Wanderlust Australia 8 day Gold Coast, Brisbane & Toowoomba coach tour
The Gold Coast is more than glitzy buff beach bodies (but they are nice to watch). We’ll show you friendly lorikeets, a captivating Australian horse show and sky-high views.
In Brisvegas, experience its history and cool new vibe of wine bars and a foodie heaven dining scene that’s rivalling its southern cousins. You’ll be able to “give a XXXX” and taste it fresh from the source.
The foodie tour carries on visiting sheep cheese making and camel milking – yes camel milking! Go from eating to being eaten. Meet the crocs at “Crikey” Australia Zoo. We’ll also take you to the garden city and uncover Cobb&Co history too.
Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!
Departure point: Gold Coast, QLD
End destination: Brisbane, QLD
Tour duration: 8 days
Dept date: 05 May 2021
Accommodation type: 4 star hotels
Trip style: Escorted & free time
Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners
Free time : Yes for shopping, meals and exploring like a local
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Save $200.00 if paid in full by 5th March 2021 !
$3,600.00 per person based on twin/double share room
$850.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room
BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !
* The night before departure & night of end of tour.
What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 8 day coach tour
Our holiday begins on the fabulous Queensland Gold Coast.
On arrival into the airport, we head to our accommodation to check in and enjoy the facilities.
Dinner tonight will be an exercise in choosing which cuisine takes our fancy, with plenty of options at our fingertips.
We are so close to the beach that it will almost beckon us to take a stroll and even a swim, where once again there is a multitude of eating venues.
3 night’s | Mantra Twin Towns | (07 5536 2121)
No meals included
This morning we take a short drive up the Coast to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to over 1400 birds, mammals and reptiles.
We have the morning to experience the program including feeding the wild lorikeets, taking the miniature steam train for “Kangaroo Crossing” and coming face to face with kangaroos, wallabies and some not-quite-so-friendly crocodiles.
We return to Tweed Heads and have time at leisure this afternoon.
Early evening, we leave the hotel and make our way to the Australian Outback Spectacular’s Heartland show. We enjoy a delicious three course dinner with beverages as we immerse ourselves in the mesmerising show, full of colour and laughter.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Today we will be heading to a place west of the Gold Coast, known as the Scenic Rim. The area is home to many fruit and vegetable crops and as we tour through the region, we see fields full of colourful produce such as carrots, onions, beans, corn, beetroot, potatoes and more.
It is here that we enjoy a true farming experience at Towri Sheep Cheeses. Our morning will consist of a milking demonstration, cheese tasting, and access to the cheese room to learn about the basics of cheese making. By the time we have finished, we will know the differences between sheep, cow and goat cheese!
For lunch we stop in the quaint township of Boonah at the quintessential country pub known as “The Dugie” or the Dugandan Hotel.
From here we will be calling into one of the region’s most interesting places – Summer Land Camel Farm. During our visit we learn about the history of camels in Australia and the powerful immune proteins that are contained in camel milk. Our tour takes in the farming operations and we get to meet the camels and have afternoon tea before returning to the Gold Coast.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Our first visit today is to Skypoint, one of the world’s tallest residential buildings. We’ll take one of the fastest elevators in the world to the 77th floor and take in the brilliant views from the observation deck, showcasing the full length of the coast.
Next, we set sail on the waters of the Gold Coast’s lovely canals for a delightful lunch cruise with Sea World Cruises. Views from both the deck and the large windows will highlight the Gold Coast’s magnificent homes of the rich and famous, the glittering waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater, and other renowned locations.
On conclusion of our 2-hour cruise we make our way north to Brisbane where we check into our hotel for the next 4 nights.
In Brisbane, jump in an Uber or Taxi to explore Fish Lane for it’s laneway bars, James Street for some of the city’s chic bars and restaurants plus Howard Smith Wharf for a mix of international cuisine restaurants and its own brewery right on the river under The Story Bridge. Google their websites for more details.
4 night’s | Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane (07 3831 4055)
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
We start the day with a guided tour of Brisbane, exploring the history and modern-day additions to the Capital City. During the morning we visit Mt Coot-tha where the lookout offers excellent views over Moreton Bay and the city of Brisbane.
Ever wondered how the XXXX Brewery got its name? Or how its beer is made and what it tastes like fresh at the brewery? Next, we enjoy a tour of the historic XXXX brewery and have some time to buy lunch in the Alehouse Bar and Restaurant.
Not far from here is the Southbank Parklands and we can get a glimpse of Brisbane from another vantage point – The Wheel of Brisbane. A ride on the Wheel of Brisbane is an uplifting experience that will take us almost 60 metres above the ground in the safety and comfort of a fully enclosed air-conditioned capsule.
Late afternoon we are off to Eat Street Northshore. An old abandoned docking site in Hamilton was transformed into the ultimate dining spot. It has everything from pork dumplings to Japanese pizzas, classic burgers to Korean sliders, Aussie fish and chips to snails in garlic and parsley butter sauce, and vegan brownies to cheesecake sundaes.
The vibe is electric. It has all the buzz of an Asian night market with live music to boot. We can purchase dinner and enjoy the live music before heading back to the hotel this evening.
No holiday to this area would be complete without a visit to Australia Zoo – home to the late Steve Irwin, “Crocodile Hunter”. Australia Zoo has a reputation for conservation work, due mainly to the popularity of the documentary series “The Crocodile Hunter”. Many millions of dollars have been invested in the park so that it is an ever changing and growing attraction.
When we arrive, we have some free time to look through the zoo before we find our seats in the “Crocoseum” for the mid-day Wildlife Warriors Show. Get ready for some serious wildlife action! Every day in the Crocoseum the Australia Zoo keepers are taking on the world’s conservation issues and protecting the animal kingdom, and they want us to join the army of Wildlife Warriors.
Enjoy a journey of discovery and learn all about the incredible world of giant snakes, colourful soaring birds and those prehistoric legends – the big Saltwater Crocodiles.
This afternoon we return to Brisbane and after a long day we have dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
We are off to Toowoomba this morning which has a “Garden City” image that comes from the fact it has rich fertile soil, a unique climate and in a position on the edge of the Great Dividing Range presenting ideal conditions for growing flowers.
Our first stop is at the famous Picnic Point Lookout which is perched on the edge of the range and provides an amazing view of the Lockyer Valley and Tabletop Mountain.
Next, we visit Toowoomba’s most notable tourist attraction, the Cobb & Co Museum, which is part of the Queensland Museum. The museum traces the history of horse drawn transportation in Australia, from old timber wagons, spring wagons and bullock drays through to the Cobb & Co coaches and a landau used by the Duke of Edinburgh when he visited the colony in 1876.
We have allowed some time to wander through Queens Park and the Botanical Gardens which are always relaxing.
Returning to Brisbane late afternoon we stay in tonight for our final dinner together.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
It’s our last day of the tour.
After breakfast our holiday comes to an end. Use our Taxi Voucher in the Holiday Pack for the transfer to Brisbane Airport and your flight home.
Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.
Book your Wanderlust Australia 8 day Gold Coast, Brisbane Coast and Toowoomba coach tour
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $200.00 if paid in full by 5th March 2021 !BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !
Why I love this trip... Brian
You litterally get a true taste of Queensland on this tour, from XXXX Beer, camel milk & cheese making. It’s a great balance of learning history and relaxing in its gardens too.
Continue your holiday to Outback Queensland & Longreach
Many Wanderlust Australia tours connect. Carry on exploring like a local by joining our Outback Queensland & Longreach tour!
Dept date: 14 May 2021
What’s always included in your Wanderlust Australia tour experience
LUXURY COACH TRAVEL
STAY IN FOUR STAR HOTELS
FLEXIBLE BREAKFAST TIMES
MORE FREE TIME ALONG THE WAY
OPTIONAL DINNER CHOICES
TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS*
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