Just as summer holidays in the UK are winding down, it is now time for me to start planning where I might go next, and I’ve always thought I’d like to fulfil the student dream of backpacking around Australia in the run-up to Christmas.
I’ve always wanted to see Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef and, of course, Sydney Opera House, one of most iconic performance venues of the southern hemisphere (and one of our top venues!).
So I need to make a decision – do I backpack, travel with an organised tour provider, or do I go for something more creative and unusual?
As it so happens Basil, Sybil and Manuel – the three stars of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience – are also embarking upon a tour of Australia – or should I say: yet another tour of Australia? I wonder what it would be like if I tagged along with them? I could become an official groupie!
If I did, I’d pass through 24 of the best locations Australia has to offer – and I thought for this blog I would share with you the ones I’m most excited about.
Just an 11 minute drive from Vue Grand hotel – one of our most frequent and most popular performance venues – you will find Basil’s Farm, Queenscliff. How ironic! Apparently, it is the perfect spot to indulge in fine wine, fresh air and abundant views, and the cheese platter and cauliflower soup come very highly recommended.
I’m a bit of a daredevil at heart and so the Ngilg Caves in Yallingup, WA sound right up my street. I can enjoy a guided tour of the caves to learn about hidden pathways and discover stunning formations caused by the water running within them. Conveniently, the caves are only a 13 minute walk from the Caves House Hotel which coincidently is where the show is performed on 22-23 November.
Chocolate lovers like me will love the vast array of chocolate on offer at the Carobana Chocolate Factory. It has everything from honeycomb to chili chocolate. It is in a beautiful historical building with many different rooms where you can watch demonstrations on how chocolate is made. The factory is only an eight minute drive from the Surf Club on Coffs Harbour, NSW, home to the Faultys on 11 November.
Yanchep National Park is a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of Perth, WA. If we got get there early in the morning or late in the evening I might be able to see kangaroos in their natural habitat. That would be one to tick off the bucket list. The National Park is a nine minute drive from Yanchep Inn, where the show is performed on 27 November.
So if you like planning your summer in Australia with a backpack, why not join me in planning your tour to coincide with Basil, Sybil and Manuel’s? Even if you can’t make all 24 locations, I hope to see you at one or two. Of course you could always tell your friends to join me at the locations you can’t make… 😉
Be sure to tag @TheFaultyTowers in any pictures you grab!
‘A high energy, great night out’ Melbourne Observer
‘Two hours’ worth of good food and some priceless interactive theatre’ RipItUp
‘The actors are stellar’ Glam Adelaide
‘Too brilliant to miss’ The Great Aussie Bite
Get your Aussie tour tickets here: http://www.torquaysuitetheatre.com/tickets_aus.html
Those tour dates in full:
14 Oct: Vue Grand Hotel, 46 Hesse St, Queenscliff, VIC 3225
15 Oct: Brooklands of Mornington, 99 Tanti Ave, Mornington, VIC 3931
21 Oct: Redlands RSL, 8 Passage Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163
22 Oct: Club Hotel, 131 Heeney Street, Chinchilla, QLD 4413
23 Oct: Jaundah Hotel Motel, Lawton Street, Wandoan, QLD 4419
10 Nov: Landsborough Pub, 32 Cribb Street, Landsborough, QLD 4550
11 Nov: Grand Old Crow Hotel, 32 William Street, Crows Nest, QLD 4355
11 Nov: Surf Club Restaurant & Bar, 22 Surf Club Road, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
12 Nov: Langford at Walcha, 14598 Thunderbolt Way, Walcha, NSW 2354
18 Nov: Vue Grand Hotel, 46 Hesse St, Queenscliff, VIC 3225
19 Nov: Moonee Ponds Club, 622 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039
19 Nov: Country Place Retreat, Olinda Creek Road, Kalorama, VIC 3766
20 Nov: The Inlet Hotel, 3-5 The Esplanade, Inverloch, VIC 3996
22-23 Nov: Caves House Hotel, 18 Yallingup Beach Road, Yallingup, WA 6282
24-26 Nov: Rigby’s Bar & Bistro, 221 St Georges Tce, Perth, WA 6000
25 Nov: The Delatite Hotel, 95 High Street, Mansfield, VIC 3722
26 Nov: York on Lilydale, Cnr York & Swansea Roads, Mt Evelyn, VIC 3796
27 Nov: Yanchep Inn, Yanchep National Park, Yanchep WA 6035
1 Dec: Exies Bagtown Function Centre, Blumer Avenue, Griffith, NSW 2680
2-3 Dec: Roseleigh, ”Overdale” Pattersons Road, Harefield, NSW 2650
5 Dec: The Grain Store, 64-66 Scott Street, Newcastle East, NSW 2300
6-8 Dec: Brooklands of Mornington, Best Western Plus, 99 Tanti Ave, Mornington, VIC 3931
8 Dec: Pioneer Tavern, Cnr Maxwell & The Northern, Penrith, NSW 2750
9 Dec: Vue Grand Hotel, 46 Hesse St, Queenscliff, VIC 3225
10 Dec: Grange Cleveland Winery, 55 Shannons Road, Lancefield, VIC 3435
10 Dec: Centro CBD, 28 Stewart Street, Wollongong, NSW 2500
11 Dec: Oaks Ranch & Country Club, 238 Old Mossy Point Rd, Jeremadra, Bateman’s Bay, NSW 2536
14 Dec: Warragul Country Club, 41 Sutton Street, Warragul, VIC 3820
15 Dec: Oaks Ranch & Country Club, 238 Old Mossy Point Rd, Jeremadra, Bateman’s Bay, NSW 2536
15 Dec: Greensborough RSL, 111 Main Street, Greensborough, VIC 3088
16 Dec: Sporting Legends, 233 York Street, Sale, VIC 3850
17 Dec: Country Place Retreat, Olinda Creek Road, Kalorama, VIC 3766