Australia & New Zealand Encompassed

Classic, Melbourne to Queenstown

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The fascinating lands of Australia and New Zealand are waiting to be discovered on this in-depth 34-day tour. You'll cover not just the major cities (it wouldn't be a trip to Australia without a requisite snap of the Opera House) but venture into the country's Red Centre to explore the animal-filled bush and see Uluru at sunset. Save some room on that memory card for the last leg of your trip in New Zealand, where you'll visit a geothermal park, hike around Mt Cook, and cruise through Doubtful Sound, capturing incredible shots all along the way.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay Your Foodie Moment: Winery Visit, Central Otago District Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Guided Melbourne laneways walk
  • Brighton bathing boxes visit
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
  • 12 Apostles visit
  • Grampians NP visit
  • Tower Hill Nature Reserve visit
  • Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre visit
  • Wilpena Pound visit
  • Underground mine tour (Coober Pedy)
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
  • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
  • Scenic Railway
  • Jenolan Caves visit
  • Jamison Valley walk
  • Waitomo Caves visit
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Wine tasting
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre visit
  • Fiordland NP visit
  • Doubtful Sound day cruise
  • Orientation walk in Sydney
  • Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, Sydney, Rotorua and Queenstown
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Venture into the australian bush
  • Stay overnight in an opal mine
  • See sunset over uluru
  • Explore the waitomo caves
  • Enjoy a traditional maori dinner

Itinerary

Melbourne Arrive at any time.
Melbourne/Mornington Peninsula Tour Melbourne's iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture before travelling to the Mornington Peninsula. Stop to see Brighton's brightly coloured bathing boxes, miniature beachfront cabins that are unique to the beaches in Port Phillip Bay.
Mornington Peninsula Enjoy a free day in the Mornington Peninsula. Opt to visit a winery or hit one of the many incredible beaches in the area.
Mornington Peninsula/Port Campbell Hop on a ferry to Queenscliff before spending the day travelling along the Great Ocean Road. Pass world-famous surf beaches, enjoy views of the 12 Apostles, and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park.
Port Campbell/Halls Gap Travel inland to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Walk to the stunning Balconies and visit MacKenzie Falls.
Halls Gap/Adelaide Visit the Brambuk Indigenous Cultural Centre before continuing on to Adelaide. The CEO will point out important highlights of the city while driving in, before free time to explore the city.
Adelaide/Ikara-Flinders Ranges Stop in the Clare Valley for a wine tasting and light gourmet lunch featuring regional produce. Afterwards, drive through the Flinders Ranges.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges Visit Wilpena Pound, a 800-million-year old natural amphitheatre, before enjoying free time for optional activities in the Flinders Ranges like hiking or a 4WD tour of the rugged area.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges/Coober Pedy Travel to Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat like the locals by spending the night underground.
Coober Pedy/Uluru Travel further into the Outback and experience a colourful sunset at Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Uluru Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aborigines.
Uluru/Cairns Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Cairns/Cape Tribulation Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.
Cape Tribulation With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.
Cape Tribulation/Cairns Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.
Cairns/Airlie Beach Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town.
Airlie Beach Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.
Airlie Beach/Byron Bay Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.
Byron Bay Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like skydiving, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.
Byron Bay/Port Macquarie Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.
Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area.
Blue Mountains Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.
Blue Mountains/Sydney Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House.
Sydney Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.
Sydney/Auckland Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.
Auckland Enjoy a free day to explore Auckland. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.
Auckland/Rotorua Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities. Continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.
Rotorua Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.
Rotorua/Christchurch Catch a flight to Christchurch on the South Island. Walk around town with a local guide and learn about how communities have rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011. This evening, enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.
Christchurch/Lake Ohau Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds this local landmark. Spend the afternoon hiking the region around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre.
Lake Ohau/Queenstown Drive to Queenstown, with a stop at Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Doubtful Sound Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area. Return to Queenstown in the evening.
Queenstown Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.
Queenstown Depart at any time.
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