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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.