General

9-17 Nov 2019 rail and coach tour.

Sydney – Wangaratta – Bendigo – Halls Gap -Lake Tyrrell – Swan Hill – Echuca – Albury – Sydney

Travel by train to Wangaratta to begin a 9-day heritage coach tour of regional Victoria including Bendigo, the Silo Art Trail and the Murray River to Echuca.

The tour celebrates the rich historical, social and artistic heritage of regional Victoria and a major highlight of the tour is the Silo Art Trail.

The tour is hosted by Natalie Coleman of Newport Travel and locally guided.

Special offer:

Complimentary return transfers are provided between Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Central Train Station

Cost:

  • Pensioner $4,140
  • Senior $4,325
  • Adult $4,580
  • Single Supplement $939

NB This tour can also be customised for private groups for a rail and self-drive option at other dates to suit – please enquire for a quote

To enquire or book please call 02 9997 1277 or email info@newporttravel.com.au

About the Silo Art Trail

The Silo Art Trail is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. It stretches over 200 kilometres, linking Brim with neighbouring towns Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.

It was inspired by other similar but smaller-scale community projects and was created as a partnership between Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.

The project saw a team of renowned artists from Australia and across the world visit the region, meet the locals and transform each grain silo into an epic work of art. Each one tells a unique story about the host town.

The trail recognises and celebrates the region’s people through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto the grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930s. The portraits provide an insight into the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee.

Itinerary

Sat Nov 09 - SYDNEY'S NORTHERN BEACHES - WANGARATTA VIC

Your fabulous adventure begins today with a complimentary early morning transfer from select pick up points along the Northern Beaches to Central Station.

Board your train in a 1st class carriage for a relaxing journey to Wangaratta, departing Central at 07:30 and arriving at 15:53

Our hotel for the evening is a convenient 5-minute walk from the train station

You will have some free time to relax or explore Wangaratta town centre before a welcome group dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Meals: Group welcome dinner
  • Accom: Hermitage Motor Inn, Wangaratta (1nt)

Wangaratta Victoria

Sun Nov 10 - WANGARATTA – BENALLA - BENDIGO

After checking out at the Hermitage Motor Inn we have a leisurely 5-minute walk through the Wangaratta arts precinct to the Wangaratta Regional Art Gallery.

Established in 1987 the regional art gallery is housed in a striking heritage building and showcases textile art, small sculpture, wood, and significant works of art from, and about, the region of north east Victoria.

Wangaratta has a long and prominent history of textiles, both in manufacturing, its social history and as a craft form. This has led Wangaratta to become home to the Stitched Up Textile Festival and The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, a biennial acquisitive award and exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia's textile artistry.

After our art gallery visit, we head off by coach to Bendigo through the Glenrowan winery region, with panoramic views of the Warby-Ovens National Park and Winton Wetlands. The Glenrowan Wine Region has been producing wine here since 1870.

Our next stop is Benalla, home to the Wall to Wall Street Art Festival. We will enjoy a locally-guided street art and ceramic mural walking tour in Benalla, followed by free time for lunch and visits to the Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum or Benalla Regional Art Gallery.

Our journey continues on to Bendigo through the old gold-mining town of Rushworth where there’ll be time for a short coffee break.

Dinner and your evening are at leisure in Bendigo tonight.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accom: Shamrock Hotel Bendigo (2 nts)

Benalla VIC

Mon Nov 11  - BENDIGO

Bendigo was originally a gold rush boom town until the mid-1900s and is home to the oldest working pottery in Australia – the Bendigo Pottery established in 1858 and featuring the most significant collection of heritage-listed, wood-fired kilns in the world.

This morning we will have a private group visit of the Bendigo Pottery, followed by lunch at the pottery.

The rest of the day is free for discovering Bendigo aboard a lovingly refurbished Vintage Talking Tram. Your tickets are valid for an entire day, so you can treat the tram as a hop-on hop-off bus service or a city tour.

Other optional visits in Bendigo:

  • The Golden Dragon Museum which celebrates the area's Chinese heritage through artefacts and artwork.
  • Central Deborah Gold Mine: Mine Experience Tour. Don a hard hat and miner's lamp to descend 61 metres underground and walk in the footsteps of miners who discovered almost one tonne of the world’s most precious metal, gold.
  • Bendigo Art Gallery which hosts Australia's richest open painting prize, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize

Your evening and dinner is at leisure in Bendigo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Accom: Shamrock Hotel

Bendigo Victoria

Tue Nov 12 – BENDIGO – DAYLESFORD - GREAT WESTERN – HALLS GAP

Set off this morning for a day of touring through the spa and winery regions of the Macedon Ranges.

You’ll have free time to explore and shop in Daylesford and there’s an afternoon underground winery visit with tastings at the Seppelt’s Great Western winery.

Seppelt is famous for their heritage listed labyrinth of underground cellars, known as 'The Drives', which wind for three kilometers beneath the historic Great Western home.

With excavation beginning in 1868 by out-of-work miners from the early gold rush era, and continuing for over 60 years, The Drives are the largest underground cellars in the Southern Hemisphere.

We arrive at Hall’s Gap in the late afternoon with time to relax before dinner at the motel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Accom:  Gariwerd Motel Halls Gap (2nts) (B, D)

Daylesford and Great Western Victoria

Wed Nov 13 - GRAMPIAN MOUTAINS

Halls Gap is the gateway to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountains, wildflowers and wildlife including echidnas, koalas and wallabies. Park trails lead to waterfalls like towering MacKenzie Falls and slender Silverband Falls. The Balconies lookout offers views of the Victoria Range, while Boroka Lookout is perched above Fyans Valley, with glimpses of Lake Bellfield.

Today is a free day to explore the Grampians on your own or join in the morning coach tour to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and scenic lookouts and waterfalls.

Brambuk showcases the Aboriginal heritage and exceptional environment of the area. Aboriginal people have always known the Grampians as Gariwerd. Gariwerd is a spiritual place, a place rich in dreaming stories, sacred sites, bush-tucker, water and shelter, a place central to the dreaming of the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwadjali peoples; it is home to 90% of the Rock Art sites in Victoria, with some dating back 22,000 years.

  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Accom:  Gariwerd Motel Halls Gap 

Grampians Victoria

Thu Nov 14 - SILOS TRAIL

Travel to Lake Tyrell today, following the entire Silo Art Trail.

We see the painted silo artwork at Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Rosebery, Lascelles and Patchewollock and visit a selection of art galleries, museums and historical homesteads along the way.

The first of the silos is at Rupanyup. As a side project of the Silo Art Trail, Melbourne street artist Georgia Goodie painted two murals in Rupanyup, each one depicting fire fighters. The first mural is at a house in Dyer Street that was damaged by fire in September 2016, while the other adorns the town’s old shire office building.

Our next stop is to see the lovely painted silo at Sheep Hills painted by Matt Adnate or Indigenous elders, Ron & Regina Hood along with 9 year-old Curly McDonald and 2 year-old Savannah Marks.

We then visit Warracknabeal to see the old 'lock up' along with some statues of sheep, kelpies and wool bales.

Next it's off to Brim to see the silos painted by Guido van Helten.  These amazing works are 30 metres high & this artist chose not to reveal the names of his subjects.

Next stop is Roseberry to site some works in progress before arriving at Lake Lascelles with its population of just 48!  One of the silos here was painted by Tyrone Wright from Melbourne and depicts Geoff & Merrilyn Horman, whose families have farmed in the area for four generations.

Finally it's on to Sea Lake at the southern tip of Lake Tyrell where we spend the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accom: Sea Lake Motel Lake Tyrrell (1nt)

Silo Art Trail Victoria

Fri Nov 15 - LAKE TYRRELL - SWAN HILL

Check out at Sea Lake Motel - Sea Lake Motel

If you are an early riser you might like to capture the beautiful sunrise over the reflections of Lake Tyrell this-morning.  This is Victoria's largest salt lake & is famous for its sunrises & sunsets.

We then set off on a short drive to Swan Hill.

The rest of the day we explore fabulous Swan Hill with its Pioneer Settlement open air Museum & Restored Settlement, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, The Giant Murray Cod, Riverside Park, Murray Downs Lake & see the Morton Bay Fig Tree which was planted around the time of the ill-fated Burke & Wills Expedition in 1860.

Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Accom: Comfort Inn Swan Hill  (1nts),

Swan Hill Victoria

Sat Nov 16 -  SWAN HILL - ECHUCA

After a leisurely breakfast we check out at Comfort Inn Swan Hill and follow the Murray River upstream towards the river port town of Echuca, via Murray Downs and Koondrook-Barham.

At Barham we’ll also explore the parks and walkways along the Murray River with The Koondrook-Barham Redgum Statue Walk.

The Koondrook Barham Redgum Statue River Walk commenced in November 2002 with the carving of Alexander "Sandy" Arbuthnot. The carvings depict wildlife and local people who are significant to the region. The walk continues to be a work in progress with the addition of new sculptures each year. There are now fifteen statues (two in Barham and 13 in Koondrook) including such notables as a Pioneer Woman and a Paddle Steamer Captain, a range of local "characters" and iconic local animals such as a Murray Cod, kookaburra and wedge-tailed eagle.

Lunch is at leisure in Barham before crossing back over the bridge to the Victorian side of the Murray at Koondrook to continue our journey to Echuca.

Built in 1904, the bridge which crosses the Murray between Barham and Koondrook is one of the oldest on the river. It was constructed so that the central section could be lifted for the paddle steamers plying the river between South Australia and Echuca to pass under. From 1904 until it was mechanised in 1997 the lift section of the bridge was raised and lowered by two men using a system of pulleys and weights.

The road south of Koondrook leads through 'Victoria's Kakadu', the Gannawarra Wetlands which support nearly 160 different species of birds and countless numbers of native fauna.

We'll explore Gunbower Island, formed by the Murray River and Gunbower Creek into Australia’s largest inland island, is home to a large red gum forest and wetland area with some of the region’s best sandy river beaches, camping, bushwalking and wildlife-spotting.

The rest of the day and evening is at leisure in Echuca.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accom: Mercure Port of Echuca (2nts)

Sun Nov 16 -  ECHUCA

Your morning is at leisure in Echuca before boarding your Murray River cruise.

Experience the old-world romance of a traditional wood-fired paddlesteamer, the PS Emmylou, on this 2-hour Murray River cruise. Explore the historic ship and soak up the scenery from the deck, and dine on a delicious 2-course lunch, freshly prepared by an on-board chef, with wine and coffee or tea.

The rest of your afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore Echuca. Here are some options:

  • Port of Echuca Discovery Centre exhibitions on the 19th-century river trade
  • The Echuca Historical Society Museum is dedicated to local history.
  • Vintage cars are displayed at the National Holden Motor Museum.
  • There is also the Great Aussie Beer Shed & Heritage Farm Museum
  • as well as a Billabong Ranch, Fauna Park, St Anne's Winery & a National Park.

Enjoy a farewell group dinner at your hotel tonight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accom: Mercure Port of Echuca (B,L,D)

Mon Nov 17 - ECHUCA - ALBURY - SYDNEY

After breakfast, check out at Mercure Port of Echuca

8am Depart Echuca on a 2.5hr coach transfer to Albury Train Station via the Murray wine-growing region of Rutherglen.

Your train to Sydney departs Albury at 11:49.

You arrive into Central Station at 20:01 and an evening shuttle service will be waiting to transfer you from Central Station to your Northern Beaches homes.

  • Meals: Breakfast

NB This tour can also be customised for private groups for a rail and self-drive option at other dates to suit - please enquire for a quote

To enquire or book please call 02 9997 1277 or email info@newporttravel.com.au

 

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