Views from the South

Melbourne • Great Ocean Road • Grampians National Park • Ballarat • Hobart • Port Arthur • Freycinet National Park • Launceston

About This Journey

12 Days Starting from $1835 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive + Fly

Go from Melbourne’s urban cool to driving the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Try out your hiking boots in the Grampians National Park, before discovering the gold-rush past of Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill. On to Tasmania, you’ll find more history at former convict colony, Port Arthur. Explore Freycinet National Park, home to unforgettable Wineglass Bay. Ride the chairlift over the truly unique Cataract Gorge in Launceston.

Domestic airfare prices are subject to variables. Contact us for a tour quote including current domestic airfares.

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  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 10 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Otway Fly Treetop Walk
  • Tasmanian National Parks Pass
  • Port Arthur Historic Site Entry
  • Bicheno Evening Penguin Tour
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International & domestic flights, Meals & drinks (unless stated), Petrol/gas, Personal travel insurance, Suggested activities
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Day 1
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Welcome to Australia

Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
G’day Melbourne

A private transfer will meet you from your flight, provide you with your travel pack and drive you to your accommodation.

Step aboard the free City Circle tram to explore the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Aquarium or Old Melbourne Gaol. Walk around the city’s hub Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre exhibiting Australian art. Jump on a tram to explore beachside St Kilda and Luna Park. Travel up Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views. Step aboard a river cruise or stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sports fans will enjoy the Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena. Discover unique bars, cafes and restaurants along the city’s laneways or Southbank Promenade.

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    Accommodation    The Victoria Hotel
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    Melbourne – The Victoria Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite & offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable cable

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, Cnr Flinders & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne; Open Mon-Sun 6am-1am


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
Day 2
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Free Time Melbourne

Explore Melbourne

Step aboard the free City Circle tram to explore the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Aquarium or Old Melbourne Gaol. Walk around the city’s hub Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre exhibiting Australian art. Jump on a tram to explore beachside St Kilda and Luna Park. Travel up Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views. Step aboard a river cruise or stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sports fans will enjoy the Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena. Discover unique bars, cafes and restaurants along the city’s laneways or Southbank Promenade.

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    Accommodation    The Victoria Hotel
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    Melbourne – The Victoria Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite & offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable cable

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, Cnr Flinders & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne; Open Mon-Sun 6am-1am


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Suggested Activites:

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    Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Morning Tour
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    Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Morning Tour

    Experience an authentic Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers, plus meet cheeky crimson rosellas and king parrots at Grants Picnic Ground in Sherbrooke Forest. Follow a short bushwalk amongst the stunning Dandenong Ranges National Park surrounds, then step aboard the famous Puffing Billy steam train.

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    Phillip Island Afternoon Tour
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    Phillip Island Afternoon Tour

    Meet kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and colourful birds and reptiles at Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Depending on the time of year visit beautiful Woolamai Beach. Enjoy magnificent views of Bass Strait and the Nobbies, home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. At sunset watch the little penguins waddle ashore to their burrows from intimate penguins plus viewing area.

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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Take in stunning cliff top views overlooking Australia’s iconic surf location Bells Beach. Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet offers amazing views over Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary and Great Ocean Road. Pay tribute to soldiers from World War I who helped construct the road at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. View the peaceful Otway Ranges Erskine Falls and Great Ocean Road from Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne. Spot humpback and southern right whales from June to August. Between Lorne and Apollo Bay the road is carved into cliffs with the ocean below. Spectacular panoramic views along the coastline can be enjoyed at Marriners Lookout.

Melbourne to Apollo Bay
187 kilometres : 2 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    Seaview Motel & Apartments
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    Apollo Bay – Seaview Motel & Apartments

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm, Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WIFI

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in apartments

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Foodworks, 4 Hardy St, Apollo Bay; Open Mon-Sun 8am-7pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included
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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

See remote rainforest, coastal scenery, wildlife and mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway. Melba Gully’s ancient rainforest or Otway Fly Treetop Walk are near Lavers Hill. View natural wonders the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps, Lord Ard Gorge and London Arch. Seaside village Port Campbell is a great spot for a break. Explore Warrnambool’s Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, home to Australia’s richest shipwreck collection. See koalas, emus and kangaroos roaming freely at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. View Aboriginal cultural displays and crafts at Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre in the reserve. Discover historic whaler’s cottages and a walkway to Griffiths Island in Port Fairy.

Apollo Bay to Port Fairy
189 kilometres : 2 3/4 hours

Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Experience a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Otway Ranges cool temperate rainforest from the world’s tallest and longest treetop walk. Be elevated from the depths of the rainforest floor up into the soaring heights of the trees. Informative signs explain the unique plants and wildlife you see along the 1 hour return walk.

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    Accommodation    Ashmont Motor Inn
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    Port Fairy – Ashmont Motor Inn

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: fridge, microwave, toaster

    Laundry facilities: in apartments only

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA, 34 Sackville St, Port Fairy; Open Mon-Sun 8am-8pm (Fri 8am-8.30pm)


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      Otway Fly Treetop Walk

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    Otway Zipline & Treetop Walk
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    Otway Zipline & Treetop Walk

    Zip through the leafy treetops of the Otway Ranges from one Cloud Station to another, suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor. Specialist guides will provide training and unique rainforest insights on this 2 hour, 30 minute rainforest experience. View the stunning Otway Ranges from the world’s tallest and longest treetop walk.

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Drive Port Fairy to Grampians National Park

Port Fairy to Grampians National Park

See koalas, emus and kangaroos roaming freely at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, nestled inside a dormant volcano. View Aboriginal cultural displays and crafts at Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre in the reserve. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the picturesque Dunkeld Arboretum waterways surrounded by Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt. Walk to cascading waterfalls, discover ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, overlook rugged mountain ranges and see native wildlife in the stunning Grampians National Park. Enjoy local produce and wines at cafes and restaurants in Halls Gap, the heart of the Grampians.

Port Fairy to Halls Gap
168 kilometres : 2 hours

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    Accommodation    Mountain View Motor Inn
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    Halls Gap – Mountain View Motor Inn

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities in lodges

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Halls Gap General Store, 103 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap; Open Mon-Sun: 9:15am–6.15pm (limited supplies)


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Suggested Activites:

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    Bunjil's Aboriginal Creation Tour
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    Bunjil's Aboriginal Creation Tour

    Join an Aboriginal guide on a 3 hour tour to learn about the local creation story of the Grampians and view ancient Aboriginal Rock Art at the resting place of the creator spirit Bunjil. Learn about the cultural, historical and spiritual significance of the area and finish off with a wattle seed damper and lemon myrtle tea.

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Drive Grampians National Park to Melbourne - Fly to Hobart

Grampians National Park to Hobart

Visit the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat, celebrating the culture of Chinese immigrants who came to find gold in the 1800s. Join a guided tour to learn about early gold mining times and to explore the eerie J Ward historic building, once home to the criminally insane. Join the gold rush at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill open air museum and learn about the famous Eureka Stockade at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Arrive at Melbourne Airport and return your rental car and catch your flight to Hobart. Upon arrival at Hobart Airport collect your rental car and continue onto your accommodation.

Halls Gap to Melbourne Airport
254 kilometres : 3 hours

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Hotel
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    Hobart – Travelodge Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi (limits apply)

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, 44 Argyle St, Hobart; Open Mon-Sun 7am-10pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Sovereign Hill Entry
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    Sovereign Hill Entry

    Join the 1851 gold rush at Sovereign Hill! Pan for gold, ride a horse-drawn carriage, see steam-driven machinery, go underground into a mine and keep a look out for Redcoat soldiers. View the Gold Museum’s historical mining and military collections, period costumes and photographs.

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Free Time Hobart

Explore Hobart

Wander the streets of Salamanca Place lined with 19th century waterfront warehouses now home to cafes, restaurants, galleries and every Saturday the famous Salamanca Markets. Discover one of Hobart’s oldest and most historic areas Battery Point. Delve into the unconventional at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Meet native wildlife including Tasmanian devils, wombats and echidnas at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a cold beer and tour at Cascade Brewery, Australia’s oldest brewery. Mount Wellington offers spectacular panoramic views over Hobart. Explore Cascade Female Factory, once a workhouse and prison for female convicts.

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Hotel
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    Hobart – Travelodge Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi (limits apply)

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, 44 Argyle St, Hobart; Open Mon-Sun 7am-10pm


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    Bruny Island Wilderness Day Tour
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    Bruny Island Wilderness Day Tour

    Depart Hobart headed for Kettering to catch the ferry across to Bruny Island. Step aboard a purpose built boat and explore some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Witness the Breathing Rock and pass between The Monument. See fur seals at Friar Rock, sea eagles and albatross above, dolphins surfing the boats bow wave, and from May to July and September to December possible migrating humpback and southern right whales sightings.

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    Hobart History, People & Places Walking Tour
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    Hobart History, People & Places Walking Tour

    Follow the waterfront to beautiful Salamanca, taking in the wonders of a convict-built city on a 2 hour guided walk. Uncover the story of the birth of a new British colony and view well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture. Hear fascinating and scandalous stories about endurance, business empires, adventurers, convicts, villains and heroes.

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    Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour
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    Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour

    Enter the animals’ world on a unique 2 1/2 hour wildlife experience, hand-feeding eastern quolls, tawny frogmouths and sugar gliders. First it’s dinner time for daylight dwellers and then nocturnal animals get their breakfast. Have a tug of war with Tasmanian devils for their dinner, meet a mob of kangaroos plus injured or orphaned animals.

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Drive Hobart to Port Arthur

Tasmanian National Parks Pass
Hobart to Port Arthur

Explore elegant Richmond’s historic Georgian buildings housing cafes, restaurants, pubs and galleries. Picnic at Richmond Park Boat House or hire a row boat and paddle to convict built Richmond Bridge. Great food and wine can be found in Coal River Valley. Taste fresh seafood including crayfish and oysters in Dunalley. Overlooking stunning Pirates Bay is peaceful Eaglehawk Neck, once home to a brutal barricade to stop convicts escaping. Meet Tasmanian devils and kangaroos at Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Uncover Van Diemen’s Land history at Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia’s best preserved convict site.

Hobart to Port Arthur
109 kilometres : 1 1/2 hours

Port Arthur Historic Site Entry

Step into the lives of the convicts, soldiers and their families sent from British colonies on a 40 minute guided walking tour. Explore the heritage gardens, the Dockyard and more than 30 historic buildings, ruins and museum houses. Step aboard a 25 minute cruise along the Port Arthur Harbour. Uncover the stories of the Port Arthur Historic Site and its people at the Port Arthur Gallery.

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    Accommodation    Lufra Hotel
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    Eaglehawk Neck – Lufra Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    Onsite restaurant: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in apartments

    Laundry facilities: on site and in apartments

    All rooms non smoking


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      Tasmanian National Parks Pass
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        Port Arthur Historic Site Entry
Day 9
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Drive Port Arthur to Freycinet National Park

Port Arthur to Freycinet National Park

Near Eaglehawk Neck a short walk leads to unusual rock formation the Tessellated Pavement. Stretch your legs along The Convict Trail or the cliff top coastal walk between East Shelly Beach and Spring Beach in Orford. Stop and view the convict built Three Arch Bridge and unusual Spiky Bridge. Take a break at Swansea Bark Mill, a fascinating museum with a bakery and tavern. Loon.tite.ter.mair.re.le.hoin.er Walk winds its way along the Swansea headland. Sample Freycinet Coast cool climate wines at cellar doors. On the edge of Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay Lookout provides one of Tasmania’s most celebrated and breathtaking views.

Port Arthur to Coles Bay
236 Kilometres : 3 hours

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    Accommodation    BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet
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    Coles Bay – BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities in cabins: fridge, stove, oven, microwave, toaster

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Bay Express, 31 Esplanade Coles Bay, Coles Bay; Open Mon-Sun 8am-closing time seasonal


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Free Time Freycinet National Park - Drive to Bicheno

Freycinet National Park to Bicheno

Discover views over Sleepy Bay, across to Wineglass Bay at Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Join a kayak or quad bike tour, or enjoy a scenic flight. Look out for wildlife including wombats, wallabies and sea eagles. Hike to Wineglass Bay Lookout, then down to the white sands and turquoise waters of Wineglass Beach. Taste local oysters, mussels, abalone and rock lobster at rustic Freycinet Marine Farm. Hand feed kangaroos at Bicheno’s East Coast Natureworld. Scenic walks lead to Rocking Rock and Bicheno Blowhole. Dine on seasonal seafood, from crayfish, abalone to Australian salmon.

Coles Bay to Bicheno
38 kilometres : 45 minutes

Bicheno Evening Penguin Tour

See remarkable little fairy penguins up close and safely without disturbing them or their natural habitat at dusk in Bicheno on a 1 hour guided tour. After a busy day’s fishing watch the fairy penguins emerge from the ocean and head for their nests at the rookery, created by locals to protect the penguin population.

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    Accommodation    Wintersun Gardens Motel
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    Bicheno – Wintersun Gardens Motel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA Everyday, 39 Foster St, Bicheno; Open Mon-Sat 8am-5:30pm, Sun 8:30am-5pm


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      Bicheno Evening Penguin Tour

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    Wineglass Bay Cruise - Vista Lounge
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    Wineglass Bay Cruise - Vista Lounge

    Step aboard a magical 4 hour cruise from Coles Bay to breathtaking Wineglass Bay. View the spectacular Freycinet Peninsula coastline matched with the skippers local knowledge. Anchor amongst the white sand and turquoise waters of Wineglass Bay for a delicious lunch. Look out for dolphins, seals, little penguins and in season humpback whales.

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    Freycinet Kayak Tour
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    Freycinet Kayak Tour

    Enjoy a relaxed 3 hour guided kayak tour, gliding beneath pink granite mountains, past pristine sandy beaches and across crystal clear water. Look out for wildlife as you weave along the coastline, while your guide shares little known stories of the area. Stop on a secluded sandy beach for a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a tasty snack.

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Drive Freycinet National Park to Launceston

Freycinet National Park to Launceston

Drive through the beautiful bush scenery of Wye River State Reserve. Uncover Campbell Town’s convict past at the Red Bridge. Stroll amongst the heritage gardens, colonial buildings and farm animals at Brickendon Colonial Farm Village or Woolmer’s Estate in Longford. Sample the unique leatherwood honey at the Tasmanian Honey Company in Perth. Enjoy amazing views over the Cataract Gorge on the chairlift or along the Alexandra Suspension Bridge in Launceston. Step aboard a cruise along the peaceful Tamar River. Follow a boardwalk to cafes, restaurants and bars along popular waterfront precinct Seaport.

Coles Bay to Launceston
176 kilometres : 2 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Leisure Inn Penny Royal
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    Launceston – Leisure Inn Penny Royal

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 198 Charles St, Launceston; Open Mon-Sun 6am-10pm


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    Cataract Gorge Cruise
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    Cataract Gorge Cruise

    Explore the Old Launceston Seaport before cruising to Kings Wharf to view Launceston’s delightful riverfront precinct. Travel into the spectacular Cataract Gorge aboard the Lady Launceston. View the sheer cliffs and cascades from the classic 1890’s style vessel. Enjoy the skippers fascinating commentary on the area’s history aboard the 50 minute cruise.

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Farewell Australia

Depart Launceston

Farewell Launceston today and return your rental car at the airport depot and continue your onward journey.

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