Explore the Snowy Mountains High Country
7 Day Guided Journey
The Snowy Mountains Region has an amazing history to accompany its breathtaking natural beauty. Stretching from Canberra in the north to the border of Victoria in the south, it holds deep spiritual significance for Aborigines. Early European stockmen and farmers who called the stunning countryside home during the 1800s were immortalised in one of Australia’s favourite poems (which also became a film) – The Man from Snowy River. Travel with us to experience this magical environment of high peaks, alpine lakes, vast plains and rich heritage for yourself.
Day 1: Sydney – Canberra (L)
Heading south from Sydney our first stop this morning is the beautifully preserved Georgian Village of Berrima. Built amongst the lush, green surroundings of NSW’s Southern Highlands, Berrima’s colonial sandstone buildings and classic country charm make this historic village an ideal spot for morning tea and time to explore. From here, travel via the Hume Highway to Goulburn and then on back roads to Bungendore, a charming rural escape located in a pretty, green valley near the national capital, Canberra. Those who linger in Bungendore will find everything from lovingly preserved colonial buildings to markets, wineries and incredible craftsmanship. We enjoy a visit to the Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery where here we will enjoy lunch on the deck. The Lark Hill menu changes regularly as they focus on regional, seasonal produce, much of which is grown biodynamically and we will make the most of a special food and wine matching experience. After a leisurely lunch on to our destination for the next 2 nights, Canberra.
Accommodation: Hotel Kurrajong Canberra x 2 Nights
Day 2: Canberra (BL)
Today we spend visiting the capital city and its many sights. Drive to Capitol Hill to visit Australia’s Parliament House, enjoy a personalised guided tour of Parliament grounds, learn about Australian politics as well as the architecture, gardens, and art collection. Next stop is the National Museum of Australia, with a collection of more than 210,000 objects representing Australia’s history and cultural heritage. It’s then on for a stop at a local restaurant for a 2 course lunch, celebrating the freshest local produce and supporting our local farmers who have been impacted by drought, fire or climate change. After lunch, we spend the afternoon visiting the icons of Canberra, including options to visit the National Library, Lake Burly Griffin and the Australian War Memorial in time to visit before the moving Last Post Ceremony. We return to our accommodation late afternoon with the evening and dinner at leisure.
Day 3: Canberra – Snowy Mountains Region (BLD)
After breakfast we depart our accommodation and drive south to the country town of Cooma, considered the gateway to the alpine area. Along the way we will enjoy a visit to the Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station. This unique Communication Complex was opened in 1965, an amazing complex with its 70 Metre dish. On arrival in Cooma, time to explore the town’s National Trust classified sites and 19th century architecture including Victorian cottages, jail, court house and post office. We will have lunch here and you may also like to stop in at the Mainstreet Shop for some RM Williams products. Travelling on, we arrive at our accommodation on a remote property in the high country of the snowy wildness. The Snowy Wilderness Lodge consists of several eco-friendly lodges and is a sanctuary for brumby horses and wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, wombats, deer, echidna and wedge-tailed eagles. Enjoy a dinner prepared by the resort staff using locally sourced ingredients selected daily.
Accommodation: Snowy Wilderness Lodge x 3 nights
Day 4: Snowy Wilderness Lodge (BLD)
Today is about exploring and enjoying this pristine resort set on 7,500 acres of wilderness high country. In the tradition of The Man from Snowy River, Snowy Wilderness is a stunning high country resort and a Sanctuary for Australia’s wild horse, the brumby. Adjacent to Kosciuszko National Park today we will enjoy a guided tour taking in breathtaking views, waterholes, waterfalls, rugged wilderness bush, volcanic peaks, and access to the Snowy River; – all set within the backdrop of the unique vista of Australia’s iconic high country. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy a leisurely walk or relax and soak in the environment. For the adventure minded, a horse ride into the wilderness is an amazing extra.
Day 5: Kosciusko National Park (BLD)
An early start this morning has us driving through picturesque country to the ski town of Thredbo. From here, we take the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to ascend the mountain, enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. On arrival at the top enjoy an easy walk past the rocky granite outcrops of Ramshead Range, and through alpine wildflowers (spring). Stop at the lookout for views of the country’s highest mountain before returning down the mountain via the Chairlift. Departing Thredbo, we arrive at the Wildbrumby Distillery, the highest distillery in Australia. With access to pristine Alpine water, organically grown fruit and native mountain botanicals, an award-winning stable of schnapps, gin and vodka are produced. Here we will enjoy tastings, lunch at the café and time to explore the sculpture garden. Return to the lodge late afternoon.
Day 6: To Bowral (BLD)
We farewell our hosts this morning as we depart from this stunning alpine region. Our first stop of the morning is at the Eucumbene Trout Farm (subject to being open) to enjoy a guided tour of the farm and learn of the sustainability practices. Enjoy morning tea in the café and the opportunity to purchase any of the produce! Lunch will be enjoyed picnic style today as we make our way to beautiful Bowral. The largest town in the Southern Highlands, Bowral was traditionally a rural summer retreat for the gentry of Sydney. There are still elements of this on display today, from fine manor houses to antique stores and gourmet restaurants
Accommodation: Peppers Craigieburn Bowral x 1 night
Day 7: Bowral – Sydney (BL)
This morning some time to visit Bowral before heading off to explore the picturesque Kangaroo Valley and then on to the stylish village of Berry for lunch. Our afternoon drive back to Sydney has us following the coast road, stopping in at Kiama, home to the world’s largest blowhole before enjoying the Grand Pacific Drive and through the Royal National Park to arrive back in Sydney CBD approximately 5.00pm.
Price + Inclusions
|Explore the Snowy Mountains High Country||Price per person|
|09 October 2021||$3,265||$1,045|
Explore the Snowy Mountains High Country 2021 Departures:
- Depart: Sydney,
06 March 2021– Departed
- Depart: Sydney, 09 October 2021
- Travel in bespoke 14 or 17 passenger Seat tour Vehicle with reclining leather coach seats and air conditioning
- Expert Driver Guide Escort
- Twin-share accommodation with ensuite where possible. Property selection based 4.5 star hotels and unique Wilderness Resort.
- Meals as advised (B= Breakfast / L = Lunch/ D= Dinner)
- Admissions & National Park fees and Tours as advised in Itinerary.
- Sustainable Water bottles on board.
- Beverages with Meals
- Optional Tours and Meals
- Travel Insurance
SNOWY WILDERNESS LODGE ACCOMMODATION – MAXIMUM OF 10 GUESTS FOR THIS TOUR BASED ON:
The Homestead to accommodate 3 couples with 2 bathrooms
2 bedroom High Country Lodge to accommodate 2 couples, each with ensuite bathrooms
1 bedroom High Country Lodge for the escort.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS REQUESTING TWIN SHARE:
Our policy is that all solo travellers must pay the single supplement. If at the time of departure there is another single that has requested to share, we will then refund the single supplement to both guests. We must wait until the tour has departed as circumstances can change with new bookings, cancellations etc.
TRAVEL INSURANCE is strongly recommended.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: These tours may involve travel in remote areas and the operator reserves the right to alter itineraries or accommodation as necessitated by weather, road and other operational conditions prevailing at the time each tour takes place.
WHAT TO BRING: Casual clothes, including warm gear, comfortable flat walking shoes or boots, a jacket, a hat, and sunscreen, toilet requirements and a torch. One small suitcase or bag. Light hand-luggage can accompany you inside the vehicle eg. cameras, day-bags, valuables etc.
Level of Fitness Required – Medium
Whilst this tour is not physically demanding it does include nature walks in National Parks. There will be times where you will be required to navigate uneven tracks, inclines/descents on walks and all participants are required to be able to walk unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.