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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – 75th Anniversary

7 Days

$4899 pp
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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – 75th Anniversary

Departures

  • September 18, 2024
Only 12 Seats Left!

Prices

  • 4899 per person share twin
  • 5874 per person single room

What's included?

Highlights include

¨ Picnic Point Lookout

¨ Ju Raku-en Japanese Garden

¨ Toowoomba Exhibition & Prize-winning gardens

¨ Jimbour House

¨ Dalby

¨ Queens Park Botanic Gardens

¨ Hanging Basket Display

¨ Cobb+Co Museum Carriage Room Tour

¨ Reserved Seating at Grand Central Floral Parade

¨ Highfields Exhibition & Prize-winning Gardens

¨ Spring Bluff Railway

¨ Glengallan Homestead & Mary Poppins House

¨ Downstream Tourist Railway & Museum

¨ Laurel Bank Park

Inclusions:

¨ Return economy class airfares from Auckland/Wellington/inclusive of airport taxes

¨ Baggage allowance of  30kg per person

¨ Accommodation in twin/double rooms with private bathroom

¨ Continental breakfast each morning. (B)

¨ Morning Tea where noted  (MT)

¨ Lunches where noted  (L)

¨ All dinners including Special Farewell Dinner  Toowoomba (D)

¨ All Coach Touring from Brisbane with local touring specialist/driver

¨ All entries and activities as detailed in the itinerary

¨ FREE home pick up & return from Auckland/Wellington or Christchurch within 25k radius of city centre. (if you are unsure whether you are within our pick up range just ask your consultant) Check with us on pick ups from other centres.

 

 

Day 1: Wednesday 18 Sept: Auckland/Brisbane (D)

We are picked up from our home address in the greater Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch areas (within 25k radius of the city centre) and taken to the airport to join our Tour Manager and fellow travellers.  Depart Auckland on our short flight to Brisbane.  On arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel where we stay for the next two nights.  Join your Tour Manager for dinner at your hotel.

Day 2: Thursday 19 Sept: Brisbane/Toowoomba (B, MT, L, D)

After breakfast, join our coach and travel the scenic route to Toowoomba.  Follow the avenue of Hoop Pine and Southern Queensland Kauri to Picnic Point Lookout. Breathe in spectacular views over the Scenic Rim and enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea from Picnic Point Café. Wander  Ju Raku-en Garden, Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese strolling garden, before lunch at Springs Garden World/Kingfisher Café. Early afternoon we will visit specially selected Toowoomba prize-winning gardens.  Return to our accommodation with time to relax before dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Friday 20 Sept: Darling Downs Country Touring (B, MT, D)

This morning, we travel to the iconic heritage listed Jimbour House for morning tea and to explore the stunningly restored residence and gardens set on one of the earliest stations established on the Darling Downs.

Next we travel to Dalby to enjoy some retail therapy at Urban Paddock café and historic house. (lunch own expense). We will return to Toowoomba with a country garden visit enroute with time to relax before dinner at our accommodation.

 

Day 4: Saturday 21 Sept: Grand Parade Day (B, L, D)

Settle in to your reserved seat ready for the colour and splendour of the Grand Floral parade winding through the city streets. See street performers, carnival characters, stilt walkers and stunning floral floats.  We head north to Blue Mountain hotel for a relaxing lunch with mountain views. Follow the New England Highway to Highfields in Toowoomba’s High Country. Visit specially       selected exhibition and prize winning gardens and see the beautifully crafted gardens of Spring Bluff Railway Station.  Dinner tonight will be in the restored Railway Carriage at Downstream Tourist Railway and Museum.

Day 5: Sunday 22 Sept: Colourful Public Parks

This morning experience a riot of colour as you wander between rows of beautiful floral garden beds at Queens Park Botanic Gardens.

Take in this expansive sea of flowers from the viewing platform.  See the Hanging Basket Display at the Cobb & Co Museum, just a short stroll from Queens Park.  Enjoy morning tea at the Cobb and Co Café and a tour of the National Carriage  Collection.  Next take a stroll through Laurel Bank Park, one of Toowoomba’s premier parks and a must-see during Carnival.  Lunch is at your own expense today as you enjoy the parkland    entertainment.  This afternoon you will visit prize-winning gardens before heading back to our accommodation for a relax.  Tonight our farewell dinner will be at the beautiful Gips restaurant located in one of Toowoomba’s most historic buildings, Clifford House.

 

Day 6: Monday 23 Sept: Country Stories (B, L, D)

This morning we will follow a scenic country drive to Allora, home to the Mary Poppins House, the childhood home of author PJ Travers.  Next you will take a tour of heritage listed Glengallan  homestead, once described as “the finest house in the colony”. Enjoy lunch at the sandstone mansion, which boasts views from the fertile Glengallan Valley to Cunninghams Gap in the great divide.  We travel through to Brisbane on the Cunninghams Gap Highway for our overnight.

Day 7: Tuesday 24 Sept: Return Home (B)

Departure times for Wellington passengers are early morning.

Auckland/Christchurch passengers leave early evening so will have a free day with luggage being stored at the hotel.

Transfers from the hotel are provided for all passengers.