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Each year we try to arrange personally escorted tours showcasing our wonderful diverse country. In the past we have taken escorted tours to Norfolk Island, Christmas island & Cocos Keeling Islands, Kimberley Cruise and Longreach.
25 May to 7 June 2020
Painting and drawing with award winning, professional artists Meg Hayley and Nick Perrin.
by Monica Bethune
The Yukon is an amazing, beautiful and humbling place to visit. If you are visiting British Columbia and the Rockies or doing a cruise and want to add something different, I highly recommend the Yukon.
28th March to 7th April 2019
Personally escorted by Jacinta Anderson
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Captain James Cook was the first to officially discover Norfolk Island, describing it as “paradise” – a term he did not use liberally in his journals. From 1788 to 1854,
this paradise became a harsh penal colony and home to hapless convicts.
Today, it is home to the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers whose barefoot manners, warmth and hospitality have been woven into the island’s unique and timeless rhythm – a special charm that draws visitors back time and time again.
Norfolk Island offers excitement, fun, relaxation, adventure, indulgence, culture, history and surprise for everyone to experience and enjoy.
YOUR TOUR LEADER
Jacinta has worked in the Travel Industry since 1994 dealing with both leisure & corporate travellers. Having visited many destinations extensively, her favourite destinations are Egypt, Turkey, South Korea and more recently Bhutan, China and Patagonia.
“I am looking forward to experiencing all that Norfolk Island has to offer and sharing this experience with you all. I am sure we will take home some wonderful memories.”
$3899 per person on a twin share basis
Single supplement – $675
Prices based on a Garden room – 8 rooms available
Upgrade to Superior Room – $100 pp – 10 rooms available
Deposit to secure booking: $750 per person – non-refundable
Final payment due: Wednesday, 12 December 2018
For cancellations received more than 90 days prior to tour departure, a cancellation fee of $750 pp will be charged, which cannot be credited to another booking. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Gippsland Travel Centre. If notice of cancellation is received 90 days or less, prior to departure, the following fees apply:
No of days prior to tour departure
90 days and over
Cancellation fee of a % of tour cost
$1000 deposit non-refundable
All costs are based on the exchange rate prevailing as at 3 July 2018
Departs Melbourne: 28th March 2019
Concludes: 7th April 2019
Thursday 28 March
We depart Warragul in the late morning for our coach transfer to Melbourne Airport for a Qantas afternoon flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney, we shall be transferred to the RYDGES SYDNEY AIRPORT HOTEL for an overnight stay. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Friday 29 March
This morning we transfer to the Air New Zealand terminal for our flight to Norfolk Island. Our flight includes the ‘Works Package’ – lunch & entertainment.
On arrival at Norfolk Island, we shall be met and transferred to the SOUTH PACIFIC RESORT HOTEL, our home for the next 9 nights. This hotel is set in 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and is the most conveniently located hotel on Norfolk Island. After we are checked in we will meet for a Welcome Dinner at the Dino’s Restaurant.
Saturday 30 March
After breakfast we will enjoy a Half Day Island Tour, a must-do Norfolk Island experience, introducing us to the island's history and life as it is today. From the historic Kingston to famous convict buildings and beautiful beaches, the tour offers plenty of opportunities for you to take some photos and be fully informed about this fascinating island. We shall also visit Cascade, Longridge and much more.
After our lunch at the Hilli Restaurant, we will visit the incredible experience of the Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama…the stunning and realistic 360° artwork which brings to life the history of the Norfolk Island people and their connection with the infamous mutiny on the ‘Bounty’. We will discover how the world’s most famous mutiny created the Pitcairn and Norfolk communities.
We shall get together for an early dinner at the South Pacific Resort Hotel before we head out to see the Sound & Light Show amongst the convict ruins where we will watch re-enactments of how the convicts were treated in days gone.
Nightfall at Kingston brings a different mood to the convict settlement. The stillness and the stars are there just as they were before mankind arrived in 1788. However, with dramatic use of the real-life sounds, theatrical lighting and costumed actors, the stillness is broken you learn of through the horrifying decades of Norfolk Island’s convict era.
Sunday 31 March
This morning is a free morning to check out the markets which cater to visitors and locals with supplies of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, home cooking, craft and souvenir items, books, jewellery, stamps, post cards and so much more! There is live entertainment and the coffee van selling locally grown coffee. The Sunday markets operate rain, hail or shine! There is sure to be something for you to take home as a momento of this delightful trip.
In the early afternoon we shall join a Convict Settlement Tour, an ‘In Depth’ tour of the historic Georgian settlement of Kingston. We shall walk through the cemetery and hear the history of the interesting convict and colonial headstones and hear stories of the houses along Quality Row. We can also walk through the ruins of the New Gaol, see the Pier Store, Boat Shed and the Crank Mill. Afternoon tea included.
Tonight, we get together for Fletcher’s Fate Mystery Dinner, a fascinating evening of interactive theatre, intrigue & mystery. This entertaining play, examining the possible last movements & final whereabouts of the famous mutineer, Fletcher Christian, is dramatically acted out by a 6-character cast over a sumptuous 3 course dinner.
Monday 1 April
For our Christians 4WD Tour today we will split up into two groups, either departing at 9am or 1pm. On the tour we will join John and his Island staff – all direct descendants of the Bounty Mutineers, on an exciting 3-hour tour to points of Norfolk, accessible only by 4WD.
This back of beyond tour will take us through private properties and the national park featuring spectacular scenery, native flora & bird life. It also includes delicious homemade cakes with tea & coffee at a beautiful Island home. All vehicles are comfortable modern 4WDs.
There will be some free time this afternoon before we have the opportunity to experience the local hospitality by joining a Progressive dinner when we will enjoy a 3-course meal progressing to different Norfolk Island family homes. During our dinner we will hear Norfolk stories from our dinner guests.
Tuesday 2 April
This morning there will be some free time before we meet up in the early afternoon for a Farm and Industry Tour. While tourism is Norfolk’s largest industry, it is by no means its only one. On this tour, we take you to a selection of the many other enterprises that sustain our community. These might include: raising meat producing sheep, market gardening, pig farming, manufacturing soft drinks and liqueurs, aquaponics gardening or exporting Kentia seedlings.
Late in the afternoon we will enjoy an Island Fish Fry, where we will enjoy a traditional island feast on the clifftop at Puppy’s Point.
Wednesday 3 April
There will be an opportunity this morning for a BBQ Breakfast Bush Walk. Take your choice of a stroll through Hundred Acres Reserve or for the more energetic, a leisurely 3.5km walk through scenic Mt Bates to Captain Cook Monument. At the end of the walks we meet on the cliff top at Anson Bay for a delicious breakfast barbeque. The rest of the morning will be at leisure.
This afternoon we will learn about the colourful history of Norfolk Island’s most recent settlement – the Pitcairners and their descendants, on one of the last few remaining original settler’s properties and will experience the history & culture of the Pitcairn Settlers. We visit the magnificent homestead gardens, including many of the traditional crops, ride in Norfolk’s first tour coach, a model A Ford, visit a blacksmith’s forge, the original homestead, a WWII Army hut and Museum of Memorabilia.
Tonight, dinner will be in the historic Kington where we listen to tales and stories that will delight you, make you sad and through it all send shivers down your spine!
We will then take a Lantern Walk through the ruins.
Thursday 4 April
This morning we travel to Anson Bay to visit a small hobby farm, which has been instrumental in improving our local livestock industry. Close by we’ll see a demonstration at Norfolk’s major pottery and browse at the Cottage Pottery shop. After a delicious morning tea at a scenic location, visit one of the Island’s largest Banyan Trees before we finish with a visit to ‘Sweeties’ and learn how they make chocolate on Norfolk.
The afternoon is at leisure and we shall have an early dinner at the hotel before being treated to an event not to be missed. The Mutiny on the Bounty Show. Descendants of the mutineers bring the story of the famed ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ and Historic events to life in a 1.5-hour show performed in an outdoor amphitheatre on Norfolk’s western coastline.
Friday 5 April
Our Greenfingers tour this morning will feature some of the islands loveliest gardens. Through the morning, we visit a nursery owned & operated by a young Norfolk Islander, and view the hydroponics. We also visit a gorgeous private garden with a spectacular view and then enjoy morning tea at a scenic spot.
There will be some free time in the afternoon. We can rest up as tonight will be a lot of fun spending the evening as convicts. We shall dress up as convicts in outfits supplied and join in with the Commandant for an evening of gaiety, feasting, singing and dancing.
Saturday 6 April
Today is at leisure so you may like to hire a car to explore further, swim in Emily Bay, visit the local farmers market or shop for those last-minute souvenirs.
Tonight we will get together for our Farewell Dinner at the Hilli Restaurant.
Sunday 7 April
The morning is at leisure however the hotel will provide a morning tea before we depart Norfolk Island for an early afternoon Air New Zealand flight back to Sydney before joining our Qantas flight to Melbourne via Sydney. On arrival in Melbourne Airport at approximately 8pm, we shall be met and transferred by coach back to Warragul.
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