Australia

Enjoy the “Land Down Under” with a lunchtime cruise through Sydney Harbor, where you’ll see the world-famous Opera House and other harborside highlights. Then fly to Ayers Rock, sacred site of Aboriginals – the first Australians – followed by a camelback trek of Uluru with breathtaking views of flora and fauna. You’ll also see Daintree National Forest, the oldest living rainforest on earth, and the Great Barrier Reef, where you can go SCUBA diving or observe from a glass-bottom boat the Reef’s complex ecosystem.

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Language

Australian English

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Time Zone

Western Australia: GMT +8
South Australia: GMT +10:30
Eastern Australia: GMT +11

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

Australian Dollar (AUD)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

63° F

Australia Expedition

Ballooning & Bandicoots

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Arrive in Sydney

Private transfer to hotel

Half-day tour:

  • Sydney Harbor lunch cruise
  • Private “Rocks” walking tour

Accommodations: Park Royal Darling Harbour
Meals: Lunch

Day 2 – SYDNEY – BLUE MOUNTAINS

Choice of full day private excursion:

  • Hunter Valley Wine tour OR
  • Blue Mountains National Park tour

Accommodations: Park Royal Darling Harbour
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – SYDNEY / AYERS ROCK – KATA TJUTA

Private transfer to airport for flight to Ayers Rock

Kata Tjuta Domes tour:

  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Walpa Gorge
  • “Sounds of Silence” Dinner

Accommodations: Sails in the Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – AYERS ROCK – ULURU

  • Sunrise Trek around the base of Uluru
  • Dot painting workshop (optional)
  • Sunset Camel trek

Accommodations: Sails in the Desert
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – AYERS ROCK / ALICE SPRINGS

Private transfer to airport for flight to Alice Springs

Private half-day tour:

  • Royal Flying Doctor base
  • School of Air
  • Telegraph Station

Accommodations: Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – ALICE SPRINGS / CAIRNS / PORT DOUGLAS

  • Early morning hot air ballooning
  • Explore Desert Park

Fly to Cairns

Private transfer to Port Douglas

Accommodations: Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – PORT DOUGLAS

Choice of full day private excursion:

  • Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation & Mossman Gorge
  • Whitewater rafting on Barron River

Accommodations: Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 – PORT DOUGLAS – KURANDA

Full day Kuranda shared excursion:

  • Scenic railway to Kuranda Mountain village
  • Skyrail gondola

Accommodations: Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – PORT DOUGLAS / GLADSTONE

Private transfer to airport for flight to Gladstone

Courtesy shuttle to hotel

Accommodations: Mercure Gladstone
Meals: Breakfast

Days 10-12 – GLADSTONE / HERON ISLAND – GREAT BARRIER REEF

Courtesy shuttle to Gladstone Marina for catamaran to Heron Island

Included activities:

  • Island & Reef Discovery walks
  • Turtle & Bird walks

Optional activities (supplement applies):

  • Scuba diving & Snorkeling boat tours
  • Kayaking & Paddle boarding
  • Research Station & Semi-submersible tours
  • Fishing & Sunset cruises

Accommodations: Heron Island Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 – HERON ISLAND / GLADSTONE / SYDNEY / HOMEWARD BOUND

Transfer by catamaran to Gladstone Marina

Shared shuttle to airport for flight to Sydney to connect with flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $6,590 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

This was our sixth time to Costa Rica with NEI and the first trip for our extended family, ages 25-31. Thank you for organizing such a terrific trip. There was not one glitch: everything was perfect, including planning the itinerary. I cannot think of anything which could have improved our experience. It was all perfect.

Mark S.
Hamilton, ON

When to go:

Best times are from September to November & March to May

What to eat:

Barramundi (river fish), Kangaroo Meat, Lamington (sponge cake with chocolate & coconut)

What to pack:

Long & short-sleeved shirts & t-shirts; trousers, jeans, shorts, skirts; jacket, sweater & rain jacket; layering & waterproof clothing; shawl or scarf; swimwear; comfortable walking & hiking shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; universal adapter

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