Departing Wednesday, 28th February 2018
FITNESS LEVEL: E – Easy
Visit Stanthorpe when the apples and grapes are crisp and crunchy and there are special attractions and activities during their biennial Festival. Combined with the beauty of the Southern Downs and Dalby regions including the Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy, Jondaryan Woolshed, the Granite Belt Brewery and Coolmunda Organic Olives. This tour offers a variety of scenery, sightseeing and unique experiences.
DAY 1 MARYBOROUGH – DALBY D
Wednesday, 28th February: Welcome aboard! Passengers from Wide Bay to Brisbane join enroute. Brisbane and Gold Coast passengers join us at Roma Street Transit Centre. Travel west to Toowoomba where we break for lunch (own expense) then, follow the Warrego Highway to Dalby. Two night stay Dalby Manor Motor Inn.
DAY 2 DALBY SIGHTSEEING BD
Thursday, 1st March: Start our morning with a self guided tour of the grounds and magnificent gardens at JIMBOUR HOUSE. The “Living History Walk” – an experience of historical plaques, sights and sounds – brings a rich and colourful heritage to life. Next, a visit to the DALBY PIONEER PARK MUSEUM which displays one of the largest collections of working pioneer tractors and other heritage items. It’s an absolute treasure trove of history. After lunch at the JONDARYAN WOOLSHED, (own expense) some free time to enjoy the serenity of the Australian bush. Experience the relaxed, rural atmosphere as you take a self-guided tour of the Woolshed and museum village before returning to our accommodation.
DAY 3 DALBY – WARWICK BLD
Friday, 2nd March: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we begin our country travel. On our way see some of the vast cotton areas of the Darling Downs. Travel through Cecil Plains, pausing for a photo stop at the historic murals. Continue on the Stonehenge Road to Millmerran. Passing through Inglewood, we make our way to COOLMUNDA ORGANIC OLIVES where we enjoy morning tea and a processing plant tour. Travel on to Stanthorpe for a delicious lunch with your choice of a beer tasting paddle, a glass of wine or soft drink at the GRANITE BELT BREWERY followed by a tour of the brewery. After a relaxing and leisurely afternoon, we make our way to Warwick to our home for the next two nights. Two night stay Coachmans Inn.
DAY 4 STANTHORPE APPLE & GRAPE FESTIVAL BD
Saturday, 3rd March: After breakfast we board the coach to Stanthorpe, the scenic capital of Queensland’s Southern Downs, for the APPLE & GRAPE FESTIVAL. On the way, we stop for morning tea and a talk at the ALOOMBA LAVENDER FARM. Reaching Stanthorpe, visit LAWDOGS AUSTRALIA for a ‘Dog Show with Bite’, a Law Enforcement dog training and demonstration experience including protection, detection and agility dogs. This afternoon enjoy free time to purchase your lunch and explore the festival. Some of the highlights are the decorated shop windows and the local Arts & Crafts display, fruit stalls and not to be missed the Grand Parade commencing at 2pm. After an enjoyable day of sightseeing return to our motel for dinner and a well earned rest.
DAY 5 WARWICK – HOME BL
Sunday, 4th March: We say farewell to our hosts and begin our journey home. Visit the QUEEN MARY FALLS. Stroll along the circuit to the lookout giving views of Spring Creek plunging 40 metres over Queen Mary Falls. Then, continue on to Rathdowney for lunch at the Rathy Pub. After lunch, a special treat – a visit to the SCENIC RIM ROBOTIC DAIRY for a dairy tour with a difference. The tour gives you a fantastic snapshot of dairy farming through the generations…from the horse and cart days when cows were milked by hand through Box Bales; machine milking with the introduction of electricity in 1949; introduction of a 6 a side Herringbone in 1972, the 50 platform Rotary milking 360 cows in 1991; to the current LELY robotic milking system. You’ll be fascinated by the robotic milking system – and you’ll love seeing how the cows take to it so easily. After an enjoyable visit we board the coach for our journey home. Arrive in Brisbane mid afternoon and the Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $1699 pp
Pensioner: $1689 pp
Past Passenger: $1684 pp
Single Supplement: $373 pp
Final Payment Due: 14th January 2018
Bookings Close on Wednesday February 28th, 2018