Your tour begins with a fruit adventure at Tropical Fruit World, then arrive and settle into Dorrigo for 3 nights and prepare for the exciting days ahead. Visit Trial Bay Goal to discover stories before continuing to Coffs Harbour to see the enchanting Butterfly House amidst lush tropical gardens and blooming flowers. Afterwards enjoy a guided tour of a local banana plantation. Explore the wonders of Dorrigo National Park with a rainforest walk and views from the Skywalk, followed by a guided tour of Dutton Trout Hatchery. Depart for Armidale for our 2 night stay, with a local taking us on a guided town tour. We end our tour with a visit to Bestbrook Mountain Farm Stay enroute back to Brisbane!
4 April 2024
4 Eco Experiences and 2 Culture & Heritage Experiences
Deposit of $400per person required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. Tour subject to fuel levy price increases for all transport operators. See T&Cs for details.
2 additional days (TOTAL 8 DAY TOUR)
• Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
• 2 additional nights room only (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Meriton Suites Brisbane
• Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Roma Street Station
Plus $999pp Twin Share
Plus $1230 Sole Use
**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**
We depart Brisbane aboard our luxury ‘Gold Class’ Coach, and travel responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset. We journey through the picturesque Tweed Valley and enjoy a refreshing stop at Tropical Fruit World for morning tea and an informative farm tractor tour. We then continue along the coast, pausing at New Italy for a delectable lunch. As we make our way past Coffs Harbour, our final destination, the beautiful and tranquil Lookout Mountain Retreat, beckons with its seven hectares of landscaped gardens and breathtaking mountain views.
Our day begins at the historic Mary Boulton Pioneer Cottage, where you’ll find yourself sipping on morning tea surrounded by the aura of yester years, you’ll be enthralled by a captivating collection of 20th-century antiques. Next, we head to South West Rocks to explore the haunting ruins of Trial Bay Gaol. Here, the past whispers through the wind-swept ruins, merging the tales of bygone eras with the breath taking coastal scenery. As you wander amidst the remnants of this historical prison, you’ll be transported to a time when convicts roamed these very grounds, their stories etched into the very stones beneath your feet. Next we venture to Taylors Arm, home to the quirky ‘Pub with no Beer’ for a nostalgic BBQ experience with warm hospitality. Finally, we visit the Honey Place in Urunga to savour honey and watch busy bees in action.
This morning our journey to Coffs Harbour takes us through winding mountain roads, offering picturesque rainforest vistas and a change in scenery as you descend from the Dorrigo Plateau to the coastal town of Coffs Harbour. Upon arrival, visit the Solitary Islands Aquarium for an interesting, guided tour with a marine biologist. Afterward, explore the Butterfly House which is located amidst lush tropical gardens and blooming flowers. Wander through the winding pathways, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colours as thousands of butterflies of various species gracefully dance in the air. From here we take a short trip to visit the iconic Big Banana and indulge in banana-themed treats before taking a guided Banana Plantation Tour to learn about the banana-growing process and discover how bananas are cultivated, harvested, and packed for distribution.
Today we explore majestic waterfalls and visit the Dorrigo National Park Rainforest Centre, enjoying a guided rainforest walk with a birdwatching opportunity. The renowned Skywalk at Dorrigo offers panoramic rainforest views. In the afternoon, we visit the Dutton Trout Hatchery on a serene 10-acre property along the Serpentine River, with a guided tour of the fish breeding procedures. Our journey ends with a scenic trip to Armidale, making the most of the beautiful landscape.
This morning we take a locally guided tour through Armidale’s picturesque streets. Guided by a knowledgeable local, we will traverse charming tree-lined avenues adorned with the mesmerising colours of Autumn –a breathtaking display of auburn and gold leaves. Following this delightful city tour, we venture to Saumarez House, an embodiment of rich history set amidst idyllic pastoral landscapes. The estate features an exquisite Edwardian homestead, gracefully nestled within the embrace of expansive English-style gardens. Enjoy a guided tour discovering the history and beauty of the property and garden. From here we make our way to Petersons Armidale Winery for lunch before returning to our accommodation mid-afternoon.
We hit the road and say farewell to Armidale and travel via Warwick to Bestbrook Mountain Farmstay for lunch, enjoying old fashioned hospitality and magnificent mountain views before returning to Brisbane late afternoon.
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