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Intro | Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Treasures Of The Mudgee Region


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Intro | Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Treasures Of The Mudgee Region


Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Mudgee Region


HUNTINGTON ESTATE Music Festival AND THE TREASURES OF THE MUDGEE REGION

22–27 NOVEMBER 2018 | THREE DAYS AT THE HUNTINGTON ESTATE MUSIC FESTIVAL INCLUDING FIVE CONCERTS, WINE TASTINGS AND EXPLORATIONS OF THE BEAUTIFUL MUDGEE REGION

Visit the Huntington Estate Music Festival in beautiful Mudgee, referred to by ABC Classic FM as “One of the best chamber music festivals in the world”.  Enjoy five chamber music concerts in the acoustically stunning Barrel Room and dine on gourmet food in the Estate grounds alongside a selection of the best Huntington wines. 

Explore the surrounding area including further wine-tasting from Mudgee's finest vineyards, visits to museums, galleries and historical places of interest in nearby Lithgow, Gulgong, Sofala, Hill End and the Blue Mountains and mingle with the Festival artists at the nearby Parklands Resort Mudgee. 

AUD$3450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE  

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$420

Final payment due: 19 September 2018

PLACES Available

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tour leader

Elizabeth Hayllar

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Overview | Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Treasures Of The Mudgee Region


Overview

Overview | Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Treasures Of The Mudgee Region


Overview

performances

  • Five chamber music concerts in the Huntington Estate Barrel Room.

  • All performances include refreshments before and during the interval, and are followed by lunch and dinner.

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to five outstanding performances in the Huntington Estate Music Festival.

  • Attend Q&As with Festival Director Carl Vine and musicians performing at the Festival. 

  • Private guided tours of Eskbank House, LithgowPrince of Wales Opera HouseEurunderee Public School and the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in the Blue Mountains and a visit to Gulgong Pioneers Museum

  • Gourmet meals at the Festival including wine, a delicious lunch at the Megalong Valley Tearooms, a farewell BBQ in the grounds of the Parklands Resort and lunch at the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

  • Five nights staying at the 4-star Parklands Resort, Mudgee.

  • Travel in a small group (maximum 22 people), attend exclusive events, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining. 

tour leader

Elizabeth Hayllar has enjoyed an international career working and touring with the world’s greatest orchestras and artists, collaborating with renowned opera houses and festivals. Drawing on her vast experience she crafts expertly planned tours which provide guests with unique and unforgettable experiences of classical music as well as rich encounters with history, art, architecture and culture.

hotel

Parklands Resort, Mudgee

The Parklands Resort is surrounded by over 30 acres of land and beautiful manicured gardens and is only 1 km away from the centre of Mudgee and a short drive from the Huntington Estate Music Festival. Spacious room overlook the surrounding grounds and facilities include an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, polo field and stables.

22–27 November 2018

AUD$3450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE 

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$420

Final payment due: 19 September 2018

PLACES Available

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Itinerary | Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Treasures Of The Mudgee Region


Itinerary

Itinerary | Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Treasures Of The Mudgee Region


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | THURSDAY 22 November 2018

1ST OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE PARKLANDS RESORT

AIRPORT AND CENTRAL STATION, SYDNEY, TO MUDGEE:

Guests collected by private air-conditioned coach. The coach will make one stop at Sydney Domestic Airport and one stop at Central Station in Sydney. 

Our coach journey follows the route of the first crossing of the Blue Mountains, made in the search for more pasture lands for the new colony. Our first stop is Blackheath at the summit of the mountains, where we visit Govetts Leap Lookout for the spectacular panoramic views across the Grose Valley. This is a sight featuring the iconic blues of the eucalyptus trees and the awe inspiring thousand feet high sandstone cliffs for which the mountains are famous.

We travel from Blackheath on a short drive into the beautiful Megalong Valley where we visit the Megalong Valley Tearooms, which have been operating here since 1956. A delicious lunch is served in a relaxed rural setting with the sandstone escarpments of the upper Blue Mountains in the background.

Our next stop is Eskbank House, an important part of the history of Lithgow and the region. Lithgow was associated with the construction of the road and railway over the Blue Mountains, and Thomas Brown of Eskbank House contributed to the industrialisation of the region. Eskbank House, built in 1842, is a small sandstone building in the Georgian style. The four front rooms are much as they were in Thomas Brown's day, and contain some beautiful regency and early Victorian furniture. The museum has an extensive collection of Lithgow Pottery, memorabilia and photographs of early Lithgow as well as a static steam engine display.

We then travel to Mudgee and to our hotel, the Parklands Resort, set on 30 acres of land and located just 1 km from the centre of Mudgee.  Rooms are spacious and well equipped and feature a verandah overlooking the surrounding countryside. The hotel includes a swimming pool and fitness centre. The evening is free.

DAY 2 | FRIDAY 23 November 2018 

2ND OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE PARKLANDS RESORT

FULL DAY IN MUDGEE AT THE HUNTINGTON ESTATE MUSIC FESTIVAL:

We start today with an early morning walk through the Huntington Estate vineyards, discovering the secrets of the variety of grapes grown at this award-winning winery. Afterwards we have a private breakfast in the Huntington grounds.

We then return to the hotel to freshen up and then attend a full day at the festival. Each year the Huntington Estate Music Festival features a stunning collection of prominent international artists alongside Australia's finest musicians, in stimulating programs that run the full gamut of the chamber music experience.

We attend the morning concert, with interval refreshments, followed by lunch in the grounds outside the Barrel Room. Following lunch at the festival we enjoy a private wine tasting of Huntington Estate’s finest offerings.

In the afternoon we will visit the Town Centre of Mudgee where we will have time to admire the charming colonial buildings and to browse in the interesting range of shops and cafes.

In the early evening, we return to the Huntington Estate for a pre-concert selection of wine and canapés and an In Conversation with Artistic Director Carl Vine and some featured artists from the festival, following which we attend the evening’s concert. Dinner in the estate grounds follows the concert, complete with a selection of Huntington Estate wines. After the concert our private coach will return us to the hotel.

DAY 3 | SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2018

3RD OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE PARKLANDS RESORT

FULL DAY IN MUDGEE AT THE HUNTINGTON ESTATE MUSIC FESTIVAL:

Today we enjoy a full day at the Huntington Estate Music Festival (morning and evening concert) held in the Barrel Room of the winery in Mudgee, a space with a unique atmosphere described by Richard Tognetti as having, "one of the greatest acoustics on the planet".

All concerts include generous interval refreshments and are followed by meals and a selection of the best Huntington wines. Evening concerts are preceded by a choice of canapés and wines and the In Conversation with Festival Artistic Director Carl Vine and featured artists from the festival, with the full wine service continuing through the concert interval and afterwards with dinner.

In the afternoon between concerts we visit some other notable wineries in the region to enjoy some further wine tasting.

DAY 4 | SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2018

4TH OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE PARKLANDS RESORT

HUNTINGTON ESTATE MUSIC FESTIVAL, GULGONG AND EURUNDEREE:

In the morning we will attend the final farewell concert of the 2018 Huntington Estate Music Festival, followed by lunch.

In the afternoon we explore the attractions of Gulgong and nearby Eurunderee focusing particularly on the area’s connections to the writer and poet, Henry Lawson (1867-1922). Henry Lawson spent his childhood and early teens in the Eurunderee/Gulgong/Mudgee district. Experiences from these years feature colourfully in many of his works.

In Gulgong we visit the award-winning Gulgong Pioneers Museum, with its outstanding collection of Australiana, particularly including items dating from Gulgong’s Gold Rush period in the 1870’s.

Next we have a guided tour of the Prince of Wales Opera House, a quaint piece of Australian performance history. Built in 1871, it is the oldest still-operating Opera House in the Southern Hemisphere. Dame Nellie Melba, Percy Grainger, Roger Woodward and many other renowned artists have performed on its stage.

We then travel to Eurunderee where we visit the school, which Henry Lawson attended when he was 9 years old. After his parents, Peter and Louisa Lawson, moved to a selection at Pipeclay, now Eurunderee, Louisa Lawson lobbied tirelessly for the establishment of the Eurunderee Public School, which opened in 1876. Lawson wrote about the school in his poem, The Old Bark School.

Following our visit, we return by private coach to Parklands Resort. The evening is free. 

DAY 5 | MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2018

5TH OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE PARKLANDS RESORT

HILL END AND SOFALA:

In the morning we travel to Hill End and Sofala, two towns closely connected to the first Australian goldrush. Edward Hargreaves’ find near Bathurst, the first publicly acknowledged discovery of gold in the colony, was proclaimed on 14 May 1851 and in a few days there were 100 diggers in the area hoping to make their fortune. By June over 2000 people were digging around Bathurst, and thousands more were on their way. The towns of Hill End and Sofala were established in this period.

Hill End, our first stop, was the centre of a productive gold field and at its peak in the early 1870s it had a population of about 8,000. The town had two newspapers, five banks, eight churches and twenty-eight pubs. In 1945 the population was 700, by 2006 it was 166, and in 2017 the town has only 80 residents. At its peak the photographer, Beaufoy Merlin, recorded the town’s daily life. These historic photographs can be found in the town museum and visitor information centre. Items of equipment from the busy days of the gold rush are also exhibited. Time is allowed at Hill End for lunch.

Sofala, with its picturesque colonial buildings and rugged mountain backdrop, developed in the 1850's with the discovery of gold on the Turon River. At its peak Sofala stretched for 16 km along the valley and there were 40 licensed hotels, general stores and business premises in the town and 10,000 miners. By 1855 most people had left and Sofala is now a sleepy village with only three streets. 

Following our visit to Sofala we return to Mudgee and gather for a farewell BBQ in the beautiful grounds of our hotel.

DAY 6 | TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2018

MUDGEE TO CENTRAL STATION AND AIRPORT, SYDNEY:

On our scenic return journey to Sydney we stop in Faulconbridge on the eastern slopes of the Blue Mountains.

There we have a guided tour of the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Run by the National Trust, the sandstone cottage and landscaped grounds are where Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), artist, cartoonist, and writer lived and worked.

We have lunch at Lindsay's Cafe enjoying our meal in the bush setting and then time is allowed to stroll in the grounds of this internationally listed heritage Estate.

Following our visit we return in our private coach to Sydney where our tour ends. Our coach will make one stop at Central Station in Sydney and one stop at Sydney’s Domestic Airport. 

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Inclusions | Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Treasures Of The Mudgee Region


Inclusions

Inclusions | Huntington Estate Music Festival & The Treasures Of The Mudgee Region


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

22–27 November 2018

AUD$3450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE 

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$420

Final payment due: 19 September 2018

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium tickets for five performances at the Huntington Estate Music Festival.

  • Tour Leader: Tour leadership by Elizabeth Hayllar.

  • Hotel: Five nights’ at Parklands Resort, Mudgee.

  • Travel: Travel by private air-conditioned coach throughout the tour.

  • Meals/Drinks: Breakfast each morning, three dinners and four lunches including wine.

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc. as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides will be used at some sites.

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack. 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.

  • Travel Insurance: Please note that travel insurance is recommended for tours within Australia. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact them at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar. 

  • Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time. 

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 22 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 1

All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for one to two hours, standing for up to two hours in museums, art galleries etc and embarking/disembarking coaches.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

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HUNTINGTON ESTATE MUSIC FESTIVAL & THE TREASURES OF THE MUDGEE REGION - 2018

DEPOSIT ONLY | AUD$600 PER PERSON

22–27 NOVEMBER 2018 | 3 DAYS AT THE HUNTINGTON ESTATE MUSIC FESTIVAL INCLUDING FIVE CONCERTS, WINE TASTINGS AND EXPLORATIONS OF THE BEAUTIFUL MUDGEE REGION.

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