Easter, with its four day holiday, has long been a popular time for people to get away in the car and travel to a holiday destination. I spent around twenty Easters working in Halls Gap, always overflowing with visitors there for the mountains and the ever popular Stawell Gift. Just tonight, there as been a steady flow of cars passing my house, as they head off for the long weekend.
The early 20th century was no different. The arrival of the car gave people new freedom. Not restricted to railway routes, they could take off in any direction. The RACV began producing tour maps and providing driving tips. In 1912, The Argus proclaimed the educational and health benefits of touring in a car. Autumn, it suggested, was the appropriate season to travel.
It may have been 1912, but the roads of the Western District were considered some of the best in the state. Anyone who has driven the roads of the Western District in recent years will find they are now some of the worst in the state. The Western District of today obviously does not have the same influence in State Parliament as it did in the past. But I digress.
Four Western District touring routes were suggested by The Argus. They were similar to that travelled today, only the estimated travel times have changed!
What were those able to afford a motor car driving through the Western District? Maybe an E.M.F 30hp.