One Day Coach Tour Surf Coast Region, Sunday March 21, 2021

First stop of the tour is the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre for morning tea, consisting of a lemon myrtle scone served with freshly whipped cream and tea or coffee. This will be augmented by a presentation about the local Aboriginal culture. Narana means a deep listening and understanding. The Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre was established to promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people by developing a better understanding of culture through community connections.

The next stop is Bellbrae Estate, the only vineyard on the iconic Great Ocean Road, where we will enjoy a tutored tasting in a private area. Bellbrae Estate Winery was established in 1999 on a beautiful section of rolling hills, five minutes from world famous Bells Beach. The coach will then take us to the nearby Waurn Ponds Hotel, where we will enjoy a 2-course lunch in a private room. Wine and tea or coffee are included. 

The second winery and final stop is Mount Duneed Estate, just 15 minutes from both Geelong and the Surf Coast, where we will enjoy a tutored tasting adjacent to the huge barrel room.  The vineyards at Mount Duneed  were first planted in 1842 by Swiss winemaker David Pettavel, who pioneered the planting of vines and winemaking in the Geelong Region. After a very successful beginning, the vines were removed in 1875 in response to the phylloxera outbreak. The vineyard and winery were reestablished in 1987 and the Estate is now well known for its relaxed and family friendly atmosphere as well as its impressive range of wines. 

COST:     Members $85.00 per person      Non-members $95.00

Due to the need for caution due to the COVID pandemic we are capping the number of participants to 30 and using a 57-seat coach. All participants will need to bring a mask and hand sanitizer will be available. Please read the Function Notice and Itinerary for more details.

Owing to the prohibitive cost of coaches from the Melbourne metropolitan area, we are using a local Geelong bus company.  The coach departure from Waurn Ponds Train Station is planned for 9.15 am. You can chose whether to travel to and from Waurn Ponds in your own car or enjoy a relaxing return train ride from Southern Cross. The Geelong Line train to Waurn Ponds departs Southern Cross Station at 7.50 am. At the end of the tour you will be returned to the Waurn Ponds Train Station for your trip home.  Travel to and from Waurn Ponds is at your own expense. 

Coming up in April

Thursday April 22 at Burwood District Bowls Club

Taste & Talk – Mysteries of the palate: Burwood District Bowls Club

Holmesglen TAFE hospitality trainer Emad Akhnoukh will lead us through a tasting of a variety of red and white wines to highlight the role of the palate in tasting. Date to be confirmed.

 

Tasmanian Tour, October 2021

ONLY 3 PLACES LEFT!

The rescheduled Tasmania Tour will take place from Sunday October 17, 2021 to Saturday October 23, 2021. The new Function Notice, Itinerary and Online Booking Form can be accessed using the buttons below. The itinerary and cost of the tour have not changed. You will need to be quick! Available places will be filled in order of receipt of the booking and deposit. 

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