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Intro | Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback

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Intro | Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC & THE QUEENSLAND OUTBACK

2–10 AUGUST 2017 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, SIX MUSIC PERFORMANCES & AN EXPLORATION OF THE QUEENSLAND OUTBACK

All the classical music pleasures of three days at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music are followed by four exciting and refreshing days in Queensland’s classic outback. A visit to Australia’s premier outback heritage institution, The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, is included.

$4450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $480

Final payment due: 30 May 2017

4 PLACES AVAILABLE

tour leader

michael fellows

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Overview | Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


Overview

Overview | Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • Four days at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.

  • Premium seats to six world-class chamber music performances, including two Festival Concert Conversations followed by a light lunch.

  • An exclusive private cocktail function with musicians who are performing in the festival and a private Q&A with the festival’s composer-in-residence.

  • A three-course Long Table dinner on our final night in Townsville.

  • Four exciting days in the Queensland Outback, seeing the Outback from the comfort of an air-conditioned coach.

  • A private tour of the historic outback town of Charters Towers.

  • Experience more than 100 million years of history and culture at the Flinders Discovery Centre in Hughenden, a stop on the Queensland ‘Dinosaur Trail’.

  • A guided tour of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, near Winton, which contains the world's largest collection of Australian Dinosaur fossils.

  • Visits to two fascinating museums in Longreach both focused on important aspects of Australia’s past, The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and the Qantas Founders Outback Museum.

  • A Starlight cruise down the majestic Thompson River in Longreach, with a farewell camp-fire dinner, a barefoot bush poet, and at the end the night, a timeless favourite - billy tea and damper.

  • Travel in a small group. A maximum of 20 people will be confirmed on this exclusive tour.

performances include:

  • New works by Timothy Constable, Sally Greenaway and Matthew Hindson.

  • Rachmaninoff's Trio élégiaque No.1 in G Minor, Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No.1 in D Major, Rimsky-Korsakov's Quintet in B-flat Major and Shostakovich's Two Pieces for String Octet performed by musicians including the Goldner String Quartet, the Orava Quartet and Piers Lane.

  • Schubert's String Quintet in C Major performed by the Orava Quartet and Francis Gouton.

  • Brahms' Piano Quartet in C Minor, Strauss' Four Last Songs arranged by James Ledger and Schumann's Piano Quintet in E flat Major performed by musicians including the Orava Quartet, Jayson Gillham and Orli Shaham.

  • Gian Carlo Menotti's Nocturne and John Adam's John's Book of Alleged Dances performed by musicians including the Orava Quartet, the Goldner String Quartet, Natalie Peluso, Alice Giles and Orli Shaham.

  • The final night Jamboree concert featuring musicians including harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, Piers Lane, Jayson Gillham, Craig Ogden and Orli Shaham among many more.

tour leader

Michael Fellows resides in Townsville and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. He is a Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator and he practises law throughout North Queensland. His passions are music and photography. He is the Cathedral Organist of St. James (Anglican) Cathedral Townsville and is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.  

2–10 AUGUST 2017

$4450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $480

Final payment due: 30 May 2017

4 PLACES AVAILABLE

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Itinerary | Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


Itinerary

Itinerary | Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY 2 AUGUST 2017 

1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT QUEST TOWNSVILLE

ARRIVE TOWNSVILLE:

Arrive at Quest Townsville. Overlooking the Townsville Yacht Club Marina, these modern serviced apartments offer a range of leisure facilities and guest services, including a swimming pool. Quest Townsville is located in the heart of the city's dining precinct and you can enjoy a leisurely stroll to some of the best restaurants and cafés in the region. In the evening, we enjoy a private drinks and canapé function with our Tour Leader Michael Fellows and with musicians who are performing in the Festival. 

DAY 2 | THURSDAY 3 AUGUST 2017

2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT QUEST TOWNSVILLE

TOWNSVILLE:

In the morning Michael Fellows will give a talk on this evening’s concert program. Afterwards we attend our first Festival Concert Conversation, an absorbing and informative discussion about music, by musicians and hosted by the Festival's Artistic Director, Piers Lane AO. It is accompanied by a 45-minute performance by Festival artists and it is followed by a light lunch. Our afternoon is free. You might like to explore some exciting Townsville attractions such as the Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, the Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Townsville Palmeton or the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

Tonight we attend a Festival Evening Concert.

DAY 3 | FRIDAY 4 AUGUST 2017

3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT QUEST TOWNSVILLE

TOWNSVILLE:

Today begins with a talk by Michael Fellows on this evening’s two performances. The late morning and afternoon are then free. Cultural attractions, shopping and exploring are all possibilities, or a day trip to Magnetic Island can be organised for you as an optional extra. In the early evening we will attend a Festival Early Evening Concert.

Following the concert we have the privilege of attending a private Q&A with the Festival's composer-in-residence followed by drinks and canapés.

We then attend a Festival Evening Concert.

DAY 4 | SATURDAY 5 AUGUST 2017

4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT QUEST TOWNSVILLE

TOWNSVILLE:

In the morning Michael Fellows will give a talk on this evening’s concert program before we attend a further enlightening and stimulating Festival Concert Conversation. It is accompanied by a 45-minute performance by Festival artists and it is followed by a light lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to rest or explore. In the early evening we will come together to enjoy a Long Table dinner, before attending our final Festival Evening Concert.

DAY 5 | SUNDAY 6 AUGUST 2017

1 NIGHT AT THE ROYAL PRIVATE HOTEL OR CATTLEMANS REST MOTOR INN, CHARTERS TOWERS

TOWNSVILLE TO CHARTERS TOWERS:

In the morning we set off on our outback adventure in the comfort of our air-conditioned coach. We travel along the Flinders Highway, also known as the Overlanders Way, because it traces the stock route chosen by drovers (overlanders) who, more than a century ago, brought vast herds of live cattle from inland cattle stations to the markets and port facilities on the North Queensland coast. After a 1.5 hour journey we arrive at the attractive town of Charters Towers, which in the 1890s gold rush became Queensland’s second largest city. We have a fascinating tour of the Venus Battery to see how the gold was extracted, and then, on a guided heritage walk, we witness evidence of the town’s prosperous past in the beautiful buildings in every street. We also visit the old Miners' Cottage, full of treasures from everyday life in the late 19th-century. We then check into our hotels, the Royal Private Hotel and Cattlemans Rest Motor Inn. 

The Royal Private Hotel, built in 1888 is an elegant, historic gem with its wide veranda trimmed with wrought-iron lace. It has old-world comfort and charm and is a destination in itself. It is now a family owned and run hotel, offering a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The Cattleman’s Rest is a comfortable Motor Inn located across Centenary Park, just 700 metres from the centre of Charters Towers. It offers a peaceful oasis where visitors can just rest, or relax in the swimming pool and barbeque area, or enjoy the excellent licensed Steakhouse restaurant.

Our evening is free.

DAY 6 | MONDAY 7 AUGUST 2017

1 NIGHT AT THE GREGORY NORTH HOTEL, WINTON

TOWNSVILLE TO WINTON:

In the morning we continue our journey for 2.5 hours to the historic outback town of Hughenden, one of the towns on Australia’s ‘Dinosaur Trail.’ Located on the edge of Australia’s ancient inland sea, important fossils have been found in the area, the most significant of which is Muttaburrasaurus. This skeleton was the first entire fossil to be found in Australia and it is displayed prominently at the Flinders Discovery Centre which we visit. We have lunch and on our departure from town we visit the Historic Coolabah Tree which is linked to two expeditions which searched for the lost Burke and Wills Expedition, and blazed the tree as a sign of their presence in the area. Those expeditions importantly led people to become aware of the fertility of the plains adjacent to the Flinders River.

We travel for 2.5 hours to Winton, the legendary outback town where A.B. Patterson wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda’, and where the Qantas airline was founded. We go directly to our accommodation, the Gregory North Hotel, a focal point for locals and travellers since the original hotel was first opened in 1879. The hotel offers good food and spacious comfortable rooms, and is conveniently located in the town centre.

In the evening we go on a sunset expedition even deeper into the outback to a rangelands area, known as “the Rifts”. There we enjoy the opportunity to explore the amazing corridors and caves carved into the rock by natural erosion. Fairy bats can sometimes be seen clinging to the rock walls. This location with its spectacular vistas has become a regular destination for film-makers. It was, for example, used as a major location in the film, The Proposition, written by Nick Cave, directed by John Hillcoat and starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, John Hurt, David Wenham and Emily Watson. The Rifts are also a vantage point from which we watch the sun set over the majestic plains of the Outback, while we add to our pleasure in the experience by drinking a glass of champagne.

DAY 7 | TUESDAY 8 AUGUST 2017

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS AT KINNON & CO, LONGREACH

WINTON TO LONGREACH: 

In the morning we pop in to the Corfield and Fitzmaurice building, located next door to our hotel, to see a diorama of the Dinosaur Stampede. The stampede actually took place 110km south-west of Winton at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, where the only evidence of a dinosaur stampede on the planet can be found.

We leave Winton and travel 24km south-east of town to The Jump-Up, a mesa that's home to the remarkable Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. This is the world's largest collection of unique Australian dinosaur fossils and the most productive fossil preparation laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere. We enjoy a private guided tour of the museum before lunch.

In the afternoon we drive to Longreach where we check into our accommodation, the award-winning Kinnon & Co, Longreach, with its recreated rustic-style pioneer huts and homestead stables, all four-star and air-conditioned.

Our evening is free.

DAY 8 | WEDNESDAY 9 AUGUST 2017

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS AT KINNON & CO, LONGREACH

LONGREACH: 

This morning we visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, a stunning construction of timber, stone and corrugated iron, which is truly reminiscent of the outback. There we attend the Outback Stockman’s Show which encompasses the modern-day aspects of being a stockman, as well as telling the tales of what it used to be like for the stockmen and women who worked on the land. The show also features horses and dogs. We then explore the museum with its displays, films and interactive stories and exhibits. It provides an impressive memorial to the explorers, overlanders, pioneers and settlers of remote Australia.

In the afternoon we visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, a world-class, award winning museum and cultural display eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, replica aircraft and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. We go on a guided tour of the two jet planes, the Boeing 747 and 707, and of a DC-3. Our tour guide shows us, and explains the many important features and unique histories off these aircraft.

This evening we conclude our tour with a Starlight cruise down the majestic Thompson River, where endless photo opportunities exist in the country’s natural features and the birds flocking home to roost on the riverbanks. We go ashore for a traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner during which our Outback experience is enhanced with traditional entertainment provided by a barefoot bush poet. An exciting new form of entertainment is then offered in Starlight’s Spectacular Sound and Light Picture Show, which presents the Kinnon family and locals in the adventures of the notorious cattle thief known as Captain Starlight. Finally in the atmospheric surroundings of the bush at night we enjoy a timeless favourite - billy tea and damper. We are then taken back to our hotel.

DAY 9 | THURSDAY 10 AUGUST 2017

Following our final buffet breakfast at the hotel, our tour concludes.

For those who would like it, we will be arranging a coach transfer to Longreach airport at approximately midday. There is a QantasLink flight departing Longreach at 14:35 which will arrive into Brisbane at 16:30. 

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Inclusions | Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


Inclusions

Inclusions | Australian Festival of Chamber Music & The Queensland Outback


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

2–10 AUGUST 2017

$4450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $480

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium tickets for six performances in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. 

  • Tour Leader and Talks: Tour leadership and pre-performance talks by Michael Fellows. 

  • Hotels: Eight nights’ accommodation in the following hotels:
    − four nights at Quest Townsville
    − one night at the Royal Private Hotel or Cattlemans Rest Motor Inn, Charters Towers  
    − one night at Gregory North Hotel, Winton
    − two nights at Kinnon & Co, Longreach

  • Travel: Travel by private air-conditioned coach. Hayllar Music Tours will arrange a coach transfer from our hotel in Longreach to Longreach airport at approximately midday on the final day of the tour. 

  • Meals/Drinks: Breakfast each morning (please note that at Quest Townsville you will receive a breakfast basket each morning), two dinners including wine, three lunches and two drinks and canapé functions. 

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums and art galleries as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides used at some sites.

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack. 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from airports and hotels at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional cost. Please note: for this tour, Hayllar Music Tours will arrange one coach transfer from our hotel in Longreach to Longreach airport at approximately midday on the final day of the tour. This coach transfer is included in the tour cost.

  • Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.

  • Travel Insurance: Please note that you are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your tour. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact us at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.

  • Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 1

All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 1–2 hours, standing for long periods of time in museums, art galleries etc and embarking/disembarking coaches.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

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2–10 AUGUST 2017 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, SIX MUSIC PERFORMANCES AND AN EXPLORATION OF THE QUEENSLAND OUTBACK

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