21 Days: Great Ocean Road, Outback & Reef Trip [ST-754A]
Starting at
$6,426
Per Person
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (2 Nights), Apollo Bay (1), Mount Gambier (1), Victor Harbor (1), Kangaroo Island (2), Adelaide (1), The Ghan (1), Alice Springs (1), Ayers Rock (2), Port Douglas (4), Sydney (3)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please inquire for flight pricing to be included
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation, Ayers Rock Accommodation to Airport, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return)
  • Car Hire - 7 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Melbourne City Location and drop-off at Adelaide City Location
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Ferry Transfers - Rental Car and Passenger(s) from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Overnight Tour - Adelaide: 1 Night Aboard the Ghan, from Adelaide to Alice Springs
  • Day Tours - Alice Springs: Travel by Deluxe Coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock / Uluru; Ayers Rock: Uluru National Park Entry Pass, Sunset & Sunrise Pass at Uluru and Kata Tjuta; Port Douglas: Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest with Guided Walks & River Cruise; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Top Deck Three Course Lunch Cruise
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
  • Due to the logistical complexity of this itinerary, customization may be required
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Melbourne (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 2 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.

Days 2 to 4 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

Enjoy 2 nights at your 4-Star Melbourne accommodation.

Stay at this luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District! This hotel is a top-rated choice for travelers seeking a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. The modern rooms are tastefully decorated and come with all necessary amenities to make your stay unforgettable.
 
Guests can unwind in the sauna after a day of exploring the city. The fitness center is perfect for fitness enthusiasts looking to maintain their routine while traveling.
 
One of the standout features of this hotel is its dining options. The stylish restaurant offers a mix of international and Australian cuisine, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast, or indulge in a delectable dinner after a day of sightseeing.
 
With its prime location, you’ll be within easy reach of Melbourne’s famous landmarks, shopping districts, and entertainment areas. Experience the vibrant energy of the city, and return to the comfort of this fantastic hotel. Don’t just take our word for it, this hotel consistently receives high ratings and positive reviews from our clients. Come and experience the perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and convenience!
 
Hotel Amenities
Free Wi-Fi, High Speed Wi-Fi, Gym, 24-hr Reception, Luggage Storage, Bar, Restaurant, Room Service, Onsite Parking, Laundry Service, Dry Cleaning
 
Preferred Room
Premiere King – 1 King or 2 Singles – Room Features: Mini Fridge, Air Conditioning, Shower Amenities, Hairdryer, Large flat screen smart TV.   
 
Need to know
Hotel subject to availability. If this hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be substituted. Room booked will be preferred unless otherwise listed on your quote.

Day 3 - Free Day to Explore Melbourne

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City’s vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.

Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You’ll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - The Melbourne Foodie Walk (3 Hours)

Discover the best of Melbourne’s food scene on this fun, small group walking tour!

Melbourne is a mecca for food with an eating culture bordering on the obsessive, but many of the best places are hidden from first sight in laneways and behind doors.

This small group walking tour lets you experience the best of what Melbourne offers. Relax with a coffee at one of Melbourne’s best cafes, eat authentic Chinese dumplings, sneak in a sweet treat, and finish it off with a drink in a laneway bar with the locals.

As you explore Melbourne, you’ll learn about the city’s fascinating past and incredible present with commentary from your expert guide, a passionate local in the know of Melbourne’s secret hot spots.

Operates
Monday – Saturday
Departs 1:30pm, Returns 4:30pm (approx.)
Tour does not operate Good Friday, Easter weekend and Monday, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday,
Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Australia Day, and Labour Day

Includes
– Discovering the foods of modern Australia
– Tasting of authentic Chinese dumplings
– French style sweet treats
– Tasting of hand-made gelato
– Treat at Melbourne’s most unique chocolate store
– Coffee at one of Melbourne’s best cafes
– A drink in a laneway bar the locals love
– Expert commentary on Melbourne’s fascinating past and incredible present
– Small groups, relaxed style

Need to Know
Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the tour. Minimum 2 and maximum 10 participants per tour. Children 0 – 9 can participate free of charge and included in head count, but cannot be included in tastings. Children 10 and older are at adult rate. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Please bring a water bottle and an umbrella if it is raining. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form

Upgrades
Private tours available for 4 or more participants

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Phillip Island Day Tour with Penguin Plus

Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the little penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the little penguins at dusk, as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows.

Your first stop is at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you will meet endangered species, kangaroos, wallabies and koalas plus an array of colorful birds and reptiles.
Our journey then leads onto Phillip Island, the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and our famous Little Penguins. Upon arrival on the Island, depending on the time of year and your interests, we will visit Woolamai beach to see surfers riding the waves.
Next you will be amazed by the dramatic west coast of the Island. At the Nobbies stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this rugged coastline, see the blowhole and be mesmerized by the stunning views. You might even encounter your first penguin nests.
During the daylight savings months, you will travel to the town of Cowes where you will have free time for dinner. In the winter months you can have something to eat at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.
Finally, a trip to Phillip Island is not complete without its black-tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. Head to the Visitor Centre to shop, have a coffee and meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform where you will see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.
Includes entrance to a separate platform to one side of the beach, limited to 300 people thus enabling you better viewing.
Photo Credit: Visit Victoria
Operates

Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Operates
Daily
October – April: Departs Melbourne hotels 2:00pm, Returns 11:00pm/11:30pm (approx.)
May – November: Departs Melbourne hotels 1:00pm, Returns 9:00pm (approx..)

Includes
-Touring in a comfortable bus of maximum 24 passengers
-Expert guide with extensive local knowledge
-Pick-ups from some Melbourne City hotels
-Entry fee to Moonlit Sanctuary
-Entry fee to Phillip Island Nature Park
-Pengin Plug Veiwing Upgradde

Need to Know
Bring: Camera, Comfortable walking shoes, Waterproof clothing

Upgrades
Underground viewing, Ranger-Guided Tour, Small Group Tours (11 Guests or Less)

Insider's Tip: Melbourne City Circle Tram

The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Streets right around the Melbourne city centre.

Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.

Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight-saving extended hours, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Alternatively, there is a Free Tram Zone for all trams operating in Melbourne’s CBD. These free trams do not offer on-board commentary but are a convenient way to get around the city.

Day 4 - Taxi from Melbourne Accommodation to Rental Car City Location, pay as you go

Taxi or ride share transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Uber is available in most major cities.
Other Australian ride share options are:
-Ola
-DiDi
-Shebah

Days 4 to 10 - 7 Day Car Rental, for Melbourne to Adelaide

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for eigh days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Day 4 - Self-Drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Begin your self-drive in Melbourne. Your journey will take you south through Geelong and Torquay and then turn westward towards Apollo Bay.

Self Drive – Melbourne to Apollo Bay – 186 km, 2 hours & 35 minutes


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Pick up your rental car in Melbourne and begin your short and scenic drive to Apollo Bay. Along the way, you will see majestic monoliths standing tall sea, bottomless fern gullies, and eucalyptus trees brimming with life as they meet the coastline that plunges into the breathtaking Southern Ocean. Make your way through Geelong and then continue on to Torquay. Once you have arrived here, your journey will turn westward. Stop along the way for photos, traditional billy tea, and enjoy the awe-inspiring coastal sights. Continue on to Apollo Bay, with its luscious green Otway hills and laidback lifestyle. Apollo Bay is a quiet coastal city, known for its farming and fishing. You will spend one night here.

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Days 4 to 5 - 1 Night Accommodation in Apollo Bay

Enjoy 1 night at your 4-Star Apollo Bay accommodation.

Stay in the picturesque green foothills of the Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay. Visit gorgeous valleys just a few kilometers out of town full of rainforests, waterfalls, streams and fireflies or take a spectacular bush walk. Participate in every water sport imaginable from surfing to fishing to diving or just lounging on the beach. Nearby Cape Otway has nature walks through petrified forests and walks to mighty water falls or you can visit some of the highest ocean cliffs in Victoria on your way to the Cape Otway lighthouse, one of the most significant lighthouses in Australia (Open daily).

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi, Free Parking, Hot Tub, Self-service Laundry, Beach Access

Preferred Room
Standard Twin – 1 Queen + 1 Single – Room Features: Kitchenette (Mini Fridge & Microwave), Air Conditioning, Shower Amenities, Hairdryer, Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station.

Room Upgrades
– Deluxe Queen – 1 Queen – Room Features: Kitchenette (Mini Fridge & Microwave) ; Air Conditioning ; Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station ; Spa Bath.

Need to know
Hotel subject to availability. If this hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be substituted. Room booked will be preferred unless otherwise listed on your quote.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Otway Treetop Zip Line

The Otway Fly Zip Line Tour is the only Zip Line Tour for Victoria, Australia!

The Otway Fly Zip Line Tour is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Otways rainforest.

The first of its kind in Victoria, the Zip Line tour involves traversing from one platform to another connected by tree platforms called ‘cloud stations’, and attached to a steel cable suspended up to 32 yards (30m) above the forest floor.

This exciting adventure lasts 3.5 hours and will have you flying on a series of cable spans from cloud station to cloud station. The Zip Line Tour is classified as a “medium” adrenalin activity.

Visitors will see the trees and forest ecology in a new light and learn about the growing and vibrant forests.

When you come back to ground you can continue on to enjoy the Otway Fly Treetop Walk, or you can do the Treetop Walk prior to the Zip Line Tour.

The Zip Line Tour is guided by trained and experienced guides who will provide you with insight into the forest’s history and its features.

Operates

Daily, except December 25.

Need to Know

– Must be at least 5 years of age and a minimum of 49 inches tall.
– Maximum weight of 257 allowed on Zip Line tour.
– All children under 13 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
– Wear comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes
– Please note the Treetop Walk closes at 4pm. Allow at least 1.5 hours to complete the walk before a 2:30pm or 3pm Zip Line tour.
– Souvenir shop, licensed café, indoor and outdoor dining available.
– Shuttle service is available, operating every hour.
– Operates in most weather conditions – rain, hail or shine. Closes in severe weather conditions such as lightning storms, extremely high winds and government declared catastrophic bushfire weather warning days.

Times

Open from 9am – 5pm, with last admissions at 4pm. Zip Line tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

Inclusions

– Zip Line tour
– Gentle grade Treetop Walk and multi-level canopy experience.
– Bird’s eye view of native plants and wildlife.
– Self-guided interpretive trail.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Stop by Otway Fly Treetop Walk to make the most of your Great Ocean Road adventure.

The Treetop Walk is a unique attraction which provides visitors with an interpretive walk experience through beautiful, temperate rainforest.

The walk features a 656 yards (600m) long and 33 yards (30m) high steel-structured treetop canopy walkway. It’s the longest and tallest walkway of its type in the world! Self-guided maps are available for your treetop walk journey.

As you proceed along the level walkway, the ground progressively drops away, taking you on a journey through the upper reaches of the rainforest vegetation.

Emerge through the lush green ferns of the forest floor to the tranquility and beauty of the forest canopy. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see unique Australian rainforest flora and fauna at eye-level.

Informative interpretation panels are located along the walk which explain in detail various flora and fauna to help enrich your Otway Fly experience.

The total walk takes approximately 1 hour to complete, but you can spend as much time as you like out there. The Otway Fly provides visitors of all ages and levels of mobility a unique and challenging experience at all times of the year.

The Walk

The walk is a total of 1.2 miles round trip and takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. It’s a gradual 546 yards (500m) walk downhill from the Visitor Centre.

The Treetop Walk is 656 yards (600m) long and 33 yards (30m) off the forest floor. At the pinnacle of the walkway, the spiral tower, you will be 52 yards (47m) above the forest floor.

Then it’s a 656 yards (600m) walk back up to the Visitor Centre. The walk also features a Prehistoric Path for the kids.

Operates

Daily, except December 25.

Need to Know

– Wear comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes
– Visitors Centre available.
– Souvenir shop, licensed café, indoor and outdoor dining available.
– Shuttle service is available, operating every hour.
– Operates in most weather conditions – rain, hail or shine. Closes in severe weather conditions such as lightning storms, extremely high winds and government declared catastrophic bushfire weather warning days.

Times

Open from 9am – 5pm, with last admissions at 4pm.

Inclusions

– Gentle grade Treetop Walk and multi-level canopy experience.
– Bird’s eye view of native plants and wildlife.
– Self-guided interpretive trail.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Great Ocean Road Helicopter Ride

Take time on your Australia self-drive or day tour to experience Victoria’s Great Ocean Road from a helicopter!

Experience panoramic views of Victoria’s amazing coastline. Fly over the spectacular Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, then see the charming town of Port Campbell from above.

Travel further along the majestic coast to London Bridge, which collapsed in 1990 leaving two people stranded on the newly formed island. Other incredible features you’ll see along the way include The Sentinel, Two Mile Bay and Point Hesse.

Operates

Daily, weather permitting.

Need to Know

– Minimum of two passengers required.
– Maximum of 7 passengers allowed.
– Groups of four or five passengers who would like to fly together will need to share a flight with other customers if available or split into two groups no greater than three.
– Passengers must weigh less than 300lbs each.
– Total passenger weight combined must be less than 660lbs.

Times

Flights depart throughout the day on demand and last 15 minutes.

Inclusions

– 15-minute flight.
– Views of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Sentinel, The Arch and London Bridge.

Upgrades

This amazing 15-minute helicopter ride can be upgraded at an additional cost to include any of the following:

1. Flying beyond the London Bridge you will continue on to the Bay of Islands. These smaller versions of the Twelve Apostles seem to float in the ocean. (25 min)

2. Add on the entire Shipwreck Coast with this ultimate helicopter ride. Making your way down to Cape Otway, the southern-most point of Western Victoria. You will learn about Castle Cove and Wreck Beach. See the 150 year old lighthouse, built solely to prevent any further shipwrecks along the coast. (50 min)

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Surfing Lessons

Enjoy the Great Ocean Road and take some time to learn how to surf the waves at Anglesea Beach!

All levels of swimmers and beginner surfers can enjoy the Anglesea Surf Beach. In fact, it is one of the best places to learn to surf along the Great Ocean Road. This 2-hour surf lesson is the perfect way to become one with the water.

From towering cliffs and sprawling white beaches to abundant flora, native wildlife and coastal walking trails, Anglesea is a celebration of life by the water. Located just ten minutes west of Torquay on the Great Ocean Road, this quaint beach town is the perfect spot for surfing.

Operates
Daily at 8:00am and 10:00am for a 2-hour lesson
Does not Operate Christmas or New Year’s Day

Includes
– 2 hr surf lesson
– Surf safety information
– All the necessary learn to surf equipment, including soft beginner board, leg-rope, full length wetsuits
– Surf instruction to suit your skill level

Need to Know
Children 7 and under must be accompanied in the water by an adult who is NOT participating in a lesson. Please bring sunscreen, a swimsuit, and a towel.

Upgrades
Multi-lesson courses are available.

Day 5 - Self Drive from Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier

Continue your drive in Apollo Bay down the Great Ocean Road. Continue no the Princes Highway through Warnambool and Port Fairy. You will join the Henty Highway and travel north until you rejoin the Princes Highway once again, taking you to Mount Gambier.

Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier, 4 hr 25 min


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Depart Apollo Bay today as you continue on the Great Ocean Road. Along the way, you may stop at many attractions, such as Port Campbell National Park or Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Your drive should be relaxing, scenic, and enjoyable.

Continue on the Princes Highway headed towards Warnambool. You may stop at Logan’s Beach on the eastern side of the city, which is recognised as a nursery site for the Southern Right Whale. Most years one, two or three adult female whales arrive between late May and August, giving birth within days of their arrival.

From Warnambool, you will pass Port Fairy, which is the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean. Port Fairy was named after the crew of the whaler The Fairy in 1828. It is the home of one of Victoria’s largest fishing fleets. If you detour to visit the Otway National Park, and Cape Otway, you will need to add approximately 90 minutes to your driving time between Apollo Bay and Port Fairy.

Depart Port Fairy and continue to Portland. At Portland, you will join the Henty Highway and travel north to Heywood. At Heywood, you will turn left and re-join the Princes Highway. Along the way, you may want to stop at the picturesque Lower Glenelg National Park. The Glenelg River is the central feature of the Lower Glenelg National Park. Along the last part of its winding 400 kilometre path to the sea the river has carved a spectacular gorge up to 50 metres deep through limestone. River erosion and the action of rainwater have created a remarkable cave.There are great places for fishing, canoeing, camping and picnicking along the Glenelg River. Explore Lower Glenelg and Discovery Bay on the 250 kilometre Great South West Walk, linking Portland and Nelson via the river and coast. Another highlight is the Princess Margaret Rose Cave, where you can join a guided tour of amazing limestone formations.

Continue onto Mount Gambier for one night’s accommodation.

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Days 5 to 6 - 1 Night Accommodation in Mount Gambier

Enjoy 1 night at your 4-Star Mount Gambier accommodation.

Nestled in the serene Mount Gambier landscape, this rustic retreat invites you to immerse yourself in the timeless charm of the Australian countryside. The weathered wooden exterior, adorned with lush vines, sets the stage for a journey into the past. Inside, the cozy interior seamlessly blends rustic aesthetics with modern comforts, offering spacious rooms with plush beds and scenic views, ensuring a tranquil escape for couples, families, or friends.

Beyond its doors, this destination reveals a world of natural beauty. Explore well-tended gardens, scenic trails, and starry skies by the fire pit. Mount Gambier’s treasures, like the Blue Lake and mysterious sinkholes, are just a short drive away. Indulge in local cuisine, visit historic sites, or partake in outdoor adventures.

This retreat isn’t just a place to stay; it’s an experience that reconnects you with nature, rural life, and cherished memories. Whether seeking solitude or outdoor exploration, it welcomes you to savor the essence of Mount Gambier’s countryside.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi, Gym, Tennis Court, Luggage Storage, Bar, Restaurant, Room Service, Free Parking, Laundry Service

Preferred Room
Deluxe King Suite – 1 King bed + 1 Single Sofa Bed – Room Features: Mini Fridge, Private Balcony, Air Conditioning, Organic Shower Amenities, Hairdryer, WiFi, Garden View, Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station.

Room Upgrades
Deluxe Twin Suite – 1 Queen Bed + 1 Single Bed + 1 Single Sofa Bed – Room Features: Mini Fridge ; Private Balcony ; Air Conditioning ; Organic Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; WiFi ; Garden View ; Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station.

Deluxe King Suite with Spa – 1 King bed + 1 Single Sofa Bed – Room Features: Mini Fridge ; Private Balcony ; Air Conditioning ; Organic Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; WiFi ; Garden View ; Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station ; Shower with Separate Bath.

One Bedroom Apartment – 1 Queen Bed + 1 Single Sofa Bed – Room Features: Kitchenette (Mini Fridge & Microwave) ; Private Balcony ; Air Conditioning ; Organic Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; WiFi ; Garden View ; Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station.

Deluxe Family Suite – 1 King Bed + 1 Queen Bed + 1 Single Bed + 2 Single Sofa Beds – Room Features: Mini Fridge ; Private Balcony ; Air Conditioning ; Organic Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; WiFi ; Garden View ; Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station.

Need to know
Hotel subject to availability. If this hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be substituted. Room booked will be preferred unless otherwise listed on your quote.

Day 6 - Self Drive from Mount Gambier to Victor Harbor

Continue your self drive from Mount Gambier. You will drive along Riddoch Highway, Dukes Highway, and Princes Highway headed towards Victor Harbor.

Mount Gambier to Victor Harbor, 4 hr 53 min


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Depart Mount Gambier in the morning and head to Riddoch Highway (A66). In about an hour and 15 minutes, you will pass Naracoorte, a city famous for its World Heritage. Consider stopping at the Naracoorte Caves National Park- a site that preserves Australia’s most complete fossil record for the past 500,000 years. There are about 26 caves at Naracoorte Caves National Park, though not all are open to the public. Some are set aside for scientific research or for protection of the caves and their contents. The cost to enter the park is free; however, tour fees apply. The most common mammals you will see are western grey kangaroos, but echidnas, wombats and sugar gliders also live here. In the evening you may be lucky enough to see brushtail possums emerging from the caves and trees to go about their nocturnal business. The park’s walking trails are a bird watcher’s paradise with thornbills, rosellas and honeyeaters in large numbers. In the gardens around the Wonambi Fossil Centre and the café you may also spot rare eastern yellow robins and eastern spinebills.

From Riddoch Highway, you will turn onto Duke’s Highway (A8 – Signs for Coonalpyn/Adelaide) and drive for about 100 km and then merge once again onto Princes Highway (A1) for another 125 km. This will take you to Murray Bridge, under three hours away. Murray Bridge is a city that boasts a vibrant river lifestyle. With a great climate, the region hosts more than 1.1 million visitors every year for business and holidays. Attractions include water sports, boating, fishing, swimming, motor sports, recreation, walking trails, restaurants and the International pedal prix. The Murray River is indeed a popular tourist attraction within South Australia – with Murray Bridge being the “crown” of the Murray Region, containing many attractions for people of all ages. The Murray River is a picturesque site of houseboats, paddle steamers and happy, relaxed people.

From Murray Bridge, consider taking a detour in Goolwa, which is just under an hour’s drive. Goolwa is a historic river port on the Murray River near the Murray Mouth in South Australia, and joined by a bridge to Hindmarsh Island. The name “Goolwa” means “elbow” in Ngarrindjeri, the local Aboriginal language. Goolwa in February of every odd-numbered year, Goolwa hosts the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The town is a popular holiday destination and home to the PS Oscar W, a paddle steamer.

From Goolwa, you will continue onto Victor Harbor, which is a short 20 minutes away. The township of Victor Harbor has long been a favoured holiday destination. Situated 80 kilometres south of Adelaide with a southern ocean frontage, the township offers an enjoyable experience for everyone. The panoramic views of the rugged granite landmark bluff and the well-known Granite Island are stunning. In winter the Southern Right Whales can be seen basking at Encounter Bay, only metres from the shore line.

Continue on to Victor Harbor; board a dolphin cruise (all year round), or a whale watching cruise (June – September) from Granite Island.

Spend one night in Victor Harbor before continuing on your way.

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Days 6 to 7 - 1 Night Accommodation in Victor Harbor

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay for 1 night whilst in Victor Harbor.

Situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor offers a bit of it all. From here you can experience coastal wildlife, sea views, relaxing strolls and adventure. When entering Victor Harbor be sure to look for the Bluff summit. The Bluff summit was created when granite formed by magma squeezed up from the deep in the continental crust about 500 million years ago. (The views from the summit are amazing but there is a 500m climb requiring a moderate level of fitness.) Try to find the time for a ride on the Clydesdale horse tram. This tram crosses a 600m wooden causeway to Granite Island, home to a colony of little penguins and the 2.9km Kaiki Trail. On your crossing be sure to look for schools of fish swimming around & under the causeway and for dolphins, seals and whales on the horizon. Return tickets on the tram are $7.00 per adult AUD (subject to change).

Your 3.5 star accommodation is located near the beach in Victor Harbor. Hotel amenities include laundry facilities, free coffee, wireless internet, and an on-site restaurant.

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Day 7 - Self Drive from Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island

Today you will continue your self-drive adventure from Victor Harbor to Cape Jervis, approximately 1 hour. There you will take a ferry to Kangaroo Island.


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This is a very short self-drive (approximately 1.5 hrs). This will give you the chance to get the most out of Kangaroo Island. Think of an island with native bushland, wildlife, adventure & exploring. Pristine beaches, local wines & sunsets are on your doorstep.

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Days 7 and 9 - Return Ferry with Car, Cape Jervis to Penneshaw

Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return.

Days 7 to 9 - 2 Nights Accommodation on Kangaroo Island

Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation accommodation has just 27 rooms. Why not take some time out and laze away the hours by our sparkling solar heated pool, spa and sauna. Wander through our gardens at sunset and you will probably meet one of the little penguins that waddle up from the beach for a visit. The Kangaroo Island vacation accommodation is a stylish and very welcoming property and is the perfect base for you to enjoy all the natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Organise adventures with the friendly and professional staff that know and love the Island. Whether it is deep sea fishing, 4WD wilderness tour, or horse riding, it is up to you. Or what about a walking tour, food tour, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing and of course there are wonderful national Parks to explore. In fact, everything the Island has to offer is just a short drive away.

Day 8 - Free Day to Explore Kangaroo Island

Rest, Relax or Explore Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness – a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape.

Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.

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Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Kangaroo Island Life Tour

Enjoy a small group tour blending a range of wildlife experiences on Kangaroo Island.

Your full day tour of Kangaroo Island begins with morning tea and home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees. Spot koalas snoozing overhead or perhaps as they wake briefly for a feed.

Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park, walk quietly through the bush with your guide. Look for wallabies which are almost extinct on the mainland, and a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island.

Break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads, drinks and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide among Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring more of the south east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.

Operates: On request.

Times:
This tour departs in the morning and concludes late afternoon, times TBD

Inclusions:
– Full day touring with enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guides.
– Morning tea served with traditional Australian treats.
– Alfresco lunch with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water.
– Access to field guides, binoculars and maps.
– All entrance fees.

Need to Know:
– Please bring your own binoculars, camera and film to capture the beauty of the island.
– Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven terrain.
– Wear pants to protect your legs in the bush.
– Bring a warm jacket to counter the ocean breeze. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
– Private Transfer from Adelaide can be included for an additional charge.

Upgrades
Private Tour

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Wildlife Discovery

Forget the crowds on this small group tour of Kangaroo Island and see the sights that larger bus tours do not get to see. Led by a personal guide, you’ll enjoy a full day of unforgettable island wildlife spotting and a delicious gourmet lunch in a natural bush setting with complimentary South Australian wines.

Kangaroo Island is a haven of Australian wildlife, thriving in its natural habitat without the threat of introduced predators. Keep an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, reptiles and birds as you explore several island habitats. Listen to the call of over 250 different species of birds as they sing from the tall eucalyptus trees. Many of these birds have developed their own subspecies due to the island’s isolation and are therefore unique to the island.

Walk along the beach at Seal Bay Conservation Park, where your guide will lead you to the seals basking in the sun. With your guide you are able to stand at a safe distance to these wonderful, endangered creatures and hear them sigh and watch them at play. This is one of the most personal, close encounters with wildlife in the wild in all the island.

Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with wine set among untouched natural bush wilderness. Follow your lunch with a pleasant bushwalk or a stroll along the beach. Travel through the island’s interior keeping an eye out for koalas and echidnas. Explore spectacular beaches and enjoy a bushwalk. Listen for Australia’s rarest cockatoo, the Kangaroo Island glossy black cockatoo, and watch out for the Tammar wallaby, with its small fine features, in its natural habitat.

Later in the afternoon, as the day draws to a close, see the kangaroos leave the safety of the bush to begin grazing on the open pastures. Your tour concludes at either Kingscote Airport for your return flight to Adelaide, or at Penneshaw in time for the return ferry to the mainland and coach transfer to Adelaide.

Operates:
Daily, Approx. 6:45am – 10:40pm (16 hours)

Includes:
– Return transfers from Adelaide and Glenelg accommodation
– Return scenic coach transfers to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills
– Return transport to/from Kangaroo Island by ferry
– Personalized 4×4 touring with expert commentary from your local driver/guide
– All entrance fees and special permits
– Gourmet picnic style lunch with South Australian wines
– Morning or afternoon tea

Need to Know:
Minimum of two guests required. Maximum of 8 guests allowed. Itinerary is subject to change. Public tour not suitable for children under 7. Bookings that require a child car seat are subject to a $50 surcharge. Supplies are limited on Kangaroo Island, so bring spare camera batteries if necessary, sunscreen, hat, light jacket and rainwear. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Luggage limits are 15kg per person.

Upgrades:
Upgrade with a scenic flight to or from Kangaroo Island, or as transport for both departure and return.

Day 9 - Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide, approximately 2.5 hours.

This is a beautiful and scenic drive through the small towns and villages of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Discover nature’s playground and charming towns. The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale – boasting sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.

If you take this drive around dusk, you will likely see hundreds of Kangaroo mobs in the fields along the side of the road. Drive carefully!

Choose one or two of these suggested stops to stretch your legs and explore the local culture.

Second Valley Heritage Walk
Starting at the historic Leonards Mill in Second Valley, this self-guided heritage walk is brimming with fascinating history. Download a copy of the brochure beforehand, which complements the onsite information display boards.
As you walk, soak up the story of Leonards Mill which was formerly an operational flour mill, the old Finniss Vale Hotel which was established in 1856 and burned down in 1928, as well as the blacksmith’s shop and cottage and various war memorials.

The walk also passes by the site of two old steam-operated sawmills, and explains the history of the heritage-listed causeway and jetty. Allow 2 Hours.

Find out more.
 

Normanville
Known affectionately to locals as ‘Normy’, Normanville is a popular seaside resort town with long sandy beaches. Stroll along the white sands to nearby Carrickalinga or Lady Bay. Take a walk down Main Streets and check out the local shops. If you’re missing American comfort food, try South Bound Diner for an Australian take on Retro American Diner food. A few blocks down the street look for a HUGE tree and you might just spot thousands of cockatoos!

Aldinga Beach
Aldinga Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach especially easy. It is renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf, which sees the population in the local area boom come summer.

The D’arenberg Cube
The d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines.

The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s Tasting Room, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company’s new smart phone application, ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’
Advance reservations are recommended.

The restaurant offers degustation dining with optional wine pairings, an extensive list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday, bookings are required in advance.

View Map on Google.

Days 9 to 10 - 1 Night Accommodation in Adelaide

Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

This 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant CBD. Overlooking Victoria Square, the beautifully restored UNESCO recognized renovation is reflective of Adelaide’s architectural beauty. Opposite the Town hall and GPO, the former treasury building is minutes away from Adelaide’s Central Market and Rundle Mall.

The hotel seamlessly combines the building’s historic charm with modern comforts and is well equipped with first-class amenities. Relax in the delightfully heated indoor pool. Work out in the fully equipped gym or take care of your wellbeing by unwinding in the indulgence of the sauna. You can arrange a grocery delivery to your fully-equipped kitchen, or you may prefer to dine in one of Adelaide’s renowned fresh produce restaurants. A step outside the front door will transport you to Adelaide’s food and wine heaven. Whether you’re exploring the stalls of the city’s famous Central Market, sampling creative tapas at one of the cozy wine bars, or venturing further afield to one of the many cellar doors.

Your choice of culture is also at your fingertips with the state’s Art Gallery, Festival Theatre and local institution Rhino Room all just a few blocks away.

Only a short 6-minute drive from Adelaide Airport, Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury offers a convenient off-site parking located 3 minutes away on Gawler Place. The hotel is well equipped with free WiFi.

Day 10 - Taxi from Adelaide Rental Car City Location to Train Station, pay as you go

Taxi or ride share transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Uber is available in most major cities.
Other Australian ride share options are:
-Ola
-DiDi
-Shebah

Days 10 to 11 - 1 Night Aboard the Ghan, from Adelaide to Alice Springs

The Ghan – Outback Australian Train Journey, Northern Territory (Alice Springs) & South Australia (1 night).

The Ghan. It is an odd name for a train but in Australian history it is a living legend. The trip from Alice Springs to Adelaide (or Adelaide to Alice Springs) is spectacular. From The Red Vastness of the Northern Territory to the Lush green of the valley in Adelaide.

Your sleeper cabin is the Gold Service which includes toilet and shower facilities in your cabin, complementary toiletries, meals are included and journey commentary.

Day 11 - Taxi from Alice Springs Train Station to Accommodation, pay as you go

Taxi or ride share transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Uber is available in most major cities.
Other Australian ride share options are:
-Ola
-DiDi
-Shebah

Days 11 to 12 - 1 Night Accommodation in Alice Springs

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia and the Outback, Alice Springs, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at your Alice Springs accommodation. The hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill.

Take a tour of the imposing MacDonnell Mountains and visit the prominent Simpsons Gap at dawn or dusk, when you might be lucky enough to spot a black-footed rock-wallaby. Enjoy spectacular, expansive views of Alice Springs from the top of Anzac Hill, discover a huge variety of interesting wildlife in the beautiful, natural setting of Alice Springs Desert Park, learn all about the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility and listen to the atmospheric sound of the didgeridoo at the Sounds of Starlight Theatre, where each show is inspired by stories and experiences that evoke the azure skies, red deserts and Aboriginal custodians of the area.

Optional Evening Tour (Not Included) - Kangaroo Sanctuary

The Kangaroo Sanctuary is the home of Brolga, star of ‘Kangaroo Dundee’ – BBC/Nat Geo Series. The Sanctuary is a 90 acre wildlife reserve of untouched bush-land where Brolga’s mob of 25 kangaroos live.

Enjoy a guided sunset tour of Brolga’s 90 acre wildlife reserve and his kangaroo family as seen on ‘Kangaroo Dundee’. Experience a leisurely walk through the bush as the kangaroos wake from their day-time sleep and become active and playful. If you’re lucky, you may even get to hold a baby kangaroo! The Sanctuary is a place to celebrate the beauty, and learn about the care of, the red kangaroo, an Australian icon.

Operates Tuesday – Friday. Pick up times vary throughout the year. February: 5:15pm – 5:45pm. March: 4:30pm – 5pm. April: 4:15pm – 4:45pm. May: 4pm – 4:30pm. June: 4pm – 4:30pm. July: 4pm – 4:30pm. August: 4:15pm – 4:45pm. September: 4:30pm – 5pm. October: 4:45pm – 5:15pm. November: 5pm – 5:30pm. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours.

Need to Know Please wear closed shoes and bring water. Kangaroos scare easily, so we ask that visitors please keep noise to a minimum and keep to the path. Children under 5 are to be carried by adults. Wheeled equipment such as strollers can’t be taken on the walk around the sanctuary because it scares the kangaroos away. Please note the sanctuary will be closed December – January and reopens in February.

Inclusions Return transfers from your accommodation in Alice Springs. Guided sunset tour of Kangaroo Sanctuary.

Photo Credit: Kangaroo Sanctuary

Day 12 - Day Tour, Travel by Deluxe Coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock / Uluru

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach.

Getting to Uluru from Alice Springs is an easy, scenic ride through Australia’s red outback. Take in the rugged desert landscapes, passing through the reds and oranges of the MacDonnell Ranges. While traveling through this remote country, your friendly Driver will share informative and entertaining commentary. Learn about the natural and geological history of the region. Hear about the traditional customs and stories of the local Aboriginal people, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna. Learn about native animals such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo. There is time for a stop for a quick break then view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Operates
May – August 2023: Daily; September – November 2023: Tuesday – Sunday; December – February 2024: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; March 2024: Tuesday – Sunday
Departs Alice Springs at 7:00am, Arrives in Ayers Rock at 1:00pm (approx.)

Includes
– Pickup from Alice Springs hotel
– Informative commentary

Need to Know
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle, and snacks.

Days 12 to 14 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel’s refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It’s only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.

Airport shuttle transfers included.

Uluru National Park Entry Pass

A national park fee is required to enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This fee has been included in your itinerary cost. This Park Entry Pass is valid for 3 Days.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park Entry Fee valid for 3 consecutive days

Days 12 and 13 - 2 Day Tour, Sunset & Sunrise Pass at Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Witness the stunning Uluru sunrise and sunset, venture out on the Walpa Gorge walk at Kata Tjuta and discover the fascinating stories of Uluru on a guided base tour.

Sunrise/Morning
The early rise is well worth it as you experience the two major landmarks in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Start with an amazing sunrise at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Afterwards, on the 45 kms drive to Kata Tjuta your Driver Guide will provide you with an historical overview of the National Park.

The walk through the sheer walls of Walpa Gorge won’t disappoint as you’re led into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen scrubs.

Sunset/Afternoon
Talk a short walk at the base of Uluru with your Driver Guide and view ancient paintings and hear stories of traditional Anangu life.

Then head off to the Uluru sunset viewing area. On arrival you’ll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles.

You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing outback sunset.

Operates
Daily
Morning tour pick-ups are 1.5 hours before sunrise and returns approximately 11:00 – 11:30am, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal). Afternoon tour pick-ups are 2:30pm – 3:00pm and returns half an hour after sunset, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal).

Includes
– National Park Pass (Entry fee included – Valid for 3 consecutive days)
– Return Transfers to Accommodation
– Experienced Driver/Guide
– Comprehensive commentary
– Air conditioned coach

Need to Know
Full breakfast is not provided. Bringing snacks for breakfast is recommended. Please wear closed walking shoes and warm layers in cooler months. Bring your own water bottle, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.

Upgrades
BBQ Dinner

Photo: Tourism NT

Optional Evening Event (Not Included) - Sounds of Silence Dinner

This dining experience offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours under the sparkling outback sky.

You will begin with canapes and chilled sparkling wine upon a dune-top overlooking the Ulutu-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travelers for an unforgettable dining experience.

Your attentive staff will offer a selection of Australian wine and beer while the first course is served at your table. As the night sky twinkles to life, you will be welcomed to an interactive chef’s station where you will be served your choice from a freshly prepared, bush tucker inspired menu incorporating native bush ingredients.

Settle back and listen to the resident star-talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.

The tour finishes with a relaxing ride back to your accommodation.

Operates
Daily
Departs 1 hour prior to sunset, Returns 4.5 hours later (approx.)
Tour operates Christmas Day for an additional cost

Includes
– Return transfers to Ayers Rock accommodation
– Outback style canapes
– A three-course bush tucker inspired buffet
– Didgeridoo performance
– Guided tour of the night sky

Need to Know
– Children 9 and under are not permitted
– Very limited wheelchair accessibility. Assistance available on request
– Child strollers are not allowed
– Please wear long pants and toe-covered shoes
– Tour may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances
– This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.

Upgrades
Field of Light Dinner

Day 14 - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Cairns.

Day 14 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia.

Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.

Need to Know
Luggage Restrictions: 1 checked bag and 1 hand luggage is free of charge per person in the shuttle. Additional luggage is 10$ each. Strollers are free. Bikes need to be in a bike bag. Fishing rods need to be broken down and in a container.

Days 14 to 18 - 4 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

Enjoy 4 nights at your 4-Star Port Douglas accommodation.

Nestled in the heart of Port Douglas, this boutique resort offers a haven of tropical tranquility and luxury. As you step into this coastal paradise, you’ll find meticulously designed apartments that exude contemporary style and comfort. Each apartment comes with a private balcony, providing views of lush gardens, serene pools, or glimpses of the Coral Sea.
The resort is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest, with easy access to Four Mile Beach for those eager to explore Far North Queensland’s natural beauty. The lively Macrossan Street is a short stroll away, offering boutique shops, art galleries, and delightful dining options.
Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, this tropical oasis has you covered. You can choose to explore the resort’s tropical gardens, bask by the inviting pool, or simply soak in the coastal ambiance. It’s an ideal destination to make your dreams of coastal living a reality.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi, Swimming Pool, BBQ Facility, Bar, Restaurant, Room Service, Free Parking, Airport Transfers Extra Fee

Preferred Room
Studio Premier – 1 King Bed OR 2 Single Beds – Room Features: Kitchenette (Mini Fridge & Microwave), Private Balcony, Air Conditioning, Shower Amenities, Hairdryer, Pool Towels, WiFi, Flat Screen TV, Shower Over Bath.

Room Upgrades
Studio Superior – 1 King Bed – Room Features: Kitchenette (Mini Fridge & Microwave) ; Private Balcony ; Air Conditioning ; Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; Pool Towels ; WiFi ; Washer & Dryer ; Flat Screen TV ; Shower Over Bath ; Sun Lounges ; Direct Pool Access.

1 Bedroom Premier – 1 King Bed – Room Features: Full Kitchen ; Private Balcony ; Air Conditioning ; Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; Pool Towels ; WiFi ; Washer & Dryer ; Flat Screen TV ; Bathroom with Shower.

1 Bedroom Superior – 1 King Bed – Room Features: Full Kitchen ; Private Balcony ; Air Conditioning ; Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; Pool Towels ; WiFi ; Washer & Dryer ; Flat Screen TV ; Bathroom with Shower ; Sun Lounges ; Direct Pool Access.

Need to know
Hotel subject to availability. If this hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be substituted. Room booked will be preferred unless otherwise listed on your quote.

Day 15 - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Perfect for swimmers, snorkelers, divers and non-swimmers alike! Travel from Port Douglas to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for a day of fun and unique reef experiences!

Cruise by luxury catamaran to reef activity platforms moored at Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Here, special reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognized as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life.

Entering the dramatic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is an extraordinary experience. It’s a day that engages all your senses, lifts your spirit and takes you into another realm. Sharing the wonder of the world’s largest living entity, realizing its breathtaking color and majesty, seeing nature at its most perfect is an awakening and, quite simply, the memory of a lifetime.

Choose how you experience the reef:

– Visit the underwater observatory;
– View coral in the semi-submersible;
– Enjoy a talk by a marine biologist; Snorkel

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know:
– Please bring with you: towel (available from your hotel room), a change of clothes, hat, sunscreen & underwater disposable camera (optional).
– Camera’s available from any local chemist or convenience store.
– Due to fluctuation in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to your ticket price. In such cases, any charge will be collected upon departure. Please verify before your tour.

Times

Approximately 9:15am – 4:30pm

Inclusions

– Morning and afternoon teas on board.
– Reef presentation by marine biologist.
– Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch.
– All snorkeling equipment provided.
– Stinger/Lycra Suits & Buoyancy Aids provided.
– Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas.
– Qualified lifeguard supervision.
– Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing.
– Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels.
– Fish feeding [conducted by crew]

Upgrades

– Certified Scuba Diving (1 or 2 40-minute dives)
– Introductory Dive; Ocean Walker Helmet Diving (great for non-swimmers)
– 10 minute Scenic Flight
– Introductory or Advanced Adventure Snorkel Tour

Day 16 - Day Tour, Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest with Guided Walks & River Cruise

Cape Tribulation is a place of wonder, filled with tropical rainforests and intriguing wildlife. You’ll see it all on this guided tour through Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park.

Join this tour for a full day of epic adventure to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation and fall in love with Tropical North Queensland’s most iconic locations. Your day will be filled with memorable experiences, local knowledge, all while knowing that you will be offsetting your carbon emissions on this premium eco-accredited tour.

Starting with the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive, recently voted as one of the most iconic road trips in Australia, you will make your way up to Port Douglas for your first stop at award winning Wildlife Habitat. Get to know the local wildlife on an immersive guided experience with one of the knowledgeable Wildlife Keepers. You will get the chance to handfeed animals such as the elusive Cassowary which is notoriously hard to spot in the wild! You can also purchase a photo experience with one of our koalas to remember the moment.

Cross the Daintree River on the cable ferry and travel north to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest where you will enjoy a dip in the pristine waters of Mason’s freshwater swimming hole. Then enjoy a locally sourced lunch at Masons Café. The Mason family settled in Cape Tribulation in 1932 and is now run by third generation Lawrence Mason. Explore the world’s oldest rainforest with one of the knowledgeable local guides. Learn about the fascinating flora and fauna that call the Daintree Rainforest home on a boardwalk tour curated to your group’s interests.
You’ll visit Cape Tribulation Beach and see the only place in the world where two world heritage sites meet: the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
After a big day of adventure, the perfect way to cool down and relax is with an exotic tasting experience at Daintree Ice Cream Company. Handmade on site with organically grown fruit it is easy to see why this ice cream has won multiple awards. Head to Alexandra Lookout for a photo opportunity while you enjoy beautiful views of the Daintree Rainforest and the Coral Sea.
On your last stop of the tour, board a Daintree River cruise and search for wildlife including wild Estuarine Crocodiles and birds in the unique mangrove ecosystem.

Operates
Daily (except Christmas and Ironman)
Departs 7:15am to 8:15am and Returns 6:00pm to 7:00pm (approx.)

Includes
– Return transfers from Cairns, Northern Beaches, & Port Douglas Hotels
– Scenic coastal drive
– Wildlife habitat Port Douglas
– Tropical lunch
– Morning tea
– Daintree River Cable Ferry
– Guided Rainforest walk
– Cape Tribulation Beach
– Locally made ice cream
– Alexandra Lookout
– Daintree River Cruise

Need to Know
This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form. Bring your swimsuit, towel, & sunscreen if you choose to swim. Tour not permitted for children under 4 years old.

Day 17 - Free Day to Explore Port Douglas

Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!

Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.

What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Optional Evening Event (Not Included) - Flames in the Forest

Dine on an award winning tropical banquet including local exotic produce and Australian wines. All this as you sit in flickering candlelight by a rushing mountain creek under the canopy of the rainforest.



Journey to a hidden place, you are collected from your accommodation, and leave the highway down a winding road as the forest welcomes you into the night. In a secluded glade your evening begins greeted with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres you are introduced to a culture that has been in existence for over forty thousand years.




The evening unfolds as it would have many generations before with an ancient tale from the Aboriginal Dreamtime. After dessert, enjoy some Daintree tea and local coffee, explore the river surrounds or simply sit back & let the sounds of the rainforest tell its own story.

And finally, before you depart, if you leave your mark in our handmade book of trees, one tree will be planted from that signature and you will have contributed to preserve local habitats, and these soul nurturing rainforests will last another million years.

Available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. April – December Only.
Flames of the Forest is not suitable for children under six.

Optional Evening Tour (Not Included) - Sunset Sail

Great Barrier Reef Cruises. This is a MUST DO for visitors to Port Douglas! The Sunset Sail is the ultimate way to relax and unwind whilst enjoying the fantastic views of the coral sea and Daintree Rainforest. Pure luxury sailing, great music and ambiance, first class service.


Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing! Relax with an exhilarating afternoon onboard the new luxury ‘Lagoon’ sailed from France. Soak up the peace and tranquility of a Tropical Sunset over the Coral Sea with spectacular mountain views while enjoying a welcome drink and canapés.

Operates: Daily. 2 Hour Tour from 4:30pm – 6:30pm from Port Douglas Marina



Need to Know Bring along a camera, light jacket in cooler months, cash for bar. You will make your own way to the Marina from your Port Douglas Accommodation. Minimum Ages for the tour is 12 years old.

Inclusions Approximately 1.5 hours sailing on the Coral Sea off the coast of Port Douglas; A welcome drink of wine, sparkling wine, beer, cider or soft drink; Fully licensed premises, additional drinks available for purchase on board; A selection of delicious Hot/Cold canapés including, Vegetarian California Rolls, Coconut Prawns, Selection of Greek Dips with antipasto/cheese/olives, Assorted Thai Spring Rolls & Beef Salad Cucumber cups. First class service; Environmental Management Charge (subject to change)

Day 18 - Shuttle Transfer, Port Douglas Accommodation to Cairns Airport

Travel by shuttle from your Port Douglas vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.

Need to Know
Luggage Restrictions: 1 checked bag and 1 hand luggage is free of charge per person in the shuttle. Additional luggage is 10$ each. Strollers are free. Bikes need to be in a bike bag. Fishing rods need to be broken down and in a container.

Day 18 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.

Day 18 - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Travel via shuttle to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 18 to 21 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Enjoy 3 nights at your 4-Star Sydney accommodation.

With its sleek and contemporary design, this hotel in the heart of Sydney offers a stylish and comfortable retreat for business and leisure travelers alike. The guest rooms feature minimalist decor, plush bedding, and essential amenities. The rooftop pool and terrace provide stunning city skyline views, while the on-site restaurant serves delicious dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Additional facilities include a fitness center, meeting rooms, and a business center. With its central location, guests have easy access to attractions, shopping, and vibrant nightlife. This trendy and memorable hotel delivers a memorable stay in Sydney.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi, Swimming Pool, Gym, Day Spa, 24-hr Reception, Luggage Storage, Babysitting, Bar, Restaurant, Room Service, Non-Smoking, Off-Site Paid Parking, Dry Cleaning

Preferred Room
Guest Room – 1 King OR 1 Queen Bed OR 2 Single Beds – Room Features: Coffee & Tea Station, Free WiFi, Air Conditioning, Shower Amenities, Hairdryer, Safe, Iron and Ironing Board, Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station, Shower Over Bath.

Room Upgrades
Family Room – 2 King Beds OR 1 King Bed + 2 Single Beds OR 4 Single Beds – Room Features: Coffee & Tea Station ; Free WiFi ; Air Conditioning ; Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; Safe ; Iron and Ironing Board ; Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station ; Shower Over Bath.

Need to know
Hotel subject to availability. If this hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be substituted. Room booked will be preferred unless otherwise listed on your quote.

Day 19 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theater as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.

Operates
Daily, Hourly 9am to 5pm
Does not operate Good Friday, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day 2024

Includes
One hour guided experience.

Need to Know
This tour has 300+ stairs – Low Impact. It is strongly encouraged that you leave bags at your hotel and avoid bringing any large items to the Opera House (anything larger than an 8×10″ sheet of paper). No luggage or large bags accepted. Videoing is not allowed. There are plenty of photo opportunities — your tour guide will advise you if photos are not to be taken at any point.

Upgrades
-Add a lunch, dinner or performance to your tour.
-Upgrade your experience with a private, backstage, or architectural tour.

Day 20 - Day Tour, Top Deck Three Course Lunch Cruise

Created for the locals, this cruise offers an exceptional cruising restaurant experience. The menu is premium a la carte and served on the upper deck with sensational views of Sydney.

After making your own way to Circular Quay or King Street Wharf, step on board your spacious, fully equipped cruise boat and set off on the waters of Sydney Harbor. The welcoming staff show you to your table and soon lunch is served. Take in views of Sydney as you dine on a 3-course meal including a selection of fresh seafood, Australian prime beef, and vegetable dishes; drinks are available for purchase from the bar. With this cruise you can choose from either one or two 90-minute circuits around the glorious harbor. Your state-of-the-art vessel features several dining areas, large picture windows, an atrium, and a 360-degree viewing deck. Keep your camera handy for photo opportunities of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge along the backdrop of the skyline. Travel up to Shark Island and Fort Denison, and view secluded bays, marinas, and impressive waterfront homes. Return to Circular Quay or King Street Wharf to end your cruise, with easy access to nearby destinations in central Sydney.

Operates:
Wednesday – Sunday from
Departs Darling Harbor at 12:00pm or 1:30pm
Departs Circular Quay at 12:30pm
Does not operate on Christmas Day, December 26 – 27, New Year’s Day, January 26, April 25, June 12, October 2
This cruise is 1.5 hours or 3 hours (approx.) depending on 1 or 2 circuits around the harbor

Includes:
– 3-course contemporary Australian a la carte dining
– Reserved window seating
– Harbor cruise

Need to Know:
– All meals are prepared fresh on board, and most meals contain vegetarian and gluten free options, but can’t be guaranteed. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.
– Children receive the child menu, but may get the adult menu for the adult price
– Cruise can be boarded at either Darling Harbor or Circular Quay
– Dress code is smart casual
– Boats are wheelchair accessible
– New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and Vivid Sydney (May 26, 2023 – June 17, 2023) may incur additional charge

Insider's Tip: Altman + Cherny: Specializing in Australian Opals Since 1948

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Day 21 - Shuttle, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

Day 21 - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $10,372 $10,339 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $11,690 $11,657 2024-01-15 00:00:00 - 2024-11-11 00:00:00
USA Departures: 15 JAN - 28 JUN & 24 JUL - 11 NOV 2024. Expires FEB 29 2024
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $12,307 $12,274 Basic: May 1 - Jun 8 & Jul 24 - Sep 21, 2022. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $12,514 $12,481 Shoulder: Feb 1 - Apr 30, Jun 9 - Jul 23 & Sep 22 - Dec 8, 2022. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $13,032 $12,999 Peak: Dec 9, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $15,284 $15,251 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $16,892 $16,859 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.