New Year Gourmet Food Trail Tour Gippsland

New Year Gippsland Gourmet Food & Wine Trail - 5 Days

29th December 2019 - 2nd January, 2020

Travelling with like minded, mature aged travellers means you’ll experience a casual and relaxed atmosphere, where fellow travellers become new found friends. This year you can celebrate the New Year on our exciting and flavour filled New Year Gippsland Gourmet Trail adventure!

PRICE

Price per person twin share $2,395
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,370
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $310
​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 and two course restaurant dinners daily, lunches and morning teas.

Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Koonwarra, Foster, Wilsons Promontory National Park - Loo Errn Track and  Squeaky Beach Track, Fish Creek, Port of Sale, The Criterion Hotel, Toms Cap Vineyard, Bunurong Coast- Bunurong Marine National Park, Wonthaggi - State Coal Mine, Venus Bay, Meeniyan - Meeniyan Art Gallery, Korumburra - Burra Brewing Co. and Bassine Speciality Cheeses.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

4 nights in Foster

 

Itinerary

HOME TO FOSTER    

 

Welcome aboard our exciting and flavour filled New Year Gippsland Gourmet Trail adventure! Our chauffeurs whisk us away this morning to meet our O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours crew and luxury touring coach. Stepping on board, away we go, skirting the shores of Western Port Bay to Korumburra and the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum where we spend some time immersed in this re-created early 19th century rural community. Our guide will take us on a tour telling the story through the eyes of James Hardwick, the Coal Creek Propriety Mine Manager of early settlement in Korumburra. From here we continue on to Koonwarra for lunch at the Koonwarra Store before continuing on to Foster, our base for the next 4 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Prom Country Lodge, FOSTER

WILSONS PROMONTORY NATIONAL PARK

 

We leave mid-morning and head to Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness area in Wilsons Promontory National Park. We arrive at the Loo Errn track which follows the south bank of Tidal River and takes us to the Tidal River footbridge where a short boardwalk protects the fragile wetlands. The easy 30 minute walk is designed for people with limited mobility. However if you are after a little more of a challenge, there is the Squeaky Beach track that begins from the footbridge and takes
in spectacular coastal views as it climbs up and over the headland that separates Norman and Leonard Bays and descends to Squeaky Beach.
If you don’t feel like doing the 2.5km walk then we have the perfect spot to enjoy our picnic lunches while we wait for the rest of the group to return. Heading back to Foster we pass through Fish Creek which has a number of art and craft outlets - well worth the time to take a look!

 

OVERNIGHT:  Prom Country Lodge, FOSTER

EAST GIPPSLAND        

    

The historic Port of Sale first opened to shipping in 1890 as the westernmost port in the Gippsland Lakes.  We’ll meet up with a local expert of this interesting area for a Port of Sale Tour, followed by lunch at The Criterion Hotel where their philosophy is simple: Support the locals.

“We source as much locally as we can. Meat and seafood from our local butchers and fishermen, veg straight out of the dirt on Jim’s Farm, happy free-range eggs from the local ‘girls’ as well as all the cheese & vino we can from our own little food bowl here in Gippsland”.

Who could ask for more? We round off an excellent day travelling to Willung South where we visit delightful Toms Cap, a small boutique vineyard situated in Central Gippsland and surrounded by the forests of the Strzelecki Ranges. All their wines are made from their own fruit, bottled, cellared and marketed by Toms Cap. We return to the hotel where we have time to freshen up before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Prom Country Lodge, FOSTER

 

 

COAST TO VENUS BAY

 

We make our way east along the coast today to an area known as the Bunurong Coast host to the Bunurong Marine National Park which has been proclaimed as a no-take area extending off shore for approximately 5.5kms to sea. These coastal waters share the cool waters of Victoria’s central and western coasts but, unlike those shores, are relatively protected from the oceanic south-westerly swell by the position of distant King Island. There are beach access sites so if we feel like getting the sand between our toes we may stop to take a stroll. In Wonthaggi we’ll visit the State Coal Mine for a guided tour of the complex. We make our way to Venus Bay where we have arranged lunch at The Cavity restaurant café. The laid back lifestyle that this area offers is exactly what a relaxed holiday is all about. We are in no rush so savour the food and the atmosphere!

 

OVERNIGHT:  Prom Country Lodge, FOSTER

 

FOSTER TO HOME

 

Today we can stock up on some country goodies to take home with us! Our first stop is Meeniyan, a popular ‘foodie’ destination and we have time to browse the speciality stores and bakeries. The Meeniyan Art Gallery, an innovative gallery is well worth a look. The shop has a focus on Gippsland's best handcrafted and original items. Getting hungry? Time for lunch then! We make our way to Korumburra and Burra Brewing Co. We can taste their range of excellent brews and tuck into woodfired pizzas and perhaps learn about the brewing process – if the brewer’s not practicing his craft! Our last visit for the day is Glen Forbes and Bassine Speciality Cheeses a small cheese making concern.

We’ll have a chat with the producers along with a sampling of their produce. From here we make our way home and as usual, we will be delivered to our door to complete a wonderful holiday, heralding a grand start to 2020!!

 

New Year Gourmet Food Trail Tour - Gippsland 2019

New Year Gourmet Food Trail Tour - Gippsland 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.

New Year Gourmet Food Trails Tour Colac

New Year Gourmet Food Trails Tour Colac - 5 Days

3oth December, 2019 - 3rd January, 2020

Travelling with like minded, mature aged travellers means you’ll experience a casual and relaxed atmosphere, where fellow travellers become new found friends. This year you can spend New Year with us on a gourmet food trail which includes the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail and the Otway Ranges – plus more!

   

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,195
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,170
Single supplement room  $140
​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, lunches and morning teas.

Queenscliff Maritime Museum, Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, Colac, 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail - Apostle Whey Cheese - GORGE Chocolates - Timboon Fine Icecream, Port Campbell National Park, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, New Year’s Eve Celebrations - Colac RSL, Colac Botanical Gardens, Red Rock Volcanic Reserve, Otway National Park, Cape Otway Lighthouse, Forrest Brewing Company, Tarndwarncoort Homestead, Hastings Ostrich Farm, Winchelsea and Barwon Park Mansion.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

4 nights in Colac

Itinerary

HOME TO COLAC 

 

We have an early start this morning as we make our way to Sorrento to board the Searoad Ferry across “the Heads” to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. Established in 1838 as a pilot station to guide ships through the Rip (the narrow entrance to Port Phillip Bay), Queenscliff is imbued with olde worlde character, historic hotels and homes, stores, rugged beaches and even a bona fide fort, built to defend Port Phillip Bay from foreign navies, privateers and other undesirables. Our first stop is the Queenscliff Maritime Museum featuring the last Queenscliff life boat and covers the maritime history of Queenscliff, Southern Port Phillip and the Bass Strait interface.  After lunch, we’re off to the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre for a fascinating insight into Victoria’s marine and freshwater environments by one of the Centre’s Education Officers. We continue on to our destination Colac, where we can unpack just the once, as this is our home for the next 4 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT: Colac Central Hotel Motel, COLAC

THE 12 APOSTLES GOURMET TRAIL

 

Today is a day for tempting the tastebuds as we follow the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail! We make our way to Cooriemungle to visit Apostle Whey Cheese, a genuine ‘paddock to plate’ operation. We’ll have an interesting chat and a chance to taste their wares! It’s then a short trip to our next stop: GORGE Chocolates, producers of handmade chocolates using a special type of Belgian chocolate. At Princeton we pick up the Great Ocean Road where it rejoins the coast and runs the full length of the Port Campbell National Park.  We pass the Twelve Apostles- huge pillars looming out of the surf, carved over time by the fury of the ocean; stopping for a look at Loch Ard Gorge, where in 1878 the iron hulled clipper Loch Ard was driven out onto rocks offshore.  Of the 50 or so on board only two were to survive, being swept into the narrow gorge now named after their ill-fated vessel. After lunch in Port Campbell we’re off to Timboon to the Timboon Fine Ice-cream, a lovely way to finish! We return to the hotel where we have time to freshen up, for this evening we are off to the Colac RSL Club for a New Year’s dinner!

 

OVERNIGHT: Colac Central Hotel Motel, COLAC

RED ROCK VOLCANIC RESERVE                 

 

Happy New Year! Colac, with a population of over 10,000 people is situated on the southern shores of Lake Colac and is the main centre of a prosperous closely settled agricultural district. As well as the town and the lake we make a stop at the Botanic Gardens dating back to the nineteenth century. Listed on the Australian Heritage register. The gardens contain a number of significant specimens. After our tour of the town and a morning tea break we depart Colac on our sight-seeing tour of the Red Rock Volcanic Reserve. We leave the highway west of Colac and travel to Alvie where we will stop for our picnic lunch. From here we’ll take the short drive to the Red Rock Lookouts. Volcanic cones, craters and crater lakes are the main features of Red Rock. From the lookouts there is a panorama across what is perhaps the 3rd largest volcanic plain in the world.   

 

OVERNIGHT: Colac Central Hotel Motel, COLAC

OUT AND ABOUT IN OTWAY

 

We make our way back to the coast to Glenaire, where we again connect with the Great Ocean Road through the Otway National Park to Cape Otway. Steeped in history and surrounded by beauty, the Cape Otway Lighthouse is an unforgettable experience. In 1848 the lighthouse became the beacon of hope on a dangerous coastline and is one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia. We will enjoy a morning tea break here before heading back along the Great Ocean Road, through Apollo Bay and back inland to Forrest, where we stop at the Forrest Brewing Company, a small 600 litre brew house and brew-pub located in the old general store in Forrest. All their beer is brewed on site, hand bottled, hand labelled and bottle conditioned. We’ll have the opportunity here to view the brewing process and also enjoy a light lunch in their charming restaurant! Our last stop before heading back to Colac is to Tarndwarncoort Homestead, one of Australia’s oldest family farms and is also the birthplace of Australia’s first breed of sheep – Polwarth.  It will be an interesting visit with afternoon tea and a tour of the gardens and homestead.

 

OVERNIGHT: Colac Central Hotel Motel, COLAC

HEADING HOME

 

This morning we head for Winchelsea where we pay a visit to Hastings Ostrich Farm. Ostrich’s are majestic, flightless birds, weighing up to 180kg and laying eggs over 1.5kg. Our tour guide will answer any questions we may have about these fascinating birds. Winchelsea was first settled in 1837 and was named after one of the Cinque Ports in England. There are many historic buildings and an old bridge in the town. After lunch in Winchelsea, we’ll visit Barwon Park Mansion, for a tour of this beautiful home built in 1869 and later bequeathed to the National Trust. It is noted for the fine cast iron balcony verandah, its bluestone construction and the ornate furnishings. We then head for home, where our chauffeurs will be waiting to take us to our very door, a lovely end to our exciting tour!

New Year Gourmet Food Trail - Colac 2019

New Year Gourmet Food Trail - Colac 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.

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast - 5 Days

23rd December - 27th December, 2019

Spend your Christmas with us on the Victorian Surf Coast. Travelling with like minded, mature aged travellers means you’ll experience a casual and relaxed atmosphere, where fellow travellers become new found friends. This year you can spend the festive season with us on a wonderful Christmas holiday.

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,395
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,370
Single supplement room  $290
​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, lunches and morning teas.

Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Kennett River, Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, Barwon Heads, Christmas in Torquay, Hastings Ostrich Farm, Winchelsea, Barwon Park Mansion, Geelong Waterfront and Amazing Mill Markets.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

4 Nights in Torquay

Itinerary

HOME TO TORQUAY

 

With personal pickup from home, our journey this morning takes us to nearby Werribee Park Mansion, long regarded as Victoria's finest rural colonial homestead. On arrival we take a walk through the State Rose Garden featuring thousands of plants in the shape of a giant Tudor rose. We take a self-guided tour of this very majestic house, considered an Australian version of the English country house and garden and a symbol of Australia's pastoral elite in the colonial era. Next door to the Mansion is the Werribee Open Range Zoo. We enjoy lunch in the café before boarding our special safari coach to take a drive through the Zoo. We will be completely immersed in the sights, smells and sounds of the savannah as we travel across the Zoo’s open plains. The magnificent wildlife, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelopes will seem almost touchable. From here we continue on to Torquay, home for the next 4 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

 

Torquay is the undisputed surfing capital of Australia and home to two iconic surfing brands, Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Our sightseeing will include visiting Bells Beach which hosts the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Classic- held annually in April, attracting competitors from all over the world. We then head offto explore one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives. Built to honour the servicemen and women of World War One, the Great Ocean Road extends more than 300 kilometers along some of the best coastal scenery this country has to offer. We travel through the coastal town of Anglesea to Lorne, which was the first place to be declared an area of Special Significance and Natural Beauty by the Victorian Government. The approach to Lorne is spectacular. This popular Victorian seaside village, located on Loutitt Bay overlooks the Otway Hills. From Lorne we continue through Kennett River where we can spot wild Koalas, Kookaburras, Parrots and Lorikeets in the eucalyptus trees. After lunch in Apollo Bay we do an ‘about turn’ and keeping our seats, gently meander back along the Great Ocean Road, retracing our steps for a totally different perspective of the coast to that on the way down. We travel to Bellbrae for a special treat - the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie to taste their wares! Yum! We then drive up to the Princes Highway and make our way back to Torquay.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Merry Christmas! ! This morning we have some time to relax or attend local church services before taking a scenic drive along the coast. We drive to Barwon Heads via Thirteenth Beach, one of the many popular ocean beaches in the area. The bridge over the Barwon River and the various buildings on the water’s edge were part of the set for the ABC’s popular Sea Change program. Making our way back to our resort, we’ll have time to freshen up for before our delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings! The rest of the day is at leisure and this evening, for those of us still a little peckish, a light supper will be available.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

WINCHELSEA

 

This morning we head for Winchelsea which was first settled in 1837 and was named after one of the Cinque Ports in England. There are many historic buildings and an old bridge in town. We pay a visit to Hastings Ostrich Farm. Ostriches are majestic, flightless birds, weighing up to 180kg. Our tour guide will answer any questions we may have about these fascinating birds.After lunch in Winchelsea, we’ll visit Barwon Park Mansion, for a tour of this beautiful home built in 1869 and later bequeathed to the National Trust. It is noted for the fine cast iron balcony verandah, its bluestone construction and the ornate furnishings.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

TORQUAY TO HOME

 

This morning we are introduced to a local expert who will hop on board our coach for a more extensive tour of Geelong city, concluding at the city’s waterfront. Here, we’re going to be transported back in time to when a trip to the seaside was a big event! The Carousel on the waterfront was built in 1892 and operated on the Mordialloc pier until the 1950’s when it fell into disrepair. Now fully restored – each horse took over 300 hours to bring back to its former glory – the Carousel sits under a special glass canopy, once more bringing delight to a new generation. Lunch today is right on the water at the Geelong Boat House – just perfect. This afternoon we’re off to do a little picking and poking for a bargain at the Amazing Mill Markets.There are more than 60 stalls here offering a selection of vintage clothes, vintage furniture, collectables, antiques, memorabilia, home decor, fine china, art, glass, coins, jewellery, books and records, to name a few! From here we make our way back to Melbourne to complete a truly fabulous short break away!

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast 2019

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast 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.

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.

Christmas in the North East Victoria

Christmas in North East Victora - 5 Days

22nd December – 26th December, 2019

Travelling with like minded, mature aged travellers means you’ll experience a casual and relaxed atmosphere, where fellow travellers become new found friends. This year you can spend the festive season with us on a wonderful Christmas holiday.

    

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,170
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,145
Single supplement room  $270
​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, lunches and morning teas.

Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk, Benalla Street Art, Byramine Homestead, Corowa, Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Beechworth, Out of Town Nursery and Humming Garden, Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings, Mansfield and Yea.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

4 nights in Wangaratta

 

CRUISE

MV Paradise Queen - Lake Mulwala

 

Itinerary

MELBOURNE TO WANGARATTA                                       

 

Welcome aboard our Christmas in North East Victoria tour! Our chauffeur will collect us from home and take us to where we will meet our coach and friendly O’Shannessy’s crew who’ll be looking after us during our tour. Whilst acquainting ourselves with our fellow travellers we experience the view from the panoramic windows as we cruise in comfort via the Hume Highway to Seymour where we’ll take a little time to view the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. The centerpiece of this walk is the wall, made up of panels of DigiGlass with the name of every Serviceman and Woman who served, in their various capacities in that conflict. Arriving into Benalla for lunch, we’ll drive around the city taking in some of the Street Art– artists from around the world were brought together to paint murals on bare walls, some over three stories high. From here we continue to Wangaratta, home for the next 4 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

YARRAWONGA & RUTHERGLEN     

                                 

This morning we travel through to the twin cities of Mulwala and Yarrawonga, to the shores of Lake Mulwala where we join the MV Paradise Queen for a morning tea cruise on the lake. Upon disembarkation we’re off for a lunch and tour of Byramine Homestead. Built as a veritable fortress in an octagonal shape to provide a clear view of all angles in the case of attack by Bushrangers. Often the family had to hide in the cellar! After our lunch and tour we head to Corowa to visit the Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory.  Once the old Corowa Flour Mill, the building has been repurposed and tastefully refurbished as a whiskey and chocolate factory.  We’ll have afternoon tea in their rustic café before taking a tour, giving us a chance to make our own “freckle” to take with us!   After a lovely day, we head back to our motel to relax before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

BEECHWORTH           

 

Today’s touring takes us to Beechworth.  On arrival we will be joined on the coach by a local expert who will show us around the town, one of Victoria’s best preserved gold rush towns. The discovery of gold in the 1850’s brought with it a flurry of activity and growth. The magnificent buildings, 32 of which are listed by the National Trust and the beautiful gardens are a legacy of the gold rush days.  We then have some free time to wander around the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct – namely The Telegraph Station, Town Hall, and Powder Magazine which are all part of the collection of nationally significant buildings. We’ll enjoy lunch today at a local icon, the famous Beechworth Bakery– yum! This afternoon we visit the Out Of Town Nursery and Humming Garden. Nestled in the foothills of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park in North East Victoria, this 4 acre garden is comprised of many rooms each with its own character and style, crammed with an extensive collection of native and exotic plants. Humming with wildlife, many native birds find sanctuary in the leafy borders. Several species of Honeyeaters, King Parrots, Red Browed Finches, White Winged Choughs and Satin Bowerbirds are just a few of the permanent residents. The gardens are designed to entertain and amuse visitors with quirky garden art and bold colour combinations as well as provide the more serious gardener with an understanding of plant species and the use of water maximizing techniques.  

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

CHRISTMAS DAY       

                       

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Silos are drawing crowds to small country towns in Victoria, so this morning we’re off to do a little silo spotting of our own.  Our first stop today is in Tungamah to see brolgas and a kookaburra. In Devenish, see Cam Scale’s artwork representing the changing role of women in the military – a First World War nurse and a modern-day combat medic. At the Goorambat Silo we see a Barking Owl, which is critically endangered. Each silo has a different artist and a different story! We then head back to Wangaratta to ready ourselves for our Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings!  Later this afternoon, we can relax by the pool and tonight, a light supper will be offered for those who are feeling peckish. 

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

WANGARATTA TO MELBOURNE          

               

This morning we farewell our hosts and enjoy a relaxing drive south through the beautiful King Valley, now a popular food and wine destination. From Whitfield we take in amazing views as we cross the Great Dividing Range to Mansfield for our last lunch together.  We have an afternoon break at Yea and travel via the Yarra Valley to Melbourne. As always our chauffeurs will take us safely home after a wonderful Christmas Holiday!

Christmas in North East Victoria 2019

Christmas in North East Victoria 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.