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shops, plus you can wan­der along the wharf and watch the fish­er­men un­load their haul.

Also from the wharf you can take a guided fish­ing trip or to see the seal colony at Lady Ju­lia Percy Is­land. If you’re there in win­ter, keep a look out for south­ern right whales off the coast.

Port Fairy has more than 50 build­ings clas­si­fied by the Na­tional Trust and many ex­am­ples of 1800s ar­chi­tec­ture. Grab a map and fol­low a walk­ing trail past some of these old white­washed sea mer­chant’s cot­tages, or learn of the mar­itime his­tory of the area on the Ship­wreck Walk.

The Tower Hill wildlife re­serve

P&O (pocruises.com.au) and Princess (princess.com) both have cruises to suit you. Princess, for ex­am­ple, of­fers a six-night cruise to Tas­ma­nia from Mel­bourne in Novem­ber on the Golden Princess, which features wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble cab­ins, as do all Princess ships.

Your brother will also find wheel­chair-access-friendly restau­rants, the­atres, spas, lounges and open deck ar­eas.

This itin­er­ary has fares start­ing at about $836 a per­son, four share, or there are other shorter itin­er­ar­ies exMel­bourne to look at.

P&O also has sev­eral round-trip de­par­tures from Mel­bourne in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2017. The four-night trip

Have a look at Schoolies (schoolies.com). This company ar­ranges hol­i­days for Schoolies-only ac­com­mo­da­tion and events. They have well-priced pack­ages in­clud­ing trained staff on lo­ca­tion, plus 24-hour emer­gency Aus­tralian con­tacts for the chil­dren and their par­ents.

If you would also like to travel and be in Bali while your daugh­ter is there, they can ar­range this for you and you will af­fec­tion­ately re­ceive the ti­tle of a Poolie. This is the name now given to par­ents who go along but chill out in sep­a­rate re­sorts to the teenagers, while oc­ca­sion­ally check­ing in on them.

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