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2017-18 Ashes Series in Australia

Sightseeing Options - Post Perth, Pre Melbourne

For those who would like to see a little more of Australia during their tour, we have a number of sightseeing options for your consideration. In the first instance these have been designed for those guests travelling with us between the Perth and Melbourne Tests, however we are happy to add any of these to any tours taking in these Test Matches. We can also quote these options on a tailored basis, incorporated into any Ashes Series tour package. Please see below for options and pricing...

The Red Centre - Read more >
Highlights of Hobart - Read more >
Margaret River & Albany - Read more >
The Great Ocean Road - Read more >
Fly straight to Melbourne (included option) - Read more >

 

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The Red Centre

The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites, including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa. Floating in an outback waterhole, dining under a starry sky while being serenaded by didgeridoo, and watching the world's most famous rock change colours at dawn and dusk are just some of the Red Centre's only-in-Australia experiences.

Itinerary

Wed 20th Dec
Transfer to Perth airport for your departing flight to Alice Springs. on arrival in Alice Springs transfer to the hotel.

Once you have checked in, we will head to the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre and experience the ‘Spirit of the Outback’. Watch the sunset over the spectacular Eastern MacDonnell Ranges before an awe-inspiring canopy of stars fill the sky. You will enjoy a three-course BBQ dinner and your local hosts will captivate you with stories ranging from local ecology, culture and astronomy. After dinner transfer back to the hotel.

Thurs 21st Dec
This morning join your tour of ‘The Alice’ including a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Old Telegraph station. Visit the School of the Air where sometimes we are able to listen to the children take lessons on air. Conclude with a panoramic view of Alice Springs and the surrounding ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

After lunch depart Alice Springs through the rugged desert landscape, passing the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. Stop at a camel farm, where there’s the opportunity to ride one of these ‘ships of the desert’ (own expense). View flat topped Atila (Mt. Conner) in the distance, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.

Fri 22nd Dec
Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Later, join your Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide indicates some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Return to the hotel or Town Square for lunch.

There is a wide range of free activities available at Ayers Rock Resort including:

A guided or self-guided garden walks through local native flora.
Sit down for a bush yarn in the Circle of Sand with a local Anangu storyteller.
Learn how to throw a spear or boomerang with an Indigenous guide.
Listen to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo.
Support local artists and browse the many art pieces at the Indigenous art markets.
Marvel at the traditional Indigenous dance performance where audience participation is encouraged and rare photo opportunities with the performers will ensure you will never forget this unique experience.


This afternoon, visit mystical Kata Tjuta, 36 rock domes weathered over more than 500 million years with a stop at a lookout for a panoramic view of the southern side of Kata Tjuta. Continue to the base of Walpa Gorge and spend some time exploring the gorge and unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.

Rejoin your coach back to Uluru sunset viewing area to witness the striking colour changes of Uluru while enjoying complimentary nibbles and sparkling wine.

Sat 23rd Dec
After breakfast, transfer to Ayers Rock airport to board your departure flight to Melbourne.

On arrival, rejoin your main itinerary.

Included

Accommodation: Alice Springs, DoubleTree by Hilton - 1 night
Uluru, Desert Gardens Hotel - 2 nights
Meals: Daily Breakfast and a BBQ Dinner in Alice Springs on 20th Dec.
Travel: All flights and coach transfers included in the itinerary.

Prices:

Sightseeing option price for Walkabout and Flinders tours are below:

Platinum Tour:
Sightseeing option price £675
Single supplement £0

Blue Tour:
Sightseeing option
price £760
Single supplement £0

Red Tour:
Sightseeing option
price £880
Single supplement £0

White Tour:
Sightseeing option price £950
Single supplement £35

Add-on for post Kookaburra and Billabong tours for £1,450
Single supplement £300

*Please contact us for a quote if you would like to add this to the beginning of your Opal Tour.



Highlights of Hobart

Tasmania is a gem of an island. Soak up history on Hobart’s riverfront cobblestone streets and wind through the Coal Valley’s cool-climate wineries.

Itinerary

Wed 20th Dec
Transfer to Perth airport for your flight to Hobart, via Melbourne. On arrival in Hobart, transfer to your hotel.

Thurs 21st Dec
After breakfast, depart for a city and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary tour.

The capital city of Tasmania, the 'apple isle' is Hobart, the second oldest city in Australia. Hobart is situated on the south east of Tasmania at the foothills of Mt Wellington with the Derwent River flowing past into the Tasman Sea. Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Hobart is steeped in a rich and colourful history.

Enjoy a comprehensive introduction of Hobart City followed by up-close experiences with Australian animals including a visit to the historic town of Richmond.

Witness all that Hobart has to offer: historic buildings, beautiful gardens, trendy cafes, life by the water and a very relaxed way of living. Your local guide will take you to all the major sites of Hobart including the Royal Botanic Gardens and Rosny Hill lookout which has views out to Mt Wellington, Hobart and Bellerive Oval.

Then spend the afternoon meeting Koalas, Kangaroos and the iconic Tasmanian Devil at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. You will see a number of species including the Eastern Quoll, Golden Possums, Emus, Wombats and Echidnas and have the opportunity to pat them, take some close-up photos and find out how they came to live in the park. Visit Richmond, one of Australia's most unique and historic towns dating from the 1820s.

Take in the bridge, gaol, convict built homes, classic Georgian mansions and small cottages, many unique shops, galleries and restaurants.

Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Fri 22nd Dec
After breakfast, depart on a full day tour to Port Arthur. On your way down you will have a photo stop at Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, Blowhole, Tasman Arch and Devil’s kitchen with superb views of the rugged coastline.

Arrive Port Arthur and join an expert guide for a 40-minute walking tour for an overview of the history of Port Arthur.

Enjoy free time with your audio tour to continue exploring the grounds and gardens. Meet with your guide at the designated area and time for your cruise and commentary on Port Arthur’s harbour, Cruise to the Isle of the Dead and join a guided tour of the island burial ground. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

Depart Port Arthur and travel to Puddleduck Vineyard, located in the Coal River Valley region. Enjoy a wine tasting at this family owned winery, where you will learn all about their latest releases in an intimate tasting experience.

Depart Puddleduck Vineyard to return to Hobart.

Sat 23rd Dec
This morning is free to explore the Salamanca Markets located close by along the historic Salamanca Place, next to the Hobart waterfront. The market has an eclectic mix of over 300 stallholders, showcasing the best that Tasmania has to offer and is renowned for its friendly locals and the opportunity to meet the people who make the products. Enjoy the atmosphere, chat to the locals, watch the buskers and then grab something to eat and relax on the lawns.

This afternoon transfer to Hobart airport for your flight to Melbourne.

On arrival, rejoin your main itinerary.

Included

Accommodation: Hobart, Grand Chancellor - 3 nights
Meals: Daily breakfast.
Travel: All flights and coach transfers included in the itinerary.

Price on request

*Please contact us for a quote if you would like to add this to your tour.



Margaret River & Albany

With many world-class wineries and award-winning restaurants, Margaret River is one of Western Australia's most famous food and wine regions. Tour the cellar doors and taste local brews at the boutique breweries. Here you can eat fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or dine on the local organic beef and truffles.

Itinerary

Wed 20th Dec
Meet your local guide and depart for a four-day tour to discover the best of the South West. It’s hardly surprising Lonely Planet nominated this as one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit.

Today you will depart Perth and travel south towards Albany, the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle by over two years. Drive through the vast open spaces of the Wheatbelt.

Visit the Kodja Gallery, which features local and regional Noongar paintings, boomerangs, didgeridoos and hand-painted pottery. Enjoy lunch in the café, overlooking the Australian rose maze.

Continue your journey through one of Western Australia’s few mountain wildernesses, the Stirling Range National Park, a place of contrasts with rugged mountain peaks rising to 1095 metres above sea level at Bluff Knoll (the highest peak in South-Western Australia).

We stop for afternoon tea (own expense).

Later today, arrive in Albany, which has one of the most dramatic coastlines in Western Australia and where the first European settlers set foot in the area and the first ANZACs departed Australian soil, bound for the First World War. Take in an orientation tour before checking into the hotel.

Thurs 21st Dec
After breakfast, transfer to Torndirrup National Park, home to a range of spectacular natural wonders. The drive down leads to the rugged southern coastline where the Gap and Natural Bridge have been formed over hundreds of years by the ocean eroding a large gap in one rock face and a natural arch in another. A short walk will lead you to the blowholes, a split in the rock where the waves force air out the top.

Our next visit is the National Anzac Centre. The National Anzac Centre this is Australia's foremost museum honouring the Anzac legend. Set within Albany Heritage Park, the Centre offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac experience and follow their personal journey from recruitment, through training and in conflict at the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Middle East and the Western Front.

We travel through breathtaking mountain to ocean panoramas to the town of Denmark for lunch. On to Walpole, and the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk this unique walkway (the first of its kind ever built) leads you on a gentle climb, 40 metres above the forest floor, to reveal breathtaking views of Western Australia’s 400-year-old tingle tree giants.

Fri 22nd Dec
This morning travel to the most South-Western point in Australia, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia, although over 100 years old it remains an important working lighthouse. Cape Leeuwin is also the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean.

Visit Leeuwin Estate for Lunch and Wine Tasting.

Continue to Caves Road and you’ll soon find yourself amongst the tall karri trees of Boranup Forest. Enjoy a scenic drive surrounded by majestic 60-metre timber giants, below the forest floor lie other enchanting worlds. Take a self-guided audio tour of the wild depths of Mammoth Cave home. A seasonal stream meanders through the cave, following an ancient streambed created over thousands of years; connecting the subterranean to the surface. Entering the cave feels as though you are stepping back in time; with gigantic stalagmites, ancient and weathered emerging from the floor, and colossal stalactites descending from the ceiling.

We then head to one of the most famous of Margaret River’s 40 surfing spots – Surfers Point, home to the internationally-renowned annual Margaret River Pro competition, it’s a top spot to watch the local pros in action and photo opportunity.

In Margaret River township there is free time to browse for art and crafts, fashion and foodie treats before heading to the hotel.

Sat 23rd Dec
Today we start the journey back towards Perth with a photo stop at the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere - the Busselton Jetty which is 1.8 kilometres long.

Continue along the Forest Highway joining the Kwinana Freeway to Perth airport for your domestic flight to Melbourne.

On arrival, rejoin your main itinerary.

Included

Accommodation: Albany, Best Western/Country Comfort Amity - 1 night , Pemberton, Karri Valley Resort - 1 night , Margaret River, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort - 1 night
Meals: Daily breakfast and lunch.
Travel: All flights and coach transfers included in the itinerary.

Prices:

Sightseeing option price for Walkabout and Flinders tours are below:

Platinum Tour:
Sightseeing option price £440
Single supplement £0

Blue Tour:
Sightseeing option
price £520
Single supplement £0

Red Tour:
Sightseeing option
price £640
Single supplement £0

White Tour:
Sightseeing option price £710
Single supplement £0

Add-on for post Kookaburra and Billabong tours for £1,270
Single supplement £280

*Please contact us for a quote if you would like to add this to the beginning of your Opal Tour.



The Great Ocean Road

Take a ride through nature on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean.

Itinerary

Wed 20th Dec
Transfer to Perth airport for your departing flight to Melbourne.

On arrival in Melbourne begin your drive to Torquay, just over an hour's drive, this is home to some of Australia's best-known surf beaches. Torquay marks the official beginning of the Great Ocean Road, with it’s amazing coastline and breathtaking scenery it is a photographer's delight and is consistently featured in the Top 10 of world's greatest scenic coastal drives.

Before arriving at the hotel we visit Bell's Beach which hosts the annual Rip Curl Pro, the longest running professional surfing contest in the world.

Thurs 21st Dec
After breakfast, we will drive to the town of Lorne taking in the magnificent coastal views along the way. Stop at Kennett River to find its most famous locals, the koalas, and then follow the 'koala walk' with your camera ready before heading onto Apollo Bay.

From the coast, follow the Great Ocean Road into the lush Otway National Park with fern gullies and eucalypts making up this beautiful Australian rainforest. The return to the spectacular coastline leading to Port Campbell and its famous 12 Apostles, a group of magnificent rock stacks rising up from the Southern Ocean. Descend all 86 of the Gibson Steps to walk down to the wild beach for a ground-level view of the 12 Apostles. Stop at lookouts over the cliffs of the Loch Ard Gorge and, just beyond Port Campbell, the hauntingly beautiful Bay of Islands. For the best views of this beguiling coastline, take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the shipwreck coast (own expense). Unforgettable.

We stay overnight at the resort and fishing village of Port Campbell.

Fri 22nd Dec
After breakfast, drive north to Dunkeld the gateway to the southern Grampians, a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich with wildlife and home to significant Aboriginal rock art sites.

The stunning twin peaks of mounts Sturgeon and Abrupt provide a glorious backdrop for Dunkeld, and inspiration for much of the art in the galleries. Wander through the galleries, museum and the awardwinning Royal Mail Hotel.

Leaving Dunkeld, take the scenic Grampians Road right through the national park to Halls Gap, an excellent base for exploring the ranges, the park is home to a profusion of native animals and birds, including kangaroos, koalas, emus and wedge-tailed eagles – and wildflowers.
While most people know the mountain range as the Grampians, Aboriginal people have always known this place as Gariwerd.

Visit the Brambuk Culture Centre to delve into the area's fascinating Aboriginal history and culture. In the Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre view the Creation Story and learn the Aboriginal dreamtime creation story of Gariwerd in this award-winning presentation followed by 'Cultural Landscape'. This presentation gives viewers an excellent insight into many aspects of the Grampians National Park. Listen to one of the cultural officers explain the uses and techniques of traditional tools and weapons. Learn how music is an important part of Aboriginal culture, and all about the didgeridoo and its hypnotic tones – try your hand at boomerang throwing (weather permitting).

Sat 23rd Dec
Before departing on the journey back towards Melbourne, explore the park further, taking in lookouts offering stunning views over the Mount William and Wonderland Ranges and Victoria Valley.

We stop at another of the Grampians' star attractions: MacKenzie Falls, one of Victoria's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. We rejoin the Western Highway to Ballarat with its rich gold mining history, the grand tree-lined streets are dotted with elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens, statues and churches. Time for lunch (own expense).

After lunch, continue to Melbourne for an orientation tour of the city before arriving at the hotel.

On arrival, rejoin your main itinerary.

Included

Accommodation: Torquay, Peppers The Sands Resort - 1 night, Port Campbell, Best Western / Port Campbell Motel - 1 night, Halls Gap, Comfort Inn Country Plaza - 1 night
Meals: Daily breakfast and dinner at the Pepper The Sands Resort.
Travel: All flights and coach transfers included in the itinerary.

Prices:

Sightseeing option price for Walkabout and Flinders tours are below:

Platinum Tour:
Sightseeing option price £85
Single supplement £0

Blue Tour:
Sightseeing option
price £175
Single supplement £0

Red Tour:
Sightseeing option
price £275
Single supplement £0

White Tour:
Sightseeing option price £350
Single supplement £0

Add-on for post Kookaburra and Billabong tours for £900
Single supplement £275

*Please contact us for a quote if you would like to add this to the beginning of your Opal Tour.




Fly straight to Melbourne

Our final option for those Howzat Travellers attending both the Perth and Melbourne Tests is to head to Melbourne a few days early to enjoy everything the city and area has to offer!

Itinerary

Wed 20th Dec
Transfer to Perth airport for your departing flight to Melbourne. On arrival in Melbourne transfer to the hotel.

Thurs 21st - Fri 22nd Dec
You have these days at leisure to explore Melbourne.

Take a stroll along the Southbank, enjoy the Crown Entertainment Complex, jump on the free City Circle tram or enjoy the spectacular, panoramic views of Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck! See our Melbourne inspection page for more details.

Sat 23rd Dec
On arrival, rejoin your main itinerary.

Included

Accommodation: Three further nights at your Melbourne hotel.
Meals: Blue & Platinum Tours - Daily breakfast.
Travel: All flights and coach transfers included in the itinerary.

Prices:

This is included as standard on Walkabout and Flinders tours so will not change your tour cost.

 



 


Not included:

Any meals except those specified in the itinerary
Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, table drinks, tips and gratuities
Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
Individual’s travel insurance

 



Didn't find exactly what you were looking for?

If you do not find exactly what you are looking for within our set packages, then please let us know, as we are very flexible in organising tailor-made packages to suit your exact requirements.

If you have travelled to Australia before and wish to explore alternative options before, after or between the Tests, simply contact us to let us know what you'd prefer to do instead. We will then build an itinerary to your exact requirements.

 



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2017-18 Ashes Series hub page

Tours

The Walkabout Tour (All Five Tests)
The Boomerang Tour (Brisbane & Adelaide Tests)
The Kookaburra Tour (Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth Tests)
The Billabong Tour (Adelaide & Perth Tests)
The Flinders Tour (Perth, Melbourne & Sydney Tests)
The Opal Tour (Melbourne & Sydney Tests)
The Sydney New Year Tour (New Year's Eve & Sydney Test)

Sightseeing

Sightseeing Options - Post Adelaide, Pre Perth
Sightseeing Options - Post Perth, Pre Melbourne

Bookings Page & T&Cs

2017-18 Ashes Series Bookings Page
2017-18 Ashes Series Terms & Conditions

Or, if you fancy ODI cricket...

The One Day Walkabout Tour

 

 

NB: Howzat Travel reserves the right to make alterations to any aspect of the itinerary, including accommodation stated. Equivalent alternatives will be provided if this is the case.

 


 

And... while you are deciding which tour to book, why not read the tour diaries from our previous cricket tours to the Ashes:

Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series, 2013-14 >

KFC Twenty20 Internationals and Commonwealth Bank Series, Australia 2011 >

Vodafone Ashes Series, Australia 2010-11 >

Ashes Tour Australia 2006-07 >

 

 

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Howzat Travel, a Cricket Australia 
Travel Office Licensed Travel Operator 
for the Ashes Series 2017-18. CATO
Licence Number - CATO1718/050.

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for the Ashes Series 2017-18. CATO
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The Red Centre


Ayers Rock


The Royal Flying Doctor Service


Alice Springs, School of the Air


DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs


Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru


Camel rides


Mutitjulu Waterhole


Kata Tjuta


Hobart


Hobart


Cascade Gardens, Hobart


Hobart


Tasmania


View of Hobart from Mount Wellington


Parliment House, Hobart


Salamanca Market


Best Western, Hobart


Puddleduck vineyard


Port Arthur


Albany


Stirling Range National Park


Torndirrup National Park


Natural Bridge, Torndirrup National Park


Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton


Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Margaret
River


National Anzac Centre


Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk


The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse


Busselton Jetty


The Great Ocean Road


Bell's Beach


Kennett River Koala


Otway National Park


12 Apostles


Peppers The Sands Resort, Torquay


Best Western, Port Campell


Comfort Inn Country Plaza, Halls Gap


Bay of Isalands


Grampians National Park


McKenzie Falls


Southbank, Melbourne


Crown Entertainment Complex


Eureka Skydeck


Phillip Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


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