Wayne Horsburgh is one of Australia’s most successful country music entertainers. Influenced by Slim Whitman and Frank Ifield, his style of yodelling is a real crowd pleaser. Originally from Benalla, Wayne moved to Sydney in 1979 to expand his music career and also tour the world. For 25 years Wayne spent part of each year in the USA, sharing stages at Festivals and Fairs with some of country music’s biggest stars, including Merle Haggard, The Statler Brothers, and Mickey Gilley. Wayne has released 30 albums.
Bluegrass Parkway, from W.A., is Australia’s most highly credentialed and experienced bluegrass band. The band places a high priority on presenting bluegrass in its most authentic traditional form; e.g., performances take place around a single microphone. Another feature of the band is the very entertaining on-stage repartee that takes place between band members
The Lost Quays is an 11 voice male choir dedicated to singing shanties and other songs of the sea. The Lost Quays mostly perform a cappella (unaccompanied), but sometimes include instruments like guitar, mandolin and accordion. Their repertoire is presented with gusto, good humour and occasional mischief.
Brass bands have been part of the Barossa’s heritage for more than a century. This community brass band was formed in 1925, with 25 local musicians. Today the band is made up of about 45 local musicians, both young and old. The band rehearses every Tuesday night in its own purpose-built hall, the Marananga Brass Band Room. The band puts on an annual concert, in the Barossa Valley, called ‘A Night of Music’. Approximately 1,000 people attend this concert each year.
The tour manager will be John Howie John was a secondary school music teacher for 23 years (taught Kylie Minogue). He and his twin brother, Graeme, perform as The Howie Brothers. John has been leading successful music tours & music cruises for 25 years.>
The assistant tour manager will be Gill Delaney Gill (accordion/ukulele/mouth organ player from Wangaratta) has played in dance bands most of her life, and knows a million tunes! She will be coming on the tour as a musician and assistant tour manager, as long as we get sufficient bookings. She will be involved in lots of fun-filled informal music sessions with the tour group.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Thursday September 2, 2021 Perth
Early afternoon: Our coach will do 1 pick-up at the airport, for those flying in to Perth this morning. Mid-afternoon: Coach tour of Perth, with local guide. See Governor’s Residence, Parliament House & Perth University. Visit Kings Park & the Botanic Garden(containing over 2000 plants) & learn about the wildflowers found throughout WA. Evening: Commencement of Tour Dinner, including a few songs from Wayne Horsburgh. Overnight: Comfort Inn & Suites Goodearth Perth or Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth. (D)
DAY 2 Friday September 3, 2021 Rottnest Island / Perth
Visit Rottnest Island (optional), 19 kms west of Fremantle. The island is known for its laid-back atmosphere (cars not allowed on the island), its native wildlife (including the quokka – a small native marsupial), and its beautiful beaches & bays. Travel to & from the island by ferry. Enjoy Adams Coaches’ Grand Island Tour (incl. train trip to & from Oliver Hill Gun Fortification & Tunnels, light lunch, & tour of the island). Late afternoon/early evening: Return to our hotel. (B)
DAY 3 Saturday September 4, 2021 Wave Rock, Hyden
Travel east to the wheat belt town of Hyden, home of the iconic Wave Rock. On the way visit the historic town of York, the oldest inland town in WA. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the town. Afternoon: Travel along the Tin Horse Highway, near the town of Kulin (see amusing roadside sculptures of horses, made out of farm junk), arriving Hyden late afternoon. Evening: Enjoy a concert performance by Wayne Horsburgh. Overnight: Wave Rock Hotel/Motel. (B,D)
DAY 4 Sunday September 5, 2021 Wave Rock, Hyden
Sheenagh Collins, hostess at our accommodation, is a very special person. She is going to guide us around the many special attractions Hyden has to offer, including: Wave Rock; Hippo’s Yawn (a rock formation); Mulka’s Cave (aboriginal rock art site); Wave Rock Wildlife Park; Miniature Soldiers Museum, and a wonderful lace museum… the Lace Place. We will also visit Sheenagh’s historic Itinerary family farm, where we will have morning tea, including damper, quandong jam and cream! Evening: John and Gill will lead a fun-filled music session in the hotel/ motel’s excellent bar/lounge area (there’s a grand piano!). Please bring your instruments and voices and join in! (B; Morning Tea)
DAY 5 Monday September 6, 2021 Kalgoorlie
Depart Hyden and travel north-east through the wheatbelt, before arriving at Coolgardie, the original site of WA’s gold rush... now something of a ghost town. Visit the excellent Goldfields Exhibition Museum (early history of the Coolgardie goldfields). Continue on to Kalgoorlie, an active mining town, with many grand old buildings, lively pubs, and colourful characters. Overnight: The View on Hannans. (B,D)
DAY 6 Tuesday September 7, 2021 Kalgoorlie
Morning: Sightseeing coach tour of Kalgoorlie, with local guide, including the Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre. See the Super Pit, Australia’s largest gold producing mine. Visit the Boulder Town Hall (beautiful interior). Also, visit the Museum of the Goldfields (WA Museum – Kalgoorlie). Evening: Enjoy a special performance, by the Goldfields Brass Band. (B,Supper)
DAY 7 Wednesday September 8, 2021 Esperance
Travel to Esperance. Stop at Lake Lefroy, a salt lake 55 kms south of Kalgoorlie- Boulder. Stop in the historic town of Norseman, about halfway between Esperance and Kalgoorlie. Visit Cape Le Grand National Park, 56 kms east of Esperance (beautiful white-sand beaches and coastal scenery). Arrive in Esperance, where ‘the golden outback meets the Southern Ocean and a string of stunning whitesand beaches’ and enjoy panoramic coach tour of the town. Evening: Enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening in our motel. Overnight: Bay of Islands Motel. (B,D)
DAY 8 Thursday September 9, 2021 Hopetoun
Morning: We drive the 38 km circular loop Great Ocean Drive, to the west of Esperance, which includes Twilight Beach, Rotary Lookout, wind farms, Observatory Point and the Pink Lake. Head west and visit the Fitzgerald River National Park, which is one the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Within the park are found nearly 20 percent of Western Australia’s flora species, many of which occur only within its boundaries. Evening: John and Gill will host an informal ‘ceilidh’, where they invite those who wish to play a tune, sing a song, or recite a bush poem. Should be fun!’ Overnight: Wave Crest Village, Hopetoun. (B)
DAY 9 Friday September 10, 2021 Albany
Morning: Depart Hopetoun and visit the Stirling Range National Park, a botanic reserve, including the mighty Bluff Knoll (a lookout). The park is one of the world’s most important areas for flora, with 1500 species, many of which grow nowhere else. The wildflowers should be fantastic. Arrive in Albany, on the shores of the Southern Ocean. Albany is the oldest European settlement in Western Australia and was a major whaling station. Overnight: Ace Accommodation. (B)
DAY 10 Saturday September 11, 2021 Albany
Morning: Sightseeing coach tour of historic Albany. Take in magnificent views of King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour. Head up to the Mt Clarence Desert Corp Memorial and Padre White Lookout, for amazing views of Albany. Walk along the boardwalk, at Middleton Beach. Visit the National ANZAC Centre. Afternoon: Visit The Gap and Natural Bridge, in Torndirrup National Park, on the outskirts of Albany. Then return to Albany. Free time. Evening: Enjoy special performance by an excellent jazz band, led by outstanding local singer/trumpet player David Rastrick, including dinner. (B,D)
DAY 11 Sunday September 12, 2021 Pemberton
On the way to Pemberton, visit WoodWorks (lovely furniture; award-winning wood products). Then proceed to the town of Denmark. On the way visit Green’s Pool and Elephant Rocks (granite rocks that look like elephants). Morning tea and time to look at the interesting shops/art galleries, etc., in Denmark. Drive through Shannon National Park, to the town of Walpole. On the outskirts of Walpole, do the 5km Knoll Scenic Drive, on a peninsula between two bodies of water. After lunch in Walpole, do the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk (optional), in Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Afternoon: Arrive in Pemberton and spend some time at the local Visitor Centre (including museum). Then visit two impressive ‘climbing trees’, on the outskirts of town…the Gloucester Tree (used as a fire lookout tree) and the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree. We then check into our hotel. Free time. Evening: Enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening in our hotel. Overnight: Best Western Pemberton. (B,D)
DAY 12 Monday September 13, 2021 Margaret River
Morning: Near Pemberton, visit the Beedelup Falls, in Greater Beedelup National Park. Morning tea in the town of Nannup. Then proceed to the town of Margaret River, located in one of the premium wine-growing regions of the world. On arrival, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing coach tour of Margaret River town and the surrounding vineyards. Visit Brown Hill Estate, for sightseeing tour and wine tasting. Evening: Enjoy dinner at one of Margaret River’s fine eating establishments, followed by a Wayne Horsburgh concert, especially for our tour group. Overnight: Margaret River Hotel. (B,Wine Tasting, D)
DAY 13 Tuesday September 14, 2021 Margaret River
Morning: Take a stroll along the river and visit Surfer’s Beach, in Margaret River. Then head south. Visit the majestic Boranup Forest (karri trees, reaching heights of 50 m. or more). Visit Boranup Gallery (wood gallery and art gallery). Then visit the beach at Hamelin Bay, where we may see some of the famous Hamelin Bay stingrays. Afternoon: Visit dramatic Jewel Cave (optional), the town of Augusta, and Cape Leeuwin (where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet), before returning to Margaret River. Evening: A free night for you to explore Margaret River’s restaurants & live music venues at your leisure. (B)
DAY 14 Wednesday September 15, 2021 Fremantle / Perth
Head north to Fremantle and Perth. Along the way visit Bunbury, WA’s second largest city. We may catch a glimpse of Bunbury’s famous bottlenose dolphins. Then visit Busselton, where we will see that city’s very long wooden jetty. Afternoon: Sightseeing coach tour of Fremantle, including a visit to The Roundhouse (originally a prison; oldest building in WA). Also visit the bronze statue of the late Bon Scott (lead singer, AC/DC). Enjoy guided tour of historic Fremantle Prison (a World Heritage Site) and visit the outstanding W.A. Shipwrecks Museum. Remainder of afternoon: Free time. Evening: Enjoy a fish ‘n chips/seafood dinner at Fremantle’s Clancy’s Fish Pub, where we will enjoy a special performance by excellent local sea shanty group, The Lost Quays. Overnight: Comfort Inn & Suites Goodearth Perth or Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth. (B)
DAY 15 Thursday September 16, 2021 The Pinnacles / Perth
Travel north (via the coast road) to Nambung National Park, home of The Pinnacles (thousands of limestone pillars rising up to 5 metres high). These peculiar geological formations were formed by calcified limestone approx. 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. Return to Perth via the inland road (the Brand Highway). Evening: End of Tour Dinner, featuring outstanding WA bluegrass band, Bluegrass Parkway. (B,D)
DAY 16 Friday September 17, 2021 Home
After breakfast bid farewell to your new friends before returning home. Our coach will do one transfer to the airport, this morning, for those flying home this afternoon. (B)
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Tour deposit fully refundable up to 45 days prior to departure
This involves a return ferry trip from Fremantle to Rottnest Island, and (2) Adams Perth’s Grand Island Tour of Rottnest Island, including light lunch. Costs: (1) Return Ferry trip. Adult: $70; Senior Card & Concession Card holders: $65. If we get 10 or more tour group members doing the Rottnest Island day trip, we receive a small discount, which John Howie will pass on to those doing the Rottnest Island tour.(2) Grand Island Tour. Cost: Adults: $84; Seniors Card or Concession Card holders (i.e., pensioners): $79. If we get 10 or more tour group members going on the tour, we get a discount of about $8 per person, which John Howie will pass on to those doing the Grand Island Tour.
The Tree Top Walk is done on a sturdily-built, safe steel walkway built very high up off the ground. It gives you a bird’s eye view of some of the biggest timber giants on earth – Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees. For those not doing the Tree Top Walk, there is a ground level boardwalk (the Ancient Empire Walk), where you can walk amongst the towering tingle trees. This walk is free. Cost of the Tree Top Walk: Adults: $22.50. Concession Card holders: $16.50.
Jewel Cave is spectacular! To get an idea of what you would see, Google ‘Jewel Cave, WA’, on the internet. The tour of the cave involves quite a lot of steps and stairways. Duration of the tour is about 1 hour. Cost: Adult: $23.50; Seniors: $21.
Please Note: Everybody needs to be in Perth, ready to commence Sightseeing Coach Tour of Perth, at 1pm on September 2, 2021.
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd, License number 30858 (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.
Tour Costs: The tours costs are based on transport, accommodation costs and entry costs at 4 November 2020. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to costings will be made within 60 days of departure.
Deposit and Payment: A deposit of $500 per passenger is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 45 days before departure. A 1.5% administration charge will be added to payment by Visa, Mastercard and AMEX cards.
Cancellation Charges: * Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits. Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable. Cancellations within 45 days prior to departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 45 days from departure will result in your $500 per person deposit being refunded.
The tour is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.
Minimum Tour Numbers: The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 45 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost. Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.
Responsibilities: Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and does not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/ or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria.
How to Book: Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $500 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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About Travelrite International: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.
“One of the best tours we have ever done. Great program and lovely people.”
“Well organised tour that ran smoothly. Very impressed with Wayne Horsburgh, intelligent, talented and caring.”