DAY 1. Wednesday – Brisbane to Goondiwindi (L,D)
Board our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach at Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, to travel through Cunninghams Gap to Warwick and the Abbey of the Roses ex convent. We take in a tour of this stately manor house then enjoy lunch before continuing on through Inglewood to arrive in the home of legendary Gunsynd, Goondiwindi. 1 Night Stay: Best Western Ascot Lodge, Goondiwindi
DAY 2. Thursday – Goondiwindi to Coonabarabran (B,MT,L,D)
After breakfast, we board the coach and travel the Newell Highway, passing through Moree to break for a cuppa in Narrabri. We then climb Mount Woorat in the Warrumbungle National Park to arrive at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia’s premier optical and infrared observatory. After lunch we take a tour of the site then continue on to Coonabarabran where we stay for the night. 1 Night Stay: Acacia Motor Lodge, Coonabarabran
DAY 3. Friday – Coonabarabran to Orange (B,L,D)
This morning we travel via Dunedoo to the Wellington Caves. Here we take a 1-hour tour of the Cathedral Cave, famous for its huge stalagmite known as Altar Rock, which stands at a height of 15 metres. We’ll also see the Thunder Cave, Headache Rock and The Well, before returning to the surface to enjoy lunch in the Cave Cafe. We hit the road and finish our afternoon travelling on to Orange. **Please note: Cathedral Cave is accessed by 150 stairs. 3 Night Stay: Central Caleula Motor Lodge, Orange
DAY 4. Saturday – Elvis Festival (B,D)
More than 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley remains a rock ‘n’ roll icon and has yet to be ousted from his position as “The King”. Speedway is the theme for this year’s festival, celebrating Elvis’ 1968 film of the same name in which he starred alongside Nancy Sinatra as a hip-swinging race car driver. The major highlight today is the Elvis Street Parade. A wonderful parade packed full of Elvis-themed floats, Elvis and Priscilla look-a-likes, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, marching bands and much more. Enjoy the free concerts at Cooke Park Main Stage, Festival Markets, Elvis Central shop, Cars of the Era Show and The King’s Castle (a unique collection of genuine Elvis memorabilia). Please note: Elvis festival program is subject to change. *Lunch is at own expense today.
DAY 5. Sunday – Elvis Festival (B,D)
This morning is an early start to get to Parkes in time for the Elvis Gospel Church Service. This event has become a much-loved feature of the festival program and the interdenominational service on Sunday morning pays tribute to Elvis’ first love – gospel music. The rest of the day brings much more outdoor entertainment such as the Elvis winner’s concert, Rock & Roll Bands and the mass renewal of wedding vows with Elvis at the Altar. At 2pm be wowed by the 2-hour musical Elvis Feature show – the biggest Elvis concert of the Festival. **Lunch is at own expense today.
DAY 6. Monday – Orange to Armidale (B,L,D)
Leaving Orange we travel on through the quaint townships of Coolah, Spring Ridge and Werris Creek to Tamworth. After a short break we continue on into New England to finish our day in Armidale. 1 Night Stay: Cotswold Gardens, Armidale
DAY 7. Tuesday – Armidale to Brisbane (B,L)
Leaving Armidale we travel north to Glen Innes and take a break at the Celtic standing stones. Next we cross the border to arrive in Stanthorpe for a food and wine luncheon at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. Enjoy learning how to match food with wine, tasting dishes from the Medley of Mains platter. After lunch we descend the Cunningham Range, returning to Brisbane Transit Centre at approximately 4.30pm.
B = Full Breakfast M T = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Non-refundable deposit required to secure booking $500pp
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach component.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Walk 10 min without stopping
• Ascend stairs without stopping
• Stand for 30 min without sitting
• Walk over uneven ground
• Embark/debark transport unaided
•Manage their own luggage