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Beach n Bush (ex. Sydney) 2018-19 (20 Days, Sydney to Alice Springs)

From surfing some rad waves to sailing the Whitsundays. You can't get much more Aussie than that, right? That is until you sleep in a swag under the stars and live like a jackaroo (or jillaroo) on a proper Aussie farm. #Straya. On this epic down under trip, you'll see stunning national park after stunning national park, and cram in more adventurous activities, unbelievable scenery and wildlife than you can shake a witchetty stick at.
Please note: For departures dates in 2017/18 please check out 20 Day Beach n Bush


Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
Guided hike of Kings Canyon
Visit Whitehaven Beach
Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
Visit West MacDonnell Ranges
Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie
Surf lesson at Topdeck's surf camp
Magnetic Island
Experience sunrise & sunset at Uluru
19 Breakfasts
19 Lunches
19 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $4,229
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
01 Apr 201820 Apr 201812AUD $5,059
29 Apr 201818 May 201812AUD $4,553
27 May 201815 Jun 201812AUD $4,553
24 Jun 201813 Jul 201812AUD $4,553
01 Jul 201820 Jul 201812AUD $4,553
22 Jul 201810 Aug 201812AUD $4,553
29 Jul 201817 Aug 201812AUD $4,553
19 Aug 201807 Sep 201812AUD $4,553
26 Aug 201814 Sep 201812AUD $4,553
16 Sep 201805 Oct 201812AUD $4,553
23 Sep 201812 Oct 201812AUD $4,553
14 Oct 201802 Nov 201812AUD $4,553
21 Oct 201809 Nov 201812AUD $4,553
11 Nov 201830 Nov 201812AUD $4,553
18 Nov 201807 Dec 201812AUD $4,553
06 Jan 201925 Jan 201912AUD $4,553
13 Jan 201901 Feb 201912AUD $4,553
03 Feb 201922 Feb 201912AUD $4,553
10 Feb 201901 Mar 201912AUD $4,553
03 Mar 201922 Mar 201912AUD $4,553
10 Mar 201929 Mar 201912AUD $4,553
Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head
Set the tone for this authentic Aussie adventure by crossing Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge as we venture toward the surfing haven of Crescent Head. After a tasty BBQ lunch, we’ll be hitting the water with a surf lesson. Whether you’re just starting out or have surfed before, here's your chance to become a bona fide surf master. Included today: -Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat Meals: -Lunch - Dinner
Day 2: Crescent Head to Byron Bay
Our road trip continues as we roll past the Big Banana icon before pulling into Byron Bay – where you can burn incense, sip chai and practice yoga all in one day. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Byron Bay
Anti-McDonald's and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is all about the small town vibes. On your free day here, hit the shops, test out those newly acquired surfing skills, paddle a sea kayak, skydive, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. Pretty sweet, huh? Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Dolphin kayaking -Skydiving -Surf lesson
Day 4: Byron Bay to Brisbane
Leave the blissful buzz of Byron behind you as we head to BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). But first, we’re headed to the famous Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast theme parks, the skywalk, and Brissy’s man made beach await us next. Don't let its namesake fool you - there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Just a whole lot of fun. Included today: -Visit Surfers Paradise -Walking tour of Brisbane Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Gold Coast theme parks -Skywalk
Day 5: Brisbane to Fraser Island
Today we’ll discover Noosa and the breathtaking Glasshouse Mountains, then board the ferry bound for the world’s largest sand island. It’s UNESCO World Heritage listed, so expect a serious dose of awesome. Fraser Island, we’re ready for ya! We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take to Fraser Island with you as luggage space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for 2 days. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 6: Fraser Island
Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand – as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dings and forests. Embark on an included four-wheel drive along the beach highway and explore Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, the Maheno Shipwreck and so much more. Included today: -Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience -Lake McKenzie -Central Station -Coloured Sands -Maheno Shipwreck -Eli Creek Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch Optional activities: -Scenic flights from the beach
Day 7: Fraser Island to Myella Farm
Time to swap the beach for the bush and make a beeline for a home-cooked meal and cattle station visit. Along the way, we’ll stop off at the iconic Bundaberg rum distillery for a tour and tasting sesh in the heart of sugar cane country. Then: onwards to the farm. Think dusty plains and wide open spaces. This afternoon, enjoy an authentic outback experience. Included today: -Farm sunset -Bundaberg Rum Distillery & tastings Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Myella Farm
Take to life on the land like a horse to oats with an adventure-packed morning of horse riding and motor biking. Dirty your boots, milk your first cow, or just go walkabout. This evening, enjoy a moment with nature as you watch the sun set over the wide open plains. Optional Activities: -Horse riding -Motorbike lesson Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 9: Myella Farm to Airlie Beach
Please note: We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space on the overnight sailing is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for 2 days. Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight (2 day, one night) sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it's all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. Cue feasts, swim stops and plenty of snorkelling. Included today: -Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands Please note: The twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 18: Uluru to Kings Canyon
After a hearty breakfast, we spend a few hours back in the National Park. This time get ready for some soul searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight. Please be aware that in winter months (May-Sept), nighttime temperatures can drop to near 0 degrees so warmer clothing will be required for the night sleeping in the swag. Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. Included today: -Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 17: Uluru
Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky. Included today: -Uluru sunrise -National Park entry -Uluru base walks -Anangu Visitor centre -Guided walk by your Topdeck Crew Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Scenic flights -Camel ride in the outback -Skydiving -Sounds of Silence -Guided astrology tour
Day 16: Alice Springs to Uluru
We're hitting the red ground running as we take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru). We’re off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided walking tour before a glass of bubbles as we watch the glow of the sunset morph through 50 shades of red. This will be a sunset for the books. Tonight, hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to Australia, mate. Included today: -Mount Conner -Uluru sunset drinks & snacks -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 15: Cairns to Alice Springs
Catchya later, Cairns. Today we take to the skies heading south west to meet up with some new crew members in Alice Springs. Included today: -Airport transfers -Internal flight Meals: -Breakfast
Day 10: Airlie Beach
Today, we’ll set sail for sandy beaches, snorkel over coral reefs and soak up the sun. Keep those sunglasses on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds, and swim with the resident reef fish at a nearby snorkelling location. Back on board, practise your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm. Make the most of this paradise before we head back to shore tonight. Included today: -Visit Whitehaven Beach -Snorkelling -Whitsunday sailing Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch
Day 13: Cairns
You have two days to crack Cairns! Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip? It’s like a kid’s gone crazy with their paint set down there. Keep your eyes peeled for some awesome animals; we’re talking turtles, reef sharks, rays and more. Please note: Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day-trip at the time of booking to secure your spot. Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Great Barrier Reef day trip
Day 12: Magnetic Island to Cairns
Get stuck into a private tour of the local wildlife park, where you can kiss a baby crocodile, smooch a blue tongue lizard and even cuddle a koala (all optional). Back on the Bruce Highway and colourful Cairns in the far north tropic region is our next destination. We’ll pass palm tree-lined streets this afternoon as we make our way into Cairns, nestled between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range. After checking into our centrally located hotel, head out to grab some dinner – you’re spoilt for dining choices here. After dinner the revelry is up to you – check out the famous Night Markets or soak up the local nightlife at one of the many bars and clubs. Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Cuddle a koala
Day 11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island
Today we’re off to Magnetic Island, just a short ferry ride over from the mainland. Relax, recharge and take it easy in a hammock of your choice. Or, get involved in walks to secluded beaches and maybe even feed some of the local animals.         Included today: -Magnetic Island Hopper Pass -Bush walking Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 19: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Get your hiking boots on! This morning we start with the hardest part of the famous Rim Walk in Kings Canyon, aptly named ‘Heart Attack Hill’. But believe us, it’s worth the effort. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Australia. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City – and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden make today even more awesome. After a stop for some lunch, we’ll board the bus back to Alice Springs. Included today: -Guided hike of Kings Canyon -Garden of Eden walk Meals: -Breakfast
Day 14: Cairns
Ramp up the adventure with today’s optionals. You could do some white water rafting or get an aerial view of the tropics by jumping out of a plane. There’s also bungy jumping. Or just kick back with a coconut. Make the most of what Cairns has to offer, tomorrow we’re off to Alice. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -White water rafting -Skydiving -Bungy jumping
Day 20: Alice Springs
Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it’s an option...and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth venture on an excursion out amongst the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander and check out our options. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset. Say goodbye to your travel mates, this is the end of the road, for now. Included today: -Visit Standley Chasm -Visit Simpsons Gap Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Desert Park -Visit the Alice Springs Reptile Centre -Visit the kangaroo sanctuary in Alice Springs