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Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays your crash course to Australia starts now. For 25 days, youll 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, theres never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.

Australasia
  • Duration: 25 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Sea Kayaking, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAAE.A/201728
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Port Campbell, Australia
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Nundle
  • Bingara
  • Yamba
  • Byron Bay
  • Brisbane
  • Fraser Island
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Rockhampton
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Airlie Beach
  • Cairns
  • Alice Springs
  • Uluru
  • Coober Pedy
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Adelaide
  • Halls Gap
  • Port Campbell
  • Melbourne

Itinerary

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Day 1: Sydney

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 down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House.

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Day 2: 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.

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Day 3: 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.

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Day 4: Bingara/Yamba

Drive 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.

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Day 5: Yamba/Byron Bay

Continue up the coast to Byron Bay, an alternative hippie paradise. 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.

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Day 6: Byron Bay

Enjoy free time to hit the beach, get a massage, 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.

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Day 7: Byron Bay/Brisbane

Travel north, and opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.

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Day 8: Brisbane/Fraser Island

Travel by private bus, private 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Explore the island by 4x4.
Once on the island, enjoy a 4x4 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.

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Day 9: Fraser Island/Noosa Everglades

Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, then set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.

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Day 10: Noosa Everglades/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.

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Day 11: 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.

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Day 12: 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.

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Day 13: 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.

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Day 14: 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 Centre. Participate in a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists before continuing on to Cairns.

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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.

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Day 16: Cairns/Alice Springs

Fly to Australia's interior and transfer to the hostel.
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.

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Day 17: Alice Springs/Uluru

Depart early and travel to the Red Centre. Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon (seasonal) before continuing on to 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.

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Day 18: Uluru

Visit an Aboriginal culture centre and enjoy the informative Mala Walk at Uluru. Catch the sunset over Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand. Camp under the stars of the night sky—the only way to really experience the Outback.
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.

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Day 19: Uluru/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 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.

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Day 20: Coober Pedy/Flinders Ranges

Admire the Outback while travelling to the Flinders Ranges for the night.
Prepare for an early morning start for the travel day to Flinders Ranges.

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Day 21: Flinders Ranges/Adelaide

Explore the Flinders Ranges before travelling to Adelaide. Enjoy a wine tasting in the Clare Valley along the way.
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'.

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Day 22: Adelaide

Enjoy a free day to discover Adelaide. Opt to go on a dolphin-spotting cruise (seasonal), or check out more wineries.
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!

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Day 23: Adelaide/Halls Gap

Set off early and 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.
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.

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Day 24: Halls Gap/Port Campbell

Enjoy an early morning walk in Grampians NP and visit an Aboriginal cultural centre (time permitting). Stop for a visit to the Arch along the Great Ocean Road.
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.

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Day 25: Port Campbell/Melbourne

Travel along the Great Ocean Road. Visit Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles, then travel past world-famous surf beaches. Walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park. Tour ends upon arrival to Melbourne in the evening.
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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Cafe Chloe, Tully Hands-On: Wine Tour, Hunter valley Hands-On: Sheep Shearing, Nundle Hands-On: Gold Mine Tour, Bingara Hands-On: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay Big Night Out: Cairns Hands-On: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley
    • Fraser Island overnight excursion
    • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
    • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area and Fraser Island in Great Sandy NP
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
    • Whitehaven Beach visit
    • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
    • Underground mine tour (Coober Pedy)
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala walk at Uluru and visit to the culture centre
    • Walks at Kings Canyon and Grampians NP
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (15 nts), swag camping (4 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), cabins (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    • 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, train, maxi yacht, 4x4 vehicle, ferry, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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