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Australia Highlights

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Tour style - Active & Adrenaline, Chill out & Beach

27 days

Let’s be honest: All of Australia is a highlight. However, if you’re looking for a trip that’ll give you a little bit of everything, then this 27-day tour is right up your alley. There’ll be no lack of culture and tradition – everything from sheep-shearing to 3 days of sailing in the Whitsundays to 4x4 off-roading on Fraser Island – as well as immersing yourself in Aborigine culture in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. With a variety of both accommodations and transport at a stellar price, our Australia Highlights trip will guarantee one great “g’day” to the Outback.
  • Day 1 Sydney

    Arrive in Sydney at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area, the Opera House and visit the Botanical Gardens.

  • Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)

    Depart in the morning, drive to the famous wine region of the Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on the history of wine-making in the area. Afterwards, head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station you'll have a unique opportunity to meet old sheep shearer and experience a shearing demonstration and talk on sheep farming in the area. At the end of the day enjoy a home-cooked meal with the locals before sleeping in the historic shearer's quarters. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 380 km

  • Day 3 Bingara (1B,1D)

    After breakfast, drive to the Country and Western music capital of Australia, Tamworth. Take a look around, maybe even grab a CD or two before heading to another small country town for lunch. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. Afterwards, listen to a talk from a local Jackaroo, a man who works on a cattle or sheep ranch. At the end of the day, bed down at a hotel on a working farm. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 210 km

  • Day 4 Yamba (1B)

    Travel through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba, stopping en route at Mile Creek, where you'll learn a bit about Aboriginal culture and the significance of the site to the Aborigines. Once in Yamba, enjoy a swim in one of the great holes left by an old quarry. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distances: 380 km

  • Day 5-6 Byron Bay (2B)

    After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. There is plenty of free time to experience this hippie surfing town. Options abound—walk out to the lighthouse on the most easterly point of Australia where there is a chance to see whales swimming off the shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Accommodation in Byron Bay is in a unique and exclusive section of an old hippy commune, embracing nature and a peaceful way of life. Day 6 is yours to explore—start it off with an included yoga lesson, walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. If you'd like to get your adrenaline pumping, go skydiving, try sea kayaking or go on a dolphin watch. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 128 km

  • Day 7 Brisbane (1B)

    This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron to Australia's most developed surf beach area 'The Gold Coast'. Famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Our hotel is located in the central business district of Brisbane, take advantage of being in the heart of the city by visiting some local hot spots. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 288 km

  • Day 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,2L,2D)

    Travel by private bus up the coast before switching to 4x4 to drive along the beach to the ferry that heads to Fraser Island. Once on the island, drive along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Fraser Island is the world's biggest sand island. Depending on the tides, we will explore the island either via an inland road or right on the beach. After a good night of sleep by the beach, the second day on the island offers an included private full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, Pile Valley, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck, Stonetool, Sandblow and the coloured sands. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 250 km

  • Day 10 Cattle Station (1B,1D)

    We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote cattle station, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the cattle station, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 416 km

  • Day 11-12 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)

    After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 12 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.

  • Day 13 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)

    A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.

  • Day 14-15 Cairns (1B)

    Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns. Enjoy a free day to explore this popular northern Queensland city. Cairns is a popular jumping off point for snorkel and diving day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Other popular excursions include skydiving, hang gliding, ballooning and whitewater rafting. There is a vibrant nightlife in Cairns with many high quality restaurants and bars that are open late. Celebrate the last night all together with a night on the town. Estimated travel time: 10 hours Travel distance: 650 km

  • Day 16 Cape Tribulation (1B,1L,1D)

    *Please note that Days 16-18 may be run in reverse during the rainy season (November to March) if the Bloomfield Track is closed due to weather conditions and safety. Travel by 4x4 safari truck up to a remote beach where we meet local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing and learn about the traditional ways of life as well as the local flora and fauna. Cook up what you catch for a delicious lunch. Visit an Aboriginal arts centre to learn about dreamtime stories and the art that expresses those visions. An opportunity to make some art yourself makes for a great gift to take home. Walk in some of the world's oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree National Park. Overnight in a rainforest lodge located right on the beach. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 140 km

  • Day 17 Cooktown (1B,1L,1D)

    Travel safari-style through extremely remote countryside as we follow the Bloomfield track, only accessible by 4x4. Visit a sacred site at the Bloomfield Falls and participate in the 'Walk of the Women'. Local Aboriginal women explain how the falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) beside a historic hotel in the bush while being hosted by extremely entertaining locals. Listen to stories as you feast on the local cusine. During the rainy season, sleep in multi-share cabins. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 100 km

  • Day 18 Cairns (1B)

    Travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who leads us into his traditional lands. The story teller explains the traditional lifestyle while interpreting historic rock cave paintings in the area. Travel the inland road back to Cairns for the night. Opt for a group dinner and night on the town to celebrate the last night in Queensland. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 324 km

  • Day 19 Alice Springs (1B)

    Embark on a mid-morning flight to Australia's interior and transfer to the hostel. Spend the night in a centrally-located hotel in Alice Springs. Located halfway between Adelaide and Darwin, Alice Springs is the base for all trips through the Red Centre. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 20 kms driving

  • Day 20 Uluru (1L,1D)

    Travel to the Red Centre, pass by Erldunda, Lake Amadeus and Mt Connor en route, then stop at Curtain Springs cattle station for a quick break. Stop in the small town of Yulara for a homemade lunch, then stop off at the Uluru cultural centre to gain some more knowledge of the flora, fauna and Aboriginal people of the area. Stop the base of Uluru for a guided Mala Walk, which includes a more in depth explanation of the area and Uluru. From there, continue onto the sunset viewing point to watch the sun dip behind the impressive Uluru and enjoy a glass of bubbly and snacks. At night, experience the Red Centre the most unique way possible by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. Enjoy a dinner cooked on the barbeque then enjoy the stars in the outback sky. Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.  The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat. Estimated travel time: Travel distance:

  • Day 21 Kata Tjuta/Kings Creek Station (1B,1L,1D)

    Awake before dawn to view the invariably stunning sunrise over Uluru before digging into breakfast. Travel to Kata Tjuta for a hike through the beautiful red rock formations of the Valley of the Winds. Return to Yulara for lunch, then continue onto Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the area or get off road on a quad bike. Estimated travel time: Travel distance:

  • Day 22 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs (1B,1L)

    After breakfast, set off on a 4km hike through Kings Canyon, including the natural Amphitheatre, the North and South Walls and the Garden of Eden. En route back to Alice Springs, visit a camel farm where there is an option to ride one of the camels. Opt to join the group for a night out in Alice Springs. Estimated travel time: Travel distance:

  • Day 23-24 The Ghan Train/Darwin (1B)

    Free morning to explore Alice Springs. Embark on The Ghan Train at approximately 6pm. The overnight train is comfortable and there is a café on board where you can buy meals. Sit back and enjoy the scenery pass by as the train travels from the Red Centre to the Top End of Australia. The Ghan Train makes a stop at Katherine for a 4 hour break. There are a number of activity options to choose from. A transfer to Katherine's Gorge is included and from there feel free to choose the activity that suits you. Opt to simply walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. There are no power outlets on the train, so make sure all your gadgets are fully charged and ready to go! Estimated travel time: 15 hours Travel distance: 1,489 km

  • FOR TRIPS DEPARTING MAY THROUGH OCTOBER

  • Day 25 Kakadu National Park (1L,1D)

    Early departure to Corroboree Billabong for an included wildlife and crocodile-spotting cruise. Visit Ubirr to look at the indigenous rock art. Stop at an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre to learn about the ideas behind the creations. Overnight at our campsite near Jim Jim Falls (seasonal from May-October). At Jim Jim Falls there are options to sleep in a tent or outside under the night sky in a swag (canvas bedroll). During the wet season (usually November - April) groups will stay in dorm accommodation (located outside the park) to avoid the rain. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 km

  • Day 26 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B,1L,1D)

    Embark early on a full day of exploring. Hike to the top of Twin Falls for great views and an outstanding swimming spot. Walk to Jim Jim Falls and take in the sandstone cliffs while taking time to cool off in the refreshing plunge pools. Travel to our overnight camp near Litchfield, swags (canvas bedrolls) or tents await. End the night with a group BBQ. NOTE: The itinerary for this day varies depending on the season. During the rainy season the accommodations will be dorm-style and we will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 200 km

  • Day 27 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B,1L)

    An early start to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Visit the Wangi, Florence and Tolmer Falls with opportunities to go for a swim. Visit the Buley Rockholes and see the amazing giant termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival at approximately 6pm. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later today. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 170 km

  • FOR TRIPS DEPARTING NOVEMBER THROUGH APRIL

  • Day 25 Darwin/Litchfield NP (1L,1D)

    Depart from Darwin at 6:30am, an early start to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence and Tolmer Falls and cool off with a swim. Visit the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds before continuing on to the Adelaide River for a croc cruise.

  • Day 26 Kakadu NP (1B,1L,1D)

    Cross into Kakadu National Park and visit an Aboriginal cultural centre, learn about some rock art and hike down to a breathtaking gorge with various pools.

  • Day 27 Kakadu NP/Darwin (1B,1L,1D)

    Get an early start to visit Gunlom Falls for a walk and a swim before visiting the beautiful Ikoymarrwa for a swim, a site accessible only with a special permit. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening, please book departure flights after 8pm.

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