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Bright Autumn Tints and Alpine High Country

Victoria

Coach
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Eco
Eco

Tour summary

We fly into Melbourne and travel to Beechworth for a 3 night stay and access to Victoria's breathtaking High Country. Visit Mt Beauty, Falls Creek and Bogong, and then celebrate the wonderful autumn colours and delicious autumn produce of the area at Bright. Continue on to Brisbane via 2 nights 5 star in the Southern Highlands, Newcastle and Grafton.

Departure location:
Melbourne Airport
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
9
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

29 April 2021 - Diamond Class

Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Diamond
Diamond
Tour accreditations:
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Bright Autumn Tints and Alpine High Country

Tour pricing

Twin Share
Diamond
Diamond
$
3998
pp
Sole Use
Diamond
Diamond
$
4999
pp
Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
3560
pp
Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
4530
pp
Deposit:
$800 per person
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
Save $20PP Twin share or $40 Sole Use
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

1 additional day (TOTAL 10 DAY TOUR)

  • One way economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
  • 1 additional night bed & breakfast( 1 post-tour) at Sofitel Brisbane Central
  • One way Airtrain ticket ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station

Plus $475pp Twin Share, Plus $544 Sole Use*

*Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice

DEPOSIT

Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B.  Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control.

Tour inclusions

  • One way economy class flight ex Brisbane, Sydney orAdelaide to Melbourne
  • 3 nights Beechworth
  • High Country; Mount Beauty; Bogong High Plains;Falls Creek
  • Wallace’s Hut; Red Stag Deer Farm
  • Beechworth guided tour
  • Evening ghost tour of the former Mayday HillsLunatic Asylum
  • Holbrook; Gundagai; ‘Dog on the Tucker Box’
  • Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum
  • 2 nights Bowral OR Sutton Forest
  • Fitzroy Falls; Berry
  • Dining experience at Far Meadow Table
  • Dirty Janes emporium and antique market
  • Riverboat Postman cruise and lunch on the LowerHawkesbury River
  • 2 nights Newcastle; Newcastle Memorial Walk
  • Famous Tram tour with commentary
  • Slim Dusty Centre at Kempsey
  • 1 night Grafton
  • Tropical Fruit World plantation tour & lunch
  • 23 meals

Additional information

Our Diamond Class tours have a seat rotation policy for all guests. Read more for details.

‘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)

Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels
Eco experience
Eco experience
Entertainment
Entertainment
Flight included
Flight included
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
Walking component
Walking component

Itinerary

Departs
Melbourne Airport
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Melbourne - Beechworth

Flight included
Flight included
Heritage
Heritage

Flying in to Melbourne we join either our luxury ‘Gold Class’ or opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach to make our way to the Euroa Golf Club to break for lunch. Our afternoon takes us via the Ned Kelly town of Glenrowan for a short break, before we arrive in Beechworth at the unique historic setting that is Mayday Hills. Set on 27 hectares with many leisure activities on offer, our accommodation delivers a modern relaxing stay within the intrigue of a bygone era.

**All accommodation is located within the historic Mayday Hills property, meals are served in the hotel.

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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
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Day

2

Beechworth

Eco experience
Eco experience
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
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GGP
Heritage
Heritage

Today we head toward the HighCountry travelling through breath-taking Mount Beauty and ascending the mountain through Bogong and on to the High Plains at Falls Creek. Here we visit historic Wallace’s Hut - the oldest hut still standing in the Bogong High Plains. We descend the mountain making our way to the Red Stag Deer Farm where we enjoy a gourmet lunch before feeding, touching and learning about these majestic animals.

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Day

3

Beechworth - Bright

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Heritage
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Local guide
Walking component
Walking component

Enjoy a guided tour of the historical town of Beechworth, then take in morning tea at the famous Beechworth Bakery. We then head to Bright’s Gala Day at the Autumn Festival. The festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria’s Alpine High Country and  Bright . After dinner this evening and as darkness falls, we set out on a ghost tour of the buildings of the former Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum. You’ll be intrigued as our guide depicts the facility history, memories, local tales, urban myths, and stories of the supernatural.

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Day

4

Beechworth - Southern Highlands

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide

This morning we head off through the township of Holbrook, often referred to as the ‘Submarine Town’ as it is the resting place of the HMAS Otway. Passing through Gundagai we break at the ‘Dog on the Tucker Box’ before venturing on to Goulburn. After lunch we take a guided tour of the Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum, set on the banks of the picturesque Wollondilly River at Marsden Weir. Built in the 1880’s the pump house is the only complete, steam powered municipal water supply left in its original location in the Southern Hemisphere. We finish our day venturing up into the Southern Highlands.

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Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral - 4/5
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Day

5

Southern Highlands

Eco experience
Eco experience
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

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 Far Meadow Table for a relaxed long lunch in the country. This gourmet oasis boasts its own kitchen garden, outdoor wood fire oven and Argentinian Grill. Here we dine on delicious produce sourced from local farmers, gardeners, fishermen and artisans; unique seasonal dishes that celebrate the beautiful South Coast. Our afternoon takes us to Bowral where 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.

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Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral - 4/5
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Afternoon Tea
Dinner
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Day

6

Southern Highlands - Newcastle

Boat
Boat
Local guide
Local guide
Walking component
Walking component

Leaving the highlands we pass through the western suburbs of Sydney to arrive in Brooklyn where we join the Riverboat Postman, established in 1910, as it delivers mail and other essentials to the river-access-only settlements on the Lower Hawkesbury River. All the skippers are locals who have lived in the area their whole lives. Enjoy lunch on board and be entertained by the stories of the river whilst cruising in comfort up this spectacular waterway. Back ashore we continue on to the Central Coast and our destination for the day, Newcastle where there’s time to visit the city’s Memorial Walk. This 450 metre long walkway winds around the cliff edge offering magnificent views of the coastline, city and Hunter Valley, whilst commemorating local service men and women.

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Rydges, Newcastle
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Day

7

Newcastle

Local guide
Local guide
Tram
Tram

After a relaxed start to the day we board the famous tram, a replica of those in service in the 1920’s. Our 1 hour tram tour takes in the city, beaches and historical sites of Newcastle, with the driver detailing Newcastle’s life both past and present whilst we enjoy this nostalgic form of travel. The rest of the day is a free day to spend as you please. Perhaps visit Fort Scratchley, a former coastal defence installation which is now a museum, take in a long harbourside lunch, or wander the shops of downtown Newcastle.

*Lunch is at own expense today.

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8

Newcastle - Grafton

Heritage
Heritage

Heading north today we break for morning tea then it’s back on the road as we make tracks for the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey. Paying homage to one of the greats of Australian music, the centre houses an extensive archive that follows Slim’s life journey and showcases an iconic Australian lifestyle. Later we continue on through Coffs Harbour to Grafton on the banks of the Clarence River, our home for the night.

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9

Grafton - Brisbane

Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Local guide
Local guide
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Travelling further north this morning we arrive at Tropical Fruit World. Set amongst rainforest, water catchments and the rolling volcanic mineral soil from nearby Mount Warning, this working fruit farm is perfectly situated to grow exotic fruits from across the globe. We tour the plantation by tractor train, winding through the orchards where more than 500 varieties of tropical and exotic fruit are grown. After lunch there’s time to sample a little of what’s in season before our afternoon takes us into Queensland to arrive at Roma Street, Brisbane.

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How much luggage can I take?

Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

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Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you.  Our fitness ratings are:

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What is the average size of tour groups?

Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.

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