Out & About Summer Series - Hunter Valley & Port Stephens Overnight Trip

Event Name
Out & About Summer Series - Hunter Valley & Port Stephens Overnight Trip
19 February 2022
08:00 am - 06:00 pm

Address (Room): Hunter Valley & Port Stephens - Pick up will be from Parramatta South Campus at the Shuttle Bus stop in front of Building EB & EA


Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 February 2022 Hunter Valley – Newcastle – Port Stephens Depart 19th February: Parramatta South Campus 8:00am Return 20 February: Parramatta South Campus 6:00pm Cost: $170 per person This trip gives you the best of two worlds - wine and dolphins! Experience two of the most popular regions in NSW in a special overnight weekend trip designed for maximum fun and with awesome activities. From Australia’s oldest wine production region of the Hunter Valley to the cool port city of Newcastle to the blue water paradise of Port Stephens. Nothing says Australia like great food and wine, beaches, wild dolphins and the southern hemisphere’s biggest sand dunes! We’ll do it all on this epic 2-day adventure so with places limited, be sure to book early and not miss out! Please note that the accommodation for Saturday night is shared accommodation in same sex rooms. Day 1 8am depart Parramatta Campus to travel north across the Hawkesbury River to Australia’s oldest wine production area. Visit two wineries for tastings of both red and white varietals including the famous Hunter shiraz and semillon before a delicious restaurant lunch with a glass of beer or wine or soft drink. Free time to relax with an external bar and views over the valley. Then we visit a unique venue for tastings of organic spirits including glitter gin! Free time at Hunter Valley Gardens to visit local shops offering cheese, chocolate and giftware. Lots of photo opportunities and a wonderful day! That nigh we stay in the coastal port city of Newcastle where we stay in a funky hostel just minutes from the beach, restaurants, cafes and bars. That evening is a group dinner at your own expense followed by free time to check out the nightlife! Day 2 After breakfast, we drive to the blue water paradise of Port Stephens where we start with a dolphin watching cruise to get up close to the local bottlenose dolphins that call this beautiful bay home. Lunch is at the local Murrays Brewery for a delicious lunch and an opportunity to taste local craft beer and wine. The adventure continues at the amazing 30km long Stockton Beach where we jump aboard a 4WD and sand boards to zoom down huge sand dunes! The beach is patrolled so swimming is allowed, or you can just chill out and grab an ice-cream from the café. We will arrive back at 6.00pm at the Parramatta South Campus Inclusions: * All transport including tolls * Pickups / drop offs from Parramatta Campus * Two cellar door visits with wine tasting * Distillery visit for organic spirits tasting * 1 course restaurant lunch with glass of wine/beer * Visit to Hunter Valley Gardens Shops for cheese and chocolate * Kangaroo photo opportunity * Segregated dorm share accommodation with linen (BYO toiletries & towel) * Organised group dinner (own expense) * Sunday breakfast * 1.5-hour dolphin watching cruise * Sunday lunch * 4WD + Sand boarding experience * 2 x WSU staff * 2 professional guides to coordinate the group Note Dinner is not provided on the Saturday night but the group will be taken somewhere, such as the following example where they can drive, or walk the 20 minutes along the foreshore. Ideally a licensed premises with a large menu range. https://www.mysociallife.com.au/ This meal is a local payment for students and staff, not included in the tour cost You will be required to wear a mask during the bus transfers at all times and other venues during the day as required, so please bring a mask with you. Be prepared – you may be required to wear a mask anytime. The NSW Government has advised that COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors and in settings where you can’t physically distance, so it is important you carry a face mask with you at all times. Face masks are mandated as outlined by the NSW Government. The University will continue to keep the latest government and health advice and University Policies in mind when planning each event. We are strictly adhering to guidelines for our activities. Please note that registering for the event does not gain you entry you will need to purchase a ticket to the event via onestop https://onestop.westernsydney.edu.au/onestopweb/OAA_017 You will be required to check in and show proof of your COVID19 vaccination before you enter the bus and at the venues, if you do not you will not be allowed on the bus. Bring along a clean face mask. Please read the Covid-19 Vaccination Privacy Notice Link Click Here Do not attend activity if you are unwell, have been in close contact with a positive case, have been tested and/or been instructed to self-isolate. See you there.

Web page: https://onestop.westernsydney.edu.au/onestopweb/OAA_017

Name: Nick Dionisopolous


Phone: 0447 158 467

School / Department: Student Events Team - Office of Student Experience & Marketing