The Ararat and Western Ranges Discovery Tour lets you discovery a wild nature and heritage experience of the Western and Pyrenees ranges of central Victoria, visiting Mount Buangor State Park to view the shy black wallaby, red necked wallaby and numerous native birds flying overhead as you walk along the fern track walk to see the waterfalls.

Next you drive along a four-wheel-drive track for vistas of the surrounding countryside and valleys of the Mount Buangor State Park before going into Mount Langi Ghiran State Park, to see unique wildflowers, an aboriginal art site and wild nature.

Before you enter Ararat, the tour will stop off for some wine tasting at the famous Langi Ghiran winery. The cellar door has fabulous vistas of the surrounding mountains.

In Ararat the tour will visit the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre which tells the story about the Chinese gold miners who traveled from South Australia and found the rich Canton Lead on the Ararat goldfields.

After lunch the drive will venture into the Pyrenees Ranges to see wild nature and views of the countryside before entering Avoca to discover the gold and wine heritage of the Pyrenees region.

This tour is Ecotourism Certified.

Cost
Type Indicative prices
Adult

Cost per Adult. Melbourne customers catch a return journey V/Line train (own expense) from Southern Cross Railway Station Melbourne to Ballarat, where your guide will meet you.

$179.00
Child

Cost per child 6 years - 15 years. Children five years and below are free

$73.00

Inclusions

Morning tea, Mount Buangor and Langi Ghiran State Parks, Wine tastings at Grampians and Pyrenees cellar doors, Entrance to Gum San Chinese Museum, Personalised Ecoguide.

Days of operation:
  • Departure details: 14/01/20 - 31/12/20

    Daily: 08:00am - 06:00pm

Tour highlights:
  • Ararat and Mt Buangor State Park
    See the black wallabies and waterfalls at Mt Buangor State Park. See the aboriginal culture and wild nature of Mt Langi Ghiran Park. Discovery the life of the Chinese gold miners at Gum San Chinese Heritage centre. Visit Grampians and Pyrenees cellar doors for wine tastings. View native animals and birds. Travel through Historical gold rush towns.

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours is a leading Victorian Ecotourism tour operator. They conduct small group nature, sightseeing, heritage and wine tours.

It's the ideal way for couples, small groups and individual travellers to experience the many regions of Victoria, such as Goldfields, Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Daylesford and Spa country, Murray region, Southwestern coast, Victorian Volcanic Plains plus the Pyrenees and Southern Grampians wine region.

Relive the history and heritage of the gold rush as you visit Ballarat and Bendigo.

Walk with your eco-guide along the Goldfields track to discover wild nature and gold rush relics.

See the rainforests, tall cliffs and 12 Apostles coastal scenery of the Great Ocean Road and the wide wilderness beaches of the Southern Ocean south-west.

Experience the nature of the Grampians with its wildflowers, kangaroos, emus, waterfalls, aboriginal rock art and wonderful views.

Discover Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and the Spa region. This region is famous for its mineral springs and spas.

Experience the Murray River region, with an eco river cruise, National park visits and river ferry boat history at Echuca and Swan Hill.

Travel the Silo Art Trail of the Wimmera Mallee, stopping at the many murals painted on the old grain silos.

The Pyrenees and Southern Grampians wine regions make some of the finest wines in Victoria. Taste the fine wines and food of both regions.

Membership:
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
Ararat, Victoria, 3377

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