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Southern Australia: South Australia, Victoria & New South Wales

  • Destination: Australia & Oceania
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Start: 05/06/2017
  • End: 05/18/2017
  • Price: $7695

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Take a trip Down Under. This tour to Australia concentrates on the beautiful Southern Coast where the scenery and wildlife are as exciting as the gay-friendly cities. Spend 13 days traveling from Melbourne (a gayer city than Sydney) to Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley and end with a guided tour and private harbor cruise in the brilliant city of Sydney. From Melbourne a full day trip along the spectacular Great Ocean Road is planned. On Kangaroo Island, enjoy safari drives to see kangaroo, koala, wallabies, platypus, and much more. Unlike most Coda Tours, the Southern Australia tour stays at lovely 4-star properties. It is rich in sightseeing and packed full of fun. Why not start the trip with our extension to Tasmania?
Start in Melbourne (MEL), End in Sydney (SYD).

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Day 1

SAT MAY 6, 2017 • USA

Depart the USA on regularly scheduled flight to Melbourne, Australia. A
Day 2

SUN MAY 7 • Cross the International Date Line

date lineCross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole – and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.
Day 3

MON MAY 8 • Arrive Melbourne

m1Transfer from Melbourne International Airport to Crown Promenade Hotel for check-in.

The Crown Promenade Hotel is a classic luxury hotel offering stylish, modern accommodations, with every effort made to make your stay enjoyable – centrally located with well appointed, air-conditioned rooms, a knowledgeable and friendly staff, 24-hour room service, on-site gym, sauna and health spa, coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

Remainder of day at leisure.

This evening, dinner will be served in one of Melbourne’s most unique establishments – The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant – the first traveling tramcar restaurant in the world. For a fabulous experience, board the converted 1927-vintage tramcars and be whisked back into the golden era of opulent splendor and gracious dining. Relax with a superb meal accompanied by delicious Australian wines as The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant slowly wends its way through the heart of Melbourne.

Hotel: Crown Promenade – 4 Stars
Room: Standard
Meals: Dinner

Day 4

TUE MAY 9 • Melbourne City Tour

m2Truly a city like no other, Melbourne boasts an eclectic mix of cultures and history. See The Golden Mile with its high-end shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes; take in the immensity and grandeur of The Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct; drive through the beachside suburbs, stopping in St Kilda – Melbourne’s favorite esplanade and playground – a wonderful site to relax and “people watch” For further adventures, stroll through Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades, home to world renowned street art, hidden cafes, bars and restaurants, independent galleries, and fashionably-unique boutiques, or, for a true “down-under” Melbourne experience, tour the Queen Victoria Market, the heart and soul of the city, bustling with shoppers at the many produce, food and souvenir stalls.

Enjoy a delicious two course lunch in one of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants!

The evening is free to explore the city.

Hotel: Crown Promenade Hotel – 4 Stars
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

WED MAY 10 • Melbourne - The Great Ocean Road to The Twelve Apostles

m3Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is one of the country’s most beautiful highways, stretching 243km/151m along Australia’s southern coast. Today, drive along this roadway, glimpse the ever-changing scenery and discover charming villages and hamlets as the route heads inland towards Port Campbell National Park and the sculptured beauty of The Twelve Apostles. A collection of naturally eroded limestone – some rising to the height of 65m/213ft – these pillars contribute to the area’s pseudonym “Shipwreck Coast”. Visit Loch Ard Gorge, named after the sinking of the English clipper ship – one of Australia’s countless seacoast catastrophes – which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island, June 1, 1878.
Return to Melbourne, arriving late evening.

Hotel: Crown Promenade Hotel – 4 Stars
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

THU MAY 11 • Transfer to Airport - Flight to Adelaide & Kangaroo Island

m6Transfer to the airport for flight from Melbourne to Adelaide. Upon arrival in Adelaide, connect with flight to Kingscote, capital city of Kangaroo Island – transfer to hotel, the Mercure Kangaroo Lodge. (Luggage is strictly limited to 15kg (33 pounds) per person – excess will be stored in Adelaide.)

Visitors from around the world come to Kangaroo Island for an unspoiled Australian experience. Just 25 minutes from the ferry port of Penneshaw, the lodge lies along the American River, and was expressly designed to blend into its tropical surroundings. Situated on seven lush Australian acres, with a small fishing village its closest neighbor, this idyllic setting has warmly welcomed guests since opening in 1892, with each room offering a stunning view, whether it is the serene water front, the bush-lands or the cool saltwater pool.

Hotel: Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge – 4 Star
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

FRI MAY 12 • Kangaroo Island Tour

m7Welcome to tranquil island life – where time slows and “relaxation” is the by-word. Travel by motorcoach and see the many varied sights of the island – drive to the North Coast and arrive at Lathami Conservation Park. Accompanied by the guide, enjoy a leisurely stroll through tall Eucalyptus trees and catch sight of an Australian Koala – walk quietly through the under-bush, searching for Australian Wallabies – almost extinct on the mainland – or, perhaps, discover a “mob” of miniature kangaroos found only on Kangaroo Island.

Midday, lunch will be served at a secluded park location.
On a guided tour, walk along the sandy beach of Seal Bay Conservation Park and find yourself surrounded by Australian Sea Lions – watch pups playing in the surf under the attentive and protective eyes of their mothers, and see the huge, domineering old bulls, bearing the scars of yearly territorial disputes. The remainder of the afternoon is spent exploring more of the south east region of the Island before returning to the lodge.

Hotel: Kangaroo Island Lodge
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

SAT MAY 13 • Kangaroo Island Touring - Flinders Chase

m8A full-day of touring takes you to Flinders Chase National Park – a vast wilderness covering the entire west end of Kangaroo Island and home to many indigenous Australian species. Visit Rocky River, the impressive visitor center offering detailed information of the many facets of the park and its history.

At Cape du Couedic, see a fur seal colony – now numbering over 20,000 animals after being nearly decimated by rampant hunting in the early 1800’s – frolicking in the surf under Admirals Arch – a spectacular coastal grotto. On the headland above is the 25m/75ft beautiful stone Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, located near The Remarkable Rocks – huge natural granite sculptures, carved by relentless winds, rain and salt from the Southern Ocean.

Enjoy an al-fresco lunch before exploring more of the island.

Depending upon the day, the tour might include a visit to Grassdale in the heart of Kelly Hill Conservation Park and Caves.

Return to Kingscote for afternoon flight.

Fly from Kingscote to Adelaide. Transfer from Adelaide Airport to the downtown area to check in to the Mayfair Hotel, a luxury residence offering only the very best of amenities. Taking precedence in the heart of Adelaide, this beautiful “Romanesque” hotel offers the traveler elegance and a touch of glamour, especially complemented by its newly designed ‘jewel box’ addition. Truly, the Mayfair Hotel is the gateway linking old, romantic Adelaide to the newly refurbished Rundle Mall and exciting new Riverbank Entertainment Precinct.

Hotel: Mayfair Hotel – 5 Star
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

SUN MAY 14 • Barossa Valley Private Tour - Adelaide to Sydney

m9Drive through the scenic Torrens Gorge to the Barossa Valley, home to many of Australia’s world-reknowned vineyards. Travel to Jacobs Creek, internationally known for wine-making, for our first tasting of the fine wines at the Peter Lehmann Winery. We next visit the Torbreck wine cellars, a small winery abundant with rustic charm, and then continue on to include visits to other small, and highly respected, wineries. Stop for a stroll in the German town of Tanunda with time to discover the small shops, many of which specialize in locally-made crafts. Before lunch, take the picturesque drive up to Menglers Hill for panoramic views of the entire Barossa Valley. Our next stop will either be Henschkes Winery in Keyneton, or historic Yalumba, the biggest family run winery in Australia.

Return to Adelaide for flight to Sydney.

Fly Adelaide to Sydney. Transfer from Sydney Domestic Airport to downtown and check-in at the Sydney Harbour Marriott. Located near Circular Quay, the Sydney Harbour Marriott, with its grand interiors, tasteful guest rooms, in-hotel cafes, restaurants and bars, gym, pool and sauna, 24-hour concierge and room-service is perfectly and conveniently located for enjoying Sydney’s major attractions.

Hotel: Sydney Harbour Marriott – 5 Star
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

MON MAY 15 • Tour of Sydney

m10Today our guide will be a local “Sydney-sider” of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Community. From our hotel, let’s set off to discover the truly “fabulous” city of Sydney.

This morning, travel through the business district and various shopping areas, see Darling Harbour with its vibrant China Town and walk along gay-friendly Oxford Street with its trendy boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars –and, not to overlook, it’s exciting, and irresistible, nightlife! Spend the afternoon wandering the hidden lanes and secluded pathways of Centennial Park, a 544 acre urban getaway in Eastern Sydney.
Reaching the coastline, we see the small and pristine Bronte & Tamarama Beaches before venturing onto Australia’s famous and gay Bondi Beach. Relax among the oil glistened bodies and enjoy the view!
Drive through the the seaside suburbs of Vaucluse and Double Bay before reaching colorful and vibrant Kings Cross, “…the part of Sydney that never sleeps.” Return to Sydney’s Business Centre via Saint Mary’s Cathedral, historic convict buildings, State Parliament House and the historical quarter of the ‘Rocks’. Visit Sydney’s Observatory Hill where we have amazing views over Sydney Harbour to the Blue Mountains. Drop off at Sydney Opera House for private tour.

Today’s tour includes lunch.

Sydney Opera House – Privately Guided Tour – The 60-minute guided tour offers the opportunity to experience the Sydney Opera House in its daily operation. We are guided into theatres and their backstage areas, given a fascinating account of the history and the architecture of the building, and introduced to the excitement of Performing Arts in Australia. Please note that this is a walking tour, and there are approximately 200 stairs in total. At the conclusion of the tour, make our own way back to the hotel.

Hotel: Sydney Harbour Marriott – 5 Star
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

TUE MAY 16 • Private Harbor Cruise

m11Sydney’s harbor is home to a multitude of sensational attractions and experiences. With thousands of people visiting harbor attractions per week, skip the crowds & see it all from a well-appointed 54-foot cruiser – from its deck, tour the main harbor attractions of Darling Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a unique and exclusive cruise, provided by a professional and personable captain and crew. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel provides including a delicious barbeque meal and beverages.

Hotel: Sydney Harbour Marriott – 5 Star
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

WED MAY 17 • Day At Leisure in Sydney

m12Spend the day at leisure in Sydney with recommendations from your local guide. This evening we will gather for a farewell dinner with fellow travelers this evening.

Hotel: Sydney Harbour Marriott – 5 Star
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

THU MAY 18 • Transfer to Airport - Flight to USA

Transfer City to Sydney Airport. Fly Sydney to USA.

Rates Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
10+ Travelers $7695 $8795

Above rates include internal flights required for the program (A $500 value.)

*A small group surcharge may be assessed if the group size is less than 10 travelers.

What’s Included
  • Accommodations as per the itinerary
  • Tours and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic airfare as required for the itinerary
  • Coda representative on minimum participation
  • Transfers as per the itinerary. Arrival in Melbourne & departure in Sydney is Group Transfer only. A designated flight will serve as the Included Group Transfer. Flights not arriving at this time may require Private Transfers at additional cost./li>
  • Meals as per the itinerary (beverages are not included)
  • Hotel porterage – 1 bag per person
  • Goods & Services Tax of 10% in Australia
  • The 24-hour service of our Australia office from Australia
  • Pre-departure assistance and Coda Travel Portfolio
What’s Not Included
  • International Airfare USA/MELBOURNE (MEL) | SYDNEY (SYD)/USA
  • Visa for Australia
  • Gratuities to guides & drivers
  • Items of personal nature, phone calls laundry, WiFi
  • Beverages during meals
  • Excess luggage charges. Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Any other item not mentioned in Inclusions
Prepare for Your Trip

Visa: Required
Requirements: Passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond duration of stay). An ETA or non-electronic label visa is required for tourist stays of up to 3 months, and must be obtained prior to departure. An ETA may be obtained online at https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp. There is a processing fee (currently AU$20 per visa) to be paid on the site.

Shots – None required or recommended. It is recommended you have your regular vaccinations up-to-date before traveling. For further information, visit the Center For Disease Control website.

International Airfare
American Airlines, Qantas, New Zealand Air, United Airlines are airlines that can be used for this trip. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to try to use Frequent Flyer Miles for free tickets or upgrades or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

The departure is guaranteed on minimum participation of 10 travelers. A Coda Tour Manager accompanies the tour on a minimum of 10 participants. (* Some modifications to the inclusions in the program may be made if participation is fewer than 10 travelers.)

Optional Pre-Trip Extension to Tasmania

Day 1

TUE MAY 2, 2017 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly schedule flight to Hobart, Tasmania, via Sydney or Melbourne.
Day 2

WED MAY 3 • Cross the International Date Line

date lineCross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole – and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.
Day 3

THU MAY 4 • Arrive Hobart, Tasmania

t3Your arrangements commence. Your driver will be waiting for you in the baggage claim area. You will be transferred by private vehicle directly from Hobart Airport to your accommodation (approximately 25-30 minute drive).

Maximum baggage capacity per sedan is limited to two suitcases (weight limit 23kg/50 pounds each) plus two carry-on bags total. If passenger luggage exceeds this amount, additional charges may apply and will be at passengers’ expense.

Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Room: Standard
Meals: None

Day 4

FRI MAY 5 • Port Arthur & Richmond Full Day Tour

t4After being collected from your accommodation this morning, head east across the Tasman Bridge toward Australia’s foremost historical site, Port Arthur. In the 19th century, Port Arthur was the British Empire’s most dreaded and far flung penal settlement. Have morning tea, then take a guided walk through the site to learn its fascinating, if a little gruesome, history. The tour includes a cruise around the Isle of the Dead where over 2000 free settlers and convicts are buried in a little over 2 acres. On the return ride, stop at the blowhole, a unique geological formation along the Tasman Peninsula’s spectacular coastline, and at the colonial village of Richmond with some time to wander through town at leisure. One of Australia’s oldest towns, Richmond is known today for its high quality locally produced arts & crafts, the perfect place to pick up that gift for home. Return to your accommodation in Hobart around 5:30pm.

Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

SAT MAY 6 • Hobart

t5Morning & Afternoon are at leisure. Below are some sites you may want to check out.

Salamanca Market: The Salamanca Market operates every Saturday from 8:30am until 3:00pm. Set on Hobart’s historic waterfront, Salamanca Market is the Australia’s biggest, brightest and best outdoor market. Every Saturday, the Georgian warehouses of Salamanca Place look down on a bustle of color and music, as visitors and locals come to meet, eat and pick up a bargain or two. Market stalls and vendors sell everything from hot baked potatoes to antiquarian books, from hand-carved craft in Tasmania’s specialty timbers to sheepskin boots. The fresh fruit and vegetable stalls are simply superb – this is the place to grab the makings of a perfect Tasmanian picnic. Buskers entertain the crowds – on a typical day you might hear blues guitar, barbershop quartets, Irish harp, classical violin and the music of the Andes. The market is an outstanding cultural experience of Hobart.

MONA, Hobart: MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, opened in January 2011 and is situated on the River Derwent just north of Hobart. It houses a diverse collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the worlds’ most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. The building’s subterranean design and the owner’s unconventional and challenging curatorial approach make it a must-see for any visitor to Australia. The collection is currently valued at $US96 million.

MONA has three levels cut into the triassic sandstone of the river bank and includes 5,700 square meters (61,354 square feet) of gallery space, of which 1300 square meters (14,000 square feet) are touring galleries built to international museum standards. MONA takes a different approach to interpretation: there are no labels or wall texts. Instead, visitors are given a touch-screen device, which is sensitive to their location in the museum – showing them works in their proximity. Called the ‘O’, it allows visitors to select the level of information they need and to vote for works they ‘hate’ or ‘love’. There is an AUD$25 per person admission charge for visitors, to be paid on entry.

To get there, it’s 30 minutes from the Mona Brooke St Ferry Terminal (Hobart). Standard seats are AUD$20 per person, payable direct.

Bonorong Night Tour
Guided Walking Tour – Shared Experience
Round Trip Transfers from City Hotel

Bonorong Park was established in 1981 and specializes in education, rehabilitation and release for orphaned and injured Tasmanian wildlife. This personal Night Tour allows guests to get closer to the amazing wildlife during the time they are most relaxed and active. During the excursion, you will observe native wildlife during their natural waking hours. Perhaps hand feed and pat a number of incredible Tasmanian species including tawny frogmouths, potoroos, sugar gliders, wombats, golden possums, kangaroos and more. Enjoy an extensive session on Tasmanian Devils where you meet them, learn their names, hear their individual stories and little known facts about this amazing, and endangered species. There are great up-close photo opportunities, while you see the native wildlife and learn about the perils they face.

The evening excursion is 2.5 hours, and includes a personal guide with a maximum of 12 per group at any one time. Wear warm casual clothes, closed toe shoes and you may need to bring a jacket. Cool drinks, coffee and snacks are available in the gift shop.

Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

SUN MAY 7 • Full Day Drink Tasmania Signature Tour

t6The full day Signature Tour allows you to sample the finest of Tasmania’s whisky, wine, beer and cider – all in one day. Designed to experience the best of Tasmania’s award-winning craft beverages. Please note, different places are visited on different days of the week depending on availability; however, Drink Tasmania will create the best and most diverse experience available on any given day.

Meet your guide at the Brooke Street Pier to begin the day with a complimentary tea or coffee from one of Hobart’s finest baristas at Bright Eyes. Discuss Hobart’s infamous history and the role that alcohol played during settlement, before trying the first cider of the day. Then head to the spectacular Huon Valley and your stop at one of the wineries. The region is renowned for its pinot noir and chardonnay varieties, and you will have the opportunity to sample several wines and perhaps walk through a vineyard. From here, the tour heads to one of the cider producers in the region, for tasting and time to purchase lunch (not included, own expense). After lunch, travel back towards Hobart to Lark Cellar Door for a dram of Lark Classic Cask single malt whisky, and learn why Tasmania is now producing some of the finest whisky in the world. Finish the day at one of Hobart’s craft beer producers to taste a paddle of four beers and learn about the brewing process.

Today’s tour ends at 5.30pm, at the Lark Cellar Door, 14 Davey St, Hobart. Lunch is not included today. A stop will be made for you to purchase lunch. Please dress appropriately for the occasion, while it may appear warm in Hobart, the weather can change throughout the day, so please ensure to bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes and your camera!

Hotel: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

MON MAY 8 • Transfer to the Airport

Please meet your driver in the designated area of your hotel for your transfer by private vehicle to Hobart Airport (approximately 25-30 minutes’ drive).

Maximum baggage capacity per sedan is limited to two suitcases (weight limit 23kg/50 pounds each) plus two carry-on bags total. If passenger luggage exceeds this amount, additional charges may apply and will be at passengers’ expense.

Fly Hobart to Melbourne to join the main tour.
Flight is not included in the quote tour rate.

Meals: Breakfast

Additional Hotel

The Henry Jones Art Hotel 5star

The Henry Jones is Australia’s first and only dedicated Art hotel. Standing on Hobart’s waterfront where Europeans first stepped ashore over 200 years ago, a row of warehouses dating back to the 1820’s have been transformed into a first-class hotel showcasing the work of Tasmania’s finest visual and performing artists. You will be fascinated by the hotel’s unique combination of antique and the ultra-modern, from the original staircase and restored machinery, to the magnificent all-glass atrium.

The hotel houses 56 rooms and suites all uniquely different and furnished with the hotel’s history and contemporary art as the forefront of each space. The restaurants and bars highlight the best of Tasmania’s fine food and beverage produce for a truly unique experience. Right throughout the property you will be fascinated by the unexpected combination of the antique and ultra-modern in every form.

Standard Rooms feature views of either the hotels’ glass atrium or the site’s former history. Each room has a superb, modern, all-glass translucent bathroom featuring a spacious shower. With original walls of stone and timber trusses, columns and beams that soar upwards to just beneath the roofline, these rooms exude character and warmth.


Rates Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Per Person $1600 $2070

  • 4 nights at The Henry Jones Art Hotel in a standard room
  • Breakfast daily
  • Full day tour to Port Arthur & Richmond on Day 4
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers