Safari discovers goldfields and the Great Ocean Road

Hunters Hill Guest Column

To The POINT With JOHN VERHELST

ROTARY Club of Hunters Hill is gearing up for our 5th annual Car Safari to be held from Saturday October 24 to Sunday November 1.

You can experience eight days of discovering the goldfields of Victoria and the Great Ocean Road.

Highlights of the 2015 Safari include travelling some of the fringes of outback NSW, the river port of Echuca, the goldfields of Bendigo and Ballarat, the Great Ocean Road and Heathcote’s wineries.

It is spring time (and daylight saving has commenced) when we travel Ð the best season of all to experience these regions.

The dates do not correspond with the NSW or Victorian school holidays.

All kilometres are approximate depending on any last minute diversions and all cars will be given “last minute” driving instructions at the (each) previous night’s dinner.

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TOUR commences on Saturday October 24 when you depart Sydney at your leisure for the pleasant drive down the Hume Highway to Wagga.

Just off the highway is a town worth visiting: Goulburn.

Alternately you could drive via the Great Western Highway and Olympic Highway which is some 521km.

Dinner is at the Mercure Wagga Wagga at 1 Morgan Street and we suggest you make your accommodation booking there.

On Sunday October 25 we follow the Collingullie Jerilderie Road to Lockhart and then the Newell Highway to Finley and Deniliquin before the short run south on the Cobb Highway to the old river town of Echuca, just over the border at Moama into Victoria.

Dinner is at the quaint Shamrock Hotel in the Port of Echuca and the nearest accommodation is the Mercure Hotel.

You may want to spend some time in Echuca on the morning of Monday October 26 before the short drive to Bendigo via Rochester.

Dinner is at the Wine Bank on View.

On Tuesday October 27 we travel from Bendigo to Ballarat via Heathcote Wine Region and Daylesford/Hepburn Springs (180km).

Late afternoon short drive to Ballarat for a two night stay. Tonight dinner is included and will be held at the Fu Man Lou Restaurant located in Camp Street,

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ON Wednesday October 28 you get a full day to experience this historic city.

Dinner at your leisure this evening then on Thursday October 29 you travel from Ballarat to Warrnambool (172 km).

You will have time to further explore Ballarat this morning and then travel in the afternoon through the beautiful farming country of Victoria’s Western District to Warrnambool via Mortlake.

Dinner this evening at the Piccolo Restaurant.

On Friday October 30 we head from Warrnambool to Apollo Bay (161 km).

Dinner this evening at the Sandy Feet Cafe, located on the Great Ocean Road. Close by hotels are the Comfort Inn, Beachfront and Iluka Motel.

On Saturday October 31 we travel from Apollo Bay to Torquay (92 km).

This evening is the farewell dinner with innovative prizes being awarded. Dinner at Fisho’s Torquay on the Esplanade before returning to Sydney on November 1.

Any questions contact Charles Amos on 0414 918 976, [email protected] or myself John Verhelst on 0437 212-121, [email protected]

JOHN VERHELST is a stalwart of Rotary Club of Hunters Hill