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Come with us as we head across the Great Dividing Range to explore the beautiful Central West – enjoy natural wonders, cultural icons and treat your taste buds to gourmet delights.
DAY 1: Wednesday 15th April 2020 (Dinner)
Today we begin our short break out into the beautiful Central West. Our first stop is the Hartley Historic Site where we will wander amongst the village’s lovely sandstone buildings. After Europeans first crossed the Blue Mountain’s in 1813, and opened up the fertile plains beyond, Hartley became a government administrative centre and important stopping point between Sydney and Bathurst, the colony’s first inland settlement.
From Hartley we enjoy a scenic drive to the famous Jenolan Caves, a spectacular labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves carved by underground rivers. These ancient chasms are considered amongst the oldest and most outstanding cave systems in the world. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the 9 caves available for public viewing – a magical end to the day. Tonight, we will stay in the heart of Jenolan at Caves House, a traditional guesthouse built in 1897.
Accommodation: Jenolan Caves House
DAY 2: Thursday 16th April 2020 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
See Autumn in its full glory when we visit Mayfield Gardens, one of the world’s largest privately-owned cool climate gardens. The scale of the gardens is truly breathtaking - wander almost 40 acres of gardens and marvel at the beauty of the Autumn foliage. Enjoy the changing leaves, the incredible landscaping as well as numerous follies and features that have been built - the breath-taking 80 metre cascade, the stunning 6-acre Water Garden, the Bronze Tree fountain, the Grotto, the Venus Vale and the Gallery, the Aviary, the Chapel and much, much more.
From Oberon we travel onto Bathurst, its many grand building are a legacy of the wealth generated by local goldfields and grazing. Today it is best known as the home of the annual “Bathurst 1000” supercar race and we visit Mt Panorama and the National Motor Museum to celebrate the history, personalities and achievements of Australian Motor Sports.
Our destination today is beautiful Mudgee, the land of “Wine and Honey”.
Accommodation: Parklands Mudgee
DAY 3: Friday 17th April 2020 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Mudgee was settled by European’s in 1821, making it Australia’s second oldest inland settlement. Once famed for its goldfields Mudgee is now best known for its high-quality local produce, most notably its vineyards. Today we will tickle your fancy and tempt your taste buds.
We visit Blacklea Vineyard & Olive Grove for a unique tasting experience of wines, olives and olive oil as well as a delightful range of homemade cooking products.
Then it off to Baker Williams Distillery to sample some of their incredible spirits and liqueurs (the Butterscotch Scnapps is divine) before trying the wide range of organic wines offered next door by Vinifera. Back in town we will enjoy lunch at the Mudgee Brewery before we drop by the Honey Haven for a short tour and to sample all things honey – many honey varietals, mead, honey liqueur and lots more! Take time to browse in their wonderful shop for lots of honey products (including honey cosmetics and remedies) and local condiments.
After a delicious day we farewell Mudgee and leave the Central West behind, driving back up into the Great Dividing Range to overnight once again in Katoomba.
Twin Share: $890 per person