Short Breaks

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER SHOW

 March 2021

LOCATION:  4 Day escorted small group tour of Melbourne

DEPART:  March 2021

TIME:  You will be advised when you book

INCLUSION:  Return Flights, Accommodation, some meals and Transfers

PRICE PER PERSON:   $2230| Single Supplement $275

DEPOSIT:  Deposit of $250 per person required within 7 days of booking Balance of your payment due 8 weeks prior to tour commencement.

ABOUT THE TOUR

ABOUT THE TOUR

Join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, hosted in the exquisite heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens. Featuring the best landscape and floral talent, the Show is a celebration of Australian and around the world lifestyle and great outdoors.

Not only will you have a great holiday, but you also get inclusions added on things like.

❖  Coach travel with experienced and knowledgeable driver

❖  Accommodation for 3 nights as listed

❖  Breakfast daily at your accommodation

❖  Lunches as stated in itinerary

❖  Dinner each evening at hotel or local restaurant

❖ Garden show entry

❖  Guided tours

❖  City Sights tour

❖  Return flights and transfers

Day 1: Flight to Melbourne – 25th of March 2020

Your tour begins when you are collected at your door and head to Brisbane Airport where our team will assist with your check-in. After your flight to Melbourne, we make our way to our Accommodation. We will have lunch together, then you have some free time to explore Melbourne. This evening we will enjoy a relaxing dinner before the big day tomorrow.

Day 2: Melbourne International Garden Show – 26th of March 2020

A leisurely breakfast this morning at our Accommodation. We climb aboard the Coach taking us to the Melbourne International Garden Show. This is a hallmark event for Victoria and is the most prestigious of its kind in Australia. Over 300 exhibits are “on show” representing horticulture, nurseries, landscape gardening, floristry and cut flowers. The show will simply take your breath away with the work of Australia’s leading floral designers creating exquisite feature displays.
Lunch is at own expense today.

Day 3: Morning City Sights – Werribee Mansion – Rose Gardens – 27th of March 2020

After a scrumptious breakfast, we hop on the bus for our city Tour to explore Melbourne’s wonderful sights. Enjoy the beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens where you will discover the rare and beautiful plants, breathtaking landscapes and iconic buildings. We visit the Shine of Remembrance for a chance to honouring those who have served in the country’s armed forces. Travelling to different sightseeing points of the city. On to St Kilda where we will stop, so you are able to purchase your own lunch before arriving at Werribee Mansion, we take a guided tour unveiling the Italianate-style architecture and Victorian period interiors along with a guided garden tour of the Victoria State Rose Garden, home to 5000 roses.

Day 4: Queen Victoria Market – Flight Home – 28th March 2020

After breakfast this morning we make our way to the Queen Victoria Markets – Australia’s largest market.
You’ll have time to browse the markets before we make our way to the Melbourne airport to connect with our flights for home to complete a fabulous 4-day tour to Melbourne.

BRIGHT AUTUMN FESTIVAL

April 2021

LOCATION:  6 Day, 5 Night escorted small group tour of Victorian Alpine Region

DEPART:  April 2021

TIME:  You will be advised when you book

INCLUSION:  Return Flights, Accommodation, most meals, all attractions and Transfers

PRICE PER PERSON:   $2328| Single Supplement $360

DEPOSIT:  Deposit of $300 per person required by the 16th of December 2019. Balance of your payment due on or before 16th of February 2020. 

ABOUT THE TOUR

Enjoy an 6-day tour of the beautiful Victoria Alpine region.

Inclusions:
Not only will you have a great holiday, but you also get to indulge with added on things like.

❖  Coach travel with an experienced and knowledgeable driver

❖  Accommodation for 5 nights as listed

❖  Breakfast daily at your accommodation

❖  Lunches as stated in the itinerary

❖  Dinner as stated in the itinerary

❖  Lunch at Red Stag Deer Farm

❖  Brown Brothers Cellar Door & Patricia’s Table Restaurant

❖ The Bright Autumn Festival

❖ All attractions – entry fees, guides & guided tours as per the itinerary

❖  Return flights and transfers

Day 1: Depart Gympie – 8th September 2020

This afternoon starts with your door to door pickup to Gympie Station to commence our rail journey on the Spirit of the Outback. The perfect outback Queensland experience journeys through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain from Gympie to Longreach.

This afternoon our drive up to the Victorian Alpine Region has us stopping off in Glenrowan. We will have time to stroll across to the Village Hall Cafe or Dad and Dave’s Billy Tearooms to purchase afternoon tea.

After our comfort stop, it’s a very scenic drive across to Myrtleford for check-in at our accommodation. We then gather for a welcome drink and dinner in the motel restaurant.

Overnight Myrtleford: Motel on Alpine
Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Arrive Longreach – 9th September 2020

This evening arrive in Longreach and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 3: Bright & Wanddiligong – 30th of April 2020

Today it is back across the valley before enjoying a highlights tour of Bright and the pretty village of Wandiligong with our local guide which starts at the Bright Visitor Information Centre. Our tour takes in all the magical colours of Bright and Wandiligong as well as a stop at Nightingale Brothers, producers of crisp juicy apples, chestnuts and persimmons, available for purchase. With a picturesque orchard setting, the Nightingale Bros Produce Store brings the region’s best seasonal produce direct from the grower to the public!

After morning tea it’s back into Bright to the Bright Museum situated in the heritage-listed old Bright Railway Station. The museum covers railway history, gold mining history and the social history of the area along with local family histories and a photographic collection.

We have free time for the remainder of the afternoon, exploring the boutique shops and enjoying Bright’s natural charms. Later in the day, we meet at our pick-up point in the town centre to return to the motel to refresh before dinner at Happy Valley Hotel.

Overnight Myrtleford: Motel on Alpine
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Myrtleford – Beechwood – Milawa – 1st May 2020

This morning we travel to Beechworth where we take in the highlights of the historic Beechworth precinct. Visit the historic Beechworth Courthouse for a costumed interactive trial re-enactment based on actual court transcripts, as well as a guided tour and talk in the Burke Museum, including the Kelly Vault.

 Moving on we make our way to the Brown Brothers Milawa Winery where we enjoy lunch at Patricia’s Table Restaurant and tastings at the cellar door. The Cellar Door is the nerve centre of new ideas and experimentation within Brown Brothers and is the perfect environment for tasting new varieties and wine styles. The Milawa region is also home to the Milawa Cheese Company. Contained within the 101-year-old former butter factory we enjoy a talk and cheese tasting. The former butter factory also houses the Milawa Kitchen, Woods Park Wines and Walnut Tree Collection Gift Shop.

 Later in the afternoon, we enjoy an insight into the pumpkin seed industry at the Australian Pumpkin Seed Company. Our stop includes an audiovisual, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil tasting and more, followed by a leisurely browse through the shop. After a wonderful day out it’s time to sit back and enjoy the stunning colours of the valley as we return to Myrtleford. This evening we gather for dinner in the motel restaurant.

Overnight Myrtleford: Motel on Alpine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Day 5: Bright Autumn Festival – The Silo Art Trail – Shepparton – 2nd May 2020

Today we check out of our motel and make our way back through the valley to celebrate the Gala

Weekend at Bright’s Autumn Festival and a free morning in the town centre with markets and street performers beginning early. The main streets will be closed off for all the fun of the festival. With brass and highland bands, craft displays, the Autumn Festival Parade delights us with a real carnival atmosphere.

Early afternoon we will board the coach and make our way across to Goulburn Valley Region to the Tungamah Silos, this is the regions first silo to be painted by Western Australia artist, Sobrane Simcock in February 2018.

It’s then on to St. James, a new addition and a work in progress silo by local artist Tim Bowtell, with Draught horses and a truck that was once used to cart bushels of wheat to the silos.

Next are the Devenish Silos, in the small unique town with a population of 197. The silo art at Devenish was unveiled on Anzac Day 2018, painted by Melbourne Artist Cam Scale, the mural features a nurse from World War 1 and a modern-day army medic. More than 100 locals raised $20,000 to fund the striking 20-metre-high mural.

We arrive into Shepparton late afternoon to check-in and refresh for happy hour and dinner in the motel restaurant.

Overnight Shepparton: Quality Hotel Parklake
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Shepparton – Noorilim Estate – Melbourne – Homeport – 3rd May 2020

After breakfast this morning we check out and make our way to the Shepparton Information centre, where we will be met by our local guide. We enjoy our highlights tour of Shepparton which includes some of the 100+ Moooving Art Cows and the Aboriginal street art project mural featuring William Cooper and Pastor Sir Douglous Nicholls.

Just a short drive away is The Uniting Church in the tiny town of Goorambat, home to “Sophia”, an art mural inside the church completed by Adnate as part of the 2017 Benalla Festival. Just down the road is the Goorambat silos which were officially opened on the 7th of April 2018. They were painted by D’Vate, featuring an endangered barking owl which is native to North Eastern Victoria. The rural scene painted on the second silo represents the area’s rural bush and farming landscapes.

Next we visit the Noorilim Estate, built in 1879 and surrounded by 22 acres of picturesque botanical gardens, an ornamental lake and 75 acres of vineyards that are home to over 150 species of native birds and mammals. Here we enjoy a guided tour of the Homestead and gardens followed by a light lunch.

Continuing back down the highway we stop in Seymour to view the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. Opened in 2013, the wall includes the names of all Australian veterans who served in the Vietnam War and a photographic timeline. This concludes our week exploring the Victorian Alpine region.

At Melbourne airport we check in for our flight home to Brisbane, arriving home late with wonderful memories of a lovely week in the Alpine Region. Flight VA867 Departs Melbourne at 1700 and arrives into Brisbane at 1910. After arrival our bus is waiting for us to take us back to Gympie.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

UNLEASH LONGREACH

Tuesday 8 September 2020

LOCATION:  7 Day, 6 Night escorted group tour of Longreach

DEPART:  8 September 2020

TIME:  You will be advised when you book

INCLUSION: One-way flight, Accommodation, First Class Twin/Single Cabin aboard the ‘Spirit of the Outback’, most meals, all attractions and Transfers as per itinerary

PRICE PER PERSON:

  • Adult $4230 | Single Supplement $585
  • Pensioner with Voucher $3670 | Pensioner without Voucher $4150

DEPOSIT:  Deposit of $250 per person required within 7 days of booking. Balance of your payment due on or before 8 weeks before departure. 

ABOUT THE TOUR

Enjoy a 7-day tour of Longreach.

Inclusions:
Not only will you have a great holiday, but you also get to indulge with added on things like.

❖  Coach travel with an experienced and knowledgeable driver

❖  Accommodation for 6 nights as listed

❖  Breakfast daily at your accommodation

❖  Lunches as stated in the itinerary

❖  Dinner as stated in the itinerary

❖  Cobb and Co. Stagecoach Experience

❖  Starlight’s Cruise Experience

❖ Winton Experience

❖ Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame

❖ Qantas Founders Muesum

Day 1: Depart Gympie – 8th September 2020

This afternoon starts with your door to door pickup to Gympie Station to commence our rail journey on the Spirit of the Outback. The perfect outback Queensland experience journeys through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain from Gympie to Longreach.

 

Day 2: Arrive Longreach – 9th September 2020

This evening arrive in Longreach and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 3: Noga Station Experience – Qantas Founders Museum – Stonegrill Dining Experience – 10th September 2020

The first day takes you from your accommodation to the real heart of outback life at the Kinnon’s historic N ago Station. Be inspired and entertained by stories of pioneering life and working station reality with your Kinnon host. Marvel at the merino story in the historic shearing sheds. Experience the incredible station safari in an open-top, double-decker bus. Visit Captain Starlight’s stockyards and have a traditional ‘smoko’ under the gum trees.

Transfer to the Qantas Founders Museum (entry included), Take your time to enjoy the museum and 90-minute Jet Tour. Time to freshen up before your Stonegrill® dining experience at The Welcome Home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Morning Tea & Dinner

Day 4: Cobb and Co. Stagecoach- Starlight Cruise Experience – 11th September 2020

Start the day with the Cobb and Co. Stagecoach Experience including the stagecoach ride on the old Longreach to Windorah mail route, home-baked scones and tea at our cafe, followed by a vintage Aussie movie.

At 12pm watch the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show with a billy-can lunch. Transfer back to your accommodation.

At around 4.30pm, we’ll picked you up and take you to the banks of the Thomson River for our ‘Starlight Cruise Experience’ It includes a hearty stockman’s dinner around the campfire with bush poetry and the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show featuring an exclusive movie that celebrates legendary local hero Harry Redford. BYO drinks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Morning tea, Lunch, & Dinner

Call in or phone our friendly staff if you have any questions or would like to book.

43 Mary Street, Gympie 4570  |  07 5313 6631