Fans of the popular ABC television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries may be feeling like something’s missing now that the irrepressible Miss Phryne Fisher is off our screens.
If life seems lacking in vintage flare without Phryne, don’t panic. In the three seasons to date, producers have called on a number of tourism operators to lend a hand in recreating 1920s Melbourne and regional Victoria. Here are some ideas on how to explore some of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries locations, to get a good fix of Fisher while you wait for the next thrilling instalment.
Join a guided walking tour of Melbourne locations
Tour guide Kathy Deacon has studied both the television series and Kerry Greenwood’s books in depth, to create an informative and entertaining walking tour of many of the CBD locations featured in Miss Fisher’s marvellous Melbourne.
The tour was devised as part of the Festival of Phryne, a series of events that coincided with the screening of series three on the ABC in 2015. It has been extended due to popular demand.
The tour begins with afternoon tea at Self Preservation, a café at the top end of Bourke Street, before moving on to sites including the Hotel Windsor, Old Treasury Building and Parliament House – all of which have featured in the show. Kathy uses an iPad to show clips from the relevant episodes to guests.
The tour is part history lesson as Kathy describes what Melbourne’s architectural landscape was like when Miss Fisher arrived at Station Pier in 1928. Even lifelong residents of the city are likely to discover something new.
Take to the skies in a vintage Tiger Moth
Season three ends with Phryne flying off to England at the controls of a Tiger Moth. Is there anything this lady can’t do?
The plane featured is a fully restored de Havilland Tiger Moth, operated by Vintage Airways. It was actually featured in two episodes of season three. Producers asked pilot Jeremy Hurley to help film some flying sequences at Riddells Creek for Murder and the Maiden.
He was invited back to take part in the loved-up series finale, in which Phryne finally kisses Inspector Jack Robinson after three seasons of simmering sexual tension.
You can follow in Miss Fisher’s flight path (well, some of it at least) on a joy flight with the team at Vintage Airways. You won’t get all the way to London, but you will take in views of the Yarra Valley, Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne’s CBD.
The crew will even make sure you look the part in a flight jacket and goggles. Vintage Airways is based at Lilydale Airport. Joy flights run from 10 to 90 minutes.
Ride the rails on a historic steam train
When producers needed to recreate an authentic 1920s train and railway station, they found just what they needed in the Victorian Goldfields Railway. The historic tourist train operates between Maldon and Castlemaine, around two hours’ drive from Melbourne in Central Victoria.
The VGR starred in Murder on the Ballarat Train (series one, episode two), in which a botched jewel robbery leads to the grisly death of one of Miss Fisher’s fellow passengers.
The operators of the VGR teamed up with the production crew to build sets at Muckleford station to create the Ballarat terminus, while Castlemaine Station was converted to a 1920s Spencer Street.
To travel in the same car where much of the episode takes place, upgrade to the first-class service and ride in the Tambo car with its cane furniture and viewing platform. You can ride the VGR on Wednesdays and Sundays, as well as some public holidays.
Do you have any tips for where to find Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries locations around Melbourne and Regional Victoria? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.
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About the writer
Louise Reynolds made up her mind at the age of about four that she would one day travel the world – and has so far visited around 30 countries across five continents and the Pacific. A hopeless Francophile, Louise has a particular love for France, its language and pretty much all things French. Her favourite way to explore the world is on foot and her boots have taken her walking on famous trails in Europe, South America and New Zealand. Louise also has a passion for her home state and loves exploring regional Victoria. While travelling she’s usually found with a pile of books and at least one teddy bear in tow. She also practices the little-known sport of extreme knitting in far off places.