DAY 1. GRAFTON (MT,L,D)
Departing from Roma Street Brisbane, we travel south through the green Tweed Valley breaking at Kingscliff for morning tea. We continue on arriving at the pretty seaside town of Yamba to enjoy lunch with a view. Our afternoon takes us on a scenic drive tour of Yamba, before making our way to Grafton. 2 Night Stay: Bent Street Motor Inn, Grafton
DAY 2. GRAFTON (B,D)
This morning we collect a local guide for an informative town tour. Grafton at this time of year is a canopy of colour with over 5000 Jacaranda trees in full bloom. Today is your own to enjoy array of events that Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival has to offer. The longest running floral festival in Australia, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, is held under canopies of purple blossoms. Local arts, crafts and sporting groups showcase their work. The festival culminates with a float parade of enormous proportions on Saturday afternoon followed by a sunset concert on the Riverbank. Our day ends with the spectacular Grand Float Parade that travels down Prince Street.**Please note: Lunch is at own expense today at the festival. Festival program is guide only and is subject to change.
DAY 3. STANTHORPE (B,L,D)
Departing Grafton, we travel through the rural town of Casino, then climb through the open grasslands toward the New England Plateau stopping for lunch at Tenterfield Golf Club. From here we collect a local Tenterfield guide to board our coach and take us on a trip down memory lane enlightening us with history of Peter Allen and the Tenterfield Saddler, how the town was a key battleground during WWII and hear and see many heritage listed sites and homes. Our day continues north along the New England Highway through the border town of Wallangarra, before finishing our day at Stanthorpe. 2 Night Stay: The Vines Motel & Cottages, Stanthorpe
DAY 4. STANTHORPE (B,MT,L,D)
Red November is Fun Over Fifty’s theme for Stanthorpe during November – Red Wine, Red Cherries and Strawberries. This morning take your taste buds on a journey during our visit at The Truffle Discovery Centre. The Truffle Discovery Centre unearths all that is truffles taking us on a guided tour of the truffle trees followed by a talk while tasting truffle products and other gourmet food products. Next, experience a wee bit of Christmas spirit, being it one month away from Christmas, with a visit to the Granite Belt Christmas Farm. Step through the doors and capture the magic of Christmas in the Mistletoe Boutique Christmas Store. Taste, indulge and enjoy an extensive range of Belgian Chocolates which are all made on-site. Explore and feed Santa’s animals, including Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and see the farm of 11,000 real Christmas trees. From here we travel to Castle Glen Vineyard, the largest liqueur manufacturer in Australia. Next we arrive at Ballandean Estate Wines for a guided tour of the wine making and bottling process, followed by wine tasting and lunch in the Barrel Room Restaurant. From here we take a short journey to Jamworks, a gourmet food larder stocking local jams, butters, marmalades, jellies, pickles and much more… a food lovers delight. Our afternoon takes us to The Cherry Patch and Ashbern Farms Strawberry Fields to purchase freshly picked delights. Dinner tonight dress theme is RED for our finale dinner together.
DAY 5. STANTHORPE TO BRISBANE (b,mt,l)
We farewell our lovely hosts at Stanthorpe and travel via Warwick to Bestbrook Mountain Resort for morning tea and wagon ride around the property. You will enjoy the oldfashioned hospitality and magnificent mountain views. Wander around the property, check out the collection of old machinery and all the treasures from yesteryear hidden throughout the Coachhouse. Back on the road we take a scenic country drive via Boonah to Beaudesert where we enjoy a long lunch at The Overflow Estate -1895 with a surprise finale to this magical tour. The Estate is truly a special haven of mystic reverence and unsurpassed rural beauty.
B = Hot & Continental Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Deposit: $400 – If COVID restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply)
- This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.
- 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
• Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage your own luggage