Southern Stars - Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney

17-day overview of southern Australia and Tasmania

Southern Stars - Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney

Explore the best of Southern Australia, including the lively coastal cities of Melbourne and Sydney, the historic attractions of Tasmania, and the natural splendour of the Grampians and the Great Ocean Road. Accommodation throughout is in boutique hotels and beautiful country retreats.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Melbourne

    You will be met on arrival in Melbourne and transferred to the Lyall Hotel and Spa for 2 nights in a super deluxe suite.

  2. Day 2: Melbourne Walking Tour

    This morning, join a small group walking tour of central Melbourne, departing from Federation Square.

  3. Day 3: Great Ocean Road, Victoria

    Pick up your rental car this morning and set off for Cape Otway, a 3-4 hour drive south-west from Melbourne. On arrival, check into the Great Ocean Ecolodge for 2 nights in a Sundeck Room.

  4. Day 4: Great Ocean Road (at leisure)

    At leisure to explore the Great Ocean Road.

  5. Day 5: Port Fairy

    Depart Great Ocean Ecolodge and continue along the coast to the charming coastal town of Port Fairy, in south-western Victoria.

  6. Day 6: The Grampians

    Departing Port Fairy and the shipwreck coast, travel north for approx. 3 hours until you reach Meringa Springs, in the north Grampians. Along the way, you might like to make a short detour to the Scottish settler town of Dunkeld, stopping for lunch at the iconic Royal Mail Hotel.

  7. Day 7: The Grampians

    Spend the day exploring this beautiful mountain range at your own pace.

  8. Day 8: Tasmania

    After breakfast, return your hire car to Melbourne Airport (allow 3-4 hours for the return drive), then fly from Melbourne to Hobart.

  9. Day 9: Hobart and surrounds

    A day at leisure to explore Hobart and the surrounding area. Perhaps make a visit to historic Port Arthur and enjoy lunch at Richmond on your return.

  10. Day 10: Bruny Island

    Leave Hobart early this morning and drive to Kettering (40 mins), where you board the car ferry for the short ride to Bruny Island. On arrival, make your way to Adventure Bay (1 hour).

  11. Day 11: Bruny Island

    Set off early morning on a private tour of the island hosted by an experienced wildlife guide, with lunch, transport and all park fees included.

  12. Day 12: Cradle Mountain

    Return to Kettering by ferry and then continue your drive through Tasmania’s beautiful Lake’s District to Cradle Mountain (allow 6-7 hours, including time to stop en-route). Check in to Pumphouse Point for 2 nights in a Shorehouse Waterview Room or Pumphouse Signature Room.

  13. Day 13: Cradle Mountain

    Today is free for you to explore Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. There are a number of walking routes, ranging from leisurely strolls to full-day adventures.

  14. Day 14: Sydney

    Head back to Hobart (2 hours), returning your car and checking in for your flight to Sydney.

  15. Day 15: Sailing on Sydney Harbour

    Get to know Sydney from the vantage point of its harbour on this half day shared sailing cruise (10am to 3pm), that includes a transfer from your hotel, and delicious lunch with wine, beer and soft drinks.

  16. Day 16: Sydney

    A free day to explore Sydney at leisure.

  17. Day 17: International departure

    At leisure until your scheduled transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

17 days from £3050pp


17 days from £3050pp

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