Hunter Valley Christmas Lights Spectacular Tour 2

Hunter Valley Christmas Lights - Tour 2 - 8 Days

25th November – 2nd December, 2019

Enjoy the magical experience of the Christmas Lights Spectacular lighting up the Hunter Valley Gardens.

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,920
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,895
Single supplement room  $510
​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)

Wagga Wagga, The Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley Cheese Company, McGuigans Wines, Harrigans Irish Pub, Christmas Lights Spectacular, Dungog, Hillview Herb Farm - Gloucester, Guided tour of Maitland, Morpeth, Sydney, ‘Sea Cliff’ Bridge, Kiama Blowhole, Berry, Batemans Bay, Mogo Zoo and Eden. 

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAY

3 nights in Maitland

 

CRUISE
Magistic Dinner Cruise, Sydney Harbour


Itinerary

MELBOURNE TO WAGGA WAGGA

 

Welcome to our holiday which will feature the fabulous Hunter Valley Christmas Lights. With personal pick-up from home, we travel over the Great Divide for a lunch stop at Wangaratta. We continue past Albury then make our way up to Wagga Wagga for our first night.

OVERNIGHT: International Hotel, WAGGA WAGGA

WAGGA WAGGA TO MAITLAND


Following a cooked breakfast, we re-join the Hume Highway and continue north, stopping for lunch in Peakhurst. We’ll be returning to Sydney later in our tour, so this afternoon, we travel around the outskirts of the city passing the Central Coast on our way to Maitland. On arrival, we check into our accommodation. We’re here for three nights, so unpack and settle in.

 

OVERNIGHT: Old Maitland Inn, MAITLAND

THE HUNTER VALLEY

 

We take a leisurely drive into the Hunter Valley where we visit Hunter Valley Gardens - over 60 acres of spectacular international display gardens, nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. We’ll take a tractor train ride through the gardens to orientate ourselves. Step back in time with all our favourite fairytale characters in the Storybook Garden. Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Garden. Explore the Indian Mosaic Garden, the Oriental Garden, the Italian Grotto and marvel at the use of water features in the Sunken Garden and the Lakes Walk. We’ll have plenty of time to wander and our lunch will be served in the Garden Terrace Restaurant. Mid-afternoon we head to the Hunter Valley Village Shops to stop and browse - some may choose to visit Hunter Valley Cookies, the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company or the British Lolly Shop. We then visit the Hunter Valley Cheese Company to sample some of their delicious cheeses and of course, no visit to the Hunter Valley would be complete without a wine tasting, so we also visit McGuigans Wines to taste their offerings. We enjoy dinner at Harrigans Irish Pub before making our way back to the gardens for the magical Christmas Lights Spectacular. With over 1.5 million Christmas lights on show, there are enough lights to cover a football oval and 19kms of string lighting! The lights spectacular is bound to capture the spirit of Christmas and create lasting memories for all. 

 

OVERNIGHT: Old Maitland Inn, MAITLAND

THE BARRINGTON REGION

 

We “head for the hills” today making our way through Paterson up to the lovely village of Dungog then on through Stratford to Gloucester.  This drive takes us through one of the loveliest and most magnificent alpine regions in Australia. Gloucester is reminiscent of Gloucestershire in England and the adjoining towns all remind one of English Counties; for example Stratford on Avon (the Avon River runs through Stratford), Stroud and Craven to name a few. At Hillview Herb Farm we are given a brief talk on growing herbs and how to use them, followed by lunch. We then have a little time to wander through the garden and look at products to perhaps purchase. We then meander back to Maitland.

 

OVERNIGHT: Old Maitland Inn, MAITLAND

MAITLAND TO SYDNEY

 

We farewell our hosts this morning, but before leaving, we have a look at Maitland, a heritage centre of NSW, dating back nearly 200 years and the third largest provincial city in NSW. Situated on the banks of the Hunter River in the heart of the picturesque Hunter Valley, the City of Maitland is older than Melbourne and only 16 years younger than Sydney! Many of Maitland’s restored and heritage protected buildings date as far back as the 1820’s and serve as monuments to the pioneering days. After our tour, we make our way to the charming village of Morpeth which is under a heritage order. It was once an important river port in the 19th century. We enjoy morning tea at Campbells Store and can taste some locally produced Fudge, Ginger Beer and Honey. A local expert will then take us on a tour of this historic town. Sydney is our destination today and on arrival we check into our hotel with time to freshen up for our evening out. Tonight we join the Magistic Dinner Cruise - the views are stunning as we dine and dance whilst cruising Sydney’s beautiful harbour.

 

Lunch at own arrangements and expense

OVERNIGHT: Parkroyal Darling Harbour, SYDNEY

SYDNEY TO BATEMANS BAY

 

Today we travel south to join the Coastal Road towards Wollongong and the most popular coastal tourist drive is along the 665 metre 'Sea Cliff' Bridge. The bridge itself has become a major attraction because it has been built at the exact point at which the Illawarra Escarpment plunges into the South Pacific Ocean, delivering an amazing driving experience. We continue through Wollongong to Kiama where we take our lunch break. We’ll visit the famous Blowhole – some of us may like to walk off our lunch while others can watch the water spout. Our next stop isn’t far – the charming village of Berry, where we’ll have some time to wander down the main street which has some interesting shops and galleries. The last leg of today’s journey sees us arriving in Batemans Bay later this afternoon.

 

Lunch at own arrangements and expense

OVERNIGHT: Best Western Sunseeker Motor Inn, BATEMANS BAY

BATEMANS BAY TO EDEN

 

A local expert joins us today to show us the sights and tell us about the history of Batemans Bay. We then travel the short distance to the privately owned Mogo Zoo. Here there are lions, tigers, jaguars, a variety of monkeys, red pandas, small clawed otters to mention just some of the animals we will meet today. We have plenty of time to explore the zoo before lunch. This afternoon we drive to our destination, Eden, for our final night on tour.

 

OVERNIGHT: Coachman's Rest Motor Inn, EDEN

HOMEWARD BOUND

 

Unfortunately, our tour is coming to an end as we make our way into Victoria. We stop for our morning break and of course, a hot lunch before arriving back in Melbourne. As usual, we will be dropped at our doorsteps to complete a wonderful holiday full of fantastic memories!

Hunter Valley Christmas Lights Spectacular Tour 2 2019

Hunter Valley Christmas Lights Spectacular Tour 2 2019

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

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50% Refund of Tour Cost.

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10% Refund of Tour Cost.

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