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

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