Bush Dancers Bendigo Bivouac

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The Bush Dancers Bendigo Bivouac


to the
28 September 2013
Bendigo Dinki Di Old Time Ball

Join us in Yass after the Turning Wave
Monday 24 September
Thursday 3 October
in time for the Goulburn Gathering

Caravans, Cabins, Motels, Campers
All welcome to join the convoy

Dinki Di Old Time Ball

Last Year's Ticket; this year will be similar: Bendigo1.jpg

This Year's Draft Programme:
DINKI DI BALL Saturday 28 September 2013
Eaglehawk Town Hall (Bendigo Vic) 7pm sharp till late. Sumptuous supper. Costume optional, Colonial, Formal, neat Casual after 5.
Sunday 29 September: 'Unwind' picnic in the Whipstick, wildflower walk, session, singing, Lancers.

Draft Programme 2013

Gay Charmers

1 Circular Waltz/Parma Waltz
2 Charmaine
3 Bon Ton
4 Pride of Erin
5 Grand March & Lancers
6 Swing Waltz
7 Progressive Barn Dance & Jive
8 Modern Waltz
9 Varsoviana/Princess Polka/Highland Schottische
10 Waltz Cotillion
11 Foxtrot Monte Carlo


Emu Creek

12 Berlin Schottische, Manchester Galop
13 Veleta Waltz
14 Royal Irish Quadrille
15 Maxina
16 Progressive Military 2 Step
17 Dashing White Sergeant
18 Dorothea Waltz
19 Gypsy Tap
20 Alberts (fig. 5 Polka Quadrille)
21 Evening Three Step
22 Tangoette

Combined Bands

23 Circassian Circle
24 Destiny Waltz
25 Palais Glide
26 Waltz Country Dance and Circular Waltz

Auld Lang Syne F Advance Australia Fair C & Goodnight Sweetheart C

Carol Rowe from the Bush Dance & Music Club of Bendigo writes: "As there may be several dances which are unfamiliar to the travellers, it wouldn't hurt to stress that it is a friendly Ball, and they can follow other couples in the couple dances, and that any uncertain dancers will be very welcome to join the sets, as side couples if not sure of the figures. Fun, fun, fun is the order of the day, isn't it?"

Suggested Accommodation

Book now. We have been advised that, due to school holidays, you need to book early.

When booking, please quote "Monaro Folk Society" so that the accommodation provider knows you are part of the group, and advise us that you have booked - dance(at)mfs(dot)org(dot)au.

Night Of Town Caravan Park Contact Details
Mon 23 Sep 2013 Albury/Wodonga Albury Citigate Caravan & Tourist Park 508 Wagga Road (Hume Highway), Lavington

Phone 02 6040 6275

Tue 24 Sep 2013 Yarrawonga Lake Mulwala

Holiday Park

186 Melbourne St, Mulwala

Phone Katrina to book
Phone 03 5744 1050

Wed 25 Sep 2013 Echuca Echuca

Caravan Park

52 Crofton Street, Echuca

Phone 03 5482 2157
EMail [email protected]
quote "Monaro Folk Society" for 10% discount

Thu 26

Sep 2013

Echuca 2nd night
Fri 27 Sep 2013 Bendigo Big4 Bendigo Ascot Holiday Park 15 Heinz Street, Bendigo

Phone 1800 062 340
EMail [email protected]

Sat 28 Sep 2013 Bendigo 2nd night
Sun 29 Sep 2013 Bendigo 3rd Night
Mon 30 Sep 2013 Kerang Kerang Caravan & Tourist Park 21 Museum Drive, Kerang VIC 3579

Phone 03 5452 1161

Tue 1 Oct 2013 Beechworth Lake Sambell Caravan Park 20 Peach Drive, Beechworth

Phone 03 5728 1421
EMail [email protected]
2 nights minimum, no discount available (school holidays)

Wed 2 Oct 2013 Beechworth 2nd Night
Thu 3 Oct 2013 Home

Other Accommodation - Motels etc

You are welcome to book into motels, B&Bs or other parks etc, if that is your preference or in the unlikely event that there is no vacancy at the suggested accommodation. Please let us know the details so we can add the information to the above list.


Depart 10am From To km
Mon 23 Sep 2013 Yass Albury 276km
Tue 24 Sep 2013 Albury Yarrawonga 99km
Wed 25 Sep 2013 Yarrawonga Echuca (2 nights) 147km
Fri 27 Sep 2013 Echuca Bendigo (3 nights) 92km
Mon 30 Sep 2013 Bendigo Kerang 130km
Tue 1 Oct 2013 Kerang Beechworth (2 nights) 299km
Thu 3 Oct 2013 Beechworth Canberra 400km

Other Features

Yarrawonga on the beautiful Murray River, lovely at any time of year.

Echuca with it's historic wharf area, paddle steamers and historic buildings.

Bendigo talking tram, gold mine, Chinese museum, gardens, gold rush era buildings, and Bendigo pottery kilns.

Kerang the home of the Gay Charmers old time dance band. Their pianist Stuart Simms has offered to arrange a re-run of his famous Gay Charmers 50th Anniversary coach tour of the Kerang Lakes Area. Then, a meal at a club and if we have the numbers, a dance at the Lake Charm Hall is a distinct possibility.

Beechworth is in the Victorian high country with mountain scenery, gold rush era buildings, and is widely known for its excellent bakeries.


Mobile phones:

Roni & Adrian: 0403 750 012
Barbara & Lance: 0419 802 688
Text might be best, as we will be in and out of range.

UHF CB Radio:

We will be monitoring channels 5 (emergency), 18 (caravans) and 40 (trucks), and sending on channel 18.

Please let us know if you have UHF CB Radio. We (Barbara & Lance) purchased a Uniden UH720SX-NB handheld radio for $118 and are very pleased with it. You can talk to caravans and trucks, and call for help in an emergency.


We will be checking emails regularly during the trip - dance(at)mfs(dot)org(dot)au

What Do We Do Now?

So, what to do?

Right Now:

1) Email dance(at)mfs(dot)org(dot)au and let us know whether or not you are interested. If you are, we will add you to our email address list. When we have a better idea of numbers we will see if we can negotiate more group prices or other benefits along the way, to apply to pre-existing and new bookings. We can also pass on messages to the list if you wish to share etc.

2) Book your 10 nights' accommodation.

3) Email us at dance(at)mfs(dot)org(dot)au letting us know what you have booked.

Later in the Year

We have asked to be advised when details and pricing of the 2013 Dinki Di Old Time Ball has been finalised. We will pass that information on to you via the Bush Dancers Bendigo Bivouac email list. When you are advised that bookings are open:

Contact the Secretary of the Bendigo Bush Dance and Music Club Inc and organise your tickets to the Dinki Di Old Time Ball. Contact details are

  • Mary Smith phone 03 5442 1153,
  • Email Secretary(at)bendigobushdance(dot)org(dot)au
  • Bush Dance and Music Club Inc, P.O. Box 922 Bendigo Vic 3552.

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Further Information

Trip co-ordinated by: The Bush Dancers display group, an activity of the Monaro Folk Society.

Trip Co-ordinator: Roni G

The Bush Dancers display group Primary Contacts: Barbara & Lance C

For further information please email: dance(at)mfs(dot)org(dot)au

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