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The Victorian Government is funding a bus service from Colac to Lavers Hill in the Otway Ranges passing by the Old Beechy Rail trail at several points. It will run on Saturdays from 1 January to 30 April 2011 to supplement the Lavers Hill – Colac run that has been operating since 2 July this year.

Starting at Memorial Square in Colac, the Saturday service meets the 9:59 V/Line arrival from Melbourne a little after 10 AM, so it's designed for a great day out from Melbourne. The bus then takes the scenic route to arrive at Lavers Hill at 11:20. You can pick up the Old Beechy Rail Trail at the Library/Bluewater pool stop, the Gellibrand Store or at Beech Forest.

The return bus leaves Lavers Hill at 2 PM to arrive back in Colac 3:25 PM, leaving plenty of time to explore everything the town of Colac has to offer before catching the 6:44 PM V/Line back to Melbourne.

Bikes are encouraged so if you haven't been to the area before this is a great opportunity to plan a day or a weekend exploring one of Victoria's great rail trails and some spectacular countryside.

Bookings

Tickets are purchased from the driver on the day.

Group bookings 0439 311 090

Bike transport 0439 311 090 Please provide 24 hours notice to bus operator

V/Line bookings and seat reservations 5231 4603 (Colac office hours Sat 7.30am-1pm) or 136 196 (V/Line call centre) or www.vline.com.au

Active taxis Colac 5231 5833 (Multipurpose taxi)

Timetable

FRIDAYS

2/7/10 - 30/4/11

LAVERS HILL

TO

COLAC (return)

SATURDAYS

1/1/11 - 30/4/11

COLAC TO

LAVERS HILL

(return)

Lavers Hill

V/Line Coastal Coach stop

0900

Memorial Square

Colac City bus stop

1002

Beech Forest

Beechy Rail Trail

0915

Colac V/Line station

9.59am train from Melbourne

1005

Ferguson Junction

Café, museum

0925

Library/Bluewater pool

Old Beechy Rail Trail start

Arr. 1008

Dep. 1010

Gellibrand Store

Café, Beechy Rail Trail, Hotel, Fishing

0935

Otway Estate Winery

Barongarook

1025

Loves Creek

Bar b q/picnic area

0942

Loves Creek

Bar b q/picnic area

1033

Library/Bluewater pool

Old Beechy Rail Trail start

1005

Gellibrand Store

Café, Beechy Rail Trail, Hotel, Fishing

Otway Tourist Park

Arr. 1040

Dep. 1050

Colac V/Line station

Drop off for 12.44pm train to

Melbourne

1008

Otway Fly/Ferguson

Otway Fly pickup, Café, museum

1100

Connor Street bus stop

Medical clinics

1010

Beech Forest

Beechy Rail Trail, Turton’s Track,

B&Bs, hotel

1105

Memorial Square

Colac City bus stop

Arr. 1015

Dep. 1335

Lavers Hill

V/Line bus stop, café, hotel

Arr. 1120

Dep. 1400

Colac V/Line station

Pick up from

12.44pm train fromW’bool

2.53pm train from Melbourne

1338

Beech Forest

Old Beechy Rail Trail, Turton’s Track

Arr. 1410

Dep. 1415

Connor St bus stop

Medical clinics

1340

Otway Fly/Ferguson

Otway Fly drop off, café, museum,

1420

Library/Bluewater pool

Old Beechy Rail Trail start

1343

Gellibrand Store


Arr. 1430

Dep. 1440

Loves Creek

Bar b q/picnic area

1403

Loves Creek

Bar b q/picnic area

1447

Gellibrand Store

Café, Beechy Rail Trail, Hotel, Fishing

Arr. 1410

Dep. 1415

Otway Estate Winery

Barongarook

1500

Ferguson Junction

Café, museum

1425

Library/Bluewater pool

Old Beechy Rail Trail start

Arr. 1520

Dep. 1522

Beech Forest

Beechy Rail Trail

1430

Colac V/Line station

6.44pm train to Melbourne

1525

Lavers Hill

V/Line bus, FINAL STOP

1445

Memorial Square

FINAL STOP

1530