Best of Australia
In case you hadn't noticed, Australia is an awfully big place. So big, in fact, that you'd need to come back a few times to get it all. Don't have that kind of time? Hop aboard this 14-day trip down Australia's east coast and make the most of the time you do have. Offering a solid mix of must-do experiences and uncommon adventures, you'll learn to surf at Byron Bay, sail the Whitsundays and trek through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest. The best part: there's still plenty more to come back for.
Follow an Aboriginal guide through the Daintree Rainforest, Visit the Great Barrier Reef, Sail around the scenic Whitsundays, Try surfing in Byron Bay, Hike the Blue Mountains
Private vehicle, sailboat, plane, walking
Hotels (11 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts).
Carte Blanche: Byron Bay Hands-on: Surfing Lesson, Byron Bay. Guided rainforest walk. Whitsunday Islands sailing excursion. Blue Mountains stay with hikes. Jenolan Caves visit. Scenic Railway. Jamison Valley walk. Orientation walk in Sydney. Free time in Cairns, Byron Bay, and Sydney. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Cairns
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L)
Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.
Day 3 Cape Tribulation (1B)
With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.
Day 4 Cape Tribulation/Cairns (1B)
Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.
Day 5 Cairns/Airlie Beach (1B)
Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town.
Day 6 Airlie Beach (1L)
Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands, visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel, and hike to an island lookout over Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunning white sand. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.
Day 7 Airlie Beach/Byron Bay
Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.
Day 8 Byron Bay
Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like sea kayaking, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.
Day 9 Byron Bay/Port Macquarie
Hit the waves with an included surf lesson. Head to the coastal township of Port Macquarie, featuring all the beauty of the beach set alongside gorgeous national parks. Enjoy an evening in Port Macquarie.
Day 10 Port Macquarie/Blue Mountains
Opt to visit a koala hospital before travelling to the Blue Mountains Region.
Day 11 Sydney/Blue Mountains
Enjoy a jet boat ride in Sydney Harbour before travelling to the Blue Mountains region.
Day 11 Blue Mountains
Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including the Three Sisters. Visit the Jenolan Caves, take a walk in Jamison Valley, and ride on the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world.
Day 12 Blue Mountains/Sydney
Travel to Sydney and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city. Opt to rent a bike, stroll the botanical gardens, or visit the iconic Opera House.
Day 14 Sydney
Depart at any time.
Day 13 Sydney
Get a feel for the city. Opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, zip through the harbour on a jet boat, or relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.