Day 1. Depart Brisbane / Dad & Dave Rudd’s Pub
Departing this morning from Brisbane’s Roma Street Transit Centre we embark on our Classic Pubs of Southern Outback Queensland tour. No doubt, along the way we will meet some real characters as we head out west. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we make our way to our first stop – Rudd’s Pub. This pub is so much more than just a country watering hole. This is the pub where “Dad and Dave” – two of Australia’s most famous folklore icons – came to life, thanks to writer Steele Rudd and a couple of pints of beer! Next stop is the Criterion Hotel Warwick. This heritage listed hotel is one of the largest pubs in the area and was built in 1917. We have lunch here before continuing to Stanthorpe where we have arranged a locally guided tour of the town before settling into our overnight accommodation. Dinner tonight is at O’Mara’s Hotel. The hotel was built in 1910 and still has the “olde world charm” that made it a big part of Stanthorpe’s history. There is even a resident ghost that still makes an appearance now and then! Pubs: Dad & Dave Rudd’s Pub, 1917 Criterion Hotel, 1910 – O,Mara’s Hotel. Overnight: Vines Motel Stanthorpe (L,D)
Day 2. 1920 – Victoria Hotel, Goondiwindi
Today we visit the Texas Heritage Centre which offers a fascinating insight into the interesting history of the local area and has numerous buildings to explore. Then we make our way to Goondiwindi and enjoy a dinner at the historical 1920 Victoria Hotel. What started out as a modest single-storey wooden building with a shingle roof is now one of the most outstanding examples of architecture in Southern Queensland. Pubs: 1920 Victoria Hotel Goondiwindi. Overnight: Goondiwindi Jolly Swagman Inn (B,D)
Day 3. 1864 – Nindigilly Pub / 1886 – Cobb & Co Hotel, St George
Before departing Goondiwindi we will be joined on the coach by our local guide to show us around. We stop for lunch at the Nindigilly Pub which is Queensland’s oldest hotel built in 1864. We then make our way to St George and enjoy a cruise on the Balonne River, taking in the beautiful river gums, landscaping and birdlife. Following dinner (at own arrangements) then join us for a night cap as we venture to the 1886 Cobb & Co Hotel. The hotel was licensed to John Roberts in 1886. It was then renovated from 1914 to 1919, and once advertised that they had electricity! Pubs: 1864 – Nindigilly Pub / 1886 – Cobb & Co Hotel, St George. Overnight: St George, Australian Hotel Motel (B,L)
Day 4. Cunnamulla / 1886 – Club Boutique Hotel
Today we make our way to Cunnamulla and visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery and Museum which is a must for all visitors. Tonight we enjoy dinner at the 1886 Club Boutique Hotel. The Club has been rebuilt twice: once after the 1892 tornado and again after the 1933 fire that razed it to the ground. Both times it has been restored to its former glory and continued to hold a prominent place in the town. Overnight: Warrego Motel, Cunnamulla (B,D)
Day 5. 1924 – Corones Hotel Charleville
Charleville today where we meet our local guide who will take us on a town tour learning of the fires, floods and pioneer history of this iconic town. We then visit the remains of the WW2 top secret base established by the Americans in 1942 also visiting Historic House with its amazing collections. Then step back in time at the iconic Hotel Corones well known as one of the truly memorable hotels in the heart of the Outback. The history of the Hotel goes back to its construction from 1924 – 1929. Our “Scones & Stories” tour guide will tell us tales of Harry Corones before concluding with homemade scones and beverages. Pubs: 1924 – Corones Hotel Charleville. 2 nights: Waltzing Matilda Motel, Charleville (B,AT)
Day 6. Discover Charleville
Charleville is the Bilby capital of Australia and today our guide will teach us about this fascinating Australian native animal. From here we visit the Royal Flying Doctor’s Centre. For 85 years they have provided medical care to Outback Australia. at the Cosmos Observatory we view stars and planets many thousands of light years away by powerful telescope under the outback sky. Overnight: Waltzing Matilda Motel, Charleville. (B)
Day 7. 1917 Queens Arms Hotel & Big Rig Night Show
Heading east this morning to Mitchell on the banks of the Maranoa River. Mitchell is well known for its stunning artesian baths, located at the entrance to town. We have some time for those who would like to rejuvenate in the mineralised water from the Great Artesian Basin. Next it is on to Roma where we will see a number of historic buildings and sites including St Paul’s Anglican Church which features stunning leadlight windows, each with a story. An early dinner this evening at the 1917 Queens Arms Hotel tonight before we make our way to the Big Rig Oil Night Show for an interactive insight into the hardships and heroic stories of oil drilling and exploration. Pubs: 1917 Queens Arms Hotel Roma. Overnight: Overlander Homestead, Roma (B,D)
Day 8. 1921 Criterion Hotel, Dalby / Arrive Brisbane
This morning we travel via Miles and Chinchilla before arriving into Dalby for our final classic pub visit. Lunch today is at the Criterion Hotel – also known as the ‘Cri’. It is s an integral part of Dalby and a great local spot. From Dalby we pass through Toowoomba and arrive into Brisbane late afternoon. (B,L)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT = Afternoon Tea, 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 65 days prior to departure.
- Full payment is non refundable within 60 days of departure.