COONABARABRAN VISITORS CENTRE for morning tea and a look at the museum which houses the Diprotodon, Art Gallery and the Aboriginal Keeping Place. Moving on, stop at Dubbo to purchase your lunch, then on to the HENRY PARKES CENTRE which incorporates the Parkes Visitor Information Centre, the King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit, the Parkes Motor Museum, Henry Parkes Museum (traditional history) and Antique Machinery Collection. Stay North Parkes Motel.
DAY 3 PARKES – CANBERRA BLD
Wednesday, 3rd October: Today to Cowra to enjoy morning tea and a wander through the beautiful JAPANESE GARDENS. Next, journey towards our Nation’s Capital Canberra, to begin our sightseeing. Visit the miniature garden village of COCKINGTON GREEN before making our way to the TELSTRA TOWER to experience the amazing view. Three night stay Quality Hotel Dickson.
DAY 4 CANBERRA SIGHTSEEING BD
Thursday, 4th October: Start our day with a tour of CANBERRA’S EMBASSIES AND HIGH COMMISSIONS, then on to CANBERRA FLORIADE, Australia’s celebration of spring with its mass of colourful bulbs. After lunch, make our way to PARLIAMENT HOUSE for an informative guided tour then on to the ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT to see how our coins are made.
DAY 5 CANBERRA SIGHTSEEING BD
Friday, 5th October: This morning we visit the MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY at Old Parliament House, then on to the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA before moving on for a chance to relax and soak up the ambience at TULIP TOP GARDENS, a private garden which is only open to the public at Floriade time. Finish our day with a visit to the AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL featuring many emotion stirring displays and tributes. Return to our motel after the closing ceremony.
DAY 6 CANBERRA – BATEMANS BAY BLD
Saturday, 6th October: Another great day of sightseeing today starting with a visit to BUNGENDORE WOOD WORKS GALLERY followed by some free time to explore this quaint little village. Then, on to BEDERVALE HOMESTEAD for lunch and a tour of this grand old colonial house and its gardens. Our next stop is at the BRAIDWOOD INFORMATION CENTRE where we meet our guide for a town tour before heading to Batemans Bay. Three night stay Coachhouse Marina Resort.
DAY 7 BATEMANS BAY SIGHTSEEING BLD
Sunday, 7th October: Some free time this morning before boarding the coach to visit the EUROBODALLA BOTANIC GARDENS before our relaxing and informative cruise on the Clyde River with MERINDA CRUISES. After our cruise, move on to the WRAY STREET OYSTER SHED, for a talk and tasting. Return to our motel.
DAY 8 MOGO SIGHTSEEING BLD
Monday, 8th October: Head south the short distance to MOGO ZOO to see its many exotic animals. After a delightful visit, make our way to THE ORIGINAL GOLD RUSH COLONY (formerly Old Mogo Town) for lunch and a guided tour before returning to our accommodation.
DAY 9 BATEMANS BAY – GOSFORD BD
Tuesday, 9th October: Get ready for some adventure today as we take a BIGFOOT 4WD ADVENTURE TOUR. Experience a spectacular and thrilling ride up Mt Coolangatta, followed by a delicious morning tea and wine tasting. Next, free time in Kangaroo Valley to purchase lunch, then on to FITZROY FALLS. Join the Hume Highway to Gosford. Stay Galaxy Motel.
DAY 10 GOSFORD – COFFS HARBOUR BD
Wednesday, 10th October: Today join the Pacific Highway to travel through Raymond Terrace to Bulahdelah for morning tea. Continue on, stopping for lunch before heading through the picturesque Macleay Valley to Kempsey and South West Rock for a visit to TRIAL BAY GAOL. Mid afternoon continue on to Coffs Harbour. Stay Opal Cove Resort.
DAY 11 COFFS HARBOUR – HOME BL
Thursday, 11th October: After eleven days filled with a variety of marvellous highlights and springtime sightseeing, enjoy the last day of our holiday with a leisurely drive to Woodburn where we stop for morning tea, followed by a visit to TROPICAL FRUIT WORLD. Continue on with arrival in Brisbane mid-afternoon and Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $3798 pp
Pensioner: $3776 pp
Past Passenger: $3765 pp
Single Supplement: $965 pp
Final Payment Due: 17th August 2018
Bookings Close on Monday October 1st, 2018