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TOURISM VICTORIA T R AV E L U PDAT E Visitors heading for the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s top scenic drives, should take time to explore some of Victoria’s most stunning rainforest scenery in the Otways, a little less than three hours easy driving from Melbourne. The Otways begin just past Lorne, a seaside village on the Great Ocean Road that boasts a lively café culture, colourful shops and a wide variety of accommodation. Further along the Great Ocean Road the charming villages of Wye River and Kennett River are popular holiday spots on the way to Apollo Bay, which nestles in the picturesque green foothills of the Otway Ranges. A highlight of the region is the spectacular Otway Fly Tree Top Walk (near Beech Forest), which is the longest and tallest elevated walk of its kind in the world. It varies between 20-37 metres in height and is over 600 metres in length. The Walk provides fantastic views through the canopy. For more adventure, follow the Great Ocean Walk, which stretches 91 kilometres from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead, close to the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation. The walk can be done in short stages or as a journey of several days. Useful Websites www.greatoceanrd.org.au www.greatoceanwalk.com.au www.greatsoutherntouring.com.au www.lightstation.com www.naturaltreasures.com.au www.theoverland.com.au DISCOVERING THE OTWAYS 6 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m J u l y 2 0 0 7

COMING EVENTS AUSTRALIAN SHEEP AND WOOL SHOW July 20 – 22 Featuring more than 28 breeds of sheep, goats and alpacas, this is the largest sheep and wool show in the world, and takes place in Bendigo, within easy reach of Melbourne. A great way to explore Australia’s farming heritage. www.sheepshow.com ECHUCA MOAMA’S WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL July 27 – 29 Relax and enjoy the ambience of the Echuca Heritage Port during the annual Blues Festival. A great reason to visit the Murray River region, easily accessible from Melbourne. www.winterblues.com.au MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL July 25 – August 12 The Melbourne International Film Festival, regarded as the most significant film festival in Australia, is the largest and most diverse movie event in the country. www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au YOUR TOURISM VICTORIA CONTACTS Central Europe tvic.frankfurt@tvic.australia.com www.visitmelbourne.com UK/Ireland/Benelux/Nordic Countries tvic.london@tvic.australia.com www.visitmelbourne.com/uk South Africa/Middle East ian.mcdougal@tourism.vic.gov.au www.visitmelbourne.com/springbok www.visitmelbourne.com/middleeast North America tourvic.losangeles@tourism.vic.gov.au www.visitmelbourne.com/northamerica Foodies will love the Otway Gourmet Food and Wine Trail, which travels down the coast and through the hills, past local wineries, berry farms, breweries, cheese makers and ice cream producers. The Cape Otway Lightstation, located between Apollo Bay and Johanna, is the oldest sandstone lighthouse on the Australian mainland. The Lightstation has developed a new two-hour discovery tour which includes a 4WD trip into the Great Otway National Park. Another way to explore the wonders of the Great Ocean Road is with Natural Treasures Tours. The one- and two-day tours along Victoria’s stunning south coast takes visitors off the beaten track to the many hidden treasures of this landmark route. Overnight in fourstar accommodation set in native forest with ocean views. Australia’s longest-running interstate passenger train, The Overland, has recently under gone a AUD 4 million upgrade of its carriages – making it an ideal way to travel from Melbourne to Adelaide. This historic train pioneered inter-capital rail travel way back in 1887, its name inspired by the historic ‘Overlanders’ who travelled the route on horseback. The Overland runs a daylight service between Melbourne and Adelaide in both directions, three times a week. Passengers have the opportunity to disembark from the train to explore the many regions and towns. The Overland passes through classic Australian country towns including Horsham, Ararat, Geelong and Murray Bridge. So whichever direction you travel, the journey is a wonderful opportunity to relax in comfort and take in the ever-changing countryside along the way. The train now has new seating with generous leg room, modern carriage interiors, updated amenities and a stylish café carriage. Two levels of service are available: Red Service and Red Premium Service. The Red Service has reclining seats similar to airline business class with 49 centimetre legroom between seats. Red Premium Service has even more space with 67 centimetre legroom between seats. THE OVERLAND READY TO ROLL J u l y 2 0 0 7 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m 7