Our top picks for the National Trust Heritage Festival
Western district landscape tour
Encounter extinct volcanoes, eerie caves and well-preserved homesteads in this two-day bus tour with some of Victoria’s experts in history and geography. You’ll be joined by Earth scientist Professor Bernie Joyce and historic conservationist Dr Tim Hubbard, whose fascinating commentary will bring the sweeping Western scenery to life. Sites include the Widderin Caves, Nehill Brothers Farm and Mooramong historic homestead, which was remodelled in 1938 in classic Hollywood style by screen star Claire Adams and her husband DJS Mackinnon. Camperdown.
Goldfields steam train challenge
The romantic days of steam-powered travel may have passed, but on this special day, you can choose to ride the vintage train from Castlemaine to Maldon or cycle alongside it on the scenic dirt trail while passengers cheer you on. There is the option of racing competitively, or riding at your leisure. Castlemaine.
Fitzroy Gardens heritage tour
No, Captain Cook didn’t live in the Fitzroy Gardens, and yes, houses were tiny in the 18th century. Learn these facts and a lot more at this guided tour, where you’ll discover the stories behind the buildings, gardens and native wildlife of one of Melbourne’s oldest public gardens. Booking is required. East Melbourne.