Vanuatu special package – Vila plus Santo – 8 nights

Combo package – Stay 3 nights in Vila at Poppys on the Lagoon Resort and then stay 5 nights on Espiritu Santo at Bokissa Island Resort. Both are lovely small resorts in old traditional style with local hosts and management.

Your package is inclusive of all flights ex Melbourne (inc. taxes/transfers/light breakfast in Vila and all meals on Santo). Current special inclusive price is from $2450 p/p.

**Cost is subject to available special airfares valid now for travel from 1 February 2020 through to 27 March 2020 and availability of accommodation. This is an early bird sale offer.

Bokissa Island Resort
A small resort on an exclusive island of 175 acres of tropical rainforest and pristine beaches. Relax in a hammock, enjoy using the snorkelling equipment and kayaks plus the pool. All rooms are beachfront fales with queen size beds.

Poppys on the Lagoon
Situated right on the main Erakor Lagoon in Vila. It is a boutique style property with a private beachfront location and only 5 mins walk from the township of Port Vila. Facilities include 3 pools, Kayaks, and use of non- motorised water sports.

Accommodation is based on a Lagoon Studio with queen bed.

To book this island getaway, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Noumea and Isle of Pines

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Special offer: 8 days / 7 nights from $2099 p/p

Kanumera Bay, rightly recognised as one of the world 10 best beaches, offers the perfect setting to the Ouré Tera Beach Resort Ile des Pines which is delicately nestled against a big boulder at the end of the magnificent one kilometre long white sand beach.

The hotel offers 30 Beach Bungalows, Tropical Bungalows, Garden Rooms and Family Bungalows that are built in solid wood and elegantly decorated in tropical style. There is no better place to unwind than the resort’s beachside bar, “Le Banian”, as the tropical sunset over the tranquil bay.

The Kanumera Restaurant, with its open-air deck by the pool, provides an elegant and intimate setting in which to enjoy local products and seafood, including the renowned Isle of Pines lobster.

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Your Holiday Includes:

  • Return economy airfares to Noumea with Aircalin, including 23kg of luggage, snacks and beverages
  • Return domestic airfares from Noumea Magenta to Isle of Pines airport with Air Caledonie, including 20kg of checked luggage
  • 4 nights accommodation staying in a Garden Room at Oure Tera Beach Resort (4 stars)
  • 1 night pre-stay and 2 nights post-stay in a Studio Room at Ramada Hotel & Suites Noumea (4 stars)
  • Return airport transfers throughout
  • BONUS – Reduced Rates – Save over $700!
  • BONUS – Free buffet breakfast daily at Oure Tera Beach Resort
  • BONUS – Complimentary use of snorkelling gear, canoes and table tennis

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Beautiful Cook Islands – special 9 day stay

This package is based on staying at the Muri Beach Club which is a 4 star boutique resort of only 30 rooms set right on the beachfront of Muri Lagoon.

The property is an adults only resort.

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A superb setting – this is the premier beach location on the main island. The lagoon is suitable for snorkelling, kayaking and sailing hobie cats. Options outside the resort are horse riding, quad bikes and mountain treks. Also a full spa centre is available for treatments.

Current costing for a 9 day / 8 night stay including airfares, transfers and accommodation in a premier queen bed room of 43 sq with a sitting area and balcony + breakfasts is $2560 p/p.

This is a very popular destination for couples and does need to be booked a fair way in advance to secure availability.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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New Small Ship Cruise in Tasmania

7 nights departing Hobart from 16 Nov 2015 – 29 Feb 2016
Prices from $3990 per person

Coral Expeditions I is a twin-hulled boutique catamaran designed for maximum stability and guest comfort. Accommodating just 50 guests, Coral Expeditions I offers the facilities of a larger ship, yet retains the atmosphere of a private yacht.

Expedition highlights

  • Spend two days exploring the untouched Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour
  • Taste local produce at a family run cheesery, and freshly shucked Tasmanian Oysters from a renowned local farm
  • Be guided by the resident archaeologist on an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Port Arthur Historic Site – visiting buildings not generally open to the public
  • Paddle a kayak through Bathurst Harbour
  • Visit Maria Island and tour the UNESCO listed Darlington township

Your cruise price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in selected room grade
  • All meals, morning and afternoon teas
  • 24 hour tea/coffee and soft drinks
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Drinks
  • Use of onboard facilities
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours on Explorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • Touring as described in the itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities

Day 1: Hobart and River Derwent

Board Coral Expeditions I at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf at 3:00pm ahead of our 4:00pm departure. Cruise the River Derwent with views of the city and the mighty Tasman Bridge. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks and sample Tasmanian cheeses, Bruny Island oysters and sparkling wines as we make our way through the scenic D’Entrecasteaux Channel towards our overnight anchorage in Barnes Bay.

Day 2: Grandvewe Cheeses and Recherce Bay Discovery

Tasmania is renowned for its gourmet produce and this morning we visit family-run Grandvewe Cheeses. Set on 40 acres overlooking Bruny Island, Grandvewe farm produces fine sheep cheeses using milk from their herd of over 100 Awassi and Grandvewe dairy sheep. Meet the mother and daughter cheesemaking team, tour the milking shed and learn how the cheeses are produced. Sample some of the farm’s award-winning produce, including the unique Vanilla Whey Liqueur.

Reboarding Coral Expeditions I, enjoy spectacular views over lunch as we continue to Recherche Bay, a large protected bay which takes its name from a frigate used in the failed 1791 French expedition to locate the missing explorer La Pérouse. Cruise the bay aboard Explorer, then join our Expedition Leader and Parks and Wildlife Ranger on a scenic hike at the start of the famed South Coast Track. Walk the picturesque beach to see Cockle Creek’s bronze southern right whale statue commemorating the town’s whaling past, and a signpost marking the most southerly point in Australia accessible by motor vehicle.

Days 3 & 4: Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

We enter remote Port Davey this morning for two days of exploration in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Accessible only by boat, aircraft or a seven day hike, this region is surely one of the most magnificent and pristine landscapes on earth. During his circumnavigation of Tasmania in 1798, renowned explorer Matthew Flinders reported “the mountains which presented themselves to our view… were amongst the most stupendous works of nature I ever beheld”.

Four major rivers and numerous creeks cut through gorges and snake across open plains, draining their rust-coloured waters into the marine reserve. Small islands dot the surface of the dark waters. White quartzite sands fringe the shoreline. Mt Rugby – the highest and most prominent peak bordering the reserve – rises grandly from the western shore of Bathurst Harbour. Over the next two days we fully explore Port Davey, the ‘Narrows’ and Bathurst Harbour. Breathe the world’s cleanest air and perhaps take the opportunity to kayak in waters so clear that the towering mountains surrounding the harbour are perfectly reflected in the waterways. With our Parks and Wildlife Ranger join a hike on the Balmoral Hill Track and visit the village of Melaleuca, where conservation efforts are helping to protect the endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot. Our time in Tasmania’s South West Wilderness is sure to be a highlight of the expedition.

Day 5: Coastal Cruise and Adventure Bay

Gather on the outer decks for a scenic cruise along the southern coast of Bruny Island, past Cloudy Bay, the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse and the Friars, home to a large population of Australian Fur Seals. Anchoring at Adventure Bay, relax on the long stretch of beach, enjoy a swim, paddle a kayak, tour the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration or join a guided nature walk through sub-tropical rainforest and meander through a fern glade next to Waterfall Creek. You may also wish to visit the nearby Bruny Island Berry Farm and pick a punnet of fresh berries. Reboarding Coral Expeditions I we set sail for the Tasman Peninsula and beautiful Wineglass Bay, and enjoy a pre-dinner Tasmanian wine tasting and a selection of the state’s finest gourmet produce.

Day 6: Freycinet National Park and Maria Island

Awaken this morning to the pristine surrounds of Freycinet National Park. Early risers and keen photographers may choose to join a guided hike through the national park to the Wineglass Bay lookout, breathtaking views of the beach and beyond to Mt Freycinet providing reward for the early start. Wineglass Bay has been named one of the world’s top ten beaches, and following breakfast you will have ample time to explore the beach at your own pace. Perhaps paddle a kayak in the clear waters, or just stroll along the soft white sands and take in the untouched scenery of this iconic location.

We spend the afternoon exploring Maria Island, a national park with something for everyone; historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife. Since the late 1960s Maria Island has become a kind of Noah’s Ark, as a number of threatened species have been introduced here in a bid to protect their kind. The very features that made the island a convict settlement now make it an ideal refuge for plant and animal species such as native pademelons Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies and Tasmanian Devils. Maria Island’s historic town site of Darlington has been included in the Convict Trail of Australia and was World Heritage-listed in 2010. Enjoy time to explore and walk amongst the restored buildings, including the Commissariat Store built in 1825 and the convict penitentiary. There’s also a choice of nature walks to enjoy where there is a chance to see how the island’s conservation efforts are helping to rejuvenate threatened wildlife.

Day 7: Tasman National Park and Port Arthur Historic Site

Famous for its soaring 300 metre sea cliffs and monumental rock formations, we cruise the coast of Tasman National Park, an area of dramatic beauty and natural diversity. Tasman Arch, The Candlestick and Cathedral Rock are just three of the imposing natural features adorning the coastline. At Tasman Island observe rich wildlife such as seals, dolphins, sea eagles and albatross.

In the afternoon, a unique experience awaits at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Australia’s most intact and evocative convict site, between 1833 and 1877 the penal colony housed Britain and Australia’s worst criminals, and was considered inescapable. Today, the Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. In the company of Port Arthur’s resident Archaeologist, join an exclusive ‘behind the scenes tour’ of the site, which includes access to private collections and historic buildings not accessible to the general public. Then, enjoy a private reception in the beautiful surrounds of Port Arthur’s Asylum building. Join the Captain and his crew and indulge in Tasmanian sparkling wine and local canapés, before returning to Coral Expeditions I for dinner and our final night cruising the Tasmanian coast.

Day 8: Cruise concludes in Hobart

Awaken as we cruise the River Derwent towards Hobart. Our arrival at Macquarie Wharf at 8:00am marks the end of our Tasmanian expedition.

Please note that this is an expedition cruise taking us to remote coastlines and waters rarely visited by larger cruise ships. As such, the itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Our experienced Captain and Expedition Leader may make last minute itinerary changes to optimise conditions.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Kakadu/Litchfield/Katherine 4WD Safari

4 days/3 nights Kakadu/Litchfield/Katherine 4WD safari

Various departures ex Darwin throughout 2015 – from $1025 per person

This safari uses a 4WD modified truck and provides glam camping in that you have twin beds, linen, pillows, towels, lights and a fan in a permanently erected off-ground tent.

Day 1 – Darwin to Mary River

Pick up: Melaleuca on Mitchell, 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 06:50am

Leaving Darwin, we journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where we visit waterfalls that flow all year round. Take a refreshing swim under their powerful force during lunch before we travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan –Wulna people. They’ll share with us their local Aboriginal culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations, basket weaving and spear throwing^. We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon wildlife cruise. Climb into your tent for a well-earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot.

Day 2 – Mary River to Kakadu

Today we head to Kakadu National Park, World Heritage listed for its stunning natural features and for being the centre of the world’s oldest living culture. Get ready for some 4WD action today as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu and certain to be one of our trip highlights. Once we get there, we’ll take in the stunning views of this 200m natural wonder before continuing on to Twin Falls. (Twin and Jim Jim Falls not available year round; subject to seasonal availability^^). See the beauty of the gorge and admire the breathtaking waterfalls from a national park operated boat before your Guide takes you to on a boardwalk experience. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp at Kakadu National Park.

Day 3 – Kakadu to Katherine

Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek before travelling further south and settling in for the night at our private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmuluk National Park. Fall asleep listening to the chatter of the outback night.

Day 4 – Katherine Gorge to Darwin

Depending on the season, embark on a cruise along the tranquil waters of Katherine Gorge or take the chance to head out by canoe (both activities are optional at own expense) and look up at rock walls that reach up to 70 m high. Formed by the Katherine River flowing from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea, this 23 million-year-old natural marvel is truly breathtaking. Later in the day, head north across the sun baked outback, stopping for another refreshing dip along the way – this time by the cascading Edith Falls. Hit the road and head back to Darwin to enjoy a night on the town toasting your adventure with new friends.

To find out more about this adventure, contact Trans Otway Travel on (03) 9600 1482 or email contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Samoa – New Beach Resort

Saletoga Sands 1 Bedroom Ocean Fale

with king bed and continental breakfast from $1,023pp

Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa – Samoa, combines luxury and comfort with the natural splendour of the beautiful island of Upolu. A white sandy beach and breathtaking, tranquil blue waters provide the perfect setting for this stunning boutique retreat surrounded by exotic tropical flowers and lush greenery.

Nestled within a secluded sheltered bay, just over one hours drive from Faleolo International Airport, on the South East Coast of Upolu, guests scan relax and rejuvenate in the beauty of Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa, or simply explore some of Samoa’s best attractions located nearby.

The resort has only 25 rooms, a day spa, fitness centre, free snorkelling equipment and stand up paddle boards.

Your free daily continental breakfast includes toast, fruit, cereals, juices and tea/coffee. The on-site restaurant and bar serves local and international cuisine and features ocean and poolside views. Picnic hampers are also available.

All villas have air conditioning, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

To find out more about this adventure, contact Trans Otway Travel on (03) 9600 1482 or email contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Antarctica Cruise on Hurtigruten

‘In the realm of the great explorers’ 19 days/18 nights ex Buenos Aires November 1, 2014

Inside cabin from $9,028 pp

Day 1: BUENOS AIRES

Discover the Paris of South America for yourself and get a taste of what the birthplace of the Tango has to offer. Depart Buenos Aires onboard the MS Fram at 12.00 noon. Eighteen Night Cruise: Onboard MS Fram.

Days 2-4: AT SEA

At sea head south towards your first destination. On the way you will have fascinating and informative briefings into the history and biology to be found there.

Set course south to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, located 772 kilometres north of Cape Horn and about 1,600 kilometres from Antarctica. The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones and has a population of 2,967 inhabitants. Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690.

Day 5: AT SEA/FALKLAND ISLANDS

The islands have a unique ecosystem of about 70 different sub-Antarctic animal and bird species. The black-browed albatross, brown-rumped karakara, elephant seal, sea lion and five different species of penguin including king penguin are just a few of them. There are also about 347 wild plant species in the area. The landscape is majestic, with cliffs and needle-like stones covered in green grass.

Cruising the area of the North West Falklands, your ship is scheduled to arrive late afternoon.

Days 6-7: FALKLAND ISLANDS

Today you will explore the north-west part of the Falklands. You then continue to Stanley, the islands’ capital, which makes a wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area. You can choose to take an optional excursion or explore the town on your own. In the early evening of day 7 you set a course for South Georgia.

Depending on the final decision regarding landing sites, there will be a hike offered. One of the options could be an easy hike to a cliff with black browed albatross, a rockhopper colony and a cormorant colony if landing at New Island. If an alternative landing site is chosen, a different walk will be set up on the Falkland Islands.

Days 8-9: AT SEA

The cruise southward to beautiful South Georgia takes two days. En route there will be a number of presentations about the area you will visit and its wildlife, as well as some fascinating stories about Shackleton’s expeditions. The lecturers will tell us about the significance the whaling station here had for the entire whaling industry.

Days 10-11: SOUTH GEORGIA

You can explore this beautiful island, which is ringed by ice-covered mountains and cool emerald-green bays.

Known for its many historic places, you will spend two fascinating days in South Georgia, where, weather permitting, you will visit Grytviken whaling station, its museum, Shackleton’s grave and the whaler’s church dating from 1913. An attempt will also be made to visit the old Norwegian whaling station at Stromness and the kind penguin colony at Fortuna Bay. Setting sail on the second day, your ship cruises south towards Antarctica.

The wildlife on South Georgia is different to what you will see in Antarctica, including many different bird and animal species. Known for its variety of wildlife, you may see albatross, cape petrels, southern giant petrels, Antarctic whale birds, king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals, among others.

South Georgia offers nice hiking options, and one of our favourites is walking the last part of the route that Sir Ernest Shackleton took on his brave journey across the island’s rugged mountains to find help to save his 22 men left on the isolated Elephant Island. The 5.5 kilometre hike takes you from Fortuna to Strømness, the abandoned whaling station where Shackleton finally managed to get help. Due to the remoteness of the island and the safety of the operation, it is required that each hiker has a good level of fitness. This hike will only be conducted when weather conditions are very favourable.

Days 12-13: AT SEA

The cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula takes two days. Whilst you cross the sea to Antarctica a number of presentations will be given about the various topics of the Antarctic’s history and wildlife, as well as guidelines for visitors to Antarctica.

The Antarctic Treaty has made the continent an area without military activity and it is the treaty which regulates all activities in the area. Hurtigruten ASA follows these regulations to the letter to ensure that the vulnerable environment will not be disturbed. The program of presentations aim to prepare you for this unique experience, so that you will derive the greatest possible benefit from your Antarctic experience.

Set sail onto the northern tip of the continent, the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

Days 14-16: ANTARCTICA

This unending, white wilderness of a continent is full of fantastic impressions. Ocean, ice, mountains, animals, light, air, quiet. Everything!

This enormous white and weather bitten continent is almost as big as North America. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on the program and schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the final sailing schedule will be decided by the ship’s captain during the voyage.

While in Antarctica, the ship will attempt to land on several sites. On land, the expedition team will explain what you see and help you avoid disturbing the nature and wildlife. When conditions allow, hikes or other activities on land and at sea may be offered. Participation on any hike requires a good level of fitness, and that you are accustomed to hiking in uneven terrain.

After exploring this indescribably great and endless continent, leave Antarctica and set course for Ushuaia.

Days 17-18: DRAKE PASSAGE

With the bow pointed north and unforgettable images and experiences in your soul, you are invited to gain a new understanding of the Antarctica.

During the voyage Hurtigruten will summarise the Antarctic and Southern Ocean themes. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia is about 950 kilometres – about 40 hours sailing in good weather. This sea passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage which only a few have the chance to experience.

Day 19: USHUAIA/BUENOS AIRES

After spectacular Antarctica and its endless vistas, make landfall at the world’s southernmost town.

On arrival at the Argentinean town of Ushuaia this morning, disembark after breakfast and there is the possibility of joining an optional excursion in Ushuaia (with its end at the airport) or be transferred to the airport. If time allows, a stop at the city centre on your way to the airport may be included. In the early afternoon board your four hour flight back to Buenos Aires.

Included in the 19 day Expedition Itinerary:

  • 18 night voyage in cabin grade of your choice including all meals
  • Economy flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Knowledgeable English speaking Expedition team who give lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals and a welcome gift

To find out more about this adventure, contact Trans Otway Travel on (03) 9600 1482 or email contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Magnetic Island Family Holiday Home

The Pines – Holiday House in Horseshoe Bay

Beautiful eco home in a bush setting with numerous architectural awards – great value!

The Pines is an architecturally designed, multi-award winning tropical home. Its unique design has been featured in numerous magazines and it gives a holiday with a difference:

Sleeps 6: 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / 2 car parks

Facilities: Air Conditioning: all bedrroms, Bath Tub, Boat Parking: ample space for trailer boats, CD Player, Dishwasher, DVD Player, Ceiling Fans, Gas BBQ, Lounge, Microwave Oven, Parking, Big Screen TV, Washer/Dryer.

From just $210 per night (fees & conditions may apply)

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au