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

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.

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

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.

 

 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.