VICTORIAN HIGH COUNTRY
Premium Tour

28 April – 6 May 2020

Join us on a fully hosted tour of the Victorian High Country featuring the Autumn Leaves Festival. Let Kim and David take care of everything for you, ensuring you have the best possible time.

Pricing Details

Deposit upon Booking $199
Deposit Non Refundable
Balance due 5 weeks before tour departure

Pricing

$2299 PP ex PORT LINCOLN

$1999 PP ex ADELAIDE

ADD $500 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ex PORT LINCOLN
ADD $410 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ex ADELAIDE

  • Sincere thank you Kim and David for providing us with such a wonderful, hassle free holiday in Tasmania. With Kim's expert organization and David's unbelievable driving ability you are a credit to yourselves. We are so glad we took the plunge and joined you and the absolutely fantastic group of people that shared our holiday with us. Big Thank you!!!

    Patricia Scarman
  • I would also like to add my praise and gratitude for making the tour so enjoyable. Thank you David and Kim for a wonderful trip, i will & have recommended your business to many friends & family.

    Ronda Pascoe
  • I would like to add my praise for the wonderful way in which the tour was organised. I too would like to say how safe I felt and the interaction between Kim and David and the tour group made every one feel at home. The fact that you booked us into other family businesses added to the feeling of "family" that was the signature of the trip. I will recommend your business whenever I get a chance and hope I can travel with you again.

    Rosemary Habner
  • Thank you for a Wonderful holiday to Tasmania You have gone above and beyond all expectations. Your Planning and Care made each one of us feel Very Special. And I will certainly be recommending your Business to everyone, Young and Old."

    Pam Baldock
  • I had a lovely holiday with all you fellow travellers, being a small group we got to know each other very well, even though some of us have known each other for many years but have reconnected! DAVID could make that bus dance and whirled us around all these mountains and corners in an amazing and very reassuring safe fashion. Thanks to you both, we just walked in to pre-arranged venues and received top treatment, with top meals and accommodation. I also liked the way you supported family owned businesses who you returned to. Fully recommended company!

    Ronda Glover

fully hosted and wonderful tour

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – TO ADELAIDE

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Welcomed on board with a smile we board the coach excited for our 9 day holiday to the High Country. 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 as travelling down to Port Wakefield to Adelaide. We arrive late this afternoon with time to freshen up before dinner in the hotel.

(Dinner in the motel)
Adelaide Royal Coach – 08 8362 5676 – 1 night

Day 2 – ADELAIDE TO BENDIGO

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Departing Adelaide this morning we head towards Ballarat stopping at the Morning Loaf Bakery in Bordertown for lunch. We travel through Nhill and onto Bendigo for the night.

(Breakfast and dinner in the motel, lunch at Morning Loaf Bakery)
Quality Inn Colonial Bendigo – 03 5334 1600 – 1 night

DAY 3 – BENDIGO TO BRIGHT

Thursday 30th April 2020

Before we leave the area we visit the Bendigo Art Gallery, one of the largest and oldest regional galleries in Australia, established in 1887. We re-board the coach bound for the Benalla Bowls Club for our lunch stop. This afternoon we continue to Milawa and the Milawa Cheese Company which is located in the historic Murray Goulburn Butter Factory, for a tasting. Not far away is EV Olives where we will enjoy a talk about the produce, a walk in the olive grove and a chance to sample the olives, oils and tapenades. Late afternoon we reach our

destination. We arrive in Bright where we can unpack and settle in as this will be home for the next 4 nights.

(Breakfast and dinner in the motel, lunch at Benalla Bowls Club)
High Country Motor Inn – 03 5755 1244 – 4 nights

Day 4 – BRIGHT TO THE WANDILIGONG VALLEY

Friday 1st May 2020

We wake to the freshness of the mountain air, we are surrounded by the beauty of the area, and being autumn the colours will be memorizing – burnt orange, deep reds, earth tone browns, haystack yellow, and this is just the leaves! We meet up with our guide for a look at this enchanting town, nestled in the beautiful Ovens Valley and surrounded by the towering Australian Alps. Bright has managed to retain its character and charm, thanks partly to its old-fashioned guesthouses and historical buildings and its surrounds have been described by experts as one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in the world. We also travel along one of the most beautiful drives in this area – through the Wandiligong Valley. The whole Valley has been registered with the National Trust. To the south of the town we can see the noted Wandi Poplars (at their best in the autumn). Today about 250 people live in the valley, many of whom work in the apple orchards. We visit the Wandiligong Maze, Australia’s largest living hedge maze, surrounded by gardens, where we will have lunch. Next, we pay a visit to Nightingale Bros – Alpine Apples, fresh and delicious locally grown apples, Chestnuts, Hazlenuts and Walnuts. The Nightingale family has been growing apples in the Wandiligong Valley since 1954. You may want to stock up with some fresh local produce of the area.

DAY 5 – BRIGHT AUTUMN LEAVES FESTIVAL

Saturday 2nd May 2020

The Bright Autumn Festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria’s Alpine High Country. We’re lucky enough to be here for the highlight of the festival – the Rotary Gala Day! So we can enjoy the markets, bands and entertainment at our leisure followed this afternoon by the Grand Parade, the highlight of the festival! After the parade, follow the police band down to the river bank or perhaps enjoy some relaxing time in your room before dinner tonight.

(Breakfast and dinner at the motel)

DAY 6 – LEGENDARY BEECHWORTH

Sunday 3rd May 2020

This morning we head to Beechworth, where on arrival we will be joined on the coach by a local expert who will show us around the town which is one of Victoria’s best preserved gold rush towns. The magnificent buildings, 32 of which are listed by the National Trust and the beautiful gardens are a legacy of the gold rush days. Next we embark on a tour of the historic Court House. Built in 1858 and in continuous service for 131 years, the Beechworth Courthouse retains its original furniture and fittings. It was here that Australia’s most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, was committed to stand trial for murder. His mother Ellen, brothers Dan and Jim and Uncle Jim Kelly also faced charges in this courtroom. We’ll see the Burke Museum – one of the oldest country museums in Victoria. Lunch today is at own cost; perhaps indulge at the famous Beechworth Bakery. We take a little time to wander the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct – The Telegraph Station, Town Hall, and Powder Magazine all part of the collection of nationally significant buildings. We visit The Kelly Vault that houses the original Ned Kelly’s death mask, Ned Kelly’s gun named Betty, Brother Dan Kelly’s pistol and the original table from the verandah of the Anne Jones Hotel. After an interesting day we return to Bright for dinner in our motel.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel)

DAY 7 – BRIGHT TO BALLARAT

Monday 4th May 2020

We farewell our hosts and checkout of our motel, we make a stop to the little township of Eurobin visiting the Red Stag Deer Farm, established in 1987 as a commercial Deer Farm. It is situated on a 375 acre property, bordering the Mt Buffalo National Park, overlooking the beautiful High Country. This unique farm gives us the opportunity to feed, touch and learn about these majestic animals with their unique characters and instinctive behaviour. After our talk and some time with the animals we enjoy morning tea. We now head into Glenrowan, the heart of Kelly Country where the Kelly Gang made their last stand against the police and the town where Joe Byrne, Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and a local man Martin Cherry lost their lives. We enjoy lunch at Dad and Dave’s Billy Tea Rooms. Sit back and relax as we travel through to Ballarat for our overnight stay.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch at Dad and Dave’s Billy Tea Rooms)
Belltower Inn, Ballarat – 03 5334 1600 – 1 night

DAY 8 – BALLARAT TO ADELAIDE

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Today is a travel day so make sure you have a good book to read onboard. We stop along the way to purchase lunch and stretch our legs. We arrive in Adelaide with time to freshen up for dinner.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel)
Adelaide Royal Coach – 08 8362 5676 – 1 night

DAY 9 – ADELAIDE TO HOME

Wednesday 6th May 2020

We travel home, arriving late afternoon remembering the blazing colours, the pretty townships, and the friendly locals that made our holiday in the High Country a memorable one.

(Breakfast in hotel)

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

What’s Included?

  • Complete charter
  • 8 nights accommodation/ 6 nights accommodation ex Adelaide
  • 8 cooked breakfasts/6 cooked breakfasts ex Adelaide
  • 8 dinners/6 dinners ex Adelaide
  • 4 lunches
  • Lunch at the Morning Loaf Bakery
  • Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Lunch at Benalla Bowls Club
  • Tasting at Milawa Cheese Company
  • Tasting at EV Olives
  • Locally guided tour of Bright
  • Visit Nightingale Apples
  • Bright Autumn Leaves Festival
  • Locally guided tour of Beechworth
  • Tour of Historic Courthouse
  • Beechworth Historic and
    Cultural Precinct
  • Visit Kelly Vault
  • Morning tea and talk at Red Stag Deer Farm
  • Lunch at Dad and Dave’s Billy Tea Rooms, Glenrowan
  • Wandiligong Valley

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Price is based on twin share, single supplements apply
$199 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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