Cruising Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands

Cruising Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands

Spend four days cruising the Gippsland Lakes network, with comfortable motel accommodation each night. En route to the Gippsland, travel the beautiful south east coast of Australia, through Batemans Bay, Eden and Lakes Entrance.

The Gippsland Lakes are an incredibly beautiful network of lakes, marshes and lagoons in Victoria, covering about 600 square kilometres. The lakes support numerous species of

wildlife, provide habitat for about 20,000 waterbirds and are home to about 50 bottlenose dolphins. There are also around 400 indigenous flora and 300 fauna species, making this

a naturally beautiful experience. Spend four days cruising the Gippsland Lakes network, with comfortable motel accommodation each night. En route to the Gippsland, travel the beautiful south east coast of Australia, through Batemans Bay, Eden and Lakes Entrance.

 

Fly/Coach/Fly departing Brisbane

Coach/Fly departing The Hunter

7 days

 

Ultimate Experiences

• Unique opportunity to cruise for four days on the Gippsland Lakes system

• Explore the waterways and wildlife of Lake King and Lake Wellington

• Stay onshore each night at local motels

• See the opening of the oldest surviving swing bridge in Australia

• Explore the coastline of South Eastern Australia from Kiama to Lakes Entrance

• See the Kiama Blowholes and the Pelican Rookery on Crescent Island

 

INCLUSIONS

• Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

• Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane, Hunter and Central Coast areas*

• Pickup and return locations throughout the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney

• Flights

• 18 quality meals

• Entries and attractions as shown

• Modern luxury tour coach

• Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Hostess

• Robert’s Famous Homemade Morning Tea

 

*As per conditions

 

Day 1

Home – Batemans Bay
Depart the Hunter and the Central Coast, meeting our Queensland friends after their early morning flight into Sydney. Have morning tea before travelling south over the Seacliff Bridge, stopping in Kiama for lunch and a visit to the blowhole. Continue on via Ulladulla before arriving in Batemans Bay for our overnight stay.

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Day 2

Batemans Bay – Lakes Entrance
Travel via Bermagui to Eden where there will be time to explore the town centre and purchase your own lunch. This afternoon, cross the border into Victoria to Lakes Entrance where this evening will be at your leisure. Perhaps enjoy some local seafood at one of the restaurants or clubs.

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Day 3

Lakes Entrance – Lake King – Bairnsdale
Over the next four days, we will cruise the entire Lakes region on board the Spirit II, disembarking each night. Departing Lakes Entrance, we cruise along the Reeves Channel to Metung, stopping for lunch and time to explore this tiny village. Back on board, we travel across Lake King and down the Mitchell River to Bairnsdale, where our coach will take us to our accommodation for the next three nights.

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Day 4

Bairnsdale – Eagle Point – Paynseville
Admire the ever changing beauty of the Mitchell River, cruising to Eagle Point to view the magnificent natural formation of silt jetties—the second longest in the world. After a stop for lunch
at the Nicholson Hotel, we cruise along the Tambo River to the town of Johnsonville. The Tambo promises excellent opportunities for bird watching. Before docking for the evening, cruise along some of the many canals before arriving in Paynseville and transferring back to our accommodation.

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Day 5

Paynseville – 90 Mile Beach – Hollands Landing
Departing Paynseville, cruise to Ocean Grange where we stop to walk onto the famous Ninety Mile Beach. Separating the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait, this beach features pristine golden sand and is a good place to see shearwaters, terns and gulls. Look for more wildlife at Sperm Whale Head Jetty at Point Wilson, before cruising on to Wattle Point for a BBQ lunch. This afternoon cruise across Lake Victoria to Hollands Landing where our coach will meet us today.

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Day 6

Hollands Landing – Marley Point – Sale
Depart Hollands Landing for our last day of cruising, travelling along the McLennan’s Strait, the channel connecting Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington. The extensive wetlands here are
important bird habitats—look and listen for more birdlife as we travel along the Avon and Perry Rivers. Lunch is on board today as we cruise past Marley Point, the starting point for the
famous overnight sailing race. Cruising along the La Trobe River, stop at the fully restored 19th century swing bridge before travelling down the 2.5km man-made channel that brings the
Thomson River to our final port of Sale.

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Day 7

Sale – Melbourne – Home
After breakfast we will board our coach and travel via the Dandenongs for lunch. This afternoon, your crew will assist with your check in for your flights home from Melbourne.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE: $4,369 per person

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER: $4,089 per person

Single Supplement available @ $595 extra

 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS - as per detailed itinerary

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Name Address Contact Details
Charlestown Smart St Bus Zone in Smart St outside Presbyterian Church
(opposite library car park), Charlestown
Doyalson Wentworth Ave S Bus stop past RSL Club (Southbound)
Cnr Pacific Hwy & Wentworth Ave, Doyalson
Kariong Information Ctr At Kariong Information Centre car park,
The Avenue, Kariong
New Lambton Wests S Bus Stop on Hobart Rd near Harker Oval
across from Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton
Swansea Blackswan S Bus stop approaching Blackswan Waterfront Motel
on Pacific Hwy (Southbound), Swansea
Thompsons Corner Rest Area On Castle Hill Rd, OPP. Church St
MT Wilberforce Lookout Reserve
Thornton AAJ Depot All Australian Journeys - Thornton Depot
3 Woodford Place, Thornton
Tuggerah Westfield Bus stop near cinemas at the back of
Westfield Shopping Centre, Tuggerah
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