A Land Down Under

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See and experience all that Australia has to offer!  Kangaroos, Koala Bears, Uluru, Wine Country, Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef!

Days
28

Style
Land/Marine/Air

From
$4852

A Land Down Under

Are you ready to completely slather yourself in all things Australia? Travel to the Land Down Under and spend a month exploring everything this island nation has to offer. Start in Melbourne and move on from there to national parks, wine tastings, the Outback, beach days, sea kayaking, sailing, and loads more. Get the total Oz experience with this all-encompassing tour, and, who knows, you might even acquire a taste for Vegemite by the end.

Map of Complete Australia

 

Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road

  • Bed down at a traditional Outback station

  • Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset

  • Sail through the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands

  • Explore Fraser Island

Full Itinerary

Melbourne
Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you’ll have time to head into the city take in the ‘cultural capital of Australia’.

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.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h19:00
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities – Day 1
Myki Public Transportation  14 AUD per person
From St. Kilda to Fitzroy, make the most of your time in Melbourne with a Myki Transportation Pass, giving you access to all tram travel throughout the city.
Phillip Island Day Tour 129-190 AUD per person
If you’ve always dreamed of spotting a penguin in the wild, make sure to head down to Phillip Island. Check out the spectacular scenery and beaches, and be ready at dusk to watch the famous ‘Penguin Parade’ as hundreds of Little Penguins (yes, that’s their actual name) cross the beach to return to their burrows after a day of fishing.
Yarra Valley Wine TourMelbourne 120-129AUD per person

Accommodation
Nomads Melbourne (or similar)

Melbourne/Port Campbell
Travel past world-famous surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy views of the 12 Apostles and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park.

Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.

Private Vehicle Melbourne – Port Campbell 5h 300km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
12 Apostles Visit Port Campbell National Park 45m-1h
Stop at a scenic lookout point along the Great Ocean Road and capture the beautiful views over the ocean and the 12 Apostles. Now with only eight formations still standing, these iconic attractions were once limestone caves which eroded to become arches and eventually stacks up to 45m (147 ft) in height.
Loch Ard Gorge Visit Port Campbell National Park15m-30m
Located along the Great Ocean Road, beautiful Loch Ard Gorge shows the process of erosion in action. See offshore stacks and blowholes, and watch short tailed shearwaters soar over the nearby island. This location is a perfect backdrop for a group photo. Get snapping!
Rainforest Walk Great Otway National Park 30m 1-2km
Take in the beautiful greenery of the Great Otway National Park on a leisurely walk with your CEO. Stroll sandy beaches and hike along the rugged coastline, take photos from rock platforms, and head north to see forests, green gullies, pristine lakes and gushing waterfalls.

Optional Activities – Day 2
Helicopter Ride The Twelve Apostles 95 AUD per person
A series of limestone cliffs stretching into the ocean, the 12 Apostles is one of the most iconic sites in Victoria. Get a birds eye view of these massive rock columns and watch the swells of the ocean crash into them from above. Prepare to be awed by the sheer size of these cliffs and one of Australia’s most famous coastlines.
Accommodation
Port Campbell Hostel (or similar)Hostel
Meals included: Breakfast

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.

Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP.

Private Vehicle Port Campbell – Grampians National Park 3h 260km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
London Arch Visit Port Campbell National Park15m-30m
Stop by the rock formation named the London Arch, formerly the London Bridge, until part of the arch collapsed in 1990. This brief stop on the Great Ocean Road showcases the art of nature — the erosion of limestone and the beautiful rock formations it creates.
Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve Visit Tower Hill15m-30m
Visit Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve west of Warrnambool for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Learn more about this large volcanic crater and wetland and the role it plays in Aboriginal history. Set off on one of the self-guided walking paths, then visit the Worn Gundidj Centre to see cultural displays and crafts.
Optional Activities – Day 3
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre VisitGrampians National Park 3AUD per person
Dive in to ‘Dreamtime’ and experience the stories, food and art of Australia’s Aborigines. Attempt to blow into a didgeridoo, paint and then throw a boomerang, or go on a guided walk through gardens planted with native herbs and plants. Head to the Bushfoods cafe and sample the local delicacies — kangaroo, emu, and crocodile. Anyone still hungry?
Accommodation
Grampians Eco YHA (or similar)Hostel
Meals included: Breakfast

Halls Gap/Adelaide
Explore Grampians NP. Enjoy waterfalls, lakes and beautiful vistas. Later, travel to Adelaide.

Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie’s Falls, and travel onto Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.

Walk Grampians National Park 1h-5h 3-8km
Walk along a dirt track past lookouts, sandstone ridges and other various rock formations. Be rewarded with sweeping views of the natural landscape of low mountains and cliffs.
The Balconies (Jaws of Death) 1h 2km
Set off from the Reed Lookout overlooking Victoria Valley, and enjoy a short walk with beautiful scenery to the Balconies, formerly called the Jaws of Death. Check out the gorgeous view, but be careful not to lean too far over the edge!
MacKenzie Falls 30m-1h
MacKenzie Falls is the only waterway in the region that flows year-round and it is also the most visited waterfall in the Grampians; take a short walk and check out the falls out from a viewing platform. In Spring, see wonderful wildflowers in bloom along the path.
Private Vehicle Halls Gap – Adelaide6h-6h30m500km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation
Adelaide Central YHA (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Adelaide
Free day to explore Adelaide. Opt to go on a dolphin-spotting boat cruise (seasonal), and meet new members of the group at an optional evening welcome meeting.

New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

 

Carte Blanche Adelaide Full Day
There’s plenty to see and do in Adelaide, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like hitting the beach, going on a haunted tour of the Old Adelaide Gaol, and visiting local wineries. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities – Day 5
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travelers on Combos
You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Accommodation
Adelaide Central YHA (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Adelaide/Quorn
Enjoy a wine tasting in the Clare Valley, then it’s on to Quorn.

Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night.

Private Vehicle Adelaide – Quorn4h350km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Hands-On: Wine Tasting
Stop by a local winery and sample some of the different grape varietals while learning a bit more about wine production and its history in the Clare Valley. Try some Riesling, the local favourite (considered the best in Australia, if not the world), along with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Accommodation
Austral Inn (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Quorn/Beltana
Head to Wilpena Pound for a walk to a natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people. Learn about Aboriginal art and early settler history.

Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges.

Private Vehicle Quorn – Beltana 1h 50km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Wilpena Pound Hike 1h-3h Full Day 2-7km
Enjoy nature’s 800 million-year-old natural amphitheater carved out of the mountains in Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP. Visit Aboriginal art sites and learn more about the history and customs of the Adnyamathanha people who have lived here for tens of thousands of years. Keep an eye out for emus, kangaroos, and if you are lucky, the threatened yellow footed rock wallaby.


Accommodation
Beltana Station (or similar)Hostel
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Beltana/William Creek
Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites and opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre.

We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre.

Private Vehicle Beltana – William Creek3h200km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 8
Lake Eyre Scenic FlightWilliam Creek 150-260AUD per person
Soar above Australia’s largest inland lake on this 60-min flight in the north of South Australia. Typically, Lake Eyre is dry, so prepare to see a vast white salt plain shimmering in the sun. Following monsoon rains in the north, the lake fills and becomes a breeding site pelicans, gulls and terns. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view and enjoy the flight.
Accommodation
William Creek Hotel (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

William Creek/Coober Pedy
Travel to the town of 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.

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 opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Private Vehicle William Creek – Coober Pedy3h150km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Guided Mine Tour Coober Pedy30m-45m
Learn about opals and Coober Pedy’s mining history on a tour of an old opal mine. See examples of both hand-dug and machine-dug underground homes, which are a popular way to escape the heat.
Accommodation
Umoona Opal Mine (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Coober Pedy/Kings Creek
Take in the vastness of the Outback on a driving day, then bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.

Private Vehicle Coober Pedy – Kings Creek 10h 760km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 10
Camel Ride Kings Canyon 21.50 AUD per person
Climb over the hump and settle in for a 15-minute ride to give you a taste of the Outback from a different perspective.
Quad Biking Around Cattle Station Kings Canyon 100 AUD per person
Kings Canyon Helicopter Ride 15m-30m 60-275 AUD per person
Get a birds-eye view of Kings Canyon from the large bubble windows of a 4-passenger helicopter.


Accommodation
Kings Creek Station (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Kings Creek/Uluru
Enjoy a morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. Drive to Uluru, where Australia’s most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly.

Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka Natoinal Park.

Kings Canyon Hike 3h-4h 4-6km
HIke through beautiful Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park on this walk that visits the natural amphitheatre, the north and south walls, and the Garden of Eden.
Private Vehicle Kings Creek – Uluru 4h 30m 420km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Uluru at Sunset Uluru30m-1h Evening
Enjoy a glass of bubbly, and watch the setting sun transform Uluru into a glowing monolith bathed in deep reds and oranges. Capture the moment with your camera but also take a moment to soak in the serenity of the scene just with your own eyes. Magic!
Accommodation
Ayers Rock Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

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

The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aborigines. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area.

Uluru Mala Walk Uluru1h-1h30m Morning 2km
Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Uluru
Learn about the Aboriginal culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear creation stories.

Optional Activities – Day 12
Uluru Helicopter Flight 150-285 AUD per person
See some of the highlights of the red centre from a bird’s-eye view. Take to the air and choose between a 15-minute loop around Uluru, or opt to also see Kata Tjuta on a 30-minute flight.


Outback Astronomy TourUluru 42AUD per person
Enjoy a tour of the night sky, learning how Aboriginals used the stars for mythology and seasonal predictions while getting a chance to stargaze through telescopes and binoculars. The Outback is one of the best places to stargaze, with low humidity and surrounding light – take a peek and see whats out there!
Accommodation
Ayers Rock Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Uluru/Sydney
Wake up and enjoy a champagne sunrise toast with Uluru as the setting. Transfer to the airport and fly to Sydney.

Accommodation
Base Sydney (or similar)Hostel
Meals included: Breakfast

Sydney/Nundle
Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting. Overnight at a sheep station, which includes a shearing demonstration.

Depart in the morning and head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night.

At the sheep station, have the unique opportunity to meet an expert sheep shearer. Experience a shearing demonstration and learn about local sheep farming. At the end of the day, enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearer’s quarters.

The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones.

Private Vehicle Sydney – Nundle6h380km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Hands-On: Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Drive to the famous wine region of Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting. Sample some reds and whites, and find a new favourite (the area is known for its semillon and shiraz). Learn about the the history of wine-making in the oldest wine region in Australia.
Hands-On: Sheep Shearing
Watch a local shearer demonstrate how to shear a sheep and learn all about the shearing equipment used today and in days gone by. Afterwards, get in there and give it a go!
Accommodation
DAG Sheep Station (or similar)Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Nundle/Bingara
Visit a working mine and have a go at panning for gold.

After breakfast, drive to Tamworth, the country and western music capital of Australia and home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning.

Later, opt for a swim in the local watering hole.

Private Vehicle Nundle – Bingara3h210km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Hands-On: Gold Mine Tour
Learn about a historic gold mining site and try your hand at panning for gold. You never know what you’ll find!
Accommodation
Imperial Hotel (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Bingara/Yamba
Travel to a beach town surrounded by Yuraygir National Park. Go for a swim at the beach, relax, and enjoy the view.

Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members.

Private Vehicle Bingara – Yamba5h380km
Travel distance: 380km (236 mi)

Optional Activities – Day 16
Swimming
Grab your bathing suit and go for a refreshing swim.
Accommodation
Pacific Hotel (or similar)Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast

Yamba/Byron Bay
Travel up the coast to Byron Bay, which has a reputation as an alternative hippie town. Hit the beach and enjoy an included surf lesson.

After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia’s most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson.

Private Vehicle Yamba – Byron Bay2h128km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Hands-On: Surfing Lesson
Hit the beach and get ready to hang ten with a surf lesson from trained surf instructors. Spend some time in the water getting friendly with the waves, practice paddling, then pop up to balance on the wider, softer beginner boards. Too easy.
Accommodation
Arts Factory (or similar)Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast

Byron Bay
Enjoy free time to hit the beach, get a massage, go skydiving, or try sea kayaking.

The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch.

Carte Blanche Byron Bay Full Day
There’s plenty to see and do in Byron Bay, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like sea kayaking, yoga, and skydiving. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities – Day 18
Skydiving 2h-5h 310-369 AUD per person
Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Byron Bay from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed, and board the prop plane to soar high about the land and sea. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath, and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!


Sea Kayaking Tour 2h-3h 69 AUD per person
Paddle along Byron Bay’s coast, passing by Aboriginal sites, surfing meccas, and Australia’s most easterly point. Keep an eye out for marine life, such as dolphins, whales, and tropical fish.
Yoga Class 18 AUD per person
Zen out during a yoga class with a qualified instructor and learn various stretches, postures, and breathing exercises.
Hinterland and Minyon Falls Tour 119 AUD per person
Head inland to Nightcap National Park, a subtropical rainforest in part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, for a 2-hour guided walk through the rainforest to beautiful Minyon Falls. After a refreshing swim at the base of the 100m falls, visit the quaint town of Bangalow, the oldest town in the region and known for its historic storefronts. After perusing local shops and cafés, enjoy the drive back to Byron Bay, passing through historic towns and beautiful scenery. Locally sourced barbecue lunch included.
Whale Watching 2h30m-3h 89 AUD per person
Enjoy a thrilling excursion on the water in search of the magnificent Humpback whales. Between May and November, they migrate north from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and birth in the tropics. See the distinctive flukes (tails), and also look for dolphins, turtles and a variety of sea birds.
Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit 30m-2h Free
Cape Byron Lighthouse is 3km (1.9 mi) northeast of Byron Bay. The popular white structure emits the most powerful light of all working lighthouses in the country, and it’s also located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. Head up to the top of the tower to scan the ocean for whales (the Southern Cross University’s Whale Research Centre is located here).
Accommodation
Arts Factory (or similar)

Byron Bay/Brisbane
Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland’s capital.

Stop along the way to Brisbane for a quick break at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast.

Private Vehicle Byron Bay – Brisbane4h288km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 19
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travelers on Combos
You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travelers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Accommodation
Base Brisbane Uptown (or similar)Hostel
Meals included: Breakfast

Brisbane/Fraser Island
Travel by private bus, private 4×4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Explore the island by 4×4.

Once on the island, enjoy a 4×4 tour of Fraser Island, driving along over 100km of beach. Go for a swim in Lake McKenzie, and enjoy a rainforest walk along the way.

While on Fraser Island and the Noosa Everglades, main luggage will be stored in a secure storage facility. Each person will need to pack a bag for two nights with max weight of 5kg. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4×4 vehicles and canoes. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach.

Depending on the day of the week, some groups may swap the order of the Fraser Island and Noosa Everglades days. Some groups will first travel to the Noosa Everglades for a night before travelling on to Fraser Island. All inclusions will still be offered but just in a different order.

Private Vehicle Brisbane – Rainbow Beach5h250km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Ferry Rainbow Beach – Fraser Island
Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Optional Activities – Day 20
Fraser Island Flight 75 AUD per person
The world’s largest sand island is home to some of the most stunning landscapes. Keep your eyes peeled for Lake Mckenzie, Eli Creek, and maybe even a breaching whale (in season) as you soar above the island. On top of it all, take off and landing is directly on 75 Mile Beach – epic!
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Fraser Island/Noosa River
Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4×4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island’s highlights, then set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.

4×4 Excursion Fraser Island
Embark on a private 4×4 excursion taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Eli Creek and Maheno Shipwreck.
Ferry Fraser Island – Rainbow Beach
Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
4×4 Rainbow Beach – Noosa River
Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle’s going, we don’t need roads.
Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion Noosa River2h-4h 10-14km
Enjoy an overnight excursion in the stunning wilderness of the Noosa Everglades. Grab a paddle and canoe around the riverside camp, go for a walk through the rainforest, and spend the evening relaxing around the campfire with the group.
Accommodation
Fraser Island (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Noosa River/Rockhampton
Hop on board a northbound train. Visit rural Queensland and learn about cattle station history. Bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.

Catch a train up the ‘Capricorn Coast’ which is well-known as ‘Cattle Country’. Arrive at a remote farm and stay the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment.

Train Rainbow Beach – Rockhampton6h-8h
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation
Cattle Station (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands
Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks and time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of secluded tropical islands at night.

After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Airlie Beach 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 where you will drop anchor for the night.

Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1 Whitsunday Islands Afternoon
Board a maxi-yacht formerly used to circumnavigate the globe, and get used to being on the water. Lend a hand hoisting the sails or just sit back and enjoy the breeze.
Private Vehicle Rockhampton – Airlie Beach6h30m-7h539km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Maxi yacht Airlie Beach – Whitsunday Islands
Climb aboard a speedy racing yacht (and hang on to your hat).
Accommodation
Whitsunday Islands Boat (or similar)Yacht
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Whitsunday Islands
Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. There will be time to snorkel the reefs. Anchor off of a secluded tropical island at night.

The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook’s route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.

Maxi yacht Whitsunday Islands
Climb aboard a speedy racing yacht (and hang on to your hat).
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2 Whitsunday Islands
Sail through the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, passing by secluded coves and tiny islands. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef.

Optional Activities – Day 24
Whitsunday Islands Snorkeling 30m-1h Free
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.)
Scuba DivingWhitsunday Islands 75AUD per person
Get the chance to scuba dive the beautiful coral reefs of the Whitsunday Islands.
Accommodation
Whitsunday Islands Boat (or similar)Yacht
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach
Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night of dancing.

After three days at sea, we sail back to Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.

Maxi yacht Whitsunday Islands
Climb aboard a speedy racing yacht (and hang on to your hat).
Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3 Whitsunday Islands
It’s the final half-day at sea! Set off towards Whitehaven Beach, and hike to a lookout over the beautiful white-sand beach and shallow turquoise waters off its coast. After some free time, hop back on the maxi-yacht and sail in style into Airlie Beach.

Optional Activities – Day 25
Whitsunday Islands Snorkeling 30m-1h Free
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.)
Accommodation
Base Airlie Beach (or similar)Hostel
Meals included: Breakfast

Airlie Beach/Cairns
Admire the scenery on the train north to Tully. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Museum. Participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists before continuing on to Cairns.

Get ready for an early morning wake-up today for the journey to Cairns. Make sure to stock up on snacks and bring personal entertainment – it may be one of the longer travel days on this trip, but it’s worth it to reach The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!

Train Airlie Beach – Tully6h30m-7h482km
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
G Adventures for Good: Ingan Cultural Museum & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration
Enjoy a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Museum and have an opportunity to participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists – an excellent opportunity to see the diversity of an Aboriginal people from a local perspective!
Private Vehicle Tully – Cairns2h140km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation
Nomads Serpent Hostel (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Lunch

Cairns
Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungee jumping.

Big Night Out:
Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Carte Blanche Cairns Full Day
There’s plenty to see and do in Cairns, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, whitewater rafting, and skydiving. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities – Day 27
Skydiving Cairns2h-6h 310-400 AUD per person
Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Cairns from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high above the land and sea. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!
Whitewater Rafting Cairns 12h-12h30m 133-199 AUD per person
Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and raft the Class 3 & 4 rapids of the mighty Tully River, considered the best rafting river in all Australia & New Zealand.
Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling from CairnsGreat Barrier Reef8h-9h 169-189AUD per person
Don a mask and snorkel the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Say g’day to Nemo, the clown fish, and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia’s east coast.
Great Barrier Reef Diving from CairnsGreat Barrier Reef8h-9h 245-289AUD per person
Experience the largest coral reef in the world from beneath the ocean’s surface on a scuba diving day trip. Packages vary and include 1, 2, or 3 dives in a day. The Great Barrier Reef teems with 1500 species of tropical fish, as well as whales, dolphins and porpoises. Bring an underwater camera and go crazy!
Bungee Jumping Cairns 169AUD per person
Leave your fears at home and prepare to have your breath taken away as you jump from 164ft. Now’s the time to release your inner daredevil – what are you waiting for?
Minjin Swing Cairns 129AUD per person
Soar through the rainforest on the fastest jungle swing in the world. Suit up and be pulled to 150ft above the ground before flying over the canopy at a heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping 120km/hr. We can already hear your screams!
Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic RailwayCairns 117AUD per person
Accommodation
Nomads Serpent Hostel (or similar)

Cairns
Depart at any time.

Inclusions

Meals

  • 23 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Allow USD 515-670 for meals not included.

Accommodation

  • Hostels (17 nights), swag camping (5 nights), maxi-yacht (2 nights), underground hostel (1 night), cabins (2 nights). All nights multi-share.

Transport

  • Private vehicle, train, maxi yacht, 4×4 vehicle, ferry, walking.
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Entrance Fees

  • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP

Activities

  • Wine Tasting, Clare Valley
  • Hands-On: Hunter Valley Wine Tour, Hunter valley
  • Hands-On: Sheep Shearing, Nundle
  • Hands-On: Gold Mine Tour, Bingara
  • Hands-On: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay
  • G Adventures for Good: Ingan Cultural Museum & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration, Tully
  • Big Night Out: Cairns
  • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
  • 12 Apostles visit
  • Aboriginal cultural centre visit
  • Tower Hill Reserve visit
  • Underground mine tour
  • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
  • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
  • Hikes at Grampians NP, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon
  • Overnight excursion on Fraser Island
  • Noosa Everglades overnight excursion
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Transport

  • International Air Fare

Optional Extension : Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride

Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride – From $214.00

To fully appreciate the sheer size and splendor of Uluru, you need to experience it from above. Get a bird’s eye view of the iconic red rock, and take in the vast expanses of desert surrounding the ‘Heart of the Red Centre’. This is one ride you don’t want to miss!

Optional Extension : Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking

Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking – From $53.00

Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore. On top of it all, keep a close eye for dolphins and whales (in season) who call these waters home. Epic? Definitely.

Optional Extension : Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling – From $122.00

You haven’t truly visited Australia until you’ve experienced the Great Barrier Reef. Climb aboard a 25m (82 ft) catamaran and take the journey out to the largest coral reef system in the world, spending time snorkelling in search of colourful fish, majestic coral, and nemo (of course). With the option to upgrade to go diving locally, get up close and personal with this natural wonder of the world.

This tour is operated by
G Adventures

Departing: December 19, 2017

From: $4852 USD

Days: 28

Style: Land/Marine/Air

Physical Rating: +3 Moderate

Age Requirement: 18-39

At A Glance

  • Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road

  • Bed down at a traditional Outback station

  • Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset

  • Sail through the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands

  • Explore Fraser Island

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