Departing: 31st August 2022
Experience the delights of the Granite Belt on our two night stay in Stanthorpe. Highlights include Stanthorpe Cheese, the Truffle Discovery Centre, the Granite Belt Christmas Farm and Jamworks. Enjoy morning tea of their renowned apple pie at Sutton’s Juice Factory and a delicious lunch at Ballandean Winery. Next, on to the beautiful Scenic Rim. Visit Summer Land Camel Farm, Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy operation. Spend three nights at the magnificent O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat where you can escape to a world of ancient forests, crystal clear creeks, fresh mountain air and breathtaking sunsets. The ultimate holiday!
DAY 1 MARYBOROUGH – STANTHORPE LD
Wednesday, 31st August: Following your morning transfer to Brisbane Coach Terminal where we meet our Brisbane and Gold Coast passengers, travel to Stanthorpe for a delicious Ploughman’s Lunch at Stanthorpe Cheese before making our way to the Truffle Discovery Centre for a tasting and a browse through the gourmet products on offer. Then, onto the Granite Belt Christmas Farm renowned for bringing the ‘Christmas Spirit’ alive all year round. Browse over 100 sqm of spectacular Christmas decorations, ornament’s and vintage collectibles, feed Santa’s animals or simply wander the fields of real Christmas trees and savour the fresh smell of pine. Two night stay The Vines Motel
DAY 2 STANTHORPE SIGHTSEEING BMLD
Thursday, 1st September: Start our day with a visit to Donnelly’s Castle, a spectacular granite formation famous for being a hideout for the bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt. Next, on to Sutton’s Juice Factory to sample their delicious homemade apple pie with Spiced Apple Cider Ice Cream, Cream and Apple Syrup for morning tea. Our next stop is Ballandean Estate Winery where we taste test their range of wine followed by a two-course lunch. On our return journey we pop in to Jamworks Gourmet Foods where you can sample their range of jams, chutneys and other gourmet items at the tasting bar before making our way to our accommodation to prepare for our special dinner tonight at the Granite Belt Brewery.
DAY 3 STANTHORPE – MT TAMBORINE BMD
Friday, 2nd September: Farewelling Stanthorpe, travel through the beautiful Scenic Rim to Summer Land Camels at Harrisville. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour through Australia’s largest camel farm and dairy operation, including the camel milk processing and dairy operation. Meet and feed the gentle camels, learn about the immune health benefits of camel milk and taste their award winning camel mile, gelato and cheeses. Continue to Mt Tamborine for lunch (own expense) and free time at the Gallery Walk. With its over 60 specialty shops from fine art to culinary delights in one block, there’s sure to be something to suit all tastes. Finish our day with a visit to the Mt Tamborine Skywalk before settling in to our motel. Stay Mt Tamborine Motel
DAY 4 MT TAMBORINE – O’REILLY’S RAINFOREST RETREAT BMLD
Saturday, 3rd September: Continuing our culinary experience, this morning we make our way to Towri Sheep Cheesery. Our morning consists of a milking demonstration, substantial cheese tasting, tea and locally grown coffee. Learn the basics of sheep cheese making with cheese maker Carolyn Davidson, take some fantastic photos and feed the much loved lambs and pet sheep. Then, on to lunch at Jimboomba House before continuing onto O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Three night stay O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
DAY 5 O’REILLY’S FREE DAY BLD
Sunday, 4th September: Before breakfast, take the opportunity for an early morning bird walk. 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, it’s off on a 4WD Billy tea, damper and history tour. After lunch be enthralled by the delightful Birds Of Prey Show followed by a guided walk to Python Rock with view of Moran Falls. Enjoy afternoon tea, then sit and relax and view the audio-visual presentation on the Stinson rescue. After dinner we’re off to see the amazing Glow Worms.
DAY 6 O’REILLY’S FREE DAY BLD
Monday, 5th September: Wake up to the serene sounds of bush creatures. Perhaps a Satin Bowerbird’s bower will be a discovery. After breakfast you’ll have time for a morning excursion or perhaps a walk along the canopy treetop walkway. Choose from several activities that have been arranged for today including a WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER, a guided walk to the Tree Top Walk, a 4WD tour to either Luke’s Bluff or Duck Creek Lookouts and more, or simply do your own thing. After dinner enjoy marshmallows at the campfire.
DAY 7 O’REILLY’S – HOME BML
Tuesday, 6th September: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and some free time before farewelling our hosts and making our way to Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation for a plantation and processing plant tour followed by lunch at the Coffee House. Continue our journey home arriving in Brisbane mid-afternoon and the Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $2863 pp
Pensioner: $2849 pp
Past Passenger: $2842 pp
Single Supplement: $639 pp
Final Payment Due: Sunday, 17th July 2022
Bookings Close on Tuesday August 30th, 2022