itinerary is subject to change and is a guide only) (updated 14/8/08)
3rdThis is the earliest date that
Alvis Cars are likely to be available for collection by Owners from the Port of Melbourne. It would be very
helpful, however, if the majority of owners could plan on being at the Port in
Melbourne at (say) 12 noon on Monday 6th to collect their cars. This
will make administration and release very much easier, and as a Group we can
enlist the assistance of ALVIC to clear the port and to guide us to the RACV
Club premises in Melbourne. It will also give
time to check the cars.
Friday 3rd/ Monday 6thAccommodation may be booked,
as required, at RACV Melbourne where there is secure
underground parking. This is additional to the Tour Itinerary and NOT included
in the pricing. Charges are currently AUS$ 288.00 (c.£.125.00)per double per night, inclusive of breakfast and parking. Please see the
Note on the Application Form.
To assist in your planning please noteit is hoped that there will be a mini -coach tour of Melbourne city
and its environs for visitors from Britain prior to the “official
Welcome” on the evening of Tuesday7th. .This City Tour is currently provisional, will probably be during Tuesday,
is an extra to the price, and will incur a small charge. See Note on the Application.
This means that those wishing to attend this tour need to make collection
of their cars from MelbournePort by pm. Monday 6th
October, and (preferably) stay at the RAC V Melbourne on that night – at
an additional charge.
7th:Afternoon – Tour Assembles and Receives Rally packs at RACV Club Melbourne; Canapés and drinks
served from to followed by a
Welcoming Dinner on 2nd Floor RACV Club. This will be a buffet style
Dinner featuring Tasmanian Oysters, steamed prawns and green lipped mussels,
Scotch beef, Mulloway fish fillet,Cheesecakes,
mousses, Australian Cheeses and much, much more. Victorian wines. – Of course!
8thLeave from Melbourne via Spencer St. and Dynon Road to the historic city
and port of Williamstown
We will be heading towards Geelong but will
do a circuit taking in the seaside and holiday towns of Barwon Heads, Ocean
Grove and Point Lonsdale where you will see the “mighty rip” that is one of
the most dangerous sea channels in the world and requires Pilot Boats to help
ships negotiate their way out of Port
Phillip Bay. Next stop Queenscliff for lunch about 4kms on from
Point Lonsdale and the main base for the Pilot Boats, fishing and the home of
a Research Development Organisation for Aquatic Animals. Queenscliff also houses
the famous fort built in the 1800’s to stop any Russian boats entering Port Phillip Bay. Its guns were used
on to Geelong via Indented Heads and Portarlington. Geelong is the second largest
town in Victoria situated also on Port Phillip Bay and some 80 kms from Melbourne. Geelong in its early days was
a mass of wool stores being the staging post for sheep farmers in the Western
district to deliver wool to Geelong where it was sent by
ship to its destination. Geelong today is also the home of the Ford Motor
9thFrom Geelong it is a short drive to the start of what is regarded as one
of the most spectacular drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road. Built by
returned WW1 diggers, anyone with a vintage car should do this drive. It is
simply superb and takes in the rugged coastline of Southern Victoria. It is also known as
the “ShipwreckCoast”. Views are
spectacular including the famous Twelve Apostles. We overnight at Warrnambool.
10thRest day in Warrnambool and a chance to take in the maritime history of
the area, and if lucky a chance to see whales frolicking in the sea.
11thHead inland into the famous Western Drictict most notable for
sheep farming that along with gold gave Victoria its wealth back in
the 1800’s. Chance to view a Western District farm and sample the tastes of
what life was like back in early pioneering days. The end of the day sees us at
Penola,just over the South
Australian border and in the area known for its famous wine region of
12thA chance to spend the whole day sampling the wines of the Coonawarra
region. Wines from this area include Wynns, Rydoch, Brands, Jamiesons Run,
Redman and many others the fertile red soil in this area ideal for grape
13thBack on the road we keep heading inland through the towns of Casterton,
Coleraine and Melville Forest (lunch),still in the Western District where you will see large areas of farming
particularly sheep and cattle. You will also see spectacular mountain ranges
many of which we will bypass, a few we will climb as we make our way to Halls
Gap, one of the most picturesque areas in Victoria.
14th.From Halls Gap we are heading into Gold Rush country, as we head toward
Ballarat. We will pass through the old mining towns of Ararat, Talbot, Clunes
and Creswick that sprung up as a result of the finding of Gold in the area.Overnight at Ballarat.
15thA rest day in Ballarat and a chance to explore the re-created town of SovereignHill. At night, you can
also witness the sound and light show of the famous Eureka Stockade, a fight
that took place between miners and police over the harsh treatment given to the
miners of mining licences.Ballarat
also has one of the best art galleries in the country and is well worth a visit.
16thFrom Ballarat it is only a short drive to Bendigo, another famous town
established during the gold era. We will go via the towns of Creswick and the
pretty town of Daylesford famous
for its spring water.
Friday.17thRest day at Bendigo but hardly a rest as Bendigo has a lot to offer!
Visit to the historic tram museum and have a ride on tram. Also visit the
Chinese museum. The Chinese came to Bendigo during the gold rush
in their thousands and many stayed on to develop market gardens within the area.
Another interesting art gallery and the huge cathedral are sights also to see.
Saturday.18thFrom Bendigo it is a short drive to the Echuca, or Paddle Steamer
country, situated along the banks of the Murray River.The Murray River was the main inland
river that supplied community’s right up into South Australia. Paddle Steamers
carried wool, timber, food and all manner of things to outback farms etc. The Port of Echuca has been transformed
into its former glory and we can travel a few miles up the Murray on a proper steam
driven paddle steamer. There is also a good car museum featuring the Australian
built Holden car.
Sunday.19thFrom Echuca we have a bit of a drive to Beechworth for overnight stay. We
travel through the wine growing areas of Victoria namely the Rutherglen
region noted for its heavy red and fortified wines. We will also be entering
bush ranger territory, where Ned Kelly roamed. If you like you can visit the
town of Glenrowan where Kelly and his mob staged their “last
stand” at the Glenrowan Hotel and see all the sights of this famous little
20thRest day at Beechworth.Beechworth
was also a gold producing town and much of it has been left or restored to its
former glory. From Beechworth you can visit the wineries in the KingValley, sample local cheeses
or have a nice lunch at the famous Brown Brother’s Winery.The local courthouse at Beechworth is well worth a visit and played an
important part in the Kelly history.
21st.If you thought you had seen some spectacular scenery, you are in for
a treat as we head towards the ski fields of the High Plains. We go via Milewa,
the Kiewa Valley and picturesque Tawonga Gap.
The roads up here are excellent for Alvis motoring, nice and twisty. We will
be staying in ski lodge accommodation.
22nd.From Dinner Plain we travel down the mountains through Omeo (lunch) and
come out at Lakes Entrance situated on Victoria’s
Eastern coast. Lakes Entrance is an important fishing town and those that like
seafood are encouraged to take in the delights of oysters, prawns and crayfish.
23rdFrom Lakes Entrance we head into Gippsland, via Maffra, Rosedale, Yarram
and Fish Creek. This area is renowned for its cattle grazing and fine foods.
We will stay overnight in Inverloch
and travel through some more magnificent scenery
24th.After overnight stop at Inverloch, we head for Healesville where we have
two nights at RACV Club. This section will take us via Kurrumburra, Warragul,
and Neerim South. There is the famous Healesville Sanctuary to see full of Australian
animals and wildlife or you can explore the famous wine region of the YarraValley.
The final dinner and presentation night will be held on Saturday 25th
October. The Tour disperses on Sunday 26th October from Healesville
– or elect a third night (at personal expense) at this wonderful Country Club
– See note on Application Form.
27th Provisional date to begin delivery of UK Alvis cars by their
owners to MelbournePort. This MUST be
completed by 3 November 2008 to comply with the
Regulations governing the Carnet de Passage. (31 days in VictoriaState). Again it would be
very helpful if UK cars arrive as a Group – Provisional planning indicates
that the Group arrive by 11.00 hours at MelbournePort on Monday 27th.