Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens Girls Getaway 11 - 17 October

Newcastle NSW, Australia

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Oct 11 - 17, 2021
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Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens Girls Getaway 11 - 17 October
Newcastle NSW, Australia

Vibrant Women Travel
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4 reviews

Oct 11 - 17, 2021
Group size: 1 - 10

About this trip

A stunning coastal and country girls getaway for you to enjoy, explore and experience!


Newcastle ~ Hunter Valley ~ Singleton ~ Morpeth ~ Maitland ~ Nelson Bay 


6 Nights/7 Days


Arriving to Newcastle there’s so much to do, see, experience and enjoy – it's the kind of

place you'll visit and find sweet surprises around every corner. Situated on Australia’s east coast, Newcastle is surrounded by golden sandy beaches and a breathtaking coastline, and has a beautiful working harbour, with cafes, restaurants and bars stretching from the city to the suburbs. During our time in Newcastle we will enjoy staying in modern stylish apartments in the city centre within walking distance to everything. We will explore Newcastle's heritage and history through a guided bus tour on the "Famous Tram". We will feast on tapas and sangria and hit the Grand Hotel for a Tuesday Night Jazz session, lets get those smooth holidays vibes happening.


Once we venture inland we will find more culinary delights, architectural wonders, historical charm and natural attractions.  Staying in picturesque Pokolbin at a garden hotel in the heart of the beautiful Hunter Valley, you will discover cellar doors at award-winning wineries, elegant vineyard restaurants and enjoy an artisan cheese appreciation experience. Get stocked up on handmade chocolates for your trip and indulge in a picnic among the vines.


Staying in the country we visit Scenic Singleton and Magical Morpeth. Both of these small country towns have much to offer in terms of charm and character. Think High teas, boutique shopping experiences, candle cellar doors, antiques, art galleries and much much more.


For the last two nights of our tour we head to one of Sydneysiders most popular holiday destinations Nelson Bay for some true R & R. Book a massage, lay by the private pool, enjoy an oracle card reading or reiki session, take a 40 minute walk to Gan Gan lookout, indulge in some coffee and a spot of shopping before joining us at the Seabreeze hotel for sundowners and live music. Our last night sees us enjoying a 2.5 hour dining experience on the harbour.


This is a true Cosmopolitan & Charming, Country to Coast Girls Getaway.

*10 REASONS TO JOIN US ON THIS TOUR

1. As a visitor destination, Newcastle is the heartbeat of the Hunter and the only regional Australian city flanked by both a beach and working harbour waterfront.

2. Newcastle is only a one-hour direct flight from the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Melbourne, making it an easy getaway for this tour.

3. Newcastle is within easy access to amazing beaches in Port Stephens; world class wineries in the Hunter Valley and historic towns such as Singleton, Maitland, and Morpeth. (All of which we will visit all!)

4. Newcastle is a city with a rich history and quirky culture that includes a range of hip cafes and bars across the city. (we won’t visit all but will try) Great coffee is a must and the Jazz Bar too.

5. Newcastle has developed a strong reputation for its superb coffee, craft beer and local Hunter Valley wines. (We will visit at least 3 wineries, and one distillery, along with cheese and chocolate experiences)

6. Newcastle’s stunning beaches, laidback lifestyle, fascinating harbour, and eclectic arts scene are shining through the shadow of an industrial heritage. We will take a tour on the “Famous Tram” um which is a bus?? So, you get to see the heart of the whole city from shopping districts, to million-dollar mansions, historic sights, beaches and beyond, a great snapshot to start your stay in Newcastle. 

7. Nelson Bay is also home to a lovely marina and pretty beaches, walks and shopping. For our last two nights we relax in this popular port town and enjoy the pub with live music on Friday night and we will dine on the water, enjoying a bay dinner cruise for our last evening. Our hotel is a retro style renovated hotel, with steam room, gym, pool, and best café in town!

8. Newcastle, Maitland and Morpeth all have great museums and galleries, some of which we will visit to get our fill of art, culture and history. 

9. Newcastle is at the forefront of innovation and impact courtesy of collaboration with industry, research, and government. Developments in the city include a multi-million-dollar upgrade to Newcastle’s cruise terminal, a $17.8 million dollar investment in smart city technology and innovation, and the upgrade of Newcastle Airport to international standards. Newcastle has the vibe of a town going places with an energetic, but not frenetic vibe. 

10. As a major regional city, Newcastle is less congested than metropolitan cities and allows quick and easy access for relaxed visitor experiences. It is easy for us to get around and we can include so many and varied activities you won’t believe everything is within a 1 hours drive. 

INCLUSIONS

 

  •  6 nights accommodation  
  • Private bus transport throughout
  • Fully escorted tour
  • 6 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinners 
  • All entry fees as stated for the attractions on the itinerary
  • 1.5 hour Newcastle Tour on the "Famous Tram" bus 
  • Guided Tour of Newcastle Museum, Civic Theatre and Miss Porters House 
  • Artisan cheese and cheesemaking appreciation 101 - Hunter Valley Cheese Company
  • Wine matching and canape experience Brokenwood Winery 
  • Wine Masterclass, including history of The Hunter Valley, concluding with a picturesque picnic amongst the vines
  • Gin/Vodka/Liqueur tasting, 100% Australian made, free from preservatives, artificial additives and flavours and made only from premium and organic ingredients 
  • Visit to Innate Style Boutique Singleton, includes an affordable variety of clothing and accessories, (lots of Italian brands) but in addition, Natalie, a personal stylist will also give us a class in daytime makeup application. Come fresh faced and bring your makeup bag or just browse the racks
  • Visit historic Morpeth home of the original Arnott's Bakery! Visit Morpeth Museum, have a ginger beer tasting, enjoy a candle cellar door experience, try on a frock or two at one of the stylish boutiques, this is a quaint village full of charm
  • Visit Maitland Regional Art Gallery, a contemporary space with modern gift shop and café
  • High Tea at Ducks in the Field
  • Private Meditation and Oracle Circle with Monique Malone at her lovely rural property at Raymond Terrace 
  • Cruising Eats'n' Beats Saturday nights dinner platter cruise Nelson Bay

EXCLUSIONS

 

  • Transport to and from Newcastle, including transport to our Newcastle apartments on arrival day. If you need help with this please let us know. See the section below on arrivals and departures for more details. It is easy to catch a taxi or an Uber at the Newcastle airport, the airport is approx. 25 minutes from the city. 
  • Travel Insurance, (which is compulsory). We suggest taking travel insurance within 14 days of booking your tour as your deposit is non-refundable.
  • Lunch & Dinners (Except those mentioned in the itinerary) and beverages.
  • Early check-in on arrival & late check-out on departure
  • Any extra sightseeing or entrance fees not included in the package
  • Tips for bus driver 

Covid 19 and Safe Travel Protocols

 At this stage we do not require a negative PCR test to attend our retreats, nor is it required to be vaccinated. Although Tammie does hope to be vaccinated by January this is still not currently available to her. If this changes we will let you know, however you can view our "Book with Confidence" webpage HERE for more details about how we manage bookings during Covid and about our safety protocols. 

Your Tour Leader

Tammie Day is is the founder of Vibrant Women Travel. She runs retreats and Inspirational Journeys worldwide. Tammie has been operating tours for 10 years and has found the most unique and beautiful places for you to visit. Tammie attempts to find interesting, bespoke activities that you would not see on most tour itineraries. Vibrant Women Tours feel like fabulous girls getaways with a bunch of friends you just haven't met yet. 

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

Arrivals and Departures are from Newcastle. This may be Williamtown Airport or to the train station and then transferred to the light rail to our accommodation.

Arrival Accommodation: 

Terminus Apartment

111 Scott St, Newcastle NSW 2300 

02 4040 1200 

Arrivals can be any time on Monday the 11th of October, we have no plans until 5pm. You can check into your room it will be under your name. Tammie will be onsite to help with check-ins after 2pm. If arriving earlier you can leave your bags and go for a coffee or wander until check in time.

If you are arriving by plane to Williamtown airport you can catch a taxi for between $65 and $85. It is a 25 min drive approx. The airport rank is directly to the left of arrivals as you exit. You can see the taxis as you exit the main doors and staff are also there to assist. Williamtown Airport is very small and easy to navigate it only has two gates.

The 130, 131 and 138 buses will also take you to Newcastle Interchange from the airport and you can change to the tram from there. These buses run every hour or so. You can use an Opal card or any credit or debit card to tap on and off both the bus and tram. There is an information desk at the airport that can provide more information!


If you are catching the train, please use the link HERE to plan your trip. You will need to swap at the interchange for the Light Rail. Our accommodation is right between Queens Wharf and Newcastle Beach tram stop, about a 3 minute walk from either. 



Departure Accommodation: 

Hotel Nelson 

3 Government Rd, Nelson Bay NSW 2315  

02 4916 4600

Check out is 10am on the 17th of October, however you can leave your bags at the hotel and still use all the facilities until you are collected to go to the train station or airport. We recommend using Shoal Bay Shuttle Service, Mike is excellent. He charges around $70 one way to the airport. It is 30 mins to airport and approx. 1 hour to the train station, please discuss price to train station with Mike if you require that option. Otherwise Tammie may be able to drop you depending on the time you need to be there. 

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

As on most of our tours there is a fair amount of walking, stairs and uneven footpaths. People attending this tour must be able to walk up to 5kms per day at pace so as not to hold the rest of the group up. If you have concerns relating to this please discuss with us.

WEATHER IN OCTOBER

October is a lovely spring month with overnight temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius and daily temperatures around 22 degrees Celsius. It can be humid and occasionally rain, so please pack clothing suitable for these climatic conditions. There are 13 hour of daylight in October in the Hunter Valley and 9 hours of sunshine in Nelson Bay each day. 

Available Packages

Twinshare Room
Available until September 10, 20216 left

 This reservation is for 1 person booking a twinshare room. There are two single beds in a one bedroom apartment. The price is per person.

*For this tour you have a $200 deposit and the remainder is due 75 days before the start of the tour.  

** If your stay is affected by Government travel restrictions as a result of COVID-1 you will receive a full refund of balance paid up until 48 hours before the start of the tour.  

A$2650
Deposit: A$200
Single room
Available until September 10, 2021only 3 left

*For this tour you have a $200 deposit and the remainder is 75 days before the start of the tour.   

** If your stay is affected by Government travel restrictions as a result of COVID-1 you will receive a full refund of balance paid up until 48 hours before the start of the tour.   

A$3250
Deposit: A$200

Itinerary

Day 1
Monday 11 October 2021

Arrive Newcastle -Settle into hotel. Check in is from 2pm. Take a walk around historic Hunter Street Mall.

5pm – Meet in foyer for introductions and overview of the week before heading to the Petite Bar for pre dinner drinks, (7 minute walk) and then on to our dinner reservation at Rustica Mediterranean Restaurant (right next door)

Dinner and Drinks * Self-Pay

*Meals – No meals

**Overnight accommodation – Terminus Apartment Hotel 


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Vibrant Women Travel
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Vibrant Women Travel provides retreats and inspirational journeys for women. Shared adventures in extraordinary places. Bespoke, curated, fully escorted, small group women’s travel. Experiences for the soul. We have developed our retreats and inspirational journeys with comfort, natural beauty, friendship, uniqueness, giving back and affordability in mind. Vibrant Women holidays are suitable for women over the age of 18. Our “meaningful holidays” are a blend of unique and exotic locations, activities and experiences. We hope you join us

Reviews

Really great day with likeminded people. Well-organised, fabulous food and activities. It was so good to have a day that was for Me and not work, family, etc, and knowing I am supporting such a worthwhile cause in India. Loved it!!!
By SHARYN R for Womens Wellness 1 Day Charity Retreat on 28 Jul, 2021
It was so wonderful to meet you Sharon. I really apreciate your attendance and contribution to Samadhan. Tammie xx
By Vibrant Women Travel on 28 Jul, 2021
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I had a great time. The holiday was so well organised with lovely personal touches. The activities were well thought out with a great variety of things to do. The group was a lot of fun and I would love to travel with any of them again. A laid back, fun experience. Good accommodation, heaps of fun and good food.
By Anne M for Tropical Escape Port Douglas on 07 Jul, 2021
Thankyou so much Anne for you comments, it was wonderful to have you in our group, great fun indeed xx
By Vibrant Women Travel on 07 Jul, 2021
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Thank you Tammie for your generosity, the fun learning and an amazing experience. A great group of ladies to learn with and from, great location and food. I feel much more equiped to lead and facilitate my own retreats !!
By Lesley K for Retreat Facilitator Training Nelson Bay on 13 Jun, 2021
Thank you so much Lesley, the world is very lucky to have you and the work you do is amazing!
By Vibrant Women Travel on 16 Jun, 2021
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A wonderful opportunity in training from the fabulous Tammie Day in learning to facilitate retreats. Tammie's knowledge and experience in the industry being such a valuable resource and the content shared to be able to use in future was invaluable. Tammie displays a perfect balance of professionalism and down to earth approach-ability, her humor and kind heart are also an asset to herself and her business. For anyone moving into facilitating retreats I would thoroughly recommend this training.
By Monique M for Retreat Facilitator Training Nelson Bay on 06 Jun, 2021
Thanks so much for yoru kind words Monique. You are such a beautiful and guiding influence to have in our group. I really appreciate you taking the time to create this review and look forward to seeing all the wonderful offerings you present in the future.
By Vibrant Women Travel on 07 Jun, 2021
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References

l have travelled with Tammie on many retreats: Bali, Fiji, Vanuatu, Awaba, Mount Alford and Port Douglas. Each retreat is a different experience with the same amount of care taken to ensure you feel safe and well catered for. There is always the right amount of adventure, local experiences and down time. The camaraderie between the women is warm and often hilarious. Tammie's organisational skills and attention to detail are smooth and seamless, which make for a most enjoyable experience. Western Australia here I come. Cheryl
By Cheryl N on 09 Jul, 2021