Tour Description

Edinburgh Tattoo and Sydney – Tour A

Seven Days: 12th – 18th October 2019 (Coach/Fly)

Twin Share: $3495 per person. Sole Use: $4269 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

In October 2019 one of the greatest live shows, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns to Sydney!  Direct from the annual sell-out season at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, the 1200 international performers bring together a thrilling mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and dance.  Featuring the world’s best-massed pipes, drums, fiddlers, highland dancers and precision drill teams, there truly is nothing else like it.  Travelling via coach from Adelaide, we stay at Swan Hill and Cootamundra before having four nights in Darling Harbour, Sydney. We enjoy many attractions whilst in Sydney including a lunch while cruising the harbour and a tour of Q Station in Manly as well as the highlight of our trip, the Tattoo!

 

Day One – SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2019

(includes lunch and three course dinner)

After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we head east from Adelaide, through the lovely Adelaide Hills and along the Princes Highway, pausing at Tailem Bend for morning tea. From here we enter the Murray Mallee, travelling through Lameroo and onto the rural township of Pinnaroo in time for lunch.

Refreshed we reboard the minicoach for the afternoon journey across the border into Victoria. We pause in Ouyen for a comfort stop before continuing east to Swan Hill on the Murray River.

Swan Hill became one of the regions major inland river trading ports when the wharf was first built in the early 1850’s. Over time, the surrounding land was cleared for farming and the river became a source of irrigation which has resulted in vast citrus farms reaching many kilometres to the north west.

We check into our accommodation with some of our favourite hosts at the Comfort Inn Campbell, Swan Hill (Ph. 03 5032 4427).

 

Day Two – SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Following a hearty breakfast, we board the coach for a morning drive across the vast Hay Plain. The Murrumbidgee and Lachlan Rivers cross this ancient lake bed and it is where the territories of the Wiradjuri and Narri Narri indigenous people meet. Our first stop for the day will be in the town of Hay which sits in the centre of the plain. We enjoy morning tea here before continuing our journey.

As we travel closer to the Murrumbidgee River, the farming land that surrounds grows greener with the  evidence of more irrigation. We may also see stock grazing on “the long paddock” – that is, droving along the wide verge of the road.

As we near the tranquil rural town of Narrandera, the landscape becomes more undulating with larger trees and it is here, in the heart of the Riverina that we stop for lunch.

Refreshed, we continue to Junee, where we visit the Junee Liquorice and Chocolate Factory situated in the historic Junee Flour Mill. A number of certified organic confectioneries not available to the public can be bought exclusively from the Mill Shop as well as all other product lines, so we take the opportunity to purchase some goodies if we wish!

Our final destination for today is Cootamundra, famous as the birthplace of cricketer Sir Donald Bradman, universally regarded as the greatest batsman of all time. After checking in at the Cootamundra Gardens Motel (Ph. 02 6942 1833), there will be time to relax before coming together for our three course dinner.

 

Day Three – MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Upon leaving Cootamundra we continue east, heading toward the coast and stop in historic Yass in the Southern Tablelands for morning tea. Continuing past Goulburn and through to the Southern Highlands we reach Bowral, the regions largest town. In the past Bowral was a popular rural summer retreat for the gentry of Sydney and the Victorian manors and estates that were established at that time are still evident in the area today. We’ll enjoy lunch here before travelling the last leg of our journey to Sydney.

In the afternoon we continue along the Hume Highway, and its not long before we see the southern suburbs of Sydney on our way to Darling Harbour. This waterfront destination houses a large proportion of Sydney’s major attractions and large scale events. We will be staying in this fantastic spot for the next four nights at the Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour (Ph. 02 9563 0888), so we can unpack and get settled in before coming together for dinner.

 

Day Four – TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

We are joined by a local guide this morning for a two hour tour of Sydney to see the significant historical and cultural sites of this vibrant and fascinating city.

A visit to Sydney would not be complete without cruising on the harbour. With 240km of shoreline encompassing 50 square kilometres of water, many think this natural harbour is one of the most beautiful in the world. We take the opportunity to admire the beauty of the harbour on-board a luncheon cruise. From the water, we have clear views of iconic landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison, the city skyline and much more.

After disembarking we spend the afternoon exploring the Australian Maritime Museum. Built over 25 years ago the museum brings our fascinating maritime history to life and houses one of the largest collections of floating historical vessels in the world.

There is also the option of free time at Darling Harbour before returning to our accommodation for the evening.

 

Day Five – WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

We cross the Harbour Bridge this morning and make our way to Manly, a popular coastal suburb of Sydney with ocean beach on one side and a fine sandy cove on the other.

We take a scenic drive around historic North Head before enjoying morning tea. While here, we have a guided tour and lunch at Q Station, situated within the beautiful surrounds of Sydney Harbour National Park. Renowned for its important place in Australian history as the location where they once quarantined passengers arriving in Australia, we will learn a little of what it was like to be in quarantine and hear the personal stories of passengers. As we explore the historic buildings and stunning grounds, we will also learn more about the dedicated staff who lived and worked on site.

We’ll take a scenic drive around Manly including some free time to explore the local shopping area.

Late afternoon we return to Darling Harbour with time to relax before our three course dinner.

 

Day Six – THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

After breakfast we drive up to the harbour-side suburb of Vaucluse. Here we visit one of Sydney’s 19th century mansions, Vaucluse House, which is still surrounded by its original gardens. We enjoy Devonshire tea in this beautiful location and a guided tour around the estate.

We continue to the famous Bondi Beach for a scenic drive (and perhaps the chance to feel the beach sand between our toes!) before stopping for lunch.

Early afternoon we return to Darling Harbour with plenty of time to freshen up for the highlight of our tour!  We depart for an early dinner close to Olympic Park, before taking our gold class seats at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. Set against the amazing backdrop of a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, it will feature traditional Scottish favourites including pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers and precision drill teams, together with representatives from around the globe and members of the Australian Defence Force.  There is no doubt that this will be a breathtaking performance to remember.

 

Day Seven – FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast and light lunch)

With memories of last nights performance, we enjoy our last breakfast together before farewelling our hosts at Darling Harbour.

We make our way to Sydney Airport to board our Qantas flight. Arriving in Adelaide mid-afternoon, we are met by the cars at the airport and returned to our home after a fantastic holiday and the privilege of experiencing the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo live.