This Australian folk festival is based upon the magnificent spectacle of the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees which grow in Grafton’s broad tree lined avenues.
27 October 2023
12 Meals Included 1 Eco Experience 3 Cultural & Heritage Experiences
Deposit of $400pp 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.
PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
2 additional days (TOTAL 7 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 $899pp Twin Share
Plus $1110 Sole Use
**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**
We depart Roma Street Brisbane on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach, and travel responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset. Heading south through the green Tweed Valley breaking at Kingscliff for morning tea, we continue on, arriving at the pretty seaside town of Yamba where we enjoy lunch before taking a scenic drive tour, breaking for photo opportunity at the historic lighthouse. From here we take a short drive to Grafton where we settle into our accommodation.
This morning we collect a local guide for an informative town tour. Grafton at this time of year is a canopy of colour with over 5000 Jacaranda trees in full bloom. Today is your own to enjoy array of events that Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival has to offer. The longest running floral festival in Australia, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, is held under canopies of purple blossoms. Local arts, crafts and sporting groups showcase their work. The festival culminates with a float parade of enormous proportions on Saturday afternoon followed by a sunset concert on the Riverbank. Our day ends with the spectacular Grand Float Parade that travels down Prince Street.
**Please note: Lunch is at own expense today at the festival. Festival program is guide only and is subject to change at the discretion of the committee.
Departing Grafton, we travel through the rural town of Casino, then climb through the open grasslands toward the New England Plateau stopping for lunch at Tenterfield Golf Club. From here we discover Tenterfield’s fascinating history taking a drive tour past the Tenterfield Saddler and famous Cork Tree. Next, we take a guided tour at the Centenary Cottage Museum. Built as a private residence in 1871, the Cottage now houses a large collection of memorabilia and historical material relating to Tenterfield and its surrounding district, with the Cottage being the nucleus of the complex. Our day continues north along the New England Highway through the border town of Wallangarra, finishing our day checking into our accommodation at Stanthorpe.
We start our day with a wee bit of Christmas spirit, with a visit to the Granite Belt Christmas Farm. Step through the doors and capture the magic of Christmas in the Mistletoe Boutique Christmas Store. Taste, indulge and enjoy an extensive range of Belgian Chocolates which are all made onsite. Explore and feed Santa’s animals, including Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and see the farm of 11,000 real Christmas trees. Next we visit Kent Saddlery for a behind the scenes guided tour to see the workings and insight of the handcrafted leather workshop, talk with saddlers and hear the history of Saddlery. We enjoy lunch at O’Mara’s Hotel, built in 1910 on the site of the original single story hotel. The hotel still has the olde world charm that made O’Mara’s a big part of Stanthorpe life. There is even a resident ghost that still makes an appearance now and again. Next we are off to Ashbern Farms Strawberry Fields to purchase freshly picked delights before taking a tour and wine tasting session at Ballandean Vineyard Estate, well known for its vintage red wines. Hear about the history of Ballandean Estate along with a talk about vinification, the production of wine, starting with the selection of the fruit, its fermentation into alcohol, and the bottling of the finished liquid. By then it should be wine o’clock, so we get to sample a few tasty drops.
**Please note: Berry stock is subject to weather conditions.
Dinner tonight dress theme is FLORAL for our finale dinner together.
We farewell our lovely hosts at Stanthorpe and travel via Warwick to Bestbrook Mountain Resort for morning tea and time to browse the farmyard. You will enjoy the oldfashioned hospitality and magnificent mountain views. Wander around the property, check out the collection of old machinery and all the treasures from yesteryear hidden throughout the Coachhouse. Back on the road we take a scenic country drive via Boonah to Tamborine where we enjoy a long lunch and opera performance at Albert River Wines. A grand finale to end this festival event tour.
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