23 DAY TROPICAL QUEENSLAND TOUR
AUGUST 12th – SEPTEMBER 3rd 2020
Say goodbye to the winter blues as we discover the beauty of Queensland.
Kim and Dave gave us a wonderful time touring and seeing the whales and windmills, and we had a great time in COORABIE with wine and a nice fire. I would tour with them again, very relaxing, enjoyable with safe driving. Thank you Kim and David for dropping us off at our homes in Lincoln.
Awesome thanks!! Friendly reliable and good fun. Bus was comfortable and plenty of room for all of us. Look forward to travelling again with EP Bus Charters. 17 hour journey went really fast with DVD'S and regular stops.
fully hosted and wonderful tour
DAY 1 – PORT LINCOLN TO BROKEN HILL
Wednesday 12 August 2020
Let’s leave winter behind and join EP Coaches on a fabulous tour to beautiful tropical Queensland. We have a travel day today so sitback relax and meet your fellow travellers as we head into the outback to Broken Hill, with several stops made along the way. On arrival we have time to freshen up for dinner.
Desert Sand Motor Inn, Broken Hill – 1 night
Dinner in motel.
DAY 2 – BROKEN HILL TO COBAR
Thursday 13 August 2020
We have a more leisurely start today as we make our way to Wilcannia on the Darling River. Legends were made along the Darling. Literary myths were created by Henry Lawson, Will Ogilvie and Breaker Morant. Kidman, Tyson and McCaughey created pastoral kingdoms of unparalleled proportions. The Light Horsemen of World War 1 were bred on these vast planes. Wilcannia was once known as Queen City of the West and the site of the original Resches Brewery. Unfortunately the town has seen better days! We stop throughout the day to enjoy our picnic lunches before continuing onto Cobar for our overnight stop. The Shire of Cobar covers an area the size of Tasmania with a population of just 7000 people, most of who are involved with mining or pastoral industries.
Copper City Motel Cobar – 1 night
Breakfast and dinner in motel | picnic lunches included
DAY 3 – COBAR TO MOREE
Friday 14 August 2020
We spend most of the day travelling today but will make some stops along the way as we pass Nyngan to the Walgett RSL Memorial Club for lunch before arriving in Moree for our overnight stay. The Moree Plains represent the richest agricultural producing shire in Australia and serves as the economic and cultural focus of North Western New South Wales. Our motel has its own artesian spa; its hot waters are drawn from the Great Artesian Basin, which underlies an extensive area of north western NSW, relieving our bodies aches and pains or simply to soothe our muscles.
Artesian Spa Motor Inn, Moree – 1 night
Breakfast and dinner in motel | lunch at Walgett RSL Memorial Club
DAY 4 – MOREE TO HERVEY BAY
Saturday 15 August 2020
We have an early start to the day so we can reach our destination of Hervey Bay; it will be a long travel day so bring a good book onboard, the travel day will be well worth it for our arrival onto the coast of Queensland late this afternoon. We can settle in and relax as this will be ‘home’ for the next 2 nights.
Ramada Hervey Bay, Hervey Bay – 2 nights
Breakfast and dinner in hotel
DAY 5 – HERVEY BAY WHALES
Sunday 16 August 2020
his morning we are off in search of whales with Spirit of Hervey Bay cruises. On our half day cruise we are looking for the gentle giants of the sea spy-hop, tail slap and breach. These massive mammals weigh in at around 40 tonnes each (equivalent to 11 elephants or 600 people) and to see such a sight is truly an experience not to be missed. Our cruise returns just on lunch time and we have a short walk to the Hervey Bay Boat Club, overlooking the marina. The rest of the afternoon is ours to enjoy the marina at leisure.
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | lunch at Hervey Bay Boat Club
DAY 6 – HERVEY BAY TO FRASER ISLAND
Monday 17 August 2020
he next two nights will be spent on the stunning world heritage Fraser Island. Boarding the ferry later this morning, we cross to Fraser Island, host to an amazing range of rainforests, freshwater lakes and beaches as far as the eye can see. With its exceptional beauty, long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly and beautifully coloured sand cliffs we know we are in for a remarkable stay. Upon arrival we enjoy lunch at the Maheno Deck before settling into the resort. We’ll then meet up again for pre-dinner drinks at the Sunset Bar overlooking the water – what a wonderful way to enjoy sunset! Dinner follows at the resort restaurant.
Kingfisher Bay resort, Fraser Island – 2 nights
Breakfast, dinner at hotel | lunch at the Maheno Deck
DAY 7 – FRASER ISLAND
Tuesday 18 August 2020
A full day of adventure awaits us as we explore the island seeing all of the iconic Fraser Island sights all from the air-conditioned comfort of the custom-designed, four-wheel-drive coaches. As the island has no roads, we use a 4WD touring coach for access to many island sights including the most visited natural site on the island, Lake Mackenzie. The blues and green colours of the ‘perched’ lake (contains only rainwater) is stunning to look at and the white silica sand is so pure it is delightfully soft to walk on. Have your camera ready as we visit one of the best-known landmarks on the island – the Maheno Shipwreck. The hospital ship was blown ashore during a cyclone whist being towed to Japan. This old wreck set against the crystal blue waters of 75 Mile Beach makes for a great photographic opportunity. Having had a thoroughly wonderful day seeing this stunning sand island, we return to our resort for bush tucker before dinner.
Breakfast and dinner at Hotel | lunch included
DAY 8 – FRASER ISLAND TO AGNES WATERS
Wednesday 19 August 2020
We farewell our hosts and return to the main land this morning, we make our way to Agnes Waters stopping with some time in Childers to purchase lunch. Arriving at the Botanic Gardens we visit the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, dedicated to the life and times of the famous aviator Bert Hinkler. In 1928 he made the first solo flight between England and Australia. The house in which he lived his final years was transported from Southampton, England to its present location within the gardens. Sitback and enjoy the scenery as we head to Agnes Water, where on arrival we can check in and unpack for the next 2 nights.
Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa – 2 nights
Breakfast and dinner in resort
DAY 9 – 1770 ENVIROMENTAL TOUR (LARC)
Thursday 20 August 2020
Today we journey into history over vast sandy beaches and crystal clear waters where we experience the same magnificent beauty that greeted Lieutenant James Cook when he stepped ashore here more than two centuries ago. The LARC! Travels around Bustard Bay, across 4 tidal creeks and then rests on the Northern tip of Middle Island for morning tea. The LARC! Treks across Jenny Lind Creek and begins the scenic 4WD journey up Bustard Headland to the Bustard Head Light-station – Queensland’s first coastal lighthouse! Standing 16 metres tall, you will have a 360degree view of the pristine coastline whilst marvelling at the lighthouse’s craftsmanship. We will hear the tales of triumph and tragedy as early settlers and light-keepers tried to tame this remote wilderness. We return to the LARC! enjoying the panoramic view of the Bay as we journey down the hill and across Jenny Lind Creek where we enjoy our picnic lunches. It will be a memorable day. Back on dry land we return to our resort to freshen up before dinner.
Breakfast and dinner in the Resort | picnic lunch included
DAY 10 – AGNES WATER TO ROCKHAMPTON
Friday 21 August 2020
It’s time to leave the area and continue our journey north to Rockhampton. Upon arrival we have time to purchase some lunch before we visit the award winning Heritage Village. Step back in time experiencing the rich and colourful history of the district by vintage vehicle or horse-drawn carriage. There are unique original buildings, homesteads and businesses from the 100 year period between 1850 -1950. Next we take a look at the beautiful Botanic Gardens, regarded as among the best tropical gardens in regional Australia. Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds. Tonight we are in for a treat at the Footlights Theatre Restaurant. We not only enjoy a delicious meal but will be entertained with their one-hour comedy show as well, giving us an evening of fun and laughter!
Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton – 1 night
Breakfast in motel and dinner at Footlights theatre
DAY 11 – ROCKHAMPTON TO AIRLIE BEACH
Saturday 22 August 2020
Today we continue north to Sarina where we stop for a tour at the Sarina Sugar Shed followed by lunch at Sarina Motor Inn. The Sarina Shire is a relatively unspoilt area which has retained much of its natural charm and the miniature sugar processing mill and distillery is the only one of its kind in Australia. From here we continue north arriving into the delightful village of Airlie Beach. It is the gateway to the Whitsunday Group of Islands. The Whitsunday Coast is located on the same latitude as Rio de Janeiro and Tahiti. The average winter temperature is in the mid-20s. The coastal hub of the Whitsundays is Airlie Beach – a town with a laid back village atmosphere, nestled amongst the rainforest and overlooking the blue waters of the Whitsunday Passage. Within this archipelago lie the enchanted islands of the Whitsundays – some 74 within the immediate region. Despite its growth over the past 15 years Airlie Beach has retained its village atmosphere.
Mantra Club Croc – 2 night stay
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | lunch at Sarina Motor Inn
DAY 12 – HAMILTON ISLAND AND WHITEHAVEN BEACH
Sunday 23 August 2020
Our day is filled with cruising two stunning islands popular to the Whitsundays. Both islands showcase two very different faces of the Whitsunday islands. We’ll arrive at Hamilton Island with plenty of time to have a good look around. You might like to jump on a shuttle bus and tour around the island. The shuttles circuit the island all day stopping at key attractions, scenic points and resorts. So hop on and off as you please. Leave time to wander the waterfront of Hamilton Island’s famous Front Street and Marina Village taking in the sights, visiting the galleries, doing some shopping before enjoying lunch at the Marina Tavern. We now cruise to beautiful Whitehaven Beach on an uninhabited Whitsunday Island. With 7 kilometres of glistening pure silica sand, Whitehaven Beach is nature at its most unspoilt and spectacular best. Take a stroll or maybe a swim in the crystal clear blue water. Later this afternoon, we return to the mainland refreshed from a relaxing day on the water.
Breakfast and dinner in resort | lunch at Marina Tavern
DAY 13 – AIRLIE BEACH TO CAIRNS
Monday 24 August 2020
This morning we travel to Bowen where we see one of Queensland’s popular “big things” at the Big Mango. The 10 metre high big mango represents the delicious fruit which carries the name sale of the town “Bowen Mango” Leaving here the day will be spent travelling to reach our destination of Cairns. We make stops along the way including one to purchase lunch. It will be a long day however worth it for our 5 night stay in Cairns. One of the last stops of the day is in Tully at the Big Gumboot for another of Queensland’s popular “big things”. We arrive into Cairns with time to freshen up before dinner.
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort – 5 nights
Breakfast and dinner in hotel
DAY 14 – GREAT BARRIER REEF
Tuesday 25 August 2020
Today will be spent on the Great Barrier Reef with Great Adventure Cruises. Cairns is a major gateway to the reef – the largest and most complex expanse of living coral on earth. Our first stop is to the beautiful Green Island for a leisurely self-guided nature walk on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay. Departing Green Island we continue our day’s adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. We moor alongside a permanent pontoon and enjoy an “on board” reef presentation and a delicious buffet lunch. Our afternoon will include a fish feeding display through the air-conditioned underwater windows, a touch tank display, glass bottom boat coral viewing tour and the use of snorkelling equipment to see the underwater display of coral and fish. We return to Cairns late afternoon to complete a fabulous day!
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | lunch included
DAY 15 – ATHERTON TABLELANDS
Wednesday 26 August 2020
Today we tour through the Atherton Tablelands, located near Yungaburra is the remarkable Curtain Fig Tree with its curtain of aerial roots that drop 15 metres (49 feet) to the ground. Large basalt boulders cover the forest floor which is probably why the forest here wasn’t cleared for farming – and why the curtain fig tree remains standing. The area is simply stunning. Lake Barrine is a beautiful volcanic crater lake, where we enjoy morning tea in the Tea House followed by a cruise on the Lake. Our afternoon is spent in the small township of Herberton to visit the Herberton Historic Village. Showcasing Australia’s rich and diverse history this outdoor pioneer museum is testament to an era that is long gone. It is also our lunch venue. Afterwards we have time to wander the village, which features many priceless antiques as well as buildings that have come from the town’s ancestors. The village currently has 50 original buildings that date from Herberton’s foundation years. Walking through here, we are given a sense of being in a real township complete with chemist, bottle collection, school, bank, grocer’s store, frock salon, toy shop, mechanic, jail and more. We return to Cairns for our final night on tour.
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | lunch at Herberton Historic Village
DAY 16 – KURANDA
Thursday 27 August 2020
One of the “must do” tours in Cairns is a ride on the historic Kuranda Train for the spectacular ride to the famous, tropical plant clad Kuranda Station. The train journey takes us through the magnificent Barron Falls National Park. Highlights of the ride are picturesque valleys, jungles, railway bridges, tunnels built over a century ago and the Barron Falls themselves. Perched above Cairns on the top of the Range and surrounded by World Heritage Listed Rain Forest is the village of Kuranda. The town is full of arts and craft shops and we have plenty of time to explore the village and enjoy lunch at the Kuranda Hotel & Restaurant. We then board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and travel in a gondola across the rooftop of World Heritage listed rainforest areas and back down to the coastal plain. The views are spectacular. We stop off during our descent to visit a rainforest interpretative centre and for a short walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest. We’ll arrive back at the hotel with the evening at our own arrangements – there are plenty of restaurant options along the waterfront to purchase dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel | lunch at Kuranda Hotel and restaurant
DAY 17 – DAINTREE RAINFOREST
Friday 28 August 2020
Another adventure awaits us today in the form of the Daintree Rainforest. Mother Nature has put on a show better than anything man made in this ecologically unique rainforest which is home to an extensive range of rare plants and animals. We take a cruise on the Daintree River to gain an understanding of this wildlife environment – keep your eyes open for birds, unique plants, tree snakes and of course the estuarine crocodile. Back on dry land, we wind our way through the rainforest to Alexandra Lookout – here we can see spectacular views over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond. We enjoy a delicious tropical lunch before reaching Cape Tribulation. Walk on the world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout. Our final stop for the day is Mossman Gorge. Here we hear an indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people, before boarding our eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Our driver/guide will take us for a guided walk, sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest rainforests. It will be a full day, but an interesting one!
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | lunch included
DAY 18 – CAIRNS TO CHARTERS TOWERS
Saturday 29 August 2020
It’s time to farewell Cairns and begin our journey south. Our first stop will be the Babinda Boulders for a photo opportunity then it’s onto historic Paronella Park. What an amazing place! Created in the 1930s by Spanish Immigrant Jose’ Paronella, this once thriving social and entertainment centre is today still enjoyed by visitors from near and far. Protected by the National Trust, Paronella Park is what remains of a magnificent castle surrounded by acres of gardens, modelled on the best botanic gardens of Europe. The castle was lit by power; generated by North Queensland’s first hydroelectric scheme. Whilst here, we enjoy morning tea and time to explore the site. Our drive from here sees us travel through Cardwell and Ingham and onto Charters Towers to check into our accommodation.
Cattleman’s Rest Motor Inn, Charters Towers – 1 night
Breakfast and dinner in hotel
DAY 19 – CHARTERS TOWERS TO EMERALD
Sunday 30 August 2020
We have a real treat this morning. Our morning will be spent at the Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours complex where we indulge in a magnificent ‘smoko’, a wagon ride and a lot of fun with the resident characters that call this place home. We can be thankful that we have a coach for the afternoons touring as we leave the wagons behind us and travel to Emerald.
Emerald Explorers Inn – 1 night
Breakfast and dinner included
DAY 20 – EMERALD TO ST GEORGE
Monday 31 August 2020
Departing early today gives us time to stop in Roma for a look at Roma Big Rig. The venue includes information about the gas and oil industry in Australia. Boring? No, not at all! We may be surprised at the impact these commodities have in our lives. This is also the perfect place to enjoy lunch before our afternoon of travel, arriving in St. George late afternoon.
Riverland Motor Inn, St. George – 1 night
Breakfast and dinner in motel | lunch at Roma Big Rig
DAY 21 – ST GEORGE TO COBAR
Tuesday 01 September 2020
We have a full travel day today to reach Cobar. We will make stops along the way to purchase lunch and to stretch our legs, but make sure you have a good book onboard as we express through inland Australia.
Copper City Motel, Cobar – 1 night
Breakfast and dinner in motel
DAY 22 – COBAR TO BROKEN HILL
Wednesday 02 September 2020
From Cobar we travel west across the vast outback plains of NSW to Wilcannia where we will have lunch at the Wilcannia Golf Club then travel through to Broken Hill, an artificial oasis in the vast arid lands of Western NSW. “Beyond the Darling River, on the edge of the sundown”, is where they used to say you would find Broken Hill. Dominating this town is the “Line of Lode” – the seven kilometre strip of what was the biggest deposit of silver, lead and zinc in the world. Unlike modern mining towns, where the accommodation is built well away from the mine activities, Broken Hill’s population, in the pick and shovel days, built their houses as close as they could to their work. Today, one of the best views of the town is from the top of the Line of Lode where the Miners Memorial is located, listing the names of more than 800 people who have died working at the mine. We have some time for a photo opportunity before checking in to our accommodation.
Silver Haven Motor Inn, Broken Hill – 1 night
Breakfast and dinner in motel | lunch at Wilcannia Golf Club
DAY 23 – BROKEN HILL TO PORT LINCOLN
Thursday 03 September 2020
With our bags packed full of wonderful memories it’s time to head for home. What a fantastic holiday we have had travelling with old and new friends made along the way.
Breakfast in motel
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