Australia – The Red Centre

Sydney, Melbourne

If you’re looking to experience a real cross-section of what Australia has to offer, it’s hard to beat this unique journey which is a road trip, an off-road trip and a railroad trip all in one! Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, you’ll travel the Great Ocean Road towards Adelaide and, after topping for wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, you’ll leave civilization behind and head deep into the Outback via unique outposts such as Coober Pedy. In the Red Centre, admire Uluru and Kings Canyon before hopping on the Ghan railway in Alice Springs to complete this superb adventure in sub-tropical Darwin.

18 Days and 17 Nights,

Australia is the land of adventure, and we've compiled a few ideas to get you started. Take a camel trek through the Simpson Desert in the Northern Territory, 4WD across South Australia's rugged Flinders Ranges or do the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria. Ski or snowboard winter slopes, trek through ancient rainforests or pick one of our pristine islands to combine adventure with true relaxation. You can dive, snorkel, canoe, kayak and surf all around Australia.

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Great Barrier Reef

The variety of bio-diversity that this reef supports has to be seen to be believed. The Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin, Dwarf Minke Whale, Flatback Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle and Salt Water Crocodile are some of the species found here. There are a wide variety of birds living near this reef. It’s one of the greatest heritage sites in this continent country. Located off the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef is in the Coral Sea and is the largest coral reef in the world. ‘Live aboard’ is a floating guest facility that is offered in many places along the coast. A scuba diver would find this reef really fascinating. You could also try snorkeling and diving.

‘Natural State’ Tasmania island

The ‘Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race’, the ‘Road rally in Tasmania’ and a host of music events make it a popular destination. ‘Falls Festival’ has drawn crowds for many years now. Around the time of Christmas, ‘Carols in the candlelight’ is another well-known event. The food festival has food and wine that attracts people by the thousand. Wines such as ‘Cascade’ and ‘Boags’ are popular in mainland Australia and across the world. Cheese and dairy products are also a hit with the tourists.

Mount Kosciuszko

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This, the highest mountain in Australia has Alpine flowers which could be blooming if you go at the right time of the year. Ningaloo Reef, another reef in the West Coast off Australia is a white sandy lagoon. You can actually walk to this coral reef. Swim along with the many species of fish and other water creatures. Also, make time to visit the Ningaloo Marine Park. Glen Helen with its Ormiston Gorge, and Pound National Park in Australia’s Outback Northern Territory is along the legendary Finke river.

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  • Bed Type: One King plus one sofabed
  • Children Policy: Children two and under are permitted within maximum occupancy at no additional cost using existing bedding. Up to two children three to 12 are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per child, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).
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  • Day 1: Melbourne Arrive into Melbourne at any time today and head out to explore all that this vibrant city, regarded as the cultural capital of Australia, has to offer.
  • Day 2: Great Ocean Road / Port Campbell Head out of Melbourne to start your exploration of the world-famous Great Ocean Road, one of the most scenic driving routes in Australia. Check out the surf beaches of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route to Great Otway National Park where there’s time to enjoy a walk through the rainforest. From here, the scenery gets even more dramatic as you approach the eroded rock formations known as the 12 Apostles, which tower above the beach. Make a stop at Loch Ard Gorge to learn the tragic story of the Loch Ard, an immigrant ship from Scotland, which was shipwrecked along this treacherous coastline with the loss of all but two of its passengers. Feel close to the ocean tonight with a stay in a beachside cabin. (B, D)
  • Day 3: Grampians National Park Continue your exploration of the Great Ocean Road, with visits to further rock formations such as The Arch and the now-collapsed London Bridge. At Tower Hill National Park, you have a chance to see endemic all-Australian animals including koalas and kangaroos. Travel inland to Grampians National Park, a beautiful region known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive indigenous rock art. Trek through the forest, rich with both vegetation and wildlife or, for something more active, opt for a spot of mountain biking. Spend the night at a lodge located within the National Park.
  • Day 4: Robe Explore more of Grampians National Park, including waterfalls, lakes and a trek to the ‘Jaws of Death Balconies’. Heading back to the coast, the historic town of Robe is tonight’s destination with the option to go surfing if you wish. Visit the local Aussie Rules Football Club for a beer this evening if you’re up for an authentic ‘cultural’ experience and a real slice of local life!
  • Day 5: Coorong National Park / Adelaide Enjoy a few short walks today in Coorong National Park, known for its dune systems, lagoons and amazing birdlife before continuing to the graceful and elegant city of Adelaide, whose city centre is known as the ‘square mile’ having been planned to exactly that size, and which sits as an island of urbanization literally surrounded by beautiful parklands. An optional group dinner this evening gives you the chance to sample some of South Australia’s famous cuisine and wine.
  • Day 6: Barossa Valley / Flinders Ranges The region around Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading wine-producing regions, and nowhere more so than the internationally-recognized Barossa Valley. What better way to start today than with a spot of wine tasting at a local vineyard? Continue to Alligator Gorge in Remarkable National Park, known for its uniquely-colored rock formations and rugged scenery, before a stop at the historic town of Quorn. You’ll notice a distinct change of scenery today, a sure sign you’re heading into the Outback! Bed down for the night at a working sheep station for a one-of-a-kind Aussie experience.
  • Day 7-8: Wilpena Pound / William Creek Head to Wilpena Pound for a guided walk to the natural amphitheatre sacred to the Aboriginal Adnyamathana people, to learn about indigenous art and early settler history. The best way to appreciate Wilpena Pound is to see it from the air, and optional flights can be arranged. Spend a memorable night sleeping in‘swag’ (canvas bedroll) for a true Outback experience. On Day 8, travel along the route of the Old Ghan Railway, the Oodnadatta Track. Marvel at ruins of early settler sites, visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre, cross the dingo fence and trek to the edge of the great salt lake, Lake Eyre. Later there’s the opportunity to relax in remote thermal springs, the perfect way to refresh after a day of Outback explorations.
  • Day 9: Coober Pedy Cross the Outback on a rugged track to Coober Pedy, the world’s opal mining capital, where summer temperatures can get so hot that many locals choose to live underground. You’ll take a guided tour of a mine, before spending the night at a unique subterranean hostel.
  • Day 10: Uluru (Ayers Rock) Cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia’s most iconic view awaits, the mighty monolith of Uluru. Experience the colourful sunset at the rock and then bed down in a ‘swag’ or, if you prefer, a tent for a night under the stars of the Outback.
  • Day 11: Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Kings Canyon Start the day off with a glass of bubbles as you watch the sunrise over Uluru, and notice the stark difference in its appearance and colors compared with last night’s sunset. Take a walk around the base of the rock with a local guide to learn why Uluru is considered so significant to the Aborigines. Head west to the no-less-impressive Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) where, weather permitting, you can hike the beautiful Valley of the Winds. Retrace your steps back to Uluru and from there, head to tonight’s overnight stop at Kings Canyon.
  • Day 12: Kings Canyon / Western MacDonnell Ranges Today, you’ll explore beautiful Kings Canyon on foot, walking around both the north and south walls and visiting the dramatic formations known as the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. It’s a remarkable place, yet receives a fraction of the visitors that go to Uluru. From here, continue into the Western MacDonnell Ranges for a night staying in a tent or swag - your choice!
  • Day 13: Alice Springs Start the day with a refreshing dip at the Glen Helen swimming hole before travelling via the Glen Helen Gorge towards the isolated but welcoming Outback outpost of Alice Springs, the only town of any significant size for hundreds, if not thousands, of miles in any direction! From its humble beginnings as a remote telegraph station, Alice has grown into the capital of the Outback, and serves as the base for two uniquely Australian institutions – the ‘Flying Doctors’ and the ‘School of the Air’, which teaches lessons via the Internet to children living on remote cattle stations.
  • Day 14: Ghan Train You’ll have a free day to explore Alice Springs, perhaps taking time to visit some of the renowned Aboriginal art galleries or explore the pedestrian shopping mall for a welcome dose of civilization after a few days in the Outback. Late afternoon, you’ll jump on board the world-famous Ghan train, named after the Afghan camel trains that used to provide essential supplies to the cattle stations of the Outback, and spend a relaxing evening travelling in comfort. Watch the scenery change as you leave the Outback behind and approach the sub-tropical ‘Top End’ of Australia.
  • Day 15: Katherine gorge / Darwin The Ghan makes a four-hour stop at the town of Katherine, and a transfer to Katherine Gorge is included, where there are a number of optional activities available. You can enjoy a spot of hiking through the stunning scenery, take a flat-bottomed boat ride on the river or even jump aboard a helicopter to fly over the Gorge. Back on the train you’ll continue your journey to the capital of the ‘Top End’, Darwin.
  • Day 16-17: Kakadu National Park / Litchfield National Park Early departure from Darwin this morning for a packed day of adventure in Kakadu. Stop for a quick crocodile-spotting boat cruise at the Corroboree Billabong, visit Ubirr to admire the indigenous rock art and then call into an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre to learn about the ideas behind these ancient creations. Kakadu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its natural beauty and cultural significance, and you’ll spend the rest of your time here exploring its beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and hiking trails, though the exact itinerary of the day does vary between the wet and dry seasons. Later on Day 17, transfer to an overnight camp near Litchfield National Park, where a delicious barbecue dinner awaits to mark your last night together as a group.
  • Day 11: Litchfield National Park / Darwin Enjoy a guided excursion into Litchfield National Park to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. Visit the Wangi, Florence and Tolmer Falls, with plenty of opportunities for a refreshing swim. The perfect end to a perfect trip! The tour comes to an end with an evening arrival back into Darwin.
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