Bush & Beach

A no-nonsense trip of Australia that does exactly what it says on the tin! Starting in the heart of the Aussie Outback we head out to the exciting East Coast, where we will visit gorgeous beaches by day and enjoy pulsating nightlife once the sizzling sun has set. There's so much more in store when you tour Australia with us!

Highlights

  • Full-day 4WD experience on Fraser Island
  • Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Visit to stunning Whitehaven Beach
  • Sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Unique wine tasting experience in the stunning Hunter
  • Valley
  • Surf lesson at Topdeck's Surf Lodge
  • 'Valley of the Winds' walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Guided hike of Kings Canyon
  • West MacDonnell Ranges


Day 1 - Sydney to Crescent Head
Set the tone for this fair dinkum (i.e. authentic) Aussie adventure by crossing Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge as we venture toward the surfing haven of Crescent Head. Before testing the waters, dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley. (D)

Included today
- Wine tasting and grape stomping in the Hunter Valley

Day 2 - Crescent Head to Byron Bay
Try a barrel of a different kind with an early morning private surf lesson on one of the best beaches in the world. Here's your chance to become a bona fide surf master. Our road trip continues with a traditional BBQ lunch and a cruise past the Big Banana icon before pulling into Byron Bay - where you can burn incense, sip chai and become a yoga teacher all in one day. (BL)

Included today:
- Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat

Day 3 - Byron Bay
Anti-McDonald's and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops, test out those newly acquired surfing skills, paddle a sea kayak, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane. Byron doesn't care as long as you're happy. (B)

Included today:
- Byron Bay highlights walking trip

Day 4 - Byron Bay to Gold Coast
Leave the blissful buzz of Byron behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major landmark, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for the golden sand beaches and bustling nightlife of Surfers Paradise. (B)

Included today:
- Rainforest walk in Springbrook National Park

Day 5 - Gold Coast to Fraser Island
Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don't let its namesake fool you – there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the city centre, before catching a ferry bound for UNESCO World Heritage listed, and the world’s largest sand island Fraser Island. (BD)

Included today:
- Brisbane city walking tour

Day 6 - Fraser Island
Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand – as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Included four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie. (BL)

Included today:
- Fraser Island 4WD tour
- Lake MacKenzie
- Central Station
- Coloured Sands
- Maheno Shipwreck
- Eli Creek

Day 7 - Fraser Island to Myella Farm
This afternoon enjoy an authentic outback experience at a 2,500-acre cattle station. Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare yourself for an adventure-packed afternoon of optional horse riding, motor biking and cow milking. Or go walkabout on a real Aussie farm to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset. Enjoy a hearty home cooked farm style dinner before you take to whip cracking and lassoing. (BD)

Included today:
- Farm sunset

Day 8 - Myella Farm to Emu Park
Take to life on the land like a horse to oats with an adventure-packed morning of horse riding and motor biking. Or dirty your boots, milk your first cow, or go walkabout on a real Aussie farm. Then leave the campfire to follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head back to the coast for Emu Park. Take a selfie as you pass into the Tropic of Capricorn. Enjoy the Aboriginal experience where you get to learn about totems and artefacts, see some traditional dancing, try your hand at boomerang throwing and make some artwork to take home. (BLD)

Included today:
- Aboriginal experience and artefact souvenir

Day 9 - Emu Park to The Whitsundays
Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight (2 day, one night) sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it's all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. More of a land-lover? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel. (BD)

Included today:
- Overnight sailing

Day 10 - The Whitsundays
Keep those sunglasses on because the blinding white sands of Whitehaven that stretch before you are like a 7km sea of diamonds. Take a swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay before climbing back on board. There you can keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land and two nights at Daydream Island Resort. (BLD)

Included today:
- Whitehaven Beach
- Snorkeling
- Whitsunday sailing

Day 11 - The Whitsundays
Did someone say buffet breakfast? (Over) indulge, recharge and relax with water sports, beach volleyball and fish feeding right off the jetty. Appropriately named, Daydream Island has walking tracks, palm trees and secluded beaches. In keeping with tradition, a looong list of activities have been provided ranging from watersports to mini golf and tennis. Grab a cocktail from the swim up pool bar then make a date with a hammock and get in your happy place overlooking the pools. (B)

Included today:
- Non-motorised activities
- Bush walking

Day 12 - The Whitsundays to Cairns
Today we pull into Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. You'll soon forget you're not on a yacht anymore. We’ll show you the sights of the local night markets, and then the night is yours to get out and explore some of Australia’s best nightlife. (B)

Included today:
- Big Mango

Day 13 - Cairns
The only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas. And you’ve got two days to take it all in. Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip? It’s like a kid’s gone crazy with their paint set down there. Snorkel or scuba to get that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish. (B) 

Day 14 - Cairns
Ramp up the adventure with today’s optionals. You could be paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. There’s hot air ballooning, horse riding and bungee jumping...or just kick back with a coconut. Make the most of what Cairns has to offer, tomorrow we’re off to Alice. (B)

Day 15 - Cairns to Alice Springs
Catchya later, Cairns. Today we take to the skies heading south west to meet up with your NT crew in Alice Springs. (B)

Included today:
- Airport transfers

Day 16 - Alice Springs to Uluru
We're hitting the red ground running as we make tracks into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to the outback, mate. (BD)

Included today:
- Mt Conner
- Uluru Sunset
- National Park entry

Day 17 - Uluru
Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. (B)

Included today:
- Sunrise over Uluru
- National Park entry
- Uluru base walks
- Anangu Visitor centre
- Guided walk by your crew

Day 18 - Uluru to Kings Canyon
After a hearty breakfast, we spend a few hours back in the National Park. This time get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. (BD)

Included today:
- Valley of the Winds walk
- National Park entry

Day 19 - Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk – Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City – and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome). After a picnic lunch, we’ll board the bus back to Alice Springs. (BL)

Included today:
- Guided hike of Kings Canyon
- Garden of Eden walk

Day 20 - Alice Springs
Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it’s an option...and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset. (B)

Included today:
- Stanley Chasm
- Simpsons Gap

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with flights from £3199

All prices are per person based on multi share accommodation and include meals specified. Single, double and twin room prices are available on request. For booking, availability and departure dates please call Freedom Australia on 0333 234 2889 or enquire online. Prices are seasonal and subject to change.

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