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HUNTER VALLEY 3 DAY WEEKEND GETAWAY 8-10 November 2019
November 8 - November 10$980
DAY 1 (D): HEADING TO MAITLAND: Friday
Welcome to our weekend getaway tour to see the Christmas Lights Spectacular in the Hunter Valley Gardens as well as the Hunter Valley Rose Spectacular. We depart Sydney this morning and make our way through to Maitland. Maitland is the ideal place to unpack our bags and “stay put”. We’re very close to Port Stephens, the Upper Hunter and of course the Hunter Valley. Maitland is lined with historical buildings that date from the early 1800s. We will take a sightseeing drive around town before our visit to the Maitland Gaol. The gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years and housed some of Australia’s most hardened and notorious criminals. It closed as a Correctional Institution in 1998 and the cell doors have now been swung open again to learn about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes. After an interesting visit we head to the charming village of Morpeth which is under a heritage order. It was once an important river port in the 19th century. We have free time here to browse amongst the antique stores, quaint art & craft galleries and curio stores and to purchase our lunch. This afternoon we join a tour of Grossman House. The house is one of two, built in 1870 in a mid-Victorian Regency style and is now listed on the National Trust registry. The garden consists of species of ‘old fashioned’ and ‘heritage roses’, some flowering all year round. The house features the only operational gas lighting in a house in public ownership in New South Wales together with wallpapers painstakingly recreated from documentary evidence. After our tour we head to our motel and check in for our 2-night stay. (Dinner at the motel / lunch at own expense) Accommodation Old Maitland Inn, Maitland
DAY 2 (BD): HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS: Saturday
We have a leisurely breakfast before we make our way to the Hunter Valley Gardens. We’re lucky enough to be here during the annual Rose Spectacular, where the gardens will be blooming with over 2 million roses. Experience the colour, fragrance and elegance of over 35,000 rose bushes in 186 different varieties. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the roses and all the other displays and gardens. Around lunch time we head to the Hunter Valley Village Shops to purchase lunch (passengers’ own expense) and browse – some may choose to visit Hunter Valley Cookies, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company or the British Lolly Shop. Of course, no visit to the Hunter Valley would be complete without a wine tasting, so we also visit McGuigans and the Hunter Valley Cheese Company to sample some of their delicious cheeses. The range is preservative free and manufactured on site to traditional cheese making recipes. We now head back to our motel to enjoy some free time along with dinner before making our way back to the gardens for the magical Christmas Lights Spectacular. With over 1.5 million Christmas lights on show there are enough lights to cover a football oval and 19kms of string lighting! The lights spectacular is bound to capture the spirit of Christmas and create lasting memories for all. (Breakfast and dinner at the motel / lunch at own expense at the Hunter Valley Gardens Cafe)
DAY 3 (B): MAITLAND TO HOME: Sunday
We check out of our motel this morning and have around an hour drive across to Port Stephens where board our cruise boat for a morning tea cruise on the spectacular waterways of Port Stephens and Nelson Bay. Relax, enjoy commentary on the area and with any luck, we may meet some of the long-time locals – the friendly dolphins. Back on dry land we have some free time to purchase lunch and this afternoon we commence our return journey and arrive home late afternoon. (Breakfast at the motel / lunch at own expense)
BOOK TODAY TO LOCK IN YOUR ADVENTURE !!!!!!!
- 2 nights hotel accommodation
- 2 cooked hotel breakfasts
- 2 hotel dinners (2 course or buffet)
- Guided tour of Old Maitland Gaol
- Guided tour of Grossman House
- Daytime entry to Hunter Valley Gardens
- Group wine tasting at McGuigan Wines
- Group cheese tasting at Hunter Valley Cheese tasting
- Night time entry to Hunter Valley Gardens for Xmas Lights
- 5-hour Dolphin Watch Cruise with Moonshadow Cruises Port Stephens
- Accommodation Old Maitland Inn. Maitland
$980.00 per person (twin/double share)
$115.00 single supplement
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc.