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WEDGIE 2018 TO MILDURA AND LAKE MUNGO: 4 night-stay based around 17-21 September 2018
September 17 @ 4:00 pm - September 21 @ 10:00 am
Monday 17 to Friday 21 September
Road Warriors to Mildura
The 2018 Wedgie will be based in Mildura and will explore the local region, a highlight being a day trip escorted bus tour visit to Lake Mungo – see the Great Walls of China and learn about one of the world’s most ancient and precious cultural treasures.
Participants will enjoy a tour of a significant historic homestead, take in lunch at Trentham Estate, view the Paddle Steamer ‘Melbourne‘ make her way through Lock 11, enjoy a barbecue through the hospitality of the Mildura Vintage Car Club, visit the gem shop, meander in and around the art deco buildings of Mildura and relax on the bank of the mighty Murray River. The final dinner will be celebrated aboard the paddle steamer ‘Mundoo‘.
A four-night Mildura stay is planned. A reconnaissance mission has been conducted by the event organiser, Tony Bishop, from the BOCA South Australian Squadron (SAS). Fellow BOCA SAS member, Peter Forrester, is assisting Tony. Tony has visited the various attractions and accommodation options to aid in finalising the finer event details. Convoy leaders from Qld and NSW have been nominated as their state’s convoy leader who will coordinate their respective state’s journey to and from Mildura. A convoy leader from Victoria is still being sought.
To assist in planning for the number of people and Bristols attending the 2018 Wedgie could you please register your interest by contacting Peter Forrester via his contact details below.
The following provides the general event details for the four days from Monday 17 – Friday 21 September 2018.
Monday 17 BOCA members landing in Mildura from around Australia – Wedgie meet and greet welcome reception. Reception dinner (Italian/Mediterranean fare) a short stroll from accommodation.
Tuesday 18 Mildura-Wentworth touring including visits back across the border for lunch at Trentham Estate. Choose one of the many excellent local restaurants for dinner.
Wednesday 19 Organised Bus trip to Lake Mungo and Great Wall of China (includes morning tea and lunch). Choose one of the many excellent local restaurants for dinner.
Thursday 20 Local Mildura walking tour and historic visits, Official BOCA dinner on the water on the paddle steamer Mundoo..
Friday 21 Dispersal for trip home.
“The Walls of China – Ancient lakeside dune holding a 50,000-year record of Aboriginal life. Once there was a lake here, brimming with fresh water and edged with dunes. Families lived and fished along its sandy shores and hunted the giant marsupials that grazed adjacent fertile grasslands. When the lakes dried 20,000 years ago, the people stayed on, camping near soaks. The Walls of China are the weathered remains of a 30-kilometre-long crescent of dunes that once fringed the lake’s north-eastern shore. Within its eroded ramparts are the ashes of ancient camp fires, cooking hearths and the bones and shells from long-ago meals. At day’s end, the pinnacles of the walls, glowing red in the setting sun, are a spectacular sight.”
To assist with planning, and to avoid disappointment, please contact Tony or Peter to register your expression of interest in attending this event:
Tony Bishop: 08-8362 1094
Peter Forrester 08-7073 0004 or 0407 725569
Planning, bookings and entrant registrations for the 2018 National Wedgie event are progressing well. Those who have registered for the event will in one month be receiving an update outlining the amount payable for the prepaid components over the four days.
So far, in total 31 rooms at the Commodore Motel in Mildura have been secured in the individual names of each of the event participants as per their nominated room type. Those individuals will be contacted directly by the Commodore Motel in August to obtain credit card details. This is to aid with the smooth booking-in process upon arrival on 17 September.
Below are some of the highlights of the four days we will spend in, around and across the river from Mildura:
- Meet and Greet and enjoy an antipasto, pizza and pasta banquet at the Mildura Pizza Café
- Tour RIO VISTA historic house
- View the PS MELBOURNE traversing LOCK 11
- Visit the HOLDEN MUSEUM
- TRENTHAM ESTATE Winery visit and lunch
- Full day LAKE MUNGO bus trip and guided tour – lunch, morning and afternoon tea included
- Walk the Mildura ART DECO trail
- Gem cutting demonstration at WOODSIES GEM SHOP and Cave Inn
- Tour the historic PSYCHE PUMPS
- Meet the folk from the MILDURA VINTAGE Car Club and enjoy a barbecue lunch
- Tour CHATEAU MILDURA
- View “BIG LIZZIE” at Red Hills
- Indulge in a final night Murray River DINNER CRUISE on board the PADDLEBOAT ‘MUNDOO’
Not to mention Varapodio Estate’s delicious olives; Mildura Smoking Pit; the Wharf and Marina precinct and much more!
Bristol Road Warriors from all over Australia and including the UK will hit the bitumen in convoys to Mildura; the QLD Wing (coordinated by Rob Van Wegen) will meet up with the NSW Group (coordinated by Bob Leffler). Their trip will take a couple of days and of course be an interesting tour to Mildura in Leffler style! BOCA SA Squadron Leader Peter Forrester will plan a route to muster the SA members who will join with the sortie along the way from Adelaide, via the Riverland, to Mildura and back again! Contact your state coordinator to join in the adventure: