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  Newcastle Morning Herald

November 2022 Overnight Getaway 

A HUGE thank you to Les from Nomad Coaches who drove us there and returned us safely. The coach was extremely comfortable and Les's sense of humour, balanced with a good knowledge of the area, contributed to a highly successful outing! We HIGHLY recommend Nomad Coaches for your next bus trip.


The coach will pick us up from the Castle Hill RSL Club, NOT THE FIDDLER. We need to be in the car park of the RSL Club by 8.15am. At the latest the coach will depart at 8.30am. If you wish to leave your car at the RSL Club, I have checked with the Club and it is ok to do so. However the Club will not be responsible should anything happen to your vehicle if it is left there overnight.

We will then travel to the Hunter Valley where we will stop for morning tea and then onto lunch at Peterson Champagne House [time to be confirmed but I think it would be between 12.00 or 12.30pm].

What will be provided on the trip is as follows:

1.Coach travel to and from the Hunter Valley

2. Morning Tea on arrival at the Hunter Valley

3. Lunch at Peterson Champagne House

4. Visit to the Chocolate Factory

5. Visit to the Cheese Factory

6. Accommodation on Thursday 10th November at the Old Maitland Inn

7.Dinner at the motel

8. Entry to the Hunter Valley Lights

9. Breakfast on Friday the 11th November at the Motel

On Friday, after breakfast we will be travelling to Morpeth where we can spend the day strolling around the town at our leisure. Lunch is at our own expense. We will leave Morperth at around 2.00pm to travel back to the RSL Club 



 Destination: Christmas Lights Spectacular at the Hunter Gardens

 Dates: 10-11 November

Cost: $335 per person, $62 supp

Accommodation: Old Maitland Inn


Day 1

We travel by coach to the Hunter Valley region where on arrival we sit back and relax in the beautiful sandstone walls and exposed antique timber rafters of Peterson Champagne House. We enjoy a delicious lunch, at Restaurant Cuvee, overlooking the spectacular vineyards. Next, we enjoy a tasting at Hunter Valley Cheese Company before a chance to stock up on sweets at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company. We head back to our motel and enjoy some free time along with dinner before making our way to the Hunter Valley Gardens for the magical Christmas Lights Spectacular. Wander through the gardens to see the winkling illumination and remarkable displays. The lights spectacular is bound to capture the Spirit of Christmas.

Day 2

After breakfast, we drive to the charming town of Morpeth, where pretty tree lined streets and cobbled paths are a delight to wander. It has become renowned as the art and craft centre of the Hunter region so we have some time to browse the antique stores and quaint art and craft galleries. This afternoon we make the journey home after a wonderful tour to the Hunter Valley.


  • One night  accommodation at Old Maitland Inn
  • Lunch at Peterson's House
  • Dinner at Motel
  • Entry into Christmas Lights Spectacular
  • Breakfast at motel
  • Coach travel to and from Sydney

Note: Lunch at Morpeth is at own expense