Aust-wide - Coach Tours, Sightseeing & Day Tours
9 - day Hunter Valley Gardens/Blue Mountains  
Departs:  Tuesday, 17 September 2019    
Duration:  9  Days Tour Number: 3074    
Cost $2192 p.p.
Travel Club Price $2082
Single Supplement $350
Deposit $375 on booking
Balance due 28th August
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Tour Includes:
All cooked breakfasts, All evening meals Motel Accommodation with private facilities All entrance fees and sightseeing per itinerary
Day 1 : Adelaide - Mildura - Hay
Your chauffered car will pick you up from home and drop you at Our Aust-wide tours Depot 101 Muller Rd Hampstead Gardens for our 7.00am departure. We travel the Sturt Highway to Waikerie, where we make a comfort stop, with time for a cuppa. Moving along through Renmark we make our way to Mildura for lunch (own cost).  After lunch we carry on along the Sturt Highway through Euston, Balranald, and Hay for our overnight stop, with time to freshen up before dinner. (D)
Hay Bishop Lodge Motor Inn
Day 2 : Hay - West Wyalong - Forbes - Parkes - Dubbo
After a cooked breakfast we follow the Mid Western Highway through the Murrumbidgee Irrigation areas, across the Kidman Way to West Wyalong and join the Newell Highway to the town of Forbes beside the Lachlan River.  Bushranger Ben Hall was shot by police just outside this former gold mining town and today within the town is a Bushranger Hall of Fame.  Continue north to Parkes – named after Sir Henry Parkes, who was a major player in the lead-up to Australian Federation. Today the town is the commercial centre for the surrounding important agricultural area. Just a few kilometres north is the famous giant CSIRO Radio Telescope. Marvel at the 64m steel paraboloid, location of the movie ‘The Dish’.  At Peak Hill there is a working gold mine with a lookout offering views of the mine.  Continue to Dubbo and accommodation for the night (B D)
Dubbo ~ Matilda Motor Inn
Day 3 : Dubbo – Western Plains Zoo
Dubbo, on the banks of the Macquarie River is recognised as the regional capital of western NSW and supports many agricultural and secondary industries. It is also home to the Western Plains Zoo, Australia’s first open-range zoo with over 1000 animals from five continents and set in more than 300ha of natural grass and bushland.  We will visit the Zoo this morning and invite a Guide on board the coach to travel around the park and give us informative commentary about the animals and happenings at this special zoo.  There are some ‘special tours’ available such as ‘A Wild Africa Encounter” which is optional and own extra expense, and there is a kiosk and coffee shop available to purchase lunch.  Back in town there will be opportunity to meet some of the ‘residents’ of the Old Dubbo Gaol, with its unique collection of 19th century buildings and large working display of animatronics.  Gaze at the gallows and ponder the past! (B L D)
Maitland City Motel
Day 4 : Hunter Valley Gardens
We board the coach and take a drive around the valley before we visit the Hunter Valley Gardens. Spanning over 60 amazed by the sensational sights, colours, and fragrances of the ten stunning feature gardens. Explore each garden one-by-one and enjoy an exciting journey through the thousands of flowers, trees, and shrubs with an air of discovery at every turn. As Pokolbin's town centre, Hunter Valley Gardens Village features a variety of boutique specialty shops, restaurants and attractions This afternoon we will visit one of the wineries before returning to the motel. (B D)
Day 5 : Maitland - Nelson Bay - Maitland
We board the coach and make our way to Nelson Bay for our relaxing cruise around Port Stephens. Lunch will be taken during some free time in Nelson. After lunch we travel to Raymond Terrace and visit the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens. The award winning Hunter Region Botanic Gardens are managed and maintained by volunteers.The beautiful gardens cater for everyone; while we are there we will have a guided tour. We return to Maitland with time to freshen up before dinner. (B D)
Day 6 : Maitland - Cruise - Bathurst
We farewell Maitland and make our way to Brooklyn where we join the Hawksbury Mail Boat and cruise the Hawksbury River.  We join the famous Riverboat Postman and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the lower Hawkesbury River as we deliver the mail and other essentials (the odd bottle of whiskey or rum...) to the river-access-only settlements upriver from Brooklyn. Upon the completion of the cruise we make our way via Katoomba to Bathurst for our next 2 nights’ accommodation. (B L D)
Rydges Mount Panorama Bathurst
Day 7 : Bathurst - Mayfield - Bathhurst
We board the coach and make our way via Oberon to Mayfield Garden. Mayfield has been inspired by the great gardens of Europe we will view a stunning 2.5 hectare water garden, a grotto within a cascading waterfall that you can walk behind, a beautiful sandstone exhibition centre, a bluestone chapel overlooking the garden and the rolling hills, a Chinese pagoda over Mayfield Lake, a huge European inspired boxed hedge maze and much, much more! Mayfield needs to be seen to be believed. We then make our way into the town of Oberon for lunch. After our lunch we travel back to Bathurst and visit the National Motor Racing Museum. The museum celebrates the history, personalities and achievements of Australian Motor Sports. While Mount Panorama and the Bathurst 1000 is at the heart of our displays, Our final activity for the day is a lap around the Mount Panorama in the coach. (B D)
Day 8 : Bathurst - Cowra - Balranald
After breakfast we farewell Bathurst heading for Hay via Cowra, where we visit the Cowra Japanese Garden encompassing 5 hectares of landscaped traditional gardens the largest in the southern hemisphere! It was built here because of Cowra’s special significance to the Japanese.  Moving along to West Wyalong  for our lunch stop (own cost) before traveling via Hay to Balranald and checking into the motel. (B D)
Balranald Motor Inn
Day 9 : Balranald - Adelaide - Home
After another cooked breakfast we pack the coach and  make our way through Mildura to Renmark for our lunch stop (own cost).  We continue along through Waikerie and Truro to Adelaide (approx 5pm)  where  we say goodbye until we see each other on another tour. Your cars will be waiting to take you home. (B)