Following on from our 4MOTION Training Weekend perhaps you would like to join Great Divide Tours on a great weekend escape in the Central Tablelands around Lithgow and Mudgee?
This will be a guided tag-along tour under the leadership of Vic Widman from Great Divide Tours supported by Alex Caruana from 4 Motion Adventures (For the Love of Travel). These adventurous boys have put together a fantastic weekend trip that embraces the amazing capability of your Volkswagen 4 Motion whilst providing an educational appreciation of our country and history.
Starting in Lithgow on Saturday morning we will visit a fantastic indigenous art site not far from town. After this we hit the gravel and meander up a beautiful valley to the top of the escarpment with some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the state. Vic even has his own special lookout which he will guide you too, be prepared for some of the most amazing and breathtaking views you may have ever seen.
Our day continues off the beaten track through the beautiful Gardens of Stone National Park before we spend a very short time on the Castlereagh Highway and a short section of sealed road that leads not only to our beautiful camp site but also a step back into our forgotten history. We will be joined by a local historian as we embark on an amazing walking tour of the forgotten shale oil mining town of Glen Davis. This is the largest collection of shale mining buildings in the world.
On returning to our camp its time to set up and settle into a great evening around the campfire with your hosts Vic and Alex, who combined, have travelled more of Australia than most. In fact, Vic has not only driven virtually every road and track in Australia, but he has explored the mountains of New Zealand, the deserts of Namibia and the glaciers of Iceland. You will be enthralled by his yarns and tales.
On Sunday morning we will wake in the dramatic surrounds of the sandstone country with its magnificent coloured cliff faces towering over our camp. From here we will drive out past Glen Alice to Rylstone and then its time to explore more of our past history as we drop into the gold mining town of Sofala for a street walk. After stretching our legs Vic knows a few back roads which will see us travel through some truly beautiful countryside, beside the Turon River, which we will cross occasionally on open causeways. In fact, we intend to stop for lunch under the whispering she oaks with the babbling waters of the Turon at our feet.
Drawing ourselves away from this magical spot Vic again takes the less travelled route via Turon Gates which leads us to another perfect camping spot beside the river. This will be our afternoon tea stop but you may be so delighted with this peaceful valley and the superb simplicity of your 4Motion camper that you just might decide to stay the night. For those on a tighter time schedule Vic and Alex will guide you out to the Castlereagh Highway and the town of Capertee to say farewell.
The tour fee is $490 per vehicle with up to 2 people on board (Extras are $100 each). This includes your camping fees on Saturday evening, guided tour at Glen Davis, and guided tag-along tour for the 2 days with Vic and Alex. You need to provide your own meals and fuel throughout the weekend.
Great Divide Tours is a licensed tour operator and certified in Eco Tourism. It has been in operation since 1990 under the guidance of Vic Widman, Alex has been with the company for the past 20 years. You could not be in better hands.
To join us on 17-18 October 2020, please register online now - places are filling quickly :) A deposit of $100 will be required to secure your booking with the balance due 2 weeks prior to the trip. Numbers are limited to 8 client vehicles, so be quick.
Refund Policy – Deposits are nonrefundable. If your booking can be reallocated to another participant, then the deposit can be transferred to another tour of your choice which must be taken within 18 months of the original booked tour. The full tour fee is payable 1 week prior to the tour and is not refundable after this time. You should consider taking Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances including illness, vehicle problems or family matters.
Great Divide Tours reserves the right to alter or change the above itinerary at very short notice due to weather conditions, closed parks or roads, community requests, illness or breakdown etc,.
Dates: 17-18 October, 2020
Location: Blue Mountains / Lithgow, NSW
No. of spots available: up to 8 vehicles
Costs: ($100 deposit required to secure your spot)
$490 with up to two on board in each vehicle, includes use of camping ground Saturday night and use of camping facilities,
$100 each extra person in vehicle
This includes your camping fees on Saturday evening, guided tour at Glen Davis, and guided tag-along tour for the 2 days with Vic and Alex. You need to provide your own meals and fuel throughout the weekend.
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