Jacarandas in Bloom

Jacarandas In Bloom - Grafton - 7 Days

5th November – 11th November, 2019

Grafton NSW in the Northern Rivers region is elegant. From the colonial buildings to the leafy streets. More than 2,000 Jacarandas blossom in spring, create a sea of mauve too beautiful to miss!

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $3,395
Repeat clientele twin share  $3,345
Single supplement room  $520
​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 Coolangatta and return.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Mercedes Benz 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. (1 lunch at own expense as per itinerary)

Grafton - Locally Guided Tour, Schaeffer House - Grafton, Lanbruk’s Gunyah, Yamba Lighthouse, Glen Ian Ostrich & Emu Farm, Reeves Family Sugar Farm, Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour, Clog Barn, Carobana Chocolate Factory, Bruxner Park, Ebor Falls, Dorrigo National Park - Skywalk, Bellingen, Forest Sky Pier, Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum and Summerland House Farm - “House With No Steps”.

MULTIPLE NIGHTS
6 Nights in Grafton.

Itinerary

MELBOURNE TO GRAFTON

 

Welcome to our 7 day tour to Grafton in northern NSW. This morning we make our way to Melbourne Airport to board our flight to Coolangatta. We’ll be met by our O’Shannessy’s Touring Coach and crew on arrival and after loading up we drive south, stopping for lunch in Cabarita Beach. We then continue through rolling green hills with banana plantations and pockets of sugar cane, passing Kyogle and Casino to our destination of Grafton, a city of tree lined streets and graceful old buildings overlooking the Clarence River.  As early as 1866 Grafton council resolved to consider by-laws for the planting and preserving of trees and shrubs in the streets and recreation grounds. There are now some 7,000 trees in Grafton and many beautiful parks.  The most famous of the trees is of course the Jacaranda - the Jacarandas flower at this time each year providing a spectacular setting.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn, GRAFTON

LOCAL SIGHTSEEING

 

After breakfast a local expert will board the coach for a tour of Grafton. We visit Schaeffer House, now home to the Clarence River Historical Society, the oldest historical society in the country. We then head north to Junction Hill to visit Lanbruk’s Gunyah – the property belonging to Dorothy and Don Enders. Here we’ll be taken on a tour through the olive grove; see the animals (alpacas and Dorper sheep to name a couple) in the paddocks before a delicious lunch. We have the opportunity to browse through the gift shop to admire local handicrafts and of course, pick up a supply of the organic olive oils produced here. There is even a museum housing the fully restored and still running, 1926 Chevy Utility.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn, GRAFTON

YAMBA & TULLYMORGAN

 

This morning we take in the sights of Yamba, a quiet seaside town on the southern side of the Clarence River estuary. We will see the Yamba Lighthouse, located on South Head, standing 41m above the sea. It offers fine views of the coastline and is a popular whale-watching site in the winter months. Nearby is a replica of the original 1879 lighthouse erected by volunteers for use as a community radio station. We also visit Angourie, a popular surfing spot and Maclean, known as “the Scottish Town” and noted for its historical buildings. There’s also time to browse in the Scottish Corner and perhaps find our clan and tartan! From here we travel across to Tullymorgan to visit the Glen Ian Ostrich and Emu Farm for lunch. We are also treated to an insight of these giant birds, in addition to the incubation process and chicks. The farm is also home to alpacas and goats not to mention numerous other bird varieties. We have another interesting tour this afternoon at the Reeves Family Sugar Farm. We are here at harvesting time so our host will take us through to the harvesting site, which we may see the big harvesting machines in action. Visiting here will give us an insight into the local industry and lifestyle of a cane farmer.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn, GRAFTON

LOCAL SIGHTSEEING & WOOLGOOLGA

 

Today our sightseeing takes us back to the coast, stopping for a morning tea break from the coach in Woolgoolga. From here we travel onto Coffs Harbour to visit the Clog Barn. Here we’ll discover a treasure of souvenirs, special gifts, hand painted tiles and enjoy a fascinating clog making demonstration. We have time to wander town and purchase some lunch. On our way out of town we stop in to visit the Carobana Chocolate Factory. We’ll see where honeycomb, brittles and fudges are made and enjoy the samples in the shop. Leaving the coast we drive up to Bruxner Park for some excellent views overlooking the city and coast. We return to Grafton through the country town of Nana Glen and onto Glenreagh, nestled between the hills on the Orara Riverbank where we’ll stretch our legs.

 

Lunch at own cost and arrangements today

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn, GRAFTON

WATERFALL WAY

 

Today we head south through Nymboida to Ebor for our morning stop.  The viewing platforms at Ebor Falls in the Guy Fawkes National Park provide us with dramatic views of the falls and the rugged country to the north. Following the Waterfall Way, we drive to the Dorrigo Plateau and the Dorrigo National Park to see magnificent rainforest country and stunning views. The Skywalk especially will provide some spectacular views.  After lunch in the Canopy Café, we drive down towards the coast with a brief stop in the historic township of Bellingen. Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Bellinger River, Bellingen is one of the most beautiful and historic towns on the North Coast. Step back in time in Bellingen with its traditional-style main street, the highlight of which is the restored Hammond and Wheatley Emporium building, which is as grand as its name suggests.  As we reach the coast we drive up through Coffs Harbour to the Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout, located on an escarpment 310 metres above Coffs Harbour, projecting 21.6 metres beyond the original lookout and offers an expansive vista encompassing Coffs Harbour city and beyond. On a clear day you can see 100km to the south!

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn, GRAFTON

BALLINA

 

This morning we take in the sights of Ballina - with over 32 kms of pristine sandy beaches, crystal clear waterways, endless streams, lakes and estuaries and the far reaches of the Richmond River, the Ballina Coast & Hinterland is truly a natural wonder.  Look out for the Big Prawn - one of Australia’s iconic “big things”!!  We’ll visit the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum which features extensive historical displays of the Port of Ballina and is home to the Las Balsas Raft that sailed on an epic voyage from Ecuador to Ballina in 1973. We now head across to Alstonville to visit Summerland House Farm for lunch. Established in 1972, Summerland House Farm is an exciting House with No Steps business enterprise which has transformed a working macadamia and avocado farm into a large scale agritourism destination that provides training and employment opportunities to people with a disability.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn, GRAFTON

GRAFTON TO MELBOURNE

 

This morning we farewell our hosts and join the Pacific Highway for our morning’s journey back over the border. We stop for lunch before retracing our steps back to the Coolangatta Airport, to board our flight to Melbourne having had a memorable 7 day tour to the Grafton area and the Jacarandas in Bloom.

Jacarandas in Bloom 2019

Jacarandas in Bloom 2019

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 Deposit is fully refundable until 46 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 45 to 15 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date
30% Refund of Tour Cost.

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

Cancellation on or after tour departure date No Refund.

 

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