Fly into Sydney for an exclusive harbour cruise then transfer to the luxurious Peppers Manor House in Sutton Forest for 3 nights in the Southern Highlands. The 43rd annual Gathering of the Clans at Bundanoon promises everything Scottish with a wee bit of Aussie flavour; massed pipe bands, highland games, Celtic dancing and more. Travel on to Mudgee and Goondiwindi with highlight visits to The Blue Mountains, Bathurst and Gulgong.
2nd April 2020
We fly into Sydney arriving mid-morning to board our ‘Diamond Class’ coach and make our way to King Street Wharf. Here we join Captain Cook Cruises for a cruise on Sydney Harbour gliding past waterside landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a buffet featuring chilled oysters, mussels, ocean prawns, succulent fish, plus a full range of non-seafood and vegetarian dishes, dessert and cheeses. Back on land we board our coach and make our way to the cool Southern Highlands. 3 Night Stay: Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest
**Please note: Due to permit restrictions, guests will be met by a local coach company and transferred to the Fun Over Fifty coach.
Travelling on Australia’s most scenic country backroads we descend from the Highlands through the rolling hills and pretty pastures of farming country. We stop to take a boardwalk to Fitzroy Falls before continuing on and absorbing striking views and deep valleys as we make our way to Berry. Enjoy some free time in this quaint town before taking our taste buds to Silo’s Restaurant nestled amongst vineyards and surrounded by lush pastures. Here executive chef Andrew Hickie (who has cooked with Manu Feildel and has cooked for Ellen De Generes, Oprah, Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro) and his talented team are committed to serving delicious produce-driven food working with regional suppliers. Our afternoon takes us via the Kiama coast then on to Robertson stopping at the Big Potato for a photo opportunity. In Bowral we visit Dirty Janes emporium and antique market, offering the best in vintage incorporating antique furniture, lighting, architectural elements, beautiful quality preloved home furnishings, and the fabulous Recycled Rags clothing salon – it is the one stop shop for style on a budget.
The 43rd annual Highland Gathering Festival is where Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day. This is Australia’s premier Scottish Highland Gathering, with a wee bit of Aussie flavour.
There’s a street parade with marching pipe bands, clan societies, decorated floats, the Tartan Warriors, and over 120 speciality craft, souvenir and food stalls. Experience massed pipes and drums, highland and Scottish country dancing, traditional and not-so-traditional highland games such as the hay toss, shot put, caber toss, kilted dash, egg throwing and water toss.
**Lunch at own expense today.
Today we travel up into the Blue Mountains taking time at the Three Sisters lookout for a photo opportunity. We then make our way to the iconic Hydro Majestic historic hotel where we enjoy the grand tradition of a high tea surrounded by elegance and charm whilst enjoying spectacular views of the Megalong Valley. Later we take a guided tour of the Casino Lobby, Majestic Ballroom and Pavillion. Our afternoon takes us to Bathurst where we take a lap of Mount Panorama Circuit (subject to no motor racing events being held) before finishing our day at Mudgee.
2 Night Stay: Winning Post Motor Inn, Mudgee
We arrive at Gooree Park for a Thoroughbred stud tour, wine tasting and lunch. Our visit offers us an opportunity to meet some of the past and future horse racing champions and savour a wine tasting in the cellar door courtyard. This afternoon enjoy free time for some retail therapy in downtown Mudgee before returning to the Winning Post Motor Inn.
Discover Gulgong Pioneers Museum housing a comprehensive array of domestic tools and utensils, farm and mining equipment, horse drawn vehicles, early photographs, Aboriginal and geological artefacts, periodic clothing and buildings dating from Gulgong’s heyday during the turbulent Gold Rush days of the 1870s. From here our afternoon takes us to Coonabarabran for lunch before we continue on via Narrabri and Moree, finishing our day at Goondiwindi.
1 Night Stay: Ascot Lodge Motor Inn, Goondiwindi
This morning we join a local guide for a tour of a working cotton farm seeing the evolution of this remarkable product from the field to fabric. We then continue on to Warwick to enjoy a tour and lunch at the beautiful ex convent Abbey of the Roses before finishing our journey at the Brisbane Transit Centre.
‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner ** (standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited)
Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
Flights are arranged to suit the tour group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
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