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CAS e-Newsletter May-June 2016
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CAS e-Newsletter                                             May-June 2016

Hello and welcome to our May/June Newsletter.

Like a number of you we have been having issues with internet and phone access; as a result we have combined our May and June Newsletters.

There are lots of interesting new members for you to peruse.  Make sure you check out their own websites as well as their page on our website.

As always we welcome your comments and feedback.
 
Best wishes
John, Kim and the CAS Team

Reminder: our new telephone numbers are as follows:
John Hole: Direct Telephone: 02 4847 5006
Kim Stewart: Direct Telephone: 0484 252 337

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Diary Dates:

10 June 2016 – Wangaratta VIC
Wangaratta Woollen Mills - Shed Sale
P: 03 5721 2111
 
25 June – 17 July – Hunter Valley NSW
Snow Time in the Gardens
Hunter Valley Gardens
P: 02 4998 4000
W: www.hvg.com.au
 
1-30 September 2016 – Hunter Valley NSW
Spring Festival of Flowers
Hunter Valley Gardens
P: 02 4998 4000
W: www.hvg.com.au
 
13-25 September 2016 - Bowral NSW
Tulip Time - Corbett Gardens
P: 1300 657 559
E: tuliptime@wsc.nsw.gov.au
 
17 September-16 October 2016 – Canberra ACT
Floriade
Commonwealth Park Canberra
 
6-9 October 2016 – Bathurst NSW
Bathurst 1000 – Mt Panorama
P: 02 6332 1444
E: visitors@bathurst.nsw.gov.au
 
17-23 October 2016 – Kempsey NSW
13th Annual Slim Dusty Country Music Festival
Kempsey Showground
P: 180018SLIM
E: festival@slimdustycentre.com.au
 
30 October 2016 – Goulburn NSW
Rare Plants & Growers Garden Fair
Riversdale
E: riversdale@nationaltrust.com.au
 
October 2016 – Coonabarabran NSW
Siding Springs StarFest
Siding Springs Observatory
http://www.starfest.org.au/
 
 October 2016 – Orange NSW
Orange Wine Week
 
15 October – 13 November 2016 – Hunter Valley NSW
Rose Spectacular
Hunter Valley Gardens
P: 02 4998 4000
W: www.hvg.com.au
 
4 November – late January 2017 – Hunter Valley NSW
Christmas Lights Spectacular
Hunter Valley Gardens
P: 02 4998 4000
W: www.hvg.com.au

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MEMBER PROFILES


NSW Coonabarabran
El Paso Motel


Herman and Donna are the new and enthusiastic owners of the El Paso Motel and are particularly keen to host your coach group.
 
It is ideal for groups seeking a relaxed environment.  The Motel is set on 2.5 acres and surrounded by peaceful spacious gardens with an abundance of bird life.
 
Our well-appointed rooms are all on the ground floor with all the comforts your group requires.
 
There is a saltwater pool and BBQ area for the enjoyment of our guests; and ample parking for coaches.
 
More info:

 
NSW Gundagai
Poets Recall Motel & Restaurant


‘great motel, great service and best location’
 
The very charming Poets Recall Motel is located in the centre of Gundagai just off the Hume Highway; in easy walking distance to the town centre, shops and clubs.
 
The Poets Recall Motel has a range of air conditioned, well-furnished and equipped rooms to suit your group’s requirements.
 
Our bar and restaurant is steeped in history and legend and can cater for any coach group.
 
More info:


 
NSW Nelson Bay
Marina Resort


Marina Resort is a great place to stay, right in the heart of Nelson Bay.
 
With a range of room configurations we can satisfy all your coach or group tour requirements.  Some rooms have garden views right beside the pool and others have glorious views over Nelson Bay.
 
Our restaurant is situated on the top level of the Marina Resort and has fantastic panoramic views of Port Stephens and amazing views all the way to Tea Gardens and beyond.
 
All the major tourist attractions are within easy reach of the Marina Resort; and we can provide escorted tours of the area.
 
Let us customise a package that ensures your stay is extra special.

More info:

 



NSW West Wyalong
Charles Sturt Motor Inn


The Charles Sturt Motor Inn is a family owned and operated Motel.
 
We offer a variety of accommodation to suit all your group needs.
 
All our rooms are on the ground level with walk in showers; air conditioning; tea and coffee making facilities; Foxtel and wifi.

Our restaurant loves to provide home cooked meals for groups.
 
We also have a pool and a laundry for the comfort of our guests.
 
More info:







 
NSW Manildra
Amusu Theatre

"a must for coach groups to visit"

This art deco theatre is a rare purpose built theatre that has been operated by the same family since it was first built in 1936.
 
The Amusu Theatre still boasts original carbon projectors, original seating including the ‘love seat’ and the original flooring and curtains. 

Original old movie posters of yesteryear decorate the walls.
 
More info:


 
QLD Kuranda
Kuranda Riverboat


Join the team on the Kuranda Riverboat for a 45 minute Wet Tropics rainforest cruise with entertaining commentary.
 
Learn about the World’s most ancient tropical rainforest that makes up the Wet Tropics area, the wildlife that resides in and around the river, some history of Kuranda and the Barron Gorge hydroelectric power station.

The Kuranda Riverboat departs from the riverside which is an easy walk from the railway station and the famous Kuranda Markets; a great attraction for tour groups. 

To enhance your experience hop on the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns to Kuranda; there is plenty of coach parking at the railhead.
 
More info:


 
QLD St George
Riversands Wines


…. ‘a bush story in every glass!’
 
Discover how wine and table grapes are grown, irrigated, harvested and marketed.
 
Take a vineyard tour, wine tasting, have a delicious lunch or morning/afternoon tea.
 
Drink port from a pottery boot and taste our wines and liqueurs.
 
Before you leave make sure you purchase some unique gifts for your friends and family.
 
Put Riversands Wines on your itinerary for your next coach or group tour.
 
More info:


 
VIC Dixons Creek
Fergusson Winery & Restaurant


We are a family business that cares ……
 
Fergusson Winery and Restaurant has been delighting guests for decades.
 
We are located on the outskirts of Melbourne in the unique and scenic Yarra Valley, home to over 50 wineries and 110 vineyards. 
 
The region is internationally renowned for the production of premium quality table wines.
 
Have lunch in our beautiful restaurant with its cathedral ceilings, hand sawn rustic furniture and large open fireplace with a turning spit; the ideal backdrop for a memorable day.
 
More info:







 
VIC Monomeith
Warrook Cattle Farm


“a genuine Aussie farm experience!”
 
Take a step back in time and channel your inner ‘farmer’ self as you experience a range of hands on activities and demonstrations.
 
Try your hand at whip cracking; bottle feed baby Friesian calves; milk a cow; step inside a century old shearing shed; watch sheep shearing; learn about wool grading and feel the lanolin in the wool.
 
Enjoy a traditional Australian roast lunch with all the trimmings in the homestead restaurant.
 
Coach and tour groups are especially welcome.
 
More info:

 


NSW Eden
Halfway Motel


New ownership, new exciting ideas and a new and fresh approach makes the Halfway Motel the ideal base for your next coach group when touring the NSW South Coast region.
 
The Halfway Motel is ideally located ‘halfway’ between Sydney and Melbourne in the beautiful coastal town of Eden.
 
We offer charm, character, immaculate rooms and country comfort.
 
Come and visit us soon.
 
More info:






 

NSW Maitland
Old Maitland Inn


The Old Maitland Inn offers outstanding motel accommodation in Maitland with modern spacious ground floor rooms; all with walk in showers.
 
Just 20 minutes from the Hunter Valley Vineyards we are the perfect overnight or multi day location for your group.
 
We pride ourselves on good old fashion friendly service.
 
Contact us to tailor a package to suit your group.
 
More info:








 
NSW Wagga Wagga
Garden City Motor Inn



John and Carmela welcome your group to the Garden City Motor Inn.
 
This property is situated in a very quiet location just a short walk to the CBD and the Murrumbidgee River walking track.
 
We have 30 air conditioned, comfortable and spacious units; 18 on the ground floor; walk in showers; electric blankets; flat screen TV & Foxtel; free WiFi; licensed restaurant and bar and a swimming pool.
 
More info:

 


SA Mount Gambier
Lakes Resort Mount Gambier


The Lakes Resort is situated on the edge of the Valley Lake Crater with spectacular views over the City and just a short walk to the famous Blue Lake.
 
All our rooms are on the ground level and some have views over the City of Mount Gambier.
 
Our licensed restaurant can provide all your group’s requirements and also offers spectacular views over the city.
 
There is an indoor heated pool and spa and a laundry for the comfort of our guests.
 
Coach and tour groups are very welcome and there is plenty of coach parking available.
 
More info:


 

NSW Nelson Bay
Port Stephens 4WD
Seniors Adventure 4WD Tours


Take a “Seniors Adventure Tour” over 11kms of comfortable and safe beach driving.
 
Visit ‘Tin City’ a village in the middle of a desert landscape; see WW2 relics; venture into the high dunes to see some sand boarding – or for the adventurous, have a go.
 
This is a unique and exhilarating outing for your next coach or tour group.
 
More info:




 

QLD St George
Balonne Visitor Information Centre


The Visitor Information Centre should be your first stop when visiting the Balonne shire.
 
The VIC is situated overlooking the Balonne River and has all the maps, brochures and tourist information you need.
 
The friendly staff and volunteers love to help and guide you around the streets of St George.
 
The Centre is also stocked with local arts and crafts, history books and yummy jams and sauces.
 
Your journey starts here …………
 
More info:
 

TAS Ross
Tasmania Wool Centre &
Visitor Information Centre


A visit to the Tasmanian Wool Centre is full of different experiences. 
 
Learn about Ross’ fascinating history in our museum, buy some local woollen products, or ask our staff about the local area.
 
The Tasmanian Wool Centre is also the home of the Ross Visitor Information Centre.
 
More info:





 
VIC Mansfield
Mansfield Zoo


Mansfield Zoo is one of North East Victoria’s hidden secrets, with a large collection of exotic and native animals on 30 acres of picturesque parkland. 
 
Hand or spade feed many of the animals as you wander around this magical place.
 
Don’t miss Djuma and Matimba, our beautiful White Lions – with their white-blond coats and blue eyes – magnificent!
 
You can have a picnic lunch or bbq in our undercover facilities.
 
 
More info:



 

WA Kalbarri
Rainbow Jungle


“Take a walk on the wild side”
 
Rainbow Jungle is one of the wonders of Western Australia; a unique complex with a genuine touch of magic.
 
Wander through landscaped tropical gardens, past waterfalls, fountains, stained glass windows, gargoyles and lily ponds.
 
Marvel at Australia’s largest free flight area in the country, with the biggest flock of Purple Crowned Lorikeets in the world and other brightly coloured Australian parrots.
 
There is a covered picnic area and free BBQ facility where your group can take a break.
 
There is ample coach parking; wheel access to the majority of areas; and friendly staff to ensure your visit is an enjoyable experience
 
More info:



 
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