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) 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, accommodation 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.
Return to Melbourne around 5pm.
Includes: breakfast x 1 and transport
16th JULY 2018 – LLAMA TREK TUESDAY
On a llama trek, you hike the beautiful and serene locations of the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Shire carrying only a light day pack. On our llama trips, you hike in comfort and yet see and experience the Australian bush in a very adventurous way.
Includes morning tea. Wear comfy walking shoes and be prepared for at least a 5km trek,
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.
Enjoy Yarn Ramble Victoria Twenty18!
*does not include airfares to and from Victoria