Exploring the Land Down Under

Sydney, Tasmania, and Melbourne

Trip Details

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What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Three vibrant cities! Sydney, Hobart, and Melbourne are as different as they come, each distinct and wonderful! Fittingly, you’ll explore Sydney on a boat cruise through the harbor, Melbourne on an art and food tour, and Hobart on foot out the door of your hotel. Cheerio!
  • Wonderful accommodations: All three accommodations put you exactly where you want to be in the cities in which they reside. And, you’re sure to be smitten with the look, feel, history, and amenities of each.
  • Easy Exploration: A dinner cruise, kayak outing, sailboat and seafood extravaganza, and city walking tour capture the essence of each destination.
  • Tasmania: Many people think they’ll never make it to Tasmania, one of the more remote destinations on the planet. But here you are!

Exploring the Land Down Under

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: Oceania

Region: Australia

Trip Price: $9,000

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Sydney, New South Wales / Melbourne, Victoria

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

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No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Exploring the Land Down Under

Exploring the Land Down Under - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney is one of the most iconic cities in Australia and the world, and for two days you’ll get to explore it to your heart’s content. From accommodations on the famous harbor, views are extraordinary! A private dinner cruise through the harbor is the plan for one evening, and the rest of the time will be open to your whims. But lo and behold, you will be equipped with your Off the Beaten Path Journey Guidebook, filled with recommendations for restaurants and a wide array of things to see and do. 

Days 3-6: Hobart, Tasmania

Head for Hobart! The fabled island of Tasmania awaits, and two-plus days are slated for exploring. With fabulous accommodations at a jam factory-turned-gorgeous waterfront lodge as home base, you’ll be poised to walk out the door to peruse the galleries, boutique shops, and cafés of downtown Hobart.Excellent guided outings are also in store. First, a privately guided kayak trip on Lake Pedder, the country’s largest freshwater lake, featuring amber waters, quartzite beaches, and unique flora and fauna. Next, a full-day “Seafood Seduction” cruise on a custom-built, luxury boat that sails down the Derwent River to sheltered waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. From there, seafood, fresh from the waters, will be attained and whipped up into a seafood feast! 

Days 7-9: Melbourne, Victoria

The last stop on this journey Down Under is to Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city, and one of the most beloved. And what’s not to love, with its reputation of youthful, livable, friendly, multi-cultural, sport-loving, and the “Arts Capital of Australia.”Stay in a beautiful downtown hotel on the splendid Southbank Promenade, with easy access to city sites on foot and by tram. Hit the streets on a guided Food, Art, and Laneways tour, offering an excellent interpretation of Melbourne, and highlighting architecture, the National Gallery of Victoria, street art, and delicious food and wine. 

Day 10:

The time has come to bid farewell to Australia. 

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