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Race the train on the Ballarat – Skipton Rail Trail

Race the train on the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. Walk, cycle or ride your horse on the 53 kilometre trail and experience nature and history in towns, forests and farmland along the way.  


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Explore the Heritage

Local stories live and breathe in our historic sites and townships. The region has a rich gold mining history with over 300 disused mine sites, including Jubilee Mine, and many historic gold mining towns such as Smythesdale, Linton and Steiglitz.


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Take a Joy Flight

Scenic flights and flight school.  From the extreme to the serene, you'll find something that suits you happening at Lethbridge Airport 3429 Midland Highway Lethbridge Vic


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Take in a Festival

As home to some of Australia's premier Music Festivals, Golden Plains is renowned for festivals of all shapes and sizes.  From the acclaimed Meredith and Golden Plains festivals to the Bluestone Blues festival through to the range of community festivals, there is truly something to suit everyone. 


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Flagstaff Hill Lookout

Located just outside Linton, this lookout lets you see right across Golden Plains, with views that span the Otways, Grampians, Bass Straight and the incredible broad acre farm lands.


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Brisbane Ranges National Park

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat.  Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from other parts of the region. There are a number of options for bushwalking ranging from short walks to three-day walks. This park is also popular for picnicking, scenic drives and camping.


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Bunjill Lookout

Taking its inspiration from the creation story of Bunjil the wedge-tailed eagle, the lookout boasts spectacular views of the Moorabool Valley, while structure itself includes intricate carvings of Bunjil and his six helpers.


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Walk the Trails

With everything from bush tracks, a Rail Trail or township and heritage walks, there’s something for everyone in Golden Plains.  Take your time and explore the region on foot, with so many different trails of varying lengths and levels of difficulty


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Enfield State Park

This park is an important haven for wildlife, but during the gold rushes the peaceful landscape was dominated by tents and diggers from around the world. The digger’s lifestyles are often reflected in local place names like misery creek and surface point. Surface point was a chines settlement in the 1860s, and there are still relics to be found there, including round mine shafts and a memorial.


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Corindhap Avenue of Honour

The Corindhap avenue of honour, located on Colac-Ballarat road, was planted to commemorate those who served in the first world war. The avenue was planted on the 15th September 1917 as a mark of admiration for the men of Corindhap who had left to fight in the great war. Over the last few years some of these majestic trees have reached the end of their life but rather than chopping them down for firewood, the Corindhap community decided to keep the lower trunks intact and commissioned local artist Viktor Cebergs to fashion sculptures that would reflect the commemorative spirit of the site. The result is that the old trees have been transformed into sculptures depicting imagery of war.


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kuruc a ruc Trail

The 13.3 km of the Kuruc-a-ruc trail travels through this historic gold mining countryside and links the three goldfield townships of Dereel, where the trail begins, Corindhap and Rokewood. The unsealed Trail is suitable for walkers, horse riders and cyclists of all abilities.


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Rainbow Trail

The trail is approximately 35 kilometres in length and can be travelled on foot, bicycle or horseback, through rolling countryside. Trail conditions vary from the made roads to bush tracks of varying surfaces. Passage over the trail will expose the traveller to open countryside and native bushland, most with an historic gold influence.


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Nimons Bridge

Nimons Bridge was Victoria's fourth-tallest timber trestle bridge when built, and is the third-tallest surviving example. It is also the second-largest composite bridge combining traditional timber piers with RSJ spans and a timber deck. The bridge is the most visually spectacular timber-trestle rail bridge in Western Victoria and is among the most spectacular timber-trestle rail bridges surviving anywhere in Victoria. It is part of the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.


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Moorabool Valley Taste Trail

The Moorabool Valley Taste Trail encompasses the rolling hills and magical valleys of the region north west of Geelong, from Inverleigh to Meredith, Anakie to Ceres and everywhere in between. As well as the farm-fresh food and eateries, the region is home to some of Australia's best-regarded wineries, with each vineyard and cellar door on the trail bringing distinct flavour, personality and variety. Visit the Moorabool Valley Taste Trail and taste it for yourself.


www.mooraboolvalleytastetrail.com.au

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Wildlife Tours Australia - Victoria

Wildlife Tours Australia has been entertaining travellers since 1996. Being one of the longest running small group tour operators in Melbourne they have the ultimate range of one, two and three day adventures in Victoria. Specialising in the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, The Grampians, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula wine tours, snow tours (in the winter), Melbourne to Adelaide tours, Adelaide to Melbourne tours and personalised group charters. Wildlife Tours Australia also place a strong emphasis on incorporating Australian wildlife into the tours, as the team believe this is one of the things that makes Australia so special. Wildlife Tours Australia operates small modern vehicles and endeavour to get to know you all on a first name basis, and firmly believe in enjoying the journey as well as the highlights. The thing Wildife Tours Australia love more than this beautiful country, is being able to show it off to you. That is why when you travel with Wildlife Tours you know you are going to get a guide who is just as enthusiastic about the journey as you are.

42 Macaulay Street
Williamstown North 3016 VIC
Phone 0393931300
Website www.wildlifetours.com.au
Email info@wildlifetours.com.au

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Twisted History

Come and get totally twisted at some great locations across Victoria and explore the darker side of history on a range of tours with Twisted History. Join Twisted History at the Geelong Gaol, the longest continuously running 19th century prison for ghost and investigation tours, seven nights a week. If murder stories are more up your alley, we have a range of murder tours through Chinatown every Friday and Saturday night. Or our Melbourne and Carlton tours by appointment. Or perhaps a haunted hotel is more your pace. If so, join in on one of the combined dinner, history and investigation tours. Keep an eye on our webpage for new upcoming tours Customised tours and private group bookings are available - please contact operator to discuss

202 Myers Street
PO Box 373
Geelong 3220 VIC
Phone 1300865800
Website http://www.twistedhistory.net.au/
Email limelighttours@gmail.com

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Air Adventure Australia

For more than four decades, Air Adventure Australia has been enriching guests lives with all-inclusive tours to some of Australia's most exciting and remote destinations. The immaculate private aircraft, the 'Outback Jet', raises the bar when it comes to accessing remote Australia and travel times are significantly reduced allowing more time to explore each destination. Their customized air safaris are developed for people who like to travel in comfort and get off the beaten track, all with an expert guide by their side. South Australian tours include * Great Wagyu Adventure day tour, * 5 Day Flinders and Gawler Ranges, *3 day Lake Eyre, Dig Tree & Prairie, * 4 day Flying Gourmet Getaway, * 4 day Ediacaran Expedition. We also delight in creating a completely customised experience for our guests.

Canunda Frontage Road
Waterhouse Rd
German Flat 5280 SA
Phone 1800033160
Website www.airadventure.com.au
Email info@airadventure.com.au

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Melbourne Heli

Experience the best scenery Victoria has to offer and see Melbourne like you have never seen it before. With local trips to over the Brighton Beach Boxes and Melbourne City orbits, to the breathtaking Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles, Melbourne Heli has a flight for everyone. The team at Melbourne Heli can customise a tour to suit you. You book the time, the day and the tour that suits you the most by chatting to one of Melbourne Heli's seasoned pilots. Create beautiful memories of Victoria with a window seat for each passenger, on every flight. The crew at Melbourne Heli looks forward to taking you on an adventure that will last a lifetime in your memory.

Wirraway Road
Hangar 7
Essendon Fields 3041 VIC
Phone 0393747500
Website https://www.melbourneheli.com/
Email info@melbourneheli.com

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Magic Tours Pty Ltd

Magic Tours offer specialised services for the German speaking markets. The services offered by this 24 year old touring business are personalised and for a clientele who love to travel in style. Magic Tours have created an approach to group travel that is relaxed yet professional, allowing the individual guest to experience the Great Southern Touring Route between Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, Wilsons Promontory, Ballarat and Sovereign Hill, the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians National Park, Kangaroo Island and its famous National Parks, the Flinders Ranges, Broken Hill and the near Outback, in an unforgettable way. All tours are guided by a mature and experienced Tour Manager. Guests' requests are fulfilled wherever possible and spontaneity and flexibility are a strength. Magic Tours uses selected scenarios and Itineraries to provide guests with quality information and experiences. Beaches, Rainforest and Mountain settings are among the special places afforded by this stunning part of the world. Flexibility is possible due to small group size and individual wishes can be accommodated. All tours focus on flora, fauna, history, easy hikes, food and wine, with minimal time spent travelling. Scheduled departures operate with a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests.

49 Sobeys Road
Napoleons 3352 VIC
Phone 0409420527
Website www.magictours.com.au
Email info@magictours.com.au

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Inverleigh Produce and Lifestyle Market

The Inverleigh Produce and Lifestyle Market runs on the third Sunday of the month from September to April, 9:00am to 1:00pm at Lawson's Park in Inverleigh. Artisans from as far away as Timboon have formed a constant 30-50 stalls over the markets first season providing a variety of unique and quality products ranging from local fruit and vegetables, baked goods, ice-cream, jams, relishes and honey to quilts, jewellery, soaps, clothing, artwork, candles and timber and metal work. Free stallholder sites are offered to any not-for-profit or community-based organizations of which The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, Landcare, Lions Club, CWA, Inverleigh Historical Society, Inverleigh Social Club, CFA/SES, Teesdale Primary and Inverleigh Kindergarten, have already been a part of. Free busking is also being offered to any up and coming talent amongst local and regional people.

East Street
Inverleigh 3321 VIC
Phone
Website http://www.inverleighmarket.com/
Email inverleighmarket@outlook.com

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Autopia Tours - Victoria

Autopia Tours is the recognised market leader in small group adventure tours throughout Victoria and beyond - with over 30 years experience in providing small group adventure they know what you want. Autopia Tours are very proud of the driver guides, they are the heart and soul of the company. The Aussie driver guides are all very knowledgeable and love showing off such a beautiful country. The informative commentary will be a highlight of your tour. Like you, the tour guides are world travellers, have sense of adventure and do not take life to seriously. The maximum group size is 24 passengers. Unlike competitors you will not be squeezed amongst 50 other travellers as group sizes are small, so you can relax, enjoy your tour and talk to your fellow passengers in comfort. Autopia Tours believe life is all about unique experiences. Whether it is seeing koalas up close in their natural habitat, swimming in one of Victoria's pristine beaches, watching penguins come ashore at sunset or hiking through the Grampians Autopia Tours can take you there. Autopia Tours are all about providing treasured memories that will last a lifetime.

Melbourne 3000 VIC
Phone 0393931333
Website www.autopiatours.com.au
Email info@autopiatours.com.au

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Golden Plains Farmers' Market

Held on the first Saturday of every month (except January) the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market, located in Bannockburn, is an award winning, authentic farmers' market showcasing a fantastic range of farm-fresh, locally grown and homemade produce. Visitors to the Golden Plains Farmers' Market are guaranteed a genuine market experience – fabulously fresh food sold and served by the very best farmers, growers and makers’ the region has to offer. Bannockburn is a lovely small town just north of Geelong and the Golden Plains Farmers' Market provides live music and a relaxed, country atmosphere for families and friends to shop and have a bite to eat. Held on the first Saturday of the every month, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, in the heart of Bannockburn (less than a half hour drive from Geelong, a one hour drive from Ballarat and approximately one and a half hours drive from Melbourne).

23 High Street
Bannockburn 3331 VIC
Phone 0352207111
Website www.goldenplainsfarmersmarket.com.au/
Email goldenplainsfarmersmarket@gplains.vic.gov.au

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Golden Plains Twilight Market

The Golden Plains Twilight Market offers quality local products, gifts and produce, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Taking place on Thursday 20 December from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, the Twilight Market offers you the opportunity to have an evening out and a bite to eat all whilst getting in some of that last minute gift shopping and stocking the pantry for Christmas. A one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs, the Golden Plains Twilight Markets offers quality products and fresh produce direct from the farmers, makers, creators and gourmet provedores of the region. After your artisan shopping experience, have a meal with the family, enjoy some wonderful live entertainment and appreciate a fine beverage from Bells Brewing Co.

23 High Street
Bannockburn 3331 VIC
Phone 0352207111
Website http://www.goldenplainsfarmersmarket.com.au/
Email goldenplainsfarmersmarket@gplains.vic.gov.au

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Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours

Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours are the 2014 Gold Winner - Best for Wildlife Conservation at the World Responsible Tourism Awards, presented at World Travel Market, London. Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours are an international award-winning ecotour operation and Social Enterprise. Tours benefit wildlife and ecosystems - through the Make a Home for Koala Clancy project, Ghost Net Removal project and linked not for profit Koala Clancy Foundation. Connect with nature, join wild animals in their natural habitats and absorb dramatic scenery while enjoying genuine Aussie hospitality. See wildlife in the wild with an experienced Wildlife Guide. Echidna Walkabout have been guiding international travellers on top quality wildlife tours for 24 years. Tours are available to FITs, conference and incentive groups, cruise ship shore excursions, volunteer, educational and community groups. Most tours depart Melbourne and travel to carefully chosen wildlife locations in South Eastern Australia. Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours have a suite of scheduled small group and private tours from one to twenty-one days in duration and offer a range of group tours for groups large and small. Itinerary can also be designed to suit your needs. For further information please contact Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours.

Port Melbourne 3207 VIC
Phone 0396468249
Website www.echidnawalkabout.com.au
Email enquiries@echidnawalkabout.com.au

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Melbourne Australia Tours

Melbourne Australia Tours is one of Australia's fastest growing tour companies that have been entertaining travellers for a long time. Melbourne Australia Tours is a family owned and operator business, running small group tour operations in Melbourne and Australia wide. through business partners offer amazing tours at amazing low prices. Drivers and guides are trained under the expertise of Colin May the Founder/Managing Director of Melbourne Australia Tours who is Australian Government approved Classroom trainer assessor, who ensures all guides are the best in the business. Courtesy hotel pick-ups and drop off are offered for over 100 different inner city locations and St Kilda. Overnight accommodation is pre-arranged for all of our guests at cosy country hostels. Melbourne Australia Tours is a fully accredited tour operator registered with public transport Safety Victoria and a licensed Tour operator registered with Victoria Government Parks. Accredited Certificate Four Driving instructor, Victoria Government approved trainer and assessor.

8 Wackett Street
Laverton 3028 VIC
Phone 0390169347
Website www.melbourneaustraliatours.com.au
Email melbourneaustraliatours@gmail.com

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Gray Line Melbourne

Gray Line offers the largest and most comprehensive range of premium sightseeing tours in Melbourne and around the state of Victoria, services include half and full day tours and sightseeing passes. The emphasis on their tours is true Australian, with each stop giving active involvement in some aspects of the Australian way of life or flora and fauna. Most tours provide their specialty; Aussie style Bush Billy Tea and refreshments in spectacular mountain or seascape settings. Gray Line Melbourne is part of the Gray Line Australia group which is a long established Australian owned premium sightseeing company. The Driver family has been operating since 1931 and has a fleet of over 75 vehicles with operations in Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide, Broome, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane and Gold Coast. Gray Line uses premium sightseeing vehicles with free Wi-Fi. All vehicles are consistent and of the highest standard and presented in Gray Line's unique livery. Gray Line Australia is proud to be associated with Gray Line Worldwide where standards of excellence in sightseeing are achieved globally. Gray Line Worldwide is the world's largest sightseeing and destination management company with over 150 destinations on six continents.

Corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street
Melbourne Day Tours Centre
Ricketts
Melbourne 3000 VIC
Phone 1300858687
Website http://www.grayline.com.au/australia-sightseeing/melbourne-day-tours
Email reservations@grayline.com.au

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Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

The original multi award-winning Great Ocean Road Surf Tour is the place to go if you want to experience real surfing. They are one of the first surf schools in Australia to be certified with advanced ecotourism and they are passionate about providing high-quality customer service. Specialising in one day, two day, four day and seven day tours. You will walk away with a smile on your face and a new found love for surfing. All tours are appropriate for novice, beginner and intermediate levels. Private group lessons and one-on-one coaching are available and can be arranged to suit your needs and schedule. This surf school has just about everything. From lessons, transport, Melbourne transfers, meals (breakfast and lunch) and accommodation - you are sure to have everything you need to find your happy place. Did you forget to mention Dolphins? They also have dolphin and seal tours in Port Phillip Bay. Please call or visit the website for more information.

1 Harbour Street
Queenscliff 3225 VIC
Phone 0352613730
Website http://www.gorsurftours.com.au/
Email info@gorsurftours.com.au

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A Longhorn YOUnique Journey

Longhorn YOUnique Tours is a 2015 and 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner, offering tours to the Great Ocean Road, the Otways Rainforest, Grampians, Phillip Island, the Yarra Valley and Adelaide. They can also customise a tour to suit your needs. You will see spectacular scenery, wildlife in the natural environment, learn about the area's history and culture, enjoy homemade treats and great accommodation as Longhorn's expert guides take you on a journey of discovery. Longhorn YOUnique Tours is a family owned business operated by Garry and Shirley Hamel, two Australians who know and understand the beauty of the country. With a range of tours from one day to multiple day tours to choose from. Longhorn YOUnique Tours believe that guests shouldn't feel rushed. Tours are conducted in luxury four wheel-drive vehicles with your comfort and needs a top priority. Private tours with a maximum of six people ensure you receive a personalised experience to remember. Longhorn YOUnique Tours are part of the Extinction Fighters program and have adopted a Tasmanian Devil at Healesville Sanctuary. Free Wi-Fi on all tours.

Flinders Street
Melbourne 3000 VIC
Phone 0394390510
Website https://www.longhorntours.com.au/
Email enquiries@longhorntours.com.au

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Van Virgin Tours

Van Virgin Tours is a family run, small group travel company that specialises in unique, authentically Australian tours for people who love adventure in a comfortable setting. Van Virgins cater to the discerning traveller seeking a deeper understanding of the land, culture and history of the places they are visiting. Why choose Van Virgins? They offer five star hospitality with luxurious touches without the price tag. Your clients every need will be genuinely accommodated for. Guests love their warm, personalised service and the special encounters they have along the way that are unique to their tours.

Great Ocean Road
Port Campbell 3269 VIC
Phone 0394482323
Website https://www.vanvirgins.com.au
Email contact@vanvirgins.com.au

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Oceania Tours

Oceania Tours and Safaris runs premium small group and private tours of Melbourne's major attractions and hidden gems as well as unforgettable day tours to Phillip Island, the Great Ocean Road and around Victoria. Oceania Tours and Safaris prides itself on the expertise of local guides who are passionate about making your visit special and the small size of all their tours (never more than 11 passengers). Oceania Tours are specialists in foreign language tours as their clever guides speak fluent English, Spanish, Italian and German. You can book a regular small group tour, or let Oceania Tours help you to create your own unforgettable itinerary on one of the Private Tours or Unique Experience Tours. In Melbourne, you can choose between the Melbourne City Tour or the unique Aboriginal Melbourne Tour to discover the city's fascinating indigenous significance. The day tours to Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road combine nature experiences with wildlife and give plenty of opportunities to encounter Victoria's incredible landscapes and friendly people. Make a booking, available in English, German, Italian and Spanish.

14 Culverlands Street
Heidelberg West 3081 VIC
Phone 0394584831
Website https://www.oceaniatours.com.au/
Email info@oceaniatours.com.au

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Good Times Tours

Good Times Tours is owned and operated by Jono Ingram and they specialise in small group adventures of Victoria's best destinations and including the Grampians, Wilson's Promontory, Phillip Island, Mount Buffalo and hiking tours of the Great Ocean Walk and Grampians Peaks Trail. Good Times Tours also offer a fantastic day trip to Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Peninsula Hot Springs and winery tours to the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.

15 Webb Street
Glen Iris 3146 VIC
Phone 0410341228
Website http://www.goodtimestours.com.au/
Email bookings@goodtimestours.com.au

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Geelong Adventure Specialists

Welcome to Geelong Adventure Specialists, number one on Trip Advisor for outdoor activities, specialising in high quality private adventures and tours for anyone or any group. Geelong Adventure Specialists focus on seasonal outdoor activities. Currently it is land-based activities and tours locally, and activity-specific trips further afield. If you are keen for a challenge, a fun day with friends, or just some time out in one of the many diverse and beautiful natural places in the region, Geelong Adventure Specialists will take care of everything. Are you ready for some fun? Contact Geelong Adventure Specialists for further information.

14A Heyers Road
Grovedale 3216 VIC
Phone 0499217990
Website http://www.geelongadventurespecialists.com.au/
Email info@geelongadventurespecialists.com.au

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