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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.