WINE & WILDLIFE SAFARI
7 Day Guided Journey
Discover the famous Blue Mountains National Park, home to some of the country’s natural attractions, charming villages, scenic walks and native birdlife. Descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Cableway and explore Jurassic rainforest via the longest boardwalk in Australia. Take a scenic drive to Mudgee for local food and wineries. Enjoy the picturesque drive to De Beaurepaire Winery for an extensive wine tasting, visit Rylstone village then drive to Wollemi National Park, known for its flora, fauna and Aboriginal rock art sites. Stop in Dubbo to experience a slice of Africa with a visit of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo and a stay at the stunning Zoofari Lodge. Final stops include Orange and the beautiful Heritage listed town of Millthorpe.
8.30am: Join your vehicle at Central Sydney Pickup location and commence our drive to the world-famous Blue Mountains National Park. Home to some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions and charming country villages, the Blue Mountains feature sensational views over the deep valley troughs, formed over millions of years. Arrive at Wentworth Falls where we head off for a magnificent walk that will transport you to another world. Approximately 3km, this is a moderately challenging Nature track and the spectacular views, swamps, lush ferns and tranquil pools make it ideal for photography. On completion of our walk, we arrive at the Conservation Hut where we enjoy a hearty lunch with one non-alcoholic beverage per person. From here, we call into the picturesque village of Leura where you have time at leisure to explore this boutique village before we arrive at our accommodation for the next 2 nights. Time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Early evening a short drive has us arriving at the spectacular Hydro Majestic where we enjoy a 2 course dinner food only at the stunning Wintergarden Restaurant.
Accommodation: Lilianfels Blue Mountains – Deluxe King Valley View Rooms x 2 nights
Day 2: Sunday, Blue Mountains (BD)
Enjoy breakfast at the resort before we spend the day exploring the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Our first stop of the day is at the iconic Scenic World, renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains adventure – from native birdlife and fresh air, to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls and Jamison Valley. Journey on the world’s steepest incline railway, glide between clifftops on the glass-floored Skyway suspended 270 metres in the air, descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Cableway, explore Jurassic rainforest along the 2.4 kilometre walkway – the longest boardwalk in Australia.
From here our day will focus on visiting a range of remote lookouts with stunning views over the blue hued valley, enjoy short scenic walks and look for native birdlife. Your experienced guide will discuss the history of the Blue Mountains and it’s flora and fauna. Lunch will be at a local café today at own expense. We return to Lilianfels mid-afternoon for some time at leisure. Early evening we travel to Cahill’s Lookout, a fantastic place to watch sunset with views across the Megalong Valley, glimpses through to the Jamison Valley, and a view of the Narrow Neck Plateau that separates the two… and the way golden hour lights up Narrow Neck is simply the best. We will enjoy sunset drinks and some light nibbles before returning to enjoy a 2 course dinner food only, at the beautiful Echoes Restaurant, located just next door to Lilianfels.
Day 3: Monday, Blue Mountains – Mudgee (BL)
After breakfast we depart Lilianfels and enjoy the scenic drive to the Tomah Botanical Gardens. Sitting at 850 metres above sea level, they are the most elevated gardens in Australia and are a showcase of local and imported cool climate plants and alpine rainforest. The 28 hectares of curated garden and a further 244 hectares of wilderness sits inside the UNESCO World Heritage Area. Here we will have an expertly curated walk through the gardens and interpretation centre and enjoy morning tea refreshments. Continuing on, it’s a scenic 2.15 hour drive to our destination for the next 2 nights Mudgee. On arrival into the region, we will enjoy lunch at a local café and spend the afternoon visiting a selection of the local wineries before checking in to our accommodation. Dinner reservations will be made at a local restaurant and is at own expense.
Accommodation: Perry St Hotel Mudgee x 2 nights
Day 4: Tuesday, Rylstone & Wollemi National Park (BL)
This morning after a leisurely light breakfast in your accommodation, we enjoy the picturesque drive to the stunning De Beaurepaire Winery located in the village of Rylstone which is approximately a 1 hour drive. From the first vine planting in 1998, this family’s single estate vineyard has grown into a renowned multi-generational boutique producer of French-style wines. On arrival we will be met by one of the owners, Richard or Amanda de Beaurepaire for an informative and enjoyable couple of hours getting under the skin of their award-winning French-style wines. There is no better way to experience the true De Beaurepaire Wines and this is an unforgettable Vigneron Experience.
After our extensive wine tasting we visit the charming and beautiful historic village of Rylstone. A great way to discover the colonial treasures of one of the oldest villages west of the Great Dividing Range is on the self-guided Rylstone Heritage Walk and enjoy a pub lunch at the Globe Hotel. Before returning to Mudgee, we will enjoy a drive through the rugged and spectacular landscape into the Wollemi National Park which is important for its flora, fauna and Aboriginal rock art sites. Arrive at Ganguddy as it is known to local Aboriginal people, a beautiful, serene waterway on the Cudgegong river where we enjoy a short walk to visit some Aboriginal Art Sites. Returning to Mudgee we have time at leisure to enjoy the boutique town. Dinner reservations will be made at a local restaurant and is at own expense.
Day 5: Wednesday, Mudgee – Dubbo (BD)
This morning we will spend some time exploring a selection of the more than 40 elegant wineries that produce complex reds and golden chardonnays. Enjoy wine tasting with local produce and visit the Honey Haven before we commence our drive to Dubbo. Enroute, we stop in to visit the pioneer town of Gulgong where you can step back in time and potter around the original and narrow bent streets with high footpaths in the historic town. Gulgong was founded in the gold rush era when an estimated 20,000 people flocked to the area. Whilst the streetscape and heritage buildings haven’t changed much since the late 1800’s, you’ll find a progressive and passionate community eager to welcome visitors and share their stories. Here you have time to also purchase lunch.
From here, it’s a pretty 1.5 hour drive via country roads to arrive at our destination for the next 2 nights, the Western Plains Zoo. Experience a slice of Africa without leaving Australia! Zoofari Lodge is positioned right beside a stunning savannah, home to giraffes, rhinos, zebra and antelope and offers an unrivalled in-zoo safari experience with accommodation in unique lodges. This wild escape is inclusive of meals, accommodation, exclusive tours, two-day zoo entry and bike hire.
Accommodation: Western Plains Zoo, Zoofari – Animal View Lodge x 2 nights
Day 6: Thursday, Western Plains Zoo (BLD)
Today is spent exploring. In compliance with social distancing regulations, instead of utilising zoofari Buses to conduct tours, the Zoo has developed unique guided walking tours especially for Zoofari Guests. These tours are approximately 2km in distance and include regular stops. We will enjoy a morning and late afternoon tour, with time also at leisure to relax or further explore the zoo. The lodges are located near a stunning Guest House, where guests can relax at the bar with a quiet drink, indulge in the culinary delights prepared by the Zoofari Lodge chef, enjoy a coffee in the lounge area or even take a dip in the saltwater swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy private viewing of the African Savannah exhibit where animals such as Giraffe, Zebra, Ostrich and Antelope roam.
Day 7: Friday, Dubbo – Orange – Sydney (BL)
After breakfast, we depart and travel to the wine region town of Orange. Here we will make a stop for morning tea refreshments at the Agrestic Grocer and time to explore the unique shop. Many growers regularly contributing to the shelves, both big and small and this is a wonderful location to pick up some magnificent local produce. From here, we travel to the beautiful Heritage listed town of Millthorpe for time at leisure to browse the enticing boutiques, try some of the locally produced wines and enjoy lunch at the quaint Old Mill Cafe. After lunch commence our return back to Sydney via the Bells Line of Road. We aim to arrive back approximately 5.00pm to central drop off location.
Price + Inclusions
|Wine & Wildlife Safari||Price per person
|24 April 2021||$3,895||$1,860|
|20 November 2021||$3,895||$1,860|
2021 Departures: Wine & Wildlife Safari
Depart: Sydney, 24 April 2021
Depart: Sydney, 20 November 2021
- The Wine & Wildlife Safari travels in bespoke 14 or 17 passenger Seat tour Vehicle with reclining leather coach seats & air conditioning
- Expert Driver Guide Escort
- Twin-share accommodation, all rooms with ensuite. Property selections based 4 Star or best available in applicable region.
- Meals as advised (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Admissions and National Park fees and Tours as advised in Itinerary.
- Sustainable Water bottles on board.
- Beverages with Meals unless specified
- Optional Tours and Meals
- Travel Insurance
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.
The Wine & Wildlife Safari has been costed to operate with a minimum number of 10 Guests. We endeavour to operate all trips if being booked as an FIT Scheduled departure, however we reserve the right to cancel if this minimum number requirement is not met. Private Tours, please contact us for revised pricing if you have less than 10 in your party.
Level of Fitness Required: – Medium
Whilst the Wine & Wildlife Safari 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.