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10 days | Departs 16 Sep 2019 –
Take a magnificent journey into the rugged Cann River Forests and along the East Coast to Mallacoota. Explore the sensational Canberra Floriade in its full glory before returning via the stunning Snowy Mountains.
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Fly from your homeport to the city of Adelaide, South Australia on the day before your tour begins. A transfer will take you to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of your day is at leisure for you to explore the city.
There’s plenty to see and do in Adelaide – why not take a tour of the famous Adelaide Oval, a stroll down Rundle Mall or take a short tram ride to the seaside suburb of Glenelg. If you are arriving in Adelaide in the morning, you may also wish to take a half day tour to the McLaren Vale wine region or to the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Tonight, we recommend dining at one of the many restaurants in the city or in the seaside suburb of Glenelg.
❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar (1 night)
Travel via luxury coach up the South-Eastern Freeway to Tailem Bend continuing to Bordertown and Horsham to
Ballarat. Refreshment and lunch stops are made during the day. On arrival in Ballarat we check into our motel for dinner.
❱ Hotel stay: Comfort Inn Bell Tower (1 night)
After breakfast, we travel via Melbourne to sale passing through the stunning Gippsland area. The tour continues to Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance for dinner and our overnight stay.
❱ Hotel stay: Glenara RSL Motel (1 night)
After breakfast we tour the attractions of Lakes Entrance before setting off for Mallacoota. Lakes Entrance is extremely popular all year round due to its massive lake system and esplanade. We travel via Nowa Nowa and Cabbage Tree Creek to Orbost. This pretty township is surrounded by National Parks, forests and beaches and is set on the banks of the legendary Snowy River. You
can see a slab hut originally built in 1872 by Pioneers and relocated from the upper Snowy River!
❱ Hotel stay: Mallacoota Motel (2 nights)
After breakfast, we travel to the Mallacoota wharf to board the historic ‘Loch Ard’ for a unique cruise into a magical wilderness area. The cruise takes us deep into a pristine wonderland within the Mallacoota/Gipsy Point waterways and into the lower reaches of the Wallagaraugh River. The cruise ventures into perhaps the most remote corner of Victoria! See Rare Sea Eagles and
Eastern Water Dragons together with an abundance of birdlife in their natural habitat.
We explore Mallacoota and the immediate environment. View Gabo Island from Bastion Point and wander along the pristine beach beside the ocean entrance to the ‘Inlet’. The selection of luxury homes featuring mud brick construction are full of interest. We also travel towards Betka and the Quarry beaches. You will marvel at the ancient and weathered sedimentary rock formations originally part of the seabed and now forming an imposing cliff face. A picnic lunch is provided.
You will be fascinated as you explore Mallacoota’s World War 2 airfield in the company of a local historian and visit an old
communications bunker hidden within the forest.
After breakfast we cross the border into NSW and the scenic “Sapphire Coast”. We call into Eden where we enjoy a spectacular panorama at Twofold Bay. Here we also enjoy a morning tea at Rotary Park, our lunch is at Merimbula.
❱ Hotel stay: Araluen Motor Lodge (1 night)
After breakfast we depart Batemans Bay to begin a delightful tour through the New South Wales Southern Tablelands and Budawang National Park to the historic township of Braidwood. We enjoy a morning tea stop before continuing to Canberra, arriving around midday.
On our arrival we visit Parliament House for lunch in the Parliament House Café. Australia’s new Parliament House is an impressive building on the banks of Lake Burly Griffin. The impressive structure is sculptured in the shape of the original hill and the interior is made entirely of Australian timbers. We tour the Great Hall where one of the original four copies of the Magna Carta is on display. We may have the opportunity to watch Parliament in session.
This evening your dinner is at your own cost and has been left free for your choice of venue. Enjoy a meal in-house at your accommodation or you may wish to visit the RSL Club which adjoins the building.
❱ Hotel stay: Alpha Hotel (2 nights)
After breakfast, we visit the popular annual Canberra Floriade. This incredible event has become one of the world’s major flower festivals. The amazing array of springtime flowers and colours of thousands of tulips are the best in the Southern Hemisphere! Queen Elizabeth herself was impressed by the displays during her visit to the Floriade event in 2011.
After visiting some Canberra’s special highlights, we travel to the impressive Australian War Museum for a tour which will include the moving Last Post Ceremony. This evening enjoy dinner and overnight at our accommodation.
After breakfast we travel to Cooma, where you will see the Avenue of Flags which was established to honour workers from 27 countries who helped to complete the Great Snowy Mountains project. The Snowy Memorial was erected to the memory of the 121 people who lost their lives while working on the Snowy Mountain Scheme and in Cooma Park there is a statue of A.B. Patterson’s ‘Man from Snowy River’. Drive along the Snowy Mountain Highway through scenery to Adaminaby. During the construction of the huge Snowy Mountain Scheme in the 1950’s, Adaminaby was flooded to create Lake Eucumbene and the town was moved to a new site. After lunch enter the stunning Kosciuszko National Park. We travel to Tumut for our overnight stay and dinner.
❱ Hotel stay: Best Western Motel (1 night)
After breakfast we depart Tumut and travel via the Snowy Mountain Highway to join the Hume Highway. Our tour travels through the town of Tarcutta, Holbrook and on to Albury we cross back into Victoria then to Benalla for lunch. After lunch we tour to Bendigo for our overnight stay and dinner.
❱ Hotel stay: All Seasons Resort (1 night)
After breakfast, we depart Bendigo and travel through Victoria’s Mid-Eastern area. We continue to Nhill before arriving at Bordertown. We continue to Adelaide via the Great Eastern Freeway arriving approximately 6pm.
You will be dropped off at your hotel in Adelaide at the end of your tour for your overnight stay.
The next day, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Adelaide and South Australia. Ask us about optional tours that are available today including day tours to the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills or the McLaren Vale wine region. Alternatively, you may wish to take a stroll down Rundle Mall or visit the Adelaide Zoo and the Botanic Gardens. Later today, a chauffeured car will take you from your hotel to Adelaide Airport in time for your flight back to your homeport.
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16 Sep 2019
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