2015 Sydney Inter Dominion & World Driving Championship

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web mg headThe 2015 World Driving Championship will be staged in New South Wales during the week leading up to the Inter Dominion Grand Final. The world’s top ten drivers will compete in twenty races over seven days at six different metropolitan and regional New South Wales tracks; Menangle, Newcastle, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Penrith. The ten competing drivers will represent Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and five European countries. The reigning World Driving Champion (Pierre Vercruysse - France 2013) will also be given the opportunity to defend his title.

Our 11 day tour includes attendance at all of the World Driving Championship race meetings. We will be travelling around country New South Wales with the World Driving Championship entourage including two nights in Wagga Wagga and one night in Bathurst. This is the Official World Driving Championship supporter’s tour and will include people from around the world that are coming to Australia to support their country’s representative. I invite you to join in the fun, ceremony and tradition of the 2015 Australian World Driving Championship.
Please refer to the 11 day itinerary for details and inclusions.

In keeping with the Inter Dominion format over recent years, qualifying heats will be held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Christchurch with two heats at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. The heats will be held on “Super Saturday” 14th February, whereby all races will be covered by an uninterrupted broadcast on Sky 2 over a 90 minute period. The six heat winners will be joined by the six highest ranked placegetters and 2 wildcard entries completing a field of 14 to contest the 3,000 metre Inter Dominion Grand Final a fortnight later on Sunday afternoon 1st March at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

Inter Dominion Grand Final day features seven Group 1 races and almost $2 million in prize money, together with the final heat of the World Driving Championship. Group 1 races on the day include the TABCORP.COM Inter Dominion Grand Final, the Form 700 Chariots of Fire, the Cordina Chickens Ladyship Mile, the Camarda and Cantrill NSW Derby Final, the Form 700 NSW Oaks Final, the Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All and the Glenferrie Farms Trotters Challenge.

Our 5 day tour includes the World Driving Championship heats at Penrith, a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Sydney, our exclusive Harness Racing Travelworld Calcutta Dinner and the Inter Dominion Grand Final.

Both tours include admission, racebook and a premium dining package in the exclusive “Chairman’s Lounge” at the Inter Dominion Grand Final. The Chairman’s Lounge is Tabcorp Park’s premier dining venue, located on level 2 of the grandstand overlooking the winning post.

Our accommodation options have been carefully selected for their location, value and overall quality with traditional hotel rooms at Rydges World Square and self-contained studio suites and one bedroom apartments at the Meriton Kent Street.

Airfares are not included in the tour prices. We have secured an allocation of seats with Virgin Australia from most Australian cities to coincide with each tour and have been able to secure thebest value airfares available. Please refer to the airfare prices and relevant conditions shown on the tour prices and airfares page.

If you require any further information regarding our tour programme please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope you can join us for the 2015 World Driving Championship series and the Inter Dominion Grand Final.


Michael Gallenti 
Harness Racing Travelworld

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Tour No 1 - BEAUTIDE  - 11 Days
February 2015
Friday 20

Upon arrival at Sydney airport you will be met by a representative from Harness Racing Travelworld and transferred to your accommodation. A casual get together will be held this evening to renew acquaintances and welcome you to the harbour city.

Saturday 21
Late afternoon transfer to Tabcorp Park Menangle for a fantastic night of harness racing. Tonight is the first round of heats and official launch of the World Driving Championship.
Four feature races of $50,000 will be run over 1609 metres tonight; The Allied Express Pink Bonnet Final for 2yo Fillies, the Allied Express Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial Final for 2yo Colts and Geldings, the Brian Hancock Cup (Open Class) and the Form 700 Paleface Adios Stakes for 4yo pacers. Other major races tonight include the Camarda and Cantrill NSW Derby heats and Form 700 NSW Oaks heats, both of $20,000 over 2400 metres. Race night includes admission, racebook and a three course buffet dinner on level one of the new Grandstand located opposite the winning post. Terraced seating overlooking the track is located at the front of the restaurant.


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Depart Sydney early afternoon for the second round of World Driving Championship heats in Newcastle. Originally established as a penal settlement Newcastle was originally named Coal River because of the adbundant coal deposits in the area. It was later named Newcastle after England's famous coal port. By the mid 1800's mining and shipping were the dominant industries in the Newcastle region with the formation of the Newcastle and Hunter River Steamship Company. Newcastle is Australia's sixth largest city and was recently nominated in Lonely Planet's Top Ten "Must See" cities in the world.
 
We undertake a guided tour of Newcastle this afternoon before arriving at Newcastle Paceway for tonight's harness racing. Dinner & drinks included. Return to Sydney by around midnight.

Monday 23
Check out of Sydney accommodation this morning and travel south to Goulburn for the third round of World Driving Championship heats. En route to Goulburn we visit the stables of Luke McCarthy, one of Australasia’s most successful harness racing trainers and drivers.

Goulburn is named after Henry Goulburn, the British Secretary of State for the Colonies in the 1820’s. It was first settled in 1833 and developed into a major centre for wool production. Goulburn was proclaimed Australia’s first inland city in 1863 and is now a rich hub of history and natural beauty.

At the conclusion of the harness racing in Goulburn we continue onto Wagga Wagga for the fourth round of World Driving Championship heats tomorrow night. Aussie BBQ and drinks included today.

Overnight Wagga Wagga - Mercure Hotel
 
Tuesday 24
Wagga Wagga is a vibrant regional city nestled on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee
River. The original inhabitants, the Wiradjuri were the largest Aboriginal tribe in New South Wales. It is from their language that the city is named. It is generally accepted that "Wagga" means crow and repeating it means the plural, hence "the place of many crows. From these proud origins to the culturally rich community that exists today, Wagga Wagga takes its place as the capital of the Riverina region providing an exciting and yet relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors.

Our guided tour of Wagga Wagga today includes a visit to Yirribee Pacing Stud, one of Australia's
most successful standardbred stud farms. Stallions such as Million Dollar Cam, Lombo Pocket Watch, Robin Hood and John Street North are permanent residents with famed US stallion "Pet Rock" making Yirribee his home during the Australian breeding season.

The fourth round of World Driving Championship heats will be held at Wagga Wagga tonight. Dinner
& drinks included.

Overnight Wagga Wagga - Mercure Hotel

Wednesday 25
Today we travel north to Bathurst for the fifth round of World Driving Championship heats, arriving early afternoon. Bathurst is the oldest inland settlement in Australia with superb examples of early 1800's architecture and an abundance of heritage buildings. It is also the home of motor racing in Australia with Mount Panorama rated as one of the world's top three motor racing circuits.

A local guide will take us on a tour of Bathurst and a quick spin around the race track before we check into our hotel and get ready for tonight's harness racing. Dinner & drinks included.

Overnight Bathurst - Rydges Panorama Bathurst

Thursday 26
Our journey to Penrith today for the sixth round of World Driving Championship heats takes us over the Blue Mountains and the opportunity to visit two of New South Wales most famous tourism icons.

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Our first stop is Jenolan Caves, the most ancient discovered open caves in the world. The 340 million year old caves are awe-inspiring, with dazzling formations and pure underground rivers.

After a guided tour of Jenolan Caves we continue on to Katoomba, nestled in the heart of the Blue Mountains where civilization meets the wilderness. A delicious lunch will be served in the Skyway Restaurant overlooking the Jamison Valley before our tour begins with a ride on the Scenic Skyway Gondola providing spectacular 360 degree views of the legendary Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Mount Solitary and the Jamison Valley. Next we descend to the floor of the Jamison Valley on the Scenic Railway and take a leisurely walk through magnificent World Heritage listed rainforest to your return ascent on the Cableway.
Late afternoon continue onto Penrith Paceway for the harness racing this evening. Dinner & drinks included.
Return to your Sydney accommodation tonight.

Friday 27
This afternoon we undertake a sightseeing tour of Sydney including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Kings Cross, The Gap and Bondi Beach.

OPTIONAL - The Official 2015 Inter Dominion Ball will be held this evening in the Grand Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel. This unique event will be a night to remember featuring world class entertainment that will exceed your highest expectations. This year the Ball is an integral part of the World Driving Championship and World Trotting Conference official social program. The function will be themed accordingly with WDC drivers and WTC delegates in attendance.
Price - $220.00 per person

  
Saturday 28

Today is free for you to explore Sydney's many attractions and activities. Take a guided tour of the Opera House or a walking tour of the historic Rocks area, visit the Sydney Aquarium or take a high speed lift to the Observation Deck at Sydney Tower for spectacular 360 degree views across Sydney. Maybe take a short ferry ride to picturesque Watson's Bay for lunch at famous Doyle's Seafood Restaurant or the Watson's Bay Pub. Paddy's Market or the Rock's Market are also well worth a visit today or maybe climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

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OPTIONAL
- The Bridge Climb is the ultimate Sydney experience, a 3 ½ hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer
arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. A guide will lead you on an adventure tour of the world’s most recognisable Bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the experience, witnessing 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognised the world over!
Cost - $265.00 per person

Tonight our exclusive 2015 Inter Dominion Calcutta Dinner will be held in the ballroom at Rydges World Square. Our regular host John Dunne will keep you entertained with several special guests together with a panel of experts to sum up the form of the Inter Dominion finalists. A sumptuous three course dinner and drinks will be served throughout the evening.

March
Sunday 01
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Mid morning transfer to Tabcorp Park Menangle for a star studded day of harness racing offering prizemoney of almost $2 million. Today's highlight is the 2015 TAB.COM Inter Dominion Final of $750,000 to be run over 3000 metres. Other races today include the Form 700 Chariots of Fire and the Cordina Chickens Ladyship Mile both of $200,000 over 1609, The Camarda and Cantrill NSW Derby, the Form 700 NSW Oaks of $200,000 and the Bohemia Crystal FFA of $100,000 over 2400, the Glenferrie Farms Trotters Challenge of $200,000 and the Lexus of Parramatta Lady Drivers Invitational, Carnival Championship and the Carnival Stakes all of $50,000.

One of the world's top ten drivers will be crowned the 2015 World Driving Champion after the final heat of the Championship is run today.

Race day includes admission, racebook and a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch in the exclusive “Chairmans Lounge” on level two of the new grandstand opposite the winning post. Terraced seating overlooking the track is located at the front of the restaurant.


Monday 02
Transfer to the airport for your flight home today

TOUR NO 1 INCLUDES
• Airport arrival and departure transfers
• Accommodation on a twin / double basis (single supplement available)
• Admission, racebook, premium dining package & drinks at the two Tabcorp Park race meetings including the exclusive "Chairmans Lounge" on Grand Final day
• Welcome Function
• Sydney sightseeing tour
World Driving Championship race meetings including lunch / dinner and drinks at Menangle, Newcastle, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Penrith.
Four star accommodation at Wagga Wagga (2 nights) and Bathurst (1 night) including breakfast
• All entrance fees, activities, sightseeing tours and transportation as per itinerary
• Harness Racing Travelworld’s exclusive Calcutta Dinner
• Experienced Tour Escorts 

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Tour No 2 - SEEL N PRINT - 5 Days

Thursday 26
Upon arrival at Sydney airport you will be met by a representative from Harness Racing Travelworld and transferred to your accommodation.

Friday 27
This afternoon we undertake a sightseeing tour of Sydney including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Kings Cross, The Gap and Bondi Beach.

OPTIONAL - The Official 2015 Inter Dominion Ball will be held this evening in the Grand Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel. This unique event will be a night to remember featuring world class entertainment that will exceed your highest expectations. This year the Ball is an integral part of the World Driving Championship and World Trotting Conference official social program. The function will be themed accordingly with WDC drivers and WTC delegates in attendance.
Price - $220.00 per person


web opera houseSaturday 28
Today is free for you to explore Sydney’s many attractions and activities. Take a guided tour of the Opera House or a walking tour of the historic Rocks area, visit the Sydney Aquarium or take a high speed lift to the Observation Deck at Sydney Tower for spectacular 360 degree views across Sydney. Maybe take a short ferry ride to
picturesque Watson’s Bay for lunch at famous Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant or the Watson’s Bay Pub. Paddy’s Market or the Rock's Market are also well worth a visit today or maybe climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

OPTIONAL - The Bridge Climb is the ultimate Sydney experience, a 3 ½ hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. A guide will lead you on an adventure tour of the world’s most recognisable Bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the experience, witnessing 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognised the world over!
Cost - $265.00 per person


Tonight our exclusive 2015 Inter Dominion Calcutta Dinner will be held in the ballroom at Rydges World Square. Our regular host John Dunne will keep you entertained with several special guests together with a panel of experts to sum up the form of the Inter Dominion finalists. A sumptuous three course dinner and drinks will be served throughout the evening.

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Sunday 01
Mid morning transfer to Tabcorp Park Menangle for a star studded day of harness racing offering prizemoney of around $2 million. Today's highlight is the 2015 TAB.COM Inter Dominion Final of $750,000 to be run over 3000 metres. Other races today include the Form 700 Chariots of Fire and the Cordina Chickens Ladyship Mile both of $200,000 over 1609, The Camarda and Cantrill NSW Derby, the Form 700 NSW Oaks of $200,000 and the Bohemia Crystal FFA of $100,000 over 2400, the Glenferrie Farms Trotters Challenge of $200,000, and the Lexus of Parramatta Lady Drivers Invitational, Carnival Championship and the Carnival Stakes all of $50,000.

One of the world's top ten drivers will be crowned the 2015 World Driving Champion after the final heat of the Championship is run today.

Race day includes admission, racebook and a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch in the exclusive “Chairmans Lounge” on level two of the grandstand opposite the winning post. Terraced seating overlooking the track is located at the front of the restaurant.
 
Monday 02
Transfer to the airport for your flight home today

TOUR NO 2 INCLUDES
• Airport arrival and departure transfers
• Accommodation on a twin / double basis (single supplement available)
• Admission, racebook, premium dining package & drinks in the exclusive "Chairmans Lounge" at the Inter Dominion Grand Final
• World Driving Championship race meeting at Penrith Paceway including dinner and drinks
• Sydney sightseeing tour
• Harness Racing Travelworld’s exclusive Calcutta Dinner
• Experienced Tour Escorts
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ACCOMMODATION

Rydges World Square
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Located in the heart of Sydney’s vibrant shopping and entertainment precinct and just a short walk from Chinatown and Darling Harbour, this hotel is perfectly located in downtown Sydney. Spacious rooms feature a king or two double beds, ensuite with a separate shower and full size bath, flat screen TV with Foxtel and in-house movies, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, personal safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, 24 hour room service,guest laundry and a gymnasium.

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Meriton Kent Street
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Meriton Apartments is located on Kent Street just 100 metres from Rydges World Square. This 4 star property features studio suites and one bedroom apartments. Both styles have a fully equipped kitchen with cooktop, oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, crockery and cutlery, iron and ironing board, washing machine and dryer.

Rooms are serviced daily. Other amenities include flat screen TV with Foxtel, CD player, radio, mini bar, personal safe, and hairdryer. The hotel has a gymnasium, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and spa.


Hotel website

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TOUR PRICES ($AUD)

 

  TOUR NO 1
 TOUR NO 2
ACCOMMODATION  - 11 Days -   - 5 Days -
  BEAUTIDE
 SEEL N PRINT
RYDGES WORLD SQUARE
   
  Deluxe Room
 $ 3,125
 $ 1,370
  Breakfast Supplement
 $   126  $     72
     
MERITON KENT STREET
   
  Studio Suite
 $ 3,150 $ 1,380
  One Bedroom Apartment
 $ 3,290 $ 1,420

 
Tour prices are per person based on double or twin share accommodation. A single supplement is available for all accommodation options*. Two and three bedroom apartment prices are available on request at Meriton Kent Street. Please call Harness Racing Travelworld for details. Breakfast is included in Wagga Wagga and Bathurst on Tour No 1 but is not included in Sydney accommodation. A breakfast supplement is available at Rydges World Square. Meriton does not have a breakfast restaurant. Refer to the individual tours for details of inclusions. *If you are travelling alone and wish to avoid paying a single supplement, Harness Racing Travelworld will attempt to match you with another single traveller. This arrangement will be subject to mutual agreement by both parties and if a suitable match cannot be arranged the single supplement will be payable. All prices $AUD ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

AIRFARES
Return airfare to Sydney from:
 Adelaide  $ 270
 Brisbane  $ 250
 Hobart  $ 230
 Melbourne  $ 240
 Perth  $ 570


 
IMPORTANT CONDITIONS
Airfares are with Virgin Australia. Tickets must be issued by 31 December 2013. After this date the following cancellation fees apply:

More than 45 days prior to departure = $100.00 fee
More than 14 days prior to departure = 50% of fare
Less than 14 days prior to departure = No refund

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A limited number of seats are available at the airfares shown. Higher airfares may apply if all the airfares pre booked by Harness Racing Travelworld are sold. The airfares shown include all applicable taxes and current fuel surcharges. Airfares are subject to increase due to further fuel surcharges etc. Airfares are available from other Australian ports. Please call Harness Racing Travelworld for details.You will be required to present photo identification at airport check-in. Please ensure that your booking name is exactly the same as the photo identification you intend to use. Name changes will incur a fee of $50.00.

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  BOOKINGS 

 
Call us to make a booking or download a 2015 booking form and send the completed booking form by email, mail or fax - (03) 9602 2141.
 
Freecall for Australia - Country & Interstate callers 1800 62 83 83
Telephone for the Melbourne Metro area - (03) 9602 2437