Itinerary – 15 Day North Queensland Coach Tour 2018

Key:

B Breakfast Provided
L Lunch Provided
D Dinner Provided
Day 1 Sunday (D)

Home ~ Narrabri ~ Goondiwindi

Today starts our adventure to Far North Queensland and return. After early morning pick ups, we travel to Narrabri and the vast crop growing area of the fertile Namoi River Valley. We continue through the artesian spa centre of Moree and cross the Queensland border to the home of the “Goondiwindi Grey”, whose memorial in Apex Park outlines his feats. Accommodation: Best Western, Goondiwindi Motel Ph. 07 4671 1544

Day 2 Monday (BD)

St George ~ Roma ~ Charleville

Bidding farewell to Goondiwindi (aboriginal for “the resting place of the birds”), our course is set for St. George on the banks of the Balonne River. Onwards to our lunch destination at Roma, where the Bottletree lined streets serve as a memorial to those who made the ultimate wartime sacrifice. Afternoon travel takes us to our overnight stop of Charleville. Accommodation Tour 1: Mulga Country Inn Charleville. Ph. 07 4654 3255 Acommodation Tour 2: Chareville Motel . Ph. 07 4654 1566

Day 3 Tuesday (BD)

Blackall ~ Baraldine ~ Longreach

Waltzing out of Charleville, Matilda Country bids us welcome. Augathella, Tambo and Blackall are some of the villages we pass on our way to Barcaldine, the garden city of the west. It was here 400 shearers gathered in 1891 for a series of meetings out of which The Australian Labour Party was formed. Continue west to Longreach to enjoy The Australian Stockman’s’ Hall of Fame exhibiting the life and the legends of the Australian Outback.Accommodation: Albert Park Motor Inn, Longreach Ph. 07 4658 2411

Day 4 Wednesday (BD)

Qantas Jumbo ~ Winton ~ Cloncurry

Before leaving Longreach step back in time and experience the adventure of the early days of flight in Australia with a visit to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum and 747 Jumbo. A short break at Winton (home of The Waltzing Matilda Centre) will allow a “stretch of the legs” before heading to the famous Walkabout Creek Hotel (of Crocodile Dundee fame) for a “quickie”. Late afternoon, journey to our overnight sojourn at Cloncurry.Accommodation: Gidgee Motor Inn, Cloncurry Ph. 07 4742 1599.

Day 5 Thursday (BD)

Burke & Wills ~ Normanton ~ Karumba

Follow the Burke & Wills Development Road north via Normanton to end our day on the shores of The Gulf of Carpentaria at Karumba. Enjoy a sunset cruise aboard “The Ferryman” on the Norman River and into “The Gulf”. Tonight enjoy a beachfront dinner overlooking the beautiful golf of Carpentaria.Accommodation: End of Road Motel. Ph. 07 4745 9599.

Day 6 Friday (BD)

Normanton ~ Croydon ~ Georgetown

Gulflander train

Gulflander train

Today’s agenda includes a visit to The Barramundi Centre at Karumba and a “rattling” journey on the historic Gulflander train from Normanton to Critters Camp. This afternoon, head east along The Savannah Way, through the historic mining village of Croydon, to our overnight stop at Georgetown.
Accommodation: Latara Lodge.Ph. 07 4062 1190.

Day 7 Saturday (BLD)

Undara Lava Tubes ~ Atherton

This morning travel to the renowned Undara Lava Tubes at Mt. Surprise. Join a two hour guided tour of these geological phenomena. This afternoon’s journey includes a diversion to Australia’s widest waterfall and then to a short walk around a giant Curtain Fig. Accommodation: Atherton Hotel. Ph. 07 4091 7611.

Day 8 Sunday (BD)

Mareeba ~ Lakeland ~ Cooktown

Our path heads north via Mareeba, Mount Molloy and onto the Cape York Peninsula. See the disintegrating Black Mountain before arriving at Cooktown, where Lt. James Cook spent some 48 days in 1770 repairing damage to The Endeavour after running aground on a reef near Hope Island. Cooktown, is the most northerly town we visit on our tour. Take time to wander the town and foreshore after settling into our riverside accommodation. Tonight take the opportunity to dine out at a waterside restaurant or perhaps join the locals at one of Cooktown’s historic hotels. (Your choice and expense). Accommodation: Seaview Motel. Ph. 07 4069 5377.

Day 9 Monday (BD)

Cooktown ~ Port Douglas ~ Cairns

This Morning we further explore the history of the area before leaving Cooktown and back tracking to Mount Molloy and descending to the upmarket coastal resort of Port Douglas. Explore the riverside shopping malls prior to touring along the coast to Cairns and a two night stopover. Accommodation: Ibis Styles Sun Lodge Ph. 07 4051 5733.

Day 10 Tuesday (B)

Cairns ~ Free Time

Today is a free day to enjoy as you wish. Your choice could include relaxing in this tropical cosmopolitan city (our motel is centrally located) Maybe a trip on the “Big Cat” to the corals of Green Island? Or perhaps travel the Scenic Railway or Skyrail to Kuranda Village and return? Tonight enjoy diner in the nightlife of Cairns with a cuisine of your choice. Accommodation is back at the Ibis (same as above).

Day 11 Wednesday (BD)

Cairns ~ Paronella Park ~ Airlie Beach

As we head south, pass through Innisfail on our way to the unique Paronella Park. Wander through the captivating charm of a lost Spanish castle, be inspired by spectacular waterfalls, and be tranquilised by the mysterious rainforest. Continue through sugar country via Tully (one of the wettest areas in Australia), Ingham and Townsville en route to the Whitsundays icon of Airlie Beach. Accommodation: Best Western, Airlie Beach Ph. 07 4946 7166. .

Day 12 Thursday (B)

Mackay ~ Rockhampton

An early morning start this morning will allow us to get the kilometres behind us as we bid farewell to Airlie Beach. Today’s agenda includes traveling through Mackay and into Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Accommodation: Travelodge Rockhampton 07 4994 5000.

Day 13 Friday (BD)

Rockhampton ~ Bundaberg

Continuing south along the Bruce Highway, we head to our overnight stop at Bundaberg. After a short day of travelling, be excited as we spend the afternoon with a guided tour of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and with the evening to spend in Bundaberg at your leisure. Accommodation: Country Motor Inn Bundaberg Ph. 07 4153 1166.

Day 14 Saturday (BD)

Toowoomba ~ Warwick

This morning starts the day by making our way to Toowoomba. Enjoy the views from Picnic Point before continuing to our overnight stop at Warwick, the birthplace of Jackie Howe, the record breaking shearer who, in 1892, hand shore 321 sheep in a day on a property near Blackhall. The Golden Shears monument is testimony to his achievement.Accommodation: Jackie Howe Motel. Ph. 07 4661 2111.

Day 15 Sunday (B)

Tenterfield ~ Glen Innes ~ Home

Today we head for ‘Your Place’ as we continue south on The New England Highway to Tenterfield. Here view the historic Cork Tree and the Tenterfield Saddlery of Peter Allen fame. Onwards to Glen Innes. Here ponder at the array of The Australian Standing Stones, before heading for:-