This winter, Silver Compass Tours invites all fun-loving food and wine adventurers to escape to the wild, wild Central West for a spectacular food & wine trail with a bushranger twist!
Running from Friday 7th to Monday 10th June 2019 (Queen's Birthday Long Weekend), 'The Roaring Days' is an epic food and wine cultural tour set in the Orange wine region in the Central West of New South Wales.
This exclusive experience is suitable for couples, fabulous singles and groups of friends. Take an adventure through the historic villages and country pubs of Canowindra, Carcoar and Millthorpe and follow in the footsteps of one of the Orange region's most famous locals - the legendary Australian 'gentleman' bushranger, Ben Hall.
'The Roaring Days' uniquely brings to life the glory days of Australia's gold rush era and one particular highlight is a recreation of the Ben Hall gang's epic country pub lock-in at Canowindra:
"In 1863 the infamous Ben Hall bushranger gang rode into the small goldfields village of Canowindra on horseback, rounded up the entire village into the local pub and locked them in as 'hostages' for a jubilant three-day spree," explains Kelly Picarazzi, Chief Experience Officer, Silver Compass Tours.
"This admirable bushranger episode in the goldrush-era inspired our 'Roaring Days' tour package, and we have the entire village of Canowindra thrilled to see it being recreated - they still talk about the original event to this day."
The 'Roaring Days' tour package includes return transfer from Sydney to Orange on 'The Bushranger's Bullet Train', in a private carriage for the tour group on the XPT; 3 nights accommodation in the 4-star Oriana Orange hotel; event tickets; most meals; all transfers, local guides and hosts.
Embarking on the Country Platform at Sydney Central Station on Friday, guests will be served a sparkling breakfast of local Prosecco & Pastries, including native ingredient slices and biscuits from Dreamtime Tuka, followed by a cheese and wine pairing hosted by a local vigneron while onboard the train, with a welcome lunch on arrival at the Oriana Orange hotel.
Before travelling to Manildra to watch a private screening of 'The Legend of Ben Hall' movie at the 1930s art-deco AMUSU picture theatre in the evening, the group will participate in an official 'Welcome to Country' and smoking ceremony at the Borenore Caves sacred site hosted by cultural immersion experience company, Milan Dhiiyaan - offering safe passage for the journey through Wiradjuri land. This will be followed by a Bush Tucka BBQ featuring Emu San Choy Bow as well as Saltbush & Pepperberry Kangaroo Skewers with chorizo and bush tomato relish with local touring and catering company, Indigenous Cultural Adventures.
On Saturday, the tour follows in the footsteps of Ben Hall and his gang in Canowindra with a 3-hour guided tour with Blind Freddy's Bushranger Tours, which includes an organic wine-tasting at the biodynamic Wallington Wines vineyard and a country pub lunch at the historic Goolagong Hotel. This will be followed by the highlight of the tour, where the entire group will be locked into the Royal Hotel in Canowindra by the Ben Hall gang for 4-hours of live music, craft beer, local wine and a smoky BBQ thanks to local catering stars, the Smoking Brothers.
A visit to the historic goldrush-era villages of Carcoar and Millthorpe slows down the pace a little on Sunday, with a Devonshire Tea, boutique shopping, lunch and a country pub stop. A final farewell lunch on Monday before departure will be hosted in a historic woolshed on picturesque Balmoral Vineyard with The Agrestic Grocer and See Saw Wines.
Bookings are now open for 'The Roaring Days' - take advantage of a special early bird discount until April 30th: $1,395 per person (based on double occupancy) (regular price is $1,497). Self-Drive packages are also available. Check out the full range of options here.
Early bookings are advised. To find out more and to secure your place, please visit silvercompasstours.com.au