- On the Perch Bird Park
- Bega Cheese Heritage Centre
- Wheeler Oysters
- Merimbula Aquarium
- Mallacoota Bunker
- Central Tilba
- Mogo Zoo
- Catbalou Luncheon Cruise
- Eden Killer Whale Museum
- The story of Old Tom Killer Whale
Monday 18 February 2019
BATHURST – COOMA – MERIMBULA
Welcome to our Merimbula Getaway. Today we make away across the ever-changing scenery to our lunch stop at Canberra. After lunch we will experience a completely different scenery through Cooma before stopping at the Fred Piper Memorial Lookout then descending down Brown Mountain to the east coast and Merimbula. We check into our accommodation for the next five-night’s. Unpack and settle in before dinner.
Tuesday 19 February 2019
BEGA – ON THE PERCH – MERIMBULA
We begin our day at the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre which is set on the site of Bega Cheese, one of Australia’s tastiest and most famous products. While you are here you can taste all the different dairy treats made by Bega Cheese. Wander among the tools of the trade in the museum, gaze over lush green fields, learn about the history of dairying and Bega Cheese in the Bega Valley and enjoy morning tea. Then we head to a unique attraction near Tathra On the Perch Bird Park. It is not just another wildlife park. It’s an experience! Walk among birds from around Australia and the world at On The Perch which has five exhibits (including three large walk-in aviaries) set up as regional-based habitats. With about 75 species of bird on display, you can learn about birds from Australia and around the world and discover for yourself how local efforts to conserve and rehabilitate threatened and endangered species are making a real difference. After lunch at Tura Beach Country Club with its spectacular views we head back to the Aquarium at Merimbula. From sharks to shrimps, octopus to the tropical fish. It’s all on display in their living theatre of the deep. The Merimbula Aquarium has 27 tanks and a fantastic Oceanarium full of large ocean fish and sharks. Our final visit of the day will be tempting your taste buds at Wheelers Oysters where we will have a tour and tasting of beautiful Sydney Rock Oysters farmed in pristine Merimbula Lake
Wednesday 20 February 2019
MOGO ZOO – CENTRAL TILBA
Today we explore Mogo Zoo, a privately-owned zoo that supports an amazing collection of endangered and exotic animal species. The zoo is spread over many acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Mogo Zoo proudly boasts the largest collection of primates in Australia. Their zebras and Southern White Rhinos wander the Savannah plains alongside majestic Giraffes. Options can include experiencing the animals Up Close and Personal including meerkats, feeding a lion or tiger, or simply enjoying the affectionate red pandas. After lunch we head south to the enchanting Central Tilba, where resident artists and artisans create wonderful works such as locally made soy candles at Passionfruit Candles. It is also home to the famous ABC Cheese Factory. You can visit the factory for cheese tastings and savour its popular Tilda Club cheddar.
Thursday 21 February 2019
EDEN – DOLPHIN CRUISE
Todays, destination is Eden and the Eden Killer Whale Museum has telling Eden’s stories for over 80 years and is home to one of the only orca skeletons in the world, that of Old Tom, Eden’s famous killer whale. Old Tom the Killer Whale was the most boisterous of the killer whales who hunted baleen whales with the Davidson family in the 1800s. At times Old Tom and the pod numbered up to 36, many of which were known by name to the whalers. Before settlement, the orcas had special relationship with the local Yuin people and it was through this connection that they bonded with the whalers, whose crews often included Yuin men. The museum has commanding views over the bay, It showcases maritime and timber history along with regular travelling exhibitions. A visit here is not complete with some time spent on the vast sun-drenched deck which overlooks Twofold Bay. Next, we head onto Twofold Bay for our Cat Balou Luncheon Cruise in search of dolphins and seals. Relax as Cat Balou cruises the two folds of Twofold Bay which covers an area of 30 square kilometres. Surrounded by the Ben Boyd National Park and state forest, stunning scenery, pristine bays and beaches are viewed as we cruise around this deep-water port. The cruise highlights the history of this whaling port including Boyd’s Tower, Seahorse 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
Friday 22 February 2019
Today we head down the Pacific Highway into the East Gippsland area of Victoria to explore Mallacoota a small fishing and holiday village on the coast with an exceptional museum. The Mallacoota Bunker Museum is operated by the Mallacoota and District Historical Society, whose aim is to preserve and display Mallacoota’s unique WWII history and the local history of the district. The museum located in a large underground concrete bunker from where anti-submarine operations were conducted throughout WWII. During that conflict, the bunker was an important part of a chain of defence installations located along the southern and eastern coastline. It was the headquarters of RAAF coastal intelligence activity in the region, and provided the command post co-ordinating defence of shipping passing the south-east corner of the continent. A radar installation and signal station on nearby Gabo Island provided surface surveillance and communications. This system provided defence against German surface raiders in early years of WWII and subsequently against attacks from Japanese submarines.
After our visit we head to a local hotel for lunch and express back to Merimbula for some free time before dinner.
Saturday 23 February 2019
This morning we farewell Merimbula as we retrace our steps back to Cooma where we have our morning break. Our journey continues through the out skirts of Canberra to our lunch stop with some true country hospitality at the Murrumbateman Hotel. This afternoon, we head for home, arriving back in Bathurst to complete a fun 6-day break!
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