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DAY 1. Brisbane to Port South West Rocks (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, arriving at the Scottish township of Maclean, breaking here for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to South West Rocks where we bed down for the night. 1 Night Stay: Rockpool Motor Inn, South West Rocks

DAY 2. Port Macquarie, Hunter Valley (B,L,D)

Travelling via Port Macquarie enjoy the scenic coastal route to Tanilba Bay where there 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: VOCO Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley

DAY 3. Hunter Valley (B,L,D)

We take in the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens for a guided train tour through parts of the 25 hectares of International garden. From here we follow a food and wine trail making our first stop at McGuigan’s Wines for a behind the scenes wine making tour. We enjoy lunch at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Tonight, get into the Christmas spirit with a night visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens, superbly lit up with thousands of Christmas lights.

DAY 4. Southern Highlands, Sutton Forest (B,MT,L,D)

Departing the Hunter Valley, we make our way to Brooklyn to join The Riverboat Postman. Established in 1910, the run delivers mail to the isolated water-access-only residents of the magnificent Hawkesbury River on behalf of Australia Post (as well as other daily essentials like milk, papers, the odd bottle of rum). Our afternoon takes us into the Southern Highlands finishing our day at Sutton Forest where we check into historic 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 where you are free to take a short walk to explore the lush escarpment country and see the magnificent Fitzroy Falls. We return to Peppers to get ready for Christmas Day celebrations and festive feast. Enjoy a long lunch together capturing the spirit of Christmas, where we are in no rush today, taking time to enjoy every moment of this special day, savouring the delights of the freshest seafood and traditional fare.

DAY 7. Sydney to Maitland (B,L,D)

We make our way to Sydney Harbour to witness an Australian iconic event, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race! Feel the spirit of the Harbour as the race starts, and enjoy a special 3-hour lunch cruise on the luxury Clearview Glass Boat, which serves an hour of canapés and drinks on the Sky Deck followed by a mini buffet lunch and beverage package for the duration of the adults only cruise. There will be radio commentary of the race and spectacular photo opportunities from the outer decks and Sky Deck to see the maxi yachts in action. Following the cruise we re-board our coach and travel to Maitland. 1 Night Stay: Mercure Maitland Monte Pio

DAY 8. Maitland to Armidale (B,MT,L,D)

We start our homeward bound journey travelling via Scone then breaking for lunch at Tamworth’s Big Golden Guitar. The last of our journey today tales us via Moonbi Range finishing our day in Armidale. 1 Night Stay: Cotswold Gardens, Armidale

DAY 9. Armidale to Brisbane (B,MT,L)

Discover the Celtic heritage if Glen Innes, visiting the Standing Stones, a famous national monument to Australia’s Celtic pioneers. Next we cross the border back into Queensland and make our way past the grape growing districts of Ballandean, breaking at Heritage Estate Wines for lunch paired with local wines. Return to the Brisbane CBD at approximately 4.30pm.

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2022
$4790 $5850 20 Dec
  • EARLY BIRD DEAL – Save $300 per couple or $150 sole use. Book by 30 June 2022
  • Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required to secure your reservation.
  • N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air components.
  • 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

Highlights & inclusions

  • Opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach travel ex Brisbane
  • Scottish town of Maclean
  • 1 night South West Rocks
  • Tanilba House high tea and guided tour
  • Maitland Gaol guided tour
  • 2 nights Hunter Valley
  • Hunter Valley food and wine trail
  • Hunter Valley Gardens by day train tour
  • Hunter Valley Gardens dinner and Christmas lights spectacular
  • Riverboat Postman cruise on the Hawksbury
  • 3 nights Sutton Forest
  • Illawarra Fly tree top walk
  • Bradman Museum
  • Christmas morning Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley scenic drive
  • Gala Christmas Day lunch in the Manor House with all the trimmings
  • Clearview glass boat lunch cruise to witness the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race
  • 1 night Maitland
  • Scone,Big Golden Guitar at Tamworth
  • 1 night Armidale
  • Standing stones at Glen Innes
  • Heritage Estate Wines lunch at Stanthorpe
  • 25 Meals

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION (TOTAL 11 DAY TOUR)

  • 2 additional days (TOTAL 11 DAY TOUR)
  • Return economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 2 additional nights bed & breakfast (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Meriton Suites
  • Return Airtrain ticket ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station
  • Plus $880pp Twin Share Plus $1090 Sole Use

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