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Regional Victoria Silo Art & the Royal Train

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Melbourne
  • Mildura
  • Wentworth
  • Silo Art Trail
  • Horsham
  • The Grampians
  • Warrnambool
  • Melbourne

6 Days Exploration
  • Departing:
  • 1 Mar 2022 New release
  • 5 Mar 2022 New Release - Reverse Itinerary

All manner of transportation is at our disposal during this exploration of regional Victoria’s character and charm. Following a privately chartered flight to Mildura, we work our way south along the iconic Silo Art Trail. The region gives up its gourmet secrets and we enjoy river scenes and majestic mountain outlooks. Our journey home then takes place aboard a heritage train fit for royalty.

Regional Victoria Silo Art and the Royal Train map

Follow the Silo Art Trail

Linking the remote towns of western Victoria, towering structures adorned with masterful artwork stand proud along our journey’s route. Here, the characters of the Wimmera Mallee are celebrated through a series of painted silos, brought to life by renowned artists. 

Privately Chartered Heritage Rail Experience

Ride aboard a heritage train. Our exclusive private charter utilises carriages once occupied by the Queen. Each first-class compartment is reserved for just four guests, while high tea is served prior to our arrival in Melbourne. 

Enjoy a sneak peek of the Royal Train in this Channel 9 news story.

Grampians Estate
Grampians Estate Food

Get a Taste for the Grampians

We follow a trail through the majestic Grampians, arriving at the cellar door of Grampians Estate, to taste some of its prized, cool-climate Shiraz. Then, at Boroka Lookout, we gaze out to appreciate more of the awe-inspiring topography of the Grampians.

Trentham Estate Winery
Paddle Steamer

Private Paddle Steamer from Trentham Estate

Following wine tastings and a lunch of fresh seasonal produce at the award-winning Trentham Estate, enjoy the scenery of the Murray River as you slowly drift aboard a privately chartered, vintage paddle steamer. 

Itinerary

Calving in the Serengeti from Cape Town to Cairo, Departs 14 Feb 2019

5 March 2022 departure operates in reverse


Depart Melbourne for Mildura aboard a privately chartered Qantas aircraft. Travel to Wentworth to view the point at which Australia’s two greatest rivers meet; the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers. We then make our way to Rio Vista Historic House, undoubtedly Mildura's most important heritage building.  Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at Stefano's.  Stefano’s Restaurant was opened in the original cellars of Mildura’s historic Grand Hotel in 1991 by celebrity chef and microbrewer Stefano de Pieri and his wife Donata Carrazza. What were once cool rooms for kegs of beer have been turned into intimate dining spaces. Stefano de Pieri is an icon of the Australian food scene. Italian is his thing, and Mildura is his home.

Find out the hidden environmental story behind the unique delicately flaked pink Murray River Salt with exclusive access to the operational site. Varapodio Estate provides us with an informative tour of its olive grove and processing facility, along with a tasting. Enjoy a wine tasting at award-winning Trentham Estate, followed by a relaxed lunch on the lawns overlooking the Murray River. Our privately chartered paddle steamer will collect us from Trentham Estate. Relax and enjoy a leisurely two-hour cruise, with commentary included, to Mildura Wharf. We then have exceptional Your World experiences to choose from. The first is a Paint & Sip art lesson, in which you enjoy a beverage with new friends while creating a beautiful work of art. The talented teachers at Studio De Vin will guide you step by step on how to turn a painting from scratch into a masterpiece of which to be proud. Another choice is a visit to Fossey’s Gin Distillery, a boutique gin producer which also distils whiskey and vodka, just a short stroll from your hotel. Alternatively, spend some time at leisure before tonight’s Dine Around dinner. Our residence for the night is the Commodore Motel Mildura, in which we stay in spacious Riverside or Poolside suites.

The Silo Art Trail is Australia's largest outdoor gallery and stretches over 200 kilometres.  This trail recognises and celebrates the region's people through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930's.  The project saw a team of renowned artists from Australia and across the world visit the region, meet the locals and transform each grain silo into a work of art; each one telling a unique story about the host town. Our first silo is a two-hour drive south of Mildura at Patchewollock, followed by Lascelles, Rosebery and Brim. We stop for a pub-style lunch at the Creekside Hotel before we continue on to Sheep Hills and Rupanyup. Dinner tonight is at Baa 3400, a restaurant which reflects the food and wine diversity of the Wimmera, and supports local suppliers by sourcing fresh and seasonal produce from the region. We rest tonight at the Horsham International Hotel in contemporary Deluxe Queen Rooms.

Our first stop of the day is at The Stick Shed, an extraordinary structure often referred to as ‘the Cathedral of the Wimmera’. Located in the town of Murtoa, The Stick Shed’s ghostly unmilled tall timber poles and central aisle draw the eye upward towards the roof as light spills into the space through skylights as if through a stained-glass window. We enjoy an exclusive tour of this cultural icon. We continue on to the impressive landscape of the Grampians, where we enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at the boutique Grampians Estates cellar door on the 1878 Deck. We then head to the splendid Boroka Lookout, one of the finest spots for a panorama of the majesty of the Grampians. Our journey to coastal Warrnambool goes via Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, where we discover a profusion of native wildlife. Here, we are guided by volunteers who have passionately restored the wetlands and bushland around this ancient volcanic crater. Dinner this evening is at Clovelly, a Warrnambool fine-dining institution known for its flavour-filled menu, hospitality and lively atmosphere. Tonight and tomorrow night, we stay at Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs.

After a leisurely breakfast, we have four Your World experiences to entice us. The first is to discover the charming Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, a re-creation of a 19th-century fishing port which tells the story of the rugged and dangerous part of Victoria known as the Shipwreck Coast.

Alternatively, enter the Sanctuary at our hotel, and enjoy 15 geothermal bathing experiences in its natural springs. Further afield, choose to travel down the south-west coast to the quaint village of Port Fairy. Here, enjoy a guided walk around town, and explore Griffith Island and its historic lighthouse, as well as savouring lunch at The Wharf. On the way back to Warrnambool, stop in delightful, Irish-flavoured Koroit, one of Australia`s most complete examples of an early Irish settlement. Stop in at Noodledoof Brewing Co. for beer and spirits tasting, and also visit Mickey Bourke’s, a typical Irish pub. A final option is to simply enjoy a day at leisure in Warrnambool. We reconvene this evening for dinner at Pippies by the Bay, overlooking the wild Southern Ocean.

Warrnambool is home to many historic buildings and the CBD provides a cluster of sites which can be appreciated as you wander the city streets. Then we take a step back in time as we board our privately chartered heritage train. These beautifully restored carriages played host to Queen Elizabeth II on her 1954 Royal Tour and Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1983. Each first-class seating compartment is reserved for just four guests. Enjoy afternoon tea in the dining carriage and appreciate the ornate features of the viewing carriage at the rear of the train. The four-hour journey will see us arrive into Southern Cross Station early evening.  

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