Tasmania: South Eastern Victoria & Melbourne Extension
10 Dec — 14 Dec 2019 | Tour Director: Mark Hanger
This tour is an optional extension of our Tasmania tour, November 27 – December 10, 2019, and can only be booked in conjunction with the main tour.
Melbourne, a cosmopolitan city of Gold Rush era architecture, revitalised docks, scenic rivers and formal gardens, forms the perfect conclusion to our exploration of Tasmania. After exploring the historical city, a day excursion will take us to the west of Melbourne for the Brisbane Ranges, where we will look out for koala, grey kangaroo, emu and a host of water birds and raptors.
We follow the Great Ocean Road along some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery and through the magnificent rainforests of the Great Otway National Park, to the surging surf coast where we admire the rugged limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. As we return to Melbourne we travel across the vast grasslands of the Western Plains. Created by intense volcanic activity over the past two million years, the 7000 volcanoes of the Western Plains are now extinct but the resultant savannah provides pasture to a rich wool growing area – a wonderful example of Australia’s great range lands.
Mark Hanger, MA
graduate of Otago University, experienced botanist and ornithologist
Depart Hobart on morning flight to Melbourne for overnight stay. Afternoon guided historical walk of central Melbourne.
Whole day and evening excursion to the west of Melbourne for the Serendip Sanctuary (grey kangaroo, emu, array of birdlife). Seek out koala and learn about koala research being undertaken in the Brisbane Ranges. Overnight stay in Lorne.
Follow the scenic Great Ocean Road to Otway National Park (magnificent rainforests), Port Campbell National Park (echidnas, wallabies, lizards, colourful birdlife), the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Overnight stay in or near Port Campbell.
Return to Melbourne across the Western Plains (thousands of extinct volcanoes, savannah lands, volcanic lakes, spectacular views). Travel via Lake Corangamite, largest permanent saline lake in Australia often covered with prolific birdlife. Overnight stay in Melbourne.
Tour disperses after breakfast at the hotel.
10 Dec — 14 Dec 2019
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Cost of £1735 includes: flight between Hobart and Melbourne, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, all meals with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £265, international flights at the end of the tour.