Cruise to beautiful Tasmania aboard the equally-beautiful Celebrity Eclipse!
Travellers will be picked up in the city aroung 7:30am, to travel to Mudgee. On arriving at our 4-star Mudgee accommodation, meet up with the self-drive travelers, and it’s all aboard the lead vehicle for an afternoon visiting three leading wineries that showcase the very best of Mudgee’s increasingly popular cellar door scene. Lowe Wines: experience organic wine tasting accompanied by lunch boards of fresh local produce. Huntington Estate: experience selected wine tasting focusing on red varietals. Robert Stein: You’ll have free time to visit the onsite Vintage Motorbike Museum as well as sitting on the dam bank with a glass of wine looking over the vines. Experience selected wine tastings with a focus on white varietals including their outstanding Riesling, entry to Motorbike Museum. Late afternoon we check into our accommodation and our travelers are free to determine how best to pass the evening. We’ll book a table at The Ori Kitchen, at The Oriental, one of Mudgee’s most iconic pubs, for those who’d like to eat and drink as a group. However, there is a restaurant in house at our accommodation if you’d like to stay closer to home.
Overnight in Mudgee. Accommodation at Parklands Resort Mudgee or similar 4*.
A la carte breakfast is included before our convoy of explorers then head north to Gulgong, a 19th-century gold rush town, now famous for its craftspeople and preserved heritage. A brief stop for coffee, then west through more open farming countryside to Wellington and onto Orange. Once again we park up our vehicles to board the lead vehicle for an exceptional afternoon of premium wine, food and beer. Swinging Bridge: experience selected wine tastings with a focus on cool climate varietals. Nashdale Lane: experience Selected wine tastings with a focus on cool climate wines from single source vineyards. Pioneer Brewing: You’ll take a ‘behind the scenes’ production tour to see how their beer is made then sample 10 superb hand-crafted local brews. At the end of the day as the sun sets, we sit outside on the terrace with a fresh brew in your glass, looking west over the farming countryside, feeling the pure joy of the simple pleasures of life. Experience Beer production tour and beer sample tastings. Our 4-star accommodation is located in the heart of Orange and hatted restaurants such as Lolli Redini or the relaxed dining of Charred Kitchen & Bar are all close by. Our pre-dinner drinks and group meal option are at the nearby Lord Anson Hotel, offering a classic, laid back country pub atmosphere.
Overnight in Orange. Accommodation at Mercure Orange or similar 4*.
A sleep in is merited, allowing our travelers time also to check out one of Orange’s many great cafes for breakfast. For those travelers not returning to Sydney, we bid adieu, and our lead vehicle and accompanying travelers travel east to Bathurst for a slight change of tempo with a drive around the world famous Mt Panorama Race Track! At the top we stop for exceptional views over the town and surrounding district. We then travel just 10 minutes into the countryside where we plant eucalyptus trees that will one day provide nourishment and shelter for the local koala population. This planting also offsets all the carbon emissions from all the vehicles that have undertaken our journey. A small, simple gesture but one we feel is important. After all, if the wonderful wine regions we’ve visited undergo severe weather patterns in future years, the wonderful local businesses we’ve visited may, like the koalas, disappear from view. Back in Bathurst, we have spare time for a coffee and early lunch, before the lead vehicle returns to Sydney.