DAY 1 – Brisbane to Goondiwindi (MT,L,D)
Departing from Brisbane Coach Terminal on Roma Street, we travel through the rich fertile area of the Lockyer Valley, arriving at Picnic Point Toowoomba for a cuppa, taking time to admire the stunning view. Our afternoon takes us to Goondiwindi in time for lunch. This afternoon we join Goondiwindi Cotton to take us behind the scenes for a guided tour of the town and visit to Goondiwindi Cotton’s working cotton farm – ’Alcheringa’. Discover the history of cotton production in Australia and the evolution from field to fabric. Along the way, take in the Gunsynd Memorial, Custom’s House Museum and finish the tour at the fashion house. 1 Night Stay: Best Western Ascot Lodge, Goondiwindi
DAY 2 – Dubbo (B,MTL,D)
This morning we venture though country townships of Moree and Narrabri. We stop for a cuppa before continuing to Coonabarabran in time for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to Dubbo, where we bed down for the night. 1 Night Stay: Dubbo RSL Club Motel, Dubbo
DAY 3 – Cowra (B,L,D)
First up, while it’s cooler, spend the morning at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and experience a guided wildlife zoofari. The zoo is an open-range design, with walls and fences replaced by concealed moats which divide the animals from the visitors. This creates the impression of actually being with the animals in the wild. Following lunch at the zoo, we are back on the road making our way to Cowra. 2 Night Stay: Aalana Motor Inn, Cowra
DAY 4 – Cowra, Cherry Festival (B,D)
Today the Cherry Festival in Young presents a fabulous full day of quirky and colourful festivities including farmers markets, car show, busking competitions and dog trials. We also visit Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory, then finish up our day at the Cherry Festival Street Parade, one of the largest in regional Australia.**Lunch is at own expense today
DAY 5 – Hunter Valley (B,MT,L,D)
We begin our day heading to Bathurst, where we take our coach on a spin of the Mt Panorama Circuit (events depending). We continue on from here travelling into the Goulburn River National Park, finishing our day checking into our hotel in the Hunter Valley. 2 nights: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley
DAY 6 – Hunter Valley (B,MT,L,D)
This morning we visit Tocal Homestead for a guided tour of this beautiful heritage site. Hear stories of the characters and activities at Tocal over the past 200 years. See the famous barn the colonial architect designed, hear about a lad who went on to become Captain Thunderbolt, and learn about a wealthy businessman’s vision to change the lives of destitute children. Our afternoon is spent in 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. Tonight we return to the gardens for the annual Christmas Lights Spectacular, when the gardens are transformed with over 2 million lights on display. Our evening includes a sumptuous Christmas dinner on the Garden Terrace.
DAY 7 – Port Macquarie (B,L,D)
Today we pass the Great Lakes region then take in the stunning scenery of the Mid North Coast as we travel via Laurieton to Port Macquarie. 1 night: Sails Resort, Port Macquarie
DAY 8 – Return to Brisbane (B,MT,L)
Heading for home today, we travel through picturesque Coffs Harbour stopping off for a cuppa. Then we continue our return to the Brisbane Coach Terminal.
B = Hot & Continental Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L=Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- EARLY BIRD DEAL – Save $200 per couple, $100 single. Book by 30 June 2022
- Non-refundable deposit of $500pp 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 1 (EASY) Passengers must be able to:
• Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
• Walking on mostly level ground
• Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
• Occasional need to stand for up to 10 minutes
• Getting on and off transportation unaided
• Manage your own luggage