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Itinerary - Australia
1: Wednesday, November 1: Home City/ Lost In Space
South Pacific journey by flying from your home city to Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles you will arrive into the Alaska terminal. Exit and
turn to the left, then walk to the Tom
Bradley Terminal, the next one to yourleft (LAX
terminals). Check in early for your Qantas to Melbourne, Australia,
which begins the moment you step aboard your Qantas
plane. The Australian style is apparent—easy going, casually
efficient and very friendly. Qantas is known for its excellent food
and in flight service, so sit back and enjoy the hospitality, meal
and a movie. I would, however, recommend having dinner at the airport
– there are a wide range of options upstairs, at the end of
the ticket counters – then just relaxing on the plane. (*D)
2: Thursday, November 2: Lost In Space
Today is lost to the International Date Line, but you regain it on
the return journey.
3: Friday, November 3: Lost In Space / Melbourne / Adelaide
Arrive in Melbourne this morning, pass through Customs and Immigration,
and walk across to the domestic terminal. Fly to Adelaide at 12.20pm,
arriving at 12.35pm. You are met and transferred to your hotel, Directors
Studios on Gouger St. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore
4 – Saturday, November 4: Adelaide
Explore the delightful city of Adelaide this weekend at your own pace.
The National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Tandanya, near the hotel,
is worth visiting for an insight into the local Aboriginal people.
You can also take Adelaide’s only tram service down to the beachside
suburb of Glenelg, with numerous cafes, restaurants, and boutiques
– and a nice beach. The Zoo is also worth seeing for its native
animal collection, and you may wish to visit Cleland
Wildlife Park, a little outside Adelaide. You will need to hire
a car to get here, although there are several buses each day as well.
A similar conservation park, but privately run and aimed at breeding
endangered native wildlife is Warrawong. In addition to the daytime
operates nocturnal tours in the grounds each night.
5 – Sunday, November 5: Adelaide
Continue to look around Adelaide. You can probably find a cricket
match in one of the parks that surround the downtown area this afternoon,
and enjoy, at least for a while, a classic Sunday afternoon watching
the cricket with a glass or two of South Australia white wine.
6 – Monday, November 6: Adelaide / Clare
Pick up your rental car and head northeast to Nurioopta/Angaston,
about one and a half hours away. Spend a few hours here, especially
at the Saltram cellars. Continue north to Clare, a further 65 miles
away. As sunset isn’t until nearly 7pm you’ll be driving
in the daylight. Overnight at Noorioopta Vine Court Motel.
7 – Tuesday, November 7: Clare / Hawker
Spend the morning in exploring the Clare Valley, then head north about
lunchtime towards Wilpena Pound, about 4 hours away. Overnight at
the Hawker Hotel, a 100 year old traditional Aussie pub in the old
town of Hawker (however you stay in the more modern motel section).
You are now about 25 miles from the Flinders Ranges, and will get
good sunset views of them from the lookout 4 miles out of town.
8 – Wednesday, November 8: Hawker / Wilpena Pound
Drive into Wilpena Pound this morning, and begin your exploration
of the area. Overnight at Wilpena Lodge in an Aroona unit for the
next two nights. One of the best ways to find the Yellow-footed Rock
Wallabies (the most colorful and attractive of all Australia’s
50 or so species of kangaroos and wallabies) is to scan the top of
the sandstone cliff faces late in the afternoon, when the day has
cooled and the wallabies sit out for some sun.
9 – Thursday, November 9: Wilpena Pound
Spend the day exploring the Pound and nearby areas. The Lodge can
advise on places to see.
10 – Friday, November 10: Wilpena Pound / Penneshaw
A long drive today, as you head south to Cape Jervis. Here you take
the 6pm ferry to Penneshaw, a 45 minute journey. Stay overnight here
at the YHA in a private double room. The YHA is on Hog Bay, and after
you can walk across to the beach (or even look around the YHA grounds)
to see the Fairy Penguins as they waddle ashore after a day at sea.
11 – Saturday, November 11: Kangaroo Island
This morning begin your two days of exploring the island, rich in
wildlife and scenery. Visit the south coast, Seal Bay where a colony
of Australian Sealions lives at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Here a
walk among the sealions on a beautiful sandy beach may reveal pups
nursing or playing in the surf. Continue on to Remarkable Rocks as
you make your way over the day to the western of the island, and Flinders
Chase National Park. Your accommodation tonight is the rustic lodge
adjacent to the National Park, and where nocturnal wildlife can be
found right outside your door. Flinders Chase National Park is a 74,000
hectare (190,000 acre) wilderness which covers the entire west end
of the Island. Rocky River Homestead was originally a small farm and
now the Park headquarters. This area is home to kangaroos, wallabies,
possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and many birds including
the rare Cape Barren Goose. At Cape du Couedic on the south-west tip
is a New Zealand furseal colony which is rapidly expanding. These
animals can be observed at rest on the rocks or frolicking in the
surf under Admirals Arch - a spectacular coastal grotto. On the headland
above is Cape du Couedic Lighthouse which plays an important role
in navigation. Further down the coast are the Remarkable Rocks, huge
natural granite sculptures on the cliff top. This evening take a nocturnal
wildlife walk at 8pm (weather permitting) operated by the Hanson Bay
Day 12 - Sunday, November 12: Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbour
Along the Cygnet River valley visit the redgum forest to seek out
koalas sleeping in the forks of the trees, then travel through some
of the best wool-producing areas on the island to a conservation park
on the north coast. Here we walk through the habitat of Kangaroo
Island Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies and the endangered Glossy Black
Cockatoo. Head to At adjacent Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park you
can find koalas in the redgum trees. Continue back to Penneshaw, and
take the 7.30pm ferry across to the mainland. Drive a further 40 miles
to Victor Harbour for your overnight stay at The Anchorage Seafront
Hotel, a heritage listed hotel on the Esplanade, now freshly updated.
Your upstairs room has views of the harbour.
November 13: Victor Harbour / Peterborough
Make your way around Lake Alexandrina, then take the extremely scenic
Princess Highway along the edge of the Southern Ocean to Kingston,
a wonderful 80 mile drive with just two tiny hamlets along the way.
Kingston has its own sight to see, as you will discover. From Kingston
you continue a little inland to Mt Gambier, and on to Victoria. About
170 miles further on is Peterborough, and your overnight stay. The
drive will take all day, but there’s plenty to see and the pace
will not be rushed. We have not booked you a place to stay tonight
or tomorrow night, as there is a good selection of accommodation,
and your itinerary is not exact. You may see just what you want, at
the time you feel like stopping, and it will make for a more relaxing
two days not to be locked in to arriving at a specific place each
14 – Tuesday, November 14: Peterborough / Melbourne
Begin your drive of the famous Great Ocean Road today, taking it easy
along the scenic coastline. Stop for forest walks in Otways National
Park, about half way along. A little further along is Anglesea, whose
golf course has resident kangaroos as a well-known hazard. Overnight
at the beach in Point Lonsdale, with its lighthouse, or
nearby Queenscliff, a little over an hour from Melbourne. In Pt Lonsdale
the Point Lonsdale Guest House is about 130 years old, and offers
both traditional B&B guest house rooms, and more modern motel
rooms (naturally less expensive). It’s very traditional (but
refurbished and updated in 2001 to great benefit), and is directly
across from the cliffs and beach at the far end of the main street,
and a very short walk – 100 yards – to the lighthouse
and lookouts. In Queenslciff there are several motels, and also several
traditional Victorian hotels in the grand style. The lighthouse has
everal cameras for shipping purposes, one of which points west along
the beach. The images are publuished on the web, changing every minute.
Tehre is a distinct rock on the beach about 100 yards from the light,
and you can stand here and have your photo taken. You can also carve
your name in the sand, and friends and family back home can log on
- make sure you arrange the time right - and see you in real time,
live, in Australia.