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Contents General Information
6 Tips for planning your Australian Holiday
Experience South Australia
Experience Northern Territory
Top End Discovery Self-Drive Territory Discovery Self-Drive Northern Territory Touring
Adelaide Accommodation Adelaide Sightseeing
Taste of the Barossa Self-Drive
Experience Kangaroo Island
Best of Kangaroo Island Self-Drive
The Murray River Wine, River and Outback Self-Drive
Melbourne to Adelaide Self-Drive
North Star Cruises
Adelaide to Darwin Self-Drive
Experience Western Australia
Perth Accommodation Perth Sightseeing South West Self-Drive Coral Coast Self-Drive North West Fly-Drive Western Australia Touring
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Mindarie Beach, Western Australia
South Australia The Festival State
Follow your Taste Buds
If you thought Adelaide was all about the fine wine, moreish food and top notch restaurants, well, it is. But as well as eating, drinking and feeling full, South Australia is also known to put on quite a show.
South Australia is home to several well-known wine regions, including the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley; cultivating a good grape is something they do extremely well down here. Better still, these regions are all a 90 minute drive from Adelaide.
The roads in South Australia are all easy to navigate and very well signposted, so a self-drive road trip makes a lot of sense. Because everything is so close to Adelaide, the city is the perfect place to base yourself, taking day trips to and from, as and when you like.
As well as a decent tipple, the South Australians are well respected for their excellent food. Locally sought produce is an important aspect of their famed food scene, with Adelaide’s premier bars, restaurants and eateries all putting an emphasis on produce that’s made by artisans in the region. The Adelaide Central Market in the CBD is a must, if not for the gooey cheese stalls, then definitely the molten fountain of chocolate. Market Shed on Holland is a superb organic market open on Sundays and the Willunga Farmers Market (also on a Sunday) is equally fabulous.
The Southern Ocean Drive delivers an addictive combination of coastline, vineyards, caves and foodie stop-offs, while Kangaroo Island, with its 1,600 kilometres of roads, never fails to impress.
Well regarded as ‘The Festival State’, major events include the Santos Tour Down Under, which is Adelaide’s famed cycling race and attracts riders from around the world. Petrol heads go for the supercars at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, while those with a penchant for the arts, soak up the creativity at the annual Fringe Festival (the world’s second largest and the biggest in the southern hemisphere). If you’re still after some top nosh, the Barossa Gourmet Weekend showcases the best of South Australia’s produce, including its world-class wines. Go with a big appetite and an empty stomach. 2
Saturated in beaches, wildlife and beautiful vistas, grab a self-drive audio guide from Island Intrigue and you’ll learn all sorts of insider’s knowledge. Narrated by a fifthgeneration islander, it’s like having your very own guide in the car.
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Experience Perth Eat, Drink and Shop!
Australia’s South West - Wine & More
Red Outback meets the Southern Ocean
Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth, is a unique blend of natural and urban experiences. Undergoing a rapid transformation, Perth offers a vibrant, yet easy-going and natural lifestyle surrounded by the beautiful Swan River, Kings Park, the Botanic Garden and the Indian Ocean.
The Margaret River region and the Great Southern, is home to worldclass food and wine, beautiful beaches, surfing, cave systems, tall tree forests, and in-season, whalewatching and wildflowers.
Australia’s Golden Outback is where you’ll find historic townships, scenes of spectacular desert wilderness, outback characters, gold rush history, and the beaches of the Southern Ocean.
Spanning six distinct wine regions including the renowned Margaret River region, which produces more than 25% of Australia’s premium wine, the South West is also home to a variety of fresh produce. Enjoy fresh farmed marron and trout, as well as venison, chocolates, cheeses, cherries, boutique beers and crisp ciders, not forgetting Manjimup’s indulgent black truffle, which is exported around the world.
Visit the largest outdoor gallery in the world at Lake Ballard, Menzies. Created by world famous sculptor Antony Gormley and located on the salt flats of Lake Ballard - the 51 life-sized steel statues were inspired by the people of Menzies. See Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay, at Cape Le Grand National Park where the kangaroos sunbathe. Walk among the wildflowers and ride an outback way. Wave Rock near the Wheatbelt town of Hyden is one of Australia’s most famous rock formations. This 110 metre long, multi-coloured granite cliff is shaped remarkably like a huge wave about to crash into the bush. In spring, you’ll be surrounded by wildflowers in full bloom.
Perth city and its surrounding urban villages are brimming with dining, shopping and entertainment options. Culturally, visitors can indulge at Perth’s Cultural Centre in Northbridge - home to the Art Gallery of WA, the WA Museum, State Library, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room and the State Theatre Centre of WA. New infrastructure developments are changing the face of the city including Perth Stadium, Perth City Link, Yagan Square and the recently opened Elizabeth Quay.
The South West celebrates its food and wine offerings with a variety of events including Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Taste Great Southern and Truffle Kerfuffle.
Festivals and Events 2017 17 Feb-19 Mar
Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival
Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars
Adelaide Festival of Arts
Barossa Vintage Festival
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McLaren Vale Sea & Vines
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Port Augusta Cup Day
Barossa Gourmet Weekend
Royal Adelaide Show
Adelaide Fashion Festival
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South Australia is a bit of a hidden gem for Kiwis who have traditionally visited the eastern gateways on their holidays to Australia. In fact, a direct flight to Adelaide from Auckland is only 50 minutes longer than flying to Melbourne, and it’s well worth the extra time in the air. Known as the ’20 minute city’, Adelaide is the gateway to all there is to see and do in South Australia. It is both cultural and cool, and its superb shopping, beaches, history and restaurants are not to be missed. It seems like all roads lead to wine and food in South Australia. From Adelaide there are nine distinct wine regions within 90 minutes drive, none more famous than the Barossa wine region located less than an hour drive from the CBD. Another popular region just one hour from Adelaide is the majestic Murray River. Take an escorted river cruise on an historic paddlewheeler or, if you feel like creating your own adventure, get a group of friends together and captain your own luxury houseboat as you cruise the Murray River. Whatever you choose to do on your holiday, South Australia boasts an outstanding variety of places to see and experiences to enjoy. You’ll find vast landscapes, dazzling uncrowded beaches, varied wildlife and friendly locals who always have time for a chat. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a few bottles of local wine, stock up on local produce and pack your cossie because in South Australia you’ve got all the elements of a perfect holiday!
Experience South Australia Our favourite things to see and do Adelaide Central Market – Buzzing with life and colour all year round this is a great place to wander sampling the freshest of local ingredients. There’s a huge range of food on offer, all under one roof and surrounded by some great cafés. The market is open Tuesday – Saturday.
Kangaroo Island – One of the best places in Australia to see
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native animals in the wild. You may find kangaroos, koalas, platypus and sea lions. It has pristine beaches, dramatic coastal scenery and fresh seafood, and is a 30 minute flight or 2 hours drive and a short ferry ride south of Adelaide.
Beaches – Glenelg, Henley and Semaphore are some of the most popular. Catch the tram from the city to historic Glenelg (our favourite) just 12km from the city centre, or if you don’t mind travelling a bit further the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula is just 45 minutes from the CBD.
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Wine – You can’t come to Adelaide without sampling the superb wine. There are household names like Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek plus countless boutique estates. There’s the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale all just an easy drive away, then Coonawarra 4 hours drive south. Hahndorf – With its rich German history and buildings dating back to the 1800s. Spend the day exploring art and craft stores, German bakeries, cheese cellars and cellar doors. Sea Life Encounters – Swimming with sea lions may sound a tad scary, but what an experience. Getting up close and personal to these puppies of the sea on the Eyre Peninsula is an experience you’ll never forget. If you are looking for a thrill, then why not cage dive with the great white sharks at Neptune Island. See these majestic predators up close, a little too close for comfort perhaps?
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Peterborough Clare Valley Renmark
Kingston South East Mount Gambier
Edithburgh Hahndorf McLaren Vale Victor Harbor KANGAROO ISLAND
Great Australian Bight
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Known as the ‘20 minute city’, Adelaide is the gateway to all there is to see and do in South Australia. It is both cultural and cool, and its superb shopping, beaches, history and restaurants are not to be missed. Foodies love the sights, tastes and smells of the Adelaide Central Market. Regarded as the ‘pantry of the city’, it’s the perfect place to stop and pick up supplies for your stay. Shopaholics feel right at home at Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s shopping heart. At the end of the day you can soak up the atmosphere in one of more than 700 restaurants along Adelaide’s eat streets – try Gouger St, Rundle St or Hutt St. Take a wander down North Terrace, regarded as Adelaide’s cultural boulevard. You’ll find the State’s Art Gallery, SA Museum (home to the largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in Australia) and Botanic Gardens, which are all free to visit. From the city centre it’s just a 20 minute tram ride to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. This seaside playground is always buzzing with people enjoying the sand, sea, foreshore, parks, cafés and local entertainment. In the Adelaide Hills, a stop at the German village of Hahndorf is recommended. The main street’s quaint and historic stone buildings are filled with art and craft galleries, cellar doors, antique shops, German bakeries, chocolate shops, pubs, cafés and a fantastic cheese cellar. © SATC Photography
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These apartments are an easy walk to the cafés and restaurants and in the vibrant arts precinct, the cultural hub of Adelaide’s West End. Also nearby is the Casino, Convention Centre, Rundle Shopping Mall and the Art Gallery which was founded in 1881 and houses one of Australia’s great art collections.
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel This is a superb spot, just a 50 metre stroll from cosmopolitan Rundle Street with its superb shopping and array of cafés and restaurants where you can eat your way around the world on one street. The museums, galleries and monuments of North Terrace are also just a quick walk away.
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Awarded ‘Best Economy Hotel in Australia’ at the 2015 Hotel Management awards, the brand new Ibis Adelaide marries a funky design with great service and is changing perceptions of what an economy hotel can be. Perfectly located in the heart of the CBD, the $70 million hotel is a short stroll from all major tourist attractions.
Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury
Superbly located in Adelaide’s CBD, adjacent to the Town Hall and opposite the GPO. Overlooking Victoria Square and is just three blocks from Rundle Mall. The hotel is minutes from the delights of Adelaide’s Central Market – perfect for sampling South Australia’s fresh produce, or strolling to Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens on North Terrace.
Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
An historic hotel located on the cultural boulevard of North Terrace – opposite the Festival Centre and Casino in the heart of the restaurant, bar and shopping precinct. Wandering North Terrace is a must as it’s home to some great museums and galleries. You’re just seconds from the free city tram and an easy walk from Adelaide Oval and Rundle Mall.
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Relax in the refreshingly modern surrounds of the city’s latest upscale hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you are only a short walk from many attractions, including Rundle Street’s fashion boutiques, and lively café culture. And as you’re in Australia’s wine capital, we highly recommend a trip to the National Wine Centre of Australia.
Bask in the ambience of the central courtyard, it’s a peaceful area to sit back and relax with a cool beverage
Historic North Terrace
River Murray Highlights
Victor Harbor & McLaren Vale Highlights Travel the picturesque Adelaide Hills and into the Fleurieu Peninsula, where the vines meet the sea. Pass through Goolwa and onto Victor Harbor, one of South Australia’s most popular seaside towns. Returning to Adelaide via the red wine renowned and less touristy wine region, Mclaren Vale.
Relax on this lunchtime cruise along the historic Murray River. Admire this unique river system with its magnificent landscapes and spectacular cliffs. Then travel alongside the Murray River in your coach, stopping regularly for great photo opportunities. On the return journey, visit Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside.
Adelaide City Highlights Tour South Australia’s capital city offers a wealth of experiences including arts and culture, world-class sporting events and great food and wine. Drive past Adelaide’s cultural precinct - North Terrace, the National Wine Centre and the beautiful Botanic Park, home to the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Barossa Food & Wine Experience Adelaide Zoo. Continue through Enjoy a food and wine journey to South Australia’s North Adelaide, where you’ll see tree- premium wine region. This food and wine tour gives you lined streets, mansions and historic the opportunity to sample some of the Barossa’s finest buildings. Visit the iconic St Peters wines and gourmet food that make this wine region Cathedral or the newly developed so special. On this tour you will visit three cellar doors Adelaide Oval before visiting Haigh’s including the multi-tourism award winning Pindarie, and Chocolates Visitor Centre. enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at Lambert Estate.
Fleurieu Explorer Join your local tour guide on a thrilling, holistic journey exploring the unkown and hidden beauty where other tours do not go. Incredible outdoor lunches serving local food and wine while showcasing breathtaking landscape, wildlife and unforgettable coastlines.
Taste of the Barossa Discover the Barossa with a three day selfdrive. The heart of the nation’s wine industry is just under an hours’ drive from Adelaide. This drive enters the region through the picturesque Adelaide Hills and winds its way through magnificent countryside.
Barossa Valley Lyndoch
Day 3: Barossa Fossick for gold, opal, garnet or diamonds at the Mount Crawford Forest Reserve. Different to other conservation parks, this one is in a historic mining area. Grab a Forestry SA permit first from the Mount Crawford Information Centre. Even if your search for sparkles comes up emptyhanded, the park is fabulous for bushwalking, cycling and horse riding. It has some fantastic spots for picnicking or camping but make sure to look out for those old mine shafts! Day 4: Barossa – Adelaide (72km) Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $85 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Adelaide Hills Country Cottages • Novotel Barossa Valley Resort • The Louise
Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
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Day 2: Adelaide Hills – Barossa (50km) Head to Lyndoch, the official start of the Barossa. Here you’ll discover the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre at Rowland Flat, Orlando Wyndham’s restaurant and cellar door and the enchanting village of Bethany. Continue on to Angaston, home of Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, Yalumba. In Angaston, browse in the town’s art and craft galleries and if you’re in the area on a Saturday, make a stop at the famous Barossa Farmers Market. Head to Penfold’s winery, where you can have a go at being a winemaker for a day on a ‘Blend Your Own Tour’. Just out of the town, visit Maggie Beer’s famous farm shop for a bite to eat. While there, don’t forget to sample her wonderful selection of gourmet food products or join one of the free cooking demonstrations held at 2pm daily.
Day 1: Adelaide – Adelaide Hills (40km) Make your first stop at Mount Lofty Summit, for spectacular views back over Adelaide to the sea. Allow plenty of time to explore the German township of Hahndorf and its many art and craft stores.
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Highlights worth seeing along the way Bethany – Home of Bethany Wines, established in 1852. Nuriootpa – Try your hand at wine making and learn about the characteristics and blends. Barossa Farmers Market - Held in the Vintners Sheds near Angaston. There are more than 30 stalls to wander through and the freshest of local produce available. See the Barossa by Air - Take a hot air balloon flight and see Barossa from the skies. Or if you are not keen on the early morning start – opt for a helicopter ride over the region instead. Seppeltsfield Road – Drive down Seppeltsfield Road and discover 16 wineries, luxury accommodation, fine dining restaurants, and an art gallery. Historical Churches – With a strong Lutheran heritage the Barossa is home to more than 20 historic churches. They are dotted throughout the region and worth a visit. Barossa Museum – Soak up some history at this museum located in Tanunda.
Jacobs Creek Vineyard, Barossa Valley
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 4 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
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Kangaroo Island is one of the most unique, unspoilt places in Australia. It is a pristine wilderness offering protection to large populations of native Australian animals. Traverse the 155 kilometre length and you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive white beaches with clear waters. Get up close and personal with the kangaroos, koalas and fur seals in their natural habitat, relax on one of the many stunning beaches, jump on a sand board for an adrenalin rush, quad-bike the coast, try your hand at fishing and discover the dramatic boulders at Remarkable Rocks. Recharge your batteries and delight your taste buds with the fine gourmet foods produced on the island – freshly caught King George Whiting, sheep cheese, marron, a unique variety of honey and an exciting range of varietal wines. Sealink ferries take 45 minutes and have connecting mainland coach transfers. Recognised as one of Australia’s iconic National Landscapes, Kangaroo Island offers a wealth of inspiring nature-based experiences. There are many National and Conservation Parks on Kangaroo Island, which cover almost one-third of the island, a great way to see them all is to purchase a National Parks Pass. Remarkable Rocks
Best of Kangaroo Island Explore the fascinating wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, landscapes and feast on unique local produce. Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm, enjoy a Seal Bay guided tour, marvel at the Birds of Prey flight show and watch pelican-feeding. See the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, feed Kangaroos and spot Koalas. Kangaroo Island has something for everyone.
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3 days/2 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Adelaide Spend a day exploring Adelaide. Visit a few of the hot spots including the Museums, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the Art Gallery. If time allows catch a tram to Glenelg 30 minutes from Adelaide and dine at one of the many pubs or restaurants on the beach. Day 2: Adelaide – Cape Jervis (107km) – Kangaroo Island (45 minute ferry) Drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula to catch the car/passenger ferry across to the island. You’ll arrive at Penneshaw, which is home to the little blue penguins that come ashore most evenings. Head South to Seal Bay Conservation Park where guided tours ensure the closest encounter with the sea lions. Continue along the south coast to Kelly Hill Caves and onto the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. In the afternoon enjoy one of the many walking trails through the Flinders Chase National Park – keep an eye out for the wild kangaroos, wallabies and koalas. Day 3: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide (210km) Spend today tasting samples at any of the island’s 16 cellar doors, Dudley Wines is one of the islands original wineries and worth a visit before catching your return ferry from Penneshaw back to Cape Jervis.
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Get the most out of your Kangaroo Island experience and join one of the island tours for snorkelling with seals, sea lions and dolphins
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $85 per day Return Car/Passenger Ferry: $439 (based on 2 pax travelling) Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Adelaide Grosvenor • Aurora Ozone Hotel • Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 3 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
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The Murray River The mighty Murray River carves its way some 650 kilometres through South Australia before it enters the Southern Ocean at Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With more than 40 national parks located along the river, the region is rich in wildlife with many species of birds, fish and native animals. The golden age of the paddle steamer, when there were dozens plying the waters of the Murray carrying passengers and goods, have long departed but there are still a few grand old ladies on the water and they’re a great way to absorb the landscape and history of this region. Spend some time exploring the Riverland region’s orchards and wineries; it produces almost all of Australia’s citrus fruit and stonefruit. It’s also a great family destination; hire a houseboat and explore the river, or just find a favourite sandy beach on the riverbank and spend a few lazy days fishing, swimming, canoeing and waterskiing. © SATC Photography/Adam Bruzzone
Captain Cook – PS Murray Princess
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Discover the hauntingly beautiful and dramatic South Australian Outback, its unique flora and fauna, the legacy of old riverside ports and indigenous culture aboard the paddle wheeler PS Murray Princess. Experience a unique historic and nature based adventure, through some of the driest parts of the driest continent, past mallee scrub and ancient red gum forests, through towering gorges and ochre coloured limestone cliffs.
Imagine tying up at the riverbank for a walk, gathering some firewood then settling in around the campfire to watch the stars. Unforgettable Houseboats have 10 luxury vessels to choose from, sleeping between 2 - 12 passengers, so you can take the whole family or enjoy an intimate cruise.
Along the way visit historic ports and lush vineyards as you navigate the Murray’s big river bends. You can hike around a boardwalk trail or join a guided nature walk. Take a small boat safari, visit a riverside village and enjoy all the fun of a riverside BBQ. Sample some of the local produce at the cellar door, or take a camera and catch some memorable scenes of the abundant birdlife. Take a 3 night cruise for an indulgent long weekend. Discover the beautiful lower riverlands, a guided nature walk and backwater wildlife tour, visit Murray Bridge markets, historic houses and art galleries and taste the food and wine of this famous region. The 4 night cruise follows in the wake of great Australian pioneers along the Outback river highway, discovering towering sandstone cliffs and ancient gorges along the way. Enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door and an Aussie riverside bush BBQ at one of the most spectacular sites along the river. A 7 night cruise is a combination of the 3 and 4 night cruises and includes a free side trip to the Barossa valley. 2017 will see the launch of the new 7 night upper Murraylands river cruise. As well as our Early Booker Saver Fares – ask your Travel Consultant for more information.
Day 1: Embark The instructor will take you through the boat and teach you how to drive. Day 2: Bowhill – Walker Flat Travel to Bowhill, stop for lunch and continue to Walker Flat for the evening. Day 3: Day at leisure at Walker Flat Hop off the boat and enjoy the day experiencing South Australia at its best. Day 4: Walker Flat – Big Bend Leisurely make your way from Walker Flat to Big Bend. Day 5: Big Bend – Swan Reach Travel up to Swan Reach, stop at Swan Reach for lunch or dinner. Day 6: Day cruising between Walker Flat – Bowhill Cruise back downstream and find a mooring between Walker Flat and Bowhill. Day 7: Mannum Continue downstream to Mannum and moor overnight in the town or at a secluded spot. Day 8: Disembark
Departures: Fri & Mon at 4.30pm
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Inclusions: Based on 3 night Discovery Cruise (Inside Cabin), all meals including Captain’s Dinner, live entertainment, excursions as per itinerary, use of mini gym and sauna, tea and coffee bar, return coach transfers from Adelaide or car-parking in Mannum
Inclusions: Based on a 8 berth boat for 7 nights, all linen & towels, kitchen utensils, crockery & cutlery, fresh drinking water, safety jackets and river maps. Note: Houseboat driver must have full car or boat drivers license and be over 21 years
Price Guide From: $1095
Price Guide From: $305 (Unforgettable 1 – sleeps 8) The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Wine, River and Outback From vibrant Adelaide to its neighbouring regions, you are never far away from another amazing experience. From the history and wildlife of Adelaide hills, the majesty of the Murray River, the vine covered hills of the Barossa, to the vast landscapes of the Outback.
© SATC Photography/Vintners Bar & Grill Barossa Valley Ranges National Park
7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Adelaide Explore Adelaide city or head to Glenelg just 30 minutes away. Day 2: Adelaide – Murray River (99km) Follow the river to the historic port of Mannum where you can take a short cruise enjoying a leisurely lunch on the river. In the afternoon cross the river on the free Mannum car ferry and onto Swan Reach. Day 3: Murray River – Clare Valley (161km) Head towards the Clare Valley for some wine tasting of local Riesling. Hit the walking trails, or hire a bike and cycle part of the Riesling Trail. Day 4: Clare Valley – Wilpena Pound (293km) Make your way to Wilpena Pound. Travel via Burra, a former copper mining town well known for its art and antique shops, quench your thirst at the boutique cider brewery Thorogoods of Burra. Day 5: Wilpena Pound Start the day with a breath-taking scenic flight or hot air balloon ride over Wilpena Pound before exploring the surrounding gorges. Keep an eye out for native animals and wildflowers, especially in September and October. There are also a large network of bushwalking and mountain bike trails throughout the park. Day 6: Wilpena Pound – Barossa (397km) Today head to the Barossa, Australia’s most famous wine region. Sample to your heart’s content and enjoy lunch at one of the many cellar door restaurants. Day 7: Barossa – Adelaide (72km)
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $75 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Clare Country Club • Mannum Motel • Rawnsley Park Station
Wilpena Pound Scenic Flight
Lake Gairdner National Park
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Gawler Ranges National Park Pinkawillinie Danggali Hicks
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Highlights worth seeing along the way PS Marion and Mannum Dock Museum – Built in 1897, The Paddle Steamer Marion is one of the last heritage steam driven vessels in the world and your chance to see history on the water. Monarto Zoo – Get lost in the wonder that is Australia’s largest open zoo. Located 30 minutes’ drive from Mannum. Martindale Hall Heritage Museum – Be transported in time when you visit this Georgian designed mansion set in rolling countryside. You can enter the rooms and get a feel for what life was like in centuries past. Located at Mintaro about 25 minutes from Clare Valley. Sevenhill Cellars and St Aloysius Church Clare Valley – Established by Jesuits in 1851, take a tour of this historic winery, the underground cellar, wine museum and church. Wilpena Pound by bike – One of the more active ways to see Wilpena Pound is by mountain bike. There are mountain bike trails surrounding the area allowing you to view Wilpena Pound “from the inside”. Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre & Restaurant – Visit this iconic winery in the Barossa and enjoy a food and wine master class including a two course lunch with glass of wine.
Murray River, South Australia
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Glenelg, Adelaide, South Australia
Melbourne to Adelaide One of the most fabulous ways to get to South Australia from Melbourne is to drive along the Great Ocean Road. You’ll pass through the Limestone Coast region, famed for its wine, caves and lovely beaches and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
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Day 3: Port Fairy – Limestone Coast (160km) Follow the coastline to Mount Gambier, home of the mysterious blue lake and on to Penola to explore this historic town. Travel to Robe via Naracoorte to explore the labyrinth of caverns and amazing fossil beds that make up the Naracoorte World Heritage-listed fossil site. Day 4: Limestone Coast – Fleurieu Peninsula (475km) Continue along the coast road which skirts the Coorong, a 142 km stretch of lagoons, wetlands and sand dunes that ends at the mouth of the Murray River. In Goolwa, join a half day Spirit of the Coorong cruise to discover more of the area’s natural wonders. Day 5: Fleurieu Peninsula – Adelaide (85km) Spend some more time exploring McLaren Vale, best known for its great vineyard restaurants and relaxed coastal lifestyle, it’s also a region of outstanding fresh produce. Wander the main street of Mclaren Vale and its art studios, galleries and shops before making your way back to Adelaide.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group B) from $79 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Beachcomber Motel and Apartments Apollo Bay • Ashmont Motor Inn and Apartments Port Fairy • Victor Harbor City Inn
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Day 2: Apollo Bay – Port Fairy (187km) Drive through the grand forests of Otway Ranges. Stop and walk through the rainforests at Maits Rest. Back on the coast road, stop to view the magnificent Twelve Apostles, the world famous rock towers that thrust up out of the ocean.
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Day 1: Melbourne – Apollo Bay (202km) Head for the township of Geelong. Visit the surfing towns of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne. End the day in Apollo Bay, the gateway to Otway National Park.
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Highlights worth seeing along the way Twelve Apostles – For a truly amazing perspective, take a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles. Griffiths Island Port Fairy – Walk around the island and see the lighthouse and the remains of the light-keepers cottages. Mount Gambiers Blue Lake – Early in November is an ideal time to view the lakes mysterious change of colour. Umpherston Sinkhole – Garden lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to the Umpherston Sinkhole at Mount Gambier, featuring a beautiful garden at the bottom of a natural sinkhole. Coonawarra wine region - Just north of Penola is the famous Coonawarra wine region. Sample some of Australia’s best reds at one of the many cellar doors. Strathalbyn – Visit this beautiful town in the Fleurieu Peninsula, with its many antique, craft and gift stores. Victor Harbor – Ride the horse drawn tram to Granite Island and enjoy the spectacular views (Fleurieu Peninsular). Cheese & Wine Trail – Starts at Blessed Cheese in McLaren Vale, the trail consists of a progressive picnic matching the finest artisan cheeses with the region’s best wines.
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Port Fairy, Visions of Victoria
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 5 day hire rate. Price does not include one-way fees. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Adelaide to Darwin Explore the rugged Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound. Walk around Uluru with an Aboriginal guide. Explore Nitmiluk National Park, home to Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge and see ancient Aboriginal rock art in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
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16 days/15 nights Suggested Self-Drive NORTHERN TERRITORY
Day 1-2: Adelaide – Wilpena Pound (455km) Travel north via the Clare Valley Wine Region and Flinders Ranges National Park.
Day 7-8: Coober Pedy – Uluru (750km) Cross over the border into Northern Territory and continue to Uluru. Rising to 348m from the desert. Uluru is one of the iconic symbols of Australia.
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Day 3-4: Wilpena Pound – Parachilna – William Creek (536km) Make your way to Parachilna which has a population of seven. Travel north on the Oodnadatta Track to William Creek. Day 5-6: William Creek – Coober Pedy (167km) Head to Coober Pedy, the heart of South Australia’s opal-mining industry. Discovered in 1911, today there are hundreds of opal mines operating.
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Day 9-11: Uluru – Alice Springs – Tennant Creek (970km) Learn about the Aboriginal people whose traditional lands include the area in and around Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges. Drive to Tennant Creek, where the Overland Telegraph Station was built in 1872.
Parachilna Gorge – Walk through the Parachilna Gorge to the Blinman Pools waterfall. Best time to go April-October.
Day 12-16: Tennant Creek – Katherine – Kakadu National Park – Darwin (989km) Continue north to Katherine. Head to Kakadu National Park and visit Yellow Waters. There’s a lot to see on the road between Kakadu National Park and Darwin, from the clouds of waterfowl on wetlands to jumping crocodiles.
Painted Desert – Located 150km north of Coober Pedy, discover this colourful landscape which has been 80 million years in the making.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $69 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy • Quest Alice Springs • Beagle Motor Inn, Katherine
Coober Pedy, South Australia
Breakaways Conservation Park – A must see lookout experience in Coober Peddy. Enjoy breathtaking views at sunset and sunrise.
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – These rock domes are a cluster of formations that look like heads. Kata Tjuta means “many heads” in the aboriginal language. Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the Sky – See Uluru from above, on a helicopter tour where you can get the best aerial view of the Australian Outback. Battery Hill Mining Centre – Located in Tenant Creek, you will find a large collection of mining machinery and two museum buildings. Guided tours will take you through the underground mine. Walk the base of Uluru at sunrise, one of the best experiences you’ll have in Australia. The sun causes an array of colours to play on the rock, it’s a truly magical experience
Katherine Gorge, Norther Territory
Flinders Range © SATC Photography/Adam Bruzzone
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 16 day hire rate. Price does not include one-way fees. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Festivals and Events 2017 10 Feb-5 Mar
Perth International Arts Festival
Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe
Drug Aware Margaret River Surf Pro
Fremantle Street Arts Festival
26 Apr-21 May
Perth International Comedy Festival
Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster
Jazz by the Bay
Truffle Kerfuffle - Southern Forest Food Festival
Taste of Broome
Telstra Perth Fashion Festival
Cape to Cape MTB
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
IRONMAN Western Australia
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f you’re looking to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on Earth, then Western Australia is for you. To give you some idea of the extraordinary experiences on offer here, we have listed just a few. In Perth you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in Kings Park, explore historic Fremantle, sample local wines and watch an ocean sunset all within 30 minutes of the city. Australia’s South West offers picturesque vineyards, spectacular ocean vistas, world-class surfing and beautiful beaches. The Golden Outback has the vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes of a true Outback, with adventures, Aboriginal encounters and settlements built by goldrush pioneers. Australia’s Coral Coast is an unspoilt coastline with abundant marine life and the most turquoise ocean you’ll ever see. At World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, you can enjoy great snorkelling, diving and fishing with incredible national parks that offer great walks and scenery not found elsewhere in Australia. This is also where you can swim with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. You’ll also find the unique rock formations of the Pinnacles and inland is just as exciting, as carpets of wildflowers burst into colour across the state during the wildflower season from July onwards. The North West is home to the Kimberley. Broome is the gateway to this spectacular region and from here you’ll venture into red earth country and experience an authentic Aussie Outback adventure. Travel by 4WD, take a scenic flight or cruise through the remarkable billion year old wilderness that makes up the extraordinary coastline.
Experience Western Australia Our favourite things to see and do Fremantle – A port city just 30 minutes from Perth. Known for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types, the streets are buzzing with buskers, wild collections of art and trendy cafés and bars. Be sure to check out Little Creatures Brewery, set on the waterfront, with award-winning craft beers and ales brewed on-site. Food and Wine – Western Australia is home to nine beautiful wine regions, each with their own special characteristics, including the popular Margaret River and Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region, the Swan Valley. Be sure to try a tasting tour of the cellar doors for perfect pairing of restaurants as well as boutique breweries. Perth is well known for its restaurant and bar scene, with more restaurants per capita than any other capital city in Australia, so you are spoilt for choice. Whale Watching – Western Australia has one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world, with seven months (May-Dec) of viewing. Humpback, southern right whales and the rare blue whale migrate annually from the Southern Ocean to the north Kimberley coast. The best time to see these beautiful creatures is at midday, when the sun is directly overhead.
Wildflowers – With over 12,000 species of wildflowers in Western Australia, this is the world’s largest collection of wildflowers. See these beautiful carpets of colour for six months of the year, from June in the north to November in the south. Check out the very best of the wildflowers every September in Kings Park Botanical Garden, Perth.
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Staircase to the Moon – Witness this natural phenomenon between March and October each year. When conditions are just right, watch the full moon rise over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, this creates the illusion of a staircase to the moon.
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Perth is famed for its laidback atmosphere, so be sure to spend some time relaxing on your self-contained apartment’s large balcony, embracing that vibe. The rooftop pool is another great spot for unwinding after a day of sightseeing. Perth’s dining precinct is a short stroll away with plenty of cuisine, bars and nightlife to enjoy.
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Adina Apartment Hotel Perth Adina Apartment Hotel Perth makes the perfect base from which to enjoy it all. The apartment hotel is ideally located on-site at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, close to the magnificent Kings Park. Jump on the free city transport system operating from the bus terminal, adjacent to the hotel, to discover this great city.
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Situated in the heart of the CBD, Travelodge Perth is nestled in a picturesque location, close to major shopping areas and a short stroll from the beautiful Swan River. Visitors to Perth can take advantage of the free city bus service which departs from the hotel’s doorstep and goes to the city’s major attractions.
This apartment style hotel aims to be a home away from home, with kitchenettes great for fixing breakfast and snacks and free WiFi. Linger over dinner while you look out over the Swan River from the on-site restaurant or stroll downtown for some great shopping, entertainment and nightlife.
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Located just around the corner from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and St Georges Terrace. Take a stroll through the greenery of Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. After a day of exploring the beautiful city of Perth, relax and unwind with a drink and some tapas in the hotel’s restaurant courtyard.
Fraser Suites Perth
Located within the fringe of the CBD in the free transit zone, so you can jump on and off the local buses for free! Experience the beautifully furnished Studios, One and Two Bedroom Apartments all with floor to ceiling windows views of the Swan River, Langley Park or the WACA - Western Australian Cricket Ground. We recommend an upgrade to a room on a higher level overlooking Swan River for perfect sunrise and sunset views
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Perth Walking Tours
Rottnest Island Bike & Snorkel Tour
See another side to Perth on these fun, relaxed and entertaining guided walks with a local. With a number of tours on offer from foodie to crime, history to beer – you’ll hear about past events and social activities, led by proud locals.
Spend a day on Rottnest Island and you’ll understand why this is the favourite playground of Perth locals. You will explore the island by bike, discover secluded beaches and snorkel among the reefs and meet the local wildlife.
Ultimate Swan Valley Food and Wine Tour Swan Valley is the oldest wine region in WA, so they sure know what they are doing. Relax and enjoy a day of indulgence as you sample your way through the best of the Swan Valley, visiting five wineries, a brewery and the famous Margaret River Chocolate Company along the way.
Perth’s Famous Wine Cruise Head out of the city and into the picturesque wine country of the upper Swan River on this full day cruise. There are wine tastings onboard and you’ll get to sample fine wines at a prestigious winery, a twocourse lunch is also provided.
4WD Pinnacles, Koalas & Sand Dunes After a stop at Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley, travel to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes for lunch. Explore the mystical Pinnacles Desert for a walk through the fascinating landscape and enjoy a thrilling experience of sand boarding and 4WD over vast sand dunes.
South West Australia’s South West is perfect for a road trip, whether it’s a couple of days or a couple of weeks. The driving distances aren’t too far and the scenery and experiences are exceptional. Drive south from Perth into a diverse destination.
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7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive INDIAN OCEAN
Day 1: Perth – Busselton (222km) Head south from Perth through quaint country towns, magnificent forests and national parks. Swim with dolphins in Bunbury, catch the train to the end of Busselton Jetty to see the marine life at the Underwater Observatory.
Day 2-3: Busselton – Margaret River (50km) Spend a couple of days indulging in long winery lunches and delicious food trails and perhaps a surf at Margaret River. Day 4: Margaret River – Augusta (40km) Visit Cape Leeuwin, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
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Stirling Range National Park Albany
Day 5: Augusta – Pemberton (124km) Head inland to enjoy the colourful shops of Balingup. Tackle one of the giant climbing trees in Pemberton, hike, or take a 4WD tour over the Yeagerup Dunes.
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Day 6: Pemberton – Albany (231km) Stop in Walpole, the Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants, lets you experience the excitement of walking 40m above ground through a canopy of trees. Arrive in Albany, where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia.
Surfers Point – Head up to one of the most famous of Margaret River’s surfing spots – Surfers Point, near Prevelly. It’s a top spot to watch the local pros in action.
Day 7: Albany – Perth (414km) Drive through the heart of the magnificent Stirling Range National Park stopping in at Kojonup on your way back to Perth.
Dunsborough - Enjoy secluded coves and stunning coastal trails. Accessible dive wrecks are also a short distance away.
Cape to Cape Track, Augusta – If time allows, follow this track and you will be rewarded with some of the most varied trekking in the world. Flinders Bay, Augusta – From Jun-Sep migrating humpback and southern right whales gather to play before continuing on their journey north. Denmark – Take a drive among the ancient Karri tree giants, relax by the waters of William Bay or feast on the local wine and gourmet produce. National Anzac Centre, Albany – Follow the personal journey of an ANZAC from recruitment, training and conflict at Gallipoli.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group H) from $75 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Sebel Busselton • Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Margaret River • Best Western Albany Motel & Apartments
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Middleton Beach, Albany – For sensational views over King George Sound, head for the Middleton Beach boardwalk trail. Mount Barker – Ideal spot for a tour of cellar doors, a spring wildflower drive or a challenging wilderness hike. Kojonup – Browse the Kodj Gallery featuring local paintings, boomerangs and didgeridoos.
Conspicuous Beach, South West Australia The price guide shown is per car hire based on 7 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Coral Coast Visit any time of the year and enjoy the unique attractions of the Monkey Mia wild dolphins, marine life of Ningaloo Reef including the whale shark, wildflowers on the inland road, stromatolites (ancient living fossils) at Hamelin Pool, Shell Beach, Kalbarri with stunning gorges and so much more.
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11 days/10 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Perth – Geraldton (418 km) Geraldton is a water sports playground of 122 coral-fringed islands. Day 2: Geraldton – Carnarvon (477km) Visit a banana plantation, view the blowholes from May to Oct and sample the freshest seafood in WA. Day 3-4: Carnarvon – Exmouth (364km) Continue to Exmouth, the gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park. Swim with a Whale Shark (Mar-Jul), view limestone ranges and spectacular gorges. Watch the sunset from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. Day 5-6: Exmouth – Coral Bay (151km) Coral Bay is a snorkellers’ paradise with calm, protected waters and hundreds of fish and coral species just metres from the shore. Swim, snorkel or try some beach fishing, and take a 4WD along the coast. Day 7-8: Coral Bay – Shark Bay (565km) Along the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive, visit the stromatolites of Hamelin Pool and see the oldest living marine fossils on earth. Meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins. Day 9-10: Shark Bay – Kalbarri (386km) Explore the Murchison River gorges of Kalbarri National Park, join a fishing tour, river cruise or take in the sights of this unique coastline. Day 11: Kalbarri – Perth (571km) Enjoy stunning views of coastal gorges and the pink lake south of Kalbarri.
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Highlights worth seeing along the way Brusselton
The Pinnacles – Limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park. Jurien Bay – Sheltered by a string if islands and limestone reefs, the snorkelling and diving here is first rate with underwater caves and coral gardens waiting to be explored. Abrolhos Islands – 122 islands surrounded by coral teeming with marine life. Also ranked among the world’s top fishing spots. Ningaloo Reef – The world’s largest fringing reef, an underwater paradise and popular spot for dolphins, manta rays, turtles, humpback whales and the gentle whale shark. Shark Bay – Famous for its rich marine life including a large population of dugongs.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group H) from $69 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Novotel Ningaloo Resort, Exmouth • Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort • Kalbarri Seafront Villas
Monkey Mia Resort, Coral Coast
Shell Beach, Shark Bay – Take a walk along a white beach made of billions of tiny shells. One of only two beaches of its kind in the world.
Experience a face to face encounter with the friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia. Some lucky visitors selected to hand feed them!
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The price guide shown is per car hire based on 11 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Stromatolites at Hamelin Pool © WA Tourism
North West The North West region is one of the world’s last true wilderness areas, some parts are still truly isolated. Watch an ocean sunset by camel train, walk with dinosaurs and ride a horizontal waterfall. Enjoy exploring this extraordinary outback.
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5 days/4 nights Suggested Fly-Drive Day 1: Perth – Broome Take a 2.5 hour flight from Perth to Broome and pick up your rental car from here. In the afternoon soak up the beauty of Broome’s famous Cable Beach. An absolute must do, is to see the sunset by camel, a truly unique experience. Day 2: Broome – Gantheaume Point – Broome (20km) View the footprints of dinosaurs that roamed Gantheaume Point over 125 million years ago. If your visit happens to be when there is a full moon and low tide between Mar-Oct head over to Roebuck Bay to witness the Staircase to the Moon – the rising of the full moon reflects off the exposed mud flats at low tide creating an optical illusion of stairs reaching to the moon. Day 3: Broome – Cape Leveque – Broom (414km) Meet one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures, you can learn the ancient art of mud crabbing, explore the 1,000 islands and islets of the Buccaneer Archipelago or take a thrilling jet boat ride on the only horizontal waterfalls on earth. 4WD tours are available from Broome. Day 4: Broome – Eco Beach – Broome (280km) Discover the stunning views and coastal wilderness experiences at Eco Beach. Day 5: Broome – Perth Take a wander around town, enjoy a morning walk and swim on Cable Beach or browse the South Sea pearl and Argyle diamond showrooms of Chinatown while admiring the works of local Aboriginal artists before your flight back to Perth.
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Rental Car: Hertz (Group H) from $119 per day Our favourite places to stay: • • •
Mercure Broom Oaks Broom Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
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Western Australia Touring with AAT Kings For over 85 years, AAT Kings has been representing the best that Australia and New Zealand has to offer. With a wide range of Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Day Tours, they have a travel style to suit every traveller’s taste and budget. Their people are warm, friendly, engaged and enthusiastic and they love a laugh and a good story. They’ll show you landscapes and cities that are beautiful beyond belief and deliver service with a welcoming smile. Come and share Western Australia with AAT Kings, they’ll bring Western Australia to life and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
South Western Escape Best Buys Guided Holiday
Untamed Kimberley First Choice Guided Holiday
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Outback, forests and coast, this trip has it all. ‘Surf’ Wave Rock and experience coastal Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park. View the stunning Stirling Ranges, take the Valley of the Giants tree top walk, then indulge your palate in Margaret River and relax in seaside Fremantle.
Cruise on ancient waterways, hike to magnificent waterholes, discover the rich Ord River Valley and enjoy a tour of a rum distillery. Visit a remote indigenous community to meet the locals and relax while taking in an amazing Cable Beach sunset in Broome.
Day 1: Perth Enjoy a city tour of Perth including Kings Park for views of the Swan River.
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Day 2: Perth – Kalgoorlie Visit Wave Rock, formed from granite over three million years ago. Day 3: Kalgoorlie – Esperance Take a tour of Australia’s largest open cut gold mine. Day 4-5: Esperance See the views of Cape Le Grand National Park and enjoy free time in Esperance. See the Pink Lake and Bluff Knoll Lookout for sights of the Stirling Ranges. Day 6: Albany – Margaret River Journey to the Valley of the Giants to explore the canopy of the Tingle Forest. Day 7-8: Margaret River Visit a winery for tastings and lunch. Experience a private tour of Fremantle Prison and enjoy a farewell dinner. Day 9: Fremantle – Perth
Day 2: Darwin – Katherine Stop at Nitmiluk National Park to cruise the waters of the Katherine River. Day 3: Katherine – Kununurra See Lake Argyle and cruise along the Ord River to Kununurra. Day 4-5: Kununurra Explore Kununurra, Mirima National Park, Ord Valley and tour a rum distillery. Day 6-7: El Questro Wilderness Park Visit the Lirrgarn Argyle diamond mine and the historic town of Halls Creek. Day 8: Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing Head to a remote indigenous community and cruise through Geckie Gorge. Day 9: Fitzroy Crossing – Broome Travel to the port of Derby, see Boab Prison Tree and enjoy a farewell dinner. Day 10-11: Broome Explore tropical Broome at your leisure.
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Inclusions: 8 nights comfortable accommodation, 8 full buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners, luxury coach, experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide and airport transfers
Inclusions: 10 nights quality accommodation (2 in tented cabins with en suite), 10 full buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners, luxury coach, experienced Travel Director and driver guide and airport transfers
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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Festivals and Events 2017
08 Apr-01 May
Alice Springs Cup Carnival
Barra Nationals Fishing Tournament
BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival
Uluru Camel Cup
SKYCITY Triple Crown, V8 Supercars Championship Series
Kalgoorlie Fashion Week
Darwin Cup Carnival
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
27 Oct-05 Nov
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Inhabiting much of Australia’s central mainland and central northern regions, the Northern Territory is one of the last remaining genuine ‘Outback’ destinations in Australia. With so many natural wonders, ancient history, rich culture and unique wildlife to explore, a holiday to the Northern Territory can be as diverse as the region itself. Today, with its World Heritage-listed sites like Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park, along with a huge number of other natural attractions, there are plenty of places to lose yourself and become immersed in your surroundings. With its long history of Aboriginal settlement you’ll find plenty of Indigenous culture on display – everything from ancient rock art and cultural centres to the sacred and iconic Uluru. Arnhem Land, to the east of Darwin, is one of the largest Aboriginal reserves in Australia and a bastion of Aboriginal culture – rock art, bark paintings and the home of the didgeridoo. Darwin is the perfect base to explore the natural attractions of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park with one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal rock art sites in Australia. Alice Springs is the perfect destination for an authentic Outback encounter. Spectacular sunburnt landscapes, Outback spirit, isolated communities and colourful local characters. There is a tour to suit everyone. As the hub of Central Australia, Alice Springs combines the rich culture and art of indigenous Australia with a modern and vibrant atmosphere. Marvel at the enormity of Uluru, discover the spiritual significance of Kata Tjuta and explore the rim of Kings Canyon. Six hundred million years in the making, these incredible natural creations will captivate you from sunrise to sunset.
Experience Northern Territory Our favourite things to see and do Open Air Markets – Soak up Darwin’s tropical night air, as well as aromas of food from all over the world beneath magical sunsets and browse the stalls at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Purchase natural skin care, local art, jewellery and clothing. Also make sure you visit Nightcliff and Parap markets, and the Happy Yess Market. Look out for regular and one-off markets in other regional centres, especially the Katherine Community Market, Alice Springs Night Markets and Todd Mall Markets.
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Kings Canyon – Be captivated by the sheer sandstone walls of Kings Canyon. Witness a sunset from the gorge or experience a three hour guided climb to the rim and marvel at the breathtaking views of Watarrka National Park. Fishing – Throw a line into the waters of Darwin’s tropical coral reefs for a spot of offshore fishing. Catch a Snapper for lunch or a delicious Spanish Mackerel.
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Nitmiluk National Park – Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) covers a vast area of escarpment country, including 13 gorges carved from ancient sandstone. Enjoy a cruise or paddle along the gorges at your own pace. Aboriginal Art & Culture – A holiday in the Territory is a cultural journey. Learn about the Dreamtime and experience Indigenous storytelling, dance and music. Get hands-on and try spear throwing, didgeridoo playing or dot painting. View ancient rock art sites at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock in Kakadu National Park or wander the modern galleries in Darwin, each art piece will tell a story.
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MacDonnell Ranges – The East and West MacDonnell Ranges are an adventure playground with hiking trails, 4WD tracks and swimming holes. Take in the beauty of the rugged ranges from the air in a hot air balloon or on a helicopter flight, or take it all in on the Larapinta Trail, stretching 223 kilometres along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges. © Tourism NT
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GULF OF CARPENTARIA
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LITCHFIELD N.P. Pine Creek
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FINKE GORGE N.P.
TREPHONA GORGE N.P. Ross River ALICE SPRINGS Simpson Desert
Top End Discovery Discover this enchanting land as you meander through Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Nitmiluk National Park. The combination of these national parks allow you to spot amazing wildlife, relax at spectacular waterfalls, discover ancient rock art and journey deep into stunning gorges.
Garig Gunak Barlu National Park Melville Island Bathurst Island
Saltwater Croc Katherine © Tourism NT
6 days/5 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park (151km) Depart Darwin for Jabiru. Birdwatchers and nature lovers should stop along the way at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre. A visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre Park Headquarters is a must. Day 2: Kakadu National Park Join a Yellow Water Billabong cruise to discover a range of wildlife. Take the opportunity to visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr Rock, to see some amazing Aboriginal rock art.
Litchfield National Park
Fish River Gorge Block National Park
Day 3: Kakadu National Park – Katherine (152km) Travel towards Pine Creek and onto Katherine, making a leisure stop at the beautiful Edith Falls. Day 4: Katherine Enjoy a spectacular two hour Katherine Gorge cruise. Perhaps visit Mataranka Thermal Pool this afternoon, or Katherine’s other iconic attractions. Day 5: Katherine – Litchfield National Park (255km) Drive north and enjoy a full day exploring Litchfield National Park, offering spectacular waterfalls year round. Day 6: Litchfield National Park – Darwin (115km) Enjoy more time in Litchfield National Park before returning to Darwin.
Kakadu National Park Jabiru
Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine Cutta Cutta Mataranka Caves Nature Park
Highlights worth seeing along the way Yellow Water Billabong – Marvel at the diverse range of colourful birdlife along the billabong as you try to spot a crocodile. Katherine Gorge – A spectacular gorge best seen from the water. Whether you are doing it by cruise or canoe you will be treated to amazing scenery. Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park – Take a guided tour through these caves. This is a great option for families and we recommend doing a morning tour before it gets too hot. Kakadu National Park – Aboriginal rock art in this area is very well preserved and accessible. It’s worth taking a guided tour to have the history of the rock art explained to you. Matakana Thermal Pool – A very popular swimming spot – the thermal pool is a temperature of around 34 degrees celcius.
Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $125 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin • Aurora Kakadu • Beagle Motor Inn, Katherine
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Termite Mounds – In Litchfield National park you will see many termite mounds, some 15 feet tall and over 50 years old. Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls – After a morning of exploring, enjoy a refreshing swim in these cool clear waters.
Kakadu Naitonal Park © Tourism NT
Kakadu National Park © Tourism NT
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 6 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Territory Discovery From the Red Centre to the Top End, discover the highlights, contrasts and spectacular scenery that the Territory has to offer. Journey from the red heart of the Northern Territory to where the outback meets the tropics, Katherine, before continuing to the tropical north of Darwin.
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11 days/10 nights Suggested Self-Drive
Kakadu National Park Katherine
Cutta Cutta Caves
Day 1: Uluru Enjoy a relaxing start to the day before heading to see a stunning Uluru sunset. Day 2: Uluru Take a walk around the base of Uluru or explore the domes of Kata Tjuta. Day 3-4: Uluru – Alice Springs (463km) Travel back in time as you stroll around the heritage walk. Enjoy the historical sites including Panorama Guth Art Gallery. Day 5-6: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek (508km) En route to Tennant Creek, stop at the Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). Visit the Tennant Creek Battery which is still in working order. Day 7-8: Tennant Creek – Katherine (675km) Start early for the drive from Tennant Creek to Katherine. On the way stop in at the Cutta Cutta Caves, keep an eye out for the orange horseshoe bat which is a rare and endangered species. Enjoy a cruise along Katherine Gorge.
Day 9-10: Katherine – Kakadu National Park (152km) This morning stop in at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre before continuing onto Kakadu National Park. Cruise Yellow Water Billabong. Continue to Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock and view Aboriginal rock art. Day 11: Kakadu National Park – Darwin (151km) Visit Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, then journey to Darwin.
Tennant Creek Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)
Alice Springs Uluru
Highlights worth seeing along the way Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) – Lose yourself in the surreal collection of huge boulders some standing up to six metres. Kangaroo Sanctuary – Feed and hold the baby kangaroos at this unique rescue centre in Alice Springs.
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Alice Springs Desert Park – Spend a few hours enjoying the scenery and animals. Don’t miss the bird show at 10am, comes highly recommended. Tennant Creek Telegraph Station – A well preserved piece of history, showing how hard life was back in the day. You are able to walk around the inside and outside of most buildings.
Lake Mary Ann – After a long drive this is a great place to relax and have a picnic or BBQ with the family while passing through Tennant Creek.
Kelly’s Ranch, Tennant Creek – See the desert on horseback and learn about bush tucker from your local guide Jerry. Rental Car: Hertz (Group C) from $119 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Chifley Alice Springs Resort • Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek • Aurora Kakadu
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Watch the animals come to life at night on the Nocturnal tour at Alice Springs Desert Park. Encounter rare and endangered animals you wouldn’t normally see in the day time
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The price guide shown is per car hire based on 11 day hire rate. Price does not include one-way fees. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
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Explore the Northern Territory with AAT Kings The Northern Territory, home to iconic Uluru and Kakadu National Park, is the heart of the country and full of rich and authentic experiences, vibrant indigenous culture and landscapes. Immerse yourself in one of the world’s oldest living cultures as you watch the most inspiring sunrise and sunset at Uluru, find bush tucker, discover Aboriginal rock art at the amazing Nourlangie Rock or spot crocodiles while cruising the Yellow Water Billabong. You’ll meet local characters and be inspired by their stories that will stay with you long after you return home.
Uluru & Kings Canyon Discovery
Alice Springs to Uluru Discovery
Tropical Top End
3 days/2 nights
4 days/3 nights
4 days/3 nights
Home to Australia’s most iconic natural wonder, Uluru, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park boasts an ancient landscape and culture that are nothing short of inspiring, full of rich and fascinating experiences.
Discover Alice Springs including the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Take in the beauty of Uluru during sunset and sunrise including a walk around its base. View aboriginal rock art and the Mutitjulu Waterhole.
Experience the wonders of the Top End. View the highlights of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park including art at Nourlangie and Ubirr.
Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a camel farm for an optional camel ride on your way to Kata Tjuta. Enjoy a wine and canapés while watching the sunset at Uluru.
Day 1: Alice Springs Tour the sights of ‘Alice’ including the historic Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air.
Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park Cruise on the Adelaide River and enjoy lunch in Kakadu National Park before climbing through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries in Ubirr.
Day 2: Alice Springs – Kata Tjuta – Uluru Visit a camel farm for an optional camel ride before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Tour Kata Tjuta, before watching the sun set over Uluru.
Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Katherine Take a guided walk at Nourlangie to view Aboriginal rock art. Before a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong to observe prolific wildlife.
Day 3: Uluru – Alice Springs Watch the sunrise at Uluru, then drive around the base of Uluru. View Aboriginal rock art and see the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.
Day 3: Katherine Gorge Cruise – Darwin Cruise through Katherine Gorge and watch for crocodiles basking in the sun. Stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, en route to Darwin.
Day 4: Alice Springs Farewell from Alice Springs.
Day 4: Litchfield National Park – Darwin View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim.
Departures: Daily (Mar-Nov), Mon, Thu and Sat (Dec-Feb)
Departures: Mon and Thur (Nov-Apr)
Day 2: Uluru – Kings Canyon Experience the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight. Take a tour around the base of Uluru then onto Mutitjulu Waterhole. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultral Centre before heading to Kings Canyon. Day 3: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs Climb the rim of Kings Canyon for spectacular views of Watarrka National Park. Enjoy lunch at Kings Creek Station on your way back to Alice Springs.
Departures: Daily (Nov-Mar) Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, national park fees, air-conditioned coach, airport transfers, Travel Director and Driver Guide Price Guide From: $1285
Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, national park fees, luxury coach, Travel Director and Driver Guide
Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, luxury coach transport, Travel Director and Driver Guide Price Guide From: $1275
Price Guide From: $1165
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets
Top End Highlights
5 days/4 nights
6 days/5 nights
10 days/9 nights
If you like to travel in a more intimate group and go places a little bit off the beaten track, then this is the holiday for you. You’ll stay in handpicked accommodation in idyllic settings like Cicada Lode in Nitmiluk National Park.
With its vibrant indigenous culture, friendly characters and varied scenery, the Top End will leave you spellbound. Be immersed in the ancient traditions of the Aboriginal people and cruise down waterways teaming with wildlife.
Travel to the heart of Australia! Sample culinary delights in Adelaide’s Central Market, join a Be My Guest dinner with the Falzon Family in Alice Springs and marvel at the ancient and aweinspiring Flinders Ranges and Kings canyon.
Day 1: Darwin – Mary River Welcome to Darwin! This morning, meet your local Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin a journey of discovery in the Top End.
Day 1: Darwin
Day 1: Adelaide Join a local food expert for a guided tour of 140 year old Adelaide Central Market.
Day 2: Mary River – Kakadu Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains. Head out to Corroboree Billabong to enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise. Day 3-4: Kakadu – Nitmiluk National Park You’ll have time to take a hike to the top of the Gunlom Falls for a splash in a picturesque natural plunge pool where you’re awarded with spectacular views over the national park. Take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy a picnic lunch.
Day 2-3: Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Katherine Gorge Your first stop is an amazing stand of Termite Mounds, architectural feats complete with tunnels and nursery chambers. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings on a Katherine Gorge dinner cruise. Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu National Park Continue onto Edith Falls for a quick dip before you travel deep into the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Day 5: Kakadu – Mary River You’ll stay tonight in private permanent safari tents at Wildman Wilderness Lodge situated in the Mary River Wetlands area.
Day 2: Adelaide – Flinders Ranges Day 3: Flinders Ranges – Port Augusta Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy Day 5-6: Coober Pedy – Uluru – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) Experience an Uluru sunset with nibbles and sparkling wine. Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kings Canyon Day 8-9: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs – Aboriginal Culture
Day 5: Katherine Gorge – Darwin Farewell from Darwin
Day 5: Mary River - Darwin
Day 10: Alice Springs Farewell from Alice Springs
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)
Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, travel in a luxury vehicle, complimentary refreshments, airport transfers, 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation, travel by luxury coach, airport transfers, 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 “You’re Invited” lunch, 5 dinners, Travel Director and Driver Guide
Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, travel by luxury coach, airport transfers, 9 breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest dinner, 5 dinners with wine, Travel Director and Driver Guide
Price Guide From: $3325
Price Guide From: $2895
Price Guide From: $4275
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Festivals and Events 2017
Wooden Boats Festival (Hobart)
Royal Hobart Regatta
Ten Days on the Island
Agfest – Agricultural Show
30 Jun-16 Jul
Festival of Voices
Junction Arts Festival
Royal Launceston Show
Royal Hobart Show
Tasmanian Craft Fair
26 Dec-01 Jan
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
28 Dec-03 Jan
The Taste of Tasmania
Australia’s island state of Tasmania is best known for its native wildlife, intriguing history and natural beauty, but the incredible local produce is another highlight. From wine to strawberries, cheese and seafood, you’ll find artisan producers around every corner and farmers’ markets in many towns. Tasmania is easily accessible. Airports at Hobart and Launceston connect to the mainland, or you can take the overnight Spirit of Tasmania passenger and car ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. At about half the size of the North Island of New Zealand, Tasmania is an ideal selfdrive destination. We recommend you allow at least one week to take in all those towering forests, deserted beaches, historic sites, beautiful mountains and meet the Tasmanian wildlife – perhaps even the iconic Tasmanian devil. Kayaking, white water rafting and hiking are all popular ways to get out and experience the landscape up close, plus the cities are small enough that you can easily explore them on foot, and historic sites like Port Arthur are made for walking tours. There are plenty of other options for the less energetic too: take a ride on a scenic railway through a spectacular rainforest gorge, join a cruise on a mirror-calm river, soar over mountains and beaches in a helicopter or go off-road on a guided 4WD tour. Tasmania has also made it onto the international art scene with the addition of MONA, the world-class art museum in Hobart which is a must-see.
Experience Tasmania Our favourite things to see and do Salamanca Place & Battery Point – Salamanca Place, famous for its markets every Saturday and Battery Point with its Georgian cottages, art and craft shops and restaurants. Mona – The Museum of Old and New Art. Filled with antiques, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Just 15 minutes from Hobart on the shore of the River Derwent.
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Food & Wine – Tasmania is a great place to learn about and try fresh produce. Head to the farmers’ markets and local eateries to experience Tasmania’s fine produce. Tasmania’s cool climate, mild summers and long autumn days, make perfect conditions for wine making. Be sure to take on a wine route and find out why we love their wines so much. Nature and Wildlife – A treasure trove of natural wonders, beautiful landscapes, unique plants and wildlife. From alpine ranges, wetlands and rainforests. Look out for Australian fur seals, bottle nosed dolphins and penguins, which are seen all year round. Depending on the time of year you are visiting, you will also see platypus, Tasmanian devils, southern right whale and the humpback whale.
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Outdoor and Adventure – Over one third of Tasmania is national park, reserve or World Heritage protected wilderness, so you will have plenty to see and do. Go mountain biking, fishing or play golf at two of the top 100 golf courses in the world.
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Walking – Tasmania is a walker’s paradise, known for its world famous walks like the Overland Track, Wineglass Bay and the South Coast Track. West Coast Wilderness Railway – Journey through rugged terrain and step back in time and relive history on this majestic steam train. Depart from both Queenstown Station and the Regatta Point Station in Strahan for a unique Tasmanian Heritage and Wilderness Experience.
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Low Rocky Point
HARTZ MTN N.P.
Nubeena Port Arthur
Triabunna Campania Mona
HOBART Storm Bay Dover
MT FIELD N.P.
Arthurs Lake Lake Sorell
FRANKLIN GORDON WILD RIVERS N.P.
DOUGLAS APSLEY N.P.
Lake Tarraleah King William
WALL OF JERUSALEM N.P Lake St Clair
CRADLE MT LAKE ST CLAIR N.P.
BEN LOMOND N.P.
Bay of Fires
ROCKY CAPE N.P.
Distances are approximate, in kilometres and based on direct routes. Coles Bay
Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne
BASS STRAIT Stanley Smithon
MARIA ISLAND N.P.
Best Western Hotels
Choice Hotels Australasia
TasVillas Group is one of Tasmania’s largest statewide accommodation groups offering a wide variety of accommodation options. TasVillas Group properties complement your natural experience in Tasmania with quality self-contained, self-catering apartments, motel and hotel style accommodation and affordable rates.
Offering five properties across Tasmania, each with their own unique personality and charm. Each property offers spacious rooms, modern facilities including high-speed internet access, and all the other extras required for a relaxing holiday. Most properties also feature on-site restaurants, swimming pools, spas and BBQ areas.
Explore Tasmania with Choice Hotels and experience a variety of hotels under the global brands of Comfort, Quality and Clarion. Whether you are after a beach, mountain or city location, visiting family and friends or simply taking a well-deserved break, Choice has Tasmania covered with places to stay that will make you feel right at home.
Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania
Saffire Freycinet, East Coast
Located on the edge of the Tamar River, Peppers Seaport Hotel Launceston makes an ideal accommodation base for a weekend away, short break or romantic escape and is a great base for exploring the Tamar Valley either by car or river cruise. Enjoy the range of on-site facilities.
Peppers Cradle Mountain is a unique wilderness experience, set right on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park, just 2 hours from Launceston and 1.5 hours from Devonport. Indulge and rejuvenate at the on-site spa.
Saffire Freycinet’s concept and design are like no other in Australia, capturing the essence of the unique Freycinet Peninsular region of Tasmania and connecting with its environment to bring an authentic and enriching experience for its guests. Each suite offers sweeping views of Great Oyster Bay and the Hazards Mountains.
Tasmania Self-Drives A combination of good roads, light traffic and short travelling distances, makes Tasmania a perfect destination for self-drive holidays. Venture off the beaten track to discover townships, spectacular scenery, cellar doors, farm gates and talented artists at work. If you plan to circle the entire island, a minimum stay of 10 nights is recommended. However, if you’re short for time, you will still be able to enjoy specific regions of Tasmania in shorter visits.
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8 days/7 nights
11 days/10 nights
If time is not on your side, 7 nights offers the opportunity to get a taste of Tasmania’s highlights. Base yourself in a region and take your time to really get a taste of the Tasmanian way of life. This suggested itinerary provides some ideas on what can be seen in 8 days.
If you plan to circle the entire Island, a stay of 10 nights is recommended. An 11 day itinerary gets you to all of the iconic areas with time to stop along the way. This suggested itinerary provides some ideas on what can be seen in 11 days.
Day 1: Launceston – Tamar Valley Explore some of Tasmania’s finest wineries on the Tamar Valley Wine Route, travel north towards Beauty Point and visit Seahorse World, Platypus House and the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.
Day 1: Hobart Check out the Museum of Old and New Art – MONA.
Day 2: Coles Bay – Swansea Head to the state’s East Coast, discover the sheltered beaches of the Freycinet National Park and take in the breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay.
Day 2-4: Strahan – Stanley Travel to Strahan, along the way walk to the impressive Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park. Join the West Coast Wilderness Railway, taking you through the stunning wilderness between Strahan and Queenstown. Travel to Stanley via Cradle Mountain National Park.
Day 3-4: Hobart Drive south to Hobart. En route check out the Spikey Bridge just south of Swansea or take the ferry at Triabunna to Maria Island. Explore Hobart from the water on a harbour cruise, or join a tour of the city or surrounding winery region.
Day 5-7: Stanley – Launceston – Coles Bay Head for Launceston via The Tarkine – Australia’s largest temperate rainforest. Explore Launceston or take a cruise on the Tamar River. Visit the Freycinet National Park at Coles Bay. Walk into Wineglass Bay or explore the spectacular coast line.
Day 5-6: Strahan Depart Hobart for the West Coast town of Strahan. Stop at the historic town of New Norfolk or at the Mt Field National Park. Take a cruise onboard a luxury catamaran which will take you into the Gordon River.
Day 8-9: Port Arthur Drive from the East Coast to the Tasman Peninsula. Arrive at Port Arthur in time for dinner and a memorable Ghost Tour.
Day 7-8: Cradle Mountain – Sheffield Venture through the small towns of Rosberry and Tullah where the rugged west coast gives way to the sub-alpine forests of Cradle Mountain. Head North from Cradle Mountain to Sheffield ‘The Town of Murals’. Explore more of Tasmania or catch a flight home from Launceston or Hobart.
Day 10-11: Hobart Travel south from Hobart to the Huon Valley and walk through the treetops at Tahune Forest Airwalk. The next morning wander the galleries at Richmond, one of Australia’s best preserved colonial villages.
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Wineglass Bay: Considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world dazzling white sand and sapphire coloured sea set against pink and grey granite peaks.
Cradle Mountain: Rising to 1,545 metres above sea level, a principal tourist site.
Maria Island: Mountainous island off the east coast of Tasmania. This is a suggested self-drive itinerary and is to be used in conjunction with a road map.
Port Arthur: A former convict settlement, one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and an open air museum.
Explore Tasmania with AAT Kings Tasmania is a world unto itself. From its rich colonial history and untouched wilderness to foodie delights like delicate wines, gourmet cheeses and fresh salmon from the pond, Tasmania is a little piece of heaven. Whether you’re soaking up the atmosphere strolling through Hobart’s Salamanca Market or filling your lungs with pure Tasmanian air in the pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain, you’ll be awestruck by everything Tassie has to offer. Experience Tasmania with AAT Kings and tick Tassie off your bucket list!
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Perfect Tasmania First Choice Guided Holiday
Tasmanian Wonders Best Buys Guided Holidays
12 days/11 nights
10 days/9 nights
Explore Hobart and the famous Salamanca Market before venturing to Mt. Field National Park. Witness the stunning natural beauty of Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park. Tantalise your taste buds sampling Tasmanian salmon and Josef Chromy wines.
Journey through Tasmania and experience the natural beauty of Russell Falls, Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park. Cruise the dark waters of the Gordon River and step back in time at Port Arthur. Sample local fresh produce and boutique wines and discover Bicheno’s little blue penguins.
Day 1-3: Hobart – Strahan Take an afternoon tour of Hobart and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. Explore Hobart with a free day and visit spectacular Russell Falls and the fascinating Wall in the Wilderness.
Day 1: Hobart Take an afternoon tour of Hobart and enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 4-5: Strahan – Cradle Mountain Hop on a river cruise, stop at Sarah Island and see Hell’s Gate and Heritage Landing. Experience stunning Cradle Mountain and join your Travel Director for a guided walk around Dove Lake. The afternoon is yours to explore. Day 6-7: Cradle Mountain – Launceston Enjoy a historical Shelfield and take a guided tour of a salmon farm with a tasting. Then it’s onto Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory for more delicious tastings. Discover the Tamar Valley with lunch at Josef Chromy Wines. Day 8-10: Launceston – Bicheno – Freycinet National Park – Hobart Visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm, Legerwood Carved Memorial Trees, the mining town of Derby then travel through the myrtle rainforest at Weldborough Pass. Experience the breathtaking Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay.
Day 2-4: Hobart – Queenstown – Smithton Explore magnificent Mt Field National Park and visit spectacular Russell Falls. Take the winding journey to Queenstown along the rainforest bordered road of World Heritage protected Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Visit Strahan on Macquarie Harbour and cruise the Gordon River. Travel past Lake Plimsoll to Cradle Mountain National Park and Dove Lake for spectacular views. Stop at Highfield historic site, then onto Smithton. Day 5-7: Smithton – Launceston – Bicheno Take a guided tour of Makers’ Workshop in Burnie. Wander through Sheffield and its colourful murals and wall paintings. Visit the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory for some delicious produce tasting. Experience the delights of the Tamar Valley, including a berry farm, boutique winery and Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Discover Bicheno’s little blue penguins at dusk.
Day 11-12: Port Arthur – Hobart Enjoy a guided walk of Port Arthur Historic Site and infamous convict prison. Depart Hobart after breakfast.
Day 8-10: Bicheno – Port Arthur – Hobart Take a guided walk through breathtaking Freycinet National Park. Explore Port Arthur Historic Site and the infamous convict prison. See the amazing vistas of Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. When back in Hobart enjoy a farewell dinner.
Departures: Set departures (Sep-Apr)
Departures: Set departures (Sep-May)
Inclusions: 11 nights quality accommodation, 11 full buffet breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 3 lunches, 8 dinners, luxury coach, experienced Travel Director, Driver Guide and airport transfers
Inclusions: 9 nights comfortable accommodation, 9 full buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners, luxury coach, experienced Travel Director, Driver Guide and airport transfers
Price Guide From: $5125
Price Guide From: $3295
North Star Cruises North Star Cruises conducts adventure-cruises around the Australian coastline and in the stunning waters of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. All cruises are activity based – extended periods at sea are specifically excluded and carefully crafted itineraries provide the ultimate opportunity to experience destinations. Daily activities can include, scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics and cultural events. The TRUE NORTH is an Australian registered ship and is not required to exit territorial waters during Australian voyages – every day on the TRUE NORTH is an activity day! The TRUE NORTH is built to access wilderness areas – bigger ships cannot go where these go! Multiple expedition boats explore further and most cruise options feature an onboard helicopter. The TRUE NORTH also features comfort and style, guest numbers are limited to 36 and, an Australian crew of 20 chaperones every experience. Guests consistently respond with “that’s the best holiday I have ever had!”
Day 1: Broome Broome Embarkation begins at 5pm – time for a cocktail before getting underway and, the first of many exquisite dining experiences.
Kimberley Snapshot 7 nights (Broome to Wyndham) For those pressed for time, here is the flagship Kimberley Ultimate itinerary condensed into a single week voyage. The Snapshot itinerary features several Kimberley icons including the King George Falls, the Hunter River, the Prince Regent River, Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Waterfalls.
Day 2: Cockatoo Island – Horizontal Waterfalls – Doubtful Bay Glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands where you’ll hear the colourful histories of both. Then it’s time to introduce you to a Kimberley icon – The Horizontal Falls. Day 3: Sale River – Montgomery Reef Swim in a crystal clear billabong. Fish, hike and then visit Montgomery Reef, a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed as 360 square kilometres of coral reef rises out of the ocean – right before your very eyes! Day 4: Prince Regent River – King Cascade The scenery will astound as the True North graces the majestic Prince Regent River. At King Cascade the True North is manoeuvred right under the falls! Day 5: Hunter River – Vansittart Bay Fishing, mud crabbing, bird watching and just simply exploring the Hunter. Day 6: Vansittart Bay Discover the ‘Bradshaws’ possibly the oldest art known to man. Also visit the site of a bomber that crashed during WWII. Day 7: King George River Anchor at the base of the Twin Falls and you will find endless places to explore. Climb or take the helicopter to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. Day 8: Wyndham – Kununurra Your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 8am for your transfer to Kununurra.
The Art of Adventure
30th YEAR ANNIVERSARY CRUISES
Departures: Set departures (May-Aug) Inclusions: 7 nights onboard, all expedition boat excursions and activities, onboard dining, non-alcoholic refreshments and fishing equipment (Scenic helicopter flights and alcohol are additional) Price Guide From: $14,439
The price guide shown is per adult, per night for twin share based on availability. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Cruise Australia Iconic landmarks, bucket list worthy events and a stunning selection of some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders: phenomenal possibilities await just a quick cruise over the ditch. Australia’s smorgasbord of adventures are waiting. Blissfully meander the nation’s coastal waters while relaxing in luxurious facilities and indulging in fine dining as you float from one incredible experience to the next. Best of all, as Kiwis, we’re perfectly positioned to get amongst it. Faced with the impossible task of choosing which cities and landmarks to leave out, the advantage of cruising is that it allows for a wide range of experiences in one journey. No matter what your travelling style, or who you are holidaying with, you can explore your dream Australian destination with a cruise to suit.
Australia’s Top End 17 days/16 nights Imagine a destination where you can do as much or as little as you choose, from sunrise to sunset. Whether it is reaching new heights on a rock climbing wall, discovering world-class entertainment that rivals the West End, enjoying a world of flavour with 10 dining options to choose from, or simply relaxing in the adults-only glass enclosed solarium, Radiance of the Seas has it all. With an incredible range of inclusions, there’s no better way to discover a whole new holiday experience than onboard Royal Caribbean. PORT ARRIVE DEPART Day 1: Sydney
Day 6: Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob) 7.00am
Day 2: At Sea Day 3: Brisbane Days 4-5: At Sea Days 7-8: At Sea Day 9: Darwin
Days 10-11: At Sea Day 12: Bali (Benoa)
Day 16: Geraldton
Day 17: Perth (Fremantle)
Day 13: At Sea Day 14: Port Headland Day 15: At Sea
Ports of Call Port of Departure Cruising
Departures: 9 Feb 17 & 13 Feb 18 Inclusions: Sydney to Perth aboard Radiance of the Seas, main meals and entertainment onboard, only on Royal Carribbean activities, award-winning children’s programme, port charges, government fees and gratuities
Geraldton Perth (Fremantle)
Price Guide From: $2576
The price guide shown is per adult, per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
There really is only one way to see the best of Australia â€“ SELF-DRIVE. A self-drive holiday is about freedom on wheels. You can go where you want, when you want, at your own pace and with peace of mind. All in the privacy of your choice of vehicle and in the company of your loved ones. It is not about speeding to cover as much distance as possible or rushing to see as many places as you can. It is about experiencing and enjoying the places you visit. Forget about scheduled departures and early wake-up calls. When you are in the driverâ€™s seat, you can take control of your adventure.
Rail Journeys Great Southern Rail offers journeys beyond into the wide expanse of the Australian Outback with The Ghan and Indian Pacific. Experience the very best Australia has to offer in a level of comfort only rail travel can provide. Whether you choose to travel from the tropical reaches of Darwin to the wine capital of Adelaide, or from shores of the Indian Ocean to the Pacific coast, your time aboard one of the worldâ€™s great rail journeys will deliver a truly iconic Australian holiday beyond expectations. In 2017, guests on The Ghan and Indian Pacific can enjoy a range of Outback Experiences that are included in all Platinum and Gold Service fares. New Outback Experiences allow guests to leave the train to connect with remote Outback destinations during the magnificent hours of sunrise and sunset. Off Train Excursions and Outback Experiences offer extended stops whereby guests are invited to undertake a selection of organised tours as part of their rail holiday.
3 days/2 nights
4 days/3 nights
Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with new-found travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape. Take your time tapping into the rich creative soul of Adelaide. Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia on the back of a camel and explore the ancient, awe-inspiring wonders of the Northern Territory. On The Ghan, Off Train Excursions are available at Katherine and Alice Springs. The Ghan Expedition (FourDay Ghan), operating Darwin to Adelaide between May and October in 2017, also includes a full day Off Train Excursion in the fascinating underground mining town of Coober Pedy.
Stepping aboard the mighty Indian Pacific, youâ€™ll feel a great sense of anticipation as this unforgettable Australian adventure begins to unfold. This is a journey defined by contrast, encompassing the towering majesty of the Blue Mountains to the barren expanse of the Nullarbor and every goldmine, ghost town and grapevine in between. Outside your window, the landscape shifts over and over, revealing hidden secrets, from long abandoned homesteads on the Nullarbor to the marvellously resilient wildflowers of Western Australia. With all of its variance, this is the definitive Australia. On the Indian Pacific, Off Train Excursions are available at Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie. On westbound journeys, guests can choose to replace their Adelaide-based excursions with a visit to the world-renowned Barossa wine region.
Departures: Set Departures (Adelaide to Darwin or v.v.)
Departures: Set Departures (Sydney to Perth or v.v.)
Inclusions: Gold Service Sleeper Cabin with all meals and beverages onboard
Inclusions: Gold Service Sleeper Cabin with all meals and beverages onboard
Price Guide From: $2265 (Off Train Excursions now included)
Price Guide From:$2559 (Off Train Excursions now included)
Flightseeing Holidays Australian Air Holidays offer unique “flightseeing” and ground touring holidays in private aircraft to visit the Outback, seldom seen and spectacular parts of Australia. Instead of spending long hours on the road, Australian Air Holidays allows you more time at our destination points to “see more in less time”. Their private aircraft is the high wing Fokker 50, perfect for scenic viewing and to fly “low and slow” over many scenic landscapes and attractions, providing a unique perspective of this great country, not to mention fantastic photo opportunities! Australian Air Holidays offer fully inclusive touring experiences including premium 4 or 5-star hotels and resorts, services of an experienced, professional and friendly tour manager, unique and must-do touring experiences and all meals and selected beverages.
Spirit of Central Australia 5 days/4 nights Enjoy breath-taking flightseeing along the Great Ocean Road, the Coast of Kangaroo Island and over Uluru, Kata Tjuta and West McDonnell Ranges. Experience each destination with guided touring by expert local guides with a dedicated tour manager to ensure this will be a sensational holiday. Day 1: Melbourne – Kangaroo Island Fly by private aircraft ‘low and slow’ along the spectacular Victorian coastline of the Great Ocean Road, past the famous Twelve Apostles, to Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Day 2: Kangaroo Island – Coober Pedy Visit one of Kangaroo Island’s most famous attractions – 500 strong Sea Lion colony at Seal Bay. Transfer to Kingscote Airport where your private aircraft awaits for the onward flight to Coober Pedy and overnight at a unique Desert Cave Hotel. Day 3: Coober Pedy – Uluru Discover the unique, weird and wonderful sights of Coober Pedy with a colourful and knowledgeable local guide. Fly to the spiritual heart of Australia – Uluru and experience a special ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner under the starry sky with the imposing Uluru monolith as the back drop. Day 4: Uluru – Alice Springs Join an expert guide for an amazing ground tour of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) meaning “many heads” a cluster of domed rocks as impressive as Uluru. The tallest rock, Mt Olga at 546 metres is approximately 200m higher than Uluru. Then fly over Kata Tjuta, Uluru and along the West MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs. Simply spectacular flightseeing! Day 5: Alice Springs Head to Anzac Hill for a bird’s eye view of Alice Springs then visit the Old Telegraph Station used to transmit messages between Darwin and Adelaide from the 1860s until 1932.
Alice Springs Uluru Coober Pedy
Departures: Set departures (May-Dec) Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including selected beverages; professional tour manager, touring as per itinerary; private chartered Fokker 50 aircraft Price Guide From: $5439
Kangaroo Island Twelve Apostles
The price guide shown is per adult twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
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