A Christian Tour Leader through-out your holiday
Quality accommodation with private facilities
Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees
Come and marvel at the beauty of dramatic National Parks, gaze heavenward at Astronomical Observatories, explore great exhibitions, visit farms, learn the local history and connect with other Christians. We look forward to sharing this great holiday with you and other like-minded people.
It’s time for fun and fellowship as we start our country holiday heading west along the scenic Bell’s Line of Road towards Mudgee. We stop at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden of Mount Tomah for morning tea and to stretch your legs – go for a stroll to take in some of the beautiful views and glorious gardens that this heritage listed property offers.
As we drive onto Lithgow, we will see the dramatic sandstone cliffs so typical of the Blue Mountains. After a lunch break it is straight onto Mudgee where we will do a short coach tour around this historic town, established by white settlers almost 200 years ago.
We leave behind the vineyards of Mudgee to travel into the heart of the Central West, stopping off in the memorably named Dunedoo for a quick break.
On arrival in Dubbo, we will enjoy lunch at the Western Plains Cultural Centre and have time to look through its wonderful Gallery, Museum and Community Art Centre. Then it is off to experience the new interactive Royal Flying Doctor Base Education Centre that showcases over 80 years of remarkable outback history. See through the eyes of unique outback characters and communities and discover the lifesaving work the RFDS does for those who live, work and travel in remote Australia.
This morning we head towards “Coona”, travelling through the Warrumbungles National Park. This dramatic landscape was created millions of years ago from an extinct shield volcano and the jagged volcanic silhouette of the Warrumbungles rise sharply from the surrounding plains.
First stop today is to meet the tall and gangly locals at an Emu Farm – with chicks hatching from early July we should also see some little chicks running around (and maybe even see them hatching).
With very clear skies and little light pollution Coonabarabran is the Astronomy Capital of Australia and the Warrumbungles was declared the country’s first “Dark Sky Park”.
We look heavenward at the impressive Siding Spring Observatory, long recognised as Australia’s top research centre for optical astronomy – come and discover why professional astronomers from around the world come here to probe the mysteries of the universe.
Check into our comfortable accommodation, home for the next three nights.
Today we will drive north through The Pilliga National Park to the Paul Wilde Observatory. Here six radio astronomy 22-m “dishes” or antennas are operated by the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science division to further our knowledge of the universe. After lunch, be amazed by the incredible rock formation of the Sawn Rocks in Mt Kapatur National Park. A day filled with natural wonders.
This morning we will enjoy worship and a time of fellowship with “Coona’ locals .
Then it is off to the beautiful organic farm that is also the home of Pilliga Pottery, unique pieces featuring Australian flora and fauna. Enjoy a demonstration of how the pottery is handmade and decorated on site by a team of highly skilled artisan potters. After a delicious lunch you will have time to enjoy a browse in their shop.
Explore indigenous history and the cathedral like Sandstone Caves in the Pilliga Nature Reserve. Walk in the footsteps of the Gamilaroi people as we take a short walk to the impressive sandstone caves, several of which contain ancient Aboriginal rock engravings.
Say farewell to Coonabarabran as we head off to Coolah, home of the legendary Black Stump. A brief stop before we drive on and come into the Upper Hunter Valley; famous for its vineyards this area is now gaining recognition for its olive groves. Enjoy a talk and taste of local produce when we stop off at Pukara Estate. From here it is only a short drive into Muswellbrook, home of the Blue Heeler dog bred that so beloved by Australian farmers. A drive through town, with its many fine colonial buildings before checking into our 4-star hotel for the night.
Overnight – Muswellbrook
After a wonderful holiday it is homeward bound as we head down the picturesque Putty Road through the Wollemi and Yengo National Parks. Relax and enjoy a scenic drive as we take you back to Sydney. We are blessed to have travelled with like-minded people, sharing new experiences, and creating happy memories.
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