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  • Duration:10 Days

Price

  • $2190 (This was the 2017 price - 2018 prices yet to be confirmed) per person, twin share
  • Single supplement $400 (To be confirmed)
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Inclusions

  • Travel in air conditioned coach
  • Admission fees as per itinerary
  • Accommodation/meals as shown
  • Hosted by Bruce & Lindy Bishop
  • GST
  • Ferry fares

What our guests say

Thanks for a great holiday – we enjoyed every experience particularly the walks, accommodation, food and company. We will have life long memories of our walking tour of Northern Italy.

– Graham & Jill

Thank you Bruno & Christine for a wonderful tour. In a few word “Buonissimo” our Northern Italian walking tour was a smorgasbord of breathtaking scenery, compelling history, cultural insights, fine Italian cuisine and wines and many captivating Italian characters all superbly packaged and led by you both.

– Ellis & Bronwyn

Many thanks for a wonderful tour of Northern Italy. We certainly met the locals and felt that we were a part of this beautiful region. The tour was set at a very comfortable pace which made the distance travelled by both walking and train easy and rewarding. Once again thank you for showing us this colourful Region of Northern Italy and your great pre-tour info reading.

– Bob & Barbara

Thanks to Bruno & Christine for the wonderful experience we shared with you and 14 other intrepid adventurers which ended far too quickly. The food, the views and camaraderie of the tour group were complemented by the care and attention given to us. This adventure will remain high on our list of memorable experiences.

– Mario & Cheryl

Thanks again for an interesting and informative trip, we really appreciated how much preparation you put into the program. It’s not only all that but also the way you looked after us so well too, we will remember this for a very long time. Let us know any future trips planned and we will be there!!

– Fred & Susan

Experience the spectacular Victorian Coastline and the warm country hospitality on this tour that is planned to show you not just the iconic, well known features but also many other lesser visited highlights.

2018 dates/price to be advised (watch this spot)

Itinerary

DAY 1: TO ALBURY (L,D)

 Lunch & dinner included.

Depart Wollongong 7:30am, Sutherland 8:30am and Strathfield 9:30am then via the Hume Highway to Albury and our overnight accommodation. Dinner tonight in the motel dining room. NB: Those booked from Nowra will be picked up at their home at approximately 9:30am and driven to Mittagong to rendezvous with the tour group for morning tea.

DAY 2: ALBURY - COLAC (B,L,D)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

After a leisurely start we drive to Benalla and enjoy morning tea and have time to walk to the Weary Dunlop memorial in the Botanical Gardens.   We stop in Broadford for a picnic lunch then on to Colac where we settle in to our motel accommodation for the next four nights.   Colac is on the edge of the third largest volcanic plain in the world and on the shores of Lake Colac, the largest natural fresh water lake in Victoria.   The fertile soil supports a highly productive agricultural industry and its location close to the Great Ocean Road and the Otways brings many visitors.   Dinner tonight is in the motel restaurant.

DAY 3: GREAT OCEAN ROAD and OTWAYS (B,L,D)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today we enjoy spectacular scenery as we drive along one of the World’s great ocean foreshore drives. The Great Ocean Road is the World’s biggest war memorial having been dedicated to the memory and honor of servicemen lost in WW1.   First stop is at Bell’s Beach the home of the World’s longest running surfing contest – The Rip Curl Pro Surf. Next we make many stops along the road for great views and points of interest. After Apollo Bay we leave the coast and wind up into the mountainous Otway Ranges and take a gravel forestry trail to a secluded valley with an extraordinary forest of giant Californian Redwoods that were planted here during the 1930’s. We have time to stroll through this magnificent stand of trees that are truly unique in Australia. Our return to Colac is a short drive via Gellibrand.

DAY 4: OTWAY FLY TREETOP WALK and TWELVE APOSTLES (B,L,D)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Much of this morning is spent at The Otway Fly treetop walk – a one hour rainforest walk of approximately 2 kms and featuring a 66 meter long and 30 meter high steel structured walkway that takes you right up into the tree canopy.   This is the longest and tallest treetop walkway of its type in the world.   From here we go back to the coast and stop at perhaps the most iconic scenery of the Great Ocean Road at the Twelve Apostles.   Plenty of time here to walk to the lookout points or browse the visitors centre.   Next we stop at Loch Ard Gorge and the London Bridge before returning to Colac via Port Campbell and Timboon.

Day 5: LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS AROUND COLAC (B,L,D)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Our first stop this morning is at the Barwon Park Mansion, one of Australia’s grandest old homes built by Thomas Austin to host a royal visit but probably best known as the site where rabbits were introduced to Australia.   We are guided through this 47 roomed house by a guide from the National Trust.   Next we drive to the Red Rock Volcanic Lookout for great views over the landscape of volcanic craters, worn cones and salt lakes. The fertile volcanic farmlands are criss-crossed by dry stone walls that were built by pioneer farmers to both clear their paddocks of stones and to contain their livestock.   We return to Colac early afternoon and you will have free time to browse the town, stroll through the Botanic Gardens etc.

DAY 6: COLAC – COWES (Phillip Island) (B,L,D)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Quite a highlight this morning when we head to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula and drive our coach onto the Searoad Ferry for the 45 minute voyage across the entrance to Port Phillip Bay (“the rip”) then disembarking at Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.   We spend several hours exploring the Point Nepean National Park which is one of Victoria’s most beautiful and natural landscapes.   Its rich history has played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria.   Situated at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula it has outstanding views of Bass Strait, “the Rip” and Port Phillip. Using the shuttle bus system you will be able to see military forts and tunnels, the historic quarantine station and Cheviot beach and memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing.   Mid- afternoon we drive around Westernport Bay to Cowes on Phillip Island and settle in to our motel for the next two nights.

DAY 7: HIGHLIGHTS OF PHILLIP ISLAND (B,D)

Breakfast & dinner included.

We visit The Nobbies at Point Grant and stroll the boardwalks to the blowhole with spectacular scenery over Bass Strait and the offshore Seal rocks, home of Australia’s largest fur seal colony.   Next we drive a narrow gravel cliff top drive past the site of the “Penguin Parade” where we will return to tonight for the world famous parade. Phillip Island was the site of the first Australian Grand Prix in 1928 and motor racing has been conducted on the Island ever since.   We visit the motor racing circuit and even if you are not a racing enthusiast you will enjoy the beautiful gardens and sweeping coastal views from the circuit Visitors Centre.   Do your own thing for lunch in San Remo today before returning to Cowes for some free time. After an early dinner we witness the famous Penguin Parade from premium outdoor seats right near the main penguin pathway.

DAY 8: COWES – WILSONS PROMONTORY - SALE (B,L,D)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

We get away early for a big day today with the highlight being a visit to Wilsons Promontory for several hours to enjoy some walks near Tidal River.   “The Prom” is spectacularly scenic and home to abundant wildlife plus numerous walks suitable for all abilities. Packed lunches will be given to the more energetic walkers to maximise their chance to see as much as possible whilst others will be fully occupied with close by, easy walks and displays in the visitors centre. On departure we drive through some productive farmlands of South Gippsland for a late arrival in Sale where we settle in to our motel with dinner in the motel dining room.

DAY 9: SALE - MITTA MITTA HIGHWAY - ALBURY (B,L,D)

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

A great days drive through the mountains via Ensay, Swifts Creek, Omeo, Anglers Rest and the “Blue Duck” to Mitta Mitta.   The road often follows rapidly flowing mountain streams and climbs up and over the Great Dividing Range affording some very special scenery.   Our last night on tour is in Albury and we enjoy a special “last night on tour” dinner.

DAY 10: HOMEWARD BOUND (B)

Breakfast included.

Our return drive is via the Hume Highway with regular stops along the route.   Return to Strathfield at 5.30pm, Sutherland 6.30pm, Wollongong 7.30pm, Nowra 9.00pm.

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Highlights

  • Weary Dunlop memorial in Benalla
  • Colac, 3rd largest volcanic plain in the world
  • Lake Colac, Victoria’s largest natural fresh water lake
  • Great Ocean Road, world’s biggest war memorial
  • See the famous surfing location of Bells Beach
  • Walk amongst giant Californian Redwoods
  • Adventurous Otway Fly Treetop Walk
  • Enjoy iconic scenery of the Twelve Apostles
  • Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge & Port Campbell
  • Discover the history of Barwon Park Mansion
  • Red Rock Volcanic Lookout for spectacular views
  • Searoad Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento
  • Explore Point Nepean National Park on the Mornington Peninsula
  • Inspect Phillip Island motor racing circuit
  • Wilsons Promontory including short walks