Itinerary day by day
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ADELAIDE
Welcome to Australia!
Arrival in Adelaide and transfer to the hotel.
Adelaide is full of culture, tastes, events and entertainment. Taste the world-famous wine regions just minutes from the city, sunbathe on one of the metropolitan beaches, attend festivals and events or spend the night exploring the thriving restaurant and bar scene. Adelaide is the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine regions, with tourist attractions including lush parks and some of the country’s best beaches.
DAY 2: KANGAROO ISLAND
Departure from your hotel in Adelaide for a scenic bus trip to Cape Jervis which will take you to the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. Upon arrival, board the SeaLink Kangaroo Island ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival in Penneshaw you will be greeted by your local guide and begin your tour of the island.
During your tour you will see echidnas, wallabies, reptiles, and numerous species of wildflowers and plants. Kangaroo Island is also home to goanna, possums and wild geese.
At Seal Bay your guide will take you on an unforgettable walk on the beach and you can watch the sea lions of this colony resting on the beach or in the fine sand dunes or playing chasing each other in the ocean waves. Lunch will be served in the pristine nature of Kangaroo Island where you can walk among secular eucalyptus trees and if you watch carefully you can also see some lazy koalas resting …
You will then cross the island in the direction of the spectacular beaches of the north coast and walk through the wilderness in search of echidnas, tammar wallabies and with a bit of luck you might even spot the glossy black cockatoos, the rarest parrots on Kangaroo Island that reside here undisturbed.
Towards evening, at sunset, you will see numerous kangaroos abandoning the fresh vegetation in which they have spent the day undisturbed by the sun to move to pastures to graze the grass. Return to the hotel.
DAY 3: KANGAROO ISLAND - ADELAIDE
Today you will travel to Flinders Chase National Park, one of South Australia’s oldest national parks. You’ll have the chance to take a closer look at New Zealand’s large colony of Foche, which resides at Cape du Couedic, and to see the extraordinary Remarkable Rocks that hover over the cliff 75 meters from the ocean below.
At Admirals Arch you’ll also see how the force of nature has created the arch at the foot of the famous Cape du Couedic lighthouse, built in 1909, by excavating the bare rock.
Lunch will be served in the pristine natural surroundings of Kangaroo Island and during the day you can also watch the lazy koalas dozing among the eucalyptus trees.
With a special permit you will enter with your guide into Kelly Hill Conservation Park where you will have the opportunity to watch kangaroos emerge from the vegetation to graze the grass. You will then continue on to Vivonne Bay, recently voted “Australia’s most beautiful beach”.
Departure by ferry and return to Adelaide for an overnight stay.
DAY 4: MELBOURNE
In the morning walk with a local guide through the centre of Adelaide.
Along the North Terrace Avenue you will learn about the history of the city. Behind every building, every statue, every monument hides a piece of Adelaide’s life. Next you’ll go to the main shopping street – Rundle Mall – constantly vibrant with street performers and shows, cafes, sculptures and beautiful arcades. You’ll enjoy the architecture and lightness of Victoria Square on your way to the Central Market. There the scents and colours will take you on a journey to satisfy your culinary desires and aspirations.
At the end of the visit, transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne.
Arrival in Melbourne and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 5: MELBOURNE
Welcome to Melbourne, a city full of contrasts, world-renowned sports centres and historic gardens. Together with your expert guide, you will learn about the major attractions of this vibrant city that has been crowned for years as the most liveable city in the world.
Together with our small group, you can make the most of your time to get to know this city; from St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, the Fitzroy Garden with Captain Cook’s cottage, the Olympic sports centre with the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (which we call the MCG), the Rod Laver Arena, home of the Open (Tennis Grande slam), Albert park where the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place, to the beaches of St Kilda.
The tour ends in Eureka Tower, the tallest skyscraper in the world below the equator. You can buy a ticket the same day to climb the 88th floor and see the impressive skyline.
The tour will end late in the morning and the rest of the day is available.
Optional tour to Phillip Island
The tour will take you to discover the unique nature of Phillip Island and its spectacular landscapes, while helping with your presence, protection and conservation of the local flora and fauna.
The tour will start with a visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary, where you are guaranteed to have close encounters with a number of native Australian animals such as kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Afterwards, you’ll head to Phillip Island where, weather/season permitting, we’ll take you to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the impressive waves and diehard surfers.
Then you will travel to the west coast: once you reach the Nobbies, you can walk along the gangway located in front of the Big Ocean, with waves crashing on the rocks and the chance to discover the little nests of our cute penguins. To crown this unforgettable day, the parade of our little friends will begin. Your guide will take you, after a short panoramic coastal tour, to the visitor centre from where the walkways start and wind towards the observation platforms from where you can see the little penguins return to the mainland to reach their dens, after a long day of “work” and bring food to those left to look after the little ones.
DAY 6: GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Today you will discover the world-famous Great Ocean Road, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world! Travelling with our small groups along this world famous route, you will have the opportunity to relax and fully appreciate the wonders that this coast can offer you. Depending on the seasons, whale and dolphin sightings and cute Australian hedgehogs will be the order of the day and certainly a good training for your camera to record unique images.
You will have time to stroll along the wild beaches of the coast, stop for a coffee at the Split Point lighthouse, with spectacular views of the coast. You will stop in Apollo Bay, a quiet seaside resort nestled in the rolling hills, offering a great selection of cafes and restaurants where you can stop for lunch.
You will have exclusive access to the Great Ocean Ecolodge for close encounters with native animals and the crossing of an ancestral Eucalypto forest. In this way you will contribute to the Great Ocean Ecolodge conservation program for the protection of the local fauna, Tiger Quolls, koalas and unique local flora.
A truly unique day, crowned by a visit to the ancient rock formations of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
Return to Melbourne.
DAY 7: AYERS ROCK
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Ayers Rock and transfer to the hotel.
Starting from the resort, the tour winds through the landscapes to the entrance to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point, it is only a matter of minutes before the spectrum of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to prove its enormity and presence in this country.
Our first step offers you the opportunity to photograph this incredible icon. With Uluru looming before you, you travel to the base. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquility.
The closer you get, the more you abandon yourself to the realization of the dimensions of this monolith.
As you walk around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance to the Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent waterway set in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the stories of the Creation of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python), as well as a number of other stories associated with other important stories of Tjukurpa (Dreaming). You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant place to teach young Aborigines.
We then head to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku Observation Area where you can see an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. Sip fresh sparkling wine as the sun sets in the west. Your guide will take you back to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort.
Tonight, you can take part in Field of Light: powered entirely by solar power, it is made up of thousands of lights that will create an extraordinary night landscape and will see Uluru, Australia’s icon, as the exceptional backdrop for this grand artwork. A truly unique experience that combines the most modern art with the unspoilt nature and spirituality of the place.
DAY 8: AYERS ROCK - SYDNEY
This morning we will leave very early to watch the fantastic sunrise of Uluru. Your tour will cross the landscape to the entrance of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. From there it is a 40km journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation.
Upon arrival in the scenic area you will walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that make up this spiritual place while watching the suns’ morning glow as the desert comes to life.
We head to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a picnic breakfast inland. As you approach the entrance to the Walpa Gorge, called Walpa because of the wind (Walpa) whistling through the massive domes that form Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and constant upheaval, your guide will share the significance of the ceremonial sacred place of this male sacred place.
Let’s take a walk through these mighty conglomerate rock faces while your guide explains how the environment and geology have evolved over millions of years.
Return to the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney.
Arrival in Sydney and transfer to the hotel.
DAY 9: SYDNEY
Depart with your guide for a walking tour of downtown Sydney through Darling Harbour, the sublime QVB “Queen Victoria Building”, the characteristic Strand Arcade (Victorian Gallery). Discovery of the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and Circular Quay.
Your guide will greet you at Circular Quay, after taking your boarding passes with you and pointing you in the direction of your cruise departure.
Lunch cruise in Sydney Harbour (buffet style) onboard a catamaran that will sail between Sydney’s most famous sites, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Opera House, Fort Denison and Luna Park.
You’ll be able to join a tour inside the Opera House. Experience the history of this particular internationally renowned architecture, its anecdotes, avant-garde inspiration, and complex construction.
After the tour you can continue with a stroll through the Botanical Gardens, a green oasis founded in 1816 before your return to the hotel (at your leisure).
DAY 10: SYDNEY
Day at leisure with the possibility to visit famous beaches such as Bondi Beach or Manly Beach or participate in optional excursions.
Optional tour – Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains Canyons and Wildlife Discovery tour is a true journey into the heart of a unique world heritage region. Today your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote observation sites and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region. The first stop this morning is the Calmsley Hill farm, where you can meet native Australian animals… a great experience. From Calmsley Hill, the journey to the Blue Mountains begins. A first scenic stop will be near one of the many views of the Jamison Valley. Continuing on, you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote viewpoint away from the crowds to admire the famous 3 sisters. While the Blue Mountains offer so much more than this natural attraction, you can’t help but admire the undeniable beauty of this extraordinary rock formation. After lunch (included), spend the afternoon visiting a selection of lookouts. The last stop is Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you’ll stop briefly to enjoy the wonderful views of Sydney and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before heading down the Bells Line of Road to your hotel between 4.30am and 5.00pm.
DAY 11: CAIRNS
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns and transfer to the hotel.
Time at your disposal.
Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined with bars and restaurants, has a swimming lagoon. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
DAY 12: DAINTREE & CAPE TRIBULATION
Today the tour will include Daintree River Cruise to discover bird habitats, tree snakes, unique plants, and, of course, the crocodile estuarine.
After crossing the Alexandra Range Rainforest, enjoy spectacular views of Alexandra Lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island, and beyond the Coral Sea.
With special access to a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest cove before a delicious tropical lunch.
Walk on the fantastic Cape Tribulation Beach and admire the coastline and coral reef from Kulki Lookout.
Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Center and enjoy an indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding your eco-friendly shuttle to Mossman Gorge. Your guide will take you for a walk and share their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Discover the fascinating secrets of one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
DAY 13: THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Departure from the hotel for transfer to the marina and departure for the catamaran cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site that stretches for almost 2000 km off the Queensland coast. Departure on foot from the hotel to the marina. With an experienced crew en route off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, an isolated sandbank, to discover the true beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
Day dedicated to snorkeling and discovering the depths of this fabulous natural site: mask and snorkel available. The protected waters of the “Cay” provide a peaceful environment to explore the Reef.
Buffet lunch on board.
Arrival at the Marina at the end of the tour and transfer to the hotel.
DAY 14: END OF ITINERARY
Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.
End of our services, see you soon!