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Australia - Tasmania & Southern Victoria

Tasmania & Southern Victoria

31 October to 19 November 2017

Leader: Mark Hanger

Maximum of 10 clients.

2017 Cost: £6,199 single room supplement £600

Ornitholidays is excited to welcome back Mark Hanger as one of our guides and to be able to offer a fascinating tour to Tasmania and Southern Victoria in pursuit of the wildlife that occurs in the region. We won’t just be looking for the birds that occur here but also the varied number of marsupials that the regions can offer. We have visited Tasmania before on a number of occasions and the island has so much to offer the naturalist, with some endemic birds (12 species), exciting marsupials (including Tasmanian Devil, Platypus and Eastern Quoll), an interesting flora (70% of Tasmania’s alpine plants are endemic) and some magnificent scenery. Tasmania is a relatively large island (26th largest in the world) with an area of about 24,000 square miles, but it is relatively unspoiled and undeveloped, with almost 37% of the land mass being designated as reserves, national parks or World Heritage Sites. It is the most mountainous of the Australian states, with much of the land being forested and it holds some of the last temperate rain forests in the Southern Hemisphere. The island is also home to some of the tallest and oldest trees of the world, with some individual Huon Pines believed to be more than 2,000 years old. Our exploration will find mountain peaks, fern-filled gullies, extensive lakes and even offshore islands (when we take to the boat for a pelagic trip). On Southern Victoria we will look for Koala, Emu, Superb Lyrebird, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo and much more besides. Travel with Mark and see why this will be a great exploration of this wild part of Australia.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Day 2 In transit
Day 3 Hobart
Days 4-5 Bruny Island
Day 6 New Norfolk
Day 7 Lake St Clair
Days 8-9 Cradle Mountain
Day 10 Stanley
Days 11-12 Loonganna
Day 13 Launceston
Days 14-15 Bicheno
Days 16-18 Melbourne
Day 19 Depart Melbourne
Day 20 Arrive London