The ascent of Mt. Wilhelm is a strenuous though non technical climb. Drive from Mt. Hagen through the fertile Wahgi Valley and the spectacular Simbu Gorge to Keglsugl at 8200 feet (2500 meters), and our accommodation for the night. Next morning a moderate four hour climb through rainforest and alpine grasslands to the Piunde Lakes base camp at 11, 700 feet (3600 meters). One can spend an easy day here enjoying the superb views, alpine grasslands, glacial lakes and waterfalls, or take a longer hike to the WW2 wreck of a B17 bomber. Those wishing to conquer the summit head off per-dawn aiming for the summit at sunrise, and incredible views of the north coastline and surrounding mountains and valleys. Return to the base camp in the afternoon. Next morning hike to Keglsugl and return to Mount Hagen or Goroka.
Day 1: Southbank
Brunch at GROWN in west end. Fully vegan, all food sourced from 400km of diner. Gorgeous outdoor dining.
Stroll to Southbank via the cruelty free shop, Explore Southbank - see the famous concrete beach (approx 1 hour).
Take the free city cat (ferry) service for the entire loop, getting to see the entire city that is built around the river.
Disembark at Queen St and check out the city centre before getting a snack at Vegerama.
Cooking class - get the skills to make own dinner. Stop by fresh produce market - Make dinner together at appartments. Eat on the deck with mosquito coils - Aussie style.
Day 2: DeathRow Unchained
Açai bowls for breakfast then out to DeathRow Unchained rescue for a days helping on the farm & learning about animal rescue in Aus, as well as native wildlife. See rescued bobby calves, ex race horses, massive pigs, baby pigs, heaps of boats, ex battery hens and lots of dogs!
Packed lunch with goodies from cruelty free shop.
Dinner and drinks at Netherworld - cool pub with old fashioned arcade and INCREDIBLE vegan pub menu.
Day 3: Stradbroke Island
Early start. little Clive’s for breakfast.
Head north via the green edge for snacks.
By 10.30 board ferry to Stradbroke island
2 hour indigenous tour of Stradbroke learning about ancient culture, wildlife and sustainability.
Packed lunch on beach. Swim, snorkel, explore.
Back in city by 4.30pm (its 1.5 hours from the island) for a hike up mount Coo-Tha. Watch the sun set over the city with a vegan platter and drinks. 🏨 Accommodation
Aurora serviced apartments. Gorgeous view of storey bridge, big deck for dining, full kitchen 👉 Optional extras
art galleries and museums, kayaking the river, cat yoga, botanical gardens, bike the city, vegan spa day.