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Equinox Partners Program

The Partners Program was developed for the entertainment and enjoyment of the partners and friends who choose NOT to sit on a DZ all day watching while friends and loved ones are off having all the fun in the sky.

Toogoolawah is not too far from a host of interesting things to do and see and here’s hoping that all you fun loving partners will have a great time exploring and experiencing the local culture and attractions of our wonderful region. 

We are looking forward to sharing our beautiful region with the participants of the Equinox Partners Program.

In the past our Partners Program has consisted of daily "Organised Tours" which did not always suit everyone, so this time there will be provision for our visitors to liaise with our Volunteer Tourism Officer and create their own tour program during the Equinox.

The Partners Program Survival Kit

A camera, a good sun hat and sunscreen, a personal water bottle, a comfy pair of shoes and don't forget your swim suit and a towel as this is a valley lakes and it's not too far to the beach either. The Ramblers DZ swimming pool is always a good spot to cool off after a hard day touring.

What's on Offer

The list of activities and venues within our region will leave visitors spoiled for choice.

There is everything from, Local Shopping and Local Eateries, General Sight Seeing, Rail Trail and Walking Trails, Local Historical Buildings, National Parks, Local Wineries and Gourmet Producers, Scenic Drives, Local Waterways, -(swimming, fishing, boating) Picnics, Wild Koala Tours, Native Gardens, "Lunch with the Locals", Markets, Antiques and Crafts. Then of course there is the glorious Sunshine Coast on our doorstep-Australia Zoo, Surfing, Swimming, Beaches, Underwater World, Ginger Factory, Spirit House, cooking Classes. Not forgetting the picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland-Glasshouse Mountains and much much more.

Some Web sites to ponder

  • To view our local tourism website and get a tiny taste of what's on offer in the immediate area, please go to www.somersettourism.com.au
  • For those interested in our local wine industry, tastings, winery tours and more, please go to www.somersetwinetrail.com.au
  • Be enticed by Warrego Wines. Another local favorite winery/cellar door and restaurant: www.warregowines.com.au
  • How about a visit to Caolana Olives? The home of unique, boutique bake and semi dried olives and oils from South East Queensland: www.coolanaolives.com
  • The Bellevue Homestead and Vineyard is a local historical home open to the public for tours and tastings-www.bellevuehomstead.com.au
  • Somerset Dam and Village is a picturesque spot to swim, hire a boat, or enjoy a picnic or meal at the local eatery www.somersetdamrealestate.com.au
  • How about a day at the famous Australia Zoo www.australiazoo.com.au
  • Buderim Ginger Factory and cooking school is a tasty and amazing Queensland attraction on the Sunshine Coast www.buderimginger.com
  • Visit the internationally famous "Spirit House" Restaurant, Cooking School, Food Tours, Gift Shop and more www.spirithouse.com.au
  • For a look at our beautiful hinterland, where you will find everything from cheese making to waterfalls and folk music, go to www.hinterlandtourism.com.au

How to organise a trip/tour from the Drop Zone

It's simple really. On arrival at Ramblers DZ, you are asked to fill in the Partners Program Introduction form and tell us what you would like to see and do.

This information will assist the Coordinator to get you on the road to explore the many attractions on offer. There will also be free brochures and maps to help you decide on activities to suit your time, taste and transport.

"Meet and Greet"

A friendly "Meet and Greet" of Partners Program participants will take place on the first Sunday of the Boogie at 2pm in the Ramblers Pool area

This will hopefully help us all get to know each other and perhaps share some ideas about outings and activities.

Local Sport

Beside the other things available to entertain in the region we also have a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and even lawn bowls, these are available right here in Toogoolawah.

In fact there are a total of 4 golf courses within easy drive of the DZ for those hard core golf enthusiasts. Let us know if you would like a game.

The Ramblers 22-seater Bus

Our bus and driver will be on standby for "GROUP TOURS" if required. The Partners Program Coordinator will accompany the group on these tours.

Costs

Costs for seats on the bus will depend on numbers. All other costs incurred during the tours. (ie entry fees to venues, food and drink etc.) will be the responsibility of individuals. (Entry prices to venues etc will be available before departure from the DZ.)

Special Offers

Some local tourist venues and wineries may have "Special Offers" for the Equinox Partners Program. This information will be made available by the Coordinator.

General Information

Hire Cars

Please be aware that some venues and destinations will only be available to those with the ability to "self drive". Extensive exploration of the region is best done by car.

Hire cars are available from major towns and Brisbane Airport and it is advisable to organise your hire car at either of these places before arriving at the Drop Zone.

Getting around

BYO pushbike or even on foot the Railtrail makes for safe and easy access from the DZ to Toogoolawah town and back. You can reach the Railtrail directly from the DZ - ask our local tourist advisor or Partners Program Co-ordinator regarding access.

On going Travel Advice

For those interested in setting off on a "self drive" overnight tour of the region, we can also advise and help to arrange accommodation as needed.

Thinking of travelling a little after the Equinox? Let us help you with some local advise and introduce you in to some really special places down the road.

International Information

Well here are some useful websites and links with general local info:

Internet Services in Toogoolawah

There is no public internet access available on the DZ. Internet facilities are available at some motels in the area. If you have a laptop you may be able to access the internet using a broadband card or device available from major telecommunication suppliers, such as Telstra.com.au and Optus.net.au. Please note that Vodaphone has little or no reception in this area.

Automatic Teller Machines in Toogoolawah - Currency Exchange

ATMs and two banks are available in Toogoolawah township but it is suggested that any foreign currency exchange to Australian dollars be done before you leave your home country or at one of the airport exchanges eg.Travelex

Eftpos Machines in Toogoolawah

There are Eftpos machines at the Office and the bar at Ramblers. They are "pay only" machines and No Cash can be obtained from either machine.

“Maureen’s Kitchen and Canteen” at the DZ is a cash only operation with no Eftpos facility.

Eftpos facilities are available in most shops in Toogoolawah township and machines are located in the IGA and at the Roadhouse.

Banks & Agents in Toogoolawah

  • ANZ BANK Toogoolawah - with outside ATM for international and after hours transactions
  • COMMONWEALTH BANK - Agent at Toogoolawah Post Office (trading hours only)
  • BENDIGO BANK - Agent at Toogoolawah News agency
  • WESTPAC BANK AND ATM - Kilcoy about 25minutes drive north
  • NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK - Esk about 15 minutes drive south
  • TOOGOOLAWAH BUSINESS CENTRE - located about 3 km from the DZ

Business in Toogoolawah

Business hours are generally: 8.30am -5 or 5-30pm Monday - Friday 8.30am - 12noon Saturday. Sunday trading is limited to from 8.30 - 12.30m at the Newsagent and other retailers. The IGA grocery store 8.30am - 12.30pm. The Roadhouse is open 7 days/week from 6am - 8pm.

  • IGA-general grocery
  • Thrifty Link Hardware
  • Newsagent
  • Post Office
  • ANZ Bank
  • Second Hand Shop
  • Chemist
  • Butcher
  • Fruit Shed
  • Café
  • Doctor Surgery
  • 3 Pubs
  • Hairdressers
  • Health Spa
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Mechanic
  • Tyre Service
  • Roadhouse / Fuel / Ice / LP gas / Café / Takeaway

The nearest dentist is located at Gatton, roughly 1 hour drive.

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