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Natural Australia

Duration
14 Days
Prices:
On request

Experience Australia’s unbeatable natural beauty and wildlife. Drive the Great Ocean Road, visit Kangaroo Island then spend some time in Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest.


Go beyond ‘postcard’ Australia on this magical 2 week journey, taking in natural wonders such as The Twelve Apostles, Kangaroo Island and Fraser Island.

Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne offers world class shopping, a thriving arts scene, beautiful urban parks and endless restaurant options, which combine to seduce culture vultures, foodies, and casual visitors alike. Early arrivals can catch a ride on its famous trams, or for a uniquely Melbourne experience, book a table at the Tramcar Restaurant. Your second day includes a city tour, plus an evening tour to Phillip Island to see the world renowned ‘Little Penguin Parade’.

Collect your rental car for the journey along the Great Ocean Road. See unforgettable sights such as The Twelve Apostles, a spectacular formation of offshore limestone stacks shaped by centuries of erosion from the Southern Ocean. Continue on to the Grampians National Park, home to Victoria’s biggest collection of Koori rock art and a network of 50 walking tracks.

Cross the state border into South Australia to visit either the town of Naracoorte or Coonawarra. Then, it’s on to charming Adelaide, the centre of one of the country’s largest winemaking regions. Spend the evening at leisure in Australia’s ‘Festival City’.

Fly on to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most diverse ecological regions. A guided walk will introduce you to the local wildlife, which includes over 260 species of birds. Other highlights include Flinders Chase National Park, the Rocky River region and a stop at Seal Bay National Park, where you’ll have the chance to walk among the island’s famous sea lions.

Two nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse lets you explore Australia’s largest subtropical wilderness just outside the city of Brisbane, with bird-watching and nocturnal walks included.

Staying at Kingfisher Bay Resort, discover the amazing coloured sands and shipwrecks of nearby Fraser Island on a full day 4WD coach tour, before boarding the Tilt Train for your journey back to Brisbane.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Melbourne Domestic Airport to Melbourne CBD Hotel

Duration30 Minutes
Day 2

Marvelous Melbourne

Explore the city of Melbourne with its wide boulevards and fine historic buildings. Pay a visit to Bourke Street Mall and the tree-lined beauty of Collins Street, the ultimate shopping strip and business centre. There are fine examples of Melbourne's architectural splendour, including St. Paul's Cathedral, Princess and Regent Theatres. Stop by Melbourne Town Hall, the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square. Stroll around Melbourne's spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens and the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Explore Captain Cook's Cottage (optional). Visit the bustling Queen Victoria Market and tranquil Albert Park Lake. Pay tribute to the soldiers of war at the historic Shrine of Remembrance and explore Southbank a world of waterfront shopping, dining and arts; incorporating the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct and Crown Entertainment Complex.

Duration4 Hours

Phillip Island Penguins and Wildlife with Viewing Platform

Enjoy your tour to Phillip Island, home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the Little Penguins at dusk as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows. Visit Maru Animal Park, for up close and personal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and much more. Enjoy the opportunity to pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and a host of Australian wildlife. View spectacular coastal scenery at the Nobbies, two rocky outcrops abundant in marine life. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre. Learn about the little penguins and life on this stunning island. Watch the Little Penguins as they battle the surf and make their way to their dune burrows and learn of the environmental and conservation methods that are initiated to ensure the remarkable wildlife and vulnerable geology of Phillip Island remains protected. See the Little Penguins up close as they return to their nests to greet their young families and view the powerful southern coastline with its clean, sandy beaches and rocky shores. Enjoy more personalised wildlife viewing in an area limited to 140 people with ranger interpretation giving you a closer viewing of the Penguin arrival than the main viewing stands. Stop in Cowes for dinner (own expense) before returning back to Melbourne.

Duration10 Hours
Day 3

Standard

All clients receive Goway's Self Drive Kit. Your Self Drive Kit is filled with maps, directions, discounts and other necessities all in a handy Goway backpack.

Duration0 Hours
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Kangaroo Island Highlights Fly and Fly

On arrival onto Kangaroo Island enjoy the scenic drive to the Seal Bay Conservation Park. Here you can walk on the beach amongst a colony of rare and wild Australian Sea-lions with a National Parks Ranger. Travel to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious two-course lunch. Your next stop will see you walking among eucalypts looking for Koalas at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas. The tour of the park will take you to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. Remarkable Rocks provides great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admiral's Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals. There is also a possibility that you will see kangaroos and wallabies before returning to Kingscote Airport for the return journey to Adelaide.

Duration10 Hours
Day 9

Brisbane to Lamington National Park

Travel to Australia's largest subtropical rainforest - World Heritage Lamington national Park. Your personalised transfer will meet your arrival flight or pick up from your hotel at the time of your choice. Take time to explore the magnificent rainforest and its many attractions. Discover the famous "Tree Top Walk" just a short walk from the Guesthouse. Enjoy a glass of Sparkling Wine on the balcony of your room, or the social Happy Hour in the Rainforest Bar, while admiring the spectacular sun set over the Great Dividing Range to the west.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Canungra

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    O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Canungra



    With great views, delicious food, friendly staff and rainforest guides, you are sure to enjoy your stay at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. The property is located in the Lamington National Park, 2 hours by car from south of Brisbane and 1.5 hours from west of the ...

    With great views, delicious food, friendly staff and rainforest guides, you are sure to enjoy your stay at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. The property is located in the Lamington National Park, 2 hours by car from south of Brisbane and 1.5 hours from west of the Gold Coast. Enjoy the jovial relaxed atmosphere of the guesthouse's favorite meeting place by having a drink at the bar and enjoying the spectacular sunsets from the verandah. The cafe offers a delicious menu of home-style meals with a wide beverage selection.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fireplace
    • Games Room
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

Rainforest at Leisure

Start the day with O'Reilly's famous Birdwalk and meet the hundreds of birds that visit each morning to feed around the guesthouse. After breakfast, visit the Discovery Centre and allow guides to help you decide on your activities for the day, choose from a selection of guided 4WD bus excursions, interpretive rainforest walks or adventure activities. In the evening, join a nocturnal spotlighting or Glow Worm walk, watch an audio-visual presentation or just relax in the lounge room and learn about the fascinating history of the O'Reilly family and Lamington National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 11

Lamington National Park to Fraser Island

Enjoy an early morning breakfast, before checking out and departing for Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island. Your personalised transfer will depart at 8:00am and will take you to Roma Street Station in time to connect with the Queensland Rail "Tilt Train", departing at 11:00am. The train arrives in Maryborough at 2:30pm, and is met by Hervey Bay Limosines with personalised signage, where you are transferred to River Heads for your afternoon ferry service to Kingfisher Bay Resort. After a 50-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Strait, you will be welcomed to Australia's leading ecotourism resort. Explore the resort, swim in the pools, go bush walking or try your luck with fishing. Nocturnal activities include: indulging in great Australian food and wine, relaxing in the Maheno Lounge or kicking up your heels at the Wilderness Bar.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island

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    Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island



    Kingfisher Bay Resort, in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings, offers a rare eco-tourism experience. Hidden among tree-covered dunes on the edge of the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait, it is a relaxing haven. The resort has won six Australian Tourism Awards and ...

    Kingfisher Bay Resort, in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings, offers a rare eco-tourism experience. Hidden among tree-covered dunes on the edge of the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait, it is a relaxing haven. The resort has won six Australian Tourism Awards and Discovery's Travel Channel names it Australia's Best Beach Resort. Facilities at the resort include 152 resort hotel rooms, 109 self-contained villas, shops, kids clubs, 4 swimming pools, 3 restaurants with a focus of the best of Australian food and wine, bars, a nightclub, massage and beauty therapy centre and more.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 12

Fraser Island

Before your buffet breakfast, join a ranger to seek out some of the birds of Fraser on a morning bird walk. At 8:15am depart on the "Beauty Spots" full day 4WD ranger guided eco tour of Fraser Island. Discover amazing pockets of rainforest growing in sand, crystal clear freshwater lakes, shipwrecks and coloured sands. You will drive along one of the world's most spectacular highways - 75 Mile Beach and learn the fascinating history of Fraser Island. Lunch and refreshments are included. On return to the resort, late afternoon, stroll along the beach, watch the sun set over the sea and sip champagne or marvel at the stars of the Southern sky.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 13

Kingfisher Bay Resort to Brisbane

After breakfast the ferry departs at 7:50am for River Heads to connect with the Queensland Rail coach transfer back to Maryborough in time for the 11:08am "Tilt Train" back to Brisbane. The tilt train journey will arrive in Brisbane at 2:40pm concluding your tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Brisbane Railway Station to Brisbane Hotel

Duration1 Hour
Day 14

Brisbane Hotel to Brisbane Airport

Duration60 Minutes

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DEPARTS:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • Flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
  • Sightseeing tours as indicated
  • Hertz Group C car rental
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary.
  • Transfers.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes not listed above.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages unless specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities unless specifically indicated
  • Park fees unless stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share 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 enquire.

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DP MELCLA14DBRIAU
11 Oct 2017
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