Complete Australia

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Melbourne to Cairns

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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, and, who knows, you might even acquire a taste for Vegemite by the end.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Adelaide Your Foodie Moment: Local Food Experience, Clare Valley Your Hands-On Moment: Wine Tutorial, 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
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park
  • 12 Apostles visit
  • Aboriginal cultural centre visit
  • Tower Hill Reserve visit
  • Underground mine tour
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
  • Hikes at Grampians National Park, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon
  • Sydney orientation walk
  • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
  • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy National Park
  • Noosa Everglades overnight excursion
  • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
  • Whitehaven Beach visit
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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.

Itinerary

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, head into the city to take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Get lost in the city's famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the über-cool Fitzroy neighbourhood. Additional Notes: Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell (1B) Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay 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 (7.00 hour(s), 300km)
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 Wildlife 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 Wildlife Reserve Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 4 Halls Gap/Adelaide (1B) Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Visit The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-6.50 hours, 500km)
Day 5 Adelaide There are no planned activities during the day, so enjoy free time to explore the city. Opt to go for a cruise to swim with dolphins (seasonal), take the tram to Glenelg beach, visit a nearby winery, grab lunch at the Central Market, or enjoy time getting lost in the city. 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.
Day 6 Adelaide/Ikara-Flinders Ranges (1B) Hit the road in the morning. Admire scenic views across the Clare Valley and enjoy a local food experience featuring South Australia's best regional produce. Continue to Flinders Ranges. Included Activities: Local Food Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 440km)
Day 7 Ikara-Flinders Ranges (1B, 1L, 1D) Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Included Activities: Wilpena Pound Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Ikara-Flinders Ranges/Glendambo (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel from Flinders Ranges to Glendambo with a stop along the way at the salt lake of Lake Hart. Included Activities: Lake Hart Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 440km)
Day 9 Glendambo/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), 260km)
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 (padded canvas bedroll) around a campfire and sleep under the Outback sky. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 760km)
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 National Park. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 420km)
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 Aboriginals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Day 13 Uluru/Sydney (1B) Transfer to the airport and fly to Sydney.
Day 14 Sydney Enjoy a free day to explore Sydney. Opt to chill out at Bondi Beach. For a rush of adrenaline, opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or zip through the harbour on a jet boat. Pre-book the "Sydney Bridge Climb" or "Sydney Adrenaline Bundle" activity on the checkout page to add these optionals to your tour. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Day 15 Sydney/Tamworth (1B, 1D) Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tutorial before continuing on to Tamworth for a taste of Australian country living. Included Activities: Wine Tutorial Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 170km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 240km)
Day 16 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 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)
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 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 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)
Day 20 Brisbane/Noosa Everglades (1B, 1L) Set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness. Additional Notes: Please note that due to operational reasons, this night and the following night may be reversed. All activities and inclusions will remain the same. Included Activities: Eco Cruise Canoeing Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 150km)
Day 21 Noosa Everglades/Fraser Island (1B) 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, main luggage will be stored in a secure storage facility. Each person will need to pack an overnight bag with max weight of 5kg, as access to main luggage will not be available again until the next day. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles. Included Activities: 4x4 Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (1.25 hour(s), 95km) Ferry
Day 22 Fraser Island/Airlie Beach (1B, 1L) Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach. Included Activities: 4x4 Excursion Transport: Ferry Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 115km) Overnight train (airplane seats) (12.00-14.00 hours)
Day 23 Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands (1D) After arriving in Airlie Beach and some time for brunch, head to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next two nights. 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 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. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport: Maxi yacht
Day 25 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 26 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 27 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. Prefer to plan ahead? Pre-book the "Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling" activity on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Big Night Out
Day 28 Cairns Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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