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 $5,599

Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell (Great Ocean Road)

If you’ve ever seen a car commercial, chances are you’ve seen the Great Ocean Road. With few 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, you’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, Twelve Apostles Marine National Park entry, Great Ocean Road. Meals: Dinner included.

Day 2: Port Campbell to Grampians

From one natural wonder to another, you’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.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3: Grampians 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. 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 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

On our way to the Clare Valley, your group will 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 Ranges

From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers – you’re lucky you get to play in the Flinders Ranges National Park 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: Flinders Ranges 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 included.

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. Then you’re onto Alice Springs.

Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 10: Alice Springs to Uluru & Kata-Tjuta

On Day 10, 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. At night, show 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 with snacks & drinks, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry. Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 11: Uluru & Kata-Tjuta National Park

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. 

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

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 included.

Day 14: Alice Springs

Today you and your crew will drive back to Alice Springs, stopping by the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm on the way. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre.  

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

Day 15: Alice Springs to Cairns

Today you’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

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 – Cairns has plenty to keep you busy. 

Included today: Cairns walking tour. Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 17: Cairns

Today, you could be paddling the rapids of the Tully River and bungy 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. Back in Cairns, check out the nightlife after dark. 

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: Magnetic Island Hopper Pass. Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 19: Magnetic Island to Whitsundays

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: Airlie Beach

Wake up to pure paradise in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. Today you’ll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over coral reefs and soak up the sun. A visit to the famous blinding white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Blue Pearl Bay will also be an option if the weather behaves (fingers crossed!). Later in the afternoon, set course for our return to land where we’ll spend the night in Airlie Beach. Read: pool, shower, dinner, dancing – all in that order!

Included today: Whitsunday sailing, Whitehaven Beach, Snorkelling.

 Day 21: Airlie Beach to Myella Farm

Get out of the hammock and head south for a farm stay at Myella Farm. After chowing down on a home-cooked meal this evening, slurp a steaming billy tea and gather around the campfire with your travel buddies.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 22: Farm Stay

Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare yourself for an adventure-packed afternoon of horse riding. 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. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 23: Farm Stay to Fraser Island

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 Brisbane

Your morning trip will take you to Noosa first, where you and your crew will have a wander around the National Park, then it’s onwards to the dormant volcanoes of the Glasshouse Mountains before you reach the cosmopolitan charm of Brisbane where you’ll enjoy a free night out.

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

Day 26: Brisbane to Byron Bay

Today you’ll leave Brisbane behind and make a stop at Gold Coast and the famous Surfers Paradise beach before setting a course for some serious surf vibes in Byron Bay. 

Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 27: Byron Bay

Anti-McDonald’s and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron has that small town-hearted vibe 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. 

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

 Day 28: Byron Bay to Surf Camp

Let the wave chasing begin as we cruise down the coast to the surfing mecca of Crescent Head.

Included today: Visit the Big Banana. Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 29: Surf Camp to Sydney

Wrap your surfari adventure with a final surf lesson, then it’s onwards to the hustle and bustle of Sydney, where we say goodbye. It might be the end of this trip, but there is plenty more Oz out there to discover. 

Included today: Surf lesson. Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

What you need to know…

  • What’s included: 
    • 28 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 13 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
  • 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. Special dietary requirements are usually catered for but this needs to be requested at the time of booking. 
  • 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 tour can be done in reverse, from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

Book Now call 08 8929 1609 or email stay@jumpinnalice.com