Phillip Island, Wilson’s Promontory and Southern Gippsland 2020
October 4 - October 93285$
DAY 1: (LD) SYDNEY TO PHILLIP ISLAND
Sunday 04 October 2020
With our bags packed, we set off on our 6-day adventure with Aussie Sights Tours and Travel to the southern tip of Victoria. Our Virgin Australia flight departs Sydney at 9 am and touching down at Melbourne airport at 10.35, we meet our local coach captain and set off eager to discover Phillip Island. First, we will be heading to lunch in the Dandenong’s at the Olinda Tea Rooms, followed by a visit to Cloudehill Gardens
located directly across the road. Back on the coach we spend the afternoon heading to Phillip Island and arrive at our accommodation in Cowes, the main township on the Island.
2 nights | Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
Dinner at Hotel | lunch at Olinda Tea Rooms
DAY 2: (BD) PHILLIP ISLAND
Monday 05 October 2020
We have a full day of touring planned today, starting with a sightseeing drive through Cowes and Rhyll on our way to our first visit at Churchill Island Heritage Farm.
In 1976 Churchill Island was bought by the Victorian Conservation Trust and it is now part of, and managed by, the Phillip Island Nature Park. There are historical displays, including a museum of old farming machinery. The island is a working farm with highland cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and Clydesdale horses. Our next stop is in San Remo and every day the local Pelican feeding takes place at noon. We have some free time here to watch these unique birds being hand fed and buy some lunch. (Passengers own expense). We continue our touring this afternoon, as we take a scenic drive along the Island, passing the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit before arriving at the Nobbies Centre. This area offers spectacular coastal scenery as well as viewing the offshore seal colony at Seal Rocks. We take a virtual journey into the wonderful world of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica and engage with the many interactive and immersive experiences included through the Antarctic Journey. We return to our hotel to freshen up and grab some warmer clothes and then we are off to the brand-new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre for dinner followed by the Penguin Parade.
The area is a reserve designed to protect and promote awareness of Little Penguin (previously called Fairy Penguins). At sunset, the penguins cross Summerland Beach to return to their sand-dune burrows. To see the Penguins come out of the surf in small groups and waddle up the beach is a unique and fascinating spectacle.
DAY 3: (BLD) EXPLORING SOUTH GIPPSLAND
Tuesday 06 October 2020
We farewell Phillip Island and head to Wonthaggi for a tour of the State Coal Mine. The mine was a bustling network of tunnels, filled with men and pit ponies, dust and dim lights. The mine was Wonthaggi’s lifeblood (active from 1909 to 1968), where miners toiled deep below the surface digging the valuable black coal, to power Victoria’s railway network. Our guided surface tour gives us an understanding of the life of a miner during the period of operation and then we can enjoy lunch before making our way to Korumburra for a visit to the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum. Home to around 30,000 objects, ranging from trains to thimbles, each piece helps to tell the story of life in South Gippsland during pioneer times. We take a guided tour, looking through the collection and then drive to Foster where we check into the Prom Country Lodge for the Wilsons Promontory and southern Gippsland component of our tour.
3 nights | Prom Country Lodge Foster
Breakfast and dinner at hotel | lunch at State Coal Mine Cafe.
DAY 4: (BLD) WILSON’S PROMONTORY CRUISE
Wednesday 07 October 2020
Today is going to be a spectacular day! Winding our way through the Wilsons Promontory National Park, we arrive at Tidal River. Here we board Pennicott Wilderness Journeys amphibious boat and cruise a rugged and raw coast like no other, marveling at its prehistoric boulders.
Become speechless by the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock. Sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters, Skull Rock’s eerie facade becomes even more mysterious the closer we get. After an amazing morning cruising the inspiring coastline, we return to dry land where a welcoming picnic lunch awaits.
On our return journey we meet a true Gippsland identity at Beloka Kelpies Stud. Paul Macphail has been breeding and training dogs since the early nineties and here you’ll get to witness him and his four-legged co-workers in action. From veterans to pups it will be a fun and intriguing afternoon. Thanking Paul, we then return to our hotel and relax before dinner.
Breakfast & dinner at hotel | picnic lunch after cruise
DAY 5: (BLD) HISTORIC PORT ALBERT Thursday 08 October 2020
We have a fascinating day planned at the idyllic coastal fishing village of Port Albert. Just before arriving we meet a passionate local that will step on board the coach for a guided tour of the town. After listening to the fascinating stories of the past we head to the
Regional Maritime Museum for morning tea and time to look through the collection.
We next, enjoy lunch at the Wild Fish Restaurant that overlooks the water and has some of the freshest seafood in Victoria. Feeling that we have relived the history of this seaside village we will return to the hotel to relax and some may like to take a short walk into the Foster township before our final evening planned at Promontory Restaurant and Winery. Situated on what feels like the top of the world, we enjoy expansive views and fine hospitality. The prefect way to farewell this picturesque part of Gippsland.
Breakfast and dinner at lodge | lunch at Wild Fish Café | Dinner at Promontory Restaurant and Winery
DAY 6: (B) HOMEWARD BOUND Friday 9 October 2020
Thanking our hosts at the Prom Country Lodge we load our luggage onto the coach and commence our return journey to the Melbourne airport. We can enjoy morning tea at Warrook Farm, then head to the airport in time to check in and purchase some lunch before our flight back to Sydney with Virgin Australia at 2pm. Arriving back in Sydney at 3.25 we head for home, following another wonderful time away with Andrew and Lyndall from Aussie Sights, Tours and Travel.
COST : $ 3285.00 PP TWIN SHARE
$ 390.00 PP SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
$ 350.00 PP NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather
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