Witness some of the world’s most unique wildlife and dramatic wilderness during your 14-day Australia adventure. Search for Tasmanian devils hiding in the trees and koalas nibbling on eucalyptus. Dive into the Coral Sea to discover the stunning coral and tropical marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. From the plains of Tasmania to the red Kakadu slopes, you will experience the ultimate Australian wildlife tour.
Melbourne – Relaxing and Getting Ready for the Adventure
Although Melbourne is Australia’s greenest city, it is not big on wildlife, but it does have spacious parks and a magnificent botanical garden. It is also a comfortable place to relax after a flight, with an abundance of cafes and restaurants that will be walking distance from your hotel. Your hotel will be on the beach, just South of the city. You will check in and spend the day growing accustomed to the foreign time zone, dozing off on the sand, or relaxing beneath a gum tree near the Yarra River. There is so much wildlife and bush to come, so take your time today and get ready for the adventure that awaits you.
Melbourne – Penguins and Wild Koalas on Phillip Island
Day 3 - 4
Mount Willian National Park (Tasmania) – Exploring Handpicked Natural Highlights in Tasmania
Freycinet National Park (Tasmania) – Nocturnal Wildlife and Seabirds
Hobart to Cairns to Thetford Reef – Setting Off on the Great Barrier Reef
Day 7 - 8
Great Barrier Reef – A Luxury Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Cairns to Darwin – Relaxing by the Crocodiles
Day 10 - 12
Kakadu National Park – Wild Adventures in the Northern Territory
Darwin to Uluru – Sunset at the Magnificent Red Rock
Uluru – Sunrise with Kata Tjuta and Departure
- Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with an in-depth four-day cruise
- Escape to rugged wilderness as you spend three days in Kakadu National Park
- Discover Tasmania, a sublime island of national parks and wildlife
- Find penguins on the beach and koalas in the trees at Phillip Island
- Watch the sun come down behind Uluru, the world’s largest monolith
- Search for Australia’s rare birds, including the whistling kite, blue-winged kookaburra, and short-tailed shearwater
- Encounter the complete range of rare Australian wildlife, including wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, and even Tasmanian devils
- Watch strange seabirds at remote beaches, such as black-faced cuckoo shrikes, Australian gannets, and white-bellied sea eagles
Marsupial silhouettes will cut across the desert, and turtles will glide lazily through the tropics. Deep in the forest, you will find koalas as they cling happily to trunks. Islands await with fields of green, and mountains will cascade like sentinels across the North. There will also be beaches populated by penguins and rare seabirds. Nowhere has nature nor wildlife quite like Australia. From hopping marsupials to underwater brilliance, this is a land of natural surprise. Almost every land animal you encounter is unique to the region, which means it is not seen in the wild anywhere else in the world.
The big challenge to travel here is Australia’s size. This is an enormous country, and nature is widely spread through the desert, across islands, and beneath the water’s surface. This handcrafted tour carefully picks a series of destinations, ensuring you will have the opportunity to experience the diversity of landscapes and animals. You will hop between destinations that showcase Australia’s remarkable natural diversity. One day you will be with penguins on a remote beach, and the next day, you will be spending time with wombats and possums. At the Great Barrier Reef, you will spend four days on a cruise so you will be able to visit a myriad of different reefs, each with their own beauty and specialty. By combining Uluru with Kakadu, you will get a great feel for what the red wilderness is all about.
Most of this two-week vacation will be spent in the wild, but you will start with two nights on the beach in Melbourne. First, you will touch down and start overcoming the jet lag before starting the adventure with a day at Phillip Island, where you will have intimate moments with koalas and penguins. Day three to five will be spent in Tasmania, visiting a selection of national parks that will keep you deep within nature. Almost the complete sweep of Australian wildlife can be seen here such as kangaroos, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, and a stunning assortment of sea and land birds.
You will then fly from Hobart to Cairns and set off on a four-day, three-night cruise on The Great Barrier Reef. This cruise will be interspersed with barbecues on the beach, cruising to distinctive reefs, watching dolphins from the deck, and going underwater to tropical paradise. With the cruise, you can visit outer reefs, which are far from day-trippers and bulky pontoon boats. A superb variety of snorkeling and diving sites will be explored along with island rainforest and coral cliffs. Finally, you will fly from Cairns to Darwin on day nine and then jump into a three-day wilderness experience, where you will explore the rugged red lands on Kakadu, Australia’s finest national park. Uluru will provide the crowning glory, which is a 24-hour stay that will help you reflect on Australia’s ancient and untouched beauty.
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$4,545 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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