Tour Itinerary

Sunday 06 February 2022 (Melbourne & Welcome Function)

  • Arrive into Melbourne & transfer* to check into the 5-star Sofitel on Collins. Tonight, enjoy the casual Welcome Reception to meet the Voyages.golf team who will be hosting you for this expedition.

*There will be a group transfer which will depart Melbourne Tullamarine Airport at 14.00 for immediate check-in. If you prefer to arrive at a different time, we can add private transfers to suit your flight arrival.

- Welcome Reception

 

Monday 7th (Royal Melbourne Golf Club)

  • After an early breakfast, golfers will be transferred to play the famous Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s West Course (ranked #5 in the World by Golf Digest), which hosted the Presidents Cup in 2019. Lunch is included at the Golf Club.
  • Non-golfers will enjoy an excursion to Chadstone Shopping Centre, the largest and most diverse shopping area in Australia, before returning to the city for a relaxed evening.

Breakfast, Lunch (golfers)

 

Day 1, Tuesday 8th  (Logistics)

  • Today is a free day in Melbourne with check-out by 11.00 am. Your luggage will be stored and transferred to the ship by our team this afternoon.
    • 14.30, there will be a group transfer which departs Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) for the Port of Melbourne
    • 15.00, we will stage a group transfer which departs the Sofitel for the Port of Melbourne
  • Once all guests are on board, a briefing and safety demonstration will occur whilst you meet the ship's captain and crew.
    • 17.00 Sail away with cocktails in hand as we cruise along Port Phillip Bay, out the heads into Bass Strait for our overnight sailing to King Island.
  • Mingle with fellow travellers as we sail into the distance to prepare ourselves for all that lays ahead on King Island

- Breakfast (Sofitel guests), Dinner

 

Day 2, Wednesday 9th (King Island)

  • Early this morning we arrive at King Island to enjoy breakfast aboard the ship. Our exact location will be based on the weather today with a view to finding the calmest anchorage as we tender to shore. Golfers will transfer to the infamous Cape Wickham Links whilst non-golfers will enjoy a sightseeing tour around the island stopping at the golf club for a group lunch
  • This evening we overnight onboard partaking in the luxury of the ship and now enjoying some more familiar company.

- All meals

 

Day 3, Thursday 10th (King Island)

  • After a hearty breakfast, golfers head off to play at Ocean Dunes, located on the west side of King Island. The rugged beauty of the golf course is sure to excite links golf fans.
  • Activities ill be arranged for non-golfers onboard or ashore depending on your interests. King Island is famous for its beef and dairy industries as well as its rugged beauty; enjoy the pure air!
  • In the evening we depart King Island for the North West coast of Tasmania, sailing overnight at a very leisurely pace.

- All meals

 

Day 4, Friday 11th (Tarkine Forest)

  • Today we discover one of the world’s most pristine environments. Spend your day either exploring Stanley and The Nut or head by coach to the might Tarkine Forest reserve: Australia's largest cool temperate rainforest comprising of Snake River National Park, and visit 'the edge of the world', Tasmania's most westerly point.
  • After a day touring the North West, we head back to ship where, over dinner, we set sail eastwards and overnight towards our next destination.

- All meals

 

Day 5, Saturday 12th (Barnbougle Dunes)

  • Early this morning we enter the mouth of the Tamar River sailing by Low Head to our sheltered berth, which will be our base for two days.
  • After breakfast, golfers head to the legendary Barnbougle Resort to play the famous Dunes Golf Course (#2 in Australia) with a BBQ lunch at the clubhouse after. Non-golfers will enjoy a day-trip to Tasmania’s second-largest city of Launceston and the idyllic Cataract Gorge, with lunch included.
  • This afternoon we all re-join Coral Geographer to enjoy dinner in the calm surroundings on the Tamar River.

- All meals

 

Day 6, Sunday 13th (Lost Farm & Pipers Brook)

  • After breakfast on the ship, golfers will head off to play The Lost Farm golf course, which offers a more easy-going round of golf than The Dunes Course. Ensure you have your phone handy for some marvellous pictures. Golfers will enjoy a BBQ lunch at the clubhouse.
  • Non-golfers will enjoy an early lunch on board and a regional excursion before joining the golfers at Pipers Brook Vineyard for a visit and tasting.
  • After you've enjoyed some quality Tasmanian wines, it's time to re-board the ship to freshen up for dinner. Tonight we sail out of the Tamar, heading for the North-Eastern point of Tasmania.

- All meals

 

Day 7, Monday 14th (Bay of Fires – Freycinet Peninsula – Promise Bay – Great Oyster Bay)

  • Overnight we sailed around Cape Portland at the North-Eastern tip of the Island, then cruised southwards past Cape Eddystone Lighthouse across the Bay of Fires very early this morning. We sailed down the East Coast with guidance from the Bridge and the Expedition Team. Over lunch, you will learn more about this stretch of coast, where annually the yachts compete in the iconic Sydney to Hobart Race. As we sail southwards in the distance on our starboard side are several settlements and tourist spots such as St. Helens, the game fishing capital of Tasmania, the old port of Falmouth near Scamander and Bicheno, a popular holiday destination.
  • This afternoon we anchor off the Freycinet Peninsula, where we explore the fascinating Wineglass Bay taking in wonderful scenery and wildlife. After many photos, we set sail southwards passing Shouten Island then later in the dusk over dinner, we sail past Maria Island heading into the evening.

- All meals

 

Day 8, Tuesday 15th (Adventure Bay – Bruny Island)

  • Overnight, we have travelled past the Tasman Peninsula National Park and Tasman Island to anchor at Adventure Bay on Bruny Island. Here we hike along the dramatic coastal cliffs of Fluted Cape. Adventure Bay once housed four whaling stations up to the mid-1840s, and the ruins can still be seen, albeit housing furrier mammals today.
  • Today is about the fresh produce and scenery that Bruny Island offers visitors, all from the luxury of our ship.
  • This evening is our final dinner on board. During the early hours, we set sail for Hobart to begin the last leg of our Signature Tasmania Experience.

- All meals

 

Day 9, Wednesday 16th (Hobart, Mount Wellington & Battery Point Walking Tour)

  • We sail early this morning up the famous Derwent River into what is, without doubt, Australia's prettiest capital city with its stunning harbour and mountainous backdrop. Breakfast will be taken on board before disembarkation followed by a fond farewell to the ship's crew. Upon disembarkation, your luggage will be managed and transferred to the hotel.
  • We depart on an excursion to the top of Mount Wellington. The views of Hobart, the Tasman Bridge and the Derwent are truly spectacular and not to be missed. Afterwards, we will head to Battery Point for a walking tour of this stunning historical part of Hobart to learn about its heritage.
  • After the walking tour, we end up in Salamanca Place, the historic waterfront warehouse are now filled with boutique accommodation, restaurants, excellent bars and galleries. Here you will have free time for lunch at your leisure. Check-in commences at our hotel at 15.00, The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel. The evening is at your leisure.

- Breakfast

 

Day 10, Thursday 17th (Tasmania Golf Club & MONA)

  • After breakfast at The Tasman Hotel, golfers head to Tasmania Golf Club. The magnificent parkland course overlooks Barilla Bay and carries a distinctly Australian feel with native bushland framing all holes. Non-golfers have a free day to take a local or regional tour or explore Hobart at leisure. (We can offer extra activities on an individual basis at extra cost). Lunch is included at the golf clubhouse.
  • In the afternoon, we head back to the hotel to freshen up before visiting Tasmania’s artistic jewel: MONA (Museum of Old & New Art) where David Walsh has created something quite extraordinary. After free time to explore the immersive art spaces, we shall reconvene before heading back by coach to Hobart for free time this evening.

- All Meals

 

Day 11, Friday 18th (Royal Hobart Golf Club & Farewell Dinner)

  • After breakfast, golfers will head off for our final round for the trip at Royal Hobart Golf Club. Non-golfers are free to explore their surrounds in Hobart which is easily done on foot. The CBD stores are close by along with galleries and museums. The waterfront area around Constitution Dock is well worth exploring.
  • Lunch is included at the golf club. In the afternoon, we include a visit to a local brewery which offers a tasting and some pre-dinner nibbles prior to our Farewell Dinner, where no doubt new friendships will be cemented.

- Breakfast, Lunch & Farewell Dinner

 

Day 12, Saturday 19th (End of Tour)

  • After breakfast, it’s time to check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight home. You can extend your stay here – see extra night rates in the pricing section (above), or you can rent a car and explore inland Tasmania, perhaps flying home from Launceston. Please contact us if you wish to extend your stay.
  • Tip: Catch the afternoon flight on Saturday, so you have time to explore the Salamanca Market which is an iconic weekly tradition in Hobart.

- Breakfast

Flights depart Hobart flying QANTAS TRANSFER
Sydney at 12.00 Departs hotel at 10.00
Melbourne at 10.30 or 17.00 Departs hotel at 08.30 or at 15.00
Pricing

TOUR PRICING UPGRADES & OPTIONS


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Melbourne Pre-Extension

  • 2-nights at Sofitel on Collins (5-star):
    • Classic King room
    • Check-in: 6 February 2022
    • Check-out: 8 February 2022
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • One round of 18-holes at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course) including Pull trolleys and lunch (golfers)
  • Day trip to Chadstone Shopping Centre with transport (non-golfers)
  • Welcome Reception

 

Double                    Single
$1,398 $1,798

 

 

 

Upgrades for 2 nights total per person

Double Single
Superior King Bayview $56 $100
Luxury King Club Bayview* $162 $200
Junior Suite $144 $398
Prestige Suite*      $262 $398

*Includes Sofitel Club Lounge & benefits

  • Melbourne non-golfer deduction -$450 pp

Main Tour: Mon 08 Feb – Sat 19 Feb - per person

Double/Twin Single
Coral Deck $9,998 $15,978
Promenade $10,998 $18,478
Explorer* $13,998 $21,778
Bridge $15,549 $N/A

Golf Cruise Expedition non-golfer deduction -$950


The Tasman Hotel - Room Upgrades (3-nights)

Double Single
Panoramic Water View $105 $205
Heritage Premium King $338 $635
Heritage Fireplace King $465 $900
Premium Water View King   $465 $900
Heritage Suite     $1,065 $2,135

  


General Payment Terms:

Deposit to confirm: 25% of your stateroom & hotel room selection + 25% of Melbourne option if included

Stage payment: 31st March 2021:  25% of your stateroom & hotel room selection + 25% of Melbourne option ii included

Final payment: 31st October 2021: Remaining balance

From 1st November 2021: Full payment is required to confirm, subject to availability

 

How to make a booking


Online: Tour Enquiry Form Here | Alternatively, email us here.

Call: 03 5989 7666

Email: res@voyages.golf

 

Booking requirements:

  • Your names as per photo ID
  • Date of birth
  • Bedding configuration: King, Twin or Single (no triples)
  • Golfers Y/N Your Golf Club
  • Your billing address for our system
  • Delivery address if different (may be required)
  • Mobile numbers for each guest
  • Special dietary meal requests
  • Medical history/certificates for golf if applicable
  • Next of kin
  • Any special occasions when onboard?
  • Apparel sizes*: M XXL, XL, L, M, S          Ladies: 16, 14, 12, 10

You will receive a Polo Shirt (Men’s or Ladies cut) and a light wind-breaker suitable for golf and outdoor excursions.

 

Cancellations:

  • Full cancellation fees apply – please see our standard terms and conditions
  • In case of Force Majeure a 10% cancellation fee applies OR funds will be transferred to a postponed cruise to operate the same route ASAP
  • We recommend travel insurance – contact us for a quote
  • There are no refunds of unused services within the tour/cruise (e.g. removing any golf at the last minute = non-refundable)
  • *Standard terms and conditions are available at www.voyages.golf and at www.events.com.au

 

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Accommodation

Sofitel on Collins (Melbourne)

Sofitel on Collins is our preferred Melbourne hotel for a variety of reasons, the first and foremost of which are location and class. From service to cleanliness and luxury, Sofitel on Collins provides a warm welcome and comfortable stay in a stylish part of Melbourne, overlooking Fitzroy Gardens on the east side of the CBD. The rooms at Sofitel on Collins are designed with a contemporary French influence combined with a minimalistic design. Everything is walking distance from Sofitel on Collins including Degraves St, Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Yarra River and botanic gardens.

 

Coral Geographer (5-Star Ship)

The Coral Geographer expedition ship is a hybrid vessel that is built for purpose. The ship is arriving in 2021 and will be brand new for our dedicated Tasmania golf charter. Featuring an all-Australian crew, the Coral Geographer resists the trend to go large and glitzy in order to remain small enough so that it can venture to untouched places, focussed solely on bringing small numbers of like-minded guests closer to nature and cultures with personal attention and professional Australian service.

 

 

Expedition capabilities

  • Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers and facilitate comfortable shore excursions
  • Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration
  • Lecture lounge for daily expedition briefings and expert presentations
  • Small onboard library featuring books on destinations and wildlife
  • Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems allowing access to locations closed to large cruise ships

 

Marine immersion

  • Navigator lounge in the bridge
  • Over 1000 square metres of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views
  • Engine room tours and a high level of crew interaction with guests

 

Food and wine features

  • Single seating dining with communal table serves buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners
  • Showcase galley with viewing window creating fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian and local produce
  • Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks
  • Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds

 

Guest comfort

  • All outside-facing guest cabins with ensuite bathrooms; the majority have a private balcony
  • Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion
  • Well-equipped gym
  • Passenger elevator
  • Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

 

The Tasman Hotel

Like the Coral Geogpraher Ship, the Tasman Hotel does not yet exist. It is currently under construction as part of the Marriott Luxury Collection of hotels which is sure to excite seasoned travellers and intrigue new guests. The new hotel will bring a new degree of luxury to Tasmania's capital that has not yet been seen before. Journey to the 1800s at the Tasman Hotel which features an architecturally stunning and historically rich destination in the Hobart's beating heart. The small hotel is built for luxury and quality; its rooms comprise a modern interpretation of Art Deco style expressed through an uncomplicated setting. Hobart is a compact capital city and The Tasman Hotel's location fits the style while offering comfort, luxury and style at one of the best locations. It is adjacent to Hobart's CBD, the waterfront, and Salamanca Place.

Golf

WALKING & FITNESS

The courses we play are designed as walking links courses, including Royal Melbourne and Royal Hobart, which were created well before carts were even imagined!  The two courses at King Island do have some motorised carts and we have access to most of them on a first booked basis but they will sell out.  Some carts are reserved for those with a medical certificate but they may not have enough, even for this purpose.  This is particularly the case at Barnbougle Dunes and The Lost Farm where there are only a few carts only for medical reasons. Pull trolleys are provided in the tour.  Caddies are also available at an extra cost – if you require a caddie please advise once you have booked and we will arrange this for you on a pre-paid basis – tips are at your discretion on the day.  At 90 days before the cruise, we will finalise all arrangements in regards to these extra services.

 

This cruise requires a reasonable level of fitness considering there are several, optional yet moderate walking activities outside of the golf to get the best out of the destinations we visit.  We are very conscious of the pace of play to ensure we meet the standards of these courses and courtesy to their Members.  If you have an aversion to walking this cruise may not be suitable for you.

 


 

Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course)

For those who take our pre-cruise option, this is the ultimate way to start any golf tour; visiting this hallowed ground.  The anticipation of arriving at Royal Melbourne is enough to make anyone excited, let alone actually playing one of the worlds most famous courses.  Alister MacKenzie’s 1926 routing shows his genius on the Sandbelt with the West Course edging ahead of the East course in ranking due to having more holes in the composite layout.  Playing here is about positioning your ball off the tee rather than blasting away.  That positioning by avoiding the many sand traps and often tea-tree lined fairways sets you up for a shot at some of the fastest greens you will encounter with subtle and almost invisible contours.  After golf, lunch at the Clubhouse completes a truly fabulous golfing experience – make sure you allow some time to see the history of this course and its tournament champions on display. Then there is the pro-shop.

 

Cape Wickham Links

Walking onto the first tee will not disappoint, in fact as picture-postcard golf holes go, literally every hole here is magnificent.  Opened in 2016, from the start Cape Wickham gained significant global accolades, ensuring an immediate ranking in the world’s top 100.  This course is all about navigating the elements which can change at any moment.  The wind is nearly always a factor making the positioning of shots critical.  There are too many memorable holes to mention but you can rest assured playing here is a truly amazing way to start the series of courses that lay ahead of us on the Cruise portion of the Tour.

 

Ocean Dunes

Ocean Dunes encapsulates all that is wild on King Island, with windswept sand dunes descending to rocky beaches and rugged coastline that is reminiscent of the traditional Irish and Scottish links golf courses. The opening hole, a par-5, sets the scene with a roller coaster ride across the dunes finishing at the water's edge.  The short 115m par-3 downhill 14th begs the question of what club to hit into the wind – will it fall short into sand or go long into the fescue?  Playing in summer means brown windswept fairways however these are well maintained and it’s a lot better to be on them than in the unforgiving rough! Ocean Dunes is all about the elements and the scenery making the trip to King Island a highlight in any golfer’s achievements.

 

Barnbougle Dunes

Owner and course pioneer Richard Sattler calls himself a farmer and yes he is.  He is also a visionary, turning this piece of coastal farming land into one of the world’s best golf destinations – it is an experience that will last with you forever. The best way to describe Barnbougle Dunes is a somewhat contradictory “manicured ruggedness”.  From start to finish you wind through incredible undulations amongst sand dunes akin to famous Irish links courses such as Lahinch or Scotlands Trump Aberdeen. Tom Doak and Mike Clayton have created a challenging masterpiece that you simply need to experience to appreciate.  This is a course where fortune may (or may not) favour the brave!

 

Barnbougle Lost Farm

Located on the same farmland a little more inland from the Dunes, the Lost Farm course is the perfect partner to its older sister.  The course is somewhat more generous with wider fairways and more obvious landing zones, offering a mix of links and parkland holes creating an excellent and enjoyable combination. Equally as challenging in prevailing conditions you will thoroughly enjoy this layout before we depart for a well-deserved wine-tasting on the ay back to the ship!

 

Tasmania Golf Club

Opened in 1971 on a headland overlooking Barilla Bay this is a parkland course highlighted by soaring eucalyptus trees and various undulations, some quite steep.  The signature hole at Tasmania Golf Club is a fabulous 528 metre par-5 curving left around the bay making it one of the great holes in Australia, not unlike the 18th at Pebble Beach.  The greens here are well bunkered and slick ensuring that whilst you may do well tee to green, the challenges remain.  Somewhat understated this is an enjoyable yet challenging course that adds tremendously to this Tour.

 

Royal Hobart Golf Club

The second Royal on our itinerary is located on relatively flat land at Seven Mile Beach opened in 1963.  Known for its well-manicured bunkers that suddenly come into play (all 80 of them) this is an enjoyable course with exceptionally fast greens and many interesting doglegs.  This is foremost a friendly members course and a pleasure to play.  Being less exposed to the elements as our previous courses Royal Hobart sets a balance that golfers will respect and enjoy.  The Clubhouse was recently refurbished making this end of tour course a worthy place for a refreshing beer to celebrates one’s achievements!

Other Experiences

The Tarkine Forest National Park (Friday 11th)

The Tarkine Forest is one of Australia's most biologically diverse areas. It is the second-largest expanse of cool temperate rainforest in the world: the untouched landscape means a fun day out for you! Expect to explore out-of-this-earth landscapes with rivers, gullies, forest and wildlife everywhere you look. A nature lover's paradise, the Tarkine is a truly remarkable region, don't forget a camera.

 

King Island (Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th)

King Island is a fantastic destination that has plenty to offer on top of Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes. It is famous for its beef and dairy exports, along with crayfish other seasonal seafood. The Island is usually accessed for golf by small chartered flights from Melbourne, and non-golfers rarely get to visit. This provides you with a one-off opportunity to explore the Island in its entirety. Apart from pristine landscapes and a rustic-feel, King Island is vibrant for a population of 1500, and the community is very welcoming.

 

Pipers Brook Vineyard

One of the best attractions near Bridport on Tasmania's north-east coast is Piper's Brook Vineyard, owned by Kreglinger Estates. The estate has blended European heritage with Tasmanian pioneering to create a suite of wines so unique that is has won a plethora of awards. The diverse landscape compliments the setting at Pipers Brook, with the nearby Pipers River and natural landscapes combining to create distinct flavours in the grapes.

 

Freycinet Peninsula, Promise Bay & Oyster Bay (Monday 14th)

Freycinet National Park and in particular Wineglass Bay is one of the most photographed landscapes in Tasmania, and for a good reason. The National Park is home to dramatic granite peaks, secluded bays, white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife. Both Promise Bay and Oyster Bay are stand-out features in the multi-faceted national park. Arriving by ship gives provides a rare opportunity to see the untamed Freycinet Peninsula from a different perspective. Picture dramatic granite peaks transcending into heavily forested hills, before ending in strands of white sand and crystal clear water: a feast for the eyes!

 

Adventure Bay & Bruny Island (Tuesday 15th)

Adventure Bay is on the north-east side of Bruny Island, just off mainland Tasmania. The Bay is where we dock for the night, but we explore the Island during the day. Bruny Island appears like two separate islands, but it is connected by a narrow strip of land named The Neck which is photo-worthy in itself. The Island lies directly south of Hobart and is accessed by ferry, but we sail directly from the Freycinet Peninsula to Adventure Bay. Our hike on the Island follows the Fluted Cape, which overlooks Adventure Bay and nearby islands. The views are spectacular as you walk towering cliffs.

 

Mount Wellington & Battery Point (Wednesday 16th)

Mount Wellington (Kunanyi) is Hobart's viewing platform, similar to Table Mountain in South Africa's Cape Town. Although you can walk from the bottom (5-hours return), we will drive to the top lookout for unsurpassed views over Australia's most southerly capital city. You will be able to see everything from Sandy Bay to MONA, the Derwent River and Tasman Bridge. You have not seen Hobart until you have visited Mount Wellington. Battery Point has a long history, it was settled in the early 1800s (old for Australia), and has retained its colonial architecture, winding streets and old-world charm. It has become one of the most famous suburbs in Hobart with iconic cottages lining every street. The walking tour is a great way to explore the suburb and learn about its history!

 

MONA Museum (Thursday 17th)

Few words describe MONA accurately. Vivacious, daring or eccentric may just be the best words to describe it. The Museum of Old and New Art encapsulates the eccentricity of art in today's society. The subterranean museum showcases the best and worst of owner David Walsh's $110m private collection of art and antiques. The exhibition changes every few months, so there is usually always a new dimension to visiting MONA for interstate travellers.

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