Departing: Tuesday, 2nd November 2021
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. Travel to Phillip Island and experience all this glorious ‘Emerald Isle’ has to offer, from the thoroughly adorable Little Penguins at the Penguin Parade and the natural beauty of the island to the many amazing activities. Travel through Gippsland to Lakes Entrance, visit the beautiful coastal town of Eden. Spend time in the magnificent World Heritage Blue Mountains. Traverse through beautiful coastal rainforests, quaint coastal villages boasting some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches and spectacular driving scenery. Don’t miss out, book early to secure your seat and treasure some of the most beautiful scenery in Australia.
Departing: Tuesday, 2nd November 2021
Fitness Level: M – Moderate
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – ARMIDALE D
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.
DAY 2 ARMIDALE – DUBBO BMD
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.
DAY 3 DUBBO – GUNDAGAI BMLD
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.
DAY 4 GUNDAGAI – ALBURY BMLD
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.
DAY 5 HIGH COUNTRY TOURING BMLD
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.
DAY 6 GOLDFIELDS EXPLORING BD
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.
DAY 7 KIEWA VALLEY & MILAWA GOURMET DISTRICT BLD
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.
DAY 8 ALBURY – MELBOURNE BMD
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. Six night stay Oaks Melbourne on Collins.
DAY 9 YARRA RIVER CRUISE BMLD
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.
DAY 10 MELBOURNE FREE DAY BD
Thursday, 11th November: Today is a free day to enjoy the City of Melbourne.
DAY 11 MELBOURNE FREE DAY BD
Friday, 12th November: A free day for passengers to undertake their own activities.
DAY 12 NEIGHBOURS FILM SET BD
Saturday, 13th November: Everybody needs good neighbours! This morning we visit Australia’s most iconic TV location, Ramsay Street and the studio backlot. Enjoy a behind the scenes guided tour around exterior sets at the studios. Our professional guides will provide you with plenty of gossip, laughs and on-board entertainment. Finish our day with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum. After an enjoyable and entertaining day, return to our accommodation.
DAY 13 MELBOURNE SIGHTSEEING BLD
Sunday, 14th November: After a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to Belgrave Station to board the historic Puffing Billy Train. The journey takes us through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. With lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest. Disembark at Lakeside Station, then make our way to Olinda, in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, to enjoy a delicious German smorgasbord lunch at the Bavarian styled Cuckoo Restaurant. With the staff dressed in traditional Bavarian costume and live entertainment, music and a floor show, cowbell rings & some pretty fancy yodelling, it’s sure to be a fun-filled visit. Next, make the short journey to the National Rhododendron Gardens with its unparalleled variety of brilliantly coloured blooms, mainly rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. After a thoroughly delightful day return to our accommodation.
DAY 14 MELBOURNE – GEELONG BMLD
Monday, 15th November: Begin our day with a visit to Living Legends, home to some of Australia’s finest retired champion racehorses. Meet and mingle with turf racing champions down in their paddocks. Just some of the equine royalty in residence are Rogan Josh, Silent Witness, Apache Cat, Paris Lane, Fields of Omagh (Foo) and Might and Power. Reluctantly, we say farewell to our equine friends and make our way to Werribee Open Range Zoo. After lunch, board the safari bus and be transported through arid landscapes and savannah grasslands to explore the open plains and learn about some of the world’s most endangered species. Sit back and immerse yourself in the wonder of wildlife. Make our way to our accommodation for a well-earned rest before dinner. Stay Novotel Geelong.
DAY 15 GEELONG – COWES BLD
Tuesday, 16th November: Travel to Queenscliff this morning to board the Searoad Ferry to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. Sit back and relax on the 40-minute journey across Port Phillip Bay. A café is onboard for your enjoyment. After disembarking, we make our way to historic Churchill Island for lunch and a guided tour of the Heritage Farm, before we embark on a virtual journey to the world’s most extreme continent at the exciting new Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies. Stroll along the Nobbies Boardwalk and enjoy spectacular views along Phillip Island’s rugged south coast. See the awesome blowhole, a spectacular sea cave that thunders during big southern swells. Enjoy the sea bird gardens offering spectacular flowering displays in the spring. Silver Gulls nest here, and chicks can be seen during spring and early summer. Little Penguins are often seen here resting between seasonal and daily duties. Make our way to our accommodation to rest and prepare for tonight’s visit to Penguin Parade. Stay Comfort Resort Kaloha.
DAY 16 COWES – LAKES ENTRANCE BMLD
Wednesday, 17th November: Take a sightseeing tour of Phillip Island this morning as we make our way to Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate. See the chocolatiers at work as they hand-make delicious chocolate varieties. See the statue of David (made from chocolate), the mural of Dame Edna consisting of 12,000 chocolate pieces, a chocolate waterfall made of 400 litres of chocolate and the chocolate village where even the buildings are made of chocolate. Continue our journey north to Moe for lunch and free time at Old Gippstown before arriving in Lakes Entrance mid-afternoon to settle into our accommodation. Two night stay Bellevue on the Lakes.
DAY 17 GIPPSLAND LAKES CRUISE BLD
Thursday, 18th November: A little sightseeing tour is in order this morning before boarding the ML Stormbird for a four-hour cruise into Lake King, then around the shores of Metung for lunch at the Metung Hotel. Enjoy some free time in Metung before the return journey to Lakes Entrance.
DAY 18 LAKES ENTRANCE – EDEN BLD
Friday, 19th November: From Lakes Entrance follow the Princes Highway to Eden where we visit the Killer Whale Museum, followed by lunch and a talk at Wheeler’s Oyster Farm. Return to Eden for some sightseeing then onto our accommodation. Stay Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn.
DAY 19 EDEN – WOLLONGONG BLD
Saturday, 20th November: Northward bound, stop at the Bodalla Dairy before continuing our journey to Nowra for lunch. Mid-afternoon arrive at Kiama’s famous Blowhole. The blowhole is the largest in the world and is an awesome natural spectacle. The powerful display is dependent on southeast ocean swells and waves entering the rocky cavern. Next, visit the Wollongong Head Lighthouse before arriving at our motel. Stay Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.
DAY 20 WOLLONGONG – KATOOMBA BMD
Sunday, 21st November: Relax over a delicious breakfast while admiring the ocean view from the dining room, then we say goodbye to the coast and head inland to the beautiful Blue Mountains. At Leura enjoy a Devonshire morning tea and guided tour at Everglade Gardens before free time in Katoomba to purchase your lunch. After lunch, make our way to Echo Point with its stunning views of the Jamison Valley and the iconic Three Sisters. Finish our day with a visit to Scenic World. Choose from a range of activities which include unlimited rides on the cableway, skyway and railway or take a stroll along the walkway. Stay Skyrider Motor Inn.
DAY 21 KATOOMBA – FORSTER BD
Monday, 22nd November: At Blackheath, take in the iconic Blue Mountains views from Govetts Leap Lookout, including sandstone escarpments, sheer cliff walls, the deep canyons of the Grose Valley, and tall waterfalls. Next, enjoy a guided tour of the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens at Mount Tomah followed with some free time to purchase morning tea or further explore the gardens. Continue our journey through Richmond and the outskirts of Sydney to Wyong for lunch (own expense), then follow the Pacific Highway to Forster. Stay Island Palms Motor Inn.
DAY 22 FORSTER – BALLINA BMLD
Tuesday, 23rd November: Travelling north, stop at Macksville for morning tea followed by a visit to Mary Boulton’s Pioneer Cottage and Museum. The cottage is a replica of an early settlers’ home with furnishings appropriate to the era. Arriving in Coffs Harbour enjoy lunch at the Clog Barn’s Big Oma’s Café, watch a clog making demonstration and take a wander through the miniature Dutch village. Continue on to our home for the night in Ballina. Stay Ballina Byron Islander Resort.
DAY 23 BALLINA – HOME BL
Wednesday, 24th November: This morning admire the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and Seven Mile Beach from Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head. On to Macadamia Castle for some free time, then onward to Duranbah’s Tropical Fruit World for lunch and a Plantation Tour. Arrive in Brisbane mid-afternoon and Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $8158 pp
Pensioner: $8115 pp
Past Passenger: $8089 pp
Single Supplement: $2451 pp
Final Payment Due: 18th September 2021
Bookings Close on Monday November 1st, 2021