Warrumbungle Yuletide - 26 - 29 July 2019 (Group Program)
- Duration: 4 Days
- Location: Coonabarabran
- Product code: XMASJUL19
Day 1 – Friday
Siding Spring in the winter is chilly and the perfect place to enjoy the Christmas Spirit of Yuletide
Make your own way to Siding Spring Observatory to meet the group at 3.30pm for some tips about residing alongside a working scientific facility. After settling into your room, we’ll head up to the highest point on the mountain to watch the sunset, and feel the last warm rays of the day. Make sure you bring your camera enjoy Australia’s first Dark Sky Park as true darkness descends and nocturnal animals pop out. A warming dinner awaits you in the astronomers' lodge. (D)
Day 2 – Saturday
We start the day with breakfast followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the AAT and Schmidt telescopes. During this two-hour walking tour on the mountain, you'll learn what amazing science is taking place on this site, every day. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of your tour.
This afternoon we prepare a picnic lunch for you and invite you for a self-led tour of Sandstone Caves. Walk in the footsteps of the Gamilaroi people along the short Sandstone Caves walking track in Pilliga Nature Reserve. You’ll pass through a scenic forest to the impressive sandstone hills, with some containing ancient Aboriginal rock engravings.
We'll visit Pillaga Pottery for dinner (included). (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Sunday
Today is a day for a scenic drive starting on the western side of the WNP. We commence with a visit to the Emu Logic farm. It's quite an impressive site, seeing so many of this iconic bird in one place. From here, we head north to the Pilliga Discovery Centre to learn about this area of state forest.
Dandry Gorge is next on the list and the perfect spot for a picnic lunch. The Pilliga National Park is home to the Sculpture in the Scrub, and our Discovery Ranger will guide us through the area. Here, five people took three stones and two used metals to create a unique bush artwork that reflects the long history of the area. Finally, we return to the lodge in preparation for a warming Christmas celebration - keep your eyes peeled for Santa as we stargaze tonight. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Monday
Head home today, or on to your next destination. (B)
- 3 nights accommodation Siding Spring Lodge small double bed (with ensuite)
- Behind the scenes tour of the Australian Astronomical Telescope or similar
- Entrance to all venues listed
- Breakfast lunch, afternoon tea and dinner as indicated
- Christmas themed dinner in the lodge and stargazing
- Air transportation, taxes and fees - International and domestic
- Personal items such as emails, laundry, room service
- Alcoholic beverages and drinks with meals
- Health costs
- Personal expenditure and shopping
- Travel Insurance
Getting to Siding Spring Observatory
The program is a self-driving tour and based from Siding Spring Observatory located 28kms west of Coonabarabran or 160kms/1.5 hours north of Dubbo. Driving time from Sydney is approximately 6.5 hours.
Transport NSW operates regional trains daily from
· Sydney Central Station at 7.18am and arrive at 1.45pm
· Dubbo Station at 2.15pm and arrive Central Station at 8.42pm.
Car rental is available from Dubbo Airport, there are several parking spaces available on Siding Spring Mountain. Please drive carefully and be vigilant for kangaroos.
Flights are operated by Qantas and Rex Airlines.
Transfers from Dubbo or Coonabarabran to Siding Spring Observatory are available on request.