Australia Ocean Drive – Melbourne to Sydney

Australia has always been high on my wish list.

Martin, and I flew out in March, leaving a cold and wet British winter for an unusually hot late Summer in Australia. Singapore Airlines are one of our most partner airlines and whether it is business, premium or economy the levels of comfort, food and service are the highest.

Our 3 week self drive trip started in Melbourne and ended in Sydney. Roads are relatively quiet and well maintained. They are well signed too but we did take our own Garmin satnav with us too which was great. We chose our own tailor made itinerary and it proved to be the perfect holiday combing all the top sights, great scenery and amazing wildlife. One I would seriously recommend…

Port Campbell is the ideal base to enjoy the magnificent Ocean Drive Coastline. Scenic sights, walks, pristine beaches and interesting wildlife abound.

Phillip Island is a must stay location south east of Melbourne and our highlight was the Little Penguin Parade. Hundreds of the world’s smallest penguins return to their burrows to rest as the sun sets.

After an easy 4 hour drive we arrived at the coastal village of Metung, gateway to the East Gippsland lakes.  Drive inland for an hour or so and you reach the foothills of the Australian Alps. The small towns of Omeo and Buchan offer good dining. There is an amazing cave walk (guided) at Buchan located in a small state park, this is a “must” see excursion.

We enjoyed a long days drive deep into the Snowy Mountains home to the highest peaks in Australia. Good tarmac roads (but with some numerous bends) offer stunning views.

Murramurang National Park is home to lots of wildlife including eastern grey kangaroos which wander at will and if your wish is to see wildlife up close, this is the place. Rainbow Lorikeets are one of numerously colourful bird species. Beaches here are stunning and almost deserted.

We ended our three week trip by taking a fly out break to Ayers Rock (Uluru) which was amazing and after exploring the coast and country enjoyed a city break in magnificent Sydney. This is one of the worlds most friendly cities that is so easy to explore.

Let us create a special itinerary to suit your personal requirements. We have seven staff who have each visited Australia.

Jean Founds, Martins World Travel, Bolsover Office. Tel 01246 823763

Iceland, West Fjord Region.

To get the best of the weather May to September is an ideal time to explore the rugged countryside of northwest Iceland. Roads are relatively traffic free and extremely scenic. Rugged mountains, clear streams and lots of waterfalls. Iceland is a young country but there are many historic buildings to view. Geothermal activity and signs of past volcanic activity are easily found.

Driving on mile upon mile of coastal or mountain roads is a pleasure. There are lots of walking/hiking trails to explore and the scenery is stunning. We enjoyed 5 days in early October and experienced changeable weather.

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ALASKA – Explore and see more!

We have just returned from an independently planned itinerary to southwest Alaska. We experienced stunning scenery, quiet roads and the most amazing wildlife sights that included the Alaskan Brown Bear, Moose, Bald Eagle, and Sea Otters all in their natural environment . Alaskans are warm and welcoming and justly proud of such a great state. Our favourite part of North America.

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Whether you are a professional or keen amateur photographer or just have a keen interest in wildlife and the wilderness – you will not surpass our exclusive fly in lodges in southwest Alaska.
Jean and Martin Founds recently returned from a filming/photography visit and were astounded by how close one could (safely) be to the most amazing wildlife and in such stunning surroundings. Top guides ensure you get the best views and you are in safe hands.
Even though you are venturing deep into a pristine wilderness lodge standards are extremely comfortable. Silver Salmon Creek Lodge is one of the best but does book up almost a year in advance!