Day Trips

 
 
 
OCTOBER: Friday 25th – William Angliss.   – After having 28 on the list to attend the William Angliss Institute we ended up with 15 who thoroughly enjoyed a most informative guided tour of the facility and then sat down to a scrumptious buffet prepared and served by the students.
 

UPCOMING TRIPS


NOVEMBER: Friday 22nd – Lubra Bend Private Garden and Lunch

VENUE: Lubra Bend Private Garden 135 Simpson Lane Yarra Glen

TIME:      9:45am at gate      for  10am – 12 midday tour

TRAVEL: Self Drive / Car Pool

LUNCH: 12.30 Grand Hotel in Yarra Glen at own cost. (Seniors menu available)

TOUR:   10:00am  to 12:00noon

COST:   Cost $30 includes morning tea and guided tour of garden.

LUNCH:   12.30. Grand Hotel in Yarra Glen at own cost.(seniors menu available)

PAYMENT: by EFT or cash by general meeting Wednesday 20th


DECEMBER

  • No outings due to Xmas celebration
JANUARY 
  • ? Australia Day Picnic. To be Confirmed 

VACANT POSITION  : Day Tours Convenor .
 
As of March 2020  the current members of the Day Tours Group are resigning. There will be  a great opportunity opening up for some  members who love exploring this great city of ours and its surrounds and sharing their finds with other members. Its great fun and especially good for new members to get to know others in the club.
Full handover and support will be given.
 
Prerequisites
  • An adventurous  streak
  • Some organisational skills
  • A sense of humour
  • Some friends to help you
  • Basic computur skills
Expression of interest to: Mary-Ann Rafter 0488335557, mtrafter@hotmail.com 

 

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.