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Southern Australia Explorer: Sydney, Tasmania, Melbourne

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,479

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Take in Sydney’s sights before venturing to the spectacular Blue Mountains. Be inspired by the breathtaking views and cascading waterfalls of this World Heritage Region. Drive from Hobart to the Cradle Mountains with magnificent alpine scenery, lakes and small fishing villages. Finish in Melbourne and get to know the famous Phillip Island penguins.


A wilderness lover’s dream, this 12 day tour showcases the best of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Also included are stops in Melbourne and Sydney, featuring a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains.

Diverse and historic Sydney greets visitors with its sparkling harbour, iconic Harbour Bridge, and the unforgettable Sydney Opera House. Your included ferry ticket allows you to enjoy all three, including entry to Taronga Zoo, where you can say ‘G’day’ to kangaroos, koalas and other natives as well as many international guests. Your guided tour of The Rocks area offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s convict past, while an afternoon tour takes you to the Botanical Gardens and famous Bondi Beach for a more modern slice of Sydney.

Your Tasmania adventure begins in Hobart, Australia’s second oldest capital city. A small, but thriving melting pot of history, art, culture and natural beauty, Hobart is fast rising to become one of Australia’s most exciting destinations. Spend an evening at leisure here before picking up your hire car to explore historic Tasmanian towns on your way to the picturesque fishing village of Strahan.

Rustic Cradle Mountain Lodge puts you in the heart of Tasmania’s spectacular wilderness. Enjoy a full day in the idyllic surrounds of the island state before making your way to Launceston for your flight back to the mainland.

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. 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’.

Your Australian wildlife adventure ends with a guided ecotour, giving you the chance to get close to kangaroos, koalas and other native animals in the wild.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,479

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Day 1

Arrive Sydney

G'Day! You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney



    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and …

    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Panoramic Sydney Sights

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you'll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centre point.

Visit Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.
Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights.
Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city centre.

Passengers can join our optional harbour lunch cruises, seaplane tours or return directly to their hotels.

Day 3

Hunter Valley Tasting Tour

Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel. Departing from the city, we travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge via the Gore Hill Freeway to join the Pacific Highway and then the F3 freeway. We will travel directly to the Hunter Valley, which is nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range. Enroute we will stop for a short restroom visit.

180 years young, this is Australia's oldest and best-known wine region and is soaked in history. It's a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top-class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries. Our first visit is to a 5-star winery nestled in the Mount View region of the Hunter Valley, a well-renowned viticulture area. Sample exquisite wines in your own private area.

From here we continue onto Leogate Estate. This opulent cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award-winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia. Here we will enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.

On conclusion of the tour, we enjoy a relaxing 2-course lunch (selection of platters, followed by dessert of choice) accompanied by a glass of wine. Further beverages can be purchased at own expense.

Our final stop today is at Tulloch Wines. For over 122 years, the Tulloch family has been passionate about producing hand crafted, premium wines made to enjoy. At Tulloch you don't just do a wine tasting, you have a wine experience. Here we will enjoy a delightful Wine & Chocolate Experience, a foray into the world of "degustation" that is easy to reproduce at home or with friends. You will experience the indulgence of Hunter Valley made artisan chocolate as you partner each one with the mouth-watering flavours of Tulloch Wines

From here we commence our return to Sydney to arrive back at your hotels approximately 5 - 5.30pm.

Day 4

Blue Mountains Experience

The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and stunning views. Today your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.

7.00- 7.30AM Depart from the hotel with AEA Luxury Tours. Our first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill a working farm also home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats and Koalas. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. We will visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus our guests will enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by their guide.

Continuing on we arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can't help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

We then make our way around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Hydro Majestic. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views. We enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea/coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you'll know why it's one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you're not mesmerised by the dancing waves of water spray, you'll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness. We then stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens our last stop, where we enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 - 5.00pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Sydney to Hobart

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hobart (flight not included). On arrival, pick up your rental car.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

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    Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart



    Located right on the waterfront in central Hobart and within walking distance to the city centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor provides you with majestic views over the Derwent River, Mt Wellington and the city. This hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool, 24 hour room service, …

    Located right on the waterfront in central Hobart and within walking distance to the city centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor provides you with majestic views over the Derwent River, Mt Wellington and the city. This hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool, 24 hour room service, 2 restaurants, public bar, lounge bar, laundry, valet parking, health club, and lobby shops.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
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    • Laundry facilities
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    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
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    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 6

Hobart to Strahan 302 km (187 miles) 4.25 Hours

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
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Strahan Village

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    Strahan Village



    Strahan Village is a stylish collection of exceptional cottage and hotel style accommodation at Strahan, on Tasmania's west coast. Strahan Village's selection of contemporary, welcoming accommodation has been designed to suit a range of needs and tastes. Fitted out with a variety of room styles, …

    Strahan Village is a stylish collection of exceptional cottage and hotel style accommodation at Strahan, on Tasmania's west coast. Strahan Village's selection of contemporary, welcoming accommodation has been designed to suit a range of needs and tastes. Fitted out with a variety of room styles, Strahan Village's cottages combine tasteful charm with the best of modern facilities.

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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Strahan to Cradle Mountain 147 km (91 miles) 2 Hours

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

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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.

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    • 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 8

Cradle Mountain

Today is at leisure to explore Cradle Mountain, you may like to relax or do one of the many walks the area has to offer.

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Day 9

Cradle Mountain to Melbourne 147 km (91 miles) 2 Hours' drive portion

Travel east to Launceston, along the way perhaps stop at Deloraine and Westbury. On arrival drop off your rental car and board your flight to Melbourne (flight not included). On arrival, transfer to your accommodation.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Crown Promenade Hotel

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    Crown Promenade Hotel



    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's …

    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's most famous arts and sporting facilities. The hotel features spacious rooms with fantastic views overlooking Port Phillip Bay or the Melbourne Central Business District and Yarra River.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Melbourne's Lanes & Arcades

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 morning 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.

Day 11

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Eco Tour

Here's the very best of Victoria's wildlife, nature and farming heritage. The Penguin Parade is an absolute ''must' on every visitor's itinerary, but this tour gives you so much more. First stop is Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you can hand-feed cute wallabies on the wallaby walk (you may see little joeys peeking out of their mothers' pouches) and cuddle a koala. There are rare sightings of endangered Australian wildlife in this Eco-accredited sanctuary too.
On tiny Churchill Island there's an 1850's heritage farm with strutting peacocks, shaggy Highland cattle, traditional draft horses, sheep shearing and working dogs in action. Then on to the Nobbies and Australia's largest Fur Seal colony at Seal Rocks. Finally, the ultimate attraction: hundreds of Little Penguins popping out of the sea and waddling across the beach to their sand dune burrows in the Penguin Parade. Situated next to the main path of penguins and limited visitor numbers, offering fantastic close viewing of penguins with rangers on hand to answer questions. Tour conclusion depends on time of year and ranges from 10pm during the winter months to midnight during summer as the penguins arrive at sunset.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 12

Depart Melbourne

The day is at leisure (Melbourne is great for shopping) until you are transferred to your onward travel arrangements. Stay longer if you wish.

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DEPARTS:

Daily from Melbourne or Sydney

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights first-class accommodation in Sydney
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Hobart
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Strahan 
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Cradle Mountain
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Melbourne
  • Shared half day Sydney city tour including the Opera House
  • Shared Hop on Hop off Harbour Cruise including the Taronga Zoo
  • Shared ful day Blue Mountains and Wildlife Experience 
  • Shared full day Penguins and Melbourne city tour
  • Small group full day Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild tour
  • Car rental for 5 days with unlimited kilometres and mandatory vehicle insurance
  • Goway's Co-Pilot Kit 
  • 2 breakfasts

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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 inquire.

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