Hugging the tip of Australia’s east coast, Victoria is Australia’s second smallest state covering 227,600 square kilometres- roughly the size of the British Isles. A wealth of diverse regions and attractions are packed into this compact area, dramatic coastlines and beaches, grassy plains, rolling hills, mountains and forests. Many of Victoria’s unique and varied landscapes are easily reached from Melbourne the state’s capital. The climate is temperate with weather cool to cold in Winter (June, July, August)
Population 4.9 million, Australia’s second largest city, the seat of the State Government and the centre of business and administration. Melbourne is sited on the banks of the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city has a multi cultural atmosphere, grand Victorian era buildings, parks and gardens. It is the cultural and recreational hub of the state. This is where our tour will be based.
30th July – Thursday- arrival Melbourne. Accommodation at inner city Hotel. Victoria Hotel, 215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Situated in the heart of the City, walking distance to shops short tram ride to city attractions. For visitors arriving on early flights into Melbourne accommodation can be accessed before midday.
Evening –‘ Meet and Greet’ function, to be held at’ Vic’s Bar’ at the hotel. Finger food, soft drinks, beer, wine included in pre tour cost.
Morning tour to Yea, 1 hour north of Melbourne, a renowned cattle area in the rolling foothills of the Great Dividing mountain range. Visit to Webb Pastoral property and cattle display. Lunch on property. Food and drinks included. Afternoon – Healesville Sanctuary. An Australian wildlife experience with iconic Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats, emus and more. Also view ‘Spirits of the Sky’ with majestic birds of prey and a Close up Encounter with a nominated species.
Early evening – Yarra Valley – Local winery – wine tasting and Dinner included in cost. Drinks not included. Return to Melbourne after.
Free morning. Late morning start. Choice of activities from – Thoroughbred Horse Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse, established 1883, a unique amphitheatre racecourse nestled in the heart of Moonee Ponds, inner Melbourne/or Australian Rules Football Match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The MCG as it is known, is the largest sporting stadium in the Southern Hemisphere with a capacity of 100,000 people. Australian Rules Football is an unique Australian Game, a fast paced contact sport partly based on very early forms of rugby, gaelic football and an indigenous game. Fans are passionate and attend games in their thousands. Lunch in member’s and dining rooms are included with soft drinks, beer and wines with both of these activities.
Evening – Charolais Dinner Function at Il Duca, Restaurant, East Melbourne. With Charolais beef on the menu. Evening meal and refreshments, soft drinks, beer and wines included in tour costs.
Accommodation – Melbourne.
Leave Melbourne for Great Ocean Road trip, a road built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 as a memorial to soldiers killed in WW1, enjoy one of the world’s great coastal drives with its dramatic scenery of striking contrasts. The region has peaceful townships, golden beaches, powerful seas, giant cliffs with majestic ’stacks’ rising from the sea as well as lush forests. Lunch included (alcoholic drinks not included) along the way at Apollo Bay – small coastal township. The area is known as ‘the shipwreck coast’, finally on to Warrnambool at the western end of the Great Ocean Road for evening meal (drinks not included) and accommodation. (Only 1 night out of Melbourne, your room is being kept at the hotel, you will only need a small overnight bag, pack warm clothes, coat, hat etc.)
An early start needed today as we head into the Western District of Victoria with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide to explain the history and significance of the area. Morning – visit to Anne and Jimmy Cochrane’s property and feedlot, ‘Cobrakillic’, Hexham. Quick cuppa/coffee, morning tea. Then a visit to Mt. William Charolais, home to Rob and Victoria Abbott and family. The Barr Smith family began their connection with Charolais cattle 50 years ago with Rob’s grandfather RM Barr Smith obtaining some of the first batch of Charolais semen in Australia and began the process of grading up to a purebred herd. Rob’s mother Ann Cochrane (Abbott) held the first on property stud sale in 1999. Property tour including historic woolshed classified by the National Trust. Cattle display and lunch (food, soft drinks, beer, wine included). Afternoon visit to Waterford Charolais stud, at Mt Macedon, home to Deborah and Sapphire Halliday, breeders of the 2019 Supreme Cattle Exhibit Royal Melbourne Show last September, and Grand Champion Charolais Bull in 2018, stud cattle display and farm walk. Nibbles and tea/coffee available. Evening meal at Mt Macedon Hotel. (Drinks not included)
Return to accommodation at the Victoria Hotel, Melbourne.This will be a long day, but should be a most interesting and enjoyable one.
Free morning for a rest and for Melbourne Sights visits. Participants to make own arrangements from a suggested list. Costs of these not covered by the pre tour price. Late afternoon cruise on the river Yarra in a covered boat. Farewell dinner on board. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine included.
Depart for Congress in Brisbane. Bookings and airfare included in Pre Tour costs.
TWIN SHARE: $2,248 per person.
SINGLE ROOM: $2,798 per person.
This Pre Tour will be limited to 50 participants in order of booking.
Options for either Racing at Moonee Valley or Football at the MCG will need to be selected.
NB: some meals when drinks are NOT included in the pre tour cost.
Costs of spirits are NOT included with any meals.
More detailed information about the tour will be sent to all participants after Registration.
All enquiries directed to – Gwen Robinson, Secretary, Victorian Region of the Charolais Society e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings to be made on the Charolais Website.