Discover Tasmania with Bill Peach Journeys

The growth of tourism in Tasmania

When Bill Peach Journeys started tours to Tasmania back in the late 80’s it really was a quiet unassuming part of Australia. Jump forward to 2020 and Tasmania is all grown up. At Bill Peach we like to call it the MONA effect. In 2011 the contentious Museum of Old & New Art owned by David Walsh was opened in Hobart on the banks of the Derwent River and from that point on we saw an incredible change in tourism offerings within the Apple Isle. It also didn’t just stop in Hobart, suddenly stunning accommodation was being built and improved throughout the state and Tasmanian food and wine became some of the best in the country. Today there are hundreds of suppliers to choose from and we have hand picked the very best ones for our trips to Tasmania.

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A little bit about our Tasmanian suppliers

Travelling on our Southern Explorer Air Tour we visit the remote Bruny Island. Bruny Island Safaris is our local tour operator on the island. As with all of our destinations we like to use local guides on the ground who inspire our clients with their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Bruny Island Safaris is owned by Craig Parsey who spent his childhood living at many of Tasmania’s Lightstations including The Cape Bruny Lighthouse and Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse. Craig has lived, worked and holidayed on Bruny Island for the past 40 years developing one of Tasmania’s most authentic tour companies with a great team of local passionate employees. To find out more about our Southern Explorer Air Tour CLICK HERE

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On our North West Tasmanian Sojourn we stay at the award-winning Tall Timbers – located at Smithton, the gateway to the attractions of the North West Coast, including the Tarkine Wilderness and the historic township of Stanley. Tall Timbers accommodation has a strong timber influence in keeping with the region in which it sits.

Over 95% of the materials used in the construction were local Tasmanian Timbers from the Circular Head region. Local Saw-Millers produced the Tasmanian Oak, while Britton Brothers and Grey’s Timbers product milled the Blackwood, Sassafras, Myrtle and fine timber veneers.

Bill Peach Journeys understands the importance of selecting the right accommodation to complement each journey. Where suitable, this means the best available accommodation, hand-picked by our Journey Planners. The accommodation is chosen to ensure you receive the highest standard of service and comfort available in any destination. To find out more about our North West Tasmania Sojourn CLICK HERE

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Fine food and wine is an essential part of all of our tours. All meals are included as well as local beers and wine with group dinners. On our Southern Explorer Air Tour we have an incredible day out with Wineglass Bay Cruises. As we anchor at the iconic Wine Glass Bay we absorb the true peace of this beautiful place as you taste some of Tasmania’s finest produce. Sample freshly shucked Freycinet Marine Farm oysters, still dripping from the sea and served with a glass of fine Spring Vale sparkling wine and creamy Ashgrove Farm cheeses. Or on our Yuletide in Tasmania we visit the Pipers Brook Vineyard home to world-renowned wine and idyllic vine conditions and is Tasmania’s largest family owned winemaker. Here we taste wines from Pipers Brook, Krelinger & Ninth Island along with a scrumptious tasting platter from local suppliers.

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There are so many incredible food and wine experiences on our tours and we hope that this gives you a small taste of what our Tasmania tours have to offer.

Tasmanian Solo Trips

On our Southern Explorer Air Tour, Yuletide in Tasmania & North West Tasmanian Sojourn there is no Single Supplement charged. This means you are guaranteed your own room and don’t have to pay the Single Supplement. Bill Peach Journeys takes the worry out of travelling in Tasmania and lets you have the journey of a lifetime. As with any trip to Tasmania with Bill Peach Journeys things are made simple – there’s no baggage handling to worry about, there’s no tipping and there are no optional extra charges. You will enjoy the comforts of a private room and the camaraderie of travellers with a common outlook and sense of adventure. Bill Peach Journeys is always fully inclusive of all meals, touring, accommodation and a Journey Director to look after you every step of the way.

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Discover Tasmania in 2021 with a name you can trust. Bill Peach Journeys will help you discover Tasmania in luxury & style.

 


Join Bill Peach Journeys in 2021

See your own backyard in luxury & style

As we all await for our borders to re-open and the Trans-Tasman bubble to begin Bill Peach Journeys has been busy creating an extraordinary collection of luxury tours in Australia & New Zealand. These journeys stretch across every state and territory of Australia and both islands of New Zealand. We are so excited to get back to what we love to do and that is showing Australian’s & New Zealander’s their own backyard!

For more than 37 years, Bill Peach Journeys has been committed to delivering uncompromised service and seamless travel experiences throughout Australia & New Zealand. These luxury tours in Australia & New Zealand are carefully researched by our planning department to create itineraries that clients find to be stylish and an all encompassing cultural experiences.
Bill Peach Journeys is renowned for small group luxury travel and the group size ranges from 8 on our regional Air Tours, 10-18 passengers on our Sojourns and maximum of 26 on our Great Australian Air Tour. “It is important for us that we maintain a level of service and a feeling of belonging that you just cannot get from large group sizes” says GM Amanda Highfield.

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Commitment to Regional Areas

Over the last eight months, the resilience of Australia & New Zealand and their incredible people have been sorely tested. Our hearts are broken for those who have lost so much through the many natural disasters that have affected us and of course COVID-19. Although there has been devastating loss, Australian’s & New Zealanders shine through with their endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and sense of mateship.

Long before these devastating events the value of tourism to regional Australia & New Zealand was critical to local economies. The viability and existence of these small communities are at risk and desperately need our support more than ever before. For 37 years we have supported and will continue to support these small communities and we just can’t wait to showcase these amazing regions once again.

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What types of tours does Bill Peach Journeys offer?

At Bill Peach Journeys we have 2 very distinct tour types. On all of our Australian & New Zealand tours you will experience the finest accommodation available, superb dining and touring and all fully inclusive of your journey price.

Luxury Outback Air Tours

An outback Australian Air Tour with Bill Peach Journeys is the perfect way to explore hard to reach destinations in the style, speed and comfort of your own private aircraft. Travelling by private aircraft means that we land directly in each location ensuring time on the ground is spent discovering each region. The style of aircraft is chosen to provide the best possible access into remote locations. Our 2021 tours include our flagship Great Australian Air Tour  that explores iconic outback destinations such as Uluru, Kakadu, Broome & Birdsville. Our smaller Air Tours include the stunning Flinders Ranges & Beyond Air Tour and the ever popular Gulf to Gulf Air Tour. To finish off the collection we have our Southern Explorer Air Tour which is a comprehensive tour of Tasmania including Flinders Island & King Island.

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Sojourns

Each year, Bill Peach Journeys designs an exclusive range of unique and interesting travel experiences in regional areas of Australia & New Zealand. It is a delightful collection of journeys with exciting themes for those looking for an interesting short break. Whether it is celebrating Christmas with new friends or enjoying the open air romance of Opera on Sydney Harbour, each Sojourn offers the comforts of stylish accommodation and the camaraderie of like-minded travellers. Often based around an event, these tours allow the discerning traveller to experience thrilling sporting tournaments, concert performances or festive celebrations in style and luxury. If there is a tour of interest don’t delay, seats on these special journeys fill very quickly! For more information on our 2021 Sojourn Collection CLICK HERE

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Travel with a name you can trust in 2021

COVID-19 has been a challenge for all in the tourism sector and we aim to ensure that we continue to lead the way in our dedication to health & safety. We are closely monitoring and welcome all state & federal policies both in Australia & New Zealand and will align all of our health & safety procedures around these. During this period our team have been busy with training programmes and have gained important industry accreditations that will enable us to safely recommence tours across Australia & New Zealand. These programmes have been created by national tourism bodies such as the Australian Tourism Export Council & the Australian Tourism Industry Council. All of our staff both in the office and on the road have completed National Infection Control Training courses. To find out more about more about our COVID-19 Ready Plan CLICK HERE


Luxury Solo Tours in Australia & New Zealand

Bill Peach Journeys – The Luxury Solo Tours Specialist

Bill Peach Journeys has had stunning success with their initiative focusing on solo travellers who balk at paying a single supplement charge on top of the tour cost. “We have discovered a segment of the travel market that has been largely neglected,” said Allison Portus, CEO of Bill Peach Journeys. “It is a constantly growing segment that shows no signs of slowing. Twenty years ago we introduced Free Single Supplement on certain luxury outback tours, where solo travellers receive their own private room free of the usual single supplement charge”. For Bill Peach Journeys, it’s turned out to be a great incentive and one they say will be around to stay.

As pioneers in small group luxury tours around Australia & New Zealand, Bill Peach Journeys has taken 30,000 travellers on journeys of a lifetime throughout Australia, New Zealand and the world beyond. Widely recognised for their early success in luxurious all-inclusive luxury outback tours, the company has also been ahead of the curve in identifying and catering to a rapidly growing segment of the travel market – Solo Travel Baby Boomers.

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Understanding the reluctance of Solo Travellers to pay a sometimes hefty single supplement charge, Bill Peach Journeys has an entire tour category dedicated to Single Supplement Free travel – Sojourns. These are stylish luxury tours around Australia & New Zealand that are often event-based. Demand has been so intense that this range has grown from 3 tours in 2015 to 30 tours in 2020. New product is continuously launched throughout the year in response to tours selling out shortly after their release. The expanding Sojourn portfolio is responsible for single bookings increasing from an already impressive 40% of business in 2014 to 65% of business in 2020.

Examples of upcoming Sojourns include journeys designed around exhibitions such as the inspiring Uluru Field of Light. Event-based journeys include West Side Story Opera on Sydney Harbour and the Australian Open Tennis. Client favourites are the Yuletide and Christmas celebrations. Other sojourns include the Eyre Peninsula & Wildflowers in Perth & Beyond. Of course they also have a number of Sojourns in New Zealand including Lakes & Fiords and the Tranzalpine Sojourn.

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WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR TRAVELLERS ARE SOLO?

Sixty five percent of our business is Solo Travellers and we have built up a reputation of looking after these travellers.

DO I HAVE TO PAY A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT?

No Single Supplement on selected programmes – meaning a huge cost saving

AM I GUARANTEED MY OWN ROOM?

Your own room is guaranteed – no twin sharing with a stranger! You’ll enjoy the comforts of a private room and the camaraderie of travellers with a common outlook and sense of adventure

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

All inclusive, all meals, touring and accommodation, select alcoholic beverages with group dinners, and a journey director to look after you every step of the way.
If you are single or prefer to travel alone, but resent the single supplement then please CLICK HERE to find out more about our luxury solo travel tours.


Luxury outback air tours around Australia

Discover the true Australian Outback

Australia is a wide, brown land – something most coast-clingers tend to forget – until they try to make their way across it. Exploring the Australian outback is a truly amazing adventure, leading the intrepid traveller to some of the most phenomenal features and landscapes this planet has to offer. The trouble is the tyranny of distance. Distance is the enemy of the outback traveller. But those who have neither the time nor the stamina to tackle endless stretches of highway can take to the air with luxury outback tours on board Bill Peach Journeys.

If you haven’t got the freedom to spend six months travelling through the heart of our continent, and you haven’t got the disposition for canvas tents, backpacks and bush bugs, then perhaps you should consider luxury outback tours will Bill Peach Journeys.

Bill Peach Journeys allows you to traverse Australia’s vast distances in the most comfortable and time-efficient way. Formed in 1984, under the direction of former television presenter Bill Peach, Bill Peach Journeys allows travellers to visit a host of remote and otherwise inaccessible places, with maximum time for exploring on the ground.

Travelling in specially designed aircraft (ranging from a 10 seat Beechcraft Super King Air, a 15-seater Jetstream or a 34 seater SAAB) has its infinite merits. These private aircraft are carefully selected to ensure maximum comfort while flying on these luxury outback tours and to provide access into many remote and otherwise inaccessible regions. Not only are you spared the horror and discomfort of a really long bus journey but also the awesome birds-eye views of places like Uluru (Ayers Rock), Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge), or the Bungle Bungles make ‘flightseeing’ worth it in themselves.

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One of the highlights of travelling on these luxury tours around Australia is the opportunity to experience spectacular aerial “flightseeing” of Australia’s natural treasures at close range.

On terra firma, the luxury outback tours offer five star luxury accommodation and, in those remote outback areas, cosy hotels with a warm country feel. Local tour guides give expert commentary on the places you visit which enhances the quality of your holiday and leaves you with a whole new perspective on Australia’s natural and cultural treasures.

Bill Peach wrote “These luxury outback tours dramatise the richness and the variety of our country and our culture. It says Australia has a unique story to tell and wonderful places to travel. Dipping above the Ord River in the Kimberley, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory and over Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef proves much easier for our travellers than it would have been for the famous explorer Flinders. The entire journey is one of luxury, comparative not only to the early explorers but also in today’s terms. It’s really about tasting the quality of life in all those places and they are all different but they all make up Australia.”

The flagship 12 day Great Australian Air Tour sees you soaring over the Gibson Desert, or hugging the wild coast down to Broome as the setting sun paints the rocks orange and red. Katherine Gorge, which actually towers to 100m, appears only fingernail-deep from the air, its sandstone switchbacks reminiscent, as one observer notes, of the grooves in a chocolate block. The familiar shapes of Uluru and the Olgas are accentuated from the air in their weird isolation, crouched in the desert.

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The 11 day Gulf to Gulf Air Tour was designed after CEO Allison Portus read an article about Jeff Johnson who walked from the Spencer Gulf to the Gulf of Carpentaria to raise money for the Deaf & Blind Society. It was also inspired by reading the stories of our early explorers such as Burke & Wills. “Jeff’s story really amazed me and I thought what an incredible challenge that it must have been for him and also for the early explorers that perished trying to uncover inland Australia” wrote Allison. The tour visits the Dig Tree, Birdsville, Mt Isa, Adels Grove, Groote Eylandt, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and finishes at Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.

The 12 day Flinders Ranges & Beyond Air tour is the quintessential tour discovering all that the South Australian Outback has to offer. Beginning and ending in Adelaide the journey has you flying into the heart of the Flinders Ranges with stays at Rawnsley Park Station & the famous Prairie Hotel. There is also a spectacular flight over Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre and a night underground in Coober Pedy. The tour finishes in spectacular style at “The Louise” in the Barossa Valley

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These luxury outback tours are all fully inclusive of all meals, accommodation, touring and a journey director to look after you every step of the way.


Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine mention

Find out more about why Bill Peach Journeys is the leader in small group luxury travel throughout Australia & New Zealand.  Read the article below that was published in Signature@home magazine.

 


Explore Australia with Bill Peach Journeys

Join Bill Peach Journeys, the leader in private air tours in Australia. These Australian outback tours provide more time to discover each destination intimately through leisurely cruises, revealing ground excursions and contact with local people.

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Above and Beyond

After hearing about Bill Peach Journeys from a friend (“I’ve travelled with several high-end Australian travel companies, but Bill Peach Journeys is the best… my trip was flawless.”), we decided to sign up for the company’s signature journey: The Great Australian Air Tour. These famous Australian outback tours depart from Sydney, and then follow a circular route around the northern half of Australia during an adventure-packed 12 days.

There’s an art to these luxury outback tours – making each day brilliant, each experience authentic, each leg flown over that extraordinary country truly memorable.

We flew at low altitude over remote deserts and coastlines; visited private cattle stations; cruised down rivers that were home to crocodiles and exotic birds; explored dramatic gorges and sacred aboriginal sites; and swam off pristine beaches along the Indian Ocean.

The beaut thing about travelling on luxury outback tours with Bill Peach Journeys is it doesn’t matter if you are on the wrong side of the plane when something as incredible as, say, Kata-Tjuta comes into view. The pilots always turn the aircraft to give passengers on both sides ample time to take in the view and get aerial photographs – sometimes from as low as just a few hundred metres.

Bill Peach Journeys makes crossing Australia’s vast distances entirely comfortable, with an average daily flying time of a little more than two hours. Which still leaves plenty of time to experience the greatness of the outback up close and personal on the ground. Try doing this on a commercial airline schedule and you’ll spend half the time in airports.

The legendary Bill Peach

Along the way, we learned about Bill Peach himself and what inspired him to set up these luxury outback tours. Peach founded his Australian outback tours in 1983 after leaving behind a successful career in television (as host of ground breaking This Day Tonight). Having wanderlust, he decided to travel more and to produce travel documentaries.

During his extensive travels (Peach journeyed the equivalent of 50 times around the globe!), he concluded there was a glaring gap in the travel market for “educated travellers who just didn’t want to do it in a tent or travel huge distances by car.” The market was calling out for luxury outback tours and so it all began.

The rest is history. Today the company offers Australian outback tours, as well as short break tours in regional Australia and New Zealand. Sadly Bill passed away in 2013 but his legacy continues.

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So many highlights

What were the highlights of our journey? It’s hard to single out one experience more fascinating than another. But some moments stand out with these luxury outback tours. A sunset boat cruise in Kakadu National Park, the large World Heritage wetlands offered close encounters with crocs and some of the hundreds of bird species that nest there: magpie geese, black-necked cranes and white-breasted sea eagles, to name a few. Seeing first hand ancient Aboriginal rock art was also a highlight.

Flying at 1000ft above one of the most breathtaking parts of Australia, each of us mesmerised by the unexpected beauty of this serene and untouched coastline. Suddenly, a humpback whale, shadowed by a tiny calf, breaks the surface of the turquoise bay below us – a special moment that brings shrieks of delight from throughout the cabin. We see whales five times more as we continue cruising south in our private aircraft above the islands, tidal waterfalls, and towering cliffs and gorges of Bonaparte Gulf and Buccaneer Archipelago off Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast. We are told by the pilots that on all of the companies luxury outback tours that “flightseeing” is a main highlight – and we can see why.

Each day on these luxury outback tours is the best for someone. Intricacies of irrigation systems impress a guy in his 40s who has sold his farm to move earth as a business. He is flying over the land to get a better feel for its ebbs and flows, its natural canals, plateaux and river ways. For women travelling solo – there are several in our group – the pearl town of Broome is heaven. Staying at the Cable Beach Resort is blissfully relaxing. A fellow passenger made it clear to us all: “It’s as if you’re seeing your own country for the first time.”

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So many inclusions

Throughout the journey, our plane was more than transportation. It was a high-altitude “home” that fostered camaraderie and wholesome fun. The cheerful staff constantly pampered us with gourmet snacks, light meals, beverages (teas, coffees, excellent wines, champagnes) and good conversation. Surprisingly, the distances seemed short. At the end of our trip, one guest concluded, “This is the first plane I haven’t wanted to leave!

On the ground the food & wine on this classic Australian outback tour is first class. In Katherine we sit by the banks of the river – it’s a great barbeque spread and we sit at tables with linen cloth in the fading, golden light. Everywhere we go, effort is made. Another day we’re on board a big yacht, off Darwin, eating fat prawns and oysters. Halfway up the Ord River, we disembark for a picnic lunch fit for wedding guests. At Cable Beach Club Resort in Broome, we sip champagne at sunset overlooking Cable Beach and try pearl meat amongst an incredible collection of paintings by Sir Sidney Nolan, Elizabeth Durack and Humphrey Price-Jones. A personal highlight was the Sounds of Silence Dinner under a starry sky in the Red Centre.

On all of Bill Peach Journeys Australian outback tours you also get to stay at the pick of accommodation, such as Cable Beach Resort in Broome, Sails in the Desert at Uluru and the Mantra in Darwin. In some of the more remote towns the choice is extremely limited for a group of our size (28 passengers), so the organisers more than make up for it when they can.

The whole operation is seamless, effortless, and somehow it’s made to look easy thanks to many years of practice and fine tuning.

Would we embark on another tour with Bill Peach Journeys? You bet. These luxury outback tours had us captivated, surprised and gob-smacked by the ever-changing scenery outside the aircraft window. So go. Go soon. And see your own backyard

 

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Your Tour Highlights

  • Explore a collection of famed outback towns – Longreach, Kununurra and Alice Springs
  • Experience spectacular aerial sightseeing of the ancient Bungle Bungle Range, remote Mitchell Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago
  • Watch the sun set on the Indian Ocean at Cable Beach Resort & Spa, Broome
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Unparalleled Australian outback tours

Contact Us to find out more about our Great Australian Air Tour

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Luxury Short Breaks with Bill Peach Journeys

You can enjoy the ultimate night of opera on Sydney Harbour, or enjoy a world class concert or exhibition with the leaders in small group luxury travel Bill Peach Journeys. As renowned Australian short break specialists, Bill Peach Journeys offers you a fully-inclusive, seamlessly designed travel experience. We’ve designed the perfect getaway for couples and Solo Travellers, wanting a little more luxury and time to explore.

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Luxury Short break specialists – looked after every step of the way

Swept away in movie-star style, I was greeted at the airport with my name on a sign, escorted to a car with dark-tinted windows and driven to my elegant city hotel. It started how it went on: special treatment every step of the way, with everything taken care of. After settling in to my generous room, I met up with others on the tour for our welcome dinner, admiring Sydney’s magnificent city skyline.

Enjoying delicious fare, I had easy conversations with several women who were travelling solo as they’re widowed or had husbands who didn’t want to travel. There were also couples who had joined up because they like to be looked after well and appreciate not having to bother with details.

Whilst Bill Peach Journeys are renowned for their outback air tours they also specialise in short break regional tours in Australia & New Zealand, like the one I was on. These are based around a special event, usually a concert or a visiting international exhibition, and the itinerary is woven around that with high-end accommodation, meals and all the fine points travel entails.

A short break might be for the Melbourne Cup, Australian Wildflowers or the Australian Open Tennis. I’m in town for what is widely regarded as Sydney’s best night out and “the ultimate Sydney experience” – Handa Opera under the stars.

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A Sparkling Evening Replete with Chandeliers & Fireworks

Every year, Sydney hosts an outdoor Handa Opera production, this year it’s Puccini’s La Boheme. On arrival we have a wonderful French inspired meal with matching wines as the sun sets over Sydney’s spectacular skyline, a magnificent backdrop as dusk falls. All just metres from the magical setting of Sydney Harbour’s Mrs Macquarie’s Point, against the iconic backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

As it begins to get dark we are taken to our A grade seats and watch as the drama of La Boheme unfolds. This Opera just opens your soul to emotions stirred by Puccini’s passionate music. As the six friends bare their hearts in a Parisian winter, we all fall in love, flare with ache and loss, right alongside them. I turn to look at some of my travelling companions and see quite a number in tears.

Once the clapping had died down, we made our way out of the arena to our waiting coach and passed queues of people waiting for taxis or trekking back to far-flung cars.

Every year there is a different opera but the standard is high and it will be without question, as stunning and as much fun as this production. You can expect rousing, high-energy operatic performances, fireworks, a live orchestra and spectacularly dramatic lighting.

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Interesting touring throughout

The great thing about these small group luxury tours is the variety of day trips that occur. For our tour the group travelled north of Sydney to Hawkesbury River to cruise around its fascinating waterways. On another day we went south along the Grand Pacific Drive and weaved our way through one of the one of the oldest national parks in the world and then over the Sea Cliff Bridge, an engineering marvel. After a local lunch, we visited the charming coastal towns of Coledale, Austinmer and Thirroul, places I hadn’t visited since I was a child.  On other tours it may be a couple of nights stay in the Blue Mountains or a visit to a historic home – the programmes are so interesting and so varied.

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All inclusive

The wonderful thing about travelling with Bill Peach Journeys is that there is nothing to worry about once the journey begins. Absolutely everything is taken care of. On this journey we had gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We dined in Sydney’s top restaurant Quay – something I had wanted to do for some time. We also had a beautiful seafood lunch on the cliffs at Scarborough and on the cruise of the Hawkesbury a buffet lunch fit for a king.

Our accommodation was at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park. All of our rooms faced the park and it was just so lovely to wander around the shops and parklands so close to the hotel.

At the end of the tour I exchanged contacts with several of my fellow travellers. They were an interesting well educated crew; seasoned, motivated travellers who enjoy the finer things in life. I was jealous, hearing their plans to join another Short Break but grateful that I had such a wonderful opportunity to see first hand why Bill Peach Journeys is the leader in small group luxury travel.

To find out more about Bill Peach Journeys Short Break Collection CLICK HERE

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