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Custom Itinerary Prepared for

Betty Anne & Allen McCall

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Day 15 – Wednesday, November 15: Pt Lonsdale / Melbourne
A free day to relax and look around Melbourne, and stay out of a vehicle. Melbourne is quite different to Sydney, with less rush and bustle, with a more sedate and less brash population which considers itself to be more interested in the finer things of life, rather than the more hedonistic. It has a lot of excellent Victorian architecture, and the wonderful trams - some MelMelbourne Australiabourne trams run in San Francisco - which also give it an old-time air. The National Gallery of Victoria has probably the world’s best collection of Australian art, and a notable collection of European masterpiece works (a part of which toured selected US galleries in 2003). The new downtown gallery building, with its partial collection, has aroused considerable controversy for its unique design and decoration. For the history buff the Fitzroy Gardens, at the top of Collins St, has Captain CCaptain Cook's cottageook’s Cottage, his actual home that was packed up and shipped to Melbourne for re-erection. It’s interesting to see just how small an English middle-class home was back then. The Yarra River runs through the center of the city and is a popular place to wander
the banks, and watch the rowers. Stay for the next three nights at Bank Place Apartments, in downtown Melbourne. This small hotel is wonderfully located within walking distance of all Melbourne has to offer, but at the same time is on a quiet side street, with a couple of nearby cafes. You have a self-contained apartment, including a kitchen and laundry facilities to clean up after your couple of weeks on the road. Just about a block away, and to your right, is a small store next to a corner bank that sells groceries, so you can prepare your own breakfasts and any other meals, and avoid higher restaurant/café costs.

Day 16 – Thursday, November 16: Brisbane Ranges
This morning you are picked up at 9.15am by Roger or Janine of Echidna Walkabout for a full day outing to the hills and plains west of Melbourne to see wild kangaroos and koalas, abundant birEchidna Walkaboutdlife and discover a rich Aboriginal heritage. You’ll learn about native animals and plants both in the open-range grasslands of Serendip Sanctuary on the Western Plains and in the bush lands of Brisbane Ranges National Park. Within easy reach from the centre okoalaf the city of Melbourne, these environments provide the perfect introduction to Australia's unique wildlife and indigenous culture. You’ll see and walk amongst Grey Kangaroos in large free ranging groups, and find emus, wallabies, koalas and other unique Australian wildlife. A delicious bush lunch is provided. The Brisbane Ranges are home to a large and healthy population of wild koalas and we rarely miss out on multiple sightings of these delightful creatures. In additional to the wildlife of the region during your journey your guide will share with you the great significance of the Western Plains to Aboriginal people. (L)

Day 17 – Friday, November 17: Melbourne
Recommended is a visit to the Victoria Markets, a short tram ride away, which will give you a taQueen Victoria Market logoste of typical Melbourne life. At the 120 year-old Queen Victoria Market there's not much from clothing to the weekly meat supply that can't be bought, and everything in between, and a lot of characters totram St Kilda Victoria serve and entertain you. The market is open from 6am until about noon. The wine bars, restaurants and small shops of Carlton, adjacent to Melbourne University and known as Little Italy, or the bookstores, including some specializing in wildlife and Australiana, of Prahran may also be of interest, and are to discover the real Melbourne, away from the usual tourist areas. Melbourne Zoo in nearby Royal Park has a fine collection of both exotic and native animals, in mostly naturalistic settings. Everywhere is just a few minutes away by the ubiquitous Melbourne trams.

Day 18 – Saturday, November 18: Melbourne / Wilson’s Prom crimson rosllaNational Park
Drive down to Wilson’s Promontory National Park, about 3 hours from Melbourne. Wilson’s Prom is a small promontory, and Victoria’s most southern place. In addition to sweeping vistas, beaches and untouched bush, the Prom is famous for its wildlife, including wombats and kangaroos. Your accommodation tonight is a self-contained cabin just outside the park at Yanakie, on the waterfront.

grey kangaroosDay 19 – Sunday, November 19: Wilson’s Promontory National Park
Spend the day exploring the park. Late afternoon is an especially good time to see the kangaroos and wombats come out to graze. The ranger station in the park can give you maps and a guide to the park, and make suggestions regarding places to see and when wildlife viewing is best.

Day 20 – Monday, November 20: Wilson’s Prom/Healesville / Melbourne
Leave Wilson’s Prom this morning and head north, at first retracing your route down but then heSherbrooke Forest Victoriaading via smaller roads to wards Marysville, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. The road from Marysville to Healesville, known as the Black Spur Drive, is one of the most beautiful drives in Victoria, through towering 200ft + Mountain Ash trees lining the road. Once in Healesville visit the Healesville Sanctuary, with its extensive collection of Australian fauna in natural bush settings. We can arrange for a guide to take you through. Overnight near Healesville (this is not prebooked, as once again it will depend on your own inclinations, and just where you end up today. There are many places to stay in the general Dandenongs area, from right at Healesville and Marysville to other small town/villages/suburbs from here to the slightly more south Yarra Valley.

Day 21 – Tuesday, November 21: Melbourne
Slowly return to Melbourne today – it’s only 25 miles away - via the wineries of the Yarra Valley. SomeColdstream vineyards Victoria of Australia’s best and newest wines are produced in the hills east of Mwine bottleselbourne, primarily whites but also some interesting reds. There are also many craft and art galleries, and you will get a good sense for the more cultured side of Australia, all in beautiful bush settings. As your return to Melbourne stop at a store on the Maroondah Highway, Redgum, that specializes in native wood furniture and crafts. From here continue to your hotel for the night at Melbourne Airport, Ciloms’ Best Western. The hotel will hold a bag for you while you are in Tasmania, as you return here afterwards for the night prior to flying home.

Day 22– Thursday, November 23: Melbourne / Launceston / Bicheno
This morning return to the airport and fly to Launceston, Tasmania. Piwood bench Wood Centre Launceston Tasmaniack up your rental car and begin your exploration of the Island State. Before you leave you should visit the Tasmania Wood Design Centre, displaying some of the best wood-based crafts and furniture Tasmania has to offer. Drive south to Cambelltown, about 55km, and head east towards the coast, arriving at Bicheno in about 90km. Check in to your accomodation, Bicheno Hideaway, located right on the foreshore, and then head into Freycinet National Park, a few kilometers to the south. Freycinet has some of the most stunning scenery in Tasmania, and there are many walks that take advantage of this. The Ranger Station can help direct you to the best viewing areas.


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