Elvis Festival Cowra / Parkes Thursday 9 January – Monday 13 January 2020
Day 1. Travel to Cowra by bus stopping at Mountain Blue Café at Glenbrook for lunch. Arrived at Cowra at approx. 6pm unpacked then all walked across the road to The Lachlan Valley Hotel for dinner, everyone enjoyed the meal with lots of fun and laughter.
Day 2. An early start picked up at 6.45am. After breakfast we travelled to Parkes on the bus to see the sights and there was plenty to see, Elvis in all shapes and sizes. Our ladies looked great in their Elvis shirts. Then we went to the Parkes Leagues Club for the heat of the best Elvis impersonator. Everyone enjoyed this event. Then a short drive to The Dish; it was a very hot day 43°. The flies nearly carried us away. After a leisurely lunch we returned to Parkes for free time. The clubs and hotels all had entertainment Elvis of course. Returned to Cowra just in time for a quick change for dinner. It was our own choice and cost we went to the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant for a very nice meal. After dinner we walked to the Australian Peace Bell; it was still 41° at 9.30pm.
Day 3. Another early start then travelled to Parkes for some retail therapy at the markets in Cooke Park before the street parade. The parade was a lot of fun, lots of laughs, a trip back in time with lots of old cars from 50’s and 60’s and of course lots of Elvis’s. Then free time in Parkes. Most did their own thing for lunch and walked the town. Some walked to the Graceland Hotel whilst others sat and watched the entertainment in the street. Dinner was back in Cowra – Cash is King dinner and show.
Day 4. An extra early start 5.45am. After breakfast back to Parkes for the Gospel Service. Free time in Parkes before the Feature Concert Series Dean Z. He was amazing singing Roy Orbison, Mick Jagger, Elvis and more. He had the whole room jumping, what a great concert. Definitely a highlight of our trip. After leaving Parkes we went to Montrose House in Canowindra. What a wonderful restored building. In 1915 it was the NSW Bank. Tommy the proprietor was a terrific host, he had lots of stories to tell. We had a lovely meal that Tommy had made himself. We ate out in the garden where the DJ played music for us. This was definitely another highlight of our trip. Everyone had a fabulous time.
Day 5. Bright and early again breakfast and then the journey home. Thank you everyone for making it such a great trip. Ron Harding Trips and Tours Coordinator
Murray Magic Tour - April 2019
Our first major trip as a Club. Early starts, long train and bus trips, much to see, lots of laughs and socializing and best of all a good chance to get to know each other better. In the pre-dawn darkness on Easter Sunday morning two commuter buses toured the Hills District picking up our Probus members for the start of a week’s adventure. On arriving at Central Station bags were checked in, and after the usual coffee we boarded the XPT for the long trip to Albury. As it was Easter Sunday, we were lucky enough to have several Easter bunnies on the train to hand out Easter eggs. At Albury we were greeted by our host, Clint, and boarded his bus for the over 3 hour drive to the motel at Barham. On the way we went through a thunderstorm before arriving to be greeted by Kristy-Lee, Clint’s wife and our hostess for the week. A quick supper in our room then off to bed after a long day.