See the 12 Apostles, continuous surf breaks, rural towns and seaside villages. Warrnambool sits between green dairying country and overlooks the deep blue Southern Ocean. Visit Mt Gambier then on to Coonawarra, the limestone coast region – famous for its red wine and of course, tasting. Be captivated by exploring Kangaroo Island (Australia’s 3rd largest) with its diverse wildlife and farming. Fly to the remote city of Port Lincoln – the Tuna capital of Australia where we experience a classic country race meeting. Finally, Port Augusta – the gateway to the outback and Adelaide are our finale. Become absorbed by the ever changing scenery, the rural economy and history.
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arrive in Melbourne and coach to Geelong. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.
Today travel the Great Ocean Road – a magnificent drive with views at every corner. Stops along the way will allow for photography and short walks. The accommodation is beachside and parkland.
Continuation of our coastal route takes in the historical town of Port Fairy, rural Portland and Mt Gambier with the beautiful drive around the Blue Lake. Our destination for the next two nights in the red wine Limestone Coast region is the country town of Penola with its long line of history.
A day to relax in this premium wine region of South Australia. A wine tasting and lunch at Wynn’s Estate, Coonawarra is a relaxing day. Later return to Penola with time to browse this character town of antique and craft shops.
Drive along the coastal road passing Coorong National Park (a saltwater wetland) and the Murray River mouth. Depart by ferry for Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island after Tasmania and Melville. Once occupied by Australian Aborigines, but when the native population later disappeared, the island was subsequently resettled from the early 19th century, usually by sealers and whalers. Since then, the island’s economy is mostly agricultural (grapes, honey, wool, meat and grain). Traditionally sheep grazing has been the major farming type, but in recent times, more diverse crops such as potatoes and canola have been introduced. Cattle farming has grown as well, with good quality beef cattle being grown and tourism and fishing also play significant roles. The largest town and the administrative centre is Kingscote and the island has several nature reserves, with the largest and best-known being Flinders Chase National Park.
A day for exploring and understanding the island, its farming enterprises and way of life - time amongst the locals! Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery in the afternoon.
A day touring this fascinating Island with its diverse wildlife and nature reserves which includes a visit to Raptor Domain for a Birds of Prey Show.
A morning charter flight across to the southernmost tip of Eyre Peninsular to Port Lincoln – the seafood capital of South Australia followed by a journey to Coffin Bay the home of another local delicacy - oysters.
Port Lincoln overlooks Boston Bay (a natural harbour three times the size of Sydney Harbour) and home of Southern Bluefin Tuna fishing and Makybe Diva, a three times winner of the Melbourne Cup whose statue is in the centre of the town. It was here that a wooden boat changed the fortune of an entire town. The Tacoma was Australia’s first purpose-built tuna fishing vessel. It began catching blue fin off the coast of Port Lincoln in the early ‘50s and transformed the fishing industry in this country forever. www.tacoma.org.au
Experience a morning town tour today, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
A seafood luncheon excursion on this preserved historical boat is today’s highlight. The original builders were the Haldane family and are you are hosted by one of the descendants.
Today’s drive takes you north along the Eastern coast road of Eyre Peninsular. A lunch stop at Whyalla a popular holiday resort which boasts an average of at least 300 sunshine days each year. Continue on to Port Augusta to visit the ‘Tunnel of Time, ’an interactive interpretive centre that tells of life over the different era’s in the region.
Augusta With a population of 14,000, Port Augusta is the home of the Wadlata Outback Centre which provides tourists with an introduction to life in the Australian outback. Port Augusta is a stop on the Indian Pacific transcontinental train service for the Sydney – Perth railway and The Ghan service between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin
Today’s highlight will be a full-day rail car trip from Port Augusta to Quorn (return) with a stop for a Devonshire tea en-route.
Our scenic drive today takes us via Bungaree Station and Clare Valley, before continuing on to Adelaide’s seaside resort in Glenelg.
A morning city sightseeing tour including a visit to the Adelaide Oval, cricket’s iconic test venue. Afternoon free to explore this beautiful city.
Our city tour takes us to the summit of Mt Lofty with views over Adelaide and onto the picturesque town of Hahndorf. Enjoy tonight’s Farewell Dinner.
A mid-morning transfer to the airport for the return Air New Zealand flight home.
• Return economy flights with Air New Zealand Auckland – Melbourne // Adelaide – Auckland
• Charter domestic flight Kangaroo Island – Port Lincoln
• 15 nights’ accommodation
• Transfers as specified
• Meals as specified
• Wine tasting / lunch at Coonawarra
• Raptor Domain Birds of Prey Show • Sightseeing as specified
• Seafood luncheon excursion on board Tacoma
• Full day Port Augusta rail car tour
• Adelaide Oval tour
• Welcome and Farewell Dinner
• Pukekohe Travel Tour Escort (subject to 20 persons travelling)
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Land only (Adelaide - Adelaide)||Deduct $560|
|Early Booking Discount (31 August 2017 )||$100|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
• Items of a personal nature
• Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)
• Airline and airport taxes (approx $195)
• Meals not specified
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
• Full payment is due no later than 05 January 2018 Cancellations
• From the date of booking to 05 January 2018 – loss of deposit
• After 05 January 2018 – no refund
• A current passport is required, valid 6 months beyond date of travel
• No Visa is required for NZ passport holders
• All other passport holders - please ask
Health and Fitness
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you and others in the group, a reasonable standard of fitness and mobility is required including the ability to walk 300m and climb in and out of a boat or into a train.
• Temperatures are around 24˚c with a low of 16˚c
• The Australian Dollar – ATMs available along the way
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* Itinerary subject to change