Day 1. Thursday – Chinchilla (MT,L,D)
Departing on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from Brisbane CBD, we travel through the fertile Lockyer Valley and climb the Great Dividing Range to Toowoomba. We take an interesting tour of the Empire Theatre before making our way to break for lunch at Picnic Point, perched high on the crest of the range offering views back across the valley and beyond. Our afternoon travels take us via country towns such as Oakey and Dalby before arriving at Australia’s melon capital, Chinchilla. 3 Night Stay: Chinchilla Great Western Motor Inn
Day 2. Friday – Chinchilla (B,L) GGP
Today we get to know the locals and take a discovery tour of Chinchilla with a local guide, visiting the Folk Museum and a local melon farm. As Chinchilla produces 25% of Australian melons, we learn from the best how to grow the tastiest melons. We also take in the Cactoblastis monument which details the destruction of the prickly pear by the Cactoblastis moth in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Tonight, the bulls and broncs are the stars as we take in a real outback rodeo. Entertainment includes bull rides, saddle bronc rides and the everpopular barrel racing. **Dinner is at own expense tonight.
Day 3. Saturday – Chinchilla (B,D) GGP
Prepare for a day of good laughs and good times at the Chinchilla Melon Festival. Join with the locals for some hilarious fun and festivities as events such as melon skiing, melon iron man, melon bungee, melon bullseye, pip spitting and melon tossing get into full throw. There’s back-to-back entertainment, markets, a street parade, arts and crafts, free concerts, a triathlon and loads more. Enjoy an afternoon of country music and the grand finale being a brilliant fireworks display. Look out for our surprise exclusive Celebrity Guest as you ‘get your melon on’ at this truly unique festival. **Lunch is at your own expense today. There are plenty of interesting food stalls for you to choose from.
Day 4. Sunday – Return to Brisbane (B,MT,L)
This morning we make our way past the Bunya Mountains and into the South Burnett region to arrive in Kingaroy. Our first stop is the Lavender Farm at Pottique, where we enjoy a morning tea of lavender scones and discover the warehouse which is bursting with lavender products, French countrystyle homewares and antiques. There’s time to visit the Kingaroy Information Centre and Art Gallery, before making a stop at the famous Peanut Van which stocks this local product in an abundance of varieties. Before we return to Brisbane, we indulge in a relaxing lunch at Ringsfield House. Enjoy picturesque garden views while you dine, followed by a stroll through the manicured gardens and historical buildings. A great way to wind down after a fun-filled getaway.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Non-refundable deposit of $300pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 1 (EASY) Passengers must be able to:
• Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
• Walking on mostly level ground
• Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
• Occasional need to stand for up to 10 minutes
• Get on and off transportation unaided
• Manage your own luggage