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This is the essential itinerary for all who love walking and wilderness. Our Undiscovered Australia takes you to the iconic sights before whisking you to the heart of the wilderness and one of the last paradises on earth - Tasmania. We have a choice of walks on the days in Tasmania and with the expertise of our local guides, you will discover natural beauty seen by few.
- Australia’s must see icons: Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Great Ocean Road & the 12 Apostles
- Expert guiding in the true Tasmanian wilderness, the Tarkine
- World-class walking at Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, and the wild west coast
- Spectacular wildlife, waterfalls, & World Heritage Sites in legendary locations
- 17 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, excluding 5 lunches
- A full programme of guided walks led by a min of 1 specialist local leader (2 or more leaders in Tasmania)
- Sightseeing, entrance fees, internal flights & coach travel.
Stay in a selection of comfortable 3 & 4-star hotels and lodges, from modern city centre hotels to perfectly located wilderness lodges. All are en-suite and offer a taste of Australia.
The Grace Hotel, Sydney (2 nights) - Located in the heart of Sydney, this heritage-listed hotel offers us the ideal location for exploring the city, good comfortable rooms for us to relax in after our flight, and the prefect mix of old world charm with modern comfort.
The Carrington, Katoomba (2 nights) - The Carrington is perfect for our exploration of this World Heritage National Park. It still maintains a character and style befitting its former grandeur, and gives us large, comfortable rooms in which we can unwind after our days walks.
Alto on Bourke, Melbourne (1 night) - right in the centre of the city, again our accommodation here is perfectly located to allow us to explore independently if we've time (and energy) after the day's activities. Clean and comfortable rooms, the Alto Hotel on Bourke also prides itself on its eco-friendly practices.
Comfort Inn International, Apollo Bay (2 nights) – Just a short walk to the beach or the shops gives us options to take a stroll in the evening if we wish to. Rooms are large, clean and and comfortable. There's a small pool at the hotel too.
Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tasmania (2 nights) - Here we're accommodated in the heart of alpine bush, at the boundary of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. Welcoming log fires in the lounges and the Wilderness Gallery are a highlight of the Chateau. The gallery would be a visitor attraction in its own right, with 10 rooms showcasing excellent Australian photography. Add large, comfortable rooms to this list and we have the ideal location. (March 2017 will stay at Lemonthyme Lodge for 3 nights)
Corinna, Tarkine, Tasmania (2 nights) - we stay in the heart of the Tarkine in cottages which back directly onto the rainforest. The Tarkine is one of the least visited places in Tasmania due to its accessability, making this a unique experience. Each cottage has their own verandah and fully equipped kitchen. Water is heated by solar power, with each cottage having its own rainwater collection tank. (March 2017 will stay at Corinna for 1 night)
Stanley Seaview Inn, Stanley, Tasmania (1 night) - Located on Tasmania's North West Coast, our hotel here has wonderful views over the bay, and of "The Nut". Rooms are all spacious and comfortable.
Grand Chancellor, Launceston, Tasmania (1 night) - the hotel is central and offers us large, comfortable rooms. The hotel is graded as a 4.5 star, and whilst it provides us a good standard of accommodation, in our opinion, you should expect 3+ star standards. (March 2017 will stay at Penny Royal Apartments for 1 night)
Wintersun Gardens, Bicheno, Tasmania (2 nights) - our accommodation here is simple, but clean and comfortable. This is a motel rather than a hotel and the facilities reflect this. The accommodation is set in lovely gardens and offers us a nice and quiet out-of-town location where we can unwind after our days walks.
Hotel Lenna, Hobart, Tasmania (2 nights) - comfortable, good sized rooms with views over the harbour or Mount Wellington and a warm welcome at our final accommodation. This heritage hotel is in the perfect location if you wish to explore Hobart at the end of the day. It's located a short distance from the waterfront and the city centre.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
A balance of half-day walks with sightseeing or full day walks, ranging from 3-8 miles (4.75-12.75km) with optional harder walks of up to 11 miles (17.75km). Days include a choice of walks, with 2 leaders minimum for your walks in Tasmania.
Days 1-2: Depart UK – Overnight flight to Sydney.
Day 3: Arrival in Sydney – Transfer from the airport to our accommodation (2 nights). An opportunity to explore Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Day 4: Sydney Harbour National Park – A spectacular cliff-top walk in Sydney Harbour National Park, ending at the legendary Manly Beach. Returning by the Manly Ferry.
Day 5: To the Blue Mountains – drive to Katoomba and the heart of the Blue Mountains (2 nights), for an exploration of the exceptional Grand Canyon, finishing at Govetts Leap lookout, for stunning views over the Grose Valley.
Day 6: Exploring the Blue Mountains – we discover the Blue Mountains with a walking tour in and around the Scenic railway and Megalong Valley. Later we visit the spectacular Wentworth Falls.
Day 7: To Melbourne – transfer to Sydney for our flight to Melbourne (1 night), where we enjoy the highlights of this delightful city and the Yarra River.
Day 8: Great Ocean Road – Drive along the Great Ocean Road towards Apollo Bay (2 nights). A chance to see koalas in the wild at Cape Otway, before a spectacular beach walk from Shelly Beach to Apollo Bay.
Day 9: The 12 Apostles – enjoy a Great Ocean Walk to get the best views of the iconic 12 Apostles.
Day 10: To Tasmania – to Melbourne for our flight to Launceston, and the Tasmanian wilderness at Cradle Mountain (2 nights) for an introduction to the island’s own Devils.
Day 11: Cradle Mountain – a choice of walks in the Cradle Mountain area. A full-day walk, that takes in the magnificent Marion’s Lookout and optional scrambles to the summit of Cradle Mountain itself. Or a lovely half-day walk taking in the rainforests and lake views of the beautiful Dove Lake Circuit.
Day 12: To Corinna – drive to Corrina, with a walk enroute and a picnic lunch at Montezuma Falls. Afterwards, we continue to the tiny historic mining town of Corinna (2 nights), set in rainforest on the banks of the Pieman River.
Day 13: Exploring the Tarkine – A leisurely cruise on the historic Arcadia II, down the majestic Pieman River. Explore the the mouth of the Pieman River and take in the coastline before returning to Corinna in the afternoon.
Day 14: To Stanley – we move on now to the North Coast, and picturesque Stanley (1 night) to explore trails at some of the nearby reserves. A walk at Mt Donaldson is the highlight of the day.
Day 15: To Launceston – time to explore Stanley, with a short walk from East Arm Beach to The Nut, Stanley’s most significant landform, before returning to the city of Launceston (1 night) and gentle strolls in Cateract Gorge.
(Days 10 - 15 for March 2017 will be as follows: Day 10: to Melbourne for your flight to Launceston, and the Tasmanian wilderness at Cradle Mountain (3 nights) for an introduction to the island’s own Devils. Day 11: Explore Cradle Mountain area - walk to Marion's Peak lookout, optional ascent of summit. Day 12:Walks around Lemonthyme -Bridal falls and champagne falls loop, Drive to dove lake to walk the circuit in the afternoon. Day 13 Drive to Corinna (1 night)- stop at Montezuma Falls on the way, Tarkine Rainforest, wild west coast. Day 14 Boat cruise, or Walk on Mt Donaldson. Drive to Stanley. Day 15 Walk to The Nut, continue to Launceston, with optional walk at Cataract Gorge)
Day 16: to Bicheno – today we head east, for remarkable scenes of white sand beaches and turquoise seas, in the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula (2 nights). Superb opportunities for birdlife as we walk along Friendly Beaches. We'll stop at one of the famous east coast wineries too on our journey today.
Day 17: Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park – a choice of either a full or a half day walk, the highlight of both is the world famous Wineglass Bay.
Day 18: Port Arthur & Hobart – an insight into the infamous Port Arthur’s Penal Settlement, before we head to Hobart (2 nights).
Day 19: Hobart & Mount Wellington– we enjoy a final walk on a trail taking us to the summit of Mount Wellington for a fantastic viewpoint. There is plenty of time left in the afternoon too, to explore Hobart further or to do some souvenier shopping.
Day 20: Departure day – departure day as we make our way to mainland Australia and our onward flights.
Day 21: Arrival in UK
A full passport, valid for the length of stay, is required to enter Australia.
Canadian and US citizens require an ETA (electonic travel authorisation). These must be applied for in advance, and cost AUS $20. Please go to www.eta.immi.gov.au or consult your embassy for advice. British and EU passport holders need an eVisitor visa (subclass 651). To do this you need to create an Immiaccount via https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login . There is no charge for an eVisitor visa. Please see https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651- for further information.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health:www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK, in emergencies only, which allows residents from the UK free hospital treatment.
Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall is spread throughout the year. The weather is moderated by proximity to the ocean
Melbourne (and the Great Ocean Road) has a moderate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. This is mainly due to Melbourne's location situated on the boundary of the very hot inland areas and the cold southern ocean.
Climate in Tasmania is temperate maritime, being surrounded by sea, and rarely experiences extremes of temperature. The prevailing weather pattern is from west to east and as a result the west coast is the wettest, while the east coast is almost always warmer and milder than the rest of the state. Tasmania has a cool temperate climate with four distinct seasons.
The local currency is the Australian dollar (A$). Major credit cards are accepted. Use may be restricted in small towns and outback areas. ATMs are found in all major towns and cities. However, you may have limited or no access to ATMs in small towns and outback areas. Exchange facilities are available for all incoming and outgoing flights at all international airports in Australia. International-class hotels will exchange major currencies for guests. It is recommended that visitors change money at the airport or at city banks. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
Tips are included on this holiday.
Walking boots must be clean of mud/soil before entering Australian immigration.
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Dates & Prices
|11 Nov 2017||
AAWHW - Undiscovered Australia - Tasmania
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|13 Nov 2017||AAWHW - Undiscovered Australia - Tasmania||17||£4,985.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Single room: £995 (2017)
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person