We wish we could take you all over Australia, in ten days we cannot but we will give you a snapshot into the Charolais industry, the wider agricultural industry and some of our beautiful country and attractions. Australians are renowned for being great hosts and we look forward to ensuring you have a great adventure “Down Under”.

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Wednesday 5th August

Arrive in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. A transfer will be available from Domestic and International Airports to our Brisbane base, the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane. Ideally situated on the CBD fringe and close to the exhibition grounds this 4.5 star venue offers commanding views of the city skyline. Register during the afternoon and then join all the delegates at a Meet & Greet Cocktail function commencing at 6.00pm to 8pm.
(Opportunity to watch Live Steer judging Ekka or explore Brisbane for early arrivals)

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane
6.00pm Official Meet and Greet / Welcome
[Meals: Canapes] [Cocktail Drinks included]

Thursday 6th August

Breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the Brisbane Royal Show [Ekka] where Charolais will be the feature breed on exhibition. See Charolais cattle from across Australia as well as tropical breeds being judged in the main arena. Prime cattle are also judged in pens offering a insight of commercial markets in Australia. After judging enjoy a dinner function with exhibitors and friends before travelling back to the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner] [Lunch (limited) & Dinner Drinks included]

Friday 7th August

Breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the Brisbane Royal Show [Ekka] where the Royal Show opens to the public. Discover the diversity of an Australian Royal show. An opportunity to see other breeds on the lawns, watch the Prime Cattle auction and visit with exhibitors. Exhibition halls and displays are open. Alternatively explore Roma Street Parklands [500 metres] or Brisbane City [800 metres] At 4.30pm we head back to the hotel for a dinner celebrating 50 years of Charolais in Australia.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane
[Meals: Breakfast, Dinner][Lunch at own cost] [Dinner Drinks included]

Saturday 8th August

Breakfast at the hotel before travelling to Mount Coot-tha for view over Brisbane. Next stop is the famous Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can get up close to the unique animals of Australia. Koala, kangaroo, platypus, wombats, see just how different Australian animals are. Lunch is at the indigenous “Spirits of the Red Sands” where we gain an insight into Australian Aboriginal culture. After lunch head into the sub tropical hinterland, you have the opportunity to stretch your legs at the Tamborine Mountain Botanical Gardens. We travel a little further to the south for dinner and a show at the Australian Outback Spectacular. Tonight we stay at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner] [Dinner Drinks included, Drinks may be purchased at lunch]

Sunday 9th August

Breakfast and check out of the hotel. Travel out of Brisbane through Cunninghams Gap to the Darling Downs region. Hope for a clear day as the views from this steep ascent can be stunning. Today our first herd visit is Palgrove Charolais. Palgrove established by the Bondfield Family is the largest herd in Australia established in 1970 and known internationally. Next is a visit to Jim & Jackie Wedge’s Ascot Charolais stud on the historical North Toolburra property. Dinner tonight is at the award winning “Rudd’s Pub” Nobby. Built in 1893 the hotel itself is quite unique and still retains the character and charm of a bygone era. The walls tell a photographic story of days gone by and memorabilia covers the walls and the ceiling. After dinner it’s a short drive to Toowoomba where we stay the night.

Accommodation: Toowoomba
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner] [Drinks included]

Monday 10th August

Breakfast and check out of the hotel. We travel across the “Darling Downs” region with the first stop today, the historical Jondaryan Woolshed built in 1859. There are more than 30 buildings with antique machinery and much more to explore in this heritage listed living museum. Morning tea and lunch will be in the woolshed. After lunch we drive west to the “Maranoa” district to Surat and our host, the Price Family at Moongool Charolais. After a herd visit we head into nearby Surat to the heritage Warroo Town Hall for dinner. After dinner relax on the bus to Roma where we camp for the night.

Accommodation: Roma
[Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner] [Drinks included]

Tuesday 11th August

Breakfast and check out of the hotel. For the early risers the opportunity to visit the weekly cattle market or savour an extra bit of sleep. Roma has the largest selling complex in Australia with 372,000 head sold in 2014/15. Our buses today take us to the ANC herd of Andrew and Norah Cass. This Full French herd of over 650 breeders has a strong poll breeding program. After lunch we head down the Warrego Highway to Marburg for dinner at the historical Woodlands Mansion. From Marburg it’s a quick drive into Brisbane and back to the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane
[Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner] [Drinks included]

Wednesday 12th August

Breakfast and check out of the hotel. Travel to Brisbane airport and bid farewell to Queensland. An eighty minute flight on national carrier Qantas and we land in the harbour city Sydney. Appreciate the scale of this city and magnificent harbour as we approach. Travel to entertainment precinct, Darling Harbour for lunch. We check into our Sydney base, Rydges World Square in the heart of the CBD. After checking in we depart for a three hour dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour. Take the bus back to the hotel or walk and take in some Sydney nightlife on the way.

Accommodation: Rydges World Square
[Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner] [Drinks included]

Thursday 13th August

After breakfast we head to the Hunter Valley a renowned wine district. Travel through sandstone cliffs in the Great Dividing Range to the Ben Ean Winery Complex. This winery is over 170 years in the making. There will be a group display from local Charolais herds, speciality shops [Divine Treats, Hunter Belle Cheese, Hunter Valley Olive Co and of course the wine. Savour the opportunity in these scenic grounds including lunch. Dinner tonight is back in Sydney.

Accommodation: Rydges World Square
[Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner] [Drinks included]

Friday 14th August

Breakfast in the hotel followed by the Charolais & Charbray International AGM and a Genetics Symposium including lunch. We are lining up a great line of speakers for your interest. We are in the CBD for those that prefer to explore. After lunch there is a free afternoon to experience Sydney, buy those souvenirs, maybe climb the bridge or just relax before the Farewell dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Rydges World Square
[Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner] [Drinks included]

Saturday 15th August

Breakfast and check out for the Post Tour, your own itinerary or travel home. Thank you for visiting, we hope you have had a great time and safe travels. We will coordinate your airport transfer.
[Meals: Breakfast]