Queensland Coastal Water Tower Tour
Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd October 2023
Day 01 (LD): PORT MACQUARIE TO CALOUNDRA Monday 16th
Welcome to QLD Water towers, an appreciation tour of talented artists who visualised and painted the artwork on the towers. We have a bit of a travel day today so sit back and meet your fellow travellers. We make a stop in Ballina for lunch before continuing through to the colourful and vibrant Pacific Pines Water Tower. Located on the top of Bottle Brush Hill, we don’t go all the way up due to no access for large coaches however we make a stop for a photo below. Leaving here we make our way to Kallangur where Titled ‘Symbiosis’ featuring the Xanthorrhoea bush at the base of the tower and a black cockatoo in the top reaches, the mural was designed to blend into its surroundings, and it does perfectly. The design symbolises the regeneration of Kallangur, highlighting the black cockatoo - signifying rain. A great start to our water tower tour. We check in to our hotel for the next 5 nights with a slightly later dinner this evening.
Lunch at Ballina RSL Club | dinner at hotel Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort | 6 nights
Day 02 (BLD): DISCOVERING WATER TOWERS Tuesday 17th
Looking forward to our humdinger of a day we start locally right here in the Caloundra, designed by Phantast who took their inspiration for the mural from the creation of stories told by Maroochy Baramabah, a song-woman of the Turrbal people. We will have to park and walk to this one to appreciate the scale of the artwork. We now head south and cross the bridge to Bribie Island. It’s here we discover a sand island full of natural wonders including two water towers which we will see today. Set amongst beautiful bush surrounds is the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre. Browse the interesting and varied arts and crafts housed within
Day 02 (BLD): DISCOVERING WATER TOWERS Tuesday 17th
before making our way to Bongaree, drawing inspiration from Bribie Island’s marine life and waterways; this artwork depicts the thriving aquatic life that is unique to Bribie Island. The native turtles that return to Bribie Island each year, the lush seagrass beds beyond its shores and the sunrays shining through the pristine waters, provide a glimpse into the paradise that hides just below the water’s surface. We now travel to the eastern
side of the island to see the Woorim Water Tower, reflecting Bribie Island’s beach culture and the families that have chosen Bribie Island as their home. We enjoy lunch on the island at the Bribie Island RSL club before calling in at the Bribie Island Seaside Museum to explore the unique history of the region. Heading back to the mainland, we farewell the island. Arriving at Beachmere’s Water Tower, we see the design featuring a colourful display of local wildlife, capturing the community appeal of Beachmere. We have two more towers to see today, the next one is in Rothwell. This 360-degree water tank portrays many species of flora and fauna believed to be found locally in the area. There is even a plane or two flying overhead. Take a moment and go for a wander around to truly appreciate the size of artwork it is. Returning to our accommodation we stop in at Caboolture’s water tower, celebrating the ANZAC spirit.
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | Lunch at Bribie Island RSL Club
Day 03 (BLD): WATER TOWER, MARKETS AND GINGER Wednesday 18th
This morning we set off on our days touring starting at Point Cartwright Water Tower. It is found on the headland in the Beacon Lighthouse Reserve in Buddina, Queensland. This one is a walk (about 700m) to get to the tower, but once there the views are spectacular! Titled ‘Subsurface’ and designed by The Zookeeper, the mural featured a whale, a turtle, and fish all swimming beneath the sea. After returning to the coach, we can have a rest onboard as we make our way to Eumundi. The twice weekly street markets held in the small village of Eumundi are as popular with the locals as they are with visitors to the Sunshine Coast. The town itself is very attractive – the main street is tree lined and features many fine examples of buildings that were constructed between 1890 and 1930. The market operates on Wednesday and Saturday mornings – “rail, hail or shine”! We spend some time looking at the markets, then re-board our coach and make our way to Yandina to visit the Ginger Factory. After lunch, we view the audio-visual display tracing the life of ginger from planting to final use, see ginger growing in the patch and then look at the factory from the o bservation deck to see production. We also take a ride on the Ginger train. Afterwards, we can visit the Ginger town shops or stroll through the landscaped gardens. Just across the road is the Macadamia Factory, just in case you’d like to stock up! We return to the hotel for dinner.
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | lunch at the Ginger Factory
Day 04 (BLD): SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND Thursday 19th
We have a fabulous day in store today as we travel up to the Blackall Range. Our first stop for the day is at Maleny Dairies. Due to the milk industry deregulations, the family were nearly forced to give up farming but fought back by deciding to build their own processing plant. Today we take a tour of the facility including a brief history of the farm. Leaving here we make our way to the magnificent rainforest of the Maleny Botanic Gardens. The gardens cover 14 acres in area but are continuously expanding. We’ll have spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains whilst meandering along paths with different plants including some of the rarest cycads in the world. We enjoy lunch here before travelling north along the range to Montville, taking in the beautiful vistas along the way. Montville is probably the most well-known village alon g the range and was first established in 1887. Today it is a place to step back in time and enjoy the tranquility of village life in a streetscape unique to any other tourist centre in Australia. We will have free time here to browse the many arts and crafts shops. Later this afternoon we visit Mapleton Water Tower, it depicts the Mapleton Lily Ponds which is right behind it, a beautiful park and picnic area. After a great day we return to the hotel with some free time before dinner.
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | lunch at the Maleny Botanic Gardens
Day 05 (BLD): BINJOUR AND MUNDUBBERA Friday 20th
We have an early start today as we have a bit of a drive today but once we arrive to where we are heading it will be worth the trip. Late morning, we arrive in the small township of Binjour to see the water tower - a historic view of the local town including the post office, the Church and country estates. Not too far away is Mundubbera this small rural service centre of Mundubbera is located on the Burnett River although it likes to think of itself as the "Meeting Place of the Waters" because both the Boyne and the Auburn Rivers flow into the Burnett 10 km west of the town. We have arranged lunch today at Royal Hotel Mundubbera before our visit to the Mundurbbera Pump Station illustrating the meeting of the Boyne, Auburn, and Burnett Rivers with lots of native flora and fauna tucked into the scenes as well. The Mundubbera Museum is where we’ll find eight local historical buildings that have been moved to the site as well as two large machinery sheds and a citrus industry display building being developed. On display is a wide range of local memorabilia, furniture, machinery, and equipment. After an enjoyable day we return to our hotel for last night in the area.
Breakfast and dinner in the Resort | lunch at the Royal Hotel Mundurbbera
Day 06 (BLD): SUNSHINE COAST TO BALLINA Saturday 21st
With our bags full of fantastic memories, we start for home. We do still have 2 more water towers to see today before arriving home. The first one is at the Green Hill Water Reservoir; the concrete walls of the Green Hill Reservoir were transformed into a work of Day 06 (BLD): SUNSHINE COAST TO BALLINA Saturday 21st
art, as part of Seqwater’s first community artwork project. Seqwater teamed up with year 7 art students from nearby Indooroopilly State High School and Street Art Murals Australia (SAMA) to create design concepts based on three themes – Water for life, Nature around us and Urban habitat, and they have achieved this spectacularly! Our last water tower on tour is at the Chester Park Water Tow er, the artist Kyra says that her theme is ‘Indigenous Warrior’ which s a tribute to teachers, lawyers, police, and community people who uphold ‘Justice for all’. What a picture-perfect way to finish the water tower visits. We have arranged lunch today at the Coolangatta Surf Club. Sit back and relax with a good book or a little nap as we travel through to Ballina with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Breakfast and dinner in hotel | lunch at Coolangatta Surf Club Comfort Inn All Seasons, Ballina | 1 night
Day 07 (B): BALLINA TO HOME Sunday 22nd
Following breakfast we make our way home, stopping along the way to purchase lunch we arrive this afternoon with memories and great photos to share of our 7-day art appreciation tour.
Breakfast in hotel | lunch own arrangements and cost
- 6 night’s motel accommodation
- 6 cooked motel breakfasts
- 6 motel dinners
- 6 included lunches – see below
- Lunch at Ballina RSL Club
- Visit Pacific Pines Water Tower
- Visit Kallangur Water tower
- Visit Caloundra Reservoir
- Entry to the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre
- Visit Bongaree Water Tower, Bribie Island
- Visit Woorim Water Tower, Bribie Island
- Lunch at the Bribie Island RSL
- Visit to the Bribie Island Seaside Museum
- Visit Beachmere's Water Tower
- Visit Rothwell Water Tower
- Viist Caboolture's Water Tower
- Visit Point Cartwright Water Tower
- Visit Eumundi Markets
- Lunch, guided tour including tastings and Ginger train ride at The Ginger Factory, Yandina
- Visit Macadamia Factory
- Tour Farm and Factory at Maleny Dairies
- Entry to gardens and lunch at the Maleny Botanic Gardens
- Visit Montville township
- Visit Mapleton Water Tower
- Visit Binjour Water tower
- Lunch at the Royal Hotel Mundubbera
Tour Inclusions continued
- Visit Mundurbbera Pump Station
- Entry to Mundubbera and District Historical Museum
- Visit Green Hill Water Reservoir
- Visit Chester Park Water Tower
- Lunch at the Coolangatta Surf Club
For more information or to book;
Phone: 02 6583 3330
Book Online: https://events.humanitix.com/qld-water-tower-tour
$1,976 pp twin | $2,525 pp single
Deposit $300 pp
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