Valid for all trips departing July 1st, 2014 - December 18th, 2016 Last Updated: April 1, 2015
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Introduction

It's tough to cover all of Australia in a single trip, but believe us, we've tried. This three-week extravaganza incorporates all the absolute must-do bits of Australia into one legendary—yet stress-free—adventure. From the bustling cities dotting the coast to Australia’s burgeoning wine country, from the outback and iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the beach, the Great Barrier Reef and even the legendary dreamtime itself, you’ll leave no stone unturned on this trip. And don’t concern yourself with logging weary road miles, either—we’ll connect the dots with internal flights and historic train journeys to keep you cozy and unstressed throughout.

  • Learn to surf with a local in Byron Bay
  • Relax on a full-day sailing trip in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Experience the Red Centre and witness the majesty of Uluru at sunrise
  • Sample iconic Australian wines at their source
  • Marvel at the Twelve Apostles while driving the Great Ocean Road
Duration: 21 days
Start/Finish City: Sydney to Melbourne
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
Physical Grading: 2
There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Travel Style: Comfort
Great adventures with a few extra frills along the way.

Looking for a little extra from your adventure but don’t want to skip out on all the genuine experiences? Comfort is your ticket. These trips offer upgraded accommodations and more inclusions while still delivering plenty of freedom to pursue spontaneous situations on your own.

Please note: The Comfort Travel Style is a renamed edition of the G-Plus, our collection of comfort-themed adventures. Same great trips, more descriptive name!

Trip Type: Small Group
Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.

Itinerary

Route map for Australia in Style (OAIS)

Day 1Sydney

Arrive at any time.

Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

If you arrive early, head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
19:00

Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore — but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

Day 2Sydney(1B, 1L)

Explore Sydney with a walk along the harbour to the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Rocks area. Have an early lunch before boarding a sleek former Americas Cup racing yacht for a thrilling 2 ½ hour sail on one of the world’s finest harbours.

After spending the day exploring Sydney, we meet in the early evening for an optional drink or dinner. We may head beachside to Bondi where there are plenty of excellent dining options.

The sailing excursion today is a fast paced and authentic sailing experience on a racing yacht. If you are not interested in sailing, you can opt out and enjoy your afternoon on your own.

Orientation Walk

Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Sailing in Sydney Harbour

Set sail in Sydney Harbour on one the America's Cup racing yachts. Wave to other passing ferries, take photos of the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge and let the sun and wind invigorate your senses.

Metro
Sydney

Get around underground via public transit.

Day 3Sydney/Byron Bay(1B)

Fly to the famous surf and arts town of Byron.

Meet mid-morning to catch a flight to the north coast of New South Wales. Arrive early evening into beautiful Byron Bay. On the way to the hotel, stop for a walk to the Cape Byron lighthouse located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. The night is yours to discover.

Taxicab
Sydney30m-1h

Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

Plane
Sydney – Byron Bay1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit
Cape Byron

Cape Byron lighthouse is 3km (1.9 mi) northeast of Byron Bay. The popular white structure emits the most powerful light of all working lighthouses in the country, and it's also located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. Head up to the top of the tower to scan the ocean for whales (the Southern Cross University's Whale Research Centre is located here).

Free Time
Byron BayEvening

Talk to your CEO today about some optional activity options for tomorrow so they can make arrangements for you.

Day 4Byron Bay(1B)

On Day 4, stretch out with an introductory yoga warm-up before meeting a local surf legend, learn about the culture of surfing in the area, and try it yourself. Enjoy free time for optional sea kayaking, whale-watching, or just relax at the beach.

Start the day early to enjoy a yoga class to calm the mind and limber the body before meeting a local surfer for a surf lesson. Eat lunch at a local vegetarian restaurant to ensure we fully immerse ourselves in the vibe of Byron Bay.

Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up
Byron Bay

Hit the beach and get ready to hang ten with a surf lesson from trained surf instructors. Start with a bit of a yoga warm-up before spending some time in the water getting friendly with the waves. Practice paddling and then pop up to balance on the wider, softer beginner boards. Too easy.

Free Time
Byron BayAfternoon

The rest of the day is yours to explore - you may like to walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out at the beach hotel and people watch. Optional activities in the area include whale watching (seasonal), kayaking, or a day tripping to the beaches.

Optional Activities

Kayaking

Grab your life jacket and tour local waters by kayak. Get up close to marine life and see many sights you may miss on shore.

Whale Watching
Byron Bay2h30m-3h
89AUD per person

Enjoy a thrilling excursion on the water in search of the magnificent Humpback whales. Between May and November, they migrate north from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and birth in the tropics. See the distinctive flukes (tails), and also look for dolphins, turtles and a variety of sea birds.

Day 5Byron Bay/Airlie Beach(1B)

Travel to Brisbane and catch a flight, transferring to our beach resort for two nights. Enjoy free time to relax in a tropical paradise.

This morning we leave Byron early to head to the Brisbane airport to catch a morning flight to Proserpine. Transfer to Airlie Beach, our home for the next two nights.

Private Vehicle
Byron Bay – Brisbane Airport3h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Plane
Brisbane Airport – Proserpine Airport1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Local bus
Proserpine Airport – Airlie Beach30m-1h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Free Time
Airlie BeachAfternoon

Enjoy free time to relax in a tropical paradise.

Day 6Airlie Beach(1L)

Full-day yacht excursion, sailing around the Whitsunday's.

On Day 6, embark on a full-day yacht excursion, sailing around the Whitsunday's with included lunch, snacks, snorkel and visit to Whitehaven beach.

Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion
Whitsunday IslandFull Day

Enjoy a day sailing amidst some of the 70 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday archipelago. Jump overboard for a quick refreshing dip and make friends with the tropical fish that thrive within Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Day 7Airlie Beach/Cairns

An early start to the train station for a relaxing and scenic journey by rail to Cairns.

Embark on a scenic train journey through sugar cane country and rainforest as we head north to Cairns. Arrive early evening and check-in to a centrally-based hotel before exploring the town and opting for a group dinner and drinks.

Train
Airlie Beach – Cairns10h600km

Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

Taxicab
Cairns30m

Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

Day 8Cairns/Port Douglas(1B, 1L)

Travel up the stunning coastal road, stop to meet local Aboriginals and go on an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge.

Travel up the stunning coastal road, stop to meet local Aboriginals and go on an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge. Arrive mid-afternoon in the colourful resort town of Port Douglas.

Private Vehicle
Cairns – Port Douglas1h70km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Aboriginal Interpretive Walk
Mossman Gorge

Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea.

Free Time
Port DouglasEvening

Take time to stroll the main streets, window-shopping on your way.

Day 9Port Douglas(1B)

On Day 9, opt to take a Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip.

Today is a free day, but we recommend going on an optional snorkelling trip of the Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral reef system in the world.

Free Time
Port Douglas

Enjoy the day at leisure or take an excursion to the reef.

Optional Activities

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling
Great Barrier Reef8h-9h
159AUD per person

Don a mask and snorkel the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Say g'day to Nemo, the clown fish, and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia's east coast.

Day 10Port Douglas/Uluru(1B)

Transfer back to Cairns to catch a flight to Uluru, the heart of the red centre.

Travel from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport for a flight to Uluru. The flight takes around 2 hours, giving a free afternoon upon arrival to explore.

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Private Vehicle
Port Douglas – Cairns1h70km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Plane
Cairns – Uluru2h

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Free Time
UluruAfternoon

Enjoy some free time before our group meeting.

Day 11Uluru(1B, 1L)

Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and take the informative Mala Walk around part of Uluru's base. Catch the sunset over Uluru with a glass of champagne.

Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. The Mala Walk around the base of Uluru provides insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food and music. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C (109-115°F) in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.

The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C (104°F). During these hot months, we try to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the midday sun. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat.

Uluru Mala Walk
Uluru 2km

Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anagnu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.

Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit

Learn about the Aboriginal culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear stories from the Dreaming.

Free Time
UluruAfternoon

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 12Uluru/Alice Springs(1B)

Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta before driving to Alice Springs for the night.

Valley of the Winds Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga 2-7km

Walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the beautiful, red, domed rocks that comprise the site. Visit two separate lookouts for great views over the area.

Private Vehicle
Uluru – Alice Springs6h470km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Day 13Alice Springs/Adelaide(1B)

Fly to Adelaide and enjoy an orientation walk.

Taxicab
Alice Springs – Alice Springs Airport30m

Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

Plane
Alice Springs Airport – Adelaide Airport

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Taxicab
Adelaide Airport – Adelaide

Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

Orientation Walk

Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Day 14Adelaide(1B)

Today is free to explore on your own or option to take a full day excursion to Kangaroo Island.

Free Time
AdelaideFull Day

Explore the city or take an optional excursion, the choice is yours.

Optional Activities

Kangaroo Island Excursion
Kangaroo Island
258-597AUD per person

Kangaroo Island (aka KI) is Australia’s third largest island off the mainland, a 30-min flight from Adelaide or 45min ferry ride from Cape Jervis (2hr drive from Adelaide). Discover a natural wildlife sanctuary with many of its very own species of birds, plants and bees. See rocky cliff coastline, bush and wetlands, sand dunes and long stretches of white sand beaches. Look for the KI Kangaroo, along with wallabies, echidnas, sea lions, fur seals, and cuddly koalas.

Day 15Adelaide/Barossa Valley(1B)

Travel to one of Australia's oldest wine regions, the world-famous Barossa Valley.

Private Vehicle
Adelaide – Barossa Valley2h-3h80km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Day 16Barossa Valley(1B, 1L)

Visit some wineries and vineyards, enjoy lunch and wine tastings along the way.

Explore one of Australia's oldest wine regions, the world famous Barossa Valley. Visit some wineries, enjoying lunch and wine tasting along the way.

One of Australia's oldest wine regions, Barossa can be found in South Australia, approx. 60km (37 mi) northeast of Adelaide. Founded by German settlers in the mid 1800's, wine was (and still is) a way of life for the 750 grape-growing families who have lived and farmed in the region for generations.

Barossa Valley Wine Tour
Barossa Valley

Enjoy a full day wine tour in one of the country's oldest wine regions, home of the signature Shiraz of South Australia. Originally named after the Barrosa Ridge region in Andalusia, Spain, find out about vines that date back to 1843. Drink in the gorgeous surroundings, sample the latest vintages, then eat a delicious lunch at a vineyard with a view. Cheers!

Private Vehicle
Barossa Valley

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Day 17Barossa Valley/Robe(1B)

Travel to the coast and spend the night in a quaint fishing village. Opt to visit historic sites or take a walk to the pier to watch the fishermen bring in their day's catch.

Private Vehicle
Barossa Valley – Robe5h-6h400km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Free Time
RobeAfternoon

Enjoy time to explore the town and waterfront.

Day 18Robe/Grampians National Park(1B, 1D)

Travel east across the state into Victoria to Grampians NP, enjoy a spectacular walk to the Balconies and MacKenzie Falls.

Early start to travel to the Grampians NP, known for its abundant wildlife. Stop at MacKenzie Falls and the Balconies to enjoy a spectacular walk before arriving at our accommodation that evening.

Private Vehicle
Robe – Grampians National Park6h500km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

MacKenzie Falls Visit
Grampians National Park

MacKenzie Falls is the only waterway in the region that flows year-round and it is also the most visited waterfall in the Grampians; take a short walk and check out the falls out from a viewing platform. In Spring, see wonderful wildflowers in bloom along the path.

Day 19Grampians National Park/Warrnambool(1B)

Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre in the morning to learn about the indigenous culture of the area. Leaving the mountains behind, take in the changing landscapes continuing onto the seaside town of Warrnambool for the night.

Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Grampians National Park

Dive in to 'Dreamtime' and experience the stories, food and art of Australia's Aborigines. Attempt to blow into a didgeridoo, paint and then throw a boomerang, or go on a guided walk through gardens planted with native herbs and plants. Head to the Bushfoods cafe and sample the local delicacies -- kangaroo, emu, and crocodile. Anyone still hungry?

Private Vehicle
Grampians National Park – Warrnambool5h350km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Day 20Warrnambool/Melbourne(1B)

Travel past some of the world's most famous surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy views of the Twelve Apostles and a rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park. Continue to Melbourne for the night.

Private Vehicle
Warrnambool – Melbourne5h350km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Rainforest Walk
Great Otway National Park 1-2km

Take in the beautiful greenery of the Great Otway National Park on a leisurely walk with your CEO. Stroll sandy beaches and hike along the rugged coastline, take photos from rock platforms, and head north to see forests, green gullies, pristine lakes and gushing waterfalls.

Day 21Melbourne(1B)

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

Sydney harbour yacht ride. Sydney orientation walk. Included surfing lessons with a local (Byron Bay). Yoga lesson. Full-day Whitsunday Islands sailing trip. Scenic train journey to Cairns. Aboriginal dreamtime walk through the Daintree at Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest. Visit to Uluru and a local arts centre. Walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Barossa Valley wine tasting. Adelaide orientation walk. Visit to Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Exploring Grampians National Park. Great Ocean Road drive. Great Otway National Park rainforest walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Learn to surf with a local in Byron Bay, relax on a full-day sailing trip in the Whitsunday Islands, experience the Red Centre and witness the majesty of Uluru at sunrise, sample iconic Australian wines at their source, marvel at the Twelve Apostles while driving the Great Ocean Road

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver - this person is experienced in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups.

As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, Avg 12.

Meals Included

18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinners.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the M/S Expedition or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Meal Budget

Allow AUD500-600 for meals not included.

Transport

Private bus, taxi, plane, local bus, yacht, train, walking.

About our Transportation

On the Red centre portion of this trip we use Mini Coaches (24 seat vans which have been accommodated to occupy 18 people so you have more space while travelling). Occasionally with smaller group sizes we will use smaller, equally comfortable 13 seater vehicles. Mini Coaches tow a trailer for luggage and equipment (only when needed). All groups have one CEO/Driver.

The vehicles are factory built, with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. They are fitted with seat belts and it is mandatory to wear them.

Local Flights

All local flights are included on this trip.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Comfort hotels (14 nts), motel (2 nts) beach resort/hotels (4 nts).

Joining Hotel

The Larmont Sydney
2-14 Kings Cross Rd, Sydney, NSW 2011
Sydney, Australia
Tel: (02) 9295 8888

Joining Instructions

An arrival transfer is not included on this trip - please make your own way to the joining hotel. A group meeting will be held by your CEO this evening. Please check the notice board in the hotel lobby for the time and details.

It is very easy to make your way from the airport to the hotel. Options are as follows:

By Taxi: $40-50, approximately 15km and shouldn't take more than 30 minutes.

By Shuttle Bus: $16 pp. Buy tickets at the 'Sydney Airporter' bus desk between exit gates B & C. Alternatively, there is the "Airport Connect' service in the same location. Book tickets online at www.airportconnect.com.au/

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local office in Melbourne. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Office (Melbourne)
During office hours, 9am-5pm Local Time
From outside Australia: +61 3 9413 5820
From within Australia: 03 9413 5820

After office hours emergency number
From outside Australia: +61 430 321 725
From within Australia: 0430 321 725

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local operations manager, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 01805 70 90 30 00
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

The max luggage allowance on domestic flights within Australia is 20 kgs, 1 checked bag and 1 carry on per person.

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend the use of a well-labeled duffel bag, soft bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). Suitcases or heavy luggage are not recommended for the health of the CEO! A good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential as you will have the chance to walk and hike in different national parks during these trips. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle.

For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet.

Checklist

-Documents
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•Cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and trip details
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

•Camera and extra memory card/film
•Extra batteries (recargable recommended)
•Electricity Plug Adapter
•Flashlight or Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
•Binoculars
•Concealable money belt
•Fleece top/sweater
•Windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swim wear
•Shirts/t-shirts
•Sun hat
•2 pair of shorts or skirts
•2 pairs of long trousers
•1 pair hiking pants/track pants
•1 smart outfit for special evenings
•hand sanitizers/ antibacterial wipes
•Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
•Sport sandals
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle
•Insect Repellent
•Pocketknife
•First-aid kit
-Insect repellent

-Day pack
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Personal Entertainment
-Binoculars
-Waterproof backpack cover

Laundry

Laundry can be done at least once a week while on tour - most cities have laundromats where you can buy soap and wash your laundry in coin-operated machines. Your CEO will advise you along the trip where you will be able to do your laundry.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check the information yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.

A valid passport and visa is required. For some nationalities, the visa can be issued by your Travel Agency or the Australian Embassy via Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

To apply for an ETA online, travellers must hold a passport from one of the following countries:
- Brunei - Darussalam
- Canada
- Hong Kong
- Japan
- Malaysia
- Singapore
- South Korea

More information about the ETA and how to apply can be found here:
https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp

If you do not hold a passport from any of the above countries, you cannot apply for an ETA online. You may be eligible to apply for an ETA through a travel agent, airline or an Australian visa office. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for other types of electronic visitor visas. See: www.immi.gov.au

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

The Australian currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Australia and can be used to purchase small and large items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases.

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Both Visa and Master Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work check with your bank before you travel. A visit to an ATM can be arranged on Day 1 and other days of the trip.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of local currency (preferably smaller bills, 5's, 10's and 20's) and credit cards is best. Currency exchange is best obtained prior to travel or at the airport, currency exchange is easy to find in Australia in the gateway cities and most banks do accommodate.

Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping

It is not customary in New Zealand or Australia to tip service providers, but if you do experience outstanding service it is good to do so. Such service would only usually be in places like quality restaurants and it would be very rare that you would tip more than 10%. Unless specifically asked to do so at the time (by your CEO) - do not tip your local guides. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, you may consider a small tip - but it certainly isn't expected.

Optional Activities

PERSONALIZE YOUR TRIP
Extras are specially designed for travellers with unique interests, they are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure.

*For specific days of each activity please see the Full Itinerary*

SYDNEY BRIDGE CLIMB
Sydney - 3.5 hours (Morning Climb)

Climb to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134m above sea level, while an expert guide tells you stories about the history and construction of the bridge. The panoramic view of Australia's central city will take your breath away.

Please note: The climb is on the morning of Day 1 you will need to book an additional night in Sydney. You will get a specific reservation number at time of book, please bring voucher to the climb.

BYRON BAY SKYDIVING
Byron Bay, Half-day

See beautiful Byron Bay in a unique way - from up to 15,000ft in the air, to be exact. Take the skydiving leap and spot the gorgeous beaches and mountains from a viewpoint you'll never forget.

Please note: There is a $30.00 AUD fee paid locally (Australian Parachute Federation Levy)

DOLPHIN SWIM AND CRUISE
Adelaide - 3.5 hours (7am-12pm)

There are very few places in the world that you can swim with dolphins in the wild, don’t miss the opportunity to get close to these majestic creatures. Watch them interact and play around you while you swim in the dolphins natural habitat. Includes: harbour cruse and swim with common and bottlenose dolphins.

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON TOUR
All prices are per person, in AUD amounts and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators. Please note there may be weight restrictions on certain activities (eg skydiving 100 - 110 kg).

SYDNEY
MyMulti Pass (public transport pass) $11
Harbour Bridge Climb - $198
Taronga Zoo - $44

BYRON BAY
Ocean Kayaking $69

CAIRNS
Whitewater Rafting $195 (Tully Full-day) $225 (Xtreme Tully Full-day)
Bungee jumping $169 (includes certificate and t-shirt)
Minjin Swing $99
Combo Bungee and Minjin Swing $319

PORT DOUGLAS
Great Barrier Reef Tour - $230
Great Barrier Reef with diving - (Approx $375)
Kite Surfing Lesson - $50-$75
Daintree Forest Tour - Half Day $95/ Full Day $185

ULURU
Sound of Silence Dinner $189
Camel Ride 1hr $120
Helicopter Ride From $189
Fixed Wing Flight - From $120

ADELAIDE
Kangaroo Island - full day trip From $258
Cleland Wildlife Park $20-$30

WARRNAMBOOL
Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show $26
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village $16

MELBOURNE
Yarra Valley Wine Tour $110-130
Phillip Island Day Tour $110-140
Myki Visitor Pack (public transport pass) $14

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical ratings for trip specific information.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

Trip Specific Safety

Heed the caution signs at all times in National Parks and other remote areas in New Zealand and Australia.

Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets. Our CEOs have been trained in first aid and are well-versed in the risks associated with this heat. 

As a result of this heat some included walks may be closed in the interests of travellers health.  Certain walks around central Australia including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon are closed when weather is forecast to exceed 36°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEO has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Our commitment to responsible tourism inspired us to establish the Planeterra Foundation in 2003, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures pays all of Planeterra's administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. We also match all donations up to $30,000 per year to double the impact! For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Donate when you book your trip!
We offer travellers the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating $3 at the time of booking. Of course any amount above $3 is welcome! 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our Planeterra projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to donate to Planeterra, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

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Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Be sure to stop by The Watering Hole, our adventure travel forum. If you're interested in meeting others booked on your upcoming trip, check out the Departure Lounge section of our forum and introduce yourself. Otherwise, just drop in at anytime to share some travel tips, ask questions, meet other travellers and quench your thirst for travel. Our forum is located at wateringhole.gadventures.com.