Welcome to our 6 day Silo Art Trail Tour of Victoria. Street art and grain silo murals are drawing crowds to small country towns into rural Victoria from all over Australia – so we are going to go and see what all the fuss is about!
Including Visits to, Ballarat & Sovereign Hill, The Wimmera Region of Central Victoria, Swan Hill, Echuca & Bendigo
Welcome to our 6 day Silo Art Trail Tour of Victoria. Street art and grain silo murals are drawing crowds to small country towns into rural Victoria – so we are going to go and see what all the fuss is about!
Departing o your pre arranged flights and on arrival at Melbourne airport, we board our coach for the afternoon drive to Ballarat, where on arrival we check into our accommodation for the next 2 nights.
Over dinner we can get to know our fellow travelers and discuss our days ahead.
Meals (D) Accommodation: Bell Tower Inn, Ballarat
Today we spend the day discovering Ballarat. We collect our local guide and embark on a tour of this historic gold mining city, with its outstanding heritage architecture. Next is a visit to Eureka Centre, dedicated to the central theme of democracy. The Eureka Centre explores the events surrounding the Eureka Stockade and has exhibitions including the original Eureka Flag. No visit to Ballarat would not be complete without a look through Sovereign Hill which provides the opportunity to step back in time to the golden past and the days of the gold rush over 100 years ago. We spend the rest of the day enjoying the Red Hill Gully Diggings, miners dressed in the bright colours of the 1850s, show us how to pan for gold and along the main street, horse drawn vehicles pass us by. We then return to our motel for dinner and time to freshen up, as tonight we will return to Sovereign Hill for the new show called AURA which will tell the story of Gold throughout the ages; from its original formation and the Gold rush, to the enduring allure of Gold today. We will be instantly transported into an immersive multi-sensory experience as we are guided through pastoral settlements to the rich cultural tapestry of life on the goldfields.
Meals (L, D) Accommodation: Bell Tower Inn, Ballarat
Following breakfast we depart Ballarat and head north on the Silo Art Trail. Our first stop is at Rupanyup to view the Grain Silo painted by Julia Volchkova. The giant silver-painted steel bin grain silos feature two local residents, both members of the local Rupanyup Football and Netball Club. Our next stop is at Sheep Hills where International artist Adnate has painted Wimmera Elders Ron Marks and Regina Hood, along with a young boy and a young girl. The mural is about passing knowledge on from generation to generation. Warracknabeal for lunch at the Creekside Hotel, then to Brim where International street artist Guido van Helten has painted a 30m by 30m scene. From Brim we continue along the Silo Art trail to Roseberry and Lascelles, before we arrive in to Swan Hill for tonight’s accommodation and dinner. Tonight we experience the “Heartbeat of the Murray” Sound and Laser Show. This wonderful new sound and light show is the first of its kind and utilizes water, light, laser, sound and special effects to tell the fascinating story of the Murray – from 30 million years ago to today.
Meals (B, L, D) Accommodation: Swan Hill Resort
A short drive to Lake Boga where we stop at The Flying Boat Museum. This is a memorial to those who worked on and with the Flying Boats during World War II. Lake Boga was an ideal stretch of water on which the mighty flying boats could alight. Late morning, we arrive into Echuca and have some free time before we visit the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre we’ll learn about the Echuca wharf. Built in 1865 by the Victorian Railways, it was crucial to the town’s development and became Australia’s largest inland port in the late 1800s. Joined by a local guide who will share interesting tales of the colourful personalities that crewed the old river boats. This afternoon we depart to Bendigo and along the way we stop in Rochester to view the colourful murals painted on the local Silo’s before arriving into Ballarat for the next 2 nights.
Meals (B, D) Accommodation: Quality Inn Colonial Bendigo
We will begin our touring of Bendigo and the best place to start is at the magnificent Sacred Heart Cathedral which overlooks the city. It is the only English Gothic Cathedral in Australia. The walls of the sanctuary are Sicilian Pearl Marble, with Verdi Tinos surrounding the main altar which is of Dromana Granite. Mid-morning we board the ‘Talking Tram’ for an interesting ride through the main areas of Bendigo to see some of the other stunning buildings, such as the Shamrock Hotel and to learn a little about the history of the Goldfields. At the Central Deborah Gold Mine we have arranged a guided surface tour of what is an actual working mine – right in the centre of the city. On completion of our tour we have lunch in the café, and then this afternoon we visit the the Golden Dragon Museum. One permanent display is “Sun Loong” the longest Imperial dragon in the world and “Loong” the oldest Imperial dragon in the world. We also stop by the Chinese Joss House – the oldest Joss House still in use in the Bendigo area, built in 1860.
Meals (B, L, D) Accommodation: Quality Inn Colonial Bendigo
Unfortunately it’s time to leave this magical part of the country. Our transfer to the airport has us boarding our flight home.
Return Airfares ex BNE, SYD, ADL
All meals and accommodation included as per itinerary
Tour Cost is PP in a Double or Twin Room, If Sole Use Room, ADD $330