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Trip Extensions

Tasmania Cradle Mountain

Duration: 5 days

Sample Tasmania’s remote wilderness and relaxed lifestyle at Cradle Mountain. This is a wonderful escape with breathtaking scenery, cosy cabins, magnificent meals and days filled with simple pleasures.

Melbourne

Duration: 3 days

Visit the friendly city of Melbourne and enjoy a true Aussie wildlife experience where you will see kangaroos, koalas, and other native animals in the WILD!

Lamington National Park and Fraser Island

Duration: 7 days

Explore Australia's largest subtropical rainforest located in Lamington National Park and discover the amazing array of plant and animal species that inhabit this region. Then it's on to Fraser Island, where you will see beautiful freshwater lakes, o... read more

Australia Top End

Duration: 6 days

This safari visits two of the most popular national parks of the Top End, Kakadu and Arnhemland. Kakadu National Park is home to incredible aboriginal rock art as well as spectacular wildlife and beautiful natural landscapes. In Kakadu, you will expe... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: sydney

See the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera HouseSee the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Upon arrival in Sydney, you will be greeted and escorted to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day you are free to explore on your own. If your arrival is early in the day, you’ll have many options, including a ferry ride to Taronga Park Zoo, a visit to the beaches, a guided tour or performance at the Opera House, a bike ride in Centennial Park, visits to the Art Museum and the Aquarium, the famous Harbour Bridge (which you can climb!), and more.

(Options are not included in costs, but we are happy to help make arrangements. We recommend reserving the Bridge Climb or Opera House performances ahead of time.)

Lodging
Grace Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: city tour & beaches

Stroll along Bondi beachStroll along Bondi beach

Welcome to Sydney, one of the most vibrant and panoramic cities in the world! Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will meet you at your hotel, and off you'll go to begin a day of exploration.

Your first stop is a tour of the historic Rocks precinct. Witness the birth place of Sydney and explore the convict-built cottages, pubs and the first church in Australia. Climb Observatory Hill for views of Anzac Bridge and Darling Harbour. Then cross the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of Australia’s most recognised landmarks. Travel through the leafy northern suburbs before arriving at Manly, a beautiful seaside town. Take a secluded walk along the rugged sandstone cliffs—we promise it will take your breath away.

Next, make your way to the stunning botanical gardens situated right in the heart of Sydney. En route pass through Macquarie Street, named after the first Governor of Sydney, Lachlan Macquarie. Here you will see Australia’s first Parliament House, Mint, Hyde Park Barracks and St Mary’s Cathedral.

After lunch at the botanical gardens, your tour continues down to Mrs. Macquarie’s chair, situated on the water’s edge. Continue through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and onto Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs, and see some of Sydney’s most sought-after addresses. Continuing on, pass by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi. Here you will have some time to soak up the atmosphere of the beachside mecca, with a stroll down the esplanade and maybe an ice cream treat.

Make your way back to Sydney via the vibrant Oxford Street and the suburb of Paddington. Admire this boutique shopping precinct and the charming Georgian and Victorian architecture of the homes. Wrap up your day with a relaxing dinner on your own. 

Want to see more, or something different? Other options include a full-day tour to the Blue Mountains to spot kangaroos in the wild and to see Australia’s “Grand Canyon,” a trip to a winery and wine-tasting tour in Hunter Valley, or a ride on a Port Stevens dolphin spotting cruise. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Grace Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: fly to ayers rock & the olgas

Uluru is a natural iconUluru is a natural icon

This morning, say good-bye to Sydney and head to the airport for your flight to Australia's "Red Center." Upon arrival, transfer by hotel shuttle to your accommodations, where you can get settled and freshen up.

Then it'll be time for your exploration to begin! Travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a place where unique flora and fauna thrive, with fascinating landscapes such as Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Here your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site.

See Ayers Rock, sacred to the Anangi aborigines. It's an enormous monolith, rising 1,100 feet above the surrounding flat desert. Also learn how The Olgas, 36 individual rock domes, may once have been a single dome many times the size of Ayers Rock.

Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Dessert Gardens (or similar)

Day 4: aboriginal uluru tour

See the stories through thousands of yearsSee the stories through thousands of years

The Aboriginal Uluru Tour is one of the most famous tours of Uluru. Start your day with an early pick-up so you can witness a spectacular sunrise, then after breakfast in the magnificent Cultural Center, your aboriginal guide will take you on a stroll through bush land near the base of Uluru.

The creation stories shown to you in the scars and features of Uluru tell the tales of thousands of generations! See how traditional tools, weapons, and implements are made and used in daily life, learn how to make the oldest glue in the world, and practice throwing a spear.

This evening, journey into the desert where you'll be welcomed by the haunting sounds of a didgeridoo as you view the sunset behind the Olgas. Enjoy a barbecue dinner that includes kangaroo, emu, chicken, and barramundi, all accompanied by salads, vegetables, and your choice of beverages. After dessert, the lights will be dimmed so you can focus on the sounds of the great outback and see the stars in the southern skies. An astronomer will introduce you to the planets and constellations, with the opportunity to view them through an on-site telescope. After stargazing, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Dessert Gardens (or similar)

Day 5: alice springs

See Aboriginal art at the Mbantua museumSee Aboriginal art at the Mbantua museum

This morning, return to the Ayers Rock Airport via hotel shuttle for your flight to Alice Springs, the unassuming town that serves as the vital center of the enormous Central Outback. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to settle in for two nights.

Your afternoon tour commences with panoramic views from Anzac Hill, which overlooks Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges. See the Todd River before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Base and the School of the Air, two uniquely Australian organizations that provide medical care and education to the people of the isolated outback. Later, visit the Old Telegraph Station and behold the harsh pioneering life of the first settlements. See the development of communications via morse code and find out how Alice Springs received its name. Then, experience a colorful journey through the Mbantua, a aboriginal culture museum, which is home to a private collection of incredible aboriginal artifacts.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Chifley Alice Springs Resort (or similar)

Day 6: the outback & macdonnell ranges

Stunning scenery of MacDonnell RangesStunning scenery of MacDonnell Ranges

Depart this morning for a tour in MacDonnell Ranges National Park, full of enchanting gorges, leafy rivers, spinifex slopes, ancient cycads, and rare plants and animals. Imbued with the culture of a thousand generations of people, these desert mountains are the wettest parts of the central Australian deserts, harboring oases of animals and plants alike.

Explore the dramatic Simpsons Gap, which is well-known for its elusive rock wallabies. Then, enjoy a short walk through cycads, ghost gums, acacias, and cypress pine trees until you arrive at the majestic Angkerle, also known as Standley Chasm. As you walk through this 5-meter chasm, notice its towering fiery red walls.

Later, enjoy a picnic lunch, complete with traditional billy tea and coffee. On the return trip into town, your guide will escort you into Desert Park. Here, you will enjoy a fascinating raptor show. Afterwards, transfer to your accommodations for the evening.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Chifley Alice Springs Resort (or similar)

Day 7: alice springs / queensland

Enjoy the views as you fly into QueenslandEnjoy the views as you fly into Queensland

Today you'll take a 4-hour flight from Alice Springs to Cairns, and make a dramatic switch from the red desert, over the Great Dividing Range, to the lush green of Queensland's tropical coast.

You will be greeted at the Cairns Airport and transferred just 20 minutes north to your hotel in Palm Cove, located on the spectacular coastline between Cairns and Port Douglas. This will be your home for a full four nights while you explore tropical Queensland.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
The Sebel Reef House (or similar)

Day 8: cape tribulation rainforest

Meet a kangaroo todayMeet a kangaroo today

This morning, drive north along the scenic coastal route (the Captain Cook Highway) while learning about the history of the area and admiring spectacular views of the Coral Sea. Stop at the majestic Daintree River for morning tea before enjoying an informative guided River Cruise on the Daintree River. Relax and take in the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and endemic wildlife—this is nature at its best!

From here, ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of the tropical rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Enjoy a guided elevated National Park Boardwalks tour and a visit to Lyne Haven, an animal refuge where you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo.

Then, venture beyond the famous Daintree Tea Plantation, past spectacular mountains, and through the rainforest as you pass Cape Tribulation and continue along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek. Seek fish and turtles in the creek and butterflies and exotic birds in the trees, and indulge in a feast of exotic tropical fruits, as well as a complimentary glass of wine.

Make your way to Cape Tribulation Beach after most of the crowds are gone. You may have time for a quick swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal), or a stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef.'

After a short afternoon refreshment stop,  cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and head back to the hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
The Sebel Reef House (or similar)

Day 9: kuranda markets and skyrail

Amazing Views from the SkyrailAmazing Views from the Skyrail

Today will be full of exciting experiences. First, head to the Freshwater Station, where you will board a train and enjoy spectacular views as you journey through 15 hand-cut tunnels and pass by gorgeous waterfalls. Following this train ride, enjoy some free time to do some of your own exploring—be sure to check out the local markets, as Kuranda is home to numerous renowned arts & crafts shops.

Next, head to the Skyrail, where your host will be waiting for you with your tickets. Once aboard, you will be amazed as you glide over the rainforest canopy. There are two stations en route where you can stop and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular look-out points. You can also visit the SCIRO Interpretive Center at Barron Falls Station to discover more about the special plants and animals that inhabit this unique environment. Your Skyrail journey ends at Caravonica Lakes, but the fun has just begun.

A short distance from the Skyrail terminal is the Tjapukai aboriginal culture park, and your first stop here is a wonderful buffet lunch. After you eat, you have ample time to explore all the attractions of Tjapukai—movie theaters, stage shows, craft demonstrations, the aboriginal village, and, of course, the famous Tjapukai Dance Troupe. The dancers combine traditional dance and music with modern theater techniques to convey their legends in a moving and humorous way.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
The Sebel Reef House (or similar)

Day 10: great barrier reef cruise

Snorkel the Great Barrier ReefSnorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Exploring the Great Barrier Reef will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Spend four full hours on the reef at Michaelmas Cay, a picturesque reef cay where coral gardens abound with a multitude of marine life. The Cay is also home to a protected seabird sanctuary.

Upon departure from Cairns Marina, you will cruise on a high performance catamaran directly to the reef. Enjoy guided snorkeling tours (with equipment provided) and presentations by marine biologists. Be sure to bring your bathing suit, towel, hat, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen! You will return to your hotel late this afternoon.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
The Sebel Reef House (or similar)

Day 11: cairns / onward

Consider extending your trip in New ZealandConsider extending your trip in New Zealand

Sadly, your Australia adventure has come to an end and it's time to make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Not ready to leave? Ask us about extensions in Australia, Tasmania, or New Zealand, or consider a stay at one of the Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,295
International and domestic airfare not included;
Single Supplement:
$2,200
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Flexible departures joining small groups
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Prices may fluctuate based on the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Australian Dollar.

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Delightful and superior hotels
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Easy walking and some optional activities
Group Size:
4-12
Join small, local group tours
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Aboriginal art
Aboriginal art
Uluru is a natural icon
Uluru is a natural icon
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Who doesn't love a koala?
Who doesn't love a koala?
Sydney's iconic bridge and Opera House
Sydney's iconic bridge and Opera House
Ooh and awe at the colorful reefs
Ooh and awe at the colorful reefs
Fuzzy koalas await your arrival
Fuzzy koalas await your arrival
Snorkeling is an Australian must-do
Snorkeling is an Australian must-do
Stroll along the beautiful beaches
Stroll along the beautiful beaches
The Olgas are a spectacular site
The Olgas are a spectacular site
Australia has many magnificent landscapes
Australia has many magnificent landscapes
Learn about history on an Aboriginal tour
Learn about history on an Aboriginal tour
Visit beautiful MacDonnell Ranges
Visit beautiful MacDonnell Ranges
Sleepy or grumpy koala?
Sleepy or grumpy koala?
Pose in front of the famous Opera House
Pose in front of the famous Opera House
Amazing views from the Skyrail
Amazing views from the Skyrail

Discovery Down Under

Tropical Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, the Outback, and Sydney

overview

Australia is enormous—about the same size as the United States—and offers a tremendous number of opportunities for adventure, many more than you can fit into one trip. We've taken what we consider the must-see highlights and compiled them into a comprehensive itinerary that will give you a good overview of the country.

During your time in Australia, you'll experience the drama of modern Sydney, the desert Outback, and tropical Queensland where the rainforest meets the reef. You'll have the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, explore the famous Ayers Rock, cruise and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, and search the rainforest for the elusive platypus. This is an unforgettable experience!

Don't leave your kids at home! We cannot overstate the attraction of Australia for family adventure. It is nothing short of pure delight for adults and kids alike to experience the topsy-turviness of it all: the funny animals, the inverted seasons, the strange colors of the land, and the silly way that folks talk. This trip is perfect for small groups and families of all ages, and can also be arranged for individual travelers.

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overview

Australia is enormous—about the same size as the United States—and offers a tremendous number of opportunities for adventure, many more than you can fit into one trip. We've taken what we consider the must-see highlights and compiled them into a comprehensive itinerary that will give you a good overview of the country.

During your time in Australia, you'll experience the drama of modern Sydney, the desert Outback, and tropical Queensland where the rainforest meets the reef. You'll have the opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, explore the famous Ayers Rock, cruise and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, and search the rainforest for the elusive platypus. This is an unforgettable experience!

Don't leave your kids at home! We cannot overstate the attraction of Australia for family adventure. It is nothing short of pure delight for adults and kids alike to experience the topsy-turviness of it all: the funny animals, the inverted seasons, the strange colors of the land, and the silly way that folks talk. This trip is perfect for small groups and families of all ages, and can also be arranged for individual travelers.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: sydney
    See the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera HouseSee the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House

    Upon arrival in Sydney, you will be greeted and escorted to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day you are free to explore on your own. If your arrival is early in the day, you’ll have many options, including a ferry ride to Taronga Park Zoo, a visit to the beaches, a guided tour or performance at the Opera House, a bike ride in Centennial Park, visits to the Art Museum and the Aquarium, the famous Harbour Bridge (which you can climb!), and more.

    (Options are not included in costs, but we are happy to help make arrangements. We recommend reserving the Bridge Climb or Opera House performances ahead of time.)

    Lodging
    Grace Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: city tour & beaches
    Stroll along Bondi beachStroll along Bondi beach

    Welcome to Sydney, one of the most vibrant and panoramic cities in the world! Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will meet you at your hotel, and off you'll go to begin a day of exploration.

    Your first stop is a tour of the historic Rocks precinct. Witness the birth place of Sydney and explore the convict-built cottages, pubs and the first church in Australia. Climb Observatory Hill for views of Anzac Bridge and Darling Harbour. Then cross the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of Australia’s most recognised landmarks. Travel through the leafy northern suburbs before arriving at Manly, a beautiful seaside town. Take a secluded walk along the rugged sandstone cliffs—we promise it will take your breath away.

    Next, make your way to the stunning botanical gardens situated right in the heart of Sydney. En route pass through Macquarie Street, named after the first Governor of Sydney, Lachlan Macquarie. Here you will see Australia’s first Parliament House, Mint, Hyde Park Barracks and St Mary’s Cathedral.

    After lunch at the botanical gardens, your tour continues down to Mrs. Macquarie’s chair, situated on the water’s edge. Continue through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and onto Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs, and see some of Sydney’s most sought-after addresses. Continuing on, pass by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi. Here you will have some time to soak up the atmosphere of the beachside mecca, with a stroll down the esplanade and maybe an ice cream treat.

    Make your way back to Sydney via the vibrant Oxford Street and the suburb of Paddington. Admire this boutique shopping precinct and the charming Georgian and Victorian architecture of the homes. Wrap up your day with a relaxing dinner on your own. 

    Want to see more, or something different? Other options include a full-day tour to the Blue Mountains to spot kangaroos in the wild and to see Australia’s “Grand Canyon,” a trip to a winery and wine-tasting tour in Hunter Valley, or a ride on a Port Stevens dolphin spotting cruise. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Grace Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: fly to ayers rock & the olgas
    Uluru is a natural iconUluru is a natural icon

    This morning, say good-bye to Sydney and head to the airport for your flight to Australia's "Red Center." Upon arrival, transfer by hotel shuttle to your accommodations, where you can get settled and freshen up.

    Then it'll be time for your exploration to begin! Travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a place where unique flora and fauna thrive, with fascinating landscapes such as Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Here your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site.

    See Ayers Rock, sacred to the Anangi aborigines. It's an enormous monolith, rising 1,100 feet above the surrounding flat desert. Also learn how The Olgas, 36 individual rock domes, may once have been a single dome many times the size of Ayers Rock.

    Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Dessert Gardens (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: aboriginal uluru tour
    See the stories through thousands of yearsSee the stories through thousands of years

    The Aboriginal Uluru Tour is one of the most famous tours of Uluru. Start your day with an early pick-up so you can witness a spectacular sunrise, then after breakfast in the magnificent Cultural Center, your aboriginal guide will take you on a stroll through bush land near the base of Uluru.

    The creation stories shown to you in the scars and features of Uluru tell the tales of thousands of generations! See how traditional tools, weapons, and implements are made and used in daily life, learn how to make the oldest glue in the world, and practice throwing a spear.

    This evening, journey into the desert where you'll be welcomed by the haunting sounds of a didgeridoo as you view the sunset behind the Olgas. Enjoy a barbecue dinner that includes kangaroo, emu, chicken, and barramundi, all accompanied by salads, vegetables, and your choice of beverages. After dessert, the lights will be dimmed so you can focus on the sounds of the great outback and see the stars in the southern skies. An astronomer will introduce you to the planets and constellations, with the opportunity to view them through an on-site telescope. After stargazing, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Dessert Gardens (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: alice springs
    See Aboriginal art at the Mbantua museumSee Aboriginal art at the Mbantua museum

    This morning, return to the Ayers Rock Airport via hotel shuttle for your flight to Alice Springs, the unassuming town that serves as the vital center of the enormous Central Outback. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to settle in for two nights.

    Your afternoon tour commences with panoramic views from Anzac Hill, which overlooks Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges. See the Todd River before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Base and the School of the Air, two uniquely Australian organizations that provide medical care and education to the people of the isolated outback. Later, visit the Old Telegraph Station and behold the harsh pioneering life of the first settlements. See the development of communications via morse code and find out how Alice Springs received its name. Then, experience a colorful journey through the Mbantua, a aboriginal culture museum, which is home to a private collection of incredible aboriginal artifacts.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Chifley Alice Springs Resort (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: the outback & macdonnell ranges
    Stunning scenery of MacDonnell RangesStunning scenery of MacDonnell Ranges

    Depart this morning for a tour in MacDonnell Ranges National Park, full of enchanting gorges, leafy rivers, spinifex slopes, ancient cycads, and rare plants and animals. Imbued with the culture of a thousand generations of people, these desert mountains are the wettest parts of the central Australian deserts, harboring oases of animals and plants alike.

    Explore the dramatic Simpsons Gap, which is well-known for its elusive rock wallabies. Then, enjoy a short walk through cycads, ghost gums, acacias, and cypress pine trees until you arrive at the majestic Angkerle, also known as Standley Chasm. As you walk through this 5-meter chasm, notice its towering fiery red walls.

    Later, enjoy a picnic lunch, complete with traditional billy tea and coffee. On the return trip into town, your guide will escort you into Desert Park. Here, you will enjoy a fascinating raptor show. Afterwards, transfer to your accommodations for the evening.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Chifley Alice Springs Resort (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: alice springs / queensland
    Enjoy the views as you fly into QueenslandEnjoy the views as you fly into Queensland

    Today you'll take a 4-hour flight from Alice Springs to Cairns, and make a dramatic switch from the red desert, over the Great Dividing Range, to the lush green of Queensland's tropical coast.

    You will be greeted at the Cairns Airport and transferred just 20 minutes north to your hotel in Palm Cove, located on the spectacular coastline between Cairns and Port Douglas. This will be your home for a full four nights while you explore tropical Queensland.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    The Sebel Reef House (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: cape tribulation rainforest
    Meet a kangaroo todayMeet a kangaroo today

    This morning, drive north along the scenic coastal route (the Captain Cook Highway) while learning about the history of the area and admiring spectacular views of the Coral Sea. Stop at the majestic Daintree River for morning tea before enjoying an informative guided River Cruise on the Daintree River. Relax and take in the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and endemic wildlife—this is nature at its best!

    From here, ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of the tropical rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Enjoy a guided elevated National Park Boardwalks tour and a visit to Lyne Haven, an animal refuge where you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo.

    Then, venture beyond the famous Daintree Tea Plantation, past spectacular mountains, and through the rainforest as you pass Cape Tribulation and continue along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek. Seek fish and turtles in the creek and butterflies and exotic birds in the trees, and indulge in a feast of exotic tropical fruits, as well as a complimentary glass of wine.

    Make your way to Cape Tribulation Beach after most of the crowds are gone. You may have time for a quick swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal), or a stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef.'

    After a short afternoon refreshment stop,  cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and head back to the hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    The Sebel Reef House (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: kuranda markets and skyrail
    Amazing Views from the SkyrailAmazing Views from the Skyrail

    Today will be full of exciting experiences. First, head to the Freshwater Station, where you will board a train and enjoy spectacular views as you journey through 15 hand-cut tunnels and pass by gorgeous waterfalls. Following this train ride, enjoy some free time to do some of your own exploring—be sure to check out the local markets, as Kuranda is home to numerous renowned arts & crafts shops.

    Next, head to the Skyrail, where your host will be waiting for you with your tickets. Once aboard, you will be amazed as you glide over the rainforest canopy. There are two stations en route where you can stop and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular look-out points. You can also visit the SCIRO Interpretive Center at Barron Falls Station to discover more about the special plants and animals that inhabit this unique environment. Your Skyrail journey ends at Caravonica Lakes, but the fun has just begun.

    A short distance from the Skyrail terminal is the Tjapukai aboriginal culture park, and your first stop here is a wonderful buffet lunch. After you eat, you have ample time to explore all the attractions of Tjapukai—movie theaters, stage shows, craft demonstrations, the aboriginal village, and, of course, the famous Tjapukai Dance Troupe. The dancers combine traditional dance and music with modern theater techniques to convey their legends in a moving and humorous way.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    The Sebel Reef House (or similar)
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  • Day 10: great barrier reef cruise
    Snorkel the Great Barrier ReefSnorkel the Great Barrier Reef

    Exploring the Great Barrier Reef will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Spend four full hours on the reef at Michaelmas Cay, a picturesque reef cay where coral gardens abound with a multitude of marine life. The Cay is also home to a protected seabird sanctuary.

    Upon departure from Cairns Marina, you will cruise on a high performance catamaran directly to the reef. Enjoy guided snorkeling tours (with equipment provided) and presentations by marine biologists. Be sure to bring your bathing suit, towel, hat, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen! You will return to your hotel late this afternoon.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    The Sebel Reef House (or similar)
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  • Day 11: cairns / onward
    Consider extending your trip in New ZealandConsider extending your trip in New Zealand

    Sadly, your Australia adventure has come to an end and it's time to make your way to the airport for your flight home.

    Not ready to leave? Ask us about extensions in Australia, Tasmania, or New Zealand, or consider a stay at one of the Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts.

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,295
International and domestic airfare not included;
Single Supplement:
$2,200
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Flexible departures joining small groups
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Prices may fluctuate based on the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Australian Dollar.

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Delightful and superior hotels
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Easy walking and some optional activities
Group Size:
4-12
Join small, local group tours
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Tasmania Cradle Mountain

Duration: 5 days

Sample Tasmania’s remote wilderness and relaxed lifestyle at Cradle Mountain. This is a wonderful escape with breathtaking scenery, cosy cabins, magnificent meals and days filled with simple pleasures.

Melbourne

Duration: 3 days

Visit the friendly city of Melbourne and enjoy a true Aussie wildlife experience where you will see kangaroos, koalas, and other native animals in the WILD!

Lamington National Park and Fraser Island

Duration: 7 days

Explore Australia's largest subtropical rainforest located in Lamington National Park and discover the amazing array of plant and animal species that inhabit this region. Then it's on to Fraser Island, where you will see beautiful freshwater lakes, o... read more

Australia Top End

Duration: 6 days

This safari visits two of the most popular national parks of the Top End, Kakadu and Arnhemland. Kakadu National Park is home to incredible aboriginal rock art as well as spectacular wildlife and beautiful natural landscapes. In Kakadu, you will expe... read more

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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