For those who choose this option you must change trains at Castlemaine to travel on to Maldon. Plenty of cafes, hotels and bakeries are available in the main street to purchase some lunch.
At Castlemaine, stay on board the train as it travels to Bendigo for servicing. You will arrive in Bendigo at 11.20am and depart for Melbourne at 3.40pm. There is lots to see and do in Bendigo.
You will be picked up by coach at the Bendigo station and taken to the Central Deborah Gold Mine where you will be taken on a mine experience tour. Afterwards you will have a Crib Lunch at the mine, then board the 2pm Talking Tram for a full round trip bringing you back to the mine. You will then board the coach back to Bendigo station to meet the train.
You will be picked up by coach at the Bendigo station and taken to the Central Deborah Gold Mine to board the Talking Tram, alight at Charing Cross to explore the city and have a bite to eat (lunch at your expense). Re-board the Talking Tram and alight at the gold mine, where a coach will take you back to the Bendigo station to meet the train.
FIRST CLASS OPTION
Maybe you would like the experience of First Class travel and service. This includes lunch at the Maldon Hotel and VGR’s first class carriages Tambo and Macedon. You also receive a glass of wine and nibbles. This luxury option is limited to 48 people, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Enjoy a hot package meal on the return journey. These will be available to pick up from Castlemaine station, before you board the train to Melbourne. These meals need to be pre-ordered and paid for on your booking form before the trip.
Our on-train facilities include a kiosk, which stocks a wide range of light refreshments, sandwiches, souvenirs, hot and cold drinks. A licensed bar will also be open serving a range of wine, beers and spirits. Our courteous train officers will be on hand throughout the journey to provide any assistance to ensure an enjoyable and safe day. •