Tour Albury to Melbourne
HIGHLIGHTS Ride on a paddlesteamer at Echuca, go down a gold mine at Bendigo, drive along the Great Ocean Road, see Phar Lap, see Ned Kelly relics, visit Glenrowan, sample wine at Brown Brothers
You can drive to Albury and visit the Information Centre near the Railway Station for maps and brochures and comprehensive advice for the staff at the Centre.
ECHUCA - BENDIGO - BALLARAT
Drive to Echuca.
Echuca was once Australia's largest inland port. It lies on the junction of three rivers.
See the old wharf and the paddle wheel river boats.
Sail up the Murray River on a Paddlesteamer.
Drive to Bendigo to see Australia's largest pottery factory, Bendigo Pottery.
The towns along this route were large and prosperous when gold was being found in the area, so there are many large, impressive buildings which seem out of character for the small towns they are now in.
Descend down the gold mine to experience a miner's life.
Drive to Ballarat
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
From Ballarat drive to Warrnambool. Visit the Tower Hill Nature Reserve and the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre where Aboriginal culture can be learnt about and aboriginal art is on sale.
Drive along the Great Ocean Road to observe the raw power of the ocean at work and enjoy some of the most spectacular coastal views in Australia. See the 12 Apostles, the Arch and Loch Ard Gorge. This is a photographer's paradise. It is one of the best drives in the world.
The road was built during the Great Depression. The road hugs the cliffs on the south coast of Victoria. Beautiful views are seen as you wind along the coast. The cliffs are sandstone rock which is being eroded away by the waves. Spectacular rock formations have been produced by the action of the waves.
Take the tram for a tour of Melbourne including Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory and Captain Cook's Cottage.
The large trees making the beautiful avenues here are English elms. This is one of the world's last stands of mature elms. A visit to the gardens must include a visit to the Conservatory. The Conservatory has a beautiful display of flowers. The blaze of colour provides many different backgrounds for photographs. The display is changed five times a year.
Also in the Gardens you can see Captain Cook's cottage. Captain James Cook was the first sailor to map the east coast of Australia in 1770. This cottage was his home in England. It was brought to Australia from Yorkshire in England in 1934.
It forms a good background for photos. Inside it is interesting to see how people lived 200 years ago, particularly that they must have been much shorter than people today judging by the door height and bed length.
Visit the Melbourne Museum to view the exhibits including Phar Lap, Australia's most famous race horse. The display includes many photographs and a video you can watch.
Ned Kelly was Australia's most famous/infamous bushranger and memorabilia of his life can be seen on a visit to the State Library of Victoria at 328 Swanston Street. Just take the lift up to the fifth floor. There you can see one of the suits of armour that the Kelly gang created and numerous photographs taken at the time of their battle with the police.