A successful author with twenty-seven books to his credit, Jim has been the resident Australiana expert on Macquarie Radio's top rating weekend show with George and Paul for seventeen years Having spent the first twenty years of his working life as a teacher and academic, Jim started recording with a band he created in the late 1970s called Bandy Bill & Co and became a professional entertainer in 1988.
With 30 years involvement in the entertainment industry as an entertainer, recording artist, songwriter and producer, Jim toured extensively and has recorded over twenty albums with Festival, EMI, ABC Music, Sony and his own label, Singabout Australia. His comedy hit songs include Since Cheryl Went Feral and Don’t Call Wagga Wagga Wagga. The son of British migrants, Jim attended Sydney Boys’ High and Sydney Teachers’ College, taught in schools and universities in NSW and Britain and has two masters’ degrees in literature. He was on the board of the Country Music Association of Australia for fifteen years, was given Life Membership of the CMAA in 2015 and still performs as an entertainer and speaker, sharing his passion for all things Australian. National Party Past President, Helen Dickey, once said, ‘Jim Haynes is simply the best Australian comic entertainer we have.”
Jim was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day Honour’s List in 2016, 'for service to the performing arts as an entertainer, author, broadcaster and historian'.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Friday 6 May, 2022 Mountain Scenery and Art
This morning we depart Sydney and travel into the Blue Mountains and first to the town of Blackheath, where we stop for lunch and explore the town before we visit Govetts Leap Lookout and view the spectacular panorama and travel on to the gold mining town of Hill End. This evening we enjoy an included Welcome Dinner. Jim will give a presentation entitled GOLD!
DAY 2 Saturday 7 May, 2022 Gold
Today Jim will guide us to experience the goldmining heritage of the well preserved town of Hill End. In 1872, the largest single piece of reef gold in the world – the Beyers and Holtermann Nugget – was found in the Hill End goldfields. These goldfields became world famous as ‘the richest quarter mile in the world’. We will don a hard hat and head lamp to explore the subterranean world where miners sought their fortune at the Bald Hill Tourist Mine. We will visit the History Hill Museum were we will see rare artefacts from the 19th century gold rush. Hill End’s striking landscapes have inspired many famous Australian painters, including Brett Whiteley, John Olsen and Russell Drysdale. We will see these views at the Beaufoy Merlin lookout and Bald Hill lookout
DAY 3 Sunday 8 May, 2022 Life and Times of Henry Lawson
This morning we first travel to the town of Mudgee known for its vineyards and fine wines. We have a wine tasting and an included lunch at a local winery. We then travel to the picturesque former gold rush town of Gulgong. Known as the place where poet Henry Lawson spent his childhood, Jim will take us to the Henry Lawson Centre. We then continue on to Dubbo.
DAY 4 Monday 9 May, 2022 Animals – wild and free
Today Jim will take us to the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. We take a zoofari! We will see the hundreds of rare and endangered animals in this huge open range sanctuary including the King of the Jungle at the amazing Lion Pride Lands.
DAY 5 Tuesday 10 May, 2022 Exploring the Heavens
This morning we first visit the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. We then travel to the town of Coonabarabran which is located just outside the Warrumbungles National Park. The Warrumbunges are known as a dark place and one of the best star gazing places in Australia. We will visit Siding Springs Observatory and, weather permitting, view the stars at night at another observatory.
DAY 6 Wednesday 11 May, 2022 Wonders of the Warrumbungles
Today we explore the Warrumbungles. We see the Australian Museum Diprotodon Exhibition. The Diprotodan which was like a giant wombat was the largest marsupial to have ever lived. We take a tour through the Warrumbungles and have time to explore the town of Coonabarabran. Jim will give a presentation on Henry Lawson. This evening there will be a further optional visit to an observatory.
DAY 7 Thursday 12 May, 2022 An evening of Bush Verse
Today we travel via the town of Baradine to the outback opal mining town of Lightning Ridge. This evening we will enjoy dinner at the Bowling club and some bush verse with Jim and guests.
DAY 8 Friday 13 May, 2022 Opals
Today Jim will help us we explore the outback opal mining town of Lightning ridge. During the day our tour will include a tour of an underground opal mine to see how these precious stones are mined. We learn about and get to see the famous Black Opals at an opal centre and museum. We will also visit the amazing stone Amigo's castle built by hand by an Italian immigrant over 20 years and more. A great day! This evening we will enjoy a camp oven dinner and the show at the Hidden Gem Theatre with great entertainers Mel and Susie. A fantastic experience!
DAY 9 Saturday 14 May, 2022 Cotton and Kaputar
This morning we travel to the town of Narriabri famous for its cotton production. We then continue on to Tamworth.
DAY 10 Sunday 15 May, 2022 Country Music
Today Jim will guide us around Tamworth. We will see the famous Golden Guitar. We visit the extensive Country Music Museum and Roll of Renown, before enjoying a Matinee Concert. This evening Jim will host a final night dinner to celebrate our tour. DAY 11 Monday 16 May, 2022 Home through the Hunter Valley We depart Tamworth today. We first travel to Scone for lunch and continue on to Sydney where we will arrive at approximately 3:00pm. The tour concludes.
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