February 10 -21, 2019
Tour Status - Available
Visit the “Land Downunder”, including the cities of Perth and Adelaide. Also includes the Pinnacle Desert, Margaret River, Coober Pedy, the Great Ocean Road & so much more…..
You can extend your stay with a post tour visit to Tasmania or visit more of Australia.
- Deluxe, city center accommodations*
- Best Class accommodations in Rural Areas
- Meals as per itinerary
- Air conditioned transportation
- City & area tours as per itinerary
- Technical visits as per itinerary
- Pinnacle Desert and Rottnest Island
- Margaret River
- Coober Pedy
- Kangaroo Island
- Great Ocean Road
- Plus more...
Ask about a Darwin/Ghan Rail/Alice Springs Experience Pre-Tour.
Day 01: Sun: Feb 10, 2019: PERTH*
Arrive into Perth. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and the fourth largest city in the country. Check into the hotel for a
4-night stay. Enjoy a city tour this afternoon that includes the “Kings Domain and Gardens”. [D]
*Airfare into Perth is at an additional cost.
Day 02: Mon: Feb 11, 2019: PERTH / PINNACLE DESERT / PERTH
This whole day is spent north of Perth. Visit the “Caversham Wildlife Park” to get up close with kangaroo and wombats, just to name a few. Stop at the “Indian Ocean Rock Lobster Factory” for lunch before visiting the “Pinnacles Desert”, a moon-scape of amazing limestone spires. In Lancelin climb aboard a 4WD buggy to traverse the massive whites sand dunes in the area. Return to hotel in Perth later in the afternoon. [B/L]
Day 03: Tue: Feb 12, 2019: PERTH / MARGARET RIVER / PERTH
On this travel day, depart Perth for the “Margaret River” region. Renowned as Western Australia’s finest wine producing region with around 138 wineries, Margaret River is also blessed with a stunning collection of natural landscapes. Begin with a visit to the “Busselton Jetty”, the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy lunch at a local brewery, complete with beer samples. In the afternoon, visit “Mammoth Cave” and view the majestic karri trees in the Boranup Forest. At Cape “Leeuwin Lighthouse” see where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Pacific Ocean. Enjoy an afternoon wine tasting before returning to Perth for the night. [B/L]
Day 04: Wed: Feb 13, 2019: PERTH / ROTTNEST ISLAND / PERTH
Head to the pier in Perth and step aboard a ferry for a quick and picturesque ride to “Rottnest Island”. This low, sandy isle is only 11 km long and 5 km wide. Watch for fur seals basking on the rocks as your guide shares insight into the island's troubled past. Before it became a tourist destination, Rottnest Island spent a century as a penal colony for Aboriginal prisoners from around the country. At the “West End” stroll the boardwalk to the “Wadjemup Lighthouse “ and look out over the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean, to see if you can spot pods of humpback whales and dolphins. After some free time, return to Perth for the night. [B/D]
Day 05: Thu: Feb 14, 2019: PERTH / ADELAIDE
After breakfast, transfer to the Perth airport to fly into the city of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Adelaide is simply enchanting, with a treasure trove of shopping, fine arts, and outdoor activity. After a city tour, check into the hotel for an overnight stay. [B]
Day 06: Fri: Feb 15, 2019: ADELAIDE / COOBER PEDY
This morning, board a flight to Coober Pedy, the opal capital of the world as it produces more opal than any other place in the world. Situated 846 km north of Adelaide, Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called "dugouts", which are built in this fashion due to the scorching daytime heat. The landscape features waste that is excavated from opal mines and opal mining machinery silhouetted against the horizon. Check into an underground hotel for a 2-night stay. [B/D]
Day 07: Sat: Feb 16, 2019: COOBER PEDDY
Coober Pedy gives a new meaning to the word ‘Downunder”. On the surface, the place looks pretty deserted with just a few hotels, randomly placed old mining equipment, a golf course and no grass. In fact, around 3,500 people live there and 60 % live below the surface in homes burrowed out of caves. The tour today visits underground homes, churches, Museum and mine. At an abandoned opal field, fossick for your own opal. In the afternoon, head out of town to view the moon-like landscape, the “Dog Fence”, that stretches across Australia and the “Mica Fields”. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon. [B/L]
Day 08: Sun: Feb 17, 2019: COOBER PEDDY / KANGAROO ISLAND
Departing from the starkness of Coober Pedy fly to lush and picturesque “Kangaroo Island”. Off shore 112 km southwest of Adelaide, it is ‘just across the water but a world away’. There really are not enough adjectives to accurately describe the beauty of Kangaroo Island. It is an island with 509 km of coastline of pristine beaches, with native bushland, wildlife, adventure & exploring. And the sunsets can take your breath away. Check into hotel for a 2-night stay. [B/D]
Day 09: Mon: Feb 18, 2019: KANGAROO ISLAND
Explore the natural highlights and wildlife of Kangaroo Island today. Admire the playful fur seal colony at the “Seal Bay Conservation Park”. Join a knowledgeable National Park ranger for a stroll along the beach, keeping an eye out for wild Australian sea lions. Stop for a delicious two-course lunch at “Vivonne Bay Bistro”, located in the beautiful Australian bush land. Afterwards, walk among the eucalyptus trees, keeping an eye out for koalas at “Hanson Bay Sanctuary”. In the afternoon, encounter Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas at “Flinders Chase National Park”. Tour the park and walk along the rugged southern coastline. Admire the beauty of the majestic “Remarkable Rocks” and then enjoy the “Admirals Arch Boardwalk”, a natural nursery and safe haven for fur seals. Return to your hotel for the night. [B/L]
Day 10: Tue: Feb 19, 2019: KANGAROO ISLAND / MELBOURNE / GELONG
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight into the city of Melbourne. Here you are met by a local guide and taken to the Gelong area for a 2-night stay. Gelong is a port city 75 km south west of Melbourne. Tour in the area then enjoy a wonderful dinner at one of the numerous wineries found around Gelong. [B/D]
Day 11: Wed: Feb 20, 2019: GELONG/ GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Today is a travel day as you drive “The Great Ocean Road” an “Australian National Heritage” listed road on the southwestern coastline of Australia. Built by returned soldiers and then dedicated to those men and women who lost their lives in WWI, this road is the world’s largest war memorial. Winding through a variety of terrain, there are several prominent landmarks such as the “Twelve Apostle” limestone rock formations. After a great day of viewing and visiting different landmarks, return to Gelong for the night. [B/L]
Day 12: Thu: Feb 21, 2019: GELONG / MELBOURNE / END OF TOUR*
This morning you return to the Melbourne airport where your tour comes to an end. [B]
Ask about a post tour visit to Tasmania or visit more of Australia at additional cost.
*Airfare from Melbourne is at an additional cost.
Per Person, Double - from $7,659.00 Land Portion only
Plus Taxes of $362.00 per person
Single Occupancy - ADD $1,885.00
Initial Deposit - $2,000.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment per person is due before October 5, 2018