JHOZ AUSTRALIA 2017 TOUR

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With Jonathan Hodgson

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Perth - one of the world's 'most liveable' and isolated cities; Margaret River - famous wine producing region; Adelaide & Melbourne city tours; Great Ocean Road; Comprehensive Tasmania tour

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Mon 02 Oct 2017Tue 24 Oct 2017 $9850 USD

Internal air and taxes are included in the 'Land Price'

Optional Single Supplement: $2150 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $2150, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.


Tour Overview


Regions visited: Oceania And South Pacific
Countries visited: Australia


Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Hobart
Today we arrive in Hobart, Tasmania.

Separated from mainland Australia by the 240 km stretch of Bass Strait, Tasmania is truly one of Australia's best-kept secrets!! This unique region of the world offers dramatic mountain peaks, alpine lakes, waterfalls, rainforests, abundant native wildlife, fields of lavender and small Victorian towns becoming increasingly known for their production of Tasmanian wines, cheeses, honey and other culinary specialties.

Tasmania is often promoted as the 'Natural State' and the 'island of inspiration' owing to its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment. More than 40% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and UNESCO World ritage Si.

Overnight in Hobart.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Hobart City Tour & Port Arthur Excursion
This morning we will enjoy a tour of both the city and the Botanical Gardens. This southernmost capital is located under beautiful Mount Wellington and on the Derwent River. This capital city is the center of captivating history, and we will learn about this history as we stroll through historic Battery Point and admire the historic buildings of Salamanca Place. We will then wander through the Royal Botanical Gardens before heading on the road to Port Arthur.

On the other side of Hobart is the Tasman Peninsula where the famous Port Arthur is located. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and dense forests, Port Arthur is a must for any traveller to Tasmania. It's history stretches back to the 1830's when convicts were transported to its prisons. Port Arthur is one of Australia's most significant heritage areas with a fascinating open-air museum. We will enjoy a guided walking tour of Port Arthur, including some free time for lunch. Before returning to Hobart for dinner we will pass through the historic village of Richmond.

Overnight in Hobart.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Hobart - Lake St Clair - Strahan
Today you will travel into the heart of Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness. At Lake St. Clair it will be time to step out to enjoy the fresh alpine air along the shores of Australia's deepest lake. Before reaching Queenstown you will stop at Franklin River and the stunning Nelson Waterfalls. These two stops will give you a lasting impression of Tasmania's wilderness. The journey takes in the lunar landscape of Queenstown, a settlement where the hills were once denuded by the effects of copper mining and ends in picturesque Strahan where you will spend the evening.

Overnight in Strahan.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Gordon River Cruise - Strahan - Cradle Mountain
Today's cruise across Macquarie Harbour to the tranquil reaches of the Gordon River is sure to be one of the highlights of your Tasmanian sojourn. First stop is at Sarah Island, the site of Tasmania's most remote and notorious convict settlement. Then continue to Heritage Landing in the rainforest where you will take a walk among ancient temperate rainforest trees, many of them Gondwanan relicts. On your return to Strahan after lunch aboard, travel to famous Cradle Mountain, and your accommodation for the evening. In the evening visit Devils@Cradle and get up close with the world's largest carnivorous marsupial. Learn about their unique biology and witness a feeding of this charisma species.

Overnight in Cradle Mountain.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Cradle Mountain - Dove Lake Walk - Launceston
This morning's activity is a bush walk in the National Park on the Dove Lake Circuit (2.5 hrs) where you immerse yourself in the beauty of this majestic setting. Learn about native flora and fauna from your guide along the way with highlights including the ballroom forest and lakeside beaches. After a picnic lunch leave Cradle Valley for your journey to Launceston. Spend the late afternoon exploring the scenic Cataract Gorge where the Tamar River forces its way through sheer rocky cliffs. Your guide will take you to the most impressive viewpoints of this gorge.

Overnight in Launceston.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Launceston - Bay of Fires - Bicheno
Depart Launceston and travel to the internationally acclaimed Bay of Fires and visit picturesque white-sandy bays lined by granite boulders splashed with red lichen. You might want to take an invigorating swim in some of the cleanest temperate waters in the world. Continue to your waterfront units in the fishing village of Bicheno. Later in the evening, in close proximity to the hotel, you will view Little Penguins arriving from their day at sea.

Overnight in Bicheno.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Bicheno - Freycinet Peninsula - Hobart
This morning you will enjoy the scenic coastal journey along Tasmania's picturesque east coast to the Freycinet Peninsula. You will be greeted by the dramatic peaks of the Hazards granite mountain range. Explore the Freycinet's National Park's white beaches and admire the curve of Wineglass Bay, one of Australia's most impressive coastal sights. Take a walk to magnificent Wineglass Bay Lookout while your guide will introduce you to the unique flora and fauna of the Peninsula. There is also the opportunity for a cliff top walk to Cape Tourville lighthouse and a stroll on the pristine Friendly Beaches. Continue through the sleepy fishing villages of Swansea, Triabunna and Orford towards Hobart.

Overnight in Hobart.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Hobart - Perth
Today we fly from Hobart to Perth (likely via Melbourne).

Founded in 1829 by James Sterling as part of the Swan River Colony, Perth was Australia's only free settlement. As the most isolated city on earth, it has slowly evolved into a dynamic, modern, multicultural city. The nearest city to Perth with a population of more than 500,000 is Adelaide, which is 2104 km (1,307 mi) away. Author Bill Bryson states that Perth is the most remote city on earth, which he justifies by noting that the population of metropolitan Perth is
greater than the combined populations of the rest of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia, west of Adelaide.

Overnight in Perth.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Perth & Fremantle Tour
Today's Grand Tour of Perth and the Perth area, we'll visit picturesque King's Park and enjoy stunning views of the city skyline and Perth River. We can grab a bite at any of the restaurants lining Marine Parade in Cottlesloe Beach and wander around Fremantle, with its docks, and alfresco cafes and restaurants. Fremantle is renowned for its well-preserved architectural heritage, including convict-built colonial-era buildings, an old jetty and port, and prisons; presenting a variety and unity of historic buildings and streetscapes.

We'll join a Captain Cook cruise (with complimentary wine tasting) on the way back to Perth. We enjoy more spectacular views from the Swan River and the posh Barrack Street Jetty.

Overnight in Perth.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Perth - Margaret River & Winery
Today we travel south through Busselton, a popular holiday resort on the shores of Geographe Bay. We visit the Margaret River Caves and explore awe-inspiring Mammoth Cave, home to ancient fossil remains of extinct animals.

We continue to Margaret River, one of Australia's premier wine growing regions. It has been a mere 40 years since the first vines were planted in the Margaret River region and already the area is recognised as one of the world's great fine wine producers. There are some 200 vineyards in the region and 90 wineries. The first type of wine to win acclaim in the region was Cabernet Sauvignon. Today Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Semillon are also of
consistently high quality and win many awards.

The town is named after the river, which is presumed to be named after Margaret Whicher, cousin of John Garrett Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831. The name is first shown on a map of the region published in 1839. European migrants lived in the area as early as 1850, with timber logging commencing in around 1870.

Overnight in the Margaret River area.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Margaret River Area
This morning we enjoy a scenic journey through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, with its peppermint trees and karri forest. We'll see Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, situated at the most south westerly tip of Australia. Facing due west, the coastal cliffs and rocky shoreline bear the brunt of giant ocean swells generated across thousands of miles of ocean by the prevailing westerly and south-westerly winds. Punctuated along the coast are scenic lookouts from
which to marvel at the ocean's beauty and pow. We will have a cellar tour, tastings and lunch at a local winery.

This afternoon there is time to explore Margaret River, including the ever-popular Chocolate Factory.

Overnight in Margaret River area.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 Margaret River - Albany
En route to Albany, we view the enormous Gloucester Tree, the highest fire lookout tree in the world. We journey through the Valley of the Giants with its huge Tingle and Karri trees, and explore the canopy of the tingle forest along the Tree Top Walk.

We continue to Torndirrup National Park, home to the Natural Bridge and the Gap. The park is along the coast on the west side of King George Sound and consists of a range of cliffs, gullies, blowholes, beaches and promontories. The park was gazetted in 1918, one of the first in Western Australia. It was later named for an indigenous clan that lived in the area.

Our destination is Albany, which in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, served as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields. For many years it was the colony's only deep-water port, having a place of eminence on shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies. Today the town is a base for exploring the southwest of the state and well-regarded for its natural beauty and preservation of heritage.

Overnight in Albany.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Albany - Esperance
Albany has an important role in the Anzac legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War. The "legend" aspect tends to capture the idea of an Australian and New Zealand "national character," with the Gallipoli Campaign often described as being the moment of birth of the nationhood of both Australia and New Zealand. we visit the Anzac Memorial and enjoy the panoramic views.

We then travel to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges and continue to Esperance. French explorers are credited with making the first landfall near the present day town, naming it and other local landmarks whilst sheltering from a storm in this area in 1792. The town itself was named after a French ship, the Esperance. In 1979, pieces of the space station Skylab crashed onto Esperance after the craft broke up over the IndiaOcean. The municipality fined the United States $400 for littering.

We see the nearby Pink Lake, a salt lake that gains its rosy hue from red algae living within its waters.

Overnight in Esperance.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Esperance - Cape Le Grand National Park - Kalgoorlie
Today we travel into Cape Le Grand National Park, an ancient landscape that has been above sea level for well over 200 million years and remained unglaciated. As a result the area is home to many primitive "relict" species.

We continue through Norseman to the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, founded in 1893 during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush. The name Kalgoorlie is derived from the Wangai word Karlkurla, meaning "place of the silky pears". We stop at the Golden Superpit Lookout for an amazing view of Australia's largest open cut gold mine. An orientation tour of this historic gold mining town will reveal unique turn of the century buildings including the famous Exchange Hotel and Hay Street.

Overnight in Kalgoorlie.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Kalgoorlie - Adelaide
While in Kalgoorlie we hope to visit the Mining Hall of Fame. Try panning for gold, witness gold bullion being poured and go underground for a tour of the Mining Reserve. We visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service for an insight into the work of this great Australian institution.

Today we transfer to Perth's airport from where we fly to Adelaide, a beautiful city with
wide tree-lined streets, sidewalk cafes, large colonnaded colonial buildings, and grassy parks with elaborate fountains.All of this makes Adelaide the most European of Australian cities. The city, founded in 1836, was the only colony comprised totally of free settlers.

Overnight in Adelaide.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Adelaide & The Barossa Valley
We have a tour of Adelaide, a young Australian city rich in recent history yet charmingly modern. It is a pleasant place for walking, shopping, lunching, and enjoying the local markets. Adelaide's markets have always been an important part of local life and are the perfect place to search for genuine bargains. We see Victoria Square, Chinatown, King Williams Street, Parliament House, and Trinity Church.

We then head for the Barossa Valley, one of the most famous and scenic wine regions in Australia. Our tour here is a leisurely affair whereby we stop at one of the wine estates for a cellar tour and tasting.

Overnight in Adelaide.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 17 Adelaide - Kangaroo Island Touring
This morning we travel by coach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia's finest nature-based tourism destinations.

Kangaroo Island is Australia's third-largest island, after Tasmania and Melville Island. Once occupied by Australian Aborigines, the native population disappeared after the land became an island following rising sea levels several thousand years ago. It was subsequently resettled from the early 19th century onwards, at first casually by sealers and whalers, and then as part of the colony of South Australia from 1836.

Since then the island's economy has been principally agricultural, with a southern rock lobster fishery and with tourism growing in importance. The largest town, and the administrative centre, is Kingscote. The island has several nature reserves to protect the remnants of its natural vegetation and native animals, with the largest and best-known being Flinders Chase National Park at the western end.

On arrival we'll visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, where we will learn about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. We continue to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious two course lunch.

After lunch we visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and walk amongst a Australian sea lions with a National Park Ranger. Continue to the fascinating In-flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain where you can meet an array of Australian birds and raptors.

From here we travel to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, where you we get up close with Koalas, see Penguins swim and play, hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies, learn about endangered species, interact with snakes, crocodiles and reptiles.

Overnight on Kangaroo Island.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 Kangaroo Island Touring - Adelaide
After breakfast, we visit Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream.

Next we travel to Hanson Bay Visitor Centre Café for a two course lunch. After lunch we have the chance to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts and see an abundance of native birdlife in the wildlife sanctuary.

Next we travel to the westernmost part of the island, Flinders Chase National Park to witness stunning coastlines and walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

We then ferry / bus back to Adelaide, arriving late afternoon.

Overnight in Adelaide (dinner on your own this evening).

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 19 Adelaide - McLaren Vale - Kingston SE
Today we travel by road to Kingston SE via McLaren Vale, one of Australia's best-known wine regions.

Nestled between the rolling Mount Lofty Ranges and Gulf St Vincent beaches, the McLaren Vale region is known for its impressive wines, lush regional produce and scenery. McLaren Vale is also rich in history. It is the birthplace of the South Australian wine industry and home to some of the world's oldest grape vines. The first McLaren Vale vines were planted in 1838. Today McLaren Vale has 65 wineries, mostly boutique-sized, and all within a short distance of McLaren Vale's main street. About 270 independent grape growers can also be found here, the majority of which are small family-run operations and boutique wineries. The McLaren Vale region is well known for its dry red wines, especially those made from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are also grown. White wine varieties in the region include Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Riesling. During our visit we will visit a local winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch.

Our journey continues to Kingston South East (to distinguish it from Kingston-on-Murray). Situated on Lacepede Bay, Kingston SE's population of around 2200 enjoy a relaxed and carefree lifestyle in this unspoiled town and district of many offerings. Kingston is at the entrance to the Limestone Coast Region of South Australia. Commercial activity centres around the lobster, aquaculture and fishing industries, farming, radiata pine production and the burgeoning wine industry.

Overnight in Kingston SE.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20 Kingston SE - Naracoorte Cave - Mount Gambier - Port Fairy
This morning we visit the Naracoorte Caves, part of the 800,000 year old Naracoorte East Range. They are World Heritage listed, and one of the world’s most important fossil sites. For half a million years the caves acted as pitfall traps and predator dens. Animals would fall in through a hole in the ground and not be able to escape. Bones collected – layer upon layer, year after year – creating a rich fossil record of the ancient animals that roamed the area. The fossil record covers several ice ages and the arrival of humans in the area. Palaeontologists have excavated and dated many of the fossils in Naracoorte Caves. They have reconstructed the skeletons of many of the megafauna that lived so many years ago.

Travelling through the Limestone Coast region, we stop in the city of Mount Gambier to visit the Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre for information on the history and many attractions of the region. Built on the site of an extinct volcano, Mount Gambier is surrounded by ancient crater lakes including the Blue Lake, which mysteriously changes colour to a vivid blue each November for a few months.

The westernmost destination on Victoria's famed Shipwreck Coast, Port Fairy boasts wide streets lined with nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines, and old stone churches.

Overnight in Port Fairy.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 21 Port Fairy - Great Ocean Road - Melbourne
Today we drive along the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's most splendid scenic drives. The road was built between 1819 and 1932; the idea was to construct a world-class tourist road like the one on California's Pacific coast.

The road became a memorial to those killed in World War I. The stretch of coast to Peterborough is often referred to as the 'Shipwreck coast', due to the number of victims to the rough ocean. We make a stop at a famous viewpoint to see the dramatic rock formations called the Twelve Apostles. These formations, rising 65 m (213 feet) out of the ocean, are the remnants of a retreating coastline.

Overnight in Melbourne.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 22 Melbourne: City Tour
Melbourne boasts broad and leafy streets, plenty of parks and gardens, and an air of distinction. It is the stateliest of all Australian cities. It is also a fairly recent creation, for it was only in 1835 that a Tasmanian farmer named John Batman arrived to establish a settlement here. He made a deal with local Aborigines, trading blankets, knives and tomahawks for 500,000 acres of land, and a township began to grow. A gold rush in the 1850s resulted in rapid expansion and, by 1861, Melbourne's population (then 125,000) had already overtaken Sydney's. Sydney moved ahead again in 1911 and has stayed ahead, but Melbourne has never been far behind.

Today our tour includes a number of highlights, including Fitzroy Gardens, originally laid out in the shape of the Union Jack. The prime attraction is Cook's Cottage, the family home of James Cook, the English navigator who explored the southern hemisphere in three great voyages. It was purchased in 1933, shipped over from Yorkshire and presented as a gift to the state of Victoria for its 1934 centenary. We will also see the Old Melbourne Gaol, Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Road, Victoria Market, Melbourne University, Parliament House, Lake Albert, and pay a visit to St Patrick's Cathedral.

Overnight in Melbourne.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 23 Departure
Departure from Melbourne.

BON VOYAGE!

Meal plan: Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Rydges Melbourne CBD

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

Melbourne Australia is located on Port Phillip Bay in Australia’s south-east and is known as Victoria’s sporting and cultural capital.
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Mecure Perth

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Perth
Country: Australia

Mercure Perth hotel is conveniently located in Perth's vibrant city centre and business district, close to shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
... a short stroll from the Swan River, new Elizabeth Quay, Perth Mint and Supreme Court Gardens; you'll find many of Perth's attractions nearby.
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Chancellor Adelaide

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Adelaide
Country: Australia

Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley is proof that elegance and casual comfort can work well together. Business guests appreciate
... hotel’s quiet sophistication and smart meeting capabilities, while our friendly staff, outdoor pool and handy location makes Hotel Grand Chancellor the perfect accommodation choice for holiday travellers.
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Grand Chancellor Launceston

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Launceston
Country: Australia

Stay at the premier 4.5-star hotel in Launceston and find yourself in the centre of it all – with vibrant
... nightlife and the natural beauty of the Tamar Valley wine region awaiting just beyond our doors.
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Grand Chancellor Hobart

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Hobart
Country: Australia

When it comes to staying in Hobart the only place to be is on the waterfront at Hotel Grand Chancellor
... featuring some of the best views in the city. Overlooking the River Derwent and Constitution Dock, this Tasmanian hotel is just minutes away from popular attractions like, Salamanca Place, Battery Point and the Central Business District, but intimate enough to ensure a perfectly relaxing experience.
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Rydges Kalgoorlie

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kalgoorlie
Country: Australia

Rydges Kalgoorlie is a 4.5-star luxury resort offering casual and elegant style. Our Kalgoorlie hotel offers a range of amenities
... services perfect for the business or leisure travellers.
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Middleton Beach Holiday Park

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Albany
Country: Australia

Middleton Beach Holiday Park offers accommodation including three bedroom beach houses with spectacular ocean views.


Middleton Beach Holiday Park

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Albany
Country: Australia

Middleton Beach Holiday Park offers accommodation including three bedroom beach houses with spectacular ocean views.


Abbey Beach Resort Busselton

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Margaret River
Country: Australia

As the largest resort in the southwest of Western Australia, Abbey Beach Resort is the perfect place to relax and
... in comfort if you are exploring Busselton, the Margaret River region, Dunsborough, and the southwest coast of Western Australia.
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Comfort Inn Bay of Isles

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Esperance
Country: Australia

Comfort Inn Bay of Isles Esperance is your perfect beachfront accommodation solution for business travellers and holiday makers who want
... get the most from their time in beautiful Esperance.
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Best Western Beachfront Bicheno

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Bicheno
Country: Australia

The Best Western Beachfront at Bicheno is the most ideally located accommodation in Bicheno. Located opposite the beach, Best Western
... at Bicheno affords breathtaking views of Waubs Bay and is the perfect base to explore Tasmania’s stunningly beautiful east coast.
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Cradle Mountain Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Cradle Mountain National Park
Country: Australia

Nestled within breathtaking alpine forest in the central highlands of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain Hotel offers you an inviting home away
... home to unwind after a day of exploring our pristine Tasmanian wilderness.
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Strahan Village

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Strahan
Country: Australia

Enjoy accommodation in Strahan with the natural charm and beauty of the West Coast Wilderness


Mercure KI Lodge

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kangaroo Island
Country: Australia

Kangaroo Island Lodge is situated on the banks of Eastern Cove in American River, with all rooms perfectly perched offering
... water views over the bay. Amid lush coastal vegetation, KI Lodge is designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. There is no better place to unwind and to enjoy the peace and tranquility. Kangaroo Island Lodge is nestled on a hillside in lush native bushland. The seclusion of this area allows for the abundance of wildlife to roam free.
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Central Motel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Port Fairy
Country: Australia

The Central Motel, Port Fairy is ideally located right in the heart of the historic township of Port Fairy.



Trip Information

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Inclusions

All transport (including internal air), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for all sites listed as 'visited.' Breakfast daily, most dinner, some lunches. Gratuities for porters, restaurant staff, local guides and drivers. As an exception to our usual policies, internal air taxes / fuel surcharges are also included. Airport transfers are included for land & air participants, including early arrivals / late departures if extra accommodation is booked through us.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuity ($5-10 per person per day), most lunches, any sightseeing listed as 'optional', items of a personal nature, drinks. Optional trip cancellation insurance (contact us). Airport transfers for land only participants.

Seasonality and Weather

Australia is a huge place with a wide range of weather and climactic conditions. We chose October as this timing coincides with comfortable / amenable conditions throughout, though you can expect conditions from cool and spring-like to tropical.

Western Australia is pretty much idea in spring (October) when skies are sunny and temperatures still very comfortable. South Australia enjoys mild conditions at this time, and Tasmania in spring can be cool but still comfortable. Rain is unlikely in Western Australia, possible in South Australia, and showers are likely at any time in Tasmania.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Local road transport will be provided by comfortable touring coaches. Longer journeys will be accomplished by way of internal scheduled flights.

This is not a strenuous program per se, though it is ambitious with a lot of moving around, some early starts and some full days of travel. Porters are available at hotels but you must still be independent with your baggage. Sightseeing is leisurely, but you must be prepared to be on your feet for several hours a day (walking tours, museum visits etc), and for short walks to dinner.

Accommodation

Our hotel choices for this trip are of a higher standard at most locations than the average that we usually utilize on our tours worldwide. We are aiming for 4-star properties with plenty of comfort and ideal locations. All hotels are air-conditioned and feature higher-end amenities and plenty of atmosphere.

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Staff and Support

This tour was designed by, and will be led by our senior Tour Leader, Jonathan Hodgson. We will also utilize local expert guides at numerous locations, and employ excellent expert coach captains.

Group Size

12-18 (plus Tour Leader)