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.
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.
Melbourne Laneways Walk
Bathing Boxes Visit
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.
12 Apostles Visit
Loch Ard Gorge Visit
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.
Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve Visit
The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit
MacKenzie Falls Visit
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.
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
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.
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.
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.
Guided Mine Tour
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.
Uluru at Sunset
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.
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.
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.
Aboriginal Interpretive Walk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jenolan Caves Tour
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.
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.