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SOUTHERN EXPLORER AIRCRUISE

Join Australia’s Aircruising pioneers for an intimate exploration of the Southern Isles by private aircraft. Immerse yourself in the serenity and scenic delights of remarkable world heritage areas including Port Arthur, Woolmers Estate and the spectacular pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain National Park. We will marvel at the dramatic beauty of Bruny Island and the granite peaks of Freycinet National Park, home to iconic Wineglass Bay, heralded as one of the world’s top ten beaches. Discover early Australian history in Launceston and Strahan and explore the fascinating King and Flinders Islands concluding in Melbourne.

Journey by private aircraft throughout to maximise touring in each breathtaking destination. As customary on a Bill Peach Journey, we will enjoy the freshest gourmet produce and exceptional award-winning accommodation. An Australian odyssey exploring the pristine beauty of the Southern Isles awaits.

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Departs 31 Jan 2020

Returns 11 Feb 2020

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Itinerary:

Your journey begins this afternoon in Launceston. Settled by Europeans in March 1806, Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities and is home to many historic buildings. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Peppers Silo Hotel or similar

Day 2: Flinders Island

After a leisurely breakfast we board our private aircraft for our flight to Flinders Island. Located in the waters of Bass Strait, off the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, Flinders is the largest island in the Furneaux Island Group. This group of more than 50 islands are all that remain of the land bridge which once joined Tasmania to the Australian mainland. We will tour the island and enjoy lunch before reboarding the aircraft for the return flight to Launceston.

Overnight: Peppers Silo Hotel or similar

Day 3: Launceston - Freycinet

This morning is spent visiting the historic town of Evandale and Woolmers Estate. A local historian will guide us through the homestead and provide some understanding of its nearly 200 year history. As part of the estate you will also have the opportunity to explore The National Rose Garden. In the afternoon we board our aircraft for the onward journey to Freycinet with time at leisure to enjoy some of the extraordinary walks in this magnificent location.

Overnight: Freycinet Lodge or similar

Day 4: Freycinet National Park

This morning take a cruise on Wineglass Bay. Relax on board and enjoy the spectacular surrounds of this remote and stunning part of Tasmania while sampling some incredible local produce and wine. Explore the rugged coastline with towering pink granite cliffs plunging into the Tasman Sea. There is an opportunity for you to walk on the beach at Wineglass Bay, which is recognised as one of the top ten beaches in the world, or simply relax on board enjoying magnificent surroundings.

Overnight: Freycinet Lodge or similar

Day 5: Freycinet National Park - Hobart

Our private aircraft awaits this morning to transport us to Hobart. En-route we fly over the spectacular eastern coastline and Maria Island. On arrival enjoy a tour of Hobart before visiting MONA, the most contemporary gallery in Australia.

Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart or similar

Day 6: Port Arthur

After a leisurely breakfast, we spend the day exploring Port Arthur, the former convict settlement set on top of the Tasman Peninsula. This dark history contrasts with the beauty of the surrounding area. Full of powerful stories of hardship and loss, it is one of Tasmania’s most visited sites.

Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart or similar

Day 7: Bruny Island

Today we travel to Bruny Island for an incredible wilderness cruise. Travel alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.

Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Day 8: Hobart - Strahan

Today enjoy a tour of Hobart before transferring to our private aircraft for a scenic flight over the western coastline of Tasmania. In the afternoon we arrive in Strahan, known as the gateway to two of Tasmania’s renowned wild rivers, the mighty Gordon and Franklin, which meander through the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Lying in the heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness area, it is a region of spectacular gorges and deep river valleys.

Overnight: Strahan Village or similar

Day 9: Strahan - Cradle Mountain National Park

This morning we cruise the world heritage listed Gordon River including Hells Gate, Salmon farms including a guided stopover at Sarah Island before our coach transfer to Cradle Mountain. At the base of Cradle Mountain, in deep depressions cut by glacial action, lies Crater Lake, Dove Lake and Lake Lilla. Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, encompassing some 161,000 hectares, covers some of Tasmania’s highest country and is renowned for its magnificent alpine scenery.

Overnight: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge or similar

Day 10: Cradle Mountain National Park

Today, explore this World Heritage area of rugged mountains, glacial lakes and wild alpine moorlands. An adventure through this spectacular pristine wilderness includes both Dove Lake and Waldheim before spending some time in the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery. The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps giving you an opportunity to stroll through this outstanding national park.

Overnight: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge or similar

Day 11: Cradle Mountain National Park - King Island - Melbourne

This morning we transfer to Devonport then fly to King Island and tour this unique island including, of course, a visit to the famous King Island Cheese factory. Continuing on we travel to Melbourne for a very special farewell dinner.

Overnight: Intercontinental The Rialto or similar

Day 12: Depart Melbourne

After a leisurely breakfast this morning transfer to the airport for your flight home. Say a fond farewell to new friends and take away memories of an unforgettable Southern adventure.

About AIRCRUISING

An Aircruise with Bill Peach Journeys is the perfect way to explore these hard to reach destinations in the style, speed, and comfort of your own private aircraft. The formula is simple – travelling by private aircraft means that we can land directly in each location ensuring time on the ground is spent discovering each region.

Fully Inclusive

When you travel on an Aircruise everything is included and arranged before you even leave home. This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining, and all excursions but every single one of these elements is the finest in its class. Throughout the journey, you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after you every step of the way.

Mode of transport

This journey will be operated by a variety of aircraft. All aircraft are perfect for landing in the isolated airstrips throughout this journey. To ensure a variety of viewing for everyone, we change seat allocation each day. The aircraft is operated by an experienced pilot and accompanied by a Journey Director. The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned. There will also be air-conditioned 4WD vehicles used in some areas.

WHY BILL PEACH JOURNEYS?

Bill Peach Journeys has been the leader in small-group and private luxury travel for over 36 years. Our dedicated team is passionate about creating world-class touring itineraries for travellers seeking extraordinary experiences throughout Australia, New Zealand and across the globe. Join us for a journey of a lifetime!

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