FROM MELBOURNE G4 12 YARRA VALLEY, EUCALYPT FOREST, ALPINE, GOLD MINING & SNOW COUNTRY, GHOST TOWNS – Premium & Safari Class – 3 DAYS

Healesville Santuary, Warburton. Noojee Eucalypt Regrowth Forests & Mountain Streams, Mt Baw Baw Skiing Resort & Walhalla Goldrush Town Tour Code G4 12 -   ()

Melbourne – Healesville – Warburton – Upper Yarra Water Catchment – 

Noojee Eucalypt Regrowth Forests & Mountain Streams – 

Mt Baw Baw Skiing Resort – Walhalla Historic Goldrush Town

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

G4 = Minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with specialist driver/guide

This tour combines Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, the wilderness of the Australian eucalypt forests, the gold mining activities of the 19th century and the high plains of Victoria’s snow country. Travel in a top of the range 4 wheel drive vehicle minimum 4/maximum 4 clients and your own experienced driver guide, your accommodation is comfortable 3 and 4 star standard, morning and afternoon teas, full breakfast and 3 course dinners. The itinerary can be flexible to meet your needs with emphasis on history, flora and fauna and sightseeing.

Melbourne – Healesville – Upper Yarra Day 1

Boutique Hotel

  • Depart Melbourne at 8.00 am and travel via the eastern suburbs to Healesville, at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges.
  • Visit the iconic Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary where you will see a variety of Australian flora and fauna – kangaroos, emus, koalas, platypus, and wombats.
  • Morning tea and then follow the Yarra River upstream to Warburton, a popular bush holiday destination.
  • Lunch at one of the many Warburton cafes before visiting the nearby Community Bush Fire Refuge at a local primary school and Upper Yarra Dam that supplies the bulk of Melbourne’s water supply.
  • Overnight at the unique old bush hotel at Reefton including an evening meal – a memorable experience. Alternative accommodation is utilized at Noojee if bush roads and access to the snow resort necessitates itinerary alteration. This would be homely bed and breakfast style. This allows additional time at Mt Baw Baw and/or Walhalla.

Highlights:

Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, and has a history of breeding native animals. It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, It also assists with a breeding population of the endangered helmeted honeyeater.

Yarra Valley – The Yarra Valley is an Australian wine region located east of Melbourne, Victoria. It is a cool climate region that is best known for producing Chardonnay, sparkling wine and Pinot Noir. Its proximity to the urban centre and high profile wineries have made it an important destination for enotourism, receiving over 3.1 million visitors in 2011.

Warburton and the timber industry – Charming and historic day tripper destination in the upper Yarra Valley.   Warburton is a quiet, attractive and charming old gold mining town, which wanders along the hillside beside the upper reaches of the Yarra River. In the past it was a town driven primarily by the timber industry.

In late 1859 gold was discovered in the Warburton area, at Britannia Creek west of Warburton and at Scotchman’s and Yankee Jim’s Creeks. A settlement called Yankee Jim’s (named after a gold discoverer), was formed on the creek. When an important lead was found in 1863 the name was changed to Warburton, after Police Magistrate Charles Warburton Carr. As the gold began to run out mines moved northwards to the Yarra River flats and a new Warburton was formed. It was named Upper Warburton to distinguish it from Old Warburton on Yankee Jim’s Creek.

Powelltown – The first settlement was established in 1901 when H Blake founded the first timber mill known as Blake’s Mill; later a larger mill was constructed and completed in 1913 by the Victorian Powell Wood Processing Company to harvest hard wood mountain ash in the Little Yarra Valley to fill its new government contracts. The logs were transported from the forests to the sawmills by tramway and from there to the railheads at Yarra Junction and Warburton. The Post Office opened around 1904 as Blake’s, and was renamed Powelltown in 1912.

Meals:
Morning and Afternoon tea, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Reefton Bush Hotel Std 3* or similar with adjacent private facilities

Bush Tracks – Eucalypt Forests – Alpine Resort Day 2

Pacing walking trail at Mt Baw Baw

  • Today’s journey enables you to travel through eucalypt forests viewing mountain scenery and fern glades and beautiful streams, with a visit to an old, heritage, listed rail trestle bridge and the quaint timber-milling town of Noojee.
  • Travel to the High Country, the destination where snow and skiing activities are very popular in winter months and at other times of the year attracts walkers, cyclists and tourists; the choice is yours!
  • The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to explore and enjoy.

Today’s tour itinerary could be subject to alternation this is due to weather and road conditions, snow generally occurs June – September.

Highlights:

Noojee and the eucalpyt regrowth forest: Noojee is a small town located just under 50 kilometres west of the Baw Baw Alpine Village. Noojee is a place of great natural beauty, surrounded by dense mountain forests and rolling green hills. Originally settled by gold prospectors during the 1860s, it was timber industry which sustained the town through much of the following century.

Mt Baw Baw Tourist Resort: Mount Baw Baw is located in the Great Dividing Range. The Resort is surrounded by the magnificent Baw Baw National Park. The park enjoys spectacular summer wildflower and bush-land displays during summer and snowy woodlands in winter.

Meals:
Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Teas, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Mt Baw Baw Resort Ski Lodge 4*-The Altitude Two Bedroom Apartment or best similar

Gold Mining at Walhalla – Dandenong Ranges Day 3

Walhalla at dusk

  • Depart Mt Baw Baw at 10:00 am and cross the ranges by 4WD tracks. Visit the old mining settlement of Aberfeldy and meet the locals.
  • Then travel to Walhalla only a short distance away, here a local guide will bring the town to life as its story is unfolded – visit historic buildings, gold mining sites and venture deep into the mountain at the Long Tunnel Mine. At its peak in the 19th century Walhalla had some 5,000 people but today there is only a handful of residents. Truly a historic and interesting attraction.
  • Our journey travels through Gippsland and its back to civilisation concluding your three days of unique experiences and discovering a different Victoria. Arrival in Melbourne at 6.00 pm approximately.

En route to Walhalla, a four wheel drive bush track may be available to include Aberfeldy, on our journey today

Highlights:

Walhalla – Victorian Gold Rush: Walhalla was founded as a gold-mining community in early 1863 and at its peak home to around 2,500 residents. Today, the town has a population of fewer than 20 permanent residents, though it has a large proportion of houses owned as holiday properties. The town’s name is taken from an early gold mine in the area, named for the German hall of fame, the Walhalla temple (Valhalla from Norse legend).

The history of Walhalla is closely linked to the history of gold in Victoria. The first gold had been found in Victoria in 1851, leading to the Victorian gold rush. By 1859 prospectors had pushed far east of Melbourne into the trackless wilderness of the Great Dividing Range. Major gold strikes on the Jordan River encouraged other prospectors to follow the nearby Thomson River in their search for the valuable metal.

A group of prospectors who had been exploring in creeks flowing into the Thomson River valley found gold sometime during late December 1862 or early January 1863. A claim was pegged out and a member of this group, former convict Edward Randel, registered the claim at the outpost town on Bald Hills on 12 January under his assumed name, Edward “Ned” Stringer. Although he was presented with a monetary reward of £100 for his discovery, Stringer was unable to capitalise on his finds, dying in September 1863. Although the settlement was soon rechristened Walhalla after an early mine, the creek running through town still bears his name.

The rush that inevitably followed news of this find was slowed to some extent by the goldfield’s remote and inaccessible location, but many miners soon found their way there. In February 1863, John Hinchcliffe discovered an immensely rich quartz reef in the hill just above the creek, which he named Cohen’s Reef, after a storekeeper at Bald Hills.

Meals:
Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Teas and Lunch

Prices:

Premium Class: $2450

Gold Class: N/A

Platinum Class: N/A

Safari Class: $2195

prices are per person, twin share, minimum/maximum 4 persons.

Prices valid to 31st March, 2017.

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date, year round (excluding 22nd December to 2nd January)

Tour cost includes:

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide.
  • The provision of specialist guides who join the tour where necessary to provide guided town tours or additional information.
  • The provision of either 3 star or safari tent/cabin accommodation – twin share basis.
  • Morning and afternoon teas.
  • The provision of breakfasts, lunches and  evening meals.
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meals.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.

 Excluded:

  • Travel to/from Melbourne.
  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance.

Special Note: Travel insurance is highly recommended – please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel as listed on our website. Refer Bookings.

Accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

Tour is available utilising a more economical adventure safari range of accommodation, cabins or tents, contact Austour for a personalised itinerary to meet your needs.

Child up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.

 

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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