18-to-Thirtysomethings: Australia Encompassed (OAAE)
Countries Visited: Australia Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 20, avg 16
Meals Included: 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Taste wine in two different wine producing areas, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, island hop through the Whitsundays, marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays - your crash course in all things Australia starts now. For 25 days, you'll head up the East Coast (and participate in wine tastings, gold panning, and sheep shearing), fly to Alice Springs, then go down south to Kings Canyon, Uluru, and Adelaide, just to name a few destinations. The Great Ocean Road will eventually lead you to Melbourne, and a wide variety of accommodations and transport along the way will keep things exciting. With a competitive price and small tour group, there's never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.
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|Day 1||Sydney||Day 1 Sydney|
There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbours edge to The Rocks historic area and the Opera House. Additional Notes: Want to start your Down Under adventure with an adrenaline rushs Add the Sydney Adrenaline Bundle or Sydney Bridge Climb extra to your tour. Get an incredible view of the iconic Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Bridge, then zip through the waterways on a jet boat ride if you book the Adrenaline Bundle. PLEASE NOTE: If booking either of these extras, a pre-night in Sydney is highly recommended as the Bridge Climb starts early in the morning on Day 1. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Nundle||Day 2 Sydney/Nundle (1B, 1D)|
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 dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearers quarters. Additional Notes: The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Included Activities: Wine Tour Sheep Shearing Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)
|Day 3||Bingara||Day 3 Nundle/Bingara (1B, 1D)|
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. Included Activities: Gold Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)
|Day 4||Yamba||Day 4 Bingara/Yamba (1B)|
Continue north, visiting Raspberry Lookout and Boundary Falls in Gibraltar National Park en route. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. Transport: Travel distance: 380km (236 mi) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
|Day 5||Byron Bay||Day 5 Yamba/Byron Bay (1B)|
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 Australias most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)
|Day 6||Byron Bay||Day 6 Byron Bay|
The free time is yours to explore. Walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out at the Byron Bay Brewery and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumpings Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch.
|Day 7||Brisbane||Day 7 Byron Bay/Brisbane (1B)|
Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queenslands capital. Additional Notes: Stop along the way to Brisbane for a quick break at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)
|Day 8||Noosa Everglades||Day 8 Brisbane/Noosa Everglades (1B, 1L)|
Head north to Noosa, and enjoy a free afternoon for surfing or strolling the boardwalk to Noosa National Park, where koala sightings are common. Included Activities: Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 135km)
|Day 9||Noosa Everglades||Day 9 Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades (1B, 1L)|
Travel by private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the worlds largest sand island. Walk through the rainforest, visit Lake Mackenzie, and drive along Australias only sand highway. Additional Notes: 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 the night with max weight of 5kg. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles. Included Activities: 4x4 Excursion Noosa Everglades Overnight Excursion Transport: 4x4 Ferry Ferry 4x4
|Day 10||Emu Park||Day 10 Noosa Everglades/Emu Park (1D)|
Catch a train up the Capricorn Coast which is well-known as Cattle Country. Transport: Shuttle Train (6.00-8.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Whitsunday Islands||Day 11 Emu Park/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)|
Drive north 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. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-7.50 hours, 539km) Maxi yacht Private Vehicle (7.00-7.50 hours, 505km)
|Day 12||Whitsunday Islands||Day 12 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)|
The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cooks 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. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport: Maxi yacht
|Day 13||Airlie Beach||Day 13 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport: Maxi yacht
|Day 14||Cairns||Day 14 Airlie Beach/Cairns (1L)|
Admire the scenery on the train north to Tully. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Centre. Participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists before continuing on to Cairns. Additional Notes: 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 its worth it to reach The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Included Activities: Cafe Chloe Transport: Local bus (0.75-1.00 hours) Train (6.50-7.00 hours, 482km) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 140km) Local bus (0.75-1.00 hours)
|Day 15||Cairns||Day 15 Cairns|
Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns. Included Activities: Big Night Out
|Day 16||Alice Springs||Day 16 Cairns/Alice Springs (1B)|
New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. Consider sitting in on the welcome meeting, and get to know everyone at an optional dinner. Transport: Plane (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 17||Uluru||Day 17 Alice Springs/Uluru|
Depart early for the Red Centre. Travel to Kings Canyon and embark on an optional walk, weather permitting, through the gorges and valleys of Watarrka National Park. Continue on to the Yulara campground for the night. Additional Notes: During the summer (late October - early March), due to high temperatures well be visiting the Ochre Pits and Ellery Creek Big Hole in the West MacDonnell Ranges instead of Kings Creek. During the winter, if the temperature is forecasted to be 35øC or above we will also be following the summer itinerary. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-9.50 hours, 770km)
|Day 18||Uluru||Day 18 Uluru (1B, 1D)|
Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to get a better understanding of the area before embarking on the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn the significance behind this iconic destination for the local people. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Uluru at Sunset
|Day 19||Coober Pedy||Day 19 Uluru/Coober Pedy (1B)|
Travel across the Outback 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 then importance of opal to the area. Additional Notes: This is one of a few long travel days on this itinerary. The vast expanses of the Outback make long drives necessary to travel between towns - so strap in and enjoy the desert scenery, get to know a fellow traveller, and chill out on this epic Outback roadtrip! Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-9.50 hours, 780km)
|Day 20||Flinders Ranges||Day 20 Coober Pedy/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1D)|
Prepare for an early morning start for the travel day to Flinders Ranges. Transport: Private Vehicle (11.50-12.00 hours, 695km)
|Day 21||Adelaide||Day 21 Flinders Ranges/Adelaide (1B)|
Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. Arrive in Adelaide, known as the "city of churches. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-10.00 hours, 470km)
|Day 22||Adelaide||Day 22 Adelaide|
With an emerging art scene, natural beauty and attractions, and incredible restaurants, Adelaide has tons to see and do. Get out and discover the hub of South Australia!
|Day 23||Halls Gap||Day 23 Adelaide/Halls Gap (1B)|
Depart early and travel inland to Grampians NP, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Walk to the stunning Balconies and visit MacKenzie Falls. Included Activities: The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 570km)
|Day 24||Port Campbell||Day 24 Halls Gap/Port Campbell (1B)|
Enjoy an early morning walk in Grampians NP, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Opt to visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, viewing sites including the collapsed London Arch. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Walk London Arch Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
|Day 25||Melbourne||Day 25 Port Campbell/Melbourne (1B)|
Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles formations. Stop at the Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk en route to Melbourne. Additional Notes: Tour ends upon arrival in Melbourne in the afternoon. Consider booking post-tour accommodation in Melbourne to explore the city. Included Activities: Loch Ard Gorge Visit 12 Apostles Visit Rainforest Walk Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 300km)
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
The max luggage allowance on domestic flights within Australia is 1 checked bag (20 kgs) and 1 carry on (7 kgs) per person.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.