Start DateFebruary 8, 2022
End DateFebruary 19, 2022
Sunday 06 February 2022 (Melbourne & Welcome Function)
*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)
- Breakfast, Lunch (golfers)
Day 1, Tuesday 8th (Logistics)
- Breakfast (Sofitel guests), Dinner
Day 2, Wednesday 9th (King Island)
- All meals
Day 3, Thursday 10th (King Island)
- All meals
Day 4, Friday 11th (Tarkine Forest)
- All meals
Day 5, Saturday 12th (Barnbougle Dunes)
- All meals
Day 6, Sunday 13th (Lost Farm & Pipers Brook)
- All meals
Day 7, Monday 14th (Bay of Fires – Freycinet Peninsula – Promise Bay – Great Oyster Bay)
- All meals
Day 8, Tuesday 15th (Adventure Bay – Bruny Island)
- All meals
Day 9, Wednesday 16th (Hobart, Mount Wellington & Battery Point Walking Tour)
Day 10, Thursday 17th (Tasmania Golf Club & MONA)
- All Meals
Day 11, Friday 18th (Royal Hobart Golf Club & Farewell Dinner)
- Breakfast, Lunch & Farewell Dinner
Day 12, Saturday 19th (End of Tour)
|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|
|Superior King Bayview||$56||$100|
|Luxury King Club Bayview*||$162||$200|
*Includes Sofitel Club Lounge & benefits
Golf Cruise Expedition non-golfer deduction -$950
|Panoramic Water View||$105||$205|
|Heritage Premium King||$338||$635|
|Heritage Fireplace King||$465||$900|
|Premium Water View King||$465||$900|
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
Call: 03 5989 7666
You will receive a Polo Shirt (Men’s or Ladies cut) and a light wind-breaker suitable for golf and outdoor excursions.
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.
Food and wine features
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.
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 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.
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!
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.