HERVEY BAY, FRASER ISLAND & SUNSHINE COAST
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JULY 8th – 22nd 2019

Whales, markets, Fraser Island Tour, Australia Zoo, Tamworth and much
much more. Filling fast!

Fully Hosted with old fashioned care. Husband and wife team, new luxury touring coach.

Pricing

$4750 per person twin share
$1020 single supplement

fully hosted and wonderful tour

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – TRAVEL TO BARMERA

Monday 8 July 2019

Welcome to our 15 day tour to the Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay . Once our pickups have been made we are set to go. Sit back, relax and catch up with old and new friends as we make our way to The Tin Man Roadhouse in Port Pirie to purchase lunch. Our afternoon journey sees us travelling through to the Riverland township of Barmera – located half way between Mildura and Adelaide on Lake Bonney. Our accommodation for the night is at the Barmera Country Club Motor Inn. The complex is surrounded by the Barmera Golf Club with every room enjoying a view over the course. It is a very quiet location well away from the town centre and the Highway. We arrive late this afternoon with time to freshen up before dinner in the hotel. (Lunch own arrangements and cost, dinner in the motel) Barmera Country Club – 08 8588 2888

Day 2 – BARMERA TO MILDURA

Tuesday 9 July 2019

After breakfast this morning we farewell our hosts. Our destination today is Mildura a township that claims 400 more hours of sunshine each year than the Gold Coast! On arrival we enjoy morning tea and tastings of award winning oils at Varapodio Estate, a lovely olive oil farm. We also have time for a bit of retail therapy and perhaps purchase salad dressings, olive oils, mayonnaise or olive oil. Next we visit Woodsies Gem Shop, Australia’s largest gemstone cutting and jewellery manufacturing complex. It’s a fascinating place where we can see jewellery being manufactured and visit the extensive showroom. After some free time in town for lunch we take to the water on a two hour historical tour aboard PS Melbourne or PV Rothbury. The cruise offers a relaxing pace through Mildura’s Lock 11 on board the majestic steam driven paddle steamer. A live commentary is provided giving an educational insight on the Murray Darling River system and its environs and also the history of paddleboats. (Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch own arrangements and cost) Mildura Grand Hotel

DAY 3 – MILDURA TO COWRA

Wednesday 10 July 2019

We have an early start this morning to reach Hay where we have arranged a visit and lunch at Bishops Lodge Historic House and Rose Garden. Bishop’s Lodge is surrounded by a heritage garden featuring a remarkable collection of historic roses, some of which are unique. The house was the residence for the Anglican Bishop of the Riverina. Following our time here we travel via West Wyalong to Cowra. The town made famous by the POW Camp located here during WWII and the now famous “Cowra Breakout”. (Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch at Bishops Lodge Historic House) Sovereign Inn Cowra – 02 6342 1055

DAY 4 – COWRA TO PORT MACQUARIE

Thursday 11 July 2019

After we check out today we travel to Bathurst and to Mount Panorama for a drive around the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit. It’s the venue for Australia’s best-known car race, the Bathurst 1000km for production cars. As the circuit is actually a public road it’s easy to experience the “on track” feeling! Next up we head into Lithgow a beautiful area boasting six national parks and rare flora and fauna. The town is nestled in a picturesque valley on the western slopes of the Blue Mountains and is surrounded by nature reserves and national parks. We continue our touring and travel along the scenic Cliff Drive with a stop to admire Echo Point and the Three Sisters, a perfect photo opportunity. From here we drive to Leura. The name Leura, which is aboriginal for “lava”, was given to the village because of the area’s wealth of volcanic stones. It is the rich volcanic soil that is responsible for Leura’s international reputation of possessing some of the nation’s most beautiful gardens. It is here we visit Bygone Beauty’s and enjoy lunch while browsing the vast array of old treasures. This afternoon sitback and relax as we travel on the outskirts of Sydney and head north to Port Macquarie. We arrive right in time for dinner in the hotel. (Breakfast and dinner in the hotel, lunch at Bygone Beauty’s) Water’s Edge Port Macquarie – 02 6583 2955

DAY 5 – PORT MACQUARIE TO CALOUNDRA

Friday 12 July 2019

We continue heading north on the Pacific Highway stopping at Coffs Harbour to enjoy our morning break. The scenery is spectacular as we pass through banana and avocado plantations admiring the views across Koroa Basin and out to sea before reaching Grafton our lunch stop today. As early as 1866 Grafton council resolved to consider by-laws for the planting and preserving of trees and shrubs in the streets and recreation grounds. There are now some 7000 trees in Grafton and many beautiful parks. The most famous of the trees is of course the Jacaranda. We continue our journey north crossing the border into Queensland bypassing the Gold Coast, with conveniences stops along the way. Settle in and unwind as we have 3 nights here. (Breakfast and dinner in resort, Lunch at Grafton RSL) Oaks Oasis Resort Caloundra – 07 5491 0333

DAY 6 – EMUNDI MARKETS & NOOSA

Saturday 13 July 2019

We’re lucky enough to be here on a Saturday so, after breakfast, we’ll head off early to the famous Eumundi Markets. The twice weekly street markets held in the small village of Eumundi are as popular with the locals as they are with visitors to the Sunshine Coast. The town itself is very attractive – the main street is tree lined and features many fine examples of buildings that were constructed between 1890 and 1930. The market operates on Wednesday and Saturday mornings – “rain, hail or shine”! 300 stalls of various handcrafts and produce are controlled by a strict market policy – you can sell your goods if you “can make it, bake it, sew it or grow it”. As a result a very high quality of original product is on offer. We spend most of the morning at the markets before driving to Noosa to join Noosa River & Canal Cruises for a luncheon cruise. We’ll marvel at the beautiful views of the river, its wildlife and nature reserves as well as the magnificent waterfront homes along the Noosa canals. Our host will entertain us with a commentary on the river’s fascinating history as we enjoy our lunch. Following disembarkation we have some free time in Noosa’s famous Hastings Street – the bustling beachside strip that is home to an exciting range of fashion labels, unique jewellery, homewares, art & beauty products. It is the perfect destination for shoppers! Make sure you bring your walking shoes on any visit to Noosa. The boardwalk around to the Noosa National Park at the end of Hastings Street features some spectacular coastal scenery. We meet up this afternoon and take the coastal road through Coolum and Mooloolaba back to Caloundra. (Breakfast and dinner in the Resort, Luncheon cruise)

DAY 7 – THE GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS

Sunday 14 July 2019

We have a fabulous day in store today as we travel up to The Blackall Range. Our first stop for the day is at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve on the southern edge of the Blackall Range, overlooking the unique formations of the Glasshouse Mountains – spectacular – don’t forget to bring the camera! We also stop in Maleny for a visit to the Maleny Botanic Gardens. Over 6 kms of walking paths meander around thousands of different plants, ranging from roses, azaleas and annuals to some of the rarest cycads in the world. We’ll have plenty of time to explore and enjoy morning tea. From here we make our way north along the range to Montville, taking in the beautiful vistas along the way. Montville is probably the most well-known village along the range and was first established in 1887. Today it is a place to step back in time and enjoy the tranquillity of village life in a streetscape unique to any other tourist centre in Australia. We will have free time here to browse the many arts and crafts shops – our coach will drop us at the top of the village and we can walk downhill! After a great day’s sightseeing we return to the resort. (Breakfast and dinner in the Resort, Lunch own arrangements and cost).

DAY 8 – AUSTRALIA ZOO TO HERVEY BAY

Monday 15 July 2019

No holiday to this area would be complete without a visit to Australia Zoo – home, of course, to the late Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Hunter”. Australia Zoo has a reputation for conservation work, due mainly to the popularity of the documentary series “The Crocodile Hunter”. Many millions of dollars have been invested in the park so that it is an ever changing and growing attraction. When we arrive, we find our seats in the “Crocoseum” for the Wildlife Warriors Show. Get ready for some serious wildlife action! Every day in the Crocoseum the Australia Zoo keepers are taking on the world’s conservation issues and protecting the animal kingdom, and they want us to join the army of Wildlife Warriors. Enjoy a journey of discovery and learn all about the incredible world of giant snakes, colourful soaring birds and those prehistoric legends, the big Saltwater Crocodiles. There are many other scheduled demonstrations during the day and a people mover is available to access the various parts of the park. After a great day here, we express through to Hervey Bay for the next 3 nights. (Breakfast and dinner in resort, Lunch own cost at Australia Zoo) Ramada Hervey Bay – 07 4197 0500

DAY 9 – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WHALES

Tuesday 16 July 2019

We’re in Hervey Bay at the perfect time of the year for whales! Our cruise this morning will be a highlight of our tour as we are off in search of the whales aboard the Spirit of Hervey Bay. We venture into the Hervey Bay National Marine Park where the Humpback Whales stop over on their epic southbound migration to the Antarctic. The Whales undertake the 5000 km migration each year after giving birth in the warmer tropical waters. This epic journey is necessary as calves are born without the warm insulating layer of fat needed to survive in the cold waters of Antarctica. These massive mammals weigh in at around 40 tonnes each (equivalent to 11 elephants or 600 people) and to see such a sight is truly an experience of a lifetime. Our cruise today includes morning tea. We return to Hervey Bay at approximately 1.00pm where we have arranged lunch at the Hervey Bay Boat Club. This afternoon we make our way to the Fraser Coast Discovery Centre. Here we find fascinating interpretive panels and interactive displays showcasing the outstanding beauty and diversity of the Great Sandy Biosphere. Woven throughout the displays are the dreamtime legends of the Butchulla People as well as artwork celebrating and explaining the stories and traditions handed down through thousands of years. Further highlights of the centre include an immersive “underwater encounter” with humpback whales and a full sized reproduction of a whale skeleton. A theatre experience allows us to imagine a world beyond the stunning, extraordinary imagery of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait. (Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch at Hervey Bay Boat Club)

DAY 10 – FRASER ISLAND

Wednesday 17 July 2019

We have a big day ahead of us, but it will be magnificent! We board the ferry at River Heads for our cruise across to Fraser Island. Being the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island hosts an amazing range of rainforests, freshwater lakes, sand dunes and miles of beaches. As the Island has no roads and all access is via sand tracks and the beach, we take a 4WD tour of the island, showing us the many island sights, the crystal clear freshwater lakes – where we have the chance to swim, the magnificent wilderness and rich rainforests. The island is also famous for its dingo population. The dingoes are the most pure bred in Australia. We visit one of the best known landmarks on the island – the Maheno Shipwreck, blown ashore during a cyclone. A delicious lunch is also included today. After an exhilarating and memorable day touring Fraser Island we return to the mainland on the ferry then back to the motel. (Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch on Fraser Island)

DAY 11 – HERVEY BAY TO TENTERFIELD

Thursday 18 July 2019

Today we have an early start travelling inland via Kingaroy to Toowoomba where we have arranged lunch at the City Golf Club. This afternoon we are in for a treat, we visit Vincenzo’s at the Big Apple in Thulimbah where we have a chance to sample most produce that comes from the area. Next we travel the short distance to The Bramble Patch, tucked away in picturesque country high in the hills over Glen Aplin. This working berry farm is where we’ll enjoy afternoon tea before we rejoin the coach and travel south to Tenterfield for our overnight stay. (Breakfast and dinner in the hotel, Club lunch) Best Western Henry Parkes Motor Inn – 02 6736 1066

DAY 12 – TENTERFIELD TO TAMWORTH

Friday 19 July 2019

We travel the New England Highway to Glen Innes, “the land of the Beardies”, settled by Scots and regard itself as the Celtic Capital of New England. The town built a stone monument to the early settlers of Celtic origin who helped build the Australian Nation. Glen Innes had the distinction of being chosen for the site of the Australian Standing Stones – the only standing stones to be erected in the last 3000 years. We stop for a morning break here before we continue through to Armidale where we have arranged an early lunch at the Armidale City Bowling Club. This afternoon we travel through to Tamworth. A perfect way to understand what makes Tamworth tick is a visit to The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre. The Wax museum is a special salute to many of Australia’s famous country music stars and pioneers. The centre has a lot more than country music displays though. There is the Collectors Museum featuring the largest privately owned collection of Sir Donald Bradman memorabilia. There is a lovely coffee shop on the site if we would like to purchase afternoon tea. (Breakfast and dinner

DAY 13 – TAMWORTH TO COBAR

Saturday 20 July 2019

After breakfast we continue west through Gunnedah and Coonabarabran reaching Gilgandra at lunch time which gives us opportunity to purchase lunch before we spend the afternoon travelling to Cobar for our overnight stay. (Breakfast and dinner in the motel, lunch own arrangements and cost) Town and Country Motor Inn, Cobar – 02 6836 1244

DAY 14 – COBAR TO BROKEN HILL

Sunday 21 July 2019

After breakfast we set off early and continue travelling west to -Broken Hill, an artificial oasis that was created to serve miners in the incredibly rich silver-lead-zinc mines of the Barrier Range. It is also home to the legendary ‘Brushman of the Bush’ – a group of well-known painters including Pro Hart and Jack Absalom. It’s the light and vivid colours of the surrounding countryside that appeals to these artists and which now attracts production crews from around the world who come here to film their TV commercials. We have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the township. We meet up for dinner for our last night on tour sharing our stories of our holiday. (Breakfast and dinner in motel, Lunch own arrangements and cost) Desert Sand Motor Inn, Broken Hill – 08 8088 4122

DAY 15 – BROKEN HILL TO HOME

Monday 22 July 2019

Today we have a travel day heading for home. We make convenience breaks and stop for lunch along the way, arriving with many wonderful memories of our 15 day tour across Australia to the Queensland coast. (Breakfast in hotel, lunch own arrangements and cost)

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WHAT TO BRING

Inclusions

Complete charter
14 nights accommodation
14 cooked breakfasts
14 dinners
8 lunches
Morning tea Varapodio Estate
Entry to Woodsies Gem Shop
Afternoon Historical Cruise
Entry and lunch at Bishops Lodge Historic House
Lunch at Bygone Beautys, Leura
Lunch Grafton District Services
Visit Eumundi Markets
Noosa Everglades lunch Cruise
Tour at Mary Cairncross Scenic
Guided tour of the Bird Aviary and morning tea at Maleny Botanic Gardens
Entry into Australia Zoo
1/2 day whale watch cruise including morning tea
Lunch at Hervey Bay Boat Club
Entry to the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere
Fraser Explorer Day Tour including lunch
Lunch at City Golf Club
Visit to Vincenzo’s The Big Apple, Thulimbah
Afternoon Tea at The Bramble Patch, Glen Aplin
Visit Australian Standing Stones
Lunch Armidale City Bowling
Entry Big Golden Guitar Tamworth

 

Booking Details

Price is based on twin share, single supplements apply
Deposit required upon booking (when receiving paperwork)
Deposit non refundable
Balance due 5 weeks before tour departure
Dietary requirements upon booking
5 weeks to 14 days 50% loss
14-8 days 70% cancellation fee
7 days 100% cancellation fee
Itinerary subject to change due to weather or events out of our control

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