Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia

Classic, Melbourne to Sydney

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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 Foodie Moment: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, 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 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Melbourne/Mornington Peninsula (1B) Although fairly small in size, the Mornington Peninsula packs a big punch with the amount of things to do here. Be awed with the stunning coastal scenery while driving through quaint towns and past stunning beaches. Included Activities: Melbourne Laneways Walk Bathing Boxes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 100km)
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 (1B) 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. Included Activities: Rainforest Walk 12 Apostles Visit Loch Ard Gorge Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 20km) Ferry (1.00 hour(s), 15km) Enjoy the stunning scenery while driving along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at the highlights along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Port Campbell/Halls Gap (1B, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve Visit The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km) Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)
Day 6 Halls Gap/Adelaide (1B) Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal 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. Included Activities: Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Orientation Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-6.50 hours, 500km)
Day 7 Adelaide/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1L, 1D) Stop in the Clare Valley for a wine tasting and light gourmet lunch featuring regional produce. Afterwards, drive through the Flinders Ranges. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Flinders Ranges (1B, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Wilpena Pound Visit
Day 9 Flinders Ranges/Coober Pedy (1B, 1L) 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 opals to the area. Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 700km)
Day 10 Coober Pedy/Uluru (1B) Cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Included Activities: Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 750km)
Day 11 Uluru (1B) Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aborigines. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Day 12 Uluru/Cairns Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Transport: Plane (4.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L) Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Included Activities: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport: Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation. Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)
Day 14 Cape Tribulation (1B) With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.
Day 15 Cape Tribulation/Cairns (1B) Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 16 Cairns/Airlie Beach (1B) Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 623km)
Day 17 Airlie Beach (1L) 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. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion Barrier Reef Visit
Day 18 Airlie Beach/Byron Bay Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise. Additional Notes: Please note that due to operational reasons the Dec 27, 2018 departure of Best of Australia, and the Dec 16, 2018 departure of Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia, will be staying in Tweeds Head tonight instead of Byron Bay. Transport: Plane (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 200km)
Day 19 Byron Bay Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like sea kayaking, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach. Additional Notes: Please note that due to operational reasons the Dec 27, 2018 departure of Best of Australia, and the Dec 16, 2018 departure of Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia, will be staying in Tweeds Head tonight instead of Byron Bay. The group will travel to Byron during the day today for free time to explore.
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. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 397km)
Day 21 Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains Opt to visit a koala hospital before travelling to the Blue Mountains Region. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 500km)
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. Additional Notes: In the case of bad weather or poor visibility, the order of the activities may change or be moved to Day 12. Note: The Scenic Cableway will be closed from August 1, 2018 until mid September 2018. Included Activities: Jenolan Caves Tour Scenic Railway Jamison Valley Walk Blue Mountains Excursion
Day 23 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 24 Sydney Get a feel for the city. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, zip through the harbour on a jet boat, or relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.
Day 25 Sydney Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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