Day Trips



 Februarys event will be a Picnic in the Park.  Where we can have a relaxing day socialising and catching up with our fellow club members. 

Melba Park covers 2.17 hectares, and is named after Dame Nellie Melba.  Take a walk around the park to view some of the historical sights.

Picnic in the Park

DATE:              Thursday 11th  February 2021, from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
VENUE:           Melba Park
ADDRESS:     Market Street, Lilydale (off Castella Street)

HOW TO GET THERE:   Transport:  Self-drive or car pool.  There is off-street and street parking available
WHAT TO BRING:           BYO everything, lunch, drink, table, chairs, rug.  There are also some barbecues and picnic tables available.                  


 March’s event will be a get together in the park. 

The Maroondah Dam is a rock foundation concrete gravity dam with an uncontrolled rock chute spillway across the Watts River.

Picnic in the Park

DATE:              Thursday 11th  March 2021, from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
VENUE:           Maroondah Reservoir Park, In the main picnic area
ADDRESS:     Maroondah Highway, Healesville

HOW TO GET THERE:   Transport:  Self-drive or car pool. 
WHAT TO BRING:           BYO everything, lunch, drink, table, chairs, rug. 

NB:  Event will be cancelled if the day is declared a Total Fire Ban Day


We are planning to visit and have a tour of Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead in Wandin North 

The date will be Thursday 29th April, 2021

Details are to follow



Our Australia Day Picnic was a great way to kick off the New Year.  The weather was gloomy but the mood was anything but.  Umbrellas and rain jackets were the order of the day.  34 people attended, 29 club members and five prospective new members.  There was lots of laughter and chatter and catching up as this was our first outing since early last year, due to covid-19 restrictions.  Lots of food and chocolates and sweets and lamingtons.  The rain did disappear enough to allow us to enjoy our games and activities.  The traditional thong throwing competitions were won by Mary-Ann Rafter and Len Moore.  Finska games winners were Cliff Brown and Sue McMahon.  Awards for best dressed on the day were Chrissy Tolias, Yvonne Davies, Rod Hindaugh and Dave Davies. 



Panorama Garden Estate :

This was a very pleasant trip to what is the largest private garden in Australia (over 25 acres!) Situated at Red Hill it has taken more than 20 years to create a wonderful mix of native gardens and a wild life sanctuary. Over 20,000 plants have been introduced set amongst 8,000 tons of rock work and there are nineteen separate garden areas surrounded by lakes, streams and waterfalls.
On our guided walk (or minibus for some!) around the property we saw albino kangaroos among a variety of birds and animals with wonderful views of Port Phillip Bay along the way. Lunch at the nearby Pig and Whistle restaurant capped off a great day excellently organised by Jo O’Reilly.   Thanks Jo.

John Moody

click here for other photos of the Panorama Garden Estate at Red Hill

JUNE we visited Seafarers Mission and Police museum’s. 19 attended and feedback was very positive “was way more interesting than I thought it was going to be”.

JULY –  Xmas in July lunch at RACV Healesville was a resounding success,  63 attended and was definitely value for money at a lovely venue.


AUGUST – MCG and National Sports Museum

On a cool and cloudy day 24 of us travelled by train to discover the many and varied exploits and achievements in a myriad of sports our fellow Australians participated down the ages  in this wonderful Sports museum. Bev Keeble a NSM volunteer was on hand to help us with audio equipment and hints on the best exhibitions to see. Thanks Bev

We were able to relive the momentous occassions of the many  Olympic and Commonwealth Games, the Ashes series, AFL, Rugby, tennis, soccer, swimming, basketball and many more besides. A visit to The Shane Warne theatre was a special treat. As usual there wasnt enough time to see everything here before we were rushed off to have our guided tour behind the scenes of the mighty MCG, our tour guide gave us all many insights to the workings of this national treasure, the highlights for me was visiting the famous Long Room and learning about its history and traditions and seeing the huge 7 metre wide and 2 metre high tapestry that depicts the history of the MCG including the many sporting spectacles to blockbuster concerts and other famous people who  held court on the hallowed turf included Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II. A lunch in the Hugh Trumble cafe topped off a most enjoyable day.

PS  Some of the group had more interesting trips home on the train than others, from being offloaded onto buses for final part of the journey, to having to negotiate quickly the overpass at Ringwood x2 inorder to catch a train to Lilydale only then for our brave Peter to take on a young , drugged up punk who was abusively attacking a vending machine.


NOVEMBER – The Stokes Collection and Forest Glade Gardens in Mt Macedon

November’s bus trip to The Stokes Collection and Forest Glade Gardens in Mt Macedon was a huge success enjoyed by 49 members and friends. We enjoyed a morning tea on the way with delicious home made slices. Many thanks to Sue McMahon, Nola Petty, Mabel Greer and Nance Neale for the tasty treats.
The porcelain collection was AMAZING! how one man ‘Cyril Stokes’ could amass such an eclectic collection in his lifetime is incredible. The gardens surrounding the museum also reflected Cyril’s eclectic taste in garden styles, chinese garden, a peony walk, fern gully, numerous maples, quirky statues and garden art to name but a few of the attractions. We all enjoyed a picnic  lunch together in the gardens. Luckily we were just getting on the bus for the return trip as the heavens opened. Rob the bus driver did a great job in the treacherous conditions and got us all home safely.
22 brave souls ventured out Friday 26th rugged up in hats, coats, scarves and umbrellas ready to make the best of Melbourne’s fickle weather to explore the fabulous Australian native botanic gardens in Cranbourne.  We were not disappointed,10 of us had the luxury of a covered explorer bus and remainder walked the trails, both groups had very knowledgeable volunteer guides to explain the gardens history and what the layout and the plantings symbolised.  At the coastal garden, Rod and Margot even had a chance  to soak up a fleeting patch of sun! The size and scale of the gardens was truely amazing. We all learnt so much more about our Australian flora there was not enough time to take it all in before the weather changed again. The group hurriedback to enjoyed the delights of lunch in the Boon Wurrng Cafe. Despite the weather a good day was had by all.


JANUARY – Monday 27th Australia Day Public Holiday Picnic
Australia Day Picnic was again a great day to start the year. 35 members and one visitor (The Abley’s granddaughter – Miss Ruby) we all enjoyed a mild sunny day at Silvan Resevoir there was lots of laughter, food, good company and lamingtons. A number participated in ‘thong’ throwing and ‘Finska’ competitions to the amusement of others.
 Col Pask was again the winner of the Thong Throwing  but it was close, the tape measure came out to clinch it! Might have had something to do with his action!
I was lucky to be the winner of the Finska despite not have such style with my throwing action as Col!