Discovery Group Trip to Castlemaine – March 2019

The Discovery Group travelled to Castlemaine where they enjoyed four interesting and happy days of sightseeing. Highlights includes the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum, Buda House and Gardens, Pud’s Gourmet Puddings, cider maker Henry’s of Harcourt, and the historic town of Maldon. All who attended had a great time.

Discovery Group Trip to Ballarat – March 2018

The Discovery Group enjoyed three full days of sightseeing when they travelled to Ballarat earlier this year. Among the highlights was the visit to the MADE (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka), where they saw the original Eureka flag, and heard a very informative talk by the guide on the history of Eureka. And then later, they saw the light-and-sound show at Sovereign Hill, re-enacting that historical story.  The visit to the Botanical Gardens was lovely, seeing the begonias just after the annual flower festival.  They also spent a great day in Daylesford, visiting the Chocolate Mill and the Convent Gallery. It was a great four days spent together.

Bus Trip to Geelong – December 2017

49 Members and partners travelled by bus to Geelong, stopping for morning tea at Serendip Sanctuary. When they reached Geelong, the group boarded the 30-meere catamaran “Hygeia” for a 2-hour cruise around Corio Bay. During the cruise, they were served a delicious two-course lunch. At the end of the cruise, most of the group then enjoyed a guided tour of the National Wool Museum.

Painting Group Art Show – December 2017

Each year, the Painting Group holds an exhibition of their work at a morning tea at the Balwyn Community Centre to celebrate the end of another wonderful year. As in previous years, the Art Show was well attended by members, partners and friends.

Enjoy the work of some very talented artists in the above video.

Photography Group City Photo Shoot – July 2017

Members of the Photography Group photographed different aspects of Melbourne, “the worlds’ most livable city”, and then enjoyed lunch at Riverland Bar near Princes Bridge.

Nagambie and Goulburn River Cruise – March 2017

A busload of members, partners and friends travelled to Nagambie, where they boarded the “Goulburn Explorer” for lunch and  a two-hour cruise along the Goulburn River.  They then enjoyed a wine tasting at the Tahbilk Estate and finally visited the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour.  A good time was had by all.

Coombe Cottage and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie – March 2016

45 members and partners travelled by bus to Coldstream, where they enjoyed a guided tour of the gardens at Coombe Cottage, the home of Dame Nellie Melba, and a morning Devonshire tea of fresh-baked scones, raspberry jam and cream. After Lunch at the Terminus Hotel in Healesville, the group visited the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie in Yarra Glen. A great time was had by all.