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Picnic Lunch

A few weeks ago, we had a last minute group booking that wanted to experience a day trip to the Hunter Valley and include a gourmet lunch. It was a group of 10 so by this time, every venue I rang in the Hunter Valley was either booked out (for that group size) or had an available time that was either really early or super late. However the group had to eat somewhere! ‘Why don’t you organise a picnic lunch at a vineyard?’ my wife suggested. A great idea!

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Australian Reptile Park

Kangarrific Tours is very excited to announce our new partnership with the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast! We took our first guests there today and they have a fantastic experience so we look forward to bringing many more guests there in the future.The Australian Reptile Park, which you may know from the TV series  ‘Bondi Vet‘,  has been operating on the Central Coast for over 60 years and has not only 50 different reptiles on display but a huge collection of mammals and birds too. From koala’s, to kangaroos, Tassie devils, emu’s cassowaries and my favourite, the platypus! Oh, and for those wanting to see a quokka…guess what, they have them too! As well as many others.

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Probus Sydney Tours

Kangarrific Tours has always have a wonderful relationship with our local retired community. Over the years we have provided a range of Probus tours. From the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and even Canberra (yes, a fairly long day!). And as our local tourism market opens despite Covid 19 restrictions, we look forward to more fun days out!

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Hello 2021! A Fresh Start?

Well we are off to a fresh start and there is plenty of optimism surrounding this new year. Now I’m a pretty optimistic guy but also a realist and a huge turn around does seem unlikely. I think we need another 12 months to get out of this mess. Will this year be a lot better? It certainly couldn’t be any worse than last year! Oh how I miss our trips to the Hunter Valley! It seems we’re now close to an internationally available vaccine, and at least in Australia, our Covid 19 numbers and relatively low. 

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Goodbye 2020 – it’s been emotional

What a year for us all! In a way it’s a little odd that it is coming to an end. It’s been such a heavy year for many, and to think it will soon be over there can be a mixture of relief and nostalgia. A year certainly all of us will never forget. Goodbye 2020!

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Christmas Mulled Wine

Well it tis the season! Oh Christmas, how we love you! There is so much about Christmas I love, with too many to list in one blog. Ok, I’ll sneak one in here… the smell of a real Christmas Tree (I’m sitting a couple of metres away from one now)! But if there is one wine related Christmas tradition, at least for us, then it’s Christmas mulled wine! Everything from making it, smelling it, drinking it and sharing it!

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Southern Highlands Tour

Yesterday we did our first The Southern Highlands Tour, just south of Sydney and it was wonderful! It was an itinerary that was a little experimental but it worked, with a lovely combination of spectacular views, a cultural infusion, and of course, wine country (which we always love).

 

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Hunter Valley Activities For Kids

It’s been long established as a destination for adults rich in wine traditions and exotic gourmet foods. But is it a place specifically for the grown ups to indulge their taste buds? Or are there activities the kids can enjoy whilst mum and dad are laid out on the cellar door floor (again)? There’s quite a lot to do in The Hunter Valley that kids, big & small, can really enjoy. Let’s go through a few activities for kids.

 

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Hunter Valley Tasting Fees

A tasting fee has been a widely discussed and often controversial topic for many years in the Hunter Valley. There are a few places around the world where tasting fees are common (the US for one) however traditionally in The Hunter Valley as well as many historical wine regions around the world such as Europe,  a tasting fees are not common. Now however, especially due to number restrictions due to Covid-19, Hunter Valley Wine Tours usually include a tasting fee.

 

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Covid 19 changes in The Hunter Valley

As devastating Covid 19 has been to many industries, if you look at a lot of what has happened without the emotion, personal setbacks and economic factors, it can be quite interesting to see how different industries have responded. Here is a look at Covid in The Hunter Valley.

 

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