Probus Club of Warragul - Tarago Inc.
Post Office Box 514 WARRAGUL VICTORIA AUSTRALIA 3820
OUR LEADER Joan L 0407 502 640.
Trips are organised on the fourth Wednesday of eachEVEN month where possible.
August Wednesday 26th 2020, This trip is up in the air due to the Covid 19 Virus. Joan has booked 40 seats and is hoping that it will go ahead,
a stellar cast.
a musical score and hit song made famous by the Queen of country music.
I have managed to secure 40 A
reserve seats to the Matinee performance of this hit musical on Wednesday 26th
of August 2020 at 1:00 pm.
Tea at The Windsor Hotel
More exiting trips to come soon.
Trips that we have been on.
March 10 2020.
King Island Tour
10 – 13 March 2020 provided
by Don McL
Day 1 – Eleven travellers from Warragul Tarago Probus Club were up very early and transported by Gippy Shuttle to Moorabbin Airport. They boarded two Piper Chieftain air-craft for the forty minute flight to Currie on King Island. The aircraft are also freight carriers taking daily supplies over to King Island.
The group were met by Lucinda, their tour organiser, and Helen, their driver and catering assistant, and taken to the Currie Bakery for coffee and a snack before a morning tour to British Admiral Beach, where the ship of that name sank in 1874. There is a memorial at the site. Nearly 100 ships have foundered off the shores of King Island, claiming a total of over 1000 lives.
Before lunch they also viewed the Islanders process of harvesting bull kelp from the ocean and drying it to earn extra cash, and for some it is their main income. After it is crushed the kelp is sent off to Norway for processing and is used in many products.
In the afternoon they visited the King Island Museum in Currie, which is in the original lighthouse keeper’s house, built in 1880. They viewed an amazing collection covering many elements of Island history.
Travelling on to the East Coast and their accommodation at King Island Holiday Village at Grassy, they saw herds of beef cattle, mainly Angus and Hereford, and the dairy cattle who produce the milk for the famous King Island cheeses.
A great roast lamb dinner at the Wild Harvest Restaurant ended a very enjoyable day.
Day 2 – After breakfast the group headed out for an off road adventure by 4WD. First stop was a lookout above the jetty area where they watched cattle being loaded onto a carrier ship for transport to Stanley for processing.
They drove around an original property of 17,000 acres held in the same family since settlement in 1889 by Elizabeth Bowling. They had great views of the rugged coastline and morning tea on Colliers beach. Then on to view the remnants of a calcified forest. While the travellers were doing this the crew set up lunch – crayfish with salad (or pork for those who didn’t fancy crays), followed by a range of King Island cheeses, with wines of choice.
The afternoon tour was to Seal Rocks State Reserve for amazing views north and south along the coastline. Wildlife spotted included seals on the rocks, a white bellied sea hawk, the muttonbird nesting area, Bennett wallabies and occasional pheasants near the wooded areas.
From there it was back to base at the motel for a rest before dinner at the Wild Harvest Restaurant – freshly caught snapper fillet, followed by Crème brulee for dessert.
Day 3 – Another glorious sunny day for a 4WD trip north to the former Reekara Primary School, now converted to a Craft Centre with a significant contribution from the Lions Club. Morning tea of scones with jam and cream, with tea or coffee, was appreciated, and time to view and purchase the crafts on display.
Then on to Lavinia State Reserve, named after the Martha Lavinia which sank near there in 1871. There is a freshwater lake with picnic facilities and a great surf beach nearby.
Lunch followed at the Cape Wickham Golf Links, a highly ranked course with accommodation, and great views over Bass Strait from every hole.
Cape Wickham lighthouse built in 1861 is nearby. At forty-eight metres it is the tallest lighthouse in the Southern hemisphere. From the lighthouse the tour went on to Disappointment Bay, where they enjoyed the quiet beach location before heading back along the East coast to the King Island Cheese Factory for cheese tasting. The company was recently purchased by a Canadian company, Saputo. There are seven dairy farms supplying milk to the factory, two of them owned by Saputo.
They headed back to home base and dinner of Scotch fillet (Meat Standards Australia Grade +2 grass fed) - magnificent, and Nectarine crumble for dessert. After dinner, and after dark, they went out to the penguin parade but not many were seen.
Day 4 – After breakfast it was time to pack up for the return trip, and load into the larger coach to take the luggage. Travelling on sealed roads, they stopped at Naracoopa, a small township, then on to the Cheese Factory. They all received a credit voucher towards their cheese purchases and made good use of it. King Island cheese is at the top of the tree.
Lunch was at the Currie RSL, then on to the airport for the return journey with King Island Airlines. Baggage check and boarding the planes took about ten minutes. It was a little eerie flying in the cloud in a small aircraft, but a safe landing at Moorabbin and prompt pickup by the Gippy Shuttle soon had the group on their way back to Warragul.
The group sent sincere thanks to Lucinda, the organiser, commentator, transport co-ordinator, morning teas and lunches on the road, and whatever else was required; Helen, the main driver on and off road, commentator, morning teas and lunches on the road and whatever else was required; and Ian, chef for the restaurant meals, on the road morning teas and lunches and penguin parade guide – what a team! Thanks also to Jim B for getting the trip organised.
One of our Piper Aeroplanes.
Wendy B on the Beach.
Helen (Driver) Oka Vehicle.
Cistern with Washbasin.
Faye and Ron V on the beach.
Path from the beach.
Going down steps carefully.
Getting ready for morning Tea.
1 of about 1,000,000 Wallabies on the Island
Some of us on the lookout looking at the Calcified forest.
Our group at Seal Rocks.
Half of a Crayfish.
Whats left of the Crayfish.
Some of us.
Our group that went to King Island.
Maxine, Helen, Rob and Don tateing cheese.
Very steep road.
Cape Wickam lighthouse, the tallest in the southern hemishere.
A delicious steak meal.
Group of feral turkeys.
A dirty bus.
Helen and Lucinda on the Cheese factory steps.
February 26 2020.
Wildlife Coast Cruise – Wednesday 26th February – Joan L
At 8am forty-seven of our
Probus members met at Burke St Park and boarded the coach for the trip to
Phillip Island. The day was very cool and overcast with a top of 16 degrees
expected - a far cry from the previous day of 30 degrees. Who would have guessed
that the height of summer would feel more like the middle of winter?
Our driver for the day was
Sue, who has been missing in action for some time, due to breaking her ankle
after a fall from her Harley Davidson motorbike.
By the time we arrived at
Rhyll jetty, the wind was blowing and the rain was falling. Oh dear!
We boarded the
‘Casey-Lee’ and set sail for Cape Woolamai. With plenty of seating in the
upper and lower cabins we were able to keep out of the wind, or go out on the
fore and aft decks to watch the scenery and birdlife as we passed by. The
Captain’s commentary was very informative on the indigenous history and white
settlement of the area, and the wildlife usually found there. A complimentary
morning tea was served of fresh fruit platters, tea/coffee and cake.
As we approached Cape
Woolamai the vista of imposing granite cliffs and caves, surrounded by crystal
clear water was awe inspiring. Wildlife was a little sparse due to the inclement
weather, but we managed to sail close to a young seal resting atop a rocky
outcrop. Thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters skimmed the water in large flocks
as they dived for small fish on the twinkling water’s surface. Pacific gulls,
seagulls and cormorants were seen as well.
We returned to San Remo,
docking at the jetty, where the group disembarked to view the daily feeding of
the pelicans, where we were soon caught in a heavy shower of rain! The pelicans
lined up on the beach for their fish trimmings, and two stingrays waited in the
water for their scraps too.
A delicious Fish &
Chip lunch with salad was served on board our vessel as we sailed back to Rhyll
jetty. It was then time to leave for a leisurely trip home via Loch and the road
less travelled. The sun decided to appear and we took the opportunity for a
short stop in Poowong for a cuppa and a group photo. Driver Sue then brought us
home the back way to Warragul to miss the school traffic. A pleasant end to an
Photo by Joy C, taken from the ship.
Photo by Joy C, The shore line.
Photo by Joy C, The shore line.
Photo by Joy C, The shore line.
Wild life cruise Phillip Island leaving Rhyll $76.00 Click on Slide Show to see the full story.
Trips that we have been on.
25th of September 2019
Gardens & Dandenong Ranges Report
first stop was Sassafras Village green; morning
tea supplies where set up while everyone took advantage of the available
amenities. My homemade sultana cake seemed to be a bit of a hit with everyone as
there was nothing left by the time we reboarded the bus.
onboard we arrived at CLOUDE
HILL GARDENS in
Olinda at 11:00 am. There we were met by Jeremy our guide for a tour of this
magnificent heritage garden. Jeremy explained in detail the history of the
property and origins of many of the plants and trees. The garden shop had many
seeds, plants and books for purchase for the keen gardener.
it was back onboard at 12:20 pm for
a short ride to
for lunch. The open fire was a welcoming ambience on what was a coolish day.
With everyone seeming to enjoy their meal a little surprise was install for Les
C, in the form of birthday cakes with candles and sparklers on what was Les’s
birthday and organised by Joy for him to share with his Probus friends.
lunch it was time for a browse of the quirky art and craft shops of the
before heading back home to Warragul.
at 5:00 pm
Wednesday 24 July 2019.
Christmas in July: View Joan's WONDERFUL Powerpoint slide show (Please do not forget to scroll down).
Venue: RACV Healesville Country Club.
Christmas in July and Tarra Warra Museum
Wednesday 24th of July 53 of our members gathered at Burke street
carpark for another exciting outing. After everyone boarded our driver Mark,
departed on time at 9:00 am. Dawn S kept us amused with her jokes along the way.
THANK YOU DAWN!
first stop was at Gembrook, for morning tea and a stretch of the legs. Then it
was back onboard arriving at 11:00 am at Tarra Warra Museum Healesville.
Unfortunately our visit to Tarra Warra was very disappointing.
they seemed to be unaware of our arrival in a full size coach. Mark had a very
difficult time of navigating the steep terrain of the property, not helped by
temporary fencing blocking half of the driveway, all due to landscape works
then discovered that the Besen private collection of Australian artists was not
on display but in storage and a temporary exhibit of modern art called “The
Tangible Trace” was in its place.
full story however is they are hosting the Archibald’s in September and this
was beautification works.
fine and good if they had let me know this during my numerous conversations and
emails but of course they didn’t.
a disappointing time at Tarra Warra, we arrived at R.A.C.V Country Club
Healesville. There we were met by the restaurant manager Franc.
quick group photo opportunity ensued outside in the courtyard then it was inside
to be seated.
delicious three course ‘Christmas in July’ dinner was then served promptly
and efficiently; a lesson on how to do things well; something we have no doubt
come to expect of the R.A.C.V. Clubs.
it was back on the coach at 2:30pm for a leisurely trip back home to Warragul.
Best dressed Christmas theme winners as chosen by Mark our driver were Dawn S
and Peter T.
DAWN AND PETER!
All 53 of us on the Coach.
Morning Tea at Cockatoo.
Our Group at the Healsville RACV Resort.
Nicholas and Keith relaxing at the RACV resort.
Some of us at the RACV resort relaxing.
Wednesday 22 May 2019, Heronswood Gardens in Dromana.
Click here to view Joan's wonderful PowerPoint Show.
group departed Burke street car park on time at 9:00 am with 56 of our
members on board and Mark our driver for the day from Warragul Bus Lines. Dawn S
kept us entertained with her jokes throughout the journey. Thank you
After a brief comfort stop at Tooradin, we arrived at Heronswood as the sun was shining over a glistening elevated view from this stunning heritage listed property.
A group of 28 members made their way to the restaurant for morning tea, the room within the main house was adorned with antiques and a commanding views of the garden and peninsular. The delicious scones were very much enjoyed by everyone.
Meanwhile our other group of 28 where enjoying a guided tour of the garden, by one of the head gardeners Ryan. A passionate and enthusiastic green thumb who loved to describe each and every plant and tree as he walked everyone through the garden. Unfortunate for our second group cutting their garden tour a bit short due to running overtime.
Our next stop was The Peninsular Club Dromana, there we enjoyed a two course lunch with tea or coffee. Thanks to our pre ordering and my trusty list the staff where very appreciative and the manager donated a bottle of wine to our group to be raffled off onboard our bus on the way home. THE WINNER : Margaret & Tony P.
Next it was onto Arthur’s Seat Eagle, for a ride in a gondola atop the trees with spectacular views on a clear and sunny day over the peninsular.
A WOW ! Factor to finish off our day.
Some of our group in the Herinswood gardens.
Our Group, in the shade.
Joan, Geoff and Helen.
Sue and Ian Q.
Views over Dromana from the Eagle.
27th February 2019, Bus trip to Healesville, , visiting Sir Colin Mc Kenzie Wildlife Sanctuary and other attractions.
A group of 30+ Probians boarded a coach and were driven through the hills to the Yarra Valley. Our first stop was at the ‘Chocolaterie’ near Yarra Glen, for morning coffee, or hot chocolate if preferred. The amazing array of chocolate varieties and tempting tasters convinced many to purchase a sample or two to bring home!
Next stop was the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary with plenty of time for a walk around the exhibits and a visit to the café for lunch. Most of the group made time to see the ‘Birds of Prey’ free flight show and were very impressed with the range of birds from the little Kestrel up to the Wedge-tailed eagle showing off their flying skills. One of the bird trainers is a nephew of Jack and Beryl G, and kindly spent extra time with our group answering questions about the birds and their training and the other native animals at the Sanctuary.
Group photo of the happy travellers - below.
After the free flight Bird of Prey Show we had time with one of the keepers to ask more about the show and the Sanctuary.
Glenys C, Eleanor H, Lyn J, Robert J, Bird Trainer, Sandra W, Robert C and Joan C.
THIS PROPOSED TASMANIAN TRIP HAD TO BE CANCELLED.
February 2019 Trip to Tasmania 22 February - 4 March 2019.
Link to Booking Form Explore Tasmania 2019
Link to Itinerary explore Tasmania prepared by Jacinta of Gippsland Travel for Probus Warragul Tarago February 2019
Trips that we have been on.
8 August 2018 - Mamma Mia. $120 per
head including bus trip to the Princess Theatre. Bring something to eat in
case there is not time to buy something before the show. After
a short delay waiting for the coach we were on our way to the Princess Theatre
in Melbourne for the musical show, “Mamma Mia’. Our driver delivered us
right on time and we were glad we had taken some lunch to eat on the way! A
familiar story for most of us and the unforgettable music of ABBA was presented
in a stage show with plenty of colour and action! Many thanks to Eleanor and
Sandra for organising this outing for us.
Coach hostess, Karen, with Keith and Diane.
Organisers Eleanor and Sandra with some of the happy group after the show.
27 June 2018 - Old Gippstown. On a fine winter’s day, 22 members car pooled and travelled to Moe to visit ‘Old Gippstown’. After a quick cup of coffee or tea in the café, our Guide, Sue, told us about the history of the establishment of the Heritage Park.
Their aim is to present the history of Gippsland settlement by preserving, researching, recording and presenting the unique collections in their care.
Sue took us on a tour of many of the buildings in the park, with explanations of their history and how they were brought to the park. Members were taken for a ride in the old Chevvy car in small groups as we worked our way around the park.
We returned to the café for lunch and then went back out to finish our tour of the park’s buildings, including the old Narracan General Store.
If you haven’t been to ‘Old Gippstown’, or perhaps not for a while, it is certainly worth a visit. Thanks to Eleanor and Sandra for arranging this trip!
Norfolk Island tour – 24th March – 1st April 2018, 9 days, 8 nights. 31members went on this tour.
The members composed a song to sing at the Convict Night. Here is a photo of them singing it at the April general meeting, ably led by Jan M.
Norfolk Island escorted tour by Gippsland Travel's Jacinta Anderson.
Jacinta Anderson's Gippsland Travel Facebook Report on our Norfolk Island Trip 2018.
Sunday 25th March, The Warragul-Tarago Probus Club in conjunction with Gippsland Travel have all arrived safely in Sydney for our overnight stay before we begin our journey to Norfolk Island in the morning, we are all looking forward to a wonderful week ahead.
Our group arrived with Air New Zealand onto Norfolk Island today, an overcast but very humid 24 degrees awaited us as we arrived at our home away from home for the next week, the South Pacific Resort. After a relaxing afternoon, we enjoyed a beautiful meal this evening at Hilli’s restaurant, a must for any visitor to the island.
Mon 26th March. Our first day in Norfolk Island took us on a 1/2 day Island tour viewing the main sites to be seen, a stop at Queens Lookout was a highlight. We all enjoyed a beautiful 3 course Progressive Dinner with some local families.
Tue 27th March. Today the group enjoyed a 4WD adventure visiting some remote farms and enjoying some amazing views of the coastline. An optional tour took some of the group to 100 Acre Reserve for a lovely walk through the canopy out to Rocky Point finishing at the amazing Moreton Bay Figs. The day was finished enjoying the famous Island Fish Fry followed by the Sound & Light show in the Kingston area.
Wed 28th March :The group had a busy day today which started with a lovely bushwalk in 2 areas of the island ending in a hearty BBQ Breakfast overlooking the stunning Anson Bay. The Norfolk Guardian ship arrived last night and sea conditions were favourable for unloading goods, it really is amazing to watch. This afternoon we were lucky to visit Government House which opened its doors to the public to raise money for the NSW bushfire appeal. After a quick visit we were taken on a Convict Settlement Tour which took in the Kingston Convict area & Cemetery.
Thursday 29th March. Our group had a visit to a few local family businesses including Hilli Goat, Norfolk Pottery and Sweeties Lolly & Chocolate shop. The afternoon was spent on an optional Colleen McCullough home tour or some tour members took the opportunity for a swim & snorkel in Emily Bay while other members visited the Museum at Kingston Pier. The group enjoyed the Mutiny on the Bounty Show in the evening.
Friday 30th March. Yesterday the morning was spent visiting three local gardens on the Greenfingers Tour where we viewed some magnificent tropical plants. The afternoon was at leisure, some took the opportunity to have a swim in stunning Emily Bay. In the evening, my convicts were let out for a fun filled night.
Saturday 31st March. Happy Easter Yorle Yesterday was our last full day on Norfolk and after a visit to the Cyclorama, everyone had a relaxing afternoon followed by an evening of local poetry at Wonderland by Night. I took the opportunity to do some sightseeing around this stunning Island, enjoying the views and the local wildlife.
We are heading home today. THANKYOU to the Warragul-Tarago Probus Group, it’s been a wonderful 8 days exploring Norfolk Island with you.
Thank you Jacinta. You looked after us wonderfully.
February Saturday 24th 2018.
‘Dream Lover’ – the Bobby Darin Story, at the Vic Arts Centre,
Sat 24th February 2pm matinee.
The coach left Burke St Park at 11.45am, then picked up more passengers at the Drouin bus shelter near the Car Wash.
Warragul Travel & Cruise organised this outing.
Dream Lover was a great show David Cameron spent almost all the time of the show on stage, sadly Marina Prior only had a minor part.
About a dozen Probus members, partners and friends went to the new Vietnamese restaurant "Saigon Vietnamese Gourmet" in Napier Street for dinner when we arrived back in Warragul.
Trips that we have went on.
AUGUST Wednesday 23rd 2017.
Nic S, organised and managed this trip.
Tour of the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne.
We departed on the 8.54am train to Flinders Street Station.
We used our Seniors’ free passes
We had morning tea prior to our tour at the Vic Cafe at the Arts Centre.
Luke, was our guide and showed us around the centre and he explained it all very well.
Lunch was arranged at Café Vic.
Click on the BLUE text.
Leader Was Dawn S.
JUNE Wednesday 28th, Trip to Laurie Collins Sculpture garden 420 Main road Jindivick.
Laurie gave us a talk
about the Gallery and his sculptures, and we were then able to walk around the
gardens to view this interesting collection. Laurie also invited us into his
workshop where he demonstrated some of his metal work with his plasma gun on
sheet metal. (A few people came home with samples.) This was followed by a two
course lunch in the comfort of the ‘Jindi
Caf’. Many members then went on to visit the scenic
Cricket ground, and the nearby Community Garden.
26th Wednesday April 2017, PUFFING BILLY.
See a Slide show of photos kindly donated by our members. Click here
52 Guests and Warragul Bus Lines Coach driver Sue went on Puffing Billy.
On the Coach down Dawn kept us awake with her jokes.
We had a HUGE morning tea at Cardinia Reservoir Park, magically when we pulled up the rain stopped and the sun came out. We were all issued with Cardboard lunch boxes with sandwiches and cakes in it. We queued at the Coach and were given cups of tea and coffee.
After morning tea we went on to Belgrave and boarded our luxury carriages. 4 people sat at each table that had 2 stands of nibbly type food. We could purchase alcohol, and eat and talk and look at the scenery outside.
When we arrived at Lakeside we alighted and we strolled around the lake in the sunshine.
When it was time to return to Belgrave, we returned to our carriage and sat at the same table, where we were each served 2 huge scones with Jam and Cream and were served Tea or Coffee.
We boarded the Coach that was parked on a VERY steep slope just outside the Railway station.
The trip back on the Coach was very comfortable and uneventful and arrived as predicted just before 5 PM.
22nd Wednesday February 2017,
BLUE LOTUS GARDENS WARBURTON.
Address: 2628 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction Victoria 3797 Phone: 03 5967 2061
Car Pool from Burke Street so as to arrive at the Gardens by 10:45 AM. It will cost you $26:00 each, which includes lunch, a talk and the tour.
THE GARDEN: The Blue Lotus Water Garden is one of the worlds most spectacular floral displays of Lotus and Water lily flowers. The tropical style garden features ornamental lakes , walking trails, kids fairy garden, rare plant displays such as the giant Lily. It also features sculpture fountains, picnic huts and shelters, gas Barbecues and Amenities a great place for a family picnic.
Probus club #1006155 incorporation number A0047473C
Leader Was Dawn S.
Wednesday 22nd of June 2016,
Included a visit to the Immigration museum (Formerly the old Customs house) situated at 400 Flinders street Melbourne.
Lunch at RACV City Club Conservatory for buffet lunch (includes roast carvery, salads, gluten free and vegetarian dishes and dessert counter. Drinks are extra.
24 of our Probus members met at 8 AM on Wednesdaybthe22nd of June at the Warragul Railway station on a very chilly morning.
We had our free rail travel vouchers etc, processed and proceeded to our booked train seats
On arrival in Melbourne the sun had come out and our group arrived at the Immigration museum at approx 10:30 AM.
We were greeted by a very informative staff person who gave us a 10 minute introduction to the past and resent history of the Museum.
We split into groups to enjoy our own personal self guided tour.
Once you have walked through this Museum you discover what it must have felt like to leave your original home and travel to a new strange land. This is told through the stories who have done it. Seeing the replica ship berths from the 1840's and 1900's and 1950's.
You experience first hand the emotional impact of immigration policy through interactive interviews, where you decide to accept or reject would be migrants.
The building itself was the old customs house with a rich history. Special features in the building are the tessellated tiled floors , ornate cornice work on the ceilings and around the doorways. The feature list goes on. If you have not visited this museum I suggest that you do so and allow plenty of time.
Fro the Museum we walked to the RACV City Club for our Buffet Lunch. Instead of being seated in the Conservatory we were shown to our own private room next door. We enjoyed the beautiful food and the only complaints I heard was that Probarians ate to much. Those that had not been to the RACV in the city before were very impressed with what it has to offer.
After lunch we headed for the Southern Cross Railway Station at Spencer street, where most hit the shops at the DFO Outlet until it was time to catch the 3:20 PM train home. We arrived back in Warragul at 5 PM having dodged the rain. Every body had a great day with lots of fellowship.
Werribee Mansion and Gardens.27th April 2016,
34 Very happy and very talkative members, were all waiting and ready to board the 59 seat Luxury Scania Coach to Werribee Mansion, at 8 AM on the 27th of April. We had 25 seats vacant so we had plenty of room to choose a suitable seat.
We cruised quietly through very light traffic to the Shrine of remembrance. Dawn our trips co ordinator and leader ,Shirley our driver and not forgetting Bob, our vice president, kept us awake by telling us stories and jokes.
When we arrived at the Shrine we wandered around the gardens they were very neat and tidy after their big day last Monday, some of us went to one of the many toilets around. When we came back to the Coach Shirlee had our morning tea arranged and ready for us. Dawn stayed up the evening before and baked us some lovely slices.
We all boarded the Coach and were taken to the Werribee Italianate Mansion. That is where we were all set loose in the 60 room mansion that was completed in 1877. This 139 Year old building is in amazingly good order and has some very interesting displays.
Most rooms had displays in them related to what the rooms used to e used for. For an example and it is not acceptable by today's standards, they had an African trophy room. It had Lion skins, Tiger skins, an Elephants foot and a Hippopotamuses head. Probably many more it is a big room.
We had a good trip home except for someone up the front was Coach sick, but several good people worked quietly as a team and sorted it. Thanks Dawn you did well.
27th of March 2016, See our slide show of the Werribee Mansion trip Click here.
Leaders were: Joan L, Ron C, Dawn S.
Wednesday 10th of February 2016.
Port of Sale Heritage Cruise
Coach transport with Warragul Bus Lines Port of sale Heritage cruise on the 'Rubeena' 100 year old wooden boat.
Duration of the cruise is 90 minutes' (Swing Bridge opening) cold morning tea included.
Lunch at The Star Hotel - Sale
Included coach transportation by Warragul Bus Lines.
Wednesday the 10th of February saw a group of 32
of our members gather at the Bourke Street Park, ready to board the bus to Sale.
Due to road works along the Princes Highway our driver decided to go via the more scenic route, via Glengarry, Tyers and Yallourn North. Although not as direct as the highway, the distance was the same, and much more interesting.
On arrival at Sale we boarded the Rubeena, a 100 year old boat. Beautifully restored. It looked very small, but we all fitted in well. We were supplied with nibbles and drinks along the way, accompanied by Alan (the Captain's ) very interesting commentary.
Dave told us some of the history of the Port of Sale, and how the course of the rivers were changed. Along the way we saw a koala, Azure Kingfisher, a male and female Darter, and a Wedged Tail Eagle's nest. Unfortunately the Swing Bridge had closed just moments before we arrived, but we were able to cruises under the bridge and marvel at mechanical genius of the workings.
On return to Sale we again boarded the bus for the short trip to the Star Hotel for a very enjoyable lunch.
Our return journey was very restful and many members took advantage of the quiet time to have a little snooze.
Another enjoyable outing. Thanks to Joan and Ron for organising our day. Faye.
The Bridge Swinging Click here.
See our Slide Show Click here.
Leaders were: Joan L & Ron C.
Wednesday 11th of November 2015.
VIETNAM VETERANS MUSEUM PHILLIP ISLAND
R.S.L. PHILLIP ISLAND 2 COURSE LUNCH. TEA/COFFEE & CHURCHILL ISLAND HERITAGE FARM
Meet the farm animals, hopefully see them milked.
Cafe' facilities available.
Cost = $40.00 per person
Refunds for the Bus refunds will be available soon.
ETD = Burke street car park at 8:30AM.
ETA Home = Warragul 5:00PM
Vietnam Veterans Museum,
Open Day Podcast.
Phillip Island R.S.L
Wednesday 9th of September 2015
VISIT TO COOMBE COTTAGE REPORT
On Wednesday September 9 our packed bus left the Burke Street car park on our way to Coombe Cottage in the Yarra Valley. The time was 8 am and the weather was miserable. But our driver Sue assured us that the weather would improve north of the ranges.
And it did. We arrived at Coombe Cottage (after a tea/coffee break along the way) with time to spare. And the sun even came out at times.
So, what is Coombe Cottage?
It’s the former residence of Australia’s very own Dame Nellie Melba, one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century, and one of the best known women (after Queen Victoria) of her time, worldwide.
She could have decided to live anywhere in the world, but chose to make her home in Coldstream, the place where she grew up. The estate is still owned by the family (which consists of many illustrious grand-children) and is managed by one "Daniel," whose infectious enthusiasm rubbed off on me to the extent that I bought a book written by her granddaughter (Lady Vestey), which tells of Nellie’s wonderful life.
It seems that Dame Nellie was a remarkable woman: In addition to being the most accomplished opera singer of her day, she identified with the Suffragettes movement and proudly displayed that movement’s colours (Green, White and Violet which means "Give Women the Vote"). Dame Nellie also pioneered the concept of "royalties", ensuring recording artists profited from the sales of their music instead of being paid grossly inadequate amounts for a single recording. She also arranged her own concerts to avoid the exploitation she experienced in her earlier concerts.
Coombe Cottage is also remarkable: Its buildings are patterned on buildings Melba saw in her extensive travels. The grounds house the oldest in-ground swimming pool in Victoria (which was visited by famous people from all over the world). The garden is a genuinely old garden, by which I mean the plants are the same species as the original species would have been. And some of the trees are over 100 years old, and can be compared to their tiny beginnings from old photographs and paintings. An oak tree on the gardens is arguably the oldest in Australia. The old hedge has a story all its own, which I can’t digress on here.
After a tour of the garden the group enjoyed a simple but lovely lunch, and then had time to visit the gallery (where Hans Heysen paintings of the gardens painted over a century ago could be compared with the current garden). Wine made from grapes grown on the estate’s extensive grounds was also available for purchase at their cellar door.
The group then visited the Yarra Valley Chocolatier for an exotic chocolate tasting and then returned to Warragul via Powelltown at 5 pm. Many thanks to Joan for the organising of this illuminating trip. ~Nick.
See a slide show of the day thanks to the wonderful photography by Joan L and Faye V, listen to Dame Nellie Melba sing, click here.
Les C also took some Photos at Coombe Cottage, click here to see the slide show.
Our lot outside Coombe cottage.
REPORT ON TRIP.
Wednesday 22nd of July 2015, 55 happy members met at the Burke Street car park at 9:00 AM Sharp.
Slide Show 22nd of July 2015 Cuckoo Christmas in July.
Our driver of the Warragul Bus Lines Bus was Shirlee who took us on a sight seeing tour on the way to the Cuckoo at Olinda on the top of Mt Dandenong.
Shirlee took us to see several new buildings and a new racecourse on the way and provided us with very informative commentary. We soon arrived at Sassafras for bickies and tea and a look at the shops.
On the bus again and up the mountain on a narrow winding road. On the sharp corners we were asked to lean over to keep the bus on the road and when someone was coming the other way we had to all breathe in. But Shirlee showed us how good her judgement was and we arrived at the Cuckoo without a scratch.
Into the crowded restaurant. we went and sat at our allocated seats. They had 3 bus loads of Probus members there and another bus load from some other group.
We were all served Pumpkin soup and a bread roll, after which we got up, a few at a time and went to the smorgasbord to pick out what and how much we wanted to eat.
All the time a 2 piece band was playing German music and they encouraged audience participation. Later on we had a very clever MC come singer, to entertain us. He was asking where people came from and he would sing something from that place and the band would back him, the MC was never stuck for a song.
The drummer \ singer girl went around the audience looking for a cheeky man. She chose Ray and he got up and performed for her, he did well excepting his Charleston could do with more polishing.
Next it was the leaders of the groups present turn to go up on the stage and be thanked, our Elaine D went up and was presented with a hat.
Those of us that were still starving went around the deserts for desert.
Tea and coffee was brought around to the tables, and as if that was not enough food, we were offered Christmas pudding with Custard.
We all go outside for a very disorganised group photo, it would have been easier to take a photo of a heard of sheep.
Our bus trip home in the rain was not eventful it was quick and painless.
Friday 8 May, 2015 to Wednesday 13 May, 2015.
Australian Road Journeys The South Australian Riverland ITINARY
The Riverland is where the cool waters of the Murray River feed wetlands and floodplain forests; where warm sandy landscapes are transformed into carpets of vineyards, citrus and almond groves. Discover stories of bush rangers and ghosts at the Historic Overland Corner Hotel, see Australia's largest rose garden and sample delicious fruits, chocolates, nuts, lavender and wines. Clock on to 'river time' - a relaxed pace of living where Riverland days stretch before you full of possibilities.Includes 5 nights motel accommodation, 5 cooked breakfasts, 4 x 2 course motel dinners, 1 BBQ dinner, 2 lunches, deluxe coach touring (seat belts/toilet/leather seats), touring and attractions as per the itinerary. Entries as stated.
Day 1 (D): Warragul to Mildura – Friday 8 May, 2015.
All aboard the Riverland Express! We are off to the beautiful Riverland town of Barmera on South Australia’s Lake Bonney where, over a four night stay, we will meet some local characters and sample some local Riverland produce. So this morning after we have loaded the coach we are ready to go! We take the Western Freeway to Ballarat and then join the Sunraysia Highway into central western Victoria on our way to Mildura where we will spend our first night. (Lunch own arrangements & expense/Dinner supplied)
Quality Hotel Grand Mildura - 1800 034 228
Day 2 (BD): To the SA Riverland – Saturday 9 May 2015 This morning we have time for a brief visit to Woodsies Gem Shop, Australia’s largest gemstone cutting and jewellery manufacturing complex. It’s a fascinating place where we can see jewellery being manufactured and visit the extensive showroom. From Mildura we continue west along the Sturt Highway towards the South Australian border. It’s 140kms from Mildura to Renmark - just inside the border - and just a little closer is the tiny village of Paringa (Paringa is from an Aboriginal word meaning "big bend in the river"). It’s here we have our morning tea stop at Lock 5. Navigating the Murray River wouldn’t be possible without the series of locks and weirs that were built back in the 1920s and 1930s. Fourteen locks are still in use today. Lock 5 here at Paringa - just downstream from Renmark - is a great example of one of these locks. We will enjoy a morning tea from the coach and some fantastic views of the river. We then cross the Paringa Suspension Bridge which was opened in 1927 and drive into Renmark. We park at the Renmark Paringa Visitors Centre and visit Paddle Steamer Industry, which is moored here. Commissioned in 1911, the Industry once worked for South Australian Water, keeping the Murray River open to traffic. Following a hectic work life the steamer was retired in 1969. There is a delightful short “river bank walk” to the Renmark Club which is a good option for lunch – or the main shops are opposite. This afternoon we continue to Barmera – our base for the next 3 nights. Our accommodation is surrounded by the Barmera Golf Club with every room enjoying a view over the course. It is a very quiet location well away from the town centre and the Highway. All the rooms are at ground floor level with walk in showers. Happy hour will be offered each night from 5pm. (Breakfast in Hotel / Lunch own arrangements & expense / Welcome dinner)
Barmera Country Club Motor Inn - 08 8588 2888
Day 3 (BD): Exploring the Riverland – Sunday 10 May Barmera is a popular holiday resort town situated on the shores of Lake Bonney. This morning we will see the monument dedicated to Sir Donald Campbell who attempted to break the Australian water speed record on Lake Bonney in the 1960’s. We also call at the Country Music Hall of Fame before the short drive to Berri - another of the four major Riverland towns. Here we have arranged to join “Missy” – a 48 seat flat cruising boat for a two hour river cruise on this wide section of the Murray River. Back in Berri we have some free time to purchase lunch (the Berri Hotel is a good option) before heading to nearby Glossop and a visit to Bella Lavender Estate. We have arranged afternoon tea with time to take a walk in the garden and check out their range of products for sale such as homemade soap, shampoo lip balm and arthritis cream. After an interesting day we return to the Barmera Country Club Motor Inn. Happy Hour in the restaurant is from 5pm again tonight and there will be an entertainer “in house” tonight after dinner. (Breakfast & dinner in motel /Lunch own arrangements & expense)
Barmera Country Club Motor Inn - 08 8588 2888
Day 4 (BLD) The Historic Riverland – Monday 11 May Today we have planned a visit to the award winning Banrock Station near Kingston on Murray. Banrock Station lies at the junction of the Banrock Creek and the Murray River. The property was purchased by BRL Hardy in 1994. The 1650 hectare property has just 250 hectares devoted to premium grape varieties such as Semillon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The remaining land, including 12.5 kilometres of river frontage, adjacent to the Banrock Lagoon and wetlands, is being returned to its native state. We have arranged morning tea here overlooking the wetlands. Our drive from Banrock takes us over the Napper Bridge which crosses Chambers Creek (the link from the Murray River to Lake Bonney) and onto the historic Overland Corner Hotel. This was a popular rest spot last century for drovers moving stock between NSW and South Australia. The hotel was built from sandstone cut from a nearby quarry and in the 1870's it was not unusual for as many as 30,000 sheep and several mobs of cattle to be camped here overnight. We enjoy lunch here before the drive back to Barmera via Monash. Tonight we will enjoy a casual BBQ dinner (Breakfast & BBQ dinner in motel /Lunch at the Overland Corner Hotel)
Barmera Country Club Motor Inn - 08 8588 2888
Day 5 (BLD): Loxton & Renmark – Tuesday 12 May One of the other major Riverland towns is Loxton - and that is where we are heading this morning.Loxton on the Murray, was first settled by people of (predominantly) German origin, who were escaping religious persecution. This proud German heritage is still evident today. Much of the town’s fascinating history is on display at the Loxton Historical Village. The town was not settled until Cobdogla Station was established in the 1850’s. A William Loxton was a stockman on the Station who lived with his wife Mary, in a slab hut on the riverbank. A replica of this hut was built in 1970 on its original site and this was the beginnings of the Loxton Historical Village. Our afternoon touring takes us to Ruston’s Rose Gardens (seasonal) for a light lunch and then Olivewood, a homestead and museum containing relics from 1887. Olivewood traces the story of the Caffey
Brothers who were instrumental in introducing irrigation to the area. Finally we head to Angoves Winery, the largest privately owned winery in Australia. Established in 1886 and commencing operation in 1910, it is noted for a large variety of premium wines and brandy. Today, the fifth generation of the winemaking family carries on the business. We then return to Barmera. (Breakfast & Dinner in motel/Light lunch at Rustons Rose Garden)
Day 6 (B): Barmera/Home – Wednesday 13 May, 2015
We have an early start as we farewell our hosts and head home – relaxed after being on “river time” for 6 days. Don’t forget to clock off! (Breakfast in motel /Lunch own arrangements & expense)
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc.
When Suggested from Australian road Journeys.
Please find attached proposed itinerary for May 2015.
Our tours division felt that commencing the tour on Friday 8 May may be a better option thus leaving the longest travel day (return) as a Wednesday which should consist of less traffic?
Let me know of your thoughts and if agreeable we will proceed with booking the tour arrangements.
Look forward to hearing from you.
RIVERLAND TRIP REPORT.
Day 1, At 7:30 AM on a cold wet and wintry morning 15 VERY happy people boarded the Australian Road Journeys Luxury coach at Burke Street park. The coach driver is Rod Burge. Our leader for the trip was Geoff H. We had plenty of room the full size coach has leather seats well spaced, it is licensed transport a max of 52 passengers. Thus we had plenty of room.
We picked up 3 more passengers in Drouin and then another 2 in Officer. We now had our full compliment of 20, we stopped for morning tea at Wood End. For lunch some of us went into Timeless Treasures and Tea Rooms a marvellous Café with interesting Bric a Brac it was run by a very friendly understanding couple.
Rod our driver was extremely good at explaining things along the way, he seems to have had a lot of experience on farms and driving big trucks. Off we went again heading for Mildura via Ouyen, we paused at Ouyen as we thought that we should try some of their famous Vanilla Slices but the shop was shut. We board the Coach again and drove to the Grand Hotel Mildura. We were all reasonably tired after the 647.2 K drive and we did not get all of our full happy hour.
At 6:30 we sat down for a delicious dinner in Donato’s room. Les had to run out to the Coach to get the first aid kit with the Defibrillator, as one of us had collapsed, we also had the Ambos attend and stabilise the patient and transport them to hospital . Every thing turned out OK and it was put down to dehydration.
Day 2, Breakfast at the Grand Hotel in the Luxury Chandelier room the choices of food and service was amazingly good. We then board the coach and drive through some of the very interesting Industrial area of Mildura to Woodsy's Gem Shop, which is HUGE and very interesting. Off again to the SA boarder where we were boarded by the Fruit Fly inspector took our Banana skins from us. We then drove on to Paringa Loch 5 for Tea and Coffee and Fruit cake and bickies.
After that we were driven to Renmark to inspect the Paddle Steamer “ Industry” We had a very knowledgable young 15 year old lad called Jackson tell us in detail the history of the craft and the work that is being done to restore it. We then had a relaxing afternoon tea in Renmark, after that we headed on to Barmera Country Club that is going to be our home four the next 4 nights. Our meal tonight was wonderful you can look at the menu if you click here.
Today we travelled 181.74 K.
Day 3, We started at the Barmera Country club by having a full buffet breakfast with almost anything that we liked. Peter the boss is very polite and helpful, we must not forget Bev who works hard in the kitchen preparing our delicious huge meals. We all boarded the Coach heading for Lake Bonnie and inspect the memorial to Sir Donald Campbell who was killed in the Bluebird trying to break his own world record over water. We drive through Barmera residential housing. It is a very tidy town that reminded me of the township of Yallourn. Next we were off to the Country Music Hall of Fame, they have an amazing amount of memorabilia there(even the analog control desk from 5RM, outside they have on the lawn cement circles with hand prints of famous people in them. The shape that these pieces of cement are placed in the shape of a huge guitar.
Berri was our next destination, where boarded a 48 seat cruising boat named Missy for a 2 hour cruise. Sadly this is the last cruise this boat is going to do in Berri, it will soon be off to Nagambie. This boat has recently been fitted with 2 V8 Yamaha outboard's 500 horse power comes into it, not sure if is each. But when the throttles are both opened it leaps into action and very soon reaches 33 Kmh. Brian is the Captain and Trevor is in charge of entertainment, Trevor's partner was in charge of videoing and another lady served the drinks and biscuits and boxes of chocolates for the mothers on board. Trevor is a very skilled musician and singer and story teller and soon had us all involved. During the singing and dancing we sped up to loch 4, which demonstrated to us how it works. We then returned to Berri at a leisurely pace enjoying the amazing scenery and birdlife whilst being severely distracted by the entertainment on board.
We had a light lunch at the Berri hotel and the set off to Glossop the Bella Lavender farm, Mario was in charge of us and told us about establishing and growing Lavender and making Lavender oil with a still. We were then treated to freshly baked scones jam and cream with tea or coffee.
Back we go to the Barmera country club for happy hour, we were all treated to entertainment by Michael Kelly of Executive Karaoke. Michael is a great entertainer taking off the voices of any famous singer that we named, he was amazing. Photo of most people singing along.
Whilst being entertained by Michael were were served an amazinal we are just too well fed. Our meal tonight was wonderful you can look at the menu if you click here.
g meal for dinner. Our meal tonight was wonderful you can look at the menu if you click here.
What a great day and we only travelled 50 K.
Day 4, Started with a late breakfast 8 AM. Most of us have learnt that we do not require a full continental breakfast and then a cooked one, but that is what we could have with seconds if we like.
On the Coach again no squabbling over the front seats often they are vacant, we were driven to the Banrock Station Winery. This place is a Vineyard and a Winery but with an emphasis on saving the environment. The head lady spoke very interestingly for 3/4 hour mainly about what they are doing and achieving it is amazing. The Wine tastes not half bad as well. They served us teas and coffees and wattle sead scones with jam and cream. Some of us had a walk on the walking path to see the different plant and bird life.
Because we were so hungry we went to lunch at the Historic Overland Corner Hotel built in the 1870's. Philip is the licensee and he gave us a long talk about the history of the hotel and the area, he made it sound very interesting. We had a very interesting lunch in a marquee out on the lawn, we then wandered around the hotel looking at many historical items.
We were driven to Monash to the Playground. This playground is very different to what it used to be, because the safety police have got to it. But we all had a play on the equipment and enjoyed ourselves.
At 5:30 we had happy hour that had 100% discount on the first drinks.
At 6:30 our dinner was served many of us could not remember what we had ordered the night before but thankfully the waitress had a list. Lots of us did not finish our meals, not because their was anything wrong with the me
We travelled today 78.95 K.
Day 5, Touring around Loxton & Renmark today. First stop was the Loxton Historical village. This is a huge village set up how it used to be, and we were all soon became absorbed looking at things that interested us. I spent a lot of time there looking at things and could not see any one else, I thought that that must have all gone and left me behind. But when the allotted time came Rod sounded the big horn on the Coach and I had to rush and was the last one back onto the Coach. Our afternoon was to be spent at Ruston's Rose Gardens and Car Museum, the gardens had some very pretty and expensive roses in it. The building had several rare cars and tractors and machinery on display. We had a light lunch of sandwiches or soup and a hot drink for lunch. Then we went to Olivewood this is an old homestead with many old relics either in the homestead or 1 of the several sheds not all items were displayed it was an extremely interesting place. Finally we went to Angoves winery to taste wine and some of us even bought some. Our meal tonight was wonderful you can look at the menu if you click here.
We travelled today 117.8 K .
Day 6, Breakfast 6 AM most of us ate well both hot and cold breakfasts 6:45 we are on the road again, between Barmera we watched the first DVD of the Missy boat trip. No one went to sleep then whilst watching. We drove through Renmark, had a quick toilet stop at Mildura. Rod drove the Coach very carefully and was very good to us, he tackled this long trip on the eating an Elephant principle one bight at the time he divided the trip up, and did not want to hear any mention of it is a very long trip. We then drove through NSW to Swan Hill. They need rain up there, it was very dry where we had what Rod called "Morning Lunch" . After 1 hours stop we headed off to Bridgewater for "Afternoon Lunch" We then were going to Calder Park Truck stop toilet and snack stop. 5:45 PM getting dark traffic was heavy both ways and it was raining. Rod rounded us up and away we went. Rod drove very well but he certainly was not at home driving there. Our next stop was at Officer to drop off Lyn and Bob. We dropped off in Drouin Faye & Brian & Wendy. Next stop is to be at Burke Street park but the coach bottomed out severely at Lardner's track rail crossing the Coach made a terrible noise but we got there. We said our good byes and all went our separate ways.
We travelled today 836 K.
Geoff was our club captain and did a great job of looking after us. Rod was our driver and Guide and driver and did an exceptional job.
On the trip we had Members Beryl & Jack, Helen & Geoff, Jean & Neil, Joy & Les, Joy & Wendy, Kath & Peter, Lesley & Peter. Visitors that made up the numbers Faye & Brian, Lyn & Bob, Sylvia & Bill. We must thank the visitors they were great friends and fitted in well, but everyone fitted in very good and that was why we all got along so well
We will stopped for morning tea at Woodend and then have lunch at Charleton and then we should arrive at Mildura at roughly 5:30 PM.
Wednesday March 4th 2015,
SORRY BUT THIS LION KING TRIP FAILED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST.
For next year, Lion King Princess Theatre. $70.00 No transport plus $40.00 for Bus.
Proposed trip 24th February 2015 Tuesday, returning 28th February 2015 Saturday.
SORRY BUT THIS TASMANIA TRIP FAILED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST.
Being planned for February next year an overseas trip to TASMANIA.
Cost if 20 people go $ 1254 single supp $255
if 30 people go $1190
Day One 24th, Melbourne Launceston
On arrival luxury tour of Launceston Cataract Gorge
Staying at Tamar Valley resort Grindelwald
Day Two 25th, Trip to visit sea horse & platypus world, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Museum, St Matthias Church, Hillwood strawberry farm
Day Three 26th, Sheffield Cradle mountain, Accommodation Cradle Mountain Hotel
Day Four 27th, Wynyard, Smithton, Dove Lake, Stanley, The Nut, Accommodation Tall Timbers resort
Day Five 28th, Smithton, Burnie, Launceston & home
Trip costs, include 4 nights Accommodation in Tasmania, all sites are minimum 3-5 RACT star rating
Breakfast includes cereals, fruit juices, choice of hot course, toast ,spreads and hot drinks
Dinner Provided by accommodation are two courses or buffet with choices
Morning And Afternoon tea, at own expense
Entries & attractions included. Not included are extra services which
may be available or offered during the tour, or travel insurance
An urgent quote is available now only to the 30th November 2014, all going need to pay $50 deposit to be sent and balance by 23rd January 2015
Leaders were: Joan L & Neil T.
5th November 2014,
REPORT GOAT FARM VISIT.
On Wednesday the fifth 41 members and friends attended the goat farm in Trafalgar.
The Caprical goat farm is a happy accident story.
It is owned by two partners from New Zealand who visited Melbourne in 2005 looking to inspect powder and cheese manufacturing equipment.
Instead they found the defunct Bonlac factory hence finding a market to produce goats milk in Victoria.
270 acres was acquired in Trafalgar they then flew 500 young goats across. To day they milk about 5000 goats daily producing fresh milk yoghurt soft cheese and milk powder shipping their products locally interstate and into Asia and the middle east and Pacific countries
The manager Paul advised us that they are expanding into Yarragon soon and that they are the largest goat farm in Australia.
All in attendance were quite surprised with how they milk so many a day and about 1000 per hour.
The visit was FREE. See a slide show of photos taken there.
Had a great day Neil T.
1st October 2014,
Report about the ONCE TRIP.
On October 1st, 42 happy people boarded a Warragul Bus Lines bus at Burke Street to travel to the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. We had time to wander off and find a Café and buy lunch. Then we went in the theatre to see the Irish musical show called "Once". The show has 8 Tony Awards including best musical.
This is a love story played with fierce sincerity and unexpected honesty. Marketa (Czech) and Glen (Irish) met on the streets of Dublin and slowly fell in love.
Most of us did not know about it but prior to the show and at the interval everyone was welcomed to go up on the stage of the Princess Theatre to go to the Irish bar (part of their set) and have a drink and meet the musicians come actors.
We had excellent seats in the Dress Circle with a great view.
We were also very happy with the bus, we were dropped of outside the theatre and when we came out after the show here was the bus outside waiting for us and Mark did a great job driving.
Well done Neil.
Click on Picture to enlarge.
May the 3rd 2014 8 PM, ABBA, 26 members attended the ABBA concert at the West Gippsland Arts Centre. The Show was very entertaining with all the well known songs being covered . Unfortunately the sound system was VERY loud . Those with hearing aids were able to remove them and were probably better off than others. However every one had a good time with many happy memories remembered. Elaine Mc K.
Probus Warragul Ranges had a trip on Thursday 10th April to the Dandenong Mail Centre & Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum at Pakenham.The cost was $40 which included entries, morning tea & and a picnic lunch. Departed Burke Street at 8.30 AM .Please note that enclosed footwear is required at the Mail Exchange.
2014 March 24th Monday, 25th Tuesday, 26th Wednesday, returns Thursday 27th.
King Island 4 days 3 Nights.
KING ISLAND TOUR REPORT
Slide show of King Island 2014 4 days 301 Photos.Thanks Joan.
On Monday 24th of March 2014, twenty two Probus Club members flew from Melbourne Airport to King Island with Regional Air Express (REX) Airlines, for a 4 day / 3 night tour of this Tasmanian Island in the middle of Bass Strait.
It was an early start with Gippy Airport Shuttle Bus, collected us from our homes at various locations around the district, for the commute to Tullamarine. We arrived within enough time to grab a coffee / tea before departure.
The flight time was around 45 minutes, we arrived on King Island, to be met by our local guides Lucinda, Ian, and Dave from King Island Holiday Village. Then it was all on board the two 4 X 4 all-terrain vehicles, for our first look at Currie, the main township on King Island, and lunch at a local Café. After lunch we visited the Bull Kelp Factory and learnt how this rare natural resource is used in many products from toothpaste to Medicine and is one of the islands main source of income. We then meandered on to the King Island Museum and Currie Lighthouse. The island has a fascination maritime history, and a coastline dotted with shipwrecks.
Then it was onto Grassy, a 30km drive, to the King Island Holiday Village and our accommodation. Grassy was once a mining town, with a deep water harbour. That night we were treated to the famed taste of King Island, Crayfish.
The next day, we took in an Art / Craft Gallery, a drive along pristine beaches that stretch for miles with stunning coastal views; our morning tea stop consisted of homemade damper and King Island Honey, served piping hot. Then onto the Murray Grey Beef producing property of the Bowling Family, 5th generation pioneer graziers. Next stop the 7000 year old Calcified Forest, before a paddock to plate, luncheon experience.
Day three we head north through country roads to Cape Wickham, the tallest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Driving along the old stock route, then back on the beach and to the sight of the wreck of the ‘Shannon’ part of the Shipwreck coast. Next stop the iconic King Island Cheese Factory, for some tastings and purchasing of their delicious products. After dinner we take the King Island nocturnal Penguin Parade tour. These little cuties are plentiful on the island if you know where to look.
Day four the weather had been perfect, until the day of our departure, and you guessed it our flight was unable to land on King Island, due to poor visibility. There for we were stranded for several hours awaiting clearance. But not to worry! Our intrepid guides, came back to the airport and took us on a further half day tour, to fill in the time, for those who wanted. ‘Fantastic’.
Gippy Airport Shuttle Bus, were terrific; they came back to pick us up from Melbourne Airport, a second time when our flight was delayed. We can’t thank them enough for their professionalism and not leaving us stranded.
CONCLUSION: King Island is well worth a visit, incredible pristine environment, beautiful beaches, great food, and fascinating history.
26th of February 2014,
the Musical. See a
slide show of the
members that went on the Train to Grease. We all met at Warragul station bought cappuccinos to go at Choo
Choo. Had a quick and comfortable ride to Flinders Street Station.
Then had a pleasant lunch at Brunetti city square in Swanston Street.
We then had a short walk to Her Majesty's Theatre.
We wandered into the dress circle row "F". Elaine chose these seats well, they are probably the best in the house.
I could not see any vacant seats, so I suppose the theatre was fully booked.
We arrived about 10 minutes early, Bert Newton was being the announcer on a 50`s American radio station show and was playing 50`s hits.
The sound levels were extremely loud 75 decibels during interval and after the finale I noticed 95 decibels. I can not imagine how loud it got up to. If I had a workshop with that much noise, I would be closed down.
Apart from that one complaint, the acting, singing, costumes, lighting and band were amazing.
Sadly they did not include the car race in the show.
After the show we got on the tram to Southern Cross and caught the train home.
I believe that everyone enjoyed the day.
This was Elaine's last trip to arrange. What a way to go!
Leaders were: Elaine McK.
November 18th Monday 2013Behind the scenes tour of Flemington Race course
Bus left Burke street car park. Only 9 people are went on the Mini bus. They had a very nice day with a 2 course meal
August 16th Friday 2013, Even though this trip was called off because of lack of numbers 6 brave members still went paying higher rates. Some even went out in the Skydeck Click here to see a YouTube slideshow of Glenise's photos
July 19th Friday 2013, at 11AM We went to see Ernie Sigley & Denise Drysdale perform. They have not changed there act much in 30 years but they still very entertaining. Then we followed that with delicious 2 course lunch at Debritz .
2013 May 9th Thursday. Point Cook air museum
A chilly morning and a beautiful sunny May Day was a fitting start to our bus excursion to The Point Cook air museum. The R.A.A.F museum has an impressive array of vintage aircraft and memorabilia, along with a detailed pictorial of Australia’s involvement in conflicts around the world. Members were escorted on a guided walk and talk through the exhibits. Then it was outdoors to watch the fly pass and aerial display of a CA-25 Winjeel aircraft. This aircraft was the mainstay of basic pilot training since it’s inception in the 1950’s.
2013 March 14.
On Thursday, March 14, Warragul Tarago Probus travelled by coach to Portsea to inspect the many buildings of the Quarantine Station which was built in the late 19th century to protect the arrivals to the Gold Fields from infecting the community. Remnants show how the travellers were treated to ensure that no disease was brought into the country. The area also contains a settler's hut and cemetery. On one sailing ship which arrived, some 110 persons died of typhus and a further 50 or so died after being housed at the Station. In the early 1900s, fortification was built at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay comprising gun positions at Point Nepean and Queenscliff as well as a fort on an island at the entrance to the Bay. Guns at Fort Nepean fired the first angry shot over the bow of a German ship which tried to escape on the declaration of the First World War. The ship was forced to come ashore at Portsea where the crew were imprisoned. The remnants of Fort Nepean include tunnels, guns and pill-boxes and searchlight positions. The fort overlooks the bay on one side and Bass Straight on the other.
47 Very happy members went on a Warragul Bus Lines very new Scania Coach driven by a very good driver who goes by the name of John down to the Mornington Peninsula even using the new bypass freeway. At the quarantine station we were split into 2 groups and were bussed down to the old army base. We wandered around this base making sure that we kept to the paths because we did not want to stand on an unexploded bomb. We looked at Cheviot beach that had boiling surf on it. At lunch time we all sat down and ate our lunches that we had taken with us.
At 2.45 we all boarded the coach and off we rushed to the Tooradin bakery where many of us ate their famous Nana slices. We have some of our photos up on our photos page, their are many more to come so please keep an eye on the photo page. You can even see our Photo slide show by clicking here.
Leaders were: Elaine McK.
November 14th 2012.
SADLY THIS TRIP HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT ELAINE PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO THIS TRIP. Inverloch trip. We will leave Burke street at 8:30 AM and travel via Drouin. We will have morning tea at 10AM. Then go to Wonthaggi underground coal mine tour. Optional above ground tours available.
Lunch will be at the mine (Lasagne or Quiche) with chips and salad on the Table. This meal will include Tea and Coffee.
We will have a short break at Shack bay on the way back to Inverloch and we will then visit the Shell Museum at Inverloch. $50.00.
September 12th 2012,
STOKES MUSEUM TRIP
Forty-three Probians from our club and Warragul Ranges club together with Bill and Sylvia Trewern left Burke St. Warragul at 8:55 am for a trip to the remarkable Stokes gallery nestled in the incredibly picturesque Forest Glade gardens in Mt. Macedon. Our driver was Shirley, who originally thought she was taking us to Inverloch!
Only a talented writer like Evelyn Waugh or Leo Tolstoy could effectively describe this unique outstanding collection. To those who missed it, all I can say is that you missed a most remarkable and unique collection of art works.
After traversing the city we stopped at a roadside petrol station/fast food place for a 15-minute pit stop. Then after travelling along the Calder freeway we arrived in Mt. Macedon and pulled over at a park shelter for our lunch stop (at 11:15) A sudden windy cool change hit us just as we arrived, but luckily there was no rain.
Not long after we arrived at the Stokes Gallery and Forest Glade Gardens we were met by joint owner Trevor Bell.
Then Cyril Stokes (the other owner) took us on a tour of the gallery and for the next one and a half hours we went from magnificent room to magnificent room seeing hundreds of rare and valuable art works.
Cyril took great pleasure in explaining the features of the works, and was particularly proud of the stories behind the acquisition of the pieces, sometimes involving skull-duggery and sometimes sheer incompetence on the part of gallery curators or art auctioneers!
The highlights included a table with inlaid marble, scores of ivory pieces, spec porcelain, Royal Worcester porcelain, a Dutch cabinet, Sevres porcelain (19th cent.), Meissen German factory porcelain (18th cent.), a classic marble Romeo and Juliet and much, much more. (Personally speaking, I know as much about porcelain as a novice in a nunnery knows about gunnery.)
There was also a large collection of French furniture with many Buhl pieces, a fabulous set of tapestries from a palace in South America; there were large collections of paintings, marble and bronze statuary and a magnificent collection of oriental works of art.
The works’ countries of origin also included Japan, China, India, Thailand, America and Australia. They were all extremely rare and valuable.
With about 1½ hours left we walked about the Forest Glade Gardens which was another feast for the eyes. The garden had little paths disappearing into tantalizingly secret spaces, garden statues, rotundas, a conservatory, garden steps, water features and exotic plants and trees.
At around 4 pm we headed for home. Many thanks to Elaine McK for making the trip possible and for persevering with the numbers shortfall to make the trip a goer! ~Nick
Wednesday 25 July 2012,
Annie The Musical Keith arranged a block of tickets for this matinee performance. The stars were Anthony Warlow, Nancey Hayes, Todd McKenney, Chloe Dallimore, Julie Goodwin and Bert Newton. We travelled by bus which dropped us off and picked us up at the theatre door. We had plenty of time to purchase lunch at our own choice, before the show. The show was excellent and well worth going to (Thanks Keith). After the show we were picked up by the bus at the theatre door. Shirley from Warragul bus lines did an excellent job of driving us there and back.
Information on the Annie Australian Tour can be found at the following website. http://anniethemusical.com.au/tickets_melbourne.html
May 11th (Friday) 2012,
: “Puttin on the Ritz” at
Centre 11:00 AM
rts Centre 11:00 AM
last year’s touring hit Best of Broadway John Lingerwood
again presents a
young exciting cast in a song and dance special Puttin on the Ritz
music of This show was great considering that the only had 4
giant Grand Piano was extremely well played and sounded good, John
stories about the 3 major composers Jerome
Berlin and George
Gershwin. We even had a sing along. The singing and dancing
was very entertaining
and well done.
This show was great considering that the only had 4 performers The giant Grand Piano was extremely well played and sounded good, John recited stories about the 3 major composers Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. We even had a sing along. The singing and dancing was very entertaining and well done.
After the show many of us went for a VERY SLOW lunch at the De Britz restaurant
February 24th 2012,
Blue Lotus Gardens & Rayner's Stonefruit Orchard at Yarra Junction and Woori Yallock. included Lunch and Tours. We began at 8:30 AM from the Burke Street carpark and returned about 5:30 PM. The day included a tour and an interesting talk and light lunch (huge sandwiches and a cake) at Blue Lotus Water Gardens followed by a tour of Rayner’s Stonefruit Orchard in the afternoon, this included a ride around the orchard on a tractor trailer, Neil guessed our 19 year old girl driver as being 30. She got back at him at the end by putting him in a small scissor lift., Much tasting of the fruit was done whilst riding around the orchard. It was a reasonably hot day and was very pleasant to go into the cool room which was 0 degrees. After that we had pure fruit Ice creams made on the premises. We we got back to Warragul many of us walked across the park to the Bowling club to have a Fish & Chips meal
Leaders were Shirley P. & Graeme H.
24th November 2011.
The 48 people that went and enjoyed themselves. Graham and his team did an amazing job organising this trip. We started this trip by driving south on Lardners Track whilst Graham did the commentary, telling us the history of the Track: we all all learnt a lot. On the way we stopped off at Ted & Deborah Bingham's cowshed to learn about his 44 bay rotary milking unit. It is very much automated and computerised. In this shed he milks up to 540 cows twice each day. Last year this 372 acres produced 3,400,000 litres of milk. The bus took us up to the Lardner school where John R and Graham attended. After that we went up to Peter, Wendy, Toby and Ash Wallace's Organic farm where Wendy told us about what they do, she was extremely interesting. When we we were ready to leave we were watching and talking about the Merrema dog laying under a shady tree. He was supposed to be looking after 200 chooks, a hawk started circling the chooks and the dog sprung to life and ran down to them and the hawk quickly disappeared. We then went to the Ellinbank research station for morning tea and a tour, which was also very interesting. We then went to the Trafalgar railway station to pick up Val Murphy who came with us for lunch at the Moe Turfside Restaurant for an all you can eat lunch. After that we went on Val's standard potato tour around Thorpdale. On our way home we visited the Rose and Fuchsia farm near Trafalgar. Click here for Photos.
October 10 to the 14th 2011
Monday to Friday travel by bus to the Bright Chalet and tour around Bright . In mid-October thirty-six members and friends enjoyed a wonderful week away exploring the alpine towns and attractions in north east Victoria. Based at the Bright Chalet, the group visited Red Deer emu and deer farm, followed by a visit to Eagle Ridge Winery. The passion of family heritage and endeavour was very evident in both these enterprises and the group came away much more informed. An afternoon was spent in Mount Beauty and Bogong Village. The scenic alpine drive was breath taking. The group also visited Beechworth, Bandiana and the quaint, lost-in-time town of Yakandandah.The group also visited "Lavender Hue" a unique and beautiful lavender farm set on five acres along the banks of the Ovens River. Shopping was also a popular pass-time indulged in by some members of the group.
Photos from Bright.
May 25th, (Wednesday) 2011,
China Town Starting with a visit to the Chinese Museum. followed a walking tour of Melbourne's China Town. After this interesting and informative tour we moved onto the Dragon Boat Palace restaurant for Yum Cha. lunch.
April 4th 2011
Happy members travelled
by train from Warragul.
We had to change trains at Southern
Cross and then continue on to Ballarat.
We left Warragul
Station at 8:54AM and arrived at Ballarat
12:37PM, when we boarded a bus
for a guided tour of Ballarat
before going to Sovereign
We arrived at
Charles Napier hotel at 1:30PM to find that only a few of us
had rooms ready
for us, and we had to wait until about 4PM, so we filled in time
Hill. Veronica and Kevin joined us some time during the
afternoon. At 5PM we
all met in a room at our Hotel to listen to a speaker but he did not
show up. So
Sue Curnow gave us an excellent talk about the Eureka
Stockade. We were then ready to sit down for an excellent
dinner. After that
we went outside to the Sound
Light show - Blood on the Southern Cross. This was
an amazing and
unbelievable show. That evening we stayed at Sovereign
Hill accommodation. The buildings looked very old but were in
but inside they were very comfortable and modern. The next morning we
treated to a continental breakfast. We then strolled down to the Gold
Museum adjacent to Sovereign
Hill. We had one of the guides give us a short but extremely
talk about gold mining in the Ballarat
area. We bought our lunches at Sovereign
Hill then went on a bus
tour of Ballarat
telling us about the buildings, and we finished off with a ride around Lake
Wendouree. We got off the bus at the historic Ballarat
Railway Station to board the train home via Southern
Cross and then return to Warragul
late in the afternoon. Thank you very much Keith
and everyone else who helped him. The trip was excellent. Photos
March 9th 2011,
Keith organised a trip to Mary Poppins at Her Majesty's Theatre Melbourne. Seats were in the dress circle with no pillars in the way. Bus dropped us off (55 in total) and picked us up at the theatre door and we were home by 5:20 PM. About 11:00 AM we stopped for morning tea outside the Shrine of remembrance. The Mary Poppins show was amazing the acting and stunts would have to be seen to be believed. If you have not been I can recommend that you take your grand children along, I do not know which one of you would enjoy it more.
Leaders were Shirley P. & Graeme H.
October 27th (Wednesday) 2010,
Walhalla bus trip, the guide was Terry Hennessy, he gave us a great commentary starting from Warragul. We had morning tea when we arrived at Walhalla, and then split into 2 groups so that we could go on the long tunnel tour one group at a time. Then bus then took us on guided tour of Walhalla, lunch was provided, we then had two hours to explore Walhalla, cemetery etc. We then met at the railway station to take the steam train back to Thomson's bridge We alighted the train and boarded the bus to take us home via Erica so that we could all purchase some of the famous Erica Bakery pies.
September 16th to 22nd 2010,
To see the pictures, please click on the hyperlink (underlined text) below.
Our Group ready to return home. Photo by Graeme F.
Wendy and Jim beside a statue of Don Bradman at the Bradman Museum in Bowral NSW. Photo by Peter T.
Our group at a lecture at the Bradman Museum. Photo by Graeme F.
The Bradman Scoreboard. Photo by Graeme F.
The Bradman Clubhouse. Photo by Graeme F.
Jim and Neil being part of the Australian Coat of Arms at Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra. Photo by Wendy B.
The people on the trip are very grateful to:
Our leader Shirley who stepped in at the last minute to do the job.
The Goulburn Heritage Motel management and staff for putting up with our noisy cheeky group.
We MUST also give special thanks to Kim, our coach driver from Holiday Coast Tours Port Macquarie.
June Thursday 24th 2010,
Wallaby Rise (Heyfield) for “Christmas in June outing. Weather
was cold and foggy in Warragul but more than fifty Probians
and friends hopped out of their warm beds early to go "On the
Wallaby". We travelled through the fog to Rosedale where we had a short
break in the sunshine, then hopped back on the coach and left the fog
the trip to Maffra, where we went to the Gippsland Vehicle Collection
Museum which is housed in an old 2,200 square metre building (which was
a vegetable de-hydrating factory built during World War 2). We were
given a hot
cuppa and biscuits. Then followed an inspection of the extensive
vehicles: cars, trucks and motorcycles. The collection changes a few
the year to keep visitors interested in repeat visits. We saw some very
interesting restored vehicles: Packard, Rolls Royce,
Ford, Cadillac, Jaguar
and there was a section for Mini Minors. An old fire truck was great to
quite smaller than the current fire trucks! One Motorbike had a
cushioned wicker chair sidecar; it looked very comfortable. There were
"topless cars" and also the oldest working horseless carriage in
Australia. We left Maffra about 11.30am for the trip to "Wallaby Rise"
which is situated opposite Lake Glenmaggie, which had quite a bit of
it; on our last visit it had been very dry. A warm welcome awaited us
restaurant, jokes, poems and a wonderful raging open fire which warmed
through very quickly. For a start we had pumpkin and sweet potato soup
with damper, followed by bush poems. Then followed the main
consisting of pork, lamb, beef and turkey, spiced potatoes, and about
vegetables, gravy and sauces. Then there were more poems and stories to
laugh; then we were treated to plum pudding, golden syrup pudding and
crumble and tea and coffee.
Eventually it was time to leave and we were given fruit damper to take with us, it was now a matter of struggling on to the coach (no more hopping). The trip home was quiet, I think quite a few people slept after a very enjoyable, interesting day out. Many thanks to Graham and his team for organising a really great day! Submitted by Jean S.
April 28th (Wednesday) 2010,
Powerworks and Gippsland Power Football Club, It was great to go in comfortable Warragul Bus Lines bus, dealing locally is also a great idea. We went to the Latrobe Valley for a Powerworks Tour of the Loy Yang Open Cut sadly their were too many of us to get a look in at a power station. Morwell Bowling Club for a wonderful lunch, then we went to inspect Gippsland Power Football Club's new facilities. Even though I am not at all interested in football, I thought that they are the best that I have seen. Peter Francis gave us a talk about their plans for the boys that they are training at Gippsland Power. We were very impressed with what we heard.
February 24th (Wednesday) 2010,
45 of us went on a mystery trip. We met at the Burke Street park and boarded a Hazelwood coach. Firstly we stopped at the Shrine of Remembrance for morning tea. We then continued on for a very interesting tour of Etihad Stadium, where we had a delicious lunch. After that we went to look over the Police Museum. On the way home we went to the Berwick Inn for afternoon tea.
Photo, Morning Tea at the Shrine.
Photo, Sitting on the edge of the Etihad Oval.
Leaders were: Shirley P & Graeme H .
October 30th 2009,
We met at Burke Street Park to go to the Eltham Nicholas Gardens, and the the Sky High Restaurant, sadly it rained and could not visit the William Rickett Sanctuary.
August 27th 2009,
We went in we visited. Heronswood Gardens in Dromana for a tour followed by lunch at the Pig & Whistle Hotel (Excellent) at Main Ridge near Dromana. On way home we visited the Tyabb Packing Shed (browsing the antiques and collectables) .
Photo, Some of the group enjoying lunch at the Pig & Whistle Hotel.
June 25th 2009,
45 of us travelled to Melbourne's South Bank in a Coach. We then had a ferry ride to Williamstown. For a Pizza Lunch at Sam's Boatshed Restaurant. A tour of Williamstown then followed on the coach with a guide from the Williamstown Museum. Graham was our leader and looked after us well, everyone appeared to enjoy themselves, except many looked as though they wanted some more of the lovely Pizza.
See a slide show of photos from this trip.
Leaders were: Barbara A, John R.
Tuesday 1st of April 2008 LATROBE VALLEY OUTING
Barbara A had arranged a fabulous outing which included a stop on the way at Traralgon airport wherthe group inspected the manufacture of GA-8 Airvans (8 seat utility aircraft) from simple metal sheets to the final painted product, The lunch at the winery was hosted by
Ann Morris, who explained some of the finer points about her winery's vintages, and after the exotic fare the group was treated to some excellent recitals of
Australian bush poetry by Gerard Cunningham.
Those adventurous Probians who travelled to Toms Cap Vineyard & Country Gardens and Gippsland Aeronautics(in Traralgon) on April 1st were no fools. Greg K had discovered a winery at Carrajung (south east of Traralgon) where the food was excellent and the win tasting had just the effect you'd expect it to have on a group of retirees the bus trip home was very quiet!
President Graeme kept the group from running amuck, and the very competent bus-driver brought the group safely home.
Leaders were: Jean S & Barbara A.
Sept / Oct 2007
REPORT SNOWY MOUNTAIN TRIP.
On the Tuesday 30th of October 2007 a group of 37 Probians left Burke Street Park 8:30 AM on a bright and shiny day to travel to Providence Ponds for a 5 day holiday. This Bus (this would have once been a luxury coach) came up from Portsea to pick us up.
We were driven to Rosedale and had a quick stop and then went on to the park the other side of Bairnsdale for Coffee & Tea and fruit cake, all provided. We then travelled onto Cann River, where we stopped for lunch. We bought our own and explored the town and checked out the shopping. JM thought she was a Bikie and got onto the back of a Harley. We then travelled on towards Cooma and JR put on his new Andre Rieu DVD. What he did not know was that up the back the speakers were no good and all we could hear was a high pitched squeal, we eventually got it turned off. Thanks John. When we arrived at Cooma most of us went and bought ice creams.
For the last leg of our trip we travelled on to Eucumbene, where we were to stay at Providence Lodge. Our host was Rick, who had organised for us 3 days of activities, sight seeing and places of interest to visit. The accommodation was not 5 star but everyone was very happy. Rick has a rule that at meal times we sit with different people each time. Out of the front of our dining room we had view of Lake Eucumbene, dry because of the drought. Instead of water in it, it had wild brumbies. They told us if it ever rained it would take 9 years to fill. Our room was amazing. When we opened the blinds, just a few inches outside was a solid red brick wall, the interior walls were very thin and we could hear everything our neighbours said.
Our group was made to feel at home and welcome and fed extremely well.
Next day Wednesday, we travelled to Kiandra, an old gold mining village, next visit was the Tumut 3 power station, where we had a supplied picnic lunch. After that we explored the marvellous Yarrongabilly Caves. We then walked to and from the Portal.
In the evening after a delicious dinner we were entertained by some of our group performing a different version of a Cinderella skit.
On Thursday we were off to visit and inspect Adaminaby (and 2 ladies missed the bus) and then Jindabyne. We went up to Thredbo for lunch and after that took the Chairlift to Charlotte Pass.
In the Snowy mountains we did not have TV and had extremely patchy mobile phone coverage, so we had to entertain ourselves.
That evening after dinner we were entertained by people standing up telling stories, and listening to Nick Peck’s travel diary.
Next day Friday, we visited Tumut 2 power station, we then travelled to Boggy Creek, where we visited a farm for lunch and were entertained by performing horses, pigs and dogs. It was very cleverly done.
After that we went to a shopping centre at Cabramurra, the highest town in Australia.
Last day Saturday, we sadly said our good byes and left for home. Cooma was our first stop. When we were way out in the country a warning indicator came on in the bus and we had to stop until our driver decided it was safe to go on. On the trip home a person from a far off land was keeping and eye on all of us, and if anyone happened to doze of they had photo taken of them. A little further on down the road a rock flew up off the road and went through the windscreen and landed half way down the aisle of the bus. We finally arrived at Cann River for lunch. We had another stop at Rosedale and then Traralgon.
EVERYONE HAD A GREAT TIME. Slide show of photos.
Cardinia Bus Lines through the Latrobe Valley, across the Strzelecki Ranges via Mt. Tassie to our first stop at Tarra-Bulga National Park for morning tea. Some were fortunate to see 2 lyrebirds cross the road in front of the coach. Some of our group went on a walk to see Bulga swing bridge.
Unfortunately, Barbara Morris from Pelican Getaways had a medical appointment and couldn't travel with us, so Jim B gave us some jokes and historical intormation on the areas as we travelled through. We stopped in Yarram and visited the Historic Court House building and perused some of the local craftwork.
We arrived at Port Albert around 12 noon, where Barbara's partner, John met us and arranged our fish and chips lunch, together with some lovely fresh fruit for "afters". We sat along the jetty and one couple (who shall be nameless) had arranged for friends to meet them and bring a bottle of Chardonnay to share (but only 4 glasses).
At I pm we wended our way to the Port Maritime Museum (picking up a hitchhiker from our group who was spied coming out of the Hotel). After a very interesting inspection and an informative talk by a couple of the volunteer curators, we boarded the coach and Mr. Bill Black took us on a tour of Port Albert, pointing out various buildings etc. of interest.
We then travelled to Toora
and up Silcocks Hill to see the wind farm project and get up close and personal
to the large wind turbines (where one of our members donated a cap to the
cause). The general concensus was that they looked quite majestic with
surprisingly quiet operation. Coming back down the hill, we had a lovely view of
Wilson's Prom. and Barry's Beach. John then took us to his workshop where he is
restoring a 1920's Ford car and some of the ladies visited Barbara's adjoining
gift shop. A great day and perfect weather for the trip. — (Jean & Neil
SEPTEMBER 27 2006.
On a day right out of the box, sun shine and
a light wind, 38 Warragul / Tarago Probians boarded a coach and journeyed to
Pakenham, with its mind-blowing residential development, on through Cockatoo and
Gembrook and into the vineyard-covered hills of the Yarra Valley. A morning tea
break at Yea, (the fruit cake was delicious) and then through Seymour to Chateau
Tahbilk for wine tastings and purchases. After some purchases and much
discussion, we walked down the steep riverbank to board the boat, the
"Major Mitchell" for our leisurely cruise on the Goulburn River. The
Surrounding countryside was looking very dry. Lunch on board consisted of
sandwiches, fruit platter and cake, tea and coffee. Some people chose to sample
their recent wine purchases with their lunch. The wine and the chatter flowed
generously! Further along the river we pulled in at Mitchelton Winery for more
wine tastings. A ride up in the lift to the tower where the viewing-deck
afforded us 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. The trip home was
somewhat quieter, A few people actually succumbed to sleep, much to Frank's
disapproval. He wanted everyone to take in every second of the whole experience!
On behalf of us all, Jim B thanked Gavin, our coach driver, and Barbara, our
tour guide for looking after us so well. At about six pm we arrived back in
green and verdant Warragul after a yet another thoroughly enjoyable outing.
(Contributed by Wendy B)
Our group left Warragul car
park at the respectable hour of 9am and headed for our lunch and show at the
JULY 12 2006.
'Wallaby Rise' & Robotic
Dairy, 12th July: With Les at the wheel of the bus, 48 of us set off from Burke
Stat 9.30 last Wednesday, to first head for Morwell and a welcome tea &
coffee break on a very cold though sunny morning. On to 'Wallaby Rise', a bush
camp set amongst the trees close to Lake Glenmaggie, for our
3-course lunch in the barn, where we were warrvd by the roaring log fire. Our
afternoon was topped off by a visit to an automatic milking dairy run by Evelyn
& Max Warren on their 300-acre property in Winnindoo - as interesting &
informative to the seasoned farmers among us, as to the 'townies'. The dairy has
been operating for 5 years and is the only commercially operated robotic dairy
in Australia. Members were given a short talk on the history & operation of
the plant, before seeing the four milking machines in action. It was fascinating
to see the interaction between the cows & the robots. The process, being a
24-hour milking operation, allows the cows to wander in from the pasture at any
time to be milked. Currently there are 250 cows on three pastures to which the
cows are rotated by computer-controlled gates. A record of cows' movements is
made by receptor collars, & milk quantity & quality is checked by the
robots. We arrived back at the carpark at 5.30pm after a most enjoyable &
interesting day out.
MAY 25 2006, Day1esford and Hepburn Springs Trip. What a lovely day we had on our trip to Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. We left Warragul at 7.30, all rugged up in warm coats, scarfs, gloves and hats, but it didn't take us long to shed our warm coats etc. as the bus warmed up and we all settled in for our trip. We certainly had a lovely sunny day and after going through Melbourne we had our I st stop for a cuppa and Barbara's legendary fruitcake just out of Melton. Everyone enjoyed morning tea after our early breakfast, then onto Daylesford and Hepburn Springs where we had a walk and tried "The Waters". We found it very pretty. Many of the Miners Cottages had been renovated and were really quaint. From the Springs we went on to Daylesford for a really nice roast lunch with yummy pudding. After lunch a few of us went for a walk up the street but didn't get very far as we found the most wonderful wool shop. You will see a lot of Probus girls in lovely hand knitted scarfs. Also the Pokies were supported at the Hotel and a few people came out with heavy pockets. Our trip home via Jubilee Park, a lovely park and garden at Daylesford, was just beautiful and the view from Wombat Hill was a bonus. We had an ice cream stop on the way home and after a really lovely day arrived home at 5.00 pm. Thank you Barbara and Pelican Tours for a great outing. By Wendy Price
APRIL 2006, LION KING REPORT:- On a lovely crisp autumn morning forty eight members set out for our long awaited trip to see Disney's Broadway Musical, The Lion King. Travelling along the freeway to Dandenong we then headed for Port Melbourne beach, via the Nepean Highway. Barbara was there to greet us and had prepared a very nice chicken barbecue lunch, her home baked fruit cake and a glass of wine or two. We all enjoyed the sea air before we were back on the coach travelling into Collins Street and the Regent Theatre where we were entertained by Simba a feisty lion cub who " just couldn't wait to be king' By 4pm our coach was waiting outside the theatre entrance, as a member was heard to have said,"we had no parking worries". Everyone declared what a great day we had arriving back home by 6pm. (Contributed by Judi Williamson)
MARCH 14 2006, TOORADIN & WESTERN PORT TRIP:- What a beautiful day it was for ourtrip to Tooradin and Westernport. The trip down via Pakenham and Koowerup was most enjoyable—there is a lot more to see from the seat of a bus as opposed to the car. We boarded the boat (catamaran) at Tooradin. The skipper gave a very interesting talk on the geography and tidal movement of the Bay and how it impacts on the mangroves. He then went on to talk of the migrating birds that fly in from overseas. He followed that up with bringing a large map to each table so we could see precisely where we were and where the various creeks enter the Bay. The skipper and his off-sider then proceeded to prepare a delicious lunch as we enjoyed the view across to French Island. We had a most enjoyable day—our heartfelt thanks to the organisers who worked so hard in the background
MORNINGTON TRIP: Thirty nine Members set off from Warragul on a beautiful summer's day and travelled to Mornington. After a delicious morning tea in a park near the pier we were taken to Main Street to browse through the many varied market stalls. Some of the stall holders will be coming to Farm World to sell their wares as well. Many dollars later Members and purchased goods were on the coach and we were driven along the Coast Road to the Rye RSL for lunch—very satisfying. After driving over Arthur's Seat enjoying the scenery the coach driver thought we might be hungry again so we were taken to a Strawberry Farm— Sunny Ridge at Main Ridge. Well after a substantial lunch at Rye it is amazing how we can all be tempted by the large delicious strawberries, sundaes and ice creams. This was a very relaxing trip and we look forward to the next trip to Flemington.
FEBRUARY 2006, 14th February. Racecourse & Chocolate Tour: After pick up travel to the Yarra River and board a boat for a Maribyrnong Cruise through Port Melbourne viewing all the new developments along the river to where your coach awaits you. Reboard the Coach for an extended tour of Flemington Racecourse and after the tour enjoy a delicious lunch, inc wine And soft drink at the racecourse. Followed by a tour of the Newman's Chocolate factory (just in time for Valentine's Day) before returning home.
Flemington Trip on the 21st
February was very much enjoyed by all those who went along. After leaving
Warragul, on a Breezy Morning, Mormng Tea was enjoyed on Sandridge Waterfront in
view of the "Spirit of Tasmania" A Cruise along the Yarra showed the
Container Loading Terminal with huge equipment used to load containers in less
than 10 seconds. The Goode Island Facility. Cycling & Walking tracks
alongside the Maribyrnong River. Flemington Precinct Tour—350 acres & 300
This trip is a trip to the markets at
Mornington, Lunch at the Rye RSL and then a visit to Strawberry Farm. Cost
$35.00 p.p. It's on the 25th January,2006.
DECEMBER 8 2005, Christmas Lunch Special what a wonderful way to end our first year as a Probus Club. A Christmas morning tea along the way and prior to our arrival At Linley Estate. A 3 course dinner, wine and soft drinks included. We also had live entertainment and dancing.
SEPTEMBER 28 2005, On
Wednesday the 28th September we went on the Hume & Hovell Cricket Ground
five members joined the trip "Across the Bay". After leaving Warragul
at 8 am the bus headed for Mornington for morning tea and then onto Sorrento to
board the ferry for a smooth ferry crossing to Queenscliff. After a walking tour
around Queenscliff, checking out the old historic buildings and shops, we
boarded the bus for a trip to Geelong , travelling along Eastern Beach for our
lunch stop, which most enjoyed. After lunch some members had a play on the
pokies while others chattered away until it was time to board the bus and head
for home via Melbourne. An enjoyable day was had on a lovely sunshiny day.