Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

PAGE 10 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE GLENROWAN In the heart of the small township of Glenrowan in North East Victoria, you'll discover a very unique tourist attraction called Kellyland Glenrowan. Housed inside you'll find an array of historic artefacts of famous bushranger Ned Kelly, as well as an exciting, lifelike 3D animated show depicting the story of Ned Kelly and his gang. Many pieces relating to the Kelly story are displayed together, including many Victorian police artefacts from 1853 through to the 1880s, Sergeant Kennedy's hitching post, Ned Kelly's death mask, original wanted posters and many other rare photographs, original artworks and more. A thrilling journey The thrilling Kellyland Glenrowan show uses amazing, life-size animatronics and dramatic special effects to take you on a journey through five elaborate 'sets', each dressed in the style of the 1880s, and each depicting a different stage in the fascinating and actionpacked Kelly saga. The entire show is based on actual events... Police on the way As a show visitor, you'll begin in the dimly-lit abandoned waiting rooms of the Old Melbourne Railway Station, where a hooded narrator invites you to take a journey in time back to 1880. As he speaks, rain drizzles down the window pane, lightning strikes and thunder roars. As a fire ignites in the grate, our attention turns to the local police. You are now on a simulated train, sent from Melbourne to apprehend the Kelly gang, wanted for robbery and murder. Frightened people As the train whistles north towards Benalla, the hooded narrator reappears and sends you through swinging doors into an imaginative re-creation of the Glenrowan Inn, where the Kelly Gang has detained 62 frightened people, after removing a section of train track in an effort to derail the approaching police train. Pistol fired! This is where the show's animatronics really steal the show with a laughing lad perched in the rafters...a bush band playing the Wild Colonial Boy...a rat darting across the bar, while publican Ann Jones pours a beer...a pistol is fired! Ned addresses the audience about the injustices that, he says, forced him into lawlessness – including the jailing of his mother and young brother. "What man with any guts could stand aside?" Ned states, before warning of the approaching terror. The final battle Now it's daylight, and you're standing on the platform of the Glenrowan Station, where the police train has arrived (after being flagged down before reaching the broken track). Heavily-armed police squads have taken-up positions surrounding a re-created facade of the Glenrowan Inn. A spectacular scene follows, with no expense spared to detail. Police set fire to the hotel, from which the members of the Kelly gang – dressed in their (now iconic) crudely homemade, steel armour – are forced to emerge for their final battle. 'Such is life' On the next step of the journey, you'll find yourself within the burnt remains of the Inn, where – after a few frights and surprises – you are transported to Old Melbourne Gaol to witness Ned's last moments and his final words: "...ah well, such is life". After completing the show, you will have the opportunity to view Kellyland Glenrowan's fabulous new Kelly museum, and also have the opportunity to view and acquire books, souvenirs and gifts as a lasting memento of your visit to this very unique and wonderfully entertaining attraction. At Kellyland Glenrowan you can step into a historic, animatronic re-creation of the Glenrowan Inn, which in 1880 became the scene of the Kelly Gang’s last stand. All the action of Ned Kelly’s last stand Amazing lifelike animatronics and dramatic special effects make the Kellyland Glenrowan show a ‘must-see’.