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Grapes Gems and Gold 2024

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18 day tourStarts 26 April 24

Cost: $2,620.00

Solo Cost: $2,120.00

If you like variety this safari is for you! 

Grapes Gems and Gold, the name says it all.  Starting at Hill End made famous for gold with a walking guided tour of the history of the hidden gem of a town.  We then travel to Gulgong and go on a full day winery tour including Gorree park with their famous horse stud, on to Wellington Caves and explore the caves there.  There is so much to see on this tour, Carinda made famous by David Bowie's song "lets Dance", Lightning Ridge and a full day tour from there, try your luck at finding some opal.  St George cotton farm and winery tour, iconic Hebel Pub, winery stay at Kingaroy and so much more, come along and find out for yourself, this is one not to be missed!

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DAY 1             Arrive at Hill End Glendora Campground where we will stay 2 nights.  Gather for meet and greet happy hour around 4:00 pm and BBQ dinner (provided) camp fire (if permitted)

DAY 2             Explore the historic buildings and gold rush history.  Enjoy a guided walk of the town.  Time to explore and option to visit History Hill. Camp fire later in the day (if permitted)

DAY 3             Travel to history $10 town Gulgong and stay at the showgrounds. Time to look around at the incredible history in this town.

DAY 4             Collected by coach and experience wine tasting in the Hunter Valley followed by lunch at Gorree Park, wine tasting and a tour of their thoroughbred horse stud

DAY 5             Travel to Wellington where we will stay 2 nights

DAY 6             Enjoy a Wellington caves tour (included) time to relax

DAY 7             Travel to Billy O’Bush Retreat  for 2 nights.  You will be surprised by this unique farm stay

DAY 8             Stay at Billy O’Bush Retreat, collected by coach to see the RFDS centre 

DAY 9             Travel to Carinda, the town made famous by David Bowie recording “Lets Dance” in the town.  Stay at the showgrounds, why not enjoy a dinner at the pub in the afternoon.(camp fire later in the day if permitted)

DAY 10           Travel to Lightning Ridge and stay at Big 4 Opal Holiday Park 3 nights, happy hour in the afternoon

DAY 11           Collected by bus for a full day Pubs in the Scrub tour, including morning tea, lunch, fossicking, see mining camps, learn about the life of an opal miner.  Visit Sheepyard & Community War Memorial and museum at Lake Beard (all included)

DAY 12           Free day in Lightning Ridge, optional tours can be organized to see Chamber of Black Hand, Lighning Ridge town tour including underground mine (cost of these tours are extra)            

DAY 13           Travel to Hebel, staying at the iconic Hebel pub enjoying a dinner together at night (included, drinks not included).  Enjoy a soak in the Goodooga Hot springs on the way.

DAY 14           Travel to St George where we will stay 2 nights.  Stop at the Dirranbandi bakery for some sweets, Thallon silos and the option to stop at Nindigully Pub on the way through.

DAY 15           Enjoy a guided cotton farm and winery tour (including lunch and wine tasting)

DAY 16           Travel to Ruberns Lagoon at Chinchilla, lovely spot to relax.

DAY 17           Today we travel to Kingsley Grove Estate where we will stay one night and enjoy wine tasting, tasty pizza and wine icecream (all included)

DAY 18           Our last day of travel we head to Bundaberg enjoying our final farewell happy hour and dinner together (accommodation tbc)

DAY 19           Today we farewell our new friends and go on our independent travels



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Days 18
Dates 26 April 24 to 14 May 24
Location New South Wales
Start Hill End NSW
End Bundaberg Qld
Suitable for Motorhomes, caravans. campervans
Cost $2,620.00
Solo Cost $2,120.00
Max Vehicles 20




  • Welcome and Farwell dinner
  • Historic Hill End and guided walking tour
  • Gooree Park winery and horse stud tour
  • Wellington Caves stay and a cave tour
  • Billy O'Bush Retreat and tour of RFDS centre in Dubbo
  • Lightning Ridge - Pubs in the Scrub full day opal tour
  • Farm Stay
  • Winery Stay
  • Iconic Hebel Pub
  • Goodooga Hot Springs
  • Cotton Farm and Winery Tour at St George
  • Camp fires and happy hours

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We have never done a tag-a-long tour before so we were a little nervous of how the dynamics of a big group would work. However, the cheerful and positive attitude of all the group was wonderful. Andrew and Renee were so organised, professional and fun to be with. It was terrific to see Tasmania with fresh eyes.
Robyn & Bevan

Well organised, flexible to group requests, fantastic scenery, fun and laughter, new friends for life
Vicki & Alex - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2021

The patience and understanding that Renee & Andrew showed to us in our older years was so kind and helpful. We will always have fond memories of them both for all 3 tours we have had with them.
Rita & Les - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2021

Excellent way to visit new places, lots of fun along the way. Exceptional value for money lead by the very experienced Andrew & Renee
Allan & Marg - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2021

We have had Tasmania on our bucket list for a long time. The opportunity to join the Great Tasmania Adventure Tour was keenly accepted. From the day we paid our deposit we were fully informed of progress as covid border closures played a big part. Renee & Andrew then escorted us in a professional and friendly tour. Nothing was too much trouble. Thanks sincerely for this.
Mary & Alec - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2021

A safe way to travel, enjoy an adventure seeing new places with a wonderful comeraderie amongst the group.
Joe & Fiona - Qld Outback Wandering 2020

Another great time as usual, looking forward to the next adventure
Dick & Helen - Qld Outback Wandering 2020

Our third tagalong trip and looking forward to 2 trips with Renee & Andrew in 2021. Ideal way of seeing things in towns and centres you did not know existed.
Harry & Merle - Qld Outback Wandering 2020

Well organised safaris run by Renee & Andrew - loads of fun and laughs along the way
Allan & Margaret - Qld Outback Wandering

Renee & Andrew's attention to detail is excellent, seeing that everything and everyone is look after. The happy hour with its laughter and banter that comes with it. The slow travelling to enjoy the scenery, plenty of free time for self exploring.
Bruce & Thelma - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2020

We recommend Xpedition Tagalongs, great time was had by our group, will certainly be going again. Andrew & Renee are great leaders and fun to be with, we were in safe hands at all times. This is our 3rd tagalong, they just get bigger and better
Allan & Lesley - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2020

Everyone was made to feel welcome and included.
Ron & Alys - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2020

Andrew & Renee ran the safari in a professional manner, showing consideration to all participants. Andrew went above and beyond to help with any vehicle problems. The campsites and planned events were organised in advance and therefore access was seamless. It was a stress free, fun and friendly event which, as a solo traveller, I enjoyed immensely
Jenny H - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2020

Couldn't want for better tour guides than Andrew & Renee. Well planned, organised and lots of fun. Highly recommend Xpedition Tagalong Tours for an interesting safari.
Chris & Wendy - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2020

Wow! What a wonderful way to see Tasmania. Andrew & Renee have included so any "not to be missed" places to visit while travelling, with safety, in a group. We are now looking forward to our next tagalong trip. Book your next adventure now!
Brian & Liz - The Great Tasmanian Adventure 2020

A big thank you again to our hosts and leaders Andrew & Renee, they just make our journeys so much fun and enjoyable. Would never have been able to do this safari on our own even if we had all the maps money could buy. Lots of research and effort goes into all safaris and again "thank you". Hopefully we have made a few friends along the way.
Max and Gerda

This was our sixth safari, hopefully many more. The enjoyment of camping in places and travelling on routes, one may not pick if on their own. Happy hour with people who become friends with common interests. Guided by a dedicated couple, who compliment each other with vasts depth of relevant knowledge
Lauri & Mary

Andrew and Renee are the perfect Tagalong tour group leaders. Their relaxed, inclusive, friendly manner belies the constant attention to detail, competence and experience that lies beneath. Uluru and Beyond met all my expectations and then some. I can now say that I have done the Red Centre.
Viveinne Page - Uluru and Beyond Safari 2018

We spent 30 days with Andrew and Renee covering thousands of kilometres, beautiful scenery. Exceptional stopovers we would have never seen. They were always available to help and this helped bring everyone together.
Trevor and Vicki Picket - Uluru and Beyond Safari 2018

As first time safari participants, we weren't sure what to expect, but we were very impressed with how organised our expedition leaders, Andrew and Renee, Led from the front. enjoyed travelling in a convoy for the first time.
Alan and Kathy - Uluru and Beyond Safari 2018