AU Exploring the Snowy Mountains High Country 7D/6N

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Overview

The Snowy Mountain Region has a rich and fascinating history to accompany its breathtaking natural beauty. Stretching from Canberra in the north, to the border of Victoria in the south, it holds deep spiritual significance for Aborigines. Early European stockmen and farmers who called the stunning countryside home during the 1800s were immortalised in one of Australia’s favourite poems (which also became a film) – The Man from Snowy River. Travel with us to discover this magical environment of high peaks, alpine lakes, vast plains and rich heritage for yourself.

Highlights

  • Charming heritage boutique villages
  • Spend a day discovering our nation’s Capital
  • 3 full days immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the alpine region
  • 3 nights accommodation at a pristine resort set on 7,500 acres of wilderness high country
  • Discover the picturesque Southern Highlands

Itinerary

DAY 1 – SYDNEY – CANBERRA (L). Heading south from Sydney our first stop this morning is the beautifully preserved Georgian Village of Berrima. Berrima’s colonial sandstone buildings and classic country charm make this historic village an ideal spot for morning tea and time to explore. From here, we travel via the Hume Highway to Goulburn and then on back roads to Bungendore, a charming rural escape, home to lovingly preserved colonial buildings, markets, wineries and incredible craftsmanship. We enjoy a visit to the Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery for a leisurely lunch, then on to our destination for the next 2 nights, Canberra.

DAY 2 – CANBERRA (BL). Today we spend visiting the capital city and its many sights. Visit Capitol Hill, Australia’s Parliament House and enjoy a personalised guided tour of Parliament grounds. Next stop is the National Museum of Australia, with a collection of more than 210,000 objects representing Australia’s history and cultural heritage. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant celebrating the freshest local produce and supporting our local farmers who have been impacted by drought, fire or climate change. After lunch, we spend the afternoon further visiting the icons of Canberra including options to visit the National Library, Lake Burly Griffin and the Australian War Memorial and the moving Last Post Ceremony. We return to our accommodation late afternoon with the evening and dinner at leisure.

DAY 3 – CANBERRA – SNOWY MOUNTAINS REGION (BLD). After breakfast we depart our accommodation and drive south to the country town of Cooma, considered the gateway to the alpine area. Enroute we enjoy a visit to the Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station, a unique Communication Complex opened in 1965. On arrival in Cooma, time to explore the town’s National Trust classified sites and 19th century architecture including Victorian cottages, jail, courthouse and post office. Mid-afternoon we arrive at our accommodation on a remote property in the high country. The Snowy Wilderness Lodge consists of several eco-friendly lodges and is a sanctuary for brumby horses and wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, wombats, deer, echidna and wedge-tailed eagles. Enjoy a dinner prepared by the resort staff using locally sourced ingredients selected daily.

DAY 4 – SNOWY WILDERNESS LODGE (BLD). Today is about exploring and enjoying this pristine resort set on 7,500 acres of wilderness high country. The high country is where The Man from Snowy River comes to life. We enjoy a guided 4WD tour taking in breathtaking views, waterholes, waterfalls, rugged wilderness bush, volcanic peaks, and access to the Snowy River; – all set within the backdrop of the unique vista of Australia’s iconic high country.  The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy a leisurely walk or relax and soak in the environment. For the adventure minded, a horse ride into the wilderness is an amazing extra.

DAY 5 – KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK (BLD). An early start this morning has us driving through picturesque country to the ski town of Thredbo. From here, we take the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift as we ascend the mountain, enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. You then enjoy an easy walk past the rocky granite outcrops of Ramshead Range, and through alpine wildflowers (spring). Stop at the lookout for views of the country’s highest mountain. Departing Thredbo, we arrive at the Wildbrumby Distillery, the highest distillery in Australia. The distillery has access to pristine Alpine water, organically grown fruit and native mountain botanicals, which have become the inspiration behind its award-winning stable of schnapps, gin and vodka. Here we have tastings, lunch at the café and time to explore the sculpture garden. Return to the lodge late afternoon.

DAY 6 – BOWRAL (BLD). We farewell our hosts this morning as we depart from this stunning alpine region. Our first stop of the morning is at the Eucumbene Trout Farm. Here we enjoy a guided tour of the farm and learn of its sustainability practices before enjoying morning tea in the café and the opportunity to purchase any of the produce! Lunch will be enjoyed picnic style today as we make our way to beautiful Bowral. The largest town in the Southern Highlands, Bowral was traditionally a rural summer retreat for the gentry of Sydney. There are still elements of this on display today, from fine manor houses to antique stores and gourmet restaurants.

DAY 7 – BOWRAL – SYDNEY (BL). This morning some time to visit Bowral before heading off to explore the picturesque Kangaroo Valley and then on to the stylish village of Berry for lunch. Our afternoon drive back to Sydney has us following the coast road, stopping in at Kiama, home to the world’s largest blowhole before enjoying the Grand Pacific Drive and through the Royal National Park to arrive back in Sydney CBD approximately 5.00pm.

Inclusions

  • Charming heritage boutique villages
  • Spend a day discovering our nation’s capital
  • 3 full days immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the alpine region
  • 3 nights accommodation at a pristine resort set on 7,500 acres of wilderness high country
  • Discover the picturesque Southern Highlands

Exclusions

  • Any items of a personal nature.
  • Any meals or drinks not specified in inclusions.
  • Anything not included in the list of inclusions (above).
  • Domestic flights, unless specified in inclusions.
  • Laundry.
  • Travel insurance.

Note, we can arrange all travel to and from tour locations, quote for group bookings, and tailor any packages as required.

*Price

  • Prices may vary due subject to availability and accommodation type, number of travellers and activities.   
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The initial deposit is refundable for 5 days - a cooling off period long enough for us to send you precise final terms. Note, many of these are still being negotiated but this first payment will be held in trust, giving us time to determine the conditions for final payment without putting this payment at any risk.

1. RESERVATIONS
Reservations are confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of $A500 per person or per booking, or the amount specified on your booking. On receipt of your reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your place on your selected travel module. Additional deposits may be required and will be advised at time of booking. Final payment of land costs are due at least* 60 days prior to arrival and all reservations will be cancelled if full payment is not received by the due date, with loss of deposit. On receipt of your payment, we will send tour information and vouchers. Please ensure that you receive the information before you travel. Bookings made at least* less than 60 days prior to departure must be paid in full. Due to time constraints, tour information and vouchers may be collected on the first day of departure with Wildiaries from its tour guide. These arrangements will be confirmed to you in writing prior to travel. Every reservation amendment will incur an AUD$50.00 charge, subject to availability. Note that if travel documents have been issued, the fee will be AUD$100. *Special conditions may apply to some trips. You will be notified if this is the case.

2. CANCELLATIONS
All cancellations must be made in writing to Wildiaries, and all tours are subject to the following cancellation charges based on the number of days before tour departure: Over 60 days:   No refund of tour deposit Between 0 and 60 days:   No refund of tour cost There is no refund for any unused portions of the tour once the tour has commenced. [Please note that if the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges will normally be refunded to you by the insurance company, subject to the terms of your insurance]. Any cancellation fees imposed by hotels, ground operators or other principals or suppliers of goods and services will be charged to you in addition to the cancellation amounts stated above.

3. BAGGAGE
Baggage restrictions may apply to charter air travel and small group tours and must be strictly adhered to. We recommend that you ensure you adhere to any weight restrictions indicated.

4. WILD ANIMALS
Please be aware that travel may take you into areas of extreme weather conditions [eg. heat] or bring you in close contact with wild animals. Cases of dehydration and attacks by wild animals are rare, but no tour can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither Wildiaries, its contractors, agents or staff can be held responsible for any injury or incident on your tour. Neither does Wildiaries guarantee sightings of any wild animals, even if these are listed as animals possible to see on a tour.

5. PASSPORT, VISAS & DEPARTURE TAX
The onus is upon you to ensure that passports and visas are valid. Wildiaries, their contractors, agents or staff cannot be held liable for any visas etc. not held by you. The onus is on you to ensure departure tax is included when the airline ticket is purchased prior to arrival in any country.

6. RESPONSIBILITIES
Wildiaries, its contractors and agents act only as agents for the passenger with respect to services provided, including, but not limited to hotels, restaurants, touring, and all forms of transportation. Wildiaries shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever, and without restricting the generality of the foregoing, shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, late or non-confirmation or acceptance of bookings, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, injury or death, whether occasioned by negligence or not. In addition Wildiaries shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any tour or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details, and in the event of any tour been rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, avalanches, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be your sole responsibility. Wildiaries may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the passenger’s booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the foregoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behaviour of the passenger, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person/s included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other person/s so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her.

7. CHANGES TO SCHEDULES
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that Wildiaries reserves the right to alter any tour arrangements due to local conditions while providing similar tour inclusions.

8. REFUNDS
Whilst Wildiaries uses its best endeavours to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against Wildiaries for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable or the passenger was unable to use that service. [Please note that if the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy it is your responsibility to refer the matter to your insurance company to seek a refund].

9. INSURANCE
You must take out comprehensive insurance cover before travel for cancellation, medical expenses, personal baggage and money. This should be arranged at the time of payment of any non-refundable costs to cover you for cancellation at that time.

10. PRICING & INSURANCE
We will do the utmost to keep to the prices published. Should increases be forced on us by tour operators, etc. Wildiaries reserves the right to surcharge without notice. All tour costs are based on all known costs at the time of publication.

(a) This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of Australia.

(b) Wildiaries cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes which may occur after that time. All materials contained in any brochure and web site including text, maps, graphics and photographs remain the property of Wildiaries and may not be copied or reproduced.

(c) Clients with special dietary problems are advised to warn us in advance of departure.

(d) For flight information on how to get to the starting point of your tour, contact your travel agent. Please ensure that you re-confirm all your flights prior to air travel.

11. MEDICAL & HEALTH
(a)Hospital facilities in remote locations are often unavailable and evacuation can be difficult and expensive. Wildiaries assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care. A Medical Certificate must therefore be filled out and returned to Wildiaries. If you are aged 65 or older, the Medical Certificate must be signed by your physician. Once you have been confirmed on a trip, normal cancellation penalties apply if your doctor does not approve the Medical Certificate.

(b). It is vital that persons with medical problems make them known to us well before departure. The tour leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during a tour if he or she feels the tour member is incapable and/or if a tour member’s continued participation will jeopardise the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. The tour leader’s decision is final and neither Wildiaries nor the tour leader shall be subject to any claims or liability in respect of such disqualification.

12. CONSENT
The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a tour constitutes consent to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure. The terms under which you agree to take these tours cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorised officer of Wildiaries.

PLEASE NOTE
(a) Share Basis for Single Travellers
Accommodations (both hotels and tented) are usually based on double occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a room-mate if possible. If there is no one with whom you can share, or if you prefer single accommodations, you are requested to pay a Single Supplement Fee.

(b) Tour Information
Whilst Wildiaries makes every effort to ensure accuracy in tour information and descriptions, we are reliant on the tour operators and accommodation providers providing us with accurate data. Since tour operators and accommodation providers are constantly changing facilities and services, we cannot be liable for any errors or omissions herein. If any feature is of critical importance to your holiday, it is your responsibility to ask Wildiaries to check whether such features will be available at the time of occupancy.

NOTE:
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