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Come and celebrate Christmas in July ‘with a difference’ with Gang Gang Tours!

 

Day 1 – Canberra to Millthorpe (L)

Experience the delights of Glen Donald Estate near Young for our extended lunch stop. Award-winning olives, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings, baby animal feeding, orchard tour and settlers’ cottage. Let Natalie and Robert share the story of the estate and their farming experience with you, while you enjoy a scrumptious homemade lunch.

young male female couple in beanies and jackets

Robert and Natalie of Glen Donald Estate

black bottle of olive oil next to slices of bread on wooden platter

The award-winning olive oil from Glen Donald Estate

baby alpaca being hand fed a bottle

Aaaaww… So cute!

We then head northwards to Millthorpe via historic Carcoar for our two night stay at Millthorpe Boutique Motel. Dinner is in Millthorpe.

two storey heritage building with lace ironwork on balcony and spring blossoms around

Millthorpe

Stay at Millthorpe Boutique Motel, 26 Victoria St Milthorpe, (02) 6366 3653

 

Day 2 – Orange and Ross Hill Wines (B,L)

Today we experience a Christmas ‘cooking masterclass’ at the Barrel and Larder at Ross Hill Wines near Orange, with renowned chef Michael Manners.

“For more than 40 years, pioneering chef Michael Manners, winner of The Sydney Morning Herald Award for Professional Excellence, had a profound influence on the state’s restaurant scene. His acclaimed Orange restaurant, Selkirks, was a beacon of regional fine dining from 1997-2008, when he moved from the Blue Mountains to anchor himself amid the produce he had long championed. Twice named Best Regional Restaurant in the Good Food Guide, Selkirks was one of the state’s greatest dining experiences, a tour de force of the bounty of the region. Michael now enjoys sharing his culinary skills during his Masterclasses at Ross Hill Wine’s Barrel & Larder School of Wine & Food.”

table set for two in from of stone wall

Ross Hill Wines

chef and students around large table with wine glasses

Michael Manners at the Barrel and Larder

We don’t have to do any cooking ourselves unless we wish to (thank goodness!). We can just sit and watch Michael cook delicious Christmas fare for us and drink delightful Ross Hill wines!

After lunch we head into Cook Park in Orange to see the magnificent giant Redwoods and the ancient Bunya Bunya as well as over 200 other trees from around the world. Trees have been planted in Cook Park since 1870, and in 2018, the jewel in Orange’s crown was awarded  State Heritage status. Dinner is in Millthorpe (if you can fit it in!)

fountain with little boys weeing with sun shining in from behind through trees

Cook Park in winter

Stay at Millthorpe Boutique Motel, 26 Victoria St Milthorpe, (02) 6366 3653

 

Day 3 – Millthorpe to Hawkesbury Valley (B,L,D)

This morning we travel to Lithgow for a coffee stop at the fabulous Tin Shed before heading east to the absolutely spectacular Govett’s Leap lookout and Hargreaves lookout in the Blue Mountains. We will enjoy lunch at the quaint Megalong Valley Tea Rooms before a quick stop at Blackheath shops. We then take the scenic drive along the Bells Line of Road into the Hawkesbury Valley to our accommodation at the Crowne Plaza. We then enjoy the celebrations of a Christmas themed dinner with all the trimmings at the Crowne Plaza.

pond and fountain in front of gazebo and grand hotel at twilight

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

Stay at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, 61 Hawkesbury Valley Way Windsor, (02) 4577 4222

 

Day 4 – Hawkesbury Valley to Canberra (B,L)

After breakfast, enjoy the swimming pool and the beautiful grounds of the Crowne Plaza, before we head back towards Canberra. We will stop in historic Berrima for a private tour of The National Trust’s 1834 Harper’s Mansion which overlooks the town. Berrima is the only example of an existing and largely preserved Australian Georgian colonial town, and home to Australia’s oldest continually licensed inn – the Surveyor General – where we will have lunch. Enjoy a leisurely self-guided historic walking tour of the town after lunch, before we head home for drop-offs and farewells.

georgian style two storey inn with tree in front

The Surveyor General Inn

 

This tour will be a maximum of 10 guests.

Departs Canberra Wednesday 20 July 2022, Wednesday 19 July 2023

Inclusions:
All transport including pick-up at your door in the Canberra region
All accommodation
Meals as indicated above
Glen Donald Estate tour, tastings and lunch
Christmas cooking ‘masterclass’ at Ross Hill Wines
3 course Christmas dinner at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley
Guided private tour of Harper’s Mansion in Berrima
Two fabulous tour guides and lots of fun and laughs!

Not included:
Coffee and/or cake at morning tea stops
2 dinners (Days 1 and 2)
Alcohol

Cost 2022:
$2025 per person double or twin share
Single supplement = $260
Cost 2023:
To be advised

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions at all.

We look forward to having you on board soon!

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