The historic Mitchell Shire is nestled in the scenic plains, valleys and mountains of the Goulburn River and Ranges. This ‘geographical heart” of Victoria surrounds the Campaspe and Goulburn Rivers and contains many hidden treasures. With some delightful accommodation in Nagambie, our touring each day will introduce several country towns, Lake Eildon and some silo art around Benalla. Join us for a fabulous 3 day tour.
Day 1 (LD): Nagambie via Castlemaine (Tue 24 March)
Our 3 day tour is based in Nagambie in the heart of the Mitchell Shire. From here we can explore some of Central Victoria – a rich agricultural area known for its wines, scenic drives and the Goulburn River which flows between Lake Eildon and the Murray at Echuca. This morning we leave Naracoorte at 8.30am for the drive into Central Victoria.
With a stop on the way for lunch we arrive at Castlemaine early afternoon where we have arranged a visit to the Buda Historic Home and Garden. The gracious historic home is surrounded by one of the most important large 19th century suburban gardens surviving in Victoria. The house was built in 1861 and from 1863 it was the home of noted gold and silversmith Ernest Leviny and his family. Complete with the family’s art and craft collections, furnishings and domestic effects, Buda is a unique record of this creative family who occupied it for the period of 118 years. We enjoy a guided tour and afternoon tea before touring through the Heathcote Wine Country on our way to Nagambie. Our accommodation for the next two nights is the Nagambie Waterfront Motel– a 4 star property on the shores of Lake Nagambie. (Meal inclusions: Light lunch/Welcome Dinner in the motel)
Nagambie Waterfront Motel, Nagambie - 03 5794 1410 – 2 nights
Day 2 (BLD) Meeting the Locals (Wed 25 March)
Nagambie is home to legendary race horse Black Caviar, the mare that was born here in 2006 and finished her career unbeaten, winning all 25 of her races and claiming almost $8 million in prize money. In October 2013 a full-size statue of the racehorse was unveiled in Nagambie - and the town came to a stand-still as thousands of people, some dressed in the horse's racing colours of salmon and black, gathered for the ceremony, along with trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen.
We then head south to Seymour where we join the scenic Goulburn Valley Highway towards Yea. The Kerrisdale Mountain Railway & Museum is a most interesting stop. This is a unique railway built on a zig zag formation. The line climbs quite steeply as it winds its way through tall trees on a precipitous track cut into the mountain side. A panorama unfolds over the King Parrott Valley and further to the distant snow capped peaks in winter of the Victorian Alps. This afternoon we have planned a tour on Lake Eildon - one of the state’s most important inland waterways, supplying about 60 per cent of the water used in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District. Lake Eildon has 515km of shoreline and stores when at full capacity six times as much water as Sydney Harbour. Lake Eildon National Park abuts a large percentage of the Lake providing habitat for wildlife including kangaroos, wombats and bird life. Aboard our cruising boat “Missy” we will explore some of the lake and enjoy afternoon tea before the drive back to Nagambie. (Meal inclusions: Breakfast/dinner in the motel/Light lunch)
Day 3 (BL):Shepparton/Benalla/Silo Art (Thu 26 March)
We are heading north to Shepparton this morning with a stop at Campbell’s Factory Shop to stock up on some of their delicious products. Its then onto Benalla where we meet our locally based guide and set off to see the impressive street art in the area. Artists from around the world were brought together to paint murals on bare walls, some over three stories high. Just to the north three new silos have recently been completed in the townships of Goorambat, Devenish and Tungamah. All are quite different from each other but all have brought many visitors to the region. Whilst in the small community of Goorambat we’re also given the opportunity to see the “Sophia” mural in the Uniting Church.
It was painted by the Melbourne-based artist Matt Adnate. After lunch at the local Bowls Club we return home via the Western District. (Meal inclusions: Breakfast & Club lunch)
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc.
Tour Price includes accommodation as per the itinerary, meals as indicated (B= Cooked breakfast, L= Light or packed lunch, D = Buffet or limited choice dinner), deluxe touring coach with seatbelts, attractions/entries as noted