Day 1 Sydney to Bathurst
Today group members depart Sydney Central Station early morning on our XPT train journey to Bathurst. Please talk to your consultant if you would like us to arrange pre tour accommodation. The completion of the railway between Sydney and Bathurst in 1876 was instrumental to the development of the colony of New South Wales. The picturesque train journey travels via the spectacular Blue Mountains passing through Katoomba, Mount Victoria and Lithgow. We arrive in Bathurst late morning and after time for lunch we visit the extensive Railway Museum which brings the rich social history of Bathurst and its story as a railway town to life, with personal recollections and interesting artefacts. Late afternoon we check into our hotel. This evening we enjoy an included Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 Bathurst
This morning we enjoy a city tour of Bathurst including the Chifley home museum (the former home of Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife). This unique museum provides a glimpse into how the Chifley’s lived, and offers an experience of everyday life in the 1940’s. Its original collection of household furnishings, kitchenware and personal effects date back to when the Chifley’s first occupied the house in 1914. In the afternoon we visit Abercrombie House. National Trust registered Abercrombie House was built in the 1870s by Bathurst pioneers the Stewart family. We return to town via the famous Mount Panorama, home to the Bathurst 1000 and many other motorsports events throughout the year. The tour manager will recommend restaurants for those that wish to dine with the group.
Day 3 Cowra
This morning we depart Bathurst travelling south towards Mount Oberon. We visit the gorgeous Mayfield Garden which features a spectacular water garden and picturesque ponds, bridges and grottoes. Enjoy some time in the town of Oberon before travelling the short distance to Cowra where we visit the Japanese War Cemetery and the Cowra POW Camp, site of the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history which occurred on August 5, 1944.
Day 4 Parkes
This morning we visit the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre. The garden is a tangible monument to peace and reconciliation between two countries. Its principal objective and purpose is the promotion of Japanese design, including landscape, garden and crafts. We continue onto Parkes where we will visit the the King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit and the Parkes Motor Museum. The King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit is a unique collection of genuine Elvis artefacts which were owned by Elvis or directly connected to his life. Parkes Motor Museum houses an impressive collection of mint condition motor vehicles representing all heritage motoring eras. We check into our hotel late afternoon.
Day 5 Orange
This morning we visit one of the highlights of the tour, the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, star of the movie ‘The Dish,’ (2000). It is one of Australia’s most prominent landmarks – a sophisticated piece of scientific equipment ironically in the middle of sheep paddocks! We continue with a visit to the Parkes Aviation museum before travelling to Orange where we stay the next two nights.
Day 6 Orange
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Orange and the surrounding area. Orange has a well-deserved reputation for producing excellent food and wine, a fascinating history and stunning landscapes. We will see Mount Conoblas and the Botanic Gardens. This afternoon enjoy a visit to a local winery for a tasting. Orange has been blessed with ideal conditions to produce cool climate wines. Boutique wineries make a variety of wines including award winning chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.
Day 7 Dubbo
Enjoy a free morning in Orange before we board our midday train to Dubbo. In the heart of the beautiful Macquarie Valley, Dubbo is a vibrant regional city by the majestic Macquarie River. After a two hour train journey we arrive in Dubbo and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Experience where we discover the stories and challenges of the nurses, doctors and pilots servicing 7.69 million square kilometres of outback Australia.
Day 8 Tamworth
This morning we visit the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. With wide open spaces, we will see hundreds of rare and endangered animals in their natural element. This afternoon we travel, via the New England Highway, to Tamworth, Australia’s country music capital.
Day 9 Tamworth
This morning we visit Tamworth’s excellent Australian Country Music Hall of Fame. This museum includes stage outfits worn by the stars of Australian country music, and fascinating items like the Panther motorcycle Geoff Mack (who wrote the song I’ve Been Everywhere) and his wife, Tabbi, rode from London to Australia, in 1954, and the cheap guitar Kasey Chambers took to South Africa (on holiday with her mum, in 2001), and with which she wrote several of her hit songs, including The Captain. We continue sightseeing this afternoon stopping at the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre, Oxley Scenic Lookout and the Botanical Gardens.
Day 10 Armidale
A free morning in Tamworth before taking the afternoon train to Armidale. You may wish to stroll along the Country Music Pioneers Parade in Bicentennial Park and view the busts of our country music legends. We take the afternoon train to Armidale , arriving early evening and will transfer to our hotel upon arrival. Dubbed the Cathedral City, Armidale in the New England High Country, is one of Australia’s most elegant regional cities.
Day 11 Coffs Harbour
This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Armidale. We will see its grand cathedrals and colonial buildings in green, tree-lined streets. After lunch we depart Armidale and travel through the Cathedral Rock National Park before reaching the North Coast and Coffs Harbour.
Day 12 Coffs Harbour
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Coffs Harbour and the surrounding region. We will see some of the spectacular beaches and marine conservation areas that Coffs Harbour is famous for. We will see the Solitary Islands Marine Park and walk out to Muttonbird Island. Surrounded by ocean sparkling in shades of blue, the island affords views of the Coffs Coast and hinterland from a unique, offshore perspective. In the afternoon we travel inland to Sealy Lookout in Orara East State Forest and stop at the Coffs Harbour landmark the ‘Big Banana’. This evening we will enjoy an included Farewell dinner to celebrate a wonderful tour.
Day 13 Sydney
A free morning in Coffs Harbour before we transfer to the train station for our return journey to Sydney. We arrive into Sydney Central Train Station at approximately 8:15pm and the tour concludes. Please talk to your consultant if you would like us to arrange post tour accommodation.
Tour deposit fully refundable up to 60 days prior to departure
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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, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.
Tour Costs: The tour costs are based on general transport, entry, and accommodation costs. 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 price will be made within 60 days of departure from Australia.
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