Mystic Mountains of Marysville

Nestled in the foothills of Melbourne’s closest alpine resort is the village of Marysville, an ideal destination for lovers of nature and the outdoors. Marysville was established in 1863 as a stopover for diggers on the way to nearby goldfields. In the 1920s Marysville evolved into a popular honeymoon and resort Town. The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires created another chapter of history for Marysville. Whilst most of the Town was destroyed in the fires, this resilient community has since re-built and the mountain region is as scenic and enchanting as ever.

Tour Highlights

  • Cowra Japanese Gardens
  • Towns Wagga Wagga, Albury
  • Historic Glenrowan – See where Ned Kelly had his last stand
  • 3 nights at beautiful Marysville   
  • Locally guided tour of Marysville
  • Bruno's Art & Sculpture Garden
  • Lake Mountain Ski Village
  • Steavenson Falls
  • Alexandra Tramway Museum
  • Lake Eildon
  • The Big Bouquet Alpaca and Gerbera Farm, Healesville

 

Departing
04/03/2018
Duration
6 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Luxury Coach

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Day 1: Sunday 4 March 2018 - Toowoomba to Gulgong

Depart on a Luxury Stonestreets Coach and head south to Goondiwindi for morning tea on the banks of the McIntyre River. Cross into New South Wales and travel the Newell Highway through Moree to Narrabri for lunch at the local Bowls Club. Pass through Coonabarabran and on to Gulgong; a town from the gold rush era of the late 1800’s, once featured on the original ten dollar note. Meals: D

Day 2: Monday 5 March 2018 - Gulgong to Wagga Wagga

After breakfast, depart Gulgong and travel through the beautiful Mudgee wine district, and historic Sofala to Bathurst. Take a brief sightseeing tour including a lap of the famous Mount Panorama race track before setting sights south past Blayney to Cowra. Stop at the Cowra Japanese Gardens for lunch and a wander through the gardens and Cultural Centre which were established to recognize and develop the relationship between the people of Cowra Shire and the people of Japan. Originating in World War II, this international connection began when the town was chosen as the site of a Japanese Prisoner of War and Internment Camp. Continue along the Olympic Way through Young; the Cherry Capital of Australia, then Cootamundra; birth place of the late Sir Don Bradman. Arrive in Wagga Wagga for the night. Meals: BLD 

Day 3: Tuesday 6 March 2018 - Wagga Wagga to Marysville

Stop for morning tea along the banks of the Murray River at Albury, then head south to Glenrowan; the site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang in 1880. Their story is preserved in the townships attractions, museums and historic walks. As the best way to explore this small town is on foot, set out and explore then quench your appetite with lunch in the Glenrowan Hotel. Travel Alexandra and then Marysville; base for the next 3 nights. Arrive mid-afternoon and enjoy some free time. Maybe take a short stroll in to town and explore the local shops or Visitors Centre. Meals: BLD

Day 4: Wednesday 7 March 2018 - Marysville and Local Sightseeing  

Join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of the Marysville region and learb about the fires of Black Saturday in 2009 which destroyed most of the town. See how the community has rebuilt since those dark days before an uplifting visit to Bruno’s Art and Sculpture Garden. Nestled amongst the luscious rainforest is this enchanting collection of unforgettable characters, all lovingly hand crafted and fired by Bruno onsite. Take a break for lunch in town, then head up the mountain to Lake Mountain Ski Village, the closet ski fields to Melbourne. Stop at ski resort to enjoy the beautiful valley vistas from the Lake Mountain Café. Visit beautiful Steavenson, where an easy 700 metre walk will reveal an awe-inspiring view of one of Victoria’s highest waterfalls. Plummeting 84 metres the falls have been famous since the 1860’s. Meals: BD

Day 5: Thursday 8 March 2018 - Alexandra and Lake Eildon

Visit the Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum boasting a recreation of the bush sawmill and tramway era of the Rubicon Forest from 1900 to 1950. The museum has also rescued and preserved a wide range of industrial locomotives, rolling stock and machinery. Enjoy a ride on one of the trains before a site tour to uncover the history of the timber industry from a local historian. The Corner Hotel in Alexandra will serve lunch, then travel to the small town of Eildon and the very impressive Lake Eildon. The lake itself has 515 kilometres of shoreline and when full contains six times the capacity of Sydney Harbour. Surrounding Lake Eildon are Holiday Homes, Motels, Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Caravan Parks, Clubs, Camping and a substantial Houseboat Fleet; the only place in Victoria where house boats are permitted. Meals: BLD

Day 6: Friday 9 March 2018 - Marysville-Melbourne-Toowoomba

A very scenic drive through the Yarra Ranges National Park and over the Black Spur Mountain to Healesville awaits this morning. Stop at the Big Bouquet Gerbera and Alpaca Farm for morning tea and a guided tour. Meet alpacas up nice and close and then wander through our impressive glasshouse, filled with over 60,000 flowering gerberas all year round. Through the Yarra Valley wine country to Melbourne Airport for the direct flight to Wellcamp with Air North. Arrive late afternoon where Stonestreets will collect and transfer the groupback to Toowoomba. Meals: BL


Linked Tours:  Holiday not long enough?  Why not stay with us a while and spend another five days exploring the Ballarat and Bendigo areas on our Ballarat Begonia Festival Short Escape.  If that’s not enough other tours that follow on from Ballarat Begonias include our Overland from the Golden Princes tour which cruises from Melbourne to Adelaide and rides the Overland train back to Melbourne. You might even like to hang around for our Must do Melbourne tour featuring the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.  Ask us for a package and price to combine tours.

Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Transport: Luxury Coach

Accommodation: 5 Nights Motel Accommodation

Flight: One Way Flight - Melbourne to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport

Activities:

  • Cowra Japanese Gardens
  • Towns Wagga Wagga, Albury
  • Historic Glenrowan – See where Ned Kelly had his last stand
  • Locally guided tour of Marysville
  • Bruno's Art & Sculpture Garden
  • Lake Mountain Ski Village
  • Steavenson Falls
  • Alexandra Tramway Museum
  • Lake Eildon
  • The Big Bouquet Alpaca and Gerbera Farm, Healesville
Departing
04/03/2018
Duration
6 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Luxury Coach
Price
AUD $2,495.00
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