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Botanica

Gardens, Gourmet and Landscapes of the Southern States Cruise

Adelaide to Hobart

Trip Code: BTAH13
13 Days
7 Feb 2022

Trip Highlights

King Island produce and art

Explore the island's rich produce, including the iconic King Island Dairy.

Iconic SA and Tasmanian gardens

Visit stunning private gardens in both South Australia and Tasmania on your cruise, including on Kangaroo Island.

Gourmet food tastings

Enjoy gourmet food tastings in South Australia's oyster capital Port Lincoln and on Kangaroo Island.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 11 nights on board the Small Ship, MS Caledonian Sky 
  • 33 meals, airport transfers on first and last day, port taxes and gratuities
  • Visit Carrick Hill, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the David Roche Foundation
  • Enjoy gourmet food tastings in Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island
  • In Robe visit a cut flower farm and learn some tips on informal flower arrangements
  • Visit Treloar Roses and Portland Botanical Gardens
  • Explore King Island produce and art
  • Visit gardens in Burnie and Devonport and explore Port Arthur

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
  • Low Fitness Level - involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand up for up to one hour and keep up with the pace of the group
  • Group size: Up to 30 Botanica guests on board a small ship of maximum 114 guests
Map
Adelaide to Hobart

Arrive in Adelaide and be transferred to your hotel for a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Adelaide, Playford Hotel or similar

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  • Dinner

This morning we explore the Art Gallery of South Australia, with its fine collection of works by Australian and international artists. Enjoy a guided tour and talk about the works of Hans and Nora Heysen. Next we travel up to the Adelaide Hills to visit Hans Heysen’s home and studio, to see the magnificent gums he was known for painting. We then board the MS Caledonian Sky, where you will have time to settle into your cabin before enjoying a Welcome Dinner.                

Stay: 11 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Dinner

Today we visit Carrick Hill, former home of Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward. The property boasts art collections of international significance, as well as its original subsidiary buildings, including the stables. See the Edwardian garden as well as the arts and crafts garden, and discover the collection of gardening tools at the Australian Museum of Gardening. Afterwards, visit the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the David Roche Foundation, home to a number of antiques and fine art collected during his life.

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Arrive in Port Lincoln today, located on the Lower Eyre Peninsula. This region hosts one of the largest fishing fleets in Australia and is the centre of blue fin tuna fishing, making it a foodie centre. Afterwards, we visit Coffin Bay Oysters, meeting with the farmers and learning how the oysters are harvested here. Our tour concludes with a tasting. We then travel to Coffin Bay National Park and witness the stunning scenery, where rugged limestone cliffs contrast with sand dunes and pure white beaches, set against the dazzling turquoise waters. Our travels then take us to Point Avoid, Almonta Beach, Golden Island and Yangie Bay. Along the way, we hope to spot dolphins, kangaroos, emus, reptiles and an array of birdlife. This afternoon, enjoy a unique guided tour of the Constantia Gallery and Workshop. Since 1977, Constantia has created some of the world’s finest furniture. 

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Today will be spent exploring Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s great nature-based destinations, boasting an abundance of flora and fauna. Our day begins amid the beautiful floral displays of another private garden, before we make our way to Emu Bay Lavender Farm and Parndana Community Garden, a project developed by celebrity gardener Sophie Thomson in response to the 2020 bushfires. Today’s final stop is Seal Bay, home to spectacular coastal views and one of the largest colonies of Australian sea lions.

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We make our way to Robe, a fishing port located on the South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The centre of the crayfishing industry, its pristine waters are home to great biodiversity, including seagrass meadows and the Leafy Sea Dragon seahorse. The area also has a large collection of historical buildings, and we visit Moorakyne House. The house was built in 1853 by George Ormerod, whose company played a significant part in the town’s boom period during the 19th century. We then visit a historic sheep and cattle property, converted into a nursery that grows many English ornamentals. Dahlias, zinnias, rudbeckia, sunflowers and more than 600 David Austin roses bloom here. Meet the owner, who will give you some tips on informal arrangements of dahlias and wild English flowers.  

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Arrive in Portland, on the south-west coast of Victoria. Visit the renowned Treloar Roses, Australia’s largest rose production nursery. Learn about the rose production process, while receiving advice on the best roses to grow in your part of Australia. Stroll through two acres of display garden, containing more than 200 different rose varieties, then enjoy some time to browse the retail store. We then visit Portland Botanical Gardens, which reflect early European design. Early plantings include specimens propagated by the original curator, William Allitt, who collected them from around Portland and the surrounding district. The plants in the gardens here are fine examples of how diverse plant species adapt to Portland’s temperate coastal conditions.

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Today we land on King Island, renowned for its rugged coastline, gourmet produce and some of the cleanest air in the world. See the island’s sights and take a tour of the King Island Dairy, Seal Rocks and Lavinia Nature Reserve. This afternoon, visit Whale Tail House, as seen on Grand Designs Australia. The bespoke dwelling has been built spectacularly upon the coastal dunes of Yellow Rock. Inside, the owners proudly display numerous works of art, which complement the magnificent panoramic views enjoyed from their home.  

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The port city of Burnie awaits today. From here, we travel to Devonport to visit Home Hill, a National Trust property and family home of Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons. Built in 1916, the elegant homestead remains largely as it was when Dame Enid Lyons last lived there in 1981. Continue onto the private garden of Kaydale Lodge, where we will enjoy a light lunch in the tea rooms. 

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Spend the morning sailing along the Tasmanian coast before exploring Freycinet National Park and its surrounding area. The majestic beauty of Freycinet’s granite mountains and white sandy beaches have long been admired by naturalists, artists and writers, with the area listed as a national park in 1916. 

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Sail into one of the last great wilderness areas of the world, Port Davey. Only accessible by boat, this incredible World Heritage-listed national park is a haven for wildlife. Visited by a select few each year due to its remote location, those who make the journey will have everlasting memories of the natural beauty of this remote area in Tasmania’s south-west corner. We have the chance to hike the Needwonnee walk at Melaleuca, where we learn about the Needwonnee people through a series of interpretive installations. 

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This morning, we take time to explore the Government Gardens at Port Arthur, originally established in the late 1840s as an outdoor leisure area for the penal settlement’s military and civil officials. This afternoon, enjoy free time to further explore Port Arthur or relax aboard the ship. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner as our journey concludes. 

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Depart the ship this morning with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.

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