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DAY 1 Thursday – Brisbane to South West Rocks (MT,L,D)

Departing from Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, we take the country route travelling through the Scenic Rim district offering beautiful scenery with a blend of wild mountains, farmlands and charming country towns. We come into Yowie Country and break at the Woodenbong Hotel for a cuppa and leg stretch. From here we skirt the picturesque Border Ranges, travel through Casino and Coraki breaking at New Italy for lunch with time to browse the shops and museum. Our afternoon takes us to the seaside town of South West Rocks. You have time this afternoon to walk to the beach or take a dip in the resort pool. 1 Night Stay: Rockpool Motor Inn, South West Rocks

DAY 2 Friday – Trial Bay Gaol, Port Macquarie, Newcastle (B,MT,L,D)

After breakfast, we take a short journey to visit Trial Bay Gaol. In 1915, the gaol was reopened to hold German wartime internees. Most were single men with little education and included officers of the German Army Reserve. After our tour, we board the coach, and travel south to the Hastings River and turn off to Port Macquarie. We take in interesting points of Port Macquarie before taking time for a cuppa on the cliffs then making our way to Forster to enjoy a lazy seaside lunch. Our afternoon takes us on a short trip to Newcastle, arriving in time for a free afternoon to explore this harbour city. Our hotel is enviably positioned on the iconic Honeysuckle harbourfront in the midst of the foreshore promenade. 1 Night Stay: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle

DAY 3 Saturday – Newcastle sights, Sutton Forest (B,L,D)

A leisurely start this morning before we take a one-hour tram tour with full commentary touring the city, beaches and historical sites. Leaving Newcastle, we make our way to the scenic coastal town of The Entrance, breaking here for lunch. Our afternoon takes us via the Western Suburbs of Sydney into the Southern Highlands. The perfect Christmas treat is a stay at a grand country house exuding old world charm. 4 Night Stay: Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest

DAY 4 Sunday – Illawarra Coast, Kiama, Sutton Forest (B,L,D)

We board the coach this morning for a scenic tour of the picturesque Illawarra Coast. We descend from the highlands travelling through Kangaroo Valley towards Nowra. We pass through the historic country town of Berry and onto the seaside town of Kiama. A chance to do some last-minute Christmas shopping or perhaps some souvenirs, and of course a chance to see the famous Kiama Blowhole (seasonal conditions apply). We continue north along the Illawarra Coast to the magnificent structure in the Sea Cliff Bridge. This 665 metre bridge is a highlight along the Grand Pacific Drive. We then travel up the escarpment and make our way to the crest of Bulli Tops for a photo opportunity overlooking the Illawarra coast. We travel down the famous Bulli Pass on our return to Peppers Manor House. GGP

DAY 5 Monday – Merry Christmas (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, where water plunges over 80 metres to the valley below. We return to Peppers to get ready for a Gala Christmas Day celebration and festive feast. We dine in style and enjoy a long lunch together capturing the spirit of Christmas. We are in no rush today enjoying every moment of this special day savouring the delights of the freshest seafood and traditional fare. Tonight a light dinner will be supplied. GGP

DAY 6 Tuesday – Sydney Harbour Cruise for start of Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (B,L,D)

Join in the thrill today as all of Sydney and its visitors comes out to witness an Australian iconic event, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race! Be part of the Sydney Harbour Boxing Day yacht race celebrations and feel the spirit of the Harbour as the race starts. Enjoy a special 2.5 hour lunch cruise with canapes and food stations, along with a beverage service for the duration of the cruise. There will be radio commentary of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and spectacular photo opportunities from the outer decks to see the majestic maxi yachts in action. **Restrictions are in place regarding proximity to the start of the race. GGP

DAY 7 Wednesday – Blue Mountains, Mudgee (B,MT,L,D)

We leave the Southern Highlands travelling north along the Hume Highway to make our way to the Blue Mountains, breaking for a cuppa at the Three Sisters lookout, Katoomba. After our break, we descend the Blue Mountains via Victoria Pass, travelling through Lithgow and on to Bathurst for lunch at Abercrombie House. After a tour of this magnificent gothic house, we take the scenic drive through the gold mining town of Sofala, finishing our day at Mudgee. 1 Night Stay: Parklands Resort, Mudgee

DAY 8 Thursday – Scone, Nundle, Armidale (B,MT,L,D)

Departing Mudgee, we make our way to Scone, breaking here for a cuppa. We continue on to Nundle where we visit The DAG Sheep Station. Set on 70 acres in the ‘Hills of Gold’, it is originally part of Wombramurra Station. The DAG still retains the station’s original historic wool shed, shearers’ quarters, and mess hall. We enjoy country style cooking and hospitality before travelling via Uralla to Armidale. 1 Night Stay: Quality Hotel Powerhouse, Armidale **Please note: Twin share configuration is queen bed and commercial sofa bed.

DAY 9 Friday – Tenterfield, Ballandean Estate, Brisbane (B,MT,L)

Leaving Armidale, we travel the New England Highway passing through Glenn Innes and on to Tenterfield for a cuppa. After our break, we cross the border at Wallangarra and on to Ballandean Estate for a tour and taste before lunch in the Barrelroom Restaurant. Our afternoon takes us homeward bound, returning to Brisbane Transit Centre at approximately 4:30pm.

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2017
$3600 $4300 21 December
  • Select the GGP option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour.
    SAVE: $30PP TWIN SHARE OR $60 SOLE USE
  • Non-refundable deposit of $600pp required to secure your reservation.
  • N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
    • Walk on areas such as bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
    • Stand for 15 minutes, without needing to sit down
    • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
    • Getting on and off transportation multiple times unaided
    • Manage your own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Luxury NEW ‘Diamond Class’ coach travel ex Brisbane
  • Small group touring with ‘Diamond Class’ extras along the way
  • Scenic Rim drive, New Italy museum
  • 1 night South West Rocks, Trail Bay Gaol
  • Port Macquarie, Forster
  • 1 night Newcastle, historic tram tour
  • 4 nights Sutton Forest
  • Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley
  • Kiama Blowhole
  • Sea Cliff Bridge, Bulli Tops
  • Gala Christmas Day lunch in the Manor House with all the trimmings
  • Boxing Day lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • Three Sisters lookout at Katoomba
  • Abercrombie House gothic mansion
  • 1 night Mudgee
  • The DAG Sheep Station
  • 1 night Armidale
  • Ballandean winery tour and lunch in the Barrelroom Restaurant
  • 25 meals and beverage package with dinners

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

  • 2 additional days (TOTAL 11 DAY TOUR)
  • Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 2 additional nights bed & breakfast in a deluxe room (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Hotel Jen on Roma Street, Brisbane
  • Plus $795pp Twin Share
  • Plus $965 Sole Use
    Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice

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