Someone gave me this as a birthday present for a big "0" birthday, and I almost did not take it due to my fear of heights. After prolonged consideration, I decided to forget about my fear of heights and try something new. And, I was so pleased that I did!
Now you too can have the chance to go on an extended balloon tour on 17th and 18th May, 2018. This will be a fabulous opportunity as it is a 2 day and 1-night adventure which includes entries, morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.
It is also a 2 day escape from the city, so even if you do not partake in the ballooning, it will still be a fun-filled few days.
The programme will be as follows:
DAY 1 You will leave from the South West to Mundaring Weir, where you will hear how "The Golden Pipeline to Kalgoorlie" all began. Then you will travel through the picturesque Avon Valley to the quaint town of York.
York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia and currently has about 2,000 people living there. York was established in 1979, and their renowned York Motor Museum is now recognised as one of the finest private collections of veteran, vintage, classic and racing cars in Australia. Here you will find a collection of about 150 vehicles, all the property of The Peter Briggs Collection.
This museum presents the evolution of motor transport with great examples of the high quality and workmanship from each era.
The building itself has some beautiful ornamental glass designed by famous WA artist Robert Juniper. The original high altar and Walsingham Shrine still have some of Juniper's paintings on display.
This first night you will stay at the Northam Motel.
The second day will have you up and about for all the people who are actually going to "head up into the clouds". Once you have been in the air and have landed on "terra firma", you will be treated to a champagne breakfast.
After this, you will all receive your "Balloonatic Certificate". For the people who were not so brave and did not enjoy this exciting adventure of ballooning, you can sleep in! After this, you can go and see the sights, sounds, and scents of Northam.
On the return journey, you will be taken to see adult emus, their nests and young chicks. This will be in an enclosed yet all natural bushland setting, where you will also see the incubation and hatching facilities.
There is also an emu shop, where you can buy products such as the following:
Then it is on to The Place of Plenty olive grove at Nardie homestead, which overlooks the Avon River. Here they produce fresh olive oils from several varieties of organically grown olives.
So, perhaps you fancy yourself as a garden guru?
You will visit the Toodyay Emporium, where you can find that special piece for your garden. Here they have old world water pumps, garden benches, large outdoor bells, urns, doormats, wall decals, bird baths and water features.
They also stock a large variety of terracotta and glazed pottery, antique furniture, kitchenalia collectables, cushions and rugs.
There will then be some free time in Toodyay which is a historic small town that's both charming and unique. Make sure you visit one of the largest Christmas shops and then it is BYO lunch before leaving for home.
Single Supplement: $80
Optional extra ballooning: $300