Christmas in the North East Victoria

Christmas in North East Victora - 5 Days

22nd December – 26th December, 2019

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 the festive season with us on a wonderful Christmas holiday.

    

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,170
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,145
Single supplement room  $270
​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, Byramine Homestead, Corowa, Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Beechworth, Out of Town Nursery and Humming Garden, Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings, Mansfield and Yea.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

4 nights in Wangaratta

 

CRUISE

MV Paradise Queen - Lake Mulwala

 

Itinerary

MELBOURNE TO WANGARATTA                                       

 

Welcome aboard our Christmas in North East Victoria tour! Our chauffeur will collect us from home and take us to where we will meet our coach and friendly O’Shannessy’s crew who’ll be looking after us during our tour. Whilst acquainting ourselves with our fellow travellers we experience the view from the panoramic windows as we cruise in comfort via the Hume Highway to Seymour where we’ll take a little time to view the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. The centerpiece 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. From here we continue to Wangaratta, home for the next 4 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

YARRAWONGA & RUTHERGLEN     

                                 

This morning we travel through to the twin cities of Mulwala and Yarrawonga, to the shores of Lake Mulwala where we join the MV Paradise Queen for a morning tea cruise on the lake. Upon disembarkation we’re off for a lunch and tour of Byramine Homestead. Built as a veritable fortress in an octagonal shape to provide a clear view of all angles in the case of attack by Bushrangers. Often the family had to hide in the cellar! After our lunch and tour we head to Corowa to visit the Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory.  Once the old Corowa Flour Mill, the building has been repurposed and tastefully refurbished as a whiskey and chocolate factory.  We’ll have afternoon tea in their rustic café before taking a tour, giving us a chance to make our own “freckle” to take with us!   After a lovely day, we head back to our motel to relax before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

BEECHWORTH           

 

Today’s touring takes us to Beechworth.  On arrival we will be joined on the coach by a local expert who will show us around the town, one of Victoria’s best preserved gold rush towns. The discovery of gold in the 1850’s brought with it a flurry of activity and growth. The magnificent buildings, 32 of which are listed by the National Trust and the beautiful gardens are a legacy of the gold rush days.  We then have some free time to wander around the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct – namely The Telegraph Station, Town Hall, and Powder Magazine which are all part of the collection of nationally significant buildings. We’ll enjoy lunch today at a local icon, the famous Beechworth Bakery– yum! This afternoon we visit the Out Of Town Nursery and Humming Garden. Nestled in the foothills of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park in North East Victoria, this 4 acre garden is comprised of many rooms each with its own character and style, crammed with an extensive collection of native and exotic plants. Humming with wildlife, many native birds find sanctuary in the leafy borders. Several species of Honeyeaters, King Parrots, Red Browed Finches, White Winged Choughs and Satin Bowerbirds are just a few of the permanent residents. The gardens are designed to entertain and amuse visitors with quirky garden art and bold colour combinations as well as provide the more serious gardener with an understanding of plant species and the use of water maximizing techniques.  

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

CHRISTMAS DAY       

                       

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Silos are drawing crowds to small country towns in Victoria, so this morning we’re off to do a little silo spotting of our own.  Our first stop today is in Tungamah to see brolgas and a kookaburra. In Devenish, see Cam Scale’s artwork representing the changing role of women in the military – a First World War nurse and a modern-day combat medic. At the Goorambat Silo we see a Barking Owl, which is critically endangered. Each silo has a different artist and a different story! We then head back to Wangaratta to ready ourselves for our Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings!  Later this afternoon, we can relax by the pool and tonight, a light supper will be offered for those who are feeling peckish. 

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

WANGARATTA TO MELBOURNE          

               

This morning we farewell our hosts and enjoy a relaxing drive south through the beautiful King Valley, now a popular food and wine destination. From Whitfield we take in amazing views as we cross the Great Dividing Range to Mansfield for our last lunch together.  We have an afternoon break at Yea and travel via the Yarra Valley to Melbourne. As always our chauffeurs will take us safely home after a wonderful Christmas Holiday!

Christmas in North East Victoria 2019

Christmas in North East Victoria 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • 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.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

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.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

High Country Spring Tour

High Country Spring Tour - 5 Days

30th October – 3rd November, 2019

Inspiring open gardens amongst the Australian Alps.

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $1,895
Repeat clientele twin share  $1,870
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.
  • Most meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, most lunches and morning teas. (2 lunches at own expense as per itinerary)

Mansfield, Wangaratta, Bright, Ovens Valley, Open Gardens - around Bright, Beechworth Historical Precinct, Out of Town Nursery & Humming Garden, Mulwala Yarrawonga, Byramine Homestead, Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, Tungamah Silo, Goorambat Silo and Benalla Street Art.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

6 Nights in Wangaratta. 

 

CRUISE

MV Paradise Queen Cruise.

 

Itinerary

HOME TO WANGARATTA

 

Welcome to our 5 day tour of North East Victoria featuring the Bright Springtime Open Gardens. With personal pickup from home we are transferred to O’Shannessy’s luxury coach and travel to Mansfield on the eastern shores of Lake Eildon for our lunch stop. From here we make our way to Wangaratta, where we’ll base ourselves at the delightful Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway for the next 4 nights. Unpacking just once, we join our fellow travellers at the motel restaurant for our first meal together.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

EXPLORING BRIGHT

 

We head into the High Country this morning to Bright, said to be located in the most beautiful alpine valley in the world - Ovens Valley. Surrounded by the towering Australian Alps, it has managed to retain its character and charm, thanks partly to its old-fashioned guest houses and historical buildings. We commence our Open Gardens visits  for a spectacular spring display. The area should be looking stunning during the springtime. Back in town, we have time to wander through the main street and purchase lunch. We then head back to Wangaratta for some free time before dinner at the hotel this evening.

 

Lunch at own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT:  Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

BEECHWORTH

 

Today’s touring takes us to Beechworth. On arrival we will be joined on the coach by a local expert who will show us around the town, one of Victoria’s best preserved gold rush towns. The discovery of gold in the 1850’s brought with it a flurry of activity and growth. The magnificent buildings, 32 of which are listed by the National Trust and the beautiful gardens are a legacy of the gold rush days. We have some free time to wander around the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct – namely The Telegraph Station, Town Hall and Powder Magazine are all part of the collection of nationally significant buildings. Lunch today is up to you - perhaps indulge at the famous Beechworth Bakery. This afternoon we continue our gardens exploration with a visit to the Out Of Town Nursery and Humming Garden. Nestled in the foothills of the Chiltern - Mt Pilot National Park in North East Victoria, this 4 acre garden is comprised of many rooms each with its own character and style, crammed with an extensive collection of native and exotic plants. Designed to entertain and amuse visitors with quirky garden art and bold colour combinations as well as provide the more serious gardener with an understanding of plant species and the use of water maximising techniques.

 

Lunch at own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT:  Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

YARRAWONGA & COROWA

 

This morning we travel through to the twin cities of Mulwala and Yarrawonga, to the shores of Lake Mulwala where we join the  MV Paradise Queen for a morning tea cruise on the lake. Upon disembarkation we’re off for a lunch and tour of Byramine Homestead, built as a veritable fortress in an octagonal shape to provide a clear view of all angles in the case of attack by Bushrangers. Often the family had to hide in the cellar! We then head to Corowa to visit the Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory.  Once the old Corowa Flour Mill, the building has been repurposed and tastefully refurbished as the whiskey and chocolate factory.  We’ll have afternoon tea in their rustic café before taking a tour, giving us a chance to make our own “freckle” to take with us!  After a lovely day, we head back to our motel to relax before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, WANGARATTA

HOMEWARD BOUND

 

We have a leisurely start this morning before we farewell our hosts to begin our journey home.  Silos are drawing crowds to small country towns in Victoria, so we’re off to do a little silo spotting of our own.  Our first stop today is in Tungamah to see brolgas and a kookaburra. In Devenish, we see Cam Scale’s artwork representing the changing role of women in the military – a First World War nurse and a modern-day combat medic. At the Goorambat Silo we see a Barking Owl, which is critically endangered. Each silo has a different artist and a different story! We’ll also make a stop here at the Uniting Church to view the stunning depiction of "Sophia" the female aspect of the Holy Spirit. After lunch in Benalla we’ll take a drive to see 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 then head home with some fantastic memories of our Springtime Tour in the High Country.

 

High Country Spring Tour 2019

High Country Spring Tour 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • 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.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 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.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

Magical Mudgee NSW

Magical Mudgee NSW - 5 Day

6th November - 10th November, 2019

An elegant destination with heritage streetscapes, mudgee is the perfect escape for wine tasting, delicious food and outdoor adventure. Mudgee is an attractive and sophisticated country town of fine old buildings, located in the broad, picturesque and fertile Cudgegong River Valley.

     

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $1,995
Repeat clientele twin share  $1,970
Single supplement room  $215
​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, Cowra - POW Breakout SpectraVision, Mudgee - local guided tour, Mudgee Honey Haven, Olive Nest, Mudgee Brewing Company, Baker Williams Distillery, Arts & Crafts Mudgee, Mudgee Observatory, McFeeters Motor Museum, Gundagai and  Hurlstone Homestead and Gardens.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHTS

2 Nights in Mudgee.

Itinerary

MELBOURNE TO WAGGA WAGGA

 

Today we depart on our tour to Mudgee. We travel via the Hume Highway to Seymour where we’ll take a little time to view the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. The centerpiece 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 for our overnight accommodation.

 

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel, WAGGA WAGGA

WAGGA WAGGA TO MUDGEE

 

Leaving Wagga Wagga, we continue our journey north, travelling via Cootamundra and Young to Cowra where we’ll break for lunch. We’re also going to pop into the Visitors Information Centre to view the fascinating SpectraVision story on the Cowra POW Breakout. We’ll then continue north through Bathurst and Ilford to Mudgee, arriving in time to check into our hotel and unpack for the next 2 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT: Comfort Inn Aden Hotel, MUDGEE

MUDGEE

 

We’ll meet a local expert this morning who will introduce us to Mudgee – the history of the town and the successful local enterprises popping up around the valley.  (Fun fact: Mudgee reputedly derives its name from the Wiradjuri Aboriginal term 'Moothi' meaning 'nest in the hills'). After our tour we head to the Mudgee Honey Haven to experience some local honey and mead.  Our next visit is to the Olive Nest, established by three Mudgee olive growers who have a similar philosophy of producing extra virgin olive oil of exceptional quality. We call in for a taste of some of the best extra virgin olive oils in the area and to see what other taste sensations await us. Lunch today is at the Mudgee Brewing Company a microbrewery and restaurant. We’ll enjoy lunch, a tasting of their unique beers and a talk on the process.  This afternoon we head to the Baker Williams Distillery, where they make handcrafted spirits and liqueurs focusing on regional flavours and influences. Opened in September 2012, the distillery is part of the ever growing Australian Craft Distillery industry with an expanding range of flavoursome spirits and liqueurs. We are taken on a tour to see the distillation process followed by some time for a taste test. Our final visit for the day is our stop to take a look around Arts & Crafts Mudgee- a co-operative shop displaying a wide range of quality art and craft. We then head back to our accommodation for an early dinner, for this evening, we’re going stargazing! The privately owned Mudgee Observatory is situated in a location of extremely dark skies away from the town lights and the lights of Ulan mines.  A conducted tour will show us the heavens as they were meant to be viewed. The theatre and flat screen planetarium runs several features on the night sky and the Sun as well as many programs on space missions. A fascinating visit!

 

OVERNIGHT: Comfort Inn Aden Hotel, MUDGEE

MUDGEE TO GUNDAGAI

 

We leave Mudgee this morning heading south through Parkes to Forbes. We’ll have lunch at McFeeters Motor Museum in the café then enjoy a wander through the displays of private vehicles ranging from 1905 to 1999. The collection showcases vintage, classic, veterans and custom made vehicles. From here we continue on to Gundagai for our overnight stay.

 

OVERNIGHT: Sovereign Inn, GUNDAGAI

GUNDAGAI TO MELBOURNE

 

Gundagai was a railway town and today it is still dominated by large railway bridges - four bridges spanning the Murrumbidgee flats: the historic Prince Alfred Bridge, the timber Railway Bridge, and now the dual Sheahan Bridges of the Hume Highway. We continue on via Holbrook and Albury, into Victoria stopping for lunch at the charming Hurlstone Homestead and Gardens in Shepparton. We’ll then continue on our journey arriving back into Melbourne late afternoon at the end of our wonderful Magical Mudgee tour!

Magical Mudgee 2019

Magical Mudgee 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • 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.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 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.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

Mungo National Park & Silo Art Trail – Tour 2

Mungo National Park & Silo Art Trail -Tour 2- 6 Days

24th October - 29th October, 2019

Throughout country Victoria artists have painted amazing murals on Silos. Come along and marvel at these works of art before we head off to the remarkable natural location of Lake Mungo which sits within The Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. The Willandra Lakes preserve the longest continuous record of aboriginal life in Australia from 40,000 years ago to the present. We gently weave through unique geological formations of rare beauty passing by the ancient evidence of the people that once walked this land. We then follow the trail of the Silos of the Wimmera-Mallee region which has become Australia’s largest outdoor gallery with the creation of a silo art trail stretching 200kms and linking some of Victoria’s smallest towns.

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,395
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,345
Single supplement room  $250
​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.

Benalla Street Art, Goorambat Silo, Devenish Silo, Tungamah Silo, Echuca, Pioneer Settlement Museum, Mildura, Orange World, Varapodio Estate - Olive Farm, Mungo National Park, Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Patchewollock Silo, Hopetoun, Brim Silo, Sheep Hills Silo, Rupanyup Silo, Stawell, Halls Gap, Grampians National Park, Halls Gap Zoo and Ararat.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

6 Nights in Mildura.

 

CRUISE

PV Rothbury.

 

Itinerary

HOME TO ECHUCA

 

Welcome to our great tour which will encompass a three-night stay in Mildura and lots of silo art along the way! With personal pickup from home, we travel to Benalla for our lunch stop. Street art and silos are drawing crowds to small country towns in Victoria and after lunch, we drive around Benalla 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. Not far from here is our first silo - the Goorambat Silo – featuring the endangered Barking Owl. In Devenish, we’ll be amazed at Cam Scale’s artwork of a First World War nurse and a modern-day combat medic. Our last stop today is in Tungamah to see brolgas and a kookaburra. Each silo has a different artist and a different story! Our accommodation this evening is in Echuca.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Mercure Port of Echuca, ECHUCA

ECHUCA TO MILDURA

 

After a hearty breakfast we will depart for Mildura. We stop enroute at Swan Hill where we explore the River Murray history at the Pioneer Settlement Museum. A wander through the streets of the settlement will give us an insight into river life of the past. This is also our lunch venue. After some time here we continue our travels to Mildura. We have time to settle in and unpack as we’re here for three nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Mildura Inlander Resort, MILDURA

EXPLORING MILDURA

 

After breakfast, we will be introduced to town by our locally based expert for a morning of sightseeing. We’ll hear about the Canadian Chaffey Brothers (George and William Benjamin) who arrived in Mildura in 1886 to establish the first irrigation scheme in Australia and hear about life on the river past and present. Our lunch break will be cruising along the river aboard the PV Rothbury. A unique feature of this cruise is travelling downstream through Lock 11, built to bypass the weir across the river. We’ll experience the workings of a lock as the Melbourne is lowered to the downstream level and raised again on the return journey. Back on dry land, we head to Orange World- a working 50-acre citrus property situated just 8 minutes from Mildura over the Chaffey Bridge. We will enjoy a citrus tour around the picturesque property of avocado trees, numerous citrus varieties and tree grafting areas. There is also an opportunity to travel on the 70-seat tractor train with undercover seating for an informative commentary on a wealth of citrus information with a juicy sense of humour. Our final visit for the day is a lovely olive oil farm, Varapodio Estate,where we enjoy a tour and tastings of their award winning oils. We then have the to chance to stock up on salad dressings, olive oils, mayonnaise or olive oil cosmetics and soaps. 

 

OVERNIGHT:  Mildura Inlander Resort, MILDURA

MUNGO NATIONAL PARK

 

Today we take a giant leap back in time and enjoy a day exploring the remarkable natural location of Lake Mungo which sits within The Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. A local expert will join us so we can experience all the highlights. The Willandra Lakes preserve the longest continuous record of aboriginal life in Australia from 40,000 years ago to the present. The tour slowly and gently weaves through unique geological formations of rare beauty passing by the ancient evidence of the people that once walked this land. After a great day of sightseeing we return to Mildura.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Mildura Inlander Resort, MILDURA

MILDURA TO HORSHAM on the SILO TRAIL

 

The Wimmera-Mallee region has become Australia’s largest outdoor gallery with the creation of a silo art trail stretching 200kms and linking some of Victoria’s smallest towns. We follow this trail, first to Patchewollock, where it is hard to miss the 35m high “silo man”, local sheep and grain farmer Nick Hulland. We enjoy lunch at the Hopetoun Community Hotel Motel and take a look at the large and colourful wall mural in the centre of town depicting aspects of local history and the memorial fountain erected in 1929. Continuing south we arrive in Brim to view the magnificent work of Guido van Helten, depicting an anonymous multi-generational quartet of farmers. At Sheep Hills,we see a depiction of Wergaia and Wotjobaluk Elders alongside two young children. Our final silo visit is in Rupanyup featuring two local residents, both members of the local Rupanyup Football and Netball Club. After a very special day we arrive at our motel with time to freshen up before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Magdala Motor Lodge, STAWELL

HOMEWARD BOUND

 

On our final tour day, we make our way to Halls Gap, situated in the Grampians National Park. Apart from the stunning scenery the park is a natural oasis where plants and animals, which have become extinct in other areas, flourish. It is likened to a giant botanical garden, filled with one third of Victoria’s fauna. Here we visit the Halls Gap Zoo. The zoo is actively involved in breeding & conservation programs for wildlife such as Brush-Tailed Bettongs, Tasmanian Devils and Bilbys. We make a stop in Ararat for lunch before driving back to Melbourne to complete a fabulous tour looking around Victoria!

Mungo National Park & Silo Art Trail Tour 2 2019

Mungo National Park & Silo Art Trail Tour 2 2019

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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • 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.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 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.

 

 Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.

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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  • Any special passenger requirements must be notified to O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours upon booking.
  • 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.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour for any such reason. No refunds or transfers will be given on any unused portions of the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Items of a personal nature such as medical expenses, mini bar, beverages, laundry service, room service, internet usage, telephone calls, and any optional extras are not included in your tour price.
  • All passengers are required to co-operate with the seat rotation program determined by O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours tour directors.
  • O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours reserves the right to vary any accommodation, price or other features of the tour at any time at their own discretion.

Receipt of payment of funds will be taken as acceptance of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours conditions of travel for this tour. Prices include GST and all taxes.

 

 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.

Contact us on 1800 354 352 to arrange a quote for you.