Country – Hidden Gems Day Tours
1. Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Day Tour
Our first stop on this day tour is at the tiny village of Marburg to visit the Emu farm and perhaps the antique shop. Then we continue up the range to Toowoomba and enjoy spectacular views from Picnic Point and hear about the local history. There are some lovely smaller parks within the city limits that are home to waterbirds or feature scented or rose gardens. A must see is the Queens Gardens with its spectacular flower displays. (Toowoomba’s famous Carnival of Flowers is held in the month of September). Next door is the Cobb and Co Museum where we enjoy a cafe lunch and discover the history of the stage coach travel in Queensland. There is the opportunity to join a guided tour and try your hand at leatherwork. (Entry to the museum and lunch is at own expense.) There are some interesting public Artworks around the city centre for those interested in Graffiti Art or Street Murals as well. Our day tour then travels back to Brisbane through scenic Spring Bluff with its Heritage listed Railway Station and the Withcott and Helidon areas.
2. Caboolture and Mt Mee (or Glasshouse Mountains) Day Tour
Before heading west, this day tour travels north to the town of Caboolture where we visit the Historical Village. (Entry to the Historical village is at own expense) There are four hectares (about 12 acres) and over sixty buildings on this site giving you a fascinating look into the development of Australia’s early pioneer lifestyle. A huge range of exhibits and memorabilia is on display. After stopping for morning tea here, we enjoy spectacular views at Mt Mee and the opportunity for a short bushwalk. We travel back towards Brisbane through the scenic villages of Dayboro and Samford.
An alternative is to visit the Glasshouse Mountains region instead of Mt.Mee. There is also plenty of opportunities for bushwalks in this area with a plethora of wildlife to spot including koalas, echidnas and wallabies if you are lucky. This area also has prolific birdlife and your guide will help identify and supply binoculars for those interested in birdwatching.
3. Mt. Glorious Bushwalk Day Tour
Our first stop is at the Walkabout Creek Information Centre with its Freshwater display, before heading further up the range with a couple of great lookouts. We make another stop for morning tea at one of the picnic areas within the forest on our way to Mt Glorious. This area is situated within the Brisbane Forest Park which covers a vast area of 28,500 hectares of bushland including national parks, state forests and reserves. We take a fully guided walk through the rainforest with information on the flora and fauna you see as well as looking for bush tucker along the way. There are a number of diverse walking tracks here so we can cater for different levels of fitness and see a large range of wildlife. Lunch is at the Maiala picnic area while listening to the abundant birdlife. Our daytour then heads down the range to Wivenhoe Outlook with great views of the dam (if we are lucky, we may spot a koala or two) before continuing past Wivenhoe and Splityard Creek Dams and returning via Fernvale and the Warrego Highway. Binoculars are available for wildlife spotting.