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Description:
Starting in cosmopolitan Sydney, B&R's newest Biking & Walking Expedition takes you from the breathtaking vistas of the Blue Mountain range, through pastoral Hunter Valley wine country, along nature trails in the ancient Daintree Rain Forest, onto the beaches of the Coral Sea and out to the Great Barrier Reef. Diversions en route include private cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, plus horseback riding, swimming, fishing and sailing. These trips are available through Butterfield & Robinson in association with Finelot.com.


Days 1 & 2
Blue Mountains: After a rendezvous in Sydney, journey inland to the Blue Mountains, a scenic range carved out of a sandstone plateau by wind and water erosion, with peaks rising as high as 3,600 feet. (The mountains take their name from the fine, bluish-coloured mist given off the eucalyptus trees.) Enjoy bush walks in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, along beautiful gorges, through forests of gum trees to spectacular clifftop vistas.

Day 3
Scone: From the mountains, bike down to a working ranch where you can see kangaroos, stumpy-legged wombats and the native Australian dog, the howling dingo. Belltrees, our country home for the night, is set in a 23,000-acre farm famed for its polo ponies.

Day 4 & 5
Hunter Valley: Bike past world-renowned vineyards such as Rosemount and Wyndham Estate in Hunter Valley, the Napa of Australia, a peaceful landscape dotted with gracious homes, superb restaurants and beautiful rolling countryside. We stop in for private tastings, then explore further by bike through bush and cattle country, with chances to spot Koala bears.

Days 6, 7 & 8
Great Barrier Reef: Flying to Cairns, we enter tropical Australia. From Port Douglas on the Queensland coast, walk trails with a naturalist in the famous Daintree rain forest and explore scenic Mossman Gorge; take a boat excursion with a marine biologist to the Great Barrier Reef (where you can go snorkelling); try mountain biking through the rugged bush country; or just walk the beach, ranked among the most beautiful on the planet.

Hotel Highlights
Set among elegant gardens on the edge of the magnificent Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains, Lilianfels Guest House was recently voted the best luxury hotel in New South Wales. Nestled among the Hunter Valley vineyards, The Convent in Pepper Tree is a beautifully restored residence, originally built by Irish nuns, featuring tennis courts, pool, spa facilities and a critically acclaimed restaurant. B&R's home base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef is Thala Beach Lodge, a gracious resort set on a peninsula overlooking forest-clad mountains, secluded coves and magnificent, UNESCO-protected beaches along the Coral Sea.

Dates

2001:
March 19, April 16, September 17, October 15, November 5

Start Sydney / Finish Cairns

Activity Level 1A to 1B 10-25 miles a day of relatively flat and downhill biking on quiet valley roads in wine country. 5-10 miles a day of walking rural roads, rain forest trails, pristine beaches and island footpaths along the Great Barrier Reef.

Price us$4,400 ($450 single supplement)

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Value: $4,400.00




 

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