• Pricing From $6,695 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Sydney
  • Duration 7 Days
  • Max Group Size 18
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 14 Apr 2022
  • Returns 20 Apr 2022

Bill Peach Journeys presents a delightful autumn Sojourn that is sure to entice! Departing Sydney, we stop at picturesque Lithgow just west of the Blue Mountains. Travel through the Central West, a region renowned for its fine food and excellent agricultural produce. Discover the region’s acclaimed winemaking history dating back to the 1850’s. Explore the elegant town of Mudgee, its rich pastoral history and colonial gold rush era reflected in the tree-lined heritage streetscapes. Visit Gulgong and learn about its colonial gold mining past. Discover the exquisite rolling hills of the Orange region, where acclaimed vineyards, lush orchards and beautifully preserved heritage are paired with stunning natural surroundings. Easter lunch at the award-winning hatted restaurant The Zin House will no doubt be a highlight as will the private Warakirri dinner celebrating the beauty of Australian native foods. Touring of Gulgong, Rylstone, Sofala and Cowra will provide a rich insight into the region while you make new friends during our enchanting Easter Sojourn – not to be missed!

Highlights

  • Discover magnificent landscapes, fascinating history and the rich cultural heritage of the Central West
  • Indulge in gastronomic delights and exquisite wines of a region famed for its excellent agricultural produce
  • Touring of historic Central West towns of Mudgee, Orange, Gulgong, Rylstone, Sofala and Cowra
  • Spend three nights at Parklands Resort in Mudgee, and two at the Byng Street Boutique Hotel in Orange
  • Join an Easter cooking class with pioneering chef Michael Manners at Ross Hill Wines
  • Celebrate an Easter feast with new friends at the award-winning hatted restaurant, The Zin House
  • Enjoy a private Warakirri dinner, a transformative dining and cultural experience unlike any other
  • Your own room with no single supplement charge
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code EA2200*
Departs 14 Apr 2022
Returns 20 Apr 2022
Price From $6,695 pp
Single Supplement FREE*
Day 1: Arrive Sydney

Transfer from Sydney Airport to the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, adjacent to the historic Rocks district. A welcome dinner this evening will be hosted by your Journey Director.

Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel

Day 2: Sydney - Mudgee

Depart Sydney for our lunch stop in Lithgow. Continue on to Mudgee where we enjoy a town tour with a honey and mead tasting at Honey Haven. The Mudgee region has long been recognised as a fertile and picturesque valley where grapes, stone fruit, nuts and olives thrive. The wine industry was established in the 1850’s by German vignerons and today there are over 40 cellar doors in Mudgee.

Overnight: Parklands Resort or similar

Day 3: Gulgong & Rylstone

This morning visit Gulgong, where the buildings and streetscape present a remarkably intact and picturesque example of a nineteenth century town. A local historian will bring to life an interesting history of Gulgong including visits to the Pioneers Museum and the Henry Lawson Centre. Moving on, visit the heritage village of Rylstone and the award-winning Rylstone Olive Press which presses within 6 hours of harvest. This evening’s Warakirri dinner is a celebration of exceptional Australian native food, culture and rituals.

Overnight: Parklands Resort or similar

Day 4: Easter

For those interested, an opportunity to enjoy an Easter Church service this morning. We transfer to the acclaimed Lowes Winery for a private tasting experience to learn about the range of award-winning wines produced by this organic and biodynamic vineyard. Today we enjoy Easter lunch at The Zin House, Kim Currie’s award-winning, hatted country restaurant serving exceptional produce, most of which is grown on the property.

Overnight: Parklands Resort or similar

Day 5: Mudgee - Orange

Departing Mudgee, we visit the historic village of Sofala before lunching at Chesleigh Homestead set on a beautiful 3000 acre property. Next, we head to the Orange region, renowned for fine fresh produce available throughout its 23 villages. The altitude, cool climate, soil structure and topography are the unique points of difference which distinguish wines from the Orange region. Check-in to The Byng Street Boutique Hotel in the heart of Orange’s heritage precinct. This afternoon, enjoy wine tasting at a local winery and tour Orange, a city that reflects a rich tapestry from the traditional Wiradjuri land owners, to the colonial settlers, gold miners and commercial traders.

Overnight: The Byng Street Boutique Hotel

Day 6: Orange

We begin the day with a cooking class led by pioneering chef Michael Manners at Ross Hill Wines. For more than 40 years, Michael Manners, winner of The Sydney Morning Herald Award for Professional Excellence, has had a profound influence on the state’s restaurant scene. Today, we will learn the intricacies of wine and food matching. This afternoon, we head to Cowra to visit the serene beauty of its Japanese Garden followed by a stop at the Japanese War Cemetery, the only one of its kind in Australia. This evening we enjoy the fine produce and wines of Orange at our farewell dinner.

Overnight: The Byng Street Boutique Hotel

Day 7: Orange - Sydney

After breakfast, we tour the Orange Regional Museum which features exhibitions on settlement of the region, mining, the landscape, agriculture, and local communities. Transfer to Orange Airport after lunch for our flight back to Sydney, where this delightful Easter in wine country Sojourn concludes.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world-class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Sydney are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Sydney, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Sydney, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 1 kilometre unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)

* Free Single Supplement Offer – Conditions apply, please contact Bill Peach Journeys for details.

* Due to current travel restrictions, there may be operational / date changes required. We will continue to work with suppliers to monitor the situation.