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Australia: From Penal Colony to Paradise (12 Days)

An island, a country and a continent in one, what began as a place where Britain could send their unwanted, now combines dazzling scenery, cultured cities and an irresistible, carefree, "carpe-diem" spirit. Experience the allure of the land Down Under as you explore the Sydney Opera House, witness wildlife that time left behind, and tour the brutal penal colonies that began this country. From the beauty of multi-cultural Melbourne to the rugged, isolated beauty of the island state of Tasmania, Australia is full of surprises for you to discover and savor.

Your Edventure includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price varies depending on additional gateway choices)
  • 9 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 three-course dinners, including wine or beer
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Longview and/or Goulburn Correctional Centre (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials Only)
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Select admissions with priority entry

Koala in Wildlife Reserve

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Capitol City of Canberra

Port Arthur Penal Colony

Hobart Harbor in Tasmania

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Price: $5,918.00 (2019) based on double occupancy, plus optional $429.00 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates: 
November 2020
January 2021 (AUPP0121)
January 2022 (AUPP0122)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner

~ Sydney, including the Harbor Bridge, Chinatown, Macquarie Street, Darling Harbor, the Rocks and world-famous Bondi Beach.

~ The iconic Sydney Opera House 

~ The bay at Manly Harbor, a suburb known for its relaxed atmosphere, world-class beaches, stunning coastal walks and buzzing cafe and bar scene, for dinner at a local restaurant

~ Featherdale Wildlife Park to feed kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas, as you sip morning tea while learning about the education and conservation efforts to protect Australia's unique species; followed by a stop at the Sydney Olympic Park

~ The architecturally stunning Sea Cliff Bridge, where the road hangs over the Tasman Sea; the Wollongong to the Minnamurra Rainforest Center and Falls; and the Snowy Mountains

~ Goulburn Correctional Centre, a supermax prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

~ Big Merino, a 50-foot sculpture of Australia's most popular sheep, located in Goulburn, including a museum visit to learn about the history of the country's wool industry

~ Tour of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, a city designed before it was ever built, including the Old Parliament Building, the National Rose Garden, the Australian War Memorial, and the International Flag Display

~ Melbourne, including Carlton Gardens,St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum and the Shrine of Remembrance

~ Queen Victoria Market, Yarra River, and the Sports and Arts Precinct, site of the Australian Open

~ The Phillip Island Penguin Parade, where the tiny Fairy Penguins return each evening from a day of fishing to feed their young dinner on the beach

~ An optional excursion to take a steam-powered train to Menzies Creek in the Dandenong Ranges rainforest, with views of native parrots and cockatoos; then enjoy wine-tasting at two local wineries, along with lunch ($169/pp)

~ Tour of Hobart, capital of Tasmania, including the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a haven for injured and orphaned wildlife, such as tawny frogmouths, golden possums, bettongs, sugar gliders and Tasmanian Devil

~ Port Arthur, Tasmania's first and most brutal of the penal colonies, and one of the best preserved historical prison sites that depicts the best example of large-scale convict transport by the British empire during the 18th and 19th centuries

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 1.5 Hours
Average Activity Level: Easy (mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, and gravel and dirt paths)

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