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18 Days:
Nature meets Culture


    

Day 1: (Wed)  Sydney 

Arrive in Sydney. You are met by our guide, transferred to your hotel and given a detailed briefing about the tour program and what to do in Sydney. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Travelodge Wynyard
Meals: -​


Day 2: (Thu)  Sydneysider Harbour Odyssey

Your day starts with a drive to Mrs Macquaries Point with some interpretations. Continue the tour via colourful Kings Cross to cosmopolitan Double Bay and elegant Vaucluse. Enjoy a stroll over the cliffs at South Head. At world famous Bondi Beach take in the surf scene followed by a side trip to Paddington with its terrace houses. Then via China Town and bustling Darling Harbour arrive at Sydney’s birthplace “The Rocks”. Then transfer to the harbour marina.
After boarding your private motor cruiser enjoy a luncheon buffet in tranquil Lane Cove River with stunning views. Then cruise Port Jackson from the Harbour Bridge and Opera House to North Harbour. At around 16:30 hrs we will drop you off at Darling Harbour (return hotel transfer not included).

Accommodation
: Travelodge Wynyard
Meals: B
, L


Day 3: (Fri)  Blue Mountains Country 

Depart Sydney, drive across the northern suburbs to the Koala Sanctuary to observe cute Australian marsupials. In historic Windsor a brief stroll through colonial streets, then travel across the mighty Hawkesbury River to the sandstone plateau of the Blue Mountains, 1000 metres above sea level and UNESCO World Heritage Area. Enjoy lunch at a garden café followed by a visit to Govetts Leap, overlooking the “Grand Canyon”. The famous “Three Sisters” and the Warada Aboriginal Centre tell a story of mythical times. Travel through the village of Leura and pass Olympic Park back to Sydney.


Accommodation
: Travelodge Wynyard
Meals
: B, L


Day 4: (Sat)  Sydney – Alice Springs

Pick-up and transfer to the airport. After a 3 hrs flight arrive at Alice Springs in the Red Centre of Australia. Your driver-guide greets you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure, we are recommending a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (optional).

Accommodation: Aurora Alice Springs
 
Meals: F


Day 5: (Sun)  Alice Springs - Glen Helen Gorge

Your program starts with a sightseeing tour of Alice Springs including a stopover at the ANZAC Hill lookout. Then drive out to historic Telegraph Station to visit the birthplace of „The Alice“. Leave the town and drive to Simpsons Gap for a walk. After a side trip to Ellery Creek Big Hole undertake a hike at Ormiston Gorge, bevore arriving at your Wilderness Lodge on the bank of the Finke River.

Accommodation: Glen Helen Lodge
 
Meals: B, D


Day 6: (Mon)  Glen Helen – Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)

After breakfast continue your tour on the dusty Mereenie Road across a colourful semi desert to Watarrka National Park. With luck observe feral camels along the way and take in the vast arid landscape. In the afternoon enjoy the 2-3 hrs walk up and across the Kings Canyon plateau, from the sandstone domes of the „Lost City“ to the oasis of the “Garden of Eden”.

Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort 

Meals: B, D


Day 7: (Tue)  Watarrka – Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

Over red sand dunes and past salt lakes drive to Uluru National Park. After checking in at Ayers Rock Resort travel to Kata-Tjuta (Olgas). Take in the “Valley of Winds” on a 1-2 hr walk to the lookout. Continue the tour to Uluru and enjoy the highly anticipated sunset with a traditional glass of sparkling wine.

Accommodation: Outback Pioneer Hotel
 
Meals: B


Day 8: (Wed)  Uluru National Park – Cairns

Early departure for your colourful sunrise at Uluru. After a drive around the monolith a visit to the award-winning Cultural Centre where you also have time for breakfast. Then a relaxing walk to water holes and caves with Aboriginal rock paintings before returning to Yulara village.
Around midday your driver drops you off at the airport. After about 3 hrs touch down in Cairns. Your next driver welcomes and transfer you to your accommodation in Palm Cove.

Accommodation: Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
 
Meals: B


Day 9: (Thu)  Split Rock - Cooktown

Depart to the Great Dividing Ranges. Near Mareeba you have the opportunity to observe waterbirds in the Wetlands. Continue across the former Palmer River Gold Fields to Split Rock in Quinkan Country, to view the approx 20,000 years old Aboriginal rock paintings and stencils. In the afternoon arrive at your rainforest lodge. Relax, or alternatively walk up Mungumby Creek before dinner.

Accommodation: Mungumby Lodge
 
Meals: B, D


Day 10: (Fri)  Cooktown

After breakfast drive past Black Mountain to Cooktown, where Captain Cook in 1770 hoisted the Union Jack and claimed the continent for England. The view from Grassy Hill over the Endeavour River and the Coral Sea is breathtaking. A short drive brings you to picturesque Quarantine Beach. In the afternoon visit the interesting James Cook Museum, a former convent school. After a stroll along the foreshore and a refreshing stop in the famous „Lions Den Pub“ in Helensvale, return to the lodge.

Accommodation: Mungumby Lodge 
Meals: F, A


Day 11: (Sat)  Daintree National Park - Cairns

Today depart your wilderness oasis and travel on the dusty Bloomfield Track, with the Great Barrier Reef just offshore. Cross the tidal Bloomfield River on a causeway and take in the tree giants and mangroves near Cape Tribulation. After crossing the mighty Daintree River enjoy the river cruise on the low impact silent solar boat, where you might encounter saltwater crocodiles. Via Port Douglas down the Coral Coast return to Palm Cove.

Accommodation: Grand Chancellor Palm Cove 
Meals: B, L


Day 12: (Sun)  Kuranda Village

In the morning transfer to the Skyrail Station. Take in the panoramic coastal view while gliding in the cable car over the treetops up to tranquil Kuranda, where our guide will meet you again. From the skyrail and railway station take a leisurely walk across the village to the market place. The visit to the Pamagirri Aboriginal Centre including didgeridoo music, spear throwing and dreamtime dances is a highlight in our program. Later in the day return to Cairns by minibus. (Optional a trip on the scenic railway).

Accommodation: Grand Chancellor Palm Cove 
Meals: B


Day 13: (Mon)  Great Barrier Reef

Today you will go on an excursion without your tour guide. Board a fast catamaran for a day tour to the Great Barrier Reef. A delicious luncheon buffet, snorkel gear, semi-submersible boat and transfers are included.

Accommodation: Grand Chancellor Palm Cove 
Meals: B, L


Day 14: (Tue)  Cairns - Darwin

Pick-up and transfer to the airport. After a 3 hrs flight arrive at tropical Darwin. Your next driver-guide greets you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel. The remainder of this day is at your own leisure, we are recommending a walk down the Smith Street Mall to the harbor.

Accommodation: Darwin Central Hotel
Meals: B


Day 15: (Wed)  Litchfield National Park - Katherine

In the morning pick-up from your hotel. Head south to Litchfield National Park with its tall termite mounts. Have a swim at Wangi Falls and visit Florence Falls. Travel via Adelaide River and the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek and arrive at your accommodation in Katherine late in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Katherine

Meals: B, D


Day 16: (Thu)  Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) - Kakadu National Park

After breakfast head for Nitmiluk National Park. Today you will enjoy a 2 hrs boat cruise through the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Continue your trip to Kakadu National Park. Cross South Alligator River to arrive at Cooinda. Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Centre. At sunset participate in a boat safari on Yellow Water Billabong and take in the exotic birdlife. With luck you are able to observe saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat.

Accommodation: Gagudju Lodge Cooinda

Meals: B, D


Day 17: (Fri)  Kakadu National Park - Darwin

Early departure today for a walk at Nourlangie Rock with its fascinating Aboriginal cave paintings. A visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre is followed by a drive to Ubirr Rock at the East Alligator River. Discover different cave paintings and learn about Aboriginal culture while enjoying the view over the wetlands. After a brief stop at the „Windows of the Wetlands“ Centre and the tall magnetic ant hills you will arrive back in Darwin at sunset.

Accommodation: Darwin Central Hotel
Meals
: B


Day 18: (Sat)  Darwin - Departure

Your tour program ends after breakfast. A driver picks you up for your airport transfer. Farewell and return flight to your home port.

Meals: B







Included:

  • Transport in mini coaches and off-road vehicles
  • min 2 / max 12 guests (except cruises)
  • local driver-guides
  • 17 nights twin share accommodation in hotels/resorts and scenic lodges with ensuite
  • 27 Meals as per program
  • admissions, activities/boat cruises according to program
  • National Park fees
  • airport transfers
  • Australian GST

Not included:

  • optional Activities
  • Flights
  • personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance

Departures:

  • every Wednesday from Sydney (modules start on Thursday).
  • let us know if you need additional nights before or after the tour. We're happy to book them for you
  • you can also book individual modules. Ask us for the rates
Price per person: 
  • On Request





















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