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Day 1 - We depart from our pre-arranged pick up point and travel via Ballarat, then the Glenelg Hwy to Hamilton where we'll stop for our lunch break. Then its through to Mt Gambier to settle into our motel before we make our way out to dinner.
Day 2 - After breakfast we board our coach for a town tour of Mt Gambier, with a visit to Lady Nelson interpretive centre. here we'll go below deck to hear the story of the tiny ships voayge of discovery and the charting of much of the South Coast of Australia. The remainder of the morning is taken up exploring Umpherston Caves, the Crater Lakes and the Cave Gardens. After Lunch the tour continues with a tour of the Blue Lake used to relax and have a leisurely stroll around Mt Gambier.
Day 3 - This morning we'll travel through the beautiful lakes area and onto Mount Schank which is an extinct volcano. Then its onto the sea side town of Port Macdonnell, home of the Sth Eastern Crayfishing Fleet. Next stop is the border town of Nelson. Here we will board our cruise boat for a relaxing luncheon cruise along the beautiful Glenelg River. Then its back to our motel to freshen up before dinner.
Day 4 - After breakfast we head off to Millicent. We will visit the Shell Gardens, then continue along to Beachport and travel the scenic drive, viewing both the sheltered bay waters and rugged open coast line. We'll see the Pool of Silom of superb salty inland lagoon (renown for its healing qualities). Now its a visit to Woakwine Cutting, which is an example of moving mountains. Lunch today will be at Robe, followed by a tour to Kingston, to view the Big Lobster and the National Trust Light House. Then, its back to our motel to freshen up before dinner.
Day 5 - After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and make our journey homeward, travelling via the Princess Highway, with stops at Port Fairy and Warrnambool as we proceed through to Melbourne, arriving home with fond memories of your tour.
$795 per person twin share (single supp $220)
Tour Includes: 4 Nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts & 4 evening meals
Does not include: lunches, afternoon & morning teas.
VICTOR HARBOR, GOOLWA, KANGAROO ISLAND, MCLAREN VALE, HAHNDORF
Day 1 (D)
Sit back enjoy the views, whilst travelling along the Western Freeway to the South Australian border. We will stop for lunch & breaks. Crossing the border into Sth. Australia, past Bordertown & Tailem Bend. Making our way, through to the Fleurieu Peninsula & Victor Harbor. On arrival at the motel, time to refresh before dinner.
Day 2 (B,D)
After breakfast we make our way to Goolwa. Here we will board the “Cockle Train” as it travels along the spectacular coastline to Victor Harbor. Visit the train museum, then board your coach, headed to the town CBD. Here, you will board Horse drawn carriage to Granite Island. Enjoy lunch at the cafeteria. After lunch, board the carriage & return to the mainland. On board the coach, we head to Goolwa, for an informative 2-hour cruise. Depart Goolwa Wharf, travel through the Barrage & Lock, down to the Murray Mouth, with views to the Coorong sand dunes. At Murray Mouth go ashore for a walk (subject to water levels & weather). Afterward, its back on the boat to Goolwa for some free time before heading to your motel.
Day 3: (B,L,D)
Early morning pick- up & scenic coach tour to Cape Jarvis. Here, we board the Sea Link Cruise, for a 45-min. crossing to Kangaroo Island. On arrival, re-board the coach for some amazing destinations. Onto Clifford's Honey Farm. Enjoy an informative talk & tasting. Sample some homemade honey ice-cream, or try the honey beauty products. Next up, Vivonne Bay Bistro, set on a 260-hectare bush property, enjoy a delicious two course lunch. After lunch visit at Seal Bay Conservation Park, a beach walk, with a Park Ranger, amid a colony of wild & rare Sea Lions, native birds, & raptors. Now, we head back to our accommodation & refresh for dinner.
Day 4 (B,L.D)
After breakfast, we head to Emu Ridge and the Eucalyptus distillery. Here you can taste & test. Next, we visit the centre of Kangaroo Island & Wildlife Park. Feed the Kangaroos, have your photograph taken with a koala, a guided tour of this wildlife & bird park. Onward to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, followed by a picnic After lunch, travel to the western point of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park. This, is one of Australia's largest & earliest conservation parks. Enjoy the breath-taking views, the unique trees, plants, coastal scenery & the rugged Coastline. Walk around down the boardwalk to Admirals Arch. The boardwalk will take you down the rugged cliff face, to see “The Arch”. View the natural nursery, a safe haven, for New Zealand fur seals, who can be seen swimming, playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks. This is the most amazing view and walk, time seems to stand still and yet pass so quickly whilst relaxing, taking in the view. After our scenic views, it’s off to remarkable rocks for another shorter boardwalk tour to the most amazing views. Time to return to the motel, with free time, before dinner.
Day 5; (B)
Early morning breakfast and start, with a return trip to Jervis bay aboard the Sealink Ferry. On arrival board the coach and make our way to McLaren Vale. Here we will take some time to visit Fru (Menz)Chocolate (originally known as Meadlows chocolates). Free time to roam the lovely town, & enjoy lunch. After lunch, we make our way to Wira Wira Cellar Door. Now, time to head Hahndorf. Here we will book into our overnight accommodation. Tonight, you will be spoiled for choice on your venue for an evening meal. Hahndorf offers quite many restaurants, none of which, will disappoint. For a traditional Bavarian style meal, you cannot go past the German arms Hotel. The food here is plentiful and traditional not to mention tastes delicious.
Day 6: (B)
After, a buffet breakfast with gorgeous scenery, we board our coach. Today we will be heading home. A stop in Hahndorf is never complete till you have been to Berenberg for some local jams or condiments. After this we make our way home stopping on the way for morning tea around Keith, where you can take some picture of the local White Kangaroos. For lunch we will stop en-route to home, arriving home mid evening.
TOUR COST :
$ 1295 P/P BASED ON - T/share or Double - GROUP OF 25 PLUS
$ 300 EXTRA– SINGLE SUP
>>GROUPS PLEASE NOTE –>> BOOK YOUR OWN DATES >>> PLUS OPTIONAL EXTRA DAYS.
DATES AVAILABLE IN MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER 2018
All breakfasts & evening meals The 2018 Canberra Floriade
The National Art Museum Australian War Memorial
Mount Ainslie Lookout The National Library
Cockington Green Embassy Tour & State Circle
Deep Space Communication Centre Memorial Drive
Lake Burley Griffin
Day 1 – Sunday 23th – Lunch & Dinner
Depart at pre- arranged time & place before moving along Hume Highway past country towns such as Seymour, Wangaratta, Albury and Gundagai (the home of the dog on the tucker box) stopping for tea break en-route. Today we will be stopping in Albury at Thurgoona Country club for a cooked lunch (roast). After lunch we continue our journey to Canberra, with stops, a stretch and coffee. After it’s all aboard to Canberra to check into your home for the next 4 nights.
Day 2 –Monday 24th - Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, we are off to the Deep Space Communication Centre. On our trip out to Tidbinbilla, the roads wind through bush and farmland, so animals such as kangaroos, wombats, emus, sheep along with many more, run unhindered around paddocks and roads. The CSC offers visitors the chance to learn about the role that Australia plays in the exploration of space. You can take in magnificent views of the largest antenna complex in the southern hemisphere, see a piece of the Moon that's over 3.8 billion years old, check out images from across the Solar System and beyond, check out spacecraft models, Discover the foods that astronauts eat on the space shuttle and space station, watch a movie on the history and future of space exploration, take a hands-on trip around the Solar System or across the galaxy, or just sit back and relax in the Moon Rock Café. You can enjoy morning tea or a light lunch.
Back on board we will make our way to Cockington Green Gardens. A hand-built village characterised by the painstakingly accurate miniatures, built to scale by Doug & the family. The care and attention put into the gardens surrounding them is amazing. The display lawns are spectacular. The display has continually grown from a handful of English model-villages in 1979, through to 1998 when the International Display’s first stage was unveiled. Enjoy a light snack in the Garden room. Back on board, our day would not be complete without a quick tour of the International embassies. Board the coach, sit back and relax as we take a tour around the State Circle onto a tour of the Diplomatic Embassies between Empire Circuit and Forster Circuit, Yarralumla. Canberra is home to nearly 80 embassies and high commissions. As you pass you will see traditional and modern architecture from many countries. See the spectacular traditional design of the Chinese Embassy and the long-house style of the High Commission of Papua New Guinea. Look for the Mexican Embassy’s giant shingle roof and the United States Embassy built in a modified Georgian style. The traditional Cape Dutch style architecture of the South Africa High Commission contrasts with the striking design of the Thai Embassy Royal. All relaxed we return to your motel for dinner.
Day 3 Tuesday 25th - The 2018 Floriade – Commonwealth Park – Breakfast & Dinner
Coach will depart the hotel at 10:00 and drop of at Commonwealth Park. Today, is save the best till last. Commonwealth park, here you can wander through the gardens at leisure. Mid-September to October each year, this is where the annual Floriade is on display. You will still see quite a bit of the local flora. Here you can wander through the gardens at leisure. The park has many small ponds and water features, walking trails, bike paths, sculptures and is popular with tourists and Canberrans. Located at the park is the outdoor Stage 88, which often holds concerts. The park includes Regatta Point and has a view of the National Gallery, High Court, and National Library on the other side of the lake. Kings Park is located adjacent to Commonwealth Park, along the lake to the east. Here you will find quite a lot to see and food venues to purchase a light lunch or snack. Around 2.30 pm, we board the coach and make our way to the “Glassworks”. Situated in the historical Kingston Power House. Canberra Glassworks combines industrial interiors with the drama of glassblowing for an experience that is truly unforgettable. Now time to head back to our motel for a dinner together. To finish the day on a high note, tonight we will board the coach after dinner and make our way up to Mount Ainslie for a night viewing of Australia’s Capital. Day 4 Wednesday 26th Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast today, around 9.00 am we will board the coach bound for the Australian War Memorial (75 min.) Whilst at the War Memorial there is a café should you wish to have some refreshments. Your coach will depart 11.15 as we make our way down the Avenue of Honour. Next highlight is, The National Art Museum. Today this is where you can enjoy lunch. The menu is designed to impress, price is right, and the food a delight. This place is simply amazing, one you cannot miss. The Museum has different displays during the year. The National Museum brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events. The Museum Café has two areas of outside seating which is the ideal location to view the Captain Cook Memorial jet, where the water jet shoots up 147m into the sky. Mid-afternoon we board the coach and make our way to the National library. The library is well worth the visit, the reading room, where you can sit and read one of the many books at hand. See the beautiful, the rare and the unexpected at the National Library of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. On your tour you will see a glimpse of the enormous stacks, where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection acquired over more than a century of collecting. The ever-changing Treasures Gallery gives free access to some of Australia's most moving stories. Make the journey and be intrigued, surprised, challenged and amazed by the stories these unique treasures tell. Highlights include material from the 1967 referendum and the campaign for Indigenous rights intriguing items from the life of poet Henry Lawson, including his fob watch and two of his pens. Enjoy, unparalleled access to Australia's documentary heritage including books, serials, maps, newspapers, music and ephemera. Here you will find the Bookplate & Paperplate cafes where you can enjoy a snack & refreshments, before you take a tour of the Library. The Bookplate cafe is situated in the Library's marble foyer, surrounded by the famous Leonard French stained glass windows. Whilst here, take time, sit on the steps to take in the view of Lake Burley Griffin.
Day 5 – Thursday 27th September -homeward bound
Breakfast, then time to say goodbye to our hosts as we board the coach bound for home. We will be stopping en-route for morning & afternoon teas. Around lunchtime we will stop at Holbrook RSL for a cooked dinner (included in cost) a menu will be on board, so we can pre order to save delays. Now homeward bound with stops for rest rooms & refreshments along the way. Drop off points to be determined when booking, or as agreed with a group booking by tour leader. Options are available.
Cost: $865.00 p/ person based on twin share or double – 35 plus passengers
$1065 – 25-34 passengers.
$240.00 Single supplement – extra single room charge
Cost includes: Coach travel, accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 cooked lunches, entrances fees at venues listed. The 2018 Canberra Floriade, Cockington Green, Glassworks, National Art Gallery, National Library, Deep Space Communication Centre, Embassy tour, State Circle Tour, Glassworks, Mount Ainslie Lookout, National War Memorial, Memorial Drive, Lake Burley Griffin, other venues listed in itinerary.
Does not include: 3 Lunches, morning & afternoon teas.
Day 1 Melbourne -Merimbula We depart at a pre-arranged pick up time and travel via the Princess Highway passing through the rich dairy areas of Gippsland, including Warragul, Moe, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale where we stop for morning tea. Afterwards we then visit St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. This is one of the most notable landmarks of Bairnsdale, known for its distinctively tall tower and murals on its ceiling and walls. These murals were painted by out of work Italian artist Francesco Floreani during the Great Depression and remain a fascination to this day. Then we travel to Lakes Entrance enjoying a lunch stop en route. Our tour takes us along the scenic coastline & through the magnificent forest near Cann River, before continuing to Eden – our home for the next 4 nights.
Day 2 Eden Today we will start our morning visiting the Killer Whale Museum, name given to an orca by whalers in the port of Eden on the southeast coast of Australia. Old Tom measured 22 feet and weighed 6 tons. The skull measured 1.02 meters and the teeth measured about 5.31 inches. Old Tom was thought to be the leader of a pod of killer whales who helped the whalers by herding baleen whales into Twofold Bay. The killer whales would help kill the whales; in retun, the whalers allowed the killer whales to eat the tongues and the lips of the baleen whales, an agreement known as the Law of the Tongue. Lunch today will be at, “The Eden Fishermen’s Recreation club”. This is located in the heart of Eden within immediate proximity to the magnificent Port of Eden Wharf. After lunch we will be boarding our boat for an Afternoon cruise with informative live commentary as we will cruise around Two-fold bay – one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. A light afternoon tea included. After our cruise we’ll visit Boydtown founded by Ben Boyd. Some of the unique buildings we visit will be a light house which has never guided a ship into port. Tonight, we’ll dine at our accommodation in Eden.
Day 3 Bega, Bermagui, Tilba, Cobargo, Tura Today we’ll be travelling through Tathra - Tathra sits like a sapphire amongst the green and blue hues of National Parks and Nature Reserves with Mimosa National Park to the North and Bournda National Park to the South. We will have a short stop in Bermagui for some retail therarpy. Wander the boutique shops through the township, at the Fisherman’s Wharf complex and futher along over the river bridge. You will be sure to find something that special gift or a memento of your visit. We then travel onto Tilba Tilba. Here we will first visit the township. Central Tilba is a perfectly restored and maintained period village – protected by a National Heritage listing. We then visit The ABC Cheese Factory, home of Tilba Real Dairy, it was established in 1891 and was the first cheese co-operative in New South Wales. Here will sample tastings. Back on the coach we will travel through the town of Cobargo. A charming village with heritage buildings, artisan workshops and a celebrated folk festival, Cobargo is in the verdant countryside of the Sapphire Coast. Tura Beach Country club is where we will be stopping for lunch. The views from the club house over the golf course and ocean are spectactular particulary during the whale and migration season from September to November. After lunch we head back to Eden for a free afternoon. Dinner at our accommodation.
Day 4—Saphire Coast, Pambula - After breakfast we’ll board the coach and do a sightseeing tour of the beautiful “Sapphire Coast”. Merimbula, on the Sapphire Coast, is a natural paradise. The Sapphire coast, named for the colour of its sparkling blue water, is without question one of Australia’s most spectacular and unspoiled areas. Grand rugged cliffs look down on pristine beaches surrounded by forest covered hills and valleys. This is indeed nature’s wonderland and the ideal location from which to explore this marvellous south coast region of NSW . First up today a tour through Pambula with its buildings dating back to the 1830’s and its spectacular beach at the mouth of the river. Mid morning we will make our way to the Merimbula aquarium for a visit. The café/restaurant offers some amazing views and food to complete your day. On arrival back at Eden you will have some free time to look around and relax, tonight we will enjoy our last meal of the tour at the motel restaurant – with some live music to celebrate your tour. (Evening melodies is only available if group is over 34).
Day 5 - Eden / Melbourne - Sadly,today its farewell to Merimbula and all aboard for our journey home. We’ll have our lunch break en route and should arrive in Melbourne early evening.
Cost: $795 per person twin share (Single extra $200.00)
Tour Includes: Coach travel, motel accommodation, all breakfasts, boat cruise with afternoon tea & 4 evening meals and a lunch.