- Luxurious return coach travel & five nights accommodation at the North Parkes 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, 15th September, 2024
TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY
DAY ONE – JOURNEY TO PARKES & THE GOLDEN WEST
Join your air-conditioned luxury Coach at the designated departure point. You will travel through the beautiful Blue Mountains, making a morning tea stop along the way followed by lunch provided in Lithgow or Bathurst. After lunch continue onto Orange with a brief comfort stop in famous Cook Park. On your way to Parkes, you will travel through some of Australia’s most beautiful undulating sheep and wheat growing country. You will be welcomed by Leanne & Andrew at the North Parkes Motel before Happy Hour & dinner in the Motel’s Restaurant. Your contact number will be 02 6863 4333.
This morning travel south to the historical township of Forbes. Forbes is rich in the history of Australia’s growth and is the resting place of the notorious bushranger Ben Hall. Today includes a town tour & subject to the weather a visit to Eugowra just south of Forbes which has a number of painted Murals depicting aspects of the past in this historical village so the coach will drive past a few for you to see before a morning tea break. Visit Aruma Aussie Biscuits – one of the town’s best employers. Today a visit to the Gum Swamp Wetlands just south of Forbes will be included where you will see the giant Goanna Sculpture & the birdlife. Lunch will be provided at Forbes Golf Club before visiting McFeeter’s Motor Museum. An impressive facility purpose built for displaying a vast collection of meticulously restored motorcars. Cars range from veterans to custom cars, both rare & common vehicles. An extraordinary display.
DAY THREE– PARKES & THE DISH
Gain an insight into Parkes with a town tour this morning before a a break to get a coffee & then visit to the Henry Parkes Centre including the unique Elvis Museum & the Parkes Motor Museum. There is also an interesting DVD showing in Moat Cottage, which is a replica of Henry Parkes family home in Coventry. England. It is only a short drive north of Parkes to the world-renowned Parkes Radio Telescope & CSIRO Visitors Centre. The giant steel dish of the Parkes Radio Telescope is a landmark in the paddocks just north of Parkes and a landmark in the scientific history of Australia. The telescope was used in conjunction with the Apollo 11 Moon landings, Apollo 13 rescue, and explorations of Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, and Haley’s Comet. It is the world’s most powerful single dish radio telescope. Included in your visit is the marvellous audio-visual presentation, “The Invisible Universe” It details the great discoveries & work of the Parkes Observatory since it is inception & runs for 20 minutes in Theatre 1. Afterwards there will be time this afternoon to stop off in the Parkes main shopping street while others return to the Motel. The coach driver will organise a pickup time & location.
DAY FOUR – DUBBO, THE WESTERN PLAINS ZOO & THE ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR
Today visit the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. The Zoo is home to more than 800 animals from all over the world, many of them endangered species. Subject to availability a Zoo guide will board the coach this morning for an informative tour. The Zoo is also home too free-ranging native animals, including Kangaroos, Emus and Wallabies. Roads throughout the Zoo enable the coach to take you from one exhibit to another. Lunch will be provided. This afternoon visit the fascinating Dubbo Flying Doctor Visitors Centre. In 1927, a Presbyterian Pastor by the name of Reverend John Flynn founded The Flying Doctor. Flynn’s vision was to put a ‘mantle of safety’ around the people of Australia’s remote communities, after he witnessed their daily struggles first-hand. The inaugural flight took off on the morning of 17 May 1928. The Dubbo Visitor Experience is adjacent to the real working base. The Flying Doctor provides 24/7 aeromedical emergency retrieval & patient transfers. The doctors, nurses, engineers, and pilots work from Dubbo on five Beechcraft King airplane a day (four on weekends), with additional aircraft on location to support wider fleet operations. At the Centre experience the scale, the sights, and the moving human stories of Australia’s outback. Witness the commitment to service that is behind the ‘mantle of safety.’
DAY FIVE – COWRA & GRENFELL’S PAINTED SILOS
This morning travel to Cowra, via Canowindra. You will then travel to the Cowra Visitors Centre, where you will enjoy a stroll through its extensive rose garden, boasting over 1,000 roses. There are facilities where you can buy a coffee & a snack. The complex also houses a local art gallery, historical museum, and souvenir shop. Also, there is a brief hologram presentation in the little Theatre. The Coach group needs to split in two for the brief presentation. It is a short drive to the Japanese Gardens & Cultural Centre for lunch with time to explore the gardens. The gardens cover five hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens with meandering paths, revealing streams filled with fish, waterfalls, lakes, picturesque wooden bridges & so much more. On departure the coach will pause at the nearby WW2 Prison Camp site before departing Cowra. Return via Grenfell to Parkes with a stop at the stunning painted Silos in Grenfell.
DAY SIX – JOURNEY HOME
Today as you leave Parkes, we hope you take with you many happy memories of your time in the Golden West of NSW. A morning tea break along the way followed by lunch provided in Lithgow. Thank you for choosing this tour. We look forward to you joining our other coach tours in the future & we would welcome your call for further information.