Outings & Tours

Due to the current restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our monthly face to face meetings and most club activities and outings are on hold until further notice. Please refer to the latest Bulletin for the latest information.

Forthcoming Outings and Tours

See the latest month’s Bulletin for information on the Club’s future outings and tours.

Some of Our Previous Outings and Tours

  • Car Safari – May 2020 (cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
    Our plan was to visit about 28 painted silos plus several sites of street art. We had planned to visit four large towns with close connections to Victoria’s growth, which would have provided a lot of interesting history.
  • Puffing Billy – Monday 2 March 2020
    We either caught the Metro train to Belgrave or drove our own vehicles and parked in a nearby car park, then took a short walk to Puffing Billy station. We then enjoyed the countryside and a “Natter Platter” lunch as the train chuffed up the line and back.
  • Vic Forests at Powelltown – Monday 20 October 2019
    We left by bus to Powelltown, where we had morning tea prior to meeting Liz Langford for her presentation on the forests. We then moved on to the Upper Yarra RSL for lunch.
  • South Gippsland – Friday 20 September 2019
    We left Jolimont Road and proceeded by the Day Tripper Coach to Coal Creek Museum for morning tea. Then travelling through interesting country to the Poowong Hotel for lunch. After lunch we visited the Prom Country Cheese Factory for tasting and afternoon tea.
  • Creswick Men’s and Ladies’ Clothing – Thursday 12 September 2019
    Departed Jolimont Road by coach to the Hawthorn Outlet for Creswick Men’s and Ladies’ clothing. On arrival we had morning tea followed by a fashion parade, then had time to peruse clothing before returning to Jolimont Road at approximately 1:00 pm (No charge for this outing).
  • William Angliss Institute – Tuesday 13 August 2019
    We had a tour of their Melbourne hospitality campus, followed by lunch in the training restaurant.
  • Maribrynong River Cruise – Thursday 11 April 2019
    We sailed down the river onboard the “Blackbird”, a former Lakes Ferry, enjoying the scenery and an interesting commentary about the other side of town (from Footscray to Avondale Heights and return).
  • Block Arcade Tour – Thursday 4 April 2019
    We took a guided walk through one of Melbourne’s most grand and historic landmarks, the Block Arcade. Built in 1892 and modelled on the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan. The Block Arcade is a heritage listed shopping arcade situated on Melbourne’s Golden Mile and home to the largest mosaic floor in the southern hemisphere, its magnificent glass dome and the iconic Hopetoun Tearooms.
  • RAAF Museum Visit – Thursday 14 March 2019
    We made our way to the museum by private cars to visit their large collection of aircraft and see a flying display of one of their aircraft still in flying condition.
  • Queenscliffe (Around the Bay) – Monday 25 February 2019
    We boarded our coach in Jolimont Road and headed down the Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento where the coach and those on board, boarded the ferry for Queenscliff.  On arrival we enjoyed a picnic lunch, then head to “Cottage by the Sea” for afternoon tea. The Cottage has a very interesting history but now provides short term relief for children whose families are experiencing difficulties.
  • Bus Tour to The Lady in the Swamp in Lower Tarwin – Friday 26 October 2018
    Many will have heard about Margaret Clements, the Lady in the Swamp who disappeared, presumed to have been murdered. In May, 1952 she was reported missing, has never been found and the case never solved. The family was very wealthy but the property was derelict and has now been restored and open for group tours
  • Melbourne Drug Court (Magistrates Court) – Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Maldon by Steam Train – Wednesday 12 September 2018
    Members  travelled on a vintage steam train for an exciting day out. Using the free rail ticket from the Government to Castlemaine on a V/Line train, where we changed trains, to then travel along the picturesque rail line to the historic town of Maldon. There we had time to enjoy lunch and explore the shops, before returning to the station to take the steam train back to Castlemaine, and then the V/Line train to Southern Cross Station.
  • Coach trip to Arthurs Seat –  Thursday June 14 2018
    Members were  picked up by coach at the Horticultural Centre at 9.30 am and taken to Sorrento where we enjoyed morning tea. The group then continued on to Arthurs Seat where we all enjoyed a ride on the “EAGLE” (the chair lift) down to the bottom point where they returned to the coach and then drove to the Rye Hotel to enjoy a two course lunch.
  • Yarra Valley Chocolaterie – Monday 20 August 2018
    Members enjoyed a visit to the “Chocolaterie” located in Old Healseville Road, Yarra Glen. There we enjoyed a tasting of the various gourmet chocolates which are manufactured on site. Lunch and a dessert were enjoyed, plus we had the option to purchase ice cream or cakes. A large range of their chocolates were available to purchase; chocolates were rather expensive though.
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