New South Wales has so much more to offer than just the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House! We start the tour in Sydney and then travel out to the beautiful Southern Highlands and Blue Mountains. The countryside is varied from lush vegetation, sandy beaches, stunning vistas and the Great Plains. A relaxed pace itinerary with lots of new places to explore.
Saturday 24 September Home – Sydney (D)
Today we join our flights to Sydney. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 2-night stay.
Sunday 25 September Sydney (B,L)
Today, our coach will drop us off at Circular Quay, where we will board our boat and enjoy a relaxing luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour. Sit back and enjoy a buffet lunch as we cruise past the iconic sites including Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. An informative commentary is provided as the various landmarks are pointed out. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch with something for everyone’s tastes. At the conclusion, we are transferred back to our hotel, or you can choose to wander back through the city at your own pace. The afternoon is free.
Monday 26 September Sydney – Bowral (B,D)
This morning, we leave Sydney behind and head south towards the Southern Highlands. We visit the Kiama Blowhole, Kangaroo Valley, Fitzroy Falls and Berrima. Berrima is the best-preserved Georgian village in mainland Australia. Many of the buildings are made of sandstone blocks carved out by convicts, including the Surveyor General Inn, the oldest continuously licensed inn in Australia.
Tuesday 27 September Bowral (B,L)
Bowral is a lively spot in The Highlands with a number of antique shops and cafes to browse. It is also home to the Don Bradman Museum which we visit. At this time of year, the Tulips are in bloom, so a visit to the Corbet Gardens is a must do. We enjoy a lovely lunch at a vineyard today, before the afternoon is at your own leisure.
Wednesday 28 September Bowral – Blue Mountains (B,D)
A leisurely start today as we head into the hills with some great views. Katoomba is in the heart of the Blue Mountains and our lovely resort hotel is waiting for our 2-night stay.
Thursday 29 September Blue Mountains National Park (B)
This morning we visit Scenic World, renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains adventure – from native birdlife and fresh air to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and Jamison Valley. You can journey on the world’s steepest incline railway, glide between clifftops on the glass-floored Skyway suspended 270 metres in the air, descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Cableway, explore Jurassic rainforest along all or part of the 2.4 kilometres walkway – the longest boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere. In the afternoon, we are transferred back to our resort.
Friday 30 September Blue Mountains – Jenolan – Bathurst (B,D)
We depart our resort after breakfast and our first stop will be the Jenolan Caves, the largest and most famous cave system in Australia. Set in the Blue Mountains National Park, the Jenolan Caves are a national treasure of awe-inspiring beauty and scale. Our visit includes a tour of the Imperial Cave where you can experience crystal formations, fossils and an underground river. Bathurst is home to one of the most famous car races in the World. And while we wont be breaking any speed records, we enjoy a look around the track.
Saturday 01 October Bathurst – Dubbo (B,D)
The Great Western Plains is our destination, with vast expanses, breath-taking views and sunsets. On our journey today includes a stop at the Cowra POW camp, and Parkes car museum. Continuing on we head to Dubbo, home to Australia’s first Dark Sky Park.
Sunday 02 October Dubbo (B,D)
The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals from more than 350 species, including a rare king cheetah who bore six cubs in 2018, and a herd of Asian elephants, all housed in a huge open sanctuary – complete with Lion Pride Lands. In the afternoon we learn about the history of the area at the Dubbo Gaol and the Royal Flying Doctor service.
Monday 03 October Dubbo – Hunter Valley (B,D)
Leaving the plains behind we head towards Australia’s oldest wine producing regions, The Hunter Valley. We detour through Gulgong and Mudgee before arriving at our hotel for the next 2 nights.
Tuesday 04 October Hunter Valley (B,L)
A relaxing start to the morning today, just sit back and soak in the views and atmosphere. We visit the non-wine local favourite delicacies, Chocolate and Cheese, before enjoying a sumptuous lunch at a vineyard. After lunch, relax at the resort, hire a bike, taste a few more wines, or take stroll.
Wednesday 05 October Hunter Valley – Newcastle (B,D)
Back the coast today we visit Nobbys Beach before being at Fort Scratchley for the 1pm gun fire and the Anzac Memorial Walk.
Thursday 06 October Newcastle – Sydney (B,L,D)
The Hawkesbury River is our destination today where we join our cruise boat to learn about the history of the region. Surrounded by steep, forested slopes, the serene bays and inlets along the Hawkesbury River provided an enclave for early settlers. The region is dotted with sandstone ruins, historic cottages and convict trails including the World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road, built by convicts between 1826 and 1836. Tonight, we have our final dinner at the hotel.
Friday 07 October Sydney– Home (B)
Time to say our farewells as we are transferred to Sydney Airport in time to join our flights home.