Explore Australia

Imagine getting to Australias greatest highlights in 12 legendary, stress-free days. From its world-class cities and sacred Red Centre, to the Great Barrier Reef and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this itinerary leaves no stone unturned. With meaningful cultural immersion, included internal flights, and a guided foodie walk through Melbourne, this is a trip Down Under you might wish to take again and again.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 155218
  • Starts: Sydney, Australia
  • Finishes: Melbourne, Australia
You will Visit
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne



Day 1: Sydney

Please make your own way to the joining hotel. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy exploring the city before joining the welcome meeting at 6pm.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House.

Additional Notes:
Please try to arrive before 6:00pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

This is a busy trip with a lot of early mornings to catch connecting flights, enabling you to see as much of Down Under as possible.

Want to start your Down Under adventure with an adrenaline rush? Add the 'Sydney Adrenaline Bundle' or 'Sydney Bridge Climb' extra to your tour. Get an incredible view of the iconic Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Bridge, then zip through the waterways on a jet boat ride if you book the 'Adrenaline Bundle'. PLEASE NOTE: if booking either of these extras a pre-night in Sydney is highly recommended as the Bridge Climb starts early in the morning on Day 1.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Sydney (1B, 1D)

Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the iconic Opera House and the Rocks area. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with barbecue dinner. Navigating the bays and coves, sit back on the sunbed and relax and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise



Day 3: Sydney/Port Douglas (1B)

We catch a very early flight to ensure we make the most of the day.

Included Activities:
Aboriginal Interpretive Walk

Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)
Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


Day 4: Port Douglas (1B)

Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.


Day 5: Port Douglas/Cairns (1B)

Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures, and we'll hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.

Included Activities:
James Cook University Research Aquarium

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


Day 6: Cairns (1B, 1L)

Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive Indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years, to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch and participation in a painting class with Jirrbal Aboriginal artists.

Included Activities:
Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest Cultural Experience
Ingan Cultural Centre & Jirrbal Aboriginal Art Demonstration

Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 140km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 140km)


Day 7: Cairns (1B)

Cairns is the adventure capital of Queensland, and the day is yours with free time to explore. Opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, soar above the rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or explore this stunning coastal city.


Day 8: Cairns/Uluru (1B)

Get a good nights sleep as our flight could be quite early today.

Included Activities:
Sunset at Uluru

Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))


Day 9: Uluru (1B)

Additional Notes:
Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C (109-115°F) in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.

The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 36°C (98°F). During these hot months, we try to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the midday sun. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat.

Included Activities:
Uluru Mala Walk
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Kata Tjuta National Park


Day 10: Uluru/Melbourne (1B)

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night.

Additional Notes:
Flight times today can very depending on airline schedules.

Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)


Day 11: Melbourne (1B, 1L)

Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne or the many wineries in the area.

Additional Notes:
Occasionally Monique Bayer may not be available for the Melbourne Foodie Walk. In the event this happens, an equally qualified guide will lead the walk.

Included Activities:
Melbourne Foodie Walk


Day 12: Melbourne (1B)

If you want more time to explore Melbourne, we recommend booking post nights with your agent

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

    • Sydney Harbour cruise and city orientation walk
    • Aboriginal dreamtime walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge
    • James Cook University Aquarium visit
    • Cultural excursion with the Jirrbal Rainforest people
    • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
    • Walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta
    • Melbourne orientation walk
    • Melbourne foodie walk and three-course meal with local author and culinary storyteller
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    • Private vehicle, plane, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience the Red Centre and witness the majesty of Uluru at sunrise
  • Sample iconic Australian wines at their source
  • Tour the James Cook University Aquarium
  • Enjoy a G Adventures-supported Indigenous experience with the Jirrbal Rainforest people