Lakes Entrance and Gippsland

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Day 1

Pick up at Albury Railway Station and transport to the Motor Inn to enjoy a home-cooked dinner.

Day 2

We follow the mighty Murray River through the large pine plantations of Shelley, before arriving at Corryong where the township claims historic resident stockman Jack Riley (1841–1914) was the inspiration for Banjo Patterson’s famous Australian bush poem, The Man from Snowy River. Here we visit the newly renovated Man from Snowy River Museum! We then travel to the historic town of Tintaldra and spend our afternoon wandering about town, perhaps admiring the shady native trees, hydrangeas and lilies on the path to the award-winning Tintaldra Wetlands on the Murray River bank. We will also experience the old Tintaldra General Store.  After afternoon tea along the weir towards Bethanga, we cap off a busy day by heading into an Albury Club for dinner.

Day 3

We journey in the direction of Lakes Entrance, through the picturesque town of Bright and towards Harrietville at the base of Mount Hotham. We then drive up this spectacular peak taking in the panoramic scenery as we head past Hotham Village and stopping in Dinner Plain.  We then travel to the lookout at Omeo, named after an Aboriginal word for ‘mountains’, we take in the vast panoramic view of Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko.  After lunch, we head through the town of Bruthen before arriving at our motel in Lakes Entrance for dinner and a well-earned rest.

Day 4

We explore the township of Lakes Entrance, the seafood capital of Victoria. Situated on the pristine Gippsland Lakes, we begin our day with a cruise towards the town of Metung. If we’re lucky, we might catch a glimpse of one of the three varieties of dolphins living in the lake system.  When we arrive in Metung, we enjoy a hearty lunch at the Metung Pub overlooking the lakes.  We head back to our motel in Lakes Entrance and enjoy dinner.

Day 5

We have some free-time in the town of Lakes Entrance, before heading back to Omeo. Then get onto the Omeo Highway up to Angler’s Rest going past the historic Blue Duck Inn. The inn is beautifully situated at the confluence of three alpine trout streams and is surrounded by a million acres of alpine national park. From here we travel up the Bogong High Plains Road, passing by old cattlemen’s huts and the Rocky Valley Dam. We then head back to the Tallangatta Motor Inn where a light meal will be served in your room after a long day of travel.

Day 6

We journey to the Hume Weir to admire the powerful weir wall and take in the views of Lake Hume – which holds six times the volume of water contained in Sydney Harbour.   After morning tea at the weir, we travel through the picturesque dairy region of the Mitta Valley before arriving at Dartmouth Dam – the largest dam by capacity in Victoria and the highest structure of its kind in Australia. Depending on the season, we may witness the formidable cascades from the dam before returning to the Dartmouth township for lunch. Dartmouth is a beautiful village with a population of approximately 45 people. After lunch, we travel the full length of the Mitta Valley before arriving back in Tallangatta for afternoon tea and a hearty dinner.

Day 7

After breakfast at the Tallangatta Motor Inn we say our farewells. The bus then takes you for a visit to the famous Peard’s Nursery Café before dropping you at the train station for your journey home!

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