Day Trips

 
UPCOMING TRIPS
 

JULY: Friday 26th   Xmas in July.  

VENUE: RACV Healesville Country Club.     122 Healesville-Kinglake Rd. Healesville  3777

TIME: 12 noon

  • NB. Car pooling is recommended, arrive EARLY as there is another very large group also lunching!
  • Please notify me of any dietary requirements.
  • There are a number of members who have put their name down but have not yet paid. If you still want to attend   please contact me and pay $30 via EFT or cash at our meeting on Wednesday 17th.
  • Bookings are now closed.

 

AUGUST:  Thursday 29th. St Pauls Cathedral

VENUE:  Guided Tour of St Pauls Cathedral  Flinders Lane/Swanston St.

TIME:  11:00am

TRAVEL: Travel by train time  TBA

COST:    $5 Donation

LUNCH:  at La Camera Restaurant $20 1 course and glass wine.

 

SEPTEMBER: Thursday 12th Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

VENUE: National Gallery Victoria – Booked  tour of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

TIME: 10:00am

TRAVEL:Travel by train time TBA

COST:  discounted group booking $27 plus $8 per person booked group tour. Total for entry and tour  is $35.

LUNCH:  optional at La Camera $20 – 1 course and glass wine.

 

OCTOBER: Tuesday 29th William Angliss

VENUE: William Angliss Hospitality College Tour and Lunch Package

TIME: 11:15am

TRAVEL: by train time TBA

LUNCH: Buffet lunch 12md

COST: Total cost $30

The Day Tours team look forward to you joining us for some fun and friendship with a special invitation to our new members.

Mary-Ann Rafter
Day Trips Convenor
mtrafter@hotmail.com

 


 DAY TRIP REPORTS

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.
 
 
DAY TRIP TO CRANBOURNE BOTANIC GARDENS
 
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.