Visit Regional Victoria and Enjoy Country Hospitality!
Visit to Historic Piper Street in Kyneton
Visit to Bridgewater including Secret Platypus Gallery and Arts Old Gallery
Visit to Inglewood Antique Shops
Enjoy the Wedderburn Rock n Roll Dance
Visit to Simply Tomatoes
Visit to Spanner Sculpture Gardens
Visit to Little Lake Boort
Visit to Salute Oliva - Olive Oil Farm
Visit to Soldier's Memorial Park commemorating two local Victoria Cross Heroes
Walking Tour of Wedderburn
Visit to Wedderburn Open Gardens including Devonshire Tea
Friends for Company!
Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Tour Hostess
Return Coach Travel from Melbourne
2 Nights Accommodation in Wedderburn at the Goldseeker Motel
Breakfast & Dinner daily
All Sightseeing and Entry Fees as per itinerary (subject to weather)
Morning Tea Picnic Basket
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.
Day 1 - Saturday 16 October 2020
Melbourne - Kyneton - Bridgewater - Wedderburn (D)
Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel. Meet your Sisterhood Hostess and fellow travellers at the Bus Zone (T Junction Lonsdale & Spencer Street) opposite Southern Cross Station, Melbourne no later than 10.00am. We'll travel up the Calder Freeway stopping to explore popular Piper Street in Kyneton and to enjoy lunch. Afterwards we'll continue to Bridgewater for a visit to the Secret Platypus Gallery, Arts Olde Gallery and the Helping Hands Mission Op Shop. We then visit Inglewood with a visit to Brooke Street and their various antique stores.
We'll arrive into Wedderburn late afternoon with check in and dinner at our hotel before heading out to enjoy the Wedderburn Rock n Roll Dance at the Mechanics Institute Hall. A great night of music, laughter and dancing is promised.
Day 2 - Sunday 17 October 2020
Wedderburn - Boort (B,D)
Today, before breakfast might like to enjoy a morning bushwalk. After breakfast, we'll travel to Boort for a tour of Simply Tomatoes. Here, owners Ian and Marilyn Lanyon give us the chance to see what happens when innovation and creativity meet rural enterprise. With a lifetime of farming experience they’ve pretty much seen and done it all and delight in the opportunity to share it with us. We'll enjoy a delicious picnic box morning tea, before a short walking tour to see where and how Simply Tomatoes green tomato products are made. They also manufacture, Aussie Wool Quilts Boort 100% natural woollen pillows, under-blankets and doona style quilts. Learn all about Woolly Warmers – therapeutic heat pads that have their own wheat encased in wool to fit various parts of your body, 18 in total!
Next the chance to meet “Cheeky Boy” the cockatiel and a gaggle of honking geese as we wander around the beautiful gardens of an 1880’s homestead enjoying true country hospitality. Visiting the farm in Victoria’s Loddon Valley gives us a window into how farming has changed for the Lanyon’s over the past 47 years. From good old wheat and sheep farming to broad acreage tomato growing, also diversifying in developing on farm, three manufacturing businesses, exporting green tomato products to the world.
We'll then have the chance to stroll through the two acre garden of John & Sonia Piccoli where many large sculptures made from old and antique spanners are uniquely placed amongst the trees and garden beds. A collection of old horse-drawn equipment totalling 84, line the drive-way, with many other interesting things to be seen as you walk through the garden. John also has a wonderful collection of birds and guinea fowl, another delight to see.
We'll visit Godfrey and Bear in Boort for lunch (at own expense) followed by a stroll down to Little Lake Boort. Then onto Salute Oliva a family owned olive grove farm producing first class extra virgin olive oil and a range of table olives. Grown organically and processed following traditional pickling methods, using only natural ingredients. The oil and the olives are available in various package sizes, also available are olive oil soaps and gift packs.
Returning back to Wedderburn for dinner at our hotel.
This evening we'll visit Soldiers Memorial Park under lights and see the Borella-Jacka Victoria Cross Commemorative Sculpture, which has been created by Everlon Bronze, capturing both local men as they were awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of their service during the First World War.
Day 3 - Monday 18 October 2020
Wedderburn - Melbourne (B)
This morning we'll check out of our hotel and take a self guided walking tour of Wedderburn before visiting Hard Hill Tourist Reserve to view the Eucalyptus Stew Pot which is the processing of eucalpytus oil turning into the lovely essence of True Blue Mallee Eucalyptus oil.
Today we'll have the opportunity to enjoy the Wedderbun Open Gardens, with a mix beautiful drought tolerant plants in 6 open gardens including the Coach House Gallery & Museum and the recently renovated Anglican Church. We'll enjoy devonshire tea and stroll through the community garden "Poo to Plate" with the opportunity to purchase plants from the community nursery.
We farewell the Loddon Valley mid afternoon and travel back to Melbourne arriving in at approximately 6pm.
Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.