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  • 4 Days Hervey Bay, Seventeen Seventy & Bundaberg

    Spectacular scenery, delicious food, and unique coastal experiences; this Southern Queensland trip will leave you wanting more! Grab a group of friends and hit the road for an unforgettable seaside adventure. Early booking is required. Enquire today.

    One of Southern Queensland's most alluring regions, Wide Bay curls itself around a seemingly endless series of attractive towns and coastline. From Gympie to Maryborough and Hervey Bay, the number one place to watch humpback whales play, and north to Bundaberg, with Seventeen Seventy as well, this is a great adventure. Over 4 great days you'll explore many of the features and attractions that make this an unmissable area.

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    YOU PAY FROM $2,262pp $1,199 AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

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    Trip Highlights

    The Mary Valley Rattler train journey is a real highlight for a taste of early Queensland history. Board the historic train in Gympie and take in the gorgeous scenery. Be greeted with a delicious lunch upon your return to Gympie.

    Mary Valley Rattler unique train experience

    Sit back and relax as you begin an epic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland. From Gympie to Amamoor and back, soak up the sights and sounds of these historic towns. Enjoy a tasting platter of local produce onboard and a delicious lunch at Gympie Station.

    Afternoon cruise of Seventeen Seventy

    Experience the magic of the historic town of Seventeen Seventy at dusk on this 1-hour afternoon cruise. Traveling on-board a unique LARC amphibious vehicle, you’ll cruise along the Eurimbula Coastline and Round Hill Creek and enjoy the sunset from both land and sea.

    Dinner and wine at The Vineyard, Hervey Bay

    Perched on the esplanade in Hervey Bay and with the most commanding views across the Urangan Pier and over to Fraser Island, The Vinyard believe in wine, food and fun. Enjoy a delicious dinner and wine pairing when you dine here.

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    Explore Bundaberg's main attractions

    Step back in time and experience three great visitor attractions within the beautiful Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. The Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Fairymead House and Bundaberg & District Historical Museum are just waiting to be explored.

    Be transported back through time at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum

    A visit to Brennan and Geraghty’s Store Museum in Maryborough is a must. Discover the 1870s era store with its collection of products and paperwork going back over 140 years.

    Visit the historic town of Seventeen Seventy

    Seventeen Seventy is a picturesque seaside village surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay. Historic as the second landing site of James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour in May 1770, the area is rich in wildlife and natural beauty and offers scenic vistas in every direction. Spend a day here learning about the town's rich history and enjoying it's gorgeous surrounds.

    Enjoy a guided tour of Bundaberg's Rum Distillery

    Uncover the history of Australia's favourite rum distillery - Bundaberg Rum with an exclusive behind-the-scenes distillery experience.

    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.

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    Silver star package

    RETAIL VALUE

    $2,262pp

    GETAWAY CASH CREDITS APPLIED

    -$1,063

    YOU PAY*

    $1,199

    DISCOUNT OFF RETAIL VALUE: 47%

    * 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.

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    Inclusions

    "With year-round fantastic weather, kilometres of unspoilt beaches, and towns and cities rich in history, this is a place to remind yourself of the beauty of Queensland and to recharge, regenerate and rebound."

    Our aim with this trip is to give you and your group a taste of South Queensland's coastal highlights and provide exceptional value while keeping the dollars as low as possible. Ideally this might be a trip you could do more than once a year.

    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.

    For your club group

    Travel Style

    This tour is "Group-guided".

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    Australian Escapes exclusive group charter

    Tour Type

    This tour is operated by Australian Escapes for group charters.

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    Tour director supplied

    Tour Director

    A professional tour director will manage this tour.

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    Audio tour-guide equipment

    Audio Tour-guide

    Audio tour-guide equipment is optional.

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    Tour director supplied:

    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 "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" below).

    Tour Manager Notes & Guide for fun and organisation:

    A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer) if he or she would like to take on the role of tour director. 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.

    Silver star package

    Luxury coach transport with flexible pickup

    Your group will be picked up from a central Brisbane location to suit your requirements and head off towards the Hervey Bay region. Luxury coach supplied with professional driver.

    1 night accommodation in Bundaberg

    Spend some time in exciting Bundaberg, known throughout Australia for its sugar-cane fields, eponymous dark rum, tongue-tingling ginger beer and fruit-farming backpackers. Your accommodation is located along the river, close to the city centre, making it the perfect spot to explore the town from.

    1 night accommodation in Seventeen Seventy

    Situated by the ocean, this luxurious resort is the perfect base for exploring Seventeen Seventy. With Joseph Banks Conservation Park, Agnes Water Beach, and Workman's Beach all within walking distance, you'll be waking up in tranquil, scenic nature.

    1 night accommodation in Hervey Bay

    Situated perfectly, your accommodation is located in Hervey Bay, right along Great Sandy Straits Marina. Local cafes and restaurants are within walking distance, and popular points of interest such as Reef World Aquarium aren't far away.

    Lunch at The Oodies, Bundaberg

    Enjoy a cozy atmosphere, great vibes, great food & your favourite beverage at The Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg.

    Visit to Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum

    A visit to Brennan and Geraghty’s Store Museum in Maryborough is a must. Discover the 1870s era store with its collection of products and paperwork going back over 140 years.

    Hearty dinner in Bundaberg

    Enjoy a delicious dinner of steak, seafood or pasta at Sabrosa Steakhouse.

    Explore Bundaberg's main attractions

    Step back in time and experience three great visitor attractions within the beautiful Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. The Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Fairymead House and Bundaberg & District Historical Museum are just waiting to be explored.

    Mary Valley rattler tasting train experience

    Sit back and relax as you begin an epic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland. From Gympie to Amamoor and back, soak up the sights and sounds of these historic towns. Enjoy a tasting platter of local produce onboard and a delicious lunch at Gympie Station.

    Dinner and wine at The Vineyard, Hervey Bay

    Perched on the esplanade in Hervey Bay and with the most commanding views across the Urangan Pier and over to Fraser Island, The Vinyard believe in wine, food and fun. Enjoy a delicious dinner and wine pairing when you dine here.

    Afternoon LARC cruise in Seventeen Seventy

    Sit back and relax on a 1-hour scenic dusk cruise along the Eurimbula Coastline.

    Lunch in Seventeen Seventy

    Enjoy a delicious seaside lunch at the popular 1770 Marina Cafe.

    Lunch at Bundaberg Services Club

    Enjoy river views while catching up with friends for lunch at Bundaberg Services Club.

    Guided tour of Bundaberg's Rum Distillery

    Uncover the history of Australia's favourite rum distillery - Bundaberg Rum with an exclusive behind-the-scenes distillery experience.

    Dinner at Plantation Bar & Restaurant, Seventeen Seventy

    Plantations Bar & Restaurant offers elegant poolside dining within the Lagoons 1770 Central Resort. With a variety of modern Australian cuisine using the fresh produce of the region, you're guarenteed to have a delicious meal.

    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.

    Exclusions and options:

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

    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
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Self-drive package available for couples

    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 holiday
    • 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:

    Discover unspoilt shoreline, charming historic towns and stunning nature that will leave you refreshed and re-energised on your 4-day journey through Southern Queensland's spectacular Wide Bay region.

    "If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It's Lethal." - Paul Coelho

    Logistics Start City/Location Brisbane: Your group meeting place. (Start time is flexible.)
    End City Brisbane: Your group meeting place.
    Meeting & Pick-up Arrangements* If there are multiple pickups, we will advise timing in advance.
    Duration 3.0 days
    Departure Time 8.30am
    Return Time 8.30pm

    * 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 - GYMPIE - MARYBOROUGH - HERVEY BAY

    Leaving Brisbane we begin our journey up the Bruce Highway to the historical gold-mining town of Gympie. Here we go on a unique train journey aboard the Mary Valley Rattler to Amamoor.

    You'll enjoy a complimentary lunch and food platter on this scenic return trip. Afterwards we drop in to the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum. You'll learn just how Gympie "saved Queensland from bankruptcy" and discover more of the region's gold-mining past and present.

    We return to the road and continue up to Maryborough. On arrival we'll have some time to explore the town's striking art, statues, heritage buildings, memorials and museums that tell the story of a town that was once one of Australia’s largest port. The visit to famous Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum will transport you back through history.

    Later, we'll continue on to Hervey Bay where we'll do the drive from Pialba to Urangan along the waterfront with a walk along Urangan Pier before checking-in to our accommodation. Enjoy some free time before reuniting with your friends for a delicious dinner and wine pairing at The Vineyard.

    (Optional) 30-minute scenic flight of Hervey Bay is available to take in the morning before we head off towards Seventeen Seventy.

    (Meals: lunch, dinner)

    DAY 2:  SEVENTEEN SEVENTY

    Today we drive just under 3-hours north to the picturesque town of Seventeen Seventy (1770). The second landing site of Captain James Cook, this town is rich in history and natural beauty, and offers scenic vistas in every direction.

    Upon arrival, we'll take a drive to Round Hill Head and Bustard Bay Lookout before visiting the Agnes Water museum to learn about the region’s aboriginal and pioneering past and its unique maritime history. Behind the museum lays the fantastic Discovery Trail walking track; meander through an easy walk (less than 1km) pathway through the natural bush of the Agnes Water Headland and enjoy spectacular views from a wooden bench lookout at the end.

    After lunch, we head off on an exciting cruise along the Eurimbula Coastline aboard a unique LARC amphibious vehicle. Later we check-in to our accommodation and rest before making our way to Plantation Bar & Restaurant for an elegant poolside dining experience.

    (Meals: lunch, dinner)

    DAY 3: BUNDABERG

    This morning we set our compass for nearby Bundaberg. Bundaberg is a city of environmental treasures and cultural pleasures to be explored. Famous for it's sugar and rum production, we learn more about the town's history on an exclusive tour of the Bundaberg Rum distillery before heading to the local RSL club for lunch.

    Later we journey just 15-minutes out of the city to beautiful Mon Repos and it's gorgeous beachside walking trail before returning to Bundaberg and checking-in to our accommodation. Enjoy some independent time to relax before rejoining the group for dinner.

    (Meals: lunch, dinner)

    DAY 4: BUNDABERG - BRISBANE

    Today we will step back in time and experience three great visitor attractions within the beautiful Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. Make your way along the garden lined pathways and be enchanted by Indian bungalow architecture at Fairymead House, celebrate the adventures and achievements of Australia’s pioneer solo aviator Bert Hinkler at Hinkler Hall of Aviation and uncover the region's vast history at the Bundaberg and District Historical Museum.

    After your tour, enjoy some lunch and begin the journey back to Brisbane. On the way back, we make a stop at The Ginger Factory at Yandina for afternoon tea and some gingery treats to take home.

    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 the 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 Hervey Bay for 1 night, Seventeen Seventy for 1 night, and Bundaberg for 1 night. It will be hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very 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 very 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. At various attractions there will be guides to show you the highlights.

    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 it will be shown as an inclusion in the standard tour package. 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" is a trip designed for couples and small groups (such as two couples) travelling together using a single car. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group with either a group leader as tour director or a tour director is supplied in the package. Larger "Group-guided" packages will offer both tour management options.

    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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