Highlights
Itinerary
Sydney
Cairns
  • Rainforest
  • Barrier Reef
  • Red Center
    Ocean Road
    Kangaroo Isle
    Tasmania

    Australia Itinerary

    OCT 29 - OCT 31: Flying across the international dateline

    OCT 31 - NOV 3: SYDNEY
    Stay at Carlton Crest Hotel, downtown Sydney. Recover from jetlag and explore the city.

    NOV 4 - NOV 7: PORT DOUGLAS
    Stay at Radisson Treetops Resort. Diving on Great Barrier Reef and trips into Daintree National Park.

    (11/5) Tour 2 - Daintree Wilderness Experience (Upland Daintreee Rainforest) with Wait-a-While Tours. This is the best option for experiencing a genuine wilderness area, with the chance to walk in extraordinary remote upland World Heritage rainforest. This large area of rugged mountains and mysterious valleys is often shrouded with mist, and much research is yet to be done on the flora and fauna found there. We are fortunate to be able to visit the home of rare animals such as the White Lemuroid possum, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Daintree Ringtail possum, and Golden Bowerbird.

    (11/6) Diving and snorkeling on the outer Great Barrier Reef on Posseidon's 50-passenger boat, departing from Port Douglas.

    NOV 7-8: GREEN ISLAND
    Take the ferry out to Green Island, on the Great Barrier Reef and spend the night at the beautiful Green Island Resort. Snorkel just off the beaches, kayak in the crystal clear waters, take a glass-bottom boat ride, and stroll through the national-park island forest.

    NOV 8-11: CAIRNS
    Take a ferry back to Cairns and stay at the Hotel Sofitel Reef Casino.

    (11/9) Tour 1 - Mountain Wildlife Experience (Atherton Tableland) with Wait-a-While Tours, running from 2pm to midnight. This is the best option for wildlife viewing, visiting different habitats across the Atherton Tableland and the mountains beyond, including dry and wet sclerophyll forest, and rainforest refuge areas (primarily above 900m in altitude). While there are no guarantees, with our experience and carefully chosen locations, we have the chance to see an excellent variety of birds and mammals. This tour also includes some of the natural attractions of the Atherton Tableland, such as the Crater lakes, strangler fig trees, and World Heritage rainforest. Of the 2 tours that we offer, this one provides the best chance of seeing platypus and Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo.

    (11/10) Take a half-day rafting trip down the Grade 3 Barron River with RnR Rafting.

    NOV 11-12: ULURU (Ayers Rock)
    Fly directly to Uluru and stay at the Desert Gardens Hotel.

    NOV 12: MELBOURNE
    Fly to Melbourne from Ayers Rock and stay at All Seasons Premier Swanston Hotel.

    NOV 13 - 15: GREAT OCEAN ROAD
    Drive to Adelaide from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, spending 2 nights along the way.

    (11/15) Stay at Pine Cottage in Port Jervis Station, where ferry departs for Kangaroo Island

    NOV 16 - NOV 19: KANGAROO ISLAND
    Stay at Kangaroo Island Lodge for 3 nights on Kangaroo Island, one of Australia's finest destinations for nature-based travel. Its pristine beaches, National Parks and abundant wildlife make it a must-see for every traveller. We're told it's the best place to see native wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, and platypus.

    Take a one day nature tour with Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours, visiting:

    • Rocky River, Flinders Chase - kangaroos & Cape Barren geese
    • Admirals Arch - fur seal
    • Remarkable Rocks, Cape du Couedic
    • Bush walk - echidna, rosella and koalas
    • Grassdale Historic Farm - kangaroos
    • Vivonne Bay, Point Ellen - beach shells & penguins

    (11/19) Stay again at Pine Cottage in Port Jervis Station

    NOV 20-22: MELBOURNE
    Drive back to Melbourne

    NOV 22-27: TASMANIA
    Fly to Tasmania and visit Hobart, Mt. Field National Park, Freycinet, and Cradle Mountain.

    (11/22-25) Stay at Cradle Mountain Lodge

    (11/25-26) Stay at Freycinet Lodge

    (11/22-25) Stay in Hobart at Macquarie Manor

    NOV 27-28: MELBOURNE
    Fly back to Melbourne

    NOV 28: FLY to AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND from MELBOURNE

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