Waterfall Way Tour

Tour Length

8 Days / 7 Nights

Dates

17th – 24th May 2020

Transport

Luxury Coach

Price

From $1803*

Image Credit: Andy Lewis at www.wildswimmingaustralia.com com.au

About the Waterfall Way Tour

From the picturesque Armidale area, in the beautiful New England High Country rich in history and heritage to the stunning waterfalls and wilderness of Ebor and Dorrigo. Then onwards to the lush paddocks and relaxed vibe of Bellingen it is clear why Waterfall Way has been voted one of the best scenic drives in NSW.

Tour Inclusions
  • Luxury Coach Travel
  • 7 Nights Quality Accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts (B)
  • 7 Morning Teas (MT)
  • 8 Lunches (L)
  • 1 Afternoon Teas (AT)
  • 7 Dinners (D)
Tour Highlights
  • Langford House
  • Ebor and Dangar Waterfalls
  • Dorrigo Rainforest Centre & Skywalk
  • Sunhill Dairy Goat Farm
  • Hillview Herb Farm
  • Saumarez House
  • McCrossin’s Mill Museum
  • Gostwyck Chapel
  • Killure Miniature Belted Galloway Stud Farm
  • Glen Innes ‘Kilted’ town tour
  • Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
  • Bellingen Township & the Old Butter Factory Shopping Village
  • Perry’s Lemon Myrtle Plantation
  • Guided Tour of Trail Bay Gaol

Day 1: Sunday 17 May 2020 (MT, L, D)
This morning we travel along the beautiful valleys of Thunderbolts Way stopping at Gloucester for a delicious homemade morning tea at Hillview Herb Farm overlooking the majestic Avon River Valley. After enjoying a delicious selection of cakes and devonshire tea in the screened garden rotunda you will have the chance to sample the farm’s produce and look through the farm’s gift store hosting herb teas, herbal honey, chilli sauces, jams, condiments and lotions. As we continue our journey through sublime New England Highlands we stop for lunch and a guided tour at the grand Edwardian Langford House. The two story mansion was constructed in 1904 and features 22 rooms and a five-story central tower overlooking the circular entrance driveway and extensive surrounding gardens. After our tour here we continue to the small village of Kentucky stopping at the quirky Dobson’s Distillery for a tasting of their world famous gin or perhaps one of their double or triple distilled barley single malt whiskeys.
Accommodation – Cotwood Gardens, Armidale

Day 2: Monday 18 May 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
After a warming breakfast we visit Sunhill Dairy Goat Farm at Salisbury Plains. Here we will meet the goats, taste goat cheeses made on site and tour the farm and milking operations. You will also have time to wander the gift store of natural handmade goat’s milk skin care products. Our next stop is the beautiful Salisbury Court. This 1844 built stone homestead is set on 200 picturesque acres where a delicious morning tea will be served. This afternoon we head back via Uralla where we visit the heritage listed McCrossin’s Mill Museum. This superbly restored three story former flour mill houses a variety of unusual, compelling, even humorous exhibitions including “Thunderbolt – Life and Legend“. After a catered lunch here we pick up our local guide who will take us to the nearby Gostwyck Chapel. Before dropping our guide back in town we stop at one of the largest and oldest woolsheds in Australia on one of New England’s oldest stations – The Deeargee Station.
Accommodation – Cotwood Gardens, Armidale

Day 3: Tuesday 19 May 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
After a leisurely breakfast we set off to explore our new found base picking up our guide in the pretty tree lined city centre of Armidale. We visit the New England Regional Art Museum, Bi-Centennial Railway Museum, the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place and the spectacular grand mansion ‘Booloominbah’. For lunch we visit the 30 room Edwardian Saumarez Homestead set on ten hectares of grazing lawns. It is a jewel of the region. Complete with original furnishings we will take a tour through the elegant mansion and a stroll through its magnificent Edna Walling style cottage garden, the picking garden and the lawns. This afternoon you have free time to explore the city’s town centre, do a little shopping or perhaps relax at your motel before we sit down for an enjoyable dinner.
Accommodation – Cotwood Gardens, Armidale

Day 4: Wednesday 20 May 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
This morning we visit Killure Miniature Belted Galloway Stud Farm to meet their endearing heard of mini Galloway. This breed of miniature cattle originating from Galloway on the west side of southern Scotland more than 300 years ago are highly recognisable by their distinctive “belts” often nicknamed ‘Oreo cows’ with their colour pattern reminiscent of an Oreo biscuit. We will also have the chance to meet the farm’s friendly mini horses and alpacas and enjoy a warming morning tea in the grounds. Next we make our way to Glen Innes known as the ‘Celtic Heart of Australia’, owing not only to its early Scottish settlers, but also to the undeniable similarity between the region’s stunning landscape and the lush Scottish and English countryside. Our ‘Kilted Guide’ will join our coach and travel with us through the beautiful main street featuring over 120 heritage listed buildings and the stunning Glen Innes Parklands. Mid tour we will stop at ‘The Stone Cottage’ for a hot lunch before proceeding to the Australian Standing Stones, the national monument to Australia’s Celtic pioneers. We will hear the story of the Stones – the history, symbolism and meaning of the solar-aligned, megalithic stone circle – a working calendar. It is the only one built anywhere in the world for more than 3000 years. This afternoon, before our return to Armidale, we visit the Gawura Gallery where we meet internationally acclaimed Aboriginal Artist Lloyd Hornsby. Here we enjoy a tour of the gallery, discussion on the exhibitions and take part in a fun and informative boomerang painting workshop where we will learn about the indigenous cultural connection and history behind the painting.
Accomodation – Cotswood Gardens, Armidale

Day 5: Thursday 21 May 2020 (B, MT, L, D)
Today we farewell Armidale and begin our journey through the lush rainforests, woodlands, waterfalls and stunning scenery that connect Waterfall Way. Our first stop is Duttons Trout Hatchery. Established in 1950, it is one of the largest hatcheries in the state. You are able to see the various stages of trout development prior to their release in the mountain streams. We then continue our scenic drive through to Ebor Falls, the lofty lookout platforms along the edge of the escarpment offer spectacular views into the gorge country. After our morning tea here we continue to Dangar Falls, a beautiful 30m high cascade waterfall on the Bielsdown River in Dorrigo, tucked away in a scenic agricultural setting. For lunch we visit Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, perched on the dramatic eastern escarpment of the Great Diving Range. The most dramatic feature of the centre is the Skywalk, a 75m long walkway with a 25m high lookout platform which takes you over the escarpment edge for a unique close-up view of the rainforest canopy. Whilst at the Centre take some time to learn about the park’s flora and fauna in the intriguing education area and visit the Rainforest Shop. On leaving we make our way to our accommodation in Bellingen Valley set on 16 acres of landscaped gardens, with magnificent views of the mountains and rich pasturelands.
Accomodation – Bellingen Valley Lodge

DAY 6: Friday 22 May 2020 (B, L, D)
This morning we travel into town to enjoy some free time exploring Bellingen’s township. We then visit the town’s Old Butter Factory, a small shopping village offering a wonderful array of arts and crafts. For lunch we travel through to Bonville to visit the award winning Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. Here you will have the opportunity to stroll amongst hundreds of live Australian butterflies in an indoor subtropical rainforest setting. After wandering through the grounds and perhaps a look through the gift shop, we take a scenic drive out to the coastal town of Sawtell. With its beautiful beaches and village atmosphere, the town is quite the seaside sanctuary. After stopping for a look through the town’s charming main street shaded by enormous fig trees we head back to your lodge for some downtime before meeting for your evening meal.
Accomodation – Bellingen Valley Lodge

Day 7: Saturday 23 May 2020 (B, MT, L, AT, D)
Today we farewell Bellingen and make our way down into the Nambucca Valley to the small country town of Bowraville. Here we will visit the Frank Partridge VC Military Museum which commemorates Frank John Partridge who was awarded the Victoria Cross in World War Two. Across the road is the Bowraville Folk Museum which includes a fully restored pioneer church, saddlery and blacksmiths shop. After morning tea here and a look through the many thousands of interesting historical objects, we travel to Taylors Arm for a BBQ lunch at Australia’s most famous pub, ‘The Pub With No Beer’. Dispensing beer for over 100 years this iconic pub was claimed to fame by local timber cutter and song writer, Gordon Parsons. This afternoon we visit Perry’s Lemon Myrtle Plantation for an education talk on the growing and processing of Lemon Myrtle and the extraction of the oil followed by a delicious afternoon tea of Lemon Myrtle Tea, Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake and Lemon Myrtle ice cream. After time to shop the various products, jewellery and artifacts we continue our journey to South West Rocks for our overnight stay.
Accomodation – Rockpool Motor Inn, South West Rocks

Day 8: Sunday 24 May 2020 (B, MT, L)
After breakfast this morning we venture out to Trail Bay Gaol, where we will step back in time for a guided tour soaking up the history and the amazing coastal views that surround it. The gaol first opened in 1886 after 13 years of construction. Today this picturesque historic ruin stands as a testament to those who lived and died here, with a museum and memorial for visitors to get a better idea of life in those days. After morning tea overlooking the stunning easterly views from the headland we take a drive to Port Macquarie to enjoy lunch at the gorgeous ‘Little Fish Café’ which overlooks the lush vineyards of the Innes Lake Estates.  Here you will enjoy an assortment of fresh mixed sandwiches and cake accompanied by tea and coffee before stepping back on board for the last stretch of your journey after an amazing time away.

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions
Moderate Levels of Fitness
Terms & Conditions

Deposits: A non-refundable $200 deposit is required at time of booking to confirm your booking. No bookings can be confirmed without a deposit. Balance: The final balance is due 60 days prior to the tour departure. We will send you a reminder letter two weeks in advance to remind you. We accept cash, cheque, EFTPOS, direct credit or credit cards (MasterCard or Visa). Cancellation Policy: Cancellation fees will be applied if you have to cancel your booking.

Notice Fee:
60 + days Non-refundable deposit.
30-59 days 50% of tour price + $10 per person cancellation fee
Within 30 days 100% of tour price
In the event we are able to transfer your booking to another passenger, the cancellation fee will be $200 tour deposit.

Fares Include: Air Conditioned Luxury 5 Star Coach travel, motel accommodation, entrance fees and meals as stated in the itinerary. Alteration of Itinerary: We reserve the right to alter itineraries without notice due to availability, weather, road conditions or any other reasons we perceive to be in the best interests of our passengers. Seating and Seat Rotation: Seating is rotated in a random order at the direction of the Coach Driver/Tour Guide to ensure all passengers enjoy a variety of seating. Single Supplement: Limited single supplement is available. Single supplement gives the passenger exclusive use of a motel room and is indicated by the single supplement price on the itinerary. It does not guarantee sole seating on the coach. Smoking: Government regulations prohibit smoking on all modes of transport. Travel Insurance: We recommend you take out travel insurance to protect your investment in your holiday. Baggage: All baggage is entirely at owner’s risk.

This tour is organised by Port Stephens Buses Travel Pty Ltd and conducted by Port Stephens Coaches (Nelson Bay) Pty Ltd, a Transport for NSW accredited bus operator, Accreditation number 20052

Moderate Levels of Fitness

Passengers must be able to:
• Walk 10 minutes without having to stop or sit down and rest
• Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground with no paving
• Get in and out of transportation unassisted
• Manage your own luggage

Tour Cost

Twin/Double

$1803 p/p

Single (Limited)

$2273 p/p

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15 Port Stephens Drive, Anna Bay, NSW 2316
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