From$4239USD
Was $5299  — Savings of 20% on Dec. 03, 2014
25 days,Sydney to Melbourne
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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

Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays – your crash course in Australia starts now. Over 25 days’ time, you’ll 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, there’s never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.

What's Included

  • Hunter and Clare Valley wine tastings. Sheep shearing demonstration. Gold 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. Underground mine tour in Coober Pedy. Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru. Mala walk around Uluru and visit to the culture centre. Walks at Kings Canyon and Grampians National Park. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 22 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 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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Itinerary Notes

Please note that most accommodation in Australia is multi-share.

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 panning.

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)

Take a surf lesson and zen out at a yoga class in this alternative hippie town. Free time to hit the beach, go skydiving, or try sea kayaking.

Day 7 Brisbane (1B)

Stop for lunch at the Gold Coast, then opt for a night out in Queensland's capital.

Day 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,2L,2D)

Travel to the world's largest sand island. Settle into the group's exclusive permanent tented camp in the bush by the beach. Explore all of the highlights by private 4x4.

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)

Embark on a 3-day maxi yacht sailing adventure from Mackay to Airlie Beach through the Whitsundays, a unique route used only by G Adventures. Enjoy beach visits, island bush walks and time to snorkel 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. Sail to 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 bungee jumping.

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 an Aboriginal cultural centre, do the informative Mala Walk to learn about the importantce of Uluru to the Aborigines, and catch the sunset over Uluru.

Day 19 Coober Pedy (1B)

Travel along a rugged track to Coober Pedy, the world's opal mining capital. After a guided tour of a mine, escape the heat by spending the night underground.

Day 20 William Creek (1B)

Travel along the Old Ghan Railway route. Cross the dingo fence and stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way.

Day 21 Beltana Station (1B,1D)

Visit an Aboriginal centre, and opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre. Experience a one-of-a-kind overnight stay at a historic sheep station.

Day 22 Adelaide (1B)

Drive through the Flinders Ranges before a wine tasting in the Clare Valley.

Day 23 Grampians National Park (1B,1D)

Trek through the forest of Grampians NP, lush with vegetation and wildlife.

Day 24 Port Campbell (1B)

Early morning walk and visit to an Aboriginal cultural centre, then travel along the Great Ocean Road, visiting the Arch and the 12 Apostles.

Day 25 Great Ocean Road/Melbourne (1B)

Visit Loch Ard Gorge and travel past world-famous surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road. Walk through the rainforest in Great Otway NP. Tour ends upon arrival to Melbourne in the evening; please book ongoing travel after 8pm.

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