Fly into Sydney for an exclusive harbour cruise then transfer to Bowral in the Southern Highlands for 3 nights. The 42nd 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.
5th April 2019
Fly into Sydney arriving mid-morning and board our ‘Gold Class’ coach making our way to King Street Wharf. 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: Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral
The 42nd annual Highland Gathering Festival is where Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day. This is Australia’s premier Scottish Highland Gathering – Scotland, 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, Water Toss and more.
**A special exclusive treat for Fun Over Fifty passengers today with a surprise celebrity guest appearance. This is where the motto behind the name comes into play and the real fun factor shines. Celebrity guest is not publicly known/is exclusive FUN just for us!
**Lunch at own expense today.
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 tastes 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 servingdelicious 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. Back 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.
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: Parklands Resort, Mudgee
Out and about in Mudgee today, 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 Parklands Resort.
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
Departing Goondiwindi, we leisurely make our way home today stopping in Warwick to enjoy a tour and lunch at the beautiful Abbey of the Roses before finishing our journey at the Brisbane Transit Centre.
Non-refundable deposit of $600pp 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.
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