Visit the Hunter Valley this Christmas. Discover the marine park of Nelson Bay, the beaches of Newcastle and historic Morpeth. Be mesmerised by the Christmas lights display at Hunter Valley Gardens and enjoy visits to the Fort Scratchley historic site, Newcastle Museum and Anzac Walk.Book Now
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Day 1 L, D
Today our Queensland passengers will arrive at Newcastle Airport after a mid morning flight. Enjoy lunch at Woody’s Café, at our Thornton depot, where we will meet up with our fellow travellers. This afternoon, visit the Maitland Regional Art Gallery followed by free time to wander the main street beside the Hunter River. Admire the heritage buildings and cobblestone pavements before settling into our accommodation.
Day 2 B, L, D
Today we will make our way into Newcastle, Australia’s seventh largest and second oldest city. Admire the architecture of the Christ Church Cathedral, with construction dating back to 1817 before taking a tour of the Fort Scratchley site, formerly a coastal defence installation offering one of the most spectacular vantage points in Newcastle. After lunch we’ll ‘put on our hard hat’ at the Newcastle Museum and learn of the two major industries that have dominated the Hunter—coal mining and BHP steel production. Later this afternoon, walk along Newcastle’s Memorial Walk before returning to our accommodation. Dinner tonight will be at the Billabong Restaurant.
Day 3 B, D
Today we travel to East Maitland for a tour of ‘the big house’. A local guide will entertain you with stories of the more colourful characters who occupied the Maitland Gaol prior to its closure in 1998. Enjoy morning tea under the trees at the old pump house of the Walka Water Works before making our way to Morpeth where the Town Cryer will come on board for a guided town tour. Take time to wander the main street, perhaps try some old fashioned Ginger Beer, fudge and sourdough, purchase your own lunch and admire the historic buildings. Following dinner tonight, get ready to be dazzled at the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Extravaganza.
Day 4 B, L, D
For those wishing to attend a morning church service, our crew will assist with arranging transfers. Alternatively, you can enjoy a relaxed morning at our accommodation. We will then gather back together before making our way to Belmont 16s Sailing Club at Lake Macquarie. Enjoy a Christmas buffet lunch with all the trimmings before a scenic drive back to our accommodation. This evening we will complete our Christmas celebrations with an informal light dinner.
Day 5 B, L, D
Today we take the “back road” across the fertile agricultural land of Maitland to Raymond Terrace, crossing both the Hunter and Williams River, then following the waters edge to the Grahamstown Dam. Our dolphin cruise will allow us to see the beautiful shores and marine park of Port Stephens, home of the bottlenose dolphins, be sure to watch for the pods of dolphins surfing in the bow wave of our ship lunch on board the boat before some free time in this popular holiday destination. An afternoon drive along the remaining shoreline will see us arrive at Murrays brewery for tastings of both local beer and wines.
Day 6 B
This morning as we farewell Maitland, we’ll visit the Muster Point, built on the edge of the old steel works as a reminder of the success of Newcastle. Enjoy morning tea on the Stockton foreshore offering views of the harbour and city. From here, it’s only a short drive to the Newcastle Airport where our Queensland travellers will board their flight home and our coach will continue drop offs for our New South Wales travellers.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $2,949.00 per person
TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER FROM: $2,599.00 per person
Single Supplement available @ $599.00 extra
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