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  • 4 Days Great Dividing Range Explorer

    Experience something new and venture out into Queensland's Great Dividing Range. Perfect for a group of friends wanting to get out of the city! Early booking is required. Enquire today.

    Australia's most substantial mountain range and the fifth longest land-based range in the world, the Great Dividing Range is a collection of spectacular mountains just begging to be explored. Journey through Toowoomba, Bunya Mountains, Darby and Kingaroy over four days and discover a new side of Australia. Relax in Toowoomba's peaceful and beautiful Japanese gardens, Ju Raku En, explore the gorgeous Bunya Mountains National Park, uncover rich history at the Cobb+Co and Kingaroy Heritage Museums, and much more. 

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    YOU PAY FROM $906pp $489 AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    G'day, ready to go? Request a travel plan and pricing for your preferred dates. Send a booking enquiry or call 1800 669 579.

    BOOKING ENQUIRY

    Trip Highlights

    There are so many highlights on this trip but possibly the stand-out is taking Dalby's Heritage Trail. Take a picturesque stroll through the town and uncover it's rich history while marvelling at old architecture.

    Lunch at popular Kingsley Grove Estate, Kingaroy

    Relax and enjoy a decadent lunch and wine pairing in the vineyard of one of Kingaroy's finest wineries, Kingsley Grove Estate.

    Relax in gorgeous Toowoomba

    Spend some time unwinding in Toowoomba's gorgeous parks and discover why the town is crowned Queensland's "Garden City".

    More trip highlights:

    Immerse yourself in Dalby's rich history

    Embark on Dalby's famous Heritage Walking Trail and learn about the town's rich history as you take in the gorgeous surrounds and historic architecture.

    Explore the spectacular Bunya Mountains range

    Forming an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range, the Bunya Mountains is an immense subtropical range of cool, green rainforest, eucalypt forests and woodlands home to the world’s largest forest of bunya pines. Visit the Bunya Mountains National Park and walk through the tranquil forests, taking in the spectacular views.

    Visit Toowoomba's historic Cobb+Co Museum

    Immerse yourself in Toowoomba’s natural and cultural history and revisit an Australian transport era at Cobb+Co Museum. Wander through the charming National Carriage Collection and discover how the 47 horse-drawn vehicles played an important role in Queensland's development.

    Global Escapes Travel

    In the style of most Global Escapes Independent Traveler itineraries, this is a perfect blend of self-guided adventure and forward-planning to ensure that the main elements are organised in advance allowing for plenty of time to relax and take in each place you visit.

    Member Pricing

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Not yet a member? Submit a booking enquiry for any package and we'll automatically register you to receive $3,000 in GCash travel credits and 90 days to book a trip. There's no obligation to book and you can cancel any time.

    Bronze star package

    Fully-guided group charter

    Perfect for a club or special interest group. Great value charter tour with tour director.

    • 4 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 6 towns/places of interest visited
    • 3 nights' Bronze standard accommodation
    • 2 lunches
    • 2 dinners
    • 7 excursions/activities

    Detailed inclusions

    RETAIL VALUE

    $906pp

    GETAWAY CASH CREDITS APPLIED

    -$417

    YOU PAY*

    $489

    DISCOUNT OFF RETAIL VALUE: 46%

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Not yet a member?

    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

    "The scenic splendour of Southern Queensland's Great Dividing Range will keep you coming back time and time again. "

    Southeast Queensland's palm-fringed coasts feel a world away from the Great Dividing Range. Rolling hills, spectacular mountains, and country hospitality are just the beginning. Spend four days traversing the outback, immersing yourself in the rich history of towns such as Toowoomba, Dalby and Kingaroy, all while enjoying the tranquility of the outback. If you're itching for a great escape within easy distance of the Big Smoke, you now know where to head.

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Fully-guided group charter

    Travel Type

    Perfect for a club or special interest group. Great value charter tour with tour director.

    Australian Escapes tour

    Tour Type

    This tour is organised and/or operated by Australian Escapes and is designed for clubs/groups of all sizes.

    Tour director supplied

    Tour Director

    A professional tour director will manage this tour and look after all the details.

    Audio tour-guide equipment

    Audio Tour-guide

    Audio tour-guide equipment is optional for groups. Dramatically improves guided walking activities

    BOOKING ENQUIRY

    Perfect for clubs/groups. This trip is fully flexible and can be easily customised to suit any group size and interests.

    Tour director supplied:

    Tour Director

    A professional tour director will manage this tour. A professional tour director means you can relax knowing that every detail is being handled. As a group size increases so do the organisational aspects. However, for smaller groups, this tour can be managed by the charter group trip co-ordinator (see FAQ's for more information).

    Bronze star package $489 (+ $417 GCash credits)

    Luxury coach transport with flexible pickup

    Your group will be picked up from a central Brisbane location to suit your requirements and head inland to Southern Queensland. Luxury coach supplied with professional driver.

    1 night accommodation in Toowoomba

    Nowhere else in Queensland will you experience all four seasons as distinctively as in Toowoomba. Stay overnight and immerse yourself in the towns rich history and spectacular scenery.

    1 night accommodation in Dalby

    Spend 1 night in charming Dalby. Your accommodationis located within the historic city centre and provides a great base for exploring the Bunya Mountains.

    1 night accommodation in Kingaroy

    Surrounded by picturesque farmlands interspersed with low rolling hills, Kingaroy is one of Australia's most exciting new boutique wine regions. Spend 1 night here learning about the town's history and enjoying delicious food and wine pairings in gorgeous vineyards.

    Visit Toowoomba's historic Cobb+Co Museum

    Immerse yourself in Toowoomba’s natural and cultural history and revisit an Australian transport era at Cobb+Co Museum. Wander through the charming National Carriage Collection and discover how the 47 horse-drawn vehicles played an important role in Queensland's development.

    Visit the Dairy & Heritage museum in Murgon

    Times have certainly changed since the early days of hand-churned butter and cheese. While in Murgon, pop out and visit The Queensland Dairy & Heritage Museum and learn about the progress of the dairy industry in the South Burnett region.

    Dinner at Toowoomba Sports Club

    Enjoy a delicious dinner and the opportunity to socalise at Toowoomba's local sports club.

    Lunch at popular Kingsley Grove Estate, Kingaroy

    Relax and enjoy a decadent lunch and wine pairing in the vineyard of one of Kingaroy's finest wineries, Kingsley Grove Estate.

    Lunch in Dalby

    Enjoy a delicious lunch while you explore the Bunya Mountains.

    Dinner at Dalby Leagues Club

    Relax and enjoy dinner and wine at Dalby Leagues Club.

    Morning tea in Kingaroy

    Enjoy morning tea at the charming Whipbird Cafe in Kingaroy.

    Professional tour director

    Your professional tour director will be with your group from start to finish and will do everything possible to ensure that your trip runs smoothly and everyone has a great time.

    Other:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Self-drive package available for couples

    Exclusions and options:

    • Other meals can be arranged at an affordable price
    • Flights can also be arranged including transfers to and from Brisbane airport

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your trip
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants. Flights can be arranged from almost anywhere to Brisbane and you pay the lowest possible price.

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Fully customisable:

    This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Your personal travel consultant is available to discuss changes and additions that will enhance your travel experience.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies. Total price after Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable, is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Flight pricing included in packages or other estimates is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. Travel insurance included (if any) is a provision only. We will supply factual, comparitive information on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

    Overview:

    Immerse yourself in the scenic views of the Great Dividing Range as you spend four days traveling through serene Australian country. Visit colourful Toowoomba, explore the historic town of Dalby, relax in the spectacular Bunya Mountains National Park, and much more. 

    "We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls." - Anais Nin

    Logistics Start City/Location Brisbane: Your group meeting place.
    End City Brisbane: Your group meeting place.
    Meeting & Pick-up Arrangements*
    Duration 4 days
    Departure Time 9.30 am
    Return Time 4.00 pm

    * All charter tour packages are flexible. Talk to us about meeting and pickup arrangements that suit your group.

    Your Day-to-day Itinerary:

    DAY 1: BRISBANE - TOOWOOMBA

    Just 90 minutes "up the range" from Brisbane, Toowoomba crowns the edge of the Great Dividing Range 700 metres above sea level, overlooking the Lockyer Valley. After checking-in to your accommodation you'll rejoin the group to go back in time to the Australian transport era of the early to mid-1900's at Cobb+Co Museum.

    Later we make our way to one of Toowoomba's most peaceful and beautiful Japanese gardens, Ju Raku En. You then have free time for the afternoon. An optional Darling Down's Zoo experience is available on this day.

    Join us for dinner at Toowoomba Sports Club and enjoy a hearty meal while catching up with your tour friends.

    (Meals: dinner)

    DAY 2: TOOWOOMBA - DALBY & BUNYA MOUNTAINS

    This morning we say goodbye to Toowoomba and head up the road to Dalby where we'll delve into the history and stories that give it a character all of its own. The Heritage Trail is our best way to explore the town and learn about Dalby’s historic buildings.

    Dalby is also a great place to use as or base for exploring the Bunya Mountains. We'll drive an hour north to Bunya Mountains National Park for the spectacular views of the mountains, rainforests, waterfalls and colourful birdlife that make it famous. Lunch is provided and there's free time available. This evening we return to Dalby and after checking-in to our accommodation we'll go for a lovely group dinner and local wine at Dalby Leagues Club.

    (Meals: lunch, dinner)

    DAY 3: DALBY - KINGAROY

    Just an hour from Dalby lays the picturesque town of Kingaroy, famous for peanuts. We begin our journey in the morning, passing through the Bunya Mountain ranges to reach the town.

    After morning tea at the charming Whipbird Cafe, we head to Kingaroy Heritage Museum, followed by a visit to Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery. This afternoon there's a delicious lunch at Kingsley Grove Estate to enjoy followed by free time. A trip to Murgon follows with a visit to the Dairy and Heritage museum.

    In July there's there Winter Craft festival and in August Kingaroy comes alive for the annual Kingaroy Baconfest, a three-day celebration of Australian pork. In May, we'll check out the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival an hour’s drive north of Kingaroy.

    (Meals: morning tea, lunch)

    DAY 4: KINGAROY - BRISBANE

    After breakfast we say goodbye to Kingaroy and begin our journey back to Brisbane. We'll stop along the way at the town of Dayboro to grab a bite to eat. And although the drive back to Brisbane is three hours long, the scenery alone will complete your unforgettable trip.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Flights are not included in this package. If required, we'll happily price flights for you to suit your requirements along with transfers to and from Brisbane airport once the number of travelers is known. If you have accumulated Australian Escapes Free Flights vouchers, these can be used to reduce the overall price (limits will apply).

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in Toowoomba for 1 night, Dalby for 1 night, and Kingaroy for 1 night. It will be hotel style rated Bronze standard or above. This means high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    All tours are flexible. In this case the base tour package has been designed for a club or other group of 20 or more on an "Exclusive group charter" basis. However it can be modified to suit a "Small group charter" to suit groups of as few as 6 people. Couples or small groups of say 3 to 6 could do this trip as a self-guided holiday.

    When you arrive at each destination on your trip your tour director will show you around and point out places of interest. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required.

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    On multi-day tours where accommodation is supplied you will often have a choice of accommodation types at the same hotel or resort. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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