DAY 1. Brisbane to Port Macquarie (MT,L,D)
Departing Brisbane on our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach we travel south along the Pacific Highway crossing the Tweed River into New South Wales, breaking at Kingscliff for morning tea. Continuing south, we travel through the picturesque Northern Rivers to the pioneering district of New Italy, an area settled by Italian immigrants in the early 1880s. After lunch we continue south, breaking at Coffs Harbour for a leg stretch, finishing our day at the coastal town of Port Macquarie. 1 Night Stay: Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges
DAY 2. Port Macquarie, Hunter Valley (B,MT,L,D)
Leaving Port Macquarie we continue south via a cuppa at Buladelah, arriving at Nelson Bay for early lunch and free time. Our afternoon takes us boarding Moonshadow Cruises for a dolphin watch cruise before continuing into the Hunter Valley. 2 Night Stay: Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
DAY 3. Hunter Valley (B,L,D)
A later start today where firstly we visit the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens for a guided train tour with commentary through parts of the 25 hectares of International garden. From here we follow a food and wine trail on a progressive lunch where our main course is enjoyed at The Cellar Restaurant. We then spend the afternoon grazing and sipping on the area’s finest delicacies and delicious wine, visiting a local winery for a tasting and cheese platter, finishing our day treating our palettes with a sweet treat at the local artisan chocolate shop. Tonight, get into the Christmas spirit with a night visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens superbly lit up with thousands of Christmas lights. A sight to be seen.
DAY 4. Southern Highlands, Sutton Forest (B,L,D)
Departing the Hunter Valley we make our way to the Southern Highlands today. We take a cuppa break at Gosford before taking a scenic drive to Panorama House, our lunch venue with an view! From here its a short journey to Sutton Forest where we check into our Manor House. 3 Night Stay: Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest
DAY 5. Illawarra Fly, Bowral (B,L,D)
This morning we head to Knights Hill to visit the award winning Illawarra Fly, Take a walk through the treetops on the 1.5km track through beautiful warm temperate rainforest with 500 metres of steel walkway nestled in the treetop canopy some 20-30 metres above the ground. The walkway culminates in Knights Tower, a spiral tower that rises to a breathtaking 45 metres above the forest floor. Our next venture takes us to Bowral breaking for lunch before given free time downtown for shopping or take a guided tour at Bradman Museum.
DAY 6. Merry Christmas, Kangaroo Valley (B,L,D)
Merry Christmas! After a festive breakfast together, we take a morning scenic drive overlooking the tranquil Kangaroo Valley. On arrival, we take a short walk to explore the lush escarpment country and see the magnificent Fitzroy Falls, where water plunges over 80 metres to the valley below. We return to Peppers to get ready for a Gala Christmas Day celebration and festive feast. We dine in style and enjoy a long lunch together capturing the spirit of Christmas. We are in no rush today enjoying every moment of this special day savouring the delights of the freshest seafood and traditional fare. Tonight, a light dinner will be supplied. Please note: There will be no room service on Christmas Day due to all staff assisting with Christmas Day lunch arrangements
DAY 7. Sydney (B,MT,L,D)
Departing Peppers Manor House, we make our way to Sydney Harbour to witness an Australian iconic event, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race! Be part of the Sydney Harbour Boxing Day yacht race celebrations and feel the spirit of the Harbour as the race starts. Enjoy a special 3-hour lunch cruise on the luxury Clearview Glass Boat, with an hour of canapes and drinks on the Sky Deck followed by a 3-course table service lunch and beverage package for the duration of this adults only cruise. There will be radio commentary of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and spectacular photo opportunities from the outer decks and Sky Deck to see the majestic maxi yachts in action. Our afternoon takes us to our accommodation at Circular Quay. **Please note: Restrictions are in place regarding proximity to the start of the race. Cruise operator does not cater for dietary needs. 1 Night Stay: Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay
DAY 8. Sydney City Sights, Flights home (B)
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before boarding an AAT Kings coach where a local 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
- Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp 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 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