Cherry Festival

Cherry Festival - 5 Days

5th December – 9th December 2019

Take a bite out of the Cherry Capital of Australia.

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,095
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,070
Single supplement room  $285
​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, Wagga Wagga, Boggy Creek Station, Pioneer Women’s Cottage, Young, National Cherry Festival, Allambie Cherry and Plum Orchard, Junee, Monte Cristo, Junee Liquorice & Chocolate Factory, Wangaratta and Wollundry Grove Olives.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAY 
4 nights in Wagga Wagga

Itinerary

MELBOURNE TO WAGGA WAGGA

 

Today we depart on our special Cherry Festival tour! After our morning pickup service we join our deluxe O’Shannessy’s Coach and travel via the Hume Highway to Seymour where we’ll take a little time to view the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. The centre piece 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. We continue onto Wagga Wagga, home for the next 4 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel, WAGGA WAGGA

BOGGY CREEK

 

We have an early start this morning but it will be well worth the effort.  After breakfast we travel via Rosewood to Boggy Creek Station. Mountains, legends & laughs - The Boggy Creek Show combines all the skill of horsemanship, mustering, whip cracking, working dogs and sheep tricks with humour, a naughty kelpie and a stubborn mule. There are not many truly traditional family farms left in the High Country. The Boggy Creek Show reflects Australia's iconic farming values and practices, ones that people from all around Australia and the world recognise and identify with. The Boggy Creek Show is a 2-hour live show that utilises farming techniques and knowledge learnt over three generations. The owner-operator, Tim O'Brien, keeps his culture alive by showing people how generations of High Country cattlemen opened up and farmed the High Country. Preserving the bush knowledge that can only be described as "heritage" is one of the main aims of the Boggy Creek Show. Tim goes to great lengths to show visitors the ins and outs of mountain life: from how to "cooee", to boiling the billy for tea. Nothing is overlooked in bringing past and present farming activities alive. At the conclusion of the show, we make our way into Tumbarumba where we enjoy lunch at the Pioneer Women’s Cottage. The cottage includes an excellent collection of domestic artefacts, agricultural machinery and local crafts. After lunch we take in the sights of Tumbarumba, a delightful small country town which is largely untouched by the modern world. We’ll see the Court House and Police Residence which were constructed in the 1880s. Their age is still evident in the VR (Victoria Regina) embossed into the cast iron lacework. Around the corner in Bridge Street is the current local Court House, a beautiful building with large trees in the street outside. From here we travel via Batlow and Adelong back to Wagga and the motel for dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel, WAGGA WAGGA

YOUNG CHERRY TIME

 

Today is all about “cherries” so after breakfast, we drive to Young - "the Cherry Capital of Australia". Young is the largest cherry growing area in the Southern Hemisphere with an annual production in excess of 500,000 cases. Each year 76% of the total Australian cherry crop is produced by 254 individual growers at Young. As well as the large Australian market, fresh cherries are exported to markets in Asia, the Arab states, Europe and Britain. Young is celebrating the 70th National Cherry Festival and will be at the height of the cherry picking season. This iconic regional produce event showcases the humble Cherry which has been part of the landscape around Young for over 150 years. On our arrival, we’ll enjoy a brief locally guided tour so we can familiarise ourselves with today’s programme. Key events include Cherry Pie eating contest, Cherry Pip Spit, Cherry Festival Street Parade, Busking Competitions, Dog Trials and Markets. We have some free time to enjoy some of these festivities before heading to the Allambie Cherry and Plum Orchard. We enjoy lunch - and here’s a hint…make sure you leave room for the cherry pie! We have the opportunity to look through the packing shed as well as picking our own cherries (paid for by the kilo at Market Rates - own expense). Returning to town, we watch the street Parade before heading back to Wagga Wagga for a slightly later dinner. What a great day!!

 

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel, WAGGA WAGGA

EXPLORING WAGGA AND THE AREA

 

This morning, we set out to discover Wagga Wagga. Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the town was named by the original inhabitants, the Wiradjuri people and means crow. Repeating it means crows, hence a place of many crows. We’ll meet up with our local guide who will take us on a tour of this scenic township. We then head to Junee, a historic railway town that is situated within a rich agricultural and pastoral district. It’s here we find the finest colonial mansion in the Riverina - Monte Cristo. The house has been faithfully restored and furnished in the High Victorian Period 1840-1900. The owners, who still live here, started collecting furniture and antiques 40 years ago, first from Adelaide and then from Europe. The house is recognised as the most haunted house in Australia with 10 resident ghosts! We enjoy lunch and a guided tour. Our next visit is to the Junee Liquorice & Chocolate Factory. Here they manufacture organic liquorice, one of only three certified organic liquorice manufacturers in the world! Afterwards we take a drive past the splendid Railway Station which is a reminder of the important regional role that Junee played in the hey-day of the Steam Train Era before returning to Wagga Wagga.

 

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel, WAGGA WAGGA

WAGGA TO HOME

 

We visit Wallundry Grove Olives this morning where we will meet the growers, walk through the trees, learn about the history of Wollundry Grove and the production process of producing award winning olive oil and olives, as well as sampling all of their products! Then it’s back on board to make the drive home, stopping at Wangaratta for our last lunch together. We arrive home late afternoon where as always, our chauffeurs will be waiting to take us safely home to our door.

Cherry Festival 2019

Cherry Festival 2019

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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 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.

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