DAY 1. BRISBANE – ROMA (MT,L,D)
Departing on Fun Over Fifty’s signature opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach from Brisbane Coach Terminal on Roma Street, we travel through the rich fertile area of the Lockyer Valley, arriving at Picnic Point Toowoomba for a cuppa, taking time to admire the stunning view. We continue through Dalby, breaking for lunch at Chinchilla, then make our way to Roma. 1 Night Stay: Explorers Inn, Roma
DAY 2. CARNARVON GORGE, SPRINGSURE (B,MT,L,D)
We set out early this morning, making our way into Carnarvon Gorge National Park. On arrival over a cuppa we meet our local nature guide to listen to a brief overview of our walk to the lush Moss Gardens. Carnarvon Gorge is an oasis hidden in the rugged ranges of Queensland’s Central Highlands. Featuring towering white sandstone cliffs, spectacular scenery, incredible bushwalks, pockets of rainforest and amazing diversity of flora and fauna. The Moss Gardens has water dripping constantly from the sandstone walls, supporting a lush carpet of mosses, ferns and liverworts. Beneath tree ferns straining for sunlight, a small waterfall tumbles over a rock ledge into an icy pool. We stop and enjoy a packed lunch surrounded by beautiful wilderness. Our afternoon takes us out of the National Park, travelling to the town of Springsure. 1 Night Stay: Springsure Overlander Motel
**Please note: The Moss Garden walk is anapproximate 3 hour walk with a lunch break and is suited to those with a higher physical rating. A scenic helicopter ride over the Carnarvon Gorge escarpmentis possible today, this would be in place of the Moss Garden walk and would bean additional cost (subject to availability). Please enquire at time of making your reservation.
DAY 3. GLADSTONE (B,MT,L,D)
Departing Springsure this morning, we stop for a cuppa at the Fairbairn Dam before making our way to the Emerald Centenary of Federation Mosaic Pathway. A step by step snapshot of Emerald’s history is situated in Morton Park with the centre piece being the world’slargest Van Gogh sunflower painting standing at a height of 25 metres. It is part of a concept by Cameron Cross to erect seven Sunflower sculptures in seven different countries, reproducing Van Gogh’s seven different Sunflower paintings. Next we visit the Blackwater Coal Mine Museum and enjoy lunch and a wander through the Japanese Gardens. This afternoon takes us via a stop at the Westwood Pub to Gladstone. 1 Night Stay: Mercure, Gladstone
DAY 4/5. HERON ISLAND (B,L,D)
This morning we make our way to Gladstone Marina to board the Heron Island fast cat. Located in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a haven for nature lovers and is surrounded by pristine beaches and brilliant blue waters. Enjoy two nights at Heron Island Resort, where we join naturalist eco guides for daily activities discovering the birdlife, reef walk the coral cay formations, and discover native flora and fauna. We check-in to our Reef Rooms, which are located near the beach and offer reef views with a living area which extends out to a private balcony or garden. At low tide, we take the reef walk that will expose some of the most fascinating creatures found on the coral reef. *
**Please note: Fast cat transfers take 2 hours and are in open waters. Those who suffer motion sickness are advised to take the necessary precautions. Optionally, at additional expense you may like to organise return helicopter transfers from Gladstone.
DAY 6. HERON ISLAND TO TOWN OF 1770 (B,L,D)
We enjoy a leisurely morning on beautiful Heron Island, before an early afternoon departure on the fast cat ferry. Back on the mainland, we take a short journey to the Town of 1770. 2 Night Stay: Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa
DAY 7. TOWN OF 1770 (B,L,D)
This morning we take the ideal getaway on the Pink Amphibious LARC. The Paradise Tour takes us along the coastline of Eurimbula National Park, where we are given commentary on wildlife and the history of Bustard Bay. We cross four tidal creeks and take a 4WDtour up the steep climb to the historic Bustard Head Light Station. Return to Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa.
DAY 8. TOWN OF 1770 – BRISBANE
Homeward bound this morning, we break at historic Childers for a cuppa and time to visit the Palace Backpackers Memorial. After lunch in Gympie, we make our way back to the Brisbane Coach Terminal arriving at approximately 4:30pm.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Deposit of $800pp required to secure your reservation.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
• Walk up an incline equal to a ﬂight of stairs without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings and walk through soft sand
• Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
• Manage your own luggage
• This tour is set at an active pace