Hunter Valley Explorer Day Tour

Seniors Day Tour

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Departs Central Coast

Departing the Central Coast approximatly 8:30am the coach will travel the old Convict Trail is the name for convict built Great North Road, the surrounding land and historic buildings.
The Great North Road is a 240 km convict built masterpiece constructed between 1826 an 1836 to provide an overland route from Sydney to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. It was and remains an extraordinary feat of engineering as it traverses sandstone gorges, razorback ridges and towering passes. Much of the original convict built road remains in use today although a lot of the original surface is well buried under bitumen. Convict built remains such as stone retaining walls, pick dressed cuttings, culverts, bridges and stone cut drains can be seen when driving along the road or when walking in Dharug and Yengo National Parks.historical Settlers Route through the towns of Somersby , Kulnura , Buckety , Laguna through to Wollombi.

Morning Tea Stop - Mangrove Creek Dam

Morning tea will be provided for this tour consiting of Tea & Coffee and slices 
Mangrove Creek Dam is the largest dam in the Central Coast of New South Wales with a capacity of 190, 000 megalitres that is fed by a catchment area of 101sqm. And also being an eighty metre high concrete face rock filled dam... making this Dam a pretty special one.

Break - Second Stop Wollimbi

Wollombi is a small village in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is within the Cessnock City Council LGA, situated 29 kilometres (18 mi) southwest of Cessnock and 128 km (80 mi) north of Sydney. To the south is the village of Laguna, to the east, the village of Millfield and to the north, the village of Broke.
The valley is bordered to the west by the World Heritage listed Yengo National Park (and Yengo State Forest) and the main road, the convict-built Great North Road (GNR) forms one of the major legs of the Greater Blue Mountains Drive. To the east lie Watagans National Park along with Corrabare and Olney State Forests.
Wollombi's modest modern size is offset by its 19th-century sandstone buildings and timber slab constructed cottages and sheds in a narrow valley junction containing Wollombi Brook and Congewai Creek. Narone and Yango Creeks also join these waterways near the village..

Lunch Stop - Hunter Valley Gardens

Lunch is not provide on this tour .There will be an hour break to allow time to browse the shops and purchase lunch at one of the cafes

The range of shops includes homewares, galleries, a cellar door and gift shops, boutique and specialty shops, and attractions

Arts & Craft's

Hunter Olive & Gourmet Food Centre

The Hunter Olive Centre currently retails a selection of olives, extra virgin olive oil, jams, preserves, conserves, mustard, oil dippers, vinegars, chutneys, dukkah and the largest range of herbs and spices in the valley.

There will be sufficent time to buy and sample

Tempus Two - After Lunch Stop

Tempus Two is the culmination of Lisa McGuigan's dream to create a successful, ultra-premium wine brand and tourism experience. Lisa's passion for wine was inevitable as she represents the fourth generation of one of the Hunter Valley's most famous wine making families.

Smelly Cheese Shop - After Lunch Stop

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop are providores of the finest local and imported cheese and gourmet foods, including its own product range. You can take the goodies home or sit down and enjoy with a pizza, baguette or burger with a glass of local wine or beer or a coffee. Hunter Valley Cheese Shop is also home to the Hunter Valley Gelato Company, featuring traditional Italian Gelato made with imported Italian ingredients and made using a 200 year old recipes. Hampers, Platters (Cheese & Antipasto, Sandwich and Gourmet Baguettes), Gelato Cart, Gelato Cakes and Wedding Fromage Cakes also available.

The Coach will than depart the Wine region of the Hunter around 4pm heading back to the Central Coast for our passenger drop offs

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