Explore Australia

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 12 Days | Sydney to Melbourne
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

Discover Australia’s legendary highlights on a 12-day loop of the country. Explore world-class cities and the outback’s sacred Red Center, the Great Barrier Reef, and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy meaningful cultural experiences and a guided foodie walk through Melbourne. With all of the details taken care of—and your flights in Australia included—you’ll find yourself on top of the world Down Under.

Trip Highlights

    • Cruise Sydney Harbour and view the iconic Sydney Opera House.
    • Go behind the scenes at James Cook University research aquarium, founded by a National Geographic grantee.
    • Explore the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide, watch the sun rise over Uluru, and opt to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.

Itinerary - 12 Days

Days 1 & 2 — Sydney

Arrive at any time. Kick off the trip at Sydney Harbour with a walk to the iconic Sydney Opera House and through the historic Rocks district. Later, set out on a private sunset cruise through Sydney Harbour’s beautiful bays and coves. As we navigate the bays and coves, our captain shares the rich history of Sydney and its famed waters. Enjoy a barbecue on deck, and sit back and relax as the opera house lights up in the evening. (1B, 1D)

Day 3 — Port Douglas

Fly to Cairns, then travel up the stunning coastal road to Mossman Gorge near Port Douglas. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about life in the Daintree Rainforest. (1B)

Day 4 — Port Douglas

Enjoy the colorful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. (1B)

Day 5 — Cairns

Return to Cairns and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Jamie Seymour. Get up close to the marvelous creatures that live there. (1B)

Days 6 & 7 — Cairns/Uluru

Travel southward to the tiny town of Tully for a G Adventures-supported experience with an indigenous community. Meet the people of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest and learn how they have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Enjoy a traditional lunch and participate in a painting class with Aboriginal artists. The next day, catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly. (2B, 1L)

Days 8 & 9 — Uluru/Melbourne

Awaken early to watch the sun rise. Continue on a guided walk around the base of Uluru, visit the cultural center, and learn about the significance of Uluru to the people who live with it. The next day, enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night. (2B)

Days 10 & 11 — Melbourne

Enjoy a free day in Melbourne. Opt to visit wineries, explore the Great Ocean Road, or discover hidden gems in the city's famous laneways. The next day, explore this incredible city on a National Geographic Journeys-exclusive guided walk, led by local author and culinary storyteller, Monique Bayer. Enjoy lunch at three popular venues that showcase why contemporary dining in Melbourne is such a special experience. Through a combination of European and Asian flavors, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the city’s history andits people. (2B, 1L)

Day 12 — Melbourne

Depart at any time. (1B)

Related Trips

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Dates

2018
  • Jul 11 - 22, 2018
  • Aug 01 - 12, 2018
  • Aug 15 - 26, 2018
  • Sep 05 - 16, 2018
  • Sep 26 - Oct 07, 2018
  • Oct 03 - 14, 2018
  • Oct 10 - 21, 2018
  • Oct 17 - 28, 2018
  • Oct 24 - Nov 04, 2018
  • Nov 07 - 18, 2018
  • Nov 14 - 25, 2018
  • Nov 21 - Dec 02, 2018
  • Dec 12 - 23, 2018
  • Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019
2019
  • Jan 09 - 20, 2019
  • Jan 16 - 27, 2019
  • Jan 23 - Feb 03, 2019
  • Feb 06 - 17, 2019
  • Feb 13 - 24, 2019
  • Feb 20 - Mar 03, 2019
  • Mar 06 - 17, 2019
  • Apr 24 - May 05, 2019
  • May 08 - 19, 2019
  • Jun 05 - 16, 2019
  • Jul 10 - 21, 2019
  • Aug 14 - 25, 2019
  • Sep 11 - 22, 2019
  • Oct 09 - 20, 2019
  • Oct 23 - Nov 03, 2019
  • Oct 30 - Nov 10, 2019
  • Nov 06 - 17, 2019
  • Nov 13 - 24, 2019
  • Nov 20 - Dec 01, 2019
  • Dec 04 - 15, 2019
  • Dec 11 - 22, 2019
  • Dec 18 - 29, 2019
2020
  • Jan 08 - 19, 2020
  • Jan 15 - 26, 2020
  • Jan 22 - Feb 02, 2020
  • Jan 29 - Feb 09, 2020
  • Feb 05 - 16, 2020
  • Feb 12 - 23, 2020
  • Feb 19 - Mar 01, 2020
  • Feb 26 - Mar 08, 2020
  • Mar 04 - 15, 2020
  • Mar 18 - 29, 2020
  • Mar 25 - Apr 05, 2020
  • Apr 15 - 26, 2020
  • May 20 - 31, 2020
  • Jun 24 - Jul 05, 2020
  • Jul 15 - 26, 2020
  • Aug 05 - 16, 2020
  • Aug 26 - Sep 06, 2020
  • Sep 16 - 27, 2020
  • Oct 07 - 18, 2020
  • Oct 21 - Nov 01, 2020
  • Nov 04 - 15, 2020
  • Nov 11 - 22, 2020
  • Nov 18 - 29, 2020
  • Nov 25 - Dec 06, 2020
  • Dec 02 - 13, 2020
  • Dec 09 - 20, 2020
  • Dec 16 - 27, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$4,699

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,609

What's Included

Internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Great Barrier Reef snorkeling excursion and the optional activities in Sydney are at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (11 nights)

Meals Included
11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $585–760 for meals not included.

Transportation
Mini bus, plane, boat

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.