2019 - 5 Days: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The acclaimed international spectacular, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, will return to Sydney at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park in October 2019. One of the greatest shows on earth, featuring more than 1200 performers from around the world, heads to Sydney direct from its annual season on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, where it continues to boast sell-out performances entertaining more than 220,000 people each summer. Kilts, drummers and bagpipes will be the order of the day – and ARJ has secured tickets and accommodation in Sydney for three (only) groups. Contact Cesare Cataldo on 0477 640 527 if your club would like to travel to Sydney to see this stunning event.

Day 1 (LD): Heading Off

Our 5 star touring coach will meet us at the club at 8am. We are heading to Benallafor lunch and then onto Goulburn for our overnight tour. This will give us some time in the Southern Highlands tomorrow. From here its an easy drive into Sydney where we have secured accommodation for two nights at the Mercure Penrith Panthers Hotel with easy access to ANZ Stadium – the venue for the 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which will be performed just 3 Australian performances. Sit back and enjoy the ride as we head north along the Hume Highway enroute to Sydney and our spectacular 5 day tour. (Meal Inclusions: Lunch at the Benalla Bowling Club/Welcome dinner) 

Mercure Goulburn , 2 Lockyer Street, Goulburn Tel 02 48225445 – 1 night

Day 2 (BL): The Southern Highlands

After breakfast we travel into the Southern Highlands and visit the historic mining village and now “ghost town”, Joadja. The town has been virtually locked up for almost nine decades and is located within a privately owned 720 acre scenic holding. Enroute we collect our local guide then travel down into The Valley. On arrival we have morning tea before we board the people mover and head off on our “Joadja Ghost Town Tour”. We are taken through streets and ruins where 150 years ago some 1200 people lived and worked and hear of the cultural, social and industrial history of The Valley. Built in the late 1870s, to mine huge deposits of rich shale held in the valley walls, it became part of one of the largest and richest of Australia’s pioneering industrial enterprises. The original buildings include a fabulous row of miner’s cottages and the beautifully built retorts (shale ovens) that are unique to The Valley and are World Heritage listed. Lunch today is at Penrith aboard the Nepean Belleas we cruise the wilderness areas of the Blue Mountains National Park and the Nepean Gorge. The sandstone peaks of the gorge tower up to 150 metres about the water and are a striking backdrop to our cruise. 

From here we transfer to our hotel – our base for the next two nights. We are located right next door to the Penrith Panthers World of Entertainment. This is a massive club with eleven restaurants and plenty of entertainment. To-night is free to make your own arrangements for dinner. (Meal Inclusions: breakfast in the motel/Lunch cruise) 

Mercure Penrith Panthers Hotel, Mulgoa Rd, Penrith Tel 02 47217700 – 2 nights


Day 3 (BLD): The Edinburg Military Tattoo

This morning we will spend some time exploring Parramatta and what better way than with a local specialist. We learn about the history and a few funny stories as well. Included in our sightseeing will be the Female Factory (Convict Women’s Gaol) – it’s the oldest convict women’s site in Australia! We hear some powerful stories of the lives of convict women – and the constant mischief they got up to. We see the convict-built Old Government House and have lunch at Lachlan’s at Old Government House. We also visit historic Elizabeth Farm, Australia’s second oldest building and the oldest existing European house. Constructed in 1793 by John and Elizabeth Macarthur, the farm is situated in a glorious 1830’s garden and is an enchanting introduction to Australian History. Mid afternoon we return to the hotel where we have arranged an early dinner before the transfer to ANZ Stadium for tonight’s stunning performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Day 4 (BLD): Heading Home via Wagga Wagga

From Penrith this morning we will tour into the Blue Mountains and through to Bathurst. Our lunch stop is at Cowra - the town made famous by the POW Camp located here during WWII and the now famous “Cowra Breakout. Our lunch is at the Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre. Designed by internationally renowned landscape architect Ken Nakajima, the 5 hectare Japanese Gardens follows the edo style walking garden of the Shugakin Imperial Villa in Kyoto built between 1655 and 1659. The garden itself is designed to represent the landscape of Japan and features a stream cascading in waterfalls into two large ponds. 

From here we tour south though Young with a brief stop at junnee and the Junee Liquorice and Chocolate Factory before arriving into Wagga Wagga for our overnight stay. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the hotel/Light lunch at cowra)

Wagga Wagga

Day 5 (B): Home to Melbourne

We should be home by early afternoon as we travel to Albury before re-joining the Hume Highway for the run into Melbourne. (Meal Inclusions: Breakfast in the motel)

Tour Price

Price on application.

Tour Inclusions

Tour Price includes accommodation as per the itinerary, meals as indicated (B= Cooked breakfast, L= Light or packed lunch, D = Buffet or limited choice dinner) deluxe touring coach with seatbelts, Gold Category Reserved Seats at ANZ Stadium for the 2019 Edinburgh Military Tattoo, attractions/entries as noted.

To make arrangements for your Club to take this tour, call Cesare Cataldo from Australian Road Journeys on 0477 640 527 and advise him of your preferred travel date. All arrangements will then be made in the name of your Club and promotional “flyers” will be printed and provided for distribution to your members. This is a free service.

To make a booking/Cancellation Policy

ONLY THREE DEPARTURES AVAILABLE – Tuesday 15 October (2) Friday 18 October (1)

All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc.  We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc.