- Luxurious return coach travel & five nights quality accommodation at the Parklands Resort or Winning Post Motel
- Hearty breakfasts & delicious evening meals in the Hotel’s Restaurant & lunches every day on the tour.
- Fascinating day tours and entry to all attractions as per itinerary below
Sunday, 17th March, 2024
Sunday, 15th September, 2024
TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY
Day One: Journey to Mudgee
Mudgee is located 270km north-west of Sydney Morning tea in the Blue Mountains & after lunch in Lithgow join the Castlereagh Highway through to Mudgee. A warm welcome awaits you at Parklands Resort in Mudgee. Surrounded by over 30 acres of land and with beautiful, manicured gardens & only 1.5 kilometres away from the centre of Mudgee, Parklands Resort is all about relaxation and luxury. The Resort offers a wide range of facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool, a spa & sauna & a tennis court. You are just a short stroll from the town centre in Mudgee. Your contact number during your stay at the Winning Post Motor Inn will be 02 6372 3333
Day Two: Explore Mudgee
This morning enjoy a coach tour of Mudgee followed by a visit to the Historical Museum. The township of Mudgee was first reached in 1821 by William Lawson & first settled in 1822 by George and Henry Cox & is the second oldest settlement west of the Great Dividing Range. Mudgee has many fine old stately buildings from last century which have been classified by the National Trust. With a population of around 12,000 it is a thriving rural centre serving a regional population of about 22,000. Enjoy lunch along with a wine tasting provided at Walter Wines Cellar Door, one of the region’s leading Vineyards. It is an idyllic location to relax and unwind as you sample the wines and enjoy lunch within the comfort of the Cellar Door environment. You will have the choice of purchasing wine by the glass or bottle, as well as beer, soft drinks and bottled water with lunch. This afternoon is a free choice: You can choose to stay on the coach & enjoy another Cellar door & taste some more fine Mudgee wine at the unique Peter Van Gent Wines where you will visit the authentic barrel hall where you can taste their wines as well as the famous, original Mudgee White Port. Or you have the option to return to the motel to relax & enjoy or the shoppers can have some time to explore the Mudgee town centre.
Day Three: Hill End
This morning travel to Hill End just 72 k’s south of Mudgee. In the late 1800’s, a tremendous wealth of gold was exposed in the area. In October 1872, the Star of Hope Gold Mining Co uncovered what was, at the time, the world’s largest specimen of reef gold. In the late 1800’s Hill End was one of the state’s largest inland towns with more than a kilometre of shops, five banks, two newspapers, a brewery, twenty-seven hotels and stamper batteries pounding 24 hours a day. The sprawling gangs of raucous miners are now nothing but a memory. Today Hill End is somewhat different to the settlement that existed in those earlier years. Today, on arrival, enjoy a morning tea before learning more of this history with a visit to the Heritage Centre and a guided town tour before lunch is also provided in Hill End.
Day Four: Mayfield Gardens
Another highlight of your tour is Mayfield Gardens near Oberon. Travel via Sofala to Bathurst with a morning tea break provided along the way. Mayfield is one of the largest privately-owned cool climate gardens in the world. It is set within a 5000-acre working farm near Oberon. It is truly amazing & you must see it to believe it. Your visit starts with the amazing Water Garden area which is a breath-taking garden set on the north-eastern edge of Mayfield Garden. Hewn blue-stone walls line the paths that wind through the Water Garden with the colours and textures of mass planted Hydrangeas, Rhododendrons, Azaleas and much more. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and a raincoat or umbrella in case the weather changes during your visit. Lunch will be provided at the Gardens Cafe to fit in with your visit today.
Day Five: Gooree Park Thoroughbred Horse Stud & Gulgong
This morning will include a stop at Mudgee Honey Haven with their great range of honeys available for tasting & purchase. You can also purchase morning tea here during your visit. Gooree Park Wines & Horse Stud is situated on one of Central Western NSW’s most beautiful properties just out of Mudgee, encompassing over 500 hectares of state-of-the-art vineyards, a Wagyu beef enterprise & the home of champion racehorses. Gooree Park is famous for its champion horses and thoroughbred racing. The home of notable stakes winners – Northern Meteor, Don Eduardo, Dreamscape, Snow land, Moti, Desert War, Shower of Roses, Tempest Morn, Bush Padre, Crowned Glory, Mr Murphy, Royal Courtship and Red Hannigan, Zutara and Someday Somehow. Enjoy a special tour of the Horse Stud this morning with one of the key property managers on board the coach. After the tour, a wine tasting at the Cellar door before a picnic lunch on the property. You can purchase wine by the glass with lunch. After lunch it is a short drive to Gulgong for a fascinating town tour & some free time to explore this historic village. The streets in Gulgong wind between quaint clapboard and iron buildings complete with verandas and iron lace & the bends in the streets reflect the lines of the original tent lines from the gold rush. Stop for a moment and you can almost imagine the hustle and bustle of the old gold mining town as it was in the late 1800’s. Around 130 buildings are listed with the National Trust. Enjoy a stroll down the main street. The stores are fascinating & so well preserved.
Day Six: Journey Home
Depart Mudgee this morning with a morning tea break along the way. Travel will be via Bells Line Road, subject to current road conditions as there has recently been a lot of work underway with traffic delays. Lunch is normally provided in Richmond. After lunch, your journey home continues & we hope you are taking with you many happy memories of your time in Mudgee. We look forward to you joining our other coach tours in the future & we would welcome your call for further information.