Cowra – Running of the Sheep

Cowra - Running of the Sheep - 6 Days

3rd October – 8th October, 2019

Never mind Pamplona’s “Running of the Bulls”, come and enjoy the “Running of the Sheep” at the Irish Woolfest – no Bull!

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,220
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,195
Single supplement room  $370
​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.
  • Most meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, most lunches and morning teas. (2 lunches at own expense as per itinerary)

The Big Strawberry – Koonoomoo, Wagga Wagga, Cowra, P.O.W Theatre, Australian World Peace Bell, Cowra Italy Friendship Monument, Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre, Rosnay Farm – Canowindra, Boorowa Irish Woolfest, Allambie Cherry Orchard, Monte Cristo Homestead and the Kerrisdale Mountain Railway & Museum.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

3 Nights in Cowra.

Itinerary

MELBOURNE TO WAGGA WAGGA

 

Welcome to our 6 day tour to Cowra featuring the annual Boorowa Irish Woolfest! After our pickups, we depart Melbourne and head to a place near Cobram called Koonoomoo – home to the Big Strawberry. Anything you can think of that has strawberries in it, they make it here. Jams, ice creams, liqueur, milk shakes – you name it! We enjoy lunch here before continuing on to Wagga Wagga.

 

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel Wagga Wagga,  WAGGA WAGGA

WAGGA WAGGA TO COWRA

 

We continue on our way, travelling via Coolamon and Mirrool to West Wyalong where we stop for lunch. This afternoon we travel across to Cowra - our base for the next 3 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT: Cowra Services Club Motel, COWRA

 

COWRA

 

After breakfast we visit the Cowra Visitors Centre. It is also where we collect our local guide for a tour of the town made famous by the POW Camp located here during WWII. We start by viewing the award winning hologram in the P.O.W. Theatre, a nine minute presentation that tells the story of the Cowra Breakout in 1944. On our town tour we will visit the Australian World Peace Bell, the Cowra Italy Friendship Monument and the Australian & Japanese War Cemeteries, containing the graves of the Japanese involved in the POW Breakout during World War II. This is the only Japanese War Cemetery in Australia. Our morning tea is served right next door to the Visitors Centre, at the Rose Garden Coffee House. Next is a visit to the Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre. Meandering paths and wooden bridges allow us to explore and view the gardens at ease. It’s a beautiful time to visit as the cherry trees in the gardens should be in full flower!  We have plenty of time here to wander or relax and enjoy the gardens. This afternoon we head to Canowindra, visiting Rosnay Farm to tour and taste some of their organic wines. We also have time to enjoy a wander through the town before returning to Cowra.

 

Lunch own arrangements and cost

OVERNIGHT: Cowra Services Club Motel, COWRA

BOOROWA IRISH WOOLFEST - “RUNNING OF THE SHEEP”

 

Today we drive south to Boorowa for the annual Irish Woolfest. Everyone’s heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, but much closer to home in Boorowa we can enjoy the spectacle of the “Running of the Sheep”. These beautiful woolly Merino sheep are shepherded down the road by a Farmer on his four wheel motorbike and his trusty Kelpies who leap on and off the motorbikes and on and off the sheep's back. There is plenty to see and do at the Woolfest - the Blessing of the Sheep, Celtic Pipe Bands, Irish Dancers and craft, food and wool stalls to maybe purchase a souvenir from. Later this afternoon we’ll reboard the coach and head back to Cowra for dinner.  

 

Lunch own arrangements and cost

OVERNIGHT: Cowra Services Club Motel, COWRA   

COWRA TO ALBURY

 

This morning we’re off to Young, a historic mining town known as the Cherry Capital of Australia! We’ll stop at the Allambie Cherry Orchard for a talk on the flourishing cherry industry plus a delicious slice of cherry pie for our morning tea. Originally named Lambing Flat, the town is steeped in early gold mining history. Gold was discovered here in 1860 and within months there were 20,000 prospectors on the fields! From here we travel through small rural towns of Wombat and Wallendbeen to Junee where we stop at the Monte Cristo Homestead and experience life from a bygone era. We will view the magnificent collection of fine antiques and renowned carriage collection. This remarkable homestead was built in 1884 and is recognized as the most haunted house in Australia, with 10 resident ghosts! We’ll have lunch here before continuing on through Wagga Wagga to Albury for our overnight stay.

 

OVERNIGHT: Best Western Hovell Tree, ALBURY

ALBURY TO HOME

 

Leaving Albury we make our way through Benalla and then south 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. Our lunch stop is at Kerrisdale and the Kerrisdale Mountain Railway & Museum. This is a unique railway built on a zig zag formation and the line climbs quite steeply as it wends its way through tall trees on a precipitous track cut into the mountain side. A panorama unfolds over the King Parrott Valley and further to the distant snow-capped peaks in winter of the Victorian Alps. We have time for a live demonstration at the Steam Museum and a country style lunch before continuing on home. 

Cowra 'Running of the Sheep' 2019

Cowra 'Running of the Sheep' 2019

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