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Grand Southern Discovery (11 Days from Sydney to Adelaide): First Choice Escorted Vacation

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,653

See the sights of Southern Australia as you go from Sydney to Adelaide. Visit Canberra and the Snowy Mountains, then embark on the Great Ocean Road heading to Kangaroo Island and Adelaide.


See the best of Australia’s southern states in style, with stops in up to 4 capital cities on a fully escorted 5, 7 or 11 day itinerary.

Consider arriving a few days early to explore Sydney, Australia’s most diverse and iconic city, before departing for Canberra. A purpose-built national capital, Canberra is packed with sights including Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. You’ll visit both on an afternoon tour, after a delicious BBQ lunch at a working sheep farm. At the nearby Snowy Mountains, ride the chairlift up Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak.

Cross the border into Victoria for an overnight stay and tour of historic Beechworth, the state’s best preserved gold rush town. Walk in the footsteps of notorious bushranger Ned Kelly on your way to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural, shopping and sporting capital. We bid farewell to our guests on the 5 day itinerary here.

A full day in Melbourne gives you time to experience this world class city your way. Culture vultures might enjoy a visit to Melbourne Museum (the Southern Hemisphere’s largest), or the National Gallery of Victoria. Consider a twilight excursion to Phillip Island in time for the famous ‘little penguin parade’. Immerse yourself in history, panning for gold at Sovereign Hill. Or spend the day shopping in the central business district, enjoying the intimate laneways and chic cafes of Australia’s most European city.

Guests on the 7 day itinerary join in time for one of Australia’s most spectacular drives, the Great Ocean Road. See famous landmarks including the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge, all formed by centuries of erosion from the wild Southern Ocean. Learn more about the local Aboriginal culture at Worn Gundidi, including insights into medicine in the bush.

Enter South Australia, with a stop in picturesque Mt Gambier before you reach Adelaide. This mid sized capital is a major cultural centre and hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including the renowned Adelaide Cabaret Festival. It’s also the ideal jump-off point for an excursion to Kangaroo Island, a living gallery of natural wonders sometimes referred to as Australia’s Galapagos. Visit the famous sea lions of Seal Bay and see fascinating geological sights such as Admiral’s Arch. 


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,653

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Day 1

Sydney to Canberra

This morning begin your journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its goal and early colonial architecture then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is the country's capital where you'll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Join your Tour Director and fellow travelers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Novotel Canberra

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    Novotel Canberra



    Novotel Canberra Hotel offers premium hotel accommodation in the heart of the Canberra central business district. The hotel offers easy access to restaurants, nightlife, cultural and historical attractions, while remaining within easy access of the airport only 8km away. The hotel rooms are light, spacious ...

    Novotel Canberra Hotel offers premium hotel accommodation in the heart of the Canberra central business district. The hotel offers easy access to restaurants, nightlife, cultural and historical attractions, while remaining within easy access of the airport only 8km away. The hotel rooms are light, spacious and contemporary in design.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Canberra to Beechworth

Before leaving Canberra this morning, you'll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie to take in views of the city and surrounding ranges from the lookout. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria's best preserved gold rush town for your unique overnight stay in one of the Bed and Breakfast properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not grab a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery! Tonight, if you're feeling up to it, head down to Hotel Nicolas for a good pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush and houses a great collection of local memorabilia.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Beechworth to Melbourne

This morning 'You're Invited' to join your B&B host for breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a sightseeing tour including a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and interesting shops. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

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    Crowne Plaza Melbourne



    Stay at the riverside Crowne Plaza Melbourne hotel for business and leisure on the banks of the Yarra. Crowne Plaza Melbourne is in the heart of the city's vibrant docklands. The property is surrounded by restaurants on the Yarra's north bank and just over the ...

    Stay at the riverside Crowne Plaza Melbourne hotel for business and leisure on the banks of the Yarra. Crowne Plaza Melbourne is in the heart of the city's vibrant docklands. The property is surrounded by restaurants on the Yarra's north bank and just over the bridge from the Crown Casino and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 4

Melbourne Included Choice

Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! Choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit Eureka Sky deck for fantastic views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it's the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform. Or join a Hunt & Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace and taste your way around the market's seemingly endless food stalls. Or take a guided walk through Melbourne's hidden laneways and arcades. These hidden
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laneways house some of the best café's, boutique shops and street art the city has to offer. You're in for a treat!

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Day 5

Melbourne to Warrnambool

Hold on to your seats and make sure your camera is charged for one of the world's great road trips - the Great Ocean Road! Enjoy spectacular scenery that never ends and the quaint seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Visit the amazing Twelve Apostles. These fascinating limestone formations tower 45 metres above the Southern Ocean. Later visit Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge before arriving in Warrnambool.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Quality Suites Deep Blue

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    Quality Suites Deep Blue



    Quality Suites Deep Blue offers luxurious Warrnambool accommodation along the Great Ocean Road, with fantastic coastal views from many of the rooms. Located three hours from Melbourne, this hotel is perfectly positioned on a peninsula between Lady Bay and Stingray Bay in Warrnambool. The iconic ...

    Quality Suites Deep Blue offers luxurious Warrnambool accommodation along the Great Ocean Road, with fantastic coastal views from many of the rooms. Located three hours from Melbourne, this hotel is perfectly positioned on a peninsula between Lady Bay and Stingray Bay in Warrnambool. The iconic attractions of the Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast region, combined with the beach side location and on-site mineral spa makes Quality Suites Deep Blue a unique resort. This Warrnambool accommodation comprises of 80 guestrooms and 2 or 3 bedroom fully self-contained penthouses.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Day Spa
    • Disabled Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Spa/Jacuzzi
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Warrnambool to Naracoorte

This morning visit Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill State Game Reserve. The area was a rich food source for the Koroit Gundidj people whose descendants retain links with this country. Your guide will provide you with an Aboriginal perspective about flora, wildlife, volcanic formations, bush existence and medicinal practices. Continue into Mt. Gambier to visit the mysterious Blue Lake and then travel on to the world renown Coonawarra wine region. Stop at Brand's Laira vineyard for a wine tasting. The vineyards' first vines were planted in 1893 when an English Sea Captain purchased a plot of land in the Penola fruit colony, naming it "Laira" after ship that traded around the Australian and New Zealand coast at the time. Afterwards you'll continue to Naracoorte, your stop for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

William MacIntosh Motor Lodge

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    William MacIntosh Motor Lodge



    Rest and explore from the William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte, just inland from Mount Gambier on the South Australian - Victorian border. In the heart of the Limestone Coast region lays a district that is clearly a destination in itself. The rooms are nestled in ...

    Rest and explore from the William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte, just inland from Mount Gambier on the South Australian - Victorian border. In the heart of the Limestone Coast region lays a district that is clearly a destination in itself. The rooms are nestled in Naracoorte amongst 2 acres of lawns, native shrubs, trees and fruit orchards. William MacIntosh Motor Lodge is the perfect place to stay when visiting Naracoorte. All rooms are on the ground floor and set in a tranquil garden setting all with a spectacular Golf course directly across the road.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Tennis Court

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Day 7

Naracoorte to Kangaroo Island

Journey to Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor at lunchtime. You might like to take the horse-drawn tram to Granite Island or just sit back and relax with some fish and chips on the beach. Yum! This afternoon board your ferry at Cape Jervis, bound for Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty and its fresh local produce. Kick off your island adventure with a visit to South Australia's only boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits. All the spirits are hand made in small batches onsite, so you'll be able to smell the aroma of botanicals, citrus peel or even fennel lingering as you taste the award winning Australian Gin and delicious liqueurs. Finish up with a short journey to Kingscote, and rest up for the exciting day that awaits you tomorrow.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Aurora Ozone Hotel

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    Aurora Ozone Hotel



    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce ...

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce and seafood as well as the panoramic views over Nepean Bay while dining at the bistro restaurant. Dolphins can often be spotted in the calm waters over breakfast. Sample some of the Islands' finest wines from either the bistro or Ozone Cellars.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Kangaroo Island

Today explore Kangaroo Island! Visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, where you may even spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. Later "You're Invited" to Andermel Marron Farm for an experience that captures much that is very special about the island. You'll see the Marron (freshwater crayfish) tanks and enjoy a tasting of the farm's very own Two Wheeler Creek wine and farm-produced bush tucker before indulging in some marron for lunch. You can choose to try a hot or cold marron dish, or something else equally as delicious with a glass of wine before indulging a little more with dessert. It's up to you! Afterwards join a ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of sea lions.

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Day 9

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

This morning, board your ferry to cross back to the mainland and travel to the picturesque Adelaide. On arrival enjoy an orientation tour of Adelaide, the 'City of Churches', with your Travel Director before checking in to your hotel for the next two nights. This afternoon you're free to explore Adelaide and enjoy a meal at any of the wonderful local restaurants. Did you know that Adelaide boasts more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia? You do now!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Stamford Plaza Adelaide

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    Stamford Plaza Adelaide



    Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel is superbly situated in the heart of the city on Adelaide's key cultural boulevard, North Terrace. The excellent location means that you're just a short stroll to the Adelaide Convention Centre, Casino, Festival Centre and Rundle Mall shopping, with the beach ...

    Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel is superbly situated in the heart of the city on Adelaide's key cultural boulevard, North Terrace. The excellent location means that you're just a short stroll to the Adelaide Convention Centre, Casino, Festival Centre and Rundle Mall shopping, with the beach only 20 minutes away door to door, via the new tram. One of Adelaide's leading hotels, it caters to a mix of business and leisure travelers and is renowned for providing service that is exceptional in every sense. It provides 334 elegantly furnished, spacious guest rooms and suites, with views of the Adelaide parklands, Adelaide oval or city, along with three restaurants and two bars to cater to every taste and occasion.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 10

Adelaide Hills and The Barossa

The rolling Adelaide Hills and Barossa lay ahead of you today and you'll have the opportunity to taste a number of their world-renowned wines! First stop is picturesque Hahndorf. Experience its charm and hospitality as you wander down the tree lined streets and take time to explore the quaint shops and even taste some of the town's artisan produce. Enjoy a wine tasting overlooking the stunning vineyards before continuing to The Barossa for lunch at The Company Kitchen, part of the South Australian Company Store. At The Company Kitchen they believe in locally produced South Australian food and that a food experience is to be savoured and enjoyed. You'll taste two local wines with canapes that featuring fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. Travel back to Adelaide through the Barossa's rolling hills. This evening join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.

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Day 11

Farewell from Adelaide

After an indulgent trip away, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow travelers after breakfast when your holiday comes to an end. Not ready to head home yet? Why not consider a 3 night cruise on the Murray River aboard the Murray Princess.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 18; May 9; Sep 5, 26; Oct 17; Nov 7, 28

2018: Jan 9, 30; Feb 13; Mar 6, 20

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Tour by luxury air conditioned coach with 2 door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director & Tour Driver
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels
  • Welcome drink
  • Hotel porterage

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Optional excursions & touring that are available for purchase on tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Seasonal surcharges will apply.  Limited seats and subject to availability. Single supplements are available on request.  Single guests who are willing to share a room with a fellow traveller (same gender and non smoking) are eligible for twin share rates, ask your Goway Agent for details on the ‘Twin Share Guarantee’ option.

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