Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Cruise Sydney Harbour and view the iconic Sydney Opera House.
  • Go behind the scenes at James Cook University research aquarium, founded by a National Geographic grantee.
  • Explore the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide, watch the sun rise over Uluru, and opt to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.

Itinerary

Itinerary

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

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Sydney
Arrive at any time.
Accommodations:Cambridge Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: Sydney
Enjoy a traditional Aboriginal welcome and a walkabout around The Rocks area and Sydney Harbour to learn the history of the Aboriginal people’s saltwater heritage and their spiritual connection to the area. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with a barbecue dinner. While navigating the bays and coves, sit back and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Cambridge Hotel (or similar)
Day 3: Sydney/Port Douglas
Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest. Continue on to the resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mantra PortSea (or similar)
Day 4: Port Douglas
Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach, or opt to go snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mantra PortSea (or similar)
Day 5: Port Douglas/Cairns
Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures. We'll also hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Pacific Hotel Cairns (or similar)
Day 6: Cairns
Enjoy a free day to relax at the beach. Opt to explore North Queensland’s tropical rainforests or get your adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or bungee jumping.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Pacific Hotel Cairns (or similar)
Day 7: Cairns/Uluru
Catch a flight to Uluru. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music before witnessing an incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge (or similar)
Day 8: Uluru
Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala Walk around the base of Uluru, gaining insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Later, take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge (or similar)
Day 9: Uluru/Melbourne
Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Oaks on Collins (or similar)
Day 10: Melbourne
Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne. Opt to visit wineries, explore the Great Ocean Road, or discover hidden gems in the city's famous laneways.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Oaks on Collins (or similar)
Day 11: Melbourne
Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Oaks on Collins (or similar)
Day 12: Melbourne
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast