Pre & Post Tour Options
The Congress has secured the following discounted tour options for WCPP delegates to book during their stay in Australia.
3 Day Pre-Congress Tour: Great Ocean Road / Grampians / Ballarat
Saturday June 15 2019 (L)
Depart Melbourne early morning and travel to the southwest via Geelong, the state's second largest city. Not long past Geelong the ocean comes into view before passing through the surfing townships of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. Continue onto Lorne where the dual mix of the ocean and the Otway Ranges is breathtaking. Follow the coast road through to Apollo Bay and Kennett River before heading inland through rainforest and then emerging on to the Shipwreck Coast. The afternoon would feature the coastal rock formations of Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles and The Arch before arriving in Port Campbell.
Sunday June 16 2019 (B, L)
After breakfast travel across to Tower Hill, an extinct volcano and now a State Park. A walk through the park reveals koalas in generous numbers in the gum trees. Late morning continue through to Dunkeld where lunch will be enjoyed at the stylish Royal Mail Hotel. After lunch, a visit would be made to Crombie Homestead where an insight into life on the land would be provided by the owners. Late afternoon transfer through to Halls Gap, the major town at the heart of the breathtaking Grampians mountain range.
Monday June 17 2019 (B, L)
Depart Halls Gap and travel through the Grampians taking in some of the most spectacular scenery the state has to offer. Included in these are The Balconies, Mt Difficult Lookout and The Jaws of Death before transferring through to Ballarat and Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is a recreation of Ballarat's first ten years following the discovery of gold there in 1851. Late afternoon return to Melbourne.
$1090 pp, based on a minimum of 6 people (twin/double share).
$1265 pp, based on a minimum of 6 people (single share).
Includes: Mini-bus transport, two nights accommodation, meals as indicated (Bbreakfast, L-lunch), farm visit at Crombie Homestead, visits to Melba Gully, Port Campbell National Park, Tower Hill and Grampians, entry fee to Sovereign Hill, guide, gst.
6 Day Post-Congress tour 1: Far North Queensland & Central Australia
Saturday June 22nd
Arrive Cairns Airport and transfer to accommodation at Paradise on the Beach Resort, Palm Cove. This beach side resort is set idyllically with golden sand and a palm-fringed beach on the doorstep.
Sunday June 23rd (B, L)
Full day tour to the Great Barrier Reef. Transfer by coach along the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas where you’ll board the boat and travel to the outer reef to snorkel and swim amongst the fish and coral. Late afternoon arrival at Paradise on the Beach.
Monday June 24th (B, L)
A full day tour to Kuranda, travelling by train up the McAlister Range, through 15 tunnels and past the Barron Falls. Enjoy the Kuranda markets, Aboriginal dancers, koala and wildlife park and the Skyrail cablecar.
Tuesday June 25th (B)
Take a morning flight to Alice Springs in Central Australia and check in to The Aurora Motel. Depart for an afternoon tour of Alice Springs. See the sights and learn about the history and development of this important town.
Wednesday June 26th (B, L, D)
An early rise for the transfer by road to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Located some 450 kilometres from Alice Springs, the world’s greatest monolith rises 348 metres above the desert floor. Arrive early afternoon at the permanent campsite and after lunch visit The Olgas, a cluster of massive rounded rocks. Take a walk through the ‘Valley of the Winds’ before the spectacular sunset viewing of Uluru. Dinner around the campfire and camping accommodation under the stars conclude the day’s program. This is ‘soft’ camping with a stretcher bed, sleeping bag & sheet provided. Shower facilities are also available.
Thursday June 27th (B, L)
Arise early for sunrise viewing of Ayers Rock followed by tour of the base caves and visit to the Cultural Centre. Early afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Sydney or Melbourne.
Cost: $1890 pp (twin/double share) & $2780 pp (single share)
Includes: Tour of Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda, five nights accommodation (motel and camping), entry fee to & tour of Ayers Rock, The Olgas and Alice Springs, meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), transfers, gst.
The cost does not include airfares to Cairns, from Cairns to Alice Springs or Ayers Rock to Sydney/Melbourne. Accommodation would be booked at Palm Cove, on the northern beaches 20 minutes from Cairns. If arriving before the first day, additional accommodation can be arranged.
4 Day Post-Congress Tour 2: Sydney
Saturday June 22nd
Arrive Sydney and transfer to Travelodge. Day at leisure.
Sunday June 23rd (B, L)
Enjoy a morning city sights tour of Sydney, taking in the historic Rocks area, the exclusive inner suburbs of Paddington and Double Bay, noted for their quaintly preserved terrace houses, famous Bondi Beach and the red light district of Kings Cross. A highlight of the day will be the harbour lunch cruise where you'll be introduced to its intriguing history, character and points of interest.
Monday June 24th (B)
Another full day tour to the west of Sydney that encompasses the unsurpassed wilderness, beauty and remote bushland of the Blue Mountains plus panoramic views of rugged cliffs and deep forested valleys. After lunch, the afternoon is spent visiting a selection of scenic lookouts. The view from Govett’s Leap is one of the most famous lookouts in Australia and includes a magnificent waterfall. The last stop is the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where you’ll take in some sweeping views.
Tuesday June 25th (B)
Day at leisure to explore some more of Sydney. A suggested activity is The Bridge Climb, a 3 1/2 hour adventure and a never to be forgotten experience on one of the world’s most prominent attractions. The climb begins with a comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration that prepares you for the Climb of your Life ! The exhilaration and sense of satisfaction achieved by reaching the top is rewarded with breathtaking views. One of the safety requirements is that each walker is breathalysed and carry items such as cameras are not permitted. The cost of the ticket includes a photograph.
Cost: $1360 pp (twin or double share). $1930 pp (single share).
Includes: Three nights accommodation, city sights tour, harbour cruise, Blue Mountains tour, midi-coach transport, meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch), transfers, gst.
Options: Bridge Climb, prices start from approx. $300 per person.
The cost does not include the air-fare from Melbourne to Sydney. Recommended flight will be provided at time of booking. Time of Bridge Climb to be confirmed when booked.
Penguins (Available Daily)
Enjoy the antics of the world's smallest penguins at fascinating Phillip Island. The sight of Australia's largest fairy penguin colony emerging from the surf and waddling up the beach with food for their young brings howls of delight from an enthralled crowd.
Cost: $175 pp.
Includes: Transport, entry to Koala Conservation Centre, Penguin Parade with Penguin Plus Viewing Platform, guide, gst.
Times: 1.30pm to 9.30pm.
Wildlife & Wine (Available Daily)
Travel through to the north-east of Melbourne through the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley to the Healesville Sanctuary, home to more than 200 species of native animals in a natural bush setting. Spend the morning at this outstanding facility before arriving at Yering Station for lunch in their light filled restaurant. The day concludes at De Bortoli with a wonderful selection of cheeses that will be matched to their estate range of wines.
Cost: $220 pp.
Includes: Transport, entry to the Healesville Sanctuary, wine tasting, main course a la carte lunch, glass of wine & coffee at Yering Station Vineyard, wine tasting with cheese at De Bortoli Vineyard, guide, gst.
Times: 8.30am to 6.30pm.
Great Ocean Road (Available Daily)
Imagine a road that hugs the side of sheer cliffs, where the native bushland meets the blue waters of the Southern Ocean. Experience the temperate rainforest that features fern gullies and giant myrtle trees as well as koalas in the wild and the spectacular coastline that’s home to the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the Razorback.
Cost: $130 pp.
Includes: Transport, lunch, entry to the Port Campbell National Park, guide, gst.
Times: 7.30am to 7.00pm.
Yarra Valley Vineyards (Available Daily)
Visit the beautiful Yarra Valley and enjoy tastings at De Bortoli, Yering Station, Medhurst, Domaine Chandon and Coldstream Hills. Appreciate why this region enjoys such a high profile with its world class production of sparkling and table wines and outstanding food.
Cost: $205 pp.
Includes: Transport, all wine tastings, glass of sparkling and guided tour at Domaine Chandon Vineyard, lunch, glass of wine & coffee at Yering Station Vineyard, cheese platter with matching wine at De Bortoli Vineyard, guide, gst.
Times: 8.30am to 6.30pm.
Introduction to Melbourne Walk (Available Daily)
Described as a ‘comprehensive highlight of Melbourne’, this tour is a must for any visitor to the city. Take a look at Melbourne’s past by learning about Aboriginal history, the settlement of Melbourne and early colonial life. The tour is a highlight of cultural aspects of modern day Melbourne. Venture through Melbourne’s laneways and arcades, discovering street art, music & café culture as well as some opulent and sometimes controversial architecture. Sports, art projects and immigration history are also covered in the walk.
Cost: $50 pp.
Includes: Guided city walk, coffee, gst.
Times: 1.00pm to 4.00pm.