Autumn Cruise to Albury & Beechworth
April 30th/May 1st 2016
Let’s Go Cruisin’ is hosting a two day cruise with one overnight stay in Albury and then cruisin out to Beechworth on Sunday for the ‘Drive Back in Time’ event. Our cruise concludes in Beechworth and entrants are free to head for home in their own time.
If you’d like to join us for another fun weekend cruise, please register you contact details with Chris at the LGC tables or email us at email@example.com
Saturday April 30th: The Cruise to Albury.
Depart Baxter BP Servo at 7:30am.
The cruise will depart from the BP service centre at Baxter on the Peninsula Link at 7:30am. First stop will be at the Shell service centre at Donnybrook Rd Kalkalo on the Hume Highway.
Depart Shell Kalkalo at 9:00am. For those cruisers that find this location a more convenient start point, meet up here with the Baxter cruise and be fuelled up and ready to depart at 9:00am.
We’ll stop for fuel and comfort at the Shell Service Centre at Euroa.
Depart Shell service centre Euroa 10:30am.
Note: The BP Service Centre at Glenrowan is closed for renovation.
Estimated Travel times: The speed limit on the Hume is 110kph but some sections of the road surface are rough reducing average speeds in our older cars. I’ve assumed we’ll cruise at an average speed around 95kph.
Baxter to Kalkalo is 100kms. Approx 1 hour and 20 mins.
Kalkalo to Euroa is 116kms. Approx 1 Hours and 20 mins.
Euroa to Thurgoona is 160 kms. Approx 1 Hour and 40 mins.
We’ll stop for lunch at the Kinross Woolshed in Thurgoona about 10 minutes drive on the internal freeway NE of central Albury.
This restored woolshed is not only historically interesting but serves up a great country lunch. A great place to stop, refresh and relax after the cruise up.
Drop in to Ettamogah Pub
After lunch it’s only a short 10 minute cruise to the Ettamogah Pub. This famous refreshment stop just north of Albury has undergone a major refurbishment.
After taking a few selfies at the Pub we’ll cruise back into Albury to check in to your accommodation. The return to Albury CBD is about 10 minutes. This should be around 3:00pm.
We have a reservation at the Commercial Club in Dean St Albury to enjoy the Club’s famous buffet. This extensive buffet includes soups, pizzas, hot and cold dishes salad bar and desert. Buffet starts at 6:00pm. Cost is $20/adult and is unbeatable value.
The Club requires visitors sign in a ‘temporary members’ and has a dress code that allows tidy casual clothes including jeans. No thongs though! The Club provides many entertainment options including a live dance band. Children are welcome.
Sunday May 1st: Cruise to Beechworth’s Drive Back in Time.
Our cruise convoy will leave adjacent the Atura Hotel in Elizabeth St at 8:45am. The cruise out to Beechworth takes about 45 minutes. This should have us entering the car show held in the main street around 9:30am.
For breakfast, you can walk back into the Commercial Club where there will be a very good value for $ breakfast available from 8:00am in their ground floor cafe, have it at your hotel or wait till we arrive in Beechworth where there are many options including the Beechworth bakery. Just be ready to cruise at 8:45am. Fuel is available in Beechworth for the trip home.
Cruise back to Melbourne
Cruise back home whenever it suits you. The car show generally wraps up with a few trophies and raffle draw at around 2:00pm.
Accommodation in Albury:
The Atura Hotel where we held a group reservation is now fully booked out. Don’t despair. There are many good hotels & motels in Albury. Our recommendation is the Quest Apartments in Kiewa St. Hotel reservation web site www.booking.com is currently showing studios for $122 with no cancellation or $138 with a cancellation option. One BR apartments are listed at $138.70 with no cancellation or $154 with. These rates may have changed from the time this was posted to our web site. This hotel complex is a short walk to the Commercial Club and Dean St. The car parking is under cover and secure. We have not arranged a group deal at this hotel as we couldn’t get a better rate than offered through the web. These rooms are likely to book out as well so grab one soon if you’d like to stay within walking distance of central Albury.
There is another Quest hotel in Albury called Quest on Townsend. This is very well located as well but more expensive than Quest in Kiewa St. I suspect because it's very new only opening a few months ago.
Marilyn Monroe An American Icon Exhibition
There is an exhibition about Marilyn Monroe displaying at the new MAMA Art Gallery in Albury. This is short walk from the Atura Hotel. There is an entry fee to view the exhibition.
Details at www.mamalbury.com.au
If you’re unable to secure a room at the Atura, there are a number of other good motels within walking distance of the Commercial Club. If you need any help with accommodation email us and we’ll attempt to answer any questions you may have.
Photos taken by Graeme Hutson at Beechworth 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014.