Best of the Red Centre & Eastern Australia

Australia is over 7 million sq km of sand, reef, rock, koala, wine, sailing, ocean, city, culture, Dreamtime, and so much more than we could possibly list here, and it would take several lifetimes to explore it all. This sprawling 25-day adventure comes pretty close, though. Kick things off in cosmopolitan Melbourne before sampling the tasty wines of the scenic Mornington Peninsula. Then head up the Great Ocean Road to a couple of national parks before journeying deep into the fabled Outback for a rendezvous with the iconic Uluru. Next, meet the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation, cruise the glorious Whitsundays, visit a G Adventures-supported cultural centre, learn to surf, and zip around Sydney Harbour aboard a jetboat. Exhausted yet? Just waitll youre actually there!

  • Duration: 25 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 166398
  • Starts: Melbourne, Australia
  • Finishes: Sydney, Australia
You will Visit
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney



Day 1: Melbourne

There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, head into the city to take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Get lost in the city's famous laneways, go on the hunt for the perfect flat white (hint: Melbourne loves its coffee shops), catch the tram to St. Kilda, or wander around the über-cool Fitzroy neighbourhood.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Melbourne/Mornington Peninsula (1B)

Although fairly small in size, the Mornington Peninsula packs a big punch with the amount of things to do here. Be awed with the stunning coastal scenery, drive through quaint towns, and stop en route at a local winery for an optional wine tasting and snack.

Included Activities:
Melbourne Laneways Walk
Bathing Boxes Visit

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 100km)


Day 3: Mornington Peninsula

Enjoy a free day in the Mornington Peninsula. Go for a hike, visit a winery, or hit one of the many incredible beaches in the area.


Day 4: Mornington Peninsula/Port Campbell (1B)

Hop on a ferry to Queenscliff before spending the day travelling along the Great Ocean Road. Pass world-famous surf beaches, enjoy views of the 12 Apostles, and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park.

Included Activities:
Rainforest Walk
12 Apostles Visit
Loch Ard Gorge Visit

Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 20km)
Ferry (1.00 hour(s), 15km)
Enjoy the stunning scenery while driving along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at the highlights along the way.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))


Day 5: Port Campbell/Little Desert National Park (1B, 1D)

Travel into the Aussie bush, stopping at Grampians National Park en route. Take a guided night walk to look for nocturnal critters in Little Desert National Park.

Included Activities:
The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit
MacKenzie Falls Visit
Night Bush Walk

Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 110km)


Day 6: Little Desert National Park/Adelaide (1B)

Travel to Adelaide, and enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival before free time to explore the city.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 345km)


Day 7: Adelaide/Flinders Ranges (1B, 1L, 1D)

Stop for a wine tasting and lunch in the Clare Valley before driving through the Flinders Ranges.

Included Activities:
Wine Tasting

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))


Day 8: Flinders Ranges (1B, 1D)

Visit Wilpena Pound, a 800-million-year old natural amphitheatre, before enjoying free time for optional activities in the Flinders Ranges like hiking or a 4WD tour of the rugged area.

Included Activities:
Wilpena Pound Visit


Day 9: Flinders Ranges/Coober Pedy (1B, 1L)

Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opals to the area.

Included Activities:
Guided Mine Tour

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 700km)


Day 10: Coober Pedy/Uluru (1B)

Cross the border into the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits.

Included Activities:
Uluru at Sunset

Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 750km)


Day 11: Uluru (1B)

Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Aborigines.

Included Activities:
Uluru Mala Walk
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit


Day 12: Uluru/Cairns

Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Plane (4.00 hour(s))


Day 13: Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B)

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

Included Activities:
Aboriginal Interpretive Walk

Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation.
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))


Day 14: Cape Tribulation (1B)

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.


Day 15: Cape Tribulation/Cairns (1B)

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.

Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))


Day 16: Cairns/Airlie Beach (1B, 1L)

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town. Stop en route for lunch and a tour of the G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Centre. Participate in either a painting activity with traditional Jirrbal Aboriginal artists.

Included Activities:
Ingan Cultural Centre & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration

Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 623km)


Day 17: Airlie Beach (1L)

Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands and visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel and enjoy a day at sea around these stunning islands. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.

Included Activities:
Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion
Barrier Reef Visit


Day 18: Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.

Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 200km)


Day 19: Byron Bay

Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like sea kayaking or visiting Minyon Falls.


Day 20: 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.

Included Activities:
Surfing Lesson

Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 397km)


Day 21: Port Macquarie/Sydney

Opt to visit a koala hospital before continuing on to Sydney for a night in the bustling city.

Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 390km)


Day 22: Sydney/Blue Mountains

Enjoy a jet boat ride in Sydney Harbour before travelling to the Blue Mountains region.

Included Activities:
Jet Boat Ride

Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)


Day 23: Blue Mountains

Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including The Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and opt for a ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.

Additional Notes:
In the case of bad weather or poor visibility, the Jamison Valley walk may take place on Day 13.

Included Activities:
Blue Mountains Excursion
Jenolan Caves Tour
Jamison Valley Walk


Day 24: Blue Mountains/Sydney

Travel back to Sydney for a final evening in the big city.

Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)


Day 25: Sydney

Depart at any time.

    • Melbourne laneways walk
    • Mornington Peninsula bathing boxes visit
    • Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
    • 12 Apostles visit
    • Hike at Grampians NP
    • Night bush walk (Little Desert NP)
    • Clare Valley wine tasting
    • Wilpena Pound visit
    • Underground mine tour (Coober Pedy)
    • Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
    • Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
    • Guided Daintree Rainforest walk
    • Lunch and visit to G Adventures-supported Ingan Cultural Museum (Tully)
    • Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
    • Surf lesson (Byron Bay)
    • Orientation walk in Sydney
    • Jet boat ride in Sydney Harbour
    • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
    • Jenolan Caves visit
    • Jamison Valley walk
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (21 nts), underground hotel (1 nt), rainforest cabin (2 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Private vehicle, ferry, sailboat, plane, walking
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover the hidden laneways of Melbourne
  • Marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
  • Spend the night in an underground hotel
  • Catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
  • Trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest
  • Sail through the gorgeous Whitsundays
  • Hang ten in Byron Bay
  • Explore the Blue Mountains by foot