Day 1. Monday – Melbourne – King Island (D)
Flying into Melbourne we transfer to Essendon Airport for our flight to King Island. This peaceful paradise greets us with beautiful beaches and world class produce including succulent beef, rich gourmet cheese and the freshest seafood. King Island is sure to awaken all your senses. We check-in then make our way to King Island Dairy to learn about the local dairy industry and enjoy a tasting of their renowned cheeses. Our local guide then takes us on a town tour of Currie, the island’s main township, where there’s time to stroll the streets before returning to our hotel. This evening we dine at the motel with our meal being prepared by one of King Island’s top chefs. 3 Night Stay: Island Breeze Motel, Currie. **Please note: Accommodation on King Island is a mix of motel rooms and cabins which can be requested at time of booking.
Day 2. Tuesday – King Island (B,MT,L,D)
Today takes us to the north of the island where we start by visiting Shag Lagoon, a premium birdwatching spot, home to many migratory birds, including the endangered Orange Bellied Parrot. We break in Quarantine Bay for morning tea from where we learn about the station, Whistler Point, Christmas Island and New Year Island. We learn all about the Shannon Wreck site at Yellow Rock River. Then we pay a visit to locals Tom Perry and Ana Pimenta for a property tour to learn about their beef production. From Paddock to Plate, we enjoy lunch made on the property from home-grown products. Next we continue on to Cape Wickham Lighthouse, the tallest in the southern hemisphere then head across the Cape Wickham golf course which is ranked as the number 1 public course in Australia. We travel on to Disappointment Bay (which is anything but), Penny’s Lagoon and Martha Lavinia Beach, considered one of the world’s best surf breaks. After dinner at Wild Harvest we go down to the harbour to watch the local penguins making their way home for the night. After which we will do the same.
Day 3. Wednesday – King Island (B,MT,L,D)
Heading south today we visit King Island’s Kelp Factory discovering one of the island’s largest industries. At British Admiral Beach we see where harvesters collect the kelp which is then processed for a wide variety of uses. At the seaside township of Naracoopa we visit Sea Elephant Bay which is steeped in history. Lunch will be served at the Grassy Boat Club, home to magnificent ocean racing yachts. Next we make a stop at the Surprise Bay Pastoral Company. On our way to the intriguing Calcified Forest we learn about King Island’s first settling family at Surprise Bay. We’ll take in views of King Island’s spectacular rugged coastline, home to Australia’s worst peacetime maritime disaster as we travel to Seal Rocks and Ettrick Bay. At Millers Bay we view the island’s advanced hybrid power station. This evening we dine at Bischoff’s Café, where the menu incorporates many of King Island’s products.
Day 4. Thursday – King Island to Melbourne (B)
This morning we head to King Island Airport for our flight to Essendon Airport followed by our transfer to Tullamarine and our onward journey home.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
- This tour carries a strict fitness level. RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Walk 10 min without stopping
• Ascend stairs without stopping
• Stand for 30 min without sitting
• Walk over uneven ground
• Embark/debark transport unaided
• Manage their own luggage