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Bright Autumn Festival and Alpine High Country

Victoria

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Tour summary

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Awarded GOLD at the 2022 Australian Tourism Awards

The Bright Autumn Festival is a celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria’s Alpine High Country.

Departure location:
Melbourne Airport
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
8
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

2 May 2024

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Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
Tour experiences:

21 Meals Included 4 Eco Experiences 4 Cultural/Heritage & Indigenous Experiences

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Bright Autumn Festival and Alpine High Country

Tour pricing

Twin Share
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Gold
$
3990
pp
Sole Use
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Gold
$
4830
pp
Deposit:
$800pp
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
Select the GGP option to help reduce pressures on our natural environment and get a reduced price off your tour. Save $30pp Twin Share or $60 Sole Use
All prices are in AUD.

Additional information

POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

1 additional day (TOTAL 9 DAY TOUR)

• One way economy class flight ex Brisbane to Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide

• 1 additional night room only post-tour at Meriton Suites Brisbane

• One way Airtrain ticket ex Roma Street Station to Brisbane Domestic Terminal

Plus $520pp Twin Share

Plus $615 Sole Use

**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

Deposit of $800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

N.B. Tour subject to fuel levy price increases for all transport operators. See T&Cs for details.

Tour inclusions

  • One-way Carbon Neutral economy class flight to Melbourne ex Brisbane, Sydney or Adelaide
  • Travel Carbon Neutral on our 100% offset luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach
  • Fully escorted by experienced Fun Over 50 Holidays tour host and coach captain
  • 4 nights Albury
  • Glenrowan; High Country; Mount Beauty; Wallace’s Hut; Bogong High Plains; Falls
  • Creek; Sullivan’s Lookout
  • Beechworth Bakery; Red Stag Deer Farm
  • Bright’s Gala Day at the Autumn Festival
  • Holbrook; Gundagai; ‘Dog on the Tucker Box’
  • Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum
  • 1 night Burradoo
  • Broken Bay Pearl Farm Cruise
  • 1 night Newcastle
  • Port Macquarie
  • 1 night Coffs Harbour
  • Tour and tasting at Tropical Fruit World
  • 21 meals

Additional information

Deposit of $800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

N.B. Tour subject to fuel levy price increases for all transport operators. See T&Cs for details.

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels
Flight included
Flight included
Heritage
Heritage
Entertainment
Entertainment
Ferry
Ferry
Eco experience
Eco experience
Local guide
Local guide
Cruise
Cruise

Itinerary

Departs
Melbourne Airport
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Melbourne - Albury

Flight included
Flight included
Heritage
Heritage
Entertainment
Entertainment

Fly Carbon Neutral to Melbourne and meet your friendly tour host. Board our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travelling responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset. We then head out of Melbourne and break for a lovely lunch at Seymour. Our afternoon takes us to Glenrowan to witness the re-enactment of Ned Kelly’s final moments through the brilliance of live special effects and animatronic figures. From here we travel on to Albury.

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Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

2

High Country

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Eco experience
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GGP
Heritage
Heritage

Today, we embark on a journey through the awe-inspiring High Country, known for its breathtaking beauty. We start in Mount Beauty, surrounded by majestic peaks and lush valleys. Our route takes us through Bogong, a tranquil town with a timeless charm, and upwards into the Bogong High Plains. Here, we visit the historic Wallace’s Hut, the oldest standing hut in the area, offering a glimpse into the past. If we’re lucky, we may even catch sight of the elusive wild brumbies that roam these highlands. Afterwards, we enjoy a leisurely lunch at Falls Creek, then we make our way back pausing at Sullivan’s Lookout for a panoramic view of the High Country.

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Beechworth

Heritage
Heritage
Eco
Eco
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GGP
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Local guide

This morning, we venture to Beechworth, where a local guide will lead us on a town tour. Following our exploration, we indulge in morning tea at the renowned Beechworth Bakery. Our journey then takes us to the picturesque Red Stag Deer Farm for a gourmet lunch and a chance to interact with these majestic animals. We’ll feed, touch, and learn about them. Returning via Yackandandah, we savour scenic views before reaching our accommodation. This day offers a blend of history, culinary delights, and a unique wildlife encounter, leaving us with lasting memories of our High Country adventure.

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Day

4

Albury - Bright

Festival & Event
Festival & Event
Entertainment
Entertainment
GGP
GGP

Today takes us to Bright’s Gala Day at the Autumn Festival. The festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria’s Alpine High Country and today the main streets of Bright are closed off for all the fun of the festival. We’ll see brass and highland bands, street stalls, craft displays and the highlight Autumn Festival Parade. Mid-afternoon, we return to our hotel.

**Lunch is at your own expense today and festival program is subject to change.

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Southern Highlands

Heritage
Heritage
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Local guide

This morning we travel through the township of Holbrook, often referred to as the ‘Submarine Town’, before breaking at Gundagai at the ‘Dog on the Tucker Box’. We continue via Yass, arriving at Goulburn, taking time here for a guided tour of the Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum. Our afternoon takes us into the Southern Highlands where we check-in.

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Briars Country Lodge & Inn, Bowral
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Southern Highlands - Newcastle

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Boat
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Eco
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Local guide

Leaving the Southern Highlands we take a picturesque journey arriving to Mooney Mooney. We discover a hidden gem of New South Wales visiting the Broken Bay Pearl Farm where we take a scenic cruise on the Hawkesbury River to a pearl oyster lease. We learn about pearl farming before visiting the Shellar Door. We then board the coach and make our way to Newcastle.

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Newcastle - Coffs Harbour

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We depart Newcastle, taking a break at Bulahdelah then take the scenic route to Port Macquarie breaking here for lunch. We continue on through to Coffs Harbour where we check in for the night.

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Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour
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Coffs Harbour - Brisbane Coach Terminal

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This morning we journey to Tropical Fruit World, a 200-acre commercial fruit plantation. Enjoy lunch before taking a guided farm tour by tractor train. We then head for home, making our way back to the Brisbane Coach Terminal arriving in the afternoon.

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