Blue Mountains In Depth – The River Postman – 2 Gold Coast Theme Parks plus The Outback Spectacular Show – The Slim Dusty Hall of Fame -   (Tour code: NAD12 15V2)


Blue Mountains In Depth – The River Postman – 2 Gold Coast Theme Parks plus The Outback Spectacular Show – 

The Slim Dusty Hall of Fame

12 Days ~ Saturday 02 January 2016

Day 01: Sat. 02 January: To Goulburn Via Bonnie Doon - L,D Day 1

Depart Nadrasca at 7.00 am (Be there at 6.30 am) and travel via the Maroondah Highway to Bonnie Doon and then to the Hume Highway. Morning, lunch and afternoon stops on the way. Tonight’s destination is Goulburn, the once important railway hub.

Day 02: Sun. 03 January: To Jenolan Caves & Blue Mountains – B,L,D Day 2

Leaving the Hume Highway we approach the Blue Mountains via the southern route passing the Wombeyan Caves region and skirting Kanangra Boyd & Abercrombie River National Parks – a beautiful region of the Southern Highlands. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the way. Follow the Oberon Stock Route as we head to the Blue Lakes in the Jenolan Caves area where we stay overnight.

Day 03: Mon. 04 January: Exploring The Blue Mountains – B,L,D Day 3

A short journey will take us to the Jenolan Caves where we will have a private one hour tour of the Imperial Cave and we will see an ancient river, The Sinkhole and the dramatic crystal cities. Afterwards we will look for a platypus in a nearby mountain stream. Visit the quaint mountain village of Leura, famous for its many shops and galleries. Also visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre where Aboriginal dancers and didgeridoo players will entertain us. See Wentworth Falls and The Three Sisters, popular attractions are also included. Late afternoon we travel via the Bells Line of Road see rural settlements of Kurrajong, Bilpin and Lower Portland. The first settlers arrived here to farm the area in 1794. The fertile Hawkesbury River Valley is noted as the food basket of Sydney with plenty of fresh produce. Overnight at the quaint town of Brooklyn.

Day 04: Tues. 05 January: A Day Exploring The Hawkesbury Region – B,L,D Day 4

A morning stroll downtown before joining The Riverboat Postman on its historic cruise delivering the mail to isolated residents along the Hawkesbury River. The first riverboat postman started the run in 1910 and the tradition continues today. The Skippers are local and have many stories to tell. Enjoy morning tea and lunch aboard as well as tasting an oyster. Travel to the village at Wiseman’s Ferry for an overnight stay.

Day 05: Wed. 06 January: To The Hunter Valley – B,L,D Day 5

Today we travel on roads built in convict times which are surrounded by historic buildings that were constructed in the 1820’s and were the main overland route to Newcastle and beyond. A relaxing and interesting day by-passing the express ways. The Wollumbi Tavern is an historic site of early European settlement and a must for an interesting afternoon stop. An afternoon tour of the wine growing Hunter Valley – maybe a sample as we visit the Wynwood Estate Winery!

Day 06: Thurs. 07 January: Via Tamworth To The Gold Coast – B,L,D Day 6

Leaving the Hunter Valley we join the New England Highway at Musswellbrook and travel to Tamworth, Armidale and Tenterfield then across the Great Dividing Range to the Pacific Highway. Travel to the Gold Coast for a 3 night stay.

Days 07 & 08: Fri & Sat. 08 & 09 January: At The Gold Coast – B,L,D Day 7

During our 2 day stopover we will visit 2 of the popular theme parks and have a night out at the Outback Spectacular Show. Also we will enjoy window shopping at downtown Surfers Paradise, a walk along/paddle at the beach, relax at the motel and look at some of the other interesting places in the area – Byron Bay or the rainforest in the hinterland.

Day 09: Sun.10 January: To Kempsey – B,L,D Day 8

Cross the border into New South Wales at Coolangatta/Tweed Heads and travel along the Pacific Highway through the popular summer holiday resorts of Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads to Kempsey. Upon arrival visit The Slim Dusty Centre & Museum at Kempsey which is to officially open on 01 October. There has been a great deal of work over the past 12 years for this very special event. Slim is noted as Australia’s King of Country Music winning many awards at Tamworth and releasing over 100 albums as well as selling more than 7 million records! Overnight at Kempsey or nearby.

Day 10: Mon. 11 January: To Newcastle – B,L,D Day 9

On our way with a stop at Port Macquarie for morning tea. Today we’ll join a New South Wales train for a section of the journey then rejoin our coach to continue to Newcastle for overnight accommodation.

Day 11: Tue. 12 January: Newcastle to Gundagai – B,L,D Day 10

On the road again! Travelling the freeways towards Sydney – bypass the city via Parramatta and Liverpool with stops on the way. Pass through Bowral of Bradman fame, Goulburn and Yass to our overnight with ‘the dog on the tuckerbox on the road to Gundagai!”

Day 12: Wed. 13 Jan: Homeward Bound! Via Wagga & The Hume Hwy – B,L,D Day 11

Pack up your cases for the last time! Then we are off to see the Dad & Dave characters of Snake Gully fame in the Carberry Park. Our first detour is in to Wagga Wagga for morning tea then travel along the Olympic Way to Albury where we rejoin the Hume Highway for the last section of the journey home. Arrival at Nadrasca at 6.00 pm.

Your tour cost includes: 

  • The provision of a modern, comfortable touring coach – restroom equipped
  • The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
  • The provision of a Tour Manager to co-ordinate arrangements and to supervise the chaperones who are allocated to provide care and assistance on the basis of one chaperone per five clients.
  • The provision of guides who join the tour on a regular basis to provide guided town tours or additional information.
  • The provision of all accommodation on a variety of levels – 3 star motel, farm stays, multi-share, school camps, church retreat centres, hostels.
  • The provision of cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals prepared by chaperones and a camp cook supplemented by hotel and café meals.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.


Not included:

  • Linen on some occasions – clients are required to bring sleeping bag/doona, sheet liner and pillow.
  • Evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Austour services at this stage are unable to cater for clients who cannot shower and attend to personal hygiene and administer their own medication or have a physical disability (wheel chair or walking frame), or who are not capable of working in a sheltered workshop environment.

Note: All chaperones have Working with Children Certificates and have worked with Austour on both adult and school groups and are sourced through Rotary Clubs, school teachers and volunteer caring roles in the community. Their roles individually cover a) personal care of female clients b) personal care of male clients c) First Aid and supervision of client’s medication routine d) supervision of personal spending money e) tour administration

Our crew – one driver/guide; one Tour Manager; five carers for a group of 30 clients.

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.