29 Day Ultimate Aussie Adventure

Have it all on an incredible journey through Australia that takes travellers from Sydney to the outback, to Cairns and Whitsundays, Melbourne and more.  With nearly an entire month to play with, you’ll get your fill of heart-pulsing action, stunning scenery and bucket-list-ticking activities on this Ultimate Aussie Adventure.

 

Price Per Person:

$5,385

*price above does not include return international airfare or transfers. 

 

Package Includes:

  • 25 nights’ accommodation in a combo of hotels, lodges and cabins
  • 1 night accommodation live-aboard sailing
  • 1 night accommodation underground
  • 1 night accommodation in a swag
  • Some internal flights
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi and guide
  • Some National Park Entry Fees
  • Various excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • All taxes & fees

 

 *Valid for travel: 10 Sep 2017 – 03 Mar 2018

*Package is land only and does not include international flights

*This vacation is designed for those aged 18-30.

 

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head

  • Set the tone for this fair dinkum (i.e. authentic) Aussie adventure by crossing Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge as we venture toward the surfing haven of Crescent Head.
  • Included today: Wine tasting and grape stomping in the Hunter Valley
  • Meals: Dinner

 

Day 2: Crescent Head to Byron Bay

  • Try a barrel of a different kind with an early morning private surf lesson on one of the best beaches in the world. Your road trip continues with a traditional BBQ lunch and a cruise past the Big Banana icon before pulling into Byron Bay - where you can burn incense, sip chai and become a yoga teacher all in one day.
  • Included today: Surf lesson at Topdeck's surf retreat
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 3: Byron Bay

  • Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops, test out those newly acquired surfing skills, paddle a sea kayak, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter.
  • Included today: Byron Bay highlights walking trip
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4: Byron Bay to Gold Coast

  • Leave the blissful buzz of Byron behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major landmark, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for the golden sand beaches and bustling nightlife of Surfers Paradise.
  • Included today: Rainforest walk in Springbrook National Park
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 5: Gold Coast to Fraser Island

  • Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don't let its namesake fool you - there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the city centre, before catching a ferry bound for UNESCO World Heritage listed, and the world's largest sand island Fraser Island.
  • Included today: Brisbane city walking tour
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 6: Fraser Island

  • Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand - as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Included four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.
  • Included today: Fraser Island 4WD tour, Lake MacKenzie, Central Station, Coloured Sands, Maheno Shipwreck, Eli Creek
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 7: Fraser Island to Myella Farm

  • Live like a local family with a home-cooked meal and cattle station visit. Think dusty plains and wide open spaces - this is the Oz that people dream of. Go walkabout on a real Aussie farm to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset and enjoy a hearty home cooked farm-style dinner.
  • Included today: Farm sunset
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 8: Myella Farm to Emu Park

  • Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare for horse riding, motorbiking, whip cracking and lassoing. Then leave the campfire to follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head back to the coast for Emu Park.
  • Included today: Aboriginal experience and artefact souvenir
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: Emu Park to Whitsunday Sailing

  • Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight (2 day, one night) sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it's all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise.
  • Included today: Overnight sailing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 10: Whitsunday Sailing to Airlie Beach

  • Keep those sunglasses on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land. Later this afternoon set course for our return to land where we'll spend the night in Airlie Beach, pool - shower - dinner - dancing all in that order!
  • Included today: Whitehaven Beach, Snorkelling, Whitsunday sailing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island

  • Leaving the Whitsundays for Magnetic Island and you have the afternoon to trip around this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches, National Park walking trails or just laze by the pool with a cocktail. 
  • Included today: Big Mango, Magnetic Island Hopper Pass, Bush walking
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 12: Magnetic Island to Cairns

  • We'll pass palm tree lined streets this afternoon as we make our way into Cairns, nestled between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range.
  • Included today: Private tour of the local wildlife park
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 13: Cairns

  •  The only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas. And you've got two days to take it all in. Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip? It's like a kid's gone crazy with their paint set down there! Snorkel or scuba to get that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 14: Cairns

  • Ramp up the adventure metre today's optionals. You could be paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. There's hot air ballooning, horse riding and bungee jumping...or just kick back with a coconut.
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 15: Cairns to Alice Springs

  • Leave the road behind for a little while and take to the skies to head South West to meet up with your NT crew in Alice Springs.
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 16: Alice Springs to Uluru

  • We're hitting the red ground running as we take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red.
  • Included today: Mt Conner, Uluru Sunset, National Park entry
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 17: Uluru

  • Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.
  • Included today: Sunrise over Uluru, National Park entry, Uluru base walks, Anangu Visitor centre, Guided walk by your crew
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 18: Uluru to Kings Canyon

  • After a hearty breakfast, we spend a few hours back in the National Park. This time get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included today: Valley of the Winds walk, National Park entry

 

Day 19: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

  • If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City - and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome). After a picnic lunch, we’ll board the bus back to Alice Springs. 
  • Included today: Guided hike of Kings Canyon, Garden of Eden walk
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 20: Alice Springs

  • Venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in.
  • Included today: Stanley Chasm, Simpsons Gap
  • Meals: Breakfast
     

Day 21: Alice Springs to Coober Pedy

  • Check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into South Australia. It's time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then we roll into the next gem on our list to check out where 75% of the world's opals come from and a chance to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 22: Coober Pedy to Flinders Rangers

  • After a #saltlakeselfie stop and a meet-and-greet with the sheep farming township of Glendambo (with a population of 30) we're riding south into the Flinders Ranges. You'll want to keep your camera charged for this one. Round off the day with a pub meal - tomorrow's going to be epic.
  • Included today: Opal mine & town tour, Kangaroo orphanage
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 23: Flinders Rangers

  • Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat, it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock, and the Kanyaka Ruins - an abandoned sheep and cattle farm.
  • Included today: Wilpena Pound guided walk, National Park entry
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 24: Flinders Rangers to Adelaide

  • We start our way away from the outback today with some dramatic scenery changes - we are heading for the City! Tonight take in some of Adelaide's finest local food and entertainment.
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 25: Adelaide

  • You've made it to one of the world's coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today's a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia's answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island. Learn about some of the 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg.
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 26: Adelaide to Mt Gambier

  • Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn's Coonawarra vineyard. Chin chin!
  • Included today: Make your own blended wine class
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 27: Mt Gambier to Halls Gap

  • Next up: McKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. Water is guaranteed year-round - a rare promise in a country that's 40% desert. Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria.
  • Included today: National Park entry, Pinnacles Walk, McKenzie Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 28: Halls Gap to Port Campbell

  • Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived, then paint your own story onto a boomerang. This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia and a sunset to write home about.
  • Included today: Paint your own souvenir boomerang, National Park entry, 12 Apostles
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 29: Port Campbell to Melbourne

  • Today you'll join the list of five million people to do this road-of-passage along the Great Ocean Road each year. Before putting any rubber on the Great Ocean Road, we'll spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. This afternoon we roll into Melbourne to meet the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. You might want to stick around.
  • Included today: Coastal lookouts, National Park entry
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

 

 

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Valid for travel 10 Sep 2017 – 03 Mar 2018.  The packaged advertised herein does not include international airfare and that would be additional to the per person price listed above.  All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.  Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for.  Please note that due to space and weight restrictions on the coach busses, passengers with too much luggage on departure morning may be told that they cannot take their entire luggage with them – Please limit your luggage to a maximum of 20kg.  There are currently no compulsory vaccinations required for either Australia or New Zealand. Please reconfirm this with your GP or health professional before you leave as conditions can change.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon. All passengers traveling to Australia must have an Australian travel Visa. Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian Passport. Please make sure your passport is valid for more than six months after the last day of your trip. Some countries will refuse entry if there is not at least six months validity remaining on your passport after your departure date from their country.  Airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges component of package must be paid in full at time of booking at which time the airfare becomes non-refundable. We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses. We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.