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Beach n Bush tour
Alice Springs Brisbane Beach n Bush Trip

Beach n Bush

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
20 days
From: $ 3,899 $ 195 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Guided hike of Kings Canyon
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach
  • Experience sunset & sunrise at Uluru
  • Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Visit West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie
  • Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf camp

Short Description

From surfing some rad waves to sailing the Whitsundays. You can’t get much more Aussie than that, right? That is until you sleep in a swag under the stars and live like a jackaroo (or jillaroo) on a proper Aussie farm. #Straya. On this epic down under trip, you’ll see stunning national park after stunning national park, and cram in more adventurous activities, unbelievable scenery and wildlife than you can shake a witchetty stick at.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

Australia

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Trip Includes

  • 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 17 nights in motels, hotels, lodges, and cabins, 1 night in a swag, 1 night sailing on a yacht
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicles with free Wi-Fi
  • Internal flight/s as marked on trip map
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew

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Itinerary

Day 1

Today Uluru beckons, but first Yulara (the gateway resort to Ayres Rock) for lunch. Then It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to the outback, mate.

Included today:
-Visit Mount Conner
-Uluru sunset drinks & snacks
-National Park entry

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Included today:
-Sunrise over Uluru
-National Park entry
-Uluru base walks
-Anangu Visitor centre
-Guided walk by your Topdeck Crew

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Scenic flights
-Camel ride in the outback
-Skydiving
-Sounds of Silence
-Guided astrology tour

Day 3

Get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight.

Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, so warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.

Included today:
-Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
-National Park entry

Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This was not included in when upgrade rates were calculated.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Quad bike ride

Day 4

If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk - Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City - and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome).

Included today:
-Guided hike of Kings Canyon
-Garden of Eden walk

Meals:
- Breakfast

Day 5

Wake up. Rub eyes. Embark on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It's back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander and check out our options. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset.

Included today:
-Visit Standley Chasm
-Visit Simpsons Gap

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Today we'll fly from the Red Centre and dry climate of Alice Springs into the tropical surrounds of Cairns to meet your new crew. After dinner and getting to know some of your new trip buddies, the night is yours to explore.

Included today:
-Internal flight
-Airport transfers

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 7

After breakfast, meet some more happy Topdeckers and take a walk around town. The afternoon is all yours to play with. Ramp up the adventure with this afternoon's optionals. You could be paddling the rapids of the Baron River. There's hot air ballooning, horse riding and bungy jumping...or just kick back with a coconut. This place has plenty to keep you busy.

Included today:
-Cairns walking tour

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Whitewater rafting
-Skydiving
-Bungy jumping

Day 8

Who could pass up the chance to see The Great Barrier Reef? Today you'll have the chance to set out on one of Australia's most legendary day trips. Pop on a snorkel and dive in (there's optional scuba diving too) to see sea turtles and zillions of types of tropical fish. There's a tasty buffet lunch included. Back in Cairns, check out the nightlife after dark.

Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Great Barrier Reef day trip
-Whitewater rafting
-Skydiving
-Bungy jumping

Day 9

Hard as it will be to leave, our time in Cairns has come to an end. Today we head south to explore the natural and wildlife wonders of Magnetic Island. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare and endangered cassowary bird on our morning drive, and then it's a quick ferry trip before you have the afternoon to explore this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches and national park walking trails, or just laze by the pool with a cocktail. We won't judge.

Included today:
-Magnetic Island Hopper Pass
-Private tour of the local wildlife park

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Day 10

Get stuck into a private tour of the local wildlife park, where you can kiss a baby crocodile, smooch a blue tongue lizard and even cuddle a koala (koala cuddle and photo optional). Grab yourself a mango smoothie before a visit to the biggest Mango of them all. Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today the yacht is all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. More of a land-lover? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.

Please note: We ask that you pack a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space on the overnight sailing is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for two days.

Included today:
-Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
-Visit the Big Mango

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Day 11

Wake up to pure paradise in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. Today we'll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over coral reefs and soak up the sun. A visit to the famous blinding white sands of Whitehaven Beach and a local snorkel reef will also be an option if the weather behaves (fingers crossed!). If you're a budding captain, you can even help set the sails and take the helm whilst further exploring the islands. Later this afternoon, set course for our return to land where we'll spend the night in Airlie Beach. Read: pool, shower, dinner, dancing - all in that order!

Included today:
-Whitsunday sailing
-Visit Whitehaven Beach
-Snorkelling

Day 12

Get out of the hammock and follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head south to our farm stay: Myella Farm.

Included today:
-Whip cracking & lassoing

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 13

Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare yourself for an adventure-packed afternoon of horse riding and motor biking (optional) and cow milking. Or go walkabout to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset. Enjoy a hearty home cooked farm style dinner before you take to whip cracking and lassoing.

Included today:
-Farm sunset

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Lunch
- Dinner

Optional activities:
-Horse riding
-Motorbike lesson

Day 14

Wake up and smell the coffee. Kick off your day with a farm breakfast before we stop off at the iconic Bundaberg rum distillery for a tour and tasting sesh in the heart of sugar cane country. Later, we'll catch a ferry bound for the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island. This place is the world's largest sand island, with the longest beach in Queensland - all 75 miles (120km) of it.

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Day 15

Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand - as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before hitting the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie and its famous smooth silica sand.

Included today:
-Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience
-Visit Lake McKenzie
-Visit Central Station
-Visit Pinnacles Coloured Sands
-Visit the Maheno Shipwreck
-Visit Eli Creek

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Lunch

Optional activities:
-Scenic flights from the beach

Day 16

Our morning travels will take us to Noosa, where we'll have a wander around the national park (ten points if you spot a koala!), then it's onwards to the dormant volcanoes of the Glasshouse Mountains before we reach the cosmopolitan charm of Brisbane. Here we'll wrap up the trip, but with nightlife like this there's always time to have one last hurrah with your trip mates.

Included today:
-Brisbane city walking tour

Meals:
- Breakfast

Day 17

We leave Brisbane behind and make a stop at the Gold Coast and famous Surfers Paradise beach before setting a course for some serious surf vibes in Byron. Here you can burn incense, sip chai, become a yoga teacher and win cash for being a Cheeky Monkey all in one day.

Included today:
-Visit Surfers Paradise

Meals:
- Breakfast

Day 18

Anti-McDonald's and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron's got that small-town vibe down. Hit the shops, or opt in to paddle a sea kayak with the dolphins, take a surfing lesson or watch whales breach from the lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane (optional). Byron doesn't care as long as you're happy.

Included today:
-Byron Bay highlights


Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Dolphin kayaking
-Skydiving
-Surf lessons

Day 19

Let the wave chasing begin as we cruise down the coast to the surfing mecca of Crescent Head. Grab a choc dip frozen banana at the Big Banana then we reach the beach.

Included today:
-Visit the Big Banana

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Lunch
- Dinner

Day 20

Wrap up your Australian adventure with a final surf lesson, then it's onwards to the beachside hustle and bustle of Sydney, where we say our goodbyes. It might be the end of this trip, but there is plenty more Oz out there and plenty more Topdeck trips to pick from.

Included today:
-Surf lesson

Meals:
- Breakfast

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Accomodations

You will use a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hotels, hostels, motels, cabins, an overnight boat and even a traditional Maori marae! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a four-share, same sex basis.

The 'More Inclusions' section of this document details what type of accommodation is used for our overnight stops.

If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge and can be requested at the time of booking.

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' sectio n of this document.

Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.

Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Topdeck Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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