DAY 1. Thursday – Arrive Melbourne, Glenrowan, Albury (L,D)
Flights will be arranged to arrive at Tullamarine Airport where we join our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach and make our way north through the vineyards and grazing plains, arriving at the Euroa Golf Club to break for lunch. Our afternoon takes us on to Glenrowan – the gatekeeper of “Ned Kelly – the bushranger” history. It is the site of the final siege and capture of the Kelly Gang in 1880. We then take a short journey finishing our day at Albury on the northern side of the Murray River. 1 Night Stay: Quality Hotel on Olive, Albury
DAY 2. Friday – Corryong – ‘The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival’, Khancoban (B,D)
After a leisurely start this morning, we board the coach and make our way onto the Murray Valley Highway skirting the famous Hume Weir and pass through the new township of Tallangatta. The old mining township of Tallangatta was moved to make way for the increased capacity of the Hume Weir. We continue along the Murray Valley Highway to Corryong and the ‘The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival’. A unique bush gathering of mountain riders, poets, rodeo and various horse events. We arrive in time to witness the re-enactment of Banjo Patterson’s famous poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’. After the event we travel the short distance to Khancoban to check in to our motel located in the foothills of the Snowy Mountain. 3 Night Stay: Alpine Inn, Khancoban. **Please note: Accommodation in this country region is very limited and basic. Rooms are en-suited.
DAYS 3/4. Saturday/Sunday – ‘The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival’ (B,D)
The Man from Snowy River Challenge is the showcase event of the Festival, which endeavors to find the modern day Man from Snowy River. When it comes to the test of good all round horsemanship, the Man from Snowy River Challenge is second to none. The festival has something for everyone and the next two days & nights are yours to do as you please. There’s the Entertainment Marquee with the Bush Poetry Comedy Show, the Working Cattle Dog Championships – a highly competitive event that brings out the best in owners and their dogs, the Ute muster, arts & crafts markets, ‘Aussie Bush Idol’ talent quest, busking competition and the “Foz” dog jump just to name a few. Witness the outstanding horsemanship and skill of today’s Australian Stockmen and women. All their skills will be on display as they compete in the six grueling preliminary events set to challenge the most skilled and professional rider and horse teams. The top ten scoring riders move forward from the preliminary events to take centre stage on Sunday and earn their place in the final events. Sunday is the Grand Finale with challenge finals, Paterson’s Brumby Catch and the Kosciusko Stock Saddle Buckjump. GGP
DAY 5. Monday – Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo, Jindabyne (B,L,D)
Today we travel along Alpine Way into Kosciuszko National Park to admire its rugged alpine landscape and limestone gorges, arriving in Thredbo. We take the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to the Express Terminal where we lunch at the Eagles Nest Restaurant. Enjoy panoramic views of Mount Kosciuszko and Thredbo village below. After lunch, we join the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to return to Thredbo before we take a thrilling luge ride. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, twist and turn down a 700m track through the Thredbo wilderness. This afternoon, we arrive in Jindabyne, located at the foot of the Kosciuszko National Park and check into our accommodation. 1 Night Stay: Rydges Horizons, Snowy Mountains
DAY 6. Tuesday – Cooma, Canberra, Bowral (B,L,D)
Today we depart the Alpine region and make our way to Cooma, stopping for a visit to the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. Learn about this incredible engineering feat via a self-guided tour which will allow you to view the extensive photographic collection, models, displays and hands on exhibits; learn how the hydroelectricity scheme was constructed and powers peakload power for the ACT, NSW and Victoria. Back on the road, we journey to Canberra, stopping for lunch and then taking a drive by tour of some of Canberra’s major landmarks. Departing Canberra, we travel to Bowral, where we bed down for the night. 1 night Stay: Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral
DAY 7. Wednesday – Gosford, Newcastle (B,L,D
Departing the Southern Highlands, this morning journey to Gosford, stopping to visit the Gosford Classic Car Museum. This museum covers more than 11,000 square metres and boasts an impressive 450+ classic and vintage cars and motorcycles. Take a self-guided tour, taking time to view the $70m collection. After our visit, we lunch at the Central Coast Leagues Club before continuing our northern journey. Arriving mid afternoon in Newcastle, we check into our accommodation. There will be time this afternoon to relax by the pool or go for a walk on the Honeysuckle Harbourfront where the hotel is situated. 2 Night Stay: Crowne Plaza, Newcastle
DAY 8. Thursday – Free day in Newcastle (B,D)
Enjoy a free day today to get to know Newcastle. You may like to take a tram ride around the city; visit Fort Scratchley, a former coastal defence installation which is now a museum; Fighter World or just wander the shops of downtown Newcastle. ** Lunch at your own expense today.
DAY 9. Friday – Bulahdelah, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Grafton (B,MT,L,D)
Departing Newcastle, we are back on the road taking a cuppa break at Bulahdelah before continuing on to Port Macquarie for a sneak peek and lunch. Our afternoon takes us onto Grafton via a short leg stretch and comfort stop at Coffs Harbour. Tonight, we bed down for the night in Grafton. 1 Night Stay: Quality Hotel, Grafton
DAY 10. Saturday – Byron Bay, Brisbane (B,L)
Leaving Grafton we start our final leg of the journey towards home. We break for lunch at The Farm at Byron Bay. We take a guided tour of the farm before enjoying some of the produce of the land. After lunch, we make our way to the Brisbane Transit Centre, arriving at approximately 4:30pm.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- GREEN GUEST POLICY (GGP OPTION) -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: $20PP TWIN SHARE OR $40 SOLE USE
- Non-refundable deposit required to secure booking $800pp
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air 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