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Are you ready to completely slather yourself in all things Australia? Travel to the Land Down Under and spend a month exploring everything this island nation has to offer. Start in Melbourne and move on from there to national parks, wine tastings, the Outback, beach days, sea kayaking, sailing, and loads more. Get the total Oz experience with this all-encompassing tour, who knows, you might even acquire a taste for Vegemite by the end.

Australasia

Duration: 28 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Photography, Beer Tasting Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 154230
Starts: Melbourne, Australia Finishes: Cairns, Australia
You will visit
  • Melbourne
  • Cairns

Itinerary

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Day 1: Melbourne

There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'.

Additional Notes:
Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Melbourne/Port Campbell (1B)

Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.

Included Activities:
12 Apostles Visit
Loch Ard Gorge Visit
Rainforest Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 300km)

03

Day 3: Port Campbell/Halls Gap (1B)

Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP.

Included Activities:
London Arch Visit
Tower Hill State Game Reserve Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)

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Day 4: Halls Gap/Mount Gambier (1B)

Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English prioson for the night; take a self-guided tour around this historic site.

Included Activities:
Grampians National Park Walk
The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit
MacKenzie Falls Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 310km)

05

Day 5: Mount Gambier/Adelaide (1B)

Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling through Coorong NP. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Continue on to Adelaide.

Additional Notes:
New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Included Activities:
Blue Lake Visit
Coorong National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 330km)

06

Day 6: Adelaide/Quorn (1B)

Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night.

Included Activities:
Wine Tasting

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)

07

Day 7: Quorn/Beltana (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges.

Included Activities:
Wilpena Pound Hike

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)

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Day 8: Beltana/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)

We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)

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Day 9: William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B)

Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Included Activities:
Guided Mine Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

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Day 10: Coober Pedy/Kings Creek (1B, 1D)

Take in the vastness of the Outback on a driving day, then bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) or tent under the Outback sky.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 760km)

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Day 11: Kings Creek/Uluru (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka Natoinal Park.

Included Activities:
Kings Canyon Hike
Uluru at Sunset

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 420km)

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Day 12: Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D)

The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aborigines. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area.

Included Activities:
Uluru Mala Walk
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit

13

Day 13: Uluru/Sydney (1B)

Wake up and enjoy a champagne sunrise toast with Uluru as the setting. Transfer to the airport and fly to Sydney.

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Day 14: Sydney/Nundle (1B, 1D)

Depart in the morning and head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night.

At the sheep station, have the unique opportunity to meet an expert sheep shearer. Experience a shearing demonstration and learn about local sheep farming. At the end of the day, enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearer's quarters.


Additional Notes:
The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones.

Included Activities:
Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Sheep Shearing

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)

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Day 15: Nundle/Bingara (1B, 1D)

After breakfast, drive to Tamworth, the country and western music capital of Australia and home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning.

Opt to go horseback riding or swimming in a local watering hole.

Included Activities:
Gold Mine Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)

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Day 16: Bingara/Yamba (1B)

Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members.

Transport:
Travel distance: 380km (236 mi)
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)

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Day 17: Yamba/Byron Bay (1B)

After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia's most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson.

Included Activities:
Surfing Lesson

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)

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Day 18: Byron Bay

The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch.

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Day 19: Byron Bay/Brisbane (1B)

Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.

Additional Notes:
Stop along the way to Brisbane for a quick break at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)

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Day 20: Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1L)

Once on the island, enjoy a 4x4 tour of Fraser Island, driving along over 100km of beach. Go for a swim in Lake McKenzie, and enjoy a rainforest walk along the way.

Additional Notes:
While on Fraser Island and the Noosa Everglades, main luggage will be stored in a secure storage facility. Each person will need to pack a bag for two nights with max weight of 5kg. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles and canoes. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach.

Depending on the day of the week, some groups may swap the order of the Fraser Island and Noosa Everglades days. Some groups will first travel to the Noosa Everglades for a night before travelling on to Fraser Island. All inclusions will still be offered but just in a different order.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)
Ferry

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Day 21: Fraser Island/Noosa River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, then set off to the Noosa Everglades. Canoe upstream to a riverside camp for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness. Walk through coastal vegetation along a gentle trail that leads to the Cooloola Sand Patch (time permitting).

Included Activities:
4x4 Excursion
Noosa Everglades Canoeing Overnight Excursion

Transport:
Ferry
4x4

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Day 22: Noosa River/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)

Catch a train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm and stay the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment.

Transport:
Train (6.00-8.00 hours)

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Day 23: Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)

After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Airlie Beach and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours, 539km)
Maxi yacht

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Day 24: Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)

The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2

Transport:
Maxi yacht

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Day 25: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)

After three days at sea, we sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3

Transport:
Maxi yacht

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Day 26: Airlie Beach/Cairns (1L)

Admire the scenery on the train north to Tully. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Museum. Participate in either a weaving or painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists before continuing on to Cairns.

Included Activities:
Ingan Cultural Museum & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration

Transport:
Train (5.00 hour(s), 482km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 140km)

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Day 27: Cairns (1B)

Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungee jumping.

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Day 28: Cairns (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
    • Visit to the 12 Apostles, an Aboriginal cultural centre, Tower Hill Reserve and Coorong NP
    • Clare Valley and Hunter Valley wine tastings
    • Underground mine tour
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
    • Hikes at Grampians NP, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon
    • Sheep shearing demonstration
    • Gold panning and mine tour (Bingara)
    • Surf lessons (Byron Bay)
    • Overnight excursion on Fraser Island
    • Noosa Everglades overnight canoeing experience
    • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
    • 3-day sailing excursion (Whitsunday Islands)
    • Visit to Whitehaven Beach
    • G Adventures- supported Ingan Cultural Museum and Jirrbal Aboriginal art demonstration
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (17 nts), swag camping (5 nts), maxi-yacht (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt), tent (1 nt), cabin (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    Meals Included
    • 25 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus, train, maxi yacht, 4x4 vehicle, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
  • Bed down at a traditional Outback station
  • Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
  • Sail through the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands
  • Explore Fraser Island.