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Discover Australia’s legendary highlights on a 12-day loop of the country. Explore world-class cities and the outback’s sacred Red Centre, the Great Barrier Reef, and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy meaningful cultural experiences and a guided foodie walk through Melbourne. With all of the details taken care of – and your flights in Australia included – you’ll find yourself on top of the world Down Under.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: OAXNG/155218
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Melbourne, Australia
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Port Douglas
  • Cairns
  • Uluru
  • Melbourne



Day 1: Sydney

Arrive at any time.
Please make your own way to the joining hotel. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy exploring the city before joining the welcome meeting at 6pm.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit The Rocks neighbourhood, the Australian Museum, Bondi Beach, or Darling Harbour.


Day 2: Sydney

Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the Botanical Gardens and the iconic Opera House. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with barbecue dinner. Navigating the bays and coves, sit back on the sunbed and relax and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.


Day 3: Sydney/Port Douglas

Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest. Continue on to the resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights.
We catch a very early flight to ensure we make the most of the day.


Day 4: Port Douglas

Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.


Day 5: Port Douglas/Cairns

Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures, and we'll hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.


Day 6: Cairns

Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive Indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years, to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch and participation in a painting class with Jirrbal Aboriginal artists.


Day 7: Cairns/Uluru

Catch a flight to Uluru. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music before witnessing an incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.
Get a good nights sleep as our flight could be quite early today.


Day 8: Uluru

Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala Walk around the base of Uluru gaining insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people.

Later, take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. The afternoon is at leisure.


Day 9: Uluru/Melbourne

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night.


Day 10: Melbourne

Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne. Opt to visit wineries, explore the Great Ocean Road, or discover hidden gems in the city's famous laneways.


Day 11: Melbourne

Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne.


Day 12: Melbourne

Depart at any time.
If you want more time to explore Melbourne, we recommend booking post nights with your agent

    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: James Cook University Research Aquarium National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest Cultural Experience, Tully National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Melbourne Foodie Walk, Melbourne G Adventures for Good: Cafe Chloe, Tully
    • Sydney Harbour cruise and orientation walk
    • Aboriginal dreamtime walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge
    • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
    • Walk through Walpa Gorge in Kata Tjuta
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    • Private vehicle, plane, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience the Red Centre and witness the majesty of Uluru at sunrise
  • Discover Melbourne's hidden laneways
  • Tour the James Cook University Aquarium
  • Enjoy a G Adventures-supported Indigenous experience with the Jirrbal Rainforest people