• Pricing From $4,995 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Sydney
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Max Group Size 20
  • Activity Level Easy
  • Departs 26 Jul 2018
  • Returns 30 Jul 2018
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Bill Peach Journeys presents our 2018 Yuletide celebrations. Stopping first at the delightful Mt Tomah Gardens for lunch, you will then travel through the Central West exploring the beautiful wine regions of Orange and Mudgee.

We also visit Gulgong, the town featured on our ten dollar note, where a local historian will bring to life the interesting history of the town. This journey will tempt your senses with five days of fine dining, which include some of the state’s best food and wine tastings at Mudgee Honey, High Valley Cheese and some of the region’s best wine estates.

Discover the fascinating prehistoric history at the ‘Age of Fishes’ exhibition and the exciting days of bushrangers Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall. Local guides will provide a rich insight into the region while you make new friends during our Christmas in July Sojourn.

Hightlights

  • Spend 4 nights at boutique Central West accommodation Parklands Resort in Mudgee and DeRussi Suites in Orange
  • Experience the exquisite produce and wines of the central west including some of the region’s finest dining experiences
  • Touring of Mt Tomah Gardens, Gulgong, Mudgee, Millthorpe, Orange, Eugowra, Forbes and Canowindra
  • Discover the fascinating pre-historic finds in Canowindra at the ‘Age of Fishes’ Museum
  • Celebrate the Yuletide feast at the award winning hatted restaurant, The Zin House in Mudgee
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code YT1800
Departs 26 Jul 2018
Returns 30 Jul 2018
Price From $4,995 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: SYDNEY - MUDGEE

Transfer from Sydney to the Blue Mountains where we tour and lunch at the beautiful Mt Tomah Gardens. The only botanic gardens located in a World Heritage site, the Greater Blue Mountains, the garden is home to a collection of plants from the cooler southern hemisphere. Mount Tomah provides a wonderful habitat for the local fauna, in winter the large proteas provide honeyeaters a welcome treat. We enjoy a tour of the formal gardens and lookout with a horticulturalist to answer all of your flora questions. We transfer to the Parklands Resort Mudgee in time to freshen up for your welcome dinner, as always, a special event hosted by your Journey Director.

Overnight: Parklands Resort Mudgee or similar

Day 2: GULGONG & MUDGEE

This morning visit Gulgong, famous for being featured on our ten dollar note and where the buildings and streetscape present a remarkable intact and picturesque example of a nineteenth century town. We will be met by a local historian who will bring to life an interesting history of this town including visits to the Pioneers Museum and the Henry Lawson Centre. We return to the Mudgee region which 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, descendants of whom still live in Mudgee. Today there are over 40 cellar doors in Mudgee and today takes us to Gilberts Family Wines for wine and cheese tasting followed by lunch. An afternoon at leisure before joining your fellow travellers to revel in the festivity and flavours of a Christmas in July feast at The Zin House, Kim Currie’s award winning, hatted country restaurant serving organic and biodynamic produce most of which is grown on the property.

Overnight: Parklands Resort Mudgee or similar

 

Day 3: MUDGEE - ORANGE

Today 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. Explore Millthorpe, a picturesque and historic village set amidst gently rolling hills classified by the National Trust celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. We next enjoy a tour of the Emmaville Cottage which is a tangible link to the period when Australian iconic poet Banjo Patterson was born. A historic tour of Orange this afternoon. Dinner at one of Orange’s finest restaurants.

Overnight: DeRussi Suites Orange

Day 4: ORANGE

Today we explore the central west of New South Wales first visiting Eugowra, famous for the 1862 robbery of 84.56kg of gold by bushranger Frank Gardiner and his gang. Noted for its fine parks and gardens and its large and gracious public buildings, our next destination of Forbes. Finally, today we visit Canowindra and the fascinating Museum of Fishes as we learn about fossil finds from the Devonian period – The ‘Age of Fishes’. Long before the dinosaurs the mighty rivers of the Central West teamed with bizarre ancient fishes – fish with armour shells, fish with lungs, and huge predators with jaws like crocodiles. This evening we enjoy the fine produce and wines of Orange at our farewell dinner.

Overnight: DeRussi Suites Orange

Day 5: ORANGE - SYDNEY

After an early lunch we transfer to Orange airport for our flight back to Sydney, where this delightful Yuletide sojourn concludes.


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)