- Luxurious return coach travel & four nights quality accommodation at the All Seasons Resort Hotel Bendigo.
- Accomodation to and from Bendigo at the Quality Resort Siesta Albury or Gateway Wangaratta
- Hearty breakfasts & delicious evening meals in the Motels Restaurants & lunches every day on the tour.
- Fascinating day tours and entry to all attractions.
Monday, 2nd September, 2024
TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY
Day 1: Journey to Albury
Board your luxury Coach for your journey south to Albury. Morning tea along the way followed by a light lunch provided in Yass, before an afternoon comfort stop. A warm welcome awaits you at the Quality Resort Siesta. The Siesta has very impressive facilities including indoor & outdoor swimming Pools, Spa & Sauna & a wonderful Restaurant where you will enjoy dinner tonight. Sometimes overnight is provided at the Wangaratta Gateway owned by the same family. Your contact number tonight in Albury is 02 6025 4555.
Day 2: Albury to Bendigo via Benalla & Shepparton
A morning tea break will be provided along the way. Continue onto Shepparton where you are in for some tasty treats at the Chocolate Apple Factory now moved to the new “Emerald Bank” precinct which also houses a few other unique outlets. The Chocolate Apple Factory is a family business that creates a delicious range of gourmet products including their famous chocolate apples grown locally which are juicy apples coated in creamy caramel & topped with chocolate. Learn a little of their story & taste the delectable range & maybe take some home with you. Lunch will be provided at the Shepparton Golf Club. This afternoon you will be warmly welcomed at the All Seasons Resort Hotel in Bendigo 03 54438166. The Hotel is ideal for coach groups with all ground floor rooms & all rooms have a walk-in shower recess. There is also a superb Restaurant & Bar & an indoor Pool & Spa.
Day 3: Explore Bendigo
Start your Bendigo experience with a tour of the historic Bendigo Town Hall & experience one of the most remarkable boom time buildings in Victoria. Bendigo Town Hall’s stunning interior features elaborate plasterwork, extensive hand painted decoration and delicate gold leafing. After morning tea board, the vintage “Talking” Tram for an informative & unique tour of Bendigo. Be delighted by the historic
wide streets and remarkable architecture that serve as a reminder of the city founded on one of Australia’s richest goldfields. Your tram will recount Bendigo’s golden past, famous people and unparalleled wealth of this time. The influence of the gold rush can be felt in the very fabric of the city. The city’s ostentatious public buildings and gardens attest to the flamboyance of the gold rush era as do many of the richly decorated private homes. Lunch will be provided at the famous Bendigo Pottery with time to look around this fascinating working pottery. This afternoon you are free to choose to explore the attractions of special interest to you such as the Bendigo Art Gallery which has special exhibitions each year or the Chinese Golden Dragon Museum (own expense) or the famous Woollen Mill Shop as the coach
will drop off & pick up at a number of designated locations in Bendigo including the impressive shopping precinct.
Day 4 Explore Echuca:
Cruise on the Mighty Murray River & visit the fascinating Great Aussie Beer Shed Echuca/Moama was this country’s largest Paddle Steamer Port & Centre of trade for inland Australia for much of the 1800’s. This morning board the Pride of the Murray (or on occasions the PS Canberra) for a morning cruise. Enjoy the gentle splashing of the paddlewheels as you enjoy a relaxing morning tea cruise on the mighty Murray River. You will gain a unique view from the water of Echuca’s massive red gum wharf. Step back in time as your Captain recalls Echuca Moama’s rich & colourfulhistory whilst passing by the magnificent red gums that line the riverbank. Board the coach for the 5-minute journey to the Great Aussie Beer Shed & Farm Museum. So much more than just beer- it is Australian history at its best. As well as a display of over 17,000 beer cans from Australia & around the world there are fully restored carriages, plus a Farm Museum & some vintage motor vehicles & a mass of other unusual items. Owner Neil Thomas will provide you with an enthusiastic & entertaining guided tour highlighting the uniqueness of so many pieces in the collection. Top off the visit with a tasty lunch & if you are feeling thirsty you can purchase a cold beer or a drink as well. This afternoon there will be some time to explore the historic Echuca Port area & the many speciality stores & attractions before a pickup by the coach. Stop off on the way back at Rochester to view the magnificent Silo Art. See the Azure Kingfisher sitting on a branch alongside the Campaspe River featuring the red rail bridge. The second silo,has a massive endangered Squirrel Glider clinging to a Red River Gum branch The silos painted by Australian Artist Jimmy D’vate & were finished in July 2018. Latest edition behind the silos is a giant Platypus.
Day 4: Castlemaine & the nearby Goldfields Villages
For the inquiring traveller who loves to follow roads which promise some new discovery around every corner then today you will find the Goldfields endless source of enjoyment. Today you will visit a variety of historic Goldfields towns dating back to the 1850’s, starting with historic Castlemaine. Upon arrival in Castlemaine explore “the Mill.” Starting as the Castlemaine Woollen Mill in 1875, and finishing as Victoria
Carpets in 2013, The Mill has been transformed into a place for food and artisan manufacturing. On-site in the food precinct individual small businesses include: a Viennese coffeehouse and coffee roastery, winemakers, sourdough baker, craft brewery, smallgoods maker, cheese and dairy producer, chocolatier and ice cream maker. The artisan precinct includes makers of furniture, bath soaks and perfumery, comfy underwear, wool-centric clothing, mosaics and an ethical florist. The vintage precinct is home to Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar and Platform No. 5 is a treasure-trove of market-style spaces selling vintage, re-purposed, hand-made and second-hand goods. You will discover artists at work, exhibiting and running classes in quirky studio spaces. This morning enjoy an informative Castlemaine town tour before stopping to visit Buda House & Garden where lunch will also be provided Buda is an authentic goldfields villa house and garden located in Castlemaine. Named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner,
Ernest Leviny, it was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant intact collection of furniture, art works and personal belongings. Come to Buda and enjoy walking through the historic house where you will be transported to another era. Subject to the weather conditions wander through the three acres of heritage garden featuring original plantings and structures, including the bird
aviary, tennis pavilion and grape pergola, along with many original garden ornaments created by the Leviny family members. The Buda Giftshop stocks unique giftware, homewares and jewellery featuring original Leviny designs as well as art cards and craftwork produced locally. The Buda Plant Nursery stocks heritage and drought-hardy plants as well as a variety of native plants and specially propagated plants from the Buda Garden. Lunch will be provided after the House tour. Depart for a scenic drive through some of central Victoria’s countryside & Goldfields Villages including Maryborough, Talbot & Clunes. The village of Clunes is recognised as Australia’s most original 19th century town with more than fifty buildings of historical significance. Clunes is also Australia’s only “book town” – a town dedicated to books and writers – and you can see this throughout the community as Clunes is home to many writers and artists who find inspiration in the historical village.
Day 6: Depart Bendigo for Wangaratta
Farewell Bendigo this morning & travel via Yarrawonga with lunch provided at the Golf Club before continuing onto Wangaratta along the Murray Valley Highway with a mid-afternoon stop normally in Rutherglen. Overnight will be provided at the Quality Resort Wangaratta Gateway 03 5721 8399.
Day 7: Journey Home
A early breakfast to enable an early departure. Heading north towards Sydney with a morning tea break along the way followed by lunch provided in Yass & a further afternoon comfort stop or two along the way. This afternoon we hope you arrive home relaxed and refreshed with many happy new memories of your holiday in Victoria’s Bendigo region. Thank you for choosing this tour. We look forward to you joining our other coach tours in the future & would welcome your call for further information.