EXTENDED TOURS

EXTENDED TOURS – Quality motels & meals. Small personal groups & buses!

Springtime Tour/Floriade.
Thurs 21st Sept. 6 days $2,275 pp twin share. Single $365

This tour is a garden lover’s dream. After our flight to Newcastle, you’ll love Hunter Valley Gardens for a tour, train ride & Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. We’ll tour A Dozen Roses - a hydroponic rose farm & Mt Penang Gardens near Gosford. Of course nothing beats Bowral and the Tulip Festival & the stunning Tuliptop Gardens on our way to Canberra. Then the highlight—Floriade—with millions of tulips planted each year and stunning floral garden displays. Cockington Green is always a lot of fun & then the beautiful Tesselaar’s Tulip Festival in the Dandenongs. Our last night is in Healesville with a visit to The Big Bouquet for a tour and lunch before our flight back from Melbourne. Call for itinerary today.
oreilly guesthouse
oreilly guesthouse view
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse. 10th Oct. 3 days.
$950pp twin share. $150 single supplement in standard room. No single supp in smaller single room.  

Relax and do absolutely nothing or do every activity available. Early morning bird walks, Billy Tea and damper 4WD tour, bushwalks, Birds of Prey Show, the Animal Encounter Show, film evenings, glow worm tours—or relax in the library and learn all about the history of this wonderful place. It’s one of our most favourite places in the whole world. ALL MEALS AND ALL ACTIVITIES.
Murray River Cruise & Little Desert
22 Oct 2017 8 days
$4,099 pp twin share, single $1675

After our flight to Adelaide, we'll overnight and visit Monarto Zoo the next day - one of the largest open range zoos in the world spanning more than 1500 hectares and home to more than 500 animals and 50 species of exotic and native mammals, birds & reptiles. Then it's on to the historic town of Mannum where we board the Murray Princess Paddlewheeler for a 4 night Historic Cruise on the majestic Murray River. Highlights include - Cruise through Lock #1 at Blanchetown; Tour the vineyard and visit the cellar door at Burk Salter Boutique winery; take a guided walking tour of the Swan Reach township and visit the Swan Reach Museum; see the towering sandstone cliffs at the Big Bend; Watch the Sunnydale Woolshed Show & go to the Native Wildlife Shelter; Enjoy a riverside Aussie Barbecue; go on a nocturnal tractor and cart ride; Explore the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve archaeological sites with an expert local guide; we'll delight in a scenic tender boat ride. Little Desert National Park is our next stop for some wildlife encounters followed by a visit to Ballarat for the Sound and Light Show at Sovereign Hill before flying home from Melbourne.
Murray River Cruise Itinerary
grafton festival
jacaranda festival
Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival 3rd Nov 3 days. $750 pp twin share. Single $125

Each year in late October, Grafton celebrates the annual blossoming of the Jacaranda Tree and began in 1935. Today, during the festival, you will find a chaos of colour in street parades, cultural and handicraft displays. We’ll start our trip with lunch at the Rathdowney Pub and enjoy a very scenic drive via Lions Road to Casino where we’ll overnight. Guided tour of Grafton on Saturday and a visit to some Open Gardens before free time at the TAFE markets for all the fun of the fair. We’ll enjoy a scenic drive to some beach suburbs before returning for the grand finale—The Street Parade. We’ll overnight at Angourie Resort in Yamba before our visit to Summerland House Farm—a working Macadamia and Avocado Farm in Alstonville. Here we’ll enjoy a tractor ride of the property and a delicious lunch before our drive home. Bring a friend or come along and meet some new ones!
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dubbo zoo
Cherry Time/Dubbo Zoo Wed 29th Nov 5 days $1899pp Single $285

We’ll fly to Canberra and overnight in Young. How about picking your own cherries in Wombat & enjoying some Cherry Pie for morning tea! You’ll love the beautiful Japanese Garden in Cowra & the fabulous POW Breakout hologram display at the Info Centre. Come see “The Dish” near Parkes & learn about Australia’s part in the moon landing. Then we’re off to Dubbo for a guided tour of the Western Plains Zoo. We’ll see meerkats, hippos, giraffes, hippos & much more. A visit to The Old Dubbo Gaol is also planned. Coonabarabran is the home to Sidings Springs —Australia’s premier infra-red astronomical observatory. Home through Moree and Inglewood where we’ll visit the Leven K Lavender Farm for a tour and morning tea. 
Flight one way.
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christmas fruit run
Christmas Fruit Run Wed 6th Dec 2 days $399 pp. single $40

Christmas time means stone fruit and there’s no better place to buy your fresh fruit than the Granite Belt. Join us for some beautiful scenic driving through Killarney, Queen Mary Falls, Daggs Falls and over the less travelled back road to Tenterfield. ALL MEALS. Great fun. Bring a friend.
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steam boat
Christmas in Echuca. Wed 20th Dec. 7 days $3,250 pp twin share. Single supp $495

Toot toot! We’re travelling to where all the rivers run….Join us as we fly to Canberra and enjoy lunch at Cockington Green. Then we’ll travel to Tumut. You’ll love our town tour of Adelong and the hilarious Boggy Creek Show at Tumburumba that portrays the spirit of Australia’s heritage. Then we’ll have lunch at Pioneer Women’s Hut. Glenrowan—the heart of Kelly country—is home to the Ned Kelly show—a very funny show about Kelly’s Last Stand. Then we’ll visit Shepparton where a local guide will bring to life the sights, sounds and tastes of this region. 
Echuca will be our home for 4 nights, so no more unpacking! We’ll tour the lovely historic Wharf Precinct of Echuca, lunch on the Emmy Lou Paddlewheeler, visit the Holden Museum & take in the majesty of the Murray River with a scenic flight. Our day in Bendigo begins with a trip on the Talking Tram followed by a visit to Chinese Joss House and The Deborah Gold Mine & an underground lunch. Christmas Day brings lunch with all the trimmings and loads of fun. We’ll fly home from Melbourne on Boxing Day. Click here for itinerary.

5 Day Mystery Tour Mon 15th Jan. $2,099 pp twin. Single $275
2 flights. All meals. Guaranteed 5 days of fun and laughter. Come join us?

aust day cruise
Aust Day Cruise to Sydney Tues 23rd Jan 7 days $1799 pp twin share. Single $950. (Based on porthole cabin) Other cabin styles available.

We’ll depart Brisbane at 2pm and cruise to Newcastle for a full day’s touring—on your own or join a ship excursion. Then on to Sydney for all the wonderful Australia Day celebrations. Free time in Sydney to explore or join a ship excursion. Australia Day on Sydney Harbour is a sight to behold. Then a full day in Tangalooma on the way home. Relax on the beach, have a Segway, quad bike or helicopter ride, or enjoy a fish feeding cruise to the wrecks. Transfer back to your front door. All meals and activities included on board ship. Lots of fun. 
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apple and grape dancing
Apple and Grape Festival Fri 2 Mar. 3 days. $625 pp twin share. Single $80

The biennial festival is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry. Join us for all the fun of the Fair. We’ll visit the fabulous Apple and Grape Festival from 10-3, and marvel at the Grand Parade—this year a celebration of flags. We’ll enjoy dinner at Anna’s Restaurant before the fireworks. We’ll stay in Tenterfield and visit Queen Mary Falls, the beautiful Girraween National Park, a strawberry farm, Bramble Patch and Chocolate Shop. YUM. Scenic drive home through Texas, Inglewood and Warwick. 

A Country Easter Wed 28th March 6 days $1750 pp twin share Single $350 

Join us for Easter in the Country in Roma. We’ll overnight in St George and visit a unique attraction at Thallon—fabulous Silo murals. Then we’re off to the intriguing Lightning Ridge for a Black Opal Tour and a visit to the Chambers of the Black Hand Underground Gallery. The Easter in the Country Festival is on in Roma. You’ll love the market stalls and street parade as well as Poetry and song, Art Exhibitions, Goat Races, Billycart Races, Rodeo and much more. Bring a friend or come along and meet some new ones.Click here for itinerary.
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Magical Torres Strait & Tip of Cape York
Sun13 May 6 days. $3,699 pp twin. Single $450. 4 Flights, all transfers.

The Torres Strait Islands are a group of at least 274 small islands which lie in Torres Strait, the waterway separating far northern continental Australia's Cape York Peninsula and the island of New Guinea. This tour will take in a visit to 3 of these beautiful islands as well as seeing many from the air!! Di and Peter would love to show you this spectacular part of the world. Door to door transfers, return flights Brisbane/Cairns/Horn Island. All ferry transfers and hotel transfers. Spend 1 night in Cairns with some free time to explore, 2 nights Thursday Island (meet our grandchildren and other colourful locals!), Thursday Island Tour and Cultural Centre, boat trip and traditional Japanese lunch and tour of Friday Island Kazu Pearl Farm, 1 night Horn Island and the icing on the cake—a stunning scenic flight to outer islands, 1 night Seisia on the Mainland and a tour to the TIP of Cape York. Not many people can claim to have done this. Cross this one off your bucket list. MOST MEALS and loads of fun and laughter.
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old cottage on stage
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Qld Outback & Min Min Magic Sat 23 June 7 days $2999 pp twin share. Single $350 

Includes flight to Longreach and return flight from Mt Isa. You’ll love our A/T tour of Camden Park Station and Historical Homestead as well as Smithy’s Outback Dinner Show in Longreach.as well as the sunset nibbles. We’ll dine under the stars and enjoy live entertainment on stage. Choose between Hall of Fame or Qantas Museum before we leave for Winton and our visit to The Age of Dinosaurs where we’ll have a guided tour of fossil laboratory and collection room. Sure to be fascinating. Arno’s Wall will make you smile as will the long-awaited newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre. We’ll meet a local for our Bedourie Town Tour and we’ll visit the Stone House and Min Min Centre in Boulia. Hear about the unusual light phenomenon often reported in our stunning Outback Qld. On to Mt Isa where we’ll experience Outback at Isa and the famous Underground Hospital built during World War II and the School of the Air.

Flinders Island and King Island. Sun 14 Oct 2018 8 days. $5225 per person twin share. Single $505 

You’ll love King Island, rich in history with shipwrecks, jagged reefs and lighthouses. The fairy penguins will steal your hearts AND the King Island Dairy’s cheeses will please your palate. We’ll visit Currie Museum, Seal Rocks State Reserve—home to a calcified forest—and we’ll visit the town of Grassy, home to King Island Kelp Craft. Overnight and touring in Launceston before we fly to Flinders Island—part of the Furneaux group of islands. It’s an inspiring world of sparkling beaches, rugged ranges, abundant wildlife and flora, and clear sapphire waters. We’ll enjoy magnificent views of Franklin Sound and travel to Trousers Point which boasts white sands, crystal clear waters and majestic Mt Strezlecki in the background. Patriarch’s Sanctuary is a reserve to protect the Cape Barron Geese. We’ll learn the sad fate of the aboriginals at historic Wybalenna and view the mutton bird rookery and old trading settlement of Port Davey. I’ve done this tour twice. It’s a very interesting and different place that’s hard to describe. 5 flights. ALL MEALS. Click here for itinerary.
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