Experience the natural beauty of rural Victoria. Cruise along the Glenelg River past limestone cliffs and abundant wildlife, uncover aviation history at the Ansett Museum, be inspired by the story behind the Mary MacKillop Centre in Penola and discover the magnificent sunken garden at the Umpherston Sinkhole.Book Now
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Home - Melbourne - Hamilton
After flying into Melbourne, enjoy lunch before travelling via historic Inverleigh, boasting spectacular red river gums on the banks of the Leigh River, striking stone walls, and Elm trees of the early 1900s. Traversing the volcanic trail, view Mt Elephant, an extinct volcano, before settling in for the next five nights in Hamilton, situated in the beautiful pastoral area of Victoria's western district.
Umpherston Sunken Garden and Mt Gambier
Today we make our way towards the South Australian border via Dartmoor and Digby. Experience the relaxed riverside lifestyle while visiting Nelson, situated at the mouth of the Glenelg River, where we will see the abundant birdlife and spectacular limestone cliffs during our morning tea cruise. Cross the border to enjoy lunch in Mt Gambier and visit the unique and stunning Sunken Garden at Umpherston Sinkhole.
Explore Portland, Victoria's first permanent European settlement, on the far south-west coast of Victoria. Enjoy a return ride on the restored Portland Cable Tram to the WWII Memorial Tower. Next, we will take a locally guided tour of the Portland area. After lunch, visit the Maritime Discovery Centre complex on Portland's picturesque foreshore before returning to our motel to freshen up before dinner.
Penola and Casterton
Today we travel through very beautiful countryside via Wando Vale to Warrock Homestead where 33 of the 36 historic buildings have been classified "A" by the National Trust on this working grazing property. Step back in time as you visit Penola, where you can take time to stroll down Petticoat Lane. Enjoy lunch and a visit to the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre. Here you will see a comprehensive display about the dedication shown by Blessed Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods to founding a Catholic education for isolated children. This afternoon, visit the small township of Casterton, the birthplace of the Australian Kelpie, where the town recognises this working dog with unique sculptures.
Campe's Motor Museum and Ansett Transport Museum
Today we visit the Hamilton Botanic Gardens, the fourth oldest botanic gardens in Victoria. Continue on to Campe's Motor Museum where Glen Campe's vintage and veteran cars, trucks and motorbikes are on display; the oldest dating back to 1915. Visit the Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum, housed in the company's first aircraft hangar and see memorabilia including a Fokker Universal aircraft similar to the one used on the first Ansett flight in 1936.
Hamilton - Dunkeld - Home
It's time to farewell your hosts and travel the Glenelg Highway via the beautiful village of Dunkeld, dwarfed by the Southern Grampians. Enjoy lunch before travelling on to Melbourne Airport for your flight home.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $3,338.00 per person
TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER FROM: $3,599.00 per person
Single Supplement available @ $390.00 extra
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