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  • 3 Days Hunter Valley & Central Coast

    Taste the Hunter Valley on this 3-day short break to Sydney's most famed region.

    Just 4 hours out of Sydney lays the magical Hunter Valley region. Famously known as Australia's oldest wine region, spend 3 days celebrating the region’s award-winning wines, sampling delicious food, wondering the lush vineyards, and simply unwinding in a place like no other. The spectacular Central Coast paves your return back to Sydney; with its crystal clear waters and white sand, it is the perfect addition to your unforgettable trip.

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    YOU PAY FROM $1,429pp $829 AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    G'day, ready to go? Request a travel plan and pricing for your preferred dates. Send a booking enquiry or call 1800 669 579.

    BOOKING ENQUIRY

    Trip Highlights

    There are so many fantastic opportunities on this trip, but the highlight is the progressive food & wine tour. Uncover the art of food and drink pairing as you progressively taste and dine your way around the scenic Hunter Region.

    Dine at award-winning Baume

    Award-winning Baume Restaurant offers a Mediterranean style feast. Enjoy fresh local ingredients, made for sharing with friends.

    Embark on a Progressive Food & Wine tour through the Hunter Valley

    Uncover the art of food and drink as you progressively taste and dine your way around the scenic Hunter Region, indulging in a selection of chef and wine-maker designed tasting experiences that celebrates beautiful local produce paired with premium Hunter Valley wines, aged whiskies or craft beers.

    More trip highlights:

    Explore the magical Hunter Valley Gardens

    Hunter Valley Gardens is an all year round oasis of colour on a scale not seen before in other areas of Australia. Exploring over 8 kilometres of walking paths, visitors are able to experience each of the ten individual feature gardens with a range of statuary and superb feature gardens, all of a standard you won’t see elsewhere in Australia.

    Tour the historic Fort Scratchley

    Embark on a full-site tour of Fort Scratchley, a former coastal defence installation that now stands as an interactive museum.

    Visit Avoca Beach and enjoy a seaside lunch

    Put your feet in the sand and enjoy the warmth of the sun as you have lunch at Avoca Beach Seafoods.

    Elegant dining experience at Hunters Quarter

    Hunters Quarter is a relaxed and elegant dining destination, located in the Cockfighters Ghost Vineyard of Pokolbin, in the heart of the picturesque Hunter Valley. Enjoy a delicious dinner in a private terrace in the vineyards.

    Global Escapes Travel

    In the style of most Global Escapes Independent Traveler itineraries, this is a perfect blend of self-guided adventure and forward-planning to ensure that the main elements are organised in advance allowing for plenty of time to relax and take in each place you visit.

    Member Pricing

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Not yet a member? Submit a booking enquiry for any package and we'll automatically register you to receive $3,000 in GCash travel credits and 90 days to book a trip. There's no obligation to book and you can cancel any time.

    Silver star package

    Fully-guided group charter

    Perfect for a club or special interest group. Great value charter tour with tour director.

    • 3 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 3 towns/places of interest visited
    • 2 nights' Silver standard accommodation
    • 2 breakfasts
    • 3 lunches
    • 2 dinners
    • 7 excursions/activities

    Detailed inclusions

    RETAIL VALUE

    $1,429pp

    GETAWAY CASH CREDITS APPLIED

    -$600

    YOU PAY*

    $829

    DISCOUNT OFF RETAIL VALUE: 42%

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Not yet a member?

    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

    "A filigree of picturesque roads criss-crosses this verdant valley, but a pleasant country drive isn't the main motivator for visitors - sheer decadence is. The Hunter is one big gorge fest: fine wine, gourmet restaurants, boutique beer, chocolate, cheese, olives, you name it. "

    Our aim with this trip is to give you and your group a taste of the Hunter Valley and Central Coast's highlights and provide exceptional value while keeping the dollars as low as possible. Ideally this might be a trip you could do more than once a year.

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Fully-guided group charter

    Travel Type

    Perfect for a club or special interest group. Great value charter tour with tour director.

    Australian Escapes tour

    Tour Type

    This tour is organised and/or operated by Australian Escapes and is designed for clubs/groups of all sizes.

    Tour director supplied

    Tour Director

    A professional tour director will manage this tour and look after all the details.

    Audio tour-guide equipment

    Audio Tour-guide

    Audio tour-guide equipment is optional for groups. Dramatically improves guided walking activities

    BOOKING ENQUIRY

    Perfect for clubs/groups. This trip is fully flexible and can be easily customised to suit any group size and interests.

    Tour director supplied:

    Tour Director

    A professional tour director will manage this tour. A professional tour director means you can relax knowing that every detail is being handled. As a group size increases so do the organisational aspects. However, for smaller groups, this tour can be managed by the charter group trip co-ordinator (see FAQ's for more information).

    Silver star package $829 (+ $600 GCash credits)

    Luxury coach transport with flexible pickup

    Your group will be picked up from a central Sydney location to suit your requirements and head off towards the Hunter Valley region. Luxury coach supplied with professional driver.

    2-nights accommodation in Pokolbin

    Situated on the cusp of the gorgeous Hunter Valley gardens, this luxurious resort is the perfect place to sit back and relax, while taking in everything the Valley has to offer.

    Visit Avoca Beach and enjoy a seaside lunch

    Put your feet in the sand and enjoy the warmth of the sun as you have lunch at Avoca Beach Seafoods.

    Elegant dining experience at Hunters Quarter

    Hunters Quarter is a relaxed and elegant dining destination, located in the Cockfighters Ghost Vineyard of Pokolbin, in the heart of the picturesque Hunter Valley. Enjoy a delicious dinner in a private terrace in the vineyards.

    Breakfast at Restaurant Cuvee

    Located within the beautiful sandstone walls of Peterson House, Restaurant Cuvee is the perfect spot to start your day with a hearty country breakfast and a glass of bubbles. 

    Hunter Valley Progressive Food & Wine tour

    Uncover the art of food and drink as you progressively taste and dine your way around the scenic Hunter Region, indulging in a selection of chef and wine-maker designed tasting experiences that celebrates beautiful local produce paired with premium Hunter Valley wines, aged whiskies or craft beers.

    Breakfast at PK's on Pokolbin Cafe

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast with gorgeous views of the Hunter Valley at PK's on Pokolbin Cafe.

    Dinner at Baume

    Award- winning Baume Restaurant offers a Mediterranean style feast. Enjoy fresh local ingredients, made for sharing with friends.

    Fort Scratchley tour

    Embark on a full-site tour of Fort Scratchley, a former coastal defence installation that now stands as an interactive museum.

    Explore the magical Hunter Valley Gardens

    Hunter Valley Gardens is an all year round oasis of colour on a scale not seen before in other areas of Australia. Exploring over 8 kilometres of walking paths, visitors are able to experience each of the ten individual feature gardens with a range of statuary and superb feature gardens, all of a standard you won’t see elsewhere in Australia.

    Lunch at The Happy Wombat

    Enjoy lunch at The Happy Wombat, a boutique restaurant with a strong emphasis on Australian craft beer, spirits and food.

    Professional tour director

    Your professional tour director will be with your group from start to finish and will do everything possible to ensure that your trip runs smoothly and everyone has a great time.

    Exclusions and options:

    • Flights can also be arranged including transfers to and from the airport

    Other:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Self-drive package available for couples

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants. Flights can be arranged from almost anywhere to Brisbane and you pay the lowest possible price.

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Fully customisable:

    This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Your personal travel consultant is available to discuss changes and additions that will enhance your travel experience.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies. Total price after Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable, is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Flight pricing included in packages or other estimates is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. Travel insurance included (if any) is a provision only. We will supply factual, comparitive information on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

    Overview:

    Taste local wines and enjoy the relaxing ambience of the lovely Hunter Valley region before putting your feet in the sand and strolling the cosmopolitan streets of the Central Coast.

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Lao Tzu

    Logistics Start City/Location Sydney: Your group meeting place. (Start time is flexible.)
    End City Sydney: Your group meeting place.
    Meeting & Pick-up Arrangements* If there are multiple pickups, we will advise timing in advance.
    Duration 3 days
    Departure Time 8.30 am
    Return Time 5.00 pm

    * All charter tour packages are flexible. Talk to us about meeting and pickup arrangements that suit your group.

    Your Day-to-day Itinerary:

    DAY 1: SYDNEY - AVOCA BEACH - HUNTER VALLEY

    The gorgeous Hunter Valley region awaits us; leaving Sydney in the morning, we begin our journey with a stop at Avoca Beach. Dip your toes in the water and soak up the sun while enjoying a fish and chips lunch. We'll then visit the popular Avoca Beach markets before returning to the road and continuing north-west through stunning wine country to Pokolbin.


    Dip your feet in the water at Avoca Beach

    Upon arrival, check-in to the accommodation and enjoy some free time to explore. An optional pasta making class is available at Our Italian Table; learn how to cook authentic Italian pasta by hand and then have the opportunity to sit down and eat as a group.

    In the evening, we will reunite for an elegant group dinner at Hunters Quarter.

    Meals: Lunch, dinner.

    DAY 2: HUNTER VALLEY

    Today you have the opportunity to experience some of the finest wines and produce the Hunter Valley region has to offer. Join us as we embark on a progressive food and wine tour, taking us to some of the Hunter Valley's most famed cellars.

    In the afternoon, enjoy some shopping or tee off and challenge your skills at the champion Hunter Valley golf course. Tonight's dinner is at delicious Mediterranean restaurant, Baume.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    DAY 3: HUNTER VALLEY - NEWCASTLE - HOME

    After breakfast, be transported through a world of gorgeous colours and spectacular flora at Hunter Valley Gardens. Spend some time exploring before hitting the road and heading to the coastal town of Newcastle.


    Visit the gorgeous Newcastle on NSW's central coast

    We'll stop and enjoy a hearty lunch and a cold beverege at The Happy Wombat then proceed to the historical Fort Scratchley museum for a guided tour. We will begin our journey back to Sydney in the late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Flights are not included in this package. If required, we'll happily price flights for you to suit your requirements along with transfers to and from the airport once the number of travelers is known. If you have accumulated Australian Escapes Free Flights vouchers, these can be used to reduce the overall price (limits will apply).

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in Pokolbin for 2 nights. It will be resort style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    All tour packages are flexible. Base tour packages are typically priced initially for a club or other group of 20 or more on a "Single group" charter basis. Others are priced as a "Multi-group" charter where more than one group can join, sometimes with their own group leader. Most trips can be priced for groups of as few as 6 people. Singles or couples or small groups of say 3 to 5 friends can join a tour that is listed as either a "Shared tour" or "Multi-group" charter. Group sizes mainly affect bus or coach type and whether or not a tour director is supplied.

    When you arrive at each destination on your trip your tour director will show you around and point out places of interest. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required.

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    On multi-day tours where accommodation is supplied you will often have a choice of accommodation types at the same hotel or resort. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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