Overland Train to Stawell
Five Days: 11th – 13th November 2019
Twin Share: $939 per person. Sole Use: $1025 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.
November is a great time of year to take this wonderful train journey through the lush Victorian countryside to Stawell. We sit back and relax, admiring the diversity of the landscapes sweeping by. We explore the nearby town of Halls Gap, surrounded by the inspiring rugged beauty of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. This trip is a visual feast of sweeping vistas, art and culture. With the future of the Overland Train uncertain, join us as we make the most of this relaxing adventure through picturesque country.
Day One – MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2019
(includes light lunch and three course dinner)
After being picked up from home (limited areas*) we are taken to Keswick Railway Station. Our luggage is loaded on to our Endeavour Tours 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. Crossing into Victoria a little after Bordertown, we 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 our three course dinner together.
Day Two – TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2019
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)
After a delicious breakfast we’ll depart Stawell to explore this picturesque area. Surrounded by the beauty of the Grampians it is no surprise that the region is home to a variety of talented artists and we’ll take time to visit the studio of a local artist this morning.
Following morning tea, we’ll take a scenic drive to Lake Bellfield. Situated in nearby Halls Gap, the lake not only supplies water to the local communities, but is also the main source of supply for the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline system.
We visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre, where we enjoy a customary ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional people. The centre provides a wonderful overview of the park’s unique environment and Indigenous culture. While here, we will enjoy lunch in the centre’s café before setting out to explore the spectacular beauty of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park.
This heritage-listed landscape features a striking series of sandstone mountain ranges and we’ll visit some of the well known lookouts and falls to experience the spectacular views on offer.
We journey through lush bushland and fascinating rock structures to Baroka Lookout. After a short walk to the platform we will have one of the most magnificent and expansive views looking straight along the Gap, over the township to Lake Bellfield. Our next stop is at Reed’s Lookout which also provides breathtaking vistas of the Grampians from a different perspective.
As we continue our drive through the range, we reach MacKenzie Falls. There is a walk here to the viewing platform at the lookout, which is the perfect vantage point to views the falls, which flow all year round. If you prefer not to walk, there is also a lovely picnic area to relax and enjoy the birdlife.
Having enjoyed some of the wonderful scenery on offer in the Grampians, we head back to the motel where we can relax before another delicious three course dinner.
Day Three – WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2019
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast we farewell our hosts in Stawell and begin our journey home. We travel through Horsham and on to the small town of Natimuk, known for its proximity to Mt Arapiles. We pause for morning tea in this small farming community before continuing our travels.
Leaving Natimuk behind we sit back and relax while our driver takes us across the South Australian border. By lunchtime we reach Keith where our friends at the hotel will have a two course lunch waiting for us.
Refreshed, we make our way through 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 through the Adelaide Hills.
We arrive back in Adelaide, where we begin returning everyone home with memories of the wonderful Overland journey and our short break in the spectacular Grampians.