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Melbourne and Tasmania Explorer with Airfare

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,499

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore cosmopolitan Melbourne and the island of Tasmania which has much to offer. Drive through Strahan then the Cradle Mountains, famous for alpine scenery, to Hobart stopping at Launceston, Freycinet and Port Arthur.


Travel ‘Downunder’ and mean it on this 14-day, air-inclusive trip to Australia’s southernmost states. Spend three magical nights in Melbourne before going on to explore the wild beauty of Tasmania, Australia’s island state.

Arrive in Melbourne and take an easy first day to shake off the jetlag. Walk along the Yarra River, explore the National Gallery of Victoria or Federation Square, or take in the city view from Birrarung Marr, pondering the area’s indigenous heritage with fantastic skyline views. You can also opt for a guided tour of the city’s laneways and world-famous street art. Your second full day takes you to Phillip Island to see the nightly Little Penguin Parade, with stops to see Australian native animals and the surfers of Woolamai Surf Beach. You then have one full day at leisure to explore Melbourne’s neighbourhoods, or embark on a day trip along the Great Ocean Road or to the wineries of the Yarra Valley.

Ready for your round-trip tour of Tassie? Land in Hobart and collect your rental vehicle. If there’s time, squeeze in a visit to the cheeky Museum of Old and New Art, or take in the awesome view from Mount Wellington. The next day, set out for Strahan a fishing town on Tasmania’s West Coast. Loop around to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, with two nights to explore this incredible wilderness. Hiking whichever trail suits your interest and fitness level, keep your eyes peeled for Aussie natives like wild echidnas and wombats, and maybe take in the twilight feeding frenzy at [email protected]

Relax for two nights in the quiet, appealing town of Launceston, where history and food come together. Tasmania’s second city sits on the doorstep of fantastic wineries, dairy farms, and more. Drive on to Freycinet National Park for your date with photogenic Wineglass Bay. Your next stop is Port Arthur, a former brutal penal colony transformed into one of Australia’s most fascinating historic attractions. Return to Hobart for your flight home, or stay an extra couple of days to experience its impressive art and food scene, or the excitements of the Salamanca Markets.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,499

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America on board award winning QANTAS Airways for your flight to Australia

Day 2

Cross International Dateline

You will cross the International Dateline enroute to Australia.  This day will be gained back on your return flight.

Day 3

Arrive Melbourne

On arrival in Melbourne you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.  Have some to freshen up before your afternoon sightseeing tour, an easy introduction to Melbourne!

Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told of, and ended up missing everything? Melbourne's arcades and laneways hide many of these answers. Join this indulgent afternoon walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover artisanal and specialty retailers, that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. Soak in the city via all your senses, and engage with passionate creatives. There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Clarion Suites Gateway

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    Clarion Suites Gateway



    Situated on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne's central business district, Clarion Suites Gateway is the ideal home base for leisure guests. Featuring 120 apartment-style suites, this Melbourne hotel puts your comfort first. While here, guests can take a dip …

    Situated on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne's central business district, Clarion Suites Gateway is the ideal home base for leisure guests. Featuring 120 apartment-style suites, this Melbourne hotel puts your comfort first. While here, guests can take a dip in the indoor heated pool.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Room Service

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Day 4

Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

Your animal adventures will start with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park with fascinating Australian animals at every turn. You have up-close encounters with animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Next, we will head to the island (Phillip Island) where will head to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. (weather permitting). We then cross the island to reach the dramatic west coast and the Nobbies where you will be awe-struck by the crashing waves.

Day 5

Melbourne at Leisure

The day is free to explore Melbourne, Goway can assist with adding an excursion, perhaps wine tasting in the Yarra Valley or a drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.

Day 6

Depart Melbourne for Hobart

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hobart.  After arriving in Hobart collect your rental vehicle. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Hobart

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    Crowne Plaza Hobart



    Located in the city center, Crowne Plaza Hobart connects it's visitors, business or leisure, to the heart of Tasmania. A warm welcome to Tasmania's capital, our contemporary hotel offers well thought out spaces to connect and recharge and modern rooms designed to ensure you rest …

    Located in the city center, Crowne Plaza Hobart connects it's visitors, business or leisure, to the heart of Tasmania. A warm welcome to Tasmania's capital, our contemporary hotel offers well thought out spaces to connect and recharge and modern rooms designed to ensure you rest and relax while making the most out of your stay. If you're in town for business, we're the perfect base, centrally located close to business and Government districts you're just an energizing walk to work.

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    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant

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Day 7

Hobart to Strahan (298 kms / 185 miles - 3.5 hours)

Travel north-west, bound for Strahan. Along the way enjoy a stop at the historic towns of New Norfolk or Queenstown. Continue on to the fishing village of Strahan.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Franklin Manor Strahan

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    Franklin Manor Strahan



    Franklin Manor is located on Macquarie Harbour in the historic township of Strahan close to the fringe of the Wild Rivers National Park. Franklin Manor is a boutique hotel, originally built for the Harbour Master in 1896, with several room styles providing an exclusive wilderness …

    Franklin Manor is located on Macquarie Harbour in the historic township of Strahan close to the fringe of the Wild Rivers National Park. Franklin Manor is a boutique hotel, originally built for the Harbour Master in 1896, with several room styles providing an exclusive wilderness retreat for travellers. Strahan provides opportunities to explore isolated rugged West Coast beaches, thundering surf, towering waterfalls, ancient rainforests and the famous Gordon and Franklin Rivers. Franklin Manor reception closes at 6pm, if arriving later please call ahead and make arrangements to collect your room keys.

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    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
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Day 8

Strahan to Cradle Mountain (150 kms / 93 miles - 2 hours)

This morning travel north to the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park area. Covering some of Tasmania's highest country, the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, with its many lakes and mountain peaks, is famous for its magnificent alpine scenery.

Duration2 Nights
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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

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    Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge



    If you appreciate the finer things in life, this is the place for you. Surround yourself with the pristine wilderness of World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and be treated to one of Australia's iconic wilderness experiences - Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. …

    If you appreciate the finer things in life, this is the place for you. Surround yourself with the pristine wilderness of World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and be treated to one of Australia's iconic wilderness experiences - Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. This serene retreat offers a haven of luxury steeped by breath-taking mountain surrounds and spectacular wilderness. The lodge is home to one of Tasmania's acclaimed dining experiences and Australia's most spectacular wilderness spa, while the luxury cabins and mountain venues are perfectly unique. Just add cascading streams, an abundance of wildlife and that discreet yet impeccable Peppers service. You won't want to leave.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Cradle Mountain

Today at leisure to explore Cradle Mountain. You may like to relax or do one of the many walks the lodge has to offer.

Day 10

Cradle Mountain to Launceston (157 kms / 98 miles - 2 hours)

Depart Cradle Mountain and travel east to Launceston. Along the way travel through Deloraine and Westbury.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

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    Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston



    Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston offers superior accommodation, superb Tasmanian cuisine and extensive conference facilities in the centre of the northern capital of Tasmania. Catering for the discerning corporate and leisure traveler, the hotel is only a short stroll from the main central business district, shopping …

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston offers superior accommodation, superb Tasmanian cuisine and extensive conference facilities in the centre of the northern capital of Tasmania. Catering for the discerning corporate and leisure traveler, the hotel is only a short stroll from the main central business district, shopping mall in Brisbane Street and Yorktown Square. There is an onsite Tasmanian cuisine restaurant, The Avenue Grill, and The Terrace Room which offers a High Tea menu.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 11

Launceston

Spend time today walking through Launceston's history.

Day 12

Launceston to Freycinet National Park/Coles Bay (202 kms / 126 miles - 3 hours)

Today takes you east via St Helens and Bicheno. From the sand dunes of St Helens Point through the Chain of Lagoons, Bicheno, and Freycinet National Park, the east coast is a ribbon of breathtaking beaches, granite outcrops and deserted coves - sometimes peopled, never crowded - edged by an underwater wilderness. Continue south to the Freycinet National Park

Duration1 Night
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Freycinet Lodge Coles Bay

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    Freycinet Lodge Coles Bay



    With a spectacular waterfront location at the foot of the Hazards, just inside Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge is a superb base for exploring the Freycinet peninsula. A world of hidden comfort, the Lodge is living proof that communing with nature does not have to …

    With a spectacular waterfront location at the foot of the Hazards, just inside Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge is a superb base for exploring the Freycinet peninsula. A world of hidden comfort, the Lodge is living proof that communing with nature does not have to mean roughing it. It's a place to relax and rejuvenate. Stylish yet simple, the cabins are designed to impart welcoming familiarity and warmth without the intrusion of telephones or television.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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Day 13

Freycinet National Park/Coles Bay to Hobart (193 kms / 120 miles - 3 hours)

Depart Freycinet and travel to the historic area of Port Arthur. Nowhere is more evocative of convict colonial Australia than Tasmania's Port Arthur. In the afternoon, continue on to Hobart.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Hobart

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    Crowne Plaza Hobart



    Located in the city center, Crowne Plaza Hobart connects it's visitors, business or leisure, to the heart of Tasmania. A warm welcome to Tasmania's capital, our contemporary hotel offers well thought out spaces to connect and recharge and modern rooms designed to ensure you rest …

    Located in the city center, Crowne Plaza Hobart connects it's visitors, business or leisure, to the heart of Tasmania. A warm welcome to Tasmania's capital, our contemporary hotel offers well thought out spaces to connect and recharge and modern rooms designed to ensure you rest and relax while making the most out of your stay. If you're in town for business, we're the perfect base, centrally located close to business and Government districts you're just an energizing walk to work.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant

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Day 14

Depart Hobart

Return your rental vehicle and join your flight back to North America (via Sydney or Melbourne).  

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Deparure Dates & Pricing:

Departures Daily from Los Angeles 
with QANTAS Airways

Prices in US $

Price Per Person

15 February to 31 March, 2023 $4,879
1 to 30 April & 1 to 31 October, 2023 $4,649
1 May to 28 June & 24 July to 31 August, 2023 $4,499
29 June to 23 July, 2023 $4,699
1 to 30 September, 2023 $4,529
1 to 30 November, 2023 $4,839
Add-on Airfare Information:

For departures from San Francisco add $45 per person
For departures from New York or Dallas add $380 per person
For departures from Chicago or Buffalo add $474 per person
For departures from Miami add $569 per person
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Departures Daily from Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary
with QANTAS Airways
Prices in CA $

Price Per Person

15 February to 31 March, 2023 $5,599
1 to 30 April, 2023 $5,479

1 May to 8 June and 24 July to 31 August, 2023

$5,169
9 June to 23 July & 1 to 30 September, 2023 $5,379
1 October to 30 November, 2023 $5,519
Add-on Airfare Information:

For departures from Winnipeg, Regina or Saskatoon add $271 per person
For departures from Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal add $428 per person
For departures from Halifax add $654 per person
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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International and domestic airfares with Qantas Airways (and partner airlines for connecting flights in North America)
  • Private airport transfers in Melbourne
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Melbourne at the Clarion Gateway Suites Hotel
  • Shared Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
  • Shared Phillip Island Tour
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Hobart the Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Accommodation for 1 nights in Strahan at Franklin Manor
  • Accommodation for 2 nights at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Launceston at the Grand Chancellor Hotel
  • Accommodation for 1 nights at the Freycinet Lodge
  • 9 days Hertz car rental in Tasmania

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • National Park entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double shared accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


17 Aug 2023
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