Australia: Tasmania to the Great Barrier Reef

  • Trip Type: Land
  • 12 Days | Sydney to Cairns
  • Group Size: Max 25

Extension Details

 

Kangaroo Island

Pre-Trip, 4 Days

The Australian continent is renowned for its wild and rare plant and animal life, and there is perhaps no better display of this unique biodiversity than on Kangaroo Island. Known as "Australia’s Galápagos," the island’s serene coves, craggy cliffs, and rolling eucalyptus forests are teeming with the country’s most famous residents—kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and platypuses—as well as many lesser-known, but equally, intriguing species.

Itinerary - 4 Days

Day 1 — Adelaide

Arrive in Adelaide and transfer to you hotel, located in the historic heart of the downtown. Spend an evening exploring the city at your leisure.
Mayfair Hotel

Day 2 — Kangaroo Island

Fly to Kangaroo Island and transfer to Southern Ocean Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched on a rugged stretch of coastal cliffs and offering sweeping views of the turquoise waters below. This afternoon, choose from a variety of naturalist-guided activities, each designed to immerse you in the diverse plant and animal life of “Australia’s Galápagos.” Explore the island’s coastal landscapes on a tour featuring its maritime history, unique caves and rock formations, and diverse marine life, including sea lions and dolphins. Or walk amid the hundreds of playful pups, cows, and bulls that live along Seal Bay.
Southern Ocean Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Kangaroo Island

Delve deeper into Kangaroo Island’s pristine landscapes as you set out in search rare indigenous species, including koalas, platypuses, spiny anteaters, and a dazzling array of birds. Traverse the island’s rolling hills and eucalyptus forests and stroll through sand dunes and serene coves as you immerse yourself in this true animal kingdom. In the evening, enjoy sundowners and canapés while watching colonies of kangaroos and wallabies graze in surrounding fields.
Southern Ocean Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Kangaroo Island / Sydney

Fly to Sydney via Adelaide and join your group for the main expedition.
InterContinental Sydney (D)

Uluru

Post-Trip, 4 Days

Immerse yourself deep in the heart of Australia’s remote Outback, discovering its vibrant sandstone landscapes and the ancient traditions of its Aborigines, who have called the region home for over 20,000 years. Wake up to views of the sacred Uluru monolith and hike into the red-rock crevices of Kata Tjuta’s staggering domed rock formations.

Itinerary - 4 Days

Day 1 — Cairns / Uluru

Fly from Cairns to the heart of Australia’s Red Center and settle into your luxury tented suite at Longitude 131°, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. The lodge is poised at the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and its tents offer stunning views of the staggering red monolith of Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embark on a sunset tour of this impressive marvel before returning to the lodge to dine under the stars. At the open-air Table 131°, you’ll be treated to traditional Outback fare and entertainment from indigenous performers dancing to the mesmerizing sounds of the didgeridoo.
Longitude 131° (L,D)

Day 2 — Uluru

Rise early to catch a dazzling sunrise over the red rocks of Kata Tjuta, Uluru’s neighboring natural wonder. Explore its crevices on a trek through the Walpa Gorge, which cuts through two of the site’s 36 domed rock formations. Spend an afternoon at leisure before setting off on a sunset walk through Uluru’s Kantju Gorge. Sip champagne and nibble on capanés as you watch the descending sun set the monolith’s red rock ablaze in a spectacular display of color and light.
Longitude 131° (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Uluru / Sydney

This morning, see the sunrise over Uluru as you circle its base and learn about the spiritual significance of its ancient rock paintings. Witness the illumination of the monolith’s vibrant sandstone, seek out intriguing cave paintings, and visit the Mutitjulu waterhole, nestled within the walls of King’s Canyon. Visit the nearby Cultural Centre to learn about Uluru’s geological and spiritual histories and to view local Aboriginal art on display. This afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Sydney, where you’ll spend an evening at leisure.
InterContinental Sydney (B)

Day 4 — Sydney / U.S.

Transfer to the Sydney airport, and catch your international flight home.
(B)