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Australia & New Zealand Encompassed

The fascinating lands of Australia and New Zealand are waiting to be discovered on this in-depth 34-day tour. You'll cover not just the major cities (it wouldn't be a trip to Australia without a requisite snap of the Opera House) but venture into the country's Red Centre to explore the animal-filled bush and see Uluru at sunset. Save some room on that memory card for the last leg of your trip in New Zealand, where you'll visit a geothermal park, hike around Mt Cook, and cruise through Doubtful Sound, capturing incredible shots all along the way.

Australasia
  • Duration: 34 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAMQ/242151
  • Starts: Melbourne, Australia
  • Finishes: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Melbourne
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Port Campbell
  • Halls Gap
  • Adelaide
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Coober Pedy
  • Uluru
  • Cairns
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Airlie Beach
  • Byron Bay
  • Port Macquarie
  • Blue Mountains
  • Sydney
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Lake Ohau
  • Queenstown

Itinerary

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Day 1: 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, 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.

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Day 2: Melbourne/Mornington Peninsula

Tour Melbourne's iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture before travelling to the Mornington Peninsula. Stop to see Brighton's brightly coloured bathing boxes, miniature beachfront cabins that are unique to the beaches in Port Phillip Bay.
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.

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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.

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Day 4: Mornington Peninsula/Port Campbell

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.

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Day 5: 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. Walk to the stunning Balconies and visit MacKenzie Falls.

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Day 6: Halls Gap/Adelaide

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.

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Day 7: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges

Stop in the Clare Valley for a wine tasting and light gourmet lunch featuring regional produce. Afterwards, drive through the Flinders Ranges.

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Day 8: Flinders Ranges

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.

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Day 9: Flinders Ranges/Coober Pedy

Travel to 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 opals to the area.

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Day 10: Coober Pedy/Uluru

Travel further into the Outback and experience a colourful sunset at Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits.

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Day 11: Uluru

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

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Day 12: Uluru/Cairns

Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Day 13: Cairns/Cape Tribulation

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

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Day 14: Cape Tribulation

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

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Day 15: Cape Tribulation/Cairns

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.

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Day 16: Cairns/Airlie Beach

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town.

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Day 17: Airlie Beach

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.

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Day 18: Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.

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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.

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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.

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Day 21: Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains

Opt to visit a koala hospital before travelling to the Blue Mountains Region.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 25: Sydney/Auckland

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.

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Day 26: Auckland

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Auckland 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, opt to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

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Day 27: Auckland/Rotorua

Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities, and opt to take an excursion into the caves or explore the scenic area by foot. Continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.

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Day 28: Rotorua

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.

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Day 29: Rotorua/Christchurch

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch on the South Island. Enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.

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Day 30: Christchurch/Lake Ohau

Enjoy a morning walking tour of the city from a G for Good-supported local nonprofit, focusing on history, nature, Maori culture, and the future for Chirstchurch. In the afternoon, drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at stunning Lake Tekapo along the way.

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Day 31: Lake Ohau/Queenstown

Set off for Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and spend the morning hiking the region surrounding Mt Cook, taking in the alpine scenery. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre. En route to Queenston, stop at a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

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Day 32: Doubtful Sound

Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area.

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Day 33: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.

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Day 34: Queenstown

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Hands-on: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Carte Blanche: Byron Bay Hands-on: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay Carte Blanche: Queenstown
    • Guided Melbourne laneways walk
    • Brighton bathing boxes visit
    • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
    • 12 Apostles visit
    • Grampians NP visit
    • Tower Hill Nature Reserve visit
    • Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre visit
    • Wilpena Pound visit
    • Underground mine tour (Coober Pedy)
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
    • Guided rainforest walk
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
    • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
    • Scenic Railway
    • Jenolan Caves visit
    • Jamison Valley walk
    • Waitomo Caves visit
    • Maori cultural experience
    • Wine tasting
    • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
    • Aoraki/Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre visit
    • Fiordland NP visit
    • Doubtful Sound day cruise
    • Orientation walk in Sydney
    • Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, Sydney, Rotorua and Queenstown
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (30 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts), underground hotel (1 nt)
    • 21 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, ferry, sailboat, plane, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Venture into the Australian bush
  • Stay overnight in an opal mine
  • See sunset over Uluru
  • Explore the Waitomo Caves
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori dinner