A Springtime must-do! Join us in Diamond Class to witness springtime glory across southern Queensland and NSW. Begin with the opening night gala dinner in Laurel Bank Park and VIP parade seating at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Later discover the Hunter Valley Gardens in full bloom then finish with Australia's largest floral celebration, Canberra's Floriade, where more than one million flowers create a sea of colour to be marveled at.
16th September 2021
‘Diamond Class’ Our Diamond Class tours have a seat rotation policy for all guests. Read more for details.
$800pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that maybe 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.
PRE-TOUR EXTENDER OPTION
1 additional day (TOTAL 11 DAY TOUR)
Plus $475pp Twin Share Plus $544 Sole Use
Subject to availability – some block out dates apply. Prices are subject to change without notice
‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner
**(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited)
Our ‘Diamond Class’ Our Diamond Class tours have a seat rotation policy for all guests. Read more for details.
‘Diamond Class’ tours include a beverage package each evening with dinner **(standard beer, wine, spirits and soft drink capped to a bar tab not unlimited)
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.
B = Full Breakfast MT =Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
Departing on our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach from Brisbane Coach Terminal, Roma Street, we travel through the lush Lockyer Valley to Spring Bluff Railway Station, to discover the prize-winning gardens here. At The Village Green at Highfields we browse the delightful range of specialty stores then at Rosalie House we sample their wines in a restored railway cottage and enjoy lunch with views across the Lilyvale Valley. In Toowoomba there’s time to relax before a night out celebrating the start of the 2021Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The opening night gala dinner in Laurel Bank Park presents an unforgettable degustation dining experience showcasing local produce matched with delicious wines.
This morning we join Mike Wells, a local garden personality, to discover Queens Park Botanic Gardens’ spectacular floral displays. We then continue on to a selection of exhibition and competition gardens with our expert guide. At Downs Steam Tourist Railway & Museum we take in lunch aboard a reconditioned railway car then investigate Downs Steam’s entry into the garden competition before taking a tour of the unique Dreamtime Coach Journey. Later we stroll through Ju Raku En Japanese Garden. This evening we enter the twilight zone and discover the world of Laurel Bank Park by night where our guide will unearth the darker side of plant life on a one-hour nocturnal tour.
Enjoy a full day exploring all that the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has to offer. Discover local food and produce, regional wine, free entertainment and all things spring! We meet up later in the day for the Grand Central Floral Parade. Our VIP reserved seating gives us the ultimate viewof proceedings as the flowery floats wind their way through the heart ofthe city with street performers, carnival characters and stilt walkersescorting the stunning displays.
**Lunch is at your own expense today.
Today we travel south through the border town of Texas and into New England. Onwards through Inverell we arrive in Tamworth where we stop at the Big Golden Guitar before checking-in.
We travel into the Hunter region via Scone to arrive at Darley Thoroughbred Stud near Denman. Here we spend time with local guide, Craig Benjamin, who has exclusive rights to conduct tours of some of the most prestigious racing studs in the area. He takes us on an insider’s tour of the thoroughbred racing and equine industries. Later we journey further into the Hunter Wine region.
We spend the morning at the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens enjoying a guided train tour through parts of the 25 hectares of gardens. Later we hit the food and wine trail enjoying local delicacies for lunch and a visit to McGuigan Wines for an informative tour and tasting before returning to the hotel.
Today takes us toward the coast, through Western Sydney and into the Southern Highlands. Arriving in Bowral we take a guided tour of the Bradman Museum encompassing the International Cricket Hall of Fame. Before finishing our day in Sutton Forest, we discover Corbett Gardens and it's huge array of tulips, as well as other bright and vibrant springtime bulbs.
Making our way toward the capital we arrive at Tulip Top Gardens to explore the 10 acres of gardens which showcase magnificent tulips, spring flowers, blossoms and a magical cascading waterfall and watercourse. Next is Cockington Green Gardens and its fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Our afternoon takes us to Canberra's iconic event, Floriade! With one million flowers in bloom throughout springtime, it is the biggest flower festival in Australia. Featuring a diverse program of music, culture, food, horticulture, markets and artistic displays, Floriade is the perfect place to celebrate spring.
We start our day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens with a knowledgeable guide, to appreciate the beauty of Australian plants and the research and effort involved in creating and maintaining the gardens. Next we take a drive-by tour of Canberra's International Embassies and High Commissions en-route to Parliament House. Here our tour gives us access to the Chambers and historic documents like Magna Carta. The unique blend of impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape makes Parliament House one of Australia’s most significant and popular cultural attractions. At 2pm we visit the War Memorial, touring through the Hall of Memory, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pool of Reflection and the Roll of Honour, finishing with a moving closing ceremony.
Today begins at the National Arboretum with a guided tour of some of the rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world. Mid morning we then transfer to the airport for our flights home.
Get in touch with us to request a booking for this tour. Our team will get in touch with you soon to confirm your details and reserve your place.
Our Gold Class coach tours let you experience the beauty of the Australian landscape in comfort and style. From the coach itself to the accommodation and meals, every detail is considered.
For the next level in luxury, our Diamond Class coach tours give you the business class experience every step of the way. We only book the very best options available
Take the inland route from Brisbane to Melbourne, discover quirky characters and hidden treasures along the way. Try your luck for opals in Lightning Ridge, enjoy a wildlife zoofari at Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo, and visit Miners Heritage Park in Cobar. See the 'Living Desert Sculptures' in Broken Hill and the Old Wentworth Gaol before enjoying a paddleboat cruise on the Murray and a finale night in Melbourne.
EARLY BIRD DEAL - Save $400 per couple or $200 single. Book by 30 June 2021
Enjoy a luxurious Christmas getaway to the cool Southern Highlands as you travel in Diamond Class aboard beautiful 'Diamond-Tina'! Unrivalled in style and class this tour takes in South West Rocks, the Hunter Valley, 3 nights in old-world grand country-house charm at Peppers Manor House in Sutton Forest, and a 5 star finish in Sydney's Circular Quay. With a Gala Christmas Day lunch and Boxing Day cruise on Sydney Harbour, this will be a very Merry Christmas indeed!
EARLY BIRD DEAL – Save $200 per couple or $100 Sole for November 2021 date. Booked by 30 June 2021. Terms and conditions apply.
The National Cherry Festival is on the first weekend of December, traditionally at the height of the cherry picking season. This iconic regional produce event showcases the famous Cherry which has been part of the landscape around Young for over 150 years. Travel in style on our `Diamond Class’ OR 'Gold Class' coaches, discover the town and its harvest, delicious fruit, wine, food and festival! Will the longest Pip Spit record be broken again this year? Who will be the 2021 Cherry Pie Eating Champion? Come with Fun Over Fifty and visit this lovely rural community and have FUN! Following the festival we make our way to the Hunter Valley for the famous Hunter Valley Christmas Lights Spectacular!
To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.
Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.
Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you. Our fitness ratings are:
Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.
In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.