Albury / Wodonga - Lakes Entrance Tuesday 19th October, 2021
Welcome aboard Martins touring coach for our 5 day tour visiting Gippsland and the Wilsons Promontory National Park - featuring spectacular scenery, lakes and waterways, and discovering the beautiful granite coastline whilst cruising around the Wilsons Promontory. Departing Lavington Shopping Centre Griffith Rd 7.00am, Albury Rail 7.15am, Wodonga Plaza Smythe St 7.30am and Wangaratta Outdoor Swimming Pool, Swan Street at 8.20am. Our journey begins taking in some wonderful scenery over the mountainous areas through the Alpine National Park. Travel through Mount Hotham - at a peak of 1825 metres; we will be on the highest, year round accessible bitumen road in Victoria. To take advantage of our wonderful viewpoint, make our way to Dinner Plain for morning tea (own expense) and comfort stop.
Arriving in Omeo, we can look at the German Cuckoo Clock Shop before lunch at the Golden Age Hotel Motel. Omeo is where pastoralists settled the area in the early 1830’s but it was the discovery of gold in the 1850’s that brought the main settlement to this high country area. Omeo’s gold rush history is reflected in its splendid old buildings - in the town centre the old Log Gaol and Court House are two such examples. The rest of our day is spent getting to our first night’s accommodation at Lakes Entrance. Upon arrival, we have time to check-in, unpack and freshen up for dinner.
Accommodation: Bellevue on the Lakes, Lakes Entrance Ph: 03 5155 3055
East Gippsland - Sale - Port Albert Wednesday 20th October
Our first stop this morning is at the historic Port of Sale where we call into the Museum of Timeless Memories. From hats to harvesters, pumps to pots, bikes to beaters and toys to traps there is something for everyone at this eclectic museum. From here we head south to southern Gippsland and arrive in Port Albert, for lunch at the Wild Fish Restaurant that overlooks the water and has some of the freshest seafood in Victoria. Next a local guide will join us onboard the coach for an interesting tour of the small township and the local area, followed by a visit to the Regional Maritime Museum and finally we make our way to Foster and our next two nights’ accommodation.
Accommodation: Prom Country Lodge, Foster Ph: 03 5682 2022
Wilsons Promontory Cruise Thursday 21st October
Today is going to be a spectacular day! Winding our way through the Wilsons Promontory National Park, we arrive at Tidal River. Here we board Pennicott Wilderness Journeys amphibious boat and cruise a rugged and raw coast like no other. Become speechless by the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock. Sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters, Skull Rock’s eerie façade becomes even more mysterious the closer we get. After an amazing morning cruising the inspiring coastline, we return to dry land where a welcoming picnic lunch awaits. On our return journey we meet a true Gippsland identity at Beloka Kelpie Stud. Paul Macphail has been breeding and training dogs since the early nineties and here you’ll get to witness him and his four-legged co-workers in action. From veterans to pups it will be a fun and intriguing afternoon. Thanking Paul, we then return to our hotel and relax before dinner.
South Gippsland - Wonthaggi Friday 22nd October
Leaving Foster, we travel to the south western corner of Gippsland via Inverloch to Wonthaggi, where we visit the State Coal Mine. The mine was a bustling network of tunnels, filled with men and pit ponies, dust and dim lights. The mine was Wonthaggi’s lifeblood (active from 1909 to 1968), where miners toiled deep below the surface digging the valuable black coal, to power Victoria’s railway network. Here some of us may like to journey into the mine with an enthusiastic volunteer, while others may prefer their feet firmly on top soil uncovering the story through a presentation and self-guided surface tour. We enjoy lunch at the Coal Mine Cafe and then head to Korumburra for a visit to the Coal Creek Historical Village. The Village is a re-created coal mining township built in the steep-sided gully that once rang to the sound of the poppet winches hauling thousands of tonnes of black coal from beneath the surface. Since the opening of the village in 1974, over 40 buildings have been moved to the site from other areas and faithfully restored by craftsman working to original plans and photographs. Many of the buildings have been refurbished with donated furniture, toys and utensils of the period. Mid-afternoon make our way to Melbourne’s outskirts and arrive at our hotel for our final night at the Canterbury International Hotel.
Accommodation: Canterbury International Hotel, Forrest Hill Ph: 03 9878 4111
Melbourne - Marysville - Wodonga/Albury Saturday 23rd October
Thanking our hosts at the Canterbury International we load our luggage onto the coach and commence our return journey to our home destination. Late morning, we arrive in Marysville. Sadly, all of us will remember the Black Saturday bushfires that devastated Marysville in early February 2009. On arrival we visit Bruno’s Art & Sculptures Garden, filled with terracotta sculptures. Since the fires, Bruno has been steadily rebuilding his handcrafted collection of clay characters. Whilst in town we have a look at Steavenson Falls, then have lunch at the Marysville Country Bakery before leaving town. This afternoon travel via the Maroondah Highway and Hume Freeway arriving home approximately 6.30pm completing a most enjoyable experience with Martins Albury.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Albury Rail|| Albury Railway Station, Railway Parade, Albury ||Failed View|
|Lavington Shopping Ctr|| Lavington Shopping Ctr, Griffith Road, Lavington ||Failed View|
|Wangaratta Pool|| Wangaratta Outdoor Pool, Swan Street, Wangaratta ||Failed View|
|Wodonga Plaza, Smythe St|| Wodonga Plaza, Smythe Street Wodonga ||Failed View|
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