(South Coast Departure)
Three Days: 27th – 29th October 2022
Twin Share: $1195 per person. Sole Use: $1295 per person.
- Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
- Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
- All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
- Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
Spring is the ideal time to take this wonderful train journey through the lush Victorian countryside to Stawell. We sit back, relax and admire the diversity of the landscapes sweeping by from the comfort of the Overland train. We have a day to explore the inspiring rugged beauty of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and journey home via Murtoa to visit the very intriguing ‘stick shed’. Join us on this two night getaway to Victoria.
Day One – THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER 2022
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
It will be an early start this morning, but well worth the effort! After being picked up from home (limited areas*) we are taken to Keswick Railway Station. Our luggage is loaded on to the Endeavour Tours mini-coach by our driver whilst we board the Overland Train for the journey to Stawell.
We have a very relaxing day ahead as we sit back, enjoy our breakfast on board, and begin the climb into the Adelaide Hills, admiring the views over the suburbs and to the Gulf St Vincent. As we will be aboard the train until mid-afternoon, we will also enjoy morning tea and lunch while we travel.
The Overland journeys through rolling hills as it heads towards the Murray River which is crossed at Murray Bridge. As we travel, the landscape opens up into broad cropping country and we follow the general direction of the main Melbourne highway. A short distance from Bordertown, we cross into Victoria and continue east through Nhill and Dimboola. After passing Horsham, we catch glimpses of the Grampians in the distance, as we continue through the beautiful Victorian countryside to Stawell. A town of gold, both past and present, Stawell is the gateway to the Grampians and famous for holding the prestigious foot race, the Stawell Gift.
On arrival at the station, our driver will be there to help us disembark the train and take us to our accommodation for the next two nights. We check in at the Magdala Motor Lodge (Ph. 03 5358 3877) with time to unpack and freshen up before dinner together.
Day Two – FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
After a delicious breakfast we head off to explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. This heritage-listed landscape features a striking series of sandstone mountain ranges and is rich in Indigenous history, animal and plant life.
We journey through lush bushland and fascinating rock structures to our first stop at Boroka Lookout. After a short walk to the platform we will be rewarded with one of the most magnificent and expansive views looking straight along the Gap, over the township to Lake Bellfield. Morning tea will be enjoyed in these stunning surrounds before continuing our exploration of the park.
Reed Lookout also provides breathtaking vistas of the Grampians from a different perspective. Here we see views of the Victoria Valley and Range, Serra Range, Lake Wartook and the Mt Difficult Range.
From here we make our way to Zumsteins. Walter Zumstein, a beekeeper and nature-lover, came to settle in the Grampians in 1910 and was smitten with the beauty and grandeur that surrounded him. After serving in WW1 he returned to the Grampians with his Scottish wife. During the 1930s the couple decided to establish a holiday retreat building some cottages, a tennis court and swimming pool fed by the river. It became well known with tourists until the closure of the campground in 1994. It is a lovely, quiet location and a short walk across a bridge over the MacKenzie River takes us to the remnants of the Zumstein’s home and buildings—even their ‘swimming pool’!
Continuing through the beautiful Grampians countryside we wind our way to the Wartook Valley, where we stop for a delicious light lunch at The Wander Inn. The Inn started its life as a pottery studio over 30 years ago. The mudbrick building with massive timber beams is a wonderful meeting place for the local community and visitors alike and its gardens often attract native birds and curious kangaroos.
Following lunch we head back through the Grampians, this time stopping at MacKenzie Falls. Flowing all year round, these falls are the best known and most spectacular in the park. There is a short walk to the viewing platform at the lookout, which is the perfect vantage point to view the falls or for those who prefer not to walk, there is also a lovely picnic area to relax and enjoy the birdlife.
Lake Wartook is located on the MacKenzie River, surrounded by the stunning mountain ranges of the Grampians. It is a popular recreational spot for fishing and boating enthusiasts, and we drive to the lake to admire the stunning views.
From here we head back to Halls Gap for a drive through the picturesque village, before returning to Stawell. Having enjoyed the wonderful scenery on offer in the Grampians, we have time to freshen up before dinner.
Day Three – SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast we farewell our hosts in Stawell and journey to the small country town of Murtoa located in the Wimmera region. Established in 1876, it is home to three of the state’s Heritage Listed Sites, and today we will visit one of the more unusual ones, the Stick Shed. A grain storage facility that was completed in 1942, its uniqueness comes from the cathedral-like interior that was built using unmilled tall timber poles. After touring this inspiring structure, we pause for morning tea before continuing our travels.
We make our way back to the Western Highway and travel through Nhill and Kaniva towards the South Australian border. By lunchtime we reach Bordertown where our hosts at the hotel will have a two course lunch waiting for us.
Refreshed, we make our way through Keith and Tintinara in the Murray Valley Region before we come to Tailem Bend. Here we have a chance to stretch our legs before crossing the Murray River and making our way towards the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Arriving back in Goolwa, we begin returning everyone home with memories of the Overland journey and our short break in the spectacular Grampians.