Australia Farm Tour
Australia is the world’s leading producer of cattle and excels in the dairy, sugar, wool and forestry industries. Australia, with its vast spaces, technical expertise and diverse climates, produces a wide range of highly sought after agricultural, fisheries and forestry products, and is international recognized as being free of many insects and agricultural diseases found in other parts of the world.
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Wed, Jan 29/ Thur, Jan 30 DEPART FOR SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
If booking own flight, please arrive to Los Angeles by 8pm. Depart Los Angeles on flight to Sydney. Cross the International Date Line. You will regain the lost day on the return trip home. Meals: Meals on flight
Fri, Jan 31 SYDNEY
Arrive Sydney International Airport – where you clear customs and meet your tour manager, who will accompany you for the duration of your tour Down Under! You are transferred to hotel located in the heart of the city. The balance of day is free to relax. Regroup in the evening for Welcome Drinks and a light supper – where your Tour Manager will give a short overview of the journey ahead. Grace Hotel (or similar) Meals: Dinner
Sat, Feb 1 SYDNEY
A city and beaches tour this morning, taking in the historic `Rocks' area at the southern end of the Harbour Bridge, the fashionable Eastern Suburbs, and the South Heads of Port Jackson. On returning to the city you are taken for a luncheon cruise on the magnificent Sydney Harbour. This afternoon is free for you explore the city on your own – perhaps a walk around the world famous Opera House, or a shopping spree in the gracious Queen Victoria Building. This evening dinner will be in a dock-side restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Sun, Feb 2 TAMWORTH
Travelling north, leave Sydney on the Newcastle Expressway before turning westward into the fertile Hunter River Valley, noted for bloodstock, dairy, beef and wines. Lunch is at a famous winery with an opportunity to sample the vintage. The afternoon is spent travelling north crossing the Great Dividing Range and enter the Liverpool Plains. This is an area of extensive grain and cotton production. There will be opportunities to inspect and discuss the innovative moisture and soil conservation practices, zero till and controlled traffic farming, being undertaken by progressive farmers. Arrive later in Tamworth, the 'Country Music Capital of Australia', for overnight stay. Powerhouse Hotel (or similar) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Mon, Feb 3 ARMIDALE
Monday is ‘Sale Day’ in Tamworth and first thing this morning you will visit the weekly fat cattle sales to get an idea of livestock values this side of the Pacific. Later you travel north onto the New England Tablelands and into the rich sheep and beef cattle country of the Walcha district, where you visit a historic sheep and cattle station. Lunch is with the family in the homestead, and is followed by a detailed inspection of the activities on such a property, which is well noted for its Merino sheep and Poll Hereford cattle. Later you travel on to the picturesque university city of Armidale for your overnight accommodation. Dinner this evening will be with invited guests from the surrounding farming community. Abbotsliegh Hotel (or similar) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tues, Feb 4 TOOWOOMBA
Travelling north this morning - visit a leading Angus breeder involved in the practical application of ‘Breedplan’, the genetic evaluation system developed by the Agricultural Business Research Institute of the University of New England. Continue through magnificent Tablelands Pastures travelling north on the New England Highway. Lunch at the Queensland wine center near Stanthorpe. Visit a major Charolais breeding herd, near Warwick –arguably the most successful stud stock exhibitor across all breeds within the last 20 years. Continue to Toowoomba, the principal city of the fertile Darling Downs region and check in for two nights. Burk & Wills Hotel (or similar) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Wed, Feb 5 TOOWOOMBA
Today is spent on the Darling Downs, a world famous cropping area that is also now becoming the center of the Australian feedlot industry. The visit this morning will highlight one of these feedlot operations, which is preparing cattle for both the domestic trade and export markets. The visit will be selected to show a variety of management techniques; including pen design and layout, ration mixing and handling, shade, effluent control and pad maintenance. Lunch at the historic Jondaryan Woolshed for an insight into how the early Australian pioneers lived and worked. During the rest of the day you will see some of the intensive cropping and irrigation practices which have made this area of Queensland famous. Crops such as cotton, soybeans, maize and sorghum are grown utilizing innovative water harvesting and production techniques together with the latest technology in farm machinery and processing equipment. Burk & Wills Hotel (or similar) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Thurs, Feb 6 CAIRNS
An early morning visit to one of the top milk producing dairies where Holstein/Fresians graze on irrigated pastures. Travel east to Brisbane, the sub-tropical Capital City of Queensland. Early lunch at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with the opportunity to `cuddle a koala'. Afternoon flight north to Cairns, the tropical city in Far North Queensland. Transfer to resort hotel, on the Esplanade adjacent to the Reef Casino and within walking distance of the city centre.
Pacific International Hotel (or similar) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Fri, Feb 7 CAIRNS
Visit the award winning Tjapukai Cultural Cen-tre - Tjapukai (pronounced JAPU-GUY) is the Aboriginal word for `People of the Rainforest'. Your visit will include a dance performance. Later you take the renowned ‘Sky Rail’ across the tropical rainforest to the village of Kuranda in the mountains behind Cairns. After lunch you are taken on a tour of the Atherton Tablelands. This area has a sub-tropical potato industry and a visit will be arranged to one of the largest growers who is also involved in maize and peanut production. Later you travel on the Gillies Highway, through heavy tropical rainforest, past lakes and waterfalls returning to the sugar cane belt near Cairns once again. The evening is free for you to enjoy the laidback tropical environment. Pacific International Hotel (or similar) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Sat, Feb 8 CAIRNS
Wonderful day of excitement on a cruise to one of the marine wonders of the world. A short walk from the for the Great Barrier Reef Cruise, aboard the luxury sailing catamaran, `Ocean Spirit' Underwater coral viewing, snorkeling, lunch all included. A marine biologist is aboard to answer every question. Scuba Diving available for those qualified. Later return to Cairns and your accommodation – where there will be a Farwell Dinner under the stars around the pool! Pacific Interna-tional Hotel (or similar) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sun, Feb 9 RETURN HOME
Breakfast at hotel. Depart to airport for flight home. where you will cross the International Date Line and arrive before having left Australia! Please book connecting flight at least 3 hours after arrival to allow time to pass through customs. Trump Tours is happy to provide a quote for add on air from your desired gateway. Meals: Breakfast, On Plane
Roundtrip airfare Los Angeles – add on airfare available, please call.
12 days / 9 nights in superior tourist class accommodations
21 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transportation provided in luxury air-conditioned motorcoach
Sightseeing and technical visits as outlined in itinerary
Services of full time professional tour manager with agricultural background
Visa fee (for American citizens)
All taxes and fees.
Not included in price are museum entrances, tour manager and driver tips, passport fees, public transportation, personal items, beverages at meals, travel insurance.
All prices based on current airfare, fuel prices and exchange rates. Itinerary subject to change. Based in minimum 15 registrants.