Stem the tide of tourist protocol rather than follow a generic postcard holiday, embark on something entirely different. This 11-day tour will show you Australia in a way most tourists never get a chance to see it. Take a scenic flight over the 12 Apostles, see kangaroos in the wild, try your hand at “fossicking” for gems, explore prehistoric lava tunnels, hike the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and explore unique Great Barrier Reef sites in a true adventure that’ll stimulate the...
Melbourne - Welcome to Melbourne
As the capital of Victoria and Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne is a lively, multicultural urban center. Within Australia, Melbourne is celebrated for its diverse and gourmet dining scene, boutique shopping, coffee culture, and sophisticated taste in architecture.
Discover its charms as you settle into your hotel, hit the streets, and get better acquainted. Wander over to Flinders Street Station, a magnificent French renaissance-style building which has the distinction of being the first train station in an Australian city, then walk to Federation Square, a brilliant civic center and cultural precinct. Weigh in on the controversy surrounding its intriguing “shard” architectural design, watch a live show or see some of the 20,000 Australian artworks at the Ian Potter Centre. Finally, stroll along the Yarra River, stopping at local cafes along the way.
Melbourne - See the Sights with a Local
Melbourne - Discover the Great Ocean Road
Cairns - Visit The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Undara Volcanic National Park - The Gulf Savannah Country and Undara Volcanic National Park
Cairns - Explore the Lava Tubes of Undara Volcanic National Park
Cairns - Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Sydney - See the Sights of Sydney
Sydney - Cruise the Harbor
Sydney - Marvel at the Blue Mountains
Sydney - Farewell Sydney
- See Melbourne’s hidden charms and secrets on a walking tour with a local
- Drive the Great Ocean Road and take a thrilling helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles
- Explore the Esplanade, waterside restaurants and art stores of tropical Cairns
- Visit the Queensland outback and try your hand at fossicking (looking for gold and gems)
- Explore the prehistoric Lava Tubes and see significant cultural and historical sites
- Take a catamaran on the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel or dive the underwater gardens
- Cruise the dazzling Sydney Harbour and come face-to-face with Aussie wildlife at Sydney’s Wildlife World
- Explore the valleys, canyons and waterfalls of the sapphire-hued Blue Mountains
Australia is not a generic place; you are not a generic person, so why would you want a generic, cookie-cutter holiday? It’ll only lead to generic photos (only this time you’ll be the one taking a bite out of the Big Banana). Break away from the crowd by taking an 11-day trip around Australia that replaces tired tourist traps with meaningful, authentic, and unique experiences.
Begin your holiday in the chic city of Melbourne, which is known for its dining and café scene, forward architectural design and boutique shopping. Learn more about its people as a local Melbournian takes you on an insider’s tour of the city, then explore Melbourne’s many districts on an informative bicycle tour. The following day, follow the Great Ocean Road from surfing town, Torquay, to the cliffs overlooking Shipwreck Coast, where you’ll get to take a thrilling helicopter ride around the 12 Apostles rock formation.
Next, set your sights on warmer climes as you travel north to the tropical city of Cairns and stroll around its streets and boardwalk, and then head out into the Australian outback. Try your luck at fossicking for gems or gold, admire local wildlife as it hops and climbs trees around you and explore the prehistoric Undara Lava Tubes. Return to Cairns and head off on a special harbor cruise to snorkel or dive unique spots on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Finally finish your adventure in Sydney where you’ll get to cruise the harbor, hold a snake, see kangaroos in the wild and hike through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.
$2,745 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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