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Country NSW Tour

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NSW ROAD TRIPS

COUNTRY NSW TOUR

 

 

Highlights

Day 1 – South Coast and Southern Highlands

Day 2 – Bowral, Berrima, Wine Tasting

Day 3 – Blue Mountains, Norman Lindsay Gallery, Three Sisters

Day 4 – Blue Mountains, Scenic World Rides, Govetts Leap

Day 5 – Jenolan Caves, Bathurst, Mt Panorama

Day 6 – Cowra POW Camp, Silo Art, Forbes Car Museum, Parkes Dish

Day 7 – Dubbo Zoo, Flying Doctors, Old Dubbo Gaol

Day 8 – Gulgong, Mudgee, Silo Art

Day 9 – Hunter Valley Wine Tasting

Day 10 – Newcastle, Nobby’s Beach, Anzac Memorial Walk

Day 11- Hawkesbury River Cruise

country NSW tour map of itinerary

COUNTRY NSW TOUR – 11 DAY TOUR

Country New South Wales is just waiting to be explored. Take a tour of discovery and see what goes on west of the Great Divide. Spectacular scenery, wide open skies,  spell-binding history and, of course, legendary country NSW charm.

South Coast

You will begin your 11 day adventure by heading south along the Grand Pacific Drive to the coastal villages of Kiama and Berry. Travel inland to the renowned Southern Highlands and stroll the townships of Berrima and Bowral. Olde Worlde charm, antique stores, historic pubs and gourmet eateries will delight your senses.

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains provides us with our fill of waterfalls, deep sandstone gorges and lush temperate rainforest. Embrace your inner rev-head as we tear around Mount Panorama (at a sedate 60kph in your luxury coach), home to the legendary Bathurst 500, before we delve into WWII history at the Cowra Japanese POW internment camp.

The Dish

View incredible, thought-provoking murals clinging onto the sides of 30-metre high grain silos. Visit the historic township of Forbes and pass through former bushranger country. The Parkes Dish was Australia’s legacy to the 1969 moon landing and is still exploring our galaxy to this day.

Dubbo

At Dubbo we visit the Western Plains Zoo, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Old Dubbo Gaol. Mudgee and the Hunter Valley are home to some of Australia’s greatest wineries. Take in the ambience and enjoy some delicious local wines as you watch the sun disappear over the vineyards.

Newcastle

Once known as the City of Steel, Newcastle’s tragic earthquake in 1988 saw the city reinvent itself and now boasts the spectacular sea view ANZAC Memorial Walk, world class bars and restaurants and a general laid back vibe.

We finish our country adventure by taking the Postman Pat River Cruise along the Hawkesbury River, visiting waterside villages where the only access to civilisation is via the daily mail delivery.

Itinerary and What to Expect

DAY 1    SYDNEY – BOWRAL

This morning you leave Sydney behind and head south down the Grand Pacific Drive. Travel over the Sea Cliff Bridge on your way to the delightful seaside township of Kiama. The natural blowhole regularly shoots high-pressure sea flumes into the air. Lunch at the boutique town of Berry, with time to explore this charming country town. Heading inland, you will stop at Kangaroo Valley, reputed to be the most beautiful valley in NSW. Passing over the Great Dividing Range you enter a different world. Stroll the short path to see the beautiful Fitzroy Falls. Arrive in the afternoon at Bowral, the beating heart of the tranquil Southern Highlands.

 

DAY 2     BOWRAL

Visit one of the many gardens for which the highlands are famous. Discover the best-preserved Georgian village in mainland Australia, Berrima. Many of the buildings are made of sandstone blocks carved out by convicts, including the Surveyor General Inn, the oldest continuously licensed hotel in Australia. You will enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the vineyards and sample some of the cool climate wines of the region. The afternoon is free to explore Bowral at your leisure. This lively town has a number of antique shops and cafes to browse. For the cricket aficionados, it is also home to the Don Bradman Museum.

 

DAY 3     BOWRAL – BLUE MOUNTAINS

The World Heritage Blue Mountains is our destination today. Get your cameras ready for the incredible views at the iconic Three Sisters at Echo Point. Stop in at the Norman Lindsay Gallery, former home of Australian artist and author of the children’s book, “The Magic Pudding”. Wander the gardens at Leura Everglades, take a brisk walk to see Wentworth Falls then peruse the boutique shops at the mountain village of Leura.

 

DAY 4     BLUE MOUNTAINS

This morning we visit Scenic World, renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains adventure. You can journey on the world’s steepest incline railway at 52 degrees, glide between the clifftops on the glass-floored Scenic Skyway suspended 270 metres in the air, then ride deep down into the ancient Jamison Valley via the Cableway. From native birdlife and fresh air to breathtaking views, Scenic World will inspire the child in us all. After lunch, visit the some of the best lookout points in the mountains and hear the story of how Govett’s Leap got its somewhat macabre name.

 

DAY 5     BLUE MOUNTAINS – BATHURST

We take an early start after breakfast to visit Jenolan Caves, the largest and most famous cave system in Australia. Your visit includes a Caves Tour, where you will experience crystal formations, fossils and an underground river. Bathurst is home to one of the most famous car races in the World, the Bathurst 1000. You will take a breathtaking spin around the track in your luxury coach at a leisurely 60km/h. This winding mountain race course is a public road, when not hosting the V8’s. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.

 

DAY 6     BATHURST – DUBBO

The Great Western Plains stretches far ahead of us, with vast expanses, breathtaking views and gorgeous sunsets. Your journey today includes a stop at the Cowra POW camp, renowned for Australia’s wartime mass prison breakout, spectacular Silo Art and Forbes’ historic car museum. Visit the colossal Parkes Radio Telescope Dish and learn how Australia’s expertise was integral to the 1969 broadcast of the Moon Landing.

 

DAY 7     DUBBO

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals from more than 350 species, including a rare king cheetah who bore six cubs in 2018. This incredible Zoo comes complete with Lion Pride Lands, a herd of Asian elephants, giraffes with their calves plus a mob of meerkats, all housed in a huge open sanctuary. In the afternoon, we learn about the history of the area at the Dubbo Gaol and the life-saving Royal Flying Doctor Service.

 

DAY 8     DUBBO – HUNTER VALLEY

Leaving the Dubbo plains behind you visit the historic gold rush town of Gulgong, as well as the jewel of the Central West, Mudgee. History, food and wine all come together in this gorgeous wee town. Taste some ancient Honey Mead, and explore this elegant country town with its beautifully restored historic buildings which line the wide streets, many dating back to the 1850’s. The Silo Art trail follows, with stops at two of these enormous public artworks as we make our way to Australia’s oldest wine producing region, the Hunter Valley.

 

DAY 9     HUNTER VALLEY

A relaxing start to the morning today, just sit back and soak in the views and atmosphere. We visit a couple of local favourite delicacies, the Chocolate Company and the Smelly Cheese Shop, before enjoying some wine tasting at a local winery, followed by a sumptuous lunch at a nearby vineyard. After lunch, you can relax at the resort, get physical and hire a bike, sample a few more wines, or take a stroll around the rolling green hills of the Hunter Valley. Take a break; you deserve it!

 

DAY 10    HUNTER VALLEY – NEWCASTLE

We head on back to the east coast today to visit Nobbys Beach, with an optional 20 minute round trip walk out to the Lighthouse, before arriving at the WWII-built Fort Scratchley, just in time for the 1pm gunfire. We take a drive along the foreshore and visit the Obelisk, the incredible Ocean Baths, before taking a reflective stroll along the Anzac Memorial Walk with magnificent Tasman Sea views. On a clear day, you can almost see New Zealand…

 

DAY 11     NEWCASTLE – SYDNEY

The Hawkesbury River is our penultimate destination today, where we join our cruise boat to deliver the post to the riverside locals. Surrounded by steep, forested slopes, the serene bays and inlets along the Hawkesbury River provided an enclave for the early pioneers in the 1800’s. The region is dotted with sandstone ruins, historic cottages and convict trails, including the World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road, built by convicts between 1826 and 1836. We then return to the Big Smoke in the afternoon, your NSW road trip at an end.

What's Included

Meals
10 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
7 Dinners

Accommodation
10 nights at 4 Star Hotels
Double/Twin Share
Single Supplement Available

Activities
Southern Highland Gardens
Wine Tasting
Norman Lindsay Gallery
Leura Everglades Gardens
Scenic World
Rhododendron Gardens
Jenolan Caves
Forbes Car Museum
Royal Flying Doctors Dubbo
Dubbo Gaol Guided Tour
Dubbo Zoo
Hawkesbury River Cruise

Meeting Point

We will pick everybody up from the bus stop at 32 Regent St, Chippendale, (about a 5 minute walk from Central Station) at 0900 on the Monday morning.

Country NSW tour pickup point

Other Information

Do you cater for solo travellers?

Yes, indeed! We will accept Han Solo, Solomon Islanders, Solo Mio, Napoleon Solo, Guitar or Piano solos as well as King Solomon, but definitely no Kylo Rens! Or Wookies! Our standard policy is that all solo travellers must pay the single supplement.

 

What happens if I make a booking and then can’t travel due to COVID?

If we are unable to operate due to unexpected Government/Health-imposed COVID travel restrictions, our cancellation penalties will be waived and full refunds will be provided, on the proviso that all suppliers of Runaway Tours also waive all of their cancellation fees.  Any cancellation fees charged by suppliers on the itinerary, which are outside of the control of Runaway Tours, will be withheld from any refunds due to the client. We also encourage our guests to take out their own personal travel insurance

 

What COVID safety measures are you taking for our trip?

We do require that all passengers are double vaccinated to ensure the safety of other passengers and our guides. Passengers will be required to show their vax certificates before boarding. 

The health and safety of both our guests and our guides is always our highest priority. We have a COVID Safe Plan in place with NSW Health and are registered as a certified COVID Safe Tour Operator. Our driver/guides are fully vaccinated with both jabs and will not operate tours if they are unwell or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. Our vehicles are regularly cleaned using disinfectants.

 

Are all accommodation, activities and meals included in the price?

Yes, all accommodation, activities and most meals are included.  There are some days where you are free to hunt and gather your own meals, but please see our full itinerary for details.

 

Are there any extra fees on top of the listed price?

No, we do not charge any extra fees or fuel surcharges. The advertised price is the price you pay including GST. Please bring extra funds for any personal purchases along the journey, just in case you decide to buy a country estate or vineyard along the way…

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2. Select from available departure dates
3. If travelling solo, select Small or Coach Group plus Single Supplement

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We’re playing our part to make a positive difference to the planet. Our office is 100% powered by solar panels, we recycle all of our water bottles and supplies, our office is paperless, we bank with Bank Australia, one of the few Australian banks that does not finance fossil fuel companies and we strive to emphasise the importance of minimal impact on the places we travel.