Cobb and Co ride of a lifetime

THE PROSPECT of embarking on a 19th century-style horse and carriage ride into Maryborough has captured locals’ imaginations.

In fact, one woman was so thrilled about the re-enactment of the famous Cobb and Co coach run that she offered to send her husband on the entire 120 kilometre journey from Kilkivan, Martine Britton of the Fraser Coast Show Society said.

“I had to tell her that it would end up costing about $10 per kilometre and she said that might be a bit out of her range,” Ms Britton said.

“But she said her husband really loves Cobb and Co and she really wanted to send him along.”

Other people who heard the show society was staging the re-enactment over three days in December asked if they could follow the coach on their horses as it trekked through the outback, Ms Britton said.

And bookings are also going strong, despite the fact that tickets are yet to go on sale.

“We’ve had about 30 people book already, so there’s really a lot of interest in it,” Ms Britton said.

“One person has booked a full day. Everyone I’ve spoken to has been really excited.”

People who secure a spot on the carriage will brave the rough terrain and unpredictable conditions experienced by the coaches of old, as the upcoming run attempts to follow the original route as closely as possible.

The passengers will also gain a rare insight into the travels of the early Cobb and Co coach drivers who delivered goods, mail and passengers back yonder.

The coach departs Kilkivan on December 18 and, after 10 rest stops, will arrive in Maryborough on December 20 to coincide with the town’s Carols by Candlelight celebrations.

People will be able to buy a ticket for any leg of the run and courtesy buses will be on-hand to transport passengers back and forth accordingly.

Stops include Miva, the Theebine pub and the Gundiah pub, which will host a dinner dance on Saturday, December 19.

People have been so enthusiastic about the Q150 event that they have provided the show society with Cobb and Co memorabilia, including an authentic luggage tag, photos and stories.

Many community groups have also offered their services to provide food and drinks at each of the rest stop locations.

“There are lots of people wanting to be a part of it,” Ms Britton said.

“And it’s an ideal Christmas present, if you want something a bit different.”

Tickets are expected to be on sale by November 20, but the show society is taking bookings in the meantime.

For more details, call 4123 5311.

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