Topdeck
26 Day Grand Aussie

$4,991.00

Australia is fair dinkum one of the world’s most exciting destinations, and this Australia travel experience is one of the hottest things going on a whole vibrant continent! On this epic adventure you will not only take in all the highlights, you will also be exposed to the most memorable and iconic travel experiences that Australia has to offer!

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Starts: Sydney NSW, Australia
Ends: Darwin NT, Australia

Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head 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. Before testing the waters, dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley.

Included today: -Wine tasting and grape stomping in the Hunter Valley

Meals: – Dinner

Day 2: Crescent Head to Byron Bay Try a barrel of a different kind with an early morning private surf lesson on one of the best beaches in the world. Here’s your chance to become a bona fide surf master. Our road trip continues with a traditional BBQ lunch and a cruise 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: -Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf retreat

Meals: – Breakfast – Lunch

Day 3: Byron Bay Anti-McDonald’s and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops, test out those newly acquired surfing skills, paddle a sea kayak, or watch whales breach from the Lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane. Byron doesn’t care as long as you’re happy.

Included today: -Byron Bay highlights walking trip

Meals: – Breakfast

Optional activities: -Dolphin kayaking -Skydiving -Scuba diving -Surf lessons

Day 4: Byron Bay to Gold Coast Leave the blissful buzz of Byron behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major landmark, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for the golden sand beaches and bustling nightlife of Surfers Paradise.

Included today: -Rainforest walk in Springbrook National Park

Meals: – Breakfast

Day 5: Gold Coast to Fraser Island 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.

Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don’t let its namesake fool you – there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the city centre, before catching a ferry bound for UNESCO World Heritage listed, and the world’s largest sand island Fraser Island.

Included today: -Brisbane city walking tour

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 dingoes and rainforests. Included four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.

Included today: -Fraser Island 4WD tour -Lake MacKenzie -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 Live like a local family with a home-cooked meal and cattle station visit. Think dusty plains and wide open spaces – this is the Oz that people dream of. Go walkabout on a real Aussie farm to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset and enjoy a hearty home cooked farm-style dinner.

Included today: -Farm sunset

Meals: – Breakfast – Dinner

Day 8: Myella Farm to Emu Park Embrace your inner jackaroo and prepare for horse riding, motorbiking, whip cracking and lassoing. Then leave the campfire to follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head back to the coast for Emu Park. Take a selfie as you pass into the Tropic of Capricorn. Enjoy the Aboriginal experience where you get to learn about totems and artefacts, see some traditional dancing, try your hand at boomerang throwing and make some artwork to take home.

Included today: -Aboriginal experience and artefact souvenir

Meals: – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Optional activities: -Horse riding -Motorbike lesson

Day 9: Emu Park to Airlie Beach 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 3 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. More of a land-lover? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.

Included today: -Overnight sailing

Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated.

Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner

Day 10: Airlie Beach 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 Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land. Later this afternoon set course for our return to land where we’ll spend the night in Airlie Beach, pool – shower – dinner – dancing all in that order!

**Day 11: Magnetic Island Leaving the Whitsundays for Magnetic Island and you have the afternoon to trip around this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches, National Park walking trails or just laze by the pool with a cocktail.

*Day 12: Magnetic Island to Cairns 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, is included into our morning before we leave the island. 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.

Day 13: Cairns The only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas. And you’ve got two days to take it all in. Why not start with an optional Great Barrier Reef trip? It’s like a kid’s gone crazy with their paint set down there! Snorkel or scuba to get that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.

*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 14: Cairns Ramp up the adventure metre today’s optionals. You could be paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. There’s hot air ballooning, horse riding and bungee jumping…or just kick back with a coconut.

Meals: – Breakfast

Optional activities: -White water rafting -Horse riding -Quad biking -Skydiving -Bungy jumping -Daintree National Park day trip -Zip lining -Hot air ballooning

Day 15: Cairns to Alice Springs Catcha’ later, Cairns. We’re off to Alice. Take to the skies heading south west to meet up with your NT outback crew in Alice Springs.

Included today: -Airport transfers

Meals: -Breakfast

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) 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: -Mt Conner -Uluru Sunset -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 Harley ride or 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 crew

Meals: -Breakfast

Optional activities: -Scenic flights -Harley Davidson rides -Camel tours -Sounds of Silence -Guided astrology tour

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.

And please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Swag Night at Kings Canyon. This has not been included in when upgrade rates were calculated.

Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner

Included today: -Valley of the Winds walk -National Park entry

Day 19: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you’ll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk – Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. 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 makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome). After a picnic lunch, we’ll board the bus back to Alice Springs.

Included today: -Guided hike of Kings Canyon -Garden of Eden walk

Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch

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. 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.

Included today: -Stanley Chasm -Simpsons Gap

Meals: -Breakfast

Optional Activities: -Hot air balloon ride -Desert Park -Alice Springs Reptile Centre -Kangaroo Sanctuary

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 we do Kakadu, you’ve got a free day for some downtime tomorrow.

Meals: -Breakfast

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. Tonight, get to know your coach mates over a BBQ.

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: -Bowali Visitor Centre -National Park entry

Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner

Optional activities: -Kakadu scenic flight

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. 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 a sightseeing boat cruise (substituted when access to East Alligator River is unable). Included today: -Aboriginal Rock art sites -Kakadu river cruise -Arnhemland (seasonal) -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. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, we round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club.

Included today: -Edith Falls -Evening Lawn Bowls

Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner

Day 26: Katherine to Litchfield National Park Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that’s exactly what we have lined up. Surprise! With its dramatic cliffs plunging down to the pandanus-lined Katherine River, the gorge is all yours to explore. Paddling not your game – then you may wish to upgrade to an optional 3 gorge cruise (seasonal) to venture even further. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor, the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park.

**Wet season itineraries Nov – May: Canoeing in the Katherine Gorge will be replaced with a Katherine Gorge Scenic Boat Cruise included in trip price.

Included today: -Katherine Gorge Canoeing (Boat cruise wet season)

Meals: -Breakfast

Optional activities: -Upgrade to Katherine Gorge boat cruise (dry season)

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 discovery back into the heart of Darwin. Our grand trip might be over, but your Aussie adventure doesn’t have to end.

Included today: -Litchfield National Park entry

Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch