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King Island

4 Days

$3065 Per Person

Single Supplement $425

Monday 2nd December 2024

Explore the hidden gem of King Island with a four-day adventure packed with guided tours, culinary delights, and breathtaking landscapes. From cheese tastings to coastal explorations, immerse yourself in the rich culture and natural beauty of this island paradise. Book your unforgettable getaway now!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday 2nd December 2024 MELBOURNE – KING ISLAND

Today we make our way down to the Melbourne Tullamarine airport for our flight out to King Island. On arrival into the King Island airport, you will be met by a King Islander who will be your local guide for these next four days. The property you will be staying at is the Island Breeze Motel, which is modern and backs onto King Island’s luxurious golf course with many beautiful landscapes. On arrival at the hotel, you will meet your hostess Julie which is also the manager at the hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the township of Currie. Taking in the fishing harbour, King Island Cultural Centre, Currie Lighthouse and some of the Islands shipwreck history. After the tour head over to a King Island dairy for cheese tasting before returning back to our hotel. Dinner tonight will be served at the property where we are fortunate enough to have one of the islands best chefs come in and cater for us.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Tuesday 3rd December 2024 KING ISLAND

This morning after breakfast we begin touring the northern region of King Island. First destination is Shag Lagoon Bird Hide to view some of King Island’s beautiful water fowl. From here we head further north whilst keeping a keen eye out for bird species such as pheasants, peacocks and turkeys which are plentiful in this area and visit King Island Kelp Craft for morning tea. Our next stop is Quarantine Bay where we will be taking in the views and interesting history of Christmas Island and New Year Island located just off the coast. Following this we visit the mouth of the Yellow Rock River, the wreck site of the Shannon to hear Captain Johnson’s unfortunate story. From here we head to a beef farm for a tour and lunch. After lunch we visit Martha Lavinia Beach, a world class beach break on King Island in the Bass Strait. The wave peek has been voted the top 10 surf breaks in Australia and is frequented by pro surfers when in the region for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Classic. We continue across Penny’s Lagoon, a rare perched lake found in only three locations in the world. Its freshwater is held by compacted sand and organic matter and is a favourite swimming spot for locals and visitors following this we travel to Cape Wickham, the most northern point of King Island. We view the Cape Wickham Links Golf Course, one of Australia’s top-ranking golf courses. We continue up past Lake Flannigan and onto Disappointment Bay which is anything but a disappointment- in fact its one of King Islands most beautiful locations. Our last location for the day is Egg Lagoon which was once a large lagoon on the Island but has since dried up and is used for agriculture. From here we return to Island Breeze motel for a freshen up. Tonight, you are in for a real treat as we dine at the Wild Harvest Restaurant. The restaurant is one of the best on King Island and showcases the Islands best produce. Concluding dinner, you will get to go out and view a local penguin colony. On dusk the penguins waddle out of the water to go to their burrows for a safe night’s rest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Wednesday 4th December 2024 KING ISLAND

After breakfast this morning we make our way down to King Island Kelp Industries where we learn about its harvesting, its refining and what it is used for and why King Island is the major player in kelp. Next stop is the restaurant for morning tea before we head to the east coast settle of Naracoopa. We learn more about the area in Naracoopa, as well as the early history including the controversial jetty built in 1915/16. After taking in the stunning views we travel south through some of the most productive farming land on King Island. En-route our guide Matthew will enlighten us on all things farming, rain fall differences and effects between the north and south of the Island and soldier’s settlement. On arrival into Grassy we discover the scheelite mining heritage of King Islands Dolphin Mine which operated between 1917 and 1992. Learn about its closure due to extremely low tungsten prices, rather than a lack of reserves plus hear the news of its possible future. From here we make our way down the hill into the deep-water port of Grassy to discuss King Islands shipping and fishing fleet before enjoying lunch at the King Island Boat Club harbour-side. The King Island Boat Club is iconic to yachters of the Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Rave, first sailed in the 1970’s and since then has become major fixture on the Australian Ocean Racing Calendar. After Lunch we discover Surprise Bay, the southernmost settlement on King Island. I hope you packed your camera we are going to visit a very rare forest with views over some of King Islands most spectacular coastline which has had a chequered history, including the worst peacetime maritime disaster in Australia’s history. If you enjoy short walk you have the option of going for a leisurely stroll through the Calcified Forest otherwise you can sit back on the Coach with a cuppa. Our next stop takes us to one of King Island’s most dramatic parts of the coast, Seal Rocks Lookout, which was used by Dutch and French Sailor’s to spot pods of seals. We then begin our drive back up to Currie via Ettrick Bay and Millers Bay and the Hybrid Power Station before returning to our motel. This evening, we head to View Dinning for tea set in a lovely location with fantastic local produce.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Thursday 5th December 2024 KING ISLAND

Sadly, today concludes our time on King Island. After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Melbourne. On arrival into Melbourne, you will be transferred back to your respective destinations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Tour Terms and Conditions:

A deposit of $300.00 per person is required on booking to confirm your reservation.

Balance is by 21st October 2024.  Full payment is required if booking after the above date.

Name Badges: – Will have your Preferred First Name displayed.

Accommodation Preferred: –   Twin / Double / Single / Triple / Will Share – Passengers who are willing to share with other passengers. *Please Note: For all ‘Will Share’ Passengers we will endeavor to find another single traveler of the same gender. If we are unable to find someone for you to share with then SINGLE SUPPLEMENT will apply. In the event that either passenger finds they are not compatible they will each have to pay for a single room option, if available.

FREE PASSENGER PICKUP & RETURN SERVICE:   For the convenience of all our passengers CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL provide Free Passenger Pickup & Return Service from all major Towns in North, North-East, Central Victoria & Southern NSW.  (For Example:  Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Seymour, Bendigo, Finley, Kerang, Echuca, Deniliquin, Yarrawonga, Corowa, and towns within these areas). For Passenger’s who live outside these areas Cardwell’s provide Overnight accommodation in Numurkah and ‘Free lock up car storage’ at our Numurkah depot.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancel before the balance due date a refund of monies paid less $50 per person. Cancellation on or after balance due date NO REFUND.

FARES & ITINERARIES: CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL costs published & outlined in the brochure are frozen, errors or printing mistakes are subject to correction. However, policy changes by rail/air/sea operators or changes in Government duties or taxes are outside the control of CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL. Air fares and other discount travel arrangements may be subject to availability of seats/berths, as determined by transport companies.  No increases apply once full fare is paid. The Tour duration includes the day of departure and the day of return. Fares shown make no allowance for extra accommodation or transfers necessitated by en-route stop-overs caused by rail/air/boat schedules, strikes or other reasons.

Your Travel Agent will forward deposits and other payments to us on your behalf.  Receipt of deposits and also subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipts of those monies by us.  There is no liability on our part in respect of any monies paid to your Travel Agent unless and until we notify you (by way of Booking Confirmation Advice or Payment Receipt Advice) that monies have been received by us.  CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL and has the right to accept wait listed passengers in place of those failing to finalise within the prescribed time.

ELIGIBILITY:  No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on the tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of CARDWELLS’ COACH TRAVEL, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or they become objectionable to other passengers.  However, any person/s who cannot travel independently or needs special assistance must be accompanied by a companion.

ITINERARY CHANGES:   Itineraries, tours and cruises are subject to alteration with or without notice and intended as a guide only.  Alterations may come about due to road or weather conditions, strikes, non-performance by a supplier or any other reasons CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL act in your best interest in any such changes.

FUEL SURCHARGEDue to the instability of world oil prices, in the event that fuel reaches $2.00/litre a Fuel Surcharge of $5/person per day will apply to the final payment.  Subject to change.

SEAT CHANGESA seat rotation system everyday ensures that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy similar seating arrangements.

LUGGAGEOne medium suitcase per person, not exceeding 20kg (42lbs) and one carry bag for inside the coach.  Over limit luggage cannot  be carried.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We can arrange for passengers to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances which may arise (including cancellation fees, medical & curtailment expenses, loss of luggage, early departure from tour due to death or illness etc.)  Ask our friendly staff at Cardwell’s Coach Travel or your Travel Agent for details at time of booking.

FORCE MAJEURE: If by any means of any event of force majeure (which shall include terrorism, pandemic or any cause or event outside our control) we shall be delayed in or prevented from performing our obligations, then such delay or non-performance shall not be deemed a breach or entitle a damage claim. Our obligations shall be suspended whilst such event of force majeure continues.

 

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