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Gippsland Lakes & Sapphire Coast Getaway

8 Days  |  Departing Sunday 22nd November 2020 and returning Friday 27th November 2020

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A great way to support our local fire ravaged towns!

Highlights

Old Gippstown - Gippsland’s Heritage Park
Avenue of Honour Memorial Tree Statues
Guided Highlights Tour Lakes Entrance & Fire Ravaged Regions of Sarsfield & Buchan
Visit to Buchan Caves Hotel
Buchan Caves Reserve - Royal Cave Tour
Mingling Waters Gallery - Jack Ramsdell Collection
Wyanga Park Winery Lunch Cruise
Lunch Mallacoota Hotel
Mallacoota Operation Bunker Museum
Story of the “former” Genoa Schoolhouse Museum
Twofold Bay Cruise
Seahorse Inn Tour & Lunch
Eden Killer Whale Museum
Bega Cheese & Heritage Centre
Fire Ravaged Townships of Cobargo, Mogo, Batemans Bay
Bar Rock Road Lookout & Australia Rock
Lunch at Grumpy & Sweetheart’s
Mogo Zoo
Tour of Batemans Bay
Clyde River Lunch Cruise
Visit to Fire-hit townships of Tallong, Wingello, Bundanoon & Exeter
Sir Donald Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame 
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Inclusions

Personally Escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one.
​Comfortable Coach Touring Throughout
One Way Flight from Sydney to Melbourne (including luggage)
Accommodation with private facilities
​Fabulous Range of Included Sightseeing and Activities
​All Meals as detailed in Itinerary
​Free Time for Personal Discovery
Room Sharing Option
 

Notice

COVID-19 NOTICE

The itinerary is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Should social distancing measures remain in place, Sisterhood Womens Travel will adapt our itinerary accordingly. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday 22 November 2020

Melbourne - Lakes Entrance (L,D)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Join your Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Coach stop on the corner of Spencer and Lonsdale Street this morning.  We make our way towards the beautiful Gippsland Lakes Region of Victoria. Our first stop is for lunch in Old Gippstown at Gippsland’s Heritage Park before taking a step back in time to the 1850′s. This complete historical township filled with authentic buildings and décor makes an ideal venue for weddings and functions. Old Gippstown is also renowned for its Coach House which contains one of Victoria’s best collections of horse drawn vehicles. We can also see a large variety of agricultural and industrial machinery ranging from horse drawn, steamdriven or manually operated, and the blacksmiths forge, in which many were manufactured. The General Store and The Water Wheel garden dressmaking shop contain displays of original implements used around the home in the 1850s. Following our tour it’s across to Lakes Entrance for check in and rest before dinner.

Overnight Lakes Entrance: Esplanade Resort & Spa

Day 2 - Monday 23 November 2020

Lakes Entrance - Buchan - Buchan Caves (B,L,D)

For anyone who likes a walk before breakfast, take a stroll along the promenade to view the Avenue of Honour Memorial Tree Statues. The trunks of six of the trees that originally formed the avenue of honour have been preserved and turned into sculptures representing scenes from the World War I period. The sculptures represent a World War I soldier, a wounded soldier with a donkey, a World War I nurse, Simpson helping two wounded soldiers and a family waiting for their father. After breakfast our local tour guide Geoff joins us for a highlights tour around the Lakes Entrance area before continuing up through the bushfire ravaged areas including Sarsfield, Bruthen and Buchan. Celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2014, Buchan is one of the oldest towns in Victoria and is rich in pioneering heritage, first settled by Europeans around 1840. We take a look at the now iconic racecourse winning post out at Canni Creek before lunch at the Buchan Caves Hotel which has its own unique story regarding bushfires. Sadly, on the 8th of April 2014 the Buchan Caves Hotel was destroyed by fire. Nothing could be salvaged and the Buchan community were devastated. The directors at the time of the fire decided not to rebuild and the land was given to investors and previous
owners, Marg and Greg (Bricky) Brick. Not having the funds to rebuild, Marg and Bricky considered selling the land, but couldn’t bring themselves to sell and leave the town without a pub. In 2015, local, Lyndel Moore, helped launch the “let’s Build A Pub” Campaign. The campaign saw an amazing amount of support from all over the world. Through the crowdfunding website Pozible, the Buchan Caves Hotel raised $605,146 which assisted with the rebuild of the new Buchan Caves Hotel as it is today. After lunch we tour the Royal Cave which features beautiful calcite-rimmed pools. We also pass through the stunning Font of the Gods and Princess Royal Chambers viewing many stalagmites and stalactites. After leaving Buchan we return to Lakes Entrance for a rest before pre dinner drinks (own cost) and dinner in the Espy Bar and Eatery.

Overnight Lakes Entrance: Esplanade Resort & Spa

Day 3 - Tuesday 24 November 2020

Mingling Waters - Wyanga Park Winery Cruise (B,L,D)

After breakfast we travel up to Nowa Nowa and pay a visit to Mingling Waters, which has a gallery displaying the Jack Ramsdell Collection comprising 35 unique Wood Sculptures. The feature of the collection is “RA” the Sun God, a 7 metre by 4-metre tree root that grew on a limestone shelf on the banks of Lake Tyers. John cleaned 2 tonnes of dirt and rock from the root with dentistry tools and then hand sanded and hand polished it. “RA” is truly a unique masterpiece to be found nowhere else in the world. After leaving Nowa Nowa we make our way back into Lakes Entrance to the docks Post Office Jetty where we board our Wyanga Park Winery cruise, a 45 minute cruise up the beautiful North Arm before enjoying tastings and lunch. After lunch our cruise takes us back down into Lakes Entrance where we have free time for a little bit of retail therapy. Dinner tonight is again in the Espy Bar and Eatery.

Overnight Lakes Entrance: Esplanade Resort & Spa

Day 4 - Wednesday 25 November 2020

Lakes Entrance - Mallacoota - Genoa - Eden (B,L,D)

After breakfast and checkout we depart this beautiful part of Victoria and begin our drive around to the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. Travel across to Cabbage Tree Creek and then through Cann River before heading into Mallacoota. It is well documented now how the town of Mallacoota became totally isolated and under siege from the New Year bushfires. We from afar and folks from around the world watched in disbelief from the comfort of our homes as Mallacoota’s sky turned red while thousands of locals and visitors huddled on the beach followed by the dramatic Navy Sea rescue. Wildlife Triage Units were established at Mallacoota, Bairnsdale and Corryong which included support from the RSPCA’s Mobile Animal Clinic, Zoos Victoria, Wildlife Victoria and AVA veterinarians. Mallacoota has and always will be one of Gippsland’s great holiday escapes, surrounded by the magnificent wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and set on the beautiful Mallacoota Inlet. After lunch at the Mallacoota Hotel we catch up with Pierre as we visit Operation Bunker Museum, a World War II RAAF operations bunker that has been restored by the Mallacoota RSL. It is of considerable significance in the military history of Victoria as it was the headquarters
of the RAAF coastal intelligence activity in the region as well as an important link in the chain of defence installations along the south east of Australia. This afternoon we continue our drive up the coast via the tiny township of Genoa
where another bushfire story will unfold. We speak with Annette Peisley, caretaker of the “former” Genoa Schoolhouse Museum which was burnt to the ground. The museum formed (part of the Mallacoota and District Historical Society and Bunker Museum previously visited). Annette’s own daughter lost her home in the fires. Our day concludes as we arrive in Eden for check in and freshen up before dinner in the licensed restaurant.

Overnight Eden: Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn

Day 5 - Thursday 26 November 2020

Eden - Boydtown (B,L,D)

The residents of Eden ‘dodge a massive bullet’ in the first week of January but are heartbroken by fire damage to homes and its tourism industry. Our day begins with a delightful cruise on beautiful Twofold Bay surrounded by the
Ben Boyd National Park and state forest, stunning scenery, pristine bays and beaches are viewed as the Cat Balou cruises around this deep water port. The cruise highlights the history of this whaling port including Boyd’s Tower,
Sea Horse Inn at Boydtown, Edrom Lodge and whaling station sites. The Naval/multi purpose wharf, woodchip mill, mussel farms, Quarantine Bay and the fishing fleet are also viewed. On most trips Cat Balou encounters dolphins
or seals. Back on land we travel down to Boydtown and to the Sea Horse Inn for lunch, a luxurious boutique hotel, situated on the shores of Twofold Bay, commanding stunning views across the bay to Eden. It offers the astute visitor
the unforgettable experience of a luxury, contemporary escape in beautiful surroundings. The newly refurbished Inn offers modern luxury combined with original detail such as hand-carved doors, stained-glass ornamentation, winding staircases, large open grates and attic bedrooms. After lunch we return to Eden, stopping by the Eden Killer Whale Museum to enjoy a guided tour with plenty to see and learn. Tonight we enjoy dinner at the motel.

Overnight Eden: Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn

Day 6 - Friday 27 November 2020

Eden - Merimbula - Cobargo - Mogo - Batemans Bay (B,L,D)

Today following checkout our tour along the Sapphire Coast continues travelling up through Pambula and Merimbula and up into the Bega Valley home to the Bega Cheese and Heritage Centre where we can try their world famous cheese and learn about the history of dairying and Bega Cheese in the Bega Valley. 41km north of the factory is the township of Cobargo where tragically Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, were killed on the 31 December as they battled to save Robert and his wife Janelle’s property in the Bega Valley 10 kilometres west of the township. The same bushfire ravaged the main street of Cobargo with Cobargo Hotel owner David Allen stated, this is what hell looks like, and we saw it last night. We take a comfort stop here to show our support with a few of the cafés, the hotel and Cobargo Bakery still in operation. Passing through Narooma we divert out along Bar Rock Road to the Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock following into Mogo another small township which was heavily impacted by the fires including Old Mogo Town (The Original Gold Rush Colony) which was completely destroyed. After lunch at Grumpy and Sweetheart’s we visit the Mogo Zoo, which was saved by a dozen or so zookeepers who’d committed to stay and fight to protect the hundreds of animals housed at the site. After leaving Mogo it’s a short run into Batemans Bay for check in, dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight Batemans Bay: Sunseeker Motor Inn

Day 7 - Saturday 28 November 2020

Batemans Bay - Goulburn (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast we are joined by our local guide who will provide us with an introductory tour to Batemans Bay and the surrounding area. We then make our way to the famous Innes Boatshed where we board our Merinda River Cruise. Enjoy a three hour lunch cruise along the beautiful Clyde River – one of the most scenic waterways in Australia. Again this beautiful part of the world was impacted by the bushfires especially along this stretch of waterway. It was New Years Eve and at the Batemans Bay Hanging Rock evacuation centre, hundreds of tourists and locals flooded in, huddled in cars with their pets and kids, hiding from the ever-thickening smoke. After our cruise we travel up to Goulburn via Braidwood and Tarago before arriving at the Mercure in Goulburn for check in and dinner.

Overnight Goulburn: Mercure Goulburn

Day 8 - Sunday 15 November 2020

Bowral - Sydney - Home (B,L)

This morning we travel through the small bushfire ravaged townships of the southern highlands including Tallong, Wingello, Bundanoon and Exeter. On arrival in Bowral we step inside the Bradman Museum & International Cricket
Hall of Fame, whether we are a cricket tragic, or interested in learning more about one of the world’s most popular sports, the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame provides an exciting and interactive visit. Following our guided tour we enjoy lunch in the Bradman’s Cafe. Leaving the Southern Highlands we travel north along the Hume Highway before arriving at Sydney Airport for our flight back home to Melbourne.  Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.

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