Toowoomba in Bloom

Toowoomba In Bloom - 6 Days

15th September - 20th September, 2019

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers remains a hugely popular tourist drawcard, but did you know travelling there just before the Carnival is also a fabulous time to see Toowoomba and its gardens looking at their best – without the crowds.

    

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,875
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,850
Single supplement room  $500
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Virgin Airlines Economy flights - Melbourne to Brisbane return.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • Meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, most lunches and morning teas. (2 lunches at own expense as per itinerary)

Toowoomba, Picnic Point Lookout, Queens Park and Botanic Gardens, Cobb & Co Museum, Boyce Estate Gardens, Laurel Bank Park, Ju Raku En - Japanese Stroll Garden, Spring Bluff Railway Station, Peacehaven Botanic Park, Highfields Pioneer Village, Downs Steam Railway Museum, Mary Poppins House, Glengallan Homestead, Banyard Game Birds, Oakey, Museum of Australian Army Flying, St Anne’s Church and Jondaryan Woolshed.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS
5 nights in Toowoomba.

Itinerary

MELBOURNE – BRISBANE – TOOWOOMBA

 

Today we transfer to Melbourne airport to connect with our flight to Brisbane. On arrival we will be greeted by our O’Shannessy’s crew and luxury coach and make our way to Toowoomba. We’ll be staying here for the next 5 nights, so unpack once and relax!

 

Lunch own expense today (Refreshments on flight)

OVERNIGHT: Potters Boutique Hotel, TOOWOOMBA

TOOWOOMBA

 

Picnic Point Lookout perched on the edge of the Great Dividing Range providing stunning views of the Lockyer Valley and Tabletop Mountain is a great start to our day! From here we visit Queens Park and Botanic Gardens, showcasing an awe-inspiring garden collection featuring riotous displays of seasonal plants, set against a lush backdrop of lawns, shrubs and avenues of towering trees. Next we take a look at the Cobb & Co Museum. Part of the Queensland Museum it’s the home of the National Carriage Collection and focuses on horse-drawn vehicles and heritage trades. After lunch here we take the short drive to heritage-listed Boyce Estate Gardens. This magnificent park, covering six hectares, was established as a private garden by leading Toowoomba citizens Leslie and Margaret Boyce in 1930. In 1969 it was given to the University of Queensland in trust for use as a Botanic Garden and Natural Forest. Continuing our parks and gardens theme we visit beautiful Laurel Bank Park, known for its splendid display of beautiful blooms, exotic scented gardens, herbs and shrubs in raised garden beds. We complete our day with a visit to Ju Raku En, Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese Stroll Garden and located on the campus of the University of Southern Queensland.

 

OVERNIGHT: Potters Boutique Hotel, TOOWOOMBA

SPRING BLUFF AND HIGHFIELDS              

          

This morning we make our way out to Spring Bluff Railway Station and its magnificent gardens of Poppies, Ranunculus, Stock, Snapdragons, Petunias and many other annuals bursting into colour under the warm sunshine. Next, we visit Peacehaven Botanic Park, set in the leafy suburb of Highfields and home to more than 400 different species of native plants and scores of birds and wildlife. We head to Carbalah for lunch at The Farmers Arms Tavern, the oldest pub in Queensland, first licensed in 1863. After lunch we’re off to Highfields Pioneer Village which covers an area of 20 acres of picturesque grounds with over 50 buildings of historic interest, pleasant surroundings and areas to sit and relax.  See how the Australian Pioneers survived in bygone years and learn heritage skills. Back in town, we visit the Downs Steam Heritage Rail for afternoon tea, a tour of the facility including a look at the spectacular Dreamtime Journey Coach, representing the traverse of a day, painted by an indigenous inmate of the Westbrook Correctional Centre as part of his prison rehabilitation program.

 

OVERNIGHT: Potters Boutique Hotel, TOOWOOMBA

ALLORA AND GLENGALLAN

 

Heading out from Toowoomba we drive to Allora where we see the Heritage listed Mary Poppins House. Built in 1879, the house incorporated the local bank, and in 1905 was home to bank manager Travers Goff, whose daughter Helen would go on to create one of the most beloved children's characters - Mary Poppins. Our next stop is Glengallan Homestead. Uninhabited for more than half its lifetime, it remains frozen in time and is one of the few remaining examples of a substantial 19th century country houses in Queensland. Glengallan Homestead today is a tribute not only to its visionary builder and to 19th Century craftsmen but also to the 21st Century team who brought it back to life through this delicately balanced restoration which enables the visitor to experience the best and the worst of its times. Travelling back to Nobby, we stop for lunch at Rudds Pub, established in 1893 and named in recognition of the author Steele Rudd, author of the radio classic Dad and Dave. Our last visit for the day will be fascinating. Banyard Game Birds specialise in game birds, particularly Quail.  Production is all managed on site, from incubation, through to hatching, growing, processing, packaging, marketing and distribution. We’ll meet the owners and have a tour of the facilities. We then make our way back to our motel for dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Potters Boutique Hotel, TOOWOOMBA

JONDARYAN AND OAKEY

 

This morning we travel west to Oakey where we will be joined by a local guide to take us on a brief tour of the historical landmarks of the town. We also visit the Museum of Australian Army Flying – home to a collection of 22 aircraft on display within the museum and a number of aircraft undergoing restoration. The museum includes a memorabilia room displaying objects and relics of significance from WWI through to current conflicts in Afghanistan. After this we head to the historic Jondaryan Woolshed built in 1859.  On the way we will pass St Anne’s Church – the oldest slab walled church in use in Queensland and the second oldest in Australia. Jondaryan Woolshed is the oldest operating woolshed in Australia and the first “purpose built” shearing shed in the country. The complex covers 12 acres and features historic buildings and vintage machinery. During our time here today we’ll have damper and see sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dogs working and steam farm machinery in operation.  

 

OVERNIGHT: Potters Boutique Hotel, TOOWOOMBA

TOOWOOMBABRISBANE - HOME 

Sadly our holiday is coming to an end. After breakfast we make our way back to Brisbane Airport for our flight to Melbourne, completing a sensational 6 day tour. As always our chauffeurs will be there to greet us and transfer us safely home.

 

Lunch own expense today (Refreshments on flight)

Toowoomba in Bloom 2019

Toowoomba in Bloom 2019

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  • No passenger will be permitted to embark on or continue the tour while their physical or mental condition is, in the opinion of any representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. Whilst on tour with O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours should a passenger require medical attention, discharge papers must be provided to a representative of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours before you are able to re-join the tour.
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  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
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Balance due on invoice approx 45 days prior to departure.

 

Deposit is fully refundable until 46 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 45 to 15 days before tour departure date 50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date 20% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 7 to 1 days before tour departure date No Refund.

 

Travel Insurance is not compulsory, however is highly recommended and available from our office.

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