Sydney to Brisbane Experience

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyArrive in Sydney at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area, the Opera House and visit the Botanical Gardens. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Sydney Bridge Climb and the Byron Bay Skydiving your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Bridge Climb (Day 1 - Sydney) and Skydiving (Day 6 - Byron Bay). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)Depart in the morning, drive to the famous wine region of the Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on the history of wine-making in the area. Afterwards, head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station you'll have a unique opportunity to meet old sheep shearer and experience a shearing demonstration and talk on sheep farming in the area. At the end of the day enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in the historic shearer's quarters. The sheep station is quite remote and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 380 kmDay 3 Bingara (1B,1D)After breakfast, drive to the Country and Western music capital of Australia, Tamworth, also home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. At the end of the day, bed down at a hotel on a working farm. Opt to go horseback riding or swim in a local watering hole. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 210 kmDay 4 Yamba (1B)Travel through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba, stopping en route at Mile Creek, where you'll learn a bit about Aboriginal culture and the significance of the site to the Aborigines. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distances: 380 kmDay 5-6 Byron Bay (2B)After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. There is plenty of free time to experience this hippie surfing town. Options abound—walk out to the lighthouse on the most easterly point of Australia where there is a chance to see whales swimming off the shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Accommodation in Byron Bay is in a unique and exclusive section of an old hippy commune, embracing nature and a peaceful way of life. Day 6 is yours to explore—start it off with an included yoga lesson, walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. If you'd like to get your adrenaline pumping, go skydiving, try sea kayaking or go on a dolphin watch. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 128 kmDay 7 Brisbane (1B)This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron to Australia's most developed surf beach area 'The Gold Coast'. Famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Tour ends upon arrival in Brisbane, please book onward travel after 8:00pm. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 288 km

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 25/12/2017

7 days
FROM $1,199*
7 days From $1,199*

Sydney New Year (Ends in Sydney)

Sydney

Day 1Arrive SydneyCheck in to your hotel and head straight out into Sydney. From the high-energy downtown area to its popular beaches, Sydney has something for everyone.This evening, meet up with the other Contiki Travellers and your Tour Manager. Get to know them all over a welcome drink and then an included dinner. But don’t stop there; explore Sydney’s legendary nightlife in a fun night out with the group.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Dinner (1) dayDay 2SydneySydney is known for its fantastic lifestyle. Serving up an urban mix of cafes, galleries and shops, it also sports a gorgeous harbour. Get familiar with the city as your Trip Manager shows you around its iconic sites. Visit the historic Rocks area and see the sails of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy the buzz of Bondi Beach.Tonight, experience New Year Sydney-style with a 6 hour boat cruise on the harbour to watch the city’s famous fireworks display. Board the boat, enjoy welcome canapés and included beer, wine, champagne and soft drink as you soak up the buzzing harbour atmosphere. There’s included dinner, desert and even a DJ on board, so you can dance the night away with your new friends. Later, you’ll ring in the new year with a bang as you see the icons of Sydney lit up with a light display and fireworks, with an amazing Harbour Bridge backdrop. This view from the harbour is a fantastic way to start the new year. Later, keep it moving on land - there’s so much to see and this city is pumping. Wonder around Oxford Street, an area buzzing with nocturnal activity, or discover the cute side streets crammed with pubs, restaurants and clubs.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) dayDay 3SydneyIn your free time hit the shops – from funky threads to designer labels, Sydney has it all. Get some tips from your Trip Manager before you splurge. Otherwise get a feel for the sun and surf lifestyle of Bondi Beach, catch some rays and hang out among the locals. Sydney has an amazing food scene and is known as one of the world’s restaurant capitals. Try out its incredible and affordable ethnic cuisine. Take your pick from Greek, Italian, Indian, Turkish, Japanese and Vietnamese to name a few.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayDay 4Depart SydneyYour New Year’s adventure ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to you new friends. Accommodations: Meals: Breakfast (1) daySydneyBoat Cruise to watch the New Year fireworks from the harbour, with included canapés, dinner, desert, and included alcoholic drinks all nightCity sightseeing tour including Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the Historic Rocks area

DepartingFrom 30/12/2015 to 02/01/2016

4 days
FROM $1,350*
4 days From $1,350*

Most of the Coast–Sydney to Cairns

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyArrive in Sydney at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area, the Opera House and visit the Botanical Gardens. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Sydney Bridge Climb, the Byron Bay Skydiving and Cairns Whitewater Rafting your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Bridge Climb (Day 1 - Sydney), Skydiving (Day 6 - Byron Bay) and Whitewater Rafting (Day 15 - Cairns). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)Depart in the morning, drive to the famous wine region of the Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on the history of wine-making in the area. Afterwards, head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station you'll have a unique opportunity to meet old sheep shearer and experience a shearing demonstration and talk on sheep farming in the area. At the end of the day enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in the historic shearer's quarters. The sheep station is quite remote and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 380 kmDay 3 Bingara (1B,1D)After breakfast, drive to the Country and Western music capital of Australia, Tamworth, also home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. At the end of the day, bed down at a hotel on a working farm. Opt to go horseback riding or swim in a local watering hole. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 210 kmDay 4 Yamba (1B)Travel through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba, stopping en route at Mile Creek, where you'll learn a bit about Aboriginal culture and the significance of the site to the Aborigines. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distances: 380 kmDay 5-6 Byron Bay (2B)After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. There is plenty of free time to experience this hippie surfing town. Options abound—walk out to the lighthouse on the most easterly point of Australia where there is a chance to see whales swimming off the shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Accommodation in Byron Bay is in a unique and exclusive section of an old hippy commune, embracing nature and a peaceful way of life. Day 6 is yours to explore—start it off with an included yoga lesson, walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. If you'd like to get your adrenaline pumping, go skydiving, try sea kayaking or go on a dolphin watch. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 128 kmDay 7 Brisbane (1B)This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron to Australia's most developed surf beach area 'The Gold Coast'. Famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Our hotel is located in the central business district of Brisbane, take advantage of being in the heart of the city by visiting some local hot spots. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 288 kmDay 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,1L,1D)Travel by private bus up the coast then switch to 4x4 to drive along the beach to the ferry that heads to Fraser Island. Once on the island, drive along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Fraser Island is the world's biggest sand island. Depending on the tides, we will explore the island either via an inland road or right on the beach. After a good night of sleep by the beach, the second day on the island offers an included private full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck and the coloured sands. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 10 Cattle Country (1B,1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby. The cattle station is quite remote and neither power points for charging nor reception for mobile phones are available. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 416 kmDay 11-12 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 12 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 281 km Day 13 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.Day 14-15 Cairns (1B)Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns. Enjoy a free day to explore this popular northern Queensland city. Cairns is a popular jumping off point for snorkel and diving day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Other popular excursions include skydiving, hang gliding, ballooning and whitewater rafting. There is a vibrant nightlife in Cairns with many high quality restaurants and bars that are open late. Celebrate the last night all together with a night on the town. Estimated travel time: 10 hours Travel distance: 650 kmDay 16 Cairns (1B)Depart at any time.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 25/12/2017

16 days
FROM $2,400*
16 days From $2,400*

East Coast Australia in Style

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyArrive in Sydney at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Sydney Bridge Climb, the Byron Bay Skydiving and Cairns Whitewater Rafting your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Bridge Climb (Day 1 - Sydney), Skydiving (Day 4 - Byron Bay). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section. Please book flights and accommodation accordingly. Day 2 Sydney (1B,1L)Today we explore Sydney with a walk along the harbour to the iconic Sydney Opera House and into the Rocks area. We’ll have an early lunch before boarding a sleek former Americas Cup racing yacht for a 2 ½ hour sail on one of the world’s finest harbours. Meet in the early evening for an optional drink or dinner. We may head beachside to Bondi where there are plenty of excellent dining options.Day 3-4 Byron Bay (2B)We meet mid-morning to catch our flight to the North Coast of New South Wales. Arrive early evening into beautiful Byron Bay. On the way to our hotel we’ll stop for a walk to the Cape Byron lighthouse located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. You have the evening at your leisure. Talk to your CEO today about some optional activity options for tomorrow so they can make arrangements for you. Start Day 4 early to enjoy a yoga class to refresh your mind before meeting a local surfer for a surf lesson. We use soft big boards that provide more surface area and stability so everyone has a chance to ride a wave. We have lunch at a local vegetarian restaurant to ensure we fully get into the vibe of Byron Bay. The rest of the day is yours to explore - you may like to walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out at the beach hotel and people watch. Optional activities in the area include whale watching (seasonal), kayaking, or a day tripping to the beaches. Estimated travel time: 1.5 hour flight, then 45 minute transfer to hotel.Day 5-6 Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands (1B,1L)This morning we leave Byron at 7am for Brisbane airport to catch a morning flight to the capital of Queensland. Upon arrival in Proserpine we’ll transfer to Airlie Beach, our home for the next 2 nights. Enjoy free time to relax in a tropical paradise. On Day 6, embark on a full-day yacht excursion, sailing around the Whitsunday's with included lunch, snacks, snorkel and visit to Whitehaven beach. Estimated travel time: 3 hour drive, 1.5 hour fight, 30 min drive Travel distance: 150 kmDay 7 CairnsEmbark on a scenic train journey through sugar cane country and rainforest as we head north to Cairns. Arrive early evening and check-in to a centrally-based hotel before exploring the town and opting for a group dinner and drinks. Estimated travel time: 10 hours Travel distance: 600 km Day 8-9 Port Douglas (2B,1L)Travel up the stunning coastal road, stop to meet local Aboriginals and go on an interpretive walk through the Daintree rainforest at Mossman Gorge. Learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques during a Dreamtime Walk. Arrive mid-afternoon in the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, window-shopping on your way. Spend two nights at a local resort. On Day 9, opt to take a Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip.elling trip on Day 9. Day 8 Estimated travel time: 1 hour Travel distance: 70 kmDay 10 Cairns (1B)Travel from Port Douglas to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival at approx 1pm. Feel free to book onward travel after 4:00pm. Estimated travel time: 1 hour drive Travel distance: 70 km drive

DepartingFrom 01/07/2014 to 18/12/2016

10 days
FROM $3,200*
10 days From $3,200*

East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyArrive in Sydney at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area, the Opera House and visit the Botanical Gardens. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Sydney Bridge Climb, the Byron Bay Skydiving and Cairns Whitewater Rafting your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Bridge Climb (Day 1 - Sydney), Skydiving (Day 6 - Byron Bay) and Whitewater Rafting (Day 15 - Cairns). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)Depart in the morning, drive to the famous wine region of the Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on the history of wine-making in the area. Afterwards, head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station you'll have a unique opportunity to meet old sheep shearer and experience a shearing demonstration and talk on sheep farming in the area. At the end of the day enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in the historic shearer's quarters. The sheep station is quite remote and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 380 kmDay 3 Bingara (1B,1D)After breakfast, drive to the Country and Western music capital of Australia, Tamworth, also home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. At the end of the day, bed down at a hotel on a working farm. Opt to go horseback riding or swim in a local watering hole. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 210 kmDay 4 Yamba (1B)Travel through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba, stopping en route at Mile Creek, where you'll learn a bit about Aboriginal culture and the significance of the site to the Aborigines. Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distances: 380 kmDay 5-6 Byron Bay (2B)After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. There is plenty of free time to experience this hippie surfing town. Options abound—walk out to the lighthouse on the most easterly point of Australia where there is a chance to see whales swimming off the shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Accommodation in Byron Bay is in a unique and exclusive section of an old hippy commune, embracing nature and a peaceful way of life. Day 6 is yours to explore—start it off with an included yoga lesson, walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. If you'd like to get your adrenaline pumping, go skydiving, try sea kayaking or go on a dolphin watch. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 128 kmDay 7 Brisbane (1B)This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron to Australia's most developed surf beach area 'The Gold Coast'. Famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Our hotel is located in the central business district of Brisbane, take advantage of being in the heart of the city by visiting some local hot spots. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 288 km Day 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,1L,2D)Travel by private bus up the coast before switching to 4x4 to drive along the beach to the ferry that heads to Fraser Island. Once on the island, drive along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Fraser Island is the world's biggest sand island. Depending on the tides, we will explore the island either via an inland road or right on the beach. After a good night of sleep by the beach, the second day on the island offers an included private full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck and the coloured sands. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 10 Cattle Country (1B,1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby. The cattle station is quite remote and neither power points for charging nor reception for mobile phones are available. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 416 kmDay 11-12 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 12 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night.Day 13 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.Day 14-15 Cairns (1B)Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns. Enjoy a free day to explore this popular northern Queensland city. Cairns is a popular jumping off point for snorkel and diving day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Other popular excursions include skydiving, hang gliding, ballooning and whitewater rafting. There is a vibrant nightlife in Cairns with many high quality restaurants and bars that are open late. Celebrate the last night all together with a night on the town. Estimated travel time: 10 hours Travel distance: 650 kmDay 16 Cape Tribulation (1B,1L,1D)*Please note that Days 16-18 may be run in reverse order during the rainy season (November to March) if the Bloomfield Track is closed due to weather conditions and safety. Travel by 4x4 safari truck up to a remote beach where we meet local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing and learn about the traditional ways of life as well as the local flora and fauna. Cook up what you catch for a delicious lunch. Walk in some of the world's oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree National Park. Overnight in a rainforest lodge located right on the beach. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 140 kmDay 17 Cooktown (1B,1L)Travel safari-style through extremely remote countryside as we follow the Bloomfield track, only accessible by 4x4. Visit a sacred site at the Bloomfield Falls and participate in the 'Walk of the Women'. Local Aboriginal women explain how the falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) beside a historic hotel in the bush while being hosted by extremely entertaining locals. Listen to stories as you feast on the local cusine. During the rainy season, sleep in multi-share cabins. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 100 km Day 18 Cairns (1B)Travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who leads us into his traditional lands. The story teller explains the traditional lifestyle while interpreting historic rock cave paintings in the area. Travel the inland road back to Cairns where the tour finishes upon arrival at 7:30pm. Feel free to book onward travel from 9pm onwards. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 324 km

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 18/12/2017

18 days
FROM $3,799*
18 days From $3,799*

Australia Encompassed

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyArrive in Sydney at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area, the Opera House and visit the Botanical Gardens. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Sydney Bridge Climb, the Byron Bay Skydiving and Cairns Whitewater Rafting your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Bridge Climb (Day 1 - Sydney), Skydiving (Day 6 - Byron Bay) and Whitewater Rafting (Day 15 - Cairns). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.Day 2 Nundle Sheep Station (1B,1D)Depart in the morning, drive to the famous wine region of the Hunter Valley for an included wine tasting and talk on the history of wine-making in the area. Afterwards, head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station you'll have a unique opportunity to meet old sheep shearer and experience a shearing demonstration and talk on sheep farming in the area. At the end of the day enjoy a home-cooked meal with the locals before sleeping in the historic shearer's quarters. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 380 kmDay 3 Bingara (1B,1D)After breakfast, drive to the Country and Western music capital of Australia, Tamworth. Take a look around, maybe even grab a CD or two before heading to another small country town for lunch. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. Afterwards, listen to a talk from a local Jackaroo, a man who works on a cattle or sheep ranch. At the end of the day, bed down at a hotel on a working farm. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 210 kmDay 4 Yamba (1B)Travel through the rainforest to the coastal town of Yamba, stopping en route at Mile Creek, where you'll learn a bit about Aboriginal culture and the significance of the site to the Aborigines. Once in Yamba, enjoy a swim in one of the great holes left by an old quarry. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distances: 380 kmDay 5-6 Byron Bay (2B)After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. There is plenty of free time to experience this hippie surfing town. Options abound—walk out to the lighthouse on the most easterly point of Australia where there is a chance to see whales swimming off the shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Accommodation in Byron Bay is in a unique and exclusive section of an old hippy commune, embracing nature and a peaceful way of life. Day 6 is yours to explore—start it off with an included yoga lesson, walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. If you'd like to get your adrenaline pumping, go skydiving, try sea kayaking or go on a dolphin watch. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 128 kmDay 7 Brisbane (1B)This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron to Australia's most developed surf beach area 'The Gold Coast'. Famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Our hostel is located in the central business district of Brisbane, take advantage of being in the heart of the city by visiting some local hot spots. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 288 kmDay 8-9 Fraser Island (2B,1L,2D)Drive up the coast then switch to 4x4 to drive along the beach to the ferry that heads to Fraser Island. Once on the island, drive along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Fraser Island is the world's biggest sand island. Depending on the tides, we will explore the island either via an inland road or right on the beach. After a good night of sleep by the beach, the second day on the island offers an included private full day 4x4 trip taking in the highlights of this amazing island including Lake Mckenzie, the rainforest, 75 Mile Beach, Maheno Shipwreck and the coloured sands. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 10 Cattle Country (1B,1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Tonight, experience life in Cattle Country the traditional way by sleeping outside in a swag (canvas bedroll) under the stars. This is bound to be one of the most unique and memorable nights of the trip. No worries, there are toilet and shower facilities nearby. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 416 kmDay 11-12 Whitsunday Islands Sailing (2B,1L,2D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy some snorkelling before the anchor drops for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) The sailing route on Day 12 allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands, stopping for swims and beach visits along the way. Options to SCUBA dive are available also. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 281 km Day 13 Whitsundays/Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach (1B)A morning sail takes us to one of the most famous places in the Whitsundays, 'Whitehaven Beach'. Stroll along the impossibly white sand beach and go up to the lookout for a great view of the area. After an afternoon sail we arrive in the town of Airlie Beach for a comfortable stay in a local beach resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day.Day 14-15 Cairns (1B)Early morning transfer to the train station. Sit back and admire the scenery as we travel along the coast, through sugar cane country, covering a fair amount of terrain up to Cairns. Enjoy a free day to explore this popular northern Queensland city. Cairns is a popular jumping off point for snorkel and diving day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef. Other popular excursions include skydiving, hang gliding, ballooning and whitewater rafting. There is a vibrant nightlife in Cairns with many high quality restaurants and bars that are open late, make sure to spend a night on the town. Estimated travel time: 10 hours Travel distance: 650 kmDay 16 Alice Springs (1B)Embark on a mid-morning flight to Australia's interior and transfer to the hostel. Spend the night in a centrally-located hotel in Alice Springs. Located halfway between Adelaide and Darwin, Alice Springs is the base for all trips through the Red Centre. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 20 kms drivingDay 17 Kings Creek/Uluru (1B)Travel to Kings Canyon and embark on an optional walk, weather permitting, through the gorges and valleys of Watarrka National Park, including the natural Amphitheatre, the North and South Walls and the Garden of Eden. Continue on to the Uluru camp ground for the night. Estimated travel time - 8 hours Approximate travel distance - 700kmDay 18 Uluru (1B,1D)Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to get a better understanding of the area before embarking on the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn the significance behind this iconic destination for the local people. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru, while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.  The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 450 kmDay 19 Coober Pedy (1B)Travel across the Outback to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and then importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Estimated travel time: 9 hours Travel distance: 780 kmDay 20 William Creek (1B)We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. We cross the dingo fence and stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 180 km Day 21 Beltana Station (1B,1D)Today we continue along the Oodnadatta track exploring the original Ghan Railway and historic settler sites. View the salt lake of Lake Eyre and enjoy a dip in a remote thermal spring. Learn about the European history of the region before settling into the Historic Beltana Sheep Station. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel distance: 365kmDay 22 Adelaide (1B)Depart Beltana and take one of the gorges into the Flinders Ranges, stopping to absorb the magnificent views along the drive. From Hawker take the famous RM Williams drive. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. South Australia has earned its place as one of the top wine regions in the world. Arrive in Adelaide, known as the "city of churches'. Estimated travel time: 7.5 hours Travel distance: 550 kmDay 23 Grampians National Park (1B)Early start to explore Grampians National Park. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls. End the day (depending on the time) with an evening walk in the Grampians NP, lush with vegetation and wildlife, before staying overnight in Halls Gap. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 531 kmDay 24 Port Campbell (1B)Drive along the Great Ocean road, viewing sites including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill National Park for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 260 kmDay 25 Great Ocean Road/Melbourne (1B)Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Tweleve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Make a stop at the Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk and check out the famous surf town of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route to Melbourne. Tour ends upon arrival in Melbourne at approximately 5pm, please book ongoing travel after 8pm. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 300 km

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Located on the south-east coast of Australia, Sydney is the largest and most populated city in Australia. The city itself is built on the hills surrounding Sydney's picturesque harbour, while the greater region features numerous bays, rivers, inlets and beaches including the famous Bondi Beach.

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