12 Days Sunshine Coast

Departs 20th August 2018  - $1795 per person twin share

Incudes: 12 Days Coach travel, 12 Nights’ accommodation, 2 Breakfasts  2 Cruises, 1 Lunch, Entrance fees to attractions as listed 

Day 1.  Monday - Melbourne to Dubbo 

6:00 AM ~ We depart from a pre-determined location and make our way North.  This morning we will pass through Shepparton, cross the Murray River at Tocumwal, leaving Victoria behind.  Our journey will take us along the Newell Highway, through Narrandera, Forbes, Parkes arriving at Dubbo, early evening.  Here we will check into our accommodation for the night.  We will make our way to the Dubbo RSL club for dinner (own cost) then return for a good night’s sleep, before an early start.

Day 2.  Tuesday ~ Dubbo to Kawana Beach

Another early start to our continuing journey.  Today we will pass through Coonabarabran, Narrabri. Our journey will take us into Queensland at Goondiwindi.  We travel through the garden city of Toowoomba, situated on the edge of the Darling Downs.  Finally, we arrive at Kawana Waters.  Here we will settle into our well-appointed, self-contained units. (Kawana Beachside Resort).  Take time to unwind and enjoy a good night’s rest.  The resort has lifts to each floor.

Day 3.  Wednesday ~ Kawana Waters 

This morning, after a sleep in, or for the energetic perhaps a walk around the lovely gardens, or walk on the beach. We will board your coach at 11:00, travel 7 km into Mooloolaba shopping centre, here he will pick up a few items to fill some space in our pantry and fridge.  Enjoy lunch in and around the local area, before we board our coach back to Kawana Waters.  The afternoon and evening are yours explore.

Day 4.  Thursday ~ Kawana Waters to Mooloolaba Wharf

Today we will take a short journey and head north to Mooloolaba.  After a bit of a wander around the wharf, we will make our way to Coastal Cruises, departure point.

Here our group will divide into 2 separate groups. [Image result for coastal cruises mooloolaba]

Group 1~Will board the boat at 11 am, for a cruise including lunch.

Group 2~Will board the coach, for a 2 hour visit, Underwater World ~ Sea Life aquarium.

Your cruise and lunch component is for 2 hours.  You will enjoy informative commentary. The food is excellent, with a great selection, including the freshest seafood, also a good variety of food to choose from.  A great choice of beverages.

The Sea Life underwater aquarium, offers an amazing commentary, on the inhabitants of Sea Life.  Feeding of the seals occurs every day.  On arrival, you will be given a full list of talk times, along with helpful “Top Tips” to help you make the most of your time at Sea Life, Mooloobla.

At 12:50 ~ Group 2 will board the coach and depart Sea Life, where we will make our way back to the Wharf to board with Coastal Cruises for 2 hours and late lunch.  Group 1 ~Will board the coach and head to Sea Life Underwater Aquarium for 2 hours.  Mid-afternoon back on board your coach, we will head back to the wharf and pick up group 2 from the wharf.  Tonight, you are free to find a venue, for your evening meal, perhaps at the Surf club nearby.

Day 5 ~ Friday   – Hinterland ~ Yandina

This morning we you will board your coach bound for Yandina. With its lovely mix of tourist, local & rural focus, Yandina is transforming into one of the most sought-after communities on the Sunshine Coast. Soak up some local history. Yandina is famous as the home of The Ginger Factory, here you will enjoy a tour of the factory, a taste test.   See and hear the story, of how ginger is grown, harvested and turned into a delicious range of products.  Taste for yourself and discover why this factory produces, “The World's Finest Ginger”!  Back on board we make our way to the famous Bli Bli Dolls. Over the last decade the Sunshine Castle has shifted the focus of its displays and exhibits to a medieval theme. Originally in 1973 the Castle (then appropriately called the Fairytale Castle) was built by the first owners to house.

8 ~ Original Fairytale Diaramas and some dolls.                       

Two of which can still be viewed on the mezzanine level of the Reception Hall today.

A mechanical international Dancing Dolls display underneath the Castle Keep, was the celebrated highlight of the Castle in the mid 80’s, with the second owners of the Castle travelling extensively, and sewing costumes for the dolls, to represent many different nationalities worldwide. (This is where the Castle changed its name to the Bli Bli Castle). Built on two levels originally, the Dancing Doll display, you can see today, located on the ground level in front of the Castle Gallery, still entertains customers with some moving dolls in national costumes. The Castle expanded so much, the original owner’s residence, which was a plain house, like its neighbours today, was encased by Castle walls and turned into display areas and the Castle Entrance (current entrance was originally the household rumpus room) – with the establishment of a dedicated doll museum. In the 80’s a local Sunshine Coast artist was commissioned to build a new display of Fairy tales in the upstairs tract of the residence. The Fairy-tale walk is a highlight on the castle tour, today you will be delving into this imaginary world of the young and young at heart.

Day 6 - Saturday - Eumundi and Noosa

Today we board the coach by 10.00 am to make our way to the Eumundi Markets.  A mere

40 km away will find you at the famous About 20 mins from Noosa, this gorgeous historic town of Eumundi is usually quite a sleepy little hamlet. Then it comes to life & completely transforms itself into a bustling marketplace with the world-famous Eumundi Markets.

The remainder of the day is yours to spend at your leisure.

Day 7~ Sunday Nambour ~ Buderim ~ Woombye

Today we will head inland to Woombye, Buderim and Nambour 

The Big Pineapple located near Woombye in Queensland. Here you can climb the Big Pineapple and explore the process of pineapple farming from start to factory, on your way to enjoying the fabulous views on the observation deck. Follow this iconic Queensland tradition and photo opportunity with a train ride and visit to the café.

All aboard the Pineapple Train! Departing every half hour, enjoy a journey on the biggest, curviest and steepest climbing track Queensland Railway has to offer. Heritage listed, Pineapple Train explores the rainforest, orchids, bamboo forest and passes neighboring zoo animals.  After your visit we will make our way to Nambour.  He we will visit the local RSL for lunch, then have a look see around the local shops.  Back on board we make our way back to the resort via Buderim.  Our trip will take us to the Nut and Chocolate Factory. What else could you ask for nuts and chocolate under the same roof. You can taste before you buy, with around 12 different flavours to suit all taste buds. There is a display on how the nuts are grown through to the finished product, from the factory on site plus you can also see some of the machinery that is used. A nice cafe on site once you have completed your visit and an excellent gift shop where you can produce their products. Now it is time to reboard and make your way back to the resort.

Day 8 - Monday Scenic Sights Tour – Montville ~Maleny, Glasshouse Mountains, Blackhall Ranges & Landsborough

This morning we board your coach for a very scenic drive.  Today we head inland, driving past pineapple plantations, ginger and citrus farms, sugar cane fields and lush rain forests.

We will travel through Montville, stopping in Maleny. Here we will stop at the local cheese factory. Landsborough has spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains.   The Blackall Ranges offer a choice of great restaurants, together with local wines, cheeses and all kinds of other local produce. Just travelling through the Ranges is a magnificent experience.  You will enjoy the scenery changes as we descend through the Blackall Ranges, through eucalypt and rainforest into the valley which literally contains the fruit bowl, of the Sunshine Coast.

Day 9 -Tuesday - Kawana Waters to Brisbane

Today we pack our bags, and say farewell to our hosts at Kawana Waters. For the next 2 days, you will be staying in Brisbane. En-route to Brisbane we will make our way to the Australia Zoo ~ Home of the crocodile hunter.  There is a lot to see with crocodile feeding show.  The grounds are immense, so much to see.  The grounds have a fabulous food court where you can purchase some lunch.  Mid-afternoon we will make our way to Brisbane for our 2-night stay.

Day 10 – Wednesday ~ Brisbane ~ Gold Coast

Mid~ morning we board the coach to make our way to Seaworld on the Gold Coast.  Here you will enjoy the, Dolphin Show, The Seal Show, take a ride on the monorail around the park.  The chairlift across the park. You can feed the local animals and enjoy a ski show.  Mid~afternoon we return to Brisbane to rest and pack, for our return trip to Melbourne.

Day 11 ~ Thursday – Brisbane to Dubbo.

Today we depart early, bound for Dubbo.  Travelling back thorough the towns you passed on your way up to the Sunshine Coast.  Back on the Newell Highway, we make our way to the motel in Dubbo.

Prior to arrival we will arrange our dinner plans.

Day 12 ~ Friday ~ Dubbo to Melbourne

Early morning after breakfast, its back on board, for the final leg of your journey back to Melbourne.

Say farewell to Dubbo.  We hope you have enjoyed your journey and have some lovely memories.