DAY 1 Melbourne
This afternoon we check into our central Melbourne hotel. This evening we will host a welcome dinner to mark the start of the tour.
DAY 2 Great Ocean Road
A highlight of the tour! Travel to Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles by vintage steam train! This morning departing Southern Cross Station, our steam train will head out of the city and towards Geelong. We attack the famous Geelong Tunnel. We then pick up speed and head towards the volcanic plains of Colac and Camperdown. The countryside will soon pass us by. We disembark the train at Birregurra Station and take a coach and see the sights as you travel to the Great Ocean Road. Here you will see the world famous 12 Apostles and view the Bay of Martyrs or The Loch Ard Gorge. After taking in these sights, follow the coastal route back to Warrnambool to meet the train, ready to return to Geelong where we disembark and transfer to our hotel.
DAY 3 Queenscliff Railway
This morning we take the picturesque Bellarine Railway through the Bellarine Peninsula to the graceful Victorian-era seaside town of Queenscliff. Enjoy the coastal views as we steam along towards Queenscliff. There will be time to explore the historic town before we take the ferry across the entrance to Port Philip bay to the charming seaside village of Sorrento. On arrival we will transferred to the town of Mornington where we spend the night.
DAY 4 Mornington Railway
This morning we take the Mornington Steam Railway from Moorooduc Station to the town of Mornington, return. We then travel to the town of Healsville to take the Yarra Valley Railway. They currently run from Healsville to the Tarrawarra Estate on the Walker Railmotor RM22. They are currently working on repairing the track so the train can continue on to Yarra Glen.
DAY 5 Goldfields Castlemaine and Daylesford
This morning we travel to the Daylesford and Spa Country Railway. We travel in a restored railmotor along a section of the former Daylesford branch line between Daylesford and Bullarto, a distance of about nine kilometres. We then travel to the town of Castlemaine to take the Victorian Goldfields Railway to the town of Maldon. Travel the 17kms by Steam in the luxury of the early twentieth century heritage carriages. Enjoy a drink or snack from the bar served by one of the Stewards while you sit back and relax. Ride on the observation platform on the Parlour car and let the world drift by. There will be time to enjoy the Goldfields village of Maldon before we return to Castlemaine.
DAY 6 Melbourne
This morning we first visit the Melbourne Tram museum. Since 1885, Melbourne has been one of the world’s great tramway cities. Explore the history of trams and the contribution they have made to the place where we live, in the most authentic tramway museum in Australia: the heritage-listed Hawthorn Tram Depot. We then visit The Newport Railway Museum. It hosts an extraordinary collection of steam, diesel and electric trains as well as a host of other railway exhibits.
DAY 7 Puffing Billy
Todays journey aboard Puffing Billy takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, With lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest. Take some amazing photos whilst the train travels over the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge. A fantastic day!
DAY 8 Walhalla Railway
This morning we travel to the mountain gold mining town of Walhalla to travel on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway through the spectacular Stringers Creek Gorge. Highlights include the historic and spectacular Thomson River Bridge. After the journey there will be time to explore the historic mining village of Walhalla before we return to Melbourne and our hotel. This evening we have a dinner to celebrate our tour.
DAY 9 Departure
This morning we check out of our hotel and are transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flights. The tour concludes.
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Tour deposit fully refundable up to 90 days prior to departure
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 need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.
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423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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