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CAS Newsletter December 2014
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CAS e-Newsletter                                            December 2014

We hope you have all enjoyed our new look website and newsletters.
If you would like your facebook link added to your page on our website please let us know.

Thank you for your patronage over the past year and we look forward to continuing our relationship in 2015.

We wish you and your families
a safe and happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous
New Year.

Best wishes
John, Kim and the CAS Team


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DIARY DATES
1 November – 28 December 2014 – Morpeth NSW
Christmas Exhibition
Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St, Morpeth.
Telephone:  02 4933 1407 or Email: info@morpethgallery.com
 
1 December – 31 January 2015 – Myrtleford Victoria
Exhibition of art works by local artist - Frances Worsnop-Solosy
Michelini Wines Cellar Door
213 Great Alpine Road Myrtleford
Tel: 03 5751 1990
 
1 February 2015 – Coober Pedy SA
Centenary Launch
Celebrating 100 years since the discovery of opals in Coober Pedy
 
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 calford@cpcouncil.sa.gov.au
 
3-4 April Maclean Highland Gathering, Maclean
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    
Clarence Coast Visitor Information Centre
Maclean     p: 02 6645 4121
www.clarencetourism.com
 
8-30 May 2015 – Coffs Harbour NSW
Bald Archy Prize
Bunker Cartoon Gallery
Telephone: 02 6651 7343
www.baldarchy.com.au

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MEMBER PROFILES

NSW Eden
Halfway Motel


The Halfway Motel at Eden is located on the beautiful Sapphire Coast “halfway” between Sydney and Melbourne – it is the ideal spot to relax and unwind.
 
Our long established motel offers charm, character, immaculate clean rooms and country comfort all at very affordable rates.
 
With our book online facility it gives you peace of mind that you are getting the best value rates around.
 
More info:

 
TAS Queenstown
Comfort Inn Gold Rush


At the Comfort Inn Gold Rush you will enjoy Quality Accommodation with friendly service and a smile at an affordable price.
 
It is the perfect stop-over point to relax and un-wind following the fascinating travel experience to the Western Wilderness from Hobart, Burnie or Cradle Mountain regions.
 
The Gold Rush is a well-positioned base from which to explore the region over several days and within easy travel to such offerings as; steam train travel into the rain forest, cruising on the World Heritage Gordon River, trout fishing in nearby Lakes, bush walks and much more.
 
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NSW Coffs Harbour
Bunker Cartoon Gallery


Bunker Cartoon Gallery is a WWII communications underground bunker.
 
The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is Australia's first and only dedicated black and white art gallery exhibiting the largest private collection of contemporary cartoons in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
More info:






 
NSW Crookwell
Crookwell Visitor Information Centre


Information centre for the Upper Lachlan Shire including Crookwell, Gunning and Taralga.
 
The Visitor Information Centre is able to organise group itineraries including museums, farm gate experiences - including alpaca farm experience, guided tours, organ recitals, the famous Lindner Sock Factory and much more.
 
Come and enjoy The Shire of Villages, explore the beautiful Southern Tablelands of NSW and indulge in some wonderful produce.
 
There truly is something for everyone, breathtaking vistas, rich cultural history and a relaxed country atmosphere.
 
More info:





 
NSW Narrabri
Narrabri Visitor Information Centre


If variety is the spice of life, then Narrabri Shire is spicy indeed!
 
Covering 13,000 km2, our Shire is the heart of the rich Namoi Valley in North West NSW. Renowned for the production of some of the world’s highest quality wheat, cotton, fat lambs and beef and home to several research facilities, Narrabri Shire is truly an agricultural wonderland.
 
All this is joined by a wealth of excellent tourist attractions sure to keep visitors entertained for days.
 
The Newell and Kamilaroi Highways run through Narrabri Shire bringing people from all compass points.
 
With easy access, major attractions, top rate facilities and accommodation, many conferences and high profile performers are drawn to the area.
 
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QLD Airlie Beach
Cruise Whitsundays


Discover Australia’s wonderful Whitsunday Islands, crystal clear lagoons and spectacular white-sand beaches with Cruise Whitsundays.
 
Treat your next coach or tour group to an outstanding selection of day cruises, including adventures to the famous Whitehaven Beach and Great Barrier Reef.
 
With a range of day cruises, suitable for all ages your coach tour or group can be as active or relaxing as they like.
 
There is a dedicated groups coordinator who can tailor make a memorable day out in the beautiful Whitsundays to suit your group needs.
 
Snorkeling and diving at the reef, chilling out under a palm tree or at the beach, sipping cocktails on an island or admiring the beautiful scenery on a leisurely cruise – the choice is yours.
 
More info:







 
SA Barossa Valley/Lyndoch
Lyndoch Lavender Farm


The Lyndoch Lavender Farm and Cafe, is a multi-award winning Barossa Valley tourist attraction which has been entertaining visitors for 20 years. We are also the largest Lavender Farm in South Australia.

As a family owned and operated business we provide visitors with a great opportunity to visit a working lavender farm where they are able to purchase quality merchandise in beautiful rural surroundings.
 
Farm & Shop are open every day from 10am – 4:30pm
Lavender Kitchen Café opens every day 10am-4pm from 1 September to 31 December,
Open weekends & public holidays all year. 
Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
 
More info:


 
TAS Devonport
Bass Strait Maritime Centre


The Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks and the history of Devonport.
 
‘Take the Helm’ is a simulated experience of bringing a steamer into the Mersey River or through the heads of Port Phillip Bay. The newly restored Julie Burgess ketch though, provides the real experience with two-hour sailings Wednesday and Sunday, taking passengers out into Bass Strait and back.

more info:


 
TAS Sheffield
Kentish Visitor Information Centre


Kentish Visitor Information Centre specialises in booking accommodation, tours, attractions and providing tourism information.
 
Hear how Sheffield was transformed into Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery by hiring the "Story of the Sheffield Murals" audio tour.
 
Listen to local characters and artists share their visions and tell their stories.
Experience Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery on your way to Cradle Mountain.
 
View Mt Roland, visit boutique wineries, hire a mural audio tour from the visitor centre in Sheffield, and check out nearby Railton's topiary and Wilmot's novelty letterbox trail.

more info:




 






NSW Wagga Wagga
Astor Inn


In a city renowned for its hotels, The Astor Inn Hotel Motel has been preferred by Wagga locals and visitors to Wagga Wagga alike for over half a century.
 
The 3.5 star Astor Inn represents excellent value, with its central location and 44 rooms. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and is equipped with all the facilities you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
 
if you are looking for a convenient and excellent value Wagga Hotel or Motel, go no further than the Astor Inn.
 
We look forward to making your stay with us in Wagga enjoyable and comfortable.
 
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TAS St Helens
Tidal Waters Resort


Tidal Waters Resort St Helens, surrounded by three hectares of scenic lagoons and gardens, boasts the definitive Tasmanian East Coast waterfront setting.
 
Conveniently located in the seaside town of St Helens, Tidal Waters Resort is your getaway to world class destination Bay of Fires.
Tidal Waters Resort is 2 hours’ drive from Launceston and 3 hours from Hobart via the Midland Highway.
 
More info:






 

NSW Coonabarabran
Siding Spring Observatory


Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) is located in the Warrumbungle region of New South Wales, at a height of 1164m.
 
SSO began as a field station for the Mount Stromlo Observatory when light pollution from Canberra began to adversely affect sky visibility from MSO.
 
It has since become Australia's premier facility for optical and infrared astrophysics observations.  

ANU also operates accommodation facilities for observing astronomers and the Exploratory visitor's centre at SSO.
 
More info:




 

NSW Mount Annan
The Australian Botanic Garden,
Mount Annan


The sensation of the late 18th century in the field of botany was the discovery of a new continent filled with exotic plants unknown to the rest of the world. The Australian Botanic Garden displays around 2000 of these, set in 416 hectares of hills and lakes.
 
The crowning glory of this stunning garden, is the Australian PlantBank, a new science facility specialising in the research and conservation of Australian plants. Groups can take part in a tour of the facility guided by one of the scientists or take part in one of the other two tours including a general garden tour or a look at what takes place behind the scenes of a commercial nursery.
 
More info:

 
NSW Wollongong / Kembla Grange
Australian Motorlife Museum


The Museum houses a vast collection of vehicles dating from 1904 to mid-1960.
There are many vehicles significant to Australian Motoring History including several little known Australian Vehicles.
 
Supporting displays include gramophones, typewriters, tools, irons, motoring memorabilia.
 
Clean and well-presented building, displays, toilets, and function area and friendly, knowledgeable volunteer staff ensures your visit is easy to manage, cost effective and appreciated as something your guests have never seen before.
 
Now open is our new display of memorabilia from ‘Wollongong Wizz’ Wayne Gardner, Australia’s first 500cc World Motorcycle Champion
 
More info:







 
QLD Gold Coast
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


With over 1000 native animals, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the largest collections of Australian wildlife in the world. 
 
Set amongst 28 hectares of lush Eucalyptus and rainforest, visitors can see many of Australia's iconic species on display in their natural habitat.  There are many interactive wildlife opportunities to cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo or hold a baby crocodile. 
 
There are now 13 daily shows including Aboriginal Dance Performances. 
 
Also included is the Wildlife Hospital Precinct where you can watch the vets in action.  Special VIP tours are available for groups such as Behind the Scenes, Wandering Wildlife and Pat and Chats.
 
More info:

 
SA Murray Bridge
Proud Mary


Proud Mary has had a strong, long standing partnership with Coach Accommodation Specialists (CAS), by providing a unique and very accessible cruising experience to all CAS passengers.
 
Aboard Proud Mary you will discover the Murray River’s eco-system at its best. Treat yourself to a taste of Australia’s most famous river with an indulgent lunch cruise aboard South Australia’s boutique River Murray cruising vessel, Proud Mary.
 
The 1 hour 45 minute lunch cruise offers a fantastic buffet lunch prepared by our resident chef’s, all whilst viewing the spectacular Murray River. Operating 52 weeks of the year on both Monday and Fridays it is a cruising experience like no other.
 
For more information or to enquire about our 2 and 5 night cruise options please visit www.proudmary.com.au

more info:

 
TAS Don
Don River Railway


Tasmania’s unique Railway Museum has the largest collection of steam locomotive and passenger carriages in Tasmania.
 
Vintage or steam trains run daily, on the hour from 10am to 4pm, along the Don River just outside Devonport.
 
More info:











 
TAS Strahan
World Heritage Cruises


A century old family tradition of local hospitality is the foundation of World Heritage Cruises.   
 
Enjoy the natural and historic features of Macquarie Harbour - including Hells Gates, aquaculture farms, a Sarah Island guided tour and two hours cruising on the Gordon River.
 
More info:


 
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