TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: SILO ART * Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum * Mildura * Orange World * PV Rothbury Lunch Cruise * Olive Oil Estate * Mungo National Park * Stick Shed Brambuk National Park * Halls Hap Zoo
Day 1 – Monday 23rd August ‘21 LAKE BOGA – MILDURA (D)
All aboard for a memorable tour to Mildura & Halls Gap. We travel to Echuca, then on to Lake Boga for Lunch. Lake Boga is a town, located next to the lake of the same name. It is situated within the rural city of Swan Hill. We take an interesting look at the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum. The Lions Club of Lake Boga restored Catalina A24-30 and the original, secret communication bunker as a commemoration to the service men and woman who served at No.1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga. We continue our journey to Mildura stopping at the Mercure Mildura for the next three nights.
Day 2 – Tuesday 24th MILDURA – ORANGE WORLD – LUNCH CRUISE (B,L,D)
We enjoy breakfast before departing the motel and taking a town tour of Mildura. We then travel to Orange World. Orange World has a tractor train tour of the Orchards, with informed commentary on the unique facets of the industry that relate only to this area. The tour also includes the nursery, varietal plantings, lookout tower and packing shed. Fruit grown are oranges, mandarins, grapefruit and avocados. With 10,000 trees and a turnover of over 20 million fruit annual, Orange world is truly the land of the living orange. We then delight in a wonderful lunch cruise on the PV Rothbury. The Paddle Steamer Rothbury was built in 1881 at Gunbower, Victoria on the Murray River. Built as a large and powerful tow boat, employed in towing barges for the wool and logging trade. She was well known even then, to be one of the fastest tow boats on the Murray-Darling River System. Following the cruise we visit the Varapodio Estate which is an Olive Oil Estate – named Varapodio after a small Italian town in the province of Reggio, in southern Calabria. It was the home town of the first generation of the Scopelliti family who migrated to Australia in the late 1940’s. Like the region of Sunraysia, Varapodio was well known for its citrus, grape, olive and vegetable industries. We return to our motel for a freshen up before dinner.
Day 3 – Wednesday 25th DISCOVER MUNGO NATIONAL PARK (BD)
After a satisfying breakfast we have a day to discover Mungo National Park. Uncover a starkly beautiful landscape of ancient dry lake basins and sand formations in Mungo National Park. Learn about the park’s megafauna and the formation of its unique landscape. In the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, the signature archaeological discoveries of Mungo Lady and the ochred skeleton of Mungo Man reveal early evidence of developing spiritual belief. This area remains greatly significant to the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi Aboriginal people. After a wonderful day of discovering Mungo National Park we return to our motel rest and relax before dinner.
Day 4 – Thursday 26th SILO ART – STAWELL (B,L,D)
Time for breakfast! We depart and head for Patchewollock for morning tea and admire the magnificent silo art works. Completed in late 2016, the artist’s depiction of the famously reserved Hulland portrays an image of the archetypal Aussie farmer – faded blue “flanny” (flannelette shirt) and all. Hulland’s solemn expression, sun-bleached hair and squinting gaze speak to the harshness of the environment and the challenges of life in the Wimmera Mallee. We stop for lunch at the Hopetoun Community Hotel Motel before travelling on to Brim and Sheep Hills to admire more magnificent art works before visiting The Stick Shed. The Stick Shed (previously known as the Murtoa No. 1 Grain Store) is the only remaining emergency grain store built during World War II. This structure is an enduring testament to iconic Australian bush ingenuity and a symbol of the growth and strength of the Australian wheat industry. Completed in 1942, the unique and dramatic structure of The Stick Shed has captured the imagination of everyone who has seen its serene and evocative cathedral-like interior. Referred to by some as the “Cathedral of the Wimmera”. We then travel on to visit another beautiful painted silo in Rupanyup – The featured faces are those of Rupanyup residents and local sporting team members, Ebony Baker and Jordan Weidemann. Fresh-faced and dressed in their sports attire (netball and Australian Rules football, respectively), Baker and Weidemann embody a youthful spirit of strength, hope and camaraderie. Then it’s off to our hotel for our overnight stay at Magdala Motor Lodge, Stawell.
Day 5 – Friday 27th HALLS GAP ZOO - HOME (B)
After our breakfast we make our way to Brambuk National Park for a bush discovery walk including bush food tasting. Then it’s off to the Hall Gap Zoo in the Grampians, which is Victoria’s largest regional zoo, exhibiting over 160 native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds from cheetah, giraffe, meerkats, monkeys, red pandas and bison to kangaroos, koalas, Tassie devils, wombats, crocodiles, snakes and dingoes. Halls Gap Zoo is also home to a number of endangered species captive breeding programs. Then it’s time to begin our journey home, stopping in Bendigo for afternoon tea.
Price $TBA per person, based on Twin Share
Single Supplement $TBA
Balance due: 12th July '21