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Itinerary Summary

Duration
13 Days
Price
£7535
When
Year-round
Destination
Australia
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
13 Days £7535 Year-round Australia Tailor-Made
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Great Ocean Road and Tasmania Wildlife Holiday

Explore Australia's wildlife hub of Tasmania and Victoria to see and interact with some of the country's most endemic animals, including echidna along Great Ocean Road.

Embrace all that southern Australia has to offer and seek the best wildlife experiences with the help of expert guides during this 12 night trip throughout Great Ocean Road, Maria Island and Tasmania. Travel along Great Ocean Road in search of magnificent animals and birds like no other. Throughout the trip, tour guides with intimate local knowledge passed down through generations mean the best advice for knowing where the native animals are and where to find them. Maria Island offers some of the best wildlife encounters including the Tasmanian devil, wombats, eastern grey kangaroo, wallabies, dolphins, whales, seals and birds.

 

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Private Great Ocean Road Wildlife Tour
  • Explore the pristine beaches, ancient blue gum forests and convict settlements of Maria Island
  • Visit iconic Tasmania areas such as Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park

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A 13-day journey full of wildlife in Tasmania and Victoria
from $9,645 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Melbourne

On arrival into Melbourne International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Stay at Park Hyatt, Melbourne, nestled in the heart of the city.

Days 2-4

Great Ocean Road

Day 1

This morning you will be transferred by road from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road for your next couple of days of private touring. Today you will stroll through a national park looking for wild koalas, cockatoos and kookaburras. Your Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher will explain the behaviour and individuality of each of the koalas you meet. Help create habitat for a wild koala by joining our “Make a Home for Clancy” conservation project.

Walk quietly up to a wild mob of Kangaroos on the plains and in open bushland. They are thrilling animals to watch. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care we often get close enough to observe their complex social life. We may also find parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, wallabies and reptiles on this first day of your Great Ocean Road wildlife tour. Your Wildlife Guide will help you understand and enjoy them.

A substantial picnic lunch is included.

Accommodation tonight is at a 4.5 star boutique property in the tiny outback town of Little River. Dinner is at the local Pub – a real Aussie experience!

Day 2

See some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery. We follow the Great Ocean Road to the surging surf coast, and walk in the magnificent rainforests of the Otway National Park.

Your Wildlife Guide will explain the formation of these mighty forests and help you find parrots, kookaburras, koalas and wallabies. Travel through Port Campbell National Park, looking out for echidnas, wallabies, lizards and colourful birds which make their home in the coastal heathlands. Linger a while to take in some of nature’s handiwork at the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge. Hear stories about the terrible shipwrecks of the past.

Dinner and accommodation tonight are at a 4.5 star B&B near Port Campbell.

Day 3

This morning we have one last look at the coast in the dramatic morning light before returning to Melbourne across the vast grasslands of the Western Plains.

Created by intense volcanic activity over the past 2 million years, the 7000 volcanoes of the Western Plains are now extinct but the resultant savannah is pasture to a rich wool growing area – a wonderful example of Australia’s great range lands.

We stop en route to drive to the top of an extinct volcano with spectacular views across the plains. From the summit we see some of the hundreds of volcanic lakes scattered across the plains. This is a great place to view raptors – birds of prey – including Wedge-tailed Eagles, Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Falcons.

Later we pass Lake Corangamite, the largest permanent lake in Australia, often covered with prolific birdlife. We return to Melbourne in the late afternoon for your flight to Hobart. On arrival, you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation, MACq 01 Hotel.

Day 5

Hobart

Today is a day at leisure in Hobart. With the River Derwent at its heart, Mount Wellington rising above it and dramatic settler history behind it, Hobart is arguably Australia’s most distinctive city.

Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce, while on the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean. Enjoy the contrast of elegant heritage sandstone alongside modern architecture. Explore Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, with its galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants in 1830s Georgian warehouses and on Saturdays enjoy the food and entertainment of Salamanca Market, Australia’s best outdoor market. Take a walk along Hobart’s iconic waterfront, explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or take a ferry up river to MONA for an out of-this-world modern art experience. Overnight accommodation at MACq 01 Hotel. 

Days 6-9

Maria Island Walk

Day 1 of the Maria Island Walk sees you arrive on the white sand beaches of Maria Island to begin your 4 day journey.

Starting with a 7.30am hotel pickup, gear issue and briefing, you will drive to the coast and take a marine adventure in your private catamaran to the remote southern end of Maria Island. The afternoon is yours to enjoy – choose from an optional afternoon walk through beautiful forests to Haunted Bay, relax at the delightful Casuarina Beach Camp or take a swim in the sheltered bay. In the evening enjoy Tasmanian wine and fresh food by candlelight.

Walking distance: 4-8 km depending on optional walks  

Day 2

Wake up to the busy chattering of the wattle birds and from the comfort of your bed, watch the morning sun sparkle through the forest.

This is one of the truly great guided walks of Australia! Walk from Reidle Bay across the rare land formation of the isthmus to Shoal Bay to stroll five fabulous beaches. As you walk, your knowledgeable guides will share fascinating stories of human occupation on the island. Explore the convict cells at Point Lesueur and visit an ochre pit at Bloodstone Point – one of the original ochre sources for the Tasmanian Aborigines.

In the evening watch the sunset over the stunning Four Mile Beach, then put your feet up at White Gums Camp, where you sip wine on the deck and anticipate dinner. Walking distance: 13 km

Day 3

Today your guides will take you inland to the heart of the Island to discover the rich greens of the grand forests. Take the gentle inland track to Hopgrounds Beach and the Painted Cliffs or continue to the 711-metre summit of Mt. Maria for breathtaking 3600 views. Or save the mountain climb for Bishop and Clerk, with its fantastic sea and coastline vistas. (Mountain climbs are optional.) Finish the day with a sumptuous banquet and accommodation in the historic colonial home once occupied by Italian entrepreneur, Diego Bernacchi.

Walking distance: 9-17 km depending on optional walks

Day 4

The final day of the Maria Island Walk sees you enjoy a walk around the northern tip of the island and a celebratory farewell lunch. A chance to relax and explore the convict settlement and industrial ruins of Darlington, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue onto the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay and then head down to the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs.

Enjoy a champagne lunch overlooking the stunning Freycinet peninsula.

On arriving back to Triabunna you will be privately transferred to Beulah Heritage hotel in Scottsdale. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Walking distance: 4 km

Days 10-12

Scottsdale

Day 1 

A day in the Tasmanian wilderness to pursue the monotreme double in platypus and echidna, travel to the far north east corner of Tasmania to the Mt William National Park. Take a stroll on the stunning white beaches in the Bay of Fires region, lunch with the Bennett’s wallabies and see the resident wildlife in the area. The Forester kangaroo and the wombat are just a couple of the inhabitants who share this coastal National Park with over one hundred species of birdlife.

This evening enjoy the quest to view for the elusive platypus and capture the timeless ambience of Tasmania’s bush. Listen to the afternoon sounds of the bush chorus from nearby birds, enjoy a campfire dinner and a nocturnal walk in the forest to see and hear the brushtail & ringtail possums, pademelon & Bennett’s wallabies and bettongs go about their nightly business. Overnight at Beulah Heritage 

Day 2 

Depart Scottsdale for Ben Lomond National Park, a spectacular mountain of dolerite columns and scree slopes. Impressive views and a magnificent array of alpine vegetation are on offer. From Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife, “The Ben Lomond National Park is invaluable for the conservation of the flora communities and species diversity of Tasmania’s alpine areas. The area consists of an outstanding variety of glacial and periglacial features which are considered of national significance”. After a picnic lunch we travel to the Tyne Valley for a campfire dinner with the forester kangaroos.  

Relax by the camp fire with a glass of Tasmanian wine or beer and see our field of dreams comes alive with eastern quolls, brush-tail possums & Tasmanian pademelons visiting the camp fire while Bennett’s wallaby and wombats graze close-by. Overnight at Beulah Heritage. 

Day 3 

A morning departure from Scottsdale to travel to the Trowunna Wildlife Park for a private Tasmania wildlife tour, you can cuddle a wombat and meet the Tasmanian devils, spotted tailed quolls and other fur and feathered residents.

After the tour you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for your last night. Overnight at Park Hyatt, Melbourne. 

Day 13

Depart Melbourne

Today you will be transferred to Melbourne International Airport for your onward international flights.

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