Australia Travel

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Australia Travel

We were fortunate to put together a very detailed Australia trip for a couple of friends.  They wanted to experience quite a bit Australia in just under two weeks.  Below is a quick overview of the itinerary and some of their pictures from the trip.


The world’s largest island is a continent of contrasts from stylish modern cities to timeless outback landscapes. Experience lush green rainforests and sparkling turquoise waters complimented by luxurious island resorts and remote outback stations. Interact with a young and vibrant culture from an ancient indigenous history. Magnificently diverse, unforgettably different – welcome to Australia!

Day 1


Sunny and stylish, energetic and inviting, Sydney shines all year round. Ferries, yachts, jetboats and harbour cruises share the sparkling waters framed by the world famous white sails of the Opera House and coathanger-like Harbour Bridge. The colonial sandstone warehouses of the lively Rocks district nestle at the foot of tall glass towers and contrast with the modernity of the neighbouring Darling Harbour.
Sydney Opera House



Day 2   

Today is at leisure and while in Sydney we suggest the following optional activities:

  • Embark on a sailing or motor cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Visit the Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Park Zoo
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for panoramic views
  • Take an exhilarating scenic seaplane flight over the beaches and spectacular Sydney Harbour
  • Visit the Sydney Opera House for dinner and a performance
  • Learn about Australia’s natural history at the fascinating Australian Museum
  • Visit the spectacular Powerhouse Museum at Darling Harbour
  • Enjoy Australian and international art exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Enjoy a guided bike tour around Sydney’s icons
  • Take a ferry to the iconic beach suburb of Manly
Happy Clients Enjoying Adult Beverages at Bondi Beach
Happy Clients Enjoying Adult Beverages at Bondi Beach

Day 3

Cairns and Far North Queensland

  • Picturesque Port Douglas on Four Mile Beach attracts visitors with its old fashioned charm, wide tree-lined streets and superb holiday attractions. Located one hour’s scenic drive north of Cairns, Port Douglas offers visitors superb accommodation, restaurants and attractions. The Great Barrier Reef is just 15 km off-shore offering some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving opportunities. There are over 1,000 islands in the Great Barrier Reef and the best are accessible from mainland Tropical North Queensland.
  • Cairns is the gateway to a tropical kaleidoscope of colours, landscapes and experiences: Clear blue waters, lush green rainforests, the outback’s rugged red earth and the Great Barrier Reef’s brilliant rainbow of corals can all be accessed from here. Cruise with the crocs on the mighty Daintree River, snorkel the world famous reef and tour the world’s oldest rainforest. Queensland’s tropical north is where relaxation, wilderness, luxury, adventure, wildlife and aboriginal culture converge.


Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef 2

Upon arrival at Cairns Airport proceed to the Hertz Australia counter to collect your large rental vehicle including unlimited kilometres, daily insurance and GPS satellite navigation and drive to your accommodation.

Day 4

You will be met at your accommodation by your driver and transferred to  Marina Mirage for your onward cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef Diving & Snorkeling Tour

  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef in style on board Calypso’s TEN custom built vessel designed for diving and snorkelling, with a large dive deck to provide guests with easy access in and out of the water.
  • Relax on board and allow the friendly staff to tend to your needs on this special day. Unwind while you snorkel and admire the amazing marine life or relax on board with a book. The qualified crew will take you on an informative guided snorkelling tour and explain as well as answer questions about the Great Barrier Reef and its many inhabitants.

Day 6

Today depart your accommodation, drive to Cairns Airport and return your rental vehicle prior to boarding your onward flight.

Alice Springs

  • Surrounded by breathtaking natural wonders Alice Springs is a thriving, spirited outback centre – as famous for the personality of its locals as the natural wonders that surround it. ‘Alice’ captures the essence of the outback and is proud to share its inspiring heritage. Located between east and west MacDonnell ranges, Alice is also a great base from which to explore some of central Australia’s most spectacular scenery, steeped in Aboriginal legend.

Alice Springs

Alice Springs Tour

  • Enjoy an afternoon walk learning about bush foods and medicines before sitting down to a spectacular Red Centre sunset and starlight dinner at Simpson’s Gap, amidst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Enjoy a three course, gourmet bush meal under the stars with a relaxed chat about Aboriginal culture around the open wood fire. After dinner, enjoy being surrounded by nature and look out for the nocturnal wildlife.



Day 7

Ayers Rock

  • Australia’s most recognisable natural icon rises nearly 350m high from the broad desert plains. Forty kilometres to the west of Ayers Rock is Kata Tjuta (meaning “many heads”), also known as The Olgas – a group of more than 30 massive red domes rising from the desert floor. Dating back 500 million years and an important focus of the Aboriginal people’s spiritual life, it is impossible not to feel humbled by this inspiring landscape.

Ayers Rock Tour

  • As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories and other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories.
  • You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. Adjourn to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background before returning to your hotel.



Day 8

Depart your accommodation take the complimentary courtesy shuttle transfer to Ayers Rock Airport prior to your onward flight to Melbourne. Rental car pick up from airport to hotel in Melbourne.



Day 9

Depart Melbourne and drive to your accommodation in Apollo Bay (approximately 3 hours driving time).

Apollo Bay

  • Apollo Bay is a coastal township nestled between the Otway Hills and the ocean. Little more than a decade ago, Apollo Bay was a sleepy coastal hamlet servicing local fishing, farming and timber milling communities.
  • Today the township retains a low-key, friendly atmosphere as visitors discover the delights of the scenic bay, proximity to magnificent forests, waterfalls and walks, and a range of accommodation and eating places ranging from cosy to grand.

Great Ocean Road

  • One of the nation’s most scenic touring routes, the Great Ocean Road winds its way precariously through the wilderness and along Victoria’s spectacular south western coastline. Charming villages, dramatic limestone cliffs, world famous surf beaches line the way with the 12 Apostles – a landmark series of striking rock stacks that rise out of the Southern Ocean. Learn to surf, browse the boutiques of the fashionable beachside townships or explore the cool fern gullies and cascading waterfalls of the Great Otway National Park.
  • Promoted as “paradise by the sea”, Apollo Bay offers a huge range of activities including surfing, swimming, bushwalking, easy strolling, Cape Otway lighthouse tours, fishing and scenic boat trips, glow worm tours, picnicking, horse riding and golf. There are also museums, shipwreck sites, many plant nurseries and heritage trails.



Day 10

Today is at leisure and while in Apollo Bay we suggest the following optional activities;

  • Explore the Great Ocean Road and visit the amazing Twelve Apostles
  • Take a scenic flight around the Twelve Apostles
  • Visit the beautiful Otway Ranges and the Otway National Park
  • Experience the Otway Fly treetop walk – the longest and highest walk of its kind in the world
  • Visit the Old Cable Station Museum or the Bass Straight Shell Museum
  • The Maits Rest Rainforest Walk is a 30-minute stroll through fern gullies and eucalypts to a viewing platform beneath a 300-year-old myrtle beach which is on the National Trust register.
  • Pamper yourself at the “The Retreat”
  • Take a kayaking trip to see the sea colony or platypus in the wild.
  • Horse riding
  • Fishing
Twelve Apostles

Day 11

Today depart your accommodation, drive to Melbourne Airport (approximately 3 hours driving time) and return your rental vehicle prior to boarding your onward flight.

Happy Client Feedback

“We had an amazing trip. I suffering from my typical west to east jet lag at the moment, but totally suspected it to hit me. 😉  It was really wonderful overall!Thank you for all you did to plan this and take care of everything! No detail was left out and we never felt like we didn’t know what was going on, where we were supposed to be or that we were left on our own.” – Darcy B

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