Hunter Valley Rose & Christmas Lights Spectacular

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Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival : The world-renowned Jacaranda Festival is held annually in Grafton. Inaugurated in 1934, this was the first of Australia’s folk festivals and celebrates the magnificent spectacle of the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees that grow in Grafton’s broad tree lined avenues.

Hunter Valley Roses : Take the opportunity to see Hunter Valley Gardens blooming with millions of blooms throughout the annual Rose Spectacular. See 35,000 rose bushes in over 125 different varieties. The majority of the roses are of the fragrant variety, after all, a rose without perfume , just isn’t a rose !!!!!

Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens, Is a blindingly dazzling is the best way to describe the 1.5 million lights This light and music extravaganza is truly stunning and is a sure fire way to get you into the Xmas spirit.

Itinerary

Welcome to our 8 day tour to the Hunter Valley Rose Spectacular. Departing from Brisbane and with everyone on board we travel south as we make our way to visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery at Murwillumbah. The interiors are filled with over 20,000 items. We enjoy a light lunch at the gallery café before making our way to Grafton this afternoon.

Meals (L, D)  Quality Inn Grafton

After breakfast we make our way to the annual Jacaranda FestivalWe have the opportunity to wander through the markets to view the many stalls selling local wares.  This afternoon our local guide will board our coach for a town tour of Grafton. After a fantastic day we return to our motel for dinner.

(B, D) Quality Inn Grafton

We head south on the Pacific Highway via Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads to reach Port Macquarie where we stop for lunch at the Port Macquarie Golf Club, then through to Maitland for our 3 night stay.

(B, L, D) Old Maitland Inn

We’re lucky enough to be here during the annual Rose Spectacular time, where the gardens will be blooming with over 2 million roses. A light lunch will be provided in the garden’s café, before we visit the Hunter Village to stop and browse. Some may choose to visit Hunter Valley Cookies, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company or the British Lolly Shop. Of course no visit to the Hunter Valley would be complete without a wine tasting. We also visit McGuigans and the Hunter Valley Cheese Company to sample some of their delicious cheeses. We now enjoy dinner before making our way back to the gardens for the magical Christmas Lights Spectacular with over 1.5 million Christmas lights on show. The lights spectacular is bound to capture the spirit of Christmas and create lasting memories for all.

(B, L, D) Old Maitland Inn

A full day of touring today in the Upper Hunter Valley.  We are joined by our local guide as we tour through the region. Our sightseeing takes us to Darley Stud – a magnificent operation with animals and scenery that will be remembered. Darley (Woodlands) is owned by Sheik Mohammed from Dubai – he is the largest breeder of thoroughbreds in the world – this farm is the largest – it is in the Upper Hunter and we have exclusive rights to visit today!  We’ll stop for lunch in Denman before continuing our sightseeing which will include some local enterprises and of course a wine tasting at a local winery.  After a thoroughly fascinating day we will farewell to our guide and head for home.

(B, L, D) Old Maitland Inn

This morning we head to Port Stephens where we board our cruise boat for a sightseeing cruise on Nelson Bay.  Keep your fingers crossed as, with luck, we may also meet some of the long-time locals – the friendly dolphins. We then head to the RAAF Williamtown for our visit to Fighter World, the world’s first fighter aircraft display centre. It is here we see the history of the Australian Air Force close up. See the aircraft in action in the large photographic display.  Mid-afternoon we return to Maitland where we have some free time in town.

(B, D) Old Maitland Inn

Tamworth today, which is known as the country music capital of Australia. In town, you’ll see the Hands of Fame Park, which contains the handprints of more than 300 country music stars, and the mighty 12-metre-high Golden Guitar. We then relax over a lunch at the Longyard Hotel.   Steeped in tradition, it is truly an icon of Australian hotels with an atmosphere that is distinctly country! From here we drive onto Armidale for our overnight stay.

(B, L, D)  Country Comfort Armidale

After breakfast we depart for Glen Innes, the heart of the New England Highlands. From Glen Innes we travel north to Tenterfield. Today we follow in the footsteps of great Australians – Sir Henry Parkes, Banjo Paterson and Dame Nellie Melba and grace the rooms of Historic Stannum House for our lunch break.  The beautifully restored home has recently been open to the public. Then arriving back into Brisbane around 4.30pm (approx) following our wonderful Xmas Light Tour

Meals ( B, L)

Inclusions

  • Coach touring and commentary
  • Jacaranda Festival Parade
  • Maitland & Darley Stud
  • Hunter Valley Chocolate & Cheese
  • Rose Gardens & Christmas Lights Spectacular
  • Denman & Winery Visit
  • Port Stephens & Nelson Bay Cruise
  • Tamworth & Armidale
  • Glen Innes & Tenterfeild
  • Historic Stannum House
  • Fully Hosted by our Friendly Staff

All meals & accommodation as per itinerary

Grafton Jacaranda Festival

Hunter Valley Rose Gardens

 

Christmas Lights Spectacular

Tour Length 8 Days

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $2490.00

(Departs & Returns Brisbane)
Additional Details

*PP Twin / Double Share. Single add $600

Tour Dates
30/10/2020

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