08 Dec TOOWOOMBA TOUR
TEMPERATE TOOWOOMBA – 5 DAY SUMMER TOUR
FRI 22 TO TUE 26 JANUARY 2021
SMALL GROUP = 8 TO 20 PEOPLE
LUXURY AIR-CON MINI-COACH & 4.5* ACCOM
DRIVER-GUIDE: Ralph Jackson
- $750 PER PERSON SHARE (double/twin room)
- $850 P.P. SINGLE (own room in 2-brm apt*)
- $700 P.P. QUAD SHARE (2 per room in 2-brm apt*)
With all 4 nights in the new Toowoomba Oaks CBD 4.5-star apartment hotel, our 5-day 1100km road trip includes: Boondooma Homestead & Museum, Bunya Mountains, lots of Toowoomba sights, Granite Belt wineries, Oakey Aviation Museum, and travelling by way of a string of character Aussie towns: Gympie, Kilkivan, Goomeri, Murgon, Hivesville, Proston, Goombungee, Nobby, Clifton, Allora, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Oakey, Crows Nest, Esk, Kilcoy, Maleny and Kenilworth. Tour includes admissions to Boondooma and Oakey Air Museum.
Traditional custodians of country we travel include Wakka Wakka (South Burnett), Jarowair (Bunya Mtns, Toowoomba), Githabal (Sthn Downs), Jagera (Somerset) & Gubbi Gubbi (Sunny Coast).
Toowoomba with a population of 137,000 is Australia’s 16th biggest city. Founded in 1849 it sits on the eastern edge of the Darling Downs plateau at an altitude of 700m with summers of mild days and cool nights.
Breakfast is included on-site at the Oak & Vine Café. Lunches and dinners are extra. Rooms have modest kitchenettes with cutlery, crockery, fridge, sink and microwave.
As this is an apartment hotel, we’ve opted for a rate without daily housekeeping to keep costs down. It can be arranged for additional $30 per service.
* Note that 2-bedroom apartments have one bathroom.
Please keep luggage to one or two soft bags no more than 12 kgs total. If more than 12 travellers we will tow a trailer.
Bookings: Arcadia Travel, 5 Arcadia St Noosa Junction Email or call ahead to hold places. Within 3 days we require a deposit of $100 pp. Balance due 7 days before departure.
Cancellation fees: No charges before 31 December. Then $100 per person if cancelled 1-16 January. $200 per person if cancelled in last 7 days.
FRIDAY: BUNYA MOUNTAINS / 460KMS
A big day, taking a roundabout route including back roads. Bring lunch, pick some up at Goomeri – or purchase at the café at Bunya Mountains.
Pick-ups 6 to 7am from Noosa Waters, Laguna Estate, Domain Country Club, Riverlands, Hibiscus and Palm Lake Cooroy. Other pick-ups by request.
First rest stop is the Kybong 24-hour roadhouse (before Gympie). By 9am we will be in Goomeri, with cafes and the terrific Emporium of top-brand country clothing, boots, hats – and whips!
Another 100km west is Boondooma Homestead Museum dating back to 1846. It is looked after by South Burnett Council and we include the entry fee. We spend an hour here, from 11 to 12:00.
Next stage is about 140km / 2 hours – to the Bunya Mountains. Lunch (extra cost) at the café and free time. Take a stroll on the rainforest trails. We stay to 4:00pm.
Last rest break for the day is Goombungee village. We will be there about 5:00 to 5:15pm.
Arrive Toowoomba City about 6:00pm. There are many choices to dine out near our hotel.
SATURDAY: TOOWOOMBA SIGHTS
Today takes in the best of Toowoomba – Ralph lived there for 5 years!
Start at 9:00am for a drive around the attractive sights of the city – at many places we stop to stroll. Railway Station (café still closed) / State Rose Garden / Laurel Bank Park / USQ Japanese Garden / Preston Peak Winery / Kara View Drive mansions / Picnic Point & Café / East Toowoomba’s grand homes / Queen’s Park Botanic Gardens and Cobb & Co Museum and Café (museum entry $10 conc).
SUNDAY: WARWICK & GRANITE BELT / 300KMS
A day trip to the Vineyards!
Start at 8:00am. We drive past the National Trust’s Royal Bull’s Head Inn and on to Warwick via the small railway towns of Nobby, Clifton and Allora. Enjoy a break and stroll in Warwick’s grand town centre. Train buffs will enjoy views of the ‘Hornby-like’ station precinct, home to Southern Downs Steam Railway.
About 30 minutes further south is the Granite Belt winery region. Visit Castle Glen and two more cellar doors, following a loop drive via Pozieres, Passchendale Forest and Amiens. Between wineries, we will make a lunch stop in the high-altitude town of Stanthorpe.
We return via Warwick but mostly on different roads, including the Old Stanthorpe Road and views of Glengallan Homestead (Wed-Sun 10-4).
MONDAY: FREE DAY
Suggestions include Grand Central shopping, cinema, Empire theatre, Anglican and Catholic cathedrals, Margaret St cafes and restaurants, laneway art works, antique shops, Library & Art Gallery.
TUESDAY (AUST DAY): THE SCENIC WAY HOME / 340KMS
Back through the hills!
Start 08:45. Visit Wellcamp Airport and maybe see a big Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific jet.
Oakey’s Army Aviation Base for a one-hour visit (10-11am) to the Army Flying Museum.
Next leg is 100kms (90 minutes) to Esk for lunch and a browse of the kooky stores – with a rest stop halfway in Hampton or Crows Nest if needed.
Next is another leg of around 100km (and 90 minutes) to Maleny – with a rest stop halfway in Kilcoy if needed. Stretch the legs with a browse and time for a cuppa (3-3:30pm).
Our last stop is 30 minutes in Kenilworth about 4:30-5pm, we start dropping home before 6pm.
Credit all images – Tourism Events Queensland
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