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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