DAY 1. Brisbane to Port South West Rocks (MT,L,D)
Departing Brisbane on our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach we travel via the Tweed River, breaking at Kingscliff. Our onward journey takes us through the picturesque Northern Rivers, arriving at the Scottish township of Maclean, breaking here for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to South West Rocks where we bed down for the night. 1 Night Stay: Rockpool Motor Inn, South West Rocks
DAY 2. Port Macquarie, Hunter Valley (B,MT,L,D)
This morning we make our way via Port Macquarie taking the scenic coastal route to Tanilba Bay where there lies a hidden treasure. We visit Tanilba House, one of the grand homes which helps form the rich fabric of the history of Port Stephens. We enjoy high tea served in the conservatory and on the verandah, followed by a history talk and tour of this recently restored, convict built homestead. From where we continue on to Maitland where we take a guided tour of heritage listed Maitland Gaol. Once housing some of Australia’s most hardened and notorious criminals, today the Gaol has unlocked the gates for us to explore the site. We then take a short journey into the Hunter Valley. 2 Night Stay: Mercure Resort, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin
DAY 3. Hunter Valley (B,L,D)
We take in the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens for a guided train tour through parts of the 25 hectares of International garden. From here we follow a food and wine trail making our first stop at McGuigan’s Wines for a behind the scenes wine making tour. We enjoy lunch at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Tonight, get into the Christmas spirit with a night visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens, superbly lit up with thousands of Christmas lights.
DAY 4. Southern Highlands, Sutton Forest (B,MT,L,D)
Departing the Hunter Valley, we make our way to the Central Coast where we join local historian for a Broken Bay and Lower Hawkesbury River Cruise. We cruise and pause at various historic sites along these wondrous waterways, listen to the live commentary and view the fascinating A/V presentation of graphics, site and historic photos, animations, videos of operating models and other works by awarded historian, Peter A.Rea. Most of these sites are very difficult if not impossible to access other than by water. Enjoy a waterfront lunch before we are back on the road heading into the Southern Highlands finishing our day at Sutton Forest where we check into our historic Manor House. 3 Night Stay: Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest
DAY 5. Illawarra Fly, Bowral (B,L,D)
This morning we head to Knights Hill to visit the award winning Illawarra Fly. Take a walk through the treetops on the 1.5km track through beautiful warm temperate rainforest with 500 metres of steel walkway nestled in the treetop canopy some 20–30 metres above the ground. The walkway culminates in Knights Tower, a spiral tower that rises to a breathtaking 45 metres above the forest floor. Our next venture takes us to Bowral breaking for lunch before given free time downtown for shopping or take a guided tour at Bradman Museum.
DAY 6. Merry Christmas, Kangaroo Valley (B,L,D)
Merry Christmas! After a festive breakfast together, we take a morning scenic drive overlooking the tranquil Kangaroo Valley. On arrival, we take a short walk to explore the lush escarpment country and see the magnificent Fitzroy Falls. We return to Peppers to get ready for Christmas Day celebrations and festive feast. Enjoy a long lunch together capturing the spirit of Christmas, where we are in no rush today, taking time to enjoy every moment of this special day, savouring the delights of the freshest seafood and traditional fare. Tonight, a light dinner will be supplied.
DAY 7. Sydney (B,L,D)
We make our way to Sydney Harbour to witness an Australian iconic event, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race! Feel the spirit of the Harbour as the race starts, and enjoy a special 3-hour lunch cruise on the luxury Clearview Glass Boat, which serves an hour of canapés and drinks on the Sky Deck followed by a 3-course table service lunch and beverage package for the duration of the adults only cruise. There will be radio commentary of the race and spectacular photo opportunities from the outer decks and Sky Deck to see the maxi yachts in action. **Please note: Restrictions are in place regarding proximity to the start of the race. Cruise operator does not cater for dietary needs. 1 Night Stay: Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay, Sydney
DAY 8. Sydney City Sights, Flights home (B)
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before boarding a local operator where the coach captain will give an interesting gossip tour of some Sydney’s iconic area’s such as Kings Cross; Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge; visit the famous Bondi Beach; stroll around The Rocks; and take in the views from Mrs Macquarie’s Point. We are then transferred to the airport for our respective flights home.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air components.
- Price includes flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide at time of printing.
- Flights are arranged to suit the tour group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
- Walk 10 min without stopping
- Ascend stairs without stopping
- Stand for 30 min without sitting
- Walk over uneven ground
- Embark/debark transport unaided
- Manage their own luggage