BOOMERANG: Tasmania and Green Island
November 1 – 15, 2012
AUSTRALIA Total Solar Eclipse 2012
Tasmania’s quaint way of life offers charming teahouses and homespun locals along side the island’s notorious prison history.
Your Tour Includes:
- Roundtrip international airfare from Los Angeles & Australia domestic airfare
- Luxury and First-Class Accomodations
- Meals: All breakfasts, 4 Lunches, Eclipse Bar-B-Que, 2 Dinners with wine
- Hotel Porterage
- Welcome Reception in Cairns
- Astronomical lectures, eclipse glasses, star parties
- English speaking meet and greet guides
- Air-Conditioned, deluxe coach with professional commentary driver
- Document packet
- All sightseeing and transfer services as specified
- Green Island Resort: Welcome Sunset Drinks, Glass bottom boat tour, Snorkelling equipment, windsurfers, surf skis, & canoes, Rainforest walks & night nature walks, World’s oldest Underwater Observatory, Daily windsurfing instruction
- Hobart: Penitentiary Chapel and Court
- Port Arthur: Coastal geological features, West Coast Wilderness Railway journey
- Launceston: Koala breeding station, Peppermint Bay and Gordon River Cruise
- Sydney: Harbor Cruise & Sydney Opera House
BOOMERANG Itinerary with Green Island
Thursday/Saturday, November 1/3, 2012 —USA – Hobart
Depart from your USA gateway for your flight to Australia. Cross the International dateline and lose a day but gain it back on the return. Upon arrival at Tasmania, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening stroll to dinner at Mures Upper Deck.
Sunday, November 4, 2012 —Hobart
Today begins at Hobart’s birthplace and ferry terminal: Battery Point with charming historic houses, St. George’s Church, St. David’s Park, Museum and art Gallery and Penitentiary Chapel and Court.
A half day cruise through Hobart’s magnificent sheltered waterways with a visit to Peppermint Bay. Cruise the Derwent River and D’Entrecasteaux Channel; witness giant kelp forests and sea life on the ocean floor with the unique underwater camera. Visit island bird sanctuaries.
Monday, November 5, 2012 —Hobart – Port Arthur – Hobart
Depart from our hotel for our day excursion to Port Arthur – Australia’s premier historic site. Visit Eaglehawk Neck to view some of the spectacular natural coastal geological features, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Blowhole. In Port Arthur the Lottery of Life follows the journey of convicts from the UK to Tasmania. Explore the convict artefacts on display. The Port Arthur Historic Site guided tour is offered through the restored and period furnished homes from the convict era.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 —Hobart – Strahan
Today journey back in time where men laboured through treacherous landscapes to forge a link between the mining town of Queenstown and port of Strahan. The West Coast Wilderness Railway 35km journey will stop at Lower Landing, Dubbil Barril, Rinadeena. From comfortable seating and glassed-in rear doors with balcony, the view is spectacular of the bridges towering above the rivers below, through massive hand-hewed rock cuttings, under the protective canopies of ancient rainforests and along the edge of plunging gorges.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 —Strahan
Today you will cruise the Gordon River and stop at Heritage Landing for a walk through an ancient rain forest visit a penal colony of Sarah Island.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 —Strahan – Cradle Mountain – Launceston
In Launceston a visit to see Tasmanian devils is included. Trowunna offers a wonderful selection of Tasmanian fauna and native flora. Trowunna is an integral part of the larger picture of wildlife, espcially the Koala, in Tasmania. Trowunna provides an oasis to transient and migratory wildlife looking to travel through what are, sometimes hostile environments. This is a crossroad where animals from alpine, forested, and coastal regions can meet and traverse across safely. Trowunna consists of several micro-habitats perfectly suited to unique native fauna, enabling us to cater for a large proportion of our native species.
Friday, November 9, 2012 —Launceston – Sydney
You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Grace Hotel Sydney
Saturday, November 10, 2012 —Sydney
This morning we depart for our sights of Sydney and the famous beaches. Driving through the city centre, we will see many contrasts - from the traditional Victorian architecture of the Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building to the modern skyscrapers of the business district; from the sweeping design of the Opera House to the modern developments of Darling Harbour. Drive through the Botanic Garden to Lady Macquarie's Chair and then head out to the exclusive eastern suburbs, passing Kings Cross en route to Vaucluse and Double Bay. Visit Bondi Beach and historic Paddington with its iron railed town houses, arriving at Circular Quay for our lunch. On completion of the cruise, proceed to the Sydney Opera House for guided tour through the theatres and explanation of the fascinating history and architecture.
Sunday, November 11, 2012 —Sydney – Cairns
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Novotel Oasis Cairns or Pacific International Cairns
Monday, November 12, 2012 —Green Island Resort
After breakfast transfer to the wharf for your cruise to Green Island Resort. Relax in the privacy of your accommodations for three nights. Enjoy the resort's amenities such as massage, swim, snorkelling, and nature walks.
Green Island Resort
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 —Green Island Resort
Another day in paradise.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 —ECLIPSE –Green Island Resort
Early preparations are made for the eclipse. A typical Australian Bar-B-Que will celebrate the day.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 —Green Island – Home City
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or join another tour Down Under.