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Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Australia is over 7 million sq km (4.35 sq mi) of sand, reef, rock, koala, wine, sailing, ocean, city, culture, Dreamtime, and so much more than we could possibly list here. It would take several lifetimes to explore it all. This sprawling 25-day adventure comes pretty close, though. Kick things off in cosmopolitan Melbourne by discovering the city's hidden laneways. Then head up the Great Ocean Road to a couple of national parks before journeying deep into the fabled Outback for a rendezvous with the iconic Uluru. Next, meet the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation, cruise the glorious Whitsundays, visit a G Adventures-supported cultural centre, learn to surf, and explore Sydney. Exhausted yet? Just waitll youre actually there!

Australasia
  • Duration: 25 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Sailing, Wine
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAMS.B/201745
  • Starts: Melbourne, Australia
  • Finishes: Sydney, Australia
You will Visit
  • Melbourne
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Port Campbell
  • Little Desert National Park
  • Adelaide
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Coober Pedy
  • Uluru
  • Cairns
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Airlie Beach
  • Byron Bay
  • Port Macquarie
  • Blue Mountains
  • Sydney

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. Go for a hike, 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/Little Desert National Park

Travel into the Aussie bush, stopping at Grampians National Park en route. Take a guided night walk to look for nocturnal critters in Little Desert National Park.

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Day 6: Little Desert National Park/Adelaide

Travel to Adelaide, and enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival before free time to explore the city.

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Day 7: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges

Stop for a wine tasting and lunch in the Clare Valley before driving 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. Stop en route for lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Centre. Participate in either a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists.

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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 enjoy a day at sea around these stunning islands. 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 or visiting Minyon Falls.

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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 opt for a 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

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Cafe Chloe, Tully Hands-On: Wine Tasting, Clare Valley Hands-On: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay
    • Melbourne laneways walk
    • Brighton bathing boxes visit
    • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
    • 12 Apostles visit
    • Hike at Grampians NP
    • Night bush walk (Little Desert NP)
    • Wilpena Pound visit
    • Underground mine tour (Coober Pedy)
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
    • Guided Daintree Rainforest walk
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
    • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
    • Jenolan Caves visit
    • Jamison Valley walk
    • Orientation walk in Sydney
    • Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, and Sydney
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (21 nts), underground hotel (1 nt), rainforest cabin (2 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, ferry, sailboat, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover the hidden laneways of Melbourne
  • Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
  • Spend the night in an underground hotel
  • Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
  • Trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest
  • Sail through the gorgeous Whitsundays
  • Hang ten in Byron Bay
  • Explore the Blue Mountains by foot