Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Cruise into the pristine wilderness of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park • Kick back at a cosy, remote lodge in the shadow of Cradle Mountain • Explore Launceston, with its dramatic Cataract Gorge • Go kayaking or hiking amidst the beautiful surroundings of Freycinet National Park • Step back in time to Australia’s earliest days at the former prison in Port Arthur • Explore Hobart’s historic waterfront

10 day Grand Circle Hobart • Strahan • Gordon River Cruise • Cradle Mountain • Launceston • Freycinet National Park • Port Arthur • Hobart

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Day 1: Hobart - Strahan (298km/ 185 miles/ 4 hours) Travel across the centre of Tasmania to Strahan, passing through the lush scenery of the World Heritage Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Perhaps take the short scenic walk to Donaghys Lookout for spectacular views of the Franklin River Valley and Frenchmans Cap. Standard: Strahan Village; Superior: Franklin Manor (2 nights) Day 2: Strahan & Gordon River Cruise On day 2 you are booked on a spectacular Gordon River lunch cruise through the unspoilt scenery of what is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. (BL*) *Breakfast on Superior only Day 3: Strahan - Cradle Mountain (159km/ 99 miles/ 2 hours) Travel north to the small town of Zeehan, named after Abel Tasman’s ship and now a classified historic town. From Zeehan continue to Rosebery and then to Cradle Mountain National Park. (B*) Standard & Superior: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge (2 nights) *Superior only Day 4: Cradle Mountain

where you are free to relax. Perhaps visit beautiful Cataract Gorge, just 15 minutes’ walk from the centre. (B) Standard: Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston; Superior: Peppers Seaport Hotel Days 6 & 7: Launceston - Freycinet (309km/ 192 miles/ 4 hours via the Bay of Fires) Explore the spectacular beaches of the Bay of Fires and travel the tranquil coast to Freycinet National Park. Full day to explore; go kayaking, take a cruise or hike to the spectacular curved sandy beach at Wineglass Bay. Note: Guests must purchase a national park pass locally, which costs approx. $24 per vehicle per 24-hour period. (B*) Standard & Superior: Freycinet Lodge *Day 7 only Day 8: Freycinet - Port Arthur (210km/ 130 miles/ 3 hours) Drive across Eaglehawk Neck where dogs used to be stationed to capture any escaped prisoners from Port Arthur, the infamous former convict settlement. Entrance is included to the historic and extensive convict-era ruins, still atmospheric today. (B) Standard & Superior: Port Arthur Villas Day 9: Port Arthur - Hobart (94km/ 59 miles/ 1.5 hours) Perhaps take a harbour cruise or guided walk around Port Arthur. Enjoy the scenic Tasman Peninsula before driving back to historic Hobart where you’re free to explore. Standard: Travelodge Hobart; Superior: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart Day 10: Hobart The tour concludes on day 10. Note: Return your car by the same time it was picked up on day 1 to avoid additional charges. PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ hotel accommodation on a room-only basis (unless specified otherwise) • Gordon River cruise & entrance to Port Arthur Historic Site • Avis car rental for the tour duration • Self-drive kit, including maps & instructions Pricesareperpersonbasedon twinshare Standard from  £1099

Relax and enjoy the peace of this remote area. Look out for wildlife on the walking route around Dove Lake which sits in the shadow of Cradle Mountain’s jagged contours. Local activity programmes include guided walks and eco-tours. (B) Day 5: Cradle Mountain - Launceston (142km/ 89 miles/ 2 hours) Drive through the attractive

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