Australia & New Zealand Encompassed

Resort: Australia & New Zealand Encompassed
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Australia
Price From: £5759.20

Over View

The fascinating lands of Australia and New Zealand are waiting to be discovered on this in-depth 34-day tour. You’ll cover not just the major cities (it wouldn’t be a trip to Australia without a requisite snap of the Opera House) but venture into the country’s Red Centre to explore the animal-filled bush and see Uluru at sunset. Save some room on that memory card for the last leg of your trip in New Zealand, where you’ll visit a geothermal park, hike around Mt Cook, and cruise through Doubtful Sound, capturing incredible shots all along the way.

Itineraries

Day 1
Melbourne

Arrive at any time.

Day 2
Melbourne

Tour Melbourne’s iconic laneways and learn more about coffee culture, and pick up some great pointers for your free afternoon of exploration.

Day 3
MelbourneMornington Peninsula

Continue your exploration of Australia’s cultural capital before travelling to the Mornington Peninsula. Stop to see Brighton’s brightly coloured bathing boxes, miniature beachfront cabins that are unique to the beaches in Port Phillip Bay.

Day 4
Mornington Peninsula

Enjoy a free day in the Mornington Peninsula. Opt to visit a winery or hit one of the many incredible beaches in the area.

Day 5
Mornington PeninsulaPort Campbell

Hop on a ferry to Queenscliff before spending the day travelling along the Great Ocean Road. Pass world-famous surf beaches, enjoy views of the 12 Apostles, and walk through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park.

Day 6
Port CampbellHalls Gap

Travel inland to Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art.

Day 7
Halls Gap

Trek through the forest, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Visit the culturally significant MacKenzie Falls for a short hike. Walk to the stunning Balconies, then spend the afternoon relaxing with the locals – our resident wild kangaroos and emus.

Day 8
Halls GapAdelaide

Travel to Adelaide. Your CEO will point out important highlights of the city while driving in, before free time to explore the city.

Day 9
Adelaide

Today is a free day to enjoy Adelaide, capital of South Australia and famed for its churches and gardens. Opt to stroll the city streets, hop on a tram to the coastal village of Glenelg, take in a full day wine tour of the famed Barossa Valley, or for the truly adventurous, take a day trip to Kangaroo Island.

Day 10
AdelaideUluru

Board your flight to Yulara, in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre and only a short distance to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Experience a colourful sunset at Uluru with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Day 11
Uluru

Enjoy the Mala Walk at Uluru to learn the importance of the rock to the Indigenous people that live in the area.

Day 12
UluruCairns

Fly to the oceanside city of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 13
CairnsCape Tribulation

Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

Day 14
Cape Tribulation

With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

Day 15
Cape TribulationCairns

Return to Cairns in the afternoon with free time to explore this laid-back city.

Day 16
CairnsAirlie Beach

Depart early for a full day of travel to reach Airlie Beach with time to explore the town.

Day 17
Airlie Beach

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 18
Airlie BeachByron Bay

Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this hippie paradise.

Day 19
Byron Bay

Spend the day wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities like skydiving, visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or relaxing on the beach.

Day 20
Byron BayPort 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 21
Port MacquarieBlue Mountains

En route to the Blue Mountains, opt to stop at the Koala Hospital to learn about vital wildlife conservation work in the area.

Day 22
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 23
Blue MountainsSydney

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 24
Sydney

Get a feel for the city. Relax seaside at Bondi Beach. Enjoy an optional final night out with the group.

Day 25
SydneyAuckland

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.

Day 26
Auckland

Enjoy a free day to explore Auckland. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

Day 27
AucklandRotorua

Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities. Continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.

Day 28
Rotorua

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.

Day 29
RotoruaChristchurch

Catch a flight to Christchurch on the South Island. Walk around town with a local guide and learn about how communities have rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011. This evening, enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.

Day 30
ChristchurchLake Ohau

Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds this local landmark.

Spend the afternoon hiking the region around AorakiMt Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the AorakiMt Cook Visitor’s Centre.

Day 31
Lake OhauQueenstown

Drive to Queenstown, with a stop at Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting.

Day 32
Doubtful Sound

Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area. Return to Queenstown in the evening.

Day 33
Queenstown

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.

Day 34
Queenstown

Depart at any time.

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