Best of Australia

12 Days | Tour some of Australia’s finest natural features and iconic city sites

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Calling all nature lovers – it doesn’t get much more Australian than on this 12-day adventure. Start with visits to Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge before dipping into the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains for a day trip through some incredible scenery. Then, venture into the heart of Australia and experience the awe of Uluru, Kings Canyon and many more significant First Nations sites in the Red Centre. Finally, bask in the natural splendour of the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient wonder of Daintree Rainforest – this trip really shows that Australia can do it all.

Trip overview

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Start
Sydney, Australia
Finish
Cairns, Australia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Australia
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PZKAC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • See all the sites of Sydney – a bustling central city along Australia’s East Coast – like the Opera House, Hyde Park plus a tour around the Harbour with a First Nations guide.
  • Visit the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains seeing the gorgeous scenery of Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters on foot and from above on the skyway.
  • Discover the ever-changing colours of Uluru, one of Australia’s most spiritually significant sites, as you marvel at the epic sandstone monolith at both sunrise and sunset.
  • Embark on a guided walk through Kata Tjuta (formerly known as The Olgas) and short a hike across the famous Kings Canyon plateau.
  • Take a full-day sailing and snorkelling tour of the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas, learning about the underwater ecosystem and the fragility of the environment from professional marine biologists.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Greening Australia. Donations help them tackle Australia’s complex environmental challenges, restoring landscapes at scale – in ways that work for communities, economies and nature.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Flights from Sydney To Alice Springs and from Yulara to Cairns are not included. Please see the itinerary for information on recommended flight details.
  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with good fitness and mobility. See information about specific walks in the itinerary.
  • Temperatures in Australia's Red Centre can be extreme, so you will need to be well prepared. Depending on the time of the year, daytime can be very hot (and the Australian sun is very strong year-round) so always use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures can really drop, so bring sufficient warm clothing, too as in winter, temperatures can drop below zero at night.
  • On some days of the trip, you’ll spend many hours driving through very remote areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. The days can be long, but you’ll want to fit as much of this amazing place in as you can in four short days!
  • As sunrise and sunset times as well as weather conditions vary throughout the year, the order of activities may change to ensure you have the best experience possible. On occasion, the First Nations experiences may not be available should your guides have other cultural commitments, in which case there will be alternative activities.
  • Some activities on this trip are subject to weather and water conditions and on occasion, may be cancelled for safety or operational reasons. In the case of cancellation, we will endeavour to find a suitable replacement activity.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights)

Activities
  • Sydney - The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour
  • Wentworth Falls - Wentworth Falls Lookout
  • Katoomba - Scenic Skyway
  • Katoomba - Scenic Walkway
  • Katoomba - Three Sisters Walk
  • Katoomba - Echo Point Lookout
  • Katoomba - Scenic Cableway
  • Katoomba - Scenic Railway
  • Sydney – Harbour to Manly return ferry
  • Sydney – Exploration of Manly Beach
  • Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park - Guided Aboriginal cultural walk
  • Kings Canyon - Creek Walk
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Walpa Gorge Walk
  • Watarrka National Park - Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Uluru - Uluru Sunset
  • Uluru - Kuniya Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole with Anangu guide
  • Uluru - Uluru Sunrise
  • Kuranda - Skyrail (one-way)
  • Kuranda - Kuranda Markets
  • Kuranda - Kuranda Village Visit
  • Port Douglas - Leader-lead Orientation Walk
  • Daintree National Park – Solar Whisper Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
  • Daintree National Park - Jindalba circuit track
  • Daintree National Park - Cape Tribulation Lookout & Beach Walk
  • Port Douglas - Full-day Great Barrier Reef tour
  • Mossman Gorge - Ngadiku Dreamtime walk

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Important notes

1. Flights from Sydney To Alice Springs and from Yulara to Cairns are not included. Please see the itinerary for information on recommended flight details and book these through your agent or directly with the airline.
2. The trip starts in Sydney with a Welcome Meeting at 1 pm on Day 1 at our joining point hotel.
3. The trip finishes in Palm Cove on Day 12 in the early afternoon or in Cairns at our finish point hotel at approximately 4pm. Accommodation is not included on this day but can be booked on request (Cairns only).
4. This is a combination trip made up of three shorter trips. This means the composition of your group may change in Alice Springs or Cairns as some group members leave and new ones join you.
5. A Single Supplement can be booked if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, subject to availability.

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Best of Australia
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CAD $7,500