Australia is a land of wonders; from beautiful white sand beaches, to lush tropical rainforests, and animals you can only find in this country. On this adventure you will explore two different states Victoria and Tasmania. You will get to experience two international capitals and hike on lodge to lodge treks through two very diverse ecosystems. In Victoria, you will explore the quirky and colorful capital of Melbourne. Walk through graffitied laneways, taste the best flat white of your life, and immerse yourself in indigenous culture and food. Our lodge to lodge hike is along the world-famous Great Ocean Road; breathtaking coastal scenery, abundant wildlife, and the Twelve Apostles. While in the more remote state of Tasmania, we will get a taste of the good life. In funky Hobart, we visit the intriguing Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), kayaking the waterfront, and explore historic Hobart. On the Three Capes Walk, we will be trekking high above the trees for magnificent views of both the land and the sea. Spend the nights at the only private lodges in Tasman National Park enjoying the peace and serenity.
Maximum group size: 14
NOTE: DEPOSITS FOR THIS TRIP ARE NON REFUNDABLE
|February 18 to March 02, 2024|
|$9695.00 - Available|
Not included: alcoholic beverages not on itinerary, lunch on day 8, dinner on day 7, transportation to and from Australia, guide gratuities and trip insurance (mandatory).
This trip is designed for women in very good physical condition who enjoy hiking and other activities and want to explore Australia. Hiking is generally 3 - 7 hours on sandy beaches, rocky paths, and occasionally uneven footing. The kayaking is suitable for novices. A rating of 3 requires aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. For this trip you should be working out at the upper end of these ranges.
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NOTE: For this trip, emergency/evacuation/medical insurance is required. This insurance can be added as an option after you have chosen your base insurance, and before the final payment section: https://www.travelexinsurance.com/?location=06-0331&go=bp
This trip is designed as an exploration of the natural beauty and diversity of Australia's national parks and distinct culture. We will be trekking two different 4-day, 3-night supported lodge to lodge trails. We will be hiking anywhere from 4-10 miles a day through beautiful temperate rainforests on hard and sandy beaches, dirt trails, and on trails overlooking the ocean. Our luggage will be transported for us from lodge to lodge via a luggage transfer service, so you will only carry what you need for a day hike in your pack! A few days will be spent doing cultural activities like a cooking class, kayaking, aboriginal plant identification and medicinal use walk, and visiting the world famous MONA art museum. This is a great trip for someone who loves exploring and hiking in the outdoors, and who also wants to have a unique cultural experience in Australia!
Most of our accommodations are locally owned small lodges or hotels, with private bathrooms. The lodges on the Three Capes Lodge walk are private luxury lodges, owned by the walking company we work with, so we will be the only people staying there. These lodges have a focus on simple and sustainable modern design, with huge patios overlooking the surrounding vistas, and plenty of room for stargazing on clear nights. Three nights will be at the Melbourne Mercure Southbank in Melbourne, a large modern hotel.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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