King and Flinders Island Discovery

King and Flinders Island Discovery

Enjoy three nights on King Island, calcified forests, ship wrecks, Cape Wickham Lighthouse, and King Island Dairy, then fly directly to Flinders Island for this huge National Park, rugged shores and exclusive beaches.

Enjoy three nights on King Island, calcified forests, ship wrecks, Cape Wickham Lighthouse, and King Island Dairy, then fly directly to Flinders Island. Enjoy a further three nights on this huge National Park, with its rugged shores and exclusive beaches.

 

Coach/Fly/Coach

12 Days

 

ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES

  • See the unique kelp industry of King Island, its calcified forest and windswept beaches

  • Visit Cape Wickham Lighthouse, the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere

  • Taste produce from King Island Dairy including cheeses, creams and yoghurts

  • Sample delicious King Island Beef

  • Stay three nights on the wild and intriguing Flinders Island, largest of the Furneaux Group of islands

  • Explore Wybalenna, the site of a cemetery and settlement for Tasmanian Aboriginals

  • Relax on these rugged and isolated islands

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

  • Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane area*

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

  • Flights

  • 30 quality meals

  • Entries and attractions as shown

  • Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Hostess

  • Robert’s Famous Homemade Morning Tea

 

*As per conditions

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Day 1

Home – Batemans Bay
With coach pickups in the Hunter we meet with our fellow travellers flying in from Brisbane. Travel south to Wollongong, taking in views from the top of Stanwell Pass then the amazing Seacliff Bridge. In Kiama visit the blowhole before arriving in Batemans Bay situated on the Clyde River.

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Day 2

Batemans Bay – Eden
Morning tea will be at the fishing village of Bermagui, made famous by American author and big game fisherman Zane Grey. The next stop along the coast is Tathra and its maritime museum. Travel inland to Bega for a cheese tasting and lunch before continuing on to the old whaling and now whale conservation town of Eden. In the afternoon board the Cat Balou for a whale and dolphin-watching cruise, and learn about the vibrant local fishing industry.

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Day 3

Eden – Lakes Entrance
After crossing the border into Victoria, travel through State Forest timber country to Cann River. Arrive into Lakes Entrance where you will have lunch before boarding the “Thunderbird”
for an afternoon cruise. The Peel family have been operating these waters for generations and have extensive knowledge of the Lake System and its habitat. Sit back, and relax as you enjoy these pristine waterways. Staying in the heart of the town, offers the opportunity to take a walk over the bridge to the beach area, where the wooden carvings along the water’s edge make for wonderful photos. Dinner is at your own expense, with options including local restaurants, cafés or a club near the hotel.

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Day 4

Lakes Entrance – Melbourne
In Bairnsdale visit St Mary’s Catholic Church, known for its distinctively tall tower and the murals on its ceiling and walls painted by Italian artist Francesco Floreani during the Great Depression. Lunch at Packenham, our final drive for the afternoon will be to the Docklands with time to explore the Melbourne Maritime Museum home to the Polly Woodside tall ship, built in 1885. Tour the ship and experience hands on the many exhibits within. The museum also has a focus on Bass Strait and the Roaring Forties winds, which drove the early sailing ships across the Southern Ocean.

B, L, D

Day 5

Melbourne – King Island
Arrive at Essendon airport for a short 45 minutes flight which will see us arrive on King Island and be met by a local guide who provides a tour of the main township of Currie, before continuing to the accommodation. This evening the tour continues through Naracoopa, Sea Elephant Bay and the mining town of Grassy. At sunset watch the antics of Little Penguins as they stand and call to each other before returning to their burrows on shore.

B, D

Day 6

King Island North
At the north of the island visit Whistler Point for a walk on the beach looking out towards Christmas and New Year Islands. At Yellow Rock Lookout there are great views over Yellow Rock River and Phoques Bay. At the tallest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere, Cape Wickham, hear tales of shipwrecks and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue to Penny’s Lagoon, an unusual perched freshwater lake, a good place for a swim or a paddle. Travel to the beautiful Martha Lavinia Beach before enjoying a cheese tasting at the King Island Dairy. You are able to purchase cheese to take home with you, which is one of the highlights of the trip.

B, L, D

Day 7

King Island South
The south of the island is where Australia’s worst civil maritime disaster occurred when the Cataraqui was shipwrecked with the loss of 400 lives. Explore the unusual limestone features of the Calcified Forest for a walk and a picnic lunch before visiting the rugged coastline of Seal Rocks and Surprise Bay. Return to the motel through Pear Shape and Lymwood areas.

B, L, D

Day 8

King Island – Flinders Island
Take some free time in Grassy or down at the boathouse before the flight to Flinders Island. Flinders Island was discovered by Matthew Flinders and is the largest of an archipelago of 52 islands that make up the Furneaux Group in Eastern Bass Strait. Before arriving at the accommodation, take in the views from Vinegar Hill Lookout towards Franklin Sound and Cape Barren Island.

B, D

Day 9

Flinders Island, Sawyers Bay
After a hearty breakfast, re-board the coach for a full day of touring, taking in secluded coves and the rugged coastline. Journey up to high lookouts and through the very heart of the island’s central mountain range. There will be a few short walks throughout the day as you learn about the island’s history, plants and wildlife. Visit the beach at Castle Rock and Tanners Bay for morning tea. Enjoy a picnic lunch today before an afternoon at Palana and The Dock, with afternoon tea at Sawyers Bay.

B, L, D

Day 10

Flinders Island, Yellow Beach
Today tour the other half of the island, taking in Trousers Point Beach and the spectacular views from Walkers Hill Lookout. Tales of early shipwrecks will be told over lunch at the Interstate Hotel. In the afternoon, visit the museum at Emita and historic Wybalenna, site of the last Aboriginal mission in Tasmania. Enjoy afternoon tea at Yellow Beach before returning to your lodgings.

B, L, D

Day 11

Flinders Island – Albury
Board the plane for a flight back to Melbourne. Transfer to Albury by coach, arriving late afternoon. Alternatively we can organise flights from Melbourne returning to either Sydney or Newcastle (depending on availability, please note there is an additional charge).

B, D

Day 12

Albury – Home
Make your way north on the coach, stopping for morning tea and lunch before we farewell our Brisbane friends and the coach returns home to the Hunter.

Please note that due to number restrictions, there may be some variation in the day order of this tour on days 5–11

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

October 2018 departure

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE: $5,993 per person

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER: $5,691 per person

Single Supplement available @ $865 extra

 

 

April 2019 departure

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE: $6,035 per person

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER: $5,721 per person

Single Supplement available @ $1,092 extra

 

 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS - as per detailed itinerary

 

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
Belmont Shops S Bus Stop on Pacific Hwy (Southbound) near
Marshall Property, Belmont
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
Home pickups Taxi home pickups and returns are provided.
Contact us to see if your address is included.
Hornsby Railway Station Hornsby Railway Station. Pickup at the bottom of
the bus rank, near roundabout opp hotel
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
Strathfield Rail Station Strathfield Railway Station - Stand A, Everton Rd
Strathfield
Swansea Blackswan S Bus stop approaching Blackswan Waterfront Motel
on Pacific Hwy (Southbound), Swansea
Sydney Domestic Airport Sydney Domestic Airport - Meet at Qantas Groups
Check-in located on ground floor at Terminal 3.
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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