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DAY 1 – Arrival
- On arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in private coach.
- The afternoon is at leisure.
Sydney - is one of the world’s most loved cities and it has a sunny and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate year round destination. Sydney's laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world's top cities to visit and live in. The stunning harbour provides a dramatic backdrop for the city's famous icons – the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. There's a wide-ranging cultural life, a dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches – most notably Bondi and Manly – and five major national parks deliver unforgettable outdoor experiences. Sydney extends north and south of the harbour in a golden chain of easy-to-reach beaches. You can spend an entire day on the beach as you swim in the surf, then eat and party at the shoreline restaurants and bars.
Accommodation: The Sydney Boulevard, Standard Room (City View), 3 Nights
Includes: 3 x Buffet Breakfast
DAY 2 – Sydney
Sydney City Tour & Coogee – Bondi Walk
Today your local guide will take you on a city tour and an iconic coastal walk.
Take in the famous sights of Sydney including the historic Rocks, Mrs Macquarie's Chair with its fabulous views of the harbour and Opera House, the Botanical Gardens, and Darling Harbour. To the east of the city centre lies Kings Cross, the exclusive suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay, as well as Watson's Bay and the Gap with stunning views back along the harbour to the city. At famous Bondi Beach see the white sands and surf typical of all Sydney's city beaches. Lunch today is at own cost.
In the afternoon take in magnificent views on the iconic Coogee – Bondi Coastal Walk:
A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Bondi to Coogee walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. Most beaches offer picnic shelters, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms, Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra have free electric barbecues.
The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a medium grade urban walk but there are some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track. There are rest stops with great views and seating along the Bondi to Coogee walk. It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra.
Although an urban walk the Bondi to Coogee walk is open to the elements, please make sure you wear comfy shoes, bring a hat, sunglasses, sun screen, water and in colder weather wear appropriate clothing.
Transfer back to your hotel.
DAY 3 – Sydney
Today your guide will pick you up early for a very special experience at the Opera House.
The Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour Including Hot Breakfast
2 hour tour, departing early morning
Sweep back the curtains and explore behind-the-scenes with an intimate small-group Backstage Tour. Meet at Stage Door for this backstage experience, and join an intimate group to begin your exploration. Get ready to see first-hand what it’s like inside the orchestra pit, explore inside a dressing room and hear insider stories and secrets from your tour guide along the way. Relish the opportunity to get a glimpse into the demanding, passionate, dramatic (and sometimes scandalous) world of our performers – as our guides impart the stories and insider secrets of what really happens behind the curtain. From pulleys to props, sequins to sound-checks, we take you through nooks and crannies not known to the public. Discover what makes the Sydney Opera House both a world-renown icon and a world-class performance venue. On the Backstage Tour you will climb around 300 steps as you move throughout foyers and spaces. Complete the experience with a delicious, hot breakfast in the Green Room - the exclusive domain of our crew and performers.
Upon conclusion of your Opera House experience continue to the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Aboriginal Heritage Tour - Private
Duration approx. 1.5 hours
Experience a passionate Aboriginal guide on a 1.5 hour walking tour of the Garden which highlights the significance of the site to Aboriginal people, as well as the rich heritage and culture of Aboriginal people of the Sydney region. Learn about traditional Aboriginal uses for the Garden’s variety of native trees and plants including medicine, tools and food (bush tucker).
Lunch today is at own cost.
In the afternoon enjoy a cruise in Sydney Harbour:
Sydney Harbour Tall Ships - Afternoon Discovery Cruise
Approx 1.5 hours / Departs: 3.45pm / Returns: 5.15pm
Board one of our traditional tall ships Southern Swan or the impressive Soren Larsen and discover the sights and sounds of Sydney on a unique ‘historic meets modern’ harbour cruise.
Sail past the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, under the Harbour Bridge and (if conditions permit) enjoy a real sailing experience on a 1850s style tall ship.
Get involved and make the most of this interactive, unique Tall Ship Cruise. Try your hand steering or help with the sails. You’ll be transported to the days gone by and be able to say you know what it’s like for the sailors of yester-year.
If you’d like to heave on a rope, you can otherwise simply sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment provided by our friendly crew.
Make sure to bring your camera, as this is an opportunity to see the best of Sydney Harbour. You will love the views of this vibrant city from the unique perspective aboard our authentic timber tall ship.
Transfer back to your hotel.
DAY 4 – Sydney to Cairns
Private Coach transfer with your local Cairns guide from the airport to hotel.
Cairns - As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest and energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina. The compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep.
Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns, Standard Rooms (4th & 5th Floors), 3 Nights
Includes: 3 x Full Hot Breakfast
In the afternoon learn more about Cairns and its history. Your guide will take you on a walking tour.
Cairns Aquarium - General Admission at Cairns Aquarium is included today.
Private Cairns Walking Tour: ‘Step Back in Time’
Join us on a 2 -hour walk through “Our Town” Cairns is a tropical city in North Queensland with a colourful background. Only 140 years old, the first Europeans came here in the rush for gold. Irish, English, French, Danish, Italian and the Chinese fortune hunters braved the crocodile infested waters, the dense rainforests, the heavy monsoonal rains, the biteys, the stingers and the heat, to build what is still the last city on the road going north from Sydney. All sorts of adventurers have followed including escape artists and alternative lifestyle seekers. Prior to that, and to this day, the Yirrganydji and the Yidinji Aboriginal people walked this land. Their history is part of our story. Nowadays, we are a chic tourism town with cafes and shops, and you can decide, as you walk with us through our town if we are wild, weird, whimsical or simply wonderful. On the walk our guide will point out the historic buildings, natural sights and the special places that have created this tropical paradise. Our walk will end with a personal tour of the brand new Cairns Museum. In the Museum you can dig deeper into the tales of our city, come to grips with a tropical cyclone, and discover how a thriving sugar town morphed into a tourism mecca. Or you can simply put your feet up and relax on this city’s best tropical verandah.
DAY 5 – Cairns
Full Day Excursion to Daintree Rainforest
Today you will be collected from your hotel by your guide and transferred to Mossman Gorge where you will commence your Dreamtime Gorge Walk.
You will be treated to a guided rainforest walk along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over cool rainforest streams. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guides demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, share their dreamtime legends, explain the history of cave paintings and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationships within this unique tropical environment.
After your 1.5hr walk, enjoy tea, damper and question time with guide.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Daintree River Cruise:
Enjoy a fascinating hour cruising through this wildlife environment, which is home to birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile – a great photo opportunity. Enjoy afternoon tea after your cruise.
Enjoy a short tour of the historical town of Port Douglas. Then continue back to Cairns.
DAY 6 – Cairns
Ocean Spirit Cruises – Michaelmas Cay Day Cruise
Departs Cairns at 8.30am and returns at 5.00pm
Your local guide will accompany you today on your cruise.
Depart Cairns and set sail aboard the 32 metre luxury sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit, for a day to remember with a wide range of activities to fully experience Michaelmas Cay’s unique reef environment. Be active and enjoy all the included activities - snorkel and cruise in the semi-submersible for a diver’s view of the reef! Or if you prefer just relax and enjoy a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef! The choice is yours!
- Return Ocean Spirit cruise from Cairns.
- 8.5 hours experience with 4 hours on the Reef.
- Morning and afternoon teas.
- Delicious hot and cold buffet lunch including fresh prawns.
- Fish feeding presentation.
- Snorkelling equipment and instruction.
- Buoyancy vests.
- Marine Biologist presentation.
- Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary.
- Glass of complimentary sparkling wine served on the homeward journey, cheese and crackers.
Optional Activity – Introductory Scuba Diving. In addition to your cruise fare, you can choose to experience even more of the Great Barrier Reef with an exciting introductory scuba dive. The shallow waters off Michaelmas Cay offer a perfect environment for first time divers. Price $110 per person.
DAY 7 – Departure
Private Coach transfer with your guide from the hotel to the airport.
See the 14 day itinerary
Take a journey into the wildlife hotspots of Australia. This itinerary showcases the very best of Australia’s wildlife in their natural environment. You will also travel through some of Australia’s best wine regions, experience the remote outback, walk golden sand beaches and drive the world famous Great Ocean Road. You will stay in carefully hand selected accommodation chosen for its location and quality of service and truly experience Australia and not just see it.
DAY 1 – Arrival
Welcome to Adelaide!
Transfer to your hotel and rest of day at leisure.
Adelaide is recognised as one of the Great Food and Wine Capitals of the World. The city centre is surrounded by parklands and is a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, parklands, cafes and restaurants. The Barossa Valley is a short one hour away and closer you have beautiful white sandy beaches of Glenelg, vineyards of the Adelaide Hills and the Wildlife Sanctuary at Cleland. What’s not to love about Adelaide!
DAY 2 – Adelaide
Wine Tour to the Barossa – full day
One of the world's great wine regions, renowned for its food and wine, cultural experiences and easy-going lifestyle, the Barossa is only an hour away.
Photographers: depart early morning for sunrise photography
Or: depart later and join the photographers for wine tastings and vineyard lunch
DAY 3 – Adelaide – McLaren Vale – Kingscote (Kangaroo Island)
Approximate driving time 3.5 hours, 187 km
Travel south through the suburban landscape and you will shortly arrive at McLaren Vale. Located only 40 km south of the city centre this wine growing region is a wine lover's paradise. Known for its strong Shiraz, rich Cabernet Sauvignon and fresh Grenache. Visit the cellar doors and purchase some local produce for later in your trip.
Continue south and arrive at Cape Jervis for the short ferry to Kangaroo Island. Rich in native Australian wildlife this magical Island justly advocates the true identity of the great Aussie landscape. You will spend the next two days exploring and discovering what makes this Island so unique.
Glenelg Beach: Only a short 20-minute drive from the city centre is the beautiful seaside village of Glenelg. Situated on sandy white beaches with an abundance of sidewalk cafes and bustling shops, Glenelg is a great place to start the day. Enjoy world class coffee and soak up the sun’s rays in this peaceful beachside setting.
McLaren Vale: McLaren Vale is home to sustainable winegrowing, world-class wines and culinary experiences, as well as pristine natural attractions. Viticulture is deep rooted into McLaren Vale’s past and the region's Mediterranean climate continues to drive fine wine and a diverse food culture.
Kangaroo Island: Kangaroo Island’s scenery is breathtaking. The island is a sanctuary for wildlife and is referred to as the zoo without fences. More than a third is covered in national and conservation parks and with no natural predator’s the wildlife flourishes.
Kingscote: Kingscote is the largest town on Kangaroo island also the island's commercial and business hub. The town is one of the most important heritage sites in South Australia with a rich and fascinating past.
Photographers: option for sunset photography on Kangaroo Island
Or: evening at leisure
DAY 4 – Kingscote – Flinders Chase National Park (Kangaroo Island)
Approximate driving time 3.5 hours, 166 km
Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to see Australian wildlife in its natural environment with more than a third of the island dedicated to national parks. You’ll find many other native animals here including the sea lion, fur seals, koala, echidna, tammar wallaby, brush tail possum and the bandicoot. The amazing wildlife continues underwater with unique marine life, dolphins, fish and leafy sea dragons.
No visit to Kangaroo Island is complete without a visit to Flinders Chase National Park. Today you will see the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and stay just outside of the park boundary with the opportunity to see the wildlife on your doorstep.
- Island Beehive
- Stokes Bay
- Kangaroo Island Wilderness Park
- Marron Café
- Flinders Chase National Park
DAY 5 – Flinders Chase National Park – Hahndorf
Approximate driving time 5 hours, 320 km
Today you depart the Island but not before a couple of last surprises. On the drive to the ferry you will stop off at Vivonne Bay, once rated Australia’s best beach, and also spend time on the beach with the seals at Seal Bay. A uniquely rare and magical experience.
Back on mainland Australia and tonight’s destination is amongst the vineyards of Hahndorf. Australia’s oldest German settlement, Hahndorf still retains its charm and character. Learn about the colourful past of this historic town whilst enjoying the wonderful local food and wine.
Vivonne Bay has been voted one of Australia’s best beaches in the past and this is due to its clear water, crescent shaped beach, cleanliness and privacy. Enjoy a peaceful walk along this picturesque stretch of white sandy beach and breathe deep the clean unpolluted air.
Seal Bay has been home to an Australian sea lion population for thousands of years, and offers one of the most exceptional nature-based experiences. This is the only place in the world where you can see Australian sea lions at close quarters and walk on a beach where pups play, bulls fight for supremacy and resting mothers suckle their young. Truly unforgettable.
Accommodation: Mount Lofty House, MGallery by Sofitel
DAY 6 – Hahndorf
Historic Hahndorf lies within a gentle and undulating expanse of the Adelaide Hills. With a rich Aboriginal heritage and more recently European settlement in the region this village has a real German charm to it.
Photographers: sunrise and morning photography at Totness Recreation Park and further locations of your choice
Or: local activities, for example:
Browse the incredible range of shops; from toys, antiques, books, clothing, shoes, minerals, cuckoo clocks, hand-crafted leather wares, natural beauty products and gift ware, right through to butchers, bakers and candle makers!
Visit the Hahndorf Academy which is a regional centre for the arts and heritage based in a charming 150-year-old building.
Satisfy your appetite at an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bakeries - many serving traditional German fare.
Visit several boutique winery cellar doors in the main street - Somerled, Rockbare, Scott & La Prova wines and Bendbrook. Hahndorf Inn also has the Adelaide Hills Wine Centre where visitors can taste and purchase a huge variety of wines from across the region.
Visit Gulf Brewery for a local craft beer.
Taste and purchase a wide variety of artisan cheeses at Udder Delights.
DAY 7 – Hahndorf - Halls Gap
Approximate driving time 5.5 hours, 474 km
Travel east through the rolling hills you soon arrive at Murray Bridge. Take a quick stop in this picturesque town and see the old paddle steamers and houseboats ply the calm waters. The Murray River is Australia’s longest and most iconic river running over 2500 km from the Australia Alps in the east and enters the ocean here at Murray Bridge.
Continue through the remote outback of the Limestone Coast, known for its rich fertile soils excellent for viticulture. Crossing into Victoria, Halls Gap is situated in the heart of the Grampians National Park, steeped in Aboriginal history, ancient mountain ranges, natural flora and fauna, waterfalls and stunning views. Before reaching your final destination stop en-route at McKenzie Falls voted one of the most scenic waterfalls in all of Victoria and worth the short detour.
- Murray Bridge
- The Australian Outback
- Limestone Coast
- Naracoorte Caves
- MacKenzie Falls
- Grampians National Park – Halls Gap
DAY 8 – Halls Gap - Port Fairy - Port Campbell
Approximate driving time 4 hours, 281 km
This morning travel south through the Grampians, past Dunkeld and onto the charming fishing village of Port Fairy. One of Victoria’s busiest fishing ports and home to a variety of boutiques, antique stores, and art and craft shops.
The final leg of today will see you travelling part of the famed Great Ocean Road. Stop and enjoy the wonderful views of London Bridge before arriving in Port Campbell. A colourful seaside village with dramatic cliff tops scenery and plenty of regional produce to sample.
Photographers: Sunset photography
Or: evening at leisure at your accommodation
DAY 9 – Port Campbell – Twelve Apostles – Otway National Park – Torquay
Approximate driving time 3 hours, 191 km
Photographers: A benefit of staying in Port Campbell is the opportunity to visit the 12 Apostles at early dawn before the busloads of tourists arrive. Depart early for sunrise photography.
Or: enjoy a sleep in and breakfast at the accommodation. You will be picked up later on when the photographers are returning from their tour.
Stop again at 12 Apostles and then carry on to Apollo Bay.
Today you will continue driving and exploring one of the world’s most scenic roads. The Great Ocean Road. There will plenty of time to stop, take pictures and walk along the golden white sands. Truly an experience to remember.
Spend time discovering the “Otways.” Great Otway National Park is home to Australia’s oldest lighthouse as well as the incredibly beautiful Blanket Bay. Visit the wildlife haven at the Centre for Conservation and see a huge array of native Australia wildlife.
Complete this perfect day with relaxing drive along the coastal road to Torquay and dinner at one of the beachside restaurants.
Lord Ard GorgeLocated just three minutes west of the mighty Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge is a treasure trove of natural beauty, coastal wilderness and maritime history. Take some time to wander the trails, exploring the blowholes, offshore limestone stacks and towering cliffs.
The Twelve ApostlesWitness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline. Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10–20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs.
Gibson StepsBe dwarfed by the 70-metre high vertical cliffs and marvel at Gog and Magog, the nicknames given to the giant limestone stacks rising up out of the sea. Weather permitting, make your way down to the beach via the 86 steps that were carved into the face of the cliff by local settler Hugh Gibson, who worked on the route originally used by the Kirrae Whurrong people.
To access the Gibson Steps either drive the short distance between from the 12 Apostles or make your way by walking the one-kilometre path to the Gibson Steps, departing from the back of the kiosk. The path passes under the Great Ocean Road near the Gibson Steps viewing platform and beach access.
Great Otway National ParkThe Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland. In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes.
Apollo BayApollo Bay is a beautiful village located at the foothills of the Otways. Known for its fresh local seafood and home to some of Australia’s top restaurants it’s not hard to see why Apollo Bay is a popular stop.
Apollo Bay to LorneThe stretch between Apollo Bay and Lorne is considered by many to be the most picturesque section of the Great Ocean Road. The highway is carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean, offering commanding views of the waves from Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean swelling and crashing onto the rocks and beaches below.
LorneLorne has been attracting holidaymakers for more than a century. Thanks to its fresh sea air, white beaches, vibrant arts community and a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere it is not hard to see why. With its patrolled swimming beach, Main Beach Lorne is the perfect place to cool off.
DAY 10 – Torquay – Mornington Peninsula
Approximate driving time 2.5 hours, 96 km
Mornington Peninsula is renowned for its innovative local cuisine, relaxed alfresco settings and is a playground for Melbourne’s city dwellers. Travel to Queenscliffe and join the ferry to Sorrento. Keep an eye out for the resident dolphins and seals colonies on this short cruise across the bay.
Arriving in Sorrento your choice of activities in the peninsula are endless. Whether it be visiting award winning wineries and sculpture parks. Sampling the fresh local produce, bathing in hot springs, horse riding, playing a round of golf or just relaxing on the beach. Mornington Peninsula has something for everyone.
DAY 11 – Mornington Peninsula
Photographers: full day photography
Or: choose from a range of activities:
Food and Wine
The Mornington Peninsula vineyards are famous – but there are new and exciting tastes to enjoy at craft breweries, cider makers and distilleries. Fill your picnic basket at a farmgate or share a regional platter at a winery restaurant. Take high tea, book a cooking class or savour a fine dining experience in a Chef’s Hat restaurant – it’s all here.
Arts and Culture
Drop in on glass blowers as they create brilliant glass art, call into artists’ studios or buy at fabulous art galleries. There’s art in the great outdoors too, so why not picnic in a sculpture park or amid the spectacular coastal scenery of an art trail. Visit spots such as Cape Schanck’s 1850s lighthouse or Point Nepean’s historic military installations. There’s lots of contemporary culture too, so just ask your host and see what is on.
Spa and Wellbeing
You’ll find life instantly slows down as you float in naturally hot mineral springs, gazing up at shady trees or the starlit sky. But that’s just the start. Masseurs at day spas and luxury spa retreats quickly turn tension into bliss. You can learn yoga in the fresh air on the beach or take a long, peaceful walk along the cliffs followed by a hot coffee or cool wine. Breathe deeply. Let the fresh sea air cleanse mind, body and soul. We all need time to de-stress, reconnect with ourselves and others, and just reflect on life. The Mornington Peninsula is the perfect place to do just that.
The Mornington Peninsula boasts more than 10% of Victoria’s shoreline. The 260+ kilometre coastline includes everything from family friendly, sandy bay beaches to wild, rugged ocean coastlines. This unique area is home to 500+ species of fish, and 1000+ marine plant species. It’s a magical diving and snorkelling area including marine national parks and more than 60 shipwrecks. You can swim with dolphins, meet cheeky Australian fur seals, or snorkel with delicate weedy sea dragons. Try paddle boarding, surfing, sailing, kayaking, fishing and more.
DAY 12 – Mornington Peninsula – Melbourne
Approximate driving time 1 hour, 71 km
Photographers: Sunrise photography
Or: No need to wake early today. Mornington Peninsula has so much more to offer and Melbourne is only an hour’s drive away.
In the afternoon transfer to Melbourne.
With Melbourne's combination of world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Victoria's capital has been voted the world’s most liveable city… three times!
DAY 13 – Melbourne
The morning is at leisure.
In the afternoon / evening visit Phillip Island.
Photographers: sunset photography Phillip Island (location of your choice)
Or: Experience Penguin Parade
Experience one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Each night at sunset you’ll be amazed by Little Penguins returning ashore after a day’s fishing. See the world’s smallest penguin in its natural habitat from viewing stands and boardwalks. Enjoy interactive and educational displays in the visitor centre and the spectacular coastal scenery from the Penguin Parade. This experience is sure to be the highlight of your visit. As the sun fades in the sky, Little Penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. Witness this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten.
DAY 14 – Departure
Transfer to the airport and farewell your guide.