Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia

Classic, Melbourne to Sydney
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Tour description

Australia is over 7 million sq km (4.35 sq mi) of sand, reef, rock, koala, wine, sailing, ocean, city, culture, Dreamtime, and so much more than we could possibly list here. It would take several lifetimes to explore it all. This sprawling 25-day adventure comes pretty close, though. Kick things off in cosmopolitan Melbourne by discovering the city's hidden laneways. Then head up the Great Ocean Road to a couple of national parks before journeying deep into the fabled Outback for a rendezvous with the iconic Uluru. Next, meet the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation, cruise the glorious Whitsundays, visit a G Adventures-supported cultural centre, learn to surf, and explore Sydney. Exhausted yet? Just wait’ll you’re actually there!

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay
  • Melbourne laneways walk
  • Brighton bathing boxes visit
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
  • 12 Apostles visit
  • Loch Ard Gorge Visit
  • Hike at Grampians NP
  • Tower Hill State Wildlife 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 Daintree Rainforest walk
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
  • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
  • Jenolan Caves visit
  • Scenic Railway
  • Jamison Valley walk
  • Orientation walk in Sydney
  • Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, and Sydney
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Discover the hidden laneways of melbourne
  • Marvel at the 12 apostles along the great ocean road
  • Spend the night in an underground hotel
  • Catch the magnificent colours of uluru at sunset
  • Trek through mossman gorge in the daintree rainforest
  • Sail through the gorgeous whitsundays
  • Hang ten in byron bay
  • Explore the blue mountains by foot

Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne Arrive at any time.

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: 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.

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: 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.

Day 7: 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.

Day 8: 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.

Day 9: 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.

Day 10: Coober Pedy/Uluru Travel further into the Outback and experience a colourful sunset at Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Day 11: Uluru Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aborigines.

Day 12: Uluru/Cairns Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 13: Cairns/Cape Tribulation Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

Day 14: Cape Tribulation With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

Day 15: Cape Tribulation/Cairns Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.

Day 16: Cairns/Airlie Beach Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town.

Day 17: 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.

Day 18: Airlie Beach/Byron Bay Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.

Day 19: 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.

Day 20: 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.

Day 21: 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.

Day 22: 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.

Day 23: Blue Mountains/Sydney

Day 24: Sydney Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.

Day 25: Sydney Depart at any time.