21 Days 20 Nights . Australia . Culture and Sightseeing

This tour crosses one of the largest countries in the world and only on an overland trip of this magnitude can your truly appreciate the vastness of this island continent. A balance of free time, sight seeing and travel has been created to ensure that this will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Australia’s unique wildlife, world heritage areas, Aboriginal culture and modern history are all included in this once in a lifetime journey and our experienced guides are always happy to share their knowledge with you.

Most days include short sight seeing walks for one to two hours, different levels of fitness can be accommodated for with a short option available on days with longer walks. Good walking shoes are recommended.

Additional information

Age12+
Duration21 Days
LocationAustralia
MealsAll
Physicality7/10
Day 1

Sydney to Jenolan Caves

Departing Sydney we head west and climb over 1000 metres to the village of Katoomba, enjoy the amazing views over the world heritage listed Blue Mountains, which get their name from the eucalyptus haze. Learn about the Aboriginal legend of the Three Sisters and take a breathtaking walk down the Fuber steps at Scenic World before returning on the world’s steepest passenger railway. Travel on to Jenolan Caves where we go on a night tour after dinner.

Day 2

Jenolan Caves to Canberra

A scenic drive through Kanangara Boyd National Park this morning may give us the chance to see some of Australia’s unique wildlife, as we head south. We pass through Goulburn, Australia’s first inland city and home to the Giant Merino, celebrating the importance of sheep in the country’s economic development. The nation’s capital awaits just down the Federal highway, explore Parliament House and take in the views from Mount Ainslie before heading to our hotel for the evening. (B)

Day 3

Canberra to Eden

A last look around before we depart Canberra for the spectacular coastal drive along the Pacific shoreline passing pristine lakes, sparkling rivers and beautiful beaches. We will travel through historic coastal towns and rich dairy farming lands on the way to our evening stop on the Sapphire coast near Eden. If we?are lucky we may even spot whales migrating along the coast (seasonal). (B)

Day 4

Eden to Melbourne

This morning we visit the Killer Whale museum with the option of a boat cruise (at own expense) within the beautiful bays of the Sapphire Coast. Sit back and relax this afternoon as we travel west on to Melbourne via Lakes Entrance and the Princes Highway. Quaint little towns, farming country and eucalyptus forests make up the scenery today as we make our way into Australia’s second largest city and the capital of Victoria. (B)

Day 5

Melbourne

Free Day – Explore to your heart’s content, Melbourne, often described as the cultural centre of Australia. Check out the many museums and art galleries, enjoy the vibrant cafe and market scene or maybe even catch a game of Aussie rules football at one of the city’s many sporting areas. (B)

Day 6

Melbourne to Warrnambool

Today we embark on one of Australia’s great drives, the Great Ocean Road. Spectacular scenery abounds as this road, built by hand, winds its way along the coastal cliffs. We may even spot koalas today as we traverse the Otway Ranges on our way to the Twelve Apostles. This stunning coastline was named the Shipwreck Coast for good reason as you will learn at Loch Ard Gorge. (B)

Day 7

Warrnambool to Halls Gap

Start the day with a walk in an extinct volcano at Tower Hill. This volcano is a conservation area which is a haven for local wildlife, kangaroos, emus, koalas, black swans and other birdlife can all be found here. We will then travel north to the rugged Grampian National Park, the striking series of sandstone ranges is home to one of the richest indigenous rock art sites in south eastern Australia. We will visit the Brambuk Aboriginal cultural centre this afternoon. (B)

Day 8

Halls Gap to Adelaide

This morning we will visit the Balconies and MacKenzie Falls, two great walks to start our day and take iconic postcard snapshots of the beautiful Grampians National Park. After this we make our way through the picturesque Zumsteins valley and west across the border into South Australia. Descend through the Mount Lofty Ranges into the city of Adelaide. (B)

Day 9

Adelaide

Free day – Adelaide is a great city with lots of options, you could venture out on a day trip to any one of three premier wine growing regions or Kangaroo Island. Why not see the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo or take in the outstanding Aboriginal cultural exhibition at the museum. (B)

Day 10

Adelaide to Quorn

We head north today to the Flinders Ranges National Park and here you will start to get a sense of outback. You will notice striking changes in vegetation and soil as we pass though extensive wheat and sheep farms before leaving even those behind to enter the ranges. We will take a walk into Wilpena Pound, a massive natural amphitheatre covering almost 80 square kilometres. This evening we are in the historic town of Quorn. (B,L)

Day 11

Quorn to Coober Pedy

Today we travel deeper into the outback, we will pass though treeless plains and visit huge dry salt lakes. Our journey will cross old rocket testing ranges, see massive road trains and vast empty plains before we arrive in the Coober Pedy. Over half the residents of this unusual opal mining town live underground to escape the summer heat. We will take an underground mine tour, visit the underground church and you will have the opportunity to buy local opal. Tonight we sleep in our underground bunkhouse. (B,L)

Day 12

Coober Pedy to Uluru

This morning spend time exploring the Breakaway country, an old seabed where many ancient fossils have been found before we travel further north crossing another border into the Northern Territory. Stop at an Aboriginal art gallery where you may see some of the local Anangu Aboriginal artists working on their next creation. From here it is just a short drive to our private campsite at Ayers Rock Resort. Watch the sunset on Uluru before retiring to your Safari in Style tent. (B,L,D)

Day 13

Uluru

We spend today exploring Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park with plenty of time to take lots of photos. Your guide will share more about the environment and geology as you walk through the many “Domes” that make this one of the most spectacular sites in the world. A visit to the Cultural Centre and a guided walk at Uluru will will teach you more about the Aboriginal spiritual connection to land. Some free time to relax this afternoon before sunset. Safari in Style tent. (B,L,D)

Day 14

Uluru to Kings Canyon

Enjoy a glorious sunrise and free time to walk around the base of Uluru this morning and experience the sheer size of the world’s largest monolith, let the rock come alive as you take in the various sides and aspects of Uluru. This afternoon you will also have some time to relax at Yulara Village Centre before we travel on through the outback to our Kings Canyon camp. Safari in Style tent. (B,L,D)

Day 15

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Discover the beauty of Watarrka National Park as we explore the towering sandstone walls and deep crevices of Kings Canyon. Don’t forget your camera as this is one of the Red Centre’s most awe-inspiring walks as well as having the largest range of plant species in the Central Arid Zone, including prehistoric plants from the early Jurassic period. This afternoon we journey on to your Alice Springs hotel. (B,L)

Day 16

Alice Springs

Free day – Nestled in the MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs has lots to see from the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Reptile Centre to the renowned Desert Park. Relax or take in the sights. (B)

Day 17

Alice Springs to Renner Springs

Today we head north stopping at the Tropic of Capricorn before travelling on to Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles). A sacred site to its traditional owners, these giant granite boulders seem out of place in this landscape. We stop in the gold mining town of Tennant Creek before crossing some of the giant cattle properties of the Barkley Tablelands to tonight’s stop at Renner Springs Outback Pub and Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 18

Renner Springs to Katherine

Visit historic Daly Waters, an integral part of the overland telegraph line, early Qantas refuelling stop and airfield. We learn more about the history of this tiny town and then travel on to Mataranka where you can relax in the hot springs, before heading to Katherine, gateway to the Katherine Gorge. (B,L)

Day 19

Katherine to Kakadu

Explore the Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park this morning with a walk or take an optional boat cruise or canoe trip (own expense.) Then we head on to Kakadu National Park stopping for a swim at one of the area’s many waterfalls, Kakadu is another of Australia’s world heritage listed areas. Tonight we stay at Cooinda Lodge near Yellow Waters Billabong. (B)

Day 20

Kakadu to Point Stuart

Today we will enjoy the culture and environment of Kakadu, renowned for its outstanding beauty and Aboriginal cultural heritage. A stop at the Visitor and Culture Centre is a must before heading to one of the Aboriginal art sites of Nourlangie or Ubirr, bird lovers will enjoy the next stop at Mamukarla Wetlands Observatory. We spend tonight at Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 21

Point Stuart to Darwin

Our last day starts with a boat cruise through the Mary River Wetlands, this area has one of the largest concentrations of salt water crocodiles on the planet. You will also have the opportunity to once again view the incredible biodiversity of birdlife in the tropical north of Australia. A stop at the Windows on the Wetlands and a cultural experience with traditional owners complete our tour before we finish in Darwin, the tropical capital of the Northern Territory. (B)

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