Terracotta Warriors in Melbourne
Five Days: 24th – 28th May 2019
Twin Share: $1795 per person. Sole Use: $2089 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.
- Option to travel on the Indian Pacific from Adelaide to Perth (additional cost)
The ‘Melbourne Winter Masterpieces’ series this year brings not only a major international art event, but what is often referred to as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, China’s Terracotta Warriors. This May we are taking the opportunity to visit this dual presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present: the Terracotta Army is arguably the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century, presented alongside the newest works of one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. Other highlights of this tour include high tea at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens and visits to Buda House in Castlemaine and the Gold Museum in Ballarat.
Day One – FRIDAY 24 MAY 2019
(includes light lunch and three course dinner)
After completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), we begin our journey by travelling through the Mount Lofty Ranges. We pass by Murray Bridge continuing to Tailem Bend, where we pause to stretch our legs and enjoy morning tea.
Following refreshments we travel through Coonalpyn, Tintinara and Keith, before arriving in Bordertown where we stop for a light lunch together.
Our afternoon drive takes us through lovely Victorian countryside and after passing Horsham, we see glimpses of the spectacular Grampians landscape.
Our accommodation for tonight is at Stawell, where we check into our rooms at the Magdala Motor Lodge (Ph. 03 5358 3877) before coming together for dinner in the motel restaurant.
Day Two – SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)
After breakfast we depart Stawell and travel through the towns of Moonambel and Avoca on our way to Maryborough. We stop for morning tea in this historic town in the Central Goldfields, known for its heritage-listed buildings, including the grand Maryborough railway station built in 1890 and said to have had the longest platform in country Victoria.
We continue along the Pyrenees Highway to Castlemaine, home to Buda House. Named by its original owner after the Hungarian capital, Budapest, the house was a home to the Leviny family for over 100 years and displays their significant collection of furniture, art works and personal belongings. We take the opportunity to visit this authentic historic house and delightful garden from the gold rush era before taking time to enjoy our lunch in these beautiful surroundings.
During the afternoon we drive through Macedon and the picturesque Macedon Ranges on our way to Melbourne. Our accommodation for the next two nights is at Mercure Parkview Hotel (Ph. 03 9529 8888) overlooking the picturesque Albert Park Lake. We have time to unpack and relax before enjoying our three course dinner together.
Day Three – SUNDAY 26 MAY 2019
(includes cooked breakfast, lunch and three course dinner)
After breakfast we enjoy a scenic drive, finishing at the internationally renowned Royal Botanic Gardens. The gardens were established in 1846 and extend across 94 acres, boasting a unique mix of native and exotic vegetation, including over 8,500 individual species. An oasis within the city blending peaceful lakes, rolling lawns, ancient trees and flowers, this makes a wonderful backdrop for our high tea at the Café.
Afterwards we make our way to the National Gallery of Victoria for the highlight of our tour, the Winter Masterpieces series, which this year is showcasing two parallel exhibitions. The first, ‘Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality’ is a presentation of the Quin Emperors Terracotta army. These life-sized detailed models were hand constructed to accompany the tomb of China’s first emperor as an afterlife guard— a project which is estimated to have taken over 40 years. Eight terracotta warriors, two full-sized horses and two replica bronze chariots are presented in this exhibition, alongside more than 150 exquisite treasures of historic Chinese art and design. Objects lent by leading museums and archaeological sites from across the Shaanxi province include priceless gold, jade and bronze artefacts.
‘The Transient Landscape’ is the second exhibition. It is a collection of new art works by Cai Guo-Qiang, inspired by Chinese culture and its enduring philosophical traditions. The highlight is a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds symbolically bringing together different elements of the exhibition. Cai has collaborated on the exhibition’s design, creating breathtaking immersive environments for the presentation of both his work and the Terracotta Warriors.
We are free to explore these and any other exhibitions at the NGV at our leisure before returning to our accommodation for the evening.
Day Four – MONDAY 27 MAY 2019
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)
Travelling out through Melbourne and along the Western Highway, we reach the outer suburb of Melton where we enjoy our morning tea in one of the local parks.
As we continue west through Ballan, it’s not long before we arrive in Ballarat, one of the most successful settlements to be formed after the Victorian gold rush. Unlike many other gold boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained high gold yields for many decades.
We visit the Gold Museum, one of Australia’s largest regional community museums, which holds extensive collections of the rich golden history and heritage of the Ballarat region. We will be able to view priceless displays of gold nuggets, coins and artefacts, along with original artworks of the period.
After lunch we travel through pastoral country past Lake Bolac and onto to the city of Hamilton, the lively centre of a large and wealthy agricultural area. Our accommodation tonight is at the Comfort Inn Botanical, Hamilton (Ph. 03 5572 1855). Having had time to settle in and relax, we meet for dinner and enjoy our last evening together on tour.
Day Five – TUESDAY 28 MAY 2019
(includes cooked breakfast and two course hot lunch)
We depart Hamilton this morning on the last leg of our journey home, through Casterton as we head towards the South Australian border. Continuing on to Penola, situated just south of the Coonawarra wine growing district, we stop for morning tea.
As we travel north along the Riddoch Highway, we pass through Naracoorte and then to Keith ready for our two course lunch.
This afternoon our journey takes us through Tintinara and Coonalpyn. Our comfort stop in Tailem Bend gives us one last chance to stretch our legs before crossing the Murray River and making our way through the Adelaide Hills.
Arriving in Adelaide, we are returned to our homes with memories of this wonderful opportunity to see the Terracotta Warriors in Australia.