• Pricing From $4,995 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Sydney
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Max Group Size 15
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 25 Feb 2019
  • Returns 1 Mar 2019
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Join Bill Peach Journeys for a relaxing sojourn to Port Stephens and Port Macquarie both located on the mid north coast of NSW. This stunning sojourn starts in Sydney with champagne and high tea at the Intercontinental Double Bay and continues north to Port Stephens. Stay at the newly renovated Anchorage where you will explore the natural harbour and beaches of this region. Spend a full day exploring the waterways and beaches of Port Stephens and discover a marine park which protects some of the state’s most precious marine creatures and their habitats.

We explore the Great Lakes including Wallis Lake, home to a rich seafood harvest, notably the famous Wallis Lake oyster. We visit Forster, known for its stunning waters & Manning Valley beauty before continuing on to Port Macquarie, considered the most significant town located between Newcastle and the Queensland Border. Enjoy a full day of sampling local produce learning about the rich convict history of Port Macquarie. Sit back, relax and let Bill Peach Journeys show you the best that this region has to offer.

Highlights

  • Explore the seaside towns of Port Stephens & Port Macquarie
  • Spend 4 nights in excellent accommodation including the Anchorage at Port Stephens and Sails Port Macquarie
  • Enjoy a cruise and touring of Port Stephens
  • Visit Wallis Lake & Forster
  • Enjoy a local food, wine and history tour of Port Macquarie
  • Explore the convict history of the region at Port Macquarie Museum
  • All meals included - breakfast, lunch and dinner including high tea at the Intercontinental Double Bay
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code PS1900
Departs 25 Feb 2019
Returns 1 Mar 2019
Price From $4,995 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Sydney - Port Stephens

Transfer from the airport or your home in metropolitan Sydney to the Intercontinental Double Bay. Enjoy a glass of French champagne and high tea as you meet your fellow travellers and Journey Director. Travel through Sydney’s North Shore, the Hawkesbury and the central coast before arriving in Port Stephens and the Anchorage. The Hamptons-style guesthouses face north over beautiful Port Stephens towards Corrie Island National Reserve. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: The Anchorage Port Stephens

Day 2: Port Stephens

Today the group will enjoy a private charter through the waterways of Port Stephens which is larger than Sydney Harbour. Port Stephens is a port of contrast geographically, from the striking headlands of volcanic origin, to low lying sand spits and mangrove forests. The ‘port’ is characterised by small bays and the estuaries of the Myall River, Tilligerry Creek and the Karuah River.

Shoal Bay, the Eastern-most beach on the Harbour’s Southern side, boasts generous white sand and deep swimming water. As we make our way around the waterways enjoy lunch and maybe even get the opportunity to see dolphins, flocks of oceanic sea birds and southern fur seals lazing on the rocks at Cabbage Tree Island.

Overnight: The Anchorage Port Stephens

Day 3: Port Stephens - Forster - Port Macquarie

Following breakfast we travel to Port Macquarie via Wallis Lake and Forster. Wallis Lake is part of the Great Lakes and is a diverse ecosystem teeming with wildlife. From still lakes and estuaries to white sandy beaches and national park wilderness, the region is a haven for water sports and bushwalking.

After enjoying lunch in Forster travel along the scenic coastal road through Crowdy Bay National Park, Laurieton and Lake Innes Nature Reserve before arriving in Port Macquarie late afternoon. Sails at Port Macquarie is located at Pelican Bay overlooking the Hastings River and Marina.

Overnight: Sails Port Macquarie

Day 4: Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is situated on the Tasman Sea coast, at the mouth of the Hastings River, and at the eastern end of the Oxley Highway. Oyster farms dot the pristine estuary and curious bottlenose dolphins frolic in the sparkling waterways. It is a town steeped in a history which dates back to convict times. The town began colonial life in 1821 as a penal settlement because of its distance from Sydney. Visit the Port Macquarie Museum for a journey from convict history to the present day. Today you will also explore golden beaches, lush rainforests, view abundant wildlife, discover the rich history of the area and enjoy wonderful food and wine.

Lunch today will be at the famous Cassegrain Winery which is renowned for being the first winery to grow and produce Chambourcin commercially in Australia. As well as Cassegrain having a superb winery, it also has extensive gardens which surround the estate. Their rose garden boasts over 2,000 rose bushes so there is always a splash of colour. This evening there will be a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Sails Port Macquarie

Day 5: Port Macquarie - Sydney

After a leisurely breakfast the group will return to Sydney on commercial aircraft. Say farewell to new friends and take away fond memories of a delightful sojourn.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from exploring Australia’s Top End to world-class 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 500 metres 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)