Tour Highlights


Treacherous yet beautiful; relentless and restorative. The rampant churning of the Southern Ocean seems tempered by the tender glow of the setting sun. The wind swept, wave lashed shores of Van Diemen's Land, were a beacon of heartbreak or hope for weary shiploads of convicts and crew, whose hardy descendants helped shaped the character of a nation.

  • Explore the beauty of the Southern Islands by Private Jet on our own leisurely schedule
  • Admire rugged Flinders Island, an abundance of natural beauty and forgotten seaside towns
  • Enjoy the art, wildlife and fresh air of Hobart, Australia’s Southernmost capital
  • Cruise on the majestic Gordon River as you step back in time to serene Strahan
  • Sample a smorgasbord of decadent delights at King Island Dairy
  • Learn the secrets from the cellar door at Katnook Estate in the Coonawarra wine region
  • Two nights at Kangaroo Island’s lavish Southern Ocean Lodge
  • Go in search of fur seals among the natural wonders of Flinders Chase National Park
  • Indulge in the award-winning cuisine of Stefano’s Cellar in Mildura
  • While away a lazy day on the Murray River aboard a paddle steamer

Coastal Beauty of Strahan

Such a high benchmark was set with Claudia and Jeremy as leaders, hotels, the ship and the shore visits that it will be a very hard act to follow. Believe me all my expectations and more were met.

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Sydney – Flinders Island – Hobart

Day 1: Thursday 5 October

Strewn between Victoria and Tasmania, the Furneaux archipelago is a group of more than 50 islands, many of which are accessible primarily by boat. Because of the rough waters, they are largely unexplored by everyday travellers – but we are not everyday travellers. On a Private Jet we are whisked from Sydney to Flinders Island.

We explore the island and discover its untamed beauty before reboarding for our onward flight to Hobart. Awaiting us for the next three nights is the Henry Jones Art Hotel – located right on the waterfront and close to Salamanca Place. 

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Hobart

Day 2: Friday 6 October

A small and charmingly diverse city, Hobart is full of treasures. You might choose to explore them independently today, or join us on a journey to nearby Bruny Island, where a choice of adventure presents itself.

  • Perhaps indulge in a cellar door lunch of local produce and take in the breathtaking views from the Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Or breathe in the salty air on a three hour adventure cruise along the coast of the island, keeping your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins, migrating whales and birds.
  •  Back in the city, it’s your choice tonight on a dine-around evening in Salamanca Place.

Bush meets bay at Bruny Island

Hobart

Day 3: Saturday 7 October

Enjoy a tour of Australia’s southernmost capital after a morning stroll amid the stalls of the colourful Salamanca Market.

A visit to Hobart would not be complete without wandering through the incredible Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). With exhibitions that push the boundaries and change perceptions of art, you will certainly have something to discuss over a sublime lunch at The Source restaurant.

We return to the city via the Derwent River aboard MONA’s stylish ferry, with cameras at the ready to cruise under the Tasman Bridge.

  • Enjoy a dine-around evening tonight.

Strahan

Day 4: Sunday 8 October

Set in the shadows of Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair is our goal this morning. Here we look out to panoramic views of Cynthia Bay as lunch is served at Lake St Clair Lodge, before we travel via the remote copper mining town of Queenstown to Strahan, where the delightful Strahan Village greets us for a two night stay.

A visit to ‘The Wall in the Wilderness’, an incredible 100 metre tall sculpture by artist Greg Duncan, is certainly a highlight of today. And it’s still a work in progress.

  • We hope for clear skies at dinner as the outlook from View 42° is amazing. If you prefer, you might stroll to the Hamer Hotel pub.

Strahan and Gordon River

Day 5: Monday 9 October

The Gordon River is a waterway of tranquil beauty, one that's seemingly untouched by modern life. In Premium Upper Deck seating aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II, we cruise to Heritage Landing, venturing into a secret world in which Mother Nature has crafted some of her most inspired works.

After lunching on board, we return to Strahan, where a matinee production of ‘The Ship That Never Was’  is bound to provide a chuckle. By the water at Risby Cove Restaurant this evening, locally caught fish is one of many items on the menu that will be hard to ignore.

The Lady Jane Franklin II meanders along Tasmania's Gordon River

King Island

Day 6: Tuesday 10 October

After skirting through the mountain scenery by road, we arrive at Wynyard Airport where our Private Jet is waiting. Upon take off we peer out the jet's windows to watch the lush green of Tasmania disappear from view. Soon though, we're making our descent from the clouds to land on verdant King Island. We check in to our clifftop retreat, Boomerang By the Sea, then we'll go in search of the gourmet cheese and prime beef that has made the island famous.

We visit the King Island Dairy for an obligatory tasting before heading north to the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest lighthouse at Cape Wickham.

The King Island lighthouse in Currie Harbour

Share in the spoils of the Coonawarra wine region

King Island – Mount Gambier

Day 7: Wednesday 11 October

Today we depart King Island and fly to Mount Gambier and the Coonawarra wine region. Here, we unravel the secrets of Cabernet Sauvignon and delight in lunch and tastings hosted by Head Winemaker of Katnook Estate, Wayne Stehbens.

A lake that lies in the crater of a volcano and changes colour with the seasons may sound like something from a fairytale. But today we see the spectacular Blue Lake, along with the intriguing Umpherston Sinkhole, with our own eyes.

  • Enjoy a dine-around evening tonight at The Barn – an award winning steakhouse located at your hotel. Or, take a short trip into the town centre where every evening at the Cave Garden, a light show tells Dreamtime stories of the region’s Indigenous people. This meticulously presented feat of landscaping creates a magical space utilising a natural grotto. 

Mount Gambier – Kangaroo Island

Day 8: Thursday 12 October

Spend the morning wandering through the town centre and exploring the antique shops and galleries. Then, it’s back on board our Private Jet for a lunchtime flight to Kangaroo Island, where we enjoy two wonderful nights at the lavish Southern Ocean Lodge. After a delicious picnic lunch, we visit the Seal Bay Conservation Centre and get up close to dozens of seals on the beach.

This evening, we enjoy the first of several fantastic dining experiences at Southern Ocean Lodge. We toast the emerging wine region of Kangaroo Island over divine cuisine. Designed in harmony with nature and gathered from the island, this is truly sustainable and delicious food.

Remarkable Rocks Kangaroo Island South Australia

Remarkable rocks, sculpted by time

Southern Ocean Lodge

World renowned Southern Ocean Lodge

Kangaroo Island

Day 9: Friday 13 October

Kangaroo Island is home to Flinders Chase National Park – where we find the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and, with any luck, a local colony of fur seals. After we spend the morning exploring the park and its wildlife, we return to the lodge for a very special lunch.

Having sampled our fill of local delicacies, there’s time to relax this afternoon and enjoy the lodge. Perhaps you’ll reserve a visit to Southern Spa (additional cost) or enjoy a walk along the beautiful coastline. We reconvene for pre dinner drinks in the Great Room, followed by another wonderful four course dinner.

Kangaroo Island

Crystal clear water of Kangaroo Island

Mildura

Day 10: Saturday 14 October

From kangaroos to oranges, we fly from the Southern Ocean to Mildura this morning and view the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers before checking in to The Grand Hotel.

We celebrate another local hero tonight as we dine at the legendary Stefano’s restaurant. The award winning cuisine provides a fitting finale to your culinary exploration of the Southern Islands.

Bathe in the beautiful colours of Mildura

Mildura – Sydney

Day 11: Sunday 15 October

Today we travel to Trentham Estate winery aboard a charming paddle steamer and watch the Murray River unwind. After one final indulgence over lunch and tastings, we board our Private Jet for the flight to Sydney. We say goodbye to our new found friends, refreshed and looking forward to the next adventure.

Go back in time with a special Murray River cruise

All Inclusive Tours

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Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

Wine

Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Luggage Service

Luggage Service

Our Point to Point luggage service takes care of your luggage for you. Leave it outside your hotel room and our staff will look after its transport.

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Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

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Accommodation

We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

Embraer 135

Your Private Jet

Our privately chartered Embraer 135 jet is one of the fastest and most reliable commercial jet aircrafts operating in Australia. Thanks to its twin jet engines, it has a cruising speed of 820 kilometres per hour, so you can spend less time in the air and more time enjoying the wonders of the destinations it takes you to. When you are in the air, your comfort is paramount. Air conditioning keeps the temperature pleasant at all times and you'll be treated to morning and afternoon teas on board, as well as the occasional light lunch. All are accompanied by drinks, and all consist of local produce that, wherever possible, is sourced from the places you've just visited – so you can indulge in delightful regional flavours even after you've departed. Your seating – either aisle or window – is rotated throughout the journey. The hand selected crew of our Private Jet know that great service means more than just fulfilling your travel needs. It's the genuine smile that greets you every time you board, the security of their expertise, and the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration afforded you from the moment the journey begins to the time you arrive back in Sydney. Flying aboard our Private Jet is not like an ordinary flight – it is always a pleasure and often a highlight.

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

Your Accommodation


Our tour features some of Australia’s most remote destinations. We have chosen the best accommodation available in each destination. The accommodation in many of the destinations is not of the standard normally offered on Captain’s Choice but is comfortable and reflects the flavour of the destinations we tour to.

Henry Jones Art Hotel
Hobart

The Henry Jones Art Hotel

The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart is a five star fusion of art, history and design. Think gallery space, meets cutting edge architecture in a heritage listed waterfront building.

Mount Gambier

The Barn

Nestled amongst acres of lush gardens near Mount Gambier, The Barn is a luxurious base from which to indulge in the fruits of the nearby Coonawarra and Limestone Coast vines.

Southern Ocean Lodge
Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge

Perched atop a rugged clifftop, Southern Ocean Lodge is a breathtaking paragon of modern luxury and contemporary environmental design.

Southern Islands of Australia

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