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Coffs Harbour/ Grafton including the 'Jacaranda Festival'

HIGHLIGHTS: * Overnight – Coonabarabran * 4 Nights – Coffs Harbour * Whale Watching Cruise * Rainforest Centre * Dorrigo * Pet Porpoise Pool * Big Banana * Kempsey * Fighter World Williamstown * Nelson Bay * Nambucca Heads * Carobana Factory * Grafton – Jacaranda Festival

4th November '22
8 Days

Day 1 – Friday 4th November        JERILDERIE – COONABARABRAN (D)

Welcome aboard for our relaxing tour of Coffs Harbour. Today we travel to Jerilderie for our morning tea break.  Continue through Narrandera to West Wylong for lunch.  Make our way to Forbes, Parkes and on to Peak Hill for our afternoon tea stop. We continue along the Newell Highway through Dubbo, Gilgandra and onto Coonabarabran, which is the stargazing capital of Australia.  We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Country Garden Motel Coonabarabran.

Day 2 – Saturday 5th       TAMWORTH – COFFS HARBOUR     (B,D)

This morning after a hearty breakfast we travel to Tamworth, the Country Music Capital, see the Golden Guitar and enjoy our lunch break here.  Make our way to Armidale and along the Waterfall Way to Dorrigo.  We travel past waterfalls through the most accessible National Park in the world. We spend some time in Dorrigo with its many craft shops.  We visit the World Heritage listed National Park where there is a fantastic Skywalk high above the rainforest.   We make our way to Coffs Harbour. We settle in for the Next Four Nights at the Sanctuary Resort Coffs Harbour.   

Day 3 – Sunday 6th      INTRO TOUR COFFS HARBOUR – BIG BANANA    (B,D)

Today after a relaxing start we explore Coffs Harbour.  Visit the Marina with its fishing fleet, whale watching and recreational vessels moored in the safe harbour.  We visit the Pet Porpoise pool, see the amazing show, starring dolphins and sea lions followed by feeding of fairy penguins and fish. After a stroll and lunch, we visit the Big Banana. We enjoy the afternoon at leisure with time to relax before dinner.    

Day 4 – Monday 7th       DOLPHIN CRUISE – FREE AFTERNOON        (B,D)

Today we enjoy a relaxing morning on board the "Pacific Explorer” for a Whale Watching Cruise, enjoy the commentary as we cruise past the spectacular Coffs Harbour coastline.   Visit Carobana Factory, production of carob, chocolate, honeycomb and brittle confectionery products… and a little tasting! Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to relax at the resort or soak up the friendly atmosphere of this beautiful coastal town.    Dinner tonight is at the Resort.   

Day 5 – Tuesday 8th    GRAFTON – JACARANDA FESTIVAL   (B,D)

This morning we follow the Pacific Highway north to Grafton the Commercial Centre of the Clarence Valley.  Grafton is a beautiful place, justified with its gardens, fine colonial buildings and broad avenues lined with Jacaranda trees, set on the banks of the Clarence River.  We meet bush poet Bill Kearns for an informative tour of the town and maybe a humorous poem or two. We celebrate the purple blooms with the Jacaranda Festival and join in with the festivities with so much to see and do (the 2022 Itinerary is yet to be finalised at the time of this publication). We make our way back to Coffs Harbour in time to freshen up for our Dinner at the Resort.

Day 6 – Wednesday 8th  COFFS HARBOUR – NELSON BAY   (B,D)

This morning we farewell our hosts as we make our way to Nambucca Heads with magnificent views along the way. We continue to Kempsey and visit the Slim Dusty Centre which is a major cultural tourism attraction, celebrating the life of Australian Icon, Slim Dusty. We then travel to Port Macquarie for our lunch break. We then visit the RAAF Fighter world Williamtown for a guided tour around the base with its unique display of fighter aircraft, then continue onto Nelson Bay for our overnight stay at the Marina Resort.

DAY 7 – Thursday 9th       NELSON BAY – GOULBURN        (B,D)

After breakfast we travel to Newcastle and enjoy a tour which is Australia's oldest sea port, currently the second most important in the country in terms of overall tonnage. It is also the world's largest coal exporter. We then travel the Central Coast passing through Grafton and around the outskirts of Sydney before arriving at the Rooty Hill RSL for lunch. We continue down the Hume Highway to Goulburn where we do a comprehensive tour of this historic town. Tonight, we enjoy our stay at the Goulburn Heritage Motel.

DAY 8 – Friday 10th     GOULBURN - HOME      (B)

We join the Hume Highway this morning and make our way to Gundagai for our morning tea break at the Information centre where we view the Rusconi’s Marble Masterpiece which is a unique cathedral-in-miniature. We continue along the Hume Highway to Holbrook where we have lunch. We then make our way to Albury after a relaxed and enlightening tour of Coffs Harbour and Grafton.

Price $2,150  per person, based on Twin Share.

Single Supplement: $558


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Tour: Coffs Harbour/ Grafton including the 'Jacaranda Festival' on 4th November '22

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