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Sydney Stopover

Duration: 4 days

Sydney is a great place to spend more than just a day, whether you are looking for an exciting place to explore or hoping to just sit back and relax. Discover Sydney's unique dining, shopping, and recreational options in one of the world's most attra... read more

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: melbourne and phillip island penguin parade

Blue fairy penguins waddle to shore Blue fairy penguins waddle to shore

Upon arrival in Melbourne, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, head to Phillips Island in plenty of time to get in a good position for the nightly penguin parade. Rangers are on hand throughout the night to answer your questions and discuss the penguins.

Meals
none
Lodging
Novotel Melbourne (or similar)

Day 2: great ocean road

The 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean RoadThe 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road

The  Great Ocean Road is often described as the world’s most breathtaking coastal drive. Follow its winding trail through the lush Otway rainforests to the breathtaking, windswept drama of the Shipwreck Coast. Enjoy morning tea at Teddy’s Lookout, stop in Lorne to view a colony of wild koalas, and enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Apollo Bay.

After lunch, visit the famous Twelve Apostles, giant rocks that soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean. Venturing further west, arrive at Loch Ard Gorge, site of one of Victoria’s most tragic shipwrecks more than 120 years ago. At day's end, head back to Melbourne for your overnight stay.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Novotel Melbourne (or similar)

Day 3: adelaide / kangaroo island

Come face to face with kangaroosCome face to face with kangaroos

This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Adelaide and on to Kangaroo Island where you'll settle in for a three-night stay.

Kangaroo Island—or K.I.—is 100 miles long and 35 miles wide at its widest point. This island "broke" from the mainland 10,000 years ago, and evolution has created a number of endemic subspecies. Because the island is free from feral predator pests such as rabbits and foxes, many wildlife species flourish here as they do nowhere else. More than one-third of the island is National or Conservation Park. Koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, goannas, platypus, snakes, bats, sea lions, whales, sharks, penguins and a population of about 6,000 New Zealand fur seals all thrive on the island.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Aurora Ozone Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: kangaroo island

Grumpy or sleepy koala?Grumpy or sleepy koala?

After breakfast, you will be collected by your tour guide for your day of touring. The pick up time will be approximately 0900-0930hrs (the exact time will be confirmed to your accommodation the day prior) .  
Get an introduction to Island Life - where things take time, drivers wave as they go by, or even stop for a chat.Have a cuppa with some home-made cakes before walking down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the North Coast. Take a walk through Lathami Conservation Park which has been set aside to protect the habitat of the critically endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo. This park is also home to a wide variety of wildlife such as the tammar wallaby, Kangaroo Island kangaroo, echidnas and goannas. Break for lunch at our own private lunchsite in the bush and your guide will become your personal chef and prepare a delicious barbeque featuring local seafood, fresh salads and South Australian wines. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide amongst Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf and see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes . The remainder of the afternoon is spent exploring more of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.
At the conclusion of the tour, drop off at your accommodation. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Aurora Ozone Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: flinders chase national park, k.i.

Remarkable Rocks, indeedRemarkable Rocks, indeed

After breakfast, you will be collected by your tour guide for your day of touring. The pick up time will be approximately 0900-0930hrs (the exact time will be confirmed to your accommodation the day prior) . Flinders Chase National Park covers the entire western end of the Island. Work to establish this park began in 1888, making it one of the world’s oldest. Unspoilt and diverse, it is home to a wide variety of plants and animals - some found no where else on the planet! Visit Rocky River, site of an impressive visitor centre interpreting many facets of the park and it’s history. This area is home to the rare Cape Barren goose, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many birds. At Cape du Couedic visit a fur seal colony which now numbers over 20,00 after being decimated by hunting in the early 1800’s.  These animals can be observed resting on the rocks or frolicking in the surf under Admirals Arch - a spectacular coastal grotto. On the headland above is a beautiful stone lighthouse where three light keepers and their families lived, maintaining a warning for ships. Further up the coast is Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, which have been carved by relentless winds, rain and salt from the Southern Ocean. Stop for lunch and enjoy a delicious picnic featuring roasted free range chicken, a selection of cheeses, fresh salads and local wines. Depending on the season, the afternoon might include a visit to “Grassdale” home to many kangaroos and some great farming heritage, the secluded pools of the Rocky River or a rugged South Coast cove. At the conclusion of the tour, drop off at your accommodation. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Aurora Ozone Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: kangaroo island / tasmania

A young Tasmanian Devil (believe it or not!)A young Tasmanian Devil (believe it or not!)

Today your adventure takes you to the state of Tasmania. From Kangaroo Island, fly to Adelaide where you'll connect to Launceston, Tasmania.

From here, the open road is yours! Pick up your rental car, then enjoy the second half of your trip on your own. All of the lodges we've chosen offer a variety of activities that are included in the cost of your trip (note that some activities do require additional fees; inquire for details.)

In your rental car, head out from Launceston and enjoy a fantastically scenic drive to Cradle Mountain in the World Heritage national park of the same name. If you prefer not to drive, we can make arrangements for you to have a van and driver (not included in the land cost.)

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Day 7: cradle mountain

Cradle MountainCradle Mountain

Enjoy a full day exploring the Cradle Mountain area. The walking tracks are well cared for and you have many to choose from, including Pencil Pines Falls and Dove Lake. You are likely to see pademelons (a smaller relative of the wallaby) and wombats near your cabin and out on the trails. Guided walks and nighttime wildlife excursions are offered by the lodge. Depending on the time of year, there also may be options to bike, horseback ride or canoe.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Day 8: cradle mt. to freycinet national park

Wineglass BayWineglass Bay

This morning drive approximately five hours from Cradle Mountain to the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula, which juts out into the sea on Tasmania's east coast. Freycinet National Park, where you'll spend your afternoon, consists of granite mountains, azure bays and picture-perfect white sand beaches. 

Freycinet is a great place for bird watching, as well as many other optional activities, such as surfing, sea kayaking with dolphins, or 4WD to a historic lighthouse. This afternoon, take a walk to Coles Bay or the pass overlooking the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay, which some say is the most beautiful bay in the world. Later, drive to the lodge for a restful evening.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Freycinet Lodge (or similar)

Day 9: freycinet national park

Snorkeling is a popular activity in FreycinetSnorkeling is a popular activity in Freycinet

Today is a full day to explore Freycinet National Park. Enjoy any of the activities you didn't have time for the day before. There's plenty to do, so you'll be content whether you prefer strenuous trekking, beach strolls, swimming, snorkeling, birding, or searching for wildlife.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Freycinet Lodge (or similar)

Days 10-11: hobart

Bruny Island cruiseBruny Island cruise

Say goodbye to Freycinet National Park and begin your drive to Hobart, where you'll have two days to explore. The itinerary is very flexible based on your preferred activities, so be sure to ask your Adventure Specialist for options.

Some favorite things to do are:

  • Take a day cruise to the pristine waters of Bruny Island
  • Experience the mesmerizing history of Port Arthur
  • Visit the attitude-challenging Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
  • Explore the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
  • If you are lucky enough to be in Hobart on Saturday, be sure to spend some time at the weekly Salamanca Market.
Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Lenna of Hobart (or similar)

Day 12: tasmania / onward

Consider an extension to Fraser IslandConsider an extension to Fraser Island

Alas, your Australian adventure has come to an end. Today you'll head to the airport to drop off your rental car and check in for your flight to Sydney or Brisbane and onward.

Not ready to go home? Consider connecting to Brisbane and on to Fraser Island—the largest sand island in the world—for a very different island experience.

 

 

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,550
based on double occupancy
Single Supplement:
$800
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.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
12 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:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable & delightful hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Some optional hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Australia

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Please note: Prices on this trip may fluctuate based on the exchange rate between the US Dollar and the Australian Dollar.

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: all flights, 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; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

An initial payment of 20% per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 90 days prior to departure.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

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 reservation, 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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The 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
The 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road
Remarkable Rocks, indeed
Remarkable Rocks, indeed
Spectacular views across the countryside
Spectacular views across the countryside
Keep an eye out for various birds
Keep an eye out for various birds
Little Penguins waddle to shore at dusk
Little Penguins waddle to shore at dusk
Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil
Come face to face with kangaroos
Come face to face with kangaroos
Expect encounters with koalas
Expect encounters with koalas
Enjoy snorkeling in Freycinet
Enjoy snorkeling in Freycinet
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain

Islands of Australia & The Great Ocean Road

Phillip Island, Kangaroo Island, and the island state of Tasmania

overview

Wild scenery, Australian animals, and wonderful weather rule southern Australia from October to April. This trip is great for birders and wildlife photographers and anyone seeking authentic nature encounters on some of the most beautiful islands and along the most beautiful coastlines in Australia.

Start from Melbourne and the first and smallest island of the itinerary, Phillip Island, with its world-famous evening penguin "parade." Enjoy a full day on the famed Great Ocean Road before continuing on to Kangaroo Island where the density and variety of wildlife is stunning and the scenery is spectacular. Continue on to Australia's smallest state and largest island, Tasmania, where you'll enjoy three days immersed in the views, trails and wildlife of Cradle Mountain, followed by Freycinet National Park and the charming state capital, Hobart.

This itinerary is especially suitable for your customized exploration and can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of your party.

 

itinerary

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overview

Wild scenery, Australian animals, and wonderful weather rule southern Australia from October to April. This trip is great for birders and wildlife photographers and anyone seeking authentic nature encounters on some of the most beautiful islands and along the most beautiful coastlines in Australia.

Start from Melbourne and the first and smallest island of the itinerary, Phillip Island, with its world-famous evening penguin "parade." Enjoy a full day on the famed Great Ocean Road before continuing on to Kangaroo Island where the density and variety of wildlife is stunning and the scenery is spectacular. Continue on to Australia's smallest state and largest island, Tasmania, where you'll enjoy three days immersed in the views, trails and wildlife of Cradle Mountain, followed by Freycinet National Park and the charming state capital, Hobart.

This itinerary is especially suitable for your customized exploration and can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of your party.

 

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: melbourne and phillip island penguin parade
    Blue fairy penguins waddle to shore Blue fairy penguins waddle to shore

    Upon arrival in Melbourne, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, head to Phillips Island in plenty of time to get in a good position for the nightly penguin parade. Rangers are on hand throughout the night to answer your questions and discuss the penguins.

    Meals
    none
    Lodging
    Novotel Melbourne (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: great ocean road
    The 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean RoadThe 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road

    The  Great Ocean Road is often described as the world’s most breathtaking coastal drive. Follow its winding trail through the lush Otway rainforests to the breathtaking, windswept drama of the Shipwreck Coast. Enjoy morning tea at Teddy’s Lookout, stop in Lorne to view a colony of wild koalas, and enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Apollo Bay.

    After lunch, visit the famous Twelve Apostles, giant rocks that soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean. Venturing further west, arrive at Loch Ard Gorge, site of one of Victoria’s most tragic shipwrecks more than 120 years ago. At day's end, head back to Melbourne for your overnight stay.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Novotel Melbourne (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: adelaide / kangaroo island
    Come face to face with kangaroosCome face to face with kangaroos

    This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Adelaide and on to Kangaroo Island where you'll settle in for a three-night stay.

    Kangaroo Island—or K.I.—is 100 miles long and 35 miles wide at its widest point. This island "broke" from the mainland 10,000 years ago, and evolution has created a number of endemic subspecies. Because the island is free from feral predator pests such as rabbits and foxes, many wildlife species flourish here as they do nowhere else. More than one-third of the island is National or Conservation Park. Koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, goannas, platypus, snakes, bats, sea lions, whales, sharks, penguins and a population of about 6,000 New Zealand fur seals all thrive on the island.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Aurora Ozone Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: kangaroo island
    Grumpy or sleepy koala?Grumpy or sleepy koala?

    After breakfast, you will be collected by your tour guide for your day of touring. The pick up time will be approximately 0900-0930hrs (the exact time will be confirmed to your accommodation the day prior) .  
    Get an introduction to Island Life - where things take time, drivers wave as they go by, or even stop for a chat.Have a cuppa with some home-made cakes before walking down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees where koalas snooze overhead or wake briefly for a feed. Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the North Coast. Take a walk through Lathami Conservation Park which has been set aside to protect the habitat of the critically endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo. This park is also home to a wide variety of wildlife such as the tammar wallaby, Kangaroo Island kangaroo, echidnas and goannas. Break for lunch at our own private lunchsite in the bush and your guide will become your personal chef and prepare a delicious barbeque featuring local seafood, fresh salads and South Australian wines. At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide amongst Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf and see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes . The remainder of the afternoon is spent exploring more of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.
    At the conclusion of the tour, drop off at your accommodation. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Aurora Ozone Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: flinders chase national park, k.i.
    Remarkable Rocks, indeedRemarkable Rocks, indeed

    After breakfast, you will be collected by your tour guide for your day of touring. The pick up time will be approximately 0900-0930hrs (the exact time will be confirmed to your accommodation the day prior) . Flinders Chase National Park covers the entire western end of the Island. Work to establish this park began in 1888, making it one of the world’s oldest. Unspoilt and diverse, it is home to a wide variety of plants and animals - some found no where else on the planet! Visit Rocky River, site of an impressive visitor centre interpreting many facets of the park and it’s history. This area is home to the rare Cape Barren goose, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many birds. At Cape du Couedic visit a fur seal colony which now numbers over 20,00 after being decimated by hunting in the early 1800’s.  These animals can be observed resting on the rocks or frolicking in the surf under Admirals Arch - a spectacular coastal grotto. On the headland above is a beautiful stone lighthouse where three light keepers and their families lived, maintaining a warning for ships. Further up the coast is Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, which have been carved by relentless winds, rain and salt from the Southern Ocean. Stop for lunch and enjoy a delicious picnic featuring roasted free range chicken, a selection of cheeses, fresh salads and local wines. Depending on the season, the afternoon might include a visit to “Grassdale” home to many kangaroos and some great farming heritage, the secluded pools of the Rocky River or a rugged South Coast cove. At the conclusion of the tour, drop off at your accommodation. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Aurora Ozone Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: kangaroo island / tasmania
    A young Tasmanian Devil (believe it or not!)A young Tasmanian Devil (believe it or not!)

    Today your adventure takes you to the state of Tasmania. From Kangaroo Island, fly to Adelaide where you'll connect to Launceston, Tasmania.

    From here, the open road is yours! Pick up your rental car, then enjoy the second half of your trip on your own. All of the lodges we've chosen offer a variety of activities that are included in the cost of your trip (note that some activities do require additional fees; inquire for details.)

    In your rental car, head out from Launceston and enjoy a fantastically scenic drive to Cradle Mountain in the World Heritage national park of the same name. If you prefer not to drive, we can make arrangements for you to have a van and driver (not included in the land cost.)

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: cradle mountain
    Cradle MountainCradle Mountain

    Enjoy a full day exploring the Cradle Mountain area. The walking tracks are well cared for and you have many to choose from, including Pencil Pines Falls and Dove Lake. You are likely to see pademelons (a smaller relative of the wallaby) and wombats near your cabin and out on the trails. Guided walks and nighttime wildlife excursions are offered by the lodge. Depending on the time of year, there also may be options to bike, horseback ride or canoe.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: cradle mt. to freycinet national park
    Wineglass BayWineglass Bay

    This morning drive approximately five hours from Cradle Mountain to the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula, which juts out into the sea on Tasmania's east coast. Freycinet National Park, where you'll spend your afternoon, consists of granite mountains, azure bays and picture-perfect white sand beaches. 

    Freycinet is a great place for bird watching, as well as many other optional activities, such as surfing, sea kayaking with dolphins, or 4WD to a historic lighthouse. This afternoon, take a walk to Coles Bay or the pass overlooking the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay, which some say is the most beautiful bay in the world. Later, drive to the lodge for a restful evening.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Freycinet Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: freycinet national park
    Snorkeling is a popular activity in FreycinetSnorkeling is a popular activity in Freycinet

    Today is a full day to explore Freycinet National Park. Enjoy any of the activities you didn't have time for the day before. There's plenty to do, so you'll be content whether you prefer strenuous trekking, beach strolls, swimming, snorkeling, birding, or searching for wildlife.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Freycinet Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 10-11: hobart
    Bruny Island cruiseBruny Island cruise

    Say goodbye to Freycinet National Park and begin your drive to Hobart, where you'll have two days to explore. The itinerary is very flexible based on your preferred activities, so be sure to ask your Adventure Specialist for options.

    Some favorite things to do are:

    • Take a day cruise to the pristine waters of Bruny Island
    • Experience the mesmerizing history of Port Arthur
    • Visit the attitude-challenging Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
    • Explore the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
    • If you are lucky enough to be in Hobart on Saturday, be sure to spend some time at the weekly Salamanca Market.
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Lenna of Hobart (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: tasmania / onward
    Consider an extension to Fraser IslandConsider an extension to Fraser Island

    Alas, your Australian adventure has come to an end. Today you'll head to the airport to drop off your rental car and check in for your flight to Sydney or Brisbane and onward.

    Not ready to go home? Consider connecting to Brisbane and on to Fraser Island—the largest sand island in the world—for a very different island experience.

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,550
based on double occupancy
Single Supplement:
$800
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.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
12 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:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable & delightful hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Some optional hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Australia

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Please note: Prices on this trip may fluctuate based on the exchange rate between the US Dollar and the Australian Dollar.

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: all flights, 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; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

An initial payment of 20% per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 90 days prior to departure.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

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 reservation, 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

Sydney Stopover

Duration: 4 days

Sydney is a great place to spend more than just a day, whether you are looking for an exciting place to explore or hoping to just sit back and relax. Discover Sydney's unique dining, shopping, and recreational options in one of the world's most attra... read more

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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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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