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Tour Itinerary: Day One – Koala Park Sanctuary Wildlife and Mudgee Wine Tasting | Day Two – Hill End, Sofala, Orange and Farmstay | Day Three – Bathurst, Blue Mountains, Aboriginal Rock Art | Back to Tour Description
Mudgee, Hill End, Farmstay and Blue Mountains Tour – Day Two
- At the Oriental Hotel a continental breakfast is taken in the dining room. Then we drive out of Mudgee (1) on rural bush roads to an historic NSW gold mining town, Hill End.
- In Hill End (2) passengers have the opportunity to explore the history of village which was gold mining town from the 1870′s and in the 1940′s an artist’s retreat. Few of the old buildings remain but the history of lost buildings is retold on interpretative signs with photographic records.
- Enjoy morning tea in the park before we drive via bush tracks through more historic towns and hamlets.
- In the colourful city of Orange (3) we stop for lunch at the magnificent Cook Park with its hundred year old trees, glass houses and an aviary of birds.
- A short drive from Orange is Inglevale farm (4), the childhood home of our farmstay host Bill Norris.
- The afternoon and evening on Inglevale is unforgettable with traditional farm culture and hospitality. There’ll be demonstrations of sheep handling and shearing and droving on horseback with the use of skilled sheep dogs. There are displays of Draught horses, bred by Wilf, Bill’s father, used to plough and pull cart rides. A whip cracking demonstration can be followed by you having a try too!
- A BBQ dinner is cooked by Mary, Bill’s wife which includes damper, lamb chops, kangaroo meat and other traditional Australian bush tucker.
- Campfire entertainment after dinner can include Australian bush poetry and folk songs and story telling. An exhibition of the Southern night sky stars with explanation of the constellations and their Aboriginal legends may be possible.
- Accommodation this night is in an established campsite of twin share tents and caravans surrounding the farm homestead, all equipped with comfortable camp beds.
- There are two bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets, and we can use the shearing shed should bad weather interrupt the evening. Better than 4 star accommodation, tonight there are a billion stars