Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast - 5 Days

23rd December - 27th December, 2019

Spend your Christmas with us on the Victorian Surf Coast. 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  $2,395
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,370
Single supplement room  $290
​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.

Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Kennett River, Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, Barwon Heads, Christmas in Torquay, Hastings Ostrich Farm, Winchelsea, Barwon Park Mansion, Geelong Waterfront and Amazing Mill Markets.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

4 Nights in Torquay

Itinerary

HOME TO TORQUAY

 

With personal pickup from home, our journey this morning takes us to nearby Werribee Park Mansion, long regarded as Victoria's finest rural colonial homestead. On arrival we take a walk through the State Rose Garden featuring thousands of plants in the shape of a giant Tudor rose. We take a self-guided tour of this very majestic house, considered an Australian version of the English country house and garden and a symbol of Australia's pastoral elite in the colonial era. Next door to the Mansion is the Werribee Open Range Zoo. We enjoy lunch in the café before boarding our special safari coach to take a drive through the Zoo. We will be completely immersed in the sights, smells and sounds of the savannah as we travel across the Zoo’s open plains. The magnificent wildlife, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelopes will seem almost touchable. From here we continue on to Torquay, home for the next 4 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

 

Torquay is the undisputed surfing capital of Australia and home to two iconic surfing brands, Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Our sightseeing will include visiting Bells Beach which hosts the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Classic- held annually in April, attracting competitors from all over the world. We then head offto explore one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives. Built to honour the servicemen and women of World War One, the Great Ocean Road extends more than 300 kilometers along some of the best coastal scenery this country has to offer. We travel through the coastal town of Anglesea to Lorne, which was the first place to be declared an area of Special Significance and Natural Beauty by the Victorian Government. The approach to Lorne is spectacular. This popular Victorian seaside village, located on Loutitt Bay overlooks the Otway Hills. From Lorne we continue through Kennett River where we can spot wild Koalas, Kookaburras, Parrots and Lorikeets in the eucalyptus trees. After lunch in Apollo Bay we do an ‘about turn’ and keeping our seats, gently meander back along the Great Ocean Road, retracing our steps for a totally different perspective of the coast to that on the way down. We travel to Bellbrae for a special treat - the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie to taste their wares! Yum! We then drive up to the Princes Highway and make our way back to Torquay.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Merry Christmas! ! This morning we have some time to relax or attend local church services before taking a scenic drive along the coast. We drive to Barwon Heads via Thirteenth Beach, one of the many popular ocean beaches in the area. The bridge over the Barwon River and the various buildings on the water’s edge were part of the set for the ABC’s popular Sea Change program. Making our way back to our resort, we’ll have time to freshen up for before our delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings! The rest of the day is at leisure and this evening, for those of us still a little peckish, a light supper will be available.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

WINCHELSEA

 

This morning we head for Winchelsea which 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 town. We pay a visit to Hastings Ostrich Farm. Ostriches are majestic, flightless birds, weighing up to 180kg. Our tour guide will answer any questions we may have about these fascinating birds.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.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

TORQUAY TO HOME

 

This morning we are introduced to a local expert who will hop on board our coach for a more extensive tour of Geelong city, concluding at the city’s waterfront. Here, we’re going to be transported back in time to when a trip to the seaside was a big event! The Carousel on the waterfront was built in 1892 and operated on the Mordialloc pier until the 1950’s when it fell into disrepair. Now fully restored – each horse took over 300 hours to bring back to its former glory – the Carousel sits under a special glass canopy, once more bringing delight to a new generation. Lunch today is right on the water at the Geelong Boat House – just perfect. This afternoon we’re off to do a little picking and poking for a bargain at the Amazing Mill Markets.There are more than 60 stalls here offering a selection of vintage clothes, vintage furniture, collectables, antiques, memorabilia, home decor, fine china, art, glass, coins, jewellery, books and records, to name a few! From here we make our way back to Melbourne to complete a truly fabulous short break away!

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast 2019

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast 2019

Thank you for your enquiry. Your request will be processed and our friendly staff will be in contact with you on the next available business day.

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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.

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.

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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  • 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 45 days prior to departure.

 

 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.

 

 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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