'Oracles of the Bush' Tenterfield Tour
Oracles of the Bush is an annual event celebrating Australian bush poetry, music and art. This event boasts among the highest prizemoney for any bush poetry competition in the country. It includes a variety of events such as Poets’ Concert featuring professional poets, poetry competition heats and final, breakfasts, lunches and the Poets’ Brawl breakfast in Jubilee Park.
As well as its signature events, a number of other community events such as a craft show, markets and the Centenary Cottage Museum display are held in conjunction with this four day celebration.
Oracles is held at the start of autumn when Tenterfield’s leaves are beginning to turn gold. It’s a great place to be at the start of a wonderful season.
AbFab Tours owner/operator Debbie Bowling will hostess this tour. Debbie’s husband, Don will be on The ‘Oracles of the Bush’ Tenterfield Tour as well and together their goal is that everyone feels part of the AbFab family.
25th Anniversary of Oracles of the Bush Theme: “Then and Now.”
Entry into all events (Key: B – Breakfast x 2, L – Lunch x 3, D – Dinner x 2)
7 am Grafton Library, Pound Street, Grafton.
7.30 am South Grafton William Wedge Bus Interchange (Ryan St and end of Kelly St)
Day 1: Friday 26th March 2021 (L, D)
Sit back, relax and meet our fellow travellers as we make our way along the Gwydir Highway. Keep an eye out for bush turkeys, deer and emus as we travel west. Please bring along your own morning tea, to be enjoyed at the Rangers Hut. Breathe in the fresh air and the landscape with the natural haven of the incredible diversity of plants and birds of the Gibraltar Ranger at Dandahra Creek.
From here we will continue to our weekends’ destination: Tenterfield. On arrival to Tenterfield, we will visit the 1840’s Tenterfield Station, where we will have the privilege of experiencing a private tour by Beryl Dean, 2004 Oracles of the Bush Legend. Jean will share the history of where Tenterfield started, and we view the elegant ‘1890’s Homestead remains’- a visible reminder of Tenterfield’s vibrant and fascinating past. (Ref: Tenterfield Station Homestead website: www.tenterfieldtourism.com.au)
Enjoy a two-Course lunch at the Bowling Club.
After a quick check-in at Best Western ‘The Henry Parkes’ Motel, we will all meet at the courtyard for our coach to depart at 2.15 pm to make our way to The Shearing Complex, Tenterfield Showgrounds for
Looming Legend 1st Heat at which commences at 2.30 pm.
Please communicate if you are interested in more information with regard to competing.
On conclusion of this event, we board our coach to return to the Motel.
The Coach will leave Motel at 6.05 pm, or you may choose to walk, it is a comfortable 10 min walk – 350 metres) to the Showground, Manners Street for the evenings camp oven meal and campfire yarns with Jeff Brown, Bec Hance, Ray Essery and Neil McArthur.
Bar facilities will be available so please no BYO.
Carolynne Newman, Yellow Shirt Brigade, volunteer of the Oracles of the Bush, advises ‘It can become quite cold in the evening, as it can in the mornings’. Bring a jacket, wrap and blanket.
Day 2: Saturday 27th March 2021 (B, L & D)
Early rise. Departure time 6.40 am.
Weather history: It can be as low as 9 degrees to a high of 27 degrees and recommend wearing clothes of layering. For example: Closed in walking shoes/boots, jeans/slacks, singlet, shirt, vest, jacket, scarf, beanie & gloves. And as the day warms, one can remove clothing appropriately.
As we travel the Mt Lindsay Road, we will see an orchard of Lychee fruit trees (on your left). Approx 2kms along the Mt Lindsay Road on the left is a memorial for a Plane Crash 2nd April 1987 – two died. Our first stop is at Captain Thunderbolts Hideout. This is a pleasant bushwalk; the soil can be moist. No high heals!! If the weather has been wet, a suggestion is to wear Aeroguard to deter leeches (Debbie will supply and spray on your shoes as you disembark the Coach).
View from the coach the WW2 Tank traps.
Be on the lookout for Wallabies, kangaroos, Lyra birds, kookaburras etc.
Our next stop is at the Bald Rock National Park for ‘Tea and Damper’ with Marco Gliora.
If the opportunity arises, enjoy a 15 minute ’round trip’ walk to view Bald Rock’s base. Directions: it is a bitumen track – stay on this track (at the v intersection go straight ahead) – stay on the bitumen – an easy walk.
On our return to Tenterfield, we visit the Historic Cork Tree. After that, onto to the Markets at the Railway Station Museum, something here for everyone! Optional: Railway Station Museum @ $7.50 per adult.
Entertainment by Jeff Brown and Bec Hance.
Lunch at Arrajay Downs BYO drinks: Opens 11.30 am. ‘Paddock to Plate’.
“The Old Timber Barn is the perfect location to enjoy a paddock to plate home-cooked meal while enjoying the beautiful Tenterhome-cooked capes and watch the animals grazing in their free-range style environment” – Poets Neil McArthur and Greg North.
This afternoon Looming Legend 2nd Heat at the Shearing Complex commences at 3.30 pm.
The entertainment continues into the night at the Shearing Complex commencing at 7.30 pm with performances from the Professional Poet’s extraordinaire.
Day 3: Sunday 28th March 2021 (B, L)
Luggage – Please advise driver and Don of your drop off location (Grafton or South Grafton).
Coach departure 7.30 am for a three-block drive to attend the Poets Brawl and Breakfast at Jubilee Park. You may choose to spontaneously recite your own 1 minute poem. After the Poets Brawl, your morning is free. You may choose to walk a block and half (easy walk) to Tenterfield’s main street – Rous Street for shopping. Enjoy a cuppa at the lovely cafes, or be driven to St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church. *Church Service 10 am to 11 am.
Ladies, you may enjoy visiting the beautiful boutiques. I have made contact with three shops that are going to open till noon on Sunday 27th March 2021 and generously giving a 10% discount on purchases that are not already reduced this weekend.
Simply Country Boutique – 222 Rouse Street. Owner Carol Campbell.
Sherelle Fashions – 278 Rouse Street. 10% on clothes not already reduced.
Gifts & Wares: Ruben & Flax Homewares – 270 Rouse Street (3 doors south of Sherelle Fashions). Free gift with purchase.
NB: Your AbFab Lanyards around your neck will entitle you to the 10% discount or gift.
*Sunday: at 9.45 am coach will depart the park to drop interested passengers off to St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church for its 10th Oracles Church Service commencing at 10 am to 11 am. ‘A most well–known event was the marriage of Alice Walker to Banjo Paterson on 8/4/1903.’
After Church service bus pickup is at 11.15 am to take to CBD street.
11.45 am departure from CBD location TBA by driver, to drive AbFab group to the Shearing Complex for Grand Final.
Passengers may walk to Shearing Complex at own leisure by noon for the commencement of the Grand Final.
On completion of the Grand Final, lunch will be supplied by the yellow shirt brigade, and we will eat at the Shearing Complex.
Points of interest:
The Tourist Information Centre across the road from the Henry Parkes Motel is like a mini-museum.
Also, just a few doors down from the Information Centre is a Gallery.
Rated one of Tenterfield’s most favourite tourist hot spots is the Tenterfield Saddler, established in 1870 in Clarence Street (opposite the Royal Hotel).
NB: There is a Café across from our Motel.
6 pm – South Grafton William Wedge Bus Interchange (Ryan Street and end of Kelly Street).
6.30 pm Grafton Library.
Refer to your Oracles of the Bush, 2021 Program or ebrocher and contact Debbie for information on poets and how to enter Looming Legend Bush Poetry competition, written sections & performance sections.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a member/s of our group perform 2021!!!
The Best Western The Henry Parkes
2016 Business & Tourism Awards. Highly Commended Excellence in Hospitality.
NB: Please advise your Hostess Debbie at all times when not travelling by coach.
Itinerary can be subject to change.
3 Day / 2 Night Tour
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th March 2021
Fully booked – waiting list only
Twin Share $650
Solo traveller $790
54 seat airconditioned coach with amenities and reclining seats
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