Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday
Daily Devotions and time for Worship
Air-Conditioned Touring Coach
Quality Accommodation with private facilities
Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees included
Luggage Assistance if required
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Our colourful holiday begins as we leave the city behind to meander through some great, Aussie country towns.
We stop in historic Dungog to admire architectural gems from the 19th and 20th centuries such as the James Theatre, a Spanish Mission-style which is the oldest purpose-built cinema still operating in Australia.
Enjoy the picturesque drive along Bucketts Way to Gloucester, a charming town nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. As early as 1851 the famous colonial clergyman John Dunmore Lang observed that “Gloucester is one of the best sites for an inland town, I have ever seen in the colony …It is altogether a beautiful spot in the wilderness.”
A perfect place to enjoy our first group dinner together.
Heading North, we travel along Thunderbolt’s Way which was named after the “gentleman bushranger” Captain Thunderbolt who roamed these parts in the 1860s. Our route passes through some majestic second growth forests as we climb towards the township of Walcha and the beautiful Apsley Falls. Stretch your legs on an easy walk and admire the dramatic gorge carved by the water as it starts its journey to the Coast, eventually flowing into the Macleay River.
We drive to the small Tablelands township of Uralla, home to both the grave and statue of Captain Thunderbolt. Take time, wander and buy lunch from one of the many cafes before we drive to nearby Gostwyck Chapel.
Officially known as ‘All Saints Anglican Church’, it was built in 1921 in memory of Major Clive Collingwood Dangar who lost his life during World War I. The chapel was constructed entirely of bricks made and fired on Gostwyck Station. This site is a great favourite for photographers due to its magnificent tree lined avenue of 200 Elms that turn gold in autumn, providing the perfect backdrop for the brilliant red of the Virginia Creeper covering the chapel.
Also, part of Gostwyck Station is the unique, octagonal building of the Deeargee Woolshed; built in 1872 this corrugated iron “pagoda” is still in use today. Both these buildings are private and not accessible, but we are permitted to stop in the chapel grounds to reflect and to admire its beauty.
Our colourful day continues as we arrive in the elegant, regional city of Armidale; set high in the Northern Tablelands it is well known for vibrant autumn foliage. This is our home for the next four nights and a perfect base from which to explore the history and beauty of the New England region.
Get ready to take a step back in time as we drive north through Guyra and then head west to the old tin mining town of Tingha.
We will enjoy a morning break and the chance to wander through this little village; looking around it is hard to imagine Tingha in the 1870s when, at the peak of the tin boom, it was the largest tin-producing district in NSW and had mines stretching for 8 km employing 8000 men.
Experience firsthand what it was like to live in Tingha as an early settler when we visit Grove Homestead, at the Inverell Pioneering Village. Originally located in Tingha this homestead dates back to 1840 and is the oldest building in the reconstructed village. These authentic buildings have all been collected from Inverell and surrounding districts and represent the lifestyle and pioneering spirit of our forebears. Visit historic buildings such as a church, a post office, a school, a farrier, a pub etc and admire the collection of old farm equipment and motor vehicles.
Inside each building there are interesting displays such as the George P Devine Photography Collection that features images and an extensive photography equipment, all collected over 100 years.
Why not try fossicking for the famous Inverell Blue Sapphires at the wash pond in the Village – fun, fellowship & fossicking! This whole area is part of the most prolific sapphire region in NSW, which is home to the world’s richest mineral diversity belt, and is internationally famous for the deep rich, royal blue sapphires.
We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the grounds of this living history museum before we drive the “Fossickers Way” on to the historic town of Glen Innes.
Located over 1km above sea level and with countryside reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, homesick European settlers named this area the Glen Innes Highlands and planted many deciduous trees.
This legacy can be seen in the many colourful avenues of autumn leaves whilst the area’s Celtic heritage is honoured at the Australian Standing Stones monument.
Often dubbed the “Cathedral City” Armidale is the perfect place to spend a Sunday and your Tour Leader will discuss with you the various options for worship services this morning. You can choose whether to worship together with the group or elect to use our coach to get to and from your preferred church.
After church we will visit Booloominbah, one of the nation’s most magnificent country houses, which now sits at the heart of Australia’s first regional university, the University of New England. Enjoy lunch at the delightful café-restaurant in this iconic heritage building.
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park to the east of Armidale provides the opportunity to enjoy some spectacular scenery.
It’s all waterfalls and wilderness on this easy 4km walk around the rim of the Wollomombi Gorge (classified as a Grade 3 walk with a formed path, gentle hills and occasional steps it will take approximately 1.5 hours). This scenic walk offers great wildlife spotting and birdwatching – watch for a platypus paddling by or an eastern grey kangaroo lying in the shade and keep your eyes out for the colourful spotted pardalote and the Wedge tailed eagles who often surf the thermals that rise off the gorge.
In the afternoon we return to our hotel for a well-earned dinner.
Nothing is better than learning about a place from a local so this morning we will be joined by an Armidale guide who will share their delightful city with us.
Founded in 1839, Armidale boasts beautiful, historic buildings, all framed by a backdrop of tree-lined streets that will be ablaze with Autumn tones. Our guide will expand on the history of the city whilst entertaining us with lively and interesting stories.
We will end our morning’s exploration with a tour of the heritage listed Saumarez Homestead, a “time capsule” of intact historical farm buildings and machinery and an Edwardian mansion filled with all its original furniture and artifacts.
This afternoon you have time to explore Armidale at leisure – you may have had your interest piqued by this morning tour and want to go back and visit some of the city’s museums or galleries or perhaps you wish to browse the shops or enjoy a coffee with new friends.
We farewell Armidale and set off for a day of relaxed touring to enjoy some “off the beaten track” locations and attractions. We are still following the Fossicker’s Way as we descend the Moonbi Ranges to drive into Tamworth, a mining town in the 1850s it is now famous as the home of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Golden Guitar. Get ready to tap your toes when we visit the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Significant gold discoveries were made in the nearby township of Nundle in 1850s but by 1900 the major industries of the region were milling and brewing.
Today the Nundle Woollen Mill is one of the last spinning mills still operating in Australia and uses traditional spinning machinery, several pieces nearly 100 years old, to transform raw wool into famous Nundle knitting yarn. Take time to browse and/or buy some great woollen products.
We travel south from Nundle and descend the Liverpool Ranges into Scone, a township famous for its horse studs, where we will stop for an afternoon break. Our destination is Muswellbrook, an historic town tucked into the rolling vineyards of the Upper Hunter’s world-famous wine country.
As this is our final overnight stop we will be sure to celebrate with a fun, group dinner.
We cap off a great tour with one of the most picturesque drives descending the Great Dividing Range into the Western Slopes. Around every turn, and at the crest of every hill, the rolling countryside unfolds before you and we have selected this route to cap off your Autumn adventure as we wind our way towards Sydney and home.
Our route takes us through rural areas, past coal mining activity and captures spectacular views of the Western We cap off a great tour with one of the most picturesque drives descending the Great Dividing Range into the Western Slopes.
Around every turn, and at the crest of every hill, the rolling countryside unfolds before you and we have selected this route to cap off your Autumn adventure as we wind our way towards Sydney and home.
Our route takes us through rural areas, past coal mining activity and captures spectacular views of the Western Escarpment of the Blue Mountains sandstone ridges and into the surrounding valleys. We will stop for a morning break at the little village of Bylong, then it is through to Lithgow for lunch.
The Bell’s Line of Road offers commanding vistas across the Grose Valley and the Wollongambe Wilderness as we drive East towards Kurrajong, Richmond and Windsor to head back into Sydney.
Our beautiful, Autumn holiday is at an end but we hope it has brought new colour to your life and left you with fun memories of special times shared with new friends.
|Departs from:||Description||Twin PP||Single|
|SYDNEY||Sydney Domestic Airport||$2,780||$3,225|
|MELBOURNE||Melbourne Domestic Airport||$3,180||$3,675|
|BRISBANE||Brisbane Domestic Airport||$3,180||$3,675|
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