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  • Laidback coastal towns, enviable wine experiences and forested mountains are just a few of the reasons why you'll visit Australia's South again and again.

    There’s something for everyone in Australia’s South; Tasmania is brimming with outdoor adventure to satisfy keen explorers, Victoria offers a breathtaking blend of city and coast, and South Australia boasts some of the country’s most impressive wine and wildlife. Across 16 days, you have the opportunity to explore at your own leisure and disciver the best of each destination. We've included all the best activities to make this trip truly unforgettable...

    Begin your spectacular Great Ocean Road drive
    Begin your spectacular Great Ocean Road drive
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    Trip Highlights

     

    We've included a range of fantastic activities on this trip, but the highlight is the full-day Kangaroo Island guided tour. Immerse yourself in island life with a knowledgable guide by your side; go animal spotting as you walk through lush bushes, enjoy fresh cooked meals, spot Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach, and much more. It is truly an unforgettable experience and the best way to explore the island.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $3,979pp twin-share [+ $1,872 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • Beach-side
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • Wildlife

    12 Apostles to London Bridge Helicopter Ride

    Embark on an energetic flight that packs in the must-see Great Ocean Road sights, from the 12 Apostles, London Bridge and more. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    Barossa Valley & Hahndorf Wine Tour

    This tour gives you the chance to get to know Hahndorf and the Barossa Valley. When you’re not wine tasting or trying fresh dishes, you can wander through the historic streets of this enchanting area. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    Kangaroo Island Fully Guided Tour

    Travel through the Island’s most productive country to the north coast. Walk through the bush with your guide, look for for small wallabies and kangaroos, take a private tour of Seal Bay Conservation Park, and much more. With a knowledgable guide by your side and two delicious meals, this day will be truly unforgettable. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    More trip highlights:

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    MONA Entry

    You have the opportunity to explore Hobart's modern gallery of art and simply immerse yourself in the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh's $110m private collection. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Devils @ Cradle After Dark Feeding Tour

    The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing the extraordinary Tasmanian Devils in action each evening. Discuss biology, behaviour, threats and the important conservation work and enjoy a rare up-close of the Tasmanian Devils in a group feeding situation. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Gordon River Dinner Cruise

    Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience while watching the sun set. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Tour

    Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told about and ended up missing everything else on offer? Melbourne’s arcades and laneways hide many of these treasures, and this Hidden Secrets Tours Lanes and Arcades walking tour is the ideal way to discover and learn about the enchantment of Melbourne. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Paddle with a Platypus Kayak Tour

    Explore a little deeper below the surface of the Derwent Valley’s idyllic countryside from a kayak and ycatch a glimpse of the not so shy but still very wild local resident; the platypus. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    River and Rainforest Train Journey

    The River and Rainforest half day tour is a diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania's rugged west coast. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $3,979pp twin-share [+ $1,872 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Melbourne Airport (MLB)
    • 16 days car hire included
    • 16 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 31 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 15 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 1 return ferry trip to Kangaroo Island

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    AUD $6,499pp twin-share [+ $3,058 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Melbourne Airport (MLB)
    • 16 days car hire included
    • 16 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 34 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 15 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 10 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 return ferry trip to Kangaroo Island

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    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Inclusions

     

    Australia's South is more than just a destination, it's a hotspot for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, breathtaking scenery and quirky wildlife encounters. With the opportunity to explore at your own leisure with car hire and top-quality accommodation, we know you'll love this special holiday.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $3,979pp twin-share [+ $1,872 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Vast swathes of ochre outback, dramatic coastline, world-class wineries and historic towns and cities - you'll find it all in Australia's South."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

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    Flight Sydney to Melbourne

    Start your getaway off with a mid-morning flight into multicultural Melbourne.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    Flight Melbourne to Launceston

    Journey across to Tasmania with a flight from Melbourne into Launceston.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    Flight Hobart to Adelaide

    Say goodbye to Tasmania and journey to South Australia's glittering capital city, Adelaide.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    Return flight Adelaide to Sydney

    Finish your trip with a hassle-free return flight fom Adelaide.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    16 Days Car Hire

    Explore the Great Ocean Road, Tasmania and Adelaide at your own leisure with 16 days of car hire. Pick-up and drop-off in each major city.

    Hyundai i30 or similar; Suits max. 3 psns w/luggage; 4-door, Auto, Air con. Zero excess or excess cover optional.
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    1 night accommodation Melbourne

    Relax with the property's pool

    Spend one night in luxury as you explore Melbourne's bustling CBD.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.4+.
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    1 night accom Apollo Bay

    Enjoy the outdoor pool

    Enjoy 1 night in the gorgeous seaside town of Apollo Bay. Put your feet in the sand and watch the sunset over the water.

    Motel suite rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+.
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    1 night accommodation Port Fairy

    A comfortable king suite with everything you need

    Stop overnight in the historic Port Fairy. Set along the Moyne river, this destination is perfectly serene and a great place to relax.

    Suite rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.2+.
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    1 night accom Grampians National Park

    A gorgeous B&B surrounded by lush bush

    After you're done exploring the breath taking Grampians National Park, hunker down at this gorgeous B&B. If you're lucky, you might get a visit from some of the local kangaroos!

    B&B Room rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast included.
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    2 nights accommodation in Launceston

    Gorgeous accommodation in the heart of Launceston

    Celebrate your arrival into Tasmania with 2 nights in gorgeous Launceston! You'll have plenty of time to explore everything this city has to offer.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.0+.
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    1 night accommodation in Cradle Mountain

    Great place to spend a night

    Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors.

    Hotel room rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    2 nights accommodation in Strahan

    Perfectly positioned

    Your Strahan accommodation is in the centre of town with easy access to everything including dining.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.5+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    2 nights accommodation in Hobart

    Comfortable rooms for you to enjoy

    Explore the urban hub of Hobart. Your accommodation is centrally located, making it easy to navigate your way around this buzzing city.

    Hotel room rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.5+.
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    2 nights accommodation Adelaide

    Enjoy views of the city from the rooftop

    Spend 2 nights in vibrant Adelaide. Centrally located, you'll be close to all the city's highlights and points of interest.

     

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.0+.
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    Return ferry to Kangaroo Island

    Enjoy a relaxing return ferry journey to the beautiful Kangaroo Island. Includes car transport.

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    2 nights accommodation on Kangaroo Island

    Set right across the road from the ocean

    Enjoy the beauty of Kangaroo Island with 2 days to explore, indulge in delicious food, and simply relax.

    Hotel room rated Bronze standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.0+.

    Other:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Flexible group size

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants. Flights can be arranged from almost anywhere to Brisbane and you pay the lowest possible price.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Begin your epic journey through Australia's South with 5 days driving along Victoria's Great Ocean Road. Melbourne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy are just some of the highlight destinations you'll visit along the way. Then, you're off to gorgeous Tasmania for a week of leisurely exploring. We've included some great activities here to help immerse you. Finish your trip with two days in Adelaide's wine country before getting back to nature on Kangaroo Island - the perfect way to finish such an unforgettable trip.

    "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home." James Michener

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $3,979pp twin-share [+ $1,872 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    ARRIVE INTO MELBOURNE (1 NIGHT)

    Venture into Melbourne's hidden spaces and iconic laneways and find an eclectic nightlife, tantalising food and wine, a dynamic arts scene and more.

    Your hire car:

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    16 Days Car Hire

    Explore the Great Ocean Road, Tasmania and Adelaide at your own leisure with 16 days of car hire. Pick-up and drop-off in each major city.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

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    Take some time to explore Melbourne's colourful streets

    Multicultural Melbourne welcomes you

    Known for its coffee and laneway culture, Melbourne is a city begging to be explored. After disembarking your flight, drop your bags off at your accommodation and head into the lively streets. Explore with the aid of your trusty Lonely Planet guide, or get to know the “local’s Melbourne” with an optional tour. Wind through bustling laneways and arcades, coffee shops and rooftops, with a knowledgeable guide by your side.

    For dinner, indulge in one of Melbourne’s many renowned restaurants, like Attica, which offers a remarkable multi-course menu. Don’t forget to check the jam-packed events calendar, too. Hosting everything from live music festivals to theatre performances, there’s always something on in Melbourne to enjoy before settling down for the night in anticipation of your exciting journey ahead.

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    1 night accommodation Melbourne

    Spend one night in luxury as you explore Melbourne's bustling CBD.

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    Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Tour

    Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told about and ended up missing everything else on offer? Melbourne’s arcades and laneways hide many of these treasures, and this Hidden Secrets Tours Lanes and Arcades walking tour is the ideal way to discover and learn about the enchantment of Melbourne.

    (Optional AUD $99 Adult price)
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    DAY 2
    MELBOURNE - APOLLO BAY (1 NIGHT)

    Stop in to the beautiful village of Apollo Bay located at the foothills of the Otways. Hit the waters of the southern ocean, wander the coast and explore petrified rainforests full of waterfalls, ferns and crystal clear streams.

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    Begin your spectacular Great Ocean Road drive

    Begin your exciting Great Ocean Road trip

    It’s time to embark on one of Australia’s most incredible road trips, the Great Ocean Road. Depart Melbourne and drive west, meandering through the villages of the Bellarine Peninsula, where you will stop in at Head to Jack Rabbit Vineyard for a delectable lunch.

    Continue your journey along the Great Ocean Road, stopping to see the world-famous waves at Torquay and Anglesea, before arriving in Apollo Bay. Drop your bags at your accommodation, then embark on a dusk walk to spot kangaroos and koalas in the wild.

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    Comfortable rooms to relax for the night
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    1 night accom Apollo Bay

    Enjoy 1 night in the gorgeous seaside town of Apollo Bay. Put your feet in the sand and watch the sunset over the water.

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    DAY 3
    APOLLO BAY - PORT FAIRY (1 NIGHT)

    Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. The last destination on Victoria's famed Shipwreck Coast, Port Fairy boasts wide streets lined with nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines and old stone churches.

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    Marvel at the magnificent 12 Apostles

    Enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles

    Wake up early and hit the Great Ocean Road towards its most iconic attraction. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive to the 12 Apostles, but an early start is worth it to beat the crowds. These majestic limestone spires are famous for good reason – the eight pillars rise dramatically from the ocean, leaving just waves, beaches and crisp ocean air where the coastline has long since washed away, all of which you will witness with an unforgettable helicopter ride.

    In the afternoon, take the 1.5-hour drive to Port Fairy, a charming fishing village on Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast. We recommend a visit the natural wildlife sanctuary of Tower Hill to meet more of the state’s koalas, kangaroos and emus before turning in for the night.

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    Suites with everything you need
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    1 night accommodation Port Fairy

    Stop overnight in the historic Port Fairy. Set along the Moyne river, this destination is perfectly serene and a great place to relax.

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    12 Apostles to London Bridge Helicopter Ride

    Embark on an energetic flight that packs in the must-see Great Ocean Road sights, from the 12 Apostles, London Bridge and more.

    (Optional AUD $165 Adult price)
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    DAY 4
    PORT FAIRY - GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK (1 NIGHT)

    Grampians National Park is a nature reserve in Victoria, Australia. It’s known for its sandstone mountains, wildflowers and wildlife including echidnas and wallabies. Here, you'll discover outdoor activities, gastronomic delicacies & cosy cottages.

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    Explore Grampians National Park

    Visit Grampians National Park for a day of mountains, waterfalls and wooded tracks

    After three days driving the coast, it’s time to head inland to one of Victoria’s more rugged destinations. Take the 90-minute drive north to the Grampians National Park for a day of mountains, waterfalls and wooded tracks. There are hiking trails for every level here. Pack sturdy shoes for the Pinnacle Walk, a 2.1-kilometre (1.3-mile) walk that includes some water crossings and rock-hopping. At the top, you’ll get a grand view of Halls Gap and the many peaks of the Grampians. To explore the raw beauty of this place in more depth, visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the local Aboriginal heritage and explore ancient rock art.

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    Comfortable rooms to rest your head
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    1 night accom Grampians National Park

    After you're done exploring the breath taking Grampians National Park, hunker down at this gorgeous B&B. If you're lucky, you might get a visit from some of the local kangaroos!

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    DAY 5
    GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK - MELBOURNE - LAUNCESTON (2 NIGHTS)

    Launceston is Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights.

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    Gorgeous Launceston awaits

    Journey to beautiful Tasmania

    Gear up for a day of travel to your next destination: Australia's island state of Tasmania. Drive just under three hours from the Grampians to Melbourne Airport, where you'll catch an afternoon flight to Launceston, a small town with a lot to offer.

    Upon arrival, pick-up your new hire car and hit the road, setting your sights on the area’s nearby attractions, such as the breathtaking Bridestowe Lavender Estate (the fields are typically in full bloom from December to early February). If you're eager to explore the Australian wine scene, head to the Tamar Valley, just a 20-minute drive from the city. It’s known for its excellent chardonnay, riesling and pinot noir.

    In the evening, consult your Lonely Planet guide or simply stroll the streets to find a fantastic place to dine.

    Located in the heart of Launceston
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    2 nights accommodation in Launceston

    Celebrate your arrival into Tasmania with 2 nights in gorgeous Launceston! You'll have plenty of time to explore everything this city has to offer.

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    DAY 6
    LAUNCESTON

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    Explore Cataract Gorge

    Explore the spectacular Cataract Gorge

    Launceston’s most well-known and well-loved attraction is arguably the Cataract Gorge. It’s only a short trip out to the gorge, around 15 minutes or so from the city centre, and once you're there, you can enjoy walking and hiking trails, gardens, a suspension bridge – and for something a bit out of the box: the longest single span chairlift in the world.

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    Cataract Gorge chairlift

    Launceston's Gorge Scenic Chairlift lets you view the magnificent Cataract Gorge from above, located in Northern Tasmania.

    (Optional AUD $20 Adult price)
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    DAY 7
    LAUNCESTON - CRADLE MOUNTAIN (1 NIGHT)

    Iconic Cradle Mountain is a place of exceptional natural beauty in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. From moss-covered ancient rainforests and deep river gorges to snow-covered mountain peaks, wild alpine moorlands and glacial lakes, the park is revered for its diverse and breath-taking landscapes.

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    Snap a picture of gorgeous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

    Get back to nature at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

    Depart Launceston in the morning for the two-hour drive to Cradle Mountain, which forms the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Here, you’ll find jagged mountaintops, ancient rainforest and alpine habitats that reflect the wild nature of the area. Take your time while driving to explore; we recommend treating your tastebuds to some of Tasmania's finest produce with the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.

    In the afternoon, check in to your accommodation before visiting Devils @ Cradle, a wildlife conservation facility where you can see Tasmanian devils. Embarking on the after-dark feeding tour, you have a rare up-close opportunity to see the devils in a group feeding situation.

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    1 night accommodation in Cradle Mountain

    Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors.

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    Devils @ Cradle After Dark Feeding Tour

    The After Dark Feeding Tour provides an unforgettable experience, seeing the extraordinary Tasmanian Devils in action each evening. Discuss biology, behaviour, threats and the important conservation work and enjoy a rare up-close of the Tasmanian Devils in a group feeding situation.

    (Optional AUD $38 Adult price)
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    DAY 8
    CRADLE MOUNTAIN - STRAHAN (2 NIGHTS)

    Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Full of convict stories of the past, Strahan is now an iconic travel destination with shops selling artisan wares and eateries serving up delicious local produce.

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    Relax with a scenic sunset cruise

    Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise on the Gordon River

    Awake early to breathe in Tasmania’s crisp, clean air on the Dove Lake Walk, a two-hour circuit that leads around the glass-like Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. After your refreshing walk, jump back in the car and set your sights on gorgeous nearby Strahan.

    Upon arrival, check-in to your accommodation, enjoy some lunch and downtime before setting out on a spectacular sunset cruise. Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience and watching the sun set.

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    Perfectly positioned
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    2 nights accommodation in Strahan

    Your Strahan accommodation is in the centre of town with easy access to everything including dining.

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    Gordon River Dinner Cruise

    Venture deep into the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to share with you, the ancient rainforest, mysterious history and colourful characters of Tasmania's west coast. Cruise the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, Hells Gates, and more whilst enjoying a full dinner experience while watching the sun set.

    (Optional AUD $175 Adult price)
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    DAY 9
    STRAHAN

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    Embark on a train journey through the West Coast

    An unforgettable West Coast Wilderness adventure awaits

    Today you will embark on a half-day journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Stopping at remote train stations, you will visit Lower Landing and Dubbil Barril before returning to Strahan. Along the way,  soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide, as well as much more.

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    River and Rainforest Train Journey

    The River and Rainforest half day tour is a diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania's rugged west coast. From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. As you enter the rainforest, you'll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment.

    (Optional AUD $115 Adult price)
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    DAY 10
    STRAHAN - HOBART (2 NIGHTS)

    Climb a mountain and view captivating modern art in the same day. Eat fish and chips from a floating fish punt in the docks, or dine in the finest and freshest of restaurants. Add thriving markets, an unsurpassed natural setting and a tangible sense of history, and Tasmania's capital city really does have it all.

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    Explore the roads at leisure as you travel

    Embark on an exciting roadtrip down to Hobart

    Pack some snacks for the road, as this morning you’ll drive to Hobart, 4.5 hours from Strahan by car. Along the way, stretch your legs at Lake St Clair, which the area’s Aboriginal people called Leeawuleena, meaning sleeping water. It’s as peaceful as the name suggests.

    Nearby, check out the Wall in the Wilderness, where you’ll see intricate carvings depicting the history of the Tasmanian highlands. If you’re a wildlife lover, we recommend embarking on Tassie Bound’s Paddle with a Platypus kayak tour; take a leisurely paddle down the river to spot platypus' in their natural habitat, taking in the quiet natural surrounds as you float.

    If you arrive into Hobart in time for dinner, sit down at Peacock and Jones, a restaurant tucked away inside an old sandstone warehouse on the waterfront. Expect a laid-back affair, with an open kitchen and a locally sourced menu. Afterwards, head to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening relaxing at leisure.

    Located right on the bay
    Gorgeous views from your room
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    2 nights accommodation in Hobart

    Explore the urban hub of Hobart. Your accommodation is centrally located, making it easy to navigate your way around this buzzing city.

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    Paddle with a Platypus Kayak Tour

    Explore a little deeper below the surface of the Derwent Valley’s idyllic countryside from a kayak and ycatch a glimpse of the not so shy but still very wild local resident; the platypus.

    (Optional AUD $150 Adult price)
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    HOBART

    About today:

    Visit Hobart's modern art of museum, MONA

    Explore Tasmania's capital city

    Today is yours to explore Tasmania's gorgeous capital city.

    After enjoying breakfast, make your way to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) which showcases the highlights and lowlights of David Walsh's $110m private collection of arts and antiquities, and also hosts a busy exhibitions program. This is your opportunity to explore this subterranean bunker and simply immerse yourself in a very different world.

    If you're feeling adventurous, set off on an optional sightseeing tour of Hobart with the famous red double-decker hop-on hop-off buses. Choose from 20 different stops featuring the best sights and attractions in and around Hobart. Hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like, or stay on board and do the 90-minute city loop tour - the choice is yours!

    You also have the option to journey out to the historical Port Arthur. Enjoy elegant Georgian landscapes, see ancient oak trees astride white picket fences and long sweeping drives with quaint cottages, pretty gardens and an awesome array of colourful exotic trees in season. With a guided tour at the visitor centre you will hear vivid tales of early settlers’ military families who lived and worked in the convict settlement and hear tales of the hard lives of the convicts sent across the world to remote prison work places.

    Relax in the evening and enjoy your last night in Tasmania.

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    Port Arthur Historic Tour

    Port Arthur Historic Site is a special place of vivid history, cultural heritage and stories so compelling, you'll want to hear them again and again. Tour the grounds and learn about it's history.

    (Optional AUD $45 Adult price)
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    MONA Entry

    Located just up the river from Hobart, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) showcases the highlights (and lowlights) of David Walsh's $110m private collection of arts and antiquities, and also hosts a busy exhibitions program. This is your opportunity to explore this subterranean bunker and simply immerse yourself in a very different world.

    (Optional AUD $30 Adult price)
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    Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus

    The Red Decker is the official sightseeing tour of Hobart featuring the city's best sights and attractions. Use your 24-hour ticket to do the 90-minute city loop tour or hop-on hop-off at any of the 20 stops for the duration of your ticket.

    (Optional AUD $35 Adult price)
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    DAY 12
    HOBART - ADELAIDE (2 NIGHTS)

    Adelaide is easy to get around. The city rises from the middle of a tree-covered plain, between rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. Adelaide combines exceptional food and wine, events, art, attractions, shopping, wildlife, a bustling bar scene and world-class events; there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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    Explore Hobart's Salamanca Markets

    Say goodbye to Tasmania and fly to Adelaide

    This morning, take your time exploring Hobart’s inviting town; wander the waterfront of Salamanca Place (if you're lucky, the bustling markets will be on) or get a taste of Tasmania’s burgeoning whisky scene at Lark Distillery. Your morning is yours to enjoy at leisure.

    After experiencing the breadth of Victoria and Tasmania, take a late afternoon flight to the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Pick-up your hire car and settle into your accommodation.

    A quirky arts deco hotel
    Colourful rooms to spark up your trip
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    2 nights accommodation Adelaide

    Spend 2 nights in vibrant Adelaide. Centrally located, you'll be close to all the city's highlights and points of interest.

     

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    DAY 13
    ADELAIDE

    About today:

    Enjoy a day of wine tasting in the Barossa

    Relax with a day of winetasting in the Barossa Valley

    Taking in the patchwork of rolling hills, lush vineyards, and eclectic mix of German heritage, head out on a Barossa Valley & Hahndorf Wine Tour for the perfect day of exploring this beautiful part of Australia. Characterized by fairy tale orchards, wild bushland, and charming villages, the Barossa Valley forms the perfect backdrop for tasting some of the country’s best-loved wines and tucking into some delicious, local food.

    You’ll start by discovering the impressive mansions and homesteads of North Adelaide before travelling to the beautiful Jacobs Creek Winery, with its sprawling vineyards and peaceful backdrop.  Once you arrive at Jacobs Creek Estate, you will be treated to a delicious morning tea and a range of stunning wines to try.

    Afterwards, it’s on to Saltram’s winery, one of the best-known wine brands in the region.  You’ll also be able to indulge in a tutored wine tasting session here, and discover what makes the wines of this region so exquisite while listening to the ‘Saltram’ Story.

    In the afternoon, it’s time to be wined and dined at Lambert Estate; enjoy a scrumptious 2 course lunch and be treated to more wine tastings.

    On your way back to Adelaide, stop in at Hahndorf, the oldest German settlement in Australia, which is filled with leafy roads lined by Elm Trees, picturesque cottages, and plenty of artisan shops and galleries to explore. There’ll be time to do a bit of souvenir shopping here, and you can grab a coffee before we head back through Adelaide Hills’ beautiful villages, Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate, and Bridgewater.

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    Barossa Valley & Hahndorf Wine Tour

    This tour gives you the chance to get to know Hahndorf and the Barossa Valley. When you’re not wine tasting or trying fresh dishes, you can wander through the historic streets of this enchanting area.

    (Optional AUD $101 Adult price)
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    DAY 14
    ADELAIDE - CAPE JERVIS - KANGAROO ISLAND (2 NIGHTS)

    Kangaroo Island more than earns its ranking as Australia’s fourth major tourism icon. You simply can’t beat its wildlife and wilderness. Being in South Australia, the wine is pretty good too.

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    Gorgeous Kangaroo Island awaits

    Cross the waters to beautiful Kangaroo Island

    Start your day with the two-hour drive to Cape Jervis before catching the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is regarded as one of Australia’s best locations to spot wildlife, and this is only rivalled by the island’s incredible scenery. With your rental car and Lonely Planet guide, your day can be spent exploring at leisure.

    Located right by the sea
    Spacious rooms
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation on Kangaroo Island

    Enjoy the beauty of Kangaroo Island with 2 days to explore, indulge in delicious food, and simply relax.

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    DAY 15
    KANGAROO ISLAND

    About today:

    Meet the locals on a guided tour

    Meet the wildlife on half-day guided tour

    Kangaroo Island offers not only the opportunity to see native animals, but to also interact with them. Today, you’ll embark on an incredible wildlife encounter; have a cuppa with some home-made treats before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. Listen for the sounds of the bush – brightly coloured honeyeaters and brilliant parrots, cicadas or perhaps just the sound of silence. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, be on the lookout for the friendly kangaroos only found on the island.

    In the afternoon, your group will head to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a private tour among Australian sea-lions on a beautiful sandy beach – an experience similar to that of the Galapagos. Watch pups nursing or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology.

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    Kangaroo Island Fully Guided Tour

    Travel through the Island’s most productive country to the north coast. Walk through the bush with your guide, look for for small wallabies and kangaroos, take a private tour of Seal Bay Conservation Park, and much more. With a knowledgable guide by your side and two delicious meals, this day will be truly unforgettable.

    (Optional AUD $510 Adult price)
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    DAY 16
    KANGAROO ISLAND - CAPE JERVIS - ADELAIDE

    About today:

    Indulge in delicious food and wine in McLaren Vale

    Return home after an unforgettable getaway

    Unfortunately today marks the final day of your unforgettable getaway. Rising early, soak up any last minute experiences on Kangaroo Island before catching the ferry back to Cape Jervis. On your way back to Adelaide, make the detour through McLaren Vale, home to some of the world’s oldest grapevines. One of the most enticing attractions of the region is the d’Arenberg Cube, a winery and restaurant shaped like a twisting Rubik’s Cube.

    In the afternoon, catch your flight back home. We’re sure you’ll be back soon - until then, you have the photos and memories you made along the way.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    AUD $3,979pp twin-share [+ $1,872 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Melbourne

    A stylish hotel in the heart of the city

    Relax with the property's pool

    Spend one night in luxury as you explore Melbourne's bustling CBD.

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    Hotel
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    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.4 out of 5
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    Apollo Bay

    Enjoy the outdoor pool

    Comfortable rooms to relax for the night

    Enjoy 1 night in the gorgeous seaside town of Apollo Bay. Put your feet in the sand and watch the sunset over the water.

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    Motel & Apartments Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.7 out of 5
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    Motel suite

    Central Motel Port Fairy

    Enjoy the public amenities

    Suites with everything you need

    Stop overnight in the historic Port Fairy. Set along the Moyne river, this destination is perfectly serene and a great place to relax.

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    Motel & Apartments Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

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    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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    4.2 out of 5
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    Suite

    Dunkeld

    A gorgeous B&B surrounded by lush bush

    Comfortable rooms to rest your head

    After you're done exploring the breath taking Grampians National Park, hunker down at this gorgeous B&B. If you're lucky, you might get a visit from some of the local kangaroos!

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    B&B
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

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    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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    4.3 out of 5
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    B&B Room

    Launceston

    Located in the heart of Launceston

    Stylish rooms

    Celebrate your arrival into Tasmania with 2 nights in gorgeous Launceston! You'll have plenty of time to explore everything this city has to offer.

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    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.0 out of 5
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    Cradle Mountain

    Nestled in the mountains

    Great place to spend a night

    Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors.

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    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

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    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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    4.3 out of 5
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    Hotel room

    Strahan

    Sea view accommodation in Strahan

    Perfectly positioned

    Your Strahan accommodation is in the centre of town with easy access to everything including dining.

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    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Hobart

    Located right on the bay

    Gorgeous views from your room

    Explore the urban hub of Hobart. Your accommodation is centrally located, making it easy to navigate your way around this buzzing city.

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    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

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    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
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    Adelaide

    A quirky arts deco hotel

    Colourful rooms to spark up your trip

    Spend 2 nights in vibrant Adelaide. Centrally located, you'll be close to all the city's highlights and points of interest.

     

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    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    4.0 out of 5
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    Hotel room

    Kangaroo Island

    Located right by the sea

    Spacious rooms

    Enjoy the beauty of Kangaroo Island with 2 days to explore, indulge in delicious food, and simply relax.

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    Inn-style Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Bronze standard

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    Bronze standard: Self/externally rated as 3 to 4 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 50 to 70% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very good quality, clean and comfortable standard of accommodation including quality double or queen sized bedding, comfortable room decor, good range of facilities. Might or might not offer views from some rooms. The hotel is in a safe, central location or is in a good area within a short driving (bus or train) distance of the centre, and offers quality design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
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    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a flight provision is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price. Flights prices vary from different starting points so the final price will be confirmed before you decide to proceed.

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in each overnight destination. It will be resort or hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    All tour packages are flexible. Base tour packages are typically priced initially for a club or other group of 20 or more on a "Single group" charter basis. Others are priced as a "Multi-group" charter where more than one group can join, sometimes with their own group leader. Most trips can be priced for groups of as few as 6 people. Singles or couples or small groups of say 3 to 5 friends can join a tour that is listed as either a "Shared tour" or "Multi-group" charter. Group sizes mainly affect bus or coach type and whether or not a tour director is supplied.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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