Melbourne to Adelaide, Ayers Rock, Cairns & Sydney

29 days – EUR 4,617.00 pp in dbl-room1
Melbourne, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Grampians, Robe, Barossa, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Uluru - Kata Tjuta NP, Great Barrier Reef, Daintree, Atherton, Sydney

Take four weeks to explore Australia’s main attractions: The drive from Melbourne to Adelaide takes you along the Great Ocean Road, to the Grampians, the Barossa Wine Region and Kangaroo Island. After a couple of days at Ayers Rock, the route continues in Queensland’s Tropical North, where you can explore the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park and the Atherton Tablelands. The last leg of the tour includes a leisurely visit to vibrant Sydney.


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1st day: Melbourne

Melbourne: Yarra River und Skyline
Melbourne: Yarra River und Skyline
Arrive at Airport
(Flight by own arrangement)

Meet & Greet Transfer to Accommodation

(included in package price under 'Extras')

We will arrange a private car pick-up at the airport, with a wonderfully welcoming driver who will meet your flight (whether it be early, late or on time), and whisk you comfortably to the front door of your Melbourne accommodation.

Accommodation: A villa in St. Kilda

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The villa of 1880 was lovingly restored in 2011/2012. It is situated in a peaceful avenue in the middle of St Kilda, halfway between the beach and the Albert Park. Many original features contrast in an exciting way with modern art and furnishings. The rooms are tastefully decorated and offer a small refrigerator and tea & coffee making facilities. There are several good restaurants and cafes in the area, some with live music. A tram stop for lines 16, 96 and 112 is also nearby.

Although it lies just a few km from the coast, Phillip Island constitutes a unique world of its own, like all islands. The vacation paradise has something for everyone: for families looking for sun, sandy beaches and perfect surfing conditions, as well as for couples seeking peace, tranquility and 5 star service. The island is also site of one of Australia's oddest tourist attractions: the annual Penguin Parade, in which a large colony of penguins waddles ashore in at sundown, heading for their caves. Observation points both enable more than 500,000 spectators to watch the show and contribute to the preservation of the animal's natural habitat. The Little Penguins of Australia reach a length of only 33 cm (13 inches), making them the world's smallest penguin species. During the breeding season from August to March the birds march back and forth from the caves to the beach, leaving about an hour before sunrise to search for food in the sea. They swim up to 100 km a day to catch their daily ration of fish. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge and can be reach by car from Melbourne in about two hours.


Details: Melbourne
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and a cultural hub, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. Melbourne is a city of style, architecture, trams, theatres and art - rattling trams, parklands singing with blackbirds, stately architecture and palm trees. Decades of immigration from all over the world have influenced Melbourne's food and wine scene. Whole streets are dedicated to food, whether it be Indian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, or a host of other styles. Melbourne is home to world-famous sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open Tennis and the Qantas Australia Grand Prix. Melbournians also take fashion and art seriously; funky and traditional fashion shops as well as premier performing-arts establishments and art galleries are well represented in the city.
Map: 1st day: Melbourne

4th day: Apollo Bay

With a view to the Great Ocean Road
With a view to the Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road: Centre of Apollo Bay
Great Ocean Road: Centre of Apollo Bay
Pick Up Rental Car

Rental car pick-up
Type: Toyota Corolla 4 Door Sedan or similar
Pick-up location: Melbourne Downtown

to Apollo Bay
Distance: 190 km     Time: 3:00 h

The eastern section of the Great Ocean Road known as the "Surf Coast" begins just past Geelong. There are plenty of excellent places to stop for a break along the stretch of steep cliffs alternating with extended beaches. The Otway Ranges in the interior are rolling hills that run parallel to the coast. With a little luck you can observe a large herd of kangaroos at the Angelsea Golf Course.

A retreat overlooking Apollo Bay

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The retreat is located high above the world overlooking Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean Road. It is the highest point in the area, an old aboriginal sacred site, with stunning ocean views. It offers a holiday experience with a difference that is focused on relaxation, self-discovery and personal growth. We support this process in an environment of peaceful solitude, healing nature and comfortable accommodation. Its guesthouse, cottages and meeting centre are nestled in 130 acres of forest and bush and fern gullies. The property has a salt-water pool, spa and tennis court. The beach is ten minutes away. At the retreat guests can choose massages, yoga or art classes. The nearby rainforests are waiting to be explored. Surf beaches like Moonlight Head and Johanna are close by.


Details: Apollo Bay
Apollo Bay, heart of the Great Ocean Road, is a holiday resort, fishing and farming village and favourite visitor destination. Based on the edge of the Otway Ranges, it is a fantastic place to stay and an ideal base from which to explore the magnificent coast, waterfalls and rainforests. The lush rainforests within the Otways National Park and the Otways State Forest, are home to a "who's who" of Australian native wildlife. Beside giant trees and huge tree ferns, the forests are alive with all manner of life, from carnivorous snails to kangaroos. The town's wide, crescent-shaped beach is great for swimming, fishing and boating. Spectacular lookouts provide sweeping views. For golfers, there's an excellent harbour-side course.
Map: 4th day: Apollo Bay

6th day: Port Fairy

Boutique Hotel: Situated on the Moyne River
Boutique Hotel: Situated on the Moyne River
Coastline near Port Fairy
Coastline near Port Fairy
to Port Fairy
Distance: 200 km Time: 4:00 h

Past Apollo Bay the Great Ocean Road disappears in the interior on a detour through Otway National Park, not reaching the coast again until Princetown. The first glimpse of the coastline will reveal why it became known as Shipwreck Coast. High waves crash against steep cliffs along this section of the coastline, where over 700 ships are believed to have perished through the centuries. The constantly changing limestone formations created one of the main attractions on the Great Ocean Road: the 12 Apostles (only 7 of which remain standing today). It's better to stop at too many of the Twelve Apostles than too few, as each one provides a different view of the rugged coast.

A boutique hotel on the waterfront

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
This boutique hotel is situated on the Moyne River overlooking the marina of yachts, in historic Port Fairy. The style of the house is French Provincial, with many lounging areas and interesting pieces of furniture within the grand drawing room and breakfast room. The inviting open fires roaring in winter, sets the perfect ambiance for reading or playing board games and the magnificent verandah overlooking the river is a must for breakfast no matter what the season. Breakfasts are a gourmet delight cooked by the resident chef. Varying from season to season, guests will always find favorites on the menu such as berry hotcakes, tomato bruschetta with basil butter and of course bacon and eggs. Centrally located to restaurants, walking tracks, and historic buildings the small hotel offers one suite and six individually decorated king size rooms all with stunning views.


Details: Port Fairy
Beautiful Port Fairy, one of Victoria's oldest ports, has retained much of its colonial architecture. Visitors can discover more about this charming Shipwreck Coast town by wandering its historic streets and around the harbour on the Moyne River where the local fishing fleet shelters. The town has safe swimming beaches, excellent walks and boasts a thriving arts and crafts community, with many galleries and studios to visit. Port Fairy's waterfront looks like a postcard, with the Moyne River's still waters reflecting images of the fishing fleet, pleasure craft, lovely stone buildings and towering Norfolk pines. A scenic 400-metre walk to the eastern tip of Griffiths Island leads to the historic Port Fairy lighthouse, erected in 1859. The world-famous Port Fairy Folk Festival twangs into life over the Labour Day weekend in March, drawing thousands of people from all parts of the globe.
Map: 6th day: Port Fairy

7th day: Grampians

Surrounded by Eucalyptus trees
Surrounded by Eucalyptus trees
Grampians National Park in Victoria
Grampians National Park in Victoria
Sand Goanna: common in Australia
Sand Goanna: common in Australia
into the Grampians
Distance: 180 km Time: 3:00 h

You will leave the southern coast on your way northwards. The route to Halls Gap passes through the southern entrance to Grampians National Park.

Homestay B&B near the Grampians

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Situated in picturesque Pomonal, with the Mt William Range as a backdrop, this traditional B&B offers the opportunity to stay in peaceful semi-rural setting while being just a short distance from the majestic mountains and waterfalls of the Grampians. In keeping with the shape of the house, the upstairs room is octagonal, with 360° views of mountain and gardens. The downstairs suite has garden views, too. The delighful hosts, Pauline & Graeme, love catering and know how to look after their guests. Great country breakfasts are served in the dining room or on the verandah. Many different species of wild birds and the odd family of kangaroos visit the beautiful gardens around the house and are lovely to watch.


Details: Grampians
Visitors are struck by the beauty revealed within the boundaries of the Grampians National Park. The inspiring natural beauty flowing from mountain ranges to dazzling waterfalls and sweeping plains, together with Aboriginal art sites and abundant native wildlife, make for a journey through time itself. Grampians National Park is home to a great diversity of habitats, unique wildlife, and more than one third of all plant species found in Victoria. The park is renowned for its rich and colourful displays of springtime wildflowers, best seen during October. There's also an abundance of wildlife in the lowlands including emus, kangaroos, possums, echidnas, koalas, wallabies and over 200 species of bird. Other attractions include Australia's own Grand Canyon, the Grand Stairway and Pinnacle rock formations, refreshing waterfalls at the end of bushwalking tracks, and Victoria's largest Koori rock art collection.
Map: 7th day: Grampians

9th day: Robe

B&B in Robe: elegant & close to the sea
B&B in Robe: elegant & close to the sea
Limestone Coast: between Melbourne & Adelaide
Limestone Coast: between Melbourne & Adelaide
to Robe
Distance: 360 km Time: 4:45 h


B&B in Robe

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Directly opposite Guichen Bay in the quaint fishing port of Robe this B&B makes for a very relaxed Limestone Coast stopover. Guests can sit on the deck overlooking the Harbour, enjoy a bottle of local wine and, occasionally, may see one of the touring tall ships pull in. A short stroll away is the beach and Robemain street, where there are plenty of restaurants and shops to sample in this gem of a seaside town. Having been in the South Australian hospitality industry for nearly forty years, hosts Ann and George know the region well, and are happy to share their knowledge with their guests. But one of their best secrets can be enjoyed without going too far - their full breakfasts feature smoked bacon from the local butcher and pan-grilled fish, fresh from the local fishermen. The four guest rooms, lounge and dining room are contemporary in style and share views over the bay.

 

Details: Limestone Coast
The Limestone Coast region reaches south down the coast from the Coorong National Park to the Victorian border, and inland through farming country to the famous Coonawarra wine region - perfectly located in the middle of the Adelaide to Melbourne touring route. Lush pastures dotted with towering gum trees, immaculate vineyards, sweeping expanses of coast and parallel pine plantations line the way as one drives among the region's pretty country towns. Visitors can follow the Limestone Coast Wine & Food Trail, try the world-beating rich red wines of Coonawarra or visit the spectacular Naracoorte Caves, where huge fossils have proven the existence of massive prehistoric mammals. While the coast is famous for its red rock lobster, Mt Gambier's Blue Lake is renowned for mysteriously turning turquoise every summer. Migratory birds that have flown from as far away as Siberia can be seen at the Coorong National Park.
Map: 9th day: Robe

10th day: Barossa

Vineyard Cottages in the Barossa Valley
Vineyard Cottages in the Barossa Valley
The Barossa: South Australia's Greatest Wine Region
The Barossa: South Australia's Greatest Wine Region
to Barossa Valley
Distance: 400 km Time: 5:00 h

North of Robe, the Princes Highway runs parallel to the coast and the Coorong National Park, an elongated salt water lagoon. The park is a refuge for waterfowl, especially known for its pelicans, swans and cormorants. On the way into the interior  you cross the Murray River, which has its source in the Australian Alps.Today, the Murray River is known for its houseboats and multi-day river cruises.

Cottage Retreat in a Vineyard

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
These award winning vineyard cottages are especially designed for couples looking for quality and privacy. Situated in a secluded country setting in the Barossa Valley, the three cottages are tucked away in the vines of the hosts50 hectare vineyard property - overlooking a picturesque private lake. Each cottage has its individual design, a cosy wood fire and a soothing two person spa. Breakfast basket is left in the cottage for a hearty country breakfast. The cottages and the vineyard as a family business, operated by 5th generation grape growers, in true Barossa tradition - including varieties such as Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and Grenache. During their stay guests can catch up with John & Yvonne, or one of their adult daughters, who tend to the non-stop work on the property.


Details: Barossa
With famous wines, a host of festivals, a lively heritage, and only an hour's drive north of Adelaide, the Barossa is an ideal destination for a day trip, or better still a few days of pure indulgence. The Barossa, comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys, is one of the world's greatest wine producing areas. Twenty kilometres wide and about thirty kilometres long, it has a rich European culture with German and English-style villages, churches and chateau. The region has over 50 wineries ranging from some of Australia's largest wine companies through to smaller individual winemakers. Many offer wine tastings at their cellar doors, and most are open seven days per week. The Barossa has a unique wine and food culture. The local restaurants and cafes specialise in serving regional foods, and butchers and bakers offer traditional sausages, breads and cakes.
Map: 10th day: Barossa

11th day: Barossa

Wine tasting: Full day tour
The day trip with Lee, the host of the Barossa House, leads to the smaller estates, where the tastings are more personal than in the large cellars which produce for the international market. This is your chance to get behind the closed doors and see the local point of view; from meeting winemakers and friendly cellar door staff of small boutique wineries, to seeing hidden secret locations including feeding kangaroos at Whistler Wines. You also go to Mengler's Hill, from where you can see the whole Barossa Valley. He also tries to address the specific wishes of the guests.

The tours operate with two to seven people. Lee picks up his guests at the respective accommodation in the Barossa Valley and brings them back again after the tour. He has a superb knowledge of his adopted home and you sense his love and passion for the region.

The full-day tour lasts from 10:00 to 15:30 and includes a lunch.

12th day: Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island: Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island: Flinders Chase National Park
One of many wildlife encounters on Kangaroo Island
One of many wildlife encounters on Kangaroo Island
to Adelaide
Distance: 80 km    Time: 2:00 h

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Adelaide Airport

Flight to Kangaroo Island
(included in package price)
Distance: 130 km Time: 0:30 h

Transfer to your accommodation

You will be welcomed at the airport by a driver from Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours with a sign and taken to your accommdation.

Accommodation: A country house on Kangaroo Island

2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
The country house is on a hill with a great view over the ocean and on clear days up to the mainland. Living close to nature and high in comfort is a gratifying harmony. Since no more than 18 guests can be accommodated, personal service and privacy are possible. The guest house is surrounded by bush land, in the mornings the twittering of the local birds is heard. The restaurant is exclusively for overnight guests and serves excellent fish and seafood with fresh ingredients and local wines. The hosts, Chris and Roz, have a good knowledge of the island and recommend tours through the parks, to wrecks or bush walking tours, if they have not already been pre-booked via Umfulana.

 

Details: Kangaroo Island
Separated from the Australian mainland about 9000 years ago, Kangaroo Island remains one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of the world. Visitors will find seals basking on quiet beaches; koalas munching on gum trees right beside the road; echidnas wandering in search of insects; and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies, penguins and birds at just about every turn. One third of the island is protected as conservation and national parks, such as the Flinders Chase National Park, which has a fabulous Visitor Centre. Half the island has never been cleared of native vegetation. There are huge weather-sculptured granite boulders at Remarkable Rocks, the snowy-white sand dunes of Little Sahara and lots of secret spots along the island's 480 kilometres of coastline, including several lighthouses. Kangaroo Island is just a 30-minute flight south from Adelaide, or less than two-and-a-half hours by car and ferry. The island has four town centres: Kingscote, Penneshaw, Parndana and American River. There's now a major sealed road right around the island, but many smaller roads are narrow, unsealed and edged with scrub. Driving by day or night, visitors should take it easy and allow for slower speeds when calculating travel times.
Map: 12th day: Kangaroo Island

13th day: KGC

Echidna on Kangaroo Island
Echidna on Kangaroo Island
Wildlife Tour
Full-day, starts and ends at the accommodation or at the airport

The tour will be organized by Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours and leads to remote parts of the island that cannot be reached with a rental car. Destinations include the Little Sahara, vast sand dunes of the Island's inland desert, Snellings Beach, a secluded beach with b spectacular coastal views and crystal clear waters and the Lathami Conservation Park, home of the rare glossy black cockatoo, wallabies and the elusive echidna. A trained guide takes a maximum of six guests in a luxury 4WD vehicle into the wilderness. A gourmet picnic lunch is provided.
The tour ends back at your accommodation. If you have booked a car for the next day, you will be brought to the airport after the tour to pick up the car and drive it back to the accommodation. The next day is free for your own design and can be started at your own pace from the accommodation.



Rental car pick-up
Type:
Pick-up location: Kingscote Airport

14th day: Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island: Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island: Flinders Chase National Park
One of many wildlife encounters on Kangaroo Island
One of many wildlife encounters on Kangaroo Island

Own accommodation

1 Night,
Accommodation: to be arranged by the client


Details: Kangaroo Island
Separated from the Australian mainland about 9000 years ago, Kangaroo Island remains one of the most unspoilt natural wonders of the world. Visitors will find seals basking on quiet beaches; koalas munching on gum trees right beside the road; echidnas wandering in search of insects; and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies, penguins and birds at just about every turn. One third of the island is protected as conservation and national parks, such as the Flinders Chase National Park, which has a fabulous Visitor Centre. Half the island has never been cleared of native vegetation. There are huge weather-sculptured granite boulders at Remarkable Rocks, the snowy-white sand dunes of Little Sahara and lots of secret spots along the island's 480 kilometres of coastline, including several lighthouses. Kangaroo Island is just a 30-minute flight south from Adelaide, or less than two-and-a-half hours by car and ferry. The island has four town centres: Kingscote, Penneshaw, Parndana and American River. There's now a major sealed road right around the island, but many smaller roads are narrow, unsealed and edged with scrub. Driving by day or night, visitors should take it easy and allow for slower speeds when calculating travel times.

15th day: Adelaide

Hotel in the Heart of Adelaide
Hotel in the Heart of Adelaide
Adelaide: Designed in 1836 on a Square Mile Grid
Adelaide: Designed in 1836 on a Square Mile Grid
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Kingscote Airport

Flight to Adelaide
(included in package price)
Distance: 130 km Time: 0:35 h

Taxi to accommodation

(arranged by client; not included in package price)

A hotel in downtown Adelaide

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Opened in April 2004, this inner city hotel has personality and charm, while offering affordable accommodation. Created with the discerning traveller in mind, the interiors of this 120 room hotel are an envied mix of cosmopolitan class and a flow-through of space and light. The hotelroof garden, the only one of its type in Adelaide, has spectacular views to the Adelaide Hills and over the CBD. A few steps from the foyer of the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel will put you in the heart of the East End restaurant, central business and shopping precincts. The Art Gallery of South Australia, museum and Botanic Gardens are a short stroll away.


Details: Adelaide
The capital of South Australia, Adelaide nestles between sea and hills. It is a graceful city of wide streets, elegant buildings and parkland. Cultural pursuits, good food and wine are high on the agenda. Designed in 1836 on a square mile grid the city is compact and easy to walk around. High-rise buildings have been kept to a minimum and the wide streets, original stone colonial buildings, mansions and workers cottages remain a delight to see. The city precinct is surrounded by a vibrant green belt of parklands. It is known for its refinement and has a charm and grace that shows in sophisticated wining and dining. Adelaide's famous central market is a great way to start the day. The city has the world's largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts. Regardless of the season, the Adelaide Hills offer a welcome respite in country air. Visitors can investigate historic townships, enjoy the region's fresh produce or visit heritage properties with stunning gardens.
Map: 15th day: Adelaide

16th day: Uluru - Kata Tjuta NP

An oasis in the desert: Desert Gardens Hotel
An oasis in the desert: Desert Gardens Hotel
Uluru (Ayers Rock): The World's Biggest Monolith
Uluru (Ayers Rock): The World's Biggest Monolith
Taxi to Airport

(by own arrangement, not included in package price)
Flight to Ayers Rock
(by own arrangement)
Flight Time: approx. 3:45 h

Transfer to Ayers Rock ResortTake the free hotel shuttle to Ayers Rock Resort (Yulara).


Desert Gardens Hotel

2 Nights, Accommodation only
Desert Gardens Hotel is a superior 4½ star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort (Yulara). Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this hotel. It is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. Guests can relax in the comfort of their own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's pool, sipping cocktails from the Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where guests can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Once the sun has set, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savour Australian native delicacies.


Details: Uluru - Kata Tjuta NP
Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the centre of Australia, is the world's biggest monolith at 3.6 kilometres long, two kilometres wide, 348 metres high and 9.4 kilometres round. Uluru, which belongs to the Anangu Aboriginal people, changes colour in different lights, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Uluru holds a significant place in the Anangu people's creation stories and laws, known as Tjukurpa. Many stories relate to how ancestral beings formed the rock. Walks around Uluru's base with Aboriginal guides offer a spiritual interpretation and an understanding of its history. About 32 kilometres west of Uluru are the 36 steep-sided domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Although less famous than its neighbour Uluru, Kata Tjuta holds its own as an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Sightseeing and walking tours offer opportunities for great photography. The spectacular sunsets rival those of Uluru. Kata Tjuta's Valley of the Winds is best enjoyed on foot. For the fit and experienced, a four- to five-hour walk meanders around several domes. Tatintjawiya (Olga Gorge) can be seen on a walk of about an hour.
Map: 16th day: Uluru - Kata Tjuta NP

18th day: Great Barrier Reef

Hardy Reef: Part of the Great Barrier Reef
Hardy Reef: Part of the Great Barrier Reef
Transfer to Ayers Rock AirportTake the free hotel bus to Ayers Rock Airport.

Flight from Ayers Rock to Cairns
(by own arrangement)

Rental car pick-up
Type: Toyota Corolla 4 Door Sedan or similar
Pick-up location: Cairns Airport


Accommodation: Colonial Villa near Redlynch

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The spacious colonial style homestead is located on a wooded
hillside in a park-like garden. Whoever lies beside the sparkling pool and
enjoys the peace would not suspect that the Cairns city centre is just 12 km
away. Even closer is Redlynch with its great restaurants and shops. The hosts,
Kim and Marilyn, know the area very well and provide many tips for day trips
and restaurant visits. The ensuite rooms are spacious and bright, with polished
timber floors.


Details: Great Barrier Reef
Australia's most famous natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef is as big as the total combined area of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and contains more than 1,000 islands, from sandy cays to rainforest isles. The Great Barrier Reef has a delicate reef ecosystem that evolved over hundreds of thousands of years, and gave life to more than 6,600 species and plants and beasts. It's still home to endangered species including the endangered green loggerhead turtle, and is a breeding site for humpback whales. In 1981, UNESCO added the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage list. Visitors who are based at one of the seaside towns on the Queensland coast can take day cruise to explore the reef, reach coral sites by air, water taxi to scuba dive or snorkel for intimate reef views.
Map: 18th day: Great Barrier Reef

21th day: Daintree

Tropical Living: B&B near Daintree National Park
Tropical Living: B&B near Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park: a Rainforest Experience
Daintree National Park: a Rainforest Experience
To Daintree National Park
Distance: 95 km Time: 1:30 h

The most scenic section of the Captain Cook Highway lies between Cairns and Port Douglas. The Pacific coast is dotted with beautiful alcoves and beaches; the mountainsides on the interior are covered with tropical rain forest. Mossmann is (once again) surrounded by sugar plantations. The national park starts just past Daintree Village.

Accommodation: A house in a tropical forest

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
This private accommodation is beautifully located: in the middle of tropical forest, surrounded by a beautiful garden, just minutes from the beach at Cow Bay. This wooden house built on stilts - a typical design in the tropics - has only two guest rooms. The rooms and deck provide views to the Alexandra Range and the hills of Daintree National Park. The friendly hosts serve a fantastic breakfast with a variety of exotic fruits. Marion, a German,and Brian, her Australian husband, have been living in the Daintree Rainforest since 1996 and are happy to help you plan day trips, night walks and boat trips to the Great Barrier Reef. In the small village of Cow Bay there are several restaurants, cafes, art gallery and the only pub on this side of the Daintree River. Cow Bay Beach can be reached in only 15 minutes on foot. A white sandy beach, shaded coves and coral reefs situated nearby provide an opportunity for relaxation, swimming, snorkelling and walking.


Details: Daintree National Park
The pristine region north of Cairns is a wilderness dream. World Heritage reef and rainforest come together along this section of coast - nowhere else are these two natural wonders seen side by side. The Daintree River winds gently through tangled woodland, and fringing reefs bathe in shallow water just off the beach. The region is recognised for its superb wildlife, a range of tour operators offering fascinating insights into the creatures that inhabit this remote and beautiful river-system. On the Daintree River, cruise boats glide between the jungle homes of birds, animals and reptiles including large crocodiles and pythons. The Tree Top Tower at the Daintree Environment Centre allows visitors to take in every level of the rainforest right up to the canopy some 23 meters (75ft) high.
Map: 21th day: Daintree

23th day: Atherton

B&B near Yungaburra: base to explore the Atherton Tableland
B&B near Yungaburra: base to explore the Atherton Tableland
Overlooking the Atherton Tablelands
Overlooking the Atherton Tablelands
To the Atherton Tablelands
Distance: 160 km Time: 2:30 h

You will leave the humid Daintree rain forest on side roads leading south into the arid interior. The little town of Mount Malloy was a thriving copper and gold mining community around 1890. The Atherton Tablelands start south of Mareeba.

A B&B near Yungaburra

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The country B&B serves as an ideal base for exploring the Atherton Tablelands. The region with its temperate climate is a popular summer destination for Australians seeking to escape the heat. The B&B is within easy walking distance of the quaint town of Yungaburra and Peterson Creek, where you may even see a rare duck-billed mammal called a platypus. Each of the spacious guest rooms has a private entrance, and the décor of every room reflects a specific theme, such as the Egyptian room and the Moroccan room. A freshly prepared breakfast is brought to the room each morning. In the garden a swimming pool is available for a refreshing dip.


Details: Atherton Tableland
Atherton is the 'capital' of the lovely tropical tablelands in Queensland's Tropical North, a land of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, rich red soil and tropical rainforest. Here the temperature is cooler, the pace is slower and there is a feeling of relaxation in the air. The rich Atherton Tableland area is famous for producing peanuts, maize and potatoes. The area also has a number of natural attractions such as the Curtain Fig Tree, Millaa Millaa Falls, crater lakes and amazing rock formations.
Map: 23th day: Atherton

25th day: Sydney

Sydney: "Pearl of the South Pacific"
Sydney: "Pearl of the South Pacific"
To the Northern Beaches of Cairns
Distance: 90 km    Time: 1:30 h

Travellers who leave the Atherton Tableland for the coast along the twisting Gillies Highway can take a break at Lake Barrine, an enchanting crater lake in the middle of a tropical jungle.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Cairns Airport

Flight from Cairns to Sydney
(by own arrangement)

Taxi from airport
Please take a taxi to your accommodation.


Small Bed & Breakfast Hotel in Sydney

4 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
This small Bed & Breakfast Hotel is centrally located on quiet, leafy Victoria Street in elegant Potts Point; the heart of Sydney's gastronomic precinct within walking distance of Darlinghurst and the Sydney CBD. Guests are offered friendly and personalised service in an informal atmosphere amidst Victorian charm. All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms, hairdryers, air-conditioning, colour television, radio-clock, safe, coffee/tea making facilities and direct dial telephone for both local and international calls. The focal point of the house is the peaceful, verdant courtyard conservatory where, to the melodious accompaniment of a bubbling fountain, breakfast is served. Guests may wish to relax and to read the daily papers or browse through books in the fire-placed lounge.

Just two hours west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains National Park is a World Heritage-listed site - a spectacular area of dramatic canyons and caves, sheer-cliffed valleys, pretty stone and timber towns, world-class guesthouses, romantic hideaways and crisp fresh air. The Blue Mountains is the home of Echo Point, where one will find the spectacular Three Sisters rock formations - one of the most photographed sites in New South Wales. At Katoomba, visitors can take a ride on the Scenic Railway or Skyway, a cable car that traverses the Katoomba Falls gorge 200m above the floor of the valley. From easy cliff top walks with panoramic views, to challenging treks deep into valleys, there is also wide range of bushwalks available; for example a 7km walk to the Red Hand Cave, where one can see amazing Aboriginal hand stencils on the walls. A variety of antique stores, cafes, fine dining restaurants and art galleries are sprinkled throughout Katoomba, Leura, Blackheath and Springwood.
Please note: We recommend that you wait and book an excursion to the Blue Mountains through your accommodation in Sydney after arrival, since the mountain views are better in clear weather.

The favourite beach among Sydney insiders offers much more than sun, sand and sea. In addition to stunning landscapes, shady retreats and endless places to relax, Manly is known for its classy shops and boutiques as well as its culinary delights from around the world. The ferry ride is a must for visitors to Sydney. Popular sites include Oceanworld Manly, an aquarium that features a 110m underwater tunnel, an exciting shark dive and and numerous other activities. The half-day walk from Manly to Spit Bridge leads past beaches, through parks and thick forests, and along cliffs and coastlands.


Details: Sydney
There's no place in the world like Sydney - the shining star of the southern hemisphere with the world's most beautiful harbour. The stunning Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there's much more on offer. Besides the harbour lies The Rocks, a historic quarter of Sydney which was the site of the first colonial settlement in Australia in 1788. The Rocks is now home to colourful characters, residents and artists as well as The Sydney Visitor Centre - a good place to explore the city's rich blend of dining, shopping, recreation and sight-seeing options. Visitors should also take time to explore Sydney's surroundings, such as its National Parks, the Blue Mountains or the Hunter Wine Country.
Map: 25th day: Sydney

29th day: Sydney

Taxi to airport
(arrangement by client)

Departure from Airport
(Flight by own arrangement)

Rental car

Rental car company: Hertz Australia
Group C - Intermediate
Typ: Toyota Corolla Sedan,
Equipment: 4-doors, Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Radio/CD-Player, Automatic

Your Standard Excess for this tour: AUD3.500 (ADE)

Rental car company: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours

Rental car company: Hertz Australia
Group C - Intermediate
Typ: Toyota Corolla Sedan,
Equipment: 4-doors, Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Radio/CD-Player, Automatic

Your Standard Excess for this tour: AUD3.500 (ADE)
HERTZ
HERTZ
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 5,989.001
(EUR 4,617.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
April – June, August – November

Upon booking this tour you will receive:
» the names, addresses and telephone numbers of each accommodation
» vouchers
» detailed directions to each accommodation

Please call us if you would like to request a customized itinerary, book a tour or just ask quesitons about our range of services.

Your Consultant

Sylvia Mandlmeier
Phone: +49 (0)2268 9098-16

Booking Process
  • 1Your Tour Specifications
    Request a tailor-made tour proposal. Indicate your interests, desired destinations, travel period and budget.
  • 2Consulting + Proposal
    Our experienced staff will provide professional consulting and prepare a colourful proposal based on your specifications.
  • 3Booking
    To book a tour, simply fill out and submit our form. We will make all tour arrangements for you.
  • 4Payment + Travel Documents
    After completion of the booking process, you will receive a confirmed itinerary. The complete travel documents will be forwarded to you on receipt of the remaining balance following payment of the deposit.
  • 5Tour
    We wish you a relaxing and memorable trip. Enjoy your holiday!
  • 6Your Feedback
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1Price per person based on two people sharing a double room, flights not included. Prices may vary by season and due to differences in available services.

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