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Ultimate Aussie (ex. Sydney) 2018-19 (29 Days, Sydney to Melbourne)

With practically a whole month to play with, you'll have no dramas getting your fill of heart-pulsing action, stunning scenery and bucket-list-ticking activities on this Ultimate Aussie Adventure. Journey from big cities to small towns via mind bogglingly beautiful islands and learn why #Straya is the envy of so many travel fans.
Please note: For departures dates in 2017/18 please check out 29 Day Ultimate Aussie Adventure

Inclusions

Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
Guided hike of Kings Canyon
Opal Mine & Town tour
Wilpena Pound guided walk
Paint your own souvenir boomerang
?Visit Grampians National Park
Visit Whitehaven Beach
Wine school & Make Your Own
Visit the West MacDonnell Ranges
Visit Magnetic Island
Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie
Surf lesson at Topdeck's surf camp
Experience sunrise & sunset at Uluru
Aboriginal experience & artefact souvenir
12 Apostles & the Great Ocean Road
28 Breakfasts
28 Lunches
28 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
29
Price From
AUD $5,039
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 201829 Apr 201817AUD $6,159
29 Apr 201827 May 201816AUD $6,159
27 May 201824 Jun 201824AUD $6,159
24 Jun 201822 Jul 201820AUD $6,159
22 Jul 201819 Aug 201823AUD $6,159
19 Aug 201816 Sep 201817AUD $6,159
16 Sep 201814 Oct 201824AUD $6,159
14 Oct 201811 Nov 201822AUD $6,159
11 Nov 201809 Dec 201824AUD $6,159
06 Jan 201903 Feb 201924AUD $6,159
03 Feb 201903 Mar 201924AUD $6,159
03 Mar 201931 Mar 201924AUD $6,159
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Sydney to Surf Camp
Set the tone for this fair dinkum (i.e. authentic) Aussie adventure by crossing Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge as we venture toward the surfing haven of Crescent Head. Let the wave chasing begin! We’ll enjoy a BBQ Lunch then surf lesson this afternoon. Included today: - Surf Lesson Meals: - Lunch - Dinner
Day 2: Surf Camp 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 become a yoga teacher all in one day. Included today: Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Byron Bay
Anti-McDonald's and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is so laid back it’s a wonder it hasn’t fallen over. 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 Byron Bay behind as we head for Brisbane - before that we tackle Surfers Paradise. Here, we’ve got a couple of awesome optionals for you to get involved in. What’s it going to be? Theme park or skywalk? Included today: -Walking tour of Brisbane Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Gold Coast theme parks -Skywalk
Day 5: Gold Coast 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 -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: -Fraser Island 4WD tour -Visit Lake McKenzie -Visit the Maheno Shipwreck -Visit Eli Creek Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch Optional activities: -Scenic flights from the beach
Day 7: Fraser Island to Farm Stay
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: -Fraser Island 4WD tour -Visit Lake McKenzie -Visit the Maheno Shipwreck -Visit Eli Creek Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch Optional activities: -Scenic flights from the beach
Day 8: Farm Stay
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: Farm Stay to Whitsundays Sailing
Day 9: Myella Farm to The Whitsundays (Sailing) 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. Leave the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight (two days, 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 Please note: The twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 24: Flinders Ranges to Adelaide
Wave bye-bye to the outback today with some dramatic scenery changes – we’re heading for the city! A visit to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall – there's a time and a place for confessions. This isn't it. Tonight, take in some of Adelaide’s finest local food and entertainment. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 25: Adelaide
You've made it to one of the world's coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today's a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia's answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island (optional). Learn about some of the 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg. And for the wine lovers? We’ve got you guys covered with a Barossa Valley wine tour. Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Kangaroo Island day trip -Barossa Valley day trip
Day 26: Adelaide to Mt Gambier
Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. Chin chin! Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Snap madly away on the camera as you spot a Skippy - hot tip: don’t go to hug one. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. Included today: -Coonawarra winery Meals: - Breakfast
Day 27: Mt Gambier to Grampains
Next up: MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. It's no Niagara, but flowing water is guaranteed year-round – a rare promise in a country that's 40% desert. Then, the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot where #natureporn trends with views to Mt Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. Tonight, get a slice of history as you catch some shut eye in Old Mount Gambier Gaol. Included today: -National Park entry -Pinnacles Walk -Visit McKenzie Falls -Gaol history walking tour 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 our snorkelling spot. 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: -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
We’re heading back to Cairns today, but not before getting the chance to cuddle a koala and taking that all important photo to show your friends (optional activity). Later, Cairns is calling. Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, this place is pretty special. Take a stroll around. Then the night is yours to get out and explore some of Australia’s best nightlife. 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 -Dinner
Day 23: Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat: it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru. Included today: -Wilpena Pound guided walk -National Park entry Meals: - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 14: Cairns
After breakfast, there’s whitewater rafting, bungy jumping and skydiving on offer in Cairns. We won’t blame you for getting stuck in today. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Bungy jump -Skydive -Whitewater rafting
Day 22: Coober Pedy to Flinders Ranges
After a #saltlakeselfie stop and a meet-and-greet with the sheep farming township of Glendambo (with a population of 30) we're riding south into the Flinders Ranges and the next gem on our list: Umoona mines. Here, we’ll check out where 75% of the world's opals come from. You'll want to keep your camera charged for this one. Round off the day with a pub meal - tomorrow's going to be epic. Included today: -Opal mine tour Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 15: Cairns to Alice Springs
Leave the road behind for a little while and take to the skies to meet up with some new crew members in Alice Springs. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 20: West MacDonnell Ranges 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 Desert Park -Visit Alice Springs Reptile Centre -Visit a kangaroo sanctuary
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 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, 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 -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 17: Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park
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. Optional activities today include a scenic flight over the rock, a skydive, or a camel ride. Later, join an optional 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 rides -Skydiving -Sounds of Silence -Guided astrology tour
Day 16: Alice Springs to Uluru, Kata-Tjuta NP
We're hitting the red ground running as we take to the road and head into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to the outback, mate. Included today: -Mount Conner -Uluru Sunset & snacks -National Park entry Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 28: Grampians to Port Campbell
Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived, then paint your own story onto a boomerang. This afternoon is all about the Twelve Apostles, aka the Stonehenge of Australia and a sunset to write home about. Included today: -Paint your own souvenir boomerang -National Park entry -12 Apostles Meals: - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 21: Alice Springs to Coober Pedy
Check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into South Australia. Then: a chance to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world. Hankies at the ready. Included today: -Visit a kangaroo orphanage Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 29: Port Campbell to Melbourne (Great Ocean Road)
With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window, today you'll join the list of five million people to do the road-of-passage along the Great Ocean Road each year. Want even better views? Opt in for a scenic helicopter flight. We’ll spot some koalas on our drive today. This afternoon we roll into Melbourne to meet the best coffee in the southern hemisphere. You might want to stick around. Included today: -Coastal lookouts -National Park entry Meals: - Breakfast Optional activities: -Great Ocean Road scenic helicopter flights