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6 days: Goulburn Re-live, Cruise and Discover

Relive the history and heritage by seeing the grandeur of by-gone days in Australia’s first inland city. Admire the grand old buildings, the one-of-a-kind magnificent cathedrals, the galleries and theatre. Cruise the scenic country roads and taste and smell the splendour of authentic country cooking, cool climate wines and traditional ales. Indulge in a different way with some Retail Therapy along Goulburn’s country mile of shopping. Discover the real Australia – the unspoilt bushland, winding rivers and open horizons of the Southern Tablelands.

Day 1 (D): The Hume Highway to Goulburn (Monday)

Linking the nation’s two largest state capitals, the Hume Highway is the most important highway in Australia. With the opening of the Holbrook Bypass in 2013, the route completed its evolution from its bullock track origins into a modern dual carriageway highway. The Hume Highway has its own rich history, interwoven into the story of Australia, as a young Colony’s, expansion. Its development charts the economic growth of the nation, particularly since World War Two. Many will recall travelling on the highway in times past, when it passed through the numerous historic towns and localities along the way, each with its own interesting story to tell. On arrival at Goulburn we check into our accommodation and enjoy a welcome dinner (Lunch own cost/Welcome Dinner)

Goulburn Heritage Motel

Day 2 (BLD): Introduction to Goulburn (Tuesday)

We set off this morning for a Guided City Tour. Sit back and relax while one of our local expert local guides shows us the sights and reveals the history of Australia’s first inland city. Next we explore the artefacts and gardens of Riversdale Homestead. This property was once part of the ‘Old Township’ of Goulburn – it is now an iconic property preserved by the National Trust of Australia. A light lunch will be served by the apple trees and 19thcentury barn. Then we are off to see the 150 year old St Savior’s Cathedral.

We have arranged a guided tour featuring its spectacular stained glass windows, beautiful chapels and grace of the architecture is captivating. We may even get to hear the sound of the magnificent 3000-pipe organ! There is then some free time to take a walk along Goulburn’s country mile of shopping to the manicured, formal and English-style Belmore Park, or to the Visitor Information Centre to plan for your free day (Day 4) in Goulburn.(Breakfast & dinner/Lunch)

Goulburn Heritage Motel

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Day 3 (BLD): Steam (Wednesday)

The first steam railway in Australia was conceived, designed and built to run between Goulburn and Sydney. Today, the line continues as a major transport link for the region and beyond. Goulburn’s Rail Heritage Centre operates a working Roundhouse with heritage locomotives and a display of railway ephemera inside. Today we get the opportunity to walk underneath and marvel at these colossal machines. Our tour will be guided by Goulburn railway men who were based at the Roundhouse and now dedicate themselves to keeping Goulburn’s rail story alive. For lunch, keeping in tradition, we head over to the Old Goulburn Brewery. Australia’s oldest surviving brewery and industrial complex, today housing the Steam Mills Restaurant and serving its own ale, brewed at the complex. Much of the old equipment has remained intact and a guided tour of the Brewery will give us a unique insight into life at this complex in the 1800s.

Goulburn was one of the first regional centres to supply piped drinking water to its residents with a steam powered pump house, located on the idyllic banks of the Wollondilly River. Goulburn’s Historic Waterworks, with the original working steam beam engine, has been well maintained since the technology was superseded by electricity in the 20th century. A guide will take us through the museum and enlighten us on the kind of powerhouse that drove the Industrial Revolution. (Breakfast & dinner/Light lunch)

Goulburn Heritage Motel

Day 4 (BD): Free Day (Thursday)

Hit the snooze button today because there is no schedule. Ease yourself into the day with one of the many self-guided tours or walks available from the Visitor Information Centre,suitable for most mobility types. Organise lunch in one of the many beautiful garden parks, by the river or at one of the nearby National Parks. Go shopping (discount vouchers available from the Visitors Centre) or wander through galleries and follow some of the art or antique trails to see artists at work and browse bric-a-brac and collectables. There is also Garoorigang (optional tour), the historic home of descendants of explorer Hamilton Hume. With a fascinating history the home is now a rare surviving exhibition of living in the Victorian period.For dinner Goulburn offers an array of eateries. Choose between a range of restaurants and styles, depending on what you crave.

98 Chairs is a new restaurant in the City with a modern approach to food.The restaurant featureslocal produce including salad greens from the restaurant’s garden and fare from the owner’s personal acreage. (Breakfast/Lunch & dinner own arrangements & cost)

Goulburn Heritage Motel

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Day 5 (BLD): Lake Bathurst (Friday)

Today we have planned a day outside of the City in-between the tree lined villages of Lake Bathurst and Tarago. First we stop at a place where waste has become the fuel for generating green electricity. The power created from the landfill in the Woodlawn Bioreactor can power a city of 30,000 people for more than one hundred years. At Woodlawn our guide will explain the whole operation. A visit is also made to the 5 original RAAF WWII Emergency Fuel Stores, the only facility of this kind open for the public in Australia. A small private museum and display has also been established on the site. On return to Lake Bathurst, we will enjoy a sumptuous two course lunch at the Roselea Café. After lunch we inspect the town’s heritage display or wander to the nearby St. John’s Anglican Church (1860) with its magnificent stained glass windows. Take a time to browse through the Lavender Gardens and gift shop, which offers a range of products including the garden’s own loose lavender and essential lavender oil.

We head back to Goulburn late afternoon. Dinner tonight will be in the motel. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Goulburn Heritage Motel

Day 6 (B): Goulburn’s Most Renowned/Home (Sat)

Begin the day sampling one of the traditional recipes of Trappers Bakery which features a private coach room and a huge open log fire where we can enjoy the delicious pies, sweets and savouries along with a great coffee. Don’t miss the award-winning sourdough made from the oldest sour dough plant in Australia. After breakfast we visit the Big Merino, a concrete structure standing 15.2 metres high and weighing in at 100 tons. This monument was built to celebrate Goulburn district’s fine wool industry and is an impressive life-like replica of ‘Rambo’, a local stud ram. The Big Merino houses an exhibition on the 200 year history of wool in Australia. There is also an eclectic gift shop with a range of quality products made from fine Australian merino wool, souvenirs and locally made products such as, olive oils, jams, chutneys and sauces (perfect for the sour dough bread you just picked up!). We are then on our way home to complete our 6 day tour. (Bakery Breakfast/Lunch own arrangements & cost)


Tour Cost

From $960 per person ex Melbourne – 2014 (Min 35 or $995 Min 30)

Add $250 for guaranteed single room

Fares subject to change and availability of services

Off Peak Special– June and August 2014

From $865 per person ex Melbourne (Min 35 people or $895 Min 30 people)

Add $250 for guaranteed single room

Includes deluxe coach travel, most meals, local guides and entry fees. Excludes Queens Birthday Long Weekend.

Departure

Any Monday (Subject to availability)

Terms and Conditions

Contact ARJ with the preferred dates your Club would like to travel. ARJ will then confirm all the arrangements in your Club Name – subject to availability. The Club’s Group Organiser or Tour Manager should then collect a minimum deposit $200 per person from those members who wish to travel on the tour. ARJ will fully refund this amount for anyone who cancels up to 60 days from departure. The deposit becomes non refundable within 60 days of departure. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to departure. Any cancellation within 30 days of departure attracts an additional cancellation fee of $200 per person. No refund inside 7 days. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

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.