Southern Australia & Tasmania tailor made holiday
Description of Southern Australia & Tasmania tailor made holiday
This two week tour of southern Australia can be tailor made to take travellers to some of the most fascinating locations in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania as part of a varied itinerary designed to appeal to walkers, wildlife watchers and aboriginal heritage lovers alike.
Southern Australia is made for outdoor enthusiasts, which is why this holiday incorporates many of the regionís most important natural highlights via a variety of suggested activities and adventures.
From a four day guided hike on Tasmaniaís Maria Island to a self-drive road trip from Victoria to South Australia and a couple of nights in the breathtaking Flinders Ranges National Park, the highlights on this holiday come thick and fast as well as including plenty of free time to sit back and take it all in.
Aside from the historic settings and natural attractions, travellers can also look forward to a good choice of overnight accommodation with sustainable campsites and locally-owned guesthouses offering experiences that are often just as highly anticipated as what you can expect during the day.
PlanetTasmania, as one of the world's last wilderness areas, is a land of National Parks, amazing wildlife and remarkable landscapes. The environment of this state is to be both respected and protected and this is a philisophy that is thoroughly embraced throughout this itinerary, which has been carefully designed to take advantage of Tasmania's natural highlights, whilst ensuring that the impact on the environment remains as minimal as possible.
The four-day Maria Island Walk which features on this itinerary has been carefully selected for the philosophy that underpins it. The basic principles of sustainability - protecting the present for the future by maintaining bio-diversity, reducing environmental degradation and protecting place - have been wholeheartedly embraced in the construction of the semi-permanent tents that feature on the walk and the ethos carried by the enthusiastic local guides that accompany on the walk.
The passion of the local guides on this walk is infectious, whom tie in their expert knowledge of the local flora and fauna which are one of the main features of the four-days, with a generous serving of some of Tasmania's finest local produce throughout. At the end of days one and two you will stay in the purpose built semi-permanent tents, which have been carefully designed to blend in with the local bushland. They utilise composting toilets, and all efforts have been ensured to minimise environmental impact such as the careful use of water usage (no hot showers are on site) and the removal of all waste from the campsite.
PeopleWhilst the Great Ocean Road is far more visited than any other place on this itinerary, this itinerary takes a different approach to how it is usually visited with the focus on more than simply taking in the 'must see' tourist attractions en route and a large emphasis on giving something back to the smaller towns and villages that are dotted along not only the Great Ocean Road itself, but also as early as the outskirts of Melbourne. Visits to two stunning national parks in this section of the itinerary, the Otway and the Grampians National Park, is also afforded which truly allows visitors to learn more about the local flora and fauna and the region itself.
Accommodation wise, alongside the environmentally sustainable camping of Maria Island this journey takes in smaller, locally run guesthouses as well as two recognised environmentallly friendly options - the Great Ocean Ecolodge along the Great Ocean Road, and Rawnsley Park Station in the Flinders Ranges National Park.
The Great Ocean Ecolodge is a fully functional and sustainable ecotourism venture, incorporating research, education and wildlife care components, whilst the Rawnsley Park Station has also won numerous tourism awards, with uninterrupted views of the Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges and featuring the latest environmental design features, including rendered straw bale walls, polished timber floors and a spectacular retractable ceiling offering night-sky viewing from the comfort of your bed.
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