Classic Outback Pubs – if only the walls could talk! They are the center of many country communities – where famous poems have been penned and tall stories have evolved into folklore and Queensland has plenty of them. Over 8 days we will discover the pub where “Dad & Dave” – two of Australia’s most famous folklore characters came to life and a pub in Cunamulla that has been restored to its former glory twice!! Our tour takes us west for to Cunnamulla, then north to Charleville and home through Roma and Dalby AND we supply the stubbie coolers!!!!!
We have a fabulous 8 days ahead of us, visiting some classic country pubs. No doubt, along the way, we will meet some real characters as we head out west. Sit back and enjoy our coach tour as we make our way for our first stop – Rudd’s Pub. This pub is so much more than just a country watering hole. This is the pub where “Dad and Dave” – two of Australia’s most famous folklore icons – came to life, thanks to writer Steele Rudd and a couple of pints of beer! Next stop is the Criterion Hotel Warwick – This heritage listed hotel is one of the largest pubs in the area and was built in 1917. We have lunch here before continuing to 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!
Pubs: Dad & Dave’s Rubbs Pub , 1917 Criterion Hotel, 1910 – O,Maras Hotel
(L , D) Overnight Vines Motel Stanthorpe
Texas today and call in at the Stockman Hotel. This charming pub is known far and wide for its warm and welcoming hospitality. Next we visit the Texas Heritage Centre which offers a fascinating insight into the interesting history of the local area and has numerous buildings to explore. Then we make our way to Goondiwindi and enjoy a Dinner at the historical 1920 Victoria Hotel. What started out as a modest single-storey wooden building with a shingle roof is now one of the most outstanding examples of architecture in Southern Queensland.
Pubs: Stockman Hotel Texas, 1920 Victoria Hotel Goondiwindi
(B, L, D ) Goondiwindi Jolly Swagman Inn
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. Then the 1864 Nindigilly Pub which is Queensland’s oldest hotel and enjoy our lunch. We then make our way to St George and join our River Cruise on the Balonne River, taking in the beautiful river gums, landscaping and birdlife. Dinner at our motel , then we venture to the 1886 Cobb & Co Hotel for a night cap. The hotel was licensed to John Roberts in 1886. It was then renovated from 1914 to 1919, and once advertised that they had electricity!
Pubs: 1864 – Nindigilly Pub / 1886 – Cobb&Co Hotel, St George
(B, L, D ) St George, Australian Hotel Motel
Today we make our way to Cunnamulla and enjoy lunch at the 1886 Club Boutique Hotel . The Club has been rebuilt twice: once after the 1892 tornado and again after the 1933 fire that razored it to the ground. Both times it has been restored to its former glory and continued to hold a prominent place in the town. We then visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery and Museum which is a must for all visitors.
Pubs: 1886 Club Boutique Hotel
(B , L, D ) Warrego Motel, Cunnamulla.
Charleville today and meeting our local guide who will take us on a town tour learning of the fires, floods and pioneer history of this iconic town. We will then visit the remains of the WW2 top secret base established by the Americans in 1942. We visit Historic House with its amazing collections. Then step back in time at the iconic Hotel Corones well known as one of the truly memorable hotels in the heart of the Outback. The history of the Hotel goes back to its construction from 1924 – 1929. Our “Scones & Stories” tour guide will tell us tales of Harry Corones before concluding with homemade scones and beverages.
Pubs: 1924 – Corones Hotel Charleville
(B, AT) 2nts Waltzing Matilda Motel, Charleville
Charleville is the Bilby capital of Australia and today, our guide will teach us about this fasinating Australian native animal. From here we visit the Royal Flying Doctor’s Centre. For 85 years they have provided medical care to Outback Australia. at the Cosmos Observatory we view stars and planets many thousands of light years away by powerful telescope under the outback sky.
(B) Waltzing Matilda Motel, Charleville.
Heading east this morning to Mitchell on the banks of the Maranoa River. Mitchell is well known for its stunning artesian baths, located at the entrance to town. We have some time for those who would like to rejuvenate in the mineralised water from the Great Artesian Basin On to Roma where we will see a number of historic buildings and sites including St Paul’s Anglican Church which features stunning leadlight windows, each with a story. Early Dinner at the 1917 Queens Arms Hotel tonight before we make our way to the Big Rig Oil Night Show for an interactive insight into the hardships and heroic stories of oil drilling and exploration.
Pubs: 1917 Queens Arms Hotel Roma
(B, D) Overlander Homestead Roma
This morning we travel via Miles and Chinchilla before arriving into Dalby for our final classic pub visit for the tour. Lunch today is at the Criterion Hotel – also known as the Cri, it’s an integral part of Dalby and a great local spot. From Dalby we pass through Toowoomba and arrive into Brisbane late afternoon.
Accommodation & Meals as per Itinerary
Tour Cost is PP in a Double or Twin Room, If Sole Use Room, ADD $420