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Welcome to the kind of trip that makes you question who you are. One minute you're in Sydney downing kaffir lime cocktails & razor clams thinking "I'm so city", next minute you're sleeping in a swag in the outback saying "I could live like this." Explore the NT before making tracks to QLD where you will sail the Whitsundays, and slide your way down the pretty East Coast of Oz.

Australasia
  • Duration: 24 Days
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  • Physical rating: Easy
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 101.596B/222907
  • Starts: Darwin, Australia
  • Finishes: Sydney (NSW), Australia
You will Visit
  • Darwin
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Katherine
  • Renner Springs
  • Alice Springs
  • Kings Creek Station
  • Uluru
  • Cairns
  • Whitsundays
  • Farmstay
  • Noosa
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Byron Bay
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Sydney

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Darwin

Welcome to Australia's best-kept secret, the Northern Territory. We get right into it, ‘cos lets face it, up here we’ve got to! First up, the East Point Military Reserve and Darwin Museum, then there’s your chance to come face to face with a 5m crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove, travel is all about facing your fears, right? Later, hit Darwin’s legendary bars for a night out to celebrate the epic days to come.

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Day 2: Darwin to Kakadu National Park via Litchfield National Park

Leaving the city vibe behind, it's time to get into the lush natural landscape of the Territory.
But - why rush? Best make the most of our day and check out the enormous termite mounds and thick rainforest of Litchfield National Park. Here we'll hit the famous Florence Falls – four waterfalls pouring over a wide plateau into deep, picture-perfect waterholes surrounded by thick rainforest. Grab those swimmers and take a dip in the transparent waters. Cool, fresh, bliss.

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Day 3: Kakadu National Park

A Kakadu National Park adventure awaits today, complete with swamps, rainforest, wetlands, woodlands, plants, insects and 75 different types of reptiles to uncover. We’ll head to a Cultural Centre and Nourlangie Rock to learn about thousands of years old rock art, then jump on a wildlife boat cruise with one main mission – croc spotting. With 20,000sq km of World Heritage-listed goodness to explore, Kakadu delivers every time.

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Day 4: Kakadu National Park to Katherine

Today we head towards Katherine, resting up so we can head deep into the bush region in the morning to check out ancient rock art dating back almost 20,000 years and learn about the areas deep Aboriginal past.
After all that dry desert time we'll be digging this afternoon's new scene of riverside Katherine. Pool hangs and team dinner, anyone?

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Day 5: Katherine to Renner Springs via Mataranka and Daly Waters

Today we venture further South towards Renner Springs.
Nothing heals a tired travelling body like swimming in 34 degree thermal pools. Mataranka - we're coming in cool, so do your worst.
Next up we get uber vintage in the Daly Waters pub - it's been serving booze and hosting country ruckus since 1893 and is local outback life at it's very best. Filled with lively Aussie characters and memorabilia of days gone by, it's the perfect lunch break en route to our next stop.
Tonight we take things totally rural, staying inan authentic outback roadhouse in Renner Springs

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Day 6: Renner Springs to Alice Springs via Wycliffe Well and Devils Marbles

This morning we leave Renner Springs and head south, cutting through the Renner Springs that divide the red desert of Australia's centre & the tropics of the north.
Stop one falls in the spooked out category - Australia's UFO capital. With only a few permanent residents, Wycliffe Well is little more than a roadhouse in the middle of no man's land, though many people venture here with aliens on the brain.
Less of the spooky and more of the weird, Devils Marbles boasts two boulders that look a little like giant potatoes on a chopping board. Go figure.
Tonight it's all about getting experimental with Aussie meat. Kangaroo, crocodile, camel & steak while listening to Aussie folk songs and rubbing shoulders with some local Aussie characters

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Day 7: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station

Move over Bear Grylls, as by the time we’ve finished this morning’s Aboriginal ‘Bushtucker’ tour we’ll be all over knowing how to survive in the bush. Your Local Guide will give you the 101 on insect eating and plant sampling, and there’ll even be real life bushtucker treats to get stuck in to (if you dare) – witchetty grubs and kangaroo tails for breakfast, yes please...
The authentic Aussie experience continues this evening as we bed down for the night under the desert stars at Kings Creek Station, an outback camel and cattle station. We’ll be sleeping like babies after an afternoon spent exploring the land. “Going bush” (sleeping outdoors) is pretty much as Aussie as they come, so snuggle down in your swag and gaze into the Milky Way with the squad.

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Day 8: Kings Creek Station to Uluru

Our day's intermittence is in the creamy orange plains of the mighty Kings Canyon. Grab your sneakers, your camera and your sense of adventure – you’re guided hike awaits. We’ll be visiting landmarks like the ‘Garden of Eden’ waterhole and the ‘Lost City’, all the while gazing in astonishment at landscapes where blue and orange stretch as far as the eye can see.
With Kings Canyon off the list, our next majestic spot is one you’ve been waiting for - Uluru. Discovered completely by accident on 18 July, 1873, it's hard to believe this imposing rock region wasn’t spotted sooner. Prepare to be amazed...Uluru is a staggering 700 million years old. Yes, you read that right. We’ll spend our afternoon walking through Uluru’s neighbour Kata Tjuṯa, aka 'The Olgas', before arriving at our eco-friendly outback resort for some well-deserved chill time by the pool.

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Day 9: Uluru

Get that bucket list back out and prepare to throw a red tick on page one - this morning we watch the sunrise at Uluru. We’ll learn why the site is of such spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people, and there’s even the chance to see the area from a completely different angle – Scenic flight, anyone? Just as we love a good sunrise, we’re suckers for a sunset, so tonight we’ll be raising a glass of champagne at Uluru, toasting our Aussie adventure, naturally.

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Day 10: Uluru to Cairns

It’s time to hit the skies with an included flight. Just when we thought it couldn’t get better, we wave goodbye to the red centre we’re hitting the beaches in the Sunshine State so let’s dust off the swimwear and get ready for some adventure...Queensland here we come!
Get some rest the crystal clear waters of the reef are calling.

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Day 11: Cairns

Well good morning Cairns you delightful palm tree paradise. We have two days here to get deep - which may even mean a scuba dive on one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. You game?

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Day 12: Cairns

Today is all about ticking off those once in a lifetime bucket list experiences. Think you’ve got what it takes to bungy jump or go whitewater rafting? Prove it – we’ve got optionals lined up that will get your head spinning with adrenaline. #NOREGRETS yo!

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Day 13: Cairns to the Whitsundays via Townsville

Ready for some coach time fun? Damn right you are when your end destination is the Whitsundays. Bring it!
Tropical Townsville never fails to impress with its Colonial buildings and checkered maritime history. We'll get orientated with the city and grab some lunch before kicking on to Airlie.
Pack your towel and swimmers as we get onboard our private boat and set sail off around the 74 Islands.

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Day 14: Whitsundays Sailing

Arrive Whitsundays and jump on board the yacht.Swim, snorkel, eat & repeat is pretty much today’s vibe as we make our way around the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. Do as much or as little as you want – help the crew wince the sails, snorkel some of the best coral reefs in Australia, laze on the fine silica sands of Whitehaven Beach (cue more pinch yourself moments) – today is all about soaking in the moment and relishing the finer things in life.

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Day 15: The Whitsundays to Farmstay

Rollin’ down the Capricorn Coast we’ll drive through the beef farming capital of Rockhampton and pass through the sugar cane plantations of Mackay before reaching The Old Station, a working cattle station that dishes up true Aussie farm life. Tonight may just go down in the history books, with past passengers citing it the best night of their trip...
Honest Australian hospitality knows no bounds at our farmstay, and you’ll be blown away by farm owner Nan and the rest of the family as they welcome you into the fold, country style. Fill up on Nan’s famous home cooked damper cake, an outback speciality, then it’s on to the tractor to meet some of the farm’s larger residents. Tonight is all about partying outback style – tuck in to a huge dinner feast, try whip cracking, then grab the karaoke mic and bust out those dancefloor moves.

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Day 16: Farmstay to Noosa

Just one night on The Old Station will have you hooked on outback life and wishing you could stay forever. But with Noosa on our horizons, things are only going to get even better from here.
Welcome to the good life, otherwise known as the Sunshine Coast. As we make our way into Noosa, soak in the abounding natural beauty of this picture perfect seaside town. Get ready to experience our exclusive Eco Camp special stay where we will be spending two nights getting back to nature. Get in those zzz's tonight as tomorrow promises to be a big one...

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Day 17: Noosa and Fraser Island

Rise and shine beach babes! We're heading to a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world's largest sand island.

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Day 18: Noosa to Surfers Paradise

Enjoy Waking up surrounded by the Aussie Bush and keep an eye out for some early morning Kangaroos. We say goodbye to the Eco Camp and stop in at Noosa Surf Club for lunch overlooking the beach
Shake off those mellow beach vibes – Surfer’s Paradise is all about partying in style. Sitting up there with Vegas as one of the top party spots in the world thanks to its insane number of clubs in one area, Surfers is where we get our swank on. Let’s do this!

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Day 19: Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay via Currumbin

OK we get the hype, the love the world has for the Gold Coast is totally justified. So this morning we’ll kick on and see if all those other Aussie rumours are as well-founded. We have a sneaking suspicion they will be...
Our first QLD stop is the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where all animal life goals can easily be achieved. Here’s your chance to cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo & see a crocodile up close (but not too close, obvs). Best of all, it's a not-for-profit set up, so our visit supports the sanctuary’s animal hospital and gives back to Aussie's furry friends.After saying godbye to our new furry friends, we push onto Byron Bay where two full days of soaking up the beach vibes await us.
Dolphins and humpback whales sailing past the lighthouse of Australia's most easterly point. Organic cafes and bohemian bazaars. 30 kilometres of perfect sand. Oh yes - Byron Bay is every kind of beach paradise with a cherry on top, and our time here will be nothing short of magic.

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Day 20: Byron Bay

We're up & on the road early to the iconic Byron Bay for a day full of cheeky tanning with a beer in hand, some serious surfing or just exploring this cute ocean town. Opt for kayaking if you're feeling extra adventurous today. When you're done wiggling your toes in the sand maybe it's time to sate your hunger at one of the delicious local cafes and restaurants. Venture through the streets and soak up the hippie vibes .

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Day 21: Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour

After a night of boho bliss (or maybe some table top dancing, Cheeky Monkey’s style) our open road adventure continues. Next stop, Coffs...
Your surf bum dreams are all about to come true as we shack up for the night in our Coffs Harbour surf camp. Sitting right on the beach, a constant stream of swims and beach hangs are the norm, then come night fall it’s all about an open fire, great chats with your new wolf pack, and occasional star gazing. Perfection much?

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Day 22: Coffs Harbour to Sydney via Port Macquarie

Time to say good-bye to those surf camp vibes as Sydney is calling.
We'll break up our journey to Sydney with a lunch stop in Port Macquarie. This pretty seaside town sits at the end of the Hastings River and gives us a taste of life on the New South Wales mid coast.

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Day 23: Sydney

Today we have one main mission – to explore the sun drenched, eternally cool city of Sydney. Your team will give you the down low on all of Sydney’s best bits as you take a tour of the highlights, including a ferry ride across the world famous harbour. Beach hangs in Manly & the chance to climb the Harbour Bridge are all in a days work. Tonight’s our last night of the trip, so let’s eat ourselves silly with a cook your own BBQ dinner.

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Day 24: Depart Sydney

Today we’ll be ending our trip with a bang, or more specifically a day trip to one of Australia’s finest – the majestic Blue Mountains (which aren’t actually blue, but are still damn beautiful). Out here in the great Aussie outdoors we’ll be learning the legend behind the famous Three Sisters rocks formation and exploring the Jamison Ridge area, basically living out all our rustic dreams. Suck in that fresh country air, as this afternoon we head back to the city and the end of our epic adventure.

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • This epic trip encapsulates pretty much every form of accommodation: from outback cattle stations to surf villages, hotels to bush camps, hostels to overnight yachting trips and an eco lodge. This all Aussie adventure is packed with a healthy dose of intrepid and comfortable travel, including the best ocean, desert and rainforest views the country has to offer
      Food
    • You can expect to sample the country's best seafood, prime Aussie beef and even local delicacies such as kangaroo, emu and crocodile. Whether you're BBQing at the beach or eating bush tucker we'll make sure you're fed well. Includes breakfast every day, plus 12 dinners and 2 lunches
      Staff
    • Don't worry, your Trip Manager and Driver will show you the ropes, otherwise the Captain of your yacht will call the shots. Whether providing local knowledge or lols, our team members are people you can trust
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Tour Highlights:
  • Darwin: Visit the Darwin Museum & see the Cyclone Tracy display,See the harbour & East Point Military Reserve
  • Darwin to Kakadu National Park: Stay near Kakadu National Park
  • Kakadu National Park: Visit a Cultural Centre,Hike to see the Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock
  • Kakadu National Park to Katherine: Stay near Kakadu National Park,Visit Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & see the sheer rock walls and wildlife
  • Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station: Aboriginal Dreamtime 'Bushtucker' tour in Alice Springs
  • Kings Creek Station to Uluru: Wake up to a bacon & egg breakfast,Hike to the 'Garden of Eden' waterhole and the 'Lost City' at Kings Canyon
  • Uluru: Visit Uluṟu Cultural Centre,See Uluṟu at sunrise,Toast Uluṟu at sunset with drinks & nibbles
  • Cairns to Whitsundays Sailing: Chill on Whitehaven beach one of the worlds top 10 beaches
  • Noosa and Fraser Island: 4WD day trip to Fraser Island
  • Noosa to Surfers Paradise: Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club,Visit the picturesque seaside town & beach of Noosa
  • Sydney: Experience Darling Harbour, Mrs Macquarie's Chair Lookout & The Rocks,Cruise across Sydney Harbour on a ferry from Manly,Cook your own BBQ dinner
  • Finish Sydney: Visit the Majestic Blue Mountains