DAY 1 – Brisbane to St George
We depart today from Roma Street Station, Brisbane and make our way along the Warrego Highway through Toowoomba and then down the Gore Highway to Millmerran where we will stop for lunch. Following lunch, we make a visit to the museum and reminisce of a time gone as you view the displays collected from the local district, many of which have been donated by the local families. Before departing the town, we will take a tour around the streets and from the comfort of our coach we follow the trail of Millmerran historical murals where various stages of the region’s history are depicted on the side of buildings. Continue on to St George for a town tour, then check in before dinner in the hotel restaurant this evening. Overnight St George, Riverland Motor Inn (L,D)
DAY 2 – Lightning Ridge
After a hearty breakfast depart for Lightning Ridge. This afternoon, we start to explore this amazing place. Opal is Australia’s National Gemstone & Lightning Ridge produces over 95% of these. Make your pilgrimage to the home of the spectacular black opal, the rarest form of Australia’s magnificent national gemstone. Lightning Ridge, a charismatic opal town on the edge of the NSW outback and is the world’s main source of the most desirable of opals. On arrival, a local guide will join us on the coach for a sight seeing tour of the town. One of the more unusual sights will be Amigos Castle – a castle built from ironstone by a local resident. We will also see the Astronomers Monument, the Hot Artesian Pool, and Coopers Cottage. This authentic miner’s camp was built in 1916 and is a genuine historical display of early pioneer living. After our wonderful day we check into our home base for the next two nights. 2 nights Wallangulla Motel, Lightning Ridge (B,D)
DAY 3 – Lightning Ridge
After breakfast we head to the Walk-In-Mine to experience the atmosphere of an underground mine. We also have a tour including a video presentation and explanation about opal mining followed by Next is a visit to the John Murray Art Gallery, followed by some free time for lunch (own arrangements) before an afternoon visit to the Chambers of the Black Hand. At 11.2m underground, local artist Ron Canlin has created the most amazing paintings and sculptures. The second level is a mine that has been worked for over 100 years, and all the old shafts and drives that were dug by the old timers are still there. On this level a geology tour will give us the different strata’s opal formation – an experience not be missed. Our last stop for the day is to meet our local opal expert at the Opal Cave. He will show us how the opal is cut and polished. Completing our fascinating day, we return to our motel. (B,D)
DAY 4 – Moree, Goondiwindi
Following breakfast, we depart Lightning Ridge and make our way to Moree for lunch before a tour of this town steeped in history with its exquisite Art Deco architecture. Moree’s main street showcases majestically restored heritage listed buildings influenced by American, Egyptian, Greek, and Spanish design, dating back to between the 1920-1939 Art Deco period. The result is a breathtakingly unique CBD which is perfect for taking a trip down memory lane. Later we travel to Goondiwindi in time to check in and freshen up before dinner this evening. Overnight Jolly Swagman Inn, Goondiwindi (B,L,D)
DAY 5 – Warwick, Abbey of Roses
After breakfast we visit the Statue of the Goondiwindi Grey. “Gunsynd” showed that dreams can come true by becoming the Champion of his era winning the Cox Plate and the 4 big mile races, the only horse to have achieved this in history. We then arrive at the Customs House Museum. A border customs point before Federation, this authentically restored building and its magnificent cottage garden, houses a rich and colourful collection of mementos of yesteryear. We depart Goondiwindi and make our way to Warwick for lunch at the beautiful “Abbey of the Roses” where we enjoy a lunch and tour of the historic home before making our way back to Brisbane with an arrival time of approximately 5pm. (B,L)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
dates & pricing
- Tour is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
- A $450 non refundable deposit is due upon booking with the remainder payable 70 days prior to departure.
- Full payment is non refundable within 60 days of departure.