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Sydney, Melbourne’s Sandbelt & Tasmania ~
Australia’s Best 2014 (Escorted)

3 – 16 March 2014
11 Nights | 6 Rounds | Fully Escorted with Tour Host

We know, this has to be good. It’s a long way to Australia.

Fair enough; have a look below at “The Best of Australia 2014 (Escorted)”. If you like your vacation golf chosen from the upper echelon of world 100 clubs, and combined with fully escorted luxury itinerary that includes an equally impressive schedule of sightseeing, wine touring and spectacular natural beauty, we suspect you’ll agree this experience stands out.

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You’ll play two of Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s most important four layouts; Royal Melbourne which is GOLF Magazine’s world 13 and New South Wales ranked 34. You’ll play the club that put Tom Doak on the map, in Tasmanian, at Barnbougle Dunes ranked 41.  Next door at Barnbougle Lost Farm we’ve got world 82 by Coore & Crenshaw.  Royal Melbourne neighbor Yarra Yarra is a founding member of the famed Sandbelt clubs whose design was shaped heavily by Dr. MacKenzie. We’ll see Doak’s work again at St Andrews Beach found in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula’s Cups Country.

Our tour begins officially with the Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner on the day of arrival.  Sightseeing on Day 2 includes the famous Sydney Harbor Cruise plus a guided tour of the spectacular Opera House.  Both are included in the price of the tour, along with four (4) additional sightseeing excursions.   Welcome and Farewell dinners plus six (6) additional “choice of menu” evening meals are included as well.

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3/4 March, Monday/Tuesday: USA to AUSTRALIA

Depart the US for the land “Down Under”.
One day is lost crossing the International Dateline. This is regained on your return flight.

 
5 March, Wednesday: ARRIVE SYDNEY

After clearing immigration and customs you will be met by your hosts and transferred to your hotel.

Sydney is Australia's largest city at 4 million. The country's birth place, it is the most beautifully situated city in Australia with a magnificent harbour, that is one of nature’s extraordinary creations, dominating its landscape with its small bays and inlets crowned by the billowing sails of the Opera House. Sydney is a city in a hurry but also contains the country's oldest buildings and earliest colonial history that contrasts with skyscrapers and a modern cosmopolitan life-style. It truly is a sight to behold.

Tonight enjoy Welcome Cocktails & Dinner.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza – breakfast included

Sydney
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6 March, Thursday: SYDNEY

Today you will get to know Sydney.

This morning you depart on a tour of Sydney and its famous beaches. On completion you will be dropped off at King St. Wharf in Darling Harbour to commence a magical and spectacular Sydney Harbour cruise. Your vessel has exceptional nautical design, superior service and you will enjoy a sensational seafood buffet lunch. Sydney Harbour is commonly referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. It has many bays, inlets and secondary harbours and has not been built out like many of the world's other great harbours. Although there are exclusive homes dotted around the water's edge, there are large tracts of parklands, reserves and gardens that balance the harbour environmentally.

At completion of your cruise you take a short walk to the Sydney Opera House to join a tour through this architectural master piece. The Opera House opened in 1973 and perhaps would more aptly be named the Sydney Performing Arts Centre as most evenings its theatres offer a combination of world class music, dance, and drama and opera performances. Your 45 minute tour offers the opportunity to experience the Sydney Opera House in its daily operation and learn about its fascinating history and architecture.

This evening dinner is included at a fine local restaurant.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza – breakfast included

Sydney Harbour Cruise

Sydney Opera House

7 March, Friday: SYDNEY

Golf today is at the New South Wales Golf Club. Situated on the sight of Capt. Cook's landing in Australia at La Perouse, this famous course has magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and Botany Bay. Twenty minutes drive from the city center, this 6,815 yard course ranked World #34 by GOLF Magazine is complemented by excellent facilities. It promises one of golf’s most memorable experiences.

Sightseeing Suggestions for Non-Golfers:. This fantastic Eco Tour to the Blue Mountains begins at your hotel and the historical Rocks area of old Sydney. Heading westwards across the coastal plain you make our way to the Great Dividing Range of Australia, it is here you leave the ‘average’ Blue Mountains tourist behind and enter the National Park and Euroka Clearing to unlock a piece of Australia you would never have known existed. Drop into a hidden valley where you roam the area, seeking out kangaroos that may graze in the wild while enjoying a home-made morning tea. Next visit some scenic lookouts to view the Blue Mountains including King’s Tableland before visiting the quaint little village of Leura. Skirt around Cliff Drive to Katoomba where you will find yourself looking out over the magnificent Jamieson Valley and the world renowned Three Sisters from Eagle Hawk lookout. Enjoy a fine lunch of local cuisine and local wines in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Next travel to the scenic Evan’s Lookout for more gorgeous views of the Blue Mountains and finish the day with a short walk at the stunning Wentworth Falls. Continue back into Sydney, time permitting call into the Sydney 2000 Olympic site.

Tour includes guide, travel in luxury air-conditioned vehicles, morning tea and coffee, 2 course lunch featuring local cuisine and local wines, National Park entries, city hotel pick up and drop off, comprehensive commentary.

On return from golf you will be free to choose one the many nearby restaurants to enjoy your evening meal.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza – breakfast included

New South Wales Golf Club
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Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

8 March, Saturday: SYDNEY to LAUNCESTON / BARNBOUGLE

Transfer this morning to Sydney Airport for your flight to the Tasmanian city of Launceston.

Transfer from Launceston Airport to Lost Farm Lodge with a tour of the city enroute. Launceston is nestled on an ancient ravine in a valley beside the Tamar River surrounded by mountains. We’ll see City Park, established in 1820 by the Horticultural Society for its many gardens along with a conservatory plus a rowdy group of macaques. Time for tasting at the Josef Chromy winery is well spent as is a tour of the James Boag Brewery which was founded in 1883. Nearly 45% of Tasmania lies in protected reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites so it will come as no surprise to find Launceston’s own piece of wilderness situated right on the edge of the city at The Cataract Gorge.

Dinner is included this evening at The Lodge.

Accommodation: Lost Farm Lodge – breakfast included

Tasmanian Devil

Cataract Gorge

9 March, Sunday: BARNBOUGLE

You experience golfing highlights today and tomorrow when you take on two courses with growing reputations. Today it is Barnbougle Dunes.

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Club - Barnbougle is a links golf course unlike anything ever seen in Australia.  You play between, over, and across towering dunes, where breathtaking views and thrilling golf provides a dramatic setting that is equal to the best links courses in the world. It is ranked World #41.

Sightseeing Suggestions for Non-Golfers: Tasmania Day Tour - Awaken your senses to the magnificent splendor that is Cradle Mountain. Go deep into the Tasmanian forest and experience the solitary wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest, wildlife and unsurpassed beauty of this World Heritage listed National Park. Discover many walks throughout the rainforest - catch your breath as you first glimpse the craggy outcrop of majestic Cradle Mountain towering above sparkling Dove Lake plateau.

Dinner is included this evening at a nearby local restaurant.

Accommodation: Lost Farm Lodge – breakfast included

View the Barnbougle Dunes VIDEO.

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Club
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Cradle Mountain

10 March, Monday: BARNBOUGLE

You get another taste of a great Tasmanian links course when you play Lost Farm.

The Lost Farm – Coore & Crenshaw designed the Lost Farm course with a philosophy that traditional, strategic golf is the most rewarding. It is a 20 hole course that complements the canvas provided by Mother Nature. The layout offers a more diverse routing compared to the adjacent Barnbougle Dunes with fairways that roll along the coast and inland. It is ranked World #82.

For non golfers the day is free to make use of the hotels spa facilities.

Dinner this evening is included at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Lost Farm Lodge – breakfast included

View the Barnbougle Lost Farm VIDEO.

Lost Farm Golf Club
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The Spa at Lost Farm

11 March, Tuesday: BARNBOUGLE/LAUNCESTON to MELBOURNE

Following breakfast you transfer to the Launceston Airport for your short flight to Melbourne. On arrival you transfer to your downtown hotel.

Melbourne - From the cafes of Southbank on the Yarra River to the designer fashion stores of South Yarra, Melbourne is a centre of style and sophistication. The city revels in its glorious architecture, superb hotels fabulous theatres, famous zoo, wonderful shopping, rambling parks, sporting events and thousands of restaurants cafes and bars.

This afternoon you will enjoy a Melbourne Highlights Tour which includes the River Gardens and the Port and Docklands areas and allows you to discover a number of Melbourne's attractions including Southgate, the Victorian Arts Centre, historical docklands, shipping port, sporting precinct and panoramic city skyline.

Dinner is not included this evening so we encourage you to visit Southbank where the selection of restaurants is superb.

Accommodation: Park Hyatt – Park King Room – breakfast included

Melbourne

Federation Square, Melbourne

12 March, Wednesday: MELBOURNE

Golf today is at Yarra Yarra Golf Club.

Yarra Yarra Golf Club - One of Melbourne’s most prestigious private golf clubs, it boasts a heritage listed clubhouse and surrounds. Yarra Yarra is one of the renowned ‘Sandbelt’ courses and was designed by Alex Russell, a design partner of the famed Dr. Alister MacKenzie. The course is world standard, with the par 3 11th hole being described by Peter Thomson as a ‘national treasure’.

Sightseeing Suggestions for Non-Golfers: Philip Island - See penguins, koalas and kangaroos on a day trip to Phillip Island, Melbourne's wildlife wonderland and holiday island. Visit a wildlife park to get up close with koalas and kangaroos, then watch sea birds and fur seals in the rocky formation known as the Nobbies. At sunset, take your place at Summerland Beach to enjoy the nightly Penguin Parade, as cute little penguins waddle up the beach to their burrows after a day spent fishing at sea. To enhance your Penguin Parade experience, choose from a range of upgrade options: view the penguins from an exclusive viewing platform with Penguin Plus, interact with rangers and watch the parade from the exclusive Skybox, or choose the Ultimate Penguin Parade and enjoy a specially guided small-group tour at a secluded beach location.

On your return to the city dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Park Hyatt – Park King Room – breakfast included

Yarra Yarra Golf Club

Philip Island
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13 March, Thursday: MELBOURNE

Today will be a fun day when you take a tour to the Yarra Valley.

The Yarra Valley is one hour east of the city and is recognized for its world class, cool climate wineries located in the valley floor surrounded by the panoramic mountains of the Great Dividing Ranges. Your tour will include approximately four wineries and a delicious lunch. An expert guide guarantees a social, entertaining and informative day out.

You will again be able to choose your own dinner venue this evening.

Accommodation: Park Hyatt – Park King Room – breakfast included

Yarra Valley Vineyard

Domaine Chandon Winery

14 March, Friday: MELBOURNE

A golfing highlight today when you experience Royal Melbourne.

Royal Melbourne Golf Club - World #13 Royal Melbourne is regarded by many good judges as one of the best tests of golf in the world with its lightening fast greens, bowling green fairways and numerous bunkers. The course forms an important part of Melbourne’s famous "Sandbelt". Home of the Australian Open Tournament, the West Course was designed by the noted Scottish architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the designer of Augusta National and Cypress Point.

Sightseeing Suggestions for Non-Golfers: Enjoy a tour around Queen Victoria Market, a thriving and vital place pulsating with life. The friendly competition between stallholders, and their concern for customers, is what gives the Market its Old World charm and the addictive power to draw millions of visitors each year. The vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere of this historic site has endeared the Market to Melburnians for 130 years. The Market is probably best known for its huge variety of fresh produce. Almost 50% of the Market area is dedicated to the sale of fresh produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and delicatessen products.

Dinner will included this evening at another of Melbourne’s great restaurants.

Accommodation: Park Hyatt – Park King Room – breakfast included

Royal Melbourne Golf Club
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Queen Victoria Market

15 March, Saturday: MELBOURNE

You will venture south today to the well known Mornington Peninsula for golf at one of the Peninsula’s top courses, St. Andrews Beach.

St. Andrew’s Beach Golf Club - This course is regarded by many good golfers as perhaps the best course in Mornington Peninsula’s ‘The Cups’ region. Originally opened in 2006 it debuted as #9 best course in Australia. Internationally renowned golf course architect Tom Doak is the designer of this classic links style course which is built on a stunning piece of land that lends itself perfectly to the tradition of the famous links courses of Britain and Ireland.

On your return to the city you can prepare for the Farewell Dinner - refreshments included.

Accommodation: Park Hyatt – Park King Room – breakfast included

St. Andrew's Beach Golf Club
16 March, Sunday: MELBOURNE TO USA or extend your stay

Today you will be transferred to the Melbourne Airport in good time to check in for your return flight to USA.

If you would like to extend your stay, for a visit to New Zealand perhaps or to experience the thrill of Grand Prix racing which will conclude today on Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit, please consult with your PerryGolf representative. The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix dates, 13-16 March 2014, are subject to FIA confirmation.

Grand Prix
Tour Cost per Person*

Golfer
Non Golfer
Single Room Supplement

$8,095.00
$6,325.00
$2,175.00

* Pricing based on a minimum of 12 participants with accommodation shared as a twin or double room.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Accommodation in first class hotels (11 nights)
  • Green fees and confirmed tee times for 6 rounds of golf
  • All Australian land travel & transfers by luxury air conditioned coach
  • Fully escorted by an ‘ANZ Golf’ tour leader
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners with refreshments plus six (6) additional “choice of menu” evening meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast included daily
  • All sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
    • Sydney – City sightseeing tour
    • Sydney – Harbour Cruise
    • Sydney – Opera House tour
    • Launceston – Area sightseeing tour
    • Melbourne – City sightseeing tour
    • Melbourne – Yarra Valley winery tour
  • Non-golfers will be assisted in planning any sightseeing activities on golf days
  • Australian goods and services tax (10%)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • Food and beverage other than specified
  • Personal expenses
 
HOTEL Information

THE LODGE AT LOST FARM, TASMANIA
The Lodge at Lost Farm provides an elegant accommodation option for golfers wishing to stay on site at the golf course. With views of the course, coastline and Tasmanian each room is only a short stroll to the Lodge Restaurant, Spa, Clubhouse and first tee. The Lost Farm Restaurant and lounge provides a picturesque dining experience, with the Spa at Lost Farm providing an unique Tasmanian Spa Experience.

PARK HYATT HOTEL, MELBOURNE
Park Hyatt Melbourne is a world-class hotel, and its location is as distinctive as its design and interior. Conveniently situated in one of Melbourne's most historic areas, at the top of Collins Street and opposite St Patrick's Cathedral, Park Hyatt Melbourne overlooks district of Victorian architecture and is bordered by Melbourne's delightful Fitzroy Gardens. Just 13 miles from Melbourne Airport and convenient to the city's attractions, this boutique-style Hyatt hotel provides a warm ambience and exceptional levels of personalised service to its guests. Capturing the very essence of Melbourne today, the hotel's facilities are sophisticated and contemporary, offering spacious and beautifully presented accommodation, in a wide choice of hotel rooms and suites. Park Hyatt Melbourne also offers fine and elegant, extensive meeting facilities and function rooms, a luxurious hotel Health Centre and Day Spa, and a fully appointed Hyatt Business Centre.

RADISSON PLAZA HOTEL, SYDNEY
Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique style, five-star hotel housed within a stunning heritage-listed building located in the heart of Sydney. Originally built in the 1800's, the chic, calm and contemporary interior blends beautifully with the historical Hawkesbury sandstone facade. Featuring 336 stylish hotel rooms and 26 chic suites. Muted chocolate and beige tones blend for an effect that is welcoming and calming. All rooms feature a marble bathroom with separate shower and extra deep European style bath. Services at Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney include The Health Club located on the Mezzanine level and the Radisson Plaza Club Lounge, a private split-level lounge located on Level 10.

Lost Farm Lodge, Dining

 

Park Hyatt, Melbourne

 

Radisson Plaza Hotel, Sydney

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