Snowy Mountains, Mallacoota & Canberra Highlights

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10 days | Departs 20 Apr 2020 –
Adelaide » Ballarat » Lakes Entrance » Mallacoota » Canberra » Tumut » Bendigo
Join us on a truly magnificent journey into the rugged Cann River Forests and along the East Coast to Mallacoota. Later, explore more of sensational Canberra in its full glory before returning back to Adelaide via the stunning Snowy Mountains.

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Highlights
  • Explore the historic gold mining town of Ballarat
  • Experience the highlights of Lakes Entrance
  • Enjoy a unique wilderness cruise aboard the historic ‘Loch Ard’
  • Explore the town of Mallacoota
  • Journey along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives
  • Spend ANZAC Day in Canberra with an opportunity to experience the national dawn service
  • Guided tour of Canberra’s highlights including Parliament House
  • Travel through the picturesque Snowy Mountains
  • Explore the historic town of Bendigo
Inclusions
  • Guided touring with onboard commentary
  • Quality accommodation throughout your holiday
  • 10 breakfasts (B), 1 morning tea (M), 2 lunches (L) & 8 dinners (D)
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Pre-Tour Arrangements for Interstate Travellers

Your adventure begins with a flight to the beautiful city of Adelaide. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

❱ 1 night: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar

Day 1 / Monday 20 April: Adelaide to Ballarat (BD)

Adelaide travellers will be met at home and transferred to the Central Bus Station to join the tour. Interstate travellers will be picked up from the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.

★ A delicious boxed breakfast will be provided to you as you travel aboard our luxurious air-conditioned motor coach from Adelaide.

We travel via air-conditioned luxury coach up the South Eastern Freeway to Tailem Bend for a morning tea stop. We continue to Bordertown and Horsham on our way to Ballarat. Refreshment and lunch stops are made during the day. On arrival in Ballarat we check into our motel for dinner.

❱ 1 night: Bell Tower Inn

Day 2 / Tuesday 21 April: Ballarat to Lakes Entrance (BD)

This morning after breakfast we travel into Melbourne. After a short break, we continue via Dandenong to Sale in the stunning Gippsland area. After a break for lunch the tour continues to Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance for dinner and our overnight stay.

❱ 1 night: Banjo Paterson Motor Inn

Day 3 / Wednesday 22 April: Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota (BD)

★ This morning, enjoy a tour of the main attractions of Lakes Entrance.

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!

★ After lunch, we continue to Cann River which joins the Croajingalong National Park and provides access to Point Hicks.

The point is named after Captain Cook’s senior lieutenant who was the first European to sight the East Coast of Australia! After a break for refreshments, we continue crossing the Thurra River into the Alfred National Park via Genoa to Mallacoota. On arrival, we settle into our hotel before dinner in the restaurant.

❱ 2 nights: Mallacoota Hotel

Day 4 / Thursday 23 April: Wilderness Cruise (BMLD)

★ After breakfast, we board the historic ‘Loch Ard’ for a unique cruise into a truly 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. We venture 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. Stop for a picnic lunch during the cruise which is often enjoyed to the sound and the company of the Bell Mynah & Lyrebird Orchestra!

★ Our afternoon is spent exploring more of the town of Mallacoota & its 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. You will be fascinated as you explore Mallacoota’s World War 2 airfield in the company of a local historian and also visit an old communications bunker hidden within the forest.

Later, time is available to take a stroll through a peaceful rainforest in the Croajingalong National Park.

Day 5 / Friday 24 April: Mallacoota to Canberra (BD)

★ We begin our day with a journey along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives.

We tour north to the township of Eden then on to Tathra before arriving in Bega, a town that is well known for its famous cheese. After a lunch stop, we continue along the coast through popular fishing settlements and holiday homes to Moruya & Mogo and on to Batemans Bay, one of the coast’s most popular tourist towns.

Later, we tour into Australia’s capital city, Canberra before checking into our accommodation.

❱ 3 nights: Alpha Motel

Day 6 / Saturday 25 April: ANZAC Day in Canberra (BLD)

★ Spend ANZAC Day in Canberra with a range of events throughout the day.

Our day begins at about 5.00am to allow us to be seated at the national dawn service. The ceremony is bound to be something to remember with pride forever! After lunch, we visit the Canberra War Memorial & National Gallery.

Day 7 / Sunday 26 April: Canberra (B)

★ Our day begins with a tour of Australia’s Parliament House before a guided tour of Canberra’s highlights.

We finish our day with a delightful cruise on Lake Burley Griffin – a wonderful way of taking in the beauty of our capital!

Day 8 / Monday 27 April: Canberra to Tumut (BD)

★ After breakfast, we travel via the town of 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.

★ We also stop in Cooma Park to see the statue of A.B. Patterson’s ‘Man from Snowy River’.

You will also see the remains of the Southern Cloud aircraft which crashed near Cooma in 1931. Drive along the Snowy Mountain Highway through stunning 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 refreshments, we enter the stunning Kosciuszko National Park and travel to Tumut for our overnight stay & dinner.

❱ 1 night: Best Western Farrington

Day 9 / Tuesday 28 April: Tumut to Bendigo via Albury (BD)

★ After breakfast, we travel along the Snowy Mountain Highway to join the Hume Highway.

Our tour travels through the town of Tarcutta, Holbrook and on to Albury. After lunch we continue to Benalla and Seymour. From Seymour, we tour to Bendigo for our overnight stay and dinner.

❱ 1 night: Quality Inn Colonial

Day 10 / Wednesday 29 April: Bendigo to Adelaide (B)

★ We depart Bendigo after breakfast and travel through Victoria’s Mid-Eastern region to Horsham.

We then continue to Nhill before arriving at Bordertown. After a stop for lunch we tour through South Australia to Keith and into Adelaide via the Great Eastern Freeway arriving late afternoon.

Adelaide travellers will be met on arrival at the Adelaide Central Bus Station and transferred home by chauffeured vehicle. Interstate travellers will be dropped off at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.

Post-Tour Arrangements for Interstate Travellers

You will be dropped off at your hotel in Adelaide for your overnight stay.

The next day, enjoy some time at leisure to explore Adelaide. Ask us about optional tours that are available today including day tours to the beautiful Adelaide Hills & of the famous Adelaide Central Market.

Later, a chauffeured car will take you to Adelaide Airport in time for your flight.

❱ 1 night: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel or similar

Additional information
Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Hobart (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Melbourne (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Perth (includes pre & post tour arrangements), Sydney (includes pre & post tour arrangements)

Departure

20 Apr 2020

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Economy Class group airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    Within 60 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.

  • Images are courtesy of Destination New South Wales, the South Australian Tourism Commission, VisitCanberra & Visit Victoria.
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