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Grand Aussie (ex. Sydney) 2018-19 (27 Days, Sydney to Darwin)

Big cities to small towns, golden sands to crystal clear waters take a massive bite out of Oz on this grand ol' trip. You'll hop to Fraser Island and sail the Whitsundays and back on solid ground, you'll cover a few thousand miles with stops at Byron, Uluru, Kakadu, an authentic Aussie farm and Cairns (just to name a few). If you want to say you've done the East Coast, this is the trip to take.
Please note: For departures dates in 2017/18 please check out 27 Day Grand Aussie

Inclusions

Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
Guided hike of Kings Canyon
Visit Whitehaven Beach
Experience sunset & sunrise at Uluru
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
26 Breakfasts
26 Lunches
26 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
27
Price From
AUD $5,849
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 Apr 201827 Apr 201817AUD $6,999
29 Apr 201825 May 201817AUD $6,299
27 May 201822 Jun 201823AUD $6,299
24 Jun 201820 Jul 201820AUD $6,299
22 Jul 201817 Aug 201823AUD $6,299
19 Aug 201814 Sep 201818AUD $6,299
16 Sep 201812 Oct 201823AUD $6,299
14 Oct 201809 Nov 201822AUD $6,299
11 Nov 201807 Dec 201823AUD $6,299
06 Jan 201901 Feb 201923AUD $6,299
03 Feb 201901 Mar 201921AUD $6,299
03 Mar 201929 Mar 201923AUD $6,299
ItineraryExpand
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 private surf lesson on one of the best beaches in the world. 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 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. Included today: -Byron Bay highlights 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 lessons
Day 4: Byron Bay to Brisbane
Buh-bye Byron, we're headed to the famous Surfers Paradise beach, and then on to Brisbane today. Discover for yourself why this place is one of Australia’s most popular holiday spots. But first, make the most of optional activities: check out the Gold Coast theme parks, the skywalk, or take a dip at Brissy’s man made beach. Included today: -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 Fraser Island. UNESCO World Heritage listed and the world’s largest sand island, this place is pretty special. Fraser, 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
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 -Visit Lake McKenzie -Visit Maheno Shipwreck -Visit Eli Creek Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Scenic flights from the beach
Day 7: Fraser Island to Myella Farm
Along the way today, we’ll stop off at the iconic Bundaberg rum distillery for a tour and tasting sesh in the heart of sugar cane country. This afternoon enjoy an authentic outback experience at a 2,500-acre cattle station. Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare yourself for an adventure-packed afternoon of optional horse riding, motor biking and cow milking. Or go walkabout on a real Aussie farm to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset. Enjoy a hearty home cooked farm style dinner before you take to whip cracking and lassoing. Included today: -Farm sunset -Bundaberg rum distillery & tastings Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Myella Farm
Embrace your inner cowboy and prepare for some whip cracking and lassoing – today there’s a full day on the farm to sink your teeth into. Opt in for the chance to explore on horseback (or a motorbike if that’s more your scene). 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 two 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 22: Darwin
A free day in Darwin. What to do? Well there’s Mindil Beach for chilling out on, a fair few food markets to feast at, plenty of shops for a spot of souvenir shopping and tonight, you could always head down to the lively waterfront. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 23: Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we’ll head to the village of Jabiru and check out the Bowali Visitors Centre. Fancy getting high and mighty? You could take an optional scenic flight over the Escarpment that borders Kakadu and Arnhemland. For the next two nights you’ll be calling the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park home. Expect phenomenal wildlife, like-worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. Wet season itineraries Nov – May: will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day and all included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed, will be. Included today: -Visit Aboriginal Rock Art sites in Kakadu National Park -Visit Bowali Visitor Centre -Entry to Kakadu National Park Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Scenic flight over Kakadu
Day 24: Kakadu National Park
Aboriginal rock art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works. Then we’ll swap artwork for alligators on a East Alligator River cruise in Arnhemland (dry season only). Naturally. Stepping into Arnhemland and getting a look into the Aboriginal lifestyles is a real privilege (we’ve been given special permission to enter this part of Arnhemland). Try your hand at spear throwing while you’re there. Then we’ll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. Enjoy the sunset before heading back to our lodge. **Wet season itineraries Nov – May: will vary on this day with access to some areas cut by high water levels. Your crew will ensure that you see and participate in as many areas / activities that are open and available within Kakadu, and include an optional sightseeing boat cruise on Yellow Water Billabong. Included today: -Visit Aboriginal Rock Art sites in Kakadu National Park -Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River (dry season) -Visit traditional Arnhemland (dry season) -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast
Day 25: Kakadu National Park to Katherine
Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We’ll grab some picnic bits and head to one of the NT’s best al fresco lunch spots. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world’s most idyllic natural pools. Get those cameras ready, it’s gonna be pretty awesome. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, round it off with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club. Included today: - Lawn Bowls Night Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
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 snorkel 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 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. 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. Included today: -Wildlife Park tour 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
Day 21: Alice Springs to Darwin
Today we’ll take to the skies, bound for Darwin. The capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to Kakadu. But before get there, you’ve got a free day for some downtime tomorrow. Meals: -Breakfast
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 20: Alice Springs
Wake up. Rub eyes. Be wowed with a trip to the West MacDonnell Ranges. They’re pretty special if we do say so ourselves. We’re back to Alice Springs afterwards to explore the town centre. Get involved in some of the optional activities today. Hit up the Reptile Centre and learn about some of the local animals. You can also check out the Kangaroo Sanctuary (omg) or go exploring through the Desert Garden. Included today: -Visit Standley Chasm -Visit Simpsons Gap Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Visit the Desert Park -Visit the Alice Springs Reptile Centre -Visit the kangaroo sanctuary in Alice Springs
Day 14: Cairns
There’s heaps to get involved with on your second day here in Cairns. We’re talking whitewater rafting, bungy jumping and skydiving. Take your pick! Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Bungy jumping -Skydiving -Whitewater rafting
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. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Included today: -Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta -National Park entry
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: -Sunrise over Uluru -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
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: -Visit Mount Conner -Uluru sunset drinks & snacks -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 15: Cairns to Alice Springs
Catch ya later, Cairns. We’re off to Alice Springs. Take to the skies heading south west to meet up with your Northern Territory outback crew. Included today: -Internal flight Meals: -Breakfast
Day 26: Katherine to Litchfield National Park
Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb spot for a cruise (see for yourself with an optional boat trip). With its dramatic cliffs plunging down to the pandanus-lined Katherine River, the gorge is all yours to explore. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Katherine Gorge boat cruise
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 picnic lunch, we’ll board the coach back to Alice Springs. Included today: -Guided hike of Kings Canyon -Garden of Eden walk Meals: -Breakfast
Day 27: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. In Litchfield NP you’ll see waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and beautiful pools. Check out giant termite mounds, Wangi Falls and slip into the natural pool of Florence Falls. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we’ll take on the short drive and last leg of our trip back into the heart of Darwin. If you’re feeling brave or having a #YOLO moment, take the opportunity to get up (very) close and personal with Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Eek! Our grand trip might be over, but your Aussie adventure dsn’t have to end. Included today: -Litchfield National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch