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Austour has been operating a tour program for a Melbourne based disability service and has taken clients with a mild intellectual disability from an eastern suburbs sheltered workshop. Clients travelling on this tour must be able to dress and shower themselves, self medicate, look after their own luggage and enjoy coach travel and sightseeing with tempting activities to endeavor to participate in. One carer per five clients will assist with care and special attention for clients. Interviews with prospective clients and parents/carers are mandatory prior to departure.

Austour has been operating these type of tours for 33 years

Melbourne to Holbrook Day 1

Depart Melbourne at 8.00 am (loading at 7.30 am) – morning tea stop at Ned Kelly Museum. Travel the Hume Freeway to Albury where a lunch stop will be made on the banks of the mighty Murray River. Continue north-east to Holbrook – home of the black submarine. Overnight farm stay – 10 kilometres from Holbrook (or similar)

near Holbrook

To Canberra Day 2

After breakfast spend some time walking around the farm with the farmer and seeing the animals. On the road again to our destination of Canberra. We will endeavour to co-ordinate a rail journey and some sightseeing. Settle in to your accommodation before going out to dinner at a club or hotel.

Return to our motel/hostel accommodation.


Canberra Sightseeing Day 3

Sleep-in this morning then it’s off to visit some of the different attractions in and around Canberra, our nation’s capital. A picnic lunch in a park and dinner at our accommodation.


Cross The Great Dividing Range, Bateman’s Bay - Ulladulla Day 4

As you leave Canberra detour into Queanbeyan in New South Wales. Cross the Great Dividing Range and head for the beautiful ocean at Bateman’s Bay, where you can relax and explore for an hour or two. The last section of today’s journey is to the Ulladulla Region for two nights motel accommodation. Dinner at a local bowling or RSL Club.

Ulladulla Region

Exploring Bateman’s Bay Area Day 5

The day is planned to visit the region’s attractions, walk along the beach, go shopping and generally have fun in a holiday atmosphere. Let’s try our hand at 10 Pin Bowling! Dinner at the motel and perhaps a dance.

Ulladulla Region

To Bega, Eden & Merimbula Day 6

Travel along the Pacific Highway through the country and seaside towns of Bega and Eden on the Sapphire Coast. Rich dairy farming pastures, ocean views, national parks, harbours, a working fishing port, lakes, rainforests and more will be seen.


Merimbula to Marlo Day 7

Journey back into Victoria passing through national parks and forests, detour to the coastal resort of Mallacoota – very popular summer holiday retreat. Cross the Snowy River and travel to Orbost, a timber town, then turn towards the coast to the beautiful holiday resort village of Marlo for overnight multi-share bunkhouse accommodation at a school education centre or similar.


Day in the Wilderness & River Cruise Day 8

Spend the day in the National Park and at the nearby beautiful beaches in the resort centre of Marlo. Time will be available for a river cruise through the wilderness – a relaxing day


Marlo to Buchan Caves Day 9

Depart Marlo and return to Orbost and then travel north. Afternoon visit to Buchan Caves visiting the underground limestone caves called Royal and Fairy. Overnight farm stay stopover with an afternoon guided bush walk and evening star watch.

Farm Stay

Buchan to Grantville and Phillip Island, Penguin Parade Day 10

Journey along the Princes Highway through Bairnsdale, Traralgon and Warragul, then travel south through Korumburra. Travel on to Grantville on the shores of Westernport Bay. Settle into your lodge accommodation for overnight. Travel into Cowes for evening meal and participate in the fantastic Penguin Parade as they march out of the water to their nests in the sand dunes – a world wide recognized Australian sightseeing icon. Evening return to Grantville.

Morning activities at Granville Lodge and Afternoon on Phillip Island Day 11

Morning fun time! Would you like a ride on a flying fox? Or a canoe on the pond? Or a wildlife spotting walk in the nearby forest?

Then it’s off to Phillip Island for lunch

Return to Melbourne to conclude your tour arriving approximately 5.00pm

Your tour cost includes:

  • The provision of a modern, comfortable touring coach – restroom equipped
  • The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
  • The provision of a Tour Manager to co-ordinate arrangements and to supervise the chaperones who are allocated to provide care and assistance on the basis of one chaperone per five clients.
  • The provision of guides who join the tour on a regular basis to provide guided town tours or additional information.
  • The provision of all accommodation on a variety of levels – 3 star motel, farm stays, multi-share, school camps, church retreat centres, hostels.
  • The provision of cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals prepared by chaperones and a camp cook supplemented by hotel and café meals.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.


Not included:

  • Linen on some occasions – clients are required to bring sleeping bag/doona, sheet liner and pillow.
  • Evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Austour services at this stage are unable to cater for clients who cannot shower and attend to personal hygiene and administer their own medication or have a physical disability (wheel chair or walking frame), or who are not capable of working in a sheltered workshop environment.

Note: All chaperones have Working with Children Certificates and have worked with Austour on both adult and school groups and are sourced through Rotary Clubs, school teachers and volunteer caring roles in the community. Their roles individually cover a) personal care of female clients b) personal care of male clients c) First Aid and supervision of client’s medication routine d) supervision of personal spending money e) tour administration

Our crew – one driver/guide; one Tour Manager; five carers for a group of 30 clients.

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.