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Make the most of southern Australia’s varying landscapes and spectacular scenery on this 19-day self-drive itinerary packed with excursions for the outdoor enthusiast. This tour incorporates plenty of opportunities for walks through scenic national parks and remarkable wilderness, encounters with native wildlife, a cruise around Wineglass Bay in Tasmania and outstanding coastal drives along Victoria's Great Ocean Road.
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Arrive into Sydney and transfer to the Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney for 1 night. (N)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Hobart in Tasmania. Collect your car hire at the airport and stay 1 night at The Lenna of Hobart in a Mountain View room. We recommend joining a guided Grand or Historic Hobart walking tour. (N)
Drive to the summit of Mount Wellington where you can explore extensive walking trails. Continue to Tasman National Park on the Tasman peninsula and Three Capes Walking Track. We suggest you purchase a 2-day pass which includes entry and a walking tour of Port Arthur Historic Site. Stay 2 nights at Stewarts Bay Lodge in a one-bedroom cabin. (N)
This morning join a Tasman Island cruise to the edge of the Great Southern Ocean. Spend time at leisure walking in the Tasman National Park before returning to Port Arthur, where we suggest you join a ghost walking tour in Port Arthur. (N)
Today, join a private tour to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a rescue centre for endangered
native wildlife, for a guided tour and closeup
encounters with the animals. Continue to
Swansea for a 2-night stay at the Meredith House
Take the Maria Island Ferry to Maria Island National Park for a self-guided walking tour where myriad wildlife can be found. Visit the world
heritage-listed convict site at Darlington before returning to Swansea. (N)
This morning we suggest you visit Freycinet National Park for a self-guided walk before joining a Wineglass Bay cruise. Experience Freycinet peninsula from the water, view sheer granite cliffs, sea caves and hidden coves. Continue to St Helens and stay overnight at the Tidal Waters Resort. (N)
This morning, travel north to Mount William National Park where you can walk amid lichencovered granite boulders and along stretches of sandy beach. Continue to the valley of Jackeys Marsh, which is approximately a 1-hour drive from Launceston. Stay 2 nights at Forest Walks Lodge, an intimate guesthouse surrounded by mountains and abundant wildlife. (B, D)
Today you will be taken on a guided walk through the ancient rainforest in Great Western Tiers with a forest expert. (B, D)
Return your car hire at Launceston airport and fly to Melbourne. Stay 2 nights at the Crown Promenade. The following day is at leisure to explore the city. (N)
Collect your hire car. Join the Great Ocean Road west to Apollo Bay, a scenic fishing port set in the picturesque foothills of the Otway Ranges. It offers a range of restaurants and cafes, art galleries, a seaside golf course and interesting museums. Stay 2 nights at Captain’s at the Bay. Following day at leisure. Optional excursions include a canopy walk in the Otway Ranges or a scenic flight over the Twelve Apostles rock formations. (N)
Continue west along the Shipwreck Coast through Port Campbell National Park and past the Twelve Apostles. Arrive into Port Fairy, a charming old fishing village. Stay 2 nights at Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel, which has an enviable position on Moyne river overlooking the marina of yachts in Port Fairy harbour. (B)
In the morning, drive west into the state
borders of South Australia and Victoria. Arrive
into the small town of Penola, from where you
can visit a number of excellent small wineries
in the Coonawarra wine region. Stay 1 night at
Georgie's Cottage in Penola. (B)
Continue along the Limestone Coast to Adelaide, where you will return your hire car. Stay 2 nights at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. The following day is at leisure to explore the various sights of Adelaide. (N)
Transfer to the airport and fly home or continue your holiday. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International and internal flights are not included with this itinerary. If you would like flight
options and prices, please call your Cox & Kings travel consultant.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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