Sydney to Melbourne Australia highlights luxury tour, 21 days

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21 day expedition
(USD 8499.00 - CHF 8079.00 - GBP 5399.00 - NZD 10629.00 - CAD 8499.00 - EUR 6429.00)


What's Included:
▪Hands-On: Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up, Byron Bay.
▪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.

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Sydney to Melbourne Australia highlights luxury tour, 21 days

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


Is this trip for me?

  • Travel Style: Comfort
  • Service Level: Upgraded
  • Physical Grading: 2 - Light
  • Merchandising: Top Seller
  • Trip Type: Small Group
  • Group Size Notes: Max 16, Avg 12.
  • Meals Included: 18 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Private bus, taxi, plane, local bus, yacht, train, walking.


Itinerary

Day 1 Sydney

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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Sydney (1B, 1L)

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. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Sailing in Sydney Harbour Transport: Metro

Day 3 Sydney/Byron Bay (1B)

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. Included Activities: Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit Transport: Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours) Plane (1.50 hour(s))

Day 4 Byron Bay (1B)

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. Included Activities: Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up

Day 5 Byron Bay/Airlie Beach (1B)

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. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Local bus (0.50-1.00 hours)

Day 6 Airlie Beach (1L)

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. Included Activities: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion

Day 7 Airlie Beach/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. Transport: Train (10.00 hour(s), 600km) Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))

Day 8 Cairns/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. Arrive mid-afternoon in the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Included Activities: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)

Day 9 Port Douglas (1B)

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.

Day 10 Port Douglas/Uluru (1B)

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. Additional Notes: 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km) Plane (2.00 hour(s))

Day 11 Uluru (1B, 1L)

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. 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 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. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Sunset at Uluru

Day 12 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B)

Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park before driving to Alice Springs for the night. Included Activities: Kata Tjuta National Park Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 470km)

Day 13 Alice Springs/Adelaide (1B)

Fly to Adelaide and enjoy an orientation walk. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Taxicab (0.50 hour(s)) Plane Taxicab

Day 14 Adelaide (1B)

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

Day 15 Adelaide/Barossa Valley (1B)

Travel to one of Australia's oldest wine regions, the world-famous Barossa Valley. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 80km)

Day 16 Barossa Valley (1B, 1L)

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. Included Activities: Barossa Valley Wine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 17 Barossa 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 400km)

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

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. Included Activities: MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 500km)

Day 19 Grampians 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. Included Activities: Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)

Day 20 Warrnambool/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. Included Activities: Rainforest Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)

Day 21 Melbourne (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day