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Australia Encompassed

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 surf lessons, and maxi yacht sailing), 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 activities 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.

  • Duration: 25 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: OASM/257488
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Melbourne, Australia
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Arrawarra
  • Byron Bay
  • Brisbane
  • Noosa Everglades
  • Fraser Island
  • Airlie Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Cairns
  • Alice Springs
  • Kings Creek
  • Uluru
  • 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

Enjoy a free day to explore Sydney. Opt to chill out at Bondi Beach.
Opt to pre-book the "Sydney Bridge Climb" or "Sydney Adrenaline Bundle" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include one of these optionals on your tour.

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Day 3: Sydney/Arrawarra

Today travel from Sydney to Spot X Surf Camp, hidden away in Arrawarra on the New South Wales North Coast. En route, stop at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie to get insight into this unique native animal, and conservation efforts being made to protect it.

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Day 4: Arrawarra

This morning, hit the beach for an included surf lesson, before heading out on a kangaroo trek. Enjoy a free afternoon.

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Day 5: Arrawarra/Byron Bay

Enjoy a scenic drive from Arrawarra to Byron Bay, stopping at Cape Byron Lighthouse - the easternmost point in Australia. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of migrating whales and pods of resident dolphins. After free time for lunch, check in to your accommodation for a relaxing two night stay.
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.

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Day 6: Byron Bay

Enjoy free time to hit the beach. Opt to get a massage.
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 pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch.

Opt to pre-book the "Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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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/Noosa Everglades

Set off to the Noosa Everglades for an evening surrounded by stunning wilderness.

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Day 9: Noosa Everglades/Fraser Island

Travel by private vehicle and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Explore the island by 22-seat 4x4 truck.
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 10: Fraser Island/Airlie Beach

Enjoy a morning of exploring by 4x4 to hit the remainder of Fraser Island's highlights, before hopping an overnight train north to Airlie Beach.

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Day 11: Airlie Beach/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 arriving in Airlie Beach and some time for brunch, head to the marina and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next two nights. 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

Hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand, then enjoy free time on the famous beach. Learn about community efforts to protect and restore coral in the Great Barrier Reef before heading out to snorkel over a Planeterra-supported coral garden. 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.

Planeterra has partnered with Reef Ecologic, a nonprofit specialized in creating innovative solutions to challenges facing coral reefs. In the Whitsundays they are working to engage the community and travellers to restore the reef following the 2017 cyclone. Reef Ecologic's new coral gardens in the Whitsundays foster natural coral fragments to be replanted into the reef for a healthy marine environment.

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Day 13: Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach

Continue sailing through the gorgeous backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. Sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on the town.
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 Cairns.

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Day 15: Cairns

Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by whitewater rafting or bungee jumping. Cap it all off with a Big Night Out in Cairns.
Opt to pre-book the "Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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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/Kings Creek

Depart Alice Springs to journey to Kings Canyon. Spend your first night under the stars in a true Aussie desert swag (padded bed roll).

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Day 18: Kings Creek/Uluru

Enjoy a morning walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon. Drive to Uluru, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly.

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Day 19: Uluru

Visit an Aboriginal culture centre and enjoy the informative Mala Walk at Uluru. 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.

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Day 20: Uluru/Alice Springs

Discover more of the Red Centre with a hike through the beautiful Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta, before travelling on to Alice Springs.
Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, temperature permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Alice Springs.

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Day 21: Alice Springs/Adelaide

Board your flight for Adelaide, capital of South Australia and renowned for its churches and gardens. Free time this afternoon to explore the city, before heading out for the final night with your group.

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Day 22: Adelaide

Enjoy a free day to discover Adelaide. Opt to 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!

If you're travelling between mid-September to late-April, opt to pre-book the "Dolphin Swim and Cruise" activity on the checkout page, to include this optional on your tour.

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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
    • Your G for Good Moment: Reef Ecologic Coral Restoration, Whitsunday Islands Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Spot X Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Discover Moment: Cairns Your Big Night Out Moment: Cairns Your Discover Moment: Adelaide
    • Sydney orientation walk
    • Fraser Island 4x4 excursion
    • Noosa Everglades overnight experience
    • Noosa Everglades canoeing excursion
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion (3 days)
    • Whitehaven Beach visit
    • Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala Walk at Uluru and visit to the culture centre
    • Walks at Kings Canyon and Grampians National Park
    • Koala hospital visit in Port Macquarie
    • Kangaroo trek in Arrawarra
    • Entrance fees to Cooloola Recreation Area, Fraser Island/Great Sandy NP, Uluru NP, Grampians NP, 12 Apostles/Port Campbell NP
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (16 nts), swag camping (3 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), cabins (2 nt), overnight train (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    • 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 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:
  • Learn to surf on Australia’s coast
  • Island hop through the Whitsundays
  • Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
  • Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset