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Best of Australia Explorer

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
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Highlights

  • Experience all that Australia has to offer
  • 18 day custom adventure of a lifetime
  • Opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty from every perspective
  • Exploer Melbourne and Sydney
  • Visit the magnificent Ayers Rock

Short Description

Experience all that Australia has to offer, on a 18 day custom adventure of a lifetime! For the opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty from every perspective, exploer Melbourne and Sydney, visit the magnificent Ayers Rock, discover a majestic underwater world, drifting through the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Your journey will guide you on an unforgettable tour of the barren desert landscapes, lush tropical forests and pristine beaches. Encounter the wildlife, embark on unique excursions and learn about the rich history and local culture along the way. So, pack your bags and have your camera ready to capture the memories...Australia awaits!

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Sydney
End City Cairns

Destinations

Australia

Cities & Attractions

Melbourne Sydney

Activities

Wildlife viewing

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Trip Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

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Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne Arrival

DAILY SUMMARY
Transportation: Airport Transfer
Accommodation: Ovolo Laneways Melbourne

Welcome to Australia! Upon landing at the International Airport in Melbourne, you will be greeted in the arrivals area by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. Check into your room, get settled and enjoy your first evening here as you wish. There is plenty to do and see in the area, so venture out to grab a bite to eat and admire the sights! (This service is on a private basis.)

Melbourne
Melbourne is perhaps best characterized as Sydney's young, artsy, hip sister. Intricate, multicultural, intense art covers many walls in this colorful city, and locals are fiercely proud of their home's artistic streak. Like all the coolest cities, Melbourne's urban center is divided into small neighborhoods, and wandering three blocks brings one new vibe after another. There's always a street festival to wander through, an art exhibit to appreciate, or a coffee tasting to sit in on. The university and the city's sports teams are ingrained into the culture as well, so expect a young, enthusiastic local crowd cheering at a football or cricket match.

Day 2: Melbourne

DAILY SUMMARY
Accommodation: Ovolo Laneways Melbourne
Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 3: Melbourne

DAILY SUMMARY
Tour: Yarra Valley Winery Tour
Accommodation: Ovolo Laneways Melbourne
Meals: B, L

Yarra Valley Winery Tour
Enjoy the convenience of a designated driver, as you are whisked off to the Yarra Valley today! Come thirsty, as your tour affords you the opportunity to visit four exceptional wineries, each with a unique story and exquisite wines. Your day will kick off with a private, behind the scenes barrel tasting at the boutique winery, Dominique Portet. At Oakridge Wines, you will enjoy a mouthwatering two-course lunch, overlooking the soft green rolling hills from their open terrace. At Coldstream Hills, founded by famous wine critic James Halliday, you will taste their impressive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And finally, onto Yering Station, with its gleaming, light-filled cellar door, to taste award-winning wines and satisfy all of your senses. At it's old farmhouse-style produce store, you can purchase some tasty accompaniments as well. At the end of a delicious day, you will be taken back to your hotel.
(This service is on a group basis.)

Day 4: Melbourne

DAILY SUMMARY
Accommodation: Ovolo Laneways Melbourne
Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 5: Melbourne

DAILY SUMMARY
Tour: Great Ocean Road Tour
Accommodation: Ovolo Laneways Melbourne
Meals: B

Great Ocean Road Tour
You will be picked up at your hotel today, to embark on a tour of the Great Ocean Road. Experience this majestic coastal drive in style, with time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route. Stay on the lookout for some fascinating wildlife sightings, that include whales, dolphins, echidnas and bandicoots. Your camera won't experience a single dull moment along this exciting itinerary, that offers endless photo opportunities.

During your exploration, you can take a stroll along the wild beaches or stop for a coffee at the striking Split Point Lighthouse to admire the breathtaking scenery. You will stop at Apollo Bay, a tranquil seaside town set among the soft rolling hills, that offers a great selection of cafes and restaurants. This would be the perfect place to purchase lunch, if you are hungry. From there, the adventure continues with exclusive access to an ancient Eucalyptus Forest walk, located at the iconic Great Ocean Road EcoLodge, where you can expect close encounters with koalas, kangaroos and native birds. This truly unique tour experience will be capped off by a visit to the ancient rock formations of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 6: Melbourne - Sydney

DAILY SUMMARY
Transportation: Airport Transfers
Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
Meals: B

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Melbourne and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Sydney
Hugging one of the world's most famous harbours, and defined by its two iconic structures, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia's capital is instantly recognizable. But for a city that is so defined by a building though, its people sure do love spending time outdoors. From surfing, to hiking and just hanging in a park, it's the city's active population that gives it real life. There are always new restaurants to try, a different hiking trail to hit, and a sea of excitable locals down for a pint. Sydney is a true modern metropolis, and happy people form all over the world seem to funnel here, and the result is one of our favorite cities in the world.

Day 7: Sydney

DAILY SUMMARY
Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 8: Sydney

DAILY SUMMARY
Tour: Full Day Blue Mountains & Wildlife Discovery

Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
Meals: B, L

Full Day Blue Mountains & Wildlife Discovery

Today's nature exploration and wildlife discovery tour takes place in the heart of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. From lush temperate rainforests, to towering sandstone escarpments, you will have the chance to see it all. Alongside a knowledgeable guide and small group of other travelers, you will venture outside the city center, and escape to a wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalyptus forests. Following in the footsteps of your guide, you will be led off the beaten track to remote lookout locations, as you discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.

The first stop of the day will be Euroka Clearing, located deep in the National Park. Admire the abundant bird life of this area that is also home to wild kangaroos. Enjoy a break for morning tea, coffee and local treats, before ascending the Blue Mountains towards the majestic viewpoints of the Jamison Valley. Your guide will make sure to take you to the least crowded areas, so that you can make the most of this experience. One of these hidden secrets, the Eaglehawk Lookout, features beautiful views of the famous Three Sisters. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons, as the sunlight showcases a magnificent variety of colors. As you take photos, your guide will discuss the legends behind this attraction.

This afternoon, you will be driven to the village of Blackheath, where a lovely 2 course lunch will be served at Hydro Majestic, beside by stunning views. Beverages are not included, and can be purchased at your own expense from the bar. After lunch, you will continue to one of Australia's most famous lookouts, Govetts Leap. A magnificent waterfall here drops a whopping 180 m to the base of the cliff. After admiring in awe, you will head over to the western boundary of the park and descend into Hartley Vale. Packed with history, make sure to also keep an eye out for kangaroos, emus and more bird life in the farmland valley. Your last stop of the tour will be the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, before you are taken back to your hotel around 5:00 PM. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 9: Sydney

DAILY SUMMARY
Tour: City Cycle Tour
Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
Meals: B, L

City Cycle Tour
There is no other Sydney experience that shows off the city in a way that a bike tour does. On this classic discovery, you will by taken on a journey through the quintessential highlights and best kept secrets. Your local guide can offer the exclusive insight, that guarantees you will make the most of your trip. This leisurely bike ride includes visits to the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House and the Queen Victoria Building, among many other popular attractions! (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 10: Sydney - Ayers Rock

DAILY SUMMARY
Transportation: Airport Transfers
Tour: Sounds of Silence Dinner
Accommodation: Sails In The Desert Hotel
Meals: B, D

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Sydney and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival in Ayers Rock, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Sounds of Silence Dinner
This evening, at the Sounds of Silence experience you can dine under the canopy of the desert night, while your very own storyteller shares tales as told in the stars. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence
offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.

Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. The attentive staff will keep your glass full with a quality selection of Australian wine and beer while first course is served. As the night sky twinkles to life, help yourself to a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong. 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. After dinner, enjoy dessert with a glass of port, tea or coffee as you gaze into the starlit sky. (This service is on a group basis.)

Uluru
Known colloquially as Ayers Rock, Uluru has kept travelers enticed for years, coming from all over the world to admire its impressive size and history. It is a spiritually significant attraction to the local Anangu people, which you will quickly understand for yourself. From the enchanting pink hues at sunrise, to the creeping shadows of the afternoon and the majestic shades of orange at sunset, this rock feels very much like a living thing. In order to accommodate visitors, a variety of resorts have sprouted around Uluru, ranging from quick stop motels, to five star luxury spas.

Day 11: Ayers Rock

DAILY SUMMARY
Tour: Uluru Highlights at Sunrise
Tour: Kata Tjuta Domes Discovery
Accommodation: Sails In The Desert Hotel
Meals: B

Uluru Highlights at Sunrise
Today you will travel towards Uluru and enjoy as its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort.

Please Note: National Park Fees are additional. Aboriginal hosts are traditional people with strong cultural obligations. On days when cultural events occur an Aboriginal host may not be available. Please be advised - ALL PASSENGERS to avoid heat stress and dehydration, will be required to bring with them 1L bottled water for their tour. (This service is on a group basis.)

Kata Tjuta Domes Discovery
This afternoon, you will embark on a guided tour into the wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a destination where unique flora and fauna thrive. This exploration offers exclusive insight to the many characteristics of this diverse environment and Kata Tjuta's cultural significance, as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Upon arrival at Walpa Gorge, you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes in awe. Your guide will teach you about how the 36 domes, that make up Kata Tjuta, have evolved over millions of years. Let your senses take over, as you listen to the symphony of the wind and appreciate the extraordinary scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this breathtaking location, embraces everyone who ventures here. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 12: Ayers - Cairns - Port Douglas

DAILY SUMMARY
Transportation: Airport Transfers
Accommodation: The Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Meals: B

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Ayers Rock and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Cairns. Upon arrival in Cairns, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel in Port Douglas. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 13: Port Douglas

DAILY SUMMARY
Accommodation: The Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 14: Port Douglas

DAILY SUMMARY
Tour: Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise
Accommodation: The Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Meals: B, L

Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise
Today you will enjoy a catamaran cruise to Low Isles.

Low Isles is an idyllic, unspoiled coral cay island in the Great Barrier Reef, just one hour’s sailing from Port Douglas. Combined with the romance of sailing aboard Quicksilver’s luxury sailing catamaran, Wavedancer, this is the perfect day for families and couples seeking island relaxation. Snorkel, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour, take a guided beach walk and snorkel tour with a marine biologist or just relax on the beach under a thatched umbrella. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 15: Port Douglas

DAILY SUMMARY
Accommodation: The Peninsula Boutique Hotel
Meals: B, L

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 16: Port Douglas - Daintree Rainforest

DAILY SUMMARY
Transportation: Internal Transfer
Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge
Meals: B, D

Today you will be picked up at your accommodations in Port Douglas and transfer to the Silky Oaks Lodge. Nestled on the edge of the Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge is the Daintree's ultimate resort where this rare wilderness can be enjoyed in elegance and ease. The Lodge itself overlooks the Mossman River and is a perfect base to explore the Tropical North Queensland region.

Day 17: Daintree Rainforest

DAILY SUMMARY
Tour: Silky Oaks Lodge Activities
Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge
Meals: B, D

Silky Oaks Lodge Activities
Your stay at Silky Oak includes 2 nights accommodation in a Garden Treehouse, full gourmet breakfast daily, two course dinner for both evenings in the Treehouse Restaurant, afternoon tea for two in the Jungle Perch, and Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime guided walk through Mossman Gorge including transfers.

Day 18: Daintree Rainforest - Cairns Departure

DAILY SUMMARY
Transportation: Airport Transfer
Meals: B

Today you will be met by your private driver and transferred to the airport for your departing flight. We hope you enjoyed your experience and we wish you a pleasant flight home.

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