2023 MGCCGeelong                  TOUR NEWSLETTER #9.               Nov 1

The starting blocks are set for the fourteen cars on this year’s tour. Just ten cars will leave from the BP Officer Truck Stop and they will meet the Ulphs in Rosedale, Collins & McAllisters in Bairnsdale and Boyds in Canberra.

We are aware that many are planning to catchup with friends and family in Canberra who may join our group for some activities. We are also aware how difficult it is to fit your sight seeing options into the available time! This explains the limited responses to the possible meal options for the Thursday and Friday nights. If bookings are required they can be made on our arrival. We have included some more meal options that you might like to explore, see attachment. We have not been to any of these.

Cribbs have booked a tour for themselves of the new Parliament House for Tuesday afternoon by going online. They are also hoping to visit Mount Stromlo, The Glass Museum and the National Archives as well as catching up with friends. Cribbs have previously been to Botanical Gardens, Museum, War Museum, High Court, Mount Ainslie Lookout, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Carillion, National Library, National Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Old Bus Depot Markets, Mint.

Give us a call if we can help, or contact the Canberra Tourist Office 1300554114.

Known last minute changes:

Sadly, in this time of labour shortages and an economic squeeze, these are inevitable. The Restaurant at our Cooma Motel has closed as they cannot find a chef! We are now booked for dinner at the Cooma Hotel which is about a ten minute walk or short drive from the motel.

We know the restaurant at the Space Centre is closed as is the one at Mount Stromlo, but neither will significantly impact on our tour.

Happy Hour Nibbles:

Currently, this is a bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Home via Tumut?

A great, but longer drive from Canberra to Albury is via Gundagai, Tumut, Tumbarumba, Jingellic and onto Albury. We will head down the highway as planned but invite you to consider this alternative. We travelled that way last time. The roads were good but it takes longer and you would need to leave Canberra earlier. I suggest it needs a couple of cars together to travel for safety – give PC a ring if interested and he will link you with any interested others.

Wednesday BBQ with the MGCC Canberra

Our hosts have organised the Canberra Vietnam Vets to conduct an outdoor BBQ on Wednesday at 6:30 following our Last Post Ceremony at the War Memorial (so very appropriate!) The cost is $12pp that can be paid in cash or by credit card. Soft drinks available at extra cost. Beer or wine is a BYO affair.

The venue is the Black Mountain Peninsula Reserve. It is on Garryowen Drive, off Lady Denman Drive which is reached by turning left off Parkes Way. There are some seats and some shelter at the venue.

Last Night on Tour Festivities.

Our final night, in Albury, will be the venue for the tour extravaganza organised by Gordon Reynolds.

Collection of Tour Book

The book has been prepared by Lance with great skill (and patience!). Don has duplicated and bound the copies. They are available from Don at the club meeting on 7th Nov, if you are unable to collect a copy in person you can collect from the Cribbs on the trip. Peter and Bev will attend the club meeting by zoom only.

Tour Write-ups and photographs

We need daily write-ups for G-Torque, preferably with photos. We are only 14 cars and there are 8 days!! Happy for it to be a collaboration! We all need to be involved.

Three More Dining Suggestions


History of settlement before Canberra