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HEATHCOTE, BENDIGO, SWAN HILL, BOORT, WARRACKNABEAL, STAWELL - 6 DAYS – 6 SILO’S
PLUS !!!! OVER 6 AMAZING VENUES
Depart Melbourne or a predetermined location at 7.00 am. Make our way to Bendigo via Heathcote. At Heathcote we here we will make a stop for morning tea. The old Bank building (circa 1886) is now home to The Ministry of Chocolate, here you will find a lovely Café serving great coffee, a range of cakes and chocolates, all produced by The Ministry of Chocolate. The Café offers local produce. In addition the Old Bank is now home to Mitchelton Wines - Heathcote Cellar Door, where we have a range of our Central Victorian wines, as well as a new line of Heathcote wines as they become available. The former vault now holds the winery’s museum release wines as well as a bit of history. Mitchelton Winery produces a range of both red and white wines, which are available to taste and take home from their cellar door. After morning tea, we will take a visit to the amazing Pink Cliffs of Heathcote. The pink cliffs area in Heathcote that is unique, the cliffs have a magnificent pink aura around the formations, these rocks are an amazing site. Back on board, we make our way into Bendigo and the lovely Lake Weeroona. Here you will enjoy lunch overlooking the Lake. After lunch we head to the Bendigo Pottery. Bendigo Pottery is an Australian Icon, not only does this factory have the best gift shop, it also has working potters, who happily explain their craft as they work. Very interesting. They conduct classes in pottery. There is an onsite café for coffee & afternoon tea (own expense).Back on board we now set our sights on Swan Hill. On arrival in Swan Hill we will have a rest and relax before dinner. Your motel in Swan Hill will be your accommodation for the next 3 nights. Tonight, we will be making our way out to the Murray Downs Golf & Country Club for dinner and drinks with onsite entertainment. Your coach will be waiting to return you to your accommodation.
This morning after breakfast, we will head to the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement. Set on three hectares of land, on the banks of the Little Murray River. The Pioneer Settlement lets you experience Australian history first hand. Explore the unique Pioneer Settlement, where the good old days come to life right in front of your eyes. Walking down the main street, it’s easy to picture yourself in a rural settlement more than 100 years ago, with immaculately preserved and restored buildings and memorabilia as the perfect backdrop. Mid -morning we will board the PS PYAP paddle steamer, which will take us on a leisurely cruise, upriver, past the Riverside Caravan Park, Murray Downs Marina and the Murray Downs Homestead. Arriving back at the Settlement, you will have time to stroll through various shops and buildings to experience pioneer life. On your return, take a ride on a horse & carriage, so many historical artifacts come to life in front of your eyes. There are several options available to you for lunch whilst here. Personally, the soup and damper is wonderful. Mid- afternoon your coach will be waiting to return you to your accommodation in Swan Hill. Time to sit and relax before dinner. After dinner we will make our way back to the Pioneer Settlement to enjoy the amazing sound and laser light show. (light dinner – Soup & damper prior to show – served in onsite restaurant - $13.50 extra charge)
After breakfast we will depart for Boort, where we will be taken on a tour of Simply Tomatoes and provide you with a scrumptious morning tea. Next, we will visit Salute Oliva “Cheers to good health with Olives”, where you will have chance to purchase some of their first-class organic olive oil and a range of other olive products. Another wonderful country lunch will be provided by the Railway Hotel. You can’t leave Boort without a trip to the Spanner Man; John Piccoli will take you into his fascinating world of spanners. You will be amazed by his creations. One of his masterpiece is a larger than life shearer made from 1000 spanners, weighing 750kg and 1.95m in height. On arrival back to Swan Hill take time for an early dinner (or grab a picnic to bring with you) we board the coach around 7 pm bound for Sea Lake and look at Lake Tyrell. This lake is a unique Salt Lake, Victoria’s largest. The Lake environment is host to Mallee reptiles, kangaroos, emus, white-faced chats and an inland gallery (breeding place for gulls). “Lake Tyrrell” and surrounding salt lakes were formed resulting in the inundation of the Murray-Darling Basin through sea level rise and its subsequent retreat; the present landscape and soils were formed as a result of this process. The lake itself is quite ancient and may have been formed by drifting sand blocking the passage of Tyrrell Creek. Over time it became a giant salt basin due to the flow of subterranean saline water and the run-off from Tyrrell Creek. There is also evidence of the indigenous occupation of the area over the last 45,000 years. This evidence includes a variety of artefacts that can be observed throughout the Tyrrell region”,then we will board the coach and travel a short distance to Sea Lake and Lake Tyrrell (known as the pink lakes) the view of the lakes as the sun sets over the lake, is breathtaking. As the sun is setting over the lake this is the optimal time to get the most amazing pictures. Then back on board to our motel. Please note daylight saving does affect the departure times on this part of the tour. During daylight savings the coach will not depart till around 7.00 pm – The trip is (Oct – April). Time to take a nice white or red wine and glasses and watch the sun set.
After breakfast this morning we will make our way to Lake Boga. Here we will visit the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum, home of the Catalina Flying Boats. From humble beginnings, countless volunteer hours, “blood. Sweat and tears” and many more beers, the “dream” finally came to conclusion when the modern hangar which houses a restored Catalina and other exhibits was officially opened on 21st April, 2012. The aircraft on display is a Catalina PBY5. It depicts the type and size of aircraft that were used as patrol bombers during World War II and was built in the USA by the Consolidated Aircraft Company. It was originally a Netherlands aircraft that was adopted by the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942 and given the registered number A24–30. After the war it was sold to Kingsford Smith Airlines, who used for spare parts. The body was sent to Lake Boga for scrap, but it was purchased by a local farmer and taken to Nyah. The farmer used some parts but left the rest lying under a tree for forty years. His family donated it to the Lake Boga Lions Club who has painstakingly assembled and semi-restored it to something of its former glory. (Morning Tea will be provided). Olsen’s Game Birds is our next stop. They produce top quality free range Pheasant, Guinea Fowl and Partridge for restaurants and food outlets throughout Australia. We will be given a guided tour which will be followed by a lovely lunch (included). Time permitting we will drop in at the Sonre almond olive & pistachio farm We will head back into Swan Hill where you will have some free time to enjoy. Swan Hill has some lovely restaurant in the main street and a local RSL providing evening meals and entertainment. A few pubs and fast foods, some unique shops and a lovely river within walking distance. After enjoying dinner at a venue of your choice (own cost) your coach will be ready to takeyou to visit the Observatory and Bogartz Glass Studio. The studio has a lovely range of handmade glass ware and you can try your hand at some glass blowing. We’ll have a tour of the planetarium and view the stars though the telescopes at the observatory. The observatory has four main telescopes and all are accessible on flat ground (no stairs to negotiate) enabling ease of viewing. See Jupiter with its cloud bands and moons or Saturn with its spectacular rings, all possible with our auto guided tracking Telescopes. These planets and many more wonderful objects in the night sky some, are only able to be seen at different times of the year (weather permitting).
After breakfast this morning, we’ll head to Patchewollock and view our first in the Art Series Silos. Here we will have morning tea before heading back on Board to Lascelles – the latest Silo to be finished painting. After Lascelles we make our way to Hopetoun. Hopetoun is named after Lord Hopetoun the Governor of Victoria and later Australia's first Governor General. Situated in Hopetoun is the Corrong Homestead which was built by the Mallee's first settler Peter McGinnis and now fully restored to its original pioneer state. Corrong Homestead is believed to be the oldest original house in the Mallee. We will stop here for lunch today . On our departure from Corrong, we will trav to Rosebery, now this is a work in progress. We may not have the luxury of poking around, but are still able to take a few pictures of these monumental painted structures. After Rosebery its on toward Brim on the way to Wycheproof. Latest trend on the tourism and art scene “. A well-known Brisbane artist, decided to paint murals on some defunct silos”, used for storing grain in regional Victoria. The artist had no idea of the questions they would create.
Guido van Helten has turned the tiny town of Brim, with a population of about 100, into a tourist destination overnight, and social media is cluttered with photos of his work. People are in awe of the four characters, standing 30 metres tall, on the iconic Australian structures. Now we have an amazing collection of painted “silo’s” each telling their own story. The “silo’s” have become popular amongst people near and far and a must see. Following our visit to the “Brim Silo’s” it’s off to the Warracknabeal for dinner and our overnight stay.
After breakfast we are back on board we continue the remainder of of journey to 2 of the first Silo’s to be painted in the Art Series Silos. Sheep Hills and Patchewollock. Now its on to Stawell. Here we will stop at Magadla Inns restaurant “ Macks” for an amazing 2 course luncheon before heading homeward bound. After lunch we travel a short distance to Great WesternGreat Western, just outside Stawell. Here you will find “Best’s Winery”, one of the oldest wineries in Australia, and well worth a visit, for a tasting and a tour. Tour included in cost.Cellars and underground tunnels. You will see much of the original equipment has been preserved. The outside view is worth the stop alone, and the tour is quite accessible for all ages.making our way to the latest in the Art series Silo’s. Today we will head to Inclusions:
This itinerary includes fourteen (14) entrance fees to the listed attractions. Morning tea on days 2, 3, & 4 plus 4 Lunches and dinner on days 1, 2, 3 & 4. Including all morning tea, lunches, dinners as mentioned above, and the 4 nights’ accommodation.
Day 1 - We depart from our pre-arranged pick up point and travel via Ballarat, then the Glenelg Hwy to Hamilton where we'll stop for our lunch break. Then its through to Mt Gambier to settle into our motel before we make our way out to dinner.
Day 2 - After breakfast we board our coach for a town tour of Mt Gambier, with a visit to Lady Nelson interpretive centre. here we'll go below deck to hear the story of the tiny ships voayge of discovery and the charting of much of the South Coast of Australia. The remainder of the morning is taken up exploring Umpherston Caves, the Crater Lakes and the Cave Gardens. After Lunch the tour continues with a tour of the Blue Lake used to relax and have a leisurely stroll around Mt Gambier.
Day 3 - This morning we'll travel through the beautiful lakes area and onto Mount Schank which is an extinct volcano. Then its onto the sea side town of Port Macdonnell, home of the Sth Eastern Crayfishing Fleet. Next stop is the border town of Nelson. Here we will board our cruise boat for a relaxing luncheon cruise along the beautiful Glenelg River. Then its back to our motel to freshen up before dinner.
Day 4 - After breakfast we head off to Millicent. We will visit the Shell Gardens, then continue along to Beachport and travel the scenic drive, viewing both the sheltered bay waters and rugged open coast line. We'll see the Pool of Silom of superb salty inland lagoon (renown for its healing qualities). Now its a visit to Woakwine Cutting, which is an example of moving mountains. Lunch today will be at Robe, followed by a tour to Kingston, to view the Big Lobster and the National Trust Light House. Then, its back to our motel to freshen up before dinner.
Day 5 - After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and make our journey homeward, travelling via the Princess Highway, with stops at Port Fairy and Warrnambool as we proceed through to Melbourne, arriving home with fond memories of your tour.
$795 per person twin share (single supp $220)
Tour Includes: 4 Nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts & 4 evening meals
Does not include: lunches, afternoon & morning teas.
VICTOR HARBOR, GOOLWA, KANGAROO ISLAND, MCLAREN VALE, HAHNDORF
Day 1 (D)
Sit back enjoy the views, whilst travelling along the Western Freeway to the South Australian border. We will stop for lunch & breaks. Crossing the border into Sth. Australia, past Bordertown & Tailem Bend. Making our way, through to the Fleurieu Peninsula & Victor Harbor. On arrival at the motel, time to refresh before dinner.
Day 2 (B,D)
After breakfast we make our way to Goolwa. Here we will board the “Cockle Train” as it travels along the spectacular coastline to Victor Harbor. Visit the train museum, then board your coach, headed to the town CBD. Here, you will board Horse drawn carriage to Granite Island. Enjoy lunch at the cafeteria. After lunch, board the carriage & return to the mainland. On board the coach, we head to Goolwa, for an informative 2-hour cruise. Depart Goolwa Wharf, travel through the Barrage & Lock, down to the Murray Mouth, with views to the Coorong sand dunes. At Murray Mouth go ashore for a walk (subject to water levels & weather). Afterward, its back on the boat to Goolwa for some free time before heading to your motel.
Day 3: (B,L,D)
Early morning pick- up & scenic coach tour to Cape Jarvis. Here, we board the Sea Link Cruise, for a 45-min. crossing to Kangaroo Island. On arrival, re-board the coach for some amazing destinations. Onto Clifford's Honey Farm. Enjoy an informative talk & tasting. Sample some homemade honey ice-cream, or try the honey beauty products. Next up, Vivonne Bay Bistro, set on a 260-hectare bush property, enjoy a delicious two course lunch. After lunch visit at Seal Bay Conservation Park, a beach walk, with a Park Ranger, amid a colony of wild & rare Sea Lions, native birds, & raptors. Now, we head back to our accommodation & refresh for dinner.
Day 4 (B,L.D)
After breakfast, we head to Emu Ridge and the Eucalyptus distillery. Here you can taste & test. Next, we visit the centre of Kangaroo Island & Wildlife Park. Feed the Kangaroos, have your photograph taken with a koala, a guided tour of this wildlife & bird park. Onward to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, followed by a picnic After lunch, travel to the western point of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park. This, is one of Australia's largest & earliest conservation parks. Enjoy the breath-taking views, the unique trees, plants, coastal scenery & the rugged Coastline. Walk around down the boardwalk to Admirals Arch. The boardwalk will take you down the rugged cliff face, to see “The Arch”. View the natural nursery, a safe haven, for New Zealand fur seals, who can be seen swimming, playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks. This is the most amazing view and walk, time seems to stand still and yet pass so quickly whilst relaxing, taking in the view. After our scenic views, it’s off to remarkable rocks for another shorter boardwalk tour to the most amazing views. Time to return to the motel, with free time, before dinner.
Day 5; (B)
Early morning breakfast and start, with a return trip to Jervis bay aboard the Sealink Ferry. On arrival board the coach and make our way to McLaren Vale. Here we will take some time to visit Fru (Menz)Chocolate (originally known as Meadlows chocolates). Free time to roam the lovely town, & enjoy lunch. After lunch, we make our way to Wira Wira Cellar Door. Now, time to head Hahndorf. Here we will book into our overnight accommodation. Tonight, you will be spoiled for choice on your venue for an evening meal. Hahndorf offers quite many restaurants, none of which, will disappoint. For a traditional Bavarian style meal, you cannot go past the German arms Hotel. The food here is plentiful and traditional not to mention tastes delicious.
Day 6: (B)
After, a buffet breakfast with gorgeous scenery, we board our coach. Today we will be heading home. A stop in Hahndorf is never complete till you have been to Berenberg for some local jams or condiments. After this we make our way home stopping on the way for morning tea around Keith, where you can take some picture of the local White Kangaroos. For lunch we will stop en-route to home, arriving home mid evening.
TOUR COST :
$ 1295 P/P BASED ON - T/share or Double - GROUP OF 25 PLUS
$ 300 EXTRA– SINGLE SUP
>>GROUPS PLEASE NOTE –>> BOOK YOUR OWN DATES >>> PLUS OPTIONAL EXTRA DAYS.
DATES AVAILABLE IN MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER 2018