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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

Bookabee Tours Australia is changing all that, and was recently awarded the South Australian Hidden Jewel Award for meeting a demand among overseas visitors for a genuine Aboriginal cultural encounter – without foregoing fi ve-star comforts. By adding luxurious accommodation to the chauffeur-driven, top-of-therange 4WDs used to transport guests, Bookabee is now able to tailor a complete package that combines genuine Indigenous encounters with fi ve-star comfort. A great ambassador Bookabee Tours is run by Haydyn Bromley a jovial Aboriginal man from the Adnyamathanha people in the Flinders Ranges. A great ambassador for his heritage, he commands enough respect among the local Indigenous population of the Flinders region to allow his guests a very special encounter with places and people that are otherwise inaccessible. The Flinders Ranges are South Australia’s largest mountain range, and they begin some 200 kilometres north of Adelaide, extending north and east to the state’s borders. It is a vast and rugged region that is known for its majestic beauty, ever-changing colours and varied landscape. The Flinders Ranges is the ancestral home of the Adnyamathanha people, whose rich and vibrant heritage dates back some 45,000 years. Explore the rock art Bookabee was the traditional name of Haydyn’s grandfather, and before launching the company, Haydyn, who is a qualifi ed teacher with more than two decades of experience in education, also worked in his family’s award-winning Aboriginal tour business. All in all, it’s a background that ensures a great tour leader. Aboriginal culture An award-winning experience in the Flinders Ranges Until recently, authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences were few and far between, usually accessible only to adventure travellers willing to put in the hard yards to uncover the real Australia. Bunyeroo Valley Tour group at Lake Frome Haydyn Bromley with a Sleepy Lizard 8 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