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Trip List by Purple-Nan

NSW in 2 weeks - 9 people - 12 Seater Bus!

15 Jun 2011  Last Family Holiday before the kids (20 & 14) don't want to travel with Mum & Dad anymore!
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In the September School Holidays my family and I are taking a road trip around NSW for 2 weeks in a small hired Bus!

  • 1. Rolo Car/Bus Hire
    http://www.rolo.com.au

    This is the company we are hiring the 12 Seater Bus from -- excellent service, vehicles are clean & well maintained and a great price!

  • 2. Tamworth
    Tamworth, New South Wales

    DAY 1:
    Leaving Brisbane VERY early today to travel down to Tamworth (total 646kms). Brekky in Warwick (227kms), M/T or Lunch in Glen Innes (213kms) then onto Tamworth (206kms) arriving about 3pm.

  • 3. Abraham Lincoln Motel
    Abraham Lincoln Motel, Tamworth, New South Wales

    Checking in to the Abraham Lincoln Motel which has great reviews and the service (via email) that I have received from Don has been very good. We have booked two Family Rooms for everyone at a cost of $260 for the night.
    Update: The service was EXCELLENT, lovely people, motel was very busy that night however and was quite noisy but as we were so tired it wasn't that much of a problem. Room service breakfast was lovely!!

  • 4. Dubbo
    Dubbo, New South Wales

    DAY 2:
    Travelling onto Dubbo from Tamworth today (total 328kms) stopping at Coonabarabran for M/T and arriving at Dubbo about 1pm. We have booked a small house for the 2 nights we will be there. "Emohruo" is a lovely little brick house in Bourke St, walking distance to most of the town centre. Whilst in Dubbo we will be visiting the Dubbo Gaol, the Western Plains Zoo and most importantly the "Village Bakery Cafe" which we remember from our visit in 2004 had the BEST Pies and baked good in Australia!! No kidding!!

  • 5. Old Dubbo Gaol
    Old Dubbo Gaol, Dubbo, New South Wales

  • 6. Taronga Western Plains Zoo
    Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, New South Wales

    DAY 3:
    Spending the Day at the Zoo! Maybe hire the small buggys or just drive around in the bus! Should be fun!

  • 7. Village Bakery Cafe
    http://www.villagebakerycafe.com.au

    We had a brekky pie here in 2004 and is was FANtastic -- I hope they still do them!

  • 8. Parkes
    Parkes, New South Wales

    DAY 4:
    On the way to Canberra today we'll be stopping here to visit the "Dish" the largest radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, probably have morning tea or early lunch then drive on to Canberra.

  • 9. Canberra
    Canberra, Greater Canberra

    Will visit the Black Mountain Tower, the Australian War Memorial, Lake Burley Griffin and anything else we can fit in!!

  • 10. Pinnacle Apartments Canberra
    Pinnacle Apartments Canberra, Canberra, Greater Canberra
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    Avg price: $215

    Staying here tonight in a 4 bedroom apartment, I hope it's not too cold!!!

  • 11. The Black Mountain Tower (Telstra Tower)
    http://www.blackmountaintower.com.au

    Great for a birds eye view of Canberra, will visit after checking in to Apartment. Maybe stay for early dinner at the restaurant.

  • 12. Australian War Memorial
    Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Greater Canberra

    DAY 5:
    Will spend a few hours here before driving on to Long Beach (160kms) arriving about 3pm.

  • 13. Batemans Bay
    Batemans Bay, New South Wales

    Lunch here before driving the 5kms to Long Beach.

  • 14. The Captains Cottage
    http://www.captainscottage.biz

    A wonderful 5 bedroom cottage on the waterfront at Long Beach will be our home for the next 2 nights. It even has it's own Lighthouse!!

    DAY 6:
    Rest day, reading, playing on the sand & maybe a dip in the SPA!

  • 15. Shoalhaven Heads
    Shoalhaven, New South Wales

    DAY 7:
    Will travel up to Shoalhaven (130kms) today so Mum can check out her old stomping grounds, then onto to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

  • 16. Blackheath
    Blackheath, Blue Mountains

    Travelling up to the Blue Mountains today (361kms) and staying at the lovely "Lavendar Manor" at Blackheath. Will stop at Katoomba on the way and check out the 3 Sisters and Scenic World. Should arrive at the house by 4:30pm.

  • 17. Katoomba
    Katoomba, Blue Mountains

  • 18. Scenic World Blue Mountains
    Scenic World Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

  • 19. Lavender Manor, Blackheath, Blue Mountains
    http://www.lavenderbluemountains.com/accomodation/lavender_manor.html

    A wonderful 4 bedroom home where we will spend the next 3 nights and days, visiting the local area, markets, Jenolan Caves and a day trip to Bathurst.

  • 20. Bathurst
    Bathurst, New South Wales

    DAY 8:
    For the boys (and Brii & Ciara) a day trip to Bathurst today (88kms) to check out 'Mount Panorama' and the racing museum. If they have time maybe do the 'Self Drive Historical Tour' which takes 2 hours.

  • 21. Jenolan Caves
    Jenolan Caves, Jenolan Caves, New South Wales

    DAY 9:
    Travel to the Jenolan Caves for the day (62kms) taking the scenic route on the way home. More to follow....

  • 22. Pearl Beach
    Pearl Beach, New South Wales

    DAY 10:
    Travelling to here today and we are staying in a beautiful "Tree House" for the next 4 days.

  • 23. Sydney Opera House
    Sydney Opera House, New South Wales

    DAY 11&12:
    Doing day trips to Sydney today and tomorrow. Will drive into Gosford and get the train down, will do all the 'touristy' stuff!

  • 24. Sydney Aquarium
    Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, New South Wales

    Will visit here on one of our days in Sydney. Kids looking forward to it!

  • 25. Sydney Tower + OzTrek
    Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK, New South Wales

  • 26. Pearl Beach
    Pearl Beach, New South Wales

    DAY 13:
    Last day of not travelling - will pack up today, finish washing clothes etc and sleep alot before all the driving tomorrow.

  • 27. Coffs Harbour
    Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

    DAY 14:
    Driving to Coffs today, about a 7hr trip (with a couple of stops). Looking forward to travelling up the Newcastle Highway, was there many years ago and had a ball playing leapfrog with a Citroen!

  • 28. Opal Cove Estate
    Opal Villas, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

    Staying here tonight in a 4 Bedroom Apartment on the Beach. A lovely place to stay on our last night.

  • 29. Caboolture - HOME

    DAY 15:
    Travelling home from Coffs (approx 400kms)
    Holiday is over!! :(