Nestled on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River the original inhabitants, the Wiradjuri, were the largest Abocrows, hence a place of many crows. The largest inland city in NSW, Wagga Wagga is the capital of the fertile Riverina agricultural area dedicated to wheat growing and dairying. This Riverina “loop tour” includes Junee, Temora, Narrandera and Leeton.
DAY 1 (D) NARACOORTE TO WAGGA WAGGA: Sunday 03 November 2019
Welcome aboard our Naracoorte Touring Coach for our spring tour into the Riverina Region of New South Wales. Our base is the provincial city of Wagga Wagga where we have arranged accommodation for four nights at the delightful Mercure Wagga Wagga in the centre of the city. We have a travel day ahead of us today as we head to Horsham and then Kerang before crossing the Murray into New South Wales. We travel through Deniliquin and Jerilderie and onto Wagga. We will have plenty of stops along the way and will arrive at our hotel by late afternoon.
(Meal Inclusions: Welcome dinner)
Mercure Wagga Wagga, (02 6921 6444) – 4 nights
DAY 2 (BLD) WAGGA WAGGA TOURING: Monday 04 November 2019
Nestled on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the original inhabitants, the Wiradjuri, were the largest Aboriginal tribe in New South Wales. It is from their language the city is named. Wagga means crow and repeating it means crows, hence a place of many crows. The largest inland city in NSW, Wagga is the capital of the fertile Riverina agricultural area dedicated to wheat growing and dairying. At the Visitor Information Centre we meet our local guide for a tour of the city. A highlight will be the beautiful Botanic Gardens, the pride and joy of the city which has helped Wagga earn the title "Garden City of the South". The 8.9 hectare Botanic Gardens feature drought resistant plants from Africa and the Americas, the Camellia Garden with its Chinese Pavilion, the Tree Chapel and the Music Bowl. Heading out of Wagga Wagga we arrive for our morning visit to Kooringal Stud. This family run thoroughbred operation comprises an area of 3000 acres and has been in the care of the Lamont family since 1910. Upon arrival we are greeted at the homestead garden with an introduction and brief history of the stud. We will hear of the breeding program, view the stallions and enjoy a wander through the 4.5 acre garden. Not far away is our lunch venue at the beautiful Roseleigh Manor. The property, originally known as Overdale, was a thriving community within itself and at its peak held 30,000 acres. As well as management personnel, the property employed live in maids, groundsmen field hands and had its own onsite cabinet maker and blacksmith. During the Second World War Italian prisoners of war lived and were employed at Overdale. Many families of those POW's still live in the Wagga District. In 1955 the property was bequeathed to the Nursing Sisters of the Little Company of Mary. The Sisters are an international community dedicated to evangelisation prayer and care of the sick, the dying, the poor and the marginalised. Then in 2004, the property was sold to the current owner. They have transformed the derelict convent back to its former glory. This afternoon we head to the Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Museum located on the Wagga Wagga Railway Station Platform. For the past 25 years an active force of long term past and existing railway employee volunteers have been collecting valued railway heritage assets and artefacts – there is a very large collection of railway photos showing past manual working conditions, railway stations, signal box buildings which are no longer being used or have been demolished. There is a collection of old kerosene lamps, tickets, badges old signs and the list goes on. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the hotel/Lunch at Roseleigh Manor)
DAY 3 (BLD) JUNEE, TEMORA & COOLAMON: Tuesday 05 November 2019
This morning we head north to Junee, a quaint rural town set between rolling hills and the Murrumbidgee River. Our first visit is to the Junee Liquorice & Chocolate Factory. We will see how they manufacture organic liquorice, one of only three certified organic liquorice manufacturers in the world! After sampling some of the liquorice we head to Monte Cristo Homestead, built in 1884 to experience life from a bygone era. We’ll enjoy a guided tour to view the magnificent collection of fine antiques and renowned carriage collection followed by a delicious lunch. From here we drive to Temora to visit the Temora Aviation Museum, displaying military aircraft of historical significance to Australia. The aircraft are kept in airworthy condition and are flown on a regular basis. As today is Melbourne Cup Day, we will watch the big race here in the Theatrette. Returning to Wagga Wagga we make our way to the charming town of Coolamon and admire the bygone architecture of heritage listed Cowabbie Street. Here we visit the Coolamon Cheese Factory. We enjoy a tour and a cheese tasting here. The heritage building has been transformed into an architecturally stunning ‘world of cheese’ that has a production area, cheese kitchen and deli, and courtyard that features the building’s original 1912 scotch oven. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch at Monte Cristo)
NARACOORTE CHARTERS: ALA N 0429803798 LIN 0418835245
DAY 4 (BD) LEETON & NARRANDERA: Wednesday 06 November 2019
After breakfast we drive to Leeton, the birthplace of the MIA - Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. We’ll stop at the Leeton Visitor Information Centre where a local guide will board the coach and show us around town. Departing Leeton we travel to Narrandera, situated at the intersection of the Newell and Sturt Highways half an hour away. Known for its tree lined streets, parks and gardens, the town is often referred to as an ‘oasis’, blessed with abundant water and hugging the banks of Lake Talbot and the Murrumbidgee River. Following some free time to purchase lunch we’ll stop to see the Hankinson Fountain, in the Narrandera Memorial Gardens. This is a ceramic fountain made by Royal Doulton, presented to the people of the town by an Alderman, in honour of all those who served in the Great War. There are only two of these fountains known to be in existence, the other one being in Karachi, Pakistan. This afternoon we visit the Narrandera Fisheries Centre which carries out important research into freshwater fish species which inhabit the Murray - Murrumbidgee- Lachlan and Darling River systems. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast and dinner in motel)
DAY 5 (BLD) WAGGA WAGGA TO ECHUCA: Thursday 07 November 2019
Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to the Riverina area of NSW as we farewell our hosts and checkout of the hotel. We have an interesting day ahead of us, as we make our way to Lockhart, known as the ‘Verandah town’. Classified by the National Trust, the town exhibits a fine example of typical turn of the century architecture. A local guide will step on board the coach for a brief tour and then we make a stop at the Greens Gunyah Museum and the Doris Golder Gallery. The portraits in this collection were created using washed wool from white and coloured sheep, no dyes were used. Doris spent over 14 years successfully creating these rare pieces of art, during which time over 30 portraits were completed. A number of her more well-known subjects corresponded with Doris and requests to display the portraits were also numerous, some even being displayed at the Parliament House in Canberra. Lunch today is at the Royal Mail Hotel in Jerilderie, the only NSW town raided by bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang. Our afternoon stop is at Deniliquin – at the Peppin Heritage Centre. The building was Deniliquin’s first public school and it has been transformed into a regional museum with permanent exhibitions. We have arranged for a local guide to spend an hour or so introducing us to the town. Tonight we stay in Echuca. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast and dinner in the motel/Lunch at Royal Mail Hotel) Mercure Port of Echuca (03 5482 5666) – 1 night
DAY 6 (BL) HEADING HOME: Friday 08 November 2019
This morning we are heading to the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. Here we meet a local character who will help us understand the history and stories relating to the Echuca Port. Our guide will point out areas of interest and share tales of the colourful personalities that crewed the old river boats. All the events we learn about happened when trade was booming here at the turn of the century. We even get to explore an escape tunnel from the Star Hotels illegal bar and have a chance to look through Sharps Magic Movie House & Penny Arcade. Lunch today is at St Arnaud before we head back to Naracoorte to complete our 6-day tour. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast in the motel/Club lunch)
$1696.00 per person twin/double share
$ 480.00 single supplement
Inclusions & Highlights
• 5 nights hotel accommodation
• Cooked breakfasts & 2 course dinners daily
• Guided tour of Wagga Wagga
• Visits & tours of Kooringal Stud
• Lunch at tour of Roseleigh Manor
• Tour of Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Museum
• Guided tour and lunch at Monte Cristo Homestead
• Entry to Temora Aviation Museum
• Tour and tasting at Coolamon Cheese
• Tour of Leeton & Narrandera Fisheries
• Entry to Greens Gunyah Museum & Town Tour
• Lunch at the Royal Mail Hotel Jerilderie
• Entry to Peppin Heritage Centre Deniliquin
• Guided tour of Echuca & entry to Sharps Movie House
• Lunch at St Arnaud Sporting Club
• Luxury Coach travel throughout
Terms & Conditions
Deposit of $200.00 payable on booking to reserve your place.
Balance due 30 days prior to departure.
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Cancellation insurance is not included but strongly recommended.
Cancellation Policy: More than 30 days, loss of deposit, 29-14 days, 50% of payment, less than 14 days, 100% of payment.
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions. Whilst every effort is made to adhere to the itinerary as provided, Naracoorte Charters reserves the right to alter the touring and attractions as dictated by circumstances and conditions outside the company’s control. Every attempt will be made to ensure alterations do not adversely affect the operation of the tour. The Company will not be held responsible for weather based cancellations or those closures made at the venue’s discretion. Naracoorte Charters arrange tours on the condition that they are not liable for injury, damage or loss which may occur due to accident, delay, irregularity or defect of any vehicle or accommodation. Naracoorte Charters reserves the right to cancel tours due to lack of numbers.