25D24N Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia (OAVS)
State:Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Sydney
Holiday Type:Cultural & Historical
Tour Type:2 to Go
Australia is over 7 million sq km (4.35 sq mi) of sand, reef, rock, koala, wine, sailing, ocean, city, culture, Dreamtime, and so much more than we could possibly list here. It would take several lifetimes to explore it all. This sprawling 25-day adventure comes pretty close, though. Kick things off in cosmopolitan Melbourne by discovering the city's hidden laneways. Then head up the Great Ocean Road to a couple of national parks before heading to a rendezvous with iconic Uluru. Next, meet the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation, cruise the glorious Whitsundays, learn to surf, and explore Sydney. Exhausted yet? Just wait ’till you’re actually here!
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Day 1 - Melbourne
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Melbourne (B)
Tour Melbourne's iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture, and pick up some great pointers for your free afternoon of exploration.
Day 3 - Melbourne / Mornington Peninsula (B)
Continue your exploration of Australia's cultural capital before travelling to the Mornington Peninsula. Stop to see Brighton's brightly coloured bathing boxes, miniature beachfront cabins that are unique to the beaches in Port Phillip Bay.
Day 4 - Mornington Peninsula
Enjoy a free day in the Mornington Peninsula. Opt to visit a winery or hit one of the many incredible beaches in the area.
Day 5 - Mornington Peninsula / Port Campbell (B)
Hop on a ferry to Queenscliff before spending the day travelling along the Great Ocean Road. Pass world-famous surf beaches, enjoy views of the 12 Apostles, and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park.
Day 6: Port Campbell / Halls Gap (B & D)
Travel inland to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art.
Day 7: Halls Gap (B)
Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Visit the culturally significant MacKenzie Falls for a short hike. Walk to the stunning Balconies, then spend the afternoon relaxing with the locals - our resident wild kangaroos and emus.
Day 8: Halls Gap / Adelaide (B)
Travel to Adelaide. Your CEO will point out important highlights of the city while driving in, before free time to explore the city.
Day 9: Adelaide (B)
Today is a free day to enjoy Adelaide, capital of South Australia and famed for its churches and gardens. Opt to stroll the city streets, hop on a tram to the coastal village of Glenelg, take in a full day wine tour of the famed Barossa Valley, or for the truly adventurous, take a day trip to Kangaroo Island.
Day 10: Adelaide / Uluru (B)
Board your flight to Yulara, in the heart of Australia's Red Centre and only a short distance to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Experience a colourful sunset at Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand.
Day 11: Uluru (B)
Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Indigenous people that live in the area.
Day 12: Uluru / Cairns (B)
Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 13: Cairns / Cape Tribulation (B & L)
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.
Day 14: Cape Tribulation (B)
With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.
Day 15: Cape Tribulation / Cairns (B)
Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city. En route, stop by Port Douglas and opt to have lunch at a local market.
Day 16: Cairns / Airlie Beach (B)
Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach, enjoying scenic views along the way.
Day 17: Airlie Beach (L)
Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.
Day 18: Airlie Beach / Byron Bay
Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.
Day 19: Byron Bay
Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like skydiving, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.
Day 20: Byron Bay / Port Macquarie (L)
Tour an organic farm in the heart of Byron Bay before sitting down to a delicious lunch featuring local produce. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.
Day 21: Port Macquarie / Blue Mountains
En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area.
Day 22: Blue Mountains
Travel to the majestic Blue Mountains and experience the natural beauty of this World Heritage Area. Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba and view the Three Sisters. Take a guided tour of Jenolan Caves, filled with striking limestone rock formations.
Day 23: Blue Mountains / Sydney
This morning, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world. Continue to Sydney and head out for an orientation walk. With some free time, opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House.
Day 24: Sydney
Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.
Day 25: Sydney
Depart at any time.
24 nights' accommodation
14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Attractions as per itinerary
International air ticket
Others not mentioned
Travel Period: 13 Nov' 2022 - 24 Dec' 2023
Discover the hidden laneways of Melbourne
Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
Trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest