Sunday 4 September - Thursday 15 September 2022
Day 1. Sun 4 Sept: Narellan - Armidale Lunch & Dinner
We start our Southern (Queensland) Outback Adventure heading north along the Central Coast passing by Newcastle and the Hunter Valley enjoying a comfort stop for morning tea along the way. The little country township of Gloucester provides the perfect lunch stop at Hillview Herb Farm overlooking the majestic Avon River Valley. Following lunch take a look through the farm’s gift store hosting herb teas, herbal honey, chilli sauces, jams, condiments and lotions.Continuing northward we enter the mountainous regions along Thunderbolts Way (named after the bushranger Fred Ward (aka Captain Thunderbolt) to the city of Armidale for check in and freshen up before gathering in the on site restaurant for dinner. We may even catch a glimpse of the properties gracious deer herd feeding before hand.
Overnight Armidale: Deer Park Motor Inn
Day 2. Mon 5 Sept: Armidale - Yelarbon - St George Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today we begin our Southern Outback and Silo Art adventure as we head north west to St George stopping along the way at Inverell and Yelarbon. The Inverell National Transport Museum is our first stop and one not to be missed, with 120 vehicle exhibits, ranging from Vintage, Veteran, Classic and Motorcycles, the museum has become a major tourist attraction for the North West and New England area. Some of the vehicles on display include a 1906 Dayton (believed to be the only one left worldwide), 1912 Renault, various Holdens and Fords including GT Falcons, 1926 Diana, 1929 Packard, and wide range of Chev’s just to name a few. Within the museum the ladies may also like to take a look at the dolls, wedding dresses and cake icing displays. After our self guided tour and morning tea we continue up to the small township of Yelarbon home to the Graincorp Silo’s – named “When the rain comes”. It depicts a young boy at play, cooling off in the Yelarbon Lagoon. Hear the story as we marvel at such a unique set of silos. The artwork was created by Jordache Castillejos and Jordon Bruce of Brightsiders and Steve Falco from Procreative. Then head to the Oasis Hotel to enjoy lunch before travelling through Goondiwindi to the Nindigully Pub known as “The Gully” situated right on the banks of the Moonie River and established in 1864. We arrive in St George and settle in before dinner is served in the motel restaurant.
Overnight St George: Riverland Motor Inn
Day 3. Tues 6 Sept: St George Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning visit the Unique Egg - the world’s only display of hand carved, illuminated emu eggs, which have been gifted as far as the White House! Then join our local guide for a heritage tour of St George including a visit to one of the most lovingly restored heritage buildings in the shire - Anchorage Homestead with morning tea. Continue to Riversands Vineyard for a tour and personal wine tasting where we will meet the owners and enjoy a lovely lunch in the gardens. This afternoon we meet up with a local cotton farmer and learn how cotton is grown, irrigated and harvested while touring his farm. Later, return to the motel to freshen up before joining a leisurely sunset cruise on the Balonne River - meet our captain Brett and learn all about the river and wildlife that abounds in this beautiful area. After our cruise we return to our motel for dinner in the Rivers Restaurant.
Overnight St George: Riverland Motor Inn
Day 4. Wed 7 Sept: St George - Bollon - Cunnamulla Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Departing St George this morning we travel further west via the little town of Bollon and onto Cunnamulla. Taking a slight detour we visit Charlotte Plains Station and meet the owner, a well-known grazier in the area, Robyn Russell. Established in the 1860’s this family run property is home to Merino Sheep and Dohne Rams. See the magnificent historic bore that still brings the property its valuable water supply straight from the artesian basin. We continue travelling on to Cunnamulla arriving at the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Information Centre. Meet the team and have lunch before a self-guided tour of the Artesian Time Tunnel enjoying the interactive displays with time afterwards for a very informative video on how the Artesian Basin was formed and how the modern world has had its affect. We arrive
at our accommodation to check in and relax before our town tour with a fourth generation local, Peieta Mills followed by complimentary sunset drink and nibbles. On our tour see the Cunnamulla Water Tower Art by Guido van Helten, a mural representing the significance of the sporting rivalry between Cunnamulla and Charleville. Tonight enjoy an iconic Aussie campfire dinner under the stars and hear some more local history and stories.
Overnight Cunnamulla: Warrego Motel or Club Boutique Hotel