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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

1–9 AUGUST 2018 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, SIX MUSIC PERFORMANCES AND AN EXPLORATION OF THE QUEENSLAND OUTBACK

Enjoy the classical music pleasures of three days at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music with premium seats to six world-class chamber music performances. Experience four exciting and refreshing days in Queensland’s classic outback, visiting typical outback towns, enjoying the landscapes, hearing about and seeing evidence of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, and visiting Australia’s premier outback heritage institution, The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre.

$4480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $490

Final payment due: 29 May 2018

PLACES AVAILABLE

tour leader

toby chadd

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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 drinks and canapé function in the Loft at Jam Corner 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 at Michel’s on our final evening in Townsville.

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

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

  • An evening expedition from Winton to watch the sunset over the outback, while enjoying a glass of champagne.

  • A private 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 Thomson 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 (maximum 22 people), attend exclusive events, stay in luxurious hotels, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining.

tour leader

Toby Chadd is the manager of ABC Classics, overseeing recording and artistic strategy with a range of orchestras and soloists across Australia, including all the major state orchestras, The Australian Ballet and Opera Australia, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and many others. In 2016 he initiated and created the internationally successful 1000 Years of Classical Music series, and during his tenure ABC Classics albums have won plaudits including ARIA, AIR (Australian Independent Record) Association and Gramophone Magazine 'Editor’s Choice' awards.

Originally from the UK, Toby worked for the period-instrument ensemble the Academy of Ancient Music for many years, building his deep love for the music of the baroque and classical eras. He has given pre-concert talks for the Australian Chamber Orchestra; and consulted for Musica Viva and the Australia Council. He studied English and Italian literature at the University of Cambridge. 

Away from the world of music, Toby hosts a cricket podcast, and can occasionally be found with a bat in hand himself. Cycling, travelling, reading and whisky number amongst his other passions.

1–9 AUGUST 2018

$4480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $490

Final payment due: 29 May 2018

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 1 AUGUST 2018

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 early evening we enjoy an exclusive private drinks and canapé function in the Loft at Jam Corner with our Tour Leader, Toby Chadd, and with musicians who are performing in the Festival. 

DAY 2 | THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2018

2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT QUEST TOWNSVILLE

TOWNSVILLE:

In the morning Toby Chadd 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. It is accompanied by a 45-minute performance by Festival artists and 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 our first Festival Evening Concert. We travel to and from the concert by private coach. 

DAY 3 | FRIDAY 3 AUGUST 2018

3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT QUEST TOWNSVILLE

TOWNSVILLE:

Today begins with an informative talk by Toby Chadd 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 dinner. 

We then attend a Festival Evening Concert.

DAY 4 | SATURDAY 4 AUGUST 2018

4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT QUEST TOWNSVILLE

TOWNSVILLE:

In the morning Toby Chadd 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 is followed by a light lunch. The afternoon is free for you to either rest or explore Townsville further. In the early evening we will come together to enjoy a Long Table dinner at Michel’s, before attending our final Festival Evening Concert.

DAY 5 | SUNDAY 5 AUGUST 2018

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 an 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 the everyday life of the late 19th-century. We check into our hotels, the Royal Private Hotel and the 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 6 AUGUST 2018

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 early evening we go even deeper into the outback on a sunset expedition 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 (2005), 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 enjoying a glass of champagne.

DAY 7 | TUESDAY 7 AUGUST 2018

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS KINNON & CO, LONGREACH

WINTON TO LONGREACH: 

In the morning before we depart you might like to visit 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 a light 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 8 AUGUST 2018

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS 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 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 two jet planes, the Boeing 747 and 707, and of a DC-3. Our tour guide explains the many important features and unique histories of these aircraft.

This evening we conclude our tour with a Starlight cruise down the majestic Thomson 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 we are treated to 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 billy tea and damper. We are then taken back to our hotel.

DAY 9 | THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 2018

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

For those who would like it, we will be arranging a coach transfer to Longreach airport.

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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

1–9 AUGUST 2018

$4480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $490

Final payment due: 29 May 2018

INCLUSIONS:

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

  • Tour Leader and Talks: Tour leadership in Townsville and pre-performance talks by Toby Chadd. Expert tour guide for our four days in the Queensland Outback.  

  • 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), three dinners including wine, four lunches and one drinks and canapé function. 

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums and art galleries as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides will be 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 airport and hotel at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional 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 travel insurance is recommended for tours within Australia. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact them 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 22 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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1–9 AUGUST 2018 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, SIX MUSIC PERFORMANCES AND AN EXPLORATION OF THE QUEENSLAND OUTBACK 

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