Red Centre Experience, 3 DaysAustralia
HIGHLIGHTS: Alice Springs - Kata Tjuta - Kings Creek Station - Kings Canyon. Day 1 Alice Springs - Uluru (1L,1D). Pick up provided from one of our approved pick-up points from 5:25am and travel to the Red Centre. Visit the Aboriginal cultural centre and do the informative Mala Walk around part of Uluru's base. Catch the sunset over Uluru before heading to the campground for the night. Camp under the stars of the night sky-the only way to really experience the Outback. Day 2 Kata Tjuta - Kings Creek Station (1B,1L,1D). Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Continue onto Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire. Day 3 Kings Canyon - Alice Springs (1B,1L). Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, then stop by a camel farm for an optional camel ride en route back to Alice Springs where the tour ends upon arrival in the early evening. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
Departing22 May - 11 December 2015.
Greg Hop - Guided Hop-on Hop-off, 6 DaysAustralia
HIGHLIGHTS: Sydney - Surf Camp - Byron Bay - Brisbane Travel on Bamba Loka's pass from Sydney to Brisbane and everything in between Experience real Australia at its best: stay in Barrington Tops National Park and a river camp, wine tasting in Hunter Valley, surfing at Spot X and chilling in Byron. This is a Flexible & Guided Hop-on Hop-off Pass from Sydney to Brisbane, the minimum recommended time is 6 days. You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Bamba Loka bus. Day 1: Sydney - Barrington Tops. GO: Bamba Loka Bus. 8:00am departure toward Hunter Valley. Travel through the backcountry to the edge of Barrington Tops National Park (World Heritage Site). PLAY: Wine tasting at one of Australia's most famous vineyards. Tubing down the Barrington River and fishing. Check out the amazing australian wildlife: kangaroos, platypus and much birdlife. SLEEP: Dorm or private room in Bamba Loka's lodge overlooking the Barrington River. STAY: You can spend extra days here to do some hiking, river trips or mountain biking in the National Park. Day 2: Barrington Tops - Spot X Surf Camp. GO: Bamba Loka Bus. Travel to the waterfront accommodation at Spot X Surf Camp. PLAY: Spend the morning in Barrington Tops to do some exploring. Visit a Koala hospital to learn about their work in preserving Koalas. Depending on the weather conditions you can take a surf class (included in your pass) either this evening or the next morning. SLEEP: Spot X Surf Camp. STAY: Spend extr days here to go kangaroo golfing, rafting, sea kayaking, or to take additional surf classes. Day 3: Spot X Surf Camp - River Camp. GO: Loka Bus/Kayak. Travel to Solitary Islands Marine Park and then kayak to the riverside camp. PLAY: It is exploring time: spot sea eagles and other marine life; do some fishing or catch crabs to add to our sustainable local dinner. SLEEP: Riverside camp, in traditional swags (in tipi or under the stars). STAY: Spend extra time here to do the Yuraygir Coastal Walk. Day 4: River Camp - Byron Bay. GO: Kayak/Loka Bus. Paddle out of the park before jumping on the bus and head to Byron Bay, Australia's most famous artist and surfers town. PLAY: To be sustainably active we carry rubbish bags while kayaking to clean up the trash found on the waterway. Visit the lighthouse and overlook Australia's most easterly point. SLEEP: You choose. STAY: Spend extra days here to climb Mount Warning, do some surfing, skydiving, snorkelling, kayaking, or visiting Nimbin. Day 5: Free Time in Byron Bay. GO: No travelling today. PLAY: Chill out and live the laidback surf town vibe. Do some surfing or kayaking, Travel to the alternative town of Nimbin. SLEEP: You choose. STAY: Spend extra days here to do more of the above activities. Day 6: Byron Bay - Brisbane. GO: Loka Bus. Travel through Springbrook National Park to arrive to the Gold Coast. Drop-off at your central Brisbane accommodation. PLAY: Walk the stunning Natural Bridge of Springbrook National Park, spot glowworms and do some people watching in the Gold Coast. SLEEP: Your choice central accommodation in Brisbane. STAY: Spend extra time in the Gold Coast to enjoy sunbathing on the beach at Australia's most developed beach resort.
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Dive to Adventure, 3 DaysAustralia
HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - Dive Boat This 3 day liveaboard dive and snorkelling adventure will show you the very best of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. It's also unmatched for value. You'll participate in up to 11 dives over 16 exclusive dive sites. DAY 1 CAIRNS TO DIVE BOAT Rise and shine early. We'll collect you from the Rydges Eplanade (or alternative accommodation that you'll need to notify ProDive Cairns of) at 5.55am and take you to the marina to meet your boat by 7.00am. Then we'll head straight out to the world's premier dive playground where your dive adventure begins. Every sort of tropical marine life imaginable calls the Great Barrier Reef its home...during the next three days, you can too The sites you'll visit have been specifically selected for their variety, quality of coral, marine life and great visibility. DAY 2 DIVE BOAT Continuing with your exploration of the water wilderness, today's dives will give you the opportunity to view stingrays, schools of brightly coloured tropical fish, and magnificent coral formations. Onboard, have fun with your fellow divers sharing stories, experiences, great food and a spectacular sunset. You'll have plenty of time to relax and really enjoy yourself. DAY 3 DIVE BOAT TO CAIRNS The final day of your reef adventure begins early and winds up late in the afternoon. We'll leave you free to explore the reef and enjoy the clear waters. Late in the afternoon we'll head back to dry land and Cairns, where you'll be provided with a transfer to your hotel. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid for select departures 11 April 2014 - 30 Sep
Stu Hop - Guided Hop-on Hop-off, 5 DaysQueensland
HIGHLIGHTS: Brisbane - Noosa - Rainbow Beach - Cattle Station - Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island - Indigenous Camp - Cairns Travel with Bamba Loka's from Brisbane to Cairns and everything in between Experience real Australia at its best with unique, authentic experiences such as Noosa and Magnetic Island combined with Indigenous Rainforest Camp and a remote Cattle Station. This is a A flexible and guided Hop-on Hop-off Pass from Brisbane to Cairns, the minimum recommended time is 8 days. You can break your journey at any of the stops through any of the travel days and just connect with a later Loka bus or train departure. Day 1: Brisbane - Noosa - Rainbow Beach. GO: Loka Bus. Early afternoon depart Brisbane toward the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Hop off the upmarket beach town of Noosa or continue north to Rainbow Beach. PLAY: Enjoy the free evening to chill out and get to know your new travel mates. SLEEP: You choose. STAY: Spend extra time in Noosa or Rainbow Beach to take a trip to Fraser Island. Day 2: Noosa - Cattle Station. GO: Local bus and train. Private bus transfer to the 'Spirit of Queensland' train. Travel to Rockhampton to catch another local bus to the remote working cattle station where you will spend the night. PLAY: Cook dinner and tell long stories around a campfire at the Cattle Station camp. SLEEP: You have the option to sleep in traditional swags under shelter or under the stars. STAY: Spend extra time in Rockhampton to visit Mt. Archer National Park, the zoo, or the botanical gardens. Day 3: Cattle Station - Overnight Train - Airlie Beach. GO: Train and local bus. You will be transferred back to Rockhampton through the town of Yepoon. Jump on an overnight train to Airlie Beach. There are no sleeper carriages but the trains had comfortable, large reclining seats, a bar and a dining wagon. You will arrive to Proserpine in the morning, and then catch a local bus to Airlie Beach - the entrance to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. PLAY: Having the morning on the cattle property, you have the option to go horseback riding or to walk around the property. At Airlie Beach, your will receive an education session on the Great Barrier Reef. SLEEP: Overnight train; your choice in Airlie Beach. STAY: Spend extra time in Yepoon to experience the local rodeo or to do some work at one of the nearby properties; you can also spend extra days in Airlie Beach to discover Whitsunday Islands. Day 4: Airlie Beach - Magnetic 'Maggie' Island. GO: Local bus, train and ferry. Catch a local bus to the train; a ferry ride to Magnetic Island; Local transfer to your choosen accommodation. PLAY: With being almost 70% National Park, Magnetic Island is home of amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Your will be taken to a sealife cultivation centre to learn more about the reef area. You can also choose to do more exploring or simply relax by the pool. SLEEP: A beautiful beachside lodge. STAY NOTE: Depending on your departure date, you might have a free day to spend on 'Maggie' Island, where you can go sailing, horseback riding, or snorkelling. Day 5: Magnetic Island - Indigenous Camp. GO: Ferry, train and Bamba Loka Bus. Travel back to mainland by ferry to catch a train to Tully. Once there (early afternoon) meet local Aboriginals and travel on a bus into the dense rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. PLAY: You'll get welcomed onto those Aboriginal lands in Jirrbal language; you will help the local guides to prepare traditional food and to start a campfire and a camp oven. Walk to 'Misty Falls' and ride inner tubes down the river back to the campsite. After dark explore the rainforest in search of tree kangaroos. Enjoy a magical evening of dreamtime stories around the campfire. SLEEP: Rainforest campsite (permanent toilets and shelter areas). STAY NOTE: Depending on your departure date, you might have to spend a free day in Tully/Mission Beach. Enjoy raino kayaking trip, go skydiving, whitewater rafting or hike through the rainforest. Day 6: Indigenous Camp - Cairns. GO: Bamba Loka Bus & Train. Travel back to Tully to jump on a train that will arrive into Cairns late afternoon. PLAY: Follow the Aboriginal guide steps to build a traditional 'Mija' hut and then have a go yourself. SLEEP: Hostel of your choice in Cairns. STAY: Spend extra time in Cairns to visit the Esplanade Boardwalk and Trinity Beach, to walk to the Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens, to go extreme with rafting, diving, bungy jumping or skydiving, or go on a Barrier Reef tour.
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Kakadu & Arnhem Land, 2 DaysNorthern Territory
HIGHLIGHTS: Darwin - Kakadu National Park - Arnhem Land Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park. Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains, into Kakadu National Park. The park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Stop at Nourlangie where your guide will lead you to see the ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch, join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles, see paper bark swamps, water lilies and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (B), Aurora Kakadu (R) or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (S), Kakadu. L Add-on 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment for $250. Day 2: Arnhem Land 4WD Adventure - Farewell from Darwin. This morning travel by 4WD vehicle into Arnhem Land and the Mikinj Valley. The spectacular scenery includes sandstone outcrops, escarpments, forests, floodplains and billabongs. You'll visit places inaccessible to most, including ancient rock art sites. Learn about traditional land ownership, bush skills, hunting, food gathering and bush tucker preparation. Meet Aboriginal artists at Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre in Oenpelli (conditions permitting). Most tours are accompanied by an Aboriginal guide. Return to Darwin, where your short break concludes this evening. L View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 May 2015 - 29 Novemb
Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef, 4 DaysQueensland
HIGHLIGHTS: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Tjapukai - Kuranda Day 1: Welcome to Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this vibrant city. Stroll along the Esplanade or simply relax in one of the many cafes or on the beach. Hotel: Rydges Esplanade (R) or Hilton Hotel (F), Cairns, 3 nights. Day 2: Great Barrier Reef. Board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. Enjoy a reef presentation by a marine naturalist and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. You'll have the opportunity to go snorkelling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). The Great Barrier Reef is home to more different species of animals and plants in a cubic metre than any other environment in the world. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch, with full bar facilities, change rooms, freshwater showers and sundeck onboard. Return to Cairns early evening. B L Day 3: Tjapukai - Skyrail - Kuranda. Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Australia's largest indigenous cultural park which has been built in a spectacular rainforest setting. Discover this ancient culture through bush food lessons, didgeridoo demonstrations, movie theatres, fire making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance. A short distance from Tjapukai is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This will take you directly above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. Enroute to Kuranda, there are 2 stations where you can enjoy a walk through the rainforest and observe its beauty from spectacular lookouts. On arrival there is free time to explore the 'village in the rainforest' and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. After exploring, board the Kuranda train for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls your journey winds through man-made tunnels, across bridges and around curves to arrive at its final destination, Freshwater Station. B Day 4: Farewell from Cairns. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc
Red centre Sights & Sounds, 3 DaysNorthern Territory
HIGHLIGHTS: Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) Day 1: Welcome to Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Sounds of Silence Dinner. On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to the resort (flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm). This evening dine under a million stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet buffet of Australian delicacies accompanied by fine Australian wines, then sit back and relax as a star talker takes you on a tour of the night sky (conditions permitting). Hotel: Outback Pioneer Lodge (B), Outback Pioneer Hotel (R), Desert Gardens Hotel (S) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (F), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. D Day 2: Uluru Sunrise & Sacred Sites - Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre and Uluru alight. Later, join your guide for a drive around the base of Uluru then travel to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Here view Aboriginal rock art and learn about the area as your Driver Guide indicates native flora and fauna and explains the history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to see locallymade arts and crafts. This afternoon travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Visit Walpa Gorge, where the walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Enjoy nibbles and complimentary wine while watching striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset. Upgrade to The Rising Sun & Sacred Walk for $66. Experience the sacred beauty and culture of Uluru led by a member of the local Anangu people. View the majestic sunrise at Uluru then enjoy breakfast. Immerse yourself in Anangu culture as you gather around a campfire and learn about ancient bush skills. Then join your guide for an interpretive walk at the base of Uluru. Day 3: Farewell from Uluru (Ayers Rock). This morning time is available for an optional scenic helicopter flight or perhaps experience Aboriginal dot painting. You'll be transferred from the resort to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc
Sydney & the Blue Mountains, 4 DaysNew South Wales
HIGHLIGHTS: Sydney - Blue Mountains Day 1: Welcome to Sydney. On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through the historic Rocks area and Circular Quay. Why not take a walk to the Sydney Opera House and watch the world go by as you relax in a cafe along the concourse. Hotel: Vibe Hotel Sydney (Standard) or Four Points by Sheraton (First Class), Sydney, 3 nights. Day 2: Sydney Sights & Harbour Cruise Lunch. This morning cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and pause at Milsons Point to photograph fabulous views of the city skyline. Stop at Arabanoo lookout for a spectacular panorama of the Manly headland. See Sydney's white sandy northern beaches then feel the sand between your toes on Manly Beach. Return to the city for a buffet luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour. This afternoon tour Sydney and see the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Finish your day with a visit to famous Bondi Beach, where you'll have time to wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the clear cool water. Meals: Breakfast and lunch Day 3: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park. Marvel at the Three Sisters rock formation and enjoy views of the Jamison Valley. Visit Scenic World and ride the world's steepest railway (own expense). Next stop is Leura with its charming antique shops. Visit the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park and pat a cuddly koala. See our amazing Australian animals including kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums. Why not add-on lunch in Leura or rides on the Skyway, Cableway and Railway at Scenic World. Ask us for details. Meals: Breakfast Day 4: Farewell from Sydney. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). Meals: Breakfast View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc
Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road, 4 DaysVictoria
HIGHLIGHTS: Melbourne - Great Ocean Road Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne. On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Hotel: Mercure Welcome Melbourne (Standard) or Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (First Class), Melbourne, 3 nights. Day 2: Melbourne Sights & Penguin Parade. Experience the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Travel to the Maru Koala & Animal Park to get up close to koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and other native animals. View the Nobbies rock formations overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. If you think the koalas are cute, just wait until you see the Little Penguins on Phillip Island. Head down to Summerland Beach and just as the sun sets, the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day's fishing and waddle across the sand to their dune burrows. Why not upgrade to the Penguin Parade Viewing Platform to be in the best position to see the Little Penguins. Ask us for details. Meals: Breakfast Day 3: Great Ocean Road. Admire panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline before travelling along Victoria's famous Great Ocean Road. Drive through the beautiful coastal towns of Lorne and Wye River and see spectacular Cape Patton. Arrive at the beautiful white sandy beaches of Apollo Bay at lunchtime, then drive through lush tree-fern gullies and towering mountain-ash rainforests of the Otway National Park. Admire the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles and enjoy the amazing shipwreck story of survival of the Loch Ard and visit its famous Gorge and Razorback Lookout. Visit the rock known as London Bridge, parts of which have collapsed in recent years, before your journey back to Melbourne. Meals: Breakfast Day 4: Farewell from Melbourne. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). Meals: Breakfast View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc
Melbourne's Food & Wine Discovery, 4 DaysVictoria
HIGHLIGHTS: Melbourne - Yarra Valley. Day 1 Welcome to Melbourne. On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Day 2 Melbourne Sights & Dinner on Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. See the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne. View the fine cathedrals and theatres; see Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Shrine of Remembrance. Stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Fitzroy Gardens to see Captain Cook's Cottage. Your afternoon is free. Early evening you'll board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, you'll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. The trams have been carefully refurbished to provide all the modern conveniences you would expect from a first class restaurant; comforts such as seats covered in plush velvet, beautiful brass fittings to cast a cosy glow and background music to add to your dining experience. B D Day 3 Yarra Valley Wineries with Lunch. Drive through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and take a break to enjoy some traditional Aussie billy tea at Grants on Sherbrooke. You can handfeed Australian birds such as the Crimson Rosella, Cockatoo and Galah. Next stop is Belgrave, to board the Puffing Billy Steam Train for a journey back in time through the heart of the rainforest. You'll head through gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay. The scenery en route to the Yarra Valley is just spectacular with the Great Dividing Range as the backdrop. When you arrive in Victoria's premium wine growing region, you'll visit Rochford Winery for lunch. Enjoy a delicious two course lunch in the courtyard overlooking the vines and sip on a glass of one of their top blends. Later you may visit estates such as Dominique Portet or other local wineries to taste their selection of Australian wine. B L Day 4 Farewell from Melbourne. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.
DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc
Australias seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere so Christmas here is in mid-summer and the coldest months are July and August. However Australia spans from the tropics (were winter is very pleasant and summer is hot and humid) to Tasmania which has a more temperate summer and cold winters.
Highlights of Australia
Most of Australia's capitals are port cities and our aquatic environments can be as varied as our terrestrial ecology. Cruising Australia's mighty oceans, harbours and inlets brings a whole new perspective to the 'sunburnt' country.
A few of the highlights of cruising Australia:
- Sailing amid the 74 islands of the Whitsundays on azure waters is a must-do for the highly strung. This is an aqua playground near the Great Barrier Reef and even if your ship doesn't stop here, admiring the miles of silica beaches fringing the region's tropical islands is still very relaxing. Coupled with the lull of waves on the bow, it's a little slice of home-grown heaven.
- Cruising under the Sydney Harbour Bridge at dusk just as the city lights are appearing, amid a festive onboard atmosphere, is a treat. Sydney's landmarks are familiar to many but getting out on the water to see them – and sailing through The Heads – is something different again. One of the other advantages of sailing into/out of Sydney is that you dock at Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, right in the CBD.
- A multicultural seaside town, Broome has a vibrant history and relaxed lifestyle, attracting artists, musicians and outdoor-lovers from all walks of life. Cruising into this town puts the Kimberley region within reach but even if you don't stray far from town, you might leave a little of your heart in Western Australia.