Spirit of the Pacific

There's no end to the rivalry between these two countries lying in the South Pacific, which are as different from one another as they are spectacular. So the only way to settle this once and for all is for you to be the judge. Experience the warmth and the beauty of touring Australia and the fun and the stunning travelling New Zealand before you decide.

Highlights

  • 4WD Fraser Island experience
  • Authentic farm stay at Myella Farm
  • Overnight sailing Whitsundays
  • Visit to Whitehaven Beach
  • Two nights on a tropical island
  • Stay in Fox Glacier
  • Kiwi Farm experience in Fairlie
  • Milford Sound experience
  • Arrow River bike trails
  • Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley
  • Learn to surf 


Day 1: Sydney - Crescent Head

Begin this 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.

Day 2 & 3: Crescent Head - 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.

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.

Day 4: Byron Bay - 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 a theme park as we make our way to party central, aka Surfers Paradise.

Day 5 & 6: Gold Coast - Fraser Island
Next stop is Brisbane. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the city centre, before burning up the highway to catch a ferry bound for Fraser - the island with the longest beach in Queensland. (75 Miles - 120kms).

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. Four-wheel-drive along the beach highway of 75-mile Beach to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Eli Creek and Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.

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

Day 8: Myella Farm - Emu Park
Time to leave the life of a cowboy and follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head back to the coast to the relaxed surf community of Emu Park. 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.

Day 9: Emu Park - Whitsundays
Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight 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. Alternatively you could take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.

Day 10 & 11: Daydream Island
Keep those sunnies on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamond. Back on board, 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.

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 long list of activities has been provided ranging from water sports 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

Day 12: Daydream Island - Cairns
Today we pull into Cairns - gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. You'll soon forget you're not on a yacht anymore. The night is yours, so take a stroll along the esplanade, join a free zumba class, or jump straight into the hedonistic delights of Cairns' backpacker bars.

Day 13 & 14: Cairns
Spend the next two days living it up in Cairns. Meet the crew in the afternoon and start planning tomorrow's adventures.

Like the thought of spending a whole day exploring the only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas? Go on then. Ramp up the adventure with hot air ballooning, horse riding, bungee jumping, rafting and all those things on your bucket list. Save time for a snorkelling or scuba diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef and take home that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.

Day 15: Cairns - Christchurch
Make your way to the airport and fly to Christchurch to begin your next adventure on the South Island of New Zealand.

Day 16: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
Travel across the Canterbury Plains and watch as the green landscape blends in to snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and Pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photo of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson.

Day 17 to 19: Fox Glacier - Queenstown
Today's your chance to walk on the frozen Fox Glacial. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea to Queenstown.

You’re now in the adventure capital of New Zealand, time to get your fix with the famous bungy, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, or paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola. If you're bored here, there's something wrong. If these activities aren’t for you, head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, soak in a Japanese onsen, or kick back with a local pinot.

Day 20: Queenstown - Fiordland
Today is going to chew through your memory cards with the beauty of the Mirror Lakes, Hollyford Valley and Milford Sound. Combine sheer rock faces towering 1,200m above sea level, wildlife and waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.

Day 21: Fiordland - Lake Ohau
Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with venison burgers and a central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Then cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.

Day 22: Lake Ohau - Christchurch
Time to visit Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. Then move in to sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog and a chance to watch them in action on a Kiwi farm. Then back to the city of Churches as our trip winds to a close.

22 day Adventure from £2095

with flights from £2890

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. This tour runs until March 2017, please contact your travel consultant for alternative tours.

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