Day 1. Thursday – Brisbane to Chinchilla (MT,L,D)
Departing on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, we travel through the fertile Lockyer Valley to climb the Great Dividing Range to Toowoomba. At the Empire Theatre we discover the stunning architectural features of this local art’s icon with an illustrious history. We then dine at Picnic Point perched high on the crest of the range and offering views of the Lockyer Valley and beyond. Later we travel via the rural towns of Oakey and Dalby to Australia’s melon capital, Chinchilla. Note: Empire Theatre visit is subject to the theatre schedule and will include either a show or guided tour. 3 Night Stay: Chinchilla Palms Motor Inn
Day 2. Friday – Chinchilla (B,L)
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 ever-popular barrel racing. Dinner at own expense tonight.
Day 3. Saturday – Chinchilla Melon Festival (B)
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 and dinner are at your own expense today – there are plenty of interesting food stalls for you to choose from.
Day 4. Sunday – Chinchilla 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 country-style 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 long lunch at Cassis at Booie. Take in the superb views across the Booie Range towards the Glass House Mountains and Sunshine Coast as we wind down after a fun-filled getaway.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Select the GREEN GUEST POLICY (GGP) option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE: $20PP TWIN SHARE OR $40 SOLE USE
- Non-refundable deposit of $400pp 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
• Getting on and off transportation unaided
• Manage your own luggage