We organise several multi-day tour packages per year to special events or locations.

Recent trips include:

  • Canberra Theatre Shows (1 day)
  • Hunter Valley Christmas lights (3 nights)
  • Royal Military Tattoo (3 nights)
  • Man from Snowy River Festival Corryong – (2 nights)

Rixons organise as much as possible for the trip, so there is very little for you to do, but enjoy.

The trips tend to include everything from front door pick up, accommodation, meals, applicable tickets and more.

What a fantastic trip to the Hunter! Rixon’s planned every part to perfection, from the front door pick up to the morning tea to just everything. It was a very memorable few days.

P Bower

Thank you so much for your kindness and all you have done for us that has made this trip so memorable.

H & M, Tasmania

Upcoming Trips

Senior Moment Stage Show- Sydney Day Trip

Travel with us to Chatswood for a belly load of laughs. An early morning start and we are home before dark, whilst enjoying the company of like minded individuals.

After two smash-hit Sydney seasons, the hilarious comedy revue Senior Moments is back, with the legendary John Wood and Max Gillies now joining Benita Collings and Geoff Harvey in the senior theatrical sensation.

Senior Moments is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.

Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules) is having a season of Senior Moments in 2018. Joining him in this seriously silly show for otherwise sensible seniors will be master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report, Once Were Leaders), Play School icon Benita Collings, Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman (A Country Practice, Underbelly), with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano.

Thursday 1 March 2018 11.00am Matinee show

  • Pick up from your door, delivered back to your door.
  • A-Reserve seating, Morning and afternoon tea included. Lunch at own cost

Price $175.00

Bookings and full payment by 1 February 2018

Terms & Conditions apply, available on our website www.rixonsbus.com.au

Contact: (02) 4474 4243 or 02 4474 3085 rixonsdoortodoor@yahoo.com.au

The Australian Ballet presents The Merry Widow

Effervescent romance overflowing with glamour

CATEGORY:  Dance                           DURATION:  136 minutes, including intervals.

Includes Bubbles & crackers for morning tea (& tea/coffee), Chinese lunch at Queanbeyan RSL Bowling Club & A-Reserve tickets.

Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce. The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.

Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers. Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

Ticket prices:

Pensioner price:

  • $204 Batemans Bay/Moruya
  • $224 Tuross/Bodalla/Ulladulla
  • $244 Milton/Mollymook
  • $290 Narooma

* Pension number required.

Regular price:

  • $214 Batemans Bay/Moruya
  • $234 Tuross/Bodalla/Ulladulla
  • $254 Milton/Mollymook
  • $300 Narooma

Saturday 26 May 2018 1.30pm Matinee show

  • Pick up from your door, delivered back to your door.
  • Premium seating, Morning tea and Lunch included.

Bookings and full payment by 15 April 2018

Terms & Conditions apply.

Contact: 02 4474 4243 or 02 4474 3085

Jersey Boys – Sydney

Saturday 15 December 2018 Matinee Show

(a good Xmas present from the family – hint hint)

Jersey Boys tells the true-life story of four guys from the wrong side of the tracks, the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, one of the most successful bands in pop music history. The band sold more than 175 million records and were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame for their worldwide hits, including Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Big Girl’s Don’t Cry, which all feature in the musical.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, this includes an interval.

Once again we will supply the bubbles and crackers for morning tea, lunch (of some description along the way – own cost) and A-Reserve tickets for this fantastic tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Season.

This will be an early start, overnight stay in Sydney & return the next day

Extremely limited seats so definitely first paid get the seats.

Don’t miss out – Book & Pay today

As usual, the Rixons service includes: Pick up from your door and delivered back to your door.

  • A-Reserve seating
  • 2 x Morning tea
  • Dinner included
  • Overnight accommodation included

Twin Share $395.00   Single $475.00

Bookings and full payment by 1 November 2018

Terms & Conditions apply.

 

The Fabulous Shen Yun Matinee Show – Day Trip

Pick up from your door, delivered back to your door. Bubbles & crackers for morning tea (or tea & coffee). Chinese lunch and A-Reserve seating included.

  • Batemans Bay – Moruya       $224
  • Ulladulla/Bodalla/Tuross      $244
  • Milton/Mollymook                $264
  • Narooma                                 $310

Bookings and full payment by 1 January 2018

Thursday 1 February 2018 2.00pm Matinee show

In ancient times, China was known as the Land of the Divine. Everyone, from emperors to the common people, believed that their culture was a gift from heaven. They lived in harmony with the universe and saw a connection among all things. Traditional Chinese culture carried these principles for thousands of years–until this world was lost.

We now invite you to visit this lost civilisation. To make this journey possible, we have pushed the boundaries of performing arts. We combine ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. We let classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, and share with you beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else.

“Absolutely the No. 1 show in the world” – Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet

“This is the highest and the best of what humans can produce” – Olevia Brown-Klahn, singer and musician

Shen Yun’s unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures – the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

Come and experience the divine beauty & profound wisdom of a lost civilization.

Thursday 1 February 2018 2.00pm Matinee show

Pick up from your door, delivered back to your door. Bubbles & crackers for morning tea (or tea & coffee). Chinese lunch and A-Reserve seating included.

  • Batemans Bay – Moruya       $224
  • Ulladulla/Bodalla/Tuross      $244
  • Milton/Mollymook                $264
  • Narooma                                 $310

Bookings and full payment by 1 January 2018

Terms & Conditions apply, available on our website www.rixonsbus.com.au

 

Norfolk Island – 10 Day Tour

For as little as $2905, enjoy 10 Days & 9 nights in fabulous Norfolk Island.

Includes:  entry to attractions and places of interest as listed, Flights, Coach Transfers & all accommodation, tours and most meals.

6 – 15 May 2018

SUMMARY:

  • Return International Airfares
  • Sydney/Norfolk/Sydney
  • 2 Days of Coach Travel
  • 2 Nights Accomodation Ibis Sydney
  • 7 Nights Accomodation Norfolk Island
  • 7 Dinners and 9 full Breakfasts
  • 1 M/T, 1 A/Tea
  • Mutiny on the Bounty show
  • Night as a Convict tour
  • Historic Convict Tour
  • Markets & entry to more attractions.
  • Other meals at traveler’s expense.

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TRIP ITINERARY – Pick-up from your door – times TBA.

 Day 1 – Sunday 6 May

Today we travel to the Ibis Sydney Airport Hotel for the evening, stopping for morning tea and lunch on the way. The Hotel has a restaurant where evening meals can be purchased at your cost.   M/TA

Day 2 – Monday 7 May

Up early for a 7.15 transfer to  the Sydney International Airport and Air New Zealand check in for our flight to Norfolk Island. Upon arrival we transfer to our accommodation for the next 7 nights. In the afternoon we are greeted with a welcome drink and a sweet treat at our hotel as our hosts let us know about the resort.  The start of a wonderful week of Norfolk Hospitality enjoying dinner every night and a full hot cooked breakfast every day on the Island.

Tonight is casual a BBQ dinner. BDA

Day 3 – Tuesday 8 May

We start the day with a half day bus tour of this fascinating Island. You will visit historic Kingston, Cascade, Longridge & much more. Our guide will explain about the famous convict buildings, beautiful beaches & golf course, the renowned Melanesian Chapel, our Government, our laws & lifestyle. Enjoy views from scenic spots. Rest for a delicious morning tea in the garden of an historic island home built by Fletcher Quintal – descendant of ‘Bounty’ mutineers Fletcher Christian & Matthew Quintal. You will then have a free afternoon to do as you please until it is time to attend the Island Fish Fry dinner. Enjoy a feast of Island dishes, salads, homemade bread & fresh fried fish, followed by Island desserts & tea or coffee. Enjoy some local entertainment on Norfolk’s beautiful, Puppy’s Point. Bring your light jacket, camera  and singing voice.  BA/TD

Day 4 – Wednesday 9 May

Breakfast Bushwalk 7am (walkers) 8.15am (non-walkers) – 10.30am
For those people keen for a walk before breakfast the guide will pick them up at 7am. There are two walks to choose from; the first is a “short” walk, and depending takes you out to Palm Glen – a lovely bushland area. The walk is approx 1.5km and there is a hill to walk down and of course come up the other side – the last 50 metres is quite steep. The other walk is what we call the “long” walk. It takes you from the Red Road area along a 3.5km track, which eventually ends up at Captain Cook Monument. This is a beautiful walk with spectacular coastal scenery. It starts off with a long uphill of about 900 metres and the remainder of the walk is undulating. If these walks sound too strenuous a guide will pick you up at 8.15am and take you straight to breakfast. You do not need to make up your mind which walk you want to do until the morning, as all walkers will be picked up at the same time. Cameras are a must and water bottles should be carried, especially for people doing the longer walks. Short walk suits people with no respiratory trouble. Long walk suits people who regularly exercise.  You then have a free afternoon; before heading off to enjoy a progressive dinner consisting of 3 course meal progressing to 3 different island homes. With nibbles you will have a glass of sherry or orange juice, main course has a glass of white wine or orange juice served, and there is tea or coffee available with sweets. We treat the night like a BYO if anyone would like any more alcohol. Along the way you will learn a bit about each of the homes and the families. Toilet facilities are available at each home, just ask the driver or the families and they will direct you to them. BDA

Day 5 – Thursday 10 May

After a leisurely hot breakfast at the Resort you have a recovery day. We will be having an early 2 course dinner before watching descendants of the mutineers bring the story of the famed Mutiny on the Bounty and historic events to life in a 1½ hour show performed in an outdoor amphitheatre on Norfolk’s western coastline. An event not to be missed!! BDA

Day 6 – Friday 11 May

This Green fingers tour will appeal to the gardeners on your tour as you visit a number of private gardens and also the local nursery, so you will be on and off the bus a number of times. Morning tea is included.

Join us on an ‘In Depth’ tour of the historic Georgian convict  settlement of Kingston. Walk through the cemetery & hear the history of interesting convict & colonial headstones, hear stories of the houses along Quality Row. Walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill. Afternoon tea included. Night as a Convict – This show is a theatre-restaurant style evening. Lots of singing, dancing and merry making. A three course carvery meal is served with a glass of white wine and orange juice upon arrival. If anyone would like anything else to drink there is a full bar facility available to purchase other drinks. Convict outfits are provided and are to be worn on the night (desirable but not compulsory if anyone has strong objections to wearing them). These outfits are like a pair of pyjamas with pants with an elastic waist, and a button up short-style top. They are made of cotton and not see-through, so are
designed to be your clothes for the evening, not worn over your clothes (the room gets very warm and you will get too hot if you wear more than you have to underneath your outfit). If anyone would like to purchase an outfit they are $30 for a second-hand one and $35 for a new one.  BM/TA/TDA

Day 7 – Saturday 12 May

Enjoy a free morning before heading off on the Tin-a-aii tour. This next tour is a photographers’ special and will take you too many of the pretty, scenic areas of the island. Our driver/guide may also be able to include chocolate/lolly making shops and/or the local liquor distillery. There is usually some walking involved. Cameras are a must. An early 2 course dinner prior to venturing out for the

evenings Light & Sound tour, where you will stay on the bus for the total duration – so there is no need to get to rugged up against the weather. You will be taken down to Kingston where you will drive amongst the ruins watching the scenes being re-enacted outside the bus. An audiotape will be playing in the bus so you can follow the story line. Cameras are welcome. This show lasts for 1 hour. BDA

Day 8 – Sunday 13 May

Leisurely breakfast then FREE DAY until the Buffet dinner is ready. BDA

Day 9 – Monday 14 May

Sadly time has come to pack our bags and head to the main land and reality. Our last leisurely breakfast and free morning in Norfolk Island. Just before lunch we are transferred to the airport where we check in for our flight into Sydney. On arrival we return to the Ibis Sydney Airport Hotel where once again evening meals can be purchased at the Hotel at your cost. BL

Day 10 – Tuesday 15 May

After breakfast we board our tour bus Maggie for our return to Batemans Bay. Say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers. B

NB1: There other activities available for you to book in your free time.

NB2:  The Tour Operators reserve the right to make necessary changes to the itinerary to facilitate a safe and comfortable tour.  To the best of our knowledge the information provided was correct at the time of printing.  E&OE

Legend of items included in cost:  B = Breakfast, D = Dinner, L=Lunch, M/T= Morning Tea, A = Accommodation.

  • Bookings Close & full payment due 1st March 2018
  • Non Refundable
  • Adult T/S $2905.00
  • Adult Single $3740.00
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Travel Insurance recommended.

Contact: Sue & Mal on 02 4474 4243 or 02 4474 3085

Limited Seats. Early Bookings Recommended. 

NB:  The Tour Operators reserve the right to make necessary changes to the itinerary to facilitate a safe and comfortable tour.  To the best of our knowledge the information provided was correct at the time of printing.  E&OE

Legend of items included in cost:  B = Breakfast, D = Dinner, L=Lunch, M/T= Morning Tea, A = Accommodation.

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Murrumbateman Wine Region Tasting

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Who doesn’t like a nice glass of white or red wine on a Saturday when there isn’t a care in the world of getting caught drink driving? Let us take that worry away from you with our Wine tasting tour. The Murrumbateman wine region is an award winning grape growing area right here on our doorstep.

Our first stop is – Helm Wines was established in 1973 and was one of the first commercial wineries in the Canberra District Wine Region. Helm Wines tasting room is the 1888 Toual Public School House which is listed by the National Trust and was the inspiration for the school bell featured on our label. It was once used for meetings of the Temperance League, where locals signed the pledge against alcohol.

Second – The Four Winds Story began with a miner and his wife who lived on the property in a slab-hut. Her name was Scheherazade, after the story teller in The Arabian Nights. Her favourite story describes a magic carpet being borne by the four winds of good fortune. She named this small farm in Murrumbateman ‘Four Winds’ in the hope it would carry their good fortunes. We stop here for homemade wood fired pizza lunch (not Gluten Fee)

Next, we have a break from wine tasting to taste the honey mead of old at Wins Creek Meadery. Wins keep bees in native eucalypt forests and woodlands where they produce honey from species such as spotted gum, stringybark and yellow box. This is the honey we use to produce small batches of some of Australia’s finest handcrafted meads. It’s a great place to stop.

Last but by no means least – Gallaghers Winery. Over the last forty years Greg has been involved in premium wine production in some of Australia’s best wine regions. He was the Senior Winemaker for Taltarni, in central Victoria, worked at Charles Sturt University and has also made wine in the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Mildura and Rutherglen areas.

$95 p/p – includes transport from the  Bowlo Batemans Bay to wine region & return, all tastings, lunch at Four Winds winery, and the expert viogniers explaining their wines.

$105 will get you picked up from the ‘normal’ bus stops between Moruya, Broulee, Mossy Point, Tomakin, Malua Bay, Surfbeach, Caseys Beach, Batehaven, Catalina & Surfside.

 

Early bookings are essential as seats are extremely limited.

Full payment at the time of booking. Non-refundable.

Bookings and full payment by 30 August 2017

Terms and conditions apply, available on our website rixonsbus.com.au.

Travel insurance is recommended.

Contact: 02 4474 4243    rixonsdoortodoor@yahoo.com.au

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Tour

Monday 27th Nov – Thursday 30th Nov 2017

A Relaxing four days including

3 night’s accommodation, 3 cooked breakfasts

2 evening meals at Harrigan’s & Sumptuous Christmas Feast in The Garden

 Terrace Restaurant overlooking the 1.5 million Sparkling Christmas Lights.

(In bad weather the lights would be postponed but the meal would go ahead)

 

Day 1:   Pick up at your door travelling to the Hunter Valley stopping for Morning tea and Lunch, not included in tour. Tonight we dine at the character filled Harrigan’s Inn.

Day 2:  After breakfast travel next door to  stroll through the Hunter Valley Gardens for the morning set on 25 acres with 10 Stunning feature gardens including the train ride so you don’t miss seeing everything. You can choose to have lunch at the gardens or we will be spending the afternoon at The Hunter Valley Gardens Village for some unique shopping opportunities.  Christmas Dinner and Light Spectacular in the evening, included.

Day 3:   A relaxing day visiting some unique wineries and touring local villages to experience the atmosphere of the Hunter region. Dining at Harrigan’s for the evening.

Day 4:  Travel Home.

For as little as $ 1050.00 Twin Share     $ 1350.00 Single

Enjoy 4 Days and 3 Nights Coach Travel. E&OE

Early Bookings are recommended as limited seats. 10% Deposit at time of booking. Non- refundable. Bookings Close 28 July 2017 Balance of tour payable by the 15 September 2017.             Terms and conditions apply, available on our website rixonsbus.com.au. Travel Insurance recommended.

Contact: 02 44744243        rixonsdoortodoor@yahoo.com.au

 

Melbourne Cup 2017

Including Albury Ladies Day Races

6th – 10th November 2017

Twin Share $1310 per person   single supp $1590 per person

Come share the joy of the win or the sorrow of the loss – either way the atmosphere is electric

Fashion on the fields, the feather boas, the fascinators, fedoras, suits, and the fancy dress – whatever your style you will find it on the day at the MELBOURNE CUP.

Day 1 – leave extra early so we can make our motel stop in Fawkner in a reasonable time. Morning tea supplied, Lunch and dinner at own cost

Day 2 – Early breakfast, then it’s time to dress up to the nines in your fanciest outfits and show the ‘city slickers’ how to dress. Morning tea and lunch are at your cost. Late dinner on the iconic tramcar restaurant, bring your hunger because this is a 5 star 5 course dinner.

Day 3 – Another breakfast, then you can relax and either visit the local DFO outlets or catch a train into Melbourne CBD and shop to your heart’s content. Lunch and dinner at your own cost

Day 4 – Early breakfast, then on to the coach and head to Albury Races for Ladies Charity Day. Once again, we are dressed to the nines, tenths and twelve’s. This year’s theme for Albury is BLACK & WHITE with a splash of colour. This race day incorporated a fun Ladies day charity function with all the bells and whistles you would expect. If the races are short of horses, never fear, the organizers know just how to fix this problem. Supply wooden horses and get the audience to be the jockeys. Fun for all.

Be prepared for Mal’s world famous Irish Calcutta on this day

Day 5 – Leisurely breakfast then head home rejoicing (or not) about the wins and the fun times we have had.

10% NON refundable deposit at the time of booking.

To avoid disappointment – book early – limited seats.

Terms and Conditions apply. Travel Insurance recommended.

Contact: Sue & Mal Rixon PH: 02 4474 4243 Mal’s Mobile: 04102 266 776

 

Gunning Fireworks Tour

8th – 10th September 2017

An exhilarating 3 day tour including

2 night’s accommodation, 3 days sightseeing,

2 cooked breakfasts, 1 Morning Tea, 1 lunch, 1 two course dinner,

and as always, Rixon’s coach travel & pick up from your door.

If you love fireworks then you must make a note on your calendar.

This combined community event and pyrotechnics trade show has become one of the most popular family events in the area. People travel from afar to enjoy an afternoon of music and entertainment and an evening of fireworks demonstrations with a spectacular fireworks finale.

The event is produced by Fireworks Australia who have a factory in the region. They supply specialised products to other fireworks companies, film and television, touring productions and major events Australia wide. The fireworks finale will showcase the latest in high tech effects during a massive pyrotechnic musical sky show.

Spring is a beautiful time in Gunning, the wattles are in full bloom, blossoms are starting to open and the hills are slowly turning green, the residents celebrate spring with a bang!

Wrap up and bring a blanket or chair – September can get a touch chilly.

Highlights of this year are amusement rides, market stalls, food stalls galore, live music and more. The skies fill with every firework at dark. The crackers get bigger as the night gets longer. During the final minutes the sky is covered with fireworks and the explosions shudder through your body, heads tilt back and shrieks of amazement echo through the hills.

Spring is a beautiful time in Gunning, the wattles are in full bloom, blossoms are starting to open and the hills are slowly turning green, the residents celebrate spring with a bang!

We will be staying in Goulburn for both evenings at the Lovely heritage Motel.

On the three spare days we will tour around Goulburn and Crookwell, we will visit the Alpaca farm and feed these charming creatures, Garroorigang house built in 1857, the House of Alpaca shop and Riversdale historic homestead.

For as little as $525.00 Twin Share     $645.00 Single

Enjoy a 2 overnight coach experience. E&OE

Early Bookings are recommended as limited seats. 10% Deposit at time of booking. Non- refundable. Bookings and full payment by 31 July 2016

Terms and conditions apply, available on our website rixonsbus.com.au. Travel Insurance recommended.

Contact: 02 44744243        rixonsdoortodoor@yahoo.com.au

Bendigo, Ballarat and the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Tour
For as little as $2730.00
Enjoy 10 Days & 9 nights,
Includes: Entry to attractions and places of interest as listed,
Coach Transfers & all accommodation, tours and most meals.10 Days

Adult T/S $2730.00 Adult Single $3435.00

INCLUDES:

  • 9 Nights motel Accommodation
  • 9 Dinners inc 1 in Sovereign Hill
  • 9 Cooked Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches,
  • 1 Morning tea Vintage Talking Tram Tour,
  • High Tea Fortuna Villa,
  • Sovereign Hill, Ballarat & Warrnambool Botanical Gardens,
  • Ballarat Fine Art Gallery,
  • Port Fairy Cape Otway Werribee Zoo & entry to more attractions.

Other meals at travellers own expense.

Day 1 (D): HOME TO ALBURY: 2017

Welcome to our 10 day tour featuring Bendigo, Ballarat and the Great Ocean Road.  We join the Kings Highway, travelling through the pretty villages of Braidwood and Bungendore to Civic Centre in Canberra where we can purchase lunch.  Our afternoon touring takes us via Yass and Gundagai to Albury for our first night on tour.  (Lunch own cost and arrangements, dinner in motel)

Quality Hotel on Olive, Albury – 02 6021 6100 (subject to availability)

 albury

Day 2 (BLD): ALBURY TO BENDIGO: 2017

Sit back and relax as we make our way to Bendigo, where on arrival we visit Bendigo Pottery known as Australia’s oldest working pottery.  The site and buildings have been placed on the Historic Buildings Register by the National Trust.  We enjoy a light lunch and a self-guided tour of the Interpretative Centre.  Here we step back in time and learn about the production processes, machinery, working conditions and traditional skills of Bendigo Pottery from its beginning in 1858 to the present.  There is also the chance to purchase some quality items at factory prices. Feeling refreshed we continue into Bendigo and enjoy a city tour with our Bendigo Historical Society guide. We take in all the sights including Speciman Cottage, the oldest terrace house in Bendigo and possibly the oldest house in the city.  The cottages have both State Heritage National Trust status.  We will also see the Bendigo Beehive building and the beautiful Sacred Heart Cathedral.  We arrive at our motel and can settle in for the next two nights.  (Breakfast and dinner in the motel, light lunch included)

Quality Colonial Inn Bendigo (subject to availability 03 54470122)

 

Day 3 (BD): DISCOVERING BENDIGO: 2017

Following breakfast we continue our touring of Bendigo and the best place to start is on the Talking Tram’ for an interesting ride through the main areas of Bendigo to learn a little about the history of the Goldfields. We stop off at the Bendigo Joss House Temple which is a Chinese place of worship where we explore Chinese beliefs and have explained to us the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold so long ago.  This is a significant and unique part of Bendigo’s cultural history.  Following our ride we visit the Central Deborah Gold Mine for our guided surface tour of what is an actual working mine – right in the centre of the city.

bendigo

We have time for a browse in the city taking in the feel of the town including her gardens, fountains and antique shops.  This afternoon we discover and explore the history of Fortuna Villa.  In 1871, the Villa and the associated ‘180 Mine’ on the New Chum Reef was bought by George Lansell who had become successful in his gold mining interests and investments. With his continuing success in deep mining, Lansell undertook major extensions to his home. Stained glass, elaborate ceilings, grand cedar and blackwood staircase, solid marble baths, extensive acid-etched glasswork (conservatory) are some of the architectural features that contribute to the outstanding ‘feel’ of the structure. The Fortuna grounds cover some 7.57 ha. and feature an ornamental lake, garden, a ‘Roman-Bath’ and the ‘Pompeii Fountain’.  We have plenty of time here to enjoy our guided tour and afternoon tea.  (Breakfast and dinner in the motel, lunch own cost and arrangements)

Quality Colonial Inn Bendigo (subject to availability 03 54470122)

 

Day 4 (BLD): BENDIGO TO BALLARAT: 2017

This morning we farewell our hosts and make a visit to the Golden Dragon Museum and the Yin Yuan Classical Chinese Gardens.  What a story it is of the impact and contribution made by the Chinese people of Bendigo – from the Gold Rush of the 1850’s to the present day. One permanent display is “Sun Loong” the longest Imperial dragon in the world and “Loong” the oldest Imperial dragon in the world. The Yin Yuan Chinese Gardens (Garden of Joy) are based on the Imperial Palace in Beijing and whilst we wander we’ll see the Reflection Wall and murals of the Taoist Eight Immortals who together represent different conditions of life; poverty, wealth, aristocracy, plebeians, age, youth, masculinity and femininity. The Immortals encourage laughter, banish worries and help enliven the struggle for existence.  From here we travel south to Ballarat on arrival we have arranged our lunch at the Ballarat Golf Club.  Our visit to Ballarat would not be complete without a look through Sovereign Hill, a world standard attraction.  Sovereign Hill provides the opportunity to step back in time to the golden past and the days of the gold rush over 100 years ago.

sovereign-hill

There is so much to see and do at Sovereign Hill with their many sights and attractions.  At the Red Hill Gully Diggings, miners dressed in the bright colours of the 1850’s, show us how to pan for gold and along the main street, horse drawn vehicles offer tours of the town.  We check in to our motel to freshen up, we return to Sovereign Hill for our night’s entertainment including dinner.  Australia’s Eureka lives on in Blood on the Southern Cross”, an exciting show which takes place across the whole 25 hectare panorama of Sovereign Hill.  Blood on the Southern Cross is an outstanding experience, which surrounds and involves the audience in the whole historical chapter.  The thunder of galloping horses on a license hunt, the roar of fire as the Eureka Hotel blazes, the murmur of 500 diggers as they swear allegiance to their flag, the fearful clamour of that fateful battle at the Stockade….all will hold us spellbound.  After our spectacular evening we return to the motel.  (Breakfast in motel, lunch at Ballarat Golf Club, dinner at Sovereign Hill)

Mercure Ballarat – 03 5327 1200 (subject to availability)

Day 5 (BLD): BALLARAT TO WARRNAMBOOL: 2017

This morning our local guide joins us on coach for a guided tour of Ballarat.  We also spend some time in Ballarat Botanic Gardens with the chance to wander through the Robert Clarke Conservatory (this is the centrepoint of the annual Begonia display).  Next we visit the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, which was the first provincial Art Gallery to be established in Australia (1884) and contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of Australian Art of all regional galleries.  We now have some free time to purchase lunch.

warrnambool

Early afternoon sitback and relax as we travel through to Warrnambool, a beautiful seaside township on the shores of Lady Bay and the main centre for a stretch of coastline where more than 100 ships and boats were wrecked within a distance of 80 kilometres; hence the current name for the area – The Shipwreck Coast.  We check-in to our accommodation where we can unpack and unwind as this will be home for the next two nights.  (Breakfast and dinner in motel, Lunch own cost and arrangements)

Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa Warrnambool 03 55592000 (subject to availability)

 

Day 6 (BD): EXPLORING WARRNAMBOOL: 2017

Today we meet our guide for a tour of Warrnambool.  Gardens are a feature of Warrnambool. The Warrnambool Botanic Gardens were also planned by William Guilfoyle. He later became a director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.  We head off to nearby Allansford to visit Allansford Cheese World – home of award winning cheeses.  They have a museum on the premises which will be interesting to wander through.  We enjoy a cheese tasting before returning to Warrnambool with time to explore the shops and to purchase lunch.  This afternoon we visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Supported by the local community this delightful complex authentically recreates the appearance, atmosphere and activities apparent in a small coastal port during the 50 years prior to 1900. It presents and preserves material, artefacts and vessels relating to Australia’s early maritime museum. And tonight we relive that era! The night time sound and laser show called “Shipwrecked” it recreates the tragic story of the Loch Ard Shipwreck that took place in local waters more than 120 years agoIt will be one of our highlights of our holiday.  (Breakfast and dinner in the motel, Lunch own cost and arrangements)

Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa Warrnambool 03 55592000 (subject to availability)

 

Day 7 (BLD): WARRNAMBOOL AND PORT FAIRY: 2017

This morning we have a later start to the day after our spectacular night before.  We head to the small fishing village of Port Fairy travelling through the Tower Hill State Game Reserve.  The 614 hectare reserve is situated in the crater of an extinct volcano which formed thousands of years ago when a violent eruption created the funnel-shaped crater which was later filled by the lake with its various small islets. The reserve is home to kangaroos, koalas, wombats, sugar gliders, possums, echidnae, numerous waterbirds (including Cape Barren geese, musk ducks, spoonbills and chestnut teals) and some very bold emus!  We’ll drive through the reserve via a one way scenic road, over a land bridge to the main body of land which is virtually surrounded by Tower Hill Lake.  We continue on to Port Fairy.  Port Fairy’s rich, maritime history and its colonial character have been faithfully preserved. Seaman’s blue-stone cottages rub shoulders with gracious commercial and administrative buildings. Its fine antique shops, pubs and restaurants are all housed in original Victorian buildings – The National Trust has classified 50 of them. On arrival we have time at leisure to enjoy the township.  We meet up with our local guide for a tour of the area before our lunch at the Caledonian Inn Hotel.  Early afternoon, we visit the Codrington Wind Farm. The Codrington wind farm was Pacific Hydro’s first wind development and Australia’s first commercial wind farm. The wind farm now generates enough electricity each year to supply the equivalent of 10,000 Victorian homes and each year avoids the emission of 49,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent to taking more than 17,000 cars off the roads!  After our tour we return to Warrnambool with some free time to relax in the motel.  (Breakfast & dinner in the motel, lunch at Caledonian Inn Hotel)

Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa Warrnambool 03 55592000 (subject to availability)

 

Day 8: (BLD): WARRNAMBOOL TO POINT COOK – THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

After breakfast we head off on our day tour along the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s most spectacular coastlines.  From Warrnambool the Great Ocean Road runs the full length of the Port Campbell National Park and offers some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Australia.  The stretch on either side of the town of Port Campbell is the most exciting part!  We pass Loch Ard Gorge, which has a sad tale to tell.  In 1878 the iron hulled clipper Loch Ard was driven out onto rocks offshore at this point.  Of the 50 or so on board only two were to survive, being swept into the narrow gorge named after their ill-fated vessel. Before Port Campbell we also come to London Bridge.  This was once a famous landmark and a bridge-like promontory arching across a furious sea.  However in 1990 it collapsed dramatically into the sea, stranding a handful of amazed (and extremely lucky) visitors at the far end!   We also see the Twelve Apostles – huge pillars which loom out of the surf, carved over time by the fury of the ocean.

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Other formations along this stretch of coast are the Crown of Thorns and the beautiful Bay of Islands.  From here we travel through the Otway National Park.  We enjoy the Park with its fern gullies and towering eucalypts stands before heading to the coast for lunch at the Cape Otway Lighthouse.  Steeped in history and surrounded by beauty, the Cape Otway Lighthouse is an unforgettable experience.  This monument to the wild untamed coast has stood the test of time.  For many of our brave forbears it was their first sight of this southern land, for some it was their last!  In 1848 the lighthouse became the beacon of hope on a dangerous coastline and is one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia.  We continue through Apollo Bay and Lorne, which was the first place to be declared an area of Special Significance and Natural Beauty by the Victorian Government.  From here we travel on through Aireys Inlet and Angelsea to Point Cook where we can check in to our accommodation and freshen up before dinner.  (Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch at Cape Otway Lighthouse)

Quality Suites d’Olive, Point Cook – 03 8376 5300 (subject to availability)

 

Day 9: (BLD): POINT COOK TO ALBURY: 2017

Our morning is spent in Werribee where we visit Victoria’s Open Range Zoo.  Here animals from the grasslands of Australia, Africa and Asia live in conditions as close as possible to those they encounter in their natural habitats.  Victoria’s Open Range Zoo has grown of international standing which provides visitors with a truly unique wildlife encounter.  Developed around the beautiful and picturesque Werribee River, the 200 hectare property is home to a range of magnificent animals from the grasslands of Africa, Asia, North America and Australia. Today we enjoy a guided Wildlife Safari, which takes us amongst the animals and provides superb opportunities for “close up” animal encounters.  Our trained Safari Guide provides a personal and informed interpretation of the animals, their features and behaviour. The Safari includes a trip through the African Savannah, where rhinos, giraffes and zebras all share the magnificent river flood plain. It also takes us into the African waterhole, Australia’s only drive through hippo exhibit.  Animals, including meerkats, cheetah, vervet monkeys and serval cats are on display in wonderful environments, linked by a series of waterways. Experience the evolving recreation of these endangered grasslands (less than 1% of remnant grasslands remain in Victoria). Enjoy views into the Australian exhibit, with kangaroos, emus and wallabies.  We enjoy our lunch here before travelling through to Albury for our final night on tour.  (Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch at Werribee Zoo)

Quality Hotel on Olive, Albury – 02 6021 6100 (subject to availability)

 

Day 10: (B): ALBURY TO HOME: 2017

Sadly our touring has come to an end.  Today is a travel day for home; we stop along the way for convenience breaks and to purchase lunch.  We arrive home mid-afternoon with many wonderful memories of our 10 day holiday.  (Breakfast in motel, lunch own cost and arrangements)

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