Coastal & Outback Wilderness Experiences
Explore the natural wonders of this unique and diverse continent on one of our Walkabout tours. Enjoy a travel experience that goes beyond the reach of ordinary tours, away from the highways and crowds, and onto the land where the beauty and adventure of Nature awaits you.
Walking Holidays in Australia
Trips in the Australian Alps, Blue Mountains, Great Ocean Road & the Grampians, Tasmania, Lord Howe Island & the Red Center
“Walking vacations for people who want outstanding walking during the day and comfortable, welcoming accommodation at night.”
Self Drive & Walk – Fabulous itineraries combining self drive routes with the best walks available – all the planning is done for you, and comprehensive notes plus marked maps ensure you make the very best use of your holiday time. New itineraries include Kangaroo Island, the Hunter Valley wine region and Far North Queensland.
Inn-to-Inn – Walking holidays that start any day of the year, with a minimum of 2 passengers gets you a guaranteed departure. Walks are available in many National Parks in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The best part is the luggage is moved ahead of you while you walk, a very popular idea!
Guided Small Group Tours – Guided trips that combine Australia’s best icons with special off-the-beaten track experiences. Available in Central Australia and far North Queensland.
For full details and help from an Aussie expert to choose a package, then phone Pacific Destination Center for prices and details at 1-800-227-5317.
The Central Highlands of Tasmania is an Alpine wilderness of forests, mountains, and lakes, protected by Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park. Miles of hiking trails explore the Park which contains dark mossy rain forests and glacial tarns, Alpine meadows and tumbling rivers. The lodge offers a daily activities program including guided nature walks, canoeing, horse riding, and other activities. Regular visitors to the Lodge environs include wallabies, possums, wombats and the Tasmanian Devil, plus an assortment of native forest birds. From here you have an opportunity to explore the superb natural beauty of this unique island state.
Recommended: 2 night Packages
Highlights: Pencil Pine or Spa Cabin, full mountain breakfast daily and lodge activities.
Immerse yourself in the wilderness on this fully catered, 4-day guided walk covering the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. Operates from November to April each year.
On the Freycinet Experience Walk, no more than 10 guests participating in this four day bush walk from 2 – 6 hours daily and spend each evening at the Friendly Beaches Lodge.
The walk covers the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania. A group of no more than 10 guests are led by two guides through one of Tasmania’s most breathtaking National Parks. The guides provide natural and cultural interpretations of the environment.
At the end of each day’s walk guests are brought back to the Friendly Beaches Lodge where the hosts at the lodge prepare a well deserved meal highlighting the best of Tasmanian wine and produce.
The Friendly Beaches Lodge has been architecturally designed so that it has minimal impact on the surrounding coastal bushland and is a winner of two National Architectural Awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. The lodge is tucked away on 130 hectares of coastal bush surrounded by Casuarina, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus so that although the lodge is less than 100 meters from the ocean, none of the buildings are visible from beach.
This minimal impact ethic is taken throughout the lodge which collects its own rainwater and solar power, utilities, and water-less toilets to minimize the environmental footprint.
The walk itself covers between 30 and 37 km depending on which walking option guests choose. Regardless of choice all guests will travel from the southern tip to the north of the Freycinet peninsula in a continuous journey, and the best part is that because this bush walk is lodge based guests don’t have to carry a heavy pack.
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4 day/3 nights – All inclusive Package Highlights: transport ex Hobart and within Tasmania including boat trips, all meals & wine, 3 nights lodge accommodation. Experienced Guides, National Park entrance fees, use of backpack & waterproof jacket. Minimum 6/ max 10 pax. Minimum age for a child is 8 years.
Do you dream of camping in style under the stars? Relax and unwind in the natural surrounds of pristine Australian bush whilst enjoying the comfort of your own safari style tent with en-suite at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay. Located just a few kilometers upstream from Huskisson on Sydney’s stunning and unspoiled South Coast, the camp has been built among a tall stand of spotted gums and paperbarks, hand cleared to leave the smallest of footprints on the environment. With 600m of frontage onto the highly protected Currambene Creek, guests can explore the Jervis Bay National Marine Park by canoes provided, take a stroll along the bush paths keeping an eye out for local wildlife or explore the surrounding area by bike.
The camp accommodates up to 26 people in ten elevated tents with warp around verandas, strong steel frames and a double canvas roof. Powered by solar energy, they have lighting, hot showers, flush toilet, comfortable queen or twin beds, luxury cotton linen, pure wool doonas, insect screens, candlelight and stylish locally made bush furniture.
With its wide open verandas for outdoor dining in summer, and log fire in winter, the Gunyah dining room has a reputation for great food among the treetops. A unique dining experience offering the best of local produce, not to mention entertainment from our resident family possums!
Paperbark Camp offers tranquility and seclusion in a beautiful, natural setting, a welcome retreat in today’s hectic world. (Closed winter July 01 – August 31).
2 night Package Highlights: Safari Tent, with breakfast & dinner daily, Dolphin cruise and complimentary use if canoes & bikes
Low Season : May -Dec 23 & Jan 16- Mar 31.
High Season: Dec 24 – Jan 15
How to get there: Self-drive 2 1/2 hours from Sydney along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway, or seaplane transfer to Jervis Bay can be arranged.
During your stay you can experience:
- Bush walking
- Bike riding
- Canoeing & sea kayaking
- A visit to Bundanon – artist Arthur Boyd’s gift to the nation
- Bird watching
- Dolphin & whale watching
- Diving & snorkeling
- A bushtucker tour & local aboriginal culture
- Golf & tennis
- Local award winning vineyards
…or just sleep in, indulge in a massage, read a book and enjoy the unique and romantic experience of sleeping under canvas.
NOTE: A minimum 2 night stay is required for all bookings that include a Saturday night.
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