Taste wine in the Hunter Valley, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, bliss out in famous Byron Bay, island hop through the Whitsundays, marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays – your crash course in Australia starts now. Over 24 days’ time, you’ll head up the east coast (and participate in wine tastings, gem mining and sheep shearing), fly to Alice Springs, then go down south for 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, there’s never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.
- Hunter and Clare Valley wine tastings. Sheep shearing demonstration. Gem mine tour. Yoga and surf lessons (Byron Bay). Private 4x4 excursion on Fraser Island. Sailing in the Whitsundays. Visit to Whitehaven Beach, the 12 Apostles and an Aboriginal centre. Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park. Evening walk in Grampians National Park. Underground mine tour in Coober Pedy. Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru. Mala walk around Uluru and visit to the culture centre. Hike at Kings Canyon. Internal flight.
- 22 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners. (Allow AUD450-500 for meals not included)
- Hostels (15 nts), camping in swag or tent (4 nts), maxi yacht (2 nts), beachside permanent tented camp (2 nts), underground hostel (1 nt). All nights multi-share.
- Private bus, train, maxi yacht, 4x4 safari vehicle, ferry, plane
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 20, avg 16
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Day 1 Sydney
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)
Travel to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting. Overnight at a sheep station, including a shearing demonstration.
Day 3 Bingara (1B,1D)
Visit a working mine and have a go at gold mining. Enjoy a tour from a local jackaroo.
Day 4 Yamba (1B)
Travel to this beach town surrounded by Yuraygir NP. Go for a swim at the beach, relax and enjoy the view.
Day 5-6 Byron Bay (2B)
Travel up the coast to Byron Bay, which has a reputation as an alternative hippie town. Take a surf lesson and zen out at a yoga class. Free time to hit the beach, get a massage, go skydiving, try sea kayaking or go on a dolphin watch.
Day 7 Brisbane (1B)
Stop for lunch on the Gold Coast, then transfer onto Brisbane. Opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.
Day 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,2L,2D)
Travel by 4x4 and ferry to reach Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Settle into the group's exclusive permanent tented camp in the bush by the beach. Enjoy a little over a day's worth of exploring by private 4x4 to hit all of the highlights.
Day 10 Cattle Station (1B,1D)
Visit a working cattle station. Bed down in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the Outback sky.
Day 11-12 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)
Savour an Outback breakfast before travelling to Mackay. Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure from Mackay to Airlie Beach through the Whitsundays, a unique route only used by G Adventures. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks and snorkelling the reefs. Anchor off of secluded tropical islands at night.
Day 13 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)
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.
Day 14-15 Cairns (1B)
Admire the scenery on a full-day train ride through Queensland. Enjoy a free day to visit the Great Barrier Reef or get the adrenaline pumping by skydiving, whitewater rafting or hang gliding.
Day 16 Alice Springs (1B)
Fly to Australia's interior and transfer to the hostel.
Day 17 Kings Creek/Uluru (1D)
Depart early for the Red Centre. Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon before continuing on to Uluru.
Day 18 Uluru (1B,1D)
Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and do the informative Mala Walk around part of Uluru's base. Catch the sunset over Uluru before heading to the campground for the night. Camp under the stars of the night sky—the only way to really experience the Outback.
Day 19 Coober Pedy (1B)
Cross the Outback on a rugged track 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.
Day 20 William Creek (1B)
Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route—the Oodnadatta Track. Cross the dingo fence and stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way.
Day 21 Beltana Station (1B,1D)
Continue along the Oodnadatta track. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites, visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre, opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre. Experience a one-of-a-kind overnight stay at the historic Beltana Sheep Station.
Day 22 Adelaide (1B)
Drive through the Flinders Ranges, stopping for photos, before a wine tasting in the Clare Valley.
Day 23 Grampians National Park (1B,1D)
Travel inland to Grampians NP, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife.
Day 24 Port Campbell (1B)
Travel along the Great Ocean Road, visiting the Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit an Aboriginal cultural centre to learn about the significance of the area to indigenous people.
Day 25 Great Ocean Road/Melbourne (1B)
Travel past world-famous surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy views of the 12 Apostles and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park. Tour ends upon arrival to Melbourne in the evening, please book ongoing travel after 8pm.
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