Meghan and Harry: Dubbo and Fraser Island ready the red carpet for royalty


October 14, 2018 06:34:58

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touching down in Australia in a matter of days, excitement in a regional New South Wales town has reached fever pitch.

Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Sydney on Tuesday ahead of the Invictus Games and their 16-day trip includes stops in Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Dubbo in the state’s central west is one of two regional stops on the royal couple’s itinerary and the town is painted in red, blue and white to celebrate.

“People have been going crazy over the last couple of days,” said Dallas Lee from Dubbo’s $2Up store.

“We’ve been selling a lot of Australian bunting and flags, crowns and any memorabilia they can get their hands on,” he said.

Take a walk down the outback city’s shopping strip and you’ll see Union Jacks, royal guards and even cut-outs of the Duke and Duchess.

Drivers are craning their necks to check out The Castlereagh Hotel’s double-decker display, and the front window of local optometrist Burgun and Brennan has become a selfie stop for locals.

Peek inside Molly’s Gifts and you’ll see royal commemorative mugs on sale, plus colouring-in books celebrating the royal couple’s wedding.

“People are buying the mugs and they’re also buying prince and princess books for their children to signify that there was indeed a prince and a princess in our town,” owner Therese Porter said.

Dubbo prepares for a plum picnic

While decorations and memorabilia are in demand in Dubbo, so too are practical supplies.

On Wednesday the city of Dubbo will host a picnic in Victoria Park so that locals have the chance to meet the couple.

“Everyone is coming in to get raincoats in case it’s a rainy day,” said Jason Behagg from camping store Aussie Disposals.

“Camp chairs are also going out the door like crazy because everyone wants to sit down in Victoria Park.

“We have eight pallets of stock arriving today just so we can … get everything out on the floor because it’s all just going to run straight out the door.”

Retailers are expecting a rush on Monday and Tuesday, with many closing their doors on Wednesday.

Royal visit a tourism treat for Fraser Island

Queensland’s Fraser Coast is preparing to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex next week.

The royal couple will meet the traditional owners of K’gari (Fraser Island), the Butchulla people, and the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Prince Harry and Meghan wil visit one of Fraser Island’s famous lakes before travelling by boat to Kingfisher Bay.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the region’s special guests will be a great boost for the local tourism industry.

“It is not very often that members of the royal family visit. It will be an historic occasion,” he said.

“Visits like this really put us on the world map,” he said.

“We want to make them very welcome here, just as we do for all our international visitors.

“We think the pristine natural environment on this World Heritage-listed island is very special, and the fact that it is the only Queensland place that the Duke and Duchess are visiting confirms this.”

Tour outline:

  • Tuesday October 16: Sydney
  • Wednesday October 17: Dubbo
  • Thursday October 18: Melbourne
  • Friday October 19: Sydney
  • Saturday October 20: Sydney
  • Sunday October 21: Sydney
  • Monday October 22: Fraser Island
  • Tuesday October 23: Suva, Fiji
  • Wednesday October 24: Suva, Fiji
  • Thursday October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga
  • Friday October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney
  • Saturday October 27: Sydney
  • Sunday October 28: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Monday October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, NZ
  • Tuesday October 30: Auckland, NZ
  • Wednesday October 31: Rotorua, NZ














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