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Classic Pubs of Outback QLD & Cunnamulla

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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Queensland’s outback pubs

These iconic landmarks have been the heart of country communities for generations, and if only their walls could talk, we would hear some incredible stories!

Starting in Brisbane, we’ll head west to Cunnamulla before making our way north to Charleville. Along the way, you’ll experience the warmth and hospitality of outback Queensland and meet the locals who keep these pubs alive.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable journey through Queensland’s rich cultural heritage. Book your spot now and be a part of history in the making!

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Itinerary

We have a fabulous 8 days ahead of us, visiting some iconic country pubs. No doubt, along the way, we will meet some real characters as we head out west, via Stanthorpe, to Cunnamulla and then north to Charleville and home via Roma and Miles. Our first stop this morning is at The Barn & Scotty’s Garage where we can step back in time and take a look through the automotive and memorabilia collection, along with the restored 50’s style diner. Next, we are off to Warwick for lunch at the Criterion Hotel. On arrival in Stanthorpe we have arranged a locally guided tour of the town before settling into our overnight accommodation. Dinner tonight is at O’Mara’s Hotel. The hotel was built in 1910 and still has the “olde world charm” that made it a big part of Stanthorpe’s history. There is even a resident ghost that still makes an appearance now and then!

(L,D) Overnight at the High Street Motor Inn, Stanthorpe

Tour pick up point is Bus Stop 125 Roma Street, Brisbane at 7:30am. 

From Stanthorpe we head to the little town of Texas. It’s a small town of less than 1000 people located just 2 kms north of the NSW Border. On arrival we visit the Texas Rabbit Works, this was a thriving industry when rabbits were in plague proportions throughout the district.   Like many communities in the southern parts of Australia, the Texas community survived the great depression by trapping and selling rabbits for export to America and England.  Officially opened in May 2017, The Texas Rabbit Works continues to record the history of the rabbit industry both locally and nationally. This is largely an intact example of the struggle to control the rabbit plague and the industry that developed. Next we visit the Texas Heritage Centre and Tobacco Museum. This offers a fascinating insight into the interesting history of the local area.  It has numerous buildings to explore from a mini Shearing Shed, Harness Shed, Jail and Stocks, Smithy, Post Office Store, Farm Shed, to the Mission Hall.  There is also a School Room with the teacher aids of many decades ago! We then travel to Goondiwindi or “Gundy” as the locals call it. Apart from being right on the Queensland/NSW Border it is at the junction of a number of major Highways including the Newell which runs all the way to Victoria. Dinner tonight is at the historic Victoria Hotel. What started out as a modest, single story wooden building with a shingle roof is now one of the most outstanding examples of architecture in Southern Queensland.

(B,L,D)  Goondiwindi Jolly Swagman Inn

We have just 200ks of travelling to do today as we make our way to St George. Before departing Goondiwindi we will be joined on the coach by our local guide to show us around, including a stop at the Customs House Museum, a border customs point before Federation. This authentically restored building and its magnificent cottage garden has a colourful collection of mementos of yesteryear. For lunch we stop at the Nindigully Hotel on our way to St George and have a look at the Cotton Mural and the Transport Mural painted by well-known artist Kevin Taylor. This afternoon we join Sandytown River Cruises for an enjoyable cruise on the Balonne River, taking in the beautiful river gums, landscaping and birdlife.

(B,L,D) The Merino Motor Inn, St George

300 kilometres to our west is the town of Cunnamulla – made famous by the Slim Dusty song The Cunnamulla Fella. The township of Cunnamulla was created by Cobb & Co on 3rd September 1879 when the first coach drove through from Bourke. Today it’s the only surviving south-west town along the original route. We enjoy lunch at the Club Boutique Hotel. This pub has the unusual distinction of being rebuilt twice – once after a tornado in 1892 and gain after a devastating fire in 1933. On both occasions it was restored to its former glory and continues to hold a prominent place in the town. This afternoon we visit the Cunnamulla Fella Museum and see the amazing phenomenon in the Artesian Time Tunnel. The tunnel incorporates an old mine lift which takes us back to 100 million years and down deep into the middle of ancient sandstone rocks that form part of the basin. Late afternoon we arrive in Charleville.

(B,L,D) Corones Hotel, Charleville

Following breakfast, we head to a local Date Farm just out of town and hear all about the farms production, how Dates are grown and sample some of the dates in our morning tea. Back in town we meet our local guide who will take us on a town tour learning of the fires, floods and pioneer history of this iconic town. We also visit the remains of the WW2 top secret base established by the Americans in 1942. We have some free time to purchase lunch (passengers own expense) and this afternoon we enjoy the Charleville Bilby Experience. Here, our guide will reveal Australia’s native animal extinction crisis, discover the breeding program and hopefully see the unique little creatures. Tonight, we are in for a treat at Charleville’s best-known attraction, the Cosmos Centre. The centre is an audio-visual extravaganza featuring hi-tech interactive displays that will take us on an astronomical journey through the ages, unravelling many mysteries of our night sky. We enjoy drinks and nibbles at the Centre whilst enjoying the open-air observatory and viewing the outback night sky.

(B,D) Corones Hotel, Charleville

Heading east this morning to Mitchell, where we have a local guide step on board the coach for a local town tour, followed by lunch and some free time at the Visitor Centre. The option is available for anyone to take a soak in the Artesian Spa located within the complex. This afternoon we take a look at the heritage listed Mt Abundance Homestead. We’ll be greeted warmly by the owners before being led on an interesting tour. Discover the first post office in the Roma district and visit the underground cellar lined with locally handmade bricks before a pleasant afternoon tea on the veranda. Its not far from here into Roma and we check into our motel for the final two nights of the tour.

(B,L,D) Best Western Bungil Creek, Roma

Heading south this morning we make our way to Surat. On arrival we have arranged a fascinating visit to the Cobb & Co Changing Station Museum where we will be welcomed by a local volunteer. The Museum is built on the original site of the Cobb & Co Store – and was once the drop off point for coach passengers and goods. Next, we will be heading to Roma’s Big Rig. Here we journey through time from Australia’s first discovery of petroleum, through the boom-and-bust years of oil and gas exploration and on to today’s multibillion dollar industry. Late afternoon we take our seats for the Sunset Experience. Ignite your interest in sabotage, drama and intrigue through the eyes of a “Roma Rigger” guide, with a glass of Outback port and an original short history film under the stars, then we head to the White Bull Tavern for a slightly later dinner.

(B,D) Best Western Bungil Creek, Roma

Our 8-day Iconic Pub’s tour has come to an end. From Miles we head to Dalby for our morning stop at the Visitor Centre and some time to look at Thomas Jack Park.  We have just over an hour’s drive to the Farmers Arms Hotel located just north of Toowoomba. This is the oldest continually licensed pub in all of Queensland and will be a fitting location for us to have our final lunch together before we start heading home and arrive back in Brisbane late afternoon.

(B,L)

Inclusions

Coach Tour from Brisbane, Fully Hosted by our friendly staff

All Meals & Accommodation as per Itinerary

Tour Length 8 Days

Tour Cost EX Brisbane $2940.00

(Ex Brisbane)
Additional Details

*PP Twin Share. Single Room add $420 (Please note: September itinerary operates in reverse)

Tour Dates
23/09/2024
22/03/2025

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