Head out west to Roma for 4 nights at the Easter Country Festival in the heart of the Maranoa region. Enjoy VIP treatment, reserved seating and access to a whole host of events including the Opening Gala Dinner, professional Bull Ride event and XXXX Gold Easter Races. Continue on to discover bilbies and the cosmos in Charleville before learning all about the cotton industry in Goondiwindi.
18th April 2019
Departing on our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach from Brisbane Transit Centre 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 on through Dalby, breaking for lunch at Chinchilla, then finish our day in Roma. Tonight we start our Easter event tour with the festival‘s opening Gala Dinner.
4 Night Stay: Explorers Inn, Roma
This morning you have an opportunity to attend Good Friday Church Service. Afterwards, we visit Roma’s largest bottle tree before arriving at the Maranoa Performance Poetry and Song competition which features singing of country style songs and recited poetry by local presenters and invited songsters. We return to the hotel for lunch and a rest in preparation for this evening. Tonight saddle up and prepare for the famous Bull Ride – one of the biggest in the country with great prizes up for grabs. The event is a Bucking Bull Futurity and a classic so sit back, relax in our VIP area and watch all the action.
**Please note: Dinner is at own expense tonight
A must at any festival is the markets! Grab a coffee and browse through the fantastic array of arts, crafts, wares, food, drinks and more at the country markets. You are sure to find something to take home as there are upward of 120 market stalls to wander through with bargains to be found. We then position ourselves for the Easter in the Country Street Parade where theatre, colour, and fun is the trademark. Enjoy the parade with its procession of wacky and wonderful floats, quirky street characters and street festival full of entertainment. We venture back to our hotel to don on our best hat and tie (Easter Theme) for The XXXX Gold Easter Races. We have a reserved special area just for us, along with plenty of surprises throughout the day. A friendly country affair offering plenty of action as the thoroughbred athletes compete.
Start Easter Sunday meeting the Guest Poets from the Maranoa Poetry and Song at the Bush Poets Breakfast. We then make way for a morning full of street activities. After a break at our hotel, we depart to attend the Grand Finale XXXX Night Rodeo where the main events start at 1pm. Feel like a VIP as you make your way to our reserved seating area to watch a night of adrenaline-filled fun with the following events: Barrel races, saddle bronc, team roping, junior bulls, junior barrels, ladies breakaway and ladies barrels.
Today we depart Roma, heading west to the country town of Charleville. On arrival, we take time to view the Vortex Rainmaking Guns before enjoying lunch. After lunch, we head to the Charleville Bilby Experience. Charleville is the bilby capital of Australia and is proud to have a breeding population. Our guide will teach us about the bilby and Australia’s native animal extinction crisis. You will have the opportunity to see bilbies in the nocturnal house established in the historic Charleville Railway Station. We enjoy some rest time back at the hotel, before making our way after dark to the Cosmos Centre & Observatory for a never to be forgotten journey of the night sky. The special observatory is unique in that the entire roof is rolled off to reveal the sky. An experienced guide gives us an insight into star clusters, planets, nebulae, the Milky Way and how we fit into the Solar System, using powerful Meade telescopes.
1 Night Stay: Mulga Country Motor Inn, Charleville
We farewell Charleville and head south along the Mitchell Highway, stopping at Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery and Museum. The gallery houses a display of works of artists from around the country as well as locals. The museum offers an insight into the rich culture, heritage and history of the region. We enjoy lunch in Cunnamulla before our afternoon takes us to St George, where we stay for the evening.
1 Night Stay: Riverland Motor Inn, St George
We have a leisurely morning before departing St George, to make our way to the Darling Downs region and the town of Goondiwindi. We arrive in time for lunch after which we embark on a guided tour taking in farming, history, water and the fashion of Goondiwindi. Meet local icons, experience a working cotton farm, learn interesting facts and legends and visit the Heritage Water Park. After our tour, we check into the hotel for the evening.
1 Night Stay: Best Western Ascot Lodge, Goondiwindi
This morning we take time to reflect and attend the local Anzac Day Service. After attending the service, we make our way towards Brisbane, stopping in Warwick. Here we take a tour of Abbey of the Roses ex-convent and enjoy lunch. This afternoon we finish our journey back in Brisbane.
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PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
2 additional days (TOTAL 10 DAY TOUR)
Return economy class flights ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane
2 additional nights bed & breakfast (1 night pre & 1 night post tour) at Sofitel Brisbane Central
Return Airtrain tickets ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to Central Station
Plus $850pp Twin Share
Plus $1019 Sole Use
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B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
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