Its time for a country camping experience. Embrace the atmosphere of the Millmerran Camp Oven Festival, with a damper throwing competition, billy boiling competition, horses being shod, sheep shearing and country music. Along the way, admire the industry, produce and folklore of the country on this enjoyable eight day coach tour.
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Day 1 L, D
Home - Orange
Departing from the Hunter, we make our way through the Sandstone Curtain to the top of the range. See the Three Sisters and enjoy lunch at Govetts Leap. After lunch hold onto your hat as we do a lap of Bathurst. Admire the spring colours of Orange where we will stay overnight.
Day 2 B, L, D
Wellington Caves - Hot Baths - Moree
Today we travel to Wellington and admire the mosaic and sculpture in town. This monument was constructed with remnants of the infamous town bridge that collapsed in 1989. Take a guided tour of Wellington Caves, or for those who find steps difficult, a tour of the phosphate mine. See the underground cave structure from within the old mine shaft. In the afternoon take a dip in the therapeutic hot mineral waters of Moree. Enjoy dinner tonight in the local tavern.
Day 3 B, D
Moree Hot Artesian Spa - Pecan Farm - Goondiwindi
The smell of bacon and eggs in the campground is always a good way to start the day. Join us in the camp kitchen for some hearty bacon and eggs, cereals, juice and toast. Following breakfast take one last opportunity to enjoy the hot pools. Mid-morning we visit the Trewalla Pecan Nut Farm. Enjoy lunch before our journey continues to Goondiwindi and the Gunsynd Museum.
Day 4 B, L, D
Cotton on in Goondiwindi
Today's touring includes a ‘behind the scenes’ look at Goondiwindi’s cotton industry. Experience the workings of a cotton farm; view a cotton picker, a miniature cotton processing mill in operation and the water storage dams. Be welcomed by the team at Goondiwindi Cotton for an overview of how their clothes move through the production chain from the paddock to the finished garment. Visit the Heritage Water Park and see an interesting display of memorabilia at the Victoria Hotel where we will also enjoy lunch. This afternoon, visit the Customs House Museum, once a border customs point before Federation, this authentically restored building and its magnificent cottage garden, now houses a rich and colourful collection of memorabilia. Continue on to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church to view 26 stained glass windows including 13 by the famous glass artist - William Bustard.
Day 5 B, D
Goondiwindi - Millmerran Camp Oven - Dalby
After breakfast it's time to bid our hosts goodbye but before we farewell "Gundy", we'll view one of the largest wheat storage depots in the southern hemisphere. Travelling on to Inglewood for a visit to the Golden Leaf Museum. Arriving in Millmerran to experience this unique Australian Camp Oven Festival. This event gives you an opportunity to catch a snippet of a time gone by in rural Australia. As you wander around, you can sample some of what is on offer and purchase your own lunch today. Watch damper throwing or billy boiling competitions, views the horses being shod and sheep shearing demonstrations or just sits back and enjoys the country music. There are stalls which sell an array of goods including food (the camp oven dinners are always popular), wine, clothes, leather-wear, bric-a-brac, cookbooks and assorted implements giving you the opportunity to take a little something of the festival back home with you. Travel to Dalby for your overnight stay.
Day 6 B, D
Dalby - Jondaryn Woolshed Breakfast - Camp Oven- Warwick
Our day starts with a hearty breakfast being served at Jondaryan Woolshed, as a part of their Sunday morning brunch. See the fleece flying in the shearing demonstrations then explore this historic site which is now part of QLD folklore. Lunch time will see us back at the Australian Camp Oven Festival, today try some different treats and enjoy the afternoon. Tonight’s accommodation is back on the range ironicaly in the Jackie Howe town of Warwick.
Day 7 B, L, D
Warwick - Walcha
Our time in Southeast QLD comes to an end as we head south to Stanthorpe and then across to Texas for morning tea. Cross into NSW to Bonshaw on our way to Inverell. It is also home to one of the best pioneer villages in NSW. Enjoy lunch in the grounds before joining the start of Thunderbolts Way which we will follow all the way to Walcha. Before checking into our accommodation it is only a short drive to Apsley Falls and the beginning of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
Day 8 B, L
Walcha - Home
The coach will continue along Thunderbolts Way, stopping at Carson’s Lookout to admire the views over the Giro Valley below. Continue on to Gloucester before returning to Thornton in time for lunch.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER FROM: $3,129.00 per person
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