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 2020 ‘Frankie & Johnny’ 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.
8th January 2020
Board one of our signature ‘Gold Class’ coaches at Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, to travel through Cunninghams Gap to Warwick and the Abbey of the Roses ex convent. We take in a tour of this stately manor house then enjoy lunch before continuing on through Inglewood to arrive in the home of legendary Gunsynd, Goondiwindi.
2 Night Stay: Best Western Ascot Lodge, Goondiwindi
After breakfast, we board the coach to depart and travel the Newell Highway passing through Moree to break for a cuppa in Narrabri. We then climb Mount Woorat in the Warrumbungle National Park to arrive at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia’s premier optical and infrared observatory. After lunch we take a one-hour bus tour of the site then continue on to Coonabarabran to discover the town’s famous Crystal Kingdom.
1 Night Stay: Matthew Flinders Motor Inn, Coonabarabran
This morning we travel via Dunedoo to the Wellington Caves. Here we take a 1 hour tour of the Cathedral Cave, famous for its huge stalagmite known as Altar Rock which stands at a height of 15 metres. Enjoy lunch at the Cave Café before we hit the road and finish our afternoon travelling on to Orange.
**Please note: Cathedral Cave is accessed by 150 stairs.
3 Night Stay: Central Caleula Motor Lodge, Orange
More than 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley remains a rock ‘n’ roll icon and has yet to be ousted from his position as “The King”. Frankie & Johnny is the theme for this year’s festival, celebrating Elvis’ 1966 film of the same name in which he played a riverboat entertainer. The major highlight today is the Elvis Street Parade. A wonderful parade packed full of Elvis-themed floats, Elvis and Priscilla look-a-likes, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, marching bands and much more. Enjoy the free concerts at Cooke Park Main Stage, Festival Markets, Elvis Central shop, Cars of the Era Show and The King’s Castle (a unique collection of genuine Elvis memorabilia). Lunch at own expense today.
**Please note: Elvis festival program is subject to change. Lunch is at your own expense today.
This morning is an early start to get to Parkes in time for the Elvis Gospel Church Service. This event has become a much-loved feature of the festival program and the interdenominational service on Sunday morning pays tribute to Elvis’ first love – gospel music. The rest of the day brings much more outdoor entertainment such as the Elvis winner’s concert, Rock & Roll Bands and the mass renewal of wedding vows with Elvis at the Altar. At 2pm be wowed by the 2 hour musical Elvis Feature show – the biggest Elvis concert of the Festival.
** Lunch is at own expense today.
Leaving Orange we travel on through the quaint townships of Coolah, Spring Ridge and Werris Creek to Tamworth. After a short break we continue on into New England to finish our day in Armidale.
1 Night Stay: Cotswold Gardens, Armidale
Leaving Armidale we travel north through Glen Innes and cross the border to Stanthorpe for a food and wine luncheon at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. After lunch, we descend the Cunningham Range returning to Brisbane Transit Centre.
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