Christmas on the Murray Princess

Christmas on the Murray Princess - 10 Days

19th December – 28th December 2019

Welcome to our special Christmas ten day tour, featuring the famous ‘Murray Princess Cruise’. The seven night cruise takes us north on the great Murray River from the historic riverport of Mannum to the Upper Murraylands.

Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery, from towering cliffs to expansive wetlands. Along the way we’ll see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and many of the 350 bird species that inhabit the riverlands. 

        

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $5,195
Repeat clientele twin share  $5,145
Single supplement room  $960
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • 7 nights private ensuite accommodation aboard the Murray Princess. Each cabin has twin beds (no bunks), adjustable air-conditioning, electric blankets, soaps, shampoo and towels; serviced daily.  We reserve outside cabins which open onto the outside deck and have windows.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation for 2 nights.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • All meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, lunches and morning teas.

Daylesford, Ballarat, Stawell, Mannum, Caurnamont, Sugar Shack Conservation Park, Morgan, Waikerie, Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre, Traditional Christmas Day Lunch, Swan Reach Hotel, Swan Reach Museum, Woolshed Show, Native Wildlife Shelter, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner, Mount Gambier, Hamilton and Camperdown.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

 7 nights upon the Murray Princess

 

CRUISE

7 night Cruise on Murray River

Itinerary

STAWELL

 

After being picked up from home and transferred to our O’Shannessys luxury coach we will begin our festive tour. This morning we travel to nearby Daylesford, a delightful town north of Ballarat known as the spa centre of Australia. We have our morning break here and time for a wander along the main street before heading to Ballarat where we stop for lunch. This afternoon we travel along the Western Highway to Ararat for our afternoon break and a walk around Lake Alexandra. Our overnight stay is in Stawell,located on the outskirts of the Grampians National Park.

 

OVERNIGHT: Magdala Motor Lodge, STAWELL

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - MANNUM - MURRAY PRINCESS

 

This morning we travel through Dimboola and Nhill to South Australia. We arrive in Mannum, departure port of the Murray Princess. Mannumbecame a major port in the years of river trade, transporting wheat from the eastern Mount Lofty Rangesupstream to New South Wales and Victoria. We board the 67 metre (200 foot) luxury paddlewheeler for seven nights of relaxation. We enjoy the Captain’s informative commentary, excellent meals and timeless scenery. Tonight, we also enjoy a welcome dinner and cruise upriver under floodlight to Caurnamont. You may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank.
Watch for grey kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon-beaked echidnas and many other species. (Our on-board entertainer provides music for the night owls.)

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

CRUISE ON MURRAY PRINCESS - SUNNYDALE

 

Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, wrens and swans. This morning, your discovery vessel awaits for a wildlife tour. Travelling in small, personalised groups, we explore the maze of the river and the birdlife is amazing. Watch for darters, herons and egrets feeding along the river’s muddy edges. For those who choose to stay on-board, you may wish to partake in a game of bocce or compete in the fishing challenge before we cruise upriver past Walker Flat to Sunnydale. When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. And then of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour (additional cost) in a comfortable purpose built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

CRUISE ON MURRAY PRINCESS - MURBKO FLATS

 

Today we continue cruising upriver this morning as we enjoy breakfast and listen to the First Officer’s talk. In the afternoon, we pass through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. You may like to catch up with friends over a coffee or a drink and chill out on the top deck and enjoy the majestic views. Late afternoon we will secure the vessel at Murbko Flats and after dinner, participate in a Table Quiz Challenge

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

CRUISE ON MURRAY PRINCESS - WAIKERIE

 

Today we are transferred by coach to the Riverland town of Waikerie and Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre near Kingston On Murray. We have some free time in Waikerie and at Banrock Station delight in cellar door wine tastings followed by a delicious buffet lunch and DVD presentation. There will be time to take a stroll around the gardens and orchards enjoying the relaxing scenery. We return by coach to Morgan where we will board the Murray Princess and after dinner, enjoy being entertained by our talented crew.

 

OVERNIGHT: Murray Princess

CRUISE ON MURRAY PRINCESS - SUGAR SHACK

 

Enjoy a leisurely morning as we cruise downriver back towards Blanchetown. We arrive at Burk Salter Boutique Winery and join a guided tour of the surrounding vineyard and enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. We depart Blanchetown late afternoon, pass back through Lock 1 and stop at Sugar Shack for our overnight moorage. This evening, enjoy the music of Christmas Carols to celebrate the festive season.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

CRUISE ON MURRAY PRINCESS - OLD BIG BEND LANDING

 

Merry Christmas everyone! Waking up Christmas morning we experience the magic of the Murray River. Delight in some Christmas festivities with a traditional Christmas Day lunch and celebrations. Take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by as we start to cruise back downriver to the picturesque Old Big Bend Landing. This afternoon, enjoy the music of Christmas Carols and after dinner, join us for all the fun and excitement of the Christmas “Murray River Cup”.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

CRUISE ON MURRAY PRINCESS - YOUNGHUSBAND

 

This morning we cruise downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – and a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about aboriginal history in the area. This afternoon, take part in a Trivia Quiz and inspect the wheelhouse with the Captain as the Murray Princess cruises towards Younghusband. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

THE COORONG - MOUNT GAMBIER

 

We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast, we farewell our hosts and board the coach. Our travels today take us along the Coorong and into South Eastern South Australia. We visit Kingston S.E. and the holiday villages of Robe and Beachport. We take a look around Mount Gambier before retiring to our accommodation with time to relax before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Presidential, MOUNT GAMBIER

MOUNT GAMBIER - WESTERN DISTRICT - HOME

 

This morning we travel the very picturesque area of Victoria’s Western District via Casterton and Coleraine to Hamilton. Hamilton is set among the rolling hills which produce some of the finest merino wool in the world. The town has therefore adopted the slogan “wool capital of the world”. Heading for home we pass through Mortlake and cross to the Princes Highway with lunch at Camperdown. Camperdown sits on the great volcanic plain of Victoria’s Western District and is surrounded by crater lakes and volcanic cones. We arrive at Geelong mid-afternoon and continue on to Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula to complete a wonderful time away. As always our chauffeurs will transfer us home.

Christmas on the Murray Princess 2019

Christmas on the Murray Princess 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • It is a requirement of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours that each passenger is able to negotiate coach steps without the aid of the coach crew or other passengers.
  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
  • Passengers who are smokers, have a CPAP machine or snore, unless travelling with a companion, will be required to pay the single supplement premium for the sole use of a room.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

Balance due on invoice approx 80 days prior to departure.

 

Deposit is fully refundable until 81 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 80 to 60 days before tour departure date
25% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 59 to 30 days before tour departure date
10% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 29 to 1 days before tour departure date, No Refund.

Cancellation on or after tour departure date, No Refund.

 

Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

Yorke & Eyre Peninsulas Tour 2

Yorke & Eyre Peninsulas Tour 2 - 10 Days

1st November – 10th November, 2019

Experience the beauty of the Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas. Enjoy the outback and coastal South Australia.

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $3,695
Repeat clientele twin share  $3,645
Single supplement room  $695
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • All meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, most lunches and morning teas.

Mildura, Burra, Clare, Yorke Peninsula, Port Pirie, Ardrossan Museum, Gulf St Vincent, Minlaton, Harry Butler Memorial, Moonta Railway Station, Port Augusta, Eyre Peninsula, Whyalla, Turners Oysters & Seafood, Special Melbourne Cup Luncheon, Fresh Fish Place, Coffin Bay, Elliston - Great Ocean View, Bungaree Station, Adelaide, Coorong National Park, Kingston South East and Mt Gambier.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS
6 Nights in Port Lincoln.

 

CRUISE
Boston Bay Cruise - seafood tastings.

 

Itinerary

HOME - MILDURA

 

Welcome to our 10 day tour to South Australia’s Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas. After personal pick up from home, we travel via the Westgate Bridge to Ballarat then join the Sunraysia Highway through the Pyrenees Ranges to Donald. We’ll stop here for our lunch break. This afternoon we continue through the Wimmera-Mallee region arriving in Mildura late afternoon.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn, MILDURA

MILDURA - CLARE

 

After a hearty breakfast we make our way into South Australia. From Waikerie we head through the historic river port of Morgan to another historic town, Burra, classified by the National Trust. Copper from Burra’s “Monster Mine” saved South Australia from bankruptcy in the 1840’s. It was the largest metal mine in the country employing 1,000 people. Cornish and Welsh miners flocked to Burra to work for South Australian Mining Association and some set up homes in the dugouts hewn out of the banks of the Burra Creek. After a tour of this historical town we travel onto Clare. Our overnight stay is at the delightful Clare Country Club, an award winning property with splendid views overlooking lush fairways of the adjacent golf course and the sparkling waters of Inchiquin Lake.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Clare Country Club, CLARE

CLARE - PORT PIRIE

 

This morning we drive to Ardrossan on the east coast of the Yorke Peninsula. The beautiful, blue waters of the Gulf St Vincent contrast with the patchwork of grain fields that produce the world's best barley and abundant crops of other cereals, such as wheat and oats. At Ardrossan we stop to enjoy gulf views from the top of the cliffs on which the town is built before visiting the Ardrossan Museum. Next stop is Minlaton. We can see the Harry Butler Memorial established in the town to commemorate the local aviation pioneer who flew his Bristol Fighter monoplane in France and Australia. His plane, which is believed to be the only one of its kind left anywhere in the world, is on display. From here we head north through Maitland and onto Moonta – a town that promotes itself as “Australia’s little Cornwall”. The ceiling at the Moonta Railway Station is an interesting example of a pressed metal ceiling, which was commonplace at the time of construction and well worth a look. We’ll then travel through Kadina and Port Broughton to arrive at our overnight destination of Port Pirie.

 

OVERNIGHT:  John Pirie Motor Inn, PORT PIRIE

PORT PIRIE - PORT LINCOLN

 

Departing Port Pirie we begin our touring on the Eyre Peninsula. We’ll shortly pass through Port Augusta, the "Crossroads of Australia”. Located at the very top of the Spencer Gulf, it is at the junction for major trans-continental transport services. Passenger Rail services the Indian Pacific travelling between Sydney and Perth and the Ghan which serves Alice Springs and Darwin, both stop at Port Augusta, as do the main east west and north south highways. Then it’s on to Whyalla - the Cuttlefish Capital of the World!!  The pristine waters of the Gulf have also enabled the Eyre Peninsula to produce some of the best Oysters in Australia. Further south at Cowell, we’ll visit Turners Oysters & Seafood to learn more about oyster farming and perhaps even sample an oyster or two. After lunch, we’ll continue along the Lincoln Highway stopping at Tumby Bay to admire the stunning artwork on the town’s wheat silo, en route to Port Lincoln, our base for the next three nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Port Lincoln Hotel, PORT LINCOLN

MELBOURNE CUP IN PORT LINCOLN

 

This morning our local tour guide joins us for a tour of the area. Port Lincoln is located on one of the world’s largest protected natural harbours. Boston Bay stretches from the tip of the Port Lincoln National Park to Point Boston and covers an area more than 3½ times the size of Sydney Harbour. Port Lincoln was discovered by Matthew Flinders, under his commission by the British Admiralty to chart Australia’s unexplored coastline. He arrived in Boston Bay in February 1802 and named the spot Port Lincoln after his native Lincolnshire in England. This is the home town of the family who own the mighty Makybe Diva – the only horse to ever win 3 Melbourne Cups!! On our tour, we will see a statue of the horse in the centre of the town. We see the massive grain silos and hear all about the multi-million dollar fishing industry that Port Lincoln is home to. After saying farewell to our guide, we return to our hotel to freshen up and don our hats for the special Melbourne Cup Luncheon. On arrival we are treated to an included glass of champagne before enjoying a scrumptious buffet lunch. There will be a chance for some last minute punting and sweeps before the big race. We have the remainder of the day to enjoy the festivities. After a fun and hopefully profitable day we have time to freshen up before a light supper.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Port Lincoln Hotel, PORT LINCOLN

BOSTON BAY AND PORT LINCOLN

 

We have another great day planned. Our first interesting visit is to the Fresh Fish Place where we take the Seafood Lovers tour of the multi fish species processing factory. They process seafood caught by the local fishermen spread around Eyre Peninsula’s vast coastline. We have some free time in the main precinct to explore the shops. Our lunch venue today is the Marina Hotel, then this afternoon we join Adventure Bay Charters to learn more about the history of the fishing industry in Port Lincoln. This tour covers no more than 900m on a round trip and can be done from the comfort of the coach or a walk. Following this tour we have the chance of seafood tastings as we cruise the canals of the Lincoln Cove Marina, Porter Bay, Boston Bay, Port Lincoln National Park and Boston Island. Within Boston Bay there are aquaculture sites for king fish, tuna and mussels. Back on dry land, we make our way back to the hotel.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Port Lincoln Hotel, PORT LINCOLN

PORT LINCOLN - PORT AUGUSTA

 

We farewell our hosts and depart Port Lincoln. Some of the most rugged and dramatic coastline on the Eyre Peninsula is along the west coast and that’s where we are headed today. We look at the pretty town of Coffin Bay, located on the shores of one of the most beautiful estuaries in Australia and surrounded by National and Conservation Parks. We enjoy a brief stop here before continuing north along the Flinders Highway to Elliston. This really is a stunning area, particularly the appropriately named Great Ocean View – a section of cliff top roadway with some remarkable views of the Great Australian Bight and Waterloo Bay. Once in Elliston, a local will join us to show us the beautiful coastline and tell us some of the history about the area, then we’ll enjoy an early BBQ lunch. This afternoon we travel to Kyancutta, join the Eyre Highway and head east, taking us to our overnight stop in Port Augusta.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, PORT AUGUSTA

PORT AUGUSTA - ADELAIDE

 

This morning we depart Port Augusta and start our journey towards Adelaide. We stop along the way to visit Bungaree Station. It was established in 1841, becoming the headquarters to an extensive sheep station with 100 thousand merino sheep by the 1880s. Today, some 160 years later, it is an efficient mixed farm run by the descendants of the original founder, G.C. Hawker. Consequently Bungaree Station is not a museum, but rather a living record of rural Australia since 1841. We enjoy a guided tour with a member of the family who will give us a wonderful insight into 19th century station life. We will visit sites which include St Michael’s Church and Cemetery, the Homestead gardens and the Station Store. We also have lunch here. This afternoon we arrive in Adelaide with plenty of time to relax and settle into our overnight accommodation.

 

OVERNIGHT: InterContinental, ADELAIDE

ADELAIDE - MT GAMBIER

 

Our travels this morning take us along the Coorong National Park stopping at Kingston South East for lunch. This afternoon we drive via the seaside towns of Beachport and Robe. On arrival into Mt Gambier we take in the local sights, including a visit to Blue Lake and Umpherston Cave before settling into our accommodation for the night.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Presidential, MT GAMBIER

MT GAMBIER - HOME

 

All good things must come to an end and so must our holiday. Following an early breakfast, we begin our journey back to Melbourne.  We cross over the border through Dartmoor and join the coast through Warrnambool to Camperdown. Camperdown sits on the great volcanic plain of Victoria’s Western District and is surrounded by crater lakes and volcanic cones. As we cross the ‘great volcanic plain’ we travel alongside miles of fascinating dry-stone walls which are a feature of the countryside and known as the stony rises. The walls were built in the 1860’s by highly skilled ‘wallers’ from Ireland and Scotland. We also pass by many crater lakes, some more salty than the sea. We arrive at Geelong mid-afternoon and continue on to Melbourne. As usual, our chauffeurs will deliver us to our front doors to complete a wonderful holiday!

Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas Tour 2 2019

Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas Tour 2 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • It is a requirement of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours that each passenger is able to negotiate coach steps without the aid of the coach crew or other passengers.
  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
  • Passengers who are smokers, have a CPAP machine or snore, unless travelling with a companion, will be required to pay the single supplement premium for the sole use of a room.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 Balance due on invoice approx 30 days prior to departure.

 

 Deposit is fully refundable until 31 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 30 to 15 days before tour departure date
75% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 7 to 1 days before tour departure date
10% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation on or after tour departure date, No Refund.

 

 Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

Kangaroo Island & Coorong Tour 3

Kangaroo Island & the Coorong - Tour 3 - 8 Days

25th October - 1st November, 2019

Kangaroo Island is the third largest Island to the Mainland after Tasmania and Melville Island. Separated from the Mainland by the Backstairs Passage, the Island does not have foxes or rabbits, but a wonderful range of wildlife including: Sea Lions on the South Coast, Fur Seals at the Western End and Pelicans at Kingscote.. 

This unique island is also the site of the first ever settlement in South Australia.  Kangaroo Island has a population of approximately 4,500 with the main town being Kingscote. Our accommodation for three nights is at  the 1834 Ozone Hotel in Kingscote.

We also enjoy a wonderful cruise in the Coorong National Park and tour the Fleurieu Peninsula.

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $3,220
Repeat clientele twin share  $3,195
Single supplement room  $495
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

Mt Gambier, Goolwa, Penneshaw, Raptor Domain, Cliffords Honey Farm - Kangaroo Island, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, Seal Bay Tour, Flinders Chase National Park, Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rocks, Emu Bay Lavender Farm, Bay of Shoals Winery, Victor Harbor,

Strathalbyn and The Grampians National Park.

 

Cruises

Luncheon Cruise on the Coorong.

Multiple Night Stays

6 Nights at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.

Mt Gambier, Goolwa, Penneshaw, Raptor Domain, Cliffords Honey Farm - Kangaroo Island, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, Seal Bay Tour, Flinders Chase National Park, Admiral’s Arch and Remarkable Rocks, Emu Bay Lavender Farm, Bay of Shoals Winery, Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn and the Grampians National Park.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS
6 Nights at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.

 

CRUISES
Luncheon Cruise on the Coorong.

 

Itinerary

MELBOURNE - MT GAMBIER

 

With pick up from home this morning, we transfer to O’Shannessy’s Coach and travel via the Westgate Bridge to Geelong for our morning tea break from the coach. From Geelong we drive to Warrnambool, a beautiful seaside city on the shores of Lady Bay. More than 100 ships and boats were wrecked within 80 kilometres from Warrnambool, hence the current name for the area - The Shipwreck Coast. Following a late lunch, we continue our journey west to Heywood, Dartmoor and across the border to Mt. Gambier. We take a short tour of this South Australian town, of particular interest are the craters of extinct volcanoes, including the famous “Blue Lakes”, the source of Mount Gambier’s water supply.  The volume of this fresh water lake neither diminishes nor gains and its water source is still unknown.  We also visit the beautifully landscaped Umpherston Cave. We then head to our accommodation and have time to freshen up before dinner. 

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Presidential, MOUNT GAMBIER

SPIRIT OF THE COORONG CRUISE - FLEURIEU PENINSULA

 

Following a hearty breakfast this morning we travel along the Coorong, glimpsing the Younghusband Peninsula enroute. At Meningie we board the “Spirit of the Coorong” for an informative and relaxing luncheon cruise. Our cruise takes us across the Coorong National Park to Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  Our coach will be waiting for us in Goolwa for the drive through Port Elliot to lovely Victor Harbor and the McCracken Country Club for our overnight accommodation. We’ll be back in Victor Harbor later in our tour for the opportunity to look around.

 

OVERNIGHT:  McCracken Country Club, VICTOR HARBOR

KANGAROO ISLAND ENTERPRISES

 

This morning, we take the scenic drive to Cape Jervis where we board the Sea Link ferry across Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw. Back on the coach we begin our days sightseeing. Our first visit is also a fascinating one. We arrive at the Raptor Domain for their free flight birds of prey demonstration. Raptor Domain will also be our lunch venue. After lunch we will be introduced to some unique Kangaroo Island ventures - the first one is Clifford’s Honey Farm for a honey ice cream and to learn about the unique Ligurian Bee. Very close by is Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery where we take a very interesting tour of the plant and equipment involved in producing eucalyptus oil and product. We then head to Kingscote, the island’s main town, where we check into our next three nights’ accommodation.

 

OVERNIGHT:    1834 Aurora Ozone Hotel, KINGSCOTE

KANGAROO ISLAND - NATURAL WONDERS OF THE SOUTH COAST

 

Today is a naturalist’s treat!  We spend our day along the South Coast beginning with a visit to the world famous Seal Bay for a chance to walk along the beach amongst the colony of Australian Sea Lions who live here all year round. It is an unforgettable experience to be guided by a National Parks Ranger, along the beach, within metres of the bulls, cows and seal pups as they rest on the beach. We then drive to Rocky River where we have plenty of time to spend in the Visitors Centre before our picnic lunch. This afternoon we continue our touring in the Flinders Chase National Park. Our sightseeing includes the Remarkable Rocks, Cape du Couedic and Admirals Arch where, via a spectacular board walk, we can see close up a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals who live in the sea and the rocks just below us. After a fascinating day, we return to the hotel via a different route and have time to freshen up for dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:    1834 Aurora Ozone Hotel, KINGSCOTE

MORE KANGAROO ISLAND

 

This morning we have some free time to explore the town and perhaps purchase a souvenir of our holiday, before we make our way to beautiful Emu Bay.  At the Lavender Farm, we enjoy an informative talk and lunch.  This afternoon we call in to Bay of Shoals Wines overlooking the Bay of Shoals and Reeves Point, site of the first settlement in South Australia.  We enjoy some local wine tasting here before making our way back to Kingscote. 

 

OVERNIGHT:    1834 Aurora Ozone Hotel, KINGSCOTE

VICTOR HARBOR

 

This morning we say farewell to Kangaroo Island and board the ferry at Penneshaw for our return journey to the mainland. Back on board the coach, we retrace our steps back to Victor Harbor. After lunch, we have some free time to explore “Victor”, as the locals know it. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the SA Whale Centre (own expense). Victor Harbor was originally a whaling centre with three whaling stations in the mid - 1900s. An estimated 400 Southern Right Whales arrived into Encounter Bay each season. Unfortunately these magnificent mammals were destroyed back then but they have returned to the bay in increasing numbers. Later this afternoon, we check into our accommodation with time to settle in before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  McCracken Country Club, VICTOR HARBOR

VICTOR HARBOR - GRAMPIANS

 

We have the chance for a sleep in this morning before beginning our journey back to Victoria. We travel to the “Heritage Town” of Strathalbyn. The railway reached Strathalbyn in 1884 and copper was smeltered in the district until 1914. Today the quaint town is popular for its architecture and pleasant atmosphere. At Tailem Bend we join the Dukes Highway through Tintinara to Keith where we enjoy our lunch. This afternoon, we make our way through Horsham to Stawell for our final night on tour.

 

OVERNIGHT:    Magdala Motor Lodge, STAWELL

GRAMPIANS - MELBOURNE

 

We have another great day planned with a scenic drive through the Grampians National Park before arriving in Ararat for our last lunch together. This afternoon, we rejoin the highway and travel via Ballarat to Melbourne. We return home with fond memories of a varied and interesting tour. As always, our chauffeurs will be there to greet us and return us safely to our doorstep.

Kangaroo Island Coorong Tour 3 2019

Kangaroo Island Coorong Tour 3 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • It is a requirement of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours that each passenger is able to negotiate coach steps without the aid of the coach crew or other passengers.
  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
  • Passengers who are smokers, have a CPAP machine or snore, unless travelling with a companion, will be required to pay the single supplement premium for the sole use of a room.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 Balance due on invoice approx 30 days prior to departure.

 

 Deposit is fully refundable until 31 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 30 to 15 days before tour departure date
75% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 7 to 1 days before tour departure date
25% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation on or after tour departure date, No Refund.

 Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

Murray Princess Cruise

Murray Princess Cruise - 7 Days

20th October - 26th October, 2019

Welcome to our seven day tour, featuring the famous ‘Murray Princess Cruise’. The four night cruise takes us north on the great Murray River from the historic riverport of Mannum to Blanchetown. 

Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery, from towering cliffs to expansive wetlands. Along the way, we’ll see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including kangaroos and many of the 350 bird species that inhabit the riverlands. Highlights include a visit to a vineyard and wine-tasting at the cellar door, visit a typical Australian farm and woolshed, enjoy an Aussie barbecue beside the river, visit a wildlife shelter and an Aboriginal reserve, which is one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites.

We visit the Grampians National Park and enjoy a night in Stawell before the cruise and travel via Robe and Beachport to Mount Gambier for our last night away.

   

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $3,695
Repeat clientele twin share  $3,645
Single supplement room  $640
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • 4 nights private ensuite accommodation aboard the Murray Princess. Each cabin has twin beds (no bunks), adjustable air-conditioning, electric blankets, soaps, shampoo and towels; serviced daily. We reserve outside cabins which open onto the outside deck and have windows.
  • Quality motel accommodation for 2 nights.
  • 2 course dinners with choices of each course, served in motel / Murray Princess restaurants.
  • Cooked and continental breakfasts each morning. Morning teas most days. Most lunches provided. (1 lunch at own expense as per itinerary)
  • All entry fees and tours as per itinerary.

Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park, Mannum, Blanchetown, Guided Tour of Burk Salter, Boutique Winery, Swan Reach, Woolshed Show, Native Wildlife Shelter, Aussie Barbecue, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, Younghusband, Kingston S.E, Robe, Beachport, Mount Gambier and Hamilton.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

4 Nights onboard the Murray Princess.

 

CRUISES

Murray Princess.

 

Itinerary

THE GRAMPIANS

 

With pick up from home and transfer to O’Shannessy’s luxury coach, we begin a wonderful tour. Today we travel the Western Highway via Beaufort and Ararat to Halls Gap in the Grampians. A feature of today is a drive through the Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park. At the Boroka Lookout we gain extensive views across the Wimmera Plains. We continue on to Stawell where we have dinner at the hotel.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Magdala Motor Lodge, STAWELL

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - MANNUM - MURRAY PRINCESS

 

This morning we travel through Dimboola and Nhill to South Australia. We arrive in Mannum with time to explore this historic town before boarding the Murray Princess. Mannum became a major port in the years of river trade, transporting wheat from the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges upstream to New South Wales and Victoria. We board the 67 metre (200 ft) luxury paddle wheeler for four nights of relaxation. We enjoy the Captain’s informative commentary, excellent meals and timeless scenery. Tonight, we also enjoy a welcome dinner and cruise upriver under floodlight to Caurnamont. You may see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for grey kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats, Murray longnecked tortoises, spoon-beaked echidnas and many other species.

 

Lunch at own arrangements and expense

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

CRUISE IN MURRAY PRINCESS - BLANCHETOWN

 

Daybreak and time for the keen photographers to be out to capture the special light and the morning movement of wildlife. Prolific birdlife includes pelicans, blue wrens and black swans. We enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown, through one of 13 locks which maintain the flow and levels of water. This afternoon we moor opposite to the township of Blanchetown for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of the sun fade, we join a guided tour of Burk Salter Boutique Winery and surrounding vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting at the cellar door which is fitted out with beautiful red gum bars. After dinner, you may wish to join in the fun and excitement of the “Murray River Cup”!

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

CRUISE ON MURRAY PRINCESS

 

After breakfast we cruise downriver to picturesque Swan Reach. The town which was first settled in the 1850s, was originally the largest of five sheep and cattle stations in the area and is now home to native flower and fruit growers. The original Swan Reach homestead, is now the Swan Reach Hotel where you can enjoy an ale or cappuccino overlooking the Murray River (own cost). Join the guided walking tour and visit the Swan Reach Museum (gold coin donation). We cruise downriver after lunch and take in the tranquillity as the landscape slides by. When we arrive at Sunnydale, it’s all ashore for the Woolshed Show as we recreate typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter where some of South Australia’s most interesting native animals are cared for. Then of course, there is the great Aussie Barbecue – cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River. An optional Nocturnal tour (additional cost) in a comfortable purpose built cart is available after dinner where you may see kangaroos, wombats, foxes, bats and owls.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

MURRAY PRINCESS - CAPTAIN'S FAREWELL DINNER

 

After an optional early morning bush walk with the Captain, we cruise slowly downriver past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a step back in time – tens of thousands of years – for a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about Aboriginal history in the area. We return to the vessel to cruise downriver to Younghusband. For those wanting more, you can also take a scenic tender boat ride. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular Farewell Captain’s Buffet Dinner. Dress up and dance, if you wish…

 

OVERNIGHT:  Murray Princess

THE COORONG - MOUNT GAMBIER

 

We leave Younghusband and head back to Mannum. After breakfast we reluctantly say farewell as we arrive at the Mannum Wharf where we board our coach. Our travels today take us along the Coorong and into South Eastern South Australia. We visit Kingston S.E. and the holiday villages of Robe and Beachport. We take a look around Mount Gambier before retiring to our accommodation with time to relax before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: The Barn Accommodation and Steakhouse, MOUNT GAMBIER

MOUNT GAMBIER - WESTERN DISTRICT - HOME

 

This morning we travel the very picturesque area of Victoria’s Western District via Casterton and Coleraine to Hamilton. Hamilton is set among the rolling hills which produce some of the finest merino wool in the world. The town has therefore adopted the slogan “wool capital of the world”. Heading for home we pass through Mortlake and cross to the Princes Highway with lunch at Camperdown. Camperdown sits on the great volcanic plain of Victoria’s Western District and is surrounded by crater lakes and volcanic cones. As we cross the “great volcanic plain” we travel alongside miles of fascinating dry-stone walls which are a feature of the countryside and known as the stony rises. The walls were built in the 1860’s by highly skilled “wallers” from Ireland and Scotland. We also pass by many crater lakes, some more salty than the sea. We arrive at Geelong mid-afternoon and continue on to Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula to complete a wonderful time away. As always our chauffeurs will transfer us safely home with fond memories of the tour.

Murray Princess Cruise 2019

Murray Princess Cruise 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • It is a requirement of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours that each passenger is able to negotiate coach steps without the aid of the coach crew or other passengers.
  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
  • Passengers who are smokers, have a CPAP machine or snore, unless travelling with a companion, will be required to pay the single supplement premium for the sole use of a room.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 Balance due on invoice approx 60 days prior to departure.

 

 Deposit is fully refundable until 61 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 60 to 46 days before tour departure date
80% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 45 to 31 days before tour departure date
60% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 30 to 15 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 7 days before tour departure date
25% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 7 to 1 days before tour departure date No Refund.

 

 Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain – Indian Pacific

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain - Indian Pacific - 19 days

3rd October – 21st October, 2019

Fly to Adelaide and travel onboard the iconic Indian Pacific to Perth. Let go of your stress and feel the wide-open space of Australia’s Outback on one of the world’s greatest adventure drives, across the Nullarbor Plain.

Limited Cabins available so book early to avoid disappointment.

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $8,345
Repeat clientele twin share  $8,245
Single supplement room  $925
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Virgin Flights: Melbourne to Adelaide.
  • Gold Service Cabins aboard the Indian Pacific: Adelaide - Perth.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • Most meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, most lunches and morning teas. (6 lunches at own expense as per itinerary)

Perth City Sights, Fremantle, Busselton Jetty, Margaret River, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory, Pemberton Tram, Gloucester Tree, Karri Forests, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, National Anzac Centre, Discovery Bay - Albany, Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory, Stirling Range National Park, Wave Rock Tour, Esperance Stonehenge, Cape Le Grand National Park, Beacon Hill Lookout - Norseman, The Goldfields, Golden Mile Superpit, Western Australian Museum, Eucla Telegraph Station, Bunda Cliffs, Port Pirie and Port Augusta, Burra & Morgan - Historic Towns and Mildura - Murray River.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS
 2 Nights in Busselton, Albany, Esperance and Kalgoorlie.

 

CRUISE
 WOW Wilderness Eco Cruise - Walpole.

 

Itinerary

MELBOURNE - ADELAIDE - INDIAN PACIFIC

 

With pick up from your home we transfer to Melbourne Airport to join our flight to Adelaide. On arrival in Adelaide we will be taken to our dinner venue. Later this evening, we transfer to the Adelaide rail passenger terminal at Keswick where we board the Indian Pacific for our journey to Perth.

 

Lunch at own expense / arrangement. Refreshments in Flight

Overnight:  INDIAN PACIFIC

INDIAN PACIFIC

 

On our journey from Adelaide we cross the vast continent of Australia. Wake up and marvel at the raw beauty of the Nullarbor. Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘no trees’, the ancient Nullarbor conjures the sense of limitless space and time. Most of the time will be on the plains of The Nullarbor, where the train travels the world’s longest straight stretch track (478 kilometres). We will see unique landscapes, an array of wildlife and get up close to some of the sights of our most famous outback towns. Your sense of wonder will be well and truly ignited when it comes time to set foot at Rawlinna that evening. Under brilliant desert stars, enjoy an evening stop to partake in canapes and drinks under the wide Nullarbor skies. All along the Indian Pacific route, keep an eye out for a sighting of the magnificent wedge tailed eagle, the symbol of this great train. We will be pampered by Gold Service - superior day and overnight accommodation, stylish restaurant dining car and delicious freshly prepared meals. You may relax in the Lounge and Bar Car. Refreshments, video entertainment, newspapers and board games are available. Tea and coffee is available 24 hours a day. You will also have a dedicated Cabin Steward to look after you and help with your off the train experiences of which most are now included in the price.

 

Overnight:  INDIAN PACIFIC

ARRIVE PERTH

This morning we embark on a brief introductory tour of the West Australian capital to discover the unique charm of Perth City. We will enjoy a visit to Kings Park to see the spectacular views over the city. This afternoon we check into our lovely accommodation and have time to freshen up for dinner.

 

Lunch at own expense / arrangement. 

OVERNIGHT: Pan Pacific, PERTH

FREMANTLE - BUSSELTON

 

We depart Perth this morning and make our way south to Fremantle where we take in the sights. Fremantle, of course, was the port from where the first team outside the USA to win the America’s Cup was based. The cup being held in “Freo” meant that a lot of love and attention was given to the well-preserved architectural heritage, including convict-built colonial-era buildings, an old jetty, a port and prisons; presenting a variety and unity of historic buildings and streetscapes. These were often built in limestone with ornate facades in a succession of architectural styles. After a good look around Fremantle, we head through Mandurah to Bunbury. Bunbury is the largest town in Western Australia outside Perth and a major port and commercial centre for the south-west. We have time to purchase lunch here before we drive to Busselton. We take in the sights of Busselton including a visit to the Jetty Visitor Centre. The Busselton Jetty, at approximately 2kms long, is one of the longest in the world. We then settle into our next two nights accommodation. If anyone would like to stretch their legs, the beach is right outside the back gate!

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON

MARGARET RIVER - CAPE LEEUWIN

 

The Margaret River area is a rich dairy, cattle and timber region with a reputation for fine wines and surfing. This morning we tour through the region and stop at the river mouth, some 10kms from the town of Margaret River. From here we travel further south through some of the State’s prettiest Karri forest. At Augusta, we drive “down the coast” to reach the rocky headland of Cape Leeuwin which Matthew Flinders described as 'the southern and most projecting part of Leeuwin's Land'. We see the interesting old Waterwheel which was built in 1895 to tap a spring and provide water for workers building the lighthouse. It continued to operate until 1928. Today it stands idle and encrusted with salt. The walk up to the lighthouse, through an area which is often ablaze with wildflowers and the point where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet, is one of the great experiences on the Western Australian coast. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was officially opened by Sir John Forrest on 10 December 1896. Set on foundations which reach 6.71m below the surface to the bedrock, the lighthouse is built of local stone. The light itself, which is 56m above sea level, can be seen 25 nautical miles out to sea. We enjoy lunch here before heading up to the actual township of Margaret River where we have some free time for a wander. Of course no visit to this area would be complete without a wine tasting, so we stop at a local cellar door this afternoon. Our final stop today is a visit to the Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory. The Scherini's started making soap in 1993 when their three children were diagnosed with eczema and dermatitis and were advised by doctors not to use soap or shampoo. The soap business began in 1996 using a bucket and wooden spoon to make the soap in the family kitchen. The Factory is nestled amongst vine covered slopes and National Parks and products can be tried and tested. After a fantastic day we return to our motel!

 

OVERNIGHT: Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON

BUSSELTON - PEMBERTON

 

We have a leisurely start to the morning then begin making our way to Pemberton, a town established in 1913 as a State saw mill. We visit the famous giant (61 metre) Gloucester Tree - reputed to be the tallest tree-mounted fire lookout in the world! This afternoon we take a scenic ride on the Pemberton Tram which will take us through towering Karri, Marri and Jarrah forest, over wooden trestle bridges, across rivers and streams and will stop for photographs at the Cascades.

 

OVERNIGHT: Best Western Pemberton Hotel, PEMBERTON

PEMBERTON - ALBANY

 

Our destination today is Albany. We make our way through virgin Karri forests to Walpole to join WOW Wilderness Eco-Cruises. This fascinating interpretative tour is a family run operation through the wilderness areas and waterways of Walpole’s National Parks. Just east of Walpole is an area known as the Valley of the Giants and the Walpole National Park. We divert off the highway for a Tree Top Walk. This world-class tree-top walk soars gently upwards amidst the tingle foliage and opens up a world of birds and flowers that most people never see. The Ancient Empire boardwalk (on the forest floor) meanders around and sometimes through a grove of veteran tingle trees. It’s a peaceful experience with quiet spots to sit and reflect on the special nature of the forest. From here, we continue on through Denmark and onto Albany, our home for the next two nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Ace Motor Inn, ALBANY

ALBANY

 

Albany was Western Australia’s first settlement. In fact it was Christmas Day in 1826 when the brig “Amity” arrived from Sydney with a crew, including 23 convicts, to establish a military outpost here. King George Sound and its inner harbours provided the only natural haven for shipping in thousands of kilometres of coast between Shark Bay on the Denham Peninsula and Melbourne. Albany became the entry port for Western Australia during the second half of the 19th Century, with up to 30,000 people a year arriving during the gold rushes to the delight of the storekeepers and publicans along Stirling Terrace! On 1 November 1914, the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand troops departed for the First World War from King George Sound. For many, Albany was their last sight of Australian soil. Today Albany is known as the birthplace of the Anzac story and the home of the National Anzac Centre. We visit the centre this morning - it is a state-of-the-art interpretive museum. Walk with the ANZACS and experience the Great War through their personal stories. Follow them from Albany to the Middle East, to Gallipoli and across the Western Front and for too few, home to Australia and New Zealand. We then head to the main shopping precinct where we can purchase lunch. This afternoon, we travel to nearby Frenchman Bay - the location of the old whaling station. Discovery Bay, which now records the history of whaling in Albany, is our next stop. On the way back to Albany this afternoon we make a couple of stops to view the southern coastline of the Torndirrup National Park. There are numerous natural attractions here including The Gap with its overhanging platform and Natural Arch - each providing great views of the coast.

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT:  Ace Motor Inn, ALBANY

ALBANY- HYDEN

 

This morning we depart Albany and head a little way north to the Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory. Here we are given a talk and shown the benefits of the Sandalwood plant as well as discover its fascinating history and traditional use as a medicine before antibiotics evolved. We will view the world-class technology used to process Australian Sandalwood oil, destined for some of the world’s leading perfume houses. After our visit, we drive through the stunning Stirling Ranges National Park, to Hyden. This afternoon, our guide joins us to see one of Western Australia’s most famous landmarks – Wave Rock. First we visit “Hippos Yawn” which is 1 kilometre from Hyden and then onto Wave Rock to learn about the geological and historical importance of this well known attraction. Located just 4 kilometres east of Hyden, geologists believe the original formation was vertical but has been sculptured and coloured by chemicals over 2,700 million years to take on its wave like character. After our tour we check into our local accommodation at Hyden and have plenty of time to settle in before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Wave Rock Hotel Motel, HYDEN

HYDEN - ESPERANCE

 

We have a leisurely start this morning before departing Hyden and travelling south to the gold-mining town of Ravensthorpe. This afternoon, we make our way to Esperance. Esperance is located on a beautiful heart shaped bay called “Bay of Isles”. There are many natural attractions on display, particularly the spectacular coastline with pure white sandy beaches, massive granite outcrops and sheltered beaches. Off shore, approximately 100 islands form the Archipelago of Recherche. We see the Pink Lake and Lookout Point before checking into our accommodation. The Aboriginal name for Esperance is “Gabba-Kyle” meaning “the place where the water lies down like a boomerang”.

 

OVERNIGHT: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, ESPERANCE

ESPERANCE - CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK

 

Our first stop today is Stonehenge! This is a full size replica of the original ‘Stonehenge’ in the UK, as it would have looked around 1950BC. While there are thought to be 66 large, permanent replicas of Stonehenge throughout the world, the Esperance project is believed to be the only life size stone one. We spend the rest of the morning exploring Cape Le Grand National Park – just to the east of Esperance. It is one of the most accessible of the many National Parks of the area and one of the most spectacular with coastal headlands, abundant wildlife and some of the best beaches in the world.  We have an afternoon at leisure.

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, ESPERANCE

ESPERANCE - KALGOORLIE

 

We move away from the coast this morning as we head north to Norseman for our early lunch break. Here, a statue of the horse Norseman is located in the main street. The horse allegedly pawed at the ground and unearthed a nugget of gold that started the Norseman gold rush. We also see the Beacon Hill Lookout. We then travel through Kambalda to Kalgoorlie. The towns of the Goldfields share a common colourful past and the most famous and enduring of them all is Kalgoorlie-Boulder, now classified as a city and the home of two-up. Kalgoorlie’s days of glory began in 1893 when Paddy Hannan and his fellow Irish prospectors Thomas Flanagan and Dan Shea found gold near Mt Charlotte. Before checking into our next two nights accommodation, a local guide joins the coach and takes us on a tour of the city. The echoes of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s boisterous past are still to be witnessed everywhere. Hannan Street in Kalgoorlie and Burt Street in Boulder offer an insight into the way things were in the 1890’s. Saying farewell to our guide, we make our way to our motel.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Railway Motel, KALGOORLIE

 

KALGOORLIE

 

At Australia’s largest gold producing mine, the Super Pit, we will be “visitor Inducted” and view  the mining operations from the safety of the Mine-Spec Tour Coach. The onsite CAT 793 Haul Trucks are massive. The view of the Super Pit from Harvey Hut is breathtaking. It will be quite a morning. After a tour here we have a bit of free time to explore the city and purchase lunch. This afternoon, we visit the Western Australian Museum where we discover the unique role Kalgoorlie has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain. Explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900’s.

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Railway Motel, KALGOORLIE

KALGOORLIE - BALLADONIA

 

This morning we retrace our steps to Norseman to join the Eyre Highway for the start of our journey across the Nullarbor. There really is an eclectic mix of geography that we are encountering today. What a unique country we live in! We arrive at our accommodation in time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Balladonia Hotel Motel, BALLADONIA

NULLARBOR PLAIN

 

Today we experience Australia’s longest piece of arrow-straight sealed highway (180 kms Balladonia-Caiguna). We travel through Madura Pass and Mundrabilla, between the Hampton Tablelands and Roe Plains to Eucla. We visit the old Telegraph Station (ruins) in the white shifting sands of the Great Australian Bight and call at the Bunda Cliffs for an incredible view of the vertical cliffs where the Continent meets the Southern Ocean. We may be fortunate enough to view some whales resting with their calves in the calm turquoise waters below us. This is an amazing sight and so is the view along the cliff line.

 

OVERNIGHT: Nullarbor Hotel Motel, NULLARBOR

NULLARBOR - STREAKY BAY

 

After a sleep-in and a hearty breakfast, we travel across Yalata Aboriginal Land and into the wheat fields of South Australia. We pass through the little town of Penong where dozens of windmills are scattered around the town. These windmills pump water from the Anjutabie Basin to supplement the use of rain water. We continue on through Ceduna and divert off the highway to Streaky Bay for our overnight stop.

 

OVERNIGHT: Streaky Bay Hotel Motel, STREAKY BAY 

STREAKY BAY - PORT PIRIE

 

Today we travel through the small farming townships of Minnipa, Kyancutta and Kimba. Look out for the silo art depicting a young child in a wheat field at sunset, by Melbourne artist Cam Scale. We pass by the small mining town of Iron Knob, then arrive in Port Augusta for an afternoon break before continuing on to Port Pirie for our overnight stay.

 

OVERNIGHT: John Pirie Motor Inn, PORT PIRIE

PORT PIRIE - MILDURA

 

This morning we head to Burra for a tour of the historic township. The town became Australia’s earliest mining town with the discovery of copper in 1845 by shepherd William Spear and later teamster Thomas Pickett. At one time Burra had a larger population than Melbourne! The contrasting architecture reflecting Irish, English, Cornish and European influences is unique. From Burra we travel to Morgan on the Murray River and part of the South Australian Riverland. The history of the Murray has filled several books and films, including the epic All Rivers Run. The Riverland itself is certainly worth a visit. Water from the Murray irrigates hundreds of thousands of acres of land on its way to the sea, nurturing great orange groves and orchards, producing millions of pears, apples, oranges, all manner of stone fruit and keeping alive an entire industry with fruit and juice. This afternoon we continue on through Renmark and Mildura for our final night on tour.

 

OVERNIGHT: Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn, MILDURA

MILDURA - MELBOURNE

 

This morning we travel through the Mallee region to Sea Lake and head across the Wimmera to Donald for lunch. We have a pleasant drive this afternoon through the Pyrenees Ranges and arrive back in Melbourne late afternoon. As always our chauffeurs will be there to greet us and transfer us to our homes, with memories of a fascinating and rewarding holiday! 

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain - Indian Pacific 2019

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain - Indian Pacific 2019

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