2012 Tours and Outings

9 January Lunch at St George Motor Boat Club at 12 noon. Cost $15 pp for a 2-course meal.
 20 February Lunch at Port Hacking Motor Yacht Club, Wooloware Road South, Wooloware at 12.00pm. Please be sure to ring me if you have put your name down but can't attend. 
 28 March Day tour of historical Windsor and the Hawkesbury. Coach leaves Anzac Car Park at 8.30am and returns about 5.00pm. Cost is &48pp (includes lunch & morning tea). A deposit of $5 pp is required.  
 4 June

The Weir Cafe at Audley in the Royal National Park. (Licensed)

We can meet near the cafe from 10am.  Lunch at 12md. I have negotiated a lunch choice of either Battered fish & chips, Spinach & pumpkin quiche or Roast vegetable & pesto roll, with tea or coffee, Cost $15 pp  Plenty of activities available if required; picnic area, walking tracks, birdwatching (with birdlife books available from the library there), kayaking, bicycle tracks, etc.

The lunch at the Weir Cafe at Audley, Royal National Perk went well with 39 members attending.  We were blessed with sunny weather.

 30 August Capital Theatre. The tour starts at 10 AM and costs $16 pp.  Pay at August meeting

The 8.25 am train from Heathcote Station (2nd carriage) arrives at Central Station, platform 2 and then we walk about 2 blocks to the theatre.    Lunch at own cost at a venue nearby – not yet decided.

Payment of $16 is to be made at the August General Meeting so that  exact numbers are known  to enable a cheque from the Treasurer at that time.  Ticketmasters have agreed to accept a later payment date.                                                              

September Tuesday 11 September to Saturday 15 September 2012 - Gloucester Farmgate Tour. Cost $780 pp twin share, single supplement $140. Deposit of $100 required at March meeting. 

We have just returned from our annual holiday trip touring the historic Stroud/Gloucester area.  Our motel at Gloucester, the Gloucester Country Lodge, was very comfortable and we enjoyed some very interesting ‘happy hours’ there.

Our tours included a trip to Trudgalong Farm where we enjoyed meals prepared by the amazing Lindy, 71 old, who in addition to cooking the meals,  raises Boer goats for eating, has ponies, sheep, cows, fish farms, breeds and boards dogs AND sings with a lovely voice.  We visited historic Rawdon Vale cattle station in beautiful Gloucester valley and drank brewed billy tea while entertained by Nick the owner and his wife (photos can be viewed on www.rawdonvaleambush.com.au ); and we went over to Forster for a very enjoyable lunchtime ferry cruise on Wallis Lake and could see how very easy it would be to get lost among the many islands on the lake,(which we were told was about 2 ½ times the size of Sydney Harbour), then it was back to the motel for the (letter “G”) theme night dinner.  There were some very interesting costumes, including Gladiator Grahameicus Mayne, David ‘Gorilla’ Farquhar, and Michael Rose, who dressed as Grandpa but was judged by our young kitchen staff judges to be a  ‘Geek’.  The final day was a trip over Barrington Tops and down into the Upper Hunter Valley to have an enjoyable lunch at the historic property Belltrees, then back to Engadine, returning a little late.  All in all, it was a wonderful trip enjoyed by everyone

Royal Hotel, Sutherland(45  East Parade)- Monday 24th September, 2012 -   Luncheon at 12noon. Pay individually.

October No report.  The position of Tours Director and an assistant are still vacant. Volunteers required.
 November  The positions of Tours Director and an assistant are still vacant. Volunteers required

 As a stand-in Director, I have arranged a Christmas  Dinner Banquet, BYO, at the Kingswood Garden Chinese Restaurant, Kingswood Road, Engadine  at 6.30pm on Sunday 16th December, 2012.  The cost is $23 pp, to be collected on the night and please, bring the exact money to avoid problems with change.  Booking numbers are essential (62) and we will be charged for that number of people, so if your name is down you must pay, whether you attend or not.

Our annual holiday for 2013 will be  ‘The Other Side of the Snowy’ tour and we will be based in accommodation at the Ameroo Motel, Tumut  The holiday is for 6 days and 5 nights and the provisional dates are from Monday 9th September, 2013, returning on Saturday 14th September, 2013.  Cost of the holiday is $725 pp with a single supplement of $95.  All meals included except for lunch on the first and last days.  We are limited to 46 people and a deposit of $50 pp will be required shortly. 

Highlights of the holiday will include the scenery at the northern end of the Snowy Mountains, Yarrangobilly Caves (disabled access), Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme, Man from Snowy Mountains Museum, Corryong, the award winning Boggy Creek Mountain Stockman Show, Tumbarumba, historic Adelong and Batlow apple country and more.

 December  Many members enjoyed the  Christmas Dinner at the Chinese Restaurant last Sunday and many thanks to Ron Broadhead for taking the initiative and organizing the outing.