We will keep social distancing on the coach and take the temperature of tour members every day. If someone has an increased temperature we will send them home.
Michelle has always had a love affair with textiles. She has been a part of the Australian quilting industry for the last 27 years, currently running her business pieceville.com.au. She started as a sample quilt maker for a fabric importer and her work was seen by magazine staff. This was the start of a long career working with Australian patchwork magazines, which included publishing over 100 projects, feature writing, editing three books culminating as Creative Director for Quilters Companion for one year. She has presented eight DVDs’ on a wide variety of techniques and last year published her fourth book. She has designed five fun and useable fabric ranges. Michelle enjoys imparting her knowledge to students and has a busy teaching schedule all around Australia. While machine piecing is her first love, she now enjoys teaching hand piecing techniques as these are more portable. Her work has won several awards at the NSW Quilt Guild Show. She has been leading the Travelrite International patchwork tours since 2008, enjoying exploring America, France, England, Japan, Europe, Canada and Vietnam with her fellow quilters.Download Jane Macdonald Workshops
Jane MacDonald is the owner of BeBe Bold, an Australian based studio shop and online store specialising in Japanese textiles and craft. Based in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Jane travels extensively with BeBe Bold to exhibit and teach at major craft and quilt exhibitions. Returning frequently to Japan to learn from specialists in traditional sashiko techniques and to source the latest design trends, Jane has become a prominent figure in Japanese textile arts in Australia. BeBe Bold is a speciality store with a wide range of Japanese textiles including yarn-dyed fabrics, sashiko, kogin, crochet, embroidery and boro inspired designs including the ever popular Boro Inspired Reversible Loop Bag. BeBe Bold developed from Jane’s great interest in Japanese textile history and aesthetic, inspiring her to create distinctive quilt designs with a focus on traditional kimono-width fabrics including yukata and kasuri. Jane has taught widely in Australia as well as further afield in the UK and France. Jane’s previous experience in teaching on cruise ships has been really positive as she enjoys the friendships formed and knowledge shared through teaching.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Saturday 13 March, 2021 Adelaide
Tour members will travel to Adelaide this morning. The coach will be ready for departure from the airport at 12.30pm. This afternoon we will visit Carrick Hill, built 62 years ago. We will enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful and historic house. The interior is 400 years old and was shipped from England and now houses many wonderful antiques. The gardens feature a large assortment of gorgeous roses including important collections of old fashioned roses and Australian roses. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon for check in. This evening we will come together for a welcome dinner to formally meet our teachers Michelle Marvig and Jane MacDonald.
DAY 2 Sunday 14 March, 2021 Adelaide
Today we will visit the Art Gallery of South Australia. Housed within jewel-like 19th and 20th century buildings in the heart of the city’s cultural precinct, the gallery has one of the largest collections in Australia, with around 47,000 works of art from across the globe. We will enjoy a guided tour of the gallery with one group visiting in the morning and another in the afternoon. The tour will focus on the gorgeous William Morris & Co exhibition which includes furniture, ceramics and textiles. We will visit Hetties Patchwork shop which stocks a huge range of beautifully chosen fabric, patterns and wadding. This visit will alternate with each groups visit to the Art Gallery of South Australia.
DAY 3 Monday 15 March, 2021 Victor Harbor
This morning we will drive to Victor Harbor. We first visit Penny Lane Patchwork shop. They stock many books, kits and fabrics including some fabulous children's fabrics. In the afternoon we will start on our projects with Michelle and Jane teaching us.
DAY 4 Tuesday 16 March, 2021 Victor Harbor
We travel by coach to Kangaroo Island and to the main town, Kingscote. This is South Australia’s oldest European settlement. We will have time to explore the main street and visit Patchwork at the Bay Window, which stocks a large range of cottage garden embroidery, Batiks and wide backing fabric. On our drive around the island we will be able to spot wallabies, koalas, kangaroos and fur seals. The afternoon brings us to the southern coast of the island, where we will have a tour of Seal Bay, viewing the Sea Lion colony and learning about their habitats before returning to the mainland and travelling to Victor Harbor late afternoon
DAY 5 Wednesday 17 March, 2021 Victor Harbor
Today will be a full day for our projects. We will have classes in the morning and in the afternoon conducted by our teachers Michelle Marvig and Jane MacDonald. After dinner tonight, Michelle and Jane will set up the workshop for the students, check fabrics and hand out instructions.
DAY 6 Thursday 18 March, 2021 Horsham
We will drive to Horsham today. We will have classes on 18 and 19 March on our last project as we drive across Victoria.
DAY 7 Friday 19 March, 2021 Phillip Island
We drive to Phillip Island today continuing with our projects. It is home to pristine white beaches and hi-octane motor sports, endless family fun and iconic wildlife. This evening we will enjoy an exciting excursion to visit the cute fairy penguins.
DAY 8 Saturday 20 March, 2021 Melbourne
We visit a local quilting store, Cotton onto Craft. Owned by two sisters with a love of craft, the store offers different kinds of patterns, fabrics, trims, notions and kits. We travel to Melbourne via Fairfield this morning to visit GJ’s Discount Fabrics, which has a large range of quilting fabric including Liberty, Tula Pink, Lewis and Irene and the French General. We continue with a visit to Cutting Cloth. They stock a collection of fine fabrics with project kits and pre-cut fabric and bundles. This evening we will all get together for a wonderful dinner to say farewell to our teachers and fellow group members.
DAY 9 Sunday 21 March, 2021 Depart
We enjoy a sightseeing tour of Melbourne which includes the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Queen Victoria Market and the central shopping area of Melbourne. We will travel to the airport for flights departing after 1.00 pm.
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International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser.
Deposit and Payment:
A deposit of $450 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 45 days prior to the commencement of the tour
*Cancellation charges do not apply to future tour/ cruise credit. Tour/cruise credits are non-refundable.
The tour is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
Travel Documents: All passengers will require a valid passport. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International regarding visa requirements.
Travel Insurance: Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover tour members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the tour and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
Baggage: Baggage is a at owners’ risk throughout the tour.
Minimum Tour Numbers: The tour arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 46 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the classes offered due to unforeseen events. Classes which you have signed on to attend can’t be changed after final payment.
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.
Responsibilities: Travelrite International Pty Ltd ATAS accredited A10538 is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with this tour, shall act only as agents for the passenger in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in cruises, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, rerouting or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any action must be taken in the State of Victoria.
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How to Book: Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $450 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Further information can be obtained by telephoning
About Travelrite International: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.
“The best Tour Manager I have ever had over all tour companies.”
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