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National Cherry Festival with Christmas Lights Spectacular

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

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Tour summary

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Awarded GOLD at the 2022 Australian Tourism Awards

The National Cherry Festival is on the first weekend of December, traditionally at the height of the cherry picking season. This iconic regional produce event showcases the famous Cherry which has been part of the landscape around Young for over 150 years. Travel in style on our Luxury 'Gold Class' coach, discover the town and its harvest, delicious fruit, wine, food and festival! Will the longest Pip Spit record be broken again this year? Who will be the 2024 Cherry Pie Eating Champion? Come with Fun Over Fifty and visit this lovely rural community and have FUN! Following the festival we make our way to the Hunter Valley for the famous Hunter Valley Christmas Lights Spectacular!

Departure location:
Brisbane
Return location:
Brisbane
Tour duration:
8
days
Physical rating:
1 - Easy
Departure dates:

27 November 2024

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Coach classes:
Gold
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Tour accreditations:
Tour experiences:

21 Meals Included 1 Eco Experiences 3 Cultural & Heritage Experiences

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National Cherry Festival with Christmas Lights Spectacular

Tour pricing

Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
3455
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Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
4290
pp
Deposit:
$600pp
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD.

Additional information

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

2 additional days (TOTAL 10 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**

Tour inclusions

  • Travel Carbon Neutral on our 100% offset luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach
  • Fully escorted by experienced Fun Over 50 Holidays tour host and coach captain
  • Toowoomba
  • Goondiwindi tour
  • 1 night Goondiwindi
  • Moree
  • 1 night Dubbo
  • Savannah Safari tour at Taronga
  • Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
  • 2 nights Cowra
  • Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre
  • Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory
  • National Cherry Festival at Young with markets, competitions and street parade
  • Bathurst; Mt Panorama Circuit
  • Visit Blue Mountains
  • 2 Nights Hunter Valley
  • Guided tour of Tocal Homestead
  • Lunch in Maitland; Guided town tour
  • Hunter Valley Gardens and Christmas Lights Spectacular with dinner
  • 1 night Port Macquarie

Additional information

Physical rating

1 - Easy
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

1 - Easy
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
Eco experience
Eco experience
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Walking component
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Local guide
Heritage
Heritage
Festival & Event
Festival & Event
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Entertainment
Entertainment

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane
Returns
Brisbane

Day

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Goondiwindi

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Heritage
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Local guide

Departing from Brisbane Coach Terminal, we board our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travelling responsibly knowing all coach emissions are 100% offset, and travel through the Lockyer Valley, arriving at Picnic Point Toowoomba for a cuppa. Our afternoon takes us to Goondiwindi in time for lunch. This afternoon we join Goondiwindi Cotton to take us behind the scenes for a guided tour of the town and visit to Goondiwindi Cotton’s working cotton farm - ‘Alcheringa’. Along the way, take in the Gunsynd Memorial, Custom’s House Museum and finish the tour at the fashion house.

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Dubbo

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This morning we venture through country townships of Moree and Narrabri. We stop for a cuppa before continuing to Coonabarabran in time for

lunch. Our afternoon takes us to Dubbo, where we bed down for the night.

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Cowra

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First up, while it’s cooler, spend the morning at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and experience a guided wildlife zoofari. The zoo is an open-range design, with walls and fences replaced by concealed moats which divide the animals from the visitors. This creates the impression of actually being with the animals in the wild. Following lunch at the zoo, we are back on the road making our way to Cowra.

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Cowra

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Today we make our way to the Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre to explore the gardens before heading to Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory for a visit. The afternoon takes us to the fabulous Cherry Festival for quirky and colourful festivities including farmers markets, car show, busking competitions and dog trials.

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Hunter Valley

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We begin our day heading to Bathurst, where we take our coach on a spin of the Mt Panorama Circuit (events depending). We embark on a journey to the tranquil Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, where we break for lunch before heading to the picturesque Hunter Valley for our stay.

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Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley
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Hunter Valley

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Heritage
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Food & Wine experience

This morning we visit Tocal Homestead for a guided tour of this beautiful heritage site. Hear stories of the characters and activities at Tocal over the past 200 years. See the famous barn the colonial architect designed, hear about a lad who went on to become Captain Thunderbolt, and learn about a wealthy businessman’s vision to change the lives of destitute children. Our afternoon is spent in Maitland where we break for lunch, before joining a guided town tour. This afternoon we induldge in a wine and cheesemaking experience at Hunter Belle Cheese Room in Pokolbin, immersing ourselves in the flavours of the region before we return to the gardens for the annual Christmas Lights Spectacular, when the gardens are transformed with over 2 million lights on display. Our evening includes a sumptuous Christmas dinner on the Garden Terrace.

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Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley
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Port Macquarie

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Today our journey leads to Mortels Sheepskin Factory where we explore the museum, the birthplace of the beloved boot. We enjoy a photo opportunity in front of the iconic Big Ugg before we travel towards Tea Gardens, where we break for lunch. Our afternoon ventures to Port Macquarie, promising an evening of coastal delights and relaxation.

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Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges
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Brisbane

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Heading for home today, we travel through picturesque Coffs Harbour stopping off for a cuppa. Then we continue our return to the Brisbane Coach Terminal.

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