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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia

One of our favourite things to do in Melbourne (without the kids) is to take a trip aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. For both locals and tourists, it is a great way to travel around Melbourne and see some sights of the city while enjoying some beautiful local food and beverages at the same time.

There are three different departure times every day;

  • Luncheon service (4 courses)  which is from 1.00pm to 3.00pm cost is $85 per person
  • Early Dinner service (3 courses) which is from 5.45pm – 7.15pm cost is $80 per person
  • Late Dinner service (5 courses) which is from 8.35pm – 11.30pm cost is $121.00  Sun-Thur or $137.50 per person Fri & Sat

Pricing includes all food & beverages from a fully stocked open bar including beer, wine and spirits (note: glasses are never empty – they are filled up straight away by staff so it really is great value).

On this occasion we did the late dinner service, arriving 15 minutes before departure time as advised. While waiting we get our names checked off by staff who let us know which tram number we are on (there are usually 3 trams operating in convoy). Although it was raining on the night we did it, there is undercover shelter so you do not get wet waiting around to board.

Once on board we are seated and there is an appetiser ready and waiting. Appetiser consists of a Hummus dip and Roasted Red Capsicum dip served with water  crackers. Staff arrive straight away to take drink orders and go over the menu.

For Entree, there is a choice of Duck Terrine or Smoked Salmon & Avocado. We went with the Duck Terrine but it was our least favourite dish of the night. The choice for mains is either Grilled Chicken Breast or an Eye Fillet of Beef. We went with the Beef and it was absolutely beautiful and cooked to perfection. It was served with scallop potatoes and seasonable vegetables with a beautiful red wine jus.

The last two courses of the night consisted of a dessert sharing plate and a cheese platter. The cheese platter had a couple of local cheeses served with quince, water crackers and spiced fruit loaf. The dessert sharing plate had sticky date pudding and vanilla panacotta. No complaints about any of these, they were all delicious.

There is a stop during the night, allowing a chance to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. This is usually around the Albert Park/St.Kilda part of town. Towards the end of the night there is also a chance for tea, coffee or a nightcap if you prefer. We opted for a Baileys which was a nice way to finish the trip. The service by the staff is really excellent, as mentioned earlier we never had an empty glass all night.

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is a wonderful way to capture the city of Melbourne, with great food, awesome views, nice ambience and fantastic service – can’t recommend highly enough.

For more information or to make an online booking go to www.tramrestaurant.com.au

Menu for the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Menu

Barossa Valley Wine Region

Barossa Valley Winery Tour

Enjoy Adelaide Full Day Barossa Valley Winery Tour

We recently travelled over to Adelaide in South Australia without the kids, so we decided to make the most of it and take a tour around the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region and do some wine tasting. There are quite a lot of tour companies that do wine tours around the Barossa but after a lot of brochure searching and trip advisor research, we finally settled on an Enjoy Adelaide full day Enjoy the Barossa Tour.

We were staying at the Hilton Adelaide and got picked up from the hotel at 8.40am. There were a few other pick ups around Adelaide and we departed the city at 9.00am. Our driver for the day was Adrian who was a wealth of knowledge on the region and provided a few laughs along the way. We went on a Saturday and had a total of 16 people on the bus which was a good comfortable crowd.

After a 45 minute drive the first stop is at the Worlds Largest Rocking Horse & Toy Factory in Gumeracha, located in the Adelaide Hills. We spent about half an hour here – there is a little cafe if you need a coffee and some morning tea, as well as a toy factory to do some shopping. There is also a little wildlife park if you want to go and feed some native Australian animals (entry is $1.00 per person and bag of food is $2.00).

Just another 10 minutes down the road is the next stop which is the Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir. This is a unique experience where you get to actually hear for yourself the amazing acoustics of this dam wall. You can hear very softly spoken words from opposite sides of the wall – which are over 100 metres apart from each other. It is one of those things that you need to experience it to truly believe it.

It is then on to the first winery stop of the day which is the Barossa Chateau. Here you get a structured wine tasting as well as a guided tour around their impressive antique collection. We really enjoyed the wines at this family winery and even ordered a case to be delivered to Melbourne, which promptly arrived a couple of days later. There is also some free time to look around their gift shop or go for a walk around the lovely rose gardens.

The next stop incorporates a wine tasting and lunch at another family winery – Kies Wines. Have to say the lunch here was absolutely beautiful. It consisted of share platters, one was a chicken mango salad and the other a cheese platter which was full of beautiful produce from the Barossa Valley  (if you require a vegetarian meal, be sure to mention it when booking). They also provide a cake platter for dessert which was very nice.

If you enjoy Ports or Honey Meads, you will really enjoy the next winery which is Chateau Dorrien as they specialise in that area. Please note that for this stop you can choose to do the wine tasting here or opt to pop into the Maggie Beer shop down the road (at an extra cost of $10 pp).

The last stop in our Barossa Valley tour is at the larger Wolf Blass Cellar Door. To be honest this was our least favourite as the staff were not as friendly and it felt a bit more rushed here. As Wolf Blass is such a big label here in Australia, we didn’t feel like we were getting anything really special that we couldn’t buy from our local Dan Murphy’s.

We really enjoyed the Enjoy Adelaide Barossa Valley Winery Tour and would recommend it for anyone when visiting Adelaide.

This tour departs Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat 9.00am – 5.00pm – pricing is $115.00 per adult and bookings can be made at Enjoy Adelaide or if you have any questions email them at info@enjoyadelaide.com.au