CAS Newsletter February 2015
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CAS e-Newsletter                                            February 2015

Hello and welcome to our first Newsletter for 2015.
If you haven’t already done so have a look at our new website which we launched in December.

You will notice that we have added the option to include your Facebook link to your page on our website; contact us now to include your Facebook link.
As always we welcome your comments and feedback.
Best wishes
John, Kim and the CAS Team

7-9 March 2015 – Ballarat VIC
Begonia Festival – a free event
3-4 April Maclean NSW
Maclean Highland Gathering
Clarence Coast Visitor Information Centre
Maclean     p: 02 6645 4121
Thursday 2 April – Sunday 5 April 2015 – Coober Pedy SA
This is a fabulous 4 day celebration of Coober Pedy and the discovery of opals.
Centenary Street Party
100 Year Ball
Coober Pedy Opal Festival
Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show
Welcome Back to Coober Pedy
Telephone: 08 8672 4624
Email: Clair Alford
9-12 April 2015 – Corryong NSW
The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival
11 April 2015 – Bundanoon NSW
Bundanoon Oval
Telephone: 02 4883 7417
18-19 April 2015 – Maitland NSW
Contact Richmond Vale Railway Museum for more info
8-30 May 2015 – Coffs Harbour NSW
Bald Archy Prize
Bunker Cartoon Gallery
Telephone: 02 6651 7343
16-17 May 2015 – Hunter Valley NSW
Richmond Vale Railway Museum
Model Exhibition featuring trains, boats, helicopters and more
Telephone: 02 4938 3118
6 June Grafton Truck Show, Grafton
July Greyhound Racing Carnival, Grafton
2-12 July Horse Racing Carnival, Grafton
3-4 October Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Race, Grafton to Harwood bridges
4 October Australian Goanna Pulling Championships, Wooli
31 Oct – 8 Nov Jacaranda Festival, Grafton
Clarence River Visitor Information Centre, 
Grafton     p: 02 6642 4677
13-14 June 2015 – Rockhampton QLD
Rockhampton Heritage Festival
Telephone: 07 4936 8687
15-27 September 2015 – Bowral NSW
Tulip Time – Corbett Gardens Bowral
Telephone: 1300 657 559
September 2015 – Alstonville NSW
Summerland House Farm Country Fair
1 Day Festival of food, music and comedy
Telephone: 02 6628 0610
November 2015 – Snowy Mountains NSW
Snowy Mountains Sprint Car Race




NSW Ballina
Comfort Inn All Seasons Ballina

Comfort Inn All Seasons Ballina ensures you a warm welcome from our friendly staff and we offer special rates for coaches and group bookings.
Being situated on the corner of Tweed and River Streets in Ballina provides easy access and off street parking for coaches. 
Our 40 room motel with its variety of Ballina accommodation can provide groups with reasonable prices for single, double, twin share or triple share accommodation.
One coach captain or tour leader is free of charge.
More info:

QLD Toowoomba
Comfort Inn Glenfield

Located on the south side of Toowoomba, Comfort Inn Glenfield, a family owned and operated business, is set off-road in landscaped gardens and next to Toowoomba Shopping Plaza.

We have 51 recently refurbished well appointed motel rooms.

All rooms are Non-Smoking, air conditioned, wireless internet, tea and coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board.

Coach and Tour groups are very welcome and we have a variety of room configurations to suit including disabled access rooms.

For the comfort of guests there is a swimming pool and guest laundry.
More info:

NSW Alstonville
Summerland House

Summerland House Farm is an exciting House with No Steps business which has transformed a working macadamia and avocado farm into a large scale agritourism destination for the Northern Rivers area.
The organisation is dedicated to creating opportunities for people with a disability to make the most of their abilities.
The Summerland House Farm Country Fair in September each year draws over 15,000 people from far and wide; a one day festival featuring over 100 local market stalls, an amazing assortment of food stalls and 5 stages of all day entertainment, with local and national celebrities from the fields of food, music and comedy. An event not to be missed!
Tour and coach groups are more than welcome.

Tours of the farm and museum can be organised by phoning 02 6628 0610.
More info:

NSW Batemans Bay
Batemans Bay Visitor Information Centre

The thriving Township of Batemans Bay with a population of approximately 17,000 has all the facilities expected of a town this size.
The added beauty of being nestled within the Batemans Marine Park, offers visitors the choice of 83 beaches, where they can swim, jet or water ski, snorkel, fish or just unwind and relax.
The Clyde River is the pulse of the town and our Oysters can be found in Michelin rated restaurants around Australia and Japan. Why not taste them at the source?
Batemans Bay – a destination to suit everyone; pop into the Visitor Information Centre and they will show you the way.
More info:

NSW Canowindra
Age of Fishes Museum

Imagine a world ruled by fish!
Long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the mighty rivers of the Central West teemed with bizarre ancient fishes - armoured fishes, fishes with lungs, and some huge predators with jaws like crocodiles.
Thousands of their fossils were found at Canowindra and give us a unique glimpse into life during the Devonian Period - the 'Age of Fishes'.
A chance discovery in 1955 revealed an extensive fossil bed dating from the Devonian Period. This 360-370 million year old fossil deposit contains the remains of thousands of freshwater fish. Many were new to science. The best of the fossils so far recovered are now on public display at Canowindra, at the Age of Fishes Museum.
More info:
NSW Hunter Valley / Buttai
Buttai Barn

Buttai Barn is a 300 seat dance hall/function centre, set on 37 acres in the lower Hunter Valley.
We hold regular “Buckin’ Country Shows” on Saturday nights, with a three-course meal, Mechanical Bull rides, Bush Dancing, hilarious games and live Country Music.
We also offer themed events for Seniors during the week, such as St Patrick’s, Scottish Week, Christmas in Winter and more, which include Devonshire Tea and 2 course lunch.
More info:

NSW Jindabyne
Gaden Trout Hatchery

What’s happening at the hatchery?
The tourist centre has had a facelift with new displays and information and the centre has been buzzing with people.

We have had a massive amount of rain which has made the area nice and green, so the place looks beautiful.

It is coming into the breeding time of year again for all the fish here.
Guided tours of the hatchery are conducted at 10am and 2pm daily.

Visitors can view and sometimes partake in feeding of the big fish that come to the surface in some of the hatchery’s brood stock ponds.
More info:
NSW Narooma
Narooma Visitor Information Centre

Narooma is not a sight you would ever grow tired of with Montague Island (Baranguba) sitting offshore and Gulaga (Mount Dromedary) dominating the escarpment.
The colours of Wagonga Inlet are truly a multitude of blues. It’s not hard to see why Narooma is a mecca for fishing enthusiasts; around the waters of Montague Island you can chase kingfish, marlin and yellowfin tuna as well as many reef species.
Come and discover the exciting maritime history of Narooma at the Narooma Lighthouse Museum, located at the Narooma Visitor Centre.

The key piece of the Narooma Lighthouse Museum is the original light and optical apparatus from the Montague Island Lightstation.
More info:
NSW Thredbo
Thredbo Alpine Village

Launch into the magic of the Snowy Mountains with an unforgettable Thredbo getaway.

Thredbo in summer is truly unique. Between November and March the wild flowers explode in a magic display of colour, the Thredbo River glistens in the sun, and the alpine air invigorates with every breath.
If you are after the one stop destination then Thredbo, nestled in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, ticks all the boxes.
It has a classic mountain feel, with an enchanting touch of alpine Australia, it is sprinkled with charm and bustling with activities.
There are great views from just about everywhere plus a nice mix of shops, things to do, places to eat and a myriad of accommodation options all peppered throughout the pedestrian friendly town.
More info:

QLD Airlie Beach
Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

The Australian nature experience unlike any other!
Nowhere else on the Queensland coast can you experience so much in one location.
See wild estuarine crocodiles as you cruise the calm waters of Proserpine River.
Enjoy a wetland wildlife tour on-board a tractor drawn wagon train.

Meet some interesting Aussie characters on your tour ..... Including our guides!
Experience the unique tastes of traditional Billy Tea and fresh cooked Damper.

Enjoy a Fair-Dinkum Aussie barbecue lunch.
Meet the famous Mud Crab and learn all about them.
If you think you can stand the pace contact us now!
More info:

QLD Charleville
Charleville Visitor Information Centre

The friendly staff and volunteers at the Charleville Visitor Information Centre are eager to assist you with your holiday plans. 
Come in and have a ‘cuppa’ and let them help you plan your stay in this part of The Outback.
The Bilby Experience is a highlight for many visitors who come to Charleville.  Meet this delightful and interesting marsupial.  The Bilby is one of Australia's most endangered species. 
More info:

QLD Rockhampton
Rockhampton Heritage Village

One of the most popular stops for travellers in Central Queensland is the Rockhampton Heritage Village.
Set on 11 hectares of land, the village features a wide range of original and reproduction buildings, as well as memorabilia and artefacts portraying life in the region from the 1850s to the 1950s.
Visitors can take a leisurely stroll and look through the school, wagon works, fire station, timber cutters camp, woolshed, cottages and more.
There is also an impressive array of timepieces in the Hall of Clocks, a display of dolls and a great collection of vintage vehicles. Market days are held on Sundays every two months.
2015 dates are: 8 March, 10 May, 12 July, 13 September, and 29 November.
More info:

TAS Latrobe
Anvers Chocolate Factory

House of Anvers, the total chocolate experience.
Belgian Chocolate Skills & Tasmania's fresh clean climate combines to create the supreme chocolate experience.
When you visit the House of Anvers you can see our qualified confectionery staff tempering, moulding and enrobing fine couverture chocolates, truffles, pralines, fudges and more.
We are open for breakfast every day from 7am to coincide with the arrival of the Spirit of Tasmania.

Our gourmet breakfast is just the thing to start your day, consisting of an array of chocolate croissants, plain croissants and danishes placed on the table with a selection of Tasmanian cheeses, fruit and conserves, our own chocolate and hazelnut spread and hot drink and orange juice per person.
More info:
VIC Mildura
Orange World

ORANGE WORLD is a working 50-acre citrus property situated just 8 minutes from Mildura over the Chaffey Bridge, New South Wales side of the Murray River on the Silver City Highway.
We offer educational and informative citrus tours around the picturesque property of avocado trees, numerous citrus varieties and tree grafting areas.
During picking season visitors can see pickers at work. In orange blossom time the trees are laden with blossom and the beautiful sweet scent drifts throughout the orchard.
Travel on the 70-seat tractor train is undercover, and passengers receive a fruit tasting informative commentary on a wealth of citrus information with a juicy sense of humour. 
More info:
QLD Charleville
Mulga Country Motor Inn

The Mulga Country Motor Inn is located in the centre of the Murweh Shire which has a wide cross section of industries.

We are in a semi arid climate zone with hot summer days and cold winter nights.

The Mulga Country Motor Inn has 26 ground floor, non-smoking units.

All units have en-suite, air-conditioning, Foxtel TV and tea and coffee facilities.

Free wireless internet is available for all units.

Wheelchair accessible.

BBQ, swimming pool and guest laundry are all available.

More info:


VIC Ballarat
Bell Tower Inn

If you are off to Ballarat for the Begonia Festival during the Labour Day Long Weekend (7-9 March) then check out the newly refurbished Bell Tower Motor Inn, there are still a few vacancies left.
The Bell Tower is able to accommodate two full coaches easily on a twin share basis with room for single supplements. Our welcoming and experienced staff  take care with all travelers including the elderly.
We make sure that dietary requirements are met by our chefs and meals, including breakfast, can be scheduled to time requirements.
We allocate rooms close to services for visitors with restricted mobility and all our rooms are ground floor with tea and coffee making facilities and walk in showers.
Coach parking is free and on site, with an area for coach washing, water restrictions permitting. 
More info:


NSW Ballina
Richmond River Cruises

MV Richmond Princess has been cruising the Richmond River from Ballina since 1981.

"The Princess" operates regular Devonshire Tea/Coffee and Lunch Cruises along the magnificent Richmond.
The Richmond River was the lifeblood of this region from the days of the first settlement until the 1950s.
So relax and enjoy the environment and the light-hearted commentary that brings to life the vibrant history of the river.
More info:

NSW Bathurst
Bathurst Visitor Information Centre

Bathurst is celebrating its Bicentenary in 2015
Bathurst is a vibrant regional city located just a few short hours’ drive west of Sydney.

Locals and visitors alike enjoy the best of country life with all the conveniences and facilities of modern living.

Historic sites and architecture, cultural facilities, the famous Mount Panorama motor racing circuit and the growing wine industry all contribute to making the city an appealing destination.
Whether you're in Bathurst for a day or a week you'll find plenty to keep you entertained.
More info:

NSW Cooma
Cooma Visitor Information Centre

Cooma is the largest town in the Snowy Mountains region and the capital of the state’s alpine area. It was established as a village in 1849 and since then has welcomed gold miners, graziers and the thousands of people from all around the world who built the mighty Snowy Scheme.
We have over 600 events listed on our annual Calendar of Events each year, including regular country markets, arts exhibitions, theatre productions and various special events.
Let the experienced local volunteers in the Visitors Centre help you plan your stay in the Cooma area.
More info:

NSW Hunter Valley
Richmond Vale Railway Museum

Richmond Vale Railway Museum holds special events throughout the year.

The next special event is Steamfest, in conjunction with Hunter Valley Steamfest at Maitland. This event will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April. Take a ride behind Marjorie, the 0-4-0 saddle tank engine. 

The annual Model Exhibition, featuring trains, boats, helicopters and more will be held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May. Full sized train rides and miniature train rides will also be available.

The gates open from 10.00 am for all special events and open days.
To find out more please visit

More info:

NSW Southern Highlands
Destination Southern Highlands

Isn’t it about time you experienced the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands?

Take time to enjoy a short break and relax.

Well known for its colourful gardens, leisurely pursuits, diverse landscape, history and heritage, and welcoming accommodation.

We are within easy reach of Sydney, Canberra and the Illawarra.
More info:

NSW Tamworth/Bendemeer
Banalasta & Blickling Estate Wines

Our lavender is blooming!  The fields have recently been harvested which means now is a great time to visit our garden and stock up on our lavender and eucalyptus products!
Did you know that lavender helps you relax, helps you sleep, has anti- bacterial properties and is great for treating insect bites, burns, including sunburn and it smells amazing too!
Come and see where it all begins, from the field to our great range of organic lavender and eucalyptus oils and products.
We are also a 5 star winery and have some great group package deals. We are open 7 days.

Call or email
02 6769 6659
More info:

NSW Tilba Tilba
Foxglove Spires Gardens

This absolutely enchanting property encompasses 3 ½ acres of exquisite open gardens.
The essence of the gardens is one of romance, fairy tale like charm & quaint English style elegance.
With each season there are new wonders & floral delights to explore.
More info:

QLD Caboolture
Caboolture Heritage Village

Caboolture Historical Village is a popular destination for overseas and local visitors and comprises over 70 historic buildings set out on 12 acres in a Village style of yesteryear.

Along the streets you will see the old post office, barber, butcher and general store which will bring back memories for many. 
As well as the buildings, there are vehicles and farm machinery, and many relics of Australian history. 
The Boiling Billy Tea Room and the Redhall Café are open for food and drinks, and on special days the Bush Pub is open.
It is wheelchair friendly and Tour Guides can be booked in advance.
Gardeners enjoy a stroll through our wonderful gardens, or you might like a trip around the village in our train.
It’s fun and friendly and visitors may even meet some of our lively characters in re-enactment mode!
Phone (07) 5495 4581 or email:
More info:
QLD Charleville
Cosmos Centre & Observatory

Charleville's spectacular clear night sky, unaffected by the lights and pollution which cover the stars in city areas, is the focus of the Charleville Cosmos Centre.
The Charleville Cosmos & Observatory offer day and night activities.
Guides will explain the movement of the sky, how to find constellations and name the bright stars.
More info:

SA Port Pirie
Port Pirie Regional Tourism

Port Pirie is excited to offer a brand new tour showcasing how a major industry shaped our city.

Nyrstar Port Pirie Smelter, the largest primary lead smelter in the world, has been an institution in Port Pirie for 125 years. The smelter is currently undergoing a $514m transformation project which means that during construction visitors are unable to access the smelter site. However, the end of these tours has marked the beginning of new tours.

‘Outside The Gates’ takes participants outside the gates of the smelter to showcase how this industry has shaped Port Pirie and its history. More than a typical town tour, ‘Outside The Gates’ is hosted by former smelter employees who talk about the plant, processes and their own experiences growing up and living in Port Pirie.

See such local icons as the Bridge to Nowhere (and find out the story of how it earned its nickname!) Fisherman’s Wharf, Memorial Park, Woodward Park, Church Circle and more. Stories include a children’s playground built in one day, a model suburb, another suburb that disappeared, history of the uranium plant and many other fascinating tales.

Tours are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday departing at 12.30pm but special bookings can be arranged outside of these times.

The Port Pirie Regional Tourism & Arts Centre is the booking and departure point for the ‘Outside The Gates’ tours.

Bookings are essential so please freecall 1800 000 424.

More info:

VIC Korumburra
Coal Creek Community
Park & Museum
Meet our fantastic volunteers at Coal Creek Community Park & Museum – FREE ENTRY and unlimited fun for your coach or tour group.
Come along and ride the bush tramway, buy some old fashioned lollies from the general store, visit our friendly animals and feed the ducks too.
Whilst you're here drop in and have a look at our Community Gallery, and be sure to talk to our volunteers for their knowledge of local history.
Come on one of our scary Ghost Tours and see the Village at night.
More info:

VIC Monomeith
Warrook Cattle Farm

Historic Warrook Farm offers visitors unique hands on farm experience combined with Australian country hospitality.
Warrook Farm is a great place to have a real Australian farm adventure on our daily farm tours and actually have a go at milking a cow and cracking a stock whip!
You can wander through our beautiful 100 year old historic Homestead and visit our Fauna Park full of Australian native animals and bird life.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy a country roast lunch in the homestead restaurant or chose from our delicious menu in the cafe.
More info:
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