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Grapes, Gems and Gold Safari 2024

Dates    26 April - 14 May 2024

Length 18 days

Cost     Couple $2620 Solo $2120

Highlights include:

  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Lightning Ridge - opal tour
  • Farm Stay
  • Iconic Hebel Pub
  • Winery stay
  • Goodooga Hot Springs
  • Cotton Farm and Winery Tour
  • Guided tour of Wellington Caves
  • Guided visit to Gorree park - winery and stud tour
  • Historic Hill End and History Hill


Day 1  Arrive at Hill End Glendora Campground where we will stay for two nights. Gather for the meet and greet happy hour around 4pm and enjoy a BBQ dinner (provided) and camp fire (if permitted).

Day 2 Explore the historic buildings and gold rush history. Enjoy a guided walk of the town. Time to explore and option to visit History Hill. Camp fire later in the day (if permitted).

Day 3 Travel to the historic town Gulgong, better known as the ten dollar town. Here we will stay at the tourist park. There will be plenty of time to look around at the incredible history in this town.

Day 4 We will be collected by coach and experience wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, followed by lunch at Gorree Park and more wine tasting and a tour of their thoroughbred horse stud.

Day 5 We will travel to Wellington, where we will stay for two nights

Day 6 Enjoy a Wellington caves tour (included) time to relax.

Day 7  Travel to Billy O’Bush Retreat (accommodation and itinerary TBC)

Day 8 Stay at Billy O’Bush Retreat (itinerary TBC)

Day 9 Travel to Carinda; the town made famous by David Bowie recording “Lets Dance” in the town. Here we will stay at the showgrounds. Why not enjoy a dinner at the pub in the afternoon (camp fire later in the day if permitted).

Day 10 Travel to Lightning Ridge and stay at Big 4 Opal Holiday Park for three nights, happy hour in the afternoon.

Day 11 Today we will be collected by bus for a full day Pubs in the Scrub tour which including morning tea, lunch, fossicking, seeing mining camps, and learning about the life of an opal miner. Visit Sheepyard & Community War Memorial and Museum at Lake Beard (all included).

Day 12 Enjoy a free day in Lightning Ridge, optional tours can be organised to see Chamber of Black Hand, Lighning Ridge town tour including underground mine (cost of these tours are extra)

Day 13 Travel to Hebel and stay at the iconic Hebel Pub, enjoying a dinner together at night (included, drinks not included). Enjoy a soak in the Goodooga Hot Springs on the way.

Day 14 Travel to St George where we will stay 2 nights. Stop at the Dirranbandi Bakery and the Thallon Silos, with the option to stop at Nindigully Pub on the way through.

Day 15  Enjoy a guided cotton farm and winery tour (including lunch and wine tasting).

Day 16 Travel to Ruberns Lagoon at Chinchilla, lovely spot to relax.

Day 17 Today we travel to Kingsley Grove Estate where we will stay one night and enjoy wine tasting, tasty pizza and wine icecream (all included)

Day 18 This will be our last day of travel as we head to Bundaberg enjoying our final farewell happy hour and dinner together (accommodation TBC)

Day 19 Today we farewell our new friends and go on our independent travels

Please note:

Distance travelled is approximately 1,550 kilometres

Maximum 20 vehicles

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