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Explore Australia

Imagine getting to Australias greatest highlights in 12 legendary, stress-free days. From its world-class cities and sacred red centre, to the Great Barrier Reef and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this itinerary leaves no stone unturned. With meaningful cultural immersion, included internal flights, and wine tasting thrown in, this is a trip down under you might wish to take again and again.

Australasia

Duration: 12 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155218
Starts: Potts Point, Australia Finishes: Melbourne, Australia
You will visit
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Sydney

Please make your own way to the joining hotel. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7:00pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House.

Additional Notes:
Want to start your Down Under adventure with an adrenaline rush? Add the 'Sydney Adrenaline Bundle' or 'Sydney Bridge Climb' extra to your tour. Get an incredible view of the iconic Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Bridge, then zip through the waterways on a jet boat ride if you book the 'Adrenaline Bundle'. PLEASE NOTE: if booking either of these extras a pre-night in Sydney is highly recommended as the Bridge Climb starts early in the morning on Day 1.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Sydney (1B, 1D)

Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the iconic Opera House and the Rocks area. 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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Transport:
Metro

03

Day 3: Sydney/Port Douglas (1B)

Transfer to our resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights.

Included Activities:
Aboriginal Interpretive Walk

Transport:
Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)
Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Port Douglas (1B)

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

05

Day 5: Port Douglas/Cairns (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
James Cook University Research Aquarium

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Cairns (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest Cultural Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 140km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 140km)

07

Day 7: Cairns/Uluru (1B)

Catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.

Included Activities:
Sunset at Uluru

Transport:
Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Uluru (1B)




Additional Notes:
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. 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 36°C (98°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.

Included Activities:
Uluru Mala Walk
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit

09

Day 9: Uluru/Alice Springs (1B)

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru, then take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. Continue to Alice Springs for the night.

Included Activities:
Kata Tjuta National Park

Transport:
Minibus (6.00 hour(s), 470km)

10

Day 10: Alice Springs/Melbourne (1B)

Catch a flight and arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city.

Transport:
Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))
Plane (2.75 hour(s))
Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Melbourne (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free day with option to explore the Great Ocean Road or the many wineries in the area. This evening, enjoy a discussion on Australian wines with a three-plate tasting menu and wine pairings at the Mill House chef's table.

Additional Notes:
The Great Ocean Road optional excursion is 12 hours - should you choose to take this optional, you will miss the included dinner on this day.

Included Activities:
Mill House Food and Wine Experience

12

Day 12: Melbourne (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cruise in Sydney Harbour and city orientation walk
    • Aboriginal dreamtime walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge
    • Visit James Cook University Aquarium
    • Cultural excursion with the Jirrbal Rainforest people
    • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
    • Walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta
    • Melbourne orientation walk
    • Farewell dinner with three-plate tasting menu and wine pairings
    • Internal flights
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (11 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Mini-bus, 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
  • Sample iconic Australian wines at their source
  • Tour the James Cook University Aquarium
  • Enjoy a G Adventures-supported Indigenous experience with the Jirrbal Rainforest people