Arrive at any time and settle into your comfortable hotel: there are no planned activities until your welcome meeting this evening, so you are free to 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 very cool Fitzroy neighbourhood.
Evening: Meet Your CEO and Group
At this evening's welcome meeting, you will get to know your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Why not opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards?
Accommodation: Melbourne - 2 Nights (or similar)
Melbourne Free Day
Tour Melbourne's iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture and get some great ideas about how you might want to spend your free afternoon.
Melbourne Laneways Walk
Discover the small laneways packed with shops, cafés and restaurants that make Melbourne so unique. After a light breakfast and delicious coffee (which no trip to Melbourne would be complete without!), experience Melbourne's laneways with an expert local host. Journey through this 'secret city,' seeing local hotspots and incredible street art while learning about the city's history.
Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula
You'll have some free time this morning before travelling to the Mornington Peninsula.
Brighton's Bathing Boxes
En route to the Mornington Peninsula we will stop to check out the famous bathing boxes that Port Phillip Bay is known for. These brightly-coloured one-room "mini-cabins" are owned by families to store belongings on their favourite beach.
Although fairly small in size, the Mornington Peninsula packs a big punch with the amount of things to do here. Be awed with the gorgeous coastal scenery while driving through quaint towns and past stunning beaches.
Accommodation: Mornington Peninsula - 2 Nights (or similar)
Mornington Peninsula - Free Day
A free day to get out and explore the stunning Mornington Peninsula. With so many cute bayside villages and pristine beaches, you can wander at leisure or take an optional wine tour to discover the world-renowned local varieties.
Optional activity: Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour
Visit some local wineries to taste locally produced vino. The Mornington Peninsula is famed for its Pinot Noir, but the 50 plus wineries in the region produce over 200 different wines...!
Mornington Peninsula to Port Campbell
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.
Rainforest Walk Great Otway National Park
Take in the beautiful greenery of the Great Otway National Park on a leisurely walk with your CEO.
Visit the 12 Apostles
Stop at a scenic lookout point along the Great Ocean Road and capture the beautiful views over the ocean and the 12 Apostles. These iconic attractions were once limestone caves which eroded to become arches and eventually stacks up to 45 m (147 ft) in height.
Discover Loch Ard Gorge: Port Campbell National Park
Beautiful Loch Ard Gorge shows the process of erosion in action. See offshore stacks and blowholes, and watch short-tailed shearwaters soar over the nearby island.
Optional Activity: 12 Apostles Helicopter Flight
Pre-book a helicopter flight and get a birds-eye view of the massive 12 Apostles rock columns from above.
Accommodation: Port Campbell - 1 Night (or similar)
Port Campbell to Halls Gap
Travel inland from Port Campbell to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art.
Grampians National Park Visit
Walk past lookouts, sandstone ridges and other various rock formations and be rewarded with sweeping views of the outstanding natural landscape.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Halls Gap - 2 Nights (or similar)
Halls Gap at your leisure
Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Visit the culturally significant MacKenzie Falls for a short hike. Walk to the stunning Balconies, then spend the afternoon relaxing with the locals - our resident wild kangaroos and emus.
MacKenzie Falls Visit
MacKenzie Falls is the only waterway in the region that flows year-round and it is also the most visited waterfall in the Grampians; take a short walk and check out the falls out from a viewing platform.
The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit
Set off from the Reed Lookout overlooking Victoria Valley, and enjoy a short walk with beautiful scenery to the Balconies, formerly called the Jaws of Death.
Today we're off to Adelaide. On arrival into the city your CEO will point out the important highlights, before free time to explore the city this afternoon.
Cosmopolitan Adelaide is filled to the brim with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. With spacious boulevards and vibrant inner-city districts, sophisticated architecture and lush gardens, South Australia's capital has it all.
Accommodation: Adelaide - 2 Nights (or similar)
Today is a free day to enjoy Adelaide, capital of South Australia and famed for its churches and gardens. Opt to stroll the city streets, hop on a tram to the coastal village of Glenelg, take in a full day wine tour of the famed Barossa Valley, or for the truly adventurous, take a day trip to Kangaroo Island. Your CEO can help you with what you might want to plan for today.
Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Indigenous people of the area.
Uluru Mala Walk
Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
Learn about the Aboriginal Australian culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear creation stories.
Optional Activity: Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride
Get a bird's eye view of the iconic red rock, and take in the vast expanses of desert surrounding the 'Heart of the Red Centre'.
Optional Activity: Outback Astronomy Tour
Enjoy a tour of the night sky, learning how Aboriginals used the stars for mythology and seasonal predictions while getting a chance to stargaze through telescopes and binoculars.
Optional Activity: Sounds of Silence Dinner
Enjoy a decadent three-course dinner while watching the sunset over Uluru. Try traditional bush tucker inspired food while listening to a didgeridoo performance as day turns to night. After dinner, learn more about the southern night sky during an astronomy tour with a local expert.
Uluru to Cairns
Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
With its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Cairns is a haven of scuba diving, snorkelling, reef cruises, all types of fishing, rainforest walks, native bird and wildlife watching.
You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group in Cairns. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Accommodation: Cairns - 1 Night (or similar)
Cairns to Cape Tribulation
From Cairns you will head north to Cape Tribulation, a remote headland famed for its beautiful beach and rainforest landscape. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.
Included Activity: Aboriginal Interpretive Walk at Mossman Gorge
Follow your 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.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Cape Tribulation - 2 Nights (or similar)
A free day in beautiful Cape Tribulation. Why not opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park?
Optional Activity: Great Barrier Reef Visit
Hop on a boat and head out to sea to reach the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Don a mask and opt to snorkel the largest coral reef in the world.
Optional Activity: Daintree Rainforest Night Walk
Once the sun goes down, grab a torch and head out into the jungle for a guided night walk. With your guide, you'll spot various critters who call this region home.
Optional Activity: Cape Tribulation Horseback Riding
Ride through lush canopy floors and crystal clear streams, ending up on the stunning Myall beach. Cap off this adventure by galloping through the ocean spray!
Cape Tribulation to Cairns
Bid farewell to the rainforest and return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.
Sun-seekers and locals alike flock to Cairns Esplanade's swimming lagoon on the city’s foreshore. There are picnic areas, birdwatching viewpoints, free barbecues and fitness equipment along the boardwalk, perfect for unwinding after today's journey.
Accommodation: Cairns - 1 Night (or similar)
Cairns to Airlie Beach
Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach in plenty of time to explore.
Palm-fringed beaches and waterfront parks are a staple of this seriously laid-back holiday destination. After your journey, why not cool off at Airlie Beach Lagoon? Here you can swim all year round and there are even lifeguards on duty in the daylight hours.
Accommodation: Airlie Beach - 2 Nights (or similar)
Airlie Beach - free day
Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. You can 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.
Included Activity: Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion
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.
Great Barrier Reef Visit
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.
Airlie Beach to Byron Bay
Today we fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in Australia's famous "hippie" paradise.
Byron is one of Australia's most creative locations, with a huge population of musicians, writers and designers living here and enjoying the relaxed beach lifestyle. Think chic boutiques, luxury wellness retreats, organic cafes and yoga on the sands.
Accommodation: Byron Bay - 2 Nights (or similar)
A Full Day in Byron Bay
There's plenty to see and do in Byron Bay, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like sea kayaking, yoga, and skydiving. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
Optional Activity: Hinterland and Minyon Falls Tour
Head inland to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, for a 2-hour guided walk through the rainforest to beautiful Minyon Falls.
Optional Activity: Whale Watching
Enjoy a thrilling excursion on the water in search of the magnificent Humpback whales. Between June and November, they migrate north from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and birth in the tropics.
Optional Activity: Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking
Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore.
Byron Bay and Onwards to Port Macquarie
Tour an organic farm in the heart of Byron Bay before sitting down to a delicious lunch featuring local produce.
Included Activity: Surfing Lesson
They'll be the opportunity to 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.
Later, you will 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.
Accommodation: Port Macquarie - 1 Night (or similar)
Port Macquarie to the Blue Mountains
Leave the coast behind and head inland to the breathtaking Blue Mountains region. En route, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about these unique creatures and even adopt your very own Koala!
Prepare to be awed by rugged sandstone cliffs, hidden canyons, towering waterfalls and never-ending expanses of gorgeous eucalyptus forests. The World-Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains region is guaranteed to impress.
Accommodation: Leisure Inn Spires - 2 Nights (or similar)
With charming Leura as your base, explore the major attractions of the Blue Mountains from sightseeing to bushwalking to cafés and more. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.
Included Activity: Jenolan Caves Tour
Jenolan Caves are a protected feature of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Enjoy a guided tour in the cool climes of this fascinating underworld.
Included Activity: Blue Mountains Scenic Railway
This stunning scenic railway is steep and plunges into the rainforest and through the valley. At the end, opt to take a rainforest walk or a cable car back to the visitor's centre.
Included Activity: Jamison Valley Walk
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 and walk amongst the beautiful forest.
Blue Mountains to Sydney
Today it's a short drive into Sydney, the oldest and grandest of Australia's big cities. Blessed with a glorious natural harbour, golden beaches and a blissful climate, this incredible metropolis is guaranteed to impress.
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.
You have a free afternoon, so why not settle in with a stroll along Circular Quay. With the Harbour Bridge at one end and the Opera House at the other, is there any more iconic place to begin exploring?
Accommodation: Sydney - 2 Nights (or similar)
Sydney - Free Day
Enjoy a free day to explore one of Australia's most exciting cities. Today is your day to get a feel for the city, relax seaside at Bondi Beach, and enjoy an optional final night out with any group members leaving us in Sydney. Discover the city at your leisure, or you can opt to pre-book some amazing Sydney activities:
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
Climb one of the most famous bridges in the world – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Soak in amazing panoramic city views of Sydney at the top – a perfect photo opp and memory to take home with you!
Sydney HarbourJet Boat Ride
Want an adrenaline rush? Hold on and get ready for a white-water thrill while gorgeous scenery whizzes past. Explore Sydney Harbour, jetting by the Opera House, Harbour Islands and more!
Sydney Opera House Visit
Take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site to discover its history, folklore, and more. Catch the boom of the grand organ–with more than 10,000 pipes, it took 10 years to build and is the largest mechanical organ in the world.
Sydney Adrenaline Bundle
Admire the city from new perspectives with this Adrenaline Bundle. Start with a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge – 134 m (440 ft) above sea level! Learn the story of the bridge from an expert guide and soak in the epic views. Next, board a jet boat and enjoy the thrill of spins, slides, and fishtails, spotting iconic landmarks like the Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Shark Island along the way. Book this Adrenaline Bundle and save on both activities.
Sydney to Auckland: Welcome to New Zealand
‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!
Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city this afternoon. As well as volcanoes, Auckland is famous for its waterfront - there's lots to see at the harbour edge. Grab dinner at one of the fantastic eateries at the nearby Viaduct, where you can see giant super-yachts come and go.
Accommodation: Auckland - 2 Nights (or similar)
Free Day in Auckland
Today you are free to enjoy Auckland any way you wish: we have a whole range of optional activity suggestions for you.
There may be some new travellers joining your tour this evening, and you can opt to attend their welcome meeting and get to know them over dinner later.
Optional Activity: Maritime Museum Visit
Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.
Optional Activity: Waiheke Island Excursion
Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island’s 19 boutique wineries.
Optional Activity: America's Cup Sailing Experience
Work together with your teammates to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in this competitive yacht. This activity starts early so booking an extra night in Auckland is recommended.
Optional Activity: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Tour
Enjoy a day out of Auckland for a 2-hour movie set tour and see where major scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed. Pre-booking is essential due to popularity
Auckland to Rotorua via the Waitomo Caves
On our way to Rotorua today we visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities. Then continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.
Included Activity: Waitomo Caverns Excursion - Ruakuri Cave
Walk through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves carved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.
Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 Nights (or similar)
Rotorua At Your Leisure
With lots to see and do in Rotorua, it's time to get out and explore! You can opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.
Included Activity: Tamaki Maori Village and Traditional Hangi Meal
This evening we will visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history, myths and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes such as chicken, sweet potatoes (kumara), and lamb steamed over heated rocks.
Optional Activity: Mountain Biking
Explore the stunning Redwood Forest on two wheels on what some call the world's best mountain biking trails.
Optional Activity: Whitewater Rafting
Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don't forget to paddle!
Optional Activity: Hot Springs
Soak tired muscles in the area's natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic.
Optional Activity: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Enjoy a half day trip out to the Hobbiton Movie Set and see where major scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed.
Optional Activity: Rotorua Canopy Tour
Experience life among the treetops of a Kiwi forest through this one-of-a-kind nature tour.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Rotorua to Christchurch
Today we board a flight to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. Walk around the city with a local guide and learn about how communities have rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011. This evening, enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.
Included Activity: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour
Explore lesser-known paths around Christchurch on this walking tour of the city led by a member of Rekindle — a social enterprise where resourcefulness skills are shared among members to build self-confidence and create art out of under-valued materials. The hands-on, workshop-based environment keeps everyone engaged and helps to strengthen the community.
Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night (or similar)
Christchurch to Lake Ohau
Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds this local landmark.
Spend the afternoon hiking the region around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre.
Aoraki/Mount Cook Visit
Aoraki/Mount Cook is both a village, a national park and the name of New Zealand's highest mountain. Located in central South Island, the park includes a mix of rocks and glaciers, as well as alpine plants including the world's largest buttercup, the Mount Cook lily. There are several short walks that reward with spectacular views. Stop by the visitor's centre to learn more about the region.
Meal: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Ohau - 1 Night (or similar)
Drive to Queenstown, and on the way stop in Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Visit a Central Otago Winery
Visit one of the vineyards in the beautiful Central Otago region, known for it's Pinot Noir. Learn about how this famous red wine is produced and, more importantly, sample some!
Evening in Queenstown at your leisure
Nestled on the shores of glistening Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by towering peaks, Queenstown is New Zealand’s ultimate holiday destination. This compact, scenic town is easy to explore on foot.
Accommodation: Queenstown - 3 Nights (or similar)
Doubtful Sound Day Trip
Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park on a day trip into Doubtful Sound where we'll board a cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area. Return to Queenstown in the evening.
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. The only way to get here is by boat across Lake Manapouri, then bus across Wilmont Pass to Doubtful Sound. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls, and keep an eye out for area wildlife: dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. This isolated part of New Zealand is truly a special place!
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
There's plenty to see and do in Queenstown on your free day today, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping, and jet boating. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
Optional Activity: Scenic Horse Riding Tour
Head out on a scenic horse ride and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Optional Activity: Bungy Jump
Take the plunge at the world's original commercial Bungy site, or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground.
Optional Activity: Skydiving
Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. This is what a natural high truly feels like!
Optional Activity: Gondola Ride
Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by gondola (cable car) for a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Lake Wakatipu below.
Optional Activity: Paragliding
Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.
Optional Activity: Earnslaw Steamship Cruise
Discover the breathtaking Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a 103-year-old traditional steamship.
Optional Activity: Vineyard Tour
Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and pick up a few bottles to savour back home.
Optional Activity: Shotover Canyon Swing/Shotover Canyon Fox
The world’s highest cliff jump! Jump off a cliff and swing into a canyon on the 109m high Canyon Swing or the 182m high Canyon Fox.
Optional Activity: Queenstown Jet Boating
A fast-paced whitewater ride with sharp turns and spins expertly navigated by a trained driver. Strap in and be ready to get wet.
- Experience Melbourne’s colourful laneways
- Travel along the Great Ocean Road
- Venture into the Australian bush
- See the sunset over Uluru
- Follow an Indigenous guide through the Daintree Rainforest
- Sail around the scenic Whitsundays
- Explore the Waitomo Caves
- Enjoy a traditional Maori dinner
- Guided Melbourne laneways walk
- Brighton bathing boxes visit
- Rainforest walk in Great Otway NP
- 12 Apostles visit. Grampians NP visit
- Tower Hill Nature Reserve visit
- Brambuk Indigenous Cultural Centre visit
- Wilpena Pound visit
- Champagne sunset viewing of Uluru
- Mala Walk around Uluru and cultural centre visit
- Guided rainforest walk. Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion
- Blue Mountains stay with hikes
- Scenic Railway. Jenolan Caves visit
- Jamison Valley walk
- Waitomo Caves visit
- Maori cultural experience
- Wine tasting
- Aoraki/Mt Cook NP visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
- Aoraki/Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre visit
- Fiordland NP visit
- Doubtful Sound day cruise
- Orientation walk in Sydney
- Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, Sydney, Rotorua and Queenstown
- Internal flights
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Is this tour for me?
Service Level: Standard, Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Physical Rating: 3 - Average : Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
Trip Type: Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.
Age requirement: 12+