Ultimate Aussie Adventure

Ultimate Aussie Adventure

With practically a whole month to play with, you’ll have no dramas getting your fill of heart-pulsing action, stunning scenery and bucket-list-ticking activities on this Ultimate Aussie Adventure. Journey from big cities to small towns via mind bogglingly beautiful islands and learn why #Straya is the envy of so many diehard travel fans.

 

Melbourne to Sydney

29 days

Ultimate Aussie Adventure

starting from $5,270

Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell

If you’ve ever seen a car commercial, chances are you’ve seen the Great Ocean Road. With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window – today you’ll join the list of five million people to do this road-of-passage each year. Before putting rubber on the Great Ocean Road, we’ll spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia. Tonight chill out and get to know who you’re travelling with.

Included today: Coastal lookouts, 12 Apostles, Twelve Apostles Marine National Park
Meals: Dinner included.

Day 2: Port Campbell to Halls Gap

From one natural wonder to another, we’ll explore the 167,000 hectares of The Grampians – a mecca for hikers and rock climbers. More than just a place to get geology goosebumps, you’ll be standing on sacred ground, with 80% of Victoria’s Aboriginal rock art on show. Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived. Then paint your own story onto a boomerang. Dinner with the crew tonight.

Included today: Paint your own souvenir boomerang, Grampians National Park entry, 12 Apostles.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 3: Halls Gap to Mt Gambier

Next up: MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. It’s no Niagara, but flowing water is guaranteed year-round – a rare promise in a country that’s 40% desert. Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. Tonight, after a walking tour, get a slice of history as you get some shut eye in Old Mt. Gambier Gaol.

Included today: Grampians National Park entry, Pinnacles Walk, MacKenzie Falls, Gaol history walking tour.
Meals: Breakfast included.

 Day 4: Mt Gambier to Adelaide

Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Snap madly away on the camera as you spot a Skippy – hot tip: don’t go to hug one. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard.

Included today: Make your own blended wine class.
Meals: Breakfast.


Day 5: Adelaide

You’ve made it to one of the world’s coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today’s a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia’s answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island. Learn about some of the 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg.

Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 6: Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

There are more wineries around here than flies on a sheep. On our way to the Clare Valley, we’ll stop at the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall – there’s a time and a place for confessions. This isn’t it. There is a classic Aussie pub at the end of the road today.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

 Day 7: Flinders Rangers

Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat, it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you’re lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound – a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Then to rock art site Arkaroo Rock.

Included today: Wilpena Pound guided walk, Flinders Ranges National Park entry.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8: Quorn to Coober Pedy

Destination: Coober Pedy. Where locals live in homes carved deep underground to escape the heat. Along with these subterranean houses, this place is know for another little gem. Opals. 75% of the world’s opals come from here. We’ll take a mine and town tour to check it all out. Then: time to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world and learn more about how abandoned joeys are nurtured back into the wild.

Included today: Opal mine & town tour, Kangaroo Orphanage.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 9: Coober Pedy to Alice Springs

It’s time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then, check out the world’s longest Dingo Fence (good thing there’s a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory. That resort pool is just what the doctor ordered.

Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 10: Alice Springs to Uluru

We’re hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. 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) and maybe grab a ‘coldie’. Welcome to the outback, mate!

Included today: Mt Conner, Uluru Sunset, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry.
Meals: Dinner included.

Day 11: 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 a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Included today: Sunrise over Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry, Uluru base walks, Anangu Visitor centre, guided walk by your crew.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 12: Uluru to Kings Canyon

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 Dreamtime archeology lesson, and 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.

Included today:Valley of the winds walk, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park entry.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.
Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees, warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag.

Day 13: 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 a day to remember!

Included today: Guided hike of Kings Canyon, Garden of Eden walk.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 14: 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’s 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.

Included today: Stanley Chasm, Simpsons Gap.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 15: 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.

Included today: Airport transfers.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 16: Cairns

Just like a double-shot macchiato in the morning, two days in Cairns will get your heart started. Meet and greet the crew this morning, and get acquainted with some of Cairns’ hotspots. This afternoon is free for you to check out some of Cairns’ best adventure activities.

Included today: Cairns walking tour.

Day 17: Cairns

Like the thought of spending a whole day exploring the only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas? Go on then. Take an optional day trip up to the Daintree Rainforest, or join us on our most popular day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and take home that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.

*Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day-trip at the time of booking to secure your spot.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 18: Cairns to Magnetic Island

Leaving Cairns for Magnetic Island and you have the afternoon to trip around this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches, National Park walking trails or just laze by the pool with a cocktail.

Included today: Visit the Big Mango, Magnetic Island Hopper Pass.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 19: Magnetic Island to Whitsunday Sailing

A private tour of the local wildlife park where you can kiss a baby Crocodile, smooch a Blue Tongue Lizard, and maybe even cuddle a Koala, is included into our morning before we leave the island. Feeling like you need more air in your hair? 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. Otherwise, relax and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.

Included today: Private tour of the local wildlife park, Whitsunday sailing.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 20: Whitsunday Sailing to Airlie Beach

Keep those sunglasses on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm, this afternoon set course for our return to land where we’ll spend the night in Airlie Beach, pool – shower – dinner – dancing all in that order!

Included today: Whitsunday sailing, Whitehaven Beach, Snorkelling.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

 Day 21: Airlie Beach to Emu Park

Get out of the hammock and follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head south to Emu Park. Then spread out on the sand, crack a “cold one”(beer) and confuse yourself with the rules of beach cricket with your mates. This afternoon chill by the pool, check out the coastal walk to the point or a game of beach cricket.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 22: Emu Park to Myella Farm 

Trade the beach for the bush. Take a selfie as you pass by the Tropic of Capricorn. 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 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.

Included today: Farm sunset, Tropic of Capricorn selfie.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 23: Myella Farm to Fraser Island

Wake up and smell the coffee. Kick off your day with a farm breakfast before catching a ferry bound for the UNESCO World Heritage listed, Fraser Island. The world’s largest sand island, with the longest beach in Queensland – all 75 Miles (120kms) of it.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included. 

Day 24: 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. 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.

Included today: Fraser Island 4WD tour, Lake MacKenzie, Central Station, Coloured Sands, Maheno Shipwreck, Eli Creek.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 25: Fraser Island to Gold Coast

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 cruising to the golden sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise.

Included today: Brisbane city walking tour.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 26: Gold Coast to Byron Bay

Leave the Gold Coast glitz behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major draw card, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for surf vibes in Byron – where you can burn incense, sip chai, become a yoga teacher and win cash for being a Cheeky Monkey all in one day.

Included today: Springbrook National Park.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 27: 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, 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.

Included today: Byron Bay highlights walking trip.
Meals: Breakfast included.

 Day 28: Byron Bay to Crescent Head

Let the wave chasing begin as we cruise down the coast to the surfing mecca of Crescent Head. Grab some BBQ lunch before we hit the beach for a private surf lesson on one of the best surfers in the world. Here’s your chance to become a bona fide surf master. Kelly Slater, who?

Included today: Visit the Big Banana, Surf lesson.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 29: Crescent Head to Sydney

Try a barrel of a different kind and dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley today. Swill some vino and taste some of the best grapes in the country before we roll onto the hustle and bustle of Sydney.

Included today: Wine tasting and grape stomping.
Meals: Breakfast included.

What you need to know…

  • What’s included: 
    • 28 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 12 dinners
    • 25 nights in hotels, lodges & cabins, 1 night live-aboard sailing 1 night underground, 1 night in a swag
    • Internal flight/s as marked on trip ma
    • Entrance fees to national parks
    • Modern air-conditioned vehicle
    • Awesome Driver Guide
  • On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
  • Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available. Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the our crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or your trip consultant when you book.
  • We recommend to bring soft bags, suitcases or frameless backpacks, plus a small day pack or carry bag. A sleeping bag will not be required for your trip.
  • This trip can be done in reverse, from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

Call 08 8929 1609

or enquire now at stay@jumpinnalice.com

to book the trip of a lifetime!