Scenic Horizon Tours are a family business located on the New South Wales Central Coast and all tours depart from and return to the Central Coast. Where possible we provide a home pickup in the immediate Central Coast area on all short break tours. |
2018 SHORT BREAK TOURS
All short break tours include a home pickup in the immediate Central Coast area. Tour costs include luxury coach travel, accommodation, full breakfasts and three course dinners with choices (unless specified), all entry fees and attractions as per the itinerary. Morning teas are included where possible and some lunches as well. For full itineraries please telephone 4342 0470.
PORT MACQUARIE CRAFT AND OP SHOP TOUR
26th February to 1st March, 2018 (4 days)
$790.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $221.00
Port Macquarie must be one of the best tourist destinations on the New South Wales Coast. It has everything - a history which dates back to the convict times, superb nature reserves in the area, interesting historical buildings, lovely beaches, a fine museum and most importantly for this tour plenty of passionate craft suppliers for creative hobbyists. We will be visiting Forster Arts and Crafts, Just Patchwork, The Hope Shop, Kendall Craft Co-op, Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Farm, Spotlight, Legacy Lifeline and the Anglican Op Shop Wauchope, Comboyne, Port Macquarie Wool World, Taree Craft Centre and The Salvation Army Welfare Centre. Other attractions include a sunset cruise and Hillview Herb Farm.
Accommodation: Water's Edge Port Macquarie
MORNINGTON PENINSULA AND LAKES ENTRANCE
12th to 19th March, 2018 (8 days)
$1,935.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $665.00
Discover the exceptional destinations of The Mornington Peninsula and Lakes Entrance steeped in traditional Aussie charm and displaying beautiful beaches, natural bushland and scenic vistas. Our touring includes Arthurs Seat (the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula), Sorrento and Fort Queenscliff, Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, the famous Tyabb Packing House Antiques Centre and McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Darnum Musical Village, The Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum, St. Marys Catholic Church Bairnsdale, Nyerimilang Heritage Park, a cruise on the Gippsland Lakes, Wyanga Park Winery, The Spectacular Victorian Alps, Omeo and Bright. Accommodation: Best Western Plus Hovell Tree (1 night each way); Flinders Hotel (3 nights) Bellevue on the Lakes (2 nights).
EASTER FESTIVAL IN BENDIGO
29th March to 3rd April, 2018 (6 days)
$1,375.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $389.00
The Bendigo Easter Festival is the oldest ongoing festival in Australia and it is extremely colourful, vibrant and exciting. It is a must see event and is also a fund raiser for the Bendigo Hospital. Fire crackers waken Sun Loong, the longest Imperial Dragon in the World, from his sleep. The Spectacular and Athletic Chinese Lions are amazing to watch, the torchlight lantern procession and fireworks bring families together and the street parade is something very special. In addition to our time in Bendigo where we visit Bendigo Pottery, the Golden Dragon Museum and the Sacred Heart Cathedral, we enjoy a morning tea cruise on Lake Mulwala and lunch at Byramine Historic Homestead which was built for Elizabeth Hume. We visit the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum and the Buda Historic Home and Gardens. While in Echuca relax over lunch on a Murray River Paddlesteamer. Accommodation: Quality Siesta Albury; All Seasons Hotel and Quality Resort Bendigo (3 nights); Mercure Wagga Wagga
6th to 9th April, 2018 (4 days)
$875.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $228.00
The Southern Highlands Scottish Gathering is the ultimate Scottish Experience. The Street Parade features Pipe Bands from all over the State and there are a variety of decorated floats and Marching Clan Societies. It is a day of Massed Scottish Bands, fun, games, dancing, stalls and endless information. Try your luck at tossing the caber, shot putt, haggis hurling, kilted races, egg throwing and water toss or just sit back and enjoy the Highland and Scottish Country Dance Demonstrations, the ambience and the events of the day including the Tartan Warriors and the Stones of Manhood. The Lone Piper concludes the day after the Massed Bands Presentation. We spend some time in Yass where we visit Cooma Cottage which was the home of Hamilton Hume. We visit Crisp Galleries and marvel at the work of Peter Crisp and then we call in at a Murrumbateman winery for some wine tasting. We cruise the Blue Mountains National Park and the Nepean Gorge aboard the Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.
Accommodation: Mercure Goulburn (3 nights)
AUTUMN IN THE NEW ENGLAND RANGES AND ARMIDALE
15th to 18th April, 2018 (4 days)
$855.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $222.00
Cool crisp mornings, bright sunny days and the golden hue of falling Autumn leaves takes us to the New England Ranges and in particular Armidale. A picturesque city noted for its colonial era architecture, centres of education and culture, amazing churches and the nearby wilderness and gorge country. Armidale is a place of four seasons and in autumn with the changing colours of the leaves it is a delightful place to visit. Our time will be spent exploring the area and enjoying some country hospitality as we visit the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, The University of New England, Saumarez Homestead, Wollomombi Falls and Ebor Falls, Dorrigo and Hillview Herb Farm. Accommodation: All Seasons Motel (3 nights).
MOREE AND LIGHTNING RIDGE
29th April to 5th May, 2018 (7 days)
$1695.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $406.00
Moree is located in the centre of the rich black soil plains on the banks of the Mehi River and is known as the Artesian Spa Capital of Australia. Moree is a major agricultural and cotton growing area whereas Lightning Ridge, situated near the southern border of Queensland, is the Black Opal Capital of the World. Come and explore the intriguing Outback of New South Wales, appreciate the dramatic landscape and be amazed at the unique lifestyle of the people who live here. You will have the opportunity to taste local produce, view stunning opals and visit some unforgettable landmarks such as the Pub in the Scrub and Glengarry Hilton. Accommodation: Burke and Wills Motor Inn Moree (2 nights); Lightning Ridge Outback Resort (3 nights); Quality Inn Dubbo International.
13th to 21st May, 2018 (9 days)
$2125.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $554.00
Dramatic gorges, impressive landscapes, bright clear skies, spectacular sunsets and the abundant flora and fauna entice us to visit this beautiful part of Australia. Following the Murray River we visit Lock 5 and the rustic Mallyons on the Murray and we embark on a short historical train journey aboard the Pichi Richi Rail. The ruins of Kanyaka Homestead beckon us to take a closer look. While in the Flinders Ranges we are given an insiders tour of this stunning National Park by a local guide. Enjoy nibbles and drinks while watching the sunset from Pugilist Lookout before returning to Rawnsley Park Station where a 'lamb on the spit' dinner awaits. Experience the 'Wilpena Panorama' at Jeff Morgans Gallery and historic Bungaree Station which since 1841 has been a living record of rural Australia and in keeping in this vein we visit Shear Australia - the National Shearers Hall of Fame.
Accommodation: Club Inn Resort West Wyalong; Mildura Inlander Resort; Standpipe Golf Motor Inn; Rawnsley Park Station (2 nights) Clare Country Club; Mildura Inlander Resort; Mercure Wagga Wagga.
17th to 22nd June, 2018 (6 days)
$1420.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $322.00
The outstanding Australian Outback spectacular, High Tea at the opulent Palazzo Versace Hotel and the Margaret Olley Arts Centre celebrating the career, life and legacy of Margaret Olley, are the exceptional highlights of this tour. Billabong Zoo Koala and Wildlife Park, Summerland House with No Steps, breakfast with the birds at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, an adventure on the land and water 'Duck', Skypoint Observation Deck and a cruise on the Tweed River complete the itinerary for a memorable holiday on Queensland's Gold Coast. Accommodation: Waters Edge Port Macquarie; Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters (3nights) Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.
CHRISTMAS IN WINTER IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
27th to 29th June, 2018 (3 days).
$710.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $117.00
This is a magical time of the year to be in the Blue Mountains where we appreciate the clean crisp mountain air and the warmth of a log fire in the evenings We look forward to celebrating Christmas in Winter with carols and a sumptuous dinner. Vine Cottage Tool Museum and Tea Room is a great place to begin our touring before arriving at the former home and gallery of Norman Lindsay- one of Australia's most controversial, exceptional and prolific artists. We delight in once again being able to board the Zig Zag Railway and we visit the cool climate Botanic Gardens of Mt. Tomah. A leisurely luncheon cruise on the Nepean Belle completes a fabulous three day break. Accommodation: Comfort Inn Redleaf Resort
OUTBACK QUEENSLAND TO CAIRNS AND THE COAST
5th to 30th July, 2018 (26 days)
$7650.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $1877.00
Welcome to our winter getaway tour. Join us for this fabulous holiday through outback Queensland, The Gulf and Cairns with all that it has to offer. The second part of our tour sees us hugging the Queensland Coast as we make our way back home. Our touring includes Charleville's Cosmos Centre, Barcaldine's Tree of Knowledge, Infracombe's Wellshot Hotel, Longreach's Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Outback Museum and The Drover's Dinner Extravaganza. We visit Strathmore Station, Kinnon and Co's 'Starlights' Spectacular, and Winton's Arno's Wall. At McKinlay we see the famous Walkabout Creek Hotel. At Karumba we tour the Barramundi Discovery Centre and board the Crab and Croc Cruise. We travel as far as Critters Camp on the Gulflander and take a boat cruise along Cobbold Gorge and we visit the Terrestrial Centre at Georgetown and tour the Undara Lava Tubes. We ride on the historic Kuranda Train and board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. At Port Douglas our day begins with "breakfast with the birds" and we visit the tiny hamlet of Mossman. In the Atherton Tablelands we visit Jaques Coffee Plantation, the Curtain Fig Tree and Lake Barrine. We stop at Babinda Boulders and Paronella Park. Our cruising takes us to Daydream Island and Whitehaven Beach and we stop at the Sarina Sugar Shed and also tour the Bundaberg Rum Factory. While in Hervey Bay we go whale watching. It is now down to the Gold Coast to visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, indulge in High Tea at Palazzo Versace Hotel and watch the Australian Outback Spectacular. Accommodation: Burke and Wills Motor Inn Moree; Mulga Country Motor Inn Charleville; Albert Park Motor Inn Longreach (3 days); Gidgee Inn Motel Cloncurry; Karumba Lodge Hotel Motel (2 nights); Cobbold Gorge Camping Village (2 nights); Undara Lava Lodge; Pullman Cairns International (5 nights) Rydges Southbank Townsville; Colonial Palms Motor Inn Whitsundays (2 nights); Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton; Ramada Hervey Bay (2 nights); Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters (2 nights); Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour.
20th to 27th August, 2018
$1598.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $454.00
The uniqueness of the desert, the rich red soils and the low grey scrub, the intensely blue skies and the magnificent sunsets all add to the character of Broken Hill which is also described as 'The Silver City', 'The Oasis of the West' and the 'Capital of the Outback'. This culturally enriched heritage city is an amazing place to visit and showcases such attractions as the Line of Lode and Miners Memorial, The Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Centre, The Silver City Mint and Art Centre and the 'Big Picture', Jack Absalom Gallery, Pro Hart Gallery, The Living Desert and Sculpture Symposium which is a must see at sunset, historic Silverton and Menindee Lake. Accommodation: Mildura Inlander Resort; Desert Sands Motor Inn Broken Hill (3 nights); Golden West Motor Inn Dubbo.
ESCAPE TO NOOSA
5th to 12th September, 2018. (8 days)
Cost to be advised
Noosa has been a favourite Queensland Holiday destination for generations of southern Australians. With its beautiful north facing beaches, its famous Hastings Street shopping and cafe precinct and the stunning National Park that borders the town, Noosa is a gem and is the perfect place to enjoy a short break. Our one bedroom apartment accommodation is beautifully appointed with contemporary furnishings, a separate living area, beautiful bathrooms with walk in showers and a private terrace or balcony. Our touring will include Tropical Fruit World, a luncheon cruise with Noosa River and Canal Cruises, Eumundi Markets and Yandina's Ginger Factory, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and the Maleny Botanic Gardens, Montville and Australia Zoo. Accommodation: Opal Cove Resort; RACV Noosa Resort (5 nights); Destiny Motor Inn Nambucca.
TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS
20th to 25th September, 2018. (6 days)
$1,650.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $570.00
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a paradise for lovers of flowering shrubs and annuals where spring brings a burst of kaleidoscope colour into spectacular parks and award winning private gardens. The locals are proud of their town and present a wonderful Grand Central Floral Parade including decorated floats, colourful street performers and live bands - it is a great atmosphere. We also ride the steam train from Toowoomba to Spring Bluff Railway Station, visit the Downs Steam Railway Museum and wander the English style Brindabella Country Gardens. Accommodation: All Seasons Motel Armidale; Ambassador on Ruthven Toowoomba (3 nights) Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour
STAY AND PLAY IN COFFS HARBOUR
1st to 5th October, 2018 (5 days)
$1,135.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $304.00
Coffs Harbour has it all from beautiful unspoilt beaches to world heritage rainforest, it is a great destination. For stunning views of the area our touring will include Bruxner Park and the Forest Sky Pier. Indulge in a tempting sample or two at Carobana Confectionery, enjoy the unique experience of Dolphin Marine Magic and the Bunker Cartoon Gallery which houses the largest private collection of original cartoons in the Southern Hemisphere. We visit the new innovative Slim Dusty Centre which is dedicated to Australia's iconic legend. Accommodation: Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour
8th to 12th October, 2018 (5 days)
$1,225.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $264.00
Mudgee is the oldest town west of the Blue Mountains and was discovered by Lawson and Blaxland in 1821. It was settled soon after by pasture hungry squatters and their flocks of sheep and herds of cattle. The town was proclaimed in 1838 and it is said that Mudgee means 'nest in the hills'. Architect Robert Hoddle later designed the street plan which proved to be so successful that Melbourne was designed from the same basic grid. Hoddle designed Mudgee's wide streets to be broad enough to turn a team of oxen. Many of the fine old stately buildings from the last century thankfully remain and most are now classified by the National Trust so as to preserve the town's heritage. We explore Mudgee and visit the local attractions including the Honey Haven, The Olive Nest and Goree Park. While in the Central West of New South Wales we visit Gulgong and the historic gold mining area of Hill End which is now under the control of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Accommodation: Parklands Resort Mudgee (4 nights)
15th to 19th October, 2018 (5 days)
$1,235.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $158.00
Dubbo which is one of Australia's largest cities, is situated in the geographical heart of New South Wales and has a history that goes back more than one hundred and eighty years. The city's colourful history began just thirty years after the arrival of the first fleet when in 1817 and 1818 explorer John Oxley documented and reported the rich grazing and farming potential of the area known today as Dubbo City. Situated on the Macquarie River, four hundred kilometres west of Sydney, Dubbo has plenty to offer. Its largest and most popular attraction is the Western Plains Zoo. Run by the Taronga Conservation Society of Australia it is much more than a zoo, it is an African Safari. During our tour we stay overnight in their Zoofari Accommodation. Our stay will be under canvas in luxurious self contained accommodation ensuite bathrooms. Located within the grounds of Taronga Western Plains Zoo and surrounded by the strange and mysterious sounds of the African night we experience the magic of Dubbo Zoofari. We also visit the sisters of Mercy Convent, Burrendong Arboretum Sanctuary, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Dundullimal Homestead. Narromine Iris Farm should be in bloom and we will take a stroll around the beautiful Shoyoen Sister City Garden. Accommodation: Golden West Motor Inn (3 nights) and Dubbo Zoofari Lodge.
EDEN AND THE SAPPHIRE COAST
28th October to 3rd November, 2018 (7 days)
$1,535.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $350.00
Rugged beauty, golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters dominate this south coast region of New South Wales. Our base at Eden on Twofold Bay, overlooked by Mount Imlay, was once home to a whaling industry which has now long gone but is faithfully recorded in fascinating displays at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. The skeleton of Old Tom, the last of the herding killer whales of Eden, is an impressive exhibit. The history of Eden is steeped in the traditions of the sea. At Snug Cove trawlers unload their catch of the day. Lookout Point, Rotary Park and Seamen's Memorial Wall are up the hill from the Eden Wharf offering panoramic views over beautiful Twofold Bay. Included in our touring are a cruise on Twofold Bay, Kameruka Estate, Wheelers Oyster Farm and Mallacoota Inlet. We visit Cobargo Farm and enjoy a three hour luncheon cruise in Batemans Bay.
Accommodation: Coachman's Rest Motor Inn (4 nights) Best Western Sunseeker (2 nights)
CROOKWELL GARDEN FESTIVAL AND MAYFIELD GARDENS
8th to 11th November, 2018. (4 days)
$820.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $213.00
Our destination for this tour is Goulburn - Australia's first inland city. This is an ideal location to base ourselves as we do some delightful touring throughout the Lachlan Valley including the Crookwell Garden Festival. Crookwell Garden enthusiasts will again showcase the beauty and variety of the cool climate gardens of Crookwell and surrounds at this year's festival. Included in the tour are Toying with the Past, Willowtree Sculpture Garden, Crystal Brook Lavender Farm and Mayfield Gardens Oberon.
Accommodation: Mercure Goulburn (3 days)
CHERRY FESTIVAL IN YOUNG
29th November to 2nd December, 2018. (4 days)
$835.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $207.00
It is one hundred and eighty seven years since this rich diverse region, part of Wiradjuri Country, was first settled by Europeans. Young is steeped in history and we will be exploring some of this history during our tour. The discovery of gold in 1860 brought miners, bushrangers and local heroes to the area. Young spruiks its enterprise and ingenuity at being the first town in the empire to switch on electricity to streets and homes. The Cherry Festival, in its sixty ninth year is a highlight of our tour. Other touring includes the Bradman Cottage, Chinaman's Dam, Cherry Picking, Iandra Castle and the Cowra Japanese Gardens.
Accommodation: Federation Motor Inn Young (3 days)
CHRISTMAS IN NORTH EASTERN VICTORIA
22nd to 29th December, 2018. (8 days)
$1,895.00 per person twin share. Single supplement $466.00
Our destination is North Eastern Victoria where we spend five nights at the Quality Gateway Motel Wangaratta while exploring the surrounding areas. Cactus Country Strathmerton displays over four thousand different species of cacti and in Shepparton we visit the Ardmona Factory Sales Outlet. Historic Beechworth is one of Victoria's best- preserved gold rush towns and while in Yackandandah we visit Schmidt's Strawberry Winery. This year we spend time in Bright for the annual Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight. After a morning tea cruise on Lake Mulwala we stop in at Indigo Cheese and All Saints Winery. We visit the High Country taking in the magnificent scenery of Mansfield, Bonnie Doon and Lake Eildon. We also visit Crisps Artglass Studio and a cruise on the Nepean Belle completes a wonderful eight day Christmas Tour. Accommodation: International Hotel Wagga Wagga; Quality Gateway Wangaratta (5 nights); Mercure Goulburn.
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