YOUR NEW SOUTH WALES ADVENTURE AWAITS!
The tour departs at 10am from the Sydney Harbour Marriott. Please schedule flights to arrive by 7am. Pre-nights in Sydney are available for purchase. Depart Sydney and travel to the Hunter Valley. Enjoy a welcome lunch with wine pairing followed by a delicious tasting of local chocolates. This evening is at leisure. Why not check-out one of the world-class restaurants of the region? (L)
WINNING WINES With over 150 cellar doors, the Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wines and is also known for its innovative restaurants, gourmet delights, and natural wonders. Located at the gateway to the Hunter, the family-owned Peterson House, is home to the largest array of sparkling wines in the region. Sample the latest sparkling wines, learn how the signature flavours are created and enjoy a seasonal lunch served at the winery's award-wining restaurant. You'll soon understand the winery's motto of "Life's flat without bubbles."
VALLEYS & VINEYARDS
Today is a full day at leisure. (B)
ENHANCED FREE TIME
EXPLORE MORE Your centrally located resort offers you prime access to the Hunter Valley Gardens, several cellar doors, restaurants, cafes and shops. You may wish to take a full or half day tour to some of the region's best vineyards. Your Tour Director is on hand to make sure you make the most of your stay!
Travel past scenic countryside and rolling hills through the "Horse Capital of Australia" to Scone. Enjoy a heritage walk around the town and learn about the historic post office, hotels, school and courthouse followed by free time to explore on your own. Tonight, dinner is served at a local restaurant featuring regional wine. (B,D)
LOCAL TASTES Travel into the fertile Cudgegong River Valley known for its moderate year-round climate and the perfect location for growing fruits. The region is known for Shiraz, Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Semillon. We'll visit 10's Estate for a tasting of their wines and to learn about their organic farming, hand-pruned vines, and use of sustainable practices such as compost mulch and drip irrigation.
FARMERS & FLYING DOCTORS
Spend the morning at the [LF] Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers' Market. Continue to Dubbo where you'll learn about life and medical services in the Outback at the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening, you may wish to attend an optional visit to the Dubbo Observatory Tower for a chance to view the stars, planets, and vast night sky. (B)
Choose to upgrade your visit to Dubbo and "Wake up in the Wild" - Here's your chance to experience a slice of Africa with an overnight stay at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Your lodge is positioned right beside a stunning savannah, home to giraffes, rhinos, zebra and antelope. Your overnight here includes entrance to the zoo, afternoon and morning safari, accommodation in an Animal View Lodge, dinner and breakfast. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience! Please refer to tour "New South Wales Wineries & Countryside with Dubbo Zoo Overnight", tour code PWZ, for more information on this special overnight opportunity!
LOCAL LIFE The Mudgee region is home to rich soils and distinct seasons that support the growth of quality farmed and artisan foods. You'll have time to explore the Farmers' Market and have the chance to chat with the local food producers. Grab a coffee and a local treat, browse the large range of stalls and perhaps listen to local musicians. This authentic market is where farmers, artisan producers and food lovers come together.
ORCHARDS & OUTER SPACE
This morning, travel to Parkes and visit the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Visitor's Centre. Later, visit the Henry Parkes Museum, which pays tribute to Parke's past with classic cars, antiques, a moat cottage, and even Elvis Presley memorabilia. Travel through the rolling hills of the Orange region, home to acclaimed vineyards, lush orchards, boutique shopping and excellent restaurants. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)
HISTORIC SPOT Explore the Parkes CSIRO Radio Telescope, famous for its part in the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing and the subject of the Australian film, The Dish. Astronomers use the telescope to measure the radio energy produced naturally by objects in the universe such as stars and galaxies. Occasionally the telescope also assists space exploration missions by acting as a receiving station. During your time here, enjoy the exhibits, take in a show at the Centre's 3D theatre, and learn about the partnership with NASA.
This morning is at leisure to explore more on your own. Later, [LF] a local guide gives you a taste of the region's agricultural side. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B)
CULTURE & TRADITIONS The Orange area is known for its delicious local produce, cool climate wineries, walking trails and mountain biking. On today's tour, visit an agricultural research station to learn about their important work that supports livestock, crops, and the local environment. You'll also visit a working cattle and sheep station and have time to see the animals, machinery, and experience life on the farm. Finish with a visit to a local cider brewery. Learn how cider is made using traditional methods and the locally grown apples and pears. Then, sit down for a sampling of ciders and platters of locally produced foods.
CELEBRATION IN SYDNEY
Make a stop in Bathurst at the Mt Panorama Lookout for amazing views. Continue into the Blue Mountains and enjoy morning tea at Bygone Beauty's Teapot Museum and Tearoom followed by a short walk to see the iconic Three Sisters rock formation. Tonight, join your Tour Director and travel companions for a festive farewell dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. (B,D)
LEGENDARY LANDMARKS Cruise beautiful Sydney Harbour and experience amazing views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Luna Park. Make sure to have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. While you cruise, enjoy a 3-course chef designed menu featuring seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients, served alongside wines from some of New South Wales' most prestigious wine regions. The perfect ending to your holiday!
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Sydney and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase. (B)