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Parkes Elvis™ Festival

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

Festival & Event
Festivals and Events
Coach
Coach
Eco
Eco
Indigenous experience
Cultural

Tour summary

Leave your 'Suspicious Minds' behind as we head through New England to Armidale before checking-in for 3 nights in Orange. Enjoy two full days at the 2022 'Speedway' themed Elvis Festival with Elvis memorabilia, classic cars, parades, Elvis Gospel Church Service, tribute shows, wedding vow renewals and much more. Later we take in tours at the Wellington Caves and Siding Spring Observatory as we return to Brisbane.

Departure location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Return location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Tour duration:
7
days
Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
Departure dates:

21 April 2022

Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
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Parkes Elvis™ Festival

Tour pricing

Adult Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
2580
pp
Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
3225
pp
Deposit:
$500 per person
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

PRE & POST TOUR EXTENDER OPTION

2 additional day (TOTAL 9 DAY TOUR)

• One way economy class flight ex Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide to Brisbane

• 2 additional night bed & breakfast post-tour at Sofitel Brisbane Central

• Return way Airtrain ticket ex Brisbane Domestic Terminal to  Central Station

Plus $860 pp Twin Share Plus $1025 Sole Use

**Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice**

DEPOSIT

$500pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure.

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Tour inclusions

  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travel ex Brisbane
  • Food and wine experience at Heritage Estate Wines
  • 1 night Armidale
  • Glen Innes Standing Stones
  • Guided tour at Siding Spring Observatory
  • 3 nights Orange
  • 2 days at the Elvis Festival in Parkes with loads of entertainment, street stalls & more
  • Tickets to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Show performed by International artist Taylor Rodriguez
  • Elvis Gospel Service
  • Wellington Caves Cathedral Cave tour
  • 1 night Coonabarabran
  • Guided tour of Siding Springs Observatory
  • 1 night Goondiwindi
  • Abbey Boutique Hotel ex convent
  • 17 meals

Additional information

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs or incline
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Get on and off transportation unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
  • Be extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle
  • Negotiate inclines, declines and varied terrain confidently
  • Participate in a physical activity lasting up to 5 hours (Trek/walks)
  • Manage your own luggage and be able to carry with you a backpack with items required for the physical activities
Learn more about our fitness levels
Coach
Coach
Eco experience
Eco experience
Entertainment
Entertainment
Festival & Event
Festival & Event
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Local guide
Local guide
Walking component
Walking component
Heritage
Heritage

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane Coach Terminal
Returns
Brisbane Coach Terminal

Day

1

Armidale

Heritage
Heritage
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Board one of our signature ‘Gold Class’ coaches at Brisbane Coach Terminal on Roma Street and enjoy the scenery as we travel through Cunninghams Gap to Stanthorpe. Here we stop at Heritage Estate Wines for lunch served with paired wine. After lunch we travel on to enjoy a celtic moment at the standing stones of Glen Innes. Our afternoon then takes us on to Armidale.

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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

2

Orange

Heritage
Heritage

Leaving Armidale we travel via Tamworth, making our way to Werris Creek for a cuppa. We continue on to the quaint township of Dunedoo for lunch before continuing on through Wellington to finish our day at Orange.

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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

3

Orange

Festival & Event
Festival & Event
Entertainment
Entertainment

Join us at the Parkes Elvis Festival, now in its 29th year. The theme from Elvis’ 1968 musical film Speedway is sure to get fans revved up. A special highlight on Sunday is the Ultimate Elvis Tribute show, to which we have secured tickets. International Elvis Tribute Artist Chamption Taylor Rodriguez is headlining the show. Featuring adazzling array of more than 200 Elvis themed events, including the much anticipated Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest™, where the winner will travel to Memphis for the world championships in August 2022. Other program highlights include more than fifty artists performing on the Cooke Park main stage. Other popular shows are the Adam Harvey Elvis Country Show, the crowning of Miss Priscilla and the Elvis Gospel Service. Find hidden treasures at the markets, soak up the atmosphere listening to buskers along Festival Boulevard, watch an Australian rock ‘n’ roll icon be honoured on the Elvis Wall of Fame, meander your way through the cars of the era and heritage car shows and learn how to rock ‘n’ roll dance. With more than 70% of events free to attend, you will be spoilt for choice. A fabulous festival theme - expect to see garage and racing track themed venues, overalls, go-go dancing girls, checkered flags, racing suits, racing, classic and vintage cars.

**Lunch is own expense on Saturday/Sunday.

**Please note: Elvis Festival program is subject to change, and some events are at own expense

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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

4

Parkes

Entertainment
Entertainment
Festival & Event
Festival & Event

Join us at the Parkes Elvis Festival, now in its 29th year. The theme from Elvis’ 1968 musical film Speedway is sure to get fans revved up. A special highlight on Sunday is the Ultimate Elvis Tribute show, to which we have secured tickets. International Elvis Tribute Artist Chamption Taylor Rodriguez is headlining the show. Featuring adazzling array of more than 200 Elvis themed events, including the much anticipated Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest™, where the winner will travel to Memphis for the world championships in August 2022. Other program highlights include more than fifty artists performing on the Cooke Park main stage. Other popular shows are the Adam Harvey Elvis Country Show, the crowning of Miss Priscilla and the Elvis Gospel Service. Find hidden treasures at the markets, soak up the atmosphere listening to buskers along Festival Boulevard, watch an Australian rock ‘n’ roll icon be honoured on the Elvis Wall of Fame, meander your way through the cars of the era and heritage car shows and learn how to rock ‘n’ roll dance. With more than 70% of events free to attend, you will be spoilt for choice. A fabulous festival theme - expect to see garage and racing track themed venues, overalls, go-go dancing girls, checkered flags, racing suits, racing, classic and vintage cars.

**Lunch is own expense on Saturday/Sunday.

**Please note: Elvis Festival program is subject to change, and some events are at own expense

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Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

5

Coonabarabran

Walking component
Walking component
Local guide
Local guide
Eco
Eco

Departing Orange, we leave the festival behind us and make our way to the Wellington Caves. Here we take a 1-hour guided tour of the Cathedral Cave, famous for its huge stalagmite known as Altar Rock which stands at a height of 15 metres. We’ll also see the Thunder Cave, Headache Rock and The Well before returning to the surface to enjoy lunch in the Cave Cafe. Back on the road we make our way through Dubbo and Gilgandra to arrive in Coonabarabran.

**Please note: Cathedral Cave is accessed by 150 stairs.

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Afternoon Tea
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Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

6

Goondiwindi

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide

After breakfast, we board the coach and travel to the Siding Spring Observatory, situated in the Warrumbungle National Park on Mount Woorat, Australia’s premier optical and infrared observatory. We take a tour of this world-leading facility which is responsible for discovering exoplanets, supernovae and galaxies. After our tour we break for lunch in the cafe. Our afternoon sees us travelling the Newell Highway through Narrabri, Moree and on to Goondiwindi.

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Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

7

Return to Brisbane

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide

On our return journey home today, we travel the Cunningham Highway through Inglewood and on to Warwick for a tour and lunch at the historic ex-convent, Abbey Boutique Hotel. After lunch, we descend the Cunningham Range back to Brisbane Coach Terminal.

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Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

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