Australia starts to Awaken
During these difficult times we have changed the timing of our news letter which will be published every two months
July will see the opening of Australian domestic borders as well as Qantas services being restored for domestic routes to many holiday hot spots. We are also anticipating the opening of the Trans Tasman Travel Bubble soon. For updates please see our Coronavirus updates
for more information as well as useful links.
We are anticipating most of Australia being open to domestic tourism by July but with some states opening at different times we can advise and ensure that your clients are able to travel freely. Our international guests at the moment are unable to travel Australia as our international boarders remain closed.
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AABH now available for Australian Travel Agents
AABH has been delighted with the response from our Australian Based Travel Agents and welcomes over 120 consultants nationally who have signed up to our services and products . Our inbound travel model works well for our locally based agents offering the ability for automated FIT bookings vis our online packaging system as well as our offline directly contracted rates and experiences.
AABH has and agents page to provide information on becoming an AABH agent as well as drop down form for us to create a “Hand Made” Australian Holiday for you and your clients www.aabh.com.au/agents
To compliment our Australian experience we have included a number of AABH operated fully escorted touring adventures in Tasmania and QLD
Fish Like you Have Never Fished Before
We have some great ideas to spice up a visit to Sydney, Byron Bay , the Gold Coast or Brisbane with a fishing trip for either the day or half day. At AABH we can package up a fishing expedition for your guests. The Heli Fishing experiences are truly a once in a lifetime think to do and create a real point of difference to a holiday to these classic Australian destinations. Let us know if you would also like us to create a handmade experience unique to your customers
Great Rail Journeys across Australia
AABH has all or the great packages available across Australia m, featuring the Ghan and Indian Pacific Operated by Great Southern Rail these are uniques premium and once in a lifetime journeys with many travellers having these journeys on their bucket lists.
We have featured some of what is available in Tasmania from the Maria Island Walk to the Wilderness Railway. There is so much to do in Tasmania, we can create a handmade holiday which lets you experience the natural pristine beauty as well as some of the finest and freshest seafood you can get. Its a great destination to get even a small group of friends together to enjoy this destination.
Great Australian Rail Journeys
AABH Fully Escorted Australian Adventures
AABH now Operates its own fully escorted journeys in Australia
Excellent Options in The Tasmanian Wilderness
Maria Island Walk
Maria Island has white sand beaches like the Maldives, as much wildlife as the Serengeti, beautiful wine like France and history comparable to anywhere else in Australia!
Day 1 – The first steps…
You arrive at the historic coastal town of Triabunna. Our boat will take you to Maria Island through the sparkling waters of Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island. You will set foot on a pristine, untouched beach, exactly as explorers did years earlier. Here you enjoy lunch overlooking the crystal azure waters of Shoal Bay before taking a walk to the tranquil Casuarina Beach camp. That afternoon explore the trail through the tall eucalypt forest down to the spectacular Haunted Bay.
Distance: 8 kms
That evening, after a fine Tasmanian gourmet dinner, stroll along the beach at sunset
with a glass of wine, delighting in the day you’ve had and excited by what lies ahead.
Landing on Maria Island National Park - Kangaroo on Maria Island National Park
Day 2 – Five fabulous beaches
Wake up to the busy chattering of the wattle birds and, from the comfort of your bed, watch the morning sun sparkle through the forest. This is one of the truly great guided walks of Australia! After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to start your journey along five beautiful beaches. Watch dolphins play in the surf and sea eagles soaring overhead as you walk past the carpet of exotic shells lining the water’s edge. By late afternoon you arrive at White Gums camp for a refreshing swim. After the perfect day, you can relax with your fellow walkers, before enjoying a candlelit dinner of the finest Tasmanian food and wine.
Distance: 13 kms
Can it get any better than this? Day 3 awaits.
Breakfast at Casuarina Beach Camp, The Maria Island Walk - Riedle Bay, The Maria Island Walk
Day 3 – Into the heart, up to the heights
Today our Tasmanian Walking Guides will take you inland to the heart of the Island to discover the rich greens of the grand forests. You’ll wander through the world’s largest stand of giant Tasmanian blue gums and can choose to climb the peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk. It’s a 700 metres climb through rare “cloud” rain forests. As you can imagine, the views are simply breathtaking. That evening you arrive at Tasmanian’s fascinating World Heritage listed settlement of Darlington where you’ll stay at the elegant colonial Bernacchi House and enjoy a final night banquet with fine wine and conversation.
Distance: 9-17 kms
Another day that’s given you plenty to dream about.
Women walking through Blue Gum Forests on The Maria Island Walk - The Maria Island Walk guest at the summit of Mount Maria
Day 4 – The Fabulous Top End
The final day begins with a delicious breakfast followed by a walk around the northern tip of Maria Island. The walk takes you through a variety of spectacular woodlands and forests with rare endemic birds, wallabies and wombats on show. You continue on to the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay and then head down to the remarkable fossils at Fossil Cliffs. Arriving back at Darlington we enjoy a celebratory farewell lunch before boarding the boat to go back to the mainland Tasmania and Hobart taking with you incredible memories and stories of an amazing four days, walking in Tasmania, spent in a very special place.
Distance: 4 kms
Memories, stories and new friends that will last a lifetime.
Our guests often say the food is a highlight of their trip. After a day of walking you can relax with a three-course gourmet, restaurant quality meal enjoyed by candlelight under the stars with your new group of friends. We toast another wonderful day on Maria Island with award winning Tasmanian wines from local family owned vineyards like Cape Bernier, Springvale and Bream Creek, or choose one of our delicious local beers. Your skilled guides will prepare all your meals made with beautiful, local Tasmanian produce. Take your time and enjoy leisurely cooked breakfasts, then feast on lunch in stunning locations.
Tasmania’s local produce, wineries and boutique beers are world famous and we use the freshest of produce from local suppliers like:
• Spring Bay Seafoods
• Pigeon Hole Bakery
• Ashgrove Cheese
• King Island Dairy
• Wellington Apiary
Gross Price Walks begin 01 October 2020
$2,550 per person from 1st October to 25th December 2020
$2,600 per person from 26th December 2020 to 30th April 2021
Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway
No Trip to Tasmania's rugged west coast is complete without a trip on the west coast wilderness railway
Rolling Stock - Diesel Engines
The West Coast Wilderness Railway also operates two historic diesel locomotives dating from the 1950s and which were also acquired specifically for this line. The Regatta Point to Dubbil Barril section of the line (travelled on the River & Rainforest journey) is where they were operated.
MEET THE HERITAGE DIESELS
Rolling Stock - Steam Engines
Three of the five original steam trains that were imported from Glasgow specifically for the railway are still in operation – Locomotive Numbers One, Three and Five. A fourth locomotive (Locomotive Number Two) was part of the Tasmanian Transport Museum collection in Hobart. It is currently undergoing a full restoration in order to return to the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Our workshop team maintain all our rolling stock, including building new carriages, which are based on original designs used on the railway.
Passengers on our tours are invited to join regular tours of our workshop - please enquire when you check in.
Choice of Carriage
Our heritage carriages are fully enclosed and provide air-conditioning and heating (although we still encourage you to dress for the weather) and provide comfortable seating for everyone. These are ideal for families and small, casual groups.
The wilderness carriages provide a more spacious environment, with booth seating and tables for up to four people at each booth. Wilderness carriage tickets include light refreshments on board and access to the carriage balcony, so you can admire the wilderness from both inside and out. This experience is perfect for romantic getaways and special occasions.
Visit The West Coast of Tasmania from Hobart
The Video Says it All. Let us organise your west coast experience for your customers.
Experience the grandeur and spirit of the Tasmanian wilderness in its purest sense with our Southwest Wilderness Experience. This new eight-hour tour explores the remote and harsh southern coasts and waterways of this rugged and beautiful region of Tasmania.
Departing from Hobart, we pass the Derwent River, Bruny Island and follow the stunning coastline through the Southwest National Park, to the South East Cape, the most southern point of Australia.
Landing at Melaleuca Airport, we take to the water and explore the pristine waterways of The Port Davey Marine Reserve taking in Waterfall Bay and the Breaksea Islands.
After a gourmet lunch featuring delicious Tasmanian produce, we disembark the vessel and explore the Melaleuca Museum and the Neewonnee Walk, a fantastic monument to the rich indigenous history of the area.
Returning to the skies, we head inland over The Arthur Range, arguably Tasmania’s most spectacular mountain range. Taking in Mount Picton and The Huon Valley, we return to Hobart via Mount Wellington for a birds-eye view of the beautiful capital of Tasmania before landing back at Cambridge.