Best of Australia

Best of Australia


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Follow an Aboriginal guide through the Daintree Rainforest, Opt to visit the Great Barrier Reef, Sail around the scenic Whitsundays, Try surfing in Byron Bay, Hike the Blue Mountains

In case you hadn't noticed, Australia is an awfully big place. So big, in fact, that you'd need to come back a few times to see it all. Don't have that kind of time? Hop aboard this 14-day trip down Australia's east coast and make the most of the time you do have. Offering a solid mix of must-do experiences and uncommon adventures, you'll learn to surf at Byron Bay, sail the Whitsundays, and trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest. The best part: there's still plenty more to come back for.

Day 1: Cairns
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: The Hotel Cairns (or similar)

Day 2: Cairns/Cape Tribulation
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.
Transport: Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation.
Activity: Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea.
Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Beach House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 3: Cape Tribulation
With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.
Free Time: Head out and start exploring.
Accommodation: Cape Tribulation Beach House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Cape Tribulation/Cairns
Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Make the most of a few hours in this city.
Accommodation: The Hotel Cairns (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Cairns/Airlie Beach
Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Blue Horizon Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Airlie Beach
Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.
Activity: Enjoy a day sailing amidst some of the 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday archipelago. Visit Whitehaven Beach, jump overboard for a quick refreshing dip, and make friends with the tropical fish that thrive within Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Activity: The Whitsunday Islands are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day sailing, then when it gets too hot, pull on a mask and snorkel and dive overboard to check out the variety of brightly coloured marine plants, coral and fish that thrive right in these warm tropical waters.
Accommodation: Blue Horizon Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch

Day 7: Airlie Beach/Byron Bay
Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (or similar)

Day 8: Byron Bay
Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like skydiving, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.
Free Time: Get out and explore this lazy beach town.
Accommodation: Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments (or similar)

Day 9: Byron Bay/Port Macquarie
Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.
Activity: Hit the beach and get ready to hang ten with a surf lesson from trained surf instructors. Spend some time in the water getting friendly with the waves, practice paddling, then pop up to balance on the wider, softer beginner boards. Too easy.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: El Paso Motor Inn (or similar)

Day 10: Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains
En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Leisure Inn Spires (or similar)

Day 11: Blue Mountains
Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.
Activity: Jenolan Caves are a protected feature of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. These limestone karst caves are the world's oldest caves and are significant both a scientific and sightseeing perspective. Enjoy a guided tour in the cool climes of this fascinating underworld.
Activity: This railway is steep and plunges into the rainforest and through the valley. The ride is scenically stunning. At the end, opt to take a rainforest walk or a cable car back to the visitor's centre.
Activity: Take in some amazing lookouts over the Jamison Valley, via the iconic Three Sisters. Descend down the 900 step giant staircase to the valley floor. Walk amongst the beautiful forest to the steepest incline railway in the world — The Katoomba Scenic Railway. Opt to ride its 52-degrees angle or take the Scenic Cableway. If you're keen for more walking, and time permitting, take the 900 stairs back up.
Activity: With charming Leura as your base, explore the major attractions of the Blue Mountains from sightseeing to bushwalking to cafés and more.
Accommodation: Leisure Inn Spires (or similar)

Day 12: Blue Mountains/Sydney
Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Free Time: Get out and explore.
Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Sydney (or similar)

Day 13: Sydney
Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.
Free Time: Enjoy a free day to explore one of Australia's most exciting cities.
Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Sydney (or similar)

Day 14: Sydney
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport
Private vehicle, sailboat, plane, walking

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Byron Bay Your Hands-On Moment: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay. Guided rainforest walk. Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion. Blue Mountains stay with hikes. Jenolan Caves visit. Scenic Railway. Jamison Valley walk. Orientation walk in Sydney. Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, and Sydney. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (11 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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By Martha H on Oct 04, 2019

It was a great tour and are guides were very knowledgeable.

By Ellen P on Jul 28, 2019

A Gadventures tour is a great affordable way to see the country and get the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people

By Asya B on Jul 13, 2019

It was a dream vacation.Thank you.

By Manuel E on Apr 06, 2019

The G-Adventures travel guides were excellent

By Melanie S on Mar 13, 2019

All 100% perfect, nothing to be done better

By Timothy W on Nov 25, 2018

The G Adventures tour was fantastic.

By Joanie D on Oct 11, 2018

Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

By Jan B on Oct 06, 2018

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

By Cynthia N on Sep 09, 2018

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

By Jihong J on Jul 12, 2018

Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

By Carmencita Q on May 15, 2018

Great trip at a reasonable price.

By Trisha H on May 04, 2018

Awesome trip in a great country. Our CEO was professional and fun!!!

By Ramiro R on Apr 02, 2018

G adventures offers hands down some of the best tour packages out there!

By John M on Mar 11, 2018

The Japan vacation was better than I expected!!!! It was an active "moving" trip, which I truly enjoyed. I've done "coach tours" where you sit on the bus and they take you -- this experience was "hands on" riding the buses, trains and running through the streets -- it was amazing !!!!! We got the full feel of Japan and the people. This trip is not for the weak or slow pace crowd - you drag your luggage through the streets, up and down stairs --- it was truly exciting and exhilarating. G adventures has a fan for life. The instructions and assistance was outstanding -- Great job - Steve (AffordableTours.com) was outstanding !

By John C on Dec 12, 2017

Amazing adventure. Thank you for the advice and preparation.


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