2017 Australian Open – Excursions
Melbourne Day Trips
Sunrise Balloon Flight and Yarra Valley Wine Tour
From Fergusson’s Winery, you will meet your pilot for your sunrise balloon ride. You’ll fly for approximately one hour over the beautiful Yarra Valley and its vineyards. Once on the ground, you’ll enjoy a champagne breakfast back at the Fergusson Winery. You’ll then be escorted on your Yarra Valley Winery Tour, stopping at Yering Station Vineyards, Eyton for lunch, St. Hubert’s Vineyards, and finally to Moet, the French Champagne company, and Chandon’s Australian production house. You’ll return to Melbourne at 5pm.
Shipwrecks and Wild Clifftops Ecotourn
As you leave the city center and restored docklands of Melbourne, the stretching suburbs and Port Phillip Bay can be seen from the top of the Westgate Bridge. Enter the volcanic western plains of Victoria where European settlers forged their way as far as the Otway Ranges, establishing large sheep properties and homesteads. Head into Geelong and the picturesque waterfront overlooking Corio Bay to see the port that was at the center of trade during the famous goldrush era in the 19th century. Cross rich sheep and dairy farmland to the cool temperate rainforests of the Otway Ranges National Park. Enjoy a café styled lunch at Port Campbell while you breathe the fresh clear air that rises from the southern oceans. A short drive will take you to the Shipwreck Coast bringing tales of heroes and follies, as many ships have floundered along this wild coastline. View the 12 apostles ocean rock formations from the coastal boardwalk. Visit the shipwreck site “Loch Ard” where two survivors struggled ashore amidst the wreckage. Enter the beach cave where they sheltered and recuperated before alerting nearby settlers. Return to Melbourne by 6pm.
CapellaLodge – Lord Howe Island
With sculpted mountain peaks rising dramatically from jewel toned waters, Lord Howe Island sits off Australia’s coast 435 miles north of Sydney. A two-hour flight from either Sydney or Brisbane transports you to this subtropical, crescent-shaped island sanctuary. With climate described as a perpetual spring, Lord Howe Island is regarded as the world’s last paradise. Located on the secluded southern end of Lord Howe Island, the Capella Lodge commands spectacular ocean, lagoon, and mountain views. This boutique accommodation is contemporary with excellent dining and the option to enjoy a range of activities. Everything from soothing spa treatments, to exploring the Island’s famous twin mountains, Gower and Lidgbird, and snorkling the world’s southernmost reef.
Capella Lodge Tour Includes:
- 3 Nights Accommodation with daily breakfast
- Selected Sunset Drinks – including canaps
- Island Airport Transfers
- 3 Course Dinner
Sea Temple Resort and Spa – Palm Cove
Retreat to the beachfront Sea Temple in Palm Cove – 25 miles north of Cairns. Your accommodation is a beautifully detailed 1 bedroom apartment (2 – 4 bedrooms available for groups or families). This resort offers several dining options, an excellent spa facility, and lagoon swimming pool. See spectacular views of the rain-forest on the train and sky-rail journeys, as well as experiencing the Aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Theme Park.
Sea Temple Tour Includes:
- 4 Nights Accommodation
- Airport Transfers
- Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise
- Kuranda Scenic Tour
Sydney and New South Wales
Cosmopolitan Sydney – voted world’s “best destination”. Stay at the Four Seasons Sydney only one block from the Harbor and famed Rocks area. This is a city that takes advantage of its water – for pleasure and for transportation.
Sydney Tour Includes:
- 4 Nights in a Harbour View King or Twin Room
- Airport Transfers
- Harbour Cruise
- Leisure time to explore the Blue Mountains or the Hunter Valley Wine Country
Two Wonders in One – Lamington National Park and Fraser Island
Travel to Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest, World Heritage Lamington National Park, and stay at the country’s leading ecotourism resort on Fraser Island. This 6 night tour includes pre and post nights in Brisbane and visits to two of Australia’s wonders, Lamington National Park and the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.
At O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse in Lamington National Park, you will explore the magnificent rainforest, inspect the extensive display of plants and flowers and meet the hundreds of birds that visit it each morning. Your package includes all guided rainforest activities throughout your stay. At Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island, discover amazing pockets of rainforest growing in the sand, crystal-clear fresh-water lakes, shipwrecks and colored sands. Your package includes launch transfers to and from the resort, a roundtrip Tilt Train journey, a ranger-guided full-day 4WD tour of Fraser Island with lunch and refreshments and guided nature walks.
Hobart, Freycinet and Launceston, Tasmania
Tasmania attracts visitors from around the world due to its pure fresh environment, magnificent natural beauty and fascinating history. Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, is an intriguing blend of heritage and history, scenery and vibrant culture. Hobart offers the arts, fine restaurants, bustling markets, entertainment, parks and gardens. Your two night stay in Hobart will include accommodations at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, a City tour and a scenic flight to the South West World Heritage Area.
Your tour continues with a two hour picturesque self-drive to Freycinet Lodge. Breathtaking scenery of the Freycinet National Park combined with the high standard of accommodation and dining at the lodge will ensure a holiday to remember. Awarded as Tasmania’s premier ecotourism destination, your 2-night stay (cabin accommodations and daily breakfast) will be a tranquil and relaxing escape.
Activities in the area include wildlife spotting, wine tasting, 4WD touring, tennis, sea kayaking, always within walking distance to one of the world’s best sandy beaches. You will then continue to Launceston for two nights, where a stop at the Gorge is a must.
Adelaide, Barossa Valley & Kangaroo Island
Experience South Australia’s tranquility, with emphasis on their wildlife, culture and history. Your South Australia experience includes all transfers, two nights accommodations at the beautiful Stamford Plaza, Glenelg (Ocean View), one day of small group touring to Adelaide’s picturesque wine region, roundtrip air to Kangaroo Island, two nights accommodations at quality Kangaroo Island Bed and Breakfast with dinner included, and two days of professionally guided small group touring.
Kangaroo Island is one of the world’s few remaining unspoiled natural wonders. Observing the wildlife of Kangaroo Island is special – like stepping back in time with nature, as the first explorers would have sighted the Australian bush land.
Angorichina Station – South Australia
Located halfway between Parachilna and Blinmanin the Southern Outback (a 1 1/2 hour flight from Adelaide), Angorichina Station is a pastoral lease covering 554 square km and has been in the Fargher family for 4 generations. Set amid beautiful scenery of the Southern Outback’s Flinders Ranges and undulating and wooded land, it’s an area to commune with nature – spectacular, primeval and awe-inspiring.
Angorichina Station’s accommodation consists of a tastefully renovated schoolroom with an ensuite bathroom. With a capacity for 6 guests, Ian and Di Fargher provide all meals and individual touring and hosting. This allows travellers the opportunity to experience genuine southern outback hospitality in a comfortable, relaxing, Australian way.
Angorichina Station Special Activities:
- 4WD driving through the Southern Outback’s Flinders Ranges, scenic flights, guided walks and hikes, station activities such as mustering, sheep shearing and bore runs.
- Wildlife viewing such as several species of kangaroos and abundant birdlife.
- Searching for some of the most prehistoric fossils on earth
On request, Aboriginal guides give an interpretation of their culture and link with the land as well as identification of local foods and medicinal plants.
Perth – Western Australia
For the sophisticated traveler looking for the uncrowded and the unspoilt, visit Perth, often described as the most isolated city of its size in the Western World. Visit Kings Park, the Swan Bells or enjoy a river cruise to Fremantle. Explore the natural beauty of Western Australia with a scenic drive to the Margaret River wine country and spend 2 nights in a luxurious lodge. Be prepared for indulgence in world-class wineries and gourmet vineyard restaurants. This package includes a 3 night stay in Perth, 2 nights in Margaret Valley and 6 day car rental.
Kewarra Beach Resort
Retreat to Kewarra Beach Resort and experience the luxury of Cairns most idyllic paradise location. Nestled away from the crowd, yet close to all local attractions, this is a nature lodge accommodation at its finest. This 3 night/4 day package includes airport transfers, a day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, and a Kuranda Scenic Tour. See spectacular views of the rainforest on the train and skyrail journeys, as well as experiencing the Aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Theme Park.
Thala Beach Resort & Port Douglas
Spoil yourself at this magnificent resort located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and just 10 minutes south of Port Douglas. Your tropical vacation includes Thala’s famous treetop breakfast overlooking the Coral Sea, round-trip airport transfers from Cairns, a day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, with snorkeling in pristine waters, and an Australian Wilderness 4-wheel drive Safari.
Around New Zealand
North Island New Zealand – Islands & Thermal Country
Enjoy a mix of culture and scenery. Stay two nights in Auckland at the Sky Grand Hotel and take a day tour that will include a trip to Mount Eden (a dormant volcano), a visit to the Aratki Centre to learn about the indigenous Moari people, and a visit to the Parnell Rose Garden. Next, travel from Auckland by motor coach to the Bay of Islands for a three-night stay at the Copthorne Bay of Island Hotel. This waterfront hotel is located next to the historic Treaty House where New Zealand’s founding document was signed in 1840. Enjoy Bush and Scenic Walks, Game and Sports Fishing, Island Cruises, Tennis and Golf. Included is a 1/2 day Dolphin Adventure Tour and with conditions permitting, you will have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.
The tour concludes with a transfer to Kerikeri Airport where you may opt to continue on to Christchurch and Queenstown in the South Island via Auckland. Airport transfers, Daily Breakfast included.
South Island New Zealand – Milford Sound Spectacular
En route to or from Australia, visit the South Island of New Zealand, a land of soaring mountains, spectacular glaciers, and tranquil lakes. Your tour begins in Christchurch where you spend 2 nights in the “Garden City”. Enjoy a free day which might include the Tranz Alpine train journey, a day trip to Banks Peninsula, Hot Air Ballooning and Garden Tours. Continue to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital, and stay for 3 nights. Travel by coach to Milford Sound for a day cruise where you will encounter the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls then return by flight to Queenstown. This alpine destination offers a range of sightseeing options – jet skiing, tandem paragliding, bungee-jumping. Airport transfers, Daily Breakfast included.