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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Australia - HE­LEN McKEN­ZIE

TO cel­e­brate its 30th an­niver­sary, Bill Peach Jour­neys has added a 36-seat Em­braer jet to its fly-cruise sta­ble. The new air­craft can fly at 2000 feet (per­fect sight­see­ing al­ti­tude) and fly­ing time is halved — our trip from Syd­ney’s Mas­cot to Bathurst takes less than 17 min­utes; too many blinks and we could have missed an ae­rial view of the Blue Moun­tains. From Bathurst we travel by coach to Emi­rates Wol­gan Val­ley Re­sort for lunch — it’s a lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of pure Aus­traliana with ex­cel­lent lo­cal food and wine. The re­sort ar­chi­tec­ture takes its cues from wool­sheds and sits well in a ruggedly beau­ti­ful ter­rain of es­carp­ments and bush­land. Bill Peach Jour­neys has struc­tured a pro­gram of pack­ages, in­clud­ing a 17-day Pas­sage Through An­cient Cul­tures from Syd­ney to Lon­don, fea­tur­ing Siem Reap, Mus­cat, San­torini and Prague. The sep­a­rate re­turn tour in­cludes Dubrovnik, Abu Dhabi, Agra and Lom­bok, and fly­ing time each day does not ex­ceed three hours. As we zip back to Syd­ney af­ter our Em­braer sam­pling, I gaze out and day­dream about the ex­otic des­ti­na­tions and World Her­itage sites those lucky pas­sen­gers will visit. Bun­dles of cu­mu­lus clouds cast map-like shad­ows across the land­scape and look for all the world like con­ti­nents. More: 1800 252 053; bill­peachjour­neys.com.au.

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