Grand Aussie Adventure

Australia is fair dinkum one of the world's most exciting destinations, and this Australia travel experience is one of the hottest things going on a whole vibrant continent! On this epic adventure you will not only take in all the highlights, you will also be exposed to the most memorable and iconic travel experiences that Australia has to offer!

Highlights

  • Full-day 4WD experience on Fraser Island
  • Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Visit to stunning Whitehaven Beach
  • Guided tour of Kings Canyon
  • 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 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we’ll head to the village of Jabiru and check out the Bowali Visitors Centre. Fancy getting high and mighty? You could take an optional scenic flight over the Escarpment that borders Kakadu and Arnhemland. For the next two nights you’ll be calling the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park home. Expect phenomenal wildlife, like-worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. Tonight, get to know your coach mates over a BBQ. (D)

Included today:
- Bowali Visitor Centre
- National Park entry

Day 2 - Kakadu National Park
Aboriginal Rock Art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works. Then we’ll swap artwork for alligators on a East Alligator River cruise in Arnhemland. Naturally. Stepping into Arnhemland and getting a look into the Aboriginal lifestyles is a real privilege (we’ve been given special permission to enter this part of Arnhemland). Try your hand at spear throwing while you’re there. Then we’ll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. Enjoy the sunset before heading back to our lodge. (B)

Included today:
- Aboriginal Rock art sites
- Kakadu river cruise
- Arnhemland (seasonal)
- National Park entry

Day 3 - Kakadu National Park to Katherine
Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We’ll grab some picnic bits and head to one of the NT’s best al fresco lunch spots. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world’s most idyllic natural pools. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, we round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club. (BD)

Included today:
- Edith Falls
- Evening Lawn Bowls

Day 4 - Katherine to Litchfield National Park
Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that’s exactly what we have lined up. Surprise! With its dramatic cliffs plunging down to the pandanus-lined Katherine River, the gorge is all yours to explore. Paddling not your game – then you may wish to upgrade to an optional 3 gorge cruise (seasonal) to venture even further. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park. (B)

Included today:
- Katherine Gorge canoeing (boat cruise in wet season)

Day 5 - Litchfield National Park to Darwin
National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. In Litchfield NP you’ll see waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and beautiful pools. Check out giant termite mounds, Wangi Falls and slip into the natural pool of Florence Falls. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we’ll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery back into the heart of Darwin. Our grand trip might be over, but your Aussie adventure doesn’t have to end. (BL)

Included today:
- Litchfield National Park entry

Day 6 - Darwin
Today is all yours to play with. You could take the optional hop on hop off Darwin City Tour, swim in a tank with a Crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove, take in the sunset over the bay then chill with a movie at the Deckchair Cinema. Foodies, get yourself over to the Mindil Beach Markets. (B)

Day 7 - Darwin to Alice Springs
Catcha’ later, Darwin. We’re off to Alice. Take to the skies heading south west to meet up with your NT outback crew in Alice Springs. (B)

Included today:
- Airport transfers

Day 8 - Alice Springs to Uluru
Today Uluru beckons, but first Yulara (the gateway resort to Ayres Rock) for lunch. Then 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. Connor
- Uluru sunset
- National Park entry

Day 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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. (B)

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

Day 12 - 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

Day 13 - Alice Springs to Cairns
Today we’ll fly from the Red Centre and dry climate of Alice Springs into the tropical surrounds of Cairns to meet your new crew. After dinner and getting to know your new trip buddies, the night is yours to explore. (B)

Included today:
- Airport transfers

Day 14 - Cairns
After breakfast, take a walk around town with your crew, and get the lay of the land. The afternoon is all yours to play with. You could go big with an optional bungy jump, take to the rapids and go white water rafting or just take a relaxed gondola ride to Kuranda Village. This place has plenty to keep you busy. (B)

Included today:
- Cairns walking tour

Day 15 - 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. But who could pass up the chance to see The Great Barrier Reef? Join the optional day tour and you’ll set out on a catamaran to stop at Michaelmas Cay and the exclusive Paradise Reef. Pop on a snorkel and dive in (there’s optional scuba diving too) to see sea turtles and zillion types of tropical fish. There’s a tasty buffet lunch included too. Back in Cairns, check out the nightlife after dark. (B)

Day 16 - Cairns to The Whitsundays
Today we’re headed to Airlie Beach, where we’ll 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
- Big mango

Day 17 - 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 18 - 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 has 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 19 - The Whitsundays to Emu Beach
Time to leave the water and head back to the bus. We’ll go through ‘Rocky’ (Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia) before reaching Emu Park. There you’ll be immersed in the local Aboriginal culture. Learn about totems and artefacts, see some traditional dancing, try your hand at boomerang throwing and make some artwork to take home. (BD)

Included today:
- Aboriginal experience and artefact souvenir

Day 20 - Emu Beach to Myella Farm
From beach to bush we go to 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 21 - Myella Farm to Fraser Island
Refreshed from a good night’s sleep, we’ll say goodbye to our family hosts and set the sat nav for Fraser Island. We’ll cross the Great Sandy Strait on the ferry and if we’re lucky, catch the sunset before arriving to a hearty dinner at the infamous Dingo Bar. Fill up because tomorrow is going to be a busy one.(BD)

Day 22 - 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 23 - Fraser Island to Gold Coast
From remote wilderness to cosmopolitan charm today as we make our way Surfers Paradise. But first, it’s Brisvegas (Brisbane). Take a wander around the river city, hit the shops or just grab a coffee before we carry on southwards. Tonight we’ll take you on a walk to Cavill and Orchid Avenues and show you some of the hottest night spots. (B)

Included today:
- Brisbane city walking tour
Meals included:

Day 24 - Gold Coast to Byron Bay
Tuck into a buffet breakfast before heading out to enjoy Queensland’s climate. You could hit the famous surf beaches, try out an extreme adventure or too or there are always the theme parks to rollercoaster around. Then it’s time to hop back on the bus and venture to Springbrook National Park to see the unusual Natural Arch rock formations. It’s short drive n to Byron Bay, our home for the next two nights. (B)

Included today:
- Springbrook National Park

Day 25 - 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 26 - Byron Bay to Crescent Head
It’s good bye to Byron and hello to some simply stunning scenery as we head to Crescent Head. You’ll have the Great Dividing Range to our west and the Pacific Ocean to the east before we roll into our idyllic surf camp. A BBQ lunch awaits. Perfect for raising those energy levels for this afternoon’s surf lesson followed by dinner with all the crew tonight and live music at the camp. (BLD)

Included today:
- Visit the Big Banana
- Surf lesson

Day 27 - Crescent Head to Sydney
Time to leave the beach and visit the Hunter Valley wine region. Get involved by trying your hand (or more like feet) with some grape stomping. Afterwards we’ll head to the wine theatre to learn about how the grapes go from vine to bottle. And of course you’ll get to sample the area’s wares. Then it’s on to Sydney where we’ll finish up our adventure. But if you want to carry on your travels, there still a whole lot of Oz out there. (B)

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

27 day Adventure from £3520

with flights from £4270

All prices are per person based on multi share accommodation and include meals specified. Single, double and twin room prices are available on request. Wet season itineraries Nov – May, will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day and all included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed. 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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  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Transport and sightseeing
  • 26 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 10 dinners
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Modern vehicles
  • Internal flights as marked on the trip map
  • Awesome driver / guide

 

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