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Winter Fire Festival Hosted Experience Package

Canberra to Orange. Private Minibus. Bespoke Tour.

3-5 August 2018

>> Five-star sparkling breakfasts

>> Three festival events

>> Three premium cellar door visits

>> Two gorgeous historic villages

>> One amazing festival weekend!


A carefully curated epicurean adventure from Canberra to Orange* for the heart-warming Winter Fire Festival being held from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 August 2018. Package includes 4.5 star King Room accommodation in the centrally-located Templar’s Mill Hotel, as well as transfer to and from Canberra.

Our itinerary focus is on immersion in daily festival events – the food & wine Night Markets in the historic goldrush-era village of Millthorpe on Friday evening; mulled wine & star gazing at a local vineyard, followed by dinner and dancing to a local 1920s jazz & blues band at a Dancehall in an orchard on Saturday evening; and a traditional roast lunch by a fire in the historic village of Carcoar on Sunday.

However, that’s not all!

We know that Canberreans (and everyone else!) have been champing at the bit to learn more about the sophisticated cool-climate wine growing region of Orange, so we have also included in our bespoke weekend itinerary: a boutique wine tasting at a local wine bar; two premium cellar visits for wine-tastings; lunch on Saturday at an iconic cellar door for artisan pizzas and a wine-tasting; and boutique shopping in the historic village of Carcoar, which is currently undergoing a very exciting renaissance.

We will be starting each day as we mean to go on with sparkling breakfasts at local cafes. You will also be accompanied by a local host at all times to introduce you to our local vignerons and festival event holders.

Most meals and all wine-tastings are inclusive in the package, except for the Friday evening Night Markets in Millthorpe where we think you’ll enjoy being free to wander the main street and select your own food, wine, craft beer and cider to taste. Wine is available for purchase with cash for the Saturday evening dinner event.


$1,207 per person (based on double occupancy)*. Fabulous Singles tickets to secure own room: $1,457.

Small Group. Limited Places.

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*Please note that a minimum group of 6 guests will be required for this tour to go ahead, maximum 10 guests.


And yes! We have an option for anyone else from anywhere else who would like to self-drive to Orange on Friday 3 August and participate in our bespoke Winter Fire Festival weekend package. Includes accommodation, festival tickets,  cellar door visits & wine-tastings, meals and transfers to events for $997 per person (based on double occupancy, minimum 2 guests per booking).

Please arrive at your accommodation by 3pm, as our Winter Fire Festival experience commences at 5.00pm. Places are limited. 

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We’ve selected a festival event for the evening of Saturday 4 August that you’ll never forget! Wassailing in the historic art-deco Canobolas Dance Hall in the middle of a cherry and apple orchard.

It’s an ancient Celtic custom to ‘wassail’ the dormant orchards, vines and farmland in the depths of winter. Wassailing involves standing around trees reciting incantations and singing to scare away evil spirits and to remind the plants to grow safe and strong and wake up in Spring for a good harvest – it also involves lots of singing, music, laughter and generous drinking.

The whole point is to be lively and noisy and in good humour to inspire the plants to spring back to life after the cold winter, so we’ll be joining in the fun at this beautiful little dance hall in the middle of an apple and cherry orchard with the great fun teams of See Saw Wines, Small Acres Cyder and BiteRiot orchard.

Itinerary Overview

Friday 3 August

12.30pm pick up from central location in Canberra and transfer to Orange. Arrive approx. 4pm and check into accommodation | Orange Wine Region wine tasting introduction at local wine bar | Millthorpe Night Markets festival event | Transfer back to Orange (experience package guests only).

Saturday 4 August

A Sparkling Breakfast | Two premium cellar door visits | Artisanal Pizza & Wine Tasting lunch at iconic cellar door | Star-Gazing festival event | Dinner & Dancing at a Dancehall festival event | Return Transfer for all guests.

Sunday 5 August

Five-Star Sparkling Breakfast | Village Green Markets | Historic Village Tour & Boutique Shopping | Sunday roast lunch in a cosy country pub by the fire | Transfer to Canberra at 3pm, arrive approx. 6pm.


Exclusive Canberra to Orange Package: $1,207 per person (based on double occupancy). Fabulous Singles $1,457 to secure own room.


Self-Drive option: $997 per person (based on double occupancy). Minimum booking for 2 guests.


An insider’s hosted experience of the first ever Winter Fire Festival in #OrangeNSW – bonfires, festival events, star gazing and sojourns by warm fireplaces with cool climate wine. Hosted bus from Canberra to Orange and carefully curated itinerary from the team that delivers the signature Vino Express festival event for Orange Wine Festival.

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Package Includes:

  • Minibus pick up from Canberra at 12.30pm, Friday 3 August
  • 2 nights' King Room accommodation in central 4.5 star Templar's Mill Hotel
  • Accompanied by local host from Canberra pick-up and throughout package experience
  • All transfers, transport & driver for the three-day experience
  • Boutique wine tasting at local wine bar, Friday 3 August
  • Night Market in historic village of Millthorpe, Friday 3 August (food and beverage items at own expense)
  • Sparkling Breakfast on Saturday 4 August
  • Two premium local cellar door visits & wine tastings, Saturday 4 August
  • Artisanal Pizza & Wine Tasting lunch at iconic premium cellar door on Saturday 4 August
  • Festival events on Saturday 4 August, including mulled wine & star gazing at a vineyard, followed by dinner at a dance hall with live music
  • Boutique shopping in historic village of Carcoar, Sunday 5 August
  • Five Star Sparkling Breakfast, Sunday 5 August
  • A stop at village green markets, Sunday 5 August
  • Cosy Sunday roast pub lunch in Carcoar, Sunday 5 August
  • Return transfer to Canberra at 3pm, Sunday 5 August


All inclusive of transport, accommodation, transfers, wine tastings and all meals (except food and wine at Night Market on Friday 3 August which is a free night. Wine can be purchased with cash by the glass or bottle at the Saturday evening dinner event.)


$1,207 per person (based on double occupancy). Fabulous Singles $1,457 to secure own room. BOOK NOW!


$997 per person (based on double occupancy & minimum 2 guests). Includes accommodation and festival itinerary, plus all itinerary transfers. BOOK NOW!