Australia Encompassed

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Sydney to Melbourne

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Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays — your crash course in all things Australia starts now. For 25 days, you’ll head up the East Coast (and participate in wine tastings, surf lessons, and maxi yacht sailing), fly to Alice Springs, then go down south to Kings Canyon, Uluru, and Adelaide, just to name a few destinations. The Great Ocean Road will eventually lead you to Melbourne, and a wide variety of accommodations and transport along the way will keep things exciting. With a competitive price and small tour group, there’s never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.

What’s included

  • Your Hands-On Moment: Wine Tour, Hunter Valley Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Discover Moment: Cairns Your Big Night Out Moment: Cairns Your Foodie Moment: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Your Discover Moment: Adelaide
  • Sydney orientation walk
  • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
  • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy National Park
  • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
  • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
  • Whitehaven Beach visit
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk at Uluru and visit to the culture centre
  • Underground mine tour (Coober Pedy)
  • Walks at Kings Canyon and Grampians National Park
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Taste wine in two different wine producing areas
  • Sleep under the stars at uluru
  • Island hop through the whitsundays
  • Marvel at the 12 apostles along the great ocean road
  • Catch the magnificent colours of uluru at sunset

Itinerary

Day 1 Sydney There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House. Additional Notes: Want to start your Down Under adventure with an adrenaline rush? Add the 'Sydney Adrenaline Bundle' or 'Sydney Bridge Climb' extra to your tour. Get an incredible view of the iconic Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Bridge, then zip through the waterways on a jet boat ride if you book the 'Adrenaline Bundle'. PLEASE NOTE: If booking either of these extras, a pre-night in Sydney is highly recommended as the Bridge Climb starts early in the morning on Day 1. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Sydney Enjoy a free day to explore Sydney. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hop on a jet boat ride through the harbour, or chill out at Bondi Beach. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Day 3 Sydney/Tamworth (1B, 1D) Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting before continuing on to Tamworth for a taste of Australian country living. Additional Notes: Due to operational reasons, tours that are scheduled to visit Tamworth between January 23-27, 2018 will be rerouted to Coffs Harbour for the night. Included Activities: Wine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 170km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 240km)
Day 4 Tamworth/Yamba (1B) Continue north, visiting Raspberry Lookout and Boundary Falls in Gibraltar National Park en route. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 360km)
Day 5 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)
Day 6 Byron Bay The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out at the Byron Bay Brewery and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch.
Day 7 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)
Day 8 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. 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. Included Activities: 4x4 Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 250km) Ferry
Day 9 Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades (1B) Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, then set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness. Included Activities: 4x4 Excursion Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion Transport: Ferry 22-seat 4x4 truck
Day 10 Noosa Everglades/Airlie Beach (1L) Go canoeing along the calm waters of the Noosa Everglades before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach. Included Activities: Canoeing Transport: Overnight train (airplane seats) (12.00-14.00 hours)
Day 11 Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands (1D) After arriving in Airlie Beach, transfer to the marina 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 Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 12 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D) The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 13 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B) After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 14 Airlie Beach/Cairns Admire the scenery on the train north to Cairns. Additional Notes: Get ready for an early morning wake-up today for the journey to Cairns. Make sure to stock up on snacks and bring personal entertainment – it may be one of the longer travel days on this trip, but it's worth it to reach The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Transport: Local bus (0.75-1.00 hours) Train (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 15 Cairns Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns. Included Activities: Big Night Out
Day 16 Cairns/Alice Springs (1B) New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. Consider sitting in on the welcome meeting, and get to know everyone at an optional dinner. Transport: Plane (4.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Alice Springs/Uluru Depart early for the Red Centre. Travel to Kings Canyon and embark on an optional walk, weather permitting, through the gorges and valleys of Watarrka National Park. Continue on to the Yulara campground for the night. Additional Notes: From late October - early March, if the temperature is forecasted to be 35°C or above we will be following the summer itinerary and visiting the West MacDonnell Ranges instead of Kings Canyon. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 18 Uluru (1B, 1D) Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to get a better understanding of the area before embarking on the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn the significance behind this iconic destination for the local people. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Uluru at Sunset
Day 19 Uluru/Coober Pedy (1B) Travel across the Outback 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 then importance of opal to the area. Additional Notes: This is one of a few long travel days on this itinerary. The vast expanses of the Outback make long drives necessary to travel between towns – so strap in and enjoy the desert scenery, get to know a fellow traveller, and chill out on this epic Outback roadtrip! Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-9.50 hours, 780km)
Day 20 Coober Pedy/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1D) Prepare for an early morning start for the travel day to Flinders Ranges. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours, 590km)
Day 21 Flinders Ranges/Adelaide (1B) Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. Arrive in Adelaide, known as the "city of churches'. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (7.50-9.00 hours, 380km)
Day 22 Adelaide With an emerging art scene, natural beauty and attractions, and incredible restaurants, Adelaide has tons to see and do. Get out and discover the hub of South Australia!
Day 23 Adelaide/Halls Gap (1B) Depart early and travel inland to Grampians NP, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Walk to the stunning Balconies and visit MacKenzie Falls. Included Activities: The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 570km)
Day 24 Halls Gap/Port Campbell (1B) Enjoy an early morning walk in Grampians NP, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, viewing sites including the collapsed London Arch. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Walk London Arch Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 25 Port Campbell/Melbourne (1B) Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles formations. Stop at the Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk en route to Melbourne. Additional Notes: Tour ends upon arrival in Melbourne in the afternoon. Consider booking post-tour accommodation in Melbourne to explore the city. Included Activities: Loch Ard Gorge Visit 12 Apostles Visit Rainforest Walk Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 300km)
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