11 Day High Country Spring Touring & Marvellous Melbourne

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The High Country is one of Victoria’s most precious jewels. It offers rugged mountains, magnificent snowfields, quaint country towns, picturesque wineries, powerful rivers and a rich history that dates back to the mid 1800’s. From our base in Albury venture every day in a new direction. Experience quaint Yackandandah, historic Beechworth and the breath-taking Corryong region. In Melbourne enjoy some marvellous sightseeing. We invite you to join us on this very special holiday!

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Departing:  Tuesday, 2nd November 2021

Fitness Level:  M – Moderate

Meals:  B = Breakfast,  M = Morning Tea,  L = Lunch,  A = Afternoon Tea,  D = Dinner

Tuesday, 2nd November: With Wide Bay passengers on board make our way to Brisbane picking up passengers enroute. Interstate, Brisbane and Gold Coast passengers join in Brisbane City (location to be advised). Travel through the beautiful Scenic Rim over Cunningham’s Gap to Warwick where we pause for lunch. Continue south along the New England Highway to the Celtic-flavour of Glen Innes. Here we stop to explore the Australian Standing Stones, a national monument to Celtic people, past and present. At Armidale settle into our overnight accommodation. Stay All Seasons Motel Armidale.

Wednesday, 3rd November: Our first stop today is at Chaffey Dam, unique for its distinctive brick-red rock wall made of semi-precious stone and its unusual morning glory spillway. This type of spillway is basically a giant cement funnel. Rather than spilling over the dam, high waters spill into the funnel. On to the quaint and pretty village of Nundle surrounded by undulating hills, beautiful trees and parks. At the Nundle Woollen Mill enjoy a fascinating tour of one of the last spinning mills still operating in Australia. Free time is allowed in Nundle for you to purchase lunch and explore this delightful village. Continue to Dubbo. Stay Golden West Motor Inn.

Thursday, 4th November: Continue south along the Newell Highway to Forbes for morning tea, then onto Young for lunch at Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory. For the sweet-toothed there is a huge range of delicate chocolates and tempting lollies as well as their well-known freshly made fudge. At Cootamundra, the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman, take a walk along the Captain’s Walk featuring 42 bronze sculptures of Australian Test Cricket Captains, including Unaarrimim, the leading Aboriginal player in the first Australian cricket team to tour England. After a photo stop at Bradman’s Cottage, continue to Gundagai where we stop at the ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’. Next, a visit to Rusconi’s Marble Masterpiece. Taking 28 years to build, the masterpiece was started in 1910 and finished in 1938. It is made entirely of NSW marble, in all, 20 different kinds. The masterpiece is a magnificent example of meticulous accuracy. We take a moment to visit the Dad, Dave, Mum & Mable statues before arriving at our motel. Stay Comfort Inn Sovereign.

Friday, 5th November: Farewelling Gundagai, we’re off to Wodonga for a delicious morning tea provided by your crew before arriving in Yarrawonga to board the MV Paradise Queen for a delightful lunch cruise on Lake Mulwala. Reboarding your coach, enjoy a scenic drive through Collendina and Gooramadda to Albury. Four night stay Quality Resort Siesta.

Saturday, 6th November: Travel along the Murray arm of the Hume Weir to the small township of Granya for morning tea at the Granya Pioneer Museum. Time to explore the exhibits, featuring the history of the Bungil and Thologolong Stations and the birthplace of the Murray Grey cattle. On to the township of Tintaldra, nestled beneath the Snowy Mountains on the Victorian banks of the Murray River. The historic Tintaldra Store and Tea Rooms is a top spot to enjoy lunch. Built of natural materials available in the area at the time (such as River Red Gum and Stringy Bark) the store is a living history taking visitors back in time. Dinkum Aussie tucker is served on enamel plates in the licensed dining room where you will be entertained with Bush Poetry and Bush Music. On to Corryong to visit the Man from Snowy River Museum. Next, travel west along the Murray Valley Highway stopping at the Lawrence Alpine Lookout for a spectacular view of the Snowy Mountains before returning to base in Albury after a wonderful day in the High Country.

Sunday, 7th November: Today, discover quaint old towns and learn a little goldfields history. Tour to the National Trust town of Yackandandah, surely one of the prettiest towns in Victoria. Visit the Schmidt’s Strawberry Winery set amidst acres of lush strawberry fields, this winery is unique in Australia. Taste the strawberry wines and perhaps purchase some delicious fresh strawberries. A little further on we reach the old goldfields town of Beechworth. Visit the Beechworth Gaol for a guided tour before some free time to purchase lunch. After lunch, visit the Beechworth Historic Precinct which includes the old Courthouse where we participate in a re-enactment of Ned Kelly’s trial, the Burke Museum, Powder Magazine and the Telegraph Station. After a full day of exploring return to our accommodation.

Monday, 8th November: Capture some of the magic of the Kiewa Valley during our pleasant morning tour through Dederang and Tawonga. Time for a quick stop at the township of Mt Beauty, then up and over the mountain pass. Time to admire the view from Mt Bogong Lookout before our descent into Bright. Free time in the main street to purchase morning tea and explore. Reboarding the coach head along the Great Alpine Road to Eurobin for lunch at the Red Stag Deer Farm. This afternoon we look forward to sampling some gourmet delights as we head to Milawa. Our first stop is to Brown Brothers Winery for a leisurely tasting of their range of wines, then on to Milawa Mustard to sample their finest mustards and condiments. Finish our day with a visit to Milawa Cheese Factory for a cheese tasting before returning to Albury.

Tuesday, 9th November: Farewelling Albury, follow the Hume Highway to Glenrowan where we visit the Glenrowan Railway Station, a key site in the infamous Last Stand of the Kelly Gang. Enjoy morning tea at the Benalla Rose Garden followed by a sightseeing drive to view the amazing wall art. Continue to Seymour for lunch (own expense), arriving in Melbourne mid-afternoon. Three night stay Oaks Melbourne on Collins.

Wednesday, 10th November: Enjoy some free time this morning at Queen Victoria Markets before heading to Docklands to board the world’s first floating tram for a delightful lunch cruise on the Yarra River. On return, reboard our coach for a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. The Royal Botanic Gardens are one of Melbourne’s most glorious attractions. Sprawling beside the Yarra River, the beautifully designed gardens feature a global selection of plantings and specifically endemic Australian flora. Within the gardens is the Shrine of Remembrance, a memorial to the sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

Thursday, 11th November: Today is a free day to enjoy the City of Melbourne.

Friday, 12th November: Farewell to passengers leaving the tour today. Arrangements have been made for transfer to Tullamarine Airport for your return flights to Brisbane. A free day for passengers continuing on tour.

Adult:  $4179 pp
Pensioner:  $4158 pp
Past Passenger:  $4146 pp
Single Supplement:  $1050 pp

Final Payment Due: 18th September 2021

Bookings Close on Monday November 1st, 2021