Australia & Tasmania Self-drive
Travel 01 May 2020
Book by 29 Feb 2020
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- 3 nights The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne -
- 5 nights East Coast Tasmania, Tasmania -
- 4 nights Travelodge Wynyard, Sydney -
- 6 days car hire in Tasmania
- Return flights with Etihad & Virgin Australia from Heathrow or Manchester. Valid for travel 12th May and other dates throughout May.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
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Situated opposite Southern Cross Station, close to the hub of Collins Street where you'll find restaurants and first class shopping.
Take in the fascinating Freycinet National Park and explore stunning bays along the route on this 5 night self-drive tour.
Hobart 1 night
Freycinet 2 nights
St Helens 1 night
Launceston 1 night
Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated close to many of Sydney's wonderful attractions.
Return flights with Etihad & Virgin Australia from Heathrow or Manchester. Valid for travel 12th May and other dates throughout May.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne is the younger, more refined and eclectic cousin of Sydney. With its famed combination of culinary excellence inspired by its diverse migrant influences, art galleries, home grown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Melbourne is regarded as the world's most liveable city.
The city centre is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush still stand. This is Melbourne's heart and easily explored at a leisurely pace in a couple of days. If walking becomes tiresome, why not hop aboard one of the iconic trams that traverse the city. A definite highlight of the centre are the character-filled cobbled laneways, which are lined with fine dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques.
Melbourne's main public square, Federation Square, sits on the edge of the Yarra River, opposite Flinders Street Station and contains a mix of art galleries, a museum, cinemas, shops, restaurants and bars. At Flinders Station be sure to stand beneath the clocks of this iconic terminus, as tourists and Melbournians alike have done for generations.
For unique bird's eye vistas across the city, take a 30 minute ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel or, head to the Eureka Skydeck 88, where you can teeter on The Edge, a switchable glass cube that slides you out from the building's 88th floor for unsurpassed views of the city and beyond. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground you may wish to stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens, recognised as one of the world's finest gardens. It displays more than 50,000 plants within the 87 beautifully landscaped gardens and it's the perfect place to relax and perhaps enjoy a picnic.
In Southbank, one of the city's newer precincts, is the sprawling Crown Entertainment Complex. Once a blighted stretch of factories and run-down warehouses, this vibrant area now boasts a wide variety of shops, eateries, nightclubs, live shows and a glittering casino.
Discover Melbourne's rich history and walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook's family through their 18th century cottage and garden or experience Victoria's oldest surviving prison, the Old Melbourne Gaol, which was home of the outlaw Ned Kelly until he was hanged here on 11 November 1880.
Melbourne is a sports mad city and its many sporting venues are legendary around the world. The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) hosts cricket matches in the summer and the Australian Football League in the winter, although tours are available on non-match days throughout the year. A stone's throw away is Melbourne Park, home to the annual Australian Open tennis grand slam (late January-early February). Fabulous Flemington is the home of the Melbourne Cup horse race, held on the first Tuesday in November, while Albert Park heralds the start of the Formula One Grand Prix season every March.
Melbourne's inner suburbs have a character all their own. Stroll along the seaside Esplanade in colourful St Kilda, enjoy the quirky shops and cafés of bohemian Fitzroy, rub shoulders with locals at the open-air Queen Victoria Market, or hire a canoe at Studley Park to paddle along one of the prettiest stretches of the Yarra—and you may discover Melbourne's soul as well as its heart.
Experience wild and rugged landscapes, breathe in the cleanest air in the world, bathe on pristine secluded beaches, drive past rolling hills and alongside untamed rivers, visit historic towns and sample an abundance of great wine and culinary delights. No matter where you go in Tasmania, you'll be delighted by what you find.
Tasmania may only be 150 miles away from mainland Australia but it is a whole world apart. It has glacial lakes, lush green valleys, undeveloped coastlines and amazing mountains, not dissimilar to New Zealand, there are also faint echoes of England with old fashioned B&Bs, fish and chip suppers and delicious cream teas.
It's also Australia's smallest state and for visitors the compact nature of the island is a great advantage. With good roads and few cars, it's possible to drive from one end of the island to the other in a single day. However, with a unique wilderness, historic convict sites, national parks featuring a diversity of habitats and ecosystems, and iconic places such as Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay all to discover, you'll definitely want to stay longer than just a day!
Most Tasmanian adventures begin in Hobart, the small capital city, which sits at the foot of Mount Wellington and combines 19th century heritage, charm and a modern lifestyle in an exceptional setting. Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city and a vibrant hub for food and wine. Located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley there are many captivating attractions to experience and enjoy.
From Hobart, discover Bruny Island's wildlife and walking trails, or drive the East Coast Escape to the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay in spectacular Freycinet National Park. Launceston is your base for the Overland Track through Cradle-Mountain-Lake-St Clair National Park and the untamed rivers and rapids of the west coast.
Also not to be missed is the well-preserved Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia's most intact and evocative convict sites; the family seaside town of Bicheno; St Helens on the north east coast, which is within easy reach of some incredible beaches; or the harbourside village of Strahan, the gateway to World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Seductively draped around its harbour and beaches, Sydney has a striking waterfront setting. Graced by the impressive steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the pearly sails of the Sydney Opera House, the sparkling harbour is one of the world’s most photographed sites. Hop aboard a ferry or harbour cruise to best see these iconic landmarks or, if you have a head for heights, book a heart-pounding BridgeClimb.
Bustling Circular Quay, which is the launch pad for harbour ferries and sightseeing boats, throngs with visitors and locals alike who are drawn to the fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars. Adjacent to Circular Quay is The Rocks, once home to the Gadigal Aboriginals and then the first colonial settlers in 1788. Today this trendy area has over 100 heritage sites and buildings, many now housing a great selection of eateries, galleries and shops.
Cross the pedestrianised Pyrmont Bridge to lively Darling Harbour, a waterfront precinct packed with shops, restaurants, museums and entertainment venues.
Further city attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, a true oasis in the heart of the city, home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas; Hyde Park, which is Australia's oldest park and contains the ANZAC Memorial building and visitor centre along with nearly 600 mature exotic and native trees; Barrangaroo Reserve; Macquarie Street; the Sydney Tower Eye and its Skywalk, an alfresco glass-floored moving platform; and the award-winning Taronga Zoo, where admission includes daily keeper talks and shows and access to Sky Safari, Sydney's only cable car.
Also not to be missed is Bondi Beach and Manly for the chance to sink your toes into the soft sand, admire the bronzed lifesavers or sign up for a surf lesson. Further beach fun is up for grabs at Cronulla, Bronte, Coogee, Tamarama and Maroubra.