Day 1 – Brisbane to Grafton
After boarding our coach from Roma Street Station in Brisbane we travel south over the Queensland border into New South wales. Today we have planned a visit to the Tweed Regional Galley at Murwillumbah. The interiors are filled with over 20,000 items. We enjoy a light lunch at the gallery cafe before making our way to Grafton this afternoon. Overnight Quality Inn Grafton (L,D)
DAY 2 – JACARANDA FESTIVAL
After breakfast we make our way to the annual Jacaranda Festival. We have the opportunity to wander through the markets to view the many stalls selling local wares. This afternoon our local guide will board our coach for a town tour of Grafton. We are very lucky to be here on the last Saturday of the festival as today is Parade Day. This evening we see the Grand Float Procession down Prince Street. After a fantastic day we make a time to meet up and return to our motel for dinner. Overnight Quality Inn Grafton (B,D)
DAY 3 – COFFS HARBOUR, MAITLAND
We head south on the Pacific Highway via Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads to reach Port Macquarie Golf Club, then through to Maitland for our 4 night stay. Overnight Old Maitland Inn (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – HUNTER VALLEY
This morning we take a look around Maitland before we make our way to the Hunter Valley Gardens. We are lucky enough to be here during the annual Rose Spectacular time, where the gardens will be blooming with over 2 million roses. A light lunch will be provided in the garden’s cafe, before we visit the Hunter Village to stop and browse. Some may choose to visit Hunter Valley Cookies, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company or the British Lolly Shop. Of course no visit to the Hunter Valley would be complete without a wine tasting. We also visit McGuigans and the Hunter Valley Cheese Company to sample some of their delicious cheeses. We then enjoy dinner before making our way back to the gardens for the magical Christmas Lights Spectacular with over 1.5 million Christmas Lights on show. The lights spectacular is bound to capture the spirit of Christmas and create lasting memories for all. Overnight Old Maitland Inn (B,L,D)
DAY 5 – UPPER HUNTER, DARLEY STUD
A full day of touring today in the Upper Hunter Valley. We are joined by our local guide as we tour through the region. Our sightseeing takes us to Darley Stud – a magnificent operation with animals and scenery that will be remembered. Darley (Woodlands) is owned by Sheik Mohammed from Dubai and he is the largest breeder of Thoroughbreds in the world. This farm is the largest and we have exclusive rights to visit today. We will stop for lunch in Denman before continuing our sightseeing which will include some local enterprises and of course a wine tasting at a local winery. After a thoroughly fascinating day we will farewell our guide and head back to our accommodation. Overnight Old Maitland Inn (B,L,D)
DAY 6 – PORT STEPHENS
This morning we head to Port Stephens where we board our cruise for a sightseeing cruise on Nelson Bay. Keep your fingers crossed we may be lucky enough to meet some of the long-time locals – the friendly dolphins. We then head to the RAAF Base Williamtown for our visit to Fighter World, the world’s first fighter aircraft display centre. It is here we see the history of the Australian Air Force close up. See the aircraft in action in the large photographic display, Mid-afternoon we return to Maitland here we have some free time in town. Overnight Old Maitland Inn (B,D)
DAY 7 – TAMWORTH, ARMIDALE
We farewell Maitland and make our way to Singleton, Muswellbrook and onto Tamworth. Tamworth is know as the country music festival of Australia. In town, you will see the Hands of Fame Park, which contains the handprints of more than 300 country music starts, and the mighty 12-metre-high Golden Guitar. We then relax over a lunch at the Longyard Hotel. Steeped in tradition, it is truly an icon of Australian hotels with an atmosphere that is distinctly country. From here we drive on to Armidale for our overnight stay. Overnight Country Comfort Armidale (B,L,D)
DAY 8 – ARMIDALE TO HOME
After breakfast we depart Armidale and continue north to Glen Innes, the heart of the New England Highlands. From Glen Innes we travel north to Tenterfield. Today we follow in the footsteps of great Australians – Sir Henry Parkes, Banjo Paterson and Dame Nellie Melba and grace the rooms of Historic Stannum House for our lunch break. The beautifully restored home has recently been open to the public. We arrive back in Brisbane following our wonderful Christmas Lights tour. (B,L)
dates & pricing
- Tour is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
- A $450 non refundable deposit is due upon booking with the remainder payable 70 days prior to departure.
- Full payment is non refundable within 45 days of departure.