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Imagine some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery, an abundance of fresh air, all the local produce you can eat and you might consider this adventure to Flinders and King Islands, Cradle Mountain and Stanley.
Rejoin The main newspaper and Travelrite International for an exploration tour of these southern islands, choosing from three departures, January 18-28, 2023, February 8-18, 2023 or March 8-18, 2023.
Departing from Melbourne, the journey heads first to pristine Flinders Island. Immerse yourself in nature with the island’s beautiful coastal beach and granite boulders covered in bright red lichen.
Try one of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks before visiting historic Wybalenna.
Here are the remains of a settlement built to displace indigenous people from the Tasmanian mainland from 1834 to 1847.
Learn about the area at the Furneaux Islands Museum and the Bowman History Room. Later, explore the capital of Whitemark and the stunning photography of Castle Rock.
At the top of Flinders Island is the Killiecrankie area where you can search for Killiecrankie diamonds on beaches and coves.
Visit the top of the island at North East River and Stanley Point. Try Tasmania’s easy Great Short Walk at Trousers Point.
The following day, Launceston was reached by air before the group headed for Cradle Mountain National Park.
There is plenty to do and see in the park. Enjoy beautiful Dove Lake with views of magnificent Cradle Mountain behind and try the Dove Lake Boardwalk.
See wildlife like the endangered Tasmanian Devils, unique to Tasmania.
Stanley, on the northwest coast of Tassie, is next on the route. Tour the historic town before a chairlift up The Nut, an ancient volcanic plug, and 360-degree views of Stanley.
Stanley is also home to the historic Woolnorth Dairy Farm, owned by the Van Diemen’s Land Company.
Located on breathtaking Cape Grim, you can breathe in some of the cleanest air in the world while surveying all the islands off the northwest coast of Tasmania.
Flying to King Island next, travelers will enjoy a visit to King Island Dairy for a cheese tasting.
King Island has more to offer than delicious cheeses. Heading north, the tour stops at Shag Lagoon, a renowned birding spot.
Also don’t miss Quarantine Bay and the station, Whistler Point, Christmas Island and New Year Island.
The Shannon Wreck site in Yellow Rock River is interesting, as is visiting the Meat your Beef farm on a 2,000 acre beef property.
Australia’s tallest lighthouse, Cape Wickham Lighthouse, is explored, as is the Cape Wickham golf course. Marvel at spectacular Disappointment Bay, Penny’s Lagoon and Martha Lavinia Beach, one of the best surf spots in the world.
Dinner is served at the famous Wild Harvest Restaurant, where fresh island produce is cooked to delectable effect. After dinner, watch the local penguins return home for the night at the port.
The last full day of the trip is dedicated to the south of the island, part of the King Island kelp factory.
Next is the town of Naracoopa before historic Elephant Seal Bay and a stopover in the 7,000 year old calcified forest with its stone trees and branches.
King Island’s rugged coastline is stunning but also deadly as it is home to Australia’s worst peacetime maritime disaster. Explore this coastline at Seal Rocks and Ettrick Bay.
The price per person, twin bedded, is $4,750 and you can $495 for a single supplement.
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