DAY 1. Arrive Sydney, Bowral (L,D)
We fly into Sydney, arriving mid-morning to board a local coach and make our way to King Street Wharf. Here we join Captain Cook Cruises for a cruise on Sydney Harbour gliding past waterside landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Whilst you view Sydney’s iconic waterside landmarks, you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Back on land we board our ‘Gold Class’ coach and make our way to the cool Southern Highlands. 3 Night Stay: Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
DAY 2. Bowral (B,L,D)
Travelling on Australia’s most scenic country backroads we descend from the Highlands through the rolling hills and pretty pastures of farming country. We stop for a boardwalk at Fitzroy Falls before we travel to Robertson to visit Laurel View Farm Stay for a Paddock to Plate guided tour. On this working farm learn about grass-fed beef and lamb production. Find out why raising livestock naturally on grass is better for the animal, the environment and the taste. Take a walk across the paddocks to ‘Meet the Mob’ and see the grazing animals amidst breathtaking highland views. Learn about different breeds on the farm, how and why they are selected. Behind the scenes we are given the ‘Art of Butchery’ demonstration, where the master butcher breaks down beef, explaining each cut, what to look for when you are buying your meat and taking questions. The plate part! A sumptuous lunch of slow roasted Maugers beef or lamb rolls with with homemade preserves. After lunch we take time to explore Bowral, with it’s early 20th century architecture, quaint little boutiques and lush green European gardens. GGP
DAY 3. Highland Gathering Festival (B,D)
The annual Highland Gathering Festival is where Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day. This is Australia’s premier Scottish Highland Gathering, with a wee bit of Aussie flavour. There’s a street parade with marching pipe bands, clan societies, decorated floats, the Tartan Warriors, and over 120 speciality craft, souvenir and food stalls. Experience massed pipes and drums, highland and Scottish country dancing, traditional and not-so-traditional highland games such as the hay toss, shot put, caber toss, kilted dash, egg throwing and water toss. **Please note: lunch is at own expense today. GGP
DAY 4. Blue Mountains, Bathurst, Mudgee (B,L,D)
Today we travel up into the Blue Mountains taking time at the Three Sisters lookout for a photo opportunity. We then make our way to the iconic Hydro Majestic historic hotel where we enjoy the grand tradition of a high tea surrounded by elegance and charm whilst enjoying spectacular views of the Megalong Valley. Later we take a guided tour of the Casino Lobby, Majestic Ballroom and Pavillion. Our afternoon takes us to Bathurst where we take a lap of Mount Panorama Circuit (subject to no motor racing events being held) before finishing our day at Mudgee. 2 Night Stay: Parklands Resort & Conference Centre, Mudgee
DAY 5. Mudgee & Surrounds (B,MT,L,D)
Out and about in Mudgee today, we arrive at Gooree Park for a Thoroughbred stud tour, wine tasting and lunch. Our visit offers us an opportunity to meet some of the past and future horse racing champions and savour a wine tasting in the cellar door courtyard. This afternoon enjoy free time for some retail therapy in downtown Mudgee before returning to Parklands Resort.
DAY 6. Gulgong, Coonabarabran, Goondiwindi (B,MT,L,D)
Discover Gulgong Pioneers Museum, housing a comprehensive array of domestic tools and utensils, farm and mining equipment, horse drawn vehicles, early photographs, Aboriginal and geological artefacts, periodic clothing and buildings dating from Gulgong’s heyday during the turbulent Gold Rush days of the 1870s. From here our afternoon takes us to Coonabarabran for lunch before we continue on via Narrabri and Moree, finishing our day at Goondiwindi. 1 Night Stay: Ascot Lodge Motor Inn, Goondiwindi
DAY 7. Arrive Brisbane (B,MT,L)
We take a behind the scenes guided tour of the town and visit to Goondiwindi Cotton’s working cotton farm. Discover the history of cotton production in Australia and the evolution from field to fabric. From here we head back to Brisbane breaking for lunch at Toowoomba en-route. **N.B. If cotton farm is not accessible we will take the art and sculpture trail.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
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- N.B. This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air components that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a 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