Victoria’s Historic Towns and Iconic Sites by Rail and Luxury Coach | Blue Mountains Gazette
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See some of Victoria’s most historic towns and landmarks on this discovery tour by train and luxury coach.
Join Travelrite International and The Elder’s Diary to take in the spectacular Great Ocean Road, the dramatic Grampians and the fun and color of Victoria’s big rural gold rush towns.
Starting from Spencer Street Station in Melbourne, the first leg of the journey is by coach to Geelong. After a leisurely lunch, visit the Geelong Art Gallery.
In the afternoon, the tour hits Torquay Beach and Bells Beach before arriving in Anglesea for the night.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the greatest ocean roads in the world. The tour follows the route of the route to the leafy town of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell via the Twelve Apostles and London’s Ark en route.
Traveling through the Great Otway National Park and beech forest, Warrnambool is the destination. Step back in time at the Maritime Village of Flagstaff Hill in Warrnambool before heading to the quaint and historic town of Port Fairy.
Halls Gap, at the center of the breathtaking Grampians, is the stop for the night. Take advantage of the outdoors and embrace the many hiking trails in the region as well as the main tourist sites.
The next morning the tour heads to Ararat and the rail portion of the journey begins with a 1 hour train ride to Ballarat. Learn about the gold rush history of this rural town, founded on a rich gold deposit.
Then be amazed by the works of art displayed in the remarkable Ballarat Art Gallery.
The next day, get lost in Sovereign Hill, a living museum showcasing Ballarat’s history as a gold rush boomtown. Later, explore the famous Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
A westbound train takes the tour to Maryborough, then by coach to Wimmera’s capital, Horsham.
Heading north towards Swan Hill, the coach passes through small towns, Rupanyup, Minyup, Sheep Hills, to name a few, famous for their painted wheat silos.
Located on the south bank of the Murray River, Swan Hill is explored, including the famous Pioneer Settlement. From Swan Hill, the group takes a train for a two and a half hour journey to Bendigo.
Another impressive rural town founded on gold, Bendigo highlights include the central Deborah Gold Mine, the Bendigo Botanical Gardens and a Bendigo Heritage Tram ride.
That evening the train heads to Echuca where you will visit the gin distillery and cruise the Murray River on a paddle wheel steamer.
The tour ends in Corowa, NSW, before crossing the Murray River to Wahgunyah/Rutherglen for lunch in the vineyards. The next day, take a train from Wangaratta to Melbourne.
With a choice of two departures, October 5-17, 2022 and March 15-27, 2023, the price per person in a twin room is $3,995 with $950 added for a single supplement. For more information call 1800 630 343 or visit www.travelrite.com.au.
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