WEA: Adult Learning

 

 

(Travel license TTA 183)

For details of these and other tours please contact the Tours Office:
Telephone: 8223 1272 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 5:00pm)
Fax: 8232 3690 Email: [email protected]
Interstate participants can usually fly internationally from their
capital city to join WEA tours.

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Broken Hill and Mildura FULL taking waitlist

1st - 6th August 2022

Join your historian tour leader and relish some early spring sunshine on this six day tour to the outback of New South Wales and Victoria. Following the route of the 1886 built Barrier narrow gauge railway line via Yunta, Mannahill and Olary, you arrive in the silver, lead and zinc mining town of Broken Hill. By 1900 Broken Hill was the third largest settlement in NSW and its wealth endowed the city with grand public buildings and churches, many of which are now fine art galleries and museums. You travel to Burke and Wills camp near Menindee on the River Darling and to unique Kinchega National Park on Lake Menindee, with its huge woolshed museum. You also visit the fascinating ghost town of Silverton before heading south to Wentworth picturesquely situated at the confluence of the Darling and Murray Rivers and to beautiful Mildura. In Mildura you visit two of the fine mansions of the pioneering Chaffey family and relax on a River Murray cruise on the historic paddle steamer P.S. Melbourne. Enjoy four nights in Broken Hill to unpack and explore and one night in Mildura.

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Dubbo and the Macquarie Valley

23rd Sep - 1 Oct 2022

Fly to Sydney and soar over the Great Dividing Range to Dubbo in the heart of the beautiful Great Western Plains. This is Wiradjuri Country where the Castlereagh, Macquarie and Bell Rivers flow and indigenous and European heritage is rich. If you enjoy blue skies and Spring sunshine September is the most perfect time to visit along with historian Denis Binnion on this 9 day exploration discovering all that this culturally rich and diverse region has to offer with relaxed daily touring. Highlights include the Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson Museums, fine historic homesteads and National Trust properties, art galleries, gold rush townships, the Wungunja Aboriginal Cultural Centre and the stupendous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, a safari style zoo home to large African and exotic animals. Unpack and unwind in one location so you can relax, explore different eateries and feel like you’ve had a real holiday. Includes return flights to Dubbo via Sydney with Qantas and comfortable coach travel.

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Canberra and the Floriade 2022

3rd October - 9th October 2022

Celebrate the wonder of nature and the Spring in full bloom in our nation’s capital at the magnificent Canberra Floriade. Experience the joy of over one million bulbs and annuals bursting into flower, garden exhibitions and dazzling art and light shows. Visit the displays with your horticulturalist tour leader and revisit any time at your leisure from your wonderfully located hotel. As planned by architect Walter Burley Griffin in the early 1900’s Canberra was created as a landscaped natural garden city and a cultural hub for the nation. Enjoy relaxed day touring with a superb itinerary including tours to the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the exquisite Botanical Gardens, Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial for the sombre and uplifting Last Post Ceremony. There are inspiring day trips to the surrounding highlands, afternoon tea at grand heritage Bedervale and Calthorpe House with its 1920s suburban garden of annuals, shrubs, lawns and fruit trees. Further highlights include a boat cruise on Lake Burley Griffin and lunch at gorgeous Tuliptop Gardens.

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Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road

4th November - 12 November 2022

A heritage and scenic tour through the picture postcard landscapes of western Victoria to the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, returning along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road. With seven nights high end accommodation on Geelong’s attractive waterfront and an overnight stay in historic Portland you can unpack and relax in comfort while touring and exploring regional delights with your historian tour leader Dr Denis Binnion. The plethora of grand mansions, exquisite classical, bluestone and sandstone properties and significant cultural gems are the legacy of the region’s wealthy pastoralists, bankers, wool brokers and merchants. Fine churches, parks and gardens and elite schools were built here also to signify civilization, wealth and gentility. Highlights include a ferry ride across Port Phillip Bay from Queenscliff to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, the Bellarine Railway, Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles.

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The Grampians

22nd - 27th November 2022

The Grampians National Park offers a striking wilderness of rugged sandstone peaks and spires, waterfalls, wildflowers and outstanding natural beauty. Acclaimed across Australia for its awe-inspiring landscapes, prolific wildlife and significant Indigenous rock art shelters, its grandeur has inspired many of Australia’s greatest artists including Arthur Boyd and Arthur Streeton. November is the perfect time to visit with spectacular spring flowers, clear skies and clear running streams. Tour highlights include idyllic MacKenzie Falls, Boroka and Reed lookouts for sweeping panoramic views and the white painted spirit dancers at Ngamadjidj cave. Spend three nights in charming Halls Gap the heart of the Grampians then meander down to the historic coastal gem of Portland, the oldest European settlement in Victoria. Explore its fine bluestone architecture and tidy streets which boast over 200 National Trust heritage listed properties, its picturesque harbour, waterfront eateries, beautiful botanic gardens and breathtaking capes and bays.

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New Zealand South Island 2023

6th February - 19th February 2023

With a perfect amount of time in each place and the right balance of sightseeing and leisure you can truly absorb nature’s grandeur and the spectacular scenery, history and culture so unique to New Zealand’s South Island on this first class tour. Plentiful train journeys and boat cruises include the breathtaking TranzAlpine railway journey across the majestic Southern Alps, cruises on picture perfect Akaroa Harbour, Queenstown’s Lake Wakitipu, Lake Te Anau and iconic Milford Sound which on a clear day, must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Visit Glacier country, Fiordland National Park, historic townships and the gorgeous southern cities of Christchurch and Dunedin with their superb botanical gardens, museums and fine historic homes. With full daily breakfasts, many meals and carefully chosen, well located hotels this tour is sure to please.

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Normandy Brittany And The Channel Islands

4th - 24th June 2022

The French Atlantic Coast is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the world. Steeped in ancient tradition and Gallic culture it offers picturesque villages, imposing Alabaster cliffs and sweeping turquoise bays, medieval citadels, pre- Celtic Neolithic sites, fine arts and simply delicious food: pastries, crepes, seafood and cider. Explore regional museums, galleries, monasteries and castles with local history guides and connect with French culture together with your delightful French Australian tour leader. Cruise to the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey which remain attached to the English crown and provide a fusion of British and French culture, fascinating histories and picture postcard landscapes. This perfect itinerary is a true cultural immersion in a wonderfully unique and unspoilt corner of Europe.

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Tours for 2022 and 2023

Exciting programme of tours by the WEA

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