Departing: Thursday, 31st October
Fitness Level: M – Moderate
The world-renowned Jacaranda Festival is the oldest folk festival in Australia. Held in Grafton in the beautiful Clarence Valley the festival celebrates the jacaranda. Experience the grandeur of The Grand Float parade and much more on this spectacular tour. Heading back to Queensland enjoy a three night’s stay at beautiful O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat where you can escape to a world of ancient forest, fresh mountain air, crystal clear creeks and breathtaking sunsets. The ultimate tour for sure!
Meals: B = Breakfast, M = Morning Tea, L = Lunch, A = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
DAY 1 HERVEY BAY – GRAFTON D
Thursday, 31st October: All aboard for a wonderful tour full of scenic delights. With Wide Bay passengers onboard we journey to Brisbane with passengers joining en route. Brisbane passengers join at Roma Street Transit Centre and Gold Coast passengers join en route. Travel in air-conditioned comfort through glorious countryside with ever-changing colours. Enjoy a lunch break at beautiful Brunswick Heads with time to stretch your legs and appreciate the ocean view, then on to Grafton to settle into our accommodation. Three night stay Jacaranda Motor Lodge
DAY 2 GRAFTON SIGHTSEEING BMLD
Friday, 1st November: Start our day with a visit to Lanbruk’s Gunyah for a tour of the property. Owners Don and Dorothy are really passionate about Lanbruk. It is a veritable treasure trove of tools, household goods and toys from eras past. Enjoy browsing thousands of interesting and well-kept items on display – every one of them with a story to tell. Along with a nice cuppa, sample some fine olive products. Next, make our way to Schaeffer House which houses the Clarence River Historical Society’s display of beautiful china, glassware and furniture presented to the society over the years. The quality of the exhibits and the magnificent building ensure a most satisfying experience. Board your coach for transfer to Tucabia for a guided tour, lunch and entertainment at the Squatters Rest Private Museum. Making our way back to Grafton visit the village of Ulmarra. It is a town classified by the National Trust as one of the finest examples of a 19th century river port in Australia. Return to our motel for a well-earned rest before heading to town for dinner at the Crown Hotel. After dinner relax and watch the fireworks.
DAY 3 JACARANDA FESTIVAL DAY BLD
Saturday, 2nd November: This morning we head to the TAFE Campus to explore the fantastic markets with lots of interesting market stalls, live music and food before a town tour to witness firsthand the superb Jacaranda trees. Grafton is emblazoned in colour this time of year with over 5,000 Jacarandas making a canopy of lilac clouds and a soft carpet of purple. Travel to Tullymorgan for lunch and to learn all about ostrich farming at Glen Ian Ostrich & Emu Farm. After returning to Grafton enjoy the whirl of the bagpipes while the Scottish, Irish and Highland dancers perform in the Market Square. Our day ends with the spectacular Grand Float Parade before returning to our accommodation for dinner.
DAY 4 GRAFTON – LAMINGTON NP BMLD
Sunday, 3rd November: Get set for a delightful drive north through Casino and Kyogle to Murwillumbah for morning tea, then crossing over the border we make our way to O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard for a delicious lunch and visit with the Mountview Alpacas which now reside at the vineyard. Continue on to our accommodation. Three night stay O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
DAY 5 O’REILLY’S FREE DAY BMLAD
Monday, 4th November: Before breakfast, hundreds of Crimson Rosellas, King Parrots and other opportunists are fed on the lawns outside the restaurant. It’s a unique experience to have one of these brilliantly coloured birds land on your wrist to eat from your hand. After breakfast, read the daily program and with so much to do and enjoy, you’ll work up a good appetite, ready for the scrumptious meals provided. Evening activities occur ranging from spotlighting, viewing a stunning wildlife film or perhaps a visit to the glow-worms.
DAY 6 O’REILLY’S FREE DAY BMLAD
Tuesday, 5th November: Wake up to the serene sounds of bush creatures. Perhaps a Satin Bowerbird’s bower will be a discovery. After breakfast, you’ll have the day to select activities from the daily program. Perhaps a morning excursion, a 4WD adventure or just a walk along the canopy treetop walkway – the choice is yours.
DAY 7 LAMINGTON NP – HOME BML
Wednesday, 6th November: After a leisurely breakfast say goodbye to our hosts and make our way via Beaudesert to visit 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. You’ll be fascinated by the robotic milking system and you’ll love seeing how the cows take to it so easily. Continuing our journey stop at the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm for lunch and a wine tasting with time to browse the wonderful lavender products on sale. Admire the stunning views of the Scenic Rim as we continue our journey, arriving in Brisbane mid-afternoon and Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $2836 pp
Pensioner: $2822 pp
Past Passenger: $2815 pp
Single Supplement: $476 pp
Final Payment Due: 16th September 2019
Bookings Close on Thursday October 24th, 2019