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Australian Aborigines and titled Beauty

A trip to Australia and New Zealand

Australia is the oldest continent in the World. Aborigines settled here more than 60 thousand years ago and a little more than 200 years ago, in 1788 people from Great Britain made their very first settlement in Australia. Since then – Australia has changed. It has become a nation with 20 million inhabitants. The country’s landscape is very diverse and includes dry remote areas, the Grand Dividing Range, Tasmania lush forests, tropical rainforests and coral reefs in the north and nearly 18 thousand kilometers of coastline. Australia’s neighbor New Zealand is the furthermost corner of the Earth. People settled here very late and New Zealand has only 4 million inhabitants at the moment. Wooded vacant land plots reveal a variety of nature: 550 kilometers of mountain range, a huge crater lake with its area equivalent to a small state, four active volcanoes, fourteen fjords, plenty of rivers and lakes and thousands of kilometers of forest areas. New Zealand has officially been recognized as the most beautiful country in the world in 2006.

 

Days 1 and 2

Plane flight from Vilnius to Singapore with a connecting flight in Helsinki.

 

Days 2 – 4

A stop in Singapore and a plane flight to Melbourne, Australia.

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Day 5

Arrival to Melbourne; meeting with the guide..

Melbourne is an elegant city of Victorian province. The residents say that the reason their city is so beautiful is because it was established by the adventure and fortune seekers. 50,000 years ago Bunjil, the great spirit of the ancestors shaped the land, carved a human figure from the bark of a tree and vitalized it. This is how Victorian Aborigines start telling their state’s history. A state called ‘The Australian Phoenix’ now occupies the smallest mainland territory (equivalent to the British), but has the largest population. It is believed that there were 24,000 aborigines in the state of Victoria and had their settlement around the current Melbourne. In the spare time they played “Marn Grook’ – Aussie football with the basic rules that remained until now. European world struck Aborigines in the eighteenth century and about 30,000 immigrants from the Old World quickly settled in Victoria’s region. Melbourne, capital of Victoria, is home for nearly three-quarters of all state residents.

A day dedicated to the Great Ocean road. This is how one of the world’s most scenic coasts are called. You will be traveling to Torquay – Victoria’s provincial sailing capital, until you stop for a cup of tea at Bells Beach. You will have the opportunity to take pictures of miraculous beauty of the coastline and enjoy wild koalas. Later you will reach the seaside town called Apollo Bay, famous for its casinos, golf and sailing clubs. After lunch, stretch out your legs in the Otway national park or investigate tropical forests, with the highest trees in the world. You will continue your trip in the hills to Port Campbell National Park famous for its huge rocks, called the Twelve Apostles. You will be able to hear the legends of the once sunken ships. You will have the opportunity to explore the now ruined London Bridge and unusual fishing village of Port Campbell town. For more information on the Great Ocean Road: http://www.greatoceanrd.org.au/.

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Day 6

Full day trip to Phillip Island which is home to the world’s smallest penguins and lazy pandas, intoxicated from eucalyptus leaves – their sole food. Phillip Island, the only place where you can enjoy the impressive parade of penguins. It is a daily ritual of penguins when after fishing they are rushing out of the water to feed hungry babies, hiding in the grass. For more information: http://www.penguins.org.au/.

 

Day 7

Day will be dedicated to Australian wine. You will visit the Yarra Valley. It is the oldest and the most famous winemaking region of the province of Victoria, where vineyards cover more than 3,600 acres. You will taste the sparkling ‘Chardonay’ or ‘Sauvignon blanc’, a complex ‘Pinot noir’ or rich ‘Cabernet sauvignon’ and ‘Shiraz’. Read more about the Yarra Valley vineyards: http://www.wineyarravalley.com and http://www.yarra-valley.net.au/.

 

Day 8.

A plane flight from Melbourne to Alice Springs

Alice Springs is located right in the center of the red desert. Once a remote outpost, now Alice Springs is the second largest city in the state of Northern Territory. You will be fascinated by West McDonnell mountain range landscape, Simpsons Gap, Stanley gulf, gorges of Ormiston and Glen Helen, Palm Valley and Finke Gorge National Park.

Take a trip to admire the ravines, cliffs, gorges, river valleys and ghost towns located in the east of MacDonnell mountain range, and the gold mines of Harts Ranges and Arltunga.

Alice Springs – a special place in the heart of Australia, where you will admire the panorama of the city seen from the Anzac Hill, visit the Telegraph Station, which has always been halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, and was the great importance for development of Australia. Later you will visit the ‘School of the Air’, where sometimes you can hear how the children are learning at a distance. This is a school for living in remote, sparsely populated areas of Australia.

There is a big chance to socialize with the Australian aboriginal people. You can meet them in the streets of Alice Springs. During this tour you will visit a number of interesting things. You will visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will learn how this particular organization provides assistance in various distant, sparsely populated areas. Also from ANZAC Hill observation site you will enjoy the panoramic view of Alice Springs: on one side – the modern town of Alice Springs, on the other – the McDonnell Ranges, marking the southern border of the city.


Day 9.

The Anangu Aborigines call it the Uluru. This rock was the Aboriginal center of the world for thousands of years. It’s a sacred place. This is one of the largest single rocks in the world. 3.8 km in length, area of 3,33 km ² and 348 meters in height. Although the peak of the rock is 862.5 meters above the sea level, according to geologists, this sandstone monolith is only the tip of an enormous ingot. Another part of it sets deep below the ground for another 6 kilometers. The rock saved thousands of years of Aboriginal paintings and carvings.

 

Day 10

You will visit the Kings Canyon which was discovered by explorer Ernest Giles in 1872. Canyon walls reach 100 meters in height and hide the missing city. This is the part of an Aboriginal sacred gorge and visitors face the challenge in the walking tracks. It is assumed that the people settled here 20, 000 years ago. Sunset hike with camels (199Lt/person) in the red sand desert (champagne and
snacks are included in the price). For an additional fee of 495Lt/person you can enjoy this natural wonder from the bird’s flight.

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Day 11

Plane to Sydney; picking up at the airport; transportation to the hotel.

 

Day 12

A day in Sydney with a guide visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world: the Botanical Garden, Conservatory of Music, Art galleries, Aquarium, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Watson’s Bay and Sydney’s oldest suburbs. An evening cruise, overlooking an amazing view of the city: the Sydney Opera House and the famous harbor bridge. You will pass a Denison Port – the island, where the prisoners who intended to escape were fed with only bread and water.


Day 13

Plane to Christchurch, New Zealand

A sightseeing tour of the city. According to Maori legends the first inhabitants settled in the area 1000 years ago. Now it is one of the largest cities in the south of the island. The city is called the “City of gardens” because of the large parks and public gardens. You will enjoy the view of the Cathedral and its square and visit art museums.
Later, the journey continues to Kaikoura (Distance 190 km). This coast has a huge whale and dolphin colonies. If requested – the whale watching cruise is available.

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Day 14

A trip to Bleinhaim wine regions in the morning for wine tastings and meeting with the wine makers.
After lunch your journey continues to the Abel Tasman National Park. The park is located in the northwest of the south island and in the small Tatos, Tonga, Adele and Fisherman’s Islands. With an area of 226 km ², lanky about 10 km along the Tasman and Golden bays. Limestone and marble hill slopes famous for its different types of vegetation, Vainuji Valley – wet and evergreen forests, full of terns, herons, penguins, gulls, cormorants, seals, deer, goats, hogs and opossums. Takaka and Rivaka administration is situated in Totaranui. Abel Tasman National Park was established in 1942 and named after New Zealand’s explorer Abel Tasman.

Day 15

Tour starts in Greymouth along the coast, which is one of the most impressive in the country. Overlooking the lovely wide beaches, the waves of the Tasman Sea, rocks growing out of the water you will reach the Punakaiki area, which is the part of the charming Paparoa National Park. Paparoa National Park covers 30,000 hectares. You will be impressed by the wonderful landscape of the
park. You will enjoy a walking tour to the stunning Pancake shaped rocks that were shaped in 30 million years by the forces of nature. A stormy sea will create a natural spectacle, when the enormous pressure makes water squirt through the holes like geysers. You will arrive in the coastal town of Hokitika. It is founded by gold seekers in 1864. Today Hokitika is known as the nephrite processing center.

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Day 16

You will be going to Franz Josef, arriving at the Westland National Park, famous for its glaciers of Fox and Franz Joseph. Due to the incredible trio – glacier, forest and the sea – this corner of New Zealand is considered to be the unique natural monument. Hardly anywhere else could see such a combination. Although due to the global warming the majority of the glaciers are shrinking, Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers in particular are moving 10 times faster than other glaciers due to the extremely high rainfalls. Their tongues already lifted to 250-300 meters above the sea level, the two glaciers are attracting tourists with spectacular sights and unforgettable impressions. For an additional fee and depending on weather conditions there is a possibility to stroll to the breathtaking tongue of the glacier through a dense rain forest, then along the glacier valley. If you want to experience even more, you can fly over the glacier with a helicopter.
In the afternoon you will departure towards Queenstown. During the trip you will be impressed with stunning mountain views. Lake Wanaka is a wonderful fairy tale sight. Shores of the Wanaka and Hawera lakes – a popular tourist destination in winter, when skiers gather here, and in the summer, when water sports enthusiasts are gathering. Later on you will arrive at the Queenstown. 140 years ago it was only a gold-diggers camp but today it is a charming mountain resort of Lake Wakatipu. Wine experts, prominent film directors, Hollywood stars and even the U.S. president come here to for their holidays.

 

Day 17

After breakfast you will be going to Fiordland National Park by a spectacular way of rocks, admiring the impressive glacier-formed and beech forested Eglinton valley surrounded by steep mountains. You will stop at Mirrow Lake, which reflects snowy peaks. North Valley road will rise up to the Homer Tunnel which is felled in the rock. In the surroundings you will meet charming mountain parrots, called Kea. After passing the tunnel, the road descends sharply and leads to the famous Milford Sound fjord which is the most famous attraction and pride of the national park. Travelers say that the beautiful fjord and the surrounding area is the most beautiful corner in the world.
Later on you will sail through the Milford Sound towards the Tasmanian Sea. You will admire surrounding mountains, waterfalls and the majestic peek of Mitre with its height of 1,600 meters! There is a good chance to see seals and dolphins diving around your boat. The beauty of Milford sound and the beauty of the deep blue water fascinated the English writer R. Kipling so much that he called this area the eighth wonder of the world.

 

Day 18

Departure towards Christchurch, visiting lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo will surprise you with the turquoise color of its water and the panorama of the Cook National Park. Aoraki peek also known as The James Cook is the highest peak in New Zealand (3764 meters). For an additional fee we offer a helicopter or plane flight over the mountains. You will enjoy astonishing views of the National Park.
Flight time is 20-55 minutes. During the flight you will feel the spirit of the majestic mountains. In the evening you will arrive at the Christchurch – a city of contrasts, located on the east coast.

 

Day 19

Plane flights: Christchurch – Sydney – Hong Kong – Helsinki – Vilnius

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