Discover Australia’s legendary highlights on a 12-day loop of the country with G Adventures and National Geographic!
Explore world-class cities and the outback’s sacred Red Centre, the Great Barrier Reef, and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy meaningful cultural experiences and a guided foodie walk through Melbourne. With all of the details taken care of – and your flights in Australia included – you’ll find yourself on top of the world Down Under.
Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys
Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.
Service Level: Upgraded
Quality accommodations and more inclusions: like meals, private transport, and activities.
Physical Rating: 2 - Light
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Trip Type: Small Group
Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.
12 days - Sydney to Melbourne
Arrive at any time.
Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the Botanical Gardens and the iconic Opera House. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with barbecue dinner. Navigating the bays and coves, sit back on the sunbed and relax and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. (B, D)
Day 3-Sydney/Port Douglas
Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest. Continue on to the resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights. (B)
Day 4-Port Douglas
Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. (B)
Day 5-Port Douglas/Cairns
Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures, and we'll hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues. (B)
Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives James Cook University Research Aquarium
Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive Indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years, to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch and participation in a painting class with Jirrbal Aboriginal artists. (B,L)
Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest Cultural Experience|G Adventures for Good Cafe Chloe
Catch a flight to Uluru. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music before witnessing an incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly. (B)
Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala Walk around the base of Uluru gaining insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people.(B)
Later, take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. The afternoon is at leisure.
Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night (B)
Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne. Opt to visit wineries, explore the Great Ocean Road, or discover hidden gems in the city's famous laneways.(B)
Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne. (B,L)
Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Melbourne Foodie Walk
Depart at any time. (B)
If you're interested in this wonderful itinerary exploring Australia, contact one of our Adventure Travel Specialists today at 604-736-7447 - or click the 'contact us' button to send us a message through our website!