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Join us on APT’s 12 Day Tasmania and South Australia Expedition. Cruise from Hobart to Adelaide on the small ship MS Caledonian Sky. Visit Freycinet National Park and Kangaroo Island. Sample oysters at Coffin Bay and enjoy lunch and wine tasting in the Barossa Valley.

Day 1

Hobart - Embark Ship

Arrive in the Tasmanian capital where you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your luxury expedition ship, MS Caledonian Sky. Enjoy a sumptuous welcome reception and dinner overlooking the twinkling lights of Hobart as you get to know the captain, crew and your fellow travelling companions.

Stay 11 Nights: MS Caledonian Sky (D)

Day 2

Port Arthur

In the afternoon, travel by zodiac a short distance to Port Arthur penal settlement, a World Heritage-listed site providing a haunting window into Australia’s convict past. Explore more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, heritage gardens and walking trails as you unravel the complex history of one of Australia’s most feared penal settlements. This was a place where convicts came to be punished. Join a guided tour of the Penitentiary, constructed as a flour mill and granary in 1843 and later home to hundreds of convicts. See the ruins of the bottom-floor cells where chained prisoners of bad character, known as ‘the lions’, were housed. Hear convicts’ stories, including the sorry tale of abandoned 14-year-old boy William Riley, who went on to kill a fellow inmate with a pickaxe. Don’t miss the harbour cruise to see the Isle of the Dead, the resting place for more than 1000 convicts, officers and their families.

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Day 3

Freycinet National Park

Don’t forget your sunglasses, today we’re exploring the blindingly beautiful Freycinet National Park. The park’s picture-postcard white-sand beaches and granite mountains have inspired naturalists, artists and writers for more than a century – and you’ll soon discover why. Sink your toes into Wineglass Bay’s impossibly white sand and brace yourself for a refreshing dip – water doesn’t get any clearer than this. If you have the energy, lace up your hiking boots and walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout for a bird’s-eye view of one of Australia’s most breathtaking beaches.

Late afternoon conference session

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Day 4

Beauty Point, Beaconsfield, Tamar Valley

Who can forget the moment two trapped miners were pulled free from the Beaconsfield Mine more than 15 years ago? Learn more about the incredible 2006 rescue at the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. The interactive museum details the region’s early gold rush days from the first gold discovery in 1847 to the rock fall and dramatic rescue at Beaconsfield, and the mine’s eventual closure in 2012. Discover how the early gold miners and their families lived, explore drilling machinery and more than 10,000 artefacts, see the Mine Yard where workers were hoisted in and out of the mine shafts, and test your claustrophobia limits inside a simulated cage where Todd Russell and Brant Webb were trapped for two weeks 1km underground.

 

Midday conference session

 

Enjoy lunch on board the ship before exploring the Tamar Valley Wine Route, a picturesque corridor of orchards, forests and bucolic pastures home to more than 30 cool-climate vineyards and wineries. Sample some of the region’s finest drops at Pipers Brook Vineyard and Jansz Tasmania, two of Australia’s leading producers of sparkling wine.

Day 5

Burnie, Cradle Mountain

Today we’ll trade sea legs for hiking shoes as we explore the magnificent Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It’s easy to understand why the park – part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area – is one of the state’s most visited natural attractions. Explore the majestic beauty of Dove Lake as you walk its 6km circumference, passing waterfalls, sandy beaches and the ancient myrtle beech trees of Ballroom Forest. The glacial lake has a sapphire hue, thanks to the tannins from surrounding tea tree and buttongrass and, on a clear day, you can see the twin dolerite spires of Cradle Mountain reflected on its surface.    (B/L/D)

Day 6

Burnie

Morning conference session

 

Get set for an urban adventure as we explore the old port town of Burnie. Pop into the Makers’ Workshop, housed inside a cluster of metal cubed buildings overlooking Burnie Beach, and learn about local artisans and the region’s rich creative tradition. See artistic creations using glass, textiles, paint, wood and even eggshells, and be prepared to get your hands wet making your own recycled paper. Warning: kangaroo poo might be involved. Next, head to Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden for a showcase of art in nature. The award-winning community garden features thousands of individual plants that bloom across 11 hectares. Meander over bridges and around lakes as you explore the grounds, keeping your eyes peeled for echidna and platypus. A visit to the Apple Isle wouldn’t be complete without sampling a Tasmanian whisky. Enter the boutique Hellyers Road Distillery, where you can enjoy a curated tasting of single malt whiskies. Founded by a group of dairy farmers, Hellyers Road was named after the exploits of an 1820s explorer and is Australia’s biggest seller of locally crafted whisky.

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Day 7

At Sea

Full day conference

In between conference sessions, take advantage of free time to relax, unwind and explore the ship’s sundeck, lounges and other social spaces.

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Day 8

Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

South Australia: Kangaroo Island from James England on Vimeo.

Another week, another state to explore. Today we arrive at Kangaroo Island, a remote wilderness of jaw-dropping cliff formations, exquisite beaches and enchanting wildlife. We’ll explore all corners of the island, starting at Seal Bay, home to about 800 Australian sea lions – the nation’s third-largest colony. Join a local guide as we stroll along the boardwalk to the beach to see these intriguing creatures – weighing up to 350kg – as they waddle and wallow on the dunes. Next, we’ll head to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to meet some of the island’s other inhabitants. Housing more than 150 species of native Australian wildlife, the park has played a vital role in bushfire recovery, caring for wildlife injured and displaced when almost half the island burned. After lunch, visit Flinders Chase National Park at the western end of the island. This rugged coastal wilderness is where you’ll find iconic Admirals Arch, a stalactite-adorned cliffside cave through which you can spy New Zealand fur seals frolicking in the ocean. We’ll also visit the park’s other geological wonder, Remarkable Rocks. Here, half a billion years of rain, wind and waves have carved granite boulders into intriguing natural sculptures. Can you spot the eagle’s beak? Or does it look more like an elephant’s trunk to you?

Continue your wildlife encounter at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. With over 150,000 hectares of forest lost due to the fires, many koalas are being cared for here as they recover.

After lunch, visit Flinders Chase National Park, located on the western end of the island. This rugged wilderness area is home to stunning coastal scenery including the iconic Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks. (B/L/D)

Day 9

Coffin Bay, SA

Time to head to the South Australian mainland, and what a landing we have. Welcome to Coffin Bay, a premier oyster producing village bounded by a quintuplet of bays and set against a backdrop of crumbling limestone cliffs, pounding waves and rippled dunes. Board a tour boat and cruise through the oyster leases, learning about the local aquaculture industry, which produces more than 20 million Pacific oysters a year. Enjoy a tasting of the creamy molluscs, plucked fresh from the ocean, before travelling to Coffin Bay National Park. Stand on the precipice at Point Avoid, where the Southern Ocean pounds with ferocious force into the cliff face, and wander along the dazzling white sand at Almonta Beach, one of South Australia’s best beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for schools of salmon, dolphins and seals.

Travel to Coffin Bay National Park by coach. Here, admire stunning Almonta Beach, where majestic sand dunes meet azure waters. Keep an eye out for schools of salmon, dolphins or seals as you walk along the beach. You’ll also visit Point Avoid lookout.

Day 10

Port Lincoln

Morning conference session

 

Port Lincoln has two claims to fame: it’s the seafood capital of Australia and home to the largest natural harbour in the country – Boston Bay. Suffice to say, your activities here will mostly revolve around the ocean and the city’s celebrated maritime history. On a town tour, visit the marina, the beating heart of Port Lincoln’s fishing industry, to learn about the prawn and tuna fleets and sustainable fisheries practises. Afterwards, explore the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum and learn about the Finnish carpenter who perfected the craft of wooden boat building. Alternatively, you can spend the latter part of the afternoon among the vines at Boston Bay Winery, tasting white and red varietals from the award-winning cellar door. The choice is yours.

Day 11

Hahndorf, Barossa Valley, Adelaide

Today we’re leaving the city limits behind as we head for the Adelaide Hills and the historic artisan village of Hahndorf. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and was settled in 1839 by Prussian Lutherans seeking religious freedom. Stroll down the tree-lined main street and see vestiges of the town’s German heritage in its smallgoods outlets, bakeries, pubs and restaurants. Browse the eclectic boutiques and visit the Hahndorf Academy arts hub, before travelling to St Hugo winery for lunch and wine tasting. After lunch, enjoy free time in the town of Tanunda, the epicentre of the Barossa’s wine-producing district. Sample some more wine labels in one of the bars, or grab a sweet fix at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company.

Afternoon conference session

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Day 12

Disembark in Adelaide

Farewell friends and crew as you disembark the ship in Adelaide for your onward flight home.

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End of arrangements. Please note this program may be subject to change

Dr Gary Kilov (1:42)
Dr Asha Nair (1:31)
Dr Ralph Audehm (1:11)