Elderhostel Trip - Part 1

From November 2 - 8 we joined 44 other seniors for an exploration of a small portion of Australia, learning a lot about the native people, the early settlers, the native animals and doing a lot of sight seeing in and around Sydney, a day in Melbourne and a brief visit to Tasmania. During this time we were impressed with the friendliness of the people, the beauty of Spring in Australia with all the roses, flower gardens and flowering trees.

Sydney

During our stay in Sydney we visited a number of places. The first afternoon a group of us took the ferry to Manly which gave us an excellent introduction to the harbour area. The next day included a bus tour of the city, a walking tour of the Rocks(the old city) and dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Our last full day included an hour bus trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park(only a half hour visit), another half hour ride to the Blue Mountains and then on to a very nice lunch at the York Fairmont Resort. Many of us then took the steep railray down to the Rainforest. Dinner was at the hotel. We packed that evening since we wanted to explore the Botanical Gardens and harbour area more before boarding the ship.map

Melbourne

After a day and night at sea we arrived at Melbourne and spent the day viewing the Aboriginal art at the Ian Potter Centre, touring the city and seeing the Victorian Arts Centre and the Shrine of Remembrance. The boat sailed at 5 PM for Tasmania.

Tasmania (Burnie)

Most of our day was spent learning about the life of the Aboriginal with a native guide. We visited some historic hunting grounds and caves and tasted some native food. In historic Stanley we had lunch at the Stanley Seaview Inn before taking the chairlift to the top of 'The Nut'. Returning to the ship by 4:30 and off to New Zealand.