Outings

Outings are arranged on the second Tuesday of each alternate month. Outings to a place of interest, which might occupy a morning or a full day, almost always include a luncheon together. Outings are well supported.

The first Club outing for 2017 was a visit to the Jewish Holocaust Centre  in February. The Centre, located in Elsternwick, was founded in 1984 by Holocaust survivors. The museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of the six million Jews who lost their lives under Nazi rule during WW2. For further information about the Centre, please click here. Following the tour of the Centre, members and friends enjoyed lunch at some of the many cafes and restaurants in Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick.

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For additional photos from the outing to the Holocaust Centre, please click here.

There were 21 members who enjoyed the tour of Parliament House in April, followed by a delicious lunch in the Parliament dining room. Built in 1856, Parliament House is one of Australia’s oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. Our excellent guide Tony described the workings of the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as some of the history and ceremony surrounding the Westminster system of government.

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The June outing was an enjoyable visit to Ballarat and the Museum of Australian Democracy (MADE). Members and friends travelled to Ballarat by train on a lovely sunny day. Located on the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade, MADE explores the powerful story of Eureka as a significant part of the struggle for peoples’ rights in Australia and around the world. MADE commemorates the pivotal role of the Stockade in shaping Australia’s democracy. This is where a group of largely young people fought injustice, and won some of the first democratic rights in the world.

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For further information about MADE click on the image below.

MADE

IMAXThe next outing, on the second Tuesday in August, was a visit to the IMAX cinema, at the Melbourne Museum, Carton, to see the film A Beautiful Planet 3D.  This is a film made in cooperation with NASA, shown on the huge screen (reputedly the largest in the world). We saw a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective of our planet and the effects humanity has had on it over time, captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.  We were also given an insight into life aboard the Space Station and the difficulties for the astronauts carrying out even the ordinary tasks such as washing and cutting hair and drinking a cup of coffee. For further information about this film (including a preview), please click on the image at left. After the film, we enjoyed a convivial lunch together at the excellent Thai Lemongrass café in Carlton.

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On a glorious day in October, the Club had an excursion across Port Phillip Bay to Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula. Almost fifty members and guests met at the ferry terminal at Victoria Dock. On arrival in Portarlington, there was opportunity to explore the township before lunch at the Grand Hotel. A guided tour of the historic Portarlington Mill, a National Trust property, followed. Members and guests then returned to Melbourne on the afternoon ferry from Portarlington. For further information on the ferry between Docklands and Portarlington, please click on the image above. For further information about the Portarlington Mill click on the image below. For additional photos from the trip to Portarlington, please click here.

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The next Club outing will be in February 2018.

For further information about Club outings, please email Marg and Kevin here.