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Rail and Sail - Sunday 21st May 2017

Voyage on Port Phillip Bay in stylish ‘Art Deco’ ambience on our chartered ship, the luxurious ‘Victoria Star’. Weigh anchor and set sail from Victoria Harbour, located at the edge of the city. Cruising down the Yarra River, watch while our Captain skilfully guides our passage under Bolte and Westgate Bridge. See the fascinating activity of Melbourne’s docks before we pass Williamstown’s historic shipyards and time ball tower at Point Gellibrand.

At a sedate 10 knots, Melbourne’s skyline gradually recedes from our elegant water borne vantage point as we glide close by shipping from around the globe; anchored awaiting entry to the Port of Melbourne. We sail past Point Cook, the Point Wilson explosives berth and Portarlington. Enjoy the gentle caress of the sea breeze, and perhaps a drink or light snack from the licensed bar, and ask yourself if this isn’t the most relaxing journey you’ve ever experienced. ‘Victoria Star’ docks at Steampacket Pier on Corio Bay, in the heart of Geelong’s delightful waterfront.

The ‘Geelong Flyer’, Australia’s fastest train of the 1920s, steams out from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. Our fully restored, 100 years young carriages reflect style and elegance of times past, before the days of vandalism and ‘user pays’, and will amaze you with their comfort, varnished timber and fine compartments. Victoria’s oldest country rail line is that to Geelong, built in 1857.

Today, travel is at a leisurely pace and you may open the windows and relive nostalgia of the past. We pass the historic bluestone station of Little River, one of the oldest in Australia with the distinctive You Yangs as backdrop, and as we approach Geelong, glimpse the water on which we cruise later (or on the way down). Historic Geelong railway station is a 15 minute stroll from Steampacket Gardens and is close to city attractions.

Geelong, city by the bay, is a truly wonderful place to visit. The beautiful foreshore around the magnificent Steampacket gardens features Eastern Beach and the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy fine dining at one of the many restaurants, cafes and pubs nearby. The renowned National Wool Museum recalls the era of Australia riding on the sheep’s back. The adjacent
Geelong city area also features lots of great shopping! All guests receive a guide and map to Geelong and attractions.

‘Victoria Star’ in a previous life was Sydney ferry ‘Lady McKell’. In this guise she transported millions around the harbour and was a three times winner of the Great Sydney Ferry race. With no expense spared she has been transformed to a luxury pleasure cruiser to sail on Port Phillip Bay. She features large upper and lower decks, with areas of both indoor and outdoor seating, plus fully licensed bar with light refreshments.

The ‘Geelong Flyer’ is part of ‘The Vintage Train’, fully restored by Steamrail as an important part of Victoria’s rail heritage. Our steam locomotives are coal or oil fired and date from 1889 to 1952, while the carriages range from 1906 vintage. The train features beautiful timber work, walk through corridors, comfortable compartment style seating, licensed bar and kiosk, and toilets and washrooms. All rail seating is reserved.







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