Day 1 – Thursday 16th May ‘24 LAKE
BOGA – MILDURA (L,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 – Friday 17th 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 – Saturday 18th DISCOVER MUNGO NATIONAL PARK (B,D)
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 to rest and relax before dinner.
Day 4 – Sunday 19th 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 –
Monday 20th HALLS GAP ZOO - HOME (B)
After our breakfast we take a scenic drive admiring the
beautiful scenic views before arriving at Halls
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.