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Tour & Outing Events Coordinator – Contact Margaret Ayre


Bright & Surrounds Tour

Firstly, I want to thank all the members on the tour for the fun, friendship and laughter we shared on the journey.

From the feedback from some of the members on our Bright and Surrounds tour it was a great success.

Although we were the last coach tour of the season the colours were still a sight to behold.

The weather was perfect, sunny days all the way.

There were many highlights on the tour. Too many to mention. So Malcolm McClean has kindly written a report on the tour which is included in this month’s Newsletter.

A big thank you to the talented choir led by Jill McDonald. Phil Allan entertained us with the Bells on our last night at Jindabyne Thank You Phil, fantastic. The hotel staff enjoyed it just as much as we did.

Sadly, Sue Marsh, Margaret Knorr, Jenny & Geoff Jones and Gloria Attwooll missed out on the tour due to unforeseen circumstances.

Thank you emails were sent out to On Course coach tours and the motels.


Sydney Cricket Ground with On Course Tours

Thursday, 1 August 2024
Cost $100.00 pp
due NOW

The SCG Tour is a fun and fascinating 90-minute guided walking tour of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Our next outing is to the Sydney Cricket Ground on 1 August leaving from Hews Parade at 8.45am. returning around 5 pm.

Please see flyer included in the June Newsletter


Tulip Tops Tour

2 -3 October 2024.

This tour is currently full and there are members on a waiting list

Total cost $590 pp twin share $100.00 pp single supplement & $100.00 per person deposit DUE NOW

See brochure included in the June Newsletter for more information including costs.

Don’t forget your medical cards 2nd -3rd October 2024. On- Course Coach Tours have reserved 20 rooms at the Briars Country Lodge Burradoo for Wednesday, 2 October 2024.

At present we have the 20 rooms fully booked, and already have names on the waiting list.

For more information, please see flyer in the June Newsletter or ask me. I do have copies of the itinerary.

Tulip Top Gardens

Magnificent Tulip Top gardens capturing the essence of tulips, flowers, fauna and surrounding landscape whilst classical music plays ambient in the background.

Facilities are excellent with clean accessible bathrooms. Plenty of comfortable seating throughout the gardens that are well spaced. Activities include famous artists as well as great musicians. A wonderful atmosphere for families, couples and elderly persons. Thank you to all involved in the creation of the Tulip Top Gardens as you create magic through flowers.

Corbett Gardens will be closed as from the 30th September. There will still be lots more to see.

Retford Park Historical Home

Retford Park is located on Gundungurra Country and has a European history extending back to land grants made to Edward Riley Snr by Governor Macquarie in 1821. The grand house was built in 1887 by merchant and stockbreeder, Samuel Hordern and his wife Jane nee Booth, and designed by Sydney architect, Albert Bond.

In 1964, James Fairfax AC, former chairman of John Fairfax Ltd (later known as Fairfax Media), bought Retford Park and transformed the agricultural property into a gentleman’s estate. Mr Fairfax was a well-known champion of the arts and generous philanthropist. He always believed that Retford Park should be preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations and in 2016 he gifted his historic home and its magnificent gardens to the National Trust (NSW).

Any members having a National Trust membership please bring your card on the day for free admission.


Banana Cabana Primate Sanctuary

Thursday, 5 December 2024
Cost $60.00 per person ( Limited to 30-40 people)

This is a three hour car share tour of the sanctuary including High Tea.

“For 40 years Banana Cabana has been home to many monkeys retiring from Fauna Parks, Circus’s, Research Facilities and private ownership.

We hope visitors to our Sanctuary will understand our residents may not be overly active, or looking quite as good as they did in their younger years, but they have done their bit in their former careers to educate and entertain us and can now sit back and enjoy retirement in a tranquil and peaceful environment.

At Banana Cabana we do not breed or trade animals, nor do we purposely seek to acquire monkeys of a different species to enhance our collection. Our monkeys stay with us for the rest of their lives, and we commit to providing the ultimate for each of them as an individual.

In consideration of our monkeys, we limit the days and times our Sanctuary accepts guests, and every guest is accompanied by a qualified keeper at all times.

Your support in visiting our Sanctuary is truly, sincerely, appreciated, and enables us to continue to care for our beautiful residents.

Visitors experience a fully escorted keeper tour and personal introduction to each of our residents. Keepers provide guests with information about each monkey’s unique history, the natural history and current conservation status of the particular species and the extraordinary ethnoornithological connection between human and non-human primates. Visitors can hand feed some of the monkeys through the wire and are invited after the tour to relax with complementary light refreshments (tea/coffee/soft drinks/biscuits/scones etc.) overlooking the Sanctuary and gardens.”