Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AUSTRALIA

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11 day Tastes of Southern Australia Sydney • Canberra • Melbourne • Great Ocean Road • Warrnambool • Adelaide • The Barossa • Kangaroo Island

Day 1: Sydney - Canberra This morning, begin your journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol 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 the family for a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Continue on to 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 Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal. (LD) Crowne Plaza Canberra Day 2: Canberra - 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 & Breakfast properties. Get to know the town with an orientation tour before enjoying some free time. (B) Boutique Country Accommodation Day 3: Beechworth – Melbourne This morning, join your host for a Be My Guest breakfast experience. Then travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for an orientation tour. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. (B) Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne (2 nights) Day 4: Melbourne Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. Perhaps visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne, or join a guided tour of the historical Queen Victoria Markets. There is also the chance to visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see the Penguin Parade. Witness them emerging from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests. Your Tour Director can discuss the full range of experiences available. (B)

Day 5: Melbourne – Great Ocean Road – 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 Arch before arriving in Warrnambool for your overnight stay. (BD) Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa Day 6: Warrnambool - Naracoorte This morning visit Tower Hill State Reserve. The area was a rich food source for the Koroit Gundidj people whose descendants retain links with the country. Enjoy a guided exploration before continuing into Mt. Gambier to visit the mysterious Blue Lake. Then it’s onwards to the world-renowned Coonawarra wine region for a tasting experience of the famous Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced on its “terra rossa” soil. Afterwards you’ll continue to Naracoorte where you will experience a walk through The Alexandria Cave. (BD) William MacIntosh Motor Inn Day 7: Naracoorte - Kangaroo Island Journey to Fleurieu Peninsula and visit the seaside town of Victor Harbor at lunchtime. 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. Visit a boutique distillery to taste a selection of their handcrafted premium spirits before finishing up with a short journey to Kingscote. (BD) Aurora Ozone Hotel (2 nights) Day 8: Kangaroo Island Today visit spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, where you may spot koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. You will then enjoy a sumptuous lunch behind the sand dunes at Vivonne Bay Lodge before enjoying a private Birds of Prey show at Raptor Domain. Afterwards, join a local specialist at Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk amongst a breeding colony of Australian sea lions. (BL)

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