*Star Wheel *Waterway Cruise *Outback Spectacular *Cape Byron Headland *Port Macquarie *Hawkesbury River Cruise
Day 1 Tuesday 3rd Sept 2019 TULLAMARINE, MELBOURNE (D)
Welcome aboard our scenic Calming Coast Tour. This afternoon we enjoy a leisurely journey to Melbourne for our Overnight Stay at Best Western Airport Motel.
DAY 2 Wednesday 4th Sept BRISBANE (B,D)Today we fly to Brisbane and upon arrival we make our way beside the Brisbane River. We have free time to explore. After lunch we travel to the Wheel of Brisbane. The Wheel of Brisbane is recognised as one of the most exciting additions to the Brisbane City Skyline. You will be inspired by the breathtaking views across the iconic Brisbane River. This must see attraction provides something for everyone, young or old, tourist or local and is a must do for anyone in Brisbane for an exciting ride and different view of Brisbane then its off to the Mantra Midtown Motel for our overnight stay.
DAY 3 Thursday 5th BRISBANE, SURFERS PARADISE (B,D)After breakfast we travel to Surfers Paradise where we enjoy a luxury 2 Hour cruise along the beautiful Gold Coast Canal and waterways in air conditioned comfort. See the magnificent sights including home of the rich and famous, the ever changing skyline and luxurious motor vessels on the beautiful Broadwater while we enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea. After the cruise we delight in the magnificent views from Observation Deck of Q1. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy. You can either take the opportunity to do a bit of shopping of maybe relax at the motel. We settle in for overnight stay at the Quality Hotel, Mermaid Waters.This evening we attend the Australian Outback Spectacular where we enjoy a 3 course BBQ tea and a $23 million extravaganza capturing the grandeur of the Outback. After the show we return to the motel
DAY 4 Friday 6th SURFERS PARADISE, COFFS HARBOUR (B,D)This morning we travel to Cape Byron where we take in some breathtaking views and a chance to stand on the most easterly point of mainland Australia. We then travel via Lennox Head to Ballina for lunch then onto Grafton and Glenreagh. We then head into Coffs Harbour and visit the Big Banana and enjoy the World of Bananas tour. After we tour Coffs and maybe do some shopping time. Our overnight stay is at the beautiful Opal Cove Resort.
DAY 5 Saturday 7th COFFS HARBOUR PORT MACQUARIE (B,D)This morning we travel to Nambucca Heads then onto Arakoon, home to the ruins of the Trial Bay Goal. Then its on to the picturesque South West Rocks for lunch. We then travel to Kempsey to visit the Slim Dusty Centre. After that we head to Port Macquarie via Crescent Head where our stay for the next two nights is at the Quality Sails Resort
This morning, following breakfast, we visit the Koala Hospital, it is not only a Hospital to treat sick and injured koalas but it is also involved in research with the University of Sydney. We then travel to Wauchope and visit Timber Town where we stop for lunch. Timber Town is more than a heritage village! With many retailers located within the park, Timber Town is the place for shopping. With unique wares and gifts Timber Town has something for everyone! Enjoy coastal views as we travel further, visiting Douglas Vale Historic Winery. We return to our motel to freshen up for dinner.
DAY 6 Sunday 8th PORT MACQUARIE (B,D)
DAY 7 Monday 9th PORT MACQUARIE, TERRIGAL (B,D)After enjoying breakfast we travel to North Brother Mountain, a chance to take in the wonderful views over Laurieton and the inland lakes. We continue to Taree where we enjoy Morning tea on the banks of the Manning River. Our coastal journey continues as we make our way to Newcastle where we have lunch then visit and tour Fort Scratchley, a former coastal defense installation. We then follow the coastal road to Terrigal and stay at the Clan Lakeside Lodge for our overnight stay.
DAY 8 Tuesday 10th TERRIGAL, SYDNEY (B,D)This morning after a hearty breakfast, we travel to Palm Beach where we board a boat to cruise up the Hawkesbury River. The Hawkesbury River, is a semi mature tide dominated drowned valley estuary. We depart Palm Beach Wharf cruising Pittwater and Broken Bay then up the lower Hawkesbury River and beautiful Cowan Waters. Lunch is enjoyed onboard. The scenic cruise includes a fascinating commentary along the way pointing out items of interest and history of the area. Heading away from the northern beaches across majestic Pittwater into Broken Bay we will pass the penguin colony of Lion Island and skirt West Head as the bush and sandstone shore of the Ku ring gai Chase National Park looms closer, travelling on to Barrenjoey Headland, the lighthouse, Palm Beach then on to Sydney where settle in for the night at Rydges Motel Camperdown.
This morning after breakfast we make our way into town and explore the city sights including Mrs Macquaries Chair and the Historic Rocks area and of course the Bridge. We have free time at the Rocks for shopping. We then head to the airport for our flight back to Melbourne after a wonderful experience travelling south from Brisbane to Sydney.
DAY 9 Wednesday 11th SYDNEY, HOME (B)