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Gippsland Lakes & Sapphire Coast Getaway

7 Days  |  Departing Sunday 22nd November 2020 and returning Saturday 28th November 2020

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Final Payment: $ 2100 2429 by 1 Oct 2020
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A great way to support our local fire ravaged towns!

Highlights

Old Gippstown at Gippsland’s Heritage Park
Avenue of Honour Memorial Tree Statues
Lakes Entrance and Buchan Highlights Tour
Buchan Caves - Royal Cave Tour
Operation Bunker Museum
Twofold Bay Cruise
Sea Horse Inn
Eden Killer Whale Museum
Potoroo Palace
Wheelers Oyster Farm and Seafood Restaurant
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre
Lavender House
Early Settlers Hut
Historical Slab Hut Tourist Information Centre
Netherbyre Gemstone and Art Gallery
Victoria Rose and Tea Room
Old Brown Coal Mine Museum & much more!
Friends for Company

Inclusions

Personally Escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one.
​Comfortable Coach Touring Throughout ex Melbourne Return
Accommodation with private facilities
​Fabulous Range of Included Sightseeing and Activities
​All Meals as detailed in Itinerary
​Free Time for Personal Discovery
Room Sharing Option
 

Notice

COVID-19 NOTICE

The itinerary is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Should social distancing measures remain in place, Sisterhood Womens Travel will adapt our itinerary accordingly. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday 22 November 2020

Melbourne - Lakes Entrance (L,D)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Join your Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Coach stop on the corner of Spencer and Lonsdale Street this morning.  We make our way towards the beautiful Gippsland Lakes Region of Victoria. Our first stop is for lunch in Old Gippstown at Gippsland’s Heritage Park before taking a step back in time to the 1850′s. This complete historical township filled with authentic buildings and décor makes an ideal venue for weddings and functions. Old Gippstown is also renowned for its Coach House which contains one of Victoria’s best collections of horse drawn vehicles. We can also see a large variety of agricultural and industrial machinery ranging from horse drawn, steamdriven or manually operated, and the blacksmiths forge, in which many were manufactured. The General Store and The Water Wheel garden dressmaking shop contain displays of original implements used around the home in the 1850s. Following our tour it’s across to Lakes Entrance for check in and rest before dinner.

Overnight Lakes Entrance: Esplanade Resort & Spa

Day 2 - Monday 23 November 2020

Lakes Entrance - Buchan - Buchan Caves (B,L,D)

For anyone who likes a walk before breakfast, take a stroll along the promenade to view the Avenue of Honour Memorial Tree Statues. The trunks of six of the trees that originally formed the avenue of honour have been preserved and turned into sculptures representing scenes from the World War I period. The sculptures represent a World War I soldier, a wounded soldier with a donkey, a World War I nurse, Simpson helping two wounded soldiers and a family waiting for their father. After breakfast our local tour guide Geoff joins us for a highlights tour around the Lakes Entrance area before continuing up through the bushfire ravaged areas including Sarsfield, Bruthen and Buchan. Celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2014, Buchan is one of the oldest towns in Victoria and is rich in pioneering heritage, first settled by Europeans around 1840. We take a look at the now iconic racecourse winning post out at Canni Creek before lunch at the Buchan Caves Hotel which has its own unique story regarding bushfires. Sadly, on the 8th of April 2014 the Buchan Caves Hotel was destroyed by fire. Nothing could be salvaged and the Buchan community were devastated. The directors at the time of the fire decided not to rebuild and the land was given to investors and previous
owners, Marg and Greg (Bricky) Brick. Not having the funds to rebuild, Marg and Bricky considered selling the land, but couldn’t bring themselves to sell and leave the town without a pub. In 2015, local, Lyndel Moore, helped launch the “let’s Build A Pub” Campaign. The campaign saw an amazing amount of support from all over the world. Through the crowdfunding website Pozible, the Buchan Caves Hotel raised $605,146 which assisted with the rebuild of the new Buchan Caves Hotel as it is today. After lunch we tour the Royal Cave which features beautiful calcite-rimmed pools. We also pass through the stunning Font of the Gods and Princess Royal Chambers viewing many stalagmites and stalactites. After leaving Buchan we return to Lakes Entrance for a rest before pre dinner drinks (own cost) and dinner in the Espy Bar and Eatery.

Overnight Lakes Entrance: Esplanade Resort & Spa

Day 3 - Tuesday 24 November 2020

Lakes Entrance - Mallacoota - Genoa - Eden (B,L,D)

After breakfast and checkout we depart this beautiful part of Victoria and begin our drive around to the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. Travel across to Cabbage Tree Creek and then through Cann River before heading into Mallacoota. It is well documented now how the town of Mallacoota became totally isolated and under siege from the New Year bushfires. We watched from afar and folks from around the world watched in disbelief as Mallacoota’s sky turned red while thousands of locals and visitors huddled on the beach followed by the dramatic Navy Sea rescue. Wildlife Triage Units were established at Mallacoota, Bairnsdale and Corryong which included support from the RSPCA’s Mobile Animal Clinic, Zoos Victoria, Wildlife Victoria and AVA veterinarians. Mallacoota has and always will be one of Gippsland’s great holiday escapes, surrounded by the magnificent wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and set on the beautiful Mallacoota Inlet. After lunch at the Mallacoota Hotel we catch up with Pierre as we visit Operation Bunker Museum, a World War II RAAF operations bunker that has been restored by the Mallacoota RSL. It is of considerable significance in the military history of Victoria as it was the headquarters of the RAAF coastal intelligence activity in the region as well as an important link in the chain of defence installations along the south east of Australia. This afternoon we continue our drive up the coast via the tiny township of Genoa where another bushfire story will unfold. We speak with Annette Peisley, caretaker of the “former” Genoa Schoolhouse Museum which was burnt to the ground.  The museum formed (part of the Mallacoota and District Historical Society and Bunker Museum previously visited). Annette’s own daughter lost her home in the fires. Our day concludes as we arrive in Eden for check in and freshen up before dinner in the licensed restaurant.

Overnight Eden: Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn

Day 4 - Wednesday 25 November 2020

Eden - Boydtown (B,L,D)

The residents of Eden ‘dodged a massive bullet’ in the first week of January but are heartbroken by fire damage to homes and its tourism industry. Our day begins with a delightful cruise on beautiful Twofold Bay surrounded by the
Ben Boyd National Park and state forest, stunning scenery, pristine bays and beaches are viewed as the Cat Balou cruises around this deep water port. The cruise highlights the history of this whaling port including Boyd’s Tower,
Sea Horse Inn at Boydtown, Edrom Lodge and whaling station sites. The Naval/multi purpose wharf, woodchip mill, mussel farms, Quarantine Bay and the fishing fleet are also viewed. On most trips Cat Balou encounters dolphins
or seals. Back on land we travel down to Boydtown and to the Sea Horse Inn for lunch, a luxurious boutique hotel, situated on the shores of Twofold Bay, commanding stunning views across the bay to Eden. It offers the astute visitor
the unforgettable experience of a luxury, contemporary escape in beautiful surroundings. The newly refurbished Inn offers modern luxury combined with original detail such as hand-carved doors, stained-glass ornamentation, winding staircases, large open grates and attic bedrooms. After lunch we return to Eden, stopping by the Eden Killer Whale Museum to enjoy a guided tour with plenty to see and learn. Tonight we enjoy dinner at the motel.

Overnight Eden: Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn

Day 5 - Thursday 26 November 2020

Merimbula - Pambula - Eden (B,L,D)

This morning we enjoy breakfast before travelling up to Merimbula to visit Potoroo Palace, a not-for-profit organisation passionate about caring for the Earth, it aims to improve the habitats and wellbeing of the native animals already in the sanctuary’s care, to promote public awareness of their plight in the wild, to educate the community about the importance of the conservation of our unique Australian native animals and plants. Many of the animals at the sanctuary are native to the Merimbula area. Which have seven Long-nosed Potoroos, Macropods such as Eastern Grey Kangaroos and a Swamp Wallaby, and two Bare-nosed Wombats. Short-beaked Echidnas and Long-nosed Bandicoots are all found in the Bega Valley, sometimes even entering our own backyards. Emus and even Dingoes can be found in the surrounding area. Koalas and Long-nosed Potoroos are very rare here now, but were once abundant. People come from all over the world to see the native animals. We then visit the Wheelers Oyster Farm and Seafood Restaurant for a tour and lunch. Since the settlement of the Sapphire Coast, oyster farming has played an important role in the area’s economy. Local oysters have become famous throughout Australia and the world for their excellent quality and flavour, resulting in many awards for farmers. Wheelers Oyster Farm offers us the opportunity to discover the complete oyster story with a tour of their state-of-the-art factory including a video showing the complete history of oyster farming and the life cycle of oysters. Following our tour and lunch we travel back down to Eden and visit the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, the centre is an exciting hands-on experience for everyone; full of interesting, thought provoking marine displays and live exhibits. This afternoon we return to our accommodation for a rest before dinner.

Overnight Eden: Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn

Day 6 - Friday 27 November 2020

Eden - Bombala - Delegate - Orbost (B,L,D)

Today following breakfast, we checkout and continue our tour. We make our way into Bombala, where we stop at Lavender House. This historic red brick building at Railway Park, was once the convent for the sisters of St. Joseph and now houses a beautiful array of locally produced lavender products and local historic information. A visit to Lavender House allows you the chance to soak up the history of the area and experience the delights of lavender. Following our tour we travel down to Delegate to visit the Early Settlers Hut. Believed to be the first European dwelling on the Monaro, is testament to Delegate’s proud history, which like its neighbours Bombala and Cathcart, is rich in tales and folk lore. The Delegate School of Arts houses the proud history of involvement in the various wars and the cemetery has a plaque marking the site of the first Christian worship on the Monaro.  We then enjoy lunch at the Delegate Hotel. Later we arrive in the township of Orbost, where we stop in at the historical Slab Hut Tourist Information Centre situated in beautiful Forest Park. We also take a look at the Netherbyre Gemstone and Art Gallery. This afternoon we arrive at our motel for check in and time to relax before dinner in Banjo’s Restaurant.

Overnight Orbost: Orbost Country Roads Motor Inn 

Day 7 - Saturday 28 November 2020

Orbost - Melbourne (B,L)

This morning we leave Orbost and travel through Nowa Nowa and across to Trafalgar via Rosedale for a comfort and morning tea stop at the delightful Victoria Rose and Tea Room. We then travel across to the Yallourn North & District Historical Society for a tour of the Old Brown Coal Mine Museum and the former State Electricity Commission works area incorporating the Yallourn Power Station. After our tour we continue across to Trafalgar where we visit the Holden Museum and learn the whole story behind Holden, from saddles to motor cars, aero engines to pedal cars. After wandering through the countless unique cars, interactive displays and theatrette, enjoy a light lunch from the unique cafe. Leaving Trafalgar we continue on to Melbourne after a delightful time away with friends.

Thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcomging you back to Sisterhood Womens Travel

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