2020 Square Dancers

Welcome, Square Dancers.  

Fantastic Aussie Tours is an Australian owned, family run travel and tourism company located in the beautiful Blue Mountains, NSW. With 45 years’ experience in organising tours and traveling with groups all around Australia, our knowledge and exceptional service ensures that you are in good hands.
 
We will be looking after all aspects of your transport and touring while at the 2020 National Square Dancing Conference in the Blue Mountains.
 
Bookings will open on April 1st 2019. 
 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

The following transfers are available for convention attendees to pre-book:
 
Thursday 9th April 2020
8.00am             Depart Sydney Domestic Airport (T3)
10.30am           Depart Sydney Domestic Airport (T3)
4.00pm             Depart Sydney Domestic Airport (T3)
7.30pm             Depart Sydney Domestic Airport (T3)
 
Friday 10th April 2020
8.00am             Depart Sydney Domestic Airport (T3)
10.30am           Depart Sydney Domestic Airport (T3)
7.30pm             Depart Sydney Domestic Airport (T3)
 
Tuesday 14th April 2020
11.00am           Depart Katoomba
4.30pm             Depart Katoomba
 
Wednesday 15th April 2020
9.00am             Depart Katoomba
 
$50 per person 
 
Private Transfers are available on request
 

DAY TOURS

Below are the details of your available options for enjoying the amazing Blue Mountains region while at the Conference.
 
Megalong Valley & Dryridge Estate
Departing Katoomba at 1pm we will travel west before heading along the Shipley Plateau and turning down into the Megalong Valley. As we wind our way into the valley you will see the vegetation change. We will travel through the valley floor through farm land with magnificent cliffs overlooking us. We will soon arrive at Dryridge Estate where we will enjoy wine tasting overlooking the hills. We will then return to the Ridge line and back to Katoomba.
 
$89 per person
 
Norman Lindsay Gallery
Departing Katoomba at 9.00am we will travel east along the Great Western Highway to Faulconbridge where will arrive at the Norman Lindsay Gallery. A controversial artist and author in his time, Norman Lindsay’s home now serves as a gallery of his many works. His paintings adorn the walls and his sculptures can be found in the beautiful gardens, including characters from the children’s classic
“The Magic Pudding”. We will enjoy time looking around the Gallery and enjoy Devonshire Tea in the Café before returning to Katoomba around 1pm.
 
$95 per person
 
Mayfield Garden
Departing Katoomba at 9am we will travel west along the picturesque Hartley Valley. We soon arrive in Oberon where we will enjoy morning tea at the Oberon Dam, known for it’s brown and rainbow trout. We will then continue before arriving at Mayfield Garden, Australia’s largest privately-owned cool climate gardens. Consisting of 37 acres of Garden you will be able to wander through this incredible masterpiece. We will enjoy lunch as well as a brief introductory talk on the history of the garden. It will then be time to say goodbye as we head back to Katoomba, arriving at approx. 5pm
 
$110 per person
 
High Tea at Hydro
Departing Katoomba at 1pm we will travel along the clifftops, stopping at Cahills Lookout where you will enjoy views overlooking the Kanimbla Valley. We will then continue west before arriving at the Historic Hydro Majestic Hotel. We will enjoy a brief history talk before enjoying high tea. There will be some time to wander through the Pavilion shop before we return to Katoomba.
 
$125 per person
 
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus
Explorer the Blue Mountains at your own pace aboard the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. Consisting of 30 different stops it is the perfect way to see the most during your stay. Your ticket will be valid for the length of your stay, so it is a perfect way to relax and explorer this World Heritage Area. 
 
$55 per person
 

POST CONFERENCE TOURS

Why not join your fellow square dancers to experience more of our gorgeous country while you’re here.  
 

Tour 1: Central West Tour

Come with us as we head across the Great Dividing Range to explore the beautiful Central West – enjoy natural wonders, cultural icons and treat your tastebuds to gourmet delights.
 
DAY 1: Wednesday 15th April 2020 (D)
 
Today we begin our short break out into the beautiful Central West. Our first stop is the Hartley Historic Site where we will wander amongst the village’s lovely sandstone buildings. After Europeans first crossed the Blue Mountain’s in 1813, and opened up the fertile plains beyond, Hartley became a government administrative centre and important stopping point between Sydney and Bathurst, the colony’s first inland settlement. 
 
From Hartley we enjoy a scenic drive to the famous Jenolan Caves, a spectacular labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves carved by underground rivers. These ancient chasms are considered amongst the oldest and most outstanding cave systems in the world. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the 9 caves available for public viewing – a magical end to the day. Tonight, we will stay in the heart of Jenolan at Caves House, a traditional guesthouse built in 1897. 
 
 
Accommodation: Jenolan Caves House
 
 
DAY 2: Thursday 16th April 2020                    (B,L,D)
 
See Autumn in its full glory when we visit Mayfield Gardens, one of the world’s largest privately-owned cool climate gardens.  The scale of the gardens is truly breathtaking - wander almost 40 acres of gardens and marvel at the beauty of the Autumn foliage. Enjoy the changing leaves, the incredible landscaping as well as numerous follies and features that have been built - the breath-taking 80 metre cascade, the stunning 6-acre Water Garden, the Bronze Tree fountain, the Grotto, the Venus Vale and the Gallery, the Aviary, the Chapel and much, much more.
 
From Oberon we travel onto Bathurst, its many grand building are a legacy of the wealth generated by local goldfields and grazing. Today it is best known as the home of the annual “Bathurst 1000” supercar race and we visit Mt Panorama and the National Motor Museum to celebrate the history, personalities and achievements of Australian Motor Sports. 
 
Our destination today is beautiful Mudgee, the land of “Wine and Honey”.
 
Accommodation: Parklands Mudgee
 
 
DAY 3: Friday 17th April 2020             (B,L)
 
Mudgee was settled by European’s in 1821, making it Australia’s second oldest inland settlement. Once famed for its goldfields Mudgee is now best known for its high-quality local produce, most notably its vineyards. Today we will tickle your fancy and tempt your taste buds. 
 
We visit Blacklea Vineyard & Olive Grove for a unique tasting experience of wines, olives and olive oil as well as a delightful range of homemade cooking products. 
 
Then it off to Baker Williams Distillery to sample some of their incredible spirits and liqueurs (the Butterscotch Scnapps is divine) before trying the wide range of organic wines offered next door by Vinifera. Back in town we will enjoy lunch at the Mudgee Brewery before we drop by the Honey Haven for a short tour and to sample all things honey – many honey varietals, mead, honey liqueur and lots more! Take time to browse in their wonderful shop for lots of honey products (including honey cosmetics and remedies) and local condiments. 
 
After a delicious day we farewell Mudgee and leave the Central West behind, driving back up into the Great Dividing Range to overnight once again in Katoomba.
 

FARES

Twin Share: $890 per person 
Single: $1,090
 

Tour 2: Australian Natural Wonders (Rock & Reef) Tour

 
Let us as we introduce you to Australia’s most famous natural wonders, Uluru & Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock & Olgas) and the Great Barrier Reef. Visit the Central Desert with its startling red earth before traveling to the tropical north to experience spectacular coral reefs and ancient rainforest. It’s no surprise that these unique regions are UNESCO World Heritage listed – come and see why!
 
Day 1: Wednesday 15th April 2020  Sydney to Uluru              (BLD)
 
We depart Sydney to fly to Australia’s Red Centre. We arrive at Yulara where a group lunch is an opportunity to get to know each other before we check in to our rooms and relax. Before dinner we will visit the Rock to take in the incredible colours of an Outback sunset: a truly moving and memorable experience.       
    
Overnight: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Yulara
 
Day 2: Thursday 16th April 2020         Uluru & Kata Tjuta  (BD)
 
Today is a very special day: we’re up before dawn for the drive into the area reserved for specialist sunrise viewing (wear plenty of warm clothes). After the glory of sunrise at Uluru, we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast and some free time in the Yulara village. 
 
A free shuttle bus operates throughout the village, and today lunch will be at your own choice and cost. After lunch, our drive will take us to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) where there is a chance to walk into a part of this amazing geological feature, returning to the sunset viewing spot for sunset at Uluru.
 
Optional flights: You may elect to enjoy a flight around Kata Tjuta by helicopter or Uluru by fixed wing aircraft.
 
Overnight: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Yulara
 
Day 3: Friday 17th April 2020  Uluru – Port Douglas   (BD)
 
Enjoy a morning at leisure with lunch at own choice and cost. Departing Uluru we will fly to the tropical city of Cairns, where we will be transferred to beautiful Port Douglas. 
 
Overnight – Oaks Resort, Port Douglas
 
Day 4: Saturday 18th April 2020     Great Barrier Reef        (BLD)
 
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on Earth, a 2,300km-long ecosystem that is even visible from outer space. We travel with Quicksilver Cruises out to the magnificent Agincourt Reef, a ribbon reef on the very outer edge of the Barrier Reef. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, ribbon reefs are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life. 
 
Choose to dive, snorkel or explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory or even fly in a helicopter over the reef. So many incredible sights, so many incredible memories!  
 
Overnight – Oaks Resort, Port Douglas
 
Day 5: Sunday 19th April 2020 Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest             (BLD)
 
The Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation are considered two of the “must-do” attractions to visit when holidaying in Far North Queensland. The World Heritage listed Daintree is a part of the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent. Cape Tribulation is located within the Daintree National Park and is renowned as the place ‘where the rainforest meets the reef’. Enjoy one of the great ocean drives of Australia and then be on the lookout for crocodiles on our Daintree River Cruise! We return to Port Douglas via the magnificent Mossman Gorge. A day full of natural wonders.
 
Overnight – Oaks Resort, Port Douglas
 
Day 6: Monday 20th April 2020    Wildlife Experience, Port Douglas at leisure. Return Sydney      (B)
 
Enjoy an interactive wildlife experience at Wildlife Habitat when we “Breakfast with the Birds”. 
 
Spend time with some of Australia’s iconic fauna – enjoy an opportunity to cuddle a koala or hand-feed kangaroos. See the endangered Southern Cassowary and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo as well as meet pythons and crocodiles and lots more.
 
We take you into Port Douglas for some well-deserved time at leisure. Macrossan Street is Port’s main street and is better known as the “Strip”; met by both ocean and inlet the Strip spans across the entire peninsula and offers many retail shops and 50 cafes and restaurants from which you can choose to dine (lunch at own choice and cost). Take a walk along beautiful Four Mile Beach where azure waters meet the golden sands - magic! 
 
Early afternoon we will transfer to Cairns airport for our return flight to Sydney. We arrive in Sydney in the evening after a truly memorable Australian holiday. 
 

FARES 

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