Highlights: Gum Tree Valley Express Train through Pohlmans Nursery, Reserved Seats at Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers and the Grand Central Floral Parade, Entry to 4 Private Gardens Participating in Carnival Open Gardens, Spring Bluff Railway Excursion, Summer Land Camel Farm & Towri Sheep Cheeses, Entry & Lunch at Sea World, Tambourine Mountain & Rainforest Skywalk, Glow Worm Tour, Lunch at Cedar Creek Estate, Australian Outback Spectacular "Heartland" Dinner & ShowView Dates & Book
ALBURY – BRISBANE THURSDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER, 2022
Welcome to our 9 day tour to Brisbane, Toowoomba and The Gold Coast. Group to assemble at Albury Airport at 11.05am for our Flight No. QF2386 departing Albury 12.15pm arriving in Brisbane at 2.45pm. A local coach will greet us and we make our way to our hotel overlooking the Brisbane River and check into our rooms for our first night stay.
Accommodation: View Hotel, Brisbane. Ph: 07 3862 1800
BRISBANE – TOOWOOMBA FRIDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Checking out of our Brisbane hotel we make our way to Toowoomba. But before leaving Brisbane, we visit the highest vantage point in the city at the Mount Cootha Lookout. Here we can take in the stunning views and then drive to the Lockyer Valley, arriving at Pohlmans Nursery. Boarding the Gum Tree Valley Express train, explore the Pohlmans world renowned wholesale nursery. Find out how they use cutting-edge technology and industry best-practice to bring the consistently high-quality plants. Enjoy lunch here with time to browse the retail section, then head to Toowoomba for a brief sightseeing tour before checking into our hotel.
Accommodation: Potters Boutique Hotel (3 nights), Toowoomba Ph: 07 46709488
TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Today visit the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, the longest running event of its kind in Australia. Spend our day exploring Toowoomba. Its “Garden City” image comes from the fact that it has rich fertile soil, a unique climate and it’s position on the edge of the Great Dividing Range presents ideal conditions for growing flowers. Since its inception in the 1950’s, the famous “Carnival of Flowers” has attracted thousands of visitors to the area to enjoy the colourful gardens, flower shows and exhibitions. First, we take a look at Queens Park, then make our way to our seats for Australia’s most unique Street Parade - the Grand Central Floral Parade. Spectacular floats decorated with live flowers, fitting the chosen theme for the year, plus bands, marching groups and carnival characters. The Parade winds through the city and we enjoy it from a prime viewing location on reserved tiered seating. There is so much to see and colours to absorb! For lunch we visit Toowoomba's most notable tourist attraction, the Cobb & Co Museum which is part of the Queensland Museum. Wander through the charming National Carriage Collection and discover how the 47 horse-drawn vehicles played an important role in Queensland’s development. This afternoon visit several of the private gardens that have entered the Carnival of Flowers Open Garden Competition, including the award-winning garden
EXPLORING THE AREA SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
From Toowoomba we have a short drive to the small town of Crows Nest and arrive at the Crows Nest Museum and Historical Village. The museum boasts its very own village! With buildings that have been lovingly restored by volunteers who have paid great attention to every detail to make sure that everything is as close to authentic as possible. See the origins of Ray White Real Estate, as this was the location of its humble beginnings. From here visit the bustling community of Highfields, just a short distance north of Toowoomba on the New England Highway. Our first stop is at the Village Green – home to various specialty shops and cafes. Here we can purchase lunch and look through the various shops. This afternoon take a look at the heritage listed Spring Bluff Railway Station. The exhibit is absolutely stunning with thousands of visitors each September enjoying the magnificent display with an array of poppies, ranunculus, stock, snapdragons, petunias and many other annuals bursting into colour under the warm sunshine.
THE SCENIC RIM MONDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
We farewell Toowoomba and make our way down the Range to the area known as the Scenic Rim. The area is home to many fruit and vegetable crops and as we tour through the region we’ll see fields full of colorful produce, such as carrots, onions, beans, corn, beetroot, potatoes and more. Our morning tea stop is at Summer Land Camel Farm, to learn about the history of camels in Australia and the powerful immune proteins that are contained in camel milk. Our lunch stop is in Boonah at the Dugandan Hotel, then this afternoon visit Towri Sheep Cheeses. Our visit will consist of a milking demonstration, cheese tasting, and have access to the cheese room to learn about the basics of cheese making. By the time we have finished we will know the differences between sheep, cow and goat cheese! From here head across the range and arrive on the Gold Coast for the next section of our tour.
Accommodation: Mermaid Waters Hotel by Nightcap Plus (3 nights), Mermaid Waters Ph: 07 5572 2500
SEAWORLD AND THE GOLD COAST WATERWAYS TUESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
Start the day with a brief sightseeing drive around Surfers Paradise, and arrive at Skypoint. We’ll take one of the fastest elevators in the world to the 77th floor to take in the views from the observation deck and have morning tea whilst here. More than just awesome views, the observation deck also has a theatrette with a short presentation of the history of the Gold Coast. From here, head to Sea World. The program for the day will be provided on arrival, so be sure to take note of the things you want to see – Shark Bay, Polar Bear Shores, Shark Attack, the Dolphin Nursery Pool and much more. Access to all parts of the Park is easy via the Sea World Monorail. Lunch is included here before our 4.15pm departure on board the Sea World Ferry to Surfers Paradise. Experience stunning views of the city skyline and see the homes of the rich and famous as we head to Surfers Paradise to meet our coach and then head back to the Hotel for some free time before dinner.
MT TAMBORINE & THE OUTBACK SPECTACULAR WEDNESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER
Today make our way up Tamborine Mountain, which sits on the edge of the escarpment behind the Gold Coast. And enjoy the beautiful views which exist on both sides of the ranges. A great way to experience the rainforest is by strolling along the boardwalk of the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk so that is our first visit this morning. The walk, which we will do at a leisurely pace, is a unique and thrilling way to explore the rainforest canopies. A short distance from here is our next attraction at The Cedar Creek Estate. Our guide welcomes us and takes us on a tour of The Glow Worm Caves. The caves consist of two large chambers interlinked by tunnels. The first chamber is the "presentation cave", where are shown an audio visual display on the glow-worms. This chamber is complete with very realistic formations (speleothems), such as stalagmites and stalactites, water features and flow stone. From this stunning cave, we will be guided through the magical "glow worm cave", filled with thousands of glowing glow-worms! We have lunch at Cedar Creek Estate and then head back to the hotel, and tonight we are in for a real treat! There is no place on earth like the Australian Outback... and no show on earth like the new Australian Outback Spectacular show called Heartland. Enjoy the all-new story with true Australian characters, Reg and Marge, who are battling a severe five-year drought on their farm. This heart touching story will resonate with many as it delves into real world struggles that many Aussie farmers are dealing with today. With the help from some unlikely characters, and friendships that will last a lifetime, the pair overcome the harsh realities of life in the Australian Outback. Australia’s favourite dinner and show is more than a night out – it’s an experience steeped in courage, tradition and daring Australian spirit. What a fabulous night!
GOLD COAST - BRISBANE THURSDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
From the Gold Coast make our way to Beenleigh for a visit to Australia’s oldest continually working registered distillery at Beenleigh Artisan Distillery. On a tour we hear tall stories about colourful characters, and a heritage as rich and distinctive as Beenleigh Rum itself. On conclusion of our tour, we have some tastings before having lunch in the recently built restaurant. This afternoon we head to the seaside suburb just north of Redlands for a visit to Ormiston House, one of the best remaining examples of colonial architecture in Queensland. Enjoy a self-guided tour on arrival followed by afternoon tea on the verandah, then make our way into Brisbane.
Accommodation: View Hotel Brisbane. Ph: 07 3862 1800
BRISBANE – ALBURY FRIDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
After an early breakfast, we complete our checkout formalities and transfer to the Brisbane Airport for our direct Qantas flight QF2385 to Albury departing Brisbane at 9.30 am.
Our flight arrives back in Albury at 11.50am after a memorable holiday in Queensland with Martins Travel
$3785.00 Per Person Twin / Double Share
$4598.00 Single Supplement
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