Join us on this “One of a Kind” Pub Tour to North Queensland and experience all these Iconic Pubs (and everything in between) have to offer. Quench your thirst and tummy rumbles inside their historic walls, lined in quirky Akubras and where you’re welcomed to rub shoulders with the locals and support one of many quintessential, family-owned Aussie pubs. Combine this with a wonderful Tour Host making this tour one to remember !!!
Arriving into Brisbane City today and depart for Cairns at 3.45pm on the Spirit of Queensland Train in your Premium Economy Seats or Deluxe Rail Beds with all meals included plus pamper pack with the evening bed turn down. (All meals provided on the train for Rail Beds)
Note: Interstate / Overseas Guests with flights, will arrive in Brisbane today and transfer via Skytrain to meet the Spirit of Queensland for your journey to Cairns.
Note; If making your way to Cairns under own arrangements, please see Day 2 for details
Arriving in Cairns mid afternoon. You will be met by your tour host and coach driver and transferred to the motel, with time to freshen up before enjoying a welcome dinner at 6pm.
Note: If not using the train service, please arrive in Cairns this afternoon and meet at the motel.
Meals (D) Cairns Queenslander Motel
Today we board our coach and head of for our day of adventure, with our first stop at Mossman Gorge. Here the Mossman River tumbles its way over and around huge granite boulders that line the gorge creating cool clear freshwater swimming holes. We then make our way to the Daintree River for a River Cruise spotting crocs and other wildlife. Then into Port Douglas with time to explore the town including the 1878 Courthouse Hotel before returning to Cairns via Palm Cove
Meals (B, MT, D) Cairns Queenslander Motel
Today, our first stop is Mareeba where we visit the Heritage Museum which is host to a wide variety of incredible exhibits. Enjoy a morning tea here before we make our way to the 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree. Then visit the he Yungaburra for a stroll around the village and a chance to pop in at the 1910 Lake Eacham (Yungaburra) Hotel The hotel is the pride of the Atherton Tablelands, attracting visitors with its Federation architecture and displays of historic photographs. We then make our way to Malanda and dinner tonight at the 1911 Malanda Hotel which is the largest wooden hotel in Australia. Check out the vintage photos of Prince Charles when he visited 50 years ago, they are classic !!!
(B, D) Overnight Malanda Lodge Motel
For something a bit different, this morning we visit Nerada Tea Plantation and enjoy a tasting along with an informative tour and of course High Tea !!! Then on to Innisfail and check in before we visit Paronella Park Located on 5 Hectares beside Mena Creek Falls, the park has the castle, picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, and a tunnel. We will tour through the Castle Ruins in the rainforest then enjoy a dinner at the 1929 Mena Creek Hotel.
Meals (B, HT, D) Barrier Reef Motel
Lees Hotel in Ingham (formerly the Day Dawn Hotel) is the original “Pub With No Beer ” made famous by Australia’s favourite son and Country singer Slim Dusty in 1957. The hit song was based on the poem by local Ingham poet Dan Sheahan who rode into the Pub one morning in 1943 to have a nice cold beer and discovered that a convoy of American serviceman had come through the previous day and drunk the Pub dry! In recognition of the historic event, in 2005 Lees Hotel became the only Heritage Listed Iconic Hotel in Queensland. We enjoy time here before making our way into Townsville and dinner tonight at a local club
Meals (B, D) Oaks Hotel
This morning we make our way up to Castle Hill for a stunning views from the lookout. We then visit The Australian Hotel. It was first opened on Wednesday 3rd October 1888. One of the Hotel’s most famous and colourful hotel guests was Australian born Hollywood star, Errol Flynn who stayed in the upstairs rooms – it is reported he paid for his accommodation by selling signed autographs. The hotel remains today as one of the old splendid hotels for which South Townsville is justly renowned. Returned to her former glory in January 2008 she still holds iconic status in Far North Queensland. Lunch & Dinner is at your own arrangements today, so please feel free to settle in at the pub for the afternoon if you wish.
Meals (B) Oaks Hotel
Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. Our tour of Charters Towers includes a visit to the Miners Cottage which houses a collection of goldfields memorabilia. We will also visit the Zara Clarke National Trust Museum which reflects Charters Towers’ golden and military past. Time to stroll the town and visit 1887 Commercial Hotel, one of the landmark Hotels from the goldfields era. Dinner tonight and our Motel
Meals (B, D) Overnight Cattlemen’s Rest Charters Towers
Hervey’s Range today enjoying the fantastic scenic views along the way. We will stop at the Historical Hervey’s Range Heritage Tea Rooms for lunch which is a heritage listed property and holds a special place in the history of North Queensland. Beginning its life in 1865 as the Eureka Hotel. Believed to be the oldest known building in North Qld, this log cabin was the local watering hole for the bullock teams and Cobb and Co Coaches. Then making our way back into Townsville to meet the train home.
Note: If not using the return rail service, your tour completes in Townsville at 2pm.
Meals (B, L) Overnight Spirit of Queensland
Today the Spirit of Queensland will finish the journey arriving into Brisbane at 9.30am with cherished memories of the Iconic Pubs North QLD..
Note: Interstate Guests with flights, will transfer back via Skytrain to Brisbane airport for your return flight home.
Return Rail EX Brisbane as per tour costs with rail content
PP Double/Twin Share, If Sole Use Room ADD $400