Australia Trip

Monday, October 23, 2017 and Tuesday, October 24
In transit from SFO to SYD

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Friday Oct 27
Sydney, New South Wales
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
199 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel. +61 (2) 9250-3100
Things to see in Sydney:
Rocks District (see walking tour, page 75 of Lonely Planet book)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney (go at dusk for flying foxes?)
Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park
Great Synagogue, 166 Castlereagh St
Sydney Harbour
Take 12 minute F2 Taronga Zoo ferry to see the Opera House and go to:
Taronga Zoo in North Sydney, Bradley's Head Road, Mosman, NSW. Tickets have already been purchased online ahead of time for a discount.
Sydney Bridge pylon lookout
Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney – **must book a tour in advance**
[note: requires checking backpacks]
Darling Harbour
The Rocks Friday Foodie Market
9am - 3pm, Fridays, Jack Mundey Place, Playfair Street
Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
Manly Beach (NW of Sydney) – F1 Manly ferry or Manly Fast Ferry

Saturday, October 28, 2017 [Day 6]
En Route Sydney to Melbourne
Bay and Beach Bed & Breakfast
197 Callala Beach Rd
Callala Beach NSW 2540, Australia
+61 417 259 392
Along the coastal route (Princes Hwy A1/M1), it’s about 1,000 km from Sydney to Melbourne
Royal National Park, 33 km south of Sydney (if time)
Farnell Ave. exit off of A1, go 2-3 km south to Audley Dance Hall area, hike a bit. Map:
Probably worth buying a A$65 NSW Multi-Park Pass at the Visitor’s Centre
Bungoona lookout and path – “fantastic scenic views of Hacking River, with picnicking and birdwatching,” about 30 min/0.92km easy walk
Symbio Wildlife Park, 53 km south of Sydney, 20 km south of Royal National Park
7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Helensburgh NSW // (02) 4294 1244
Follow the Princes Highway through Sutherland and Waterfall (previous exit) connecting with the M1 freeway. Take the Helensburgh/Stanwell Park turnoff. Follow the Symbio signs through the roundabout and Symbio is on your right hand side.
Aussie Zoom tour, booked for 12:30 pm.
Feed and pet Koalas and Kangaroos, also get close to Wombats, Echidnas and even a Dingo.
Grand Pacific Drive: After Symbio Park, drive to the coast along Lawrence Hargrave Dr. Then head south along the coast on Grand Pacific Drive to Wollongong and Shellharbour.
Along the way:
Sri Venkateswara Temple, across street from Symbio Park
Stanwell Park if time
Walk across Sea Cliff Bridge (carparks at northern and southern ends)
Wollongong, 90 km south of Sydney, 33 km south of Symbio Park along Grand Pacific Drive
Wollongong Botanic Gardens, Murphys Ave, Keiraville NSW
University Ave. Exit off M1, head west, left on Irvine St., right on Murphys Ave.
[From Grand Pacific Drive, will have to head west, complicated]
Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse, Wollongong Harbour [right on Grand Pac. Dr.]
Head east from M1 or Gardens to harbor along either Bourke St. or Campbell St.
Wollongong Head Lighthouse, Wollongong Harbour around the corner from other one
Shellharbour/Kiama region
Continue along Grand Pacific Drive [now B65] to Shellharbour, about 20 km. Take Shellharbour Rd. [still B65] into Foster Rd. to reconnect with A1, another 2 km.
Continue south to Kiama, another 14 km. Optional to detour off A1 to go to the Kiama Blowhole on the coast (take Gipps St. or Terralong exit from A1).
From Kiama either (1) take A1 to Nowra area, or (2) at Gerringong, take Fern St. offramp to continue south on Grand Pacific Drive to Nowra (42 km either way).
Shoalhaven Heads region 145 km south of Sydney, 78 km south of Wollongong
Fleet Air Arm Museum, 489A Albatross Rd, Nowra Hill NSW, +61 2 4424 1920
From A1, head west on Btu Rd, about 5 km to Albatross Rd. Open 10am-4pm
Jervis Bay National Park, Wollumboola NSW (north side of Jervis Bay)
Take Forest Road east off the A1 highway, then follow the signs towards Currarong (Forest Rd. is across A1 from Btu Rd.); or take the Jervis Bay Road turn off east and follow the signs to Huskisson (for Moona Moona creek) or to Vincentia (for Greenfield Beach and Hyams Beach)
Booderee National Park, Village Rd, south side of Jervis Bay. Prefer this park over JBNP.
Take Jervis Bay Rd. turn off east, continue past Huskisson to Naval College Rd., continue to the park. Visitor’s Centre open 9am-4pm
Suggested itineraries from Visitor’s Centre (includes Murrays Beach, Green Patch, Botanic Gardens):
Batemans Bay region, 135 km south of Shoalhaven Heads
Murramarang National Park, Pebbly Beach Road, Benandarah NSW (121 km south of Shoalhaven Heads; before we get to Batemans Bay)
To get to Pretty Beach, Turn off the Princes Highway at Termeil on Brawley Point Rd., travel east to Bawley Point then head south past Kioloa and follow the signs to Pretty Beach.
Birdland Animal Park, 55 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay NSW, +61 2 4472 5364
Take Beach Rd. exit east from A1, just after crossing Clyde River. Batemans Bay Visitor Centre is at intersection of A1 and Beach Rd. (John Eden says to go) Opens 9:30 a.m. daily
Coast Detour South of Batemans Bay (optional detour)
From Batemans Bay hotel on Beach Rd., continue south on Beach Rd. to George Bass Rd., through Lilli Pilli, Broulee, and Moruya to reconnect with A1.
Narooma, 72 km south of Batemans Bay [on A1], 84 km using coastal detour
Montague Island Nature Reserve, 9 km off the coast of Narooma
Merimbula, 108 km south of Narooma, 175 km south of Batemans Bay [on A1]
[There is a coastal detour from Narooma to Merimbula that doesn’t seem worthwhile]
Merimbula Boardwalk, along Market Street on Merimbula Lake
Merimbula Aquarium, The Wharf, Lake St, Merimbula, +61 2 6495 4446
Potoroo Palace Animal Sanctuary, 2372 Princes Hwy, Merimbula, +61 2 6494 9053 (south of Merimbula Dr. turnoff)
Eden, 27 km south of Merimbula
Eden Killer Whale Museum, 184 Imlay St, (02) 6496 2094 (open daily until 3:45pm)
Lakes Entrance, 242 km south of Eden (Melbourne is 555 km south of Eden)
Princes Hwy is the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance
Take foot bridge (at Myer St) across Cunninghame Arm to the sand dunes
pelican feeding, waterfront, 3:30 pm each day
Wilson’s Promontory Marine N.P., 278 km southwest of Lake’s Entrance (detour south)
Mt Oberon Summit Walk
Melbourne is 319 km west of Lakes Entrance (fastest route) and 217 km from Wilson’s Promontory N.P.

Raymond Island Koalas

Sunday, October 29, 2017 [Day 7]
En Route Sydney to Melbourne
Quays Hotel
62 Beach Rd
Batemans Bay, New South Wales 2536
+61 02 4472 9777
King Room, Reservation # 4CBD0D59E8

Monday, October 30, 2017 [Day 8]
En Route Sydney to Melbourne
Heritage House Motel & Units
178 Imlay St
Eden, New South Wales 2551
+61 2 6496 1657

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 [Day 9]
En Route Sydney to Melbourne
The Esplanade Resort & Spa
1 Esplanade
Lakes Entrance VIC 3909

Phillip Island (penguins and more)
Reservation for Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 [Day 10]
Melbourne, Victoria
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens
380 William Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia
Hotel phone: +61 03 9322 8000
Reservations: +1 (800) 333-333 (Australia toll-free) +1 (800) 967-9033 (US/Canada Toll-free)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 [Day 11]
Melbourne, Victoria
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens

A1/A2 Square Dancing
Southern Cross "A" - Albert Park (Fortnighly Thursday) (A1/A2), St Silas Anglican Church Hall, Corner Bridport & Ferrars Streets, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Things to see in Melbourne

Near Federation Square, Central Melbourne
Ian Potter Centre, aboriginal and modern Australian Art, Federation Square, Russell Street Flinders St & Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 3 8662 1553 (Open daily)
Hosier Lane, street art, just north of Federation Square.
Centre Place, street art and shops, running north from Flinders Lane to Collins Street, between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street.
Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street Mall (corner Elizabeth St, Little Collins St) (Open daily)
Central Melbourne, to the East of Federation Square
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street Melbourne 3000 (closed Saturdays)
St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1 Cathedral Pl, East Melbourne VIC
Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne Victoria 3002 (open daily)
Cook’s Cottage
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC (Open daily)
Lygon Street, Italian precinct (to the northwest of Melbourne Museum)
Brunswick East neighborhood (not really in Central Melbourne, to north of Lygon Street)
Queen Victoria Market Area
Queen Victoria Market, Corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets (closed Monday and Wednesday)
Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell St. (near Queen Vic Market) (open daily)
South of Yarra River
Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC (south of Yarra River) (open daily)
Eureka Tower Skydeck, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC (south of Yarra River) (open daily)

Great Ocean Road (west of Melbourne), drive as far as Port Ferry or Portland
Cape Otway Lighthouse
12 Apostles
Kennett River (Koala Walk)

Yarra Valley (east of Melbourne)
Yering Station Vineyard,
Domain Chandon,
National Rhododendron Garden in season

Sunday, November 5 – Nov 6
Fly to Hobart, Tasmania
Graham Apartments
15 Pirie Street, New Town, Hobart
Tasmania, 7008 Australia
(03) 6278 1333 //

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
655 Main Road, Berriedale Tasmania 7011 open 10am–5pm

Other things to see in Hobart:
Salamanca Place
Farm Gate Market

Plus Square Dancing Hobart Casino City Squares Monday 7:30 PM
7 Balamara St., Bellerive (about a 15 minute drive from Hobart)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 [Day 16]
North Shore Tasmania
Madsen Boutique Hotel
64 Main Street, Penguin, TAS 7316 (right next to the Commonwealth Bank)
Phone: (03) 6437 2588

While leaving Hobart:
Visit 10 a.m. “Feeding Frenzy” tour, 2.5 hours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Wildlife Rescue
593 Briggs Road, Brighton, Tasmania, 7030
Phone: (03) 6268 1184 // Email:

Drive to Penguin (about 3 hours 7 mins, 285 km on fast road Hwy 1; or 3 hours 17 min, 261 km on slow roads A5/B51 bypass)

Penguin Visitor Information Centre (9:00am to 4:00pm daily)
78 Main Road, Penguin TAS // 03 6437 1421
Lillico Beach penguins (23 km east of Penguin, between Ulverstone and Devonport)
Sulphur Creek penguins (4 km west of Penguin)
Burnie Penguin Observation Centre,
Burnie Maker’s Workshop,
Devonport has platypuses
Mole Creek Karst National Park,

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 [Day 17]
North Shore Tasmania
Madsen Boutique Hotel
Sunset 8:03 p.m.
Moonrise 12:26 a.m.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 –Friday Nov 10
Freycinet National Park
Edge of the Bay Resort
2308 Coles Bay Road
Coles Bay, Tasmania 7215 Australia
+61 3 6257 0102

Lots of hiking trails in the area.
Freycinet National Park:
More penguins in Bicheno, about 30 km north of Coles Bay:

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Fly from Hobart to Sydney Airport
Drive from Coles Bay to Hobart Airport is about 2 hours 13 mins / 170 km
Qantas QF1584 (operated by Qantaslink)
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel (next to Terminal 1)
8 Arrival Court, Sydney International Airport NSW 2020, Australia

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Fly home to SFO