Explore Collinsville & The Bowen River Hotel

Make the most of your experience in the Whitsundays by engaging our services to take you to explore Collinsville area at your own pace and in complete luxury & privacy. Complimented by a fully licensed bar and butler service with an extensive range of catering options we off a truly personalised service catering to your personal requirements.

Your day begins with collection from your accommodation in the iconic Jeep style of your choosing with a leisurely 20 minute drive out of Airlie Beach to the Whitsundays Gold Coffee Farm that it is home to one of Australia's largest coffee plantations.

Coffee in or takeaway we then take a drive up the highway to visit the Iconic Big Mango

The 10-metre high Big Mango represents the delicious fruit which carries the name sake of the town "Bowen Mango" where we offer complimentary Mango Sorbet tasting and provides for a  great photo opportunity for  visitors and travellers alike.

Then we are headed for Collinsville.

Situated an hours drive and 80 Km south west inland from Bowen is Collinsville.  This is a proud and iconic coal mining town and no matter where you look in this small town you are reminded of its mining heritage starting with the entrance to the town which boasts an impressive brass statue of a Pit Pony.  As we drive through the the central hub you can stop and visit eight murals around town representing aspects of regional coal mining.

We will then visit the workers club (previously called the United Mineworkers club) which proudly displays the a memorial statue which bears testimony to the miners that have been killed in the district's mines over the years. We will visit the impressive Coalface Experience Museum at the Workers Club where you will get a first hand insight into the rough and ready past of coal mining and if time permits we will drop in at the visitor information centre who's knowledge of the area is second to none.

Heading into Lunch time we will depart Collinsville and head out west to the Historic Bowen River Hotel

Located on the Bowen River 8 km from Strathmore Station Homestead and 23 km west of Collinsville, the Bowen River Hotel is a hotel which was restored in 1999. This cattle country and we will see vast plains populated with the Braham cattle especially as we cross the ford at the Bowen River. The pub was originally established  around 1860 as a resting on the banks of the Bowen River, was donated to the National Trust of Queensland in 1974 by Ted Cunningham, of  Strathmore Station.

It lay abandoned until 1999, when it was rebuilt,  using traditional timber preparation and carpentry methods. The pub is comprised of two buildings, connected by a covered walkway and is a fine example of bush carpentry and jointing with wooden pegs. The hotel has a wonderful collection of photographs, paper clippings and memorabilia from bygone years.

So kick back, soak up the history with lunch and a few beverages and enjoy the serenity.

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"From pick up to drop off the adventure never stopped. Our trusty tour guide Mick delivered fantastic service and drove us to places we would’ve never found on our own. All done in the luxury and comfort of a Jeep SRT8. It truely was Airlie Beach like you’ve never seen it before. "
Lee Pereira, Brisbane QLD
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  • Up to 4 travellers at no additional cost.
  • 8 hour a professional personal driver and guide
  • Pick up and drop of within 25km of Airlie Beach
  • Complimentary beverage's from our in car menu (2pp)
  • Complimentary main meal at the Opal Ridge or Bowen River Hotel
  • Complimentary Bottled Spring Water for all travellers
  • Complimentary Child Seats upon request.
  • Unique Photo opportunities
  • The flexibility to go your own way

If you are travelling on one of our day tours we recommend you bring your swimwear, a beach towel, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, comfortable and appropriate footwear, a light jacket or sweater to protect against the wind and cooler weather, as well as a credit card or cash for snacks, drinks and optional activities.

Complimented by a licensed bar and butler service with an extensive range of catering options tailored to your personal requirements. Pre order and choose from a selection of our gourmet platters and baskets served at a time and location convenient to you.

 

Antipasto
Selection of cured meats, gourmet cheese, marinated vegetables, dip, olives, French stick

Cheese & Charcuterie
Selection of (3) of gourmet cheeses, sliced cured meats, dried fruit, salted nuts, crackers

Vegetarian Delight
Crudities’ selection, array of dips (3), marinated vegetables, olives, French stick, crackers

Seafood Lover
Whitsunday tiger prawns, QLD bugs, oysters, lemon, cocktail sauce

Chicken & Seafood
Whitsunday tiger prawns, oysters, roasted chicken pieces, marinated vegetables, French stick

Dessert
Selection of miniature desserts, macaroons, gourmet cheeses, fresh fruit, crackers.

Alcoholic Beverages

We operate a licensed bar and butler service under a subsidiary off premises liquor licence hence BYO alcoholic beverages are not permitted and our drivers will insist on the responsible consumption by travellers in accordance with Queensland Legislative requirements.

 

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