Tour Description

Edinburgh Tattoo and the NSW South Coast – Tour D

Nine Days: 18th – 26th October 2019 (Fly/Coach)

Twin Share: $3995 per person. Sole Use: $4695 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.

 

An annual event in Scotland since 1950, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will leave its home base for only the third time, to bring this phenomenal live performance to Sydney. One of the greatest shows of all time, the Tattoo attracts more than 100 million television viewers each year!  Flying from Adelaide to Sydney we stay in Darling Harbour for two nights exploring the iconic Sydney Harbour on a luncheon cruise before taking our Gold Class seats at the Tattoo. Leaving Sydney we travel south through the beautiful NSW coast to Batemans Bay and Eden. Here we spend a few days enjoying the many highlights of the area before journeying back to Adelaide through the Gippsland Lakes and Stawell.

 

Day One – FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2019

(includes light lunch and three course dinner)

After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we are taken to the Adelaide airport. On arrival we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative who assists us with our group check-in, helps us through the security procedures and to the gate, ready to board our Qantas flight to Sydney.

We disembark in Sydney and are met by a guide who assists with our luggage and takes us to meet the Endeavour Tours coach. We’ll take a scenic drive before arriving in Darling Harbour where we will be staying for the next four nights. Our centrally located accommodation is at Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour (Ph. 02 9563 0888) and there will be plenty of time to get settled in before coming together for dinner and the opportunity to get to know our fellow travellers.

 

Day Two – SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019

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

We wake in Sydney ready to explore what this beautiful city has to offer. The site of the first British Colony in 1788, Sydney is consistently voted as one of the top ten liveable cities in the world. With a diverse lifestyle, favourable weather and a harbour that provides an idyllic backdrop to the city’s famous icons—the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, it’s no wonder the city attracts over 13 million tourists annually. Today we are joined by a local guide who will take us on a tour to show us the highlights of this fascinating city.

Late morning we arrive back in Darling Harbour where we will head to the wharf to board a Captain Cook Cruise. A visit to Sydney would not be complete without cruising this spectacular harbour, regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. As we cruise, we’ll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board and admire the stunning views and its iconic surrounds.

Upon disembarking, we have some free time to explore the Darling Harbour shops before returning to our accommodation with time to freshen up

We depart the hotel for an early dinner at a venue close to Olympic Park, the location for the highlight of our tour!

Following dinner we take our gold class seats at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This is described as one of the greatest shows on earth, with over 1,200 performers from all over the world coming together to showcase this magnificent event. Set against the backdrop of a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the performance blends a thrilling mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and dance from the world’s best-massed pipes and drums. It will feature traditional Scottish favourites including pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers and precision drill teams, together with representatives from around the globe, including members of the Australian Defence Force. There is no doubt that this will be a breathtaking performance to remember.

After the show, we’ll head back to our accommodation at Darling Harbour.

 

Day Three – SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2019

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

This morning after a hearty breakfast, we farewell our hosts in Sydney and journey south. Travelling along the Princes Highway we reach Wollongong, a seaside city which lies on a narrow coastal strip between the rainforest-covered Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean. It is the third largest city in New South Wales and is the commercial, industrial and cultural centre for the south coast.

After enjoying morning tea in one of the parks, we continue our journey through Kiama to Nowra, situated on the beautiful Shoalhaven River. The region around Nowra sustains a thriving dairy industry and the locals enjoy a pleasant laid back lifestyle. It is here that we stop to enjoy our lunch.

The final part of our drive today takes us further south, through country dominated by national parks and we have the opportunity to stop to stretch our legs in Ulladulla, on the edge of a pretty harbour and near beautiful beaches, sparkling lakes and charming villages.

Late afternoon we arrive in Batemans Bay, a popular holiday destination situated on the shores of an estuary formed where the Clyde River meets the Tasman Sea. This lovely town and its neighbouring area boast some of the most spectacular and unspoiled coastline in New South Wales.

Tonight we will be staying at the Sunseeker Motor Inn Batemans Bay (Ph 02 4472 5888), where we enjoy another delicious dinner before retiring for a good nights sleep.

 

Day Four – MONDAY 21 OCTOBER 2019

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

After breakfast this morning we are joined by a local who will take us on a guided tour of Batemans Bay and its surrounding coastline of white sandy beaches, mangroves, oyster flats, and pretty sheltered coves.

A short distance away is the picturesque and historic gold mining village of Mogo, the home of Mogo Zoo.  This non-government funded private zoo provides world standard facilities for over 200 animals of more than 42 rare and exotic species. Actively involved in many global breeding programs, it also boasts the largest collection of primates in any private zoo in Australia

On arrival at the zoo we have morning tea, then to make the very most of our visit here, we embark on a guided tour. There are so many fascinating animals to see from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the Western Lowland Gorilla and the Sumatran Tigers.

We depart the zoo after lunch and continue down the New South Wales coast to Bermagui. In this white sandy haven we stop to visit the Bermagui Mudworks, a family owned pottery gallery that has been operating since 1985. What originally started as a wholesale business now has a wonderful boutique garden and gallery area.

Our final destination today is a little further south. The town of Eden is perched on the edge of the magnificent Twofold Bay which is the third deepest harbour in the southern hemisphere. Our home for the next three nights will be at the Coachman’s Eden (Ph. 02 6496 1900). After settling into our rooms, we will meet for dinner.

 

Day Five – TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2019

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

Located on a headland, Eden is a charming town surrounded by national parks and bushland on one side and sapphire blue waters on the other. The town’s lifestyle and history is connected to its idyllic location on the bay, and it is still a working port where early morning, you will see the boats returning with their fresh catch for the day. We will be taken on a guided tour this morning by one of the locals who will point out the many places of interest and tell us the history of Eden, which was once home to shore-based whaling stations.

Following morning tea we visit the Killer Whale Museum, which features the rich maritime history of the area. The exhibitions provide fascinating information about the local killer whale pods that lived in the Bay,  including the story of the killer whale Old Tom, a local legend. We’ll also learn the extremely important role that the local fishing and timber industries have had and still continue to play in the Eden community.

After lunch we head to the Eden marina to board the Cat-Balou catamaran for a two hour cruise. We will see the spectacular beauty and marine life of the Sapphire Coast from the comfort of our vessel and there is also the possibility that we may see a whale, as they make their way south at the end of their annual migration. The mighty humpback is the most commonly observed whale, and is sometimes seen breaching and feeding on its return trip to the Antarctic. Other species such as right whales, rare blue whales and killer whales (Orcas) together with seals, dolphins and penguins may also be sighted. The cruise highlights the history of this whaling port and includes features such as the naval/multi purpose wharf, woodchip mill, mussel farms and fishing fleet.

We return to dry land and our accommodation for a good nights rest.

 

  Day Six – WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2019

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

We’ll head north this morning to the town of Bega, situated in a valley of green pastures on the banks of the Bega River. The town is probably most famous for the cheese it produces, so of course we’ll visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre. Here we will see how dairying has shaped the culture of this beautiful valley and have the opportunity to taste the different varieties of cheese on offer. Those who wish, can purchase from their wide selection of cheeses as well as peruse their range of souvenirs, farm-themed giftware, jams & honey and we’ll also stop to enjoy morning tea in the coffee shop.

Next we drive east to the historic shipping port of Tathra, a coastal town rich in history and traditions of the sea. The centrepiece of the town is undoubtedly Tathra Wharf, built in 1861 and still a hive of activity today. We tour around, enjoying the beaches and the superb views from the lookout. Whilst in Tathra we also visit the Beach House Gallery, a local favourite, selling some wonderful items from jewellery and homewares to skincare, as well as paintings and pottery by local artists.

From Tathra we’ll take the scenic Sapphire Coast Drive to Merimbula. Set amongst waterways and surrounding forests, Merimbula also boasts an absolutely stunning coastline. Lagoon, lakes and ocean are separated by white sand, and fringed by unspoilt bushland stretching up into the mountains. As we shall see, it’s no wonder this town is such a popular holiday destination.

We enjoy lunch in town before making our way to the wharf to visit the Merimbula Aquarium. Home to a 70,000 litre Oceanarium as well as 28 fish tanks, the aquarium features local and tropical marine life of all kinds from octopuses and tropical fish to sharks.

A relaxing drive takes us back to our motel, where we enjoy dinner and our last night here in Eden.

 

Day Seven – THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER 2019

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

It is time to farewell our hosts here in Eden as we begin our journey west and it’s not long after departing, that we cross the border into Victoria. As we travel the highway today, we are surrounded by conservation areas and nature reserves, with much of the coastline being protected by National Park. We’ll stop in the small town of Cann River for morning tea and the opportunity to stretch our legs.

From here we continue through pretty countryside to Nowa Nowa, on one of the most pristine waterways in Victoria. Once a stronghold of the local timber industry, the community is now home to several artists, who open their studios and galleries to visitors. Nowa Nowa has produced some great art, including the sculpture walk and the Ramsdell Collection—a unique display of exotic Australian timbers and polished gemstones on display at Mingling Waters Gallery. We enjoy our lunch at the gallery and have an opportunity to wander through and appreciate the pieces on display.

We continue through beautiful Gippsland country this afternoon to the city of Bairnsdale, situated on a bend in the Mitchell River and known as the ‘gateway to the lakes’. It is the largest city in the East Gippsland region and is a commercial centre for the local wool, dairy and timber industries.  After settling into our accommodation for the evening at the Comfort Inn Mitchell on Main (Ph. 03 5152 5012), we come together for another delicious dinner.

 

Day Eight – FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2019

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

We enjoy a hearty breakfast then begin our day of travelling, heading east to Trafalgar in the West Gippsland, where we pause for morning tea. The town lies on the Princes Highway and main Gippsland railway line, backing onto the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges to the south.

Continuing on past Melbourne, we arrive in Melton. Less than 40 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, Melton offers a great balance of urban and rural living which has seen it expand rapidly. We have lunch in town before reboarding the coach for our afternoon journey.

Continuing our drive across western Victoria, we pass Ballarat and arrive at Stawell in the late afternoon.  We check into our accommodation at the Magdala Motor Lodge (Ph. 03 5358 3877), before our last dinner and evening together on tour.

 

Day Nine – SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

After waking in Stawell this morning we embark on the last leg of our journey home. Our travels start on the Western Highway, as we pass through Horsham before detouring towards Natimuk where we will stop for morning tea.

Continuing via Mount Arapiles, we take advantage of the beautiful scenery of West Wimmera with its dotted chains of wetlands, lakes and majestic red gums.

Crossing the border back into South Australia we arrive in Keith, where a delicious two course lunch will be waiting for us.

By late afternoon we reach Tailem Bend, where we will stop and stretch our legs before continuing on past Murray Bridge and through the hills. Arriving in Adelaide, we begin returning everyone home after a sensational holiday to see the fabulous Tattoo combined with the beauty of the lower New South Wales coast.