TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * GREEN GROVE * IANDRA HOMESTEAD *JAPANESE GARDEN & CULTURAL CENTRE * HAWKESBURY KELPIE STUD * MILLET BROOM FACTORY * TUMUT BREWERY TOUR
Day 1 - Tuesday 4th Oct ’22 Green Grove Liquorice Factory - Iandra Homestead (L,D)
Welcome aboard our tour to the beautiful area of Cowra and Young! We head up to the National Trust-classified town of Lockhart where we stop for morning tea. The main street, Green Street, will charm you with its heritage streetscape and don’t forget to look out for the famous Lockhart Water Tower Mural. We then depart and travel through the town of Junee where we stop for lunch. After lunch we visit the Green Grove Licorice Factory. Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory is located at the restored Junee Flour Mill, a historically rich landmark in the rural township of Junee, New South Wales. The Factory produces a rapidly growing range of innovative, certified organic confectionaries increasingly being found in shops around Australia and overseas. It’s then time to continue our journey to Young to visit the majestic Iandra Homestead. The property of Iandra was purchased by Mr. Greene in 1878 and consisted of 32,000 ac (13,000 Ha). In 1880 he commenced building his first house, of bricks fired on the property. In 1908 he commenced the conversion of this single storey brick house to a two-storey reinforced concrete building on the same foundations. During this period he built the reinforced concrete stables, water tower with silo beneath, filtration plant, sheds, and 40 houses for the sharefarmers. He was instrumental in obtaining rail transport from the Koorawatha line to Grenfell (with the rail siding of Iandra taking Greenethorpe as its new name), and also arranged the layout of the village of Greenethorpe. Tonight we stay overnight at Town House Motel, Cowra.
Day 2 - Wednesday 5th POW Campsite – Japanese Garden – Hawkesbury Working Kelpie Stud (B,L,D)
This morning, after breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the POW Campsite. This site is listed as one of the Top Heritage Sites in NSW. In 1944 over 1000 Japanese Prisoners of War (POW) staged a mass breakout that was the biggest in British and Australian War History. 231 Japanese POW and four Australians lost their lives during the breakout. Following this visit we enjoy a sumptuous Devonshire Tea in the magnificent Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre. The 5 hectare garden was established to recognize and develop the historic and ongoing relationship between the people of Cowra Shire and the people of Japan. We spend time at these beautiful gardens before boarding the coach and heading to Wombat. We have lunch at the Wombat hotel with New South Wales' longest continuous liquor licence, granted in 1877. After an enjoyable lunch we head to The Hawkesbury Working Kelpie Stud. They promote the working Kelpie by way of working dog demonstrations. Anthony had his Kelpie team at the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show. This was a big hit with show-goers with up to 600 people attending each demonstration. Anthony also demonstrates his Kelpies at local shows and field days. It’s then time to head to Tumut where we stay overnight at the Tumut Valley Hotel.
Day 3 - Thursday 6th Brewery Tour – Man from Snowy River Museum (B, L, D)
This morning you discover the Millet Broom Factory, the last original Millet Broom Factory in Australia. Handmade millet brooms have been made at the factory the same way since 1946, and can be found Australia wide. Visitors to the factory will be able to view the broom manufacturing process firsthand and purchase their own millet broom at the end. Take a stroll around the main street and check out the lovely shops in Tumut. We then head to Tumut Brewery for a tour, taste & lunch. Enjoy an interactive tour of the brewery beginning with an overview of our history, brewing process and interactive “sense awakening” experience – smell and taste the ingredients used in the brewing process. After enjoying a delicious lunch at the Brewery we continue on the visit The Man From Snowy River Museum. The museum has a varied and extensive collection, and includes national significant items plus research facilities for local family and history. Then we head home via Wodonga, stopping for afternoon tea enroute.
Price $TBA per person, based on Twin share.
Single Room Option $TBA.