Film and wine weekend package

Day One

You will be met at your pre-arranged pickup points, around 9am and travel via the Hume Freeway to Benalla, stopping on the way for Devonshire Morning Tea. There will be time to unpack at the motel, before you explore the shopping area and select your own lunch (own cost).

The Lake Mokoan Rd, is a pleasant way of approaching the Glenrowan Vineyards, where with a little diligent tasting you will be sure to find some wines to suit your palate. The Tatong Tavern, your next stop, is renowned for its relaxed country atmosphere and great food. It is only a short drive to the Swanpool Cinema, where most sessions are a double feature with an intermission.

(Tip: Bring your own mug for a half-price cappuccino!) This is cinema as it was in the great days of the 1950's. For those technically minded, ask to see into the bio box. Kevin just loves to talk about his lovingly restored Carbon-Arc projectors.

Day Two

You might like to stay snuggled up in bed for a while this morning, so that breakfast is at 9am in motel dining room. Early risers might like to try one of Benalla's most popular walks - around the Lake before breakfast.

The Maroondah Highway is a scenic route back to the city, and after crossing the dividing range at the Black Spur it will be time for lunch (own cost) at one of the many venues in Healesville. Depending on time and inclination you may like to visit a Yarra Valley Winery, before returning to your pickup point.


The Wineries

Auldstone Cellars - Established: 1987
Winemaker: Michael Reid
Important Varietals: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Shiraz, Muscat.

Booth’s of Taminick - Established: 1887
Winemaker: Peter Booth
Important Varietals: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

Bailey’s of Glenrowan- Established: 1870
Winemaker: Stephen Goodwin
Important Varietals: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat and Tokay.

The Tavern

The Tatong Tavern, a beautifully restored English-style pub.
The Tatong Tavern Hotel was built in the late 1880’s and the first licence commenced in February 1886. Tatong is in the heart of Kelly Country, and it is only a short drive to the Ned Kelly Tree, where Ned and his gang had the legendary shoot-out at Stringybark Creek.

The bar and restaurant in the Tatong Tavern really takes you back in time. Huge exposed antique wooden beams, old ski and hunting collectables adorning the walls and two wood fires create a relaxed and homely feel. The bar stocks local wines, boutique beers and Guinness is on tap, as it should be!

The Cinema

The Swanpool Cinema.
Proprietors: Kevin Smith & Shirley Swallow
Located in the tiny village of Swanpool, population 22, a labour of love over the last 12 years, has seen a very basic community hall, transformed into a cosy 1950’s style cinema. Screens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings, and at other times for groups.
Films range from foreign art house to major blockbusters, with the emphasis on quality films. Come and be transported back to the days of Great Cinema.

Contact Neil for information and bookings


neil Australian Hi-Light Tours
Melbourne, Australia

PHONE: (+61) (03) 5762 6460
(+61) (04) 0734 4881


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