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Date:
 23-09-2018
Duration:
 5

5 Day Canberra Floriade 2018       

All breakfasts & evening meals                                            The 2018 Canberra Floriade

The National Art Museum                                                    Australian War Memorial

Mount Ainslie Lookout                                                         The National Library

Cockington Green                                                                Embassy Tour & State Circle

Deep Space Communication Centre                                   Memorial Drive

Lake Burley Griffin

 

Day 1 – Sunday 23th – Lunch & Dinner

Depart at pre- arranged time & place before moving along Hume Highway past country towns such as Seymour, Wangaratta, Albury and Gundagai (the home of the dog on the tucker box) stopping for tea break en-route. Today we will be stopping in Albury at Thurgoona Country club for a cooked lunch (roast).  After lunch we continue our journey to Canberra, with stops, a stretch and coffee. After it’s all aboard to Canberra to check into your home for the next 4 nights.                                                                                   

Day 2 –Monday 24th -  Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, we are off to the Deep Space Communication Centre. On our trip out to Tidbinbilla, the roads wind through bush and farmland, so animals such as kangaroos, wombats, emus, sheep along with many more, run unhindered around paddocks and roads. The CSC offers visitors the chance to learn about the role that Australia plays in the exploration of space. You can take in magnificent views of the largest antenna complex in the southern hemisphere, see a piece of the Moon that's over 3.8 billion years old, check out images from across the Solar System and beyond, check out spacecraft models, Discover the foods that astronauts eat on the space shuttle and space station, watch a movie on the history and future of space exploration, take a hands-on trip around the Solar System or across the galaxy, or just sit back and relax in the Moon Rock Café. You can enjoy morning tea or a light lunch.

Back on board we will make our way to Cockington Green Gardens. A hand-built village characterised by the painstakingly accurate miniatures, built to scale by Doug & the family. The care and attention put into the gardens surrounding them is amazing. The display lawns are spectacular. The display has continually grown from a handful of English model-villages in 1979, through to 1998 when the International Display’s first stage was unveiled. Enjoy a light snack in the Garden room. Back on board, our day would not be complete without a quick tour of the International embassies. Board the coach, sit back and relax as we take a tour around the State Circle onto a tour of the Diplomatic Embassies between Empire Circuit and Forster Circuit, Yarralumla.  Canberra is home to nearly 80 embassies and high commissions. As you pass you will see traditional and modern architecture from many countries. See the spectacular traditional design of the Chinese Embassy and the long-house style of the High Commission of Papua New Guinea. Look for the Mexican Embassy’s giant shingle roof and the United States Embassy built in a modified Georgian style. The traditional Cape Dutch style architecture of the South Africa High Commission contrasts with the striking design of the Thai Embassy Royal. All relaxed we return to your motel for dinner.

Day 3 Tuesday 25th - The 2018 Floriade – Commonwealth Park – Breakfast & Dinner

Coach will depart the hotel at 10:00 and drop of at Commonwealth Park. Today, is save the best till last. Commonwealth park, here you can wander through the gardens at leisure.  Mid-September to October each year, this is where the annual Floriade is on display. You will still see quite a bit of the local flora. Here you can wander through the gardens at leisure.  The park has many small ponds and water features, walking trails, bike paths, sculptures and is popular with tourists and Canberrans. Located at the park is the outdoor Stage 88, which often holds concerts. The park includes Regatta Point and has a view of the National Gallery, High Court, and National Library on the other side of the lake. Kings Park is located adjacent to Commonwealth Park, along the lake to the east. Here you will find quite a lot to see and food venues to purchase a light lunch or snack.  Around 2.30 pm, we board the coach and make our way to the “Glassworks”. Situated in the historical Kingston Power House.  Canberra Glassworks combines industrial interiors with the drama of glassblowing for an experience that is truly unforgettable. Now time to head back to our motel for a dinner together. To finish the day on a high note, tonight we will board the coach after dinner and make our way up to Mount Ainslie for a night viewing of Australia’s Capital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Day 4 Wednesday 26th Breakfast & Dinner 

After breakfast today, around 9.00 am we will board the coach bound for the Australian War Memorial (75 min.) Whilst at the War Memorial there is a café should you wish to have some refreshments. Your coach will depart 11.15 as we make our way down the Avenue of Honour.  Next highlight is, The National Art Museum.  Today this is where you can enjoy lunch. The menu is designed to impress, price is right, and the food a delight. This place is simply amazing, one you cannot miss. The Museum has different displays during the year. The National Museum brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events. The Museum Café has two areas of outside seating which is the ideal location to view the Captain Cook Memorial jet, where the water jet shoots up 147m into the sky. Mid-afternoon we board the coach and make our way to the National library.  The library is well worth the visit, the reading room, where you can sit and read one of the many books at hand. See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.   On your tour you will see a glimpse of the enormous stacks, where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection acquired over more than a century of collecting. The ever-changing Treasures Gallery gives free access to some of Australia's most moving stories. Make the journey and be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell. Highlights include material from the 1967 referendum and the campaign for Indigenous rights intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fob watch and two of his pens. Enjoy, unparalleled access to Australia's documentary heritage including books, serials, maps, newspapers, music and ephemera. Here you will find the Bookplate & Paperplate cafes where you can enjoy a snack & refreshments, before you take a tour of the Library.  The Bookplate cafe is situated in the Library's marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows. Whilst here, take time, sit on the steps to take in the view of Lake Burley Griffin.

Day 5 – Thursday 27th September -homeward bound

Breakfast, then time to say goodbye to our hosts as we board the coach bound for home. We will be stopping en-route for morning & afternoon teas.  Around lunchtime we will stop at Holbrook RSL for a cooked dinner (included in cost) a menu will be on board, so we can pre order to save delays. Now homeward bound with stops for rest rooms & refreshments along the way.  Drop off points to be determined when booking, or as agreed with a group booking by tour leader.  Options are available.                                                            

Cost:  $865.00 p/ person based on twin share or double – 35 plus passengers

            $1065 – 25-34 passengers.

            $240.00 Single supplement – extra single room charge

Cost includes:  Coach travel, accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 cooked lunches, entrances fees at venues listed. The 2018 Canberra Floriade, Cockington Green, Glassworks, National Art Gallery, National Library, Deep Space Communication Centre, Embassy tour, State Circle Tour, Glassworks, Mount Ainslie Lookout, National War Memorial, Memorial Drive, Lake Burley Griffin, other venues listed in itinerary.

Does not include:    3 Lunches, morning & afternoon teas.

 

 

Date:
 01-10-2018
Duration:
 5

5 Day Canberra Floriade 2018       

All breakfasts & evening meals                                            The 2018 Canberra Floriade

The National Art Museum                                                    Australian War Memorial

Mount Ainslie Lookout                                                         The National Library

Cockington Green                                                                Embassy Tour & State Circle

Deep Space Communication Centre                                   Memorial Drive

Lake Burley Griffin

 

Day 1 – Monday 1st – Lunch & Dinner

Depart at pre- arranged time & place before moving along Hume Highway past country towns such as Seymour, Wangaratta, Albury and Gundagai (the home of the dog on the tucker box) stopping for tea break en-route. Today we will be stopping in Albury at Thurgoona Country club for a cooked lunch (roast).  After lunch we continue our journey to Canberra, with stops, a stretch and coffee. After it’s all aboard to Canberra to check into your home for the next 4 nights.                                                                                   

Day 2 –Tuesday 2nd -  Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, we are off to the Deep Space Communication Centre. On our trip out to Tidbinbilla, the roads wind through bush and farmland, so animals such as kangaroos, wombats, emus, sheep along with many more, run unhindered around paddocks and roads. The CSC offers visitors the chance to learn about the role that Australia plays in the exploration of space. You can take in magnificent views of the largest antenna complex in the southern hemisphere, see a piece of the Moon that's over 3.8 billion years old, check out images from across the Solar System and beyond, check out spacecraft models, Discover the foods that astronauts eat on the space shuttle and space station, watch a movie on the history and future of space exploration, take a hands-on trip around the Solar System or across the galaxy, or just sit back and relax in the Moon Rock Café. You can enjoy morning tea or a light lunch.

Back on board we will make our way to Cockington Green Gardens. A hand-built village characterised by the painstakingly accurate miniatures, built to scale by Doug & the family. The care and attention put into the gardens surrounding them is amazing. The display lawns are spectacular. The display has continually grown from a handful of English model-villages in 1979, through to 1998 when the International Display’s first stage was unveiled. Enjoy a light snack in the Garden room. Back on board, our day would not be complete without a quick tour of the International embassies. Board the coach, sit back and relax as we take a tour around the State Circle onto a tour of the Diplomatic Embassies between Empire Circuit and Forster Circuit, Yarralumla.  Canberra is home to nearly 80 embassies and high commissions. As you pass you will see traditional and modern architecture from many countries. See the spectacular traditional design of the Chinese Embassy and the long-house style of the High Commission of Papua New Guinea. Look for the Mexican Embassy’s giant shingle roof and the United States Embassy built in a modified Georgian style. The traditional Cape Dutch style architecture of the South Africa High Commission contrasts with the striking design of the Thai Embassy Royal. All relaxed we return to your motel for dinner.

Day 3 Wednesday 3rd - The 2018 Floriade – Commonwealth Park – Breakfast & Dinner

Coach will depart the hotel at 10:00 and drop of at Commonwealth Park. Today, is save the best till last. Commonwealth park, here you can wander through the gardens at leisure.  Mid-September to October each year, this is where the annual Floriade is on display. You will still see quite a bit of the local flora. Here you can wander through the gardens at leisure.  The park has many small ponds and water features, walking trails, bike paths, sculptures and is popular with tourists and Canberrans. Located at the park is the outdoor Stage 88, which often holds concerts. The park includes Regatta Point and has a view of the National Gallery, High Court, and National Library on the other side of the lake. Kings Park is located adjacent to Commonwealth Park, along the lake to the east. Here you will find quite a lot to see and food venues to purchase a light lunch or snack.  Around 2.30 pm, we board the coach and make our way to the “Glassworks”. Situated in the historical Kingston Power House.  Canberra Glassworks combines industrial interiors with the drama of glassblowing for an experience that is truly unforgettable. Now time to head back to our motel for a dinner together. To finish the day on a high note, tonight we will board the coach after dinner and make our way up to Mount Ainslie for a night viewing of Australia’s Capital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Day 4 Thursday 4th Breakfast & Dinner 

After breakfast today, around 9.00 am we will board the coach bound for the Australian War Memorial (75 min.) Whilst at the War Memorial there is a café should you wish to have some refreshments. Your coach will depart 11.15 as we make our way down the Avenue of Honour.  Next highlight is, The National Art Museum.  Today this is where you can enjoy lunch. The menu is designed to impress, price is right, and the food a delight. This place is simply amazing, one you cannot miss. The Museum has different displays during the year. The National Museum brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events. The Museum Café has two areas of outside seating which is the ideal location to view the Captain Cook Memorial jet, where the water jet shoots up 147m into the sky. Mid-afternoon we board the coach and make our way to the National library.  The library is well worth the visit, the reading room, where you can sit and read one of the many books at hand. See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.   On your tour you will see a glimpse of the enormous stacks, where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection acquired over more than a century of collecting. The ever-changing Treasures Gallery gives free access to some of Australia's most moving stories. Make the journey and be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell. Highlights include material from the 1967 referendum and the campaign for Indigenous rights intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fob watch and two of his pens. Enjoy, unparalleled access to Australia's documentary heritage including books, serials, maps, newspapers, music and ephemera. Here you will find the Bookplate & Paperplate cafes where you can enjoy a snack & refreshments, before you take a tour of the Library.  The Bookplate cafe is situated in the Library's marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows. Whilst here, take time, sit on the steps to take in the view of Lake Burley Griffin.

Day 5 – Friday 5th October -homeward bound

Breakfast, then time to say goodbye to our hosts as we board the coach bound for home. We will be stopping en-route for morning & afternoon teas.  Around lunchtime we will stop at Holbrook RSL for a cooked dinner (included in cost) a menu will be on board, so we can pre order to save delays. Now homeward bound with stops for rest rooms & refreshments along the way.  Drop off points to be determined when booking, or as agreed with a group booking by tour leader.  Options are available.                                                            

Cost:  $865.00 p/ person based on twin share or double – 35 plus passengers

            $1065 – 25-34 passengers.

            $240.00 Single supplement – extra single room charge

Cost includes:  Coach travel, accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 cooked lunches, entrances fees at venues listed. The 2018 Canberra Floriade, Cockington Green, Glassworks, National Art Gallery, National Library, Deep Space Communication Centre, Embassy tour, State Circle Tour, Glassworks, Mount Ainslie Lookout, National War Memorial, Memorial Drive, Lake Burley Griffin, other venues listed in itinerary.

Does not include:    3 Lunches, morning & afternoon teas.

 

 

Date:
 24-10-2018
Duration:
 5

Day 1  Melbourne -Merimbula We depart at a pre-arranged pick up time and travel via the Princess Highway passing through the rich dairy areas of Gippsland, including Warragul, Moe, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale where we stop for morning tea. Afterwards we then visit St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. This is one of the most notable landmarks of Bairnsdale, known for its distinctively tall tower and murals on its ceiling and walls. These murals were painted by out of work Italian artist Francesco Floreani during the Great Depression and remain a fascination to this day. Then we travel to Lakes Entrance enjoying a lunch stop en route.  Our tour takes us along the scenic coastline & through the magnificent forest near Cann River, before continuing to Eden – our home for the next 4 nights.  

Day 2  Eden Today we will start our morning visiting the Killer Whale Museum, name given to an orca by whalers in the port of Eden on the southeast coast of Australia.  Old Tom measured 22 feet and weighed 6 tons.  The skull measured 1.02 meters and the teeth measured about 5.31 inches.  Old Tom was thought to be the leader of a pod of killer whales who helped the whalers by herding baleen whales into Twofold Bay.  The killer whales would help kill the whales; in retun, the whalers allowed the killer whales to eat the tongues and the lips of the baleen whales, an agreement known as the Law of the Tongue.  Lunch today will be at, “The Eden Fishermen’s Recreation club”.  This is located in the heart of Eden within immediate proximity to the magnificent Port of Eden Wharf.  After lunch we will be boarding our boat for an Afternoon cruise with informative live commentary as we will cruise around Two-fold bay – one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. A light afternoon tea included.  After our cruise we’ll visit Boydtown founded by Ben Boyd.  Some of the unique buildings we visit will be a light house which has never guided a ship into port.  Tonight, we’ll dine at our accommodation in Eden.

Day 3   Bega, Bermagui, Tilba, Cobargo, Tura Today we’ll be travelling through Tathra - Tathra sits like a sapphire amongst the green and blue hues of National Parks and Nature Reserves with Mimosa National Park to the North and Bournda National Park to the South. We will have a short stop in Bermagui for some retail therarpy.  Wander the boutique shops through the township, at the Fisherman’s Wharf complex and futher along over the river bridge.  You will be sure to find something that special gift or a memento of your visit.  We then travel onto Tilba Tilba.  Here we will first visit the township.  Central Tilba is a perfectly restored and maintained period village – protected by a National Heritage listing.  We then visit The ABC Cheese Factory, home of Tilba Real Dairy, it was established in 1891 and was the first cheese co-operative in New South Wales.  Here will sample tastings.  Back on the coach we will travel through the town of Cobargo. A charming village with heritage buildings, artisan workshops and a celebrated folk festival, Cobargo is in the verdant countryside of the Sapphire Coast.  Tura Beach Country club is where we will be stopping for lunch. The views from the club house over the golf course and ocean are spectactular particulary during the whale and migration season from September to November.  After lunch we head back to Eden for a free afternoon. Dinner at our accommodation.

Day 4—Saphire Coast, Pambula - After breakfast we’ll board the coach and do a sightseeing tour of the beautiful “Sapphire Coast”. Merimbula, on the  Sapphire Coast, is a natural paradise. The Sapphire coast, named for the colour of its sparkling blue water, is without question one of Australia’s most spectacular and unspoiled areas. Grand rugged cliffs look down on pristine beaches surrounded by forest covered hills and valleys. This is indeed nature’s wonderland and the ideal location from which to explore this marvellous south coast region of NSW . First up today a tour through Pambula with its buildings dating back to the 1830’s and its spectacular beach at the mouth of the river.  Mid morning we will make our way to the Merimbula aquarium for a visit.  The café/restaurant offers some amazing views and food to complete your day.  On arrival back at Eden you will have some free time to look around and relax, tonight we will enjoy our last meal of the tour at the motel restaurant – with some live music to celebrate your tour.  (Evening melodies is only available if group is over 34).

Day 5 -  Eden / Melbourne - Sadly,today its farewell to Merimbula and all aboard for our journey home.  We’ll have our lunch break en route and should arrive in Melbourne early evening.

Cost: $795 per person twin share (Single extra $200.00)

Tour Includes: Coach travel, motel accommodation, all breakfasts, boat cruise with afternoon tea & 4 evening meals and a lunch.

 

Date:
 28-10-2018
Duration:
 4

BRIGHT Spring FESTIVAL  $629pp

Includes Buffet Breakfasts, 3 Course dinners & Morning teas.

Day 1- Tuesday 30th October  

Our Coach will depart Melbourne.  After boarding your coach, we make our way to Heathcote stopping for morning tea. We continue our journey to Benalla where we will stop for lunch (own cost).  After lunch we make our way to Glenrowan– here we will explore the township.  You will be sure to see the Big Ned Kelly Statue. There are many museums, stores and plenty of places that will tell you about Ned Kelly and the Kelly Family. Here you can also enjoy some refreshments before boarding your coach. We will make our way to Wangaratta Gateway Hotel where you will be staying for the next 3 nights.  The remainder of the day is yours to relax. Tonight, you will be dining in the onsite restaurant at the Hotel.

 Includes: 3 Course evening meal.

          

Day 2-Wednesday 31st October   

Enjoy your buffet breakfast. We will be departing at 10:00 am.  We will make our way to Milawa.  Here we will visit Milawa Mustards (wide variety of condiments & produce) You can taste some amazing mustards.  Next we will visit Milawa cheese for a taste test.  We then make our way to Red Ramia trading. This store has so many interesting and beautiful products to look at. Some with amazing histories, some with cultural value and all beautiful to look at. Products from exotic places, the colours, the textures, the history, the displays of art and household decorative pieces provided a feast for the eyes. This is a unique and amazing store. There is a café here, where you can purchase lunch.  (own expense)

 After our visit here, we continue along a short distance to Myrtleford, where you will find Gapsted Winery, over the years it has won numerous awards. Some of these include 'Best Alpine Winery' for six consecutive years and the Victorian Tourism Awards for 'Best Winery Cellar Door’.   Gapsted wines have been acknowledged locally and abroad - winning a staggering 26 Trophies & 83 Gold Medals. Today, whilst enjoying a tasting with a choice of over 25 wines. Back on board we travel the Great Alpine road back to our hotel, take some time to refresh and relax before dinner.

Includes: Buffet Breakfast & 3 Course dinner at the Hotel.

 

Day3 Thursday 1st November- Yakandandah, Beechworth

After Breakfast we will make our way to Yackandandah for a browse of the many ornamental shops unique in atmosphere and design. We will also visit the Yack Store. Enjoy some morning tea before boarding coach heading to Beechworth with views of the villages and countryside in between.  The legacy of the rush for gold remains - from the perfectly preserved streetscapes of the towns.  Enjoy your lunch in Beechworth and take time to visit the museum and Beechworth honey. Beechworth bakery offers a myriad of pies, savoury food and cakes.   At 2.00 we will re-join the group for a tour of Bilsons Brewery & museum. We head back to our Hotel to relax and enjoy a 3-course dinner.

 Includes: Cooked Buffet Breakfast & 3 course dinner

Day 4 – Friday 2nd November – Homeward bound via Glenrowan

This morning, after breakfast, we board the coach bound for a day in Harrietville.  A tour guide will help you around four very different gardens and a tour of the Harrietville Gold Shed.  Two gardens in the morning, lunch (own expense) at the Harrietville Hotel, then onto  2 more gardens after lunch (1:30PM) departing from the Harrietville Museum.  We then make our journey home, stopping en-route for resfreshments.

Includes: Cooked Buffet Breakfast

   

 COST: $629.00   per person twin share based on 35 or more passengers

Single Room Supplementary Extra for 3 nights $ 150.00 per person

PRICE INCLUDES: Coach Travel, 3 Nights’ Accommodation, 3 cooked buffet breakfasts,

 3 x 3 course Dinners, entry fees as per itinerary.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Morning & afternoon teas not stipulated, 3 lunches

 

 

 

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Date:
 01-11-2018
Duration:
 5

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Date:
 22-12-2018
Duration:
 6

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