DAY 1. Arrive Port Macquarie (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, breaking at New Italy for lunch before finishing our day at Port Macquarie where we check-in to our waterfront resort. 2 Night Stay: Waterfront Room, Sails Port Macquarie
DAY 2. Port Macquarie (B,MT,L,D)
This morning we visit the Koala Hospital in the grounds of the Macquarie Nature Reserve for a ‘Feed, Walk & Talk’ tour. This hospital was inundated with injured koalas after the recent bushfires that affected the nature reserve. Late morning it is “all aboard” on a cruise discovering the Hastings River. Relax and unwind as we explore the tranquil waters in Port Macquarie, often seeing dolphins, turtles, osprey, and sea eagles. This afternoon, take time to discover Port Macquarie itself with time to browse the various shops, grab a coffee or sundowner drink.
DAY 3. Hunter Valley (B,L,D)
Leaving Port Macquarie, we take the scenic coastal route to Tanilba Bay where 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: Chateau Elan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley
DAY 4. Hunter Valley (B,L,D)
Wake in your private villa to views of The Vintage fairways and Hunter Valley, seen through the generous glass doors that lead to your balcony or terrace. This morning takes in the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens for a guided train tour through parts of the 25 hectares of International garden. From here we visit McGuigan’s Wines for a behind the scenes wine making tour. Our afternoon takes us on a Vineyard Horse-Drawn Carriage tour, clip clopping in the open air through local back roads and vineyards. See sights that you would not normally get to see aboard the comfortable horse-drawn carriage. Feel the fresh air in your face as our team of heavy horses takes you amongst the vines and bushland.
DAY 5. Hunter Valley to Blue Mountains (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 AV 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 up into the Blue Mountains. 2 Night Stay: Fairmont Resort, Leura
DAY 6. Blue Mountains (B,L,D)
This morning discovers Scenic World where our Ultimate Pass takes us riding the Scenic Skyway, with its 360° views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and the Jamison Valley. We will take the Cableway into the valley then ride the railway and discover the tranquillity of ancient rainforest as we are guided through the Rainforest Walkway. At the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel, we enjoy the grand tradition of a high tea surrounded by elegance and charm with spectacular views of the Megalong Valley. Later we take a guided tour of the Casino Lobby, Majestic Ballroom and Pavillion. We finish off our afternoon visiting the iconic Three Sisters at Echo Point Look-out.
Day 7. Sydney
This morning we encounter an authentic outback experience at Tobruk Sheep Station. Set on a high plateau above the Hawkesbury River, Tobruk is surrounded by state forests and bushland with amazing views to the Blue Mountains. On arriving in Sydney, we make our way to Circular Quay to check-in. Tonight, we board the Sydney Showboat for a magical 3-course dinner cruise and cabaret show featuring dancers, singers and magicians. Breathe in the fresh open air and take a stroll on the spacious deck for fantastic views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. 1 Night Stay: Sir Stamford Hotel, Sydney
Day 8. Flights Home
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before boarding a local operator’s coach 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
- EARLY BIRD DEAL! – Save $150 per person book by 31/01/2021 (April departure)
- Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
- 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 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
• Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
• Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage your own luggage