- Temora Aviation Museum
- The Rural Museum
- Junee Liquorice & Chocolate Factory
- Junee Roundhouse
- Monte Cristo House
- Up-to-Date Store
- Coolamon Fire Museum
- Narrandera Memorial Gardens
- Coolamon Cheese Factory
- Narrandera Fisheries
- Altina Wildlife Park
- Citrus Sculpture Display
- Griffith Garden Festival
- Cowra Japanese Gardens
Monday 8 October 2018
Today make your way to Bathurst at your leisure by NSW TrainLink Service to commence your tour to the Riverina. There are several choices from the morning Central West XPT or several Electric Trains with connecting NSW TrainLink Coaches throughout the day. (Reservations required & OPAL cards can be used on the Electric Train & Coach Services.) On arrival you will be meet by your local tour guide and transferred to your overnight accommodation is conveniently located in the CBD. (Dinner & Breakfast included)
Tuesday 9 October 2018
Bathurst – Temora – Junee
Welcome to our 6-day spring tour to the Riverina. This morning we make our way to Temora for lunch, before our first visit to The Rural Museum, located in a 2km landscaped area at the edge of town. There is an extensive Rock and Mineral Museum and a range of working agricultural machinery. The complex also features a number of reconstructed or replicated buildings, including a slab cottage that was the first home of Sir Donald Bradman. There is also a small church, an ambulance station, a country dance hall and a two-storey replica of an old flour mill with working machinery – including the ten-tonne, 156 hp twin cylinder diesel engine which has been restored.
Of course, everyone knows Temora for the Aviation Museum so we’ll also visit this public museum displaying military aircraft of historical significance to Australia. The museum has devoted displays to the pilots who have risked their lives flying in defence of Australia. The Museum’s aircraft are kept in airworthy condition and flown on a regular basis, making it a memorable aviation museum experience. We now drive the short distance to Junee where we check into our first two night’s accommodation.
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Today we spend the day exploring Junee. It is a medium sized town in the Riverina region. The town’s prosperity is based on a combination of agriculture, government services and rail transport. In fact, Junee has been an important railway centre since the early 1880s when workshops were moved here from Wagga Wagga. The 1947 Roundhouse, with its massive turntable and multiple repair bays, is an interesting reminder of the importance the town played in the Steam Train Era. After our tour of the Roundhouse, we enjoy morning tea. Next stop is the Junee Liquorice & Chocolate Factory, established in the old Junee Flour Mill. Here they manufacture organic liquorice, one of only three certified organic liquorice manufacturers in the world! Today we may see liquorice being made or perhaps some chocolate buttons – whatever’s on the production line is bound to be interesting! This is also our lunch venue and we’ll have plenty of time to stock up from their shop!
Our final visit today is Monte Cristo Homestead where we can experience life from a bygone era. View the magnificent collection of fine antiques and renowned carriage collection. This remarkable homestead was built in 1884 and is recognised as the most haunted house in Australia!
Thursday 11 October 2018
We farewell our hosts this morning and travel to nearby Coolamon a hidden gem in the Riverina. We’ve got a really interesting time ahead of us as we visit the Coolamon Fire Museum. For more than three decades, Chris Berry pieced together a formidable collection of firefighting memorabilia. The now retired firefighter and engine keeper started his collection upon discovering a brass firefighting helmet whilst he was fitting out a retired firefighter’s kitchen. The old Coolamon Fire Station is a perfect venue for this museum – it tells the stories of brave firefighters and educates visitors about the equipment they used and the conditions they worked under.
Next we visit the Up-to-Date Store. Designed and built to serve the people of the Coolamon district, the Up-to-Date Store resonates with the memories of the community. The Store was divided into several different departments which included grocery, ironmongery, crockery, drapery, millinery, haberdashery, clothing and footwear. In fact, it is true that anything and everything, from a plough to a piano could be purchased from the Up-To-Date Store.
We also visit is the Coolamon Cheese Factory which is housed in an historic 1920s co-op building in the main street of town. The heritage building has been transformed into an architecturally stunning ‘world of cheese’ that has a production area, cheese kitchen and deli, and courtyard that features the building’s original 1912 scotch oven. Our lunch today is being catered for by the local CWA – it’s sure to be delicious. We have a little more free time to further explore Coolamon before driving across to Narrandera. Here, we check in for the next three nights so settle in and unpack! Narrandera is a great place to “stay put” as there’s lots to see within easy driving distance from our motel. We meet up for a welcome drink followed by dinner.
Friday 12 October 2018
Narrendera & Altina Wildlife Safari Park
This morning we enjoy the sights of Narrandera. We will see the Hankinson Fountain in the Narrandera Memorial Gardens, which is a ceramic fountain made by Royal Doulton and was presented to the town in honour of all those who served in the Great War. There are only two of these fountains known to be in existence, the other one being in India. We also visit Narrandera Fisheries Centre which carries out important research into Freshwater fish species which inhabit the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and Darling River systems.
This afternoon we have an appointment at the Altina Wildlife Park at Darlington Point. This safari style park is home to a range of exotic animals. We have arranged a short tour and an afternoon tea in their picnic area on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.
Saturday 13 October 2018
Griffith Garden Festival
Springtime in the Riverina and people flock to Griffith to view and admire the magnificent Citrus Sculptures. More than 50 larger than life, 3D sculptures adorn the main street of Griffith. Created using more than 100,000 oranges, 100,000 rubber bands, a dedicated project manager and an army of volunteers these sculptures are most impressive and unique to Australia. The Festival of Gardens is celebrated during the two-week Citrus Sculpture display. Local garden owners open their homes to share their passion for gardening. We will make a stop at the Visitors Centre for an introduction and then enjoy some of the Garden Festival activities. We have a full day programmed including a tour of several private gardens and of course time to take in the citrus sculptures. It will be a fun spring day of colour to complete our stay in the Riverina District.
Sunday 14 October 2018
Cowra Japanese Garden & Home
After a wonderful 5 night stay we are ready to farewell our hosts and start the drive home. We stop in Cowra for lunch at the Japanese Gardens – they should be looking magnificent at this time of year. The garden is designed to represent the landscape of Japan and features a stream cascading in waterfalls into two large ponds. Meandering paths and wooden bridges allow us to explore and view the gardens at ease. After lunch, we have plenty of time to explore the gardens before the last leg of our journey back to Bathurst.
We arrive in Bathurst mid afternoon in plenty of time for our travelling companions from Sydney can join the Central West XPT in 1st class seats back to Sydney.
To finish a wonderful holiday!
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