Wine and Wildlife Safari


Discover the famous Blue Mountains National Park, home to some of the country’s natural attractions, charming villages, scenic walks and native birdlife.

Members from: $2,945 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $2,995 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Australia

  • Supplier

    National Seniors Exclusive

  • Booking Code

    ASCWWS

  • Departs

    20 November 2021



Discover the famous Blue Mountains National Park, home to some of the country’s natural attractions, charming villages, scenic walks and native birdlife. Descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Cableway and explore Jurassic rainforest via the longest boardwalk in Australia. Take a scenic drive to Mudgee for local food and wineries. Enjoy the picturesque drive to De Beaurepaire Winery for an extensive wine tasting, visit Rylstone village then drive to Wollemi National Park, known for its flora, fauna and Aboriginal rock art sites. Stop in Dubbo to experience a slice of Africa with a visit of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo and a stay at the stunning Zoofari Lodge. Final stops include Orange and the beautiful Heritage listed town of Millthorpe.

Itinerary


Day 1: Saturday, Sydney to Blue Mountains (L)

8.30am: Join your vehicle at Central Sydney pickup location and commence our drive to the world-famous Blue Mountains National Park. Home to some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions and charming country villages, the Blue Mountains feature sensational views over the deep valley troughs, formed over millions of years. Arrive at Wentworth Falls where we head off for a magnificent walk that will transport you to another world. Approximately 3km, this is a moderately challenging Nature track and the spectacular views, swamps, lush ferns and tranquil pools make it ideal for photography. On completion of our walk, we arrive at the Conservation Hut where we enjoy a hearty lunch with one non-alcoholic beverage per person. From here, we call into the picturesque village of Leura where you have time at leisure to explore this boutique village before we arrive at our accommodation, Parklands Country Gardens for the next 2 nights. Time to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Dinner this evening is at own expense. Reservations will be made at a local restaurant and your vehicle/guide will provide dinner transfers.

Accommodation: Parklands Country Gardens – Loft Rooms x 2 nights

Day 2: Sunday, Blue Mountains (B)

Enjoy breakfast at the resort before we spend the day exploring the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Our first stop of the day is at the iconic Scenic World, renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains adventure – from native birdlife and fresh air, to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and Jamison Valley. Journey on the world’s steepest incline railway, glide between clifftops on the glass-floored Skyway suspended 270 metres in the air, descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Cableway, explore Jurassic rainforest along the 2.4 kilometres walkway – the longest boardwalk in Australia.

From here our day will focus on visiting a range of remote lookouts with stunning views over the blue hued valley, enjoy short scenic walks and look for native birdlife. Your experience guide will discuss the history of the Blue Mountains and it’s flora and fauna. Lunch will be at a local café today at own expense. We return mid-afternoon for some time at leisure. Early evening we travel to Cahill’s Lookout, a fantastic place to watch sunset with views across the Megalong Valley, glimpses through to the Jamison Valley, and a view of the Narrow Neck Plateau that separates the two… and the way golden hour lights up Narrow Neck is simply the best. We will enjoy sunset drinks and some light nibbles before arriving at a local restaurant in Leura for a casual dinner. Dinner this evening is at own expense.

Day 3: Monday, Blue Mountains – Mudgee (BL)

After breakfast we depart and enjoy the scenic drive to the Tomah Botanical Gardens. Sitting at 850 metres above sea level, they are the most elevated gardens in Australia and are a showcase of local and imported cool climate plants and alpine rainforest. The 28 hectares of curated garden and a further 244 hectares of wilderness sits inside the UNESCO World Heritage Area. Here we will have an expertly curated walk through the gardens and interpretation centre and enjoy morning tea refreshments. Continuing on, it’s a scenic 2.15 hour drive to our destination for the next 2 nights Mudgee. On arrival into the region, we will enjoy lunch of local produce platters at a local winery and visit a selection of the local wineries before checking in to our accommodation. Dinner reservations will be made at a local restaurant and is at own expense.

Day 4: Tuesday, Mudgee (BL)

There is a reason that Mudgee has become one of the most visited Wine Regions in NSW. It is one of the country’s greatest wine towns, where wineries set on rolling hills serve award-winning drops and epicurean fare. Today is all about enjoying the delights of the region. You will take a sensory excursion and gain insights into wine making, meet passionate winemakers and enjoy a memorable experience.

This morning we will visit 2 boutique wineries and enjoy a seated tastings experience with a dedicated team member taking you through the range of wines produced. We will then travel to our third winery, Guneemooroo Wines (a meeting place for wild ducks) where we are met by our hosts for your exclusive Lunch with the Winemaker experience.

Owners Sandy and Mark have a strong sense of place nestled in 100 acres of rolling hills in the beautiful Grattai Valley 650 metres above Mudgee. Warm days and cool nights offer near perfect growing and fruiting conditions for our vineyard and our grove of 3500 Italian and Spanish olive trees. Let Mark take you for a walk in the vineyard before enjoying a seated wine tasting paired with lunch prepared by a local caterer. The focus for our lunch menu is very much on sourcing home grown produce from their vineyard as well as supporting other local operators and their produce. Menu would be seasonal and feature seasonal highlights.

Our final stop of the day is at the Mudgee Honey Haven for time to enjoy a sampling of the “Honey Mead” and explore the range of local products available for purchase. Should you also wish, we can stop in at the High Valley Cheese Shop for tastings and purchases!

Return to your accommodation with time to relax and explore town at your leisure. Dinner reservations will be made at a local restaurant and is at own expense.

Day 5: Wednesday, Mudgee – Western Plains Zoo (BLD)

Depart Mudgee to enjoy a scenic country drive as we make our way to our overnight destination the Western Plains Zoo. Enroute, we have a short visit to the pioneer town of Gulgong where you can step back in time and potter around the original and narrow bent streets with high footpaths in the historic town. Gulgong was founded in the gold rush era when an estimated 20,000 people flocked to the area.

From here, it’s a pretty 1.5 hour drive via country roads to arrive into Dubbo in time for a casual lunch at a local café before a visit to the Old Dubbo Gaol. A Self Guided tour allows you to gain an in-depth insight into the penal system of the 1800s. Explore the restored gaol grounds, new displays and experience the harshness of prison life as you travel back in time. Meet, hear and see the Condemned Man, the Ghost of the Gaol and view original and rare Gaol artefacts.

Mid-afternoon we arrive at our overnight destination, the Western Plains Zoo. Here you will experience a slice of Africa without leaving Australia! The Zoofari Lodge is positioned right beside a stunning savannah, home to giraffes, rhinos, zebra and antelope and offers an unrivalled in-zoo safari experience with accommodation in unique lodges. This wild escape is inclusive of meals, accommodation, exclusive tours, zoo entry and bike hire. On arrival time to relax and enjoy the views from your luxury tents. This evening includes dinner and Wine Tasting at the Lodge Dining Room (Beverages with dinner are NOT included and at your own cost) followed by an evening Spotlight Tour with a Zoo Ranger.

Accommodation: Western Plains Zoo, Zoofari – Animal View Lodge x 1 night

Day 6: Thursday, Western Plains Zoo – Orange (B)

Set your alarm or just rely on the Zoo’s wildlife alarm to wake you in the morning! We will set off early for a guide morning Tour at the Zoo, followed by breakfast. Checking out of the lodge, we will spend majority of the day exploring the Zoo and its range of exhibits. The Zoo is home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals including giraffes, rhinos, elephants and big cats. Daily keeper activities (included in zoo entry) deliver magical experiences you will never forget. You will have time also to purchase lunch at leisure at the Zoo’s Café.

Mid-afternoon, we depart from the Zoo and commence our drive to Orange, our final overnight destination. On arrival, check into our accommodation. Dinner tonight is at own expense and a reservation will be made at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Byng St Boutique Hotel Guest Rooms x 1 night

Day 7: Friday, Orange – Sydney (B)

Departing this morning, our first stop of the day is at Swinging Bridge Wines, where heritage is honoured, and innovation and the quest for excellence are paramount. This committed, family-owned estate is at the forefront of the new guard of premium, cool-climate winemaking, producing a range of elegant, handcrafted wines that not only reflect their unique provenance, but winemaker Tom Ward’s passion for his home region and his craft.

From here it’s a short drive to the historic heritage listed village of Millthorpe where you have time to explore at leisure.. you may wish to browse in the enticing shops, or enjoy a wine tasting at a cellar door. Lunch reservations are made at the quaint Old Mill Café where you can purchase a casual lunch at your own expense.

1.30pm: Depart from Milthorpe and commence the journey back to Sydney to arrive approximately 5:30–6:00pm.


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