Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia

Start: Melbourne Finish: Sydney

Visiting: Melbourne, Shire of Mornington Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula, Port Campbell, Halls Gap, Adelaide, Uluru, Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Airlie Beach, Byron Bay, Port Macquarie, Blue Mountains, Sydney


Duration: 24 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 16

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $7570 $6435

-£817
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Tour Overview

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!

Highlights

  • iconDiscover the hidden laneways of Melbourne
  • icon Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
  • icon Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
  • icon Sail through the gorgeous Whitsundays
  • icon Trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest
  • icon Pick-to-Plate in Byron Bay
  • icon Explore the Blue Mountains by foot

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Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia
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Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia
Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia
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Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia
Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia
Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia
Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia
Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Melbourne

Location: Melbourne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Causeway 353 Hotel (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head into the city to take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Get lost in the city's famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the über-cool Fitzroy neighbourhood.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Melbourne

Location: Melbourne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Causeway 353 Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Melbourne's iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture, and pick up some great pointers for your free afternoon of exploration.

ACTIVITY: Discover the small laneways packed with shops, cafés and restaurants that make Melbourne so unique. After a light breakfast and delicious coffee (which no trip to Melbourne would be complete without!), experience Melbourne's laneways with an expert local host. Journey through this 'secret city,' seeing local hotspots and incredible street art while learning about the city's history.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON There's lots to see and do - get out there and explore!

icon Day 3 : Melbourne/Mornington Peninsula

Location: Melbourne, Shire of Mornington Peninsula

Accommodation: Bay Motel Safety Beach (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Although fairly small in size, the Mornington Peninsula packs a big punch with the amount of things to do here. Be awed with the stunning coastal scenery while driving through quaint towns and past stunning beaches.

ACTIVITY: Stop to check out some of the famous bathing boxes that Port Phillip Bay is known for. These one-room "mini-cabins" are owned by families to store belongings on their favourite beach. Snap some photos of these brightly coloured boxes and breathe in the fresh ocean air.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 4 : Mornington Peninsula

Location: Mornington Peninsula

Meals: No Meals

Enjoy a free day in the Mornington Peninsula. Opt to visit a winery or hit one of the many incredible beaches in the area.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Get out and explore the stunning Mornington Peninsula.

icon Day 5 : Mornington Peninsula/Port Campbell

Location: Mornington Peninsula, Port Campbell

Accommodation: Loch Ard Motel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

ACTIVITY: Take in the beautiful greenery of the Great Otway National Park on a leisurely walk with your CEO.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Stop at a scenic lookout point along the Great Ocean Road and capture the beautiful views over the ocean and the 12 Apostles. Now with only seven formations still standing, these iconic attractions were once limestone caves which eroded to become arches and eventually stacks up to 45m (147 ft) in height.

ACTIVITY: Located along the Great Ocean Road, beautiful Loch Ard Gorge shows the process of erosion in action. See offshore stacks and blowholes, and watch short tailed shearwaters soar over the nearby island. This location is a perfect backdrop for a group photo. Get snapping!

icon Day 6 : Port Campbell/Halls Gap

Location: Port Campbell, Halls Gap

Accommodation: Grampians Motel Halls Gap (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel inland to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Walk past lookouts, sandstone ridges and other various rock formations. Be rewarded with sweeping views of the natural landscape.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 7 : Halls Gap

Location: Halls Gap

Accommodation: Grampians Motel Halls Gap (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

ACTIVITY: MacKenzie Falls is the only waterway in the region that flows year-round and it is also the most visited waterfall in the Grampians; take a short walk and check out the falls out from a viewing platform. In Spring, see wonderful wildflowers in bloom along the path.

ACTIVITY: Set off from the Reed Lookout overlooking Victoria Valley, and enjoy a short walk with beautiful scenery to the Balconies, formerly called the Jaws of Death. Check out the gorgeous view, but be careful not to lean too far over the edge!

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Spend this afternoon exploring the local area.

icon Day 8 : Halls Gap/Adelaide

Location: Halls Gap, Adelaide

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sage Hotel Adelaide (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Adelaide. Your CEO will point out important highlights of the city while driving in, before free time to explore the city.

ACTIVITY: Drive around to spot some of the main highlights of the area.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: There's lots to see and do, so head out and explore!

icon Day 9 : Adelaide

Location: Adelaide

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sage Hotel Adelaide (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Enjoy a full free day in this lively coastal capital.

icon Day 10 : Adelaide/Uluru

Location: Adelaide, Uluru

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a glass of bubbly, and watch the setting sun transform Uluru into a glowing monolith bathed in deep reds and oranges. Capture the moment with your camera but also take a moment to soak in the serenity of the scene just with your own eyes. Magic!

icon Day 11 : Uluru

Location: Uluru

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Indigenous people that live in the area.

ACTIVITY: Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.

ACTIVITY: Learn about Indigenous Australian culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear creation stories.

icon Day 12 : Uluru/Cairns

Location: Uluru, Cairns

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Hotel Cairns (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

icon Day 13 : Cairns/Cape Tribulation

Location: Cairns, Cape Tribulation

Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Beach House (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

TRANSPORT: Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation.

ACTIVITY: Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow an Indigenous guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea.

icon Day 14 : Cape Tribulation

Location: Cape Tribulation

Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Beach House (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Head out and start exploring.

icon Day 15 : Cape Tribulation/Cairns

Location: Cape Tribulation, Cairns

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Hotel Cairns (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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.

TRANSPORT: AFTERNOON Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Make the most of a few hours in this city.

icon Day 16 : Cairns/Airlie Beach

Location: Cairns, Airlie Beach

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Blue Horizon Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach, enjoying scenic views along the way.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 17 : Airlie Beach

Location: Airlie Beach

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Blue Horizon Resort (or similar)

Meals: Lunch

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.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a day sailing amidst some of the 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday archipelago. Visit Whitehaven Beach, jump overboard for a quick refreshing dip, and make friends with the tropical fish that thrive within Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

ACTIVITY: The Whitsunday Islands are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day sailing, then when it gets too hot, pull on a mask and snorkel and dive overboard to check out the variety of brightly coloured marine plants, coral and fish that thrive right in these warm tropical waters.

icon Day 18 : Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

Location: Airlie Beach, Byron Bay

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 19 : Byron Bay

Location: Byron Bay

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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.

Opt to pre-book the "Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Get out and explore this lazy beach town.

icon Day 20 : Byron Bay/Port Macquarie

Location: Byron Bay, Port Macquarie

Accommodation: El Paso Motor Inn (or similar)

Meals: Lunch

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.

ACTIVITY: Visit an urban garden with located on the outskirts of Byron Bay. Tour the grounds, learn about organic gardening, and help gather some ingredients needed to make lunch. Get a true taste of Australia and fuel up for the afternoon with a delicious lunch of fresh, organic ingredients.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 21 : Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains

Location: Port Macquarie, Blue Mountains

Accommodation Name: Leisure Inn Spires (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 22 : Blue Mountains

Location: Blue Mountains

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Leisure Inn Spires (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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.

ACTIVITY: With charming Leura as your base, explore the major attractions of the Blue Mountains from sightseeing to bushwalking to cafés and more.

ACTIVITY: Jenolan Caves are a protected feature of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. These limestone karst caves are the world's oldest caves and are significant both a scientific and sightseeing perspective. Enjoy a guided tour in the cool climes of this fascinating underworld.

icon Day 23 : Blue Mountains/Sydney

Location: Blue Mountains, Sydney

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Travelodge Hotel Sydney (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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.

ACTIVITY: Take in some amazing lookouts over the Jamison Valley, via the iconic Three Sisters. Descend down the 900 step giant staircase to the valley floor. Walk amongst the beautiful forest to the steepest incline railway in the world — The Katoomba Scenic Railway. Opt to ride its 52-degrees angle or take the Scenic Cableway. If you're keen for more walking, and time permitting, take the 900 stairs back up.

ACTIVITY: This railway is steep and plunges into the rainforest and through the valley. The ride is scenically stunning. At the end, opt to take a rainforest walk or a cable car back to the visitor's centre.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

FREE TIME: EVENING Get out and explore.

icon Day 24 : Sydney

Location: Sydney

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Travelodge Hotel Sydney (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Enjoy a free day to explore one of Australia's most exciting cities.

icon Day 25 : Sydney

Location: Sydney

Meals: No Meals

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, and Sydney

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    Internal flights

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    Blue Mountains stay with hikes

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    Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion

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    Jamison Valley walk

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    Your Discover Moment: Adelaide

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (22 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts).

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    Brambuk Indigenous Cultural Centre Visit

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    Orientation walk in Sydney

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Scenic Railway

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    Hike at Grampians NP

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    Melbourne laneways walk

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    Brighton bathing boxes visit

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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    Loch Ard Gorge Visit

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    Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve Visit

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    Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit

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    12 Apostles visit

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru

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    Wilpena Pound visit

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    Guided Daintree Rainforest walk

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    Jenolan Caves visit

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    Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay.

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    Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP

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    Meals

    14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Allow USD1165-1515 for meals not included.

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Accommodation

Hotels (22 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts).

Meals Included

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, ferry, sailboat, plane, walking.

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    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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