- Learn about Aboriginal history & culture at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Explore the incredible underwater diversity of the Great Barrier Reef
- See wild kangaroos, koalas, and more in Kangaroo Island
- Cruise through the still waters of the astonishing Milford Sound Fiord
- Hike in Mount Cook National Park, home to the tallest mountain in Australasia
|Day 1||Arrival in Melbourne||Melbourne|
|Day 2||Melbourne City Tour||Melbourne|
|Day 3||Melbourne Free Day & Evening Tour||Melbourne|
|Day 4||Travel to Adelaide||Adelaide|
|Day 5||Day Trip to Kangaroo Island||Adelaide|
|Day 6||Transfer to the Red Center||Uluru|
|Day 7||Uluru Sunrise & Free Day||Uluru|
|Day 8||Transfer to Darwin||Darwin|
|Day 9||Kakadu National Park||Darwin|
|Day 10||Fly to Cairns||Cairns|
|Day 11||Great Barrier Reef Day Trip||Cairns|
|Day 12||Cairns Free Day||Cairns|
|Day 13||Transfer to Sydney||Sydney|
|Day 14||Sydney City Tour||Sydney|
|Day 15||Sydney Free Day||Sydney|
|Day 16||Depart From Sydney to Queenstown||Queenstown|
|Day 17||Day Trip to Milford Sound||Queenstown|
|Day 18||Queenstown Free Day||Queenstown|
|Day 19||Day Trip to Queenstown Surroundings||Queenstown|
|Day 20||Transfer to Mount Cook National Park||Mount Cook Village|
|Day 21||Hooker Valley Guided Walk||Mount Cook Village|
|Day 22||Transfer to Christchurch||Christchurch|
|Day 23||Depart Home|
Day 1: Arrival in Melbourne
Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival in Melbourne, a representative will be waiting to take you to your accommodation and answer any questions you may have.
After checking in, you'll have the rest of the day at your leisure. Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia, so expect funky street art and bohemian coffee shops tucked along random streets.
In the evening, try Melbourne's multicultural local fare, and check out the city's bar and pub scene.
Day 2: Melbourne City Tour
Spend the day on a Grand Melbourne Tour, which takes you through the city's most important landmarks.
See Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, Queen Victoria Markets, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and more. You'll also get to know quirky cafés, independent designer shops, and neighborhoods filled with street art. Your guide will fill you in on interesting stories and legends pertaining to Melbourne.
After the tour, you'll enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Day 3: Melbourne Free Day & Evening Tour
Enjoy a free morning and afternoon exploring more of Melbourne. We recommend going to the Immigration Museum, which tracks the history of immigration in this multicultural city. You can also spend time at the UNESCO-recognized Carlton Gardens and their Royal Exhibition Building.
Alternatively, consider heading out to the surrounding Yarra Valley and doing a wine tasting tour, or having fun fruit picking at a local farm.
In the evening, you will join a Liquid Crafts Walk. This tour will share the innovations being made by local distillers, mixologists, and brewers. Experience some of Melbourne's lesser-known neighborhoods as you test your cocktail-making skills, try food matches, and sample regional wine.
Day 4: Travel to Adelaide
This morning, you'll board a flight to Adelaide, South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Upon arrival, a representative will take you to your accommodation.
You'll have the afternoon to explore Adelaide on your own. You can go to River Torrens, home to renowned museums, such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, which boasts expansive collections that include notable indigenous artworks. We also recommend heading to the South Australian Museum, which is devoted to natural history.
Other possibilities include visiting the Botanical Gardens, shopping at Rundell Mall, and catching a sunset at Port Noarlunga Jetty.
Day 5: Day Trip to Kangaroo Island
Depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, or "KI," as the locals know it. As Australia's third largest island, this destination is a safe heaven for many native species.
There are many exciting activities that you can do on the island:
- Visit Seal Bay with a local park ranger to view a colony of rare Australian sea lions.
- Explore Flinders Chase National Park, a sanctuary for Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas.
- Walk on the Remarkable Rocks with stunning views of the sea.
- Stroll to Admirals Arch stone formation to visit a colony of New Zealand fur seals.
Return to Adelaide late at night, and relax after a full day of adventure.
Day 6: Transfer to the Red Center
This morning, you'll leave Adelaide behind as you fly to Australia's Red Center.
In the afternoon, you'll do a tour of the Olgas (Kata Tjuta), a collection of 36 red rock formations. Then, you'll head to the mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock). This massive monolith is sacred to Australian Aborigines, and is one of the country's most iconic landmarks.
Enjoy a glass of champagne while watching the sun set over the rock.
Day 7: Uluru Sunrise & Free Day
Awake in The Outback and enjoy the morning in the Red Centre. Head to the nearby sunrise viewing area in Uluru to greet the first light of day as it travels across the desert plains. Take in the incredible view of the morning sun slowly changing the color of Uluru.
Then, transfer back to the resort to enjoy the rest of the day exploring the region at your own pace. You can do hikes to see Aboriginal rock art, trek through Walpa Gorge, bike through the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, or learn about the Anangu people at the Cultural Centre.
Day 8: Transfer to Darwin
Enjoy one last morning in this magical land before taking a flight to Darwin.
On arrival to this laid-back and welcoming town, a representative will transfer you to your accommodation. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Northern Territory capital.
We recommend going to Bicentennial Park or the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. In the evening, head to the waterfront area for a nice stroll and a gorgeous sunset.
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Day 9: Kakadu National Park
Depart early in the morning for a drive on Stuart Highway, one of the longest roads in the country. Revel in the expansive views as you make your way to Kakadu National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers more than 11,800mi (19,000km) and boasts a variety of landscapes like coastal areas, forests, open woodlands, lowland hills, and flood plains. As you discover the land of Kakadu, you will also be amazed by the diversity of animals both on land and in the water.
You will also witness history in the form of rock art at the Nourlangie Rock Art Site, created by Aborigines 50,000 years ago. This site has been a shelter for the indigenous community for thousands of years. Throughout the ages, the rock was used as a place for Aboriginals to illustrate their culture. Your guide will lead you around the area, giving you in-depth information about the different rock art paintings.
After lunch, join a local guide on the Yellow Water Billabong to look for saltwater crocodiles. Have your camera ready in case you spot a croc or two. The chances are high, as there are more than a thousand crocodiles living in these waters.
Next on the tour is a trip to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Here, you will be able to visit with the Bininj People, who are local to the area, as they welcome and introduce you to their lives in Kakadu National Park.
In the late afternoon, you'll head back to Darwin for a free evening.
Day 10: Fly to Cairns
Enjoy the morning at leisure before catching a flight to Cairns.
After checking-in, you can take the day to rest or to explore this tropical haven. Head to the beach and lounge around, or walk around the Cairns Night Markets, buying souvenirs and enjoying local dishes.
Day 11: Great Barrier Reef Day Trip
Board a high-speed catamaran for a full-day cruise to the incredible Great Barrier Reef. One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the entire world!
The reef contains an abundance of marine life, and is home to more than 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays. Hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with beautiful golden beaches surround the reef.
Enjoy morning tea and a lunch buffet aboard the catamaran. Following the reef tour and snorkeling, return to your hotel in the late afternoon and spend the evening at your leisure.
Day 12: Cairns Free Day
Take advantage of this free day to explore all the fun activities Cairns has to offer.
Head to a local wildlife exhibit like the Koala Gardens, where you can see native animals such as koalas, wombats, and kangaroos. Next, stroll through Cairns Aquarium, a landmark rich with tropical North Queensland species.
In the afternoon, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This 4.66-mile scenic ride goes up to Kuranda, which passes over Barron Gorge National Park for incredible views.
Day 13: Transfer to Sydney
After a morning of exploring on your own, you'll take a flight to exciting Sydney. A representative will be waiting to transfer you to your accommodation.
You'll get to spend your first day as you wish. We recommend heading to the iconic Darling Harbour, where you can get views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and other Sydney landmarks.
Once the sun sets, you can also enjoy the city's pulsing nightlife.
Day 14: Sydney City Tour
In the morning, embark on a local sightseeing tour. You'll visit many notable destinations around Sydney, like The Rocks and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, where you will get scenic views of the harbor. Continue past Kings Cross and Double Bay, through to Watson’s Bay and the world-famous Bondi Beach, where you will have free time to discover the area. Play in the sand, swim in the sea, and partake in one of the city's most popular local activities.
At night, take advantage of Sydney's diverse cuisine, or hit a pub to make local friends.
Day 15: Sydney Free Day
Enjoy a free day to explore Sydney. Consider making your way down to the BridgeClimb to reach the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge—440 feet above sea level—for an uninterrupted panorama of the city and its surroundings. After completing your BridgeClimb, stop by the visitor center, located at the base, to learn more about the history, preservation, and celebration of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Following the BridgeClimb excursion, plan to visit one of Sydney's most famous landmarks: the Sydney Opera House. Enter beneath the iconic sails to discover what makes the venue so awe-inspiring. Uncover the stories, history, and magic of the structure in an informative guided tour.
During the evening, head out to town to celebrate your last night in Australia.
Day 16: Depart From Sydney to Queenstown
It is time to bid farewell to Sydney and catch your international flight to beautiful New Zealand.
You will land in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. On arrival, you'll take a shuttle to your accommodation, where a local host will greet you and introduce you to the legendary Kiwi hospitality.
With your host or on your own, you'll have the rest of the day to get to know this exciting city. Your first stop should be the shores of Lake Wakatipu, whose backdrop is adorned by the accurately-named The Remarkables.
If you're keen on adventure sports, start on the right foot by jumping off a bridge. Bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand, and the first bungee jumping company in the world is located in Queenstown, so there will never be a better place to try it! For something thrilling but more low-key, try mountain biking, ziplining, or jetboating.
Day 17: Day Trip to Milford Sound
Rise early for an exciting day at one of New Zealand's most incredible natural wonders: Milford Sound. On the way, the coach will stop at Te Anau, gateway to the Fiorland National Park. Admire the amazing views while resting your legs.
Once at Milford Sound, you'll board a boat and cruise through the fiords, passing by towering waterfalls, and looking out for dolphins, seals, and penguins.
You can also opt for an upgraded experience by seeing this natural landmark from a helicopter—the sights are almost unbelievable!
Return to Queenstown in the evening.
Day 18: Queenstown Free Day
With a free day in Queenstown, you'll be able to get enough adrenaline to last you for a lifetime!
Daredevils can go canyoning, race down the mountains on the Luge Trak, or skydive over one of the prettiest cities in the world.
Outdoorsy types can enjoy hiking up Queenstown Hill or Ben Lomond—both of which offer breathtaking views. If you want something more relaxed, consider joining a winery tour of the surrounding vineyards, or take a sunset cruise on Lake Wakatipu.
Day 19: Day Trip to Queenstown Surroundings
This day tour will take you to some of the best destinations that surround Queenstown:
This site was swarmed firstly by European gold prospectors in the 1860's, then by 5000 Chinese immigrants who were invited to try their luck amongst the leftovers. You'll walk around the tiny restored cottages of the settlement, and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town. You'll feel like you've walked onto a movie set!
Historically used by the Maori people as a pathway to greenstone sites, and later by goldminers needing accommodation close to Cardrona Claims, Wanaka is a special place. Today, it has branded itself as a lifestyle reserve, rich in family adventures, eco-tours, recreational trails, and ski fields. It is surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. You'll get to visit the famous Reflection Tree; a lone tree that grows within Lake Wanaka.
The Crown Range
As you head back towards Queenstown, you will drive through the Crown Range. As New Zealand's highest sealed road, this range is usually covered in snow in winter and boasts some incredible viewing platforms. Don't worry! You'll definitely have the chance to step out, soak up the views, and take amazing pictures.
Your last stop of the day will be this 1863 hotel, built to service gold prospectors. It is one of New Zealand's oldest pubs, and possibly the most well-known. Pop in for a beer or soft drink in this historic landmark.
Day 20: Transfer to Mount Cook National Park
Set off from Queenstown in a luxury coach, enjoying the commentary from your local driver guide as you travel north. Pass through the historic gold mining district of the rugged Kawarau River Gorge and the famous fruit-growing region of Cromwell. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan, your tour will cross the Lindis Pass into Omarama.
Continue through the rugged high country landscape of the Mackenzie Basin to arrive at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, home to Australasia's highest mountain. Standing at 12,218ft (3,724m), Mount Cook is also one of New Zealand's most famous outdoor destinations.
As an optional extra, you can sit down to a delicious lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village, where you can enjoy stunning uninterrupted views of Mount Cook and the other high peaks that make up the Southern Alps.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the area on your own.
Day 21: Hooker Valley Guided Walk
Spend the morning resting or exploring Mount Cook Village.
In the afternoon, you'll join a guided half-day walk through Hooker Valley. This 4-mile return trek provides breathtaking views of some of New Zealand's highest and most enthralling peaks. You'll visit the poignant Alpine Memorial, which commemorates the explorers who lost their lives in the area.
You will also cross a swing bridge over the turbulent Hooker River. The reward will be unsurpassed vistas of Mount Cook's south face and the surrounding glaciers and mountains.
Day 22: Transfer to Christchurch
Today, you will depart from the Alpine Region and head towards Christchurch, the third-largest city in New Zealand.
Once you're checked-in and rested, you are free to explore the city on your own. You can row a boat at the Botanic Gardens, visit the beautiful Cardboard Cathedral, or learn about the coldest continent at the International Arctic Centre. You could also have a picnic at Hagley Park, or listen to the sound of the waves at Sumner Beach.
Day 23: Depart Home
This epic journey has come to an end, and it is time to head back home.
We hope you enjoyed the adventure!