Victorian Itinerary

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DAY 1:  14th JULY 2018 – OVERNIGHT IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT 
This morning we depart Melbourne CBD at 7:30 am, bound for the Western District, around 3 hours away.  The Western District has a rich & interesting history of farming and a long-running love affair with textiles and in particular, wool in all its forms.

We’ll stop off at the Fletcher Jones Garden & Market, a great initiative set up by some locals to celebrate the history of garment making in the Western District.  At one point Fletcher Jones employed close to 3,000 people, mostly in this site (the garment ‘factory’). We’ll take some time to check out the wonderful memorabilia and enjoy lunch (at your own expense).

Visiting (time permitted & in no particular order): Twisted Threads, Oak Weaving Studio and Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill.

Saturday evening sees us feasting and staying overnight at Tarndwarncoort. Affectionately known as Tarndie, this property is one of Victoria’s oldest surviving homesteads and continuing run family farms. Today, the Dennis family still grow Polwarth wool and invite you to share the farm’s bucolic setting.

Includes: dinner x 1, hotel, and transport

DAY 2:  15th JULY 2018 – WESTERN DISTRICT
After a leisurely breakfast, we will commence our walking farm tour and see and hear the sights and sounds of Tarndie.  Please have your bags packed prior to the tour, as we will be departing after checking out the property.

In nearby Colac, we’ll visit the CrossXPollination “Journeys” – Textile & Fibre Art Exhibition in COPACC and Inverleigh Fibre Supplies. If time allows, a stop at The Mill Market in Geelong is a bit of fun, taking time to wander around an eclectic selection of old-school goods and genuine antiques.

Includes: breakfast x 1 and transport (need to find own accommodation)

DAY 3:  16th JULY 2018 – YARRA VALLEY
Once again departing from Melbourne CBD at 9:30 am, today we will be venturing up to the beautiful Yarra Valley.  An hour in the coach, it is so close to Melbourne yet a world away with magnificent gardens and textiles, food and wine produced by true artisans. We will have the opportunity to drop into some of the unique fibre shops on our Ramble with welcoming hosts at Winterwood and Crumbz Craft. Then we’ll enjoy the wonder of a high tea at Chateau Yering – ooh la la!

Arriving back into Melbourne approximately 5:00 pm

(need to find own accommodation)

DAY 4: 17th JULY 2018 – CLOVERLEAF EXPERIENCE
Numbers limited to 6 guests – so be quick!

Depart Melbourne CBD at 9:30 am and we’ll travel via Yarraville and visit Fibresmith, a brand new store offering Australian made, indie produced textiles. We then will have a chance to say a quick hello to Maker Maker in Brunswick. Then on towards Cloverleaf, a farm that runs Corriedales, located less than 60 minutes from the CBD. The 80 acres of the farm is mostly utilised for wool growing but within that, one third is maintained for the sole use of native flora and fauna.

Guests will participate in workshops* as well as learning all about the Cloverleaf story and cuddling the gorgeous and very friendly animals on the farm.

Our hosts will be Ronelle and her partner James.

Includes workshops, lunch x 1, dinner x 1, accommodation & tranpsort

* Materials additional cost

DAY 5: 18th JULY 2018 – CLOVERLEAF EXPERIENCE
Today we complete our workshops* with Cloverleaf, enjoy a last lunch and cuddles with the animals and head back to Melbourne via Unwind Craft Café for Devonshire tea!

Includes: workshops, lunch x 1, afternoon tea

* Materials additional cost

Be quick, only 6 lucky Ramblers will be able to join us on this tour due to limited accommodation offered at the farm.  But won’t you have a fabulous story to tell your friends!

NEED to find own accommodation

DAY 6:  19th JULY 2018 – PENINSULA BOUND
Departing Melbourne CBD at 9:30 am, we head towards the Mornington Peninsula, located only an hour’s drive from Melbourne and has an air reminiscent of the Mediterranean, with its vineyards and olive groves – well, that’s in the summertime.  In winter it is an exceptionally beautiful place to visit, even better as it hasn’t got the crowds that happen during the warmer months.

The Peninsula is home to many wonderful things, in particular, Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas.  We’ll hear how Jean & David have developed a farm with prize-winning alpacas, we’ll even get to feed and cuddle them if that’s your thing.

Lunch TBA.

If time allows it’s back to Melbourne via the Packing House, a great selection of antiques and collectables, with a terrific cafe. During the day we will be visiting Craftee Cottage and Yarn Ramble major sponsor, Wondoflex.

Includes transport only – morning tea & lunch will be available for purchase throughout the day.

NEED to find own accommodation

DAY 7:  20th JULY 2018 – BENDIGO FRIDAY
Leaving Melbourne CBD at 7:30 am, we’ll be travelling up to Bendigo, departing early to allow more time in this terrific region of Victoria. We’ll arrive in Bendigo around 10 am where we’ve arranged some fun – we’ll enjoy morning tea and ride a tram that was yarn-bombed by an anonymous group roaming the area – what an innovative and crafty way to take in the sights of Bendigo!  Then hold your breath no longer – we’re off to the Sheep & Wool Show where you can be entertained all day until the bus returns to Melbourne around 4:00 pm.

A stop at the beautiful town of Maldon, and in particular, The Wool Stash, before arriving back in Melbourne around 6:00 pm.

Includes the entry in to show, morning tea and transport.

NEED to find own accommodation

DAY 8:  21st JULY 2018 – BENDIGO SATURDAY
Depart Melbourne CBD at 7:30 am on our way to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show via Bendigo Woollen Mills. The Australian Sheep & Wool Show is the largest show of its type in the world. Around 350 stallholders gather each year in the Victorian regional city to watch the country’s ‘best of the best’ sheep breeders compete and to celebrate fine food, fibre, fashion and the mighty Australian sheep.

Includes entry into show and transport.

NEED to find own accommodation

Exhausted?

Good!

Enjoy Yarn Ramble Victoria Twenty18!

*does not include airfares to and from Victoria

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