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Intinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive in MELBOURNE
    Arrive in Melbourne and transfer to your hotel.
  • Day 2 MELBOURNE
    Melbourne is a big Australian city full of life. Discover its many parks and botanical gardens, elegant alleys and buildings with old and modern architecture, numerous cafes, trendy bars and restaurants. For those who appreciate museums, the National Gallery of Victoria houses magnificent collections of works of art.
  • Day 3 MELBOURNE
    Spend the day in Melbourne and its suburbs by tram or tour, and soak up its atmosphere, not to mention its neighbourhoods of character like Fitzroy, St Kilda and Carlton that are brimming with life and activity. Stretch out on the banks of the Yarra River that runs through Melbourne. For market lovers, do not miss the Queen Victoria Market, north of downtown
  • Day 4 MELBOURNE – ANGLESEA
    Collect your rental car this morning and drive to Torquay, a small seaside town known for its surfers and continue to Anglesea where you will spend the night.

    About 1 ½ hours of driving / 150 km
  • Day 5 ANGLESEA – APOLLO BAY
    Stop by Aireys Inlet to take a picture under the arch of memory that marks the beginning of the famous Great Ocean Road. Head to Lorne, a charming coastal town is the perfect starting point to stroll through the majestic forests of Great Otway National Park. You can see kangaroos, koalas and dozens of species of eagles, about forty of which are only in this part of the world!

    On the outskirts of Lorne, Teddy's Lookout offers breathtaking views of the Great Ocean Road and St George's River, which winds its way through the fern-covered valleys. Continuing from Lorne is without doubt the most majestic portion of the Great Ocean Road! 44 kilometers of tropical forests, rivers, waterfalls, cliffs and small idyllic coves. The road to Apollo Bay continues on the cliffs, with the ocean on one side and the forest on the other. An end of the world decor with coves of fine sand, wild and peaceful.

    About 1 ½ hours of driving / 80 km
  • Day 6 APOLLO BAY – WARRNAMBOOL
    Follow the Great Ocean Road towards Warrnambool (approximately 3 hours / 170km driving). The road gently leaves the edges of the ocean to climb the lands and the rainforest towards the glorious rocky clusters of the 12 Apostles.

    The road then becomes more winding and climbs up to Princetown. On the way, make a stop at Cape Otway (the southernmost point of the coastline). A part of the coastline as splendid for the backpackers as dangerous for the ships (nearly 200 shipwrecks in a century, hence its nickname "Shipwreck Coast"). This is where Australia's oldest lighthouse is, Cape Otway Lighthouse. The tranquil Princetown is a haven of peace and a fisherman's paradise. An ideal place to explore the flora and fauna surrounding. Continue along the road to complete the day at Warrnambool.
  • Day 7 WARRNAMBOOL - ROBE
    Depart early this morning to allow time for a stop at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and maybe have the chance to see wild animals (emus, koalas, kangaroos).

    Cross to Mount Gambier, where you can see the Blue Lake which contains one of the craters of an extinct volcano and mysteriously changes colour during the summer months into a turquoise blue. Take a tour of the Blue Lake on a 3.6 km long scenic drive.
    Stop to visit the cellars in Tantanoola (½ hour from Mount Gambier enroute to Robe)

    Head to Robe via Canunda National Park, with its huge sand dunes and remnants of aboriginal encampments. Finish the day at the seaside village of Robe for perhaps some of the local seafood and wine, or have a coffee and take a stroll along the ocean.

    About 4 hours / 350 km driving.
  • Day 8 CAPE JERVIS – FERRY – KANGAROO ISLAND
    Meet at the ferry terminal one hour before departure (approximately 3 hours driving time)

    Take the ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw to explore Kangaroo Island, best known for its seals! (ferry included, 1 hour) Driving to Kingscote (approximately 45 min driving / 60 km) This is the island nature park excellence, one of the few places in Australia where you can observe in freedom: kangaroos, penguins, opossums,

    wallabies, emus, koalas and platypus. You can also dive, and observe and swim with the seals and discover the whales, in season. Kangaroo Island was preserved from sailors and pests until the 19th century, thanks to its cliffs and its isolation from the mainland.
  • Day 9 KANGAROO ISLAND
    Free day to explore Kangaroo Island. Stroll through Flinders Chase National Park. Here you will see wind- sculpted rock formations at the top of granite domes, better known as "Remarkable Rocks", as well as the "Admiral Arch" on which the sea falls and below the seals "New Zealand Fur Seals".
  • Day 10 KANGAROO ISLAND – FERRY – ADELAIDE
    Half-day free to explore Kangaroo Island. Take the ferry back to the mainland and head to Adelaide (about 2 hours / 130 km driving). Stop for a tasting at McLaren Vale, one of the most famous wineries in the area.
  • Day 11 ADELAIDE
    Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a vibrant city of culture, art and gastronomy. Epicureans traveling will appreciate its great culinary diversity and fine wines, as evidenced by Central Market or its gourmet restaurants. Easily accessible, the city centre offers museums, large green spaces and buildings with elegant colonial architecture. Beautiful buildings line North Terrace, Adelaide's cultural boulevard, such as the art gallery, the South Australian Museum, Library and University.

    The North Adelaide district and its beautiful houses and historic cottages have an old-fashioned charm.

    On the waterfront, head to Glenelg Beach, one of Adelaide's hottest seaside resorts. For a leisurely afternoon, visit the Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens (near Stirling) and the German village of Hahndorf.
  • Day 12 ADELAIDE – ALICE SPRINGS
    Return your car to the airport this morning and board your flight to Alice Springs. Once you arrive into Alice, collect your car and drive to your accommodation.
  • Day 13 ALICE SPRINGS
    Free day to discover Alice Springs. Visit Anzac Hill to see the view of Alice Springs and the desert, head to The Telegraph Station (where Alice Springs was created), The Royal Flying Doctor Base (the only desert doctors, shop around for $7). Optional: Visit Desert Park (Zoo).
  • Day 14 ALICE SPRINGS - KING CANYON
    Driving to Kings Canyon (halfway between Alice Springs and Ayers Rock), about 6 hours / 350 km driving. Stop at Glen Helen, perfect to admire the Western MacDonnell Mountains, including the Simpsons Gap Canyon and Ormiston Gorge. Drive to Kings Canyon via the Mereenie loop road. You will be impressed by the desert and grandiose landscapes.
  • Day 15 KING CANYON – AYERS ROCK
    Start early this morning to hike The Rim Walk before it gets too hot. Driving to Ayers Rock (approximately 4 hours / 300 km driving). Many activities will be offered such as a dinner to admire the sunset behind Uluru optional. To book according to the time. In the evening, enjoy the sunset from the viewpoint: Sunset Strip.
  • Day 16 AYERS ROCK
    Free day to discover the surroundings of Ayers Rock (Uluru).

    Admire the sunrise and drive to the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) to hike the Valley of the Winds. Maps and directions will be provided

    Optional: In the evening, visit the "Field of Lights" exhibition.
  • Day 17 AYERS ROCK - SYDNEY
    Return your car this morning and check in for your flight to Sydney. After your arrival in Sydney in the early evening, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
  • Day 18 SYDNEY
    Welcome to Sydney, Australia's must-see city. The city is one of the most pleasant and easy to visit in the world. It offers many attractions, three are emblematic: Opera House, Bridge and Harbour.

    Take the time to discover Sydney Harbour. Stretched over 20 km, it is the true heart of the city. Its islands, coves and beaches form a haven of peace, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

    Included: The "City Explorer" bus to discover the city at will. Your 48hr ticket includes a stop at Bondi Beach.

    Some suggestions:
    • Visit the beaches of North Sydney (Manly) or East (Bondi Beach / Watsons Bay)
    • Visit of a classical music concert at the Sydney Opera House
    Suggested option: Cruise Sydney Harbour
  • Day 19 SYDNEY
    Free day in Sydney. At 11.30, visit the Sydney Opera House. Discover the historic Rocks District and the Opera District are must-see tours during your stay. The streets of the Rocks district are home to 19th century shops and terraces whose architecture is renowned throughout the area.

    Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Sydney. An excursion to Port Stephens could also be good to see the dolphins!
  • Day 20 BLUE MOUNTAINS
    Included: Day trip to the Blues Mountains in a small group.

    Departure from your hotel at 7:00 am, to the Blue Mountains National Park, where you will discover unique natural formations, the history of the early explorers and the aboriginal culture.

    A first stop is planned at Calmsley Hill, a sanctuary where the park's wildlife abounds. You will have the chance to observe various species of Australian animals such as kangaroos and wombats. A tea or coffee break will be offered by your guide. The trip continues to the heart of the Blue Mountains with several stops to enjoy beautiful views of the Jamison Valley. Then head for the Eaglehawk viewpoint where you can see the "3 Sisters", majestic sandstone pillars overlooking the valley, and your guide will reveal the legends. You will arrive at the Evans Lookout Lookout where you will be given your lunch and instructions for your self- guided hike. It will take you from Evans Lookout to Govetts Leap, through the Australian Grand Canyon, The Grose Valley.

    Return to the Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens to quench your thirst while enjoying the breathtaking views of Sydney.
  • Day 21 SYDNEY – CAIRNS
    Transfer to the airport this morning and check in for your flight to Cairns.
  • Day 22 CAIRNS
    Free day to explore the city of Cairns. Cairns is the city of vacationers, appreciated for its relaxed atmosphere and its very pleasant tropical climate. Stroll along the Cairns esplanade.

    Optional: Visit Hartley’s Crocodile Zoo or enjoy a magnificent view on a scenic railway or the Kuranda cable car.
  • Day 23 GREAT BARRIER REEF
    Day cruise on the Great Barrier Reef with lunch & snorkelling equipment included.
  • Day 24 CAIRNS – CAPE TRIBULATION
    Drive to Cape Tribulation via Port Douglas. Explore the Daintree Rainforest and the Mossman Gorge, where you can enjoy a short walk to immerse yourself in the jungle, admire the fauna, flora and water holes. Continue to Cape Tribulation to walk off the beaten path on the famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

    About 3 hours / 150 km driving
  • Day 25 CAPE TRIBULATION – CAIRNS
    Head back towards Cairns, taking the road inland that passes into the jungle.
  • Day 26 CAIRNS – HAMILTON ISLAND
    Return your car to Cairns airport and board your flight to Hamilton Airport.

    The Whitsundays archipelago includes 74 mainland islands between Mackay and Airlie Beach. A tropical paradise where you can sail on a sea of azure, camp on the pearly sand beaches under the starry sky, or dive into the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Whitsundays can be explored with a sailboat rental, on an island-wide cruise, or drop anchor for a holiday in one of the resorts of the archipelago. Few islands in the Whitsundays offer a hotel infrastructure. The busiest island and the largest is Hamilton Island.
  • Day 27 WHITEHAVEN BEACH TOUR
    Get to the spectacular view of Hill Inlet, relax on Whitehaven Beach, with its crescent-shaped, powder-pink powdered beach, and explore beautiful Chance Bay on foot. This tour allows you to see all the wonders of Whitehaven Beach.
  • Day 28 HAMILTON ISLAND
    Free day in Hamilton Island.

    Hamilton Island offers you:
     Hiking - on more than 20 km of slopes
     Hamilton Island Nature Reserve
     Sunset Cocktails at One Tree Hill
     Go karts / Golf Course
     Coral Cove Safari - 4-Hour Tour with BBQ Dinner
     Spa services
     Sports club and gym
     Tennis and squash
     Tours with four-wheeled motorcycles
  • Day 29 HAMILTON ISLAND – CAIRNS - HOME
    All good things must come to an end ! Head home via Cairns.

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